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General Education Requirements

Pathways at Baruch: The Flexible Core



Part II, the Flexible Core, is made up of six courses, which must be taken in five different areas or categories. In fulfilling the six-course requirement, students may not take more than one course from any one department, discipline, or interdisciplinary field.

Please note that some departments offer courses in more than area:

   - ANT and SOC courses are offered by the Department of Sociology and Anthropology;
   - ART, MSC, and THE courses are offered by the Department of Fine and Performing Arts;
   - BLS and LTS (formerly HSP) courses are offered by the Department of Black and Latino Studies;
   - BIO, ENV, CHM, and PHY courses are offered by the Department of Natural Science; and
   - within the Pathways flexible core, POL and PAF (formerly PUB) are considered to be a single field.

Therefore, the sixth course may not be taken from Creative Expression, which consists of courses from a single department.

Learning Goals for each Area of the Flexible Core

At Baruch, the courses that satisfy the Flexible Core are:

Category 1: World Cultures and Global Issues (at least one course required)

ANT 1001 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
HIS 1001 Themes in Global History to 1500 C.E.
HIS 1003 Themes in Global History Since 1500 C.E.
LTS 1003 Latin America: An Institutional and Cultural Survey
POL 2001 United States in an Age of Globalization
POL 2260 Introduction to Comparative Government

 

Category 2:  U.S. Experience in its Diversity (at least one course required)

BLS 1003 Evolution and Expressions of Racism
HIS 1000 Themes in American History
HIS 1005 Modern American History
PAF 1250 Citizenship and Public Affairs
POL 1101 American Government: Practices and Values
POL 2332 American Political Thought

NOTE: HIS 1004 History of American Civilization I is no longer offered at Baruch, but it does appear on students’ transfer evaluations. This course may be used to satisfy the U.S. Experience in its Diversity requirement of the Pathways curriculum without appeal.

Category 3:  Creative Expression (one course required)

ART 1000 Introduction to Design and Visual Communications
ART 1011 Art History Survey I
ART 1012 Art History Survey II
MSC 1003 Music and Civilization
MSC 1005 Principles of Music
THE 1041 Introduction to the Theatre Arts

 

Category 4:  The Individual and Society (at least one course required)

PHI 1500 Major Issues in Philosophy
PHI 1600 Logic and Moral Reason
PHI 1700 Global Ethics
SOC 1005 Introduction to Sociology

 

Category 5:  Scientific World (one course required)

* Please see below for notes on STEM Variant courses

BIO 1011L Fundamentals of Biology: Human Biology Lecture
(co-requisite with BIO 1012 in the Required Core )
BIO 1015L

Fundamentals of Biology: Genetics, Evolution, and Ecology Lecture
(co-requisite with BIO 1016 in the Required Core)

CHM 1003L Fundamentals of Chemistry
(co-requisite with CHM 1004 in the Required Core)
ENV 1003L Fundamentals of Ecology
(co-requisite with ENV 1004 in the Required Core)
PHY 2002L Fundamentals of Physics: Theory and Practice
(co-requisite with PHY 2001 in the Required Core)
PSY 1001

General Psychology (effective Spring 2016)
See below for restrictions on the use of PSY 1001 to satisy the Scientific World requirement.

NOTE: The following courses are no longer offered at Baruch, but do appear on students’ transfer evaluations.  Any of these courses may be used to satisfy the Scientific World or the Life and Physical Sciences requirement of the Pathways curriculum without appeal: BIO 1003; BIO 1005; CHM 1000; ENV 1020; ENV 1021; and PHY 1003. One course may not be used to satisfy both requirements.


CHANGES EFFECTIVE SPRING 2016

In Spring 2016, PSY 1001 was added to the Scientific World category. The following policies went into effect at that time:

  • Students who enter Baruch as freshmen and transfer students who have satisfied neither the Life & Physical Sciences nor the Scientific World requirement at the time they entered Baruch must take the co-requisite Natural Sciences courses to satisfy these Pathways Common Core requirements. They may take PSY 1001, but it can be used only as their sixth Flexible Core course (or as a non-Pathways elective). It cannot be used to satisfy the Scientific World requirement.
  • Students who have already satisfied both the Life and Physical Sciences and the Scientific World requirements at the time they entered Baruch may take PSY 1001 as their sixth Flexible Core course.
  • PSY 1001 may be used to satisfy the Scientific World requirement only under the following circumstances:
      1. A freshman or transfer student enters Baruch with AP, College Now, or regular transfer credit for a Life and Physical Sciences course.
      2. A freshman or transfer student enters Baruch with AP, College Now, or regular transfer credit for PSY 1001.
      3. A student completes a STEM Variant course ( BIO 2010, CHM 2003, PHY 2003, or PHY 3010) at Baruch.

NOTE: The Department of Natural Sciences offers “stand-alone” sections of their Pathways courses ( BIO 1011L, BIO 1012, etc.), specifically designed for students who are only required to complete one half of the paired courses – lecture or lab, not both. For example, a student who transfers a Life and Physical Sciences course, may satisfy the Scientific World requirement with either PSY 1001 or with a stand-alone section of a Natural Sciences course in that category. These stand-alone sections are not open to students who enter Baruch as freshmen or to transfer students who have satisfied neither the Life & Physical Sciences nor the Scientific World requirement at the time they entered Baruch. Please consult the Department of Natural Sciences to request registration permission for any of their stand-alone sections (17 Lexington Ave, room 506; 646-660-6200).

*  STEM VARIANT COURSES
The following courses may be used to satisfy either the Scientific World or the Life and Physical Sciences requirement (one course may not satisfy both requirements).

Students who wish to pursue a major or minor in the Natural Sciences should satisfy the Pathways science requirements with STEM Variant courses.

BIO 2010 Principles of Biology I
CHM 2003 General Chemistry I
PHY 2003 General Physics I
PHY 3010 Quantitative Physics I