How to choose a Science course
All students at Notre Dame must complete one Science and Technology course to satisfy the Liberal Arts 2 requirement of the Core Curriculum. Students can choose to satisfy the Liberal Arts 3 requirement with a Quantitative Reasoning course or a Science and Technology course. As described on the Advanced Credit and Placements page, AP and IB HL Exam Credit cannot be used to satisfy the Science and Technology Core requirement
Step One: Review Requirements and Credits
Review the information on science in the College Requirements and Major Requirements pages to identify any specific science courses required or recommended for the first year according to academic intent. In some cases, AP and IB Exam Credit can be used to satisfy these College Requirements, but not Core Requirements. Courses taken at Notre Dame to satisfy college or major science requirements can usually be used to satisfy the Science and Technology Core requirement, thus "double-counting." Note that students who are considering a health profession such as medicine or dentistry cannot use AP or IB Exam Credit for any science courses, regardless of major. These students should take CHEM 10171 or CHEM 10181 during the first semester, as well as any other science courses required by their majors.
If you are deciding between two majors that have different science requirements, contact First Year Advising to discuss which science course(s) are most appropriate in your first year.
Step Two: Review Specific Science Courses according to College
School of Architecture
Architecture requires PHYS 10111 (Principles of Physics I) during the first semester. AP or IB credit can be used to satisfy the PHYS 10111 requirement. Students who do not take PHYS 10111 because of AP or IB credit must take a different Science and Technology course at Notre Dame for the Core Curriculum, ideally in their first year.
College of Arts and Letters
Most majors in Arts and Letters do not require specific science courses. Students in these majors can choose either a lab or topical (no lab) science course to complete the Science and Technology Core requirement. A Science and Technology Core course does not have to be taken in the first year.
- Students in the Arts and Letters Neuroscience and Behavior and Arts and Letters Pre-Health supplemental major must take CHEM 10171 (Introduction to Chemical Principles), CHEM 10172 (Organic Structure and Reactivity), BIOS 10171 (Biology I: Big Questions) with lab, and BIOS 10172 (Biology II: Molecules to Ecosystems) with lab during the first year.
Mendoza College of Business
Mendoza does not require specific science courses. Students in Mendoza can choose either a lab or topical (no lab) science course to complete the Science and Technology Core requirement. A Science and Technology Core course does not have to be taken in the first year.
College of Engineering
All majors in Engineering must take or receive Advanced Credit for
- CHEM 10171 (Introduction to Chemical Principles)
- PHYS 10310 (Engineering Physics 1: Mechanics)
- PHYS 10320 (Engineering Physics 2: Electromagnetism)
Any of these courses can satisfy the Science and Technology Core requirement if taken at Notre Dame. Students without Advanced Credit for chemistry should take CHEM 10171 in the first semester. The physics sequence is usually begun in the second semester of the first year.
Keough School of Global Affairs
The major in Global Affairs does not have a science requirement. Students can satisfy the Science and Technology Core requirement with any appropriate course.
College of Science
All students in the College of Science, regardless of major, must take two chemistry courses (one semester of general chemistry and one semester of organic chemistry or biochemistry) and two physics courses (one semester of mechanics and one semester of electricity and magnetism) in addition to the science courses required by their major. Most students complete the chemistry requirement in the first year. Students complete the physics requirement in the first, second, or third year depending on their major.
Step Three: Review Specific Science Courses and Advanced Credit
- Students in any major who are considering a health profession cannot use Advanced Credit for biology, chemistry, or physics and must take all required science courses at Notre Dame. Pre-health students can use Advanced Credit for calculus courses.
- Most Science majors cannot use Advanced Credit for science courses and must take all their science courses at Notre Dame. Science majors can use Advanced Credit for calculus courses.
- Biology Credit: No Science majors can use Advanced Credit for biology to satisfy a requirement for their major or for health professional school.
- Chemistry Credit: ACMS, Mathematics, Physics, and Statistics majors can use Advanced Credit for CHEM 10171, as long as they are not considering a health profession or a major that requires CHEM 10171 or CHEM 10181 to be taken at Notre Dame. Students in all other Science majors must take CHEM 10171 or CHEM 10181 in the first semester, regardless of Advanced Credit.
- Physics Credit: ACMS, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Statistics majors can use AP or IB credit for the PHYS 10310 (Mechanics) and PHYS 10320 (Electromagnetism) requirements, as long as they are not considering a health profession or a major in Physics. Students in all other Science majors must take two semesters of physics at Notre Dame, regardless of Advanced Credit.