Required and Recommended Fall Courses for Incoming First-Year BS in Business, Technology and Entrepreneurship 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, Technology and Entrepreneurship 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 by mid-summer.

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.
 

Commerce & Culture | Required in the Fall | 4 Credits

All students are required to complete two writing-focused courses in your first year. Commerce & Culture (MULT-UB 100) is the first course in this sequence which you will take in the fall. You’ll register for your spring writing course later on.

 

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 and Calculus (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 are 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 are 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.
 

Entrepreneurship: Mindset + Action | Required in the Fall | 3 Credits

All BTE students are required to take Entrepreneurship: Mindset + Action (BTEP-UB 1) in the fall as part of your Entrepreneurship Core. In this course, you will develop an entrepreneurial mindset that will help you solve the increasingly complex and uncertain problems of the 21st century. Whether you are interested in founding a company, working in the fast-paced startup world, or taking action in existing organizations, it will teach you evidence-based approaches to improving your chances of success. A key aspect of this course is an experiential design thinking project in which you will learn user-centered approaches to understanding problems and building solutions. Through action and reflection cycles, you will also have a stronger sense of how and when entrepreneurship can fit in your career journey.

 

BTE Immersion I | Required in the Fall | 1 Credit

All BTE students are required to take BTE Immersion (BTEP-UB 2) in the fall. The BTE Immersion will tie your coursework directly to the NYC Entrepreneurship and Technology Ecosystem by immersing you in site visits and strategic projects with NYC companies.


A Microeconomics Class | 4 Credits

You have two options for microeconomics, and both courses are 4 credits. All NYU Stern students are required to complete either Microeconomics with Algebra (ECON-UB 1) or Microeconomics with Calculus (ECON-UB 2), and either will fulfill your microeconomics requirement. Questions about which course is best for you? Feel free to reach out to an academic adviser before you go to register.

  • 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 | Depends on Proficiency | 4 – 6 Credits

NYU Stern requires all students to take a 6-credit statistics course, and we strongly recommend you complete it during your first year. 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.)
     

Technology Core Course | Depends on Schedule and Placement | 4 Credits

The BTE Technology core requires two College of Arts & Science (CAS) Computer Science courses: Intro to Computer Science (CSCI-UA 101) and Data Structures (CSCI-UA 102).  You are not required to take a course in this area in your first semester, however, if you have room in your schedule because you placed out of Calculus or wish to wait to take Statistics, you can opt to add a course in this area to your fall schedule.  Please note the following guidelines provided by CAS Computer Science regarding prerequisites and placement into these courses: 

  • Option 1: Intro to Computer Programming - No Prior Experience (CSCI-UA 2): This is a prerequisite for CSCI-UA 101
    Who can/should take this course? If you do not have any of the listed test scores below required to place into CSCI-UA 101 or 102, you need to first take this course prior to the required CAS Tech Core sequence.
     
  • Option 2: Intro to Computer Science (CSCI-UA 101) 
    Who can/should take this course? Students with a score of 3 on the Computer Science AP exam (credit must appear on your NYU transcript).  
     
  • Option 3: Data Structures (CSCI-UA 102)
    Who can/should take this course? Students with a score of 4 or 5 on the Computer Science AP exam (credit must appear on your NYU transcript).
Please note that AP Computer Principles is NOT equivalent nor serves as a prerequisite for either of these required courses. 


Either (1) Texts & Ideas or (2) Cultures & Contexts or Global Cultures | Depending on Your Schedule | 4 Credits

You may choose to take one or both of these options during your first year (both (1) and (2) must be completed before you graduate). However, because they are all writing- and reading-intensive, we recommend you take no more than one in a given semester. 

If you are an international student and English is not your first language, we do not recommend that you take either Texts & Ideas or Cultures & Contexts at the same time as Commerce & Culture due to the amount of reading and writing these courses require.

  • Option 1: Text & Ideas (CORE-UA 400-499) 
    Who can/should take Text & Ideas? Any NYU Stern student can take it. You may choose to take it during your first year. You should not take it while also taking Cultures & Contexts or Global Cultures.
     
  • Option 2: Cultures & Contexts (CORE-UA 500-599) or Global Cultures (AFGC-UF 101, CAGC-UF 101, EAGC-UF 101, LAGC-UF 101, MEGC-UF 101, SAGC-UF 101)
    Who can/should take Cultures & Contexts? Any NYU Stern student can take it. All students must take either this course or Global Cultures during your degree. You should not take this course while also taking Texts & Ideas.

    Who can/should take Global Cultures? Any NYU Stern student can take it. All students must take this course or Cultures & Contexts during your degree. You should not take this course while also taking Texts & Ideas. Pro tip: Set the “School” filter to “Liberal Studies” when searching for this course in Albert Course Search.

No AP, IB, or GCE A-Level exams or previously taken college classes can substitute these requirements.

 

Elective Course | Depending on Your Schedule | Various Credits

You must complete at least 22 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 coded as -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.