The Rochester Curriculum is driven by students. There are no required subjects. Undergraduates take responsibility and build their education out of their own interests, goals, and aspirations. At Rochester, students are invited to learn what they love. The unique curriculum allows undergraduates to choose their major from among the three branches of learning – natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities – and take a cluster of three related courses in each of the other two.
Through the "Take Five" Scholars Program, selected students may undertake a tuition-free fifth year so that they may pursue their diverse interests.
Exceptional undergraduates interested in studying medicine, engineering, or education may pursue one of the following Combined-Admission Programs (CAPs), which guarantee admission to professional or graduate school upon successful completion of undergraduate studies:
- Rochester Early Medical Scholars (REMS), an eight-year BA/BS–MD program. Admitted students enter the University with a guarantee of admission to the School of Medicine and Dentistry.
- Graduate Engineering at Rochester (GEAR), a five-year BS-MS program. Admitted students enter the University with assurance of admission into one of seven engineering master's programs at the Hajim School of Engineering.
- Guaranteed Rochester Accelerated Degree in Education (GRADE), a five-year BA/BS–MS program. Admitted students enter the University with a guarantee of admission to the Margaret Warner Graduate School of Education.
Dual Degree Programs combine a bachelor’s degree with a second bachelor’s degree in music or nursing. While attending the College of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering, students pursue a bachelor’s degree of their choice while also pursuing a bachelor’s degree at the Eastman School of Music or at the School of Nursing. The fact that Eastman is a school within the University of Rochester makes the Dual Degree at Eastman program an exceptional opportunity. Additionally, the partnership between the College and the School of Nursing makes the Dual Degree in Nursing a unique undergraduate experience and exceptional career preparation.
Rochester students may take advantage of full-year and semester-long opportunities for study abroad; summer and winter trips are also available. In all, Rochester offers more than 60 study abroad programs. Destinations include Australia, Austria, Belgium, China, Egypt, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Malawi, Mexico, Poland, Russia, Spain, Sweden, and Taiwan. Internships are available in Brussels, London, Paris, Berlin, Bonn, and Madrid.
For those interested in an exciting and enlightening domestic field experience, the Department of Political Science directs the Washington Semester Program; this program allows selected undergraduates to participate actively in the national legislative process.
Through innovative research and dedication to professional excellence, our award-winning faculty provides the foundation for our distinction as a major research university, and for our students’ successes. Their guidance ensures students will build problem-solving and collaboration skills that will enable them to become leaders in their chosen fields.
The University of Rochester offers Bachelor of Arts and/or Bachelor of Science programs through the College: available majors include African and African-American studies; American Sign Language; American Studies; Anthropology; Applied Mathematics; Archaeology, Technology & Historical Structures; Art History; Bioethics; Biological Sciences (Biology, Biochemistry, Cell & Developmental Biology, Computational Biology; Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Microbiology, Molecular Genetics, or Neuroscience); Brain & Cognitive Sciences; British & American Literature; Business (Accounting; Entrepreneurship, Finance; General Management, Marketing); Chemistry; Classics; Comparative Literature; Creative Writing; Dance; Data Science; Digital Media Studies; East Asian Studies; Economics; English; Environmental Health; Environmental Science; Environmental Studies; Epidemiology; Film & Media Studies; Financial Economics; French; Gender, Sexuality & Women’s Studies; Geological Sciences; Geomechanics; German; Health Policy; Health, Behavior & Society; History; Interdepartmental Studies; International Relations; Japanese; Language, Media & Communications; Linguistics; Mathematics; Mathematics & Statistics; Music; Philosophy; Physics; Physics & Astronomy; Political Science; Psychology; Religion; Russian; Russian Studies; Spanish; Statistics; Studio Arts; and Theater.
The Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences offers study in Audio & Music Engineering; Biomedical Engineering; Chemical Engineering; Computer Science; Electrical & Computer Engineering; Engineering & Applied Sciences; Engineering Science; Mechanical Engineering; Optical Engineering; and Optics.
Rochester not only offers a Bachelor of Arts in music through the College, but also a Bachelor of Music degree through the Eastman School of Music; available majors include Applied Music, Jazz Studies & Contemporary Media, Music Composition, Music Education, and Music Theory. Private instruction through the Eastman School is available to students in the College.
The College offers certificate programs in Actuarial Studies, Biophysics, Biotechnology, Leadership, Literary Translation Studies, Mathematical Modeling in Political Science and Economics, Medphysics, Polish & Central European Studies, and Stage Management. These programs complement traditional majors.