First-Year Course Schedule

What Courses Do First-Year Students Typically Take?

Below is a typical first-year schedule for freshman applied economics and management (AEM) majors. Because of your differing interests and previous coursework, no two schedules will be the same. After all, at Cornell we embrace Ezra Cornell’s vision to found an institution “…where any person can find instruction in any study.”

All students must complete a total of 120 credits to graduate, which is an average course load of 15 credits a semester. Most courses are 3 to 4 credits each. A student must carry 12 credits each semester to be considered a full-time student.

During the summer, prior to your pre-enrollment for your first semester on-campus, each student will work individually with an advisor from the Dyson Office of Student Services to understand any coursework or completed credits and prepare you to go through pre-enrollment in July. Your advisor will be there throughout the entire process and able to answer your questions about courses, Dyson, and your transition.  Your Student Services advisor will help you develop a full four-year course plan once you on-campus and help you to learn more about all of the opportunities to enhance your degree both in and out of the classroom.

Keep in mind, that every student is entering Dyson at a different place. The information below is a sample plan for a student who does not have any credits prior to Cornell.

Fall Semester

  • AEM 2200: Business Management and Organizations (4 credits; open only to Dyson School first-year)
  • ECON 1110: Introductory Microeconomics (3 credits) or ECON 1120: Introductory Macroeconomics (3 credits)
  • MATH 1110: Calculus I (4 credits) or MATH 1106: Calculus for the Life and Social Sciences (3 credits, spring semester only)
  • First-Year Writing Seminar (3 credits)
  • Introductory Life Sciences (3 credits)
  • Physical Education Requirement (does not count towards academic credit)

Spring Semester

  • AEM 2010: Spreadsheet Modeling (3 credits)
  • AEM 2420: Marketing (4 credits; open only to Dyson School first-year)
  • AEM 2700: Management Communication (3 credits)
  • ECON 1110 or ECON 1120 (3 credits)
  • First-Year Writing Seminar (3 credits)
  • MATH 1110: Calculus I (4 credits) or MATH 1106: Calculus for the Life and Social Sciences (3 credits, spring semester only)
  • Physical Education Requirement

Other Possible First-Year Courses

  • Physics or Chemistry Requirement (3 credits)
  • Statistics
  • Humanities and Social Sciences Requirement (3 credits)
  • Human Diversity Requirement (3 credits)

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