Academics

The Gateway Scholars Program for STEM provides students with several Gateway-specific Academic Pathways for foundational courses in Biology and Chemistry with discussion groups that facilitate one-on-one interaction with science faculty and teaching assistants. Students are connected to a science faculty advisor for advising seminars. Dedicated Biology and Chemistry faculty are identified to offer consistency in academic advising and guidance. A strong peer mentoring program among Gateway students allows for additional support within the program and fosters a sense of community.

Academic Pathways

Below are the three academic pathways that students select in order to navigate the STEM course offerings. The pathway is determined with an academic advisor and based on high school coursework and individual student needs.

Easing into things

Semester Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Fall
General Biology
Year-Long Calc
Gen Chem 1
Bio Lab
Ecology & Evolution
Systems Elective
Biology Elective
Organic Chem 1
Advanced Exp.
Biology Elective
Physics 1
Spring Molecules & Cells
Fundamentals of Chemistry
Year-Long Calc
Gen Chem 2
Calc 2
Genes
Biology Elective
Organic Chem 2
Biology Elective
Physics 2

Mid-pace

Semester Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Fall
Gen Chem 1
Calc 1 (or 2)
Organic Chem 1
Bio Lab
Ecology & Evolution
Physics 1
Systems Elective
Advanced Exp.
Biology Elective
Spring Gen Chem 2
Molecules & Cells
Organic Chem 2
Genes
Physics 2
Biology Elective
Biology Elective
Biology Elective

Full throttle!

Semester Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Fall
Gen Chem 1
Calc 1 (or 2)
Ecology & Evolution
Organic Chem 1
Bio Lab
Physics 1
Systems Elective
Advanced Exp.
Biology Elective
Spring Gen Chem 2
Calc 2 (if needed)
Molecules & Cells
Organic Chem 2
Genes
Physics 2
Biology Elective
Biology Elective
Biology Elective

“I am so grateful for Gateway because I made my closest friends through the program, got closer with my professors, and felt more supported in my life at BC. It really helped me transition as a freshman.”