First-Year Student Course Selection List

Fall 2019

Every SEBS student, regardless of Major Program of Study must complete a set of general education requirements. The SEBS goal-based Core Curriculum is structured as a set of core liberal arts and sciences learning goals framed as activities that students will be able to do at a foundational level by virtue of meeting the specific core goal. Courses may be counted as meeting multiple learning goals; students generally will complete the core in 10 to 14 courses of 3 or 4 credits each. A course used to meet core goals may also be used to fulfill a major or minor requirement. Only graded degree credit-bearing courses worth at least 3 credits and certified by the faculty may be used to meet core goals. Lists of courses certified as meeting each goal can be found in the Degree Navigator system.

Contemporary Challenges

  • Diversity and Social Inequities (3 credits) [CCd]
  • Our Common Future (3 credits) [CCo]

Areas of Inquiry

  • Natural Sciences (6 credits) [NS]*
    Must meet two of three goals: 1) physical, 2) biological or 3) environmental sciences.
  • Social and Historical Analysis (9 credits)
    • Historical Analysis (3 credits) [HST]
    • Governmental and Regulatory Analysis (3 credits) [SCL-GVT]
    • Social Analysis (3 credits) [SCL] OR Economic Analysis (3 credits) [SCL-ECN]
  • Arts and Humanities (3 credits) [AHo, AHp, AHq, AHr]

Cognitive Skills and Processes

  • Writing and Communication (6 credits):
    • 3 credits - 01:355:101 Expository Writing or 01:355:103 Exposition and Argument; [WC - WC101]
    • 3 credits - Discipline-Based Writing and Communication course; [WCD]
  • Quantitative and Formal Reasoning (Minimum 6 credits) [QQ; QR]
    • Quantitative Information [QQ] 1 course
    • Mathematical or Formal Reasoning [QR] 1 course

In addition to the SEBS Core Experience Based Education (Minimum 3 credits) Must be completed by all SEBS Students.

Special Note on SEBS Core Requirements

Natural Sciences (NS)is fulfilled automatically for all students in science majors. Students will be automatically registered for these based on appropriate Rutgers Placement and Major Departmental Requirements. Majors not requiring these classes will take courses in two of the following areas - physical, biological or environmental science.

SEBS First-Year Student Course Selection

How your schedule will be created:

  • Takes into account intended Major and Rutgers Placement Test results in Math & English*
  • Priority given to math, English writing, major required and preferred course, then to special program courses and core and elective classes
  • List extra classes in case a course is full, or course times conflict
  • Finalized Schedule will include four or five classes—14–16 credits total

*Many courses at Rutgers have pre-requisites or placement requirements, a minimum level of proficiency that must be acquired prior to eligibility (e.g., sciences (General Biology, General Chemistry, Physics, etc.) and math-based courses (statistics, economics, etc.).


Before you get started check the following on your Course Request Form:

  • Accuracy of personal information – Name, Rutgers ID#, etc.
  • Email address – If a high school email is listed, provide an alternate email address.
  • The intended major listed – If wrong, write in the correct major (or area(s) of interest).

Completing your Course Request Form (CRF):

  1. Required - English Writing and Math Courses will automatically be registered. (Do not re-list classes.)
  2. Preferred/Major - List course number and title for 1 or 2 major recommended courses from list.
  3. Core/Electives - Select four SEBS Core classes from the list and enter the course number (e.g., 11:550:230) and title (Environmental Design Analysis) under core/elective courses in order of preference. For foreign language, list the name of the language and either "no prior knowledge" or "placement by exam".
  4. Small Electives – List titles of 4 First-year Interest Group Seminars (FIGs) and list a shortened title and the course number for 4 Byrne Seminars you are interested in taking. (If admitted to a special program with a required seminar, you will automatically be registered for it).
  5. Turn the form over. Mark any special program(s) for which you are applying. Follow up directly with the specific program. For Oceanography House – Mark the box and list 11:628:100 Oceanography House on your CRF under Preferred/Major.
  6. List Special Circumstances Affecting Your Schedule – (e.g. Friday Prayers, Saturday Sabbath, Part-time Status, Military-affiliated student, Commuter, Childcare (List time frame), Disability Service Request, Health Scheduling, Employment (List time frame), etc.
  7. Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate HL, or Cambridge A Level – List exams/years taken.
  8. College/University Courses Completed – School Name and title of each course. Send official transcripts.

Recommended First-Semester Courses By Major

Because of their repetition below, the following abbreviations will be used:

Biology 103 = Principles of Biology 01:119:103 (4) – There are no pre-requisites for this course.

Biology 115 = General Biology 01:119:115 (4) – Pre-/Co-requisites - Placement in and concurrent registration with Precalc or higher and Expository Writing 01:355:101 or Exposition and Argument 01:355:103.

