New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) is dedicated to producing graduates who have the knowledge, skills and motivation necessary to advance the state-of-the-art knowledge in their respective fields. Graduates must understand the complexities of contemporary society and have a deep understanding of and appreciation for science and technology and the ethical and societal issues involved in their pursuit. A fundamental guiding principle in the development of the General University Requirements (GUR) is the formulation of a foundational curriculum encompassing the necessary preconditions for success in undergraduate disciplines, a curriculum that establishes a devotion to lifetime intellectual discovery and personal development. In a larger sense, the GUR are intended to provide an educational grounding for our students, a set of educational experiences harmoniously attuned to the mission of NJIT and its responsibilities to its constituents. In essence, the completion of the GUR is a necessary step in the fulfillment of the implicit intellectual and social contract that NJIT has with its students and its local, national and global communities.

Computing Sciences 

An understanding of the nature of computing, its impact on society and the driving forces behind its pervasive deployment is integral to effective functioning as a professional and as a citizen. Each student should learn to use software and computing systems and to access, store, process and analyze information as an essential aspect of critical thinking and problem solving. Depending on the discipline, the student should also develop an ability to design algorithms, to write programs, and to use software tools.

Cultural History

All educated individuals are expected to understand and appreciate history and the world’s cultures.


The ability to communicate ideas is an essential characteristic of educated individuals. All students are expected to achieve proficiency in both oral and written English.


The ideals of a liberal education transcend particular major fields and career goals. All students are expected to develop an interest in specific areas within the humanities.


All students are expected to develop the management skills needed to function effectively in an organizational setting.


The ability to reason qualitatively and quantitatively, to understand probability, and to apply mathematical models to a variety of circumstances is fundamental to making informed decisions in the modern world. Depending on the discipline, the student should also be able to apply appropriate mathematical concepts and methods to the solution of problems in their professional domain.

Natural Sciences

The natural sciences provide the basis for our knowledge of the physical universe and for technological progress. All students are expected to develop a thorough understanding of at least one laboratory science.

Physical Education

Physical education conveys to students the importance of good health and fitness through planned exercise and recreational activities.

Social Sciences

An understanding of the social sciences is essential in order to understand the economic, social, and political forces at work in our world.

Specific General Education Requirements

Courses that satisfy the General Education Requirements are so certified by the Committee on Undergraduate Education at the time they are first approved to be offered.

Each college or department may set additional requirements that exceed the GUR.

All first-time, full-time freshman students are required to attend FRSH SEM Freshman Seminar. This course assists students in adjusting to the academic program and introduces them to university life.

Computing Sciences

At least three (3) credits in an introductory course in the computing sciences.

CS 100Roadmap to Computing3
CS 101Computer Programming and Problem Solving3
CS 103Computer Science with Business Problems3
CS 104Computer Programming and Graphics Problems3
CS 106Roadmap to Computing Engineers3
CS 113Introduction to Computer Science3
CS 115Intro. to CS I in C++3
BNFO 135Programming for Bioinformatics3
Total Credits9

English Composition and Cultural History (lower-level)

English Composition
HUM 101English Composition: Writing, Speaking, Thinking I3
HUM 102English Composition: Writing, Speaking, Thinking II3
Total Credits6

No more than three (3) of the nine required credits in this category may be fulfilled with a course that is specifically required by a student's degree program or college.


HRM 301Organizational Behavior 13
MGMT 390Principles of Management3
ENTR 410New Venture Management3
IE 492Engineering Management3
Total Credits3


MATH courses5
Select one of the following:1-4
Elementary Probability and Statistics
Finite Mathematics and Calculus II
Basic Concepts in Statistics
Survey of Probability and Statistics
Introduction to Probability Theory
Statistics and Probability for Engineers
Statistics for Technology
Probability and Statistics
Applied Statistical Methods
Random Signals and Noise
Industrial Statistics
Total Credits6-9

Natural Sciences

At least seven (7) credits in natural sciences, including a laboratory experience.

Biology Courses
R120 101General Biology4
R120 102General Biology4
R120 109Basic Plant Science3
R120 110Basic Plant Sci Lab1
R120 205Environmental Issues3
R120 206General Horticulture3
R120 207Horticulture Lab1
R120 208Human Sexuality3
R120 237Environmental Microbiology4
R120 241Anatomy & Physiology4
R120 242Anatomy & Physiology4
Chemistry Courses
CHEM 122Fundamentals of Chemical Principles II3
CHEM 124General Chemistry Laboratory1
CHEM 125General Chemistry I3
CHEM 125AGeneral Chemistry Lab I1
CHEM 126General Chemistry II3
CHEM 126AGen Chemistry Lab II1
Physics Courses
PHYS 102General Physics3
PHYS 102AGeneral Physics Laboratory1
PHYS 103General Physics3
PHYS 103AGeneral Physics Laboratory1
PHYS 111Physics I3
PHYS 111APhysics I Laboratory1
PHYS 121Physics II3
PHYS 121APhysics II Laboratory1
PHYS 202Introductory Astronomy and Cosmology3
PHYS 202AAstronomy and Cosmology Laboratory1
PHYS 203The Earth in Space3
PHYS 203AThe Earth in Space Laboratory1
PHYS 204Biophysics of Life3
Geology Courses
R460 101Intro To The Earth3
R460 103Planet Earth3
R460 104Planet Earth Lab1
R460 206Env Geology3
R460 207Env Geology Lab1
Total Credits13