University Catalog 2023-2024

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.

Life Sciences First Year Program Contact

Bostian Hall
2721 Pillsbury Circle
Campus Box 7611
Raleigh, NC 27695-7611

Dr. Erica Kosal
Director, LSFY Program

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 SciencesBIO 181 Introductory Biology: Ecology, Evolution, and BiodiversityBIO 183 Introductory Biology: Cellular and Molecular BiologyCH 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.
Fall Semester
LSC 101Critical and Creative Thinking in the Life Sciences2
LSC 103Exploring Opportunities in the Life Sciences 11
BIO 181Introductory Biology: Ecology, Evolution, and Biodiversity4
Choose one of the following set:4
Chemistry - A Molecular Science
and General Chemistry Laboratory
General Chemistry I for Students in Chemical Sciences
and General Chemistry Laboratory I for Students in Chemical Sciences
Calculus 33-4
GEP Health and Exercise Studies1
Spring Semester
ENG 101Academic Writing and Research4
BIO 183Introductory Biology: Cellular and Molecular Biology4
Chemistry and Lab 24
Calculus 33-4
Total Hours30-32