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New York University
AC-2: Learning Outcomes

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Faculty of Arts & Science:

Animal Studies
M.A., Minor
Animal Studies is a rapidly developing interdisciplinary field that draws from the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences to examine what nonhuman animals are like, how human and nonhuman animals relate to each other, and the aesthetic, moral, social, political, economic, and ecological significance of these relations.

The major in biology is an integrated yet diverse program that builds a solid foundation in modern biology through coursework in molecular biology, cell biology, evolution, genetics, developmental biology, physiology, immunology, genomics, systems biology, computational biology, ecology, and environmental biology.

This track is designed for students who desire a wide variety of study topics in biology including molecular biology, cell biology, evolutionary biology, microbiology, toxicology, physiology, immunology, neurobiology, genetics, genomics, proteomics, systems biology, and bioinformatics.

NYU Biology’s PhD program offers training in a broad range of biological research fields, including developmental genetics, genomics and systems biology, molecular and cellular biology, evolutionary biology, and infectious disease. Our dynamic and diverse community of faculty and graduate students engages closely on all aspects of scientific investigation.

Global Liberal Studies
For natural science requirement fulfillment, students must take the class “Living in the Anthropocene”. This class explores the physical, biological, environmental, and climatological changes humans have impacted on the planet.

Global Public Health & Science
B.A./B.S. with Concentration in Biology
Students pursuing this combined program will complete courses to fulfill the global public health/science major, with a concentration in biology that emphasizes one of the following areas: genetics and genomics, infectious diseases, or environmental health.

Environmental Studies
B.A., Minor
The Department of Environmental Studies aims to provide students with the breadth of understanding and skills necessary for resolving environmental questions and creating a sustainable future on scales ranging from local to global. It does so through integrated, problem-oriented study and a broad range of courses across disciplines and schools.

Metropolitan Studies
B.A., B.A. & Urban Planning, Minor
The Metropolitan Studies Program (MSP) is an interdisciplinary undergraduate major focused on the study of cities and metropolitan regions in historical and contemporary perspective. Students use New York City and other global metropolitan centers as their laboratories for understanding processes of urban and regional development, the major institutions of urban life, urban social movements, urban cultural dynamics and the socio-environmental consequences of worldwide urbanization.

Social and Cultural Analysis
B.A., M.A., Minor
The program in Social and Cultural Analysis is trans-disciplinary in nature. It combines topics and methods drawn from the humanities and social science to analyze the relationships among individuals, groups, institutions, governments, economies, and environments.


College of Global Public Health:

M.A., Minor
Bioethics is the interdisciplinary study of ethical issues arising in health care, the biological sciences, and emerging technologies. Scientific advancements and rapid technological change result in — and hence require — a range of difficult ethical decisions, and it is vital that people are equipped to think clearly and critically about the social, moral, and political issues involved. The bioethics program is intended for students with a wide variety of academic interests and career goals. It is particularly suitable for those pursuing careers in medicine, public policy, law, bioengineering, the life sciences, public health, journalism, and philosophy. Courses will address foundational moral questions concerning life in all its forms together with specific case studies.

The Master of Science in Biostatistics program will train students in biostatistical methods for study design, data analysis, and statistical reporting for scientific and lay audiences. This degree will train students in key areas including data management, statistical reasoning, the interpretation of numeric data for scientific inference in studies in medicine and public health, and the ability to collaborate and communicate effectively with scientists and other public health stakeholders across disciplines. Graduates of the program are prepared to work as statisticians in a variety of professional environments including government, academic, healthcare, and industry. In addition, students receive training in preparation for quantitative doctoral programs in public health, such as biostatistics and epidemiology.

Global Public Health
The undergraduate Global Public Health (GPH) Program exposes students to the global nature of the field, emphasizing the ways in which populations and environments interact across the globe to shape health outcomes. Grounded in the academic disciplines and professional programs of several undergraduate schools across NYU, GPH students gain fluency in the key approaches and current issues in the field of public health, both in the United States and throughout the world. By enrolling in one of the 11 Global Public Health majors, students will become a member of the GPH family and be able to draw upon instructors, advisors, and courses from across NYU’s elite network of schools and departments

Public Health
M.A., Minor
The undergraduate Global Public Health (GPH) Program exposes students to the global nature of the field, emphasizing the ways in which populations and environments interact across the globe to shape health outcomes.


Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences:

Atmosphere Ocean Science and Mathematics, Ph.D
Our goal is to train mathematically talented students both in the tools of modern applied mathematics and disciplinary atmosphere-ocean science. By drawing students from new pools of talent, our program seeks to be a significant channel for the recruitment and training of excellent students into the important and highly interdisciplinary fields of atmosphere, ocean, and climate science. We are committed to the education and training of our graduate students.


