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. Students must be enrolled in at least 12 credits and no more than 18 credits each semester.

The first-year course list below is only for reference. Your Academic Advisor will work with you during the summer to prepare you for course pre-enrollment. Your advisor will be there to answer your questions about courses, the Dyson experience, and your transition to Cornell. Once on-campus, your Academic Advisor will help you develop a four-year course plan and help you to learn more about all of the opportunities to enhance your degree both in and out of the classroom.

Fall Semester

  • AEM 1101 Design Your Dyson (1 credit)
  • 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)
  • First-Year Writing Seminar (3 credits)
  • CALS Distribution Requirement
  • 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)
  • CALS Distribution Requirement
  • Physical Education Requirement (does not count towards academic credit)

Additional First-Year Course Options

  • Physics or Chemistry Requirement (3 credits)
  • Introduction to Life Sciences (3-4 credits)
  • Statistics (4 credits)
  • Human Diversity Requirement (3 credits)

Student Spotlight

Aileen Chang '15

Aileen Chang
Hometown

Los Angeles, California

Concentration

Environmental, Energy, and Resource Economics

What Makes Dyson Special?

The breadth of course offerings. From Derivatives and Technology Strategy to Farm Business Management and Social Entrepreneurship, Dyson has it all!