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Gateway Courses Into Majors

Although complete major requirements vary in most cases from one CUNY college to another, faculty committees have recently designated a minimum of three "gateway" courses leading into several of CUNY's most popular majors. Students who anticipate pursuing one of these majors can take the designated courses and will be able to transfer them for major credit seamlessly between CUNY colleges that offer the major. Since course titles may vary across the colleges, it is essential that students and advisors consult their colleges for more information.


Pathways Gateway Course BCC Course
Introductory Majors Biology (Molecular and Cellular Biology) BIO 11 General Biology I
Introductory Majors Biology (Organismic Biology) BIO 12 General Biology II
General Chemistry I CHM 11 General College Chemistry I
General Chemistry II CHM 12 General College Chemistry II
Pre-Calculus MTH 30 Pre-Calculus Mathematics

*CUNY colleges differ in the sequencing of their two Introductory Biology courses. A faculty committee outlined topics to be covered in each course. One course will cover Cellular and Molecular Biology, while the other course will cover Organismic Biology. The order in which the sequence is offered is to be left to the discretion of each college.


Pathways Gateway Course BCC Course
Introduction to Computer Information Systems and Technologies DAT 10 Computer Fundamentals and Applications
Fundamentals of Business Law LAW 41 Business Law
Introduction to Microeconomics ECO 11 Microeconomics
Introduction to Macroeconomics ECO 12 Macroeconomics

*Each college with a Business major will offer "Introduction to Microeconomics" or "Introduction to Macroeconomics," with some colleges offering both courses. Colleges that currently require only one of these courses will accept either course as fulfilling an incoming transfer student's gateway requirement.


Pathways Gateway Course BCC Course
English Composition ENG 11 Composition and Rhetoric I
Introduction to Literature N/A
Introduction to Literary Studies N/A



Pathways Gateway Course BCC Course
Anatomy and Physiology I BIO 23 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
Anatomy and Physiology II BIO 24 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
Introduction to Psychology PSY 11 Introduction to Psychology
Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning N/A
English Composition ENG 11 Composition and Rhetoric I


Pathways Gateway Course BCC Course
Introduction to Psychology PSY 11 Introduction to Psychology
Abnormal Psychology PSY 31 Abnormal Psychology
Personality Psychology N/A
Child Development PSY 41 Psychology of Infancy and Childhood
Lifespan Development N/A

*The Psychology major committee recommended the following: "Introduction to Psychology;" either "Abnormal Psychology" or "Personality Psychology;" either "Child Development" or "Lifespan Development." The committee noted that some colleges offer both "Abnormal Psychology" and "Personality Psychology," and some colleges offer both "Child Development" and "Lifespan Development." In these cases a college may accept both courses toward the major.

Political Science

Pathways Gateway Course BCC Course
Introduction to American Government POL 11 American National Government
Introduction to Political Science N/A
Urban Politics POL 51 Urban Politics
Global Issues/Issues in International Relations N/A

*Each college with a Political Science major will offer at least three of these courses and will accept any of these four courses for credit toward major requirements.


Pathways Gateway Course BCC Course
Introduction to Sociology SOC 11 Introduction to Sociology
Social Institutions N/A
Social Institutions N/A
Social Inequality SOC 37 Social Inequality

*The Sociology major committee identified three areas: "Introduction to Sociology", "Social Institutions" and "Social Inequality." Each college with a Sociology major will offer either one course in each of the three areas, or will offer two courses in one area and one course in another area. No more than one course may be placed in the Introduction to Sociology area.

Teacher Education

Pathways Gateway Course BCC Course
Social Foundations of Education EDU 12 Contemporary Urban Education—Birth to Grade 6
Psychological Foundations of Education EDU 10 Child Study—Birth to Grade 6
Arts in Education EDU 50 Creativity and the Arts for the Early Childhood and Childhood Years

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