Chemistry I = General Chemistry 01:160:161/Extended General Chemistry 01:160:165 (4) – Eligibility by Placement; Registration for Intro to Chemistry 01:160:134 is by placement or by choice if placed higher.

Precalc = Precalculus (Two Semesters) 01:640:111-112 or Precalculus (One Semester) 01:640:115 – Eligibility by placement. Students placed in 01:640:115 may self-select to take the two semester Precalc 01:640:111.

Major Courses
Agriculture & Food Systems (020) Ag & Food Systems 11:020:101, and one of the following: Biology 103, Earth Systems 01:450:101, Planet Earth 01:460:100, Intro Animal Science 11:067:142, Soil and Society 11:776:102, 11:776:211 Intro to Horticulture, or Microecon 11:373:121
Animal Science (067) Animal Science 11:067:142, Biology 115 (priority) and Precalc or Calculus 135
Biochemistry (115) Biology 115 and/or Chemistry I, and Calculus 01:640:151
Bioenvironmental Eng'g (117) Bioenv. Eng'g 11:117:100, Chemistry for Engineers 01:160:159, and Analytical Physics I 01:750:123 and Calculus 01:640:151 OR Extended Analytical Physics IA 01:750:115 and Precalc 115
Biological Sciences (119) Biology 115 or Chemistry I and Precalc or Calculus 01:640:135
Biotechnology (126) Biology 115 and/or Chemistry I, and Precalc or Calculus 01:640:135
Ecology, Evolution & Natural Resources (216) Biology 115, Introduction to Ecology & Evolution 11:216:101 or Evolution, Disease and Medicine 11:216:110, Precalc or Calculus 135
Entomology (370) Biology 103 or Biology 115 or Chemistry I, Precalc or Calculus 135 World of Insects 11:370:202 (recommended)
Environmental & Business Economics (373) Microeconomics 11:373:121 or Macroeconomics 11:373:122 (if AP Micro Credit), Applied Math 11:373:211 (Recommended) or Calculus 135
Environmental Planning (573) 11:573:231 Fund. Env. Planning, 11:550:237, Visual I Drawing and Math
Environmental Policy, Institutions & Behavior (374) Human Ecology 11:374:101 and one from: Health & Society 11:374:141, Energy & Society 11:374:175, Population Resources & Environment, 11:374:269, or Politics Environmental Issues 11:374:279
Environmental Science (375) Biology 115 and/or Chemistry I, Precalc or Calculus 135, Environmental Science 11:375:101 (recommended)
Food Science (400) Science of Food 11:400:103, Biology 115 and/or Chemistry I, Precalc or Calculus 135
Kinesiology & Health (377) Foundations Kinesiology & Health 01:377:140, Biology 115, Psychology 01:830:101
Landscape Architecture (550) Env. Design Analysis 11:550:230, 11:550:133 Architectural Design, 11:550:101 Landscape Studies, 11:550:250 Ag and the Landscape, and Math
Marine Science (628) Biology 115 and/or Chemistry I, Precalc or Calculus 135 or 151, Intro Oceanography 11:628:120, Oceanography House 11:628:100 (Recommended)
Meteorology (670) Intro to Meteorology 11:670:101, 01:750:203,205 General Physics I with Lab and Calculus 151 or Precalc 115 and Chemistry I Weather Watcher Learning Community - Requires Weather Climate TV I 11:670:111
Microbiology (680) Biology 115 and/or Chemistry I, Calculus 640:151
Nutritional Science (709)
(Nutrition Research Option)
Biology 115 or Chemistry I, Precalc or Calculus 135
Nutritional Science (709)
(Dietetics and Food Service)
Culinary Nutrition 11:709:201, Chemistry I or Biology 115, Psychology 01:830:101, Precalc
Nutritional Science (709)
(Community Nutrition & Nutrition, Food & Business)
Culinary Nutrition 11:709:201, Psychology 01:830:101, Chemistry I, and Precalc
Plant Biology (776) Biology 115 and an elective: Principles of Botany 11:776:210, Intro to Horticulture 11:776:211, or Principles Organic Crop Production 11:776:221, Precalc or Calculus 135
Public Health (832) Public Health 10:832:242 and Biology 115 or Chemistry I and Precalc

SEBS students will complete 120 credits (159 CREDITS FOR 5YR. BIOENV. ENG'G) which will include meeting the goals of the SEBS Core + a SEBS Major + experience based education in the field of study to meet the graduation requirements.

Recommended First-year Core and Elective Courses

This is not a comprehensive list of general education courses that will fulfill the Rutgers SEBS School Core Requirements. These are the 100 and 200 level courses recommended for first-year students; 300 and 400 level are designed for Juniors and Seniors and do not appear here.

Course descriptions for all university courses can be found in the Rutgers–New Brunswick Undergraduate Catalog.

