Natural Science Major
The following courses are required for the natural science major:
& NSCI 1413
|General Biology Lecture I|
and General Biology Lab I 1
& NSCI 1414
|General Biology Lecture II|
and General Biology Lab II
& NSCI 1331
|General Chemistry Lecture I|
and General Chemistry Lab I
& NSCI 1332
|General Chemistry Lecture II|
and General Chemistry Lab II
& NSCI 1511
|General Physics Lecture I|
and General Physics Lab I
& NSCI 1512
|General Physics Lecture II|
and General Physics Lab II
& NSCI 3821
|Organic Chemistry Lecture I|
and Organic Chemistry Lab I
& NSCI 3822
|Organic Chemistry Lecture II|
and Organic Chemistry Lab II
|NSCI 4222||Science, Technology, and Society Values||4|
|MATH 1203||Applied Calculus I||3 to 4|
|or MATH 1206||Calculus I|
|NSCI 2040||Research Design and Analysis||3|
|Select at least six electives. Of these:|
Four must include a lab 2
Two electives do not need to include a lab 3
NSCI 1423 Concepts in Biology Lecture I and NSCI 1424 Concepts in Biology Lecture II may be substitute, respectively, for NSCI 1403 General Biology Lecture I and NSCI 1404 General Biology Lecture II.
One Independent Study course, NSCI 4999 Tutorial, may count toward one of the four lab elective courses.
As listed in the concentrations tab, NSCI 4630 Neuroscience is counted as a non-lab elective if taken alone, but may be counted as a lab-elective if taken with NSCI 4032 Neuroscience Lab.
Note that NSCI 4032 Neuroscience Lab may not be taken on its own and does not fulfill an elective requirement unless taken concurrently with NSCI 4630 or NSCI 4112.
NSCI 4172 Diverse Biologies/Shared Humanity or ENGL 4172 Diverse Biologies/Shared Humanity counts as a (non-lab) elective towards the major, but not towards any concentration.
Other courses may be counted at the department chair’s discretion. It is possible to select electives in order to follow special interests and career goals. This must be done in consultation with the student’s departmental adviser. A grade of C- or better is required in all courses taken to fulfill the major. A student may not take the second half of a one-year course if the grade for the first half is below a C-.
Students are advised that the lecture and laboratory components of general biology, general chemistry, general physics, and organic chemistry should always be taken concurrently.
Advanced placement course credit may be substituted in partial fulfillment of these requisites. Students without two semesters’ advanced placement in chemistry should note that NSCI 1321 General Chemistry Lecture I and NSCI 1322 General Chemistry Lecture II is the prerequisite for NSCI 3121 Organic Chemistry Lecture I and NSCI 3122 Organic Chemistry Lecture II.
The major in natural science is available at Fordham College at Lincoln Center and Fordham's School of Professional and Continuing Studies at Lincoln Center.
Fordham College at Lincoln Center students: The requirements above are in addition to those of the Core Curriculum.
Professional and Continuing Studies students: The requirements above are in addition to those of the PCS Core Curriculum and any additional electives that may be required to earn a minimum of 124 credits.
Regularly-Offered Elective courses
|Lab and Lecture ARE corequisites|
& NSCI 2841
|Vertebrate Anatomy Lecture|
and Vertebrate Anatomy Lab (Fall, odd years)
& NSCI 2842
and Paleoecology Lab (Fall, even years)
& NSCI 4843
|Advanced Microbiology Lecture|
and Advanced Microbiology Lab (Fall, even years)
& NSCI 4844
and Microanatomy Lab (Spring, odd years)
& NSCI 4032
and Neuroscience Lab (Fall)
|Lecture and lab are NOT corequisites 1|
& NSCI 2011
|Global Ecology Lecture|
and Global Ecology Lab (Fall)
& NSCI 2822
and Immunology Lab (Spring, even years)
& NSCI 3833
and Genetics Lab (Fall, odd years)
& NSCI 3854
|Cell and Development Biology Lecture|
and Cell and Development Biology Lab (Spring, even years)
& NSCI 4812
|Animal Physiology Lecture|
and Animal Physiology Lab (Spring)
& NSCI 4853
|Biological Chemistry Lecture|
and Biological Chemistry Lab (Fall) 2
& NSCI 4876
|Molecular Biology Lecture|
and Molecular Biology Lab (Spring, odd years)
|Lecture without lab|
|NSCI 2018||Biology of Aging (Spring, odd years)||3|
|NSCI 2060||Environment: Science, Law, and Policy (Fall, odd years)||3|
|NSCI 3101||Biological Modeling (Spring)||4|
|NSCI 4080||Pharmacological Chemistry (Spring, odd years)||3|
|NSCI 4081||Neurochemistry (Spring, even years)||3|
|NSCI 4172||Diverse Biologies/Shared Humanity (Spring, even years)||4|
Lecture can be taken without lab provided the latter is not needed to fulfill the lab elective requirement for the major.
Lab is offered every fall, even years.
Students may pursue one of three concentrations within the major: chemical sciences (CHS), organismal biology (ORB), or cell and molecular biology (C+M). Students may major in natural sciences without declaring a concentration. Students opting for one of the concentrations must fulfill the following additional requirements:
- One of the four lab electives must be NSCI 4999 Tutorial, in the field of the student’s chosen concentration.
- At least two of the three remaining lab electives must be in classes in the chosen concentration, designated in the table below.
- At least four of the six electives overall (lab or non-lab) must be in classes in the chosen concentration, designated in the table below.
Courses with the subject code CHEM are taught by the Chemistry Department and are offered exclusively at the Rose Hill campus.
Elective and Concentration Courses
The following table indicate (a) which courses count toward the required lab elective courses and (b) which courses count toward the respective concentrations in CHS, C+M and ORB.
|Course||Electives including lab (minimum 4)||Electives: No lab||Counts toward CHS||Counts toward C+M||Counts toward ORB|
|Advanced Microbiology||NSCI 4143 / NSCI 4843||X||X|
|Biological Chemistry||NSCI 4153 / NSCI 4853||NSCI 4153||X||X|
|Cell and Developmental Biology||NSCI 3154 / NSCI 3854||NSCI 3154||X||X|
|Environmental Science/Law/Policy||NSCI 2060|
|Genetics||NSCI 3133 / NSCI 3833||NSCI 3133||X||X|
|Global Ecology||NSCI 2010 / NSCI 2011||NSCI 2010||X|
|Immunology||NSCI 2122 / NSCI 2822||NSCI 2122||X|
|Microanatomy||NSCI 4144 / NSCI 4844||X||X|
|Molecular Biology||NSCI 4176 / NSCI 4876||X|
|Neuroscience||NSCI 4630 / NSCI 4032||NSCI 4630||X||X|
|Paleoecology||NSCI 2142 / NSCI 2842||X|
|Animal Physiology||NSCI 4112 / (with either NSCI 4812 or NSCI 4032)||NSCI 4112||X||X|
|Vertebrate Anatomy||NSCI 2141 / NSCI 2841||X|
|Methods of Chemical Research||CHEM 3141||X|
|Physical Chemistry 1 with lab||CHEM 3621 / CHEM 3631||X|
|Physical Chemistry 2 with lab||CHEM 3622 / CHEM 3632||X|
|Quantitative Analysis||CHEM 3721||X|
|Instrumental Analysis||CHEM 3722||X|
|Inorganic Chemistry with lab||CHEM 4422 / CHEM 4432||X|
|An Introduction to Geology||NSCI 2020|