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Gateway Program Courses, Teaching, and Learning


01:119:199 – Concepts in Biology
(previously 01:119:100)

General Biology 101 has the following pre- or co- requisites: 01:350:101 (or higher), and 01:640:111, 112, or 115 (or higher). Students requesting General Biology 101 should be enrolled in Biology 199 (Concepts in Biology) if their verbal skills placement is English 100 or 100+ OR if their math placement is Math 026. Generally, students enrolled in Bio 100 should not enroll in a second science course (Chemistry 161 in particular). Students with an English placement of 098 OR with a Math placement of 000 or 025 should, in every case, be discouraged from enrolling in Concepts in Biology (Bio100) until they reach the English 100 and Math 026 levels.

Questions about Concepts in Biology: Contact Dr. Gregg Transue,


There are four Chemistry courses in the Gateway Program:

  • 01:160:133 – Preparation for General Chemistry
  • 01:160:134 – Introduction to Chemistry
  • 01:160:165 – General Chemistry (Special Sections)
  • 01:160:166 – General Chemistry (Special Sections)

Guidelines for enrollment of freshmen in General Chemistry (Special Sections):

MSAT of 500 or below, Pre or CO-requisite of Mathematics 111.

Generally, students should not be enrolled in General Chemistry and another science course. A special exception may be made for some students to take Biology 199 (Concepts of Biology) together with General Chemistry. The semester credits of students enrolled in General Chemistry should not exceed 15.

Questions about Chemistry Gateway courses: Contact Dr. Asbed Vassilian,


01:512:107:R1 – Development of the United States to 1877 (End of Reconstruction)

This Gateway-specific History offering gives new first-year or transfer students a small group setting to explore more thoroughly the lectures and readings in the course. Students meet for section every week, rather than every other week, with a Gateway instructor, while attending lectures with all other students enrolled in Development of the United States to 1877 (01:512:103). These section meetings are meant to enrich the learning that goes on in the lecture as well as provide students with practical help mastering the readings and writing papers -- perhaps the most important skills that students acquire in any history course. Students receive 4 credits Gateway section, rather than 3 for 512:103.

Questions about Development of the United States to 1877: Contact Dr. Johanna Schoen,


There are two General Physics tracks in the Gateway Program:

  • 01:750:115-116 – Extended Analytical Physics (for students contemplating Engineering)
  • 01:750:201-202 – Extended General Physics

01:750:115-116 – Extended Analytical Physic

Students who contemplate a career in Engineering and who plan to take Physics should be enrolled Physics 115 (not Physics 123) if their math placement is at the 115 level. Students placed in Math 111 should defer taking Physics 115 until they are enrolled in Math 112. The co-requisite for Physics 115 is Math 112 or Math 115. The Physics Department has a placement test for students whose math placement may be adequate, but for whom there is a question whether they are prepared for Physics 123. In addition, a limited number of students who are appropriately enrolled in Physics 123, but who have serious academic difficulty in the course, will be transferred to Physics 115 after the first hour exam.

To arrange to take the placement test or questions about Extended General Physics: Contact Dr. Suzanne Brahmia,

01:750:201-202 – Extended General Physics

Students who wish to take General Physics 203, but are deemed to be at-risk in the course should instead take Extended General Physics 201 (5 credits). 01:750: 201 is offered in the spring with the second semester, EGP 202 (also 5 credits), being offered the following Fall. Students who enroll in Physics 203 in the Fall and fail the first examination will be advised to drop the course and register for EGP 201 the following spring. They should drop the associated Physics laboratory course at the same time. Students who have passed Physics 203 with a D should be encouraged to register for Physics 202 rather than risk a failure in Physics 204. Students who fail Physics 203 may not register for Physics 204. Please note that Physics 201-202 (5, 5) is equivalent to Physics 203-204 (3,3) credits) and Physics 205-206 (1,1 credit) and satisfies the requirements for admission to professional schools.

Questions about Extended General Physics: Contact Dr. Baki Brahmia,

Political Science

The Political Science Department has two Gateway courses:

  • 01: 790:104 R1 – American Government
  • 01:790:106 R1 – Law and Politics

Questions about Political Science Gateway sections: Contact Dr. William Field,

01:790:104 R1, American Government

This Gateway recitation section will use general course materials to provide additional instruction in analytic, writing, and study skills. Students will attend the same lectures as those in other sections of the course. A comprehensive analysis of American political institutions; the issues and problems faced by federal, state, and local governments under the impact of modern conditions; and the leading political, economic, and social influences affecting democratic government.
Questions about American Government: Contact Dr. Ross Baker,, (848) 932-9463

01:790:106 R1, Law and Politics

During the next several months we will examine the U.S. Supreme Court in the context of at least three core issues/questions: 1) Do courts make policy? 2) Are courts affected by national politics? 3) If the answer(s) to the preceding questions are “yes,” are we comfortable with these answers? Asked another way: Should courts make law? Should they be affected by politics?

It is not the purpose of this course to supply answers, at least not many of them. Rather, our goal will be to raise and discuss key questions that bear upon and bring added dimension to the core issues noted above. Highly regarded scholars—some jurists, many not—have argued with great passion about the subject matter for this course. Among the debated issues have been the “Strict Construction” versus “Living Constitution/Activist Court” conflict; the matter of who gets access to the courts and what difference that makes; and what factors drive the judicial agenda. (Remembering that the Supreme Court controls its own calendar.)

Questions about Law and Politics – Contact Dr. Yvonne Wollenberg,


01:830:101– General Psychology

The Psychology Department offers General Psychology 101 with extended recitation sections for students in the Gateway program. The lecture portion of this course is the same as other sections of General Psychology. The recitation sections provide additional instruction in writing, critical thinking, and study skills.

Questions about Gateway Program sections of General Psychology: Contact Dr. Gary Brill,


The Sociology Department offers Gateway sections in three courses (NOTE: not all of these 3 courses are offered every semester):

  • 01:920:101 – Introduction to Sociology
  • 01:920:103 – Sociological Analysis of Social Problems
  • 01:920:108 – Minority Groups in American Society

These relatively small classes feature intensive interaction between students and instructors, focused on writing. Students receive extensive critiques of their writing as they refine and revise their work, especially in the Gateway program recitation sections.

Questions about Political Science Gateway courses: Contact Dr. Stephen Hansell,



Q1. How do I explain to students why they were placed in this Gateway course?

Inform them that their test results indicated need for enrichment in Math and/or Writing.  Students with questions should contact the Gateway Program Contact Person at their school.

Q2.  What should I do when students fail the first test or when their performance makes it impossible for them to get a good grade in the course?

Immediately contact the Office of Academic Services to speak with a student academic advising dean.

Q3.  What should I do when a student indicates severe depression or suicidal tendencies?

Immediately contact the appropriate Personal Counseling Office, or the Office of Academic Services for guidance.

Q4.  How do I handle incidents of possible cheating?

Immediately contact the Gateway Program Director or the undergraduate director for your academic department.

Q5.  A student athlete misses classes and does not complete assignments on time. Who I contact?

Contact the appropriate Athletics Office of Academic Support Services.

Q6.  A student asks for extended time for tests saying that she/he has a disability but does not have any documentation from the College dean. What should I do?

Contact the Office of Disability Services for more information.

 Q7.  Some of my students need additional academic support with class content or writing. Whom should I contact?

Contact the Math & Science Learning Center, the Writing Centers, or the Rutgers Learning Centers.

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