First-Year Student Course Selection List
The SEBS Core Curriculum establishes common goals that, along with a major and experience based education, prepares SEBS graduates for successful lives and careers based on a critical understanding of the natural environment, human behavior, and the individual's role in diverse societies. They prepare our students to be global citizens, creative problem solvers, and strong leaders. Progress in meeting the core is not measured in the number of classes completed, but in the range and number of goals achieved in courses specifically designed to meet Core goals.
There are four primary Areas of Focus under the Core:
- Contemporary Challenges (CC)
- Experience-Based Education (EBE)
- Areas of Inquiry (includes Natural Science (NS), Social Analysis (SCL), Historical Analysis (HST), Arts & Humanities (AH)
- Cognitive Skills & Processes - Writing & Communication (WCd), Quantitative & Formal Reasoning (QQ, QR), and Information Technology & Research (ITR)
Each of these has a set of goals outlining things students will be able to do upon graduating. The Core courses listed here are specially selected to get you started in meeting the goals of your Rutgers education.
Students will complete 128 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.
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.
Natural Sciences (NS) is fulfilled automatically for all students whose majors require both General Biology and Chemistry or Principles of Biology 103 and General Chemistry. Students will be automatically registered for these based on 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.
Cognitive Skills & Processes (QQ, QR, ITR) courses will be automatically registered based on Rutgers Placement Test and Major Departmental requirements.
Instructions for Use:
- Select four classes from the list and enter the course number (e.g., 11:374:101) and title (Intro to Human Ecology) on the Course Selection Form (CSF) under the core/elective courses section. If selecting a foreign language simply list the name of the language and either "no prior knowledge" or "placement by exam".
- Do not re-list any class that already appears in your "Faculty Recommended Classes" list.
- You will only be registered for four or five classes total—14–16 credits. Priority is given to major required, math, the writing class, then to special program courses, then to core/elective classes. You need to list extra classes in case a course is full or times conflict.
Recommended First-year Elective Courses
These courses fulfill areas of your SEBS Core Requirements.
|Department||Course Number||Course Title||Core Goal(s) Covered|
|Ecology, Evolution, Nat'l Res||11:216:115||Evolution of Sex & Gender in Animals (3)||CC, NS|
|Economics||11:373:101||Economics, People, Env. (3)||CC, SCL - Economic|
|Economics||11:373:121||Princ & Apps Microeconomics (3)||SCL - Economic|
|Env. Policy Inst & Behaviors||11:374:101||Intro to Human Ecology (3)||CC, SCL-Social/Cultural|
|Env. Policy Inst & Behaviors||11:374:175||Energy and Society (3)||CC, SCL-Social/Cultural|
|Env. Policy Inst & Behaviors||11:374:279||Politics Environmental Issues (3)||CC, SCL -Govt/Regulatory|
|Environmental Science||11:375:101||Intro to Environmental Science (3)||CC, NS - Env|
|Food Science||11:400:106||Food as Medicine (3)||NS|
|Landscape Architecture||11:550:230||Environmental Design Analysis (3)||CC, AHp|
|Landscape Architecture||11:550:237||Visualization I - Drawing (3)||AHr|
|Marine Science||11:628:221||Human Interaction w/ Coastal Ocean (3)||CC, NS|
|Meteorology||11:670:101||ntro to Meteorology (3)||Major, NS - Phys, ITR|
|Microbiology||11:680:101||Living in the Microbial World (3)||CC, NS - Bio|
|American Studies||01:050:101||Intro to American Studies (3)||AHo or AHp|
|American Studies||01:050:228||The Contemporary American (3)||AHp, SCL - Social/Cultural|
|American Studies||01:050:259||Popular Culture (3)||AHo or AHp|
|Classics||01:190:207||Greek & Roman Mythology (3)||AHp|
|English: Creative Writing||01:351:211||Creative Writing (3)||AHr|
|History, American||01:512:103/104||Development of the US I or II (3)||HST|
|History, General/Comp||01:506:101||World History I (3)||HST|
|International Studies||01:558:101||Global Awareness: Int'l & Global Stds (3)||CC|
|Jewish Studies||01:563:201||Jewish Society & Culture I (3)||HST|
|Latin American Studies||01:590:101||Latin America: An Introduction (3)||HST, SCL, CC|
|Philosophy||01:730:101||Logic, Reasoning, and Persuasion (3)||AHo|
|Political Science||01:790:101||Nature of Politics (3)||SCL - Govt/Regulatory|
|Religion||01:840:101||Gods, Myths, Religions - Secular Age (3)||CC, AHo|
|Religion||01:840:112||Death and Afterlife (3)||AHo|
|Sexuality Studies||01:888:290||Introduction to Critical Sexualities||CC|
|Theater Arts||07:965:211||Theater Appreciation (3)|
|Women's & Gender Studies||01:988:101||Intro to Gender, Race, and Sexuality (3)||CC|
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.
|Department||Course Number||Course Title||Core Goal(s) Covered|
|Africana Studies||01:014:103||Introduction to Africana Studies (3)||Elective Credit|
|Agriculture & Food Systems||11:020:210||Intro to Agriculture & Food Systems (3)||Major, Elective Credit|
|Communication & Info||04:189:101||Intro Communications & Info Processes (3)||AHo, AHq, SCL|
|Communication & Info||04:189:102||Introduction to Media||Elective Credit|
|Education||11:300:101||Intro to Professional Youth Work (1)||Elective Credit|
|Entomology||11:370:202||The World of Insects (3)||Elective Credit|
|Marine Science||11:628:120||Intro. to Oceanography (3)||NS - Env|
|Nutritional Sciences||11:709:101||Nutrition for Today (1)||Elective Credit|
|Plant Science||11:776:211||Introduction to Horticulture (3)||Major, Elective Credit|
|Policy, Health, and Admin.||10:775:101||Intro to Planning, Policy, & Health (3)||SCL - Social/Cultural|
|Psychology||01:830:101||General Psychology (3)||SCL - Social/Cultural|
|Public Health||10:832:201||Principles of Public Health (3)||Major, QQ, SCL - Soc/Cult|
|Social Justice||01:904:201||Into to Social Justice (3)||Elective Credit|
|Sociology||01:920:101||Introduction to Sociology (3)||CC, SCL - Social/Cultural|
Languages Taught at Rutgers
Courses 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. Students beginning a new language may begin at the elementary/first year level. 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:
- Greek (Modern)
Some languages at the Intermediate/Second Year level may count toward the Arts & Humanities (AHq) requirement. Check the SEBS Core List for a full listing of approved Intermediate level courses.