Required and Recommended Fall Courses for Incoming First-Year BS in Business and Political Economy Students

Your first day to register for Fall 2022 classes is anticipated to take place on Wednesday, June 15 at 9:00 AM ET. Make sure you go back and review the Fall Registration Information for how to register and tips to keep in mind when building your schedule.

Your own first-year schedule will vary depending on a number of factors, like your degree program, whether you have any qualifying test scores that place you out of required courses, whether a particular class section has filled up already when you go to register. Heck, how much of a morning person you are is something to keep in mind when going to register. Also remember that your course schedule can also be modified throughout the summer and into the beginning of the fall semester. And finally, here's a quick word on applying advanced standing credits and placement scores (AP/IB/GCE A-levels), if you have them. (If you don't, don't worry about it.)

So here we go! These are the required and recommended courses that you should register for when building your class schedule as a BS in Business and Political Economy student.
 

Cohort Leadership Program | Required in the Fall | 0 Credits

All students are required to take Cohort Leadership Program (MULT-UB 9) in your first-year fall semester. You will be automatically enrolled in the course and you should be able to see it on your schedule prior to course registration.

The Cohort Leadership Program (CLP) is a weekly 0-credit class in the first fall semester. The course supports your leadership skill development to achieve success as a student and future business leader. You will gain greater self-awareness, learn from different perspectives through dialogue, and continue to connect with your cohort community. You'll find out more about it during NYU Stern New Student Orientation.
 

Intro to Economic and Political Thought | Required in the Fall | 4 credits

All BPE students are required to take Intro to Economic and Political Thought (BPEP-UB 1) as your fall writing course. You will be taking Business and Society as your spring semester writing course.

No AP, IB or GCE A-Level exams or previously taken college classes can be used to satisfy this requirement. This course must be taken at NYU.
 

A Calculus or Math Class | Depending on Proficiency | 4 Credits

All NYU Stern students must complete Calculus 1 (MATH-UA 121) or a higher level math course to complete Stern's mathematics requirement. Calculus 1 also serves as a prerequisite for Microeconomics with Calculus (ECON-UB 2). 

You may apply qualifying advanced standing credit to complete this requirement. If you choose to waive out of this requirement with your exam score, you do not need to take additional/further math at NYU Stern. Qualifying advanced standing exam scores for math include:

  • AP: Calculus BC score of 4 or 5
  • IB: Math HL score of 6 or 7
  • GCE A-level: Math score of A or B

Alternatively, math placement exams are being offered remotely throughout the summer for students who wish to place into a higher math course and/or don’t have a qualifying test score to exempt them from the requirement. Please Note: you do not receive academic credit for passing a placement exam. These exams are for placement purposes only (you must still take Calculus I or higher to complete Stern's math requirement). Maturity certificate exams and math courses taken at other institutions must be reviewed by the NYU Stern Undergraduate College Academic Advising Office. 

Please review the information below carefully to see what course you should enroll in:

  • Option 1: Algebra, Trigonometry & Functions (MATH-UA 9) 
    Who can/should take this course? Any NYU Stern who does not qualify for Calculus I should enroll in this course. (See Calculus 1 qualifications below.) Opportunity Program students should refer to the email you received and register for the appropriate level of Math and associated recitation.
  • Option 2: Calculus I (MATH-UA 121) 
    Who can/should take this course? To take this course, please review the eligibility requirements on the Math Department's website. 
  • Option 3: Calculus II (Math-UA 122) or Linear Algebra (MATH-UA 140)
    Who can/should take this course? To take this course, please review the eligibility requirements on the Math Department's website. You should consider taking this or another higher-level math course beyond Calculus I if you're considering a concentration in statistics or actuarial science, a major/minor in math, or pursuing graduate school in fields such as economics, finance, or math.
  • Option 4: Calculus III (MATH-UA 123) 
    Who can/should take this course? To take this course, please review the eligibility requirements on the Math Department's website. You should consider taking this or another higher-level math course beyond Calculus I if you're considering a concentration in statistics or actuarial science, a major/minor in math, or pursuing graduate school in fields such as economics, finance, or math.
     

A Microeconomics Class | Required in Your First Year | 4 Credits

Since you'll be studying abroad in your sophomore year, all BPE students must complete both Microeconomics and the full Statistics requirement by the end of your first year. (For more on Statistics, please see the next bullet point.) 

You have a couple of options for both microeconomics and for statistics. Stick with us. Let’s start with Microeconomics.

The course descriptions below have eligibility information. If you're eligible to take either version of Microeconomics in the fall, you're required to take it in the fall semester. If you're not eligible to take either version of Microeconomics in the fall, you must take Microeconomics in the spring semester and must take Statistics in the fall.

If you're eligible for Microeconomics already, you may choose to take both Microeconomics and Statistics in the same semester, but this may be considered a quantitatively-heavy course load.