These courses fulfill areas of your SEBS Core Requirements.

Course Number Course Title Core Goal(s) Covered
11:067:142 Intro to Animal Science (3) [NS]
11:216:115 volution Sex & Gender in Animals (3) [CCo, NS]
11:373:101 Economics, People, Env. (3) [CCo, SCL – Econ]
11:373:121 Princ & Apps Microeconomics (3) [SCL – Econ]
11:374:101 Intro to Human Ecology (3) [CCo, SCL]
11:374:175 Energy and Society (3) [CCo, SCL]
11:374:279 Politics Environmental Issues (3) [CCo, SCL - Gov]
11:375:101 Intro to Environmental Science (3) [CCo, NS]
11:400:106 Food as Medicine (3) [NS]
11:550:133 Architectural Design I (3) [AHr]
11:550:230 Environmental Design Analysis (3) [CCo, AHp]
1:550:250 History of Landscape Architecture (3) [HST]
11:550:271 Agriculture and the Landscape (3) [CCd]
11:628:120 Intro to Oceanography (3) [CCo, NS]
11:628:221 Human Interaction Coastal Ocean (3) [CCo, NS]
11:680:101 Living in the Microbial World (3) [CCo, NS]
11:680:103 Microbiology of Agricultural Products in NJ (3) [CCo, NS]
01:050:101 Intro to American Studies (3) [AHp or AHo]
01:050:102 Intro to Race & Ethnicity in America (3) [CCd]
01:050:259 Popular Culture (3) [AHp or AHo]
01:070:111 Extinction (4) [CCd or CCo & NS]
01:082:105 Intro Western Art History (Pre-History to 1400) [AHp]
01:190:206 Roman Civilization (3) [HST and AHp or AHo]
01:190:207 Greek & Roman Mythology (3) [AHp]
04:189:101 Intro Comm & Info Processes (3) [AHq or AHo]
04:189:102 Introduction to Media (3) [HST]
01:195:101 Intro to World Literature (3) [AHp]
01:351:211 Intro to Creative Writing (3) [AHr]
01:202:201 Intro Criminal Justice (3) [SCL]
01:506:101 World History I (3) [HST]
01:512:103 Making of America: Colonization to Civil War (3) [HST]
01:558:101 Global Awareness: Int'l & Global Stds (3) [CCd]
01:563:201 Jewish History: Ancient & Medieval (3) [HST]
01:590:101 Latin America: An Introduction (3) [CCd & HST or SCL]
01:730:101 Logic, Reasoning, and Persuasion (3) [AHo]
01:790:101 Nature of Politics (3) [SCL – Gov]
10:775:101 Intro to Planning, Policy, & Health (3) [SCL]
10:832:201 Principles of Public Health (3) [QQ, SCL]
01:840:101 Gods, Myths, Religions - Secular Age (3) [CCo, AHo]
01:888:290 Introduction to Critical Sexualities [CCd or CCo]
01:920:101 Introduction to Sociology (3) [SCL]
07:965:211 Theater Appreciation (3) [AHo or AHp]
01:988:101 Intro Gender, Race, and Sexuality (3) [CCo OR CCd]

Exploratory Courses

These courses may not fulfill areas of your SEBS Core requirements, but may be appropriate to take if you would like explore a new area of interest.

Course Number Course Title
01:014:103 Introduction to Africana Studies (3)
11:020:210 Intro to Agriculture & Food Systems (3)
11:370:202 The World of Insects (3)
01:377:140 Foundations Kinesiology & Health (1.5)
11:628:100 Oceanography House (1.5)
11:709:101 Nutrition for Today (1)
11:776:211 Introduction to Horticulture (3)
11:776:242 Plant Science
01:830:101 General Psychology (3)

World Languages at Rutgers

Courses taught in departments listed below do not necessarily fulfill Core goals*, but are encouraged.

Students with prior knowledge, who are seeking to continue studies in a language, must complete a Foreign Language Placement Exam. To select course list language name and "Placement by Exam".)

Students beginning a new language may begin at the elementary/first year level. To select course list language name and "No prior knowledge". No credit granted for elementary level language, if studied it two or more years in high school.

Rutgers offers courses in the following modern foreign languages in Fall 2019:

  • Arabic
  • Armenian
  • Chinese
  • Filipino
  • French
  • German
  • Greek (Modern)
  • Hebrew
  • Hindi
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Manchu
  • Persian
  • Polish
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Swahili
  • Tagalog
  • Turkish
  • Twi
  • Ukrainian
  • Urdu
  • Vietnamese
  • Yiddish

*Some languages at the Intermediate/Second Year level or higher may count toward the Arts & Humanities (Nature of Languages - AHq) requirement. Check the SEBS Core List for a full listing of approved Intermediate level and higher courses.