L&S: First-Year Pathways

Pre-Med Year-long Cluster: Race, Immigration, and Public Health (Fall 2024)

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  • Biological Sciences
  • Physical Sciences
  • Historical Studies

This is a brand-new, year-long cluster piloted for the 2024-25 academic year. Participants will be enrolled in a full complement of courses that meet recommended first-year courses for medical school, as well as a hub course on the histories of race and immigration in public health debates, and a first-year writing course on writing for the biological sciences. Students will be enrolled in all courses for the fall semester of their first year, with a full unit load (13 units).

Fall 2024 Semester (13 units): Meeting Schedule
Chemistry 1A: MWF 1:00-2:00 PM; Discussion section M 4:00-5:00 PM
Chemistry 1AL: W 4:00-5:00 PM; Discussion section F 8:00-11:00 AM

Math 10A: MWF 3:00-4:00 PM; Discussion section T, Th 3:30-5:00 PM
Sociology 1: MWF 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM; Note there are two discussion sections: DIS 113: Tu/Th 12:00-1:00 PM; DIS 115: Tu/Th 1:00-2:00 PM

Spring 2025 Semester (12 units): Schedule TBA

Hub course: Ethnic Studies 12: Pandemics and Writing History (Historical Studies breadth)
Wing 1: Math 10B: Methods of Mathematics: Calculus, Statistics, and Combinatorics (part 2)
Wing 2: College Writing R&C: Writing for the biological sciences

Hub: Chemistry 1A: General Chemistry and Chemistry 1AL: General Chemistry Laboratory

3 units, Physical Sciences breadth

Stoichiometry of chemical reactions, quantum mechanical description of atoms, the elements and periodic table, chemical bonding, real and ideal gases, thermochemistry, introduction to thermodynamics and equilibrium, acid-base and solubility equilibria, introduction to oxidation-reduction reactions, introduction to chemical kinetics. 

Instructor (1A): TBD; Instructor (1AL): Michelle Douskey

Wing 1: Math 10A, Methods of Mathematics: Calculus, Statistics, and Combinatorics

4 units

Introduction to differential and integral calculus of functions of one variable, ordinary differential equations, and matrix algebra and systems of linear equations.

Instructor: TBD

Wing 2: Sociology 1, Introduction to Sociology

4 Units, Social and Behavioral Sciences breadth

Introduces students who are considering majoring in sociology to the basic topics, concepts, and principles of the study of society.

Instructor: Tom Gold