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 both semesters of their first year, with full unit loads both semesters.

Meeting Schedule
Chemistry 1A: MWF 1-2p
Chemistry 1AL: W 4-5p

Math 10A: MWF 3-4p, discussion section TR 3:30-5p
Sociology 1: MWF 11a-12p, discussion section TR 2-3p

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: TBD

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