This eight-semester plan (see important details) is intended to guide students through a four-year undergraduate career, with completion of an academic major and all college-wide degree requirements. The plan is designed as an advising tool – a starting point for careful discussions between students and their academic advisors. In consultation, a student and advisor will adjust the plan to accommodate the student’s prerequisite needs, transferred credits, and other such variables.

The plan below reflects General Education (GE4) requirements in effect as of Fall 2019. Students who matriculated prior to that date will find the previous plan associated with their majors here. For a summary of GE4 requirements, see New Paltz General Education Requirements.

Students are responsible for reviewing their Progress Reports each semester to track their own progress toward degree requirements.

Biology

Year 1

Fall SemesterSpring Semester
CourseCredits
BIO201 General Biology I (Natural Science Lecture)3
BIO211 Gen Bio 1 Lab (Natural Science Lab)1
CHE201 General Chemistry I (Natural Science Lecture)3
CHE211 General Chemistry I Lab (Natural Science Lab)1
MAT251 Calculus I (Mathematics)4
Gen Ed: Composition (COMP)3
Total15
CourseCredits
BIO202 General Biology II (Natural Science Lecture)3
BIO212 Gen Bio 2 Lab (Natural Science Lab)1
CHE202 General Chemistry II (Natural Science Lecture)3
CHE212 General Chemistry II Lab (Natural Science Lab)1
Gen Ed: Composition (COMP)3
Gen Ed: Western Civilization (WEST)3
Total14

Year 2

Fall SemesterSpring Semester
CourseCredits
BIO320 Genetics3
BIO321 Genetics Lab1
CHE318 Organic Chemistry I3
CHE306 Organic Chemistry I Lab1
Gen Ed: Foreign Languages (FLNG)3
Gen Physics I or Fundamental Physics I with lab - See Note 14
Total15
CourseCredits
Upper-division Biology elective3-4
Course in approved minor3
Gen Ed: Humanities (HUM)3
Gen Physics II or Fundamental Physics II with lab - See Note 24
Total13-14

Year 3

Fall SemesterSpring Semester
CourseCredits
Upper-division Biology elective3-4
Course in approved minor3
MAT241 Introduction to Statistics (Mathematics)3
Gen Ed: The Arts (ART)3
Gen Ed: United States Studies (USST)3
Total15-16
CourseCredits
Biology elective with lab4
Course in approved minor3-4
Gen Ed: Writing Intensive (WI)3-4
Gen Ed: World Civilizations and Cultures (WRLD)3
Elective3
Total16-18

Year 4

Fall SemesterSpring Semester
CourseCredits
Biology elective with lab4
Gen Ed: Social Sciences (SSCI)3
Course in approved minor3
Elective3
Elective3
Total16
CourseCredits
Biology elective with lab4
Gen Ed: Diversity (DIVR)3
Course in approved minor3
Course in approved minor3
Elective3
Total16

Notes

Choice one of the following Physics courses with lab (please note that the General Physics sequence requires Calculus I and II):PHY211 Physics 1 Laboratory, PHY221 Fundamental Physics 1 (NSCI), PHY222 Fundamental Physics II (NSCI), PHY232 Fundamental Physics 2 Lab

Choice one of the following Physics courses with lab:PHY202 General Physics 2 (NSCI), PHY212 General Physics 2 Lab, PHY222 Fundamental Physics II (NSCI), PHY232 Fundamental Physics 2 Lab

Total Credits: 120-124