The challenging, interdisciplinary majors in the department of Technology, Culture and Society support students who intend to continue on to law school, medical school, or other professional degrees. The TCS majors in Science and Technology Studies as well as Sustainable Urban Environments are flexible enough to meet the requirements for professional school while, at the same time, students can accommodate their special interests.
There is no specific undergraduate degree program that will help you get into law school or medical school. Our majors help students stand out in the application process.
Some programs - for instance, environmental law or patent law - are particularly appropriate for students who studied in the Department of Technology, Culture and Society. As a student in Science and Technology Studies or Sustainable Urban Environments heading for law school, you should take:
- EXPOS-UA 1 (Please refer to the bulletin)
- EXPOS-UA 2 (Please refer to the bulletin)
- Symbolic Logic PL-UY 2004
- This course introduces the methods and applications of propositional logic and relational predicate logic. The course looks at the concept of a formal language and covers semantic and proof-theoretic methods of testing arguments for validity. Semantic concepts of tautology, logical equivalence and consistency are compared with their proof-theoretic counterparts, and the notions of soundness and completeness of proof-theoretic methods are introduced.
Prerequisites: None. Co-requisites: None. Notes: Satisfies a HuSS elective.
- Metalogic PL-UY 3004
- What is the relation between truth and proof? Are there true statements about natural numbers that cannot, in principle, be proven? Can an algorithm be written to decide which statements about numbers are provable and which are not? What is the mathematical basis of the concept of a mechanically implementable algorithm (i.e., a computer program)? What does all of this have to do with logic? This course addresses these and other questions by investigating the properties of propositional and 1st-order logic. Topics include the soundness and completeness of formal systems of propositional and 1st-oder logic, the Löwenheim-Skolem and Compactness theorems for 1st-order logic, Gödel’s incompleteness theorems for formal arithmetic, and Turing machines and the notions of computability and undecidability.
Prerequisites: PL-UY 2004 or permission of the instructor. Co-requisites: None. Notes: Satisfies a HuSS elective.
Students interested in environmental law would want to:
- Demonstrate your ability to understand technical information by taking engineering-level math and science courses at the School of Engineering
- Develop an appropriate special interest by taking courses in hydrology, geology, epidemiology, climate science, toxicology, or marine sciences with courses at the School of Engineering or elsewhere through our affiliation with NYU
- Deepen your understanding of government and its institutions with the core courses in SUE as well as an appropriate selection of topics for your SUE concentration
Likewise, students interested in patent and/or intellectual property would chose courses from the STS science/tech core from one of the following options:
- 24 credits (6 courses) in physics for physics majors, or
- 8 credits in chemistry or physics in sequential courses and 24 credits in biology/molecular biology, or
- 30 hours in chemistry for chemistry majors, or
- 8 credits in chemistry or physics in sequential courses and 32 credits in chemistry, physics, biology, or engineering
Because of the flexibility in the STS degree, a student can develop familiarity in one of the fields that are particularly needed in patent law by taking courses at the School of Engineering in chemical or biological engineering, electrical engineering, chemistry, or computer science.
A student in Science and Technology Studies who applies to medical school can have the calculus, physics, chemistry and biology he or she needs to take the MCAT, and also will have the seminar courses to prove he or she is ready to succeed in graduate school and the broad mind necessary to understand health in its global context.
An STS student intending to apply for medical school constructs an individualized program in consultation with his or her advisor, making sure that he or she is ready for the MCAT as well as has the broad, rigorous education that one needs for medical school. Suggested courses for an STS student's curriculum include:
- EXPOS-UA 1 (Please refer to the bulletin)
- EXPOS-UA 2 (Please refer to the bulletin)
- Calculus I With Pre-Calculus MA-UY 1054
- This course covers limits, definition of the derivative, differentiation rules for polynomial and trigonometric functions, applications of the chain rule and introduction to optimization. This Calculus I course provides an in-depth review of precalculus.
Prerequisite: Placement exam or MA-UY 912 or equivalent. Note: Course required only for specific Majors in place of MA-UY 1024/1324. Corequisite: EX-UY 1.
- Calculus II With Pre-Calculus MA-UY 1154
- This course uses the first and second derivative, optimization problems, antiderivatives, fundamental theorem of calculus, techniques of integration, logarithmic and exponential functions, numerical methods of integration, applications of integration, introduction to differential equations, introduction to series. This Calculus II course provides an in-depth review of precalculus.