  • Option 1: Microeconomics with Algebra (ECON-UB 1)
    Who can/should take this course? To take Microeconomics with Algebra (ECON-UB 1), you must have any qualifying score for placement into Calculus I which can be found on the Math Department's Website. Please note that this course includes multiple algebra and graphical problems and greater emphasis is placed on economic intuitions. Assessment is more qualitative and essay-based. Use this helpful guide to learn more about what mathematical concepts you will be expected to know prior to enrolling in this course.
  • Option 2: Microeconomics with Calculus (ECON-UB 2)
    Who can/should take this course? To take Microeconomics with Calculus (ECON-UB 2), you must have at least one of the following:
    • AP AB Calculus score of 4 or higher
    • AP BC Calculus score of 4 or higher
    • IB HL Math score of 6 or 7
    • GCE A-Level Math score of A or B
    • A satisfactory grade (C or higher) in Calculus I (MATH-UA 121) if no eligible test score is available

      Please note that this course is more quantitatively-based both in the topics covered and in the assessment. Please use this helpful guide to learn more about what mathematical concepts you will be expected to know prior to enrolling in this course.

No AP, IB or GCE A-Level exams or previously taken college classes can be used to satisfy your Microeconomics requirement. This course must be taken through NYU Stern.
 

Statistics | Depending on Proficiency | Required in Your First Year | 4 – 6 Credits

NYU Stern requires all students to take a 6-credit statistics course. Since you'll be studying abroad in your sophomore year, all BPE students must complete both Microeconomics and the full Statistics requirement by the end of your first year. 

If you're eligible for either version of Microeconomics in the fall semester, you could choose to take both Microeconomics and Statistics in the same semester, but this may be considered a quantitatively heavy course load. 

If you're not eligible for either version of Microeconomics in the fall semester, you must take Statistics in the fall semester and take Microeconomics in the spring semester.

There are two ways you can fulfill your statistics requirement: by taking one semester of a combined, more intensive 6-credit course called Statistics for Business Control and Regression and Forecasting Models (STAT-UB 103) (option 1), or by taking – or waiving out of – a regular 4-credit course called Statistics for Business Control (STAT-UB 1), and then taking the higher level 2-credit course called Regression and Forecasting Models (STAT-UB 3) (option 2).

  • Option 1: Statistics for Business Control and Regression and Forecasting Models (STAT-UB 103) 
    Who can/should take this course? This is a combined 6-credit course. Any NYU Stern student can take it. No qualifying test scores are needed. You may wish to take this course if you would like to finish your statistics requirement all at once in one intensive semester – rather than spread it out over two semesters.
  • Option 2: Taking or Waiving out of Statistics for Business Control (STAT-UB 1), and taking Regression and Forecasting Models (STAT-UB 3) 
    Who can/should take Statistics for Business Control? This is a regular 4-credit course. Any NYU Stern student can take it. No qualifying test scores are needed. You may wish to start with this course if you would like to spread out your statistics requirements over the course of a year, rather than in one more intensive semester.

    Who can/should take Regression and Forecasting Models? This is a 2-credit course. If you have earned a 4 or 5 on your AP Statistics exam, a 6 or 7 on the IB Math (or Further Maths) HL exam or an A or B on the A-Level Maths exam, you can choose to take a proficiency exam during NYU Stern Orientation in the fall. If you pass that exam, you can be waived of Statistics for Business Control (STAT-UB 1) and would then only need to take Regression and Forecasting Models (STAT-UB 3) to complete the statistics requirement. (In this case, you do not receive any credits toward graduation requirements; it is only a waiver.)

Natural Science | Depending on Advanced Standing | 4 Credits

You must take one semester of a natural science course to earn your degree. Some of the department-specific courses may have prerequisites, so be sure to check the notes in Albert. If you have a qualifying advanced standing test score, you may use your test score to complete this requirement. You can find qualifying advanced standing test scores that satisfy Natural Science by reviewing the “Advanced Standing and Credit by Examination” area of Stern’s Academic Policies. 

The following courses are open to NYU Stern students:

  • Physical Science (CORE-UA 200 – 299)
    Who can/should take it? Any NYU Stern student can take it. No qualifying test scores are needed.
     
  • Life Science (CORE-UA 300 – 399) 
    Who can/should take this course? Any NYU Stern student can take it. No qualifying test scores are needed.
     
  • Any biology (BIOL-UA), chemistry (CHEM-UA),  or physics (PHYS-UA) or science education (SCIED-UE) courses
    Who can/should take these courses? Any NYU Stern student can take them, but some of these courses may have prerequisites and are taught for students pursuing these majors. Be sure to check the notes in Albert for prerequisites or special considerations. Please note that Introductory Experimental Physics I (PHYS-UA 71) and Introductory Experimental Physics II (PHYS-UA 72) must both be taken to receive full credit toward the natural science requirement.
     
