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General Education Requirements

Pathways at Baruch: The Required Core



Part I, the Required Core, is made up of four courses, which must be taken in three different areas.

Learning Goals for each Area of the Required Core

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

English Composition (two courses required)

ENG 2100 (or ENG 2100T) Writing I
ENG 2150 (or ENG 2150T) Writing II

 

Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning (one course required)

MTH 2140 Mathematics and Quantitative Reasoning*
MTH 2160 Ideas in Mathematics and Their Applications*
MTH 2003 Precalculus and Elements of Calculus
MTH 2009 Precalculus
MTH 2205 Applied Calculus
MTH 2207 Applied Calculus and Matrix Applications
MTH 2610 Calculus I

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 Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning requirement of the Pathways curriculum without appeal: MTH 2000; MTH 2001; MTH 2300; MTH 2300; MTH 2301; MTH 2100; MTH 2150; MTH 2006; MTH 2206; and MTH 2630. MTH 3010 Calculus II is considered a STEM Variant course, and may also be used to satisfy this requirement without appeal.

* Zicklin and SPA students should not take MTH 2140 or MTH 2160, which do not meet the mathematics requirement for the BBA or BS degrees. Zicklin students must complete a course in Calculus (and must satisfy the prerequisites for whichever Calculus course they take). Therefore, these students usually take MTH 2003 or MTH 2009 (depending on the original math placement) and one of the Calculus courses listed above. SPA students must complete a course in either Precalculus or Calculus.

MTH 2140 and MTH 2160 are not appropriate for students within the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences whose major requires a statistics course or additional math courses (such majors include: Actuarial Science, Biological Sciences, Economics, Mathematics, Natural Sciences ad hoc, and Statistics).

Students who wish to pursue a BA in Psychology may use MTH 2140 or MTH 2160 to satisfy the Pathways requirement, but might be required to complete MTH 1023 Intermediate and College Algebra or MTH 1030 College Algebra, to satisfy the prerequisite for that major's required statistics course. For more information, please consult the Office of the Associate Dean (room 8-265 of the Newman Vertical Campus; telephone: 646-312-3890).

Life and Physical Sciences (one course required)

* Please see below for notes on STEM Variant courses

BIO 1012 Fundamentals of Biology: Human Biology Laboratory
(co-requisite with BIO 1011L in the Flexible Core)
BIO 1016 Fundamentals of Biology Laboratory: Research in Genetics, Evolution, and Ecology
(co-requisite with BIO 1015L in the Flexible Core)
CHM 1004 Fundamentals of Chemical Laboratory Techniques
(co-requisite with CHM 1003L in the Flexible Core )
ENV 1004 Fundamentals of Ecological Research
(co-requisite with ENV 1003L in the Flexible Core )
PHY 2001 Fundamentals of Experimental Physics
(co-requisite with PHY 2002L in the Flexible Core)

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 Life and Physical Sciences or the Scientific World 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 Scientific World course, may satisfy the Life and Physical Sciences requirement 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 Life and Physical Sciences or the Scientific World 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