Gateway Courses into Majors

Although complete major requirements vary in most cases from one CUNY college to another, faculty committees have recently designated a minimum of three "gateway" courses leading into several of CUNY's most popular majors. Students who anticipate pursuing one of these majors can take the designated courses and will be able to transfer them for major credit seamlessly between CUNY colleges that offer the major. Especially since course titles may vary across the colleges, it is essential that students and advisors consult their colleges for more information.

To view the full list of Pathways gateway courses into majors, please click here <pdf> to view courses listed by college, or click here <pdf> to view courses listed by major.

Participating Majors and Courses:

  • Biology >>
    • Courses: Introductory Biology (Molecular and Cellular), Introductory Biology (Organismic), General Chemistry I, General Chemistry II, Pre-calculus
    • Learning outcomes <pdf>
    • Note: CUNY colleges differ in the sequencing of their two Introductory Biology courses. A faculty committee outlined topics to be covered in each course. One course will cover Cellular and Molecular Biology, while the other course will cover Organismic Biology. The order in which the sequence is offered is to be left to the discretion of each college. See learning outcomes above.
  • Business >>
    • Courses: Introduction to Computer Information Systems and Technologies, Fundamentals of Busines Law, Introduction to Microeconomics, Introduction to Macroeconomics
    • Learning outcomes <pdf>
    • Note: Each college with a Business major will offer "Introduction to Microeconomics" or "Introduction to Macroeconomics," with some colleges offering both courses. Colleges that currently require only one of these courses will accept either course as fulfilling an incoming transfer student's gateway requirement.
  • Criminal Justice >>
    • Courses: Introduction to Law Enforcement, Introduction to Criminal Justice, Criminology
    • Learning outcomes <pdf>
  • Economics >>
    • Courses: Introduction to Macroeconomics, Introduction to Microeconomics, Introductory Statistics
    • Learning outcomes <pdf>
  • English >>
    • Courses: English Composition, Introduction to Literature, Introduction to Literary Studies
    • Learning outcomes <pdf>
    • Note: "Introduction to Literature" includes three options, of which each college should adopt only one: "Introduction to World Literature, "Introduction to Writing About Literature," or "Introduction to English, American, or Anglophone Literature."
  • Nursing >>
    • Courses: Anatomy and Physiology I, Anatomy and Physiology II, English Composition, Introduction to Psychology, Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning
    • Learning outcomes <pdf>
  • Political Science>>
    • Courses: Introduction to American Government, Introduction to Political Science, Urban Politics, Global Issues/Issues in International Relations
    • Learning outcomes <pdf>
    • Note: Each college with a Political Science major will offer at least three of these courses and will accept any of these four courses for credit toward major requirements.
  • Psychology >>
    • Courses: Introduction to Psychology, Either an Abnormal Psychology or a Personality Psychology course, Either a Child Development or a Lifespan Development course
    • Learning outcomes <pdf>
    • Note: Students who wish to take both "Abnormal Psychology" and "Personality Psychology" and/or both "Child Development" and "Lifespan Development" should consult an advisor to determine whether both courses will be applied to toward the Psychology major.
  • Sociology>>
    • Courses: Introduction to Sociology, Social Institutions, Social Inequality
    • Learning outcomes <pdf>
    • Note: Each college with a Sociology major will offer either one course in each of the three areas, or will offer two courses in one area and one course in another area. No more than one course from any college may be placed in the Introduction to Sociology area.
  • Teacher Education >>
    • Courses: Social Foundations of Education, Psychological Foundations of Education (Child Development), Arts in Education
    • Learning outcomes <pdf>


This website complements the Pathways websites maintained by the colleges. It is very important that students, faculty, and staff consult their own colleges’ websites.

This list of college links will be updated as colleges finalize their campus guidelines.