Prerequisite: MA-UY 1054. Note: Course required only for specific Majors in place of MA-UY 1124/1424. Corequisite: EX-UY 1
(Calculus for Business and Life Sciences MA-UY 954 is also available for students who would like more preparation before they begin Calculus 1)
- General Chemistry I CM-UY 1014
- This course covers chemical equations, chemical conservation laws, stoichiometry, thermochemistry, properties of gases, atomic structure, periodic table, chemical bonding and molecular structure. The course is required for students in the Biomolecular Science Program.
Corequisite: EX-UY 1.
- General Chemistry II CM-UY 1024
- This course covers states of matter, chemical thermodynamics and equilibria, kinetics, acid-base chemistry, electrochemistry, introduction to organic chemistry, natural and synthetic polymers. The course is required for students in the Biomolecular Science Program.
Prerequisite: CM-UY 1004 or CM-UY 1014. Corequisite: EX-UY 1.
- Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology BMS-UY 1004
- The course covers the fundamentals of biology. Topics: Physical, chemical and biochemical bases of life on various organizational levels, cellular morphology, complementarity of form and function, including reproduction, development and genetics.
- Introduction to Physiology BMS-UY 2004
- This course continues biology fundamentals. Topics: Emphasis on evolutionary theory, phylogeny and comparative physiology including homeostasis, regulation, integration and coordination of organisms at the systems level.
Prerequisite: BMS-UY 1004 or instructor’s permission.
- Organic Chemistry I CM-UY 2213
- This course covers chemistry of organic molecules: structure, nomenclature, properties and reactions of carbon compounds with emphasis on aliphatic compounds. It also introduces reaction mechanisms and stereochemistry.
Prerequisite: CM-UY 1004 or CM-UY 1024 and EX-UY 1.
- Organic Chemistry Laboratory I CM-UY 2211
- This Laboratory course teaches students how to prepare, isolate and purify typical organic compounds. Experiments illustrate basic techniques. Lab fee required.
Co/prerequisite CM-UY 2213.
- Organic Chemistry II CM-UY 2223
- This course continues CM-UY 2213 and emphasizes finding the principles of organic chemistry in industrial practice and biochemical mechanisms. It introduces instrumental methods of analysis and identification.
Prerequisite: CM-UY 2213. Co-requisite EX-UY 1
- Organic Chemistry Laboratory II CM-UY 2221
- This laboratory stresses complex preparation, purification, characterization and identification of organic compounds by chemical and physical means. It introduces instrumental methods of analysis and identification. Lab fee required.
Prerequisite: CM-UY 2211, Co/prerequisite: CM-UY 2223.
- Mechanics PH-UY 1013
- This course is the first of a three-semester lecture sequence in general physics for science and engineering students. Motion of particles and systems of particles. One-dimensional motion. Vectors and two-dimensional motions. Forces and acceleration. Conservation of energy and momentum. Rotations. The free and driven harmonic oscillator. Gravitation. (This class meets four hours per week for lectures and recitation.)
Prerequisites: MA-UY 1024 or an approved equivalent. Corequisites: MA-UY 1124 or approved equivalent, and EX-UY 1
- Electricity, Magnetism, & Fluids PH-UY 2023
- This is the second course of a three-semester lecture sequence in general physics for science and engineering students. Fluids at rest and in motion. An introduction to electric and magnetic forces and fields. Electric charge density. Electric fields from simple charge distributions. Electric potential. Capacitance.
Magnetic forces. Magnetic field from a current loop. Inductance. Magnetism
in matter. Current and resistance. (This class meets four hours per week for lectures and recitation.)
Prerequisites: PH-UY 1013 and MA-UY 1124 or an approved equivalent. Co-requisite: PH-UY 2121 General Physics Laboratory I, and EX-UY 1
- PH-UY 2021 (Please refer to the bulletin)
- Advanced science electives or courses in the history of medicine, medical sociology, ethics, communication studies, public policy, etc.
The resources of the School of Engineering community serve prelaw and prehealth students well. Students can compete for undergraduate research opportunities and involve themselves in campus clubs (or create their own) in order to demonstrate leadership and initiative. NYU's Office of Global Programs has welcomed our students, and the majors are flexible enough to provide students with a chance to take advantage of this amazing opportunity. NYU's preprofessional advisors have organized resources, e-mail lists, and events to help our students as well as to meet with them to answer their specific questions. And of course, New York City has many internship experiences that will add to a student's application.