NYU Stern School of Business:
Business, B.S.
Business and Political Economy, B.S.
Business, B.S/Accounting, M.S.
Business, B.S/Film and Television B.F.A.
All NYU Stern School of Business students are required to take 4 Social Impact courses


Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service

Urban Planning
The world is becoming more urbanized, and cities are growing denser and more diverse. It's exciting—it's also challenging. From transportation to environment, and crime to education, urban issues are complex because they're interrelated. NYU Wagner gives you the unique opportunity to study urban planning in the context of these issues, within a school of public service. You'll interact with people from other disciplines who are grappling with these real-world social, cultural, and economic issues. And there's no better place than NYC to learn what happens when ideas meet messy urban realities. The skills and insights you'll gain here and the multidisciplinary toolkit you'll build with core courses in finance, policy, and management are what you need to design more livable and sustainable cities - anywhere in the world.


School of Law:

Environmental and Energy Law
The specialized L.L.M. in Environmental and Energy Law is designed for foreign-trained and US lawyers interested in careers in environmental, land use, and energy law. Individuals who aim to work for governments, international organizations, or NGOs; who aspire to cutting-edge private practice with law firms; or who will pursue academic careers, study with leading experts in these areas. Each year, students in the program form a close community that enjoys the benefits of being a distinct cohort within the larger student body.


Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development

Environmental Conservation Education
Through an interdisciplinary approach, you’ll integrate the natural and social sciences with education and fieldwork to help you gain an understanding of the profound effects of human activity on the planet. Explore the role of education in solving environmental problems in multiple settings, from the city to the rainforest.

Food Studies
The Food Studies program examines cultural, political, economic, environmental, and geographic approaches to food within local, urban, and global contexts.


School for Professional Studies:

Global Affairs
Environment and Energy Policy Concentration
The Environment/Energy Policy concentration analyzes the implications of the changing global energy and environmental landscape, as well as the new and emerging opportunities and challenges energy and climate change present for national and global sustainability and security.

Real Estate Sustainable Development, Schack Institute of Real Estate
Sustainable development such as green buildings, and infrastructure and resilience
Science, Health & Environmental Reporting (NYU Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Journalism)
Aspiring reporters, authors, editors, producers, videographers, podcasters, coders and social media managers (and various permutations thereof!) who complete the intensive 16-month program receive a Master of Arts degree in Journalism with a concentration in Science, Health and Environmental Reporting.


Tandon School of Engineering

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Student outcomes include an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.

Civil Engineering
Civil engineering includes everything from the design and construction of buildings, bridges, and roads to securing our water resources and preparing for pressing environmental and social challenges.

Environmental Engineering
The goal of the Civil and Urban Engineering undergraduate minor in Environmental Engineering is to expose undergraduate students to the fundamental principles of environmental engineering theory and practice, which can be applied to solving practical problems that involve evaluation and treatment of contaminated water, soils, and air.

Urban Informatics
Students will have the opportunity to explore informatics methodologies in the context of urban management and planning, energy and sustainability, emergency response and resilience, transportation, and construction.

Environmental Engineering
The master's in environmental engineering provides students with a fundamental understanding of the science and engineering of natural and engineered environmental systems, with a focus on the built urban environment. Students learn to design water and wastewater treatment systems and their components. They are prepared to control and operate environmental infrastructure.

Environmental Science
The master's in environmental science provides students with a fundamental understanding of the science and applied engineering of natural and urban environmental systems. Students learn to evaluate the interactions between humans and the environment and control the adverse impacts of pollution on ecological systems considering climate change.

Civil Engineering (Environmental and Water Resource Engineering)
The master's in civil engineering with a concentration in environmental engineering integrates fundamental notions of environmental engineering within the broader context of civil engineering.

Civil Engineering
The doctorate in Civil (Environmental Engineering) offers a personalized research-based educational experience. Recent graduates have worked on a wide range of topics including (1) coastal resiliency, (2) water quality, (3) wastewater treatment, (4) detection and control of waterborne pathogens, and (5) design of natural wastewater treatment systems.

Civil Engineering (Geotechnical Engineering)
Our M.Sc. in Civil Engineering is flexible, allowing students to concentrate in geotechnical engineering, among other options. The geotechnical concentration is practice oriented, but offers interested students the possibility of participating in advanced cutting edge research. Includes core course focused on Environmental Impact Assessment.

Mechanical Engineering
One required student outcome is the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context

Sustainable Urban Environments
The major in Sustainable Urban Environments prepares students to make cities more sustainable. Students gain an understanding of the social and technical issues in urban environmental problems, and an appreciation of the policy and planning approaches that are necessary to create more livable, sustainable, and equitable cities. Multidisciplinary courses emphasize project-based learning, using New York City as an urban laboratory, and also examining sustainable cities in a global context.

Sustainable Urban Environments
Students gain an understanding of the social and technical issues in urban environmental problems, and an appreciation of the policy and planning approaches that are necessary to create more livable, sustainable, and equitable cities.

Applied Urban Science and Informatics, Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP)
CUSP offers a Master of Science in Applied Urban Science and Informatics, empowering our students with the knowledge and technical expertise to make cities around the world more productive, livable, equitable, and resilient.

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