Registration Instructions for Non-Majors

Instructions below are only for Fall 2023 - as of Spring 2024 the ENV 1003 and 1004 courses will no longer be co-requisites and none will require permissions.  While you can still fully focus on environmental science for your Pathways requirements, this will also allow students to take a lab (Pathways:  Life and Physical Sciences requirement) or lecture (Pathways: Scientific World requirement) in different subjects.

Completing your pathways requirements:  All students must satisfy two science requirements:

1. Scientific World – This requirement is satisfied by the completing a lecture course (for example: BIO1011, ENV 1003, CHM 1003, PHY 1003). In the Natural Science department, these lectures are combined  with a small group recitation session to allow for more focused student engagement.  The lecture portion of these course is indicated with an L (e.g. ENV 1003  SMWL), while recitation sections do not have an L (e.g., ENV 1003 SMWA)

2. Life and Physical Sciences – This requirement is satisfied by the completing a lab course (for example: BIO 1012, ENV 1004, CHM 1004, PHY 1004)

If you have not completed any of these requirements

Scientific World and Life and Physical Sciences courses are co-requisites, so that you have to register for  lecture/recitation and lab in the same subject.  So, when you wish to register for these classes:

If you have completed one of these requirements (likely via a credit you transferred to Baruch)

You are eligible to complete the other requirement by selecting a section that end with the letter X (e.g., BIO 1011 EMWX), but this will require department permission.

To gain permission, first find the section you wish to take, then complete the survey found @ so we can process your request.

If you aren't sure if have completed either of these requirements or need something else

Complete the survey found @ so we can help you process your request.

Registration Instructions for Majors and Minors in science

When you entered Baruch, you may have indicated that you intend to major in Biological Sciences.  You must file a Major/Specialization Form to make that official and make class registration easier.  The form can be filled out early in your Baruch career and is a plan for future coursework.  It can be changed and resubmitted at a later time.  The final version must match the courses on your transcript.  Please email Prof. Wahlert for the form and guidance (

If you have completed the major form or a related minor, you should now be able to register for a science course, without permission, if you have completed the prerequisite courses.  Only Biochemistry (CHM 4900) and Microbiology (BIO 4004) require permission.

Be aware that science courses have prerequisites that you must have completed and co-requisites that you can be taking simultaneously or have completed.  This ensures that you have the background needed to do well in the advanced courses.  You can look up course requirements in the Baruch Undergraduate Bulletin:

If you need permissions or help, please fill out the online form ( and indicate your course registration choices.

Do you need an honors section?

Honors students (Macaulay, Baruch, and Provost Scholars) may request an honors section of advanced science courses. You should inform the professor that you would like to take the course for honors credit; in most cases there will be honors-worthy extra assignments.  The faculty members should send the names of any students who will be contracting Honors in their sections to Ms. Harmony Osei, Assistant Director of the Honors Program.  She will be tracking Honors contracts and will email the faculty members at the end of the semester to ensure that the contracted pieces were successfully completed.