Life Sciences First Year

To see more about what you will learn in this program, visit the Learning Outcomes website!

The Life Sciences First Year (LSFY) program at NC State University was developed with the goal of helping students find the right fit in a degree program at NC State. LSFY is a joint program between the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the College of Sciences. Designed for students who enter NC State with an interest in any aspect of the life sciences, the LSFY curriculum allows students to begin laying the foundation for further studies in any of the life science degree programs at NC State.  At the same time, the advising program and specially designed courses encourage and provide the means for students to explore their academic interests to settle on the academic home that is best for them, while understanding what they need to do to achieve their professional goals.  After learning more about degree requirements and exploring their own interests and aptitudes (both in and out of class), LSFY students apply by the end of their first year to transfer into a degree program.

The LSFY program includes all incoming first-year students who express interest in earning a degree in one of the following majors:  Biochemistry, Biological Sciences, Genetics, Microbiology, Nutrition Science, Plant Biology, or Zoology.  There is no need to fill out a special application for the program.

To learn more about the LSFY program, visit the website.

Contact

Life Sciences First Year Program
Bostian Hall
2721 Pillsbury Circle
Campus Box 7611
Raleigh, NC 27695-7611
LifeSciencesFY@ncsu.edu

Dr. Erica Kosal
Director, LSFY Program
efkosal@ncsu.edu

Semester Sequence

This is a sample.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterHours
LSC 101 Critical and Creative Thinking in the Life Sciences 2
LSC 103 Exploring Opportunities in the Life Sciences 1 1
BIO 181 Introductory Biology: Ecology, Evolution, and Biodiversity 4
Chemistry and Lab 2 4
Calculus 3 3-4
GEP Health and Exercise Studies 1
 Hours15-16
Spring Semester
ENG 101 Academic Writing and Research 4
BIO 183 Introductory Biology: Cellular and Molecular Biology 4
Chemistry and Lab 2 4
Calculus 3 3-4
 Hours15-16
 Total Hours30-32

General Notes:

  • Students entering NC State with credit for college courses will work with an advisor to determine appropriate course choices based on their interests and program requirements.
  • All students are required to take online placement exams in chemistry and math before they finalize their first-semester schedules.
  • Minimum requirements to be eligible for any degree program in the life sciences are C- or better grades in LSC 101 Critical and Creative Thinking in the Life Sciences, BIO 181 Introductory Biology: Ecology, Evolution, and Biodiversity, BIO 183 Introductory Biology: Cellular and Molecular Biology, CH 101 Chemistry - A Molecular Science or CH 103 General Chemistry I for Students in Chemical Sciences, and ENG 101 Academic Writing and Research. An overall GPA of 2.0 or better is required for continued enrollment at NC State.