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Undergraduate Core Curriculum

NYIT adopted the 21st-century Discovery Core Curriculum in fall 2010. During the transition period from 2010 to the present, NYIT has offered courses under both the old and new core curricula. Following is an explanation of new courses replacing old courses and the options available to incoming freshmen and current students for fulfilling their graduation requirements.

Freshmen admitted in fall 2010 comprised the first class to go through NYIT's Discovery Core Curriculum. The new core courses are designed in three stages:

  1. Foundation Courses
  2. Interdisciplinary Seminars
  3. Mathematics and Additional Science Courses

1. Foundation Courses

With the exception of the FCWR 300 series of professional communication courses, students take most foundation courses in their first year of study. These courses begin with FC (foundations core) and include:

  • FCWR 101 Writing I: Foundations of College Composition
    or
    FCWR 111 Writing I: Foundations of College Composition for International Students
  • FCWR 151 Writing II: Foundations of Research Writing
    or
    FCWR 161 Writing II: Foundations of Research Writing for International Students
  • FCSP 105 Speech Communication
  • FCIQ 101 Foundations of Inquiry
  • FCSC 101 Foundations of Scientific Process

Students will take one more foundation course in their junior year. There are four options for the Foundations of Professional Communication course (FCWR 301, 302, 303, 304). Academic advisors assist students in choosing the right option. Select one writing course (FCWR):

  • FCWR 301 Communication for Business
  • FCWR 302 Communication for Health Care
  • FCWR 303 Communication for Arts and Design
  • FCWR 304 Communication for Technical Professions

2. Interdisciplinary Seminars

Beginning in sophomore year, students who successfully completed the five first-year foundation courses take four interdisciplinary seminars from four different categories: a) literature, b) behavioral science, c) social science, and d) philosophy/ethics. These courses all begin with IC (interdisciplinary core) and are followed by LT, BS, SS, and PH respectively, to indicate course topics. There are several seminars in each area to choose from. Students select one from each category in their sophomore and junior years. Please note: New courses are created each year, so students should check the NYIT catalog and course schedules for complete listings.

A. Select one literature course (ICLT). Students should check the NYIT catalog course descriptions and course schedules for complete listings. Two examples are provided here:

  • ICLT 301 Contemporary American Immigrant Literature
  • ICLT 302 Strange Creations: Literature, Intelligent Technology, and Ethics

B. Select one behavioral science course (ICBS). Students should check the NYIT catalog course descriptions and course schedules for complete listings. Two examples are provided here:

  • ICBS 301 Cross-Cultural Aspects of Dating, Courtship, and Mate Selection Seminar
  • ICBS 302 Intergroup Relations: Understanding, Prejudice, Stereotyping, and Discrimination

C. Select one social science course (ICSS). Students should check the NYIT catalog course descriptions and course schedules for complete listings. Two examples are provided here:

  • ICSS 301 Seminar in Global Environmental History
  • ICSS 303 The American Character: A Global Perspective

D. Select one philosophy course (ICPH). Students should check the NYIT catalog and course schedules for complete listings. Two examples are provided here:

  • ICPH 301 The Philosophy of Human Nature
  • ICPH 302 The Legacy of Socrates

Searching for Courses

When searching for new FC (foundation core) or IC (interdisciplinary core) courses with the online Search for Sections at NYITConnect, use the following subject abbreviations:

FCWR Foundations of Writing
FCSP Foundations of Speech
FCIQ Foundations of Inquiry
FCSC Foundations of Sci Process

ICLT Literature Core
ICBS Behavior Science Core
ICSS Social Science Core
ICPH Philosophy Ethics Core

3. Mathematics and Additional Science Courses

All students are required to complete a minimum of three credits of science beyond the Foundations of Scientific Process course (FCSC 101), and a minimum of three credits of mathematics. Students can use the following prefixes to satisfy the second science requirements: BIOL, CHEM, PHYS.

Students should discuss these and all courses with their academic advisor.