  • Select environmental science (ENVST-UA), anthropology (ANTH-UA), and psychology (PSYCH-UA) courses
    Who can/should take these courses? Any NYU Stern student can choose from the below options. Be sure to check the notes in Albert for prerequisites or special considerations.
    • Select environmental science courses: ENVST-UA 100, 210, 226/9226, 254, 275/9275, 323232, 360. (ENVST-UA 101 and ENVST-UA 400- and 500-level courses will not be approved.) Any other ENVST will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
    • Select anthropology courses: ANTH-UA 2, 50 – 59, 80, 90, 240, 326, 511, 512.
    • Select psychology courses: Cognitive Neuroscience (PSYCH-UA 25), Developmental Psychology (PSYCH-UA 344) or Social Neuroscience (PSYCH-UA 35).

 

Foreign Language | Depending on Proficiency | 4 – 6 Credits

As a BPE student, you are required to show proficiency in a second language (other than English) through the collegiate/NYU Intermediate II level.

If you have no previous proficiency in a non-English language, you should browse the course listings for the College of Arts & Science (CAS), looking for foreign language introductory course offerings to consider adding to your schedule. For example, Elementary-level French (FREN-UA), Spanish (SPAN-UA), Mandarin (EAST-UA).

If you do not have an appropriate exam score to waive you out of this requirement (see below) but believe you have some level of or can establish proficiency that may place you into a non-introductory course without additional college coursework, you can take a foreign language placement exam through the College of Arts & Science (CAS). If you place above the intermediate II level of the language, you can then opt to sit for an exemption exam to see if you’re able to waive out of the foreign language requirement altogether. You can talk to your academic adviser in the fall for further clarification. 

You may waive out of the language requirement through one of the following ways: 

  • A high score on an SAT Subject exam in a foreign language (score varies by language) - do not send this score to NYU (you can address how to provide a screenshot of your score with an adviser in the fall semester)
  • A 4 or 5 on an AP language exam (other than English)
  • A 6 or 7 on an IB Higher Level exam in a second language (other than English)
  • An A or B on a GCE A-Level in a foreign language (other than English)
  • A satisfactory score on NYU's foreign language placement and/or exemption exams
  • Or, you have attended a high school outside the United States for four years or more in which all classes (other than English) were taught in another language.


Elective Course | Depending on Your Schedule | Various Credits

As a BPE student, you must complete at least 28 credits of coursework outside of Stern over the course of pursuing your degree. Oftentimes, these credits can be covered by pursuing a minor. Electives from across NYU are open to NYU Stern students except for courses from the School of Professional Studies (denoted by courses that are coded as “-UC”). Courses can be taken from any of the following schools across NYU:

  • College of Arts & Science (courses ending in -UA)
  • Steinhardt School of Culture, Education & Human Development (-UE)
  • Tisch School of the Arts (-UT)
  • Wagner Graduate School of Public Service (-GP)
  • Gallatin School of Individualized Study (-UG)
  • Silver School of Social Work (-US)
  • College of Global Public Health (-GU)
  • Tandon School of Engineering (-UY)

You may have room in your schedule to take an elective or two. How much room you will have depends on whether you waive out of some of your required courses. Be sure to check the notes in Albert under each course to ensure that the class you’re interested in is open to NYU Stern students.
 

A quick word on advanced standing coursework/credits:

We recommend the following steps if you're utilizing your AP/IB/GCE A-level scores during registration:

  • Enroll in a full courseload (16 – 18 credits). During your initial registration period, you should enroll in classes that you qualify for without your AP/IB/GCE A-Level scores being in the system. When your AP/IB/GCE A-Level scores arrive at NYU, the NYU Stern Academic Advising Office can assist with scheduling options.
  • Send your scores. If you are planning on submitting AP/IB/GCE A-level scores, you may find instructions on submitting standardized test scores on the Admissions website. You can find NYU Stern's policy for Advanced Standing credit on our website, under "Advanced Standing and Credit by Examination."
  • View your received test scores. To check if NYU has received your official advanced standing scores (e.g. AP, IB, A-Level), log in to Albert and look in the “Grades and Transcripts” tab to see your "Test Scores." IB scores may take longer than AP scores to be reported in Albert. Other foreign examination scores (A-Levels, etc.) are not automatically recognized in Albert even once they have been received by NYU. We will update this section as needed with additional information for students whose tests have been canceled or otherwise impacted this year, but if you have questions about this, you can reach out to the Academic Advising Office at uc.advising@stern.nyu.edu or at (212)-998-4020

For a list of course equivalencies based on advanced standing, please review the AP equivalencies sheet, the IB equivalencies sheet, and/or the GCE A-level equivalencies sheet. Other maturity certificate exam scores can be reviewed by the Academic Advising Office. Please reach out for further information.