We look forward to meeting you during orientation this fall!

In the meantime, you have classes in which to enroll. The following are some thoughts and guidelines for you. Please be reassured that none of the enrollment choices you make during the July pre-enroll are final. After we meet during orientation you will have every opportunity to change your schedule. You can also make changes during the first three weeks of classes.

Students typically enroll in 15 academic credits per semester. 15 credits per semester will result in 120 credits in 8 semesters, which is required for graduation. In order to maintain full-time status students must enroll in at least 12 credits. New students are not permitted to enroll in more than 18 credits.

We strongly encourage HCP Freshmen to enroll in:

  1. PAM 1111 – Success in PAM and HCP (1 Credit)
    This course will help students develop goals for their time as a Cornell Undergraduate, including introducing them to resources and strategies for success at Cornell.  In addition to demonstrating how to utilizing advising tools, it will also review how to combine your new major with possible minors, study abroad or in Washington, how best to integrate curricular and extracurricular activities and begin exploring career options. 
  2. PAM 2350 – The U.S. Health Care System (3 Credits)
    The U.S. Health Care System is a required class for all HCP students. It is taught by Professor Sean Nicholson in the fall semester only. All other HCP students will be taking this class, so it is a really good way to meet the rest of your major. The registrar’s office will pre-enroll all HCP freshmen majors in PAM 2350.
  3. CHEM 2070 – General Chemistry I (3 Credits)
    All HCP majors are required to take an introductory Chemistry sequence of CHEM 2070 and CHEM 2080.  These courses are perquisites for Organic Chemistry, which is a prerequisite for Biochemistry, both of which are required for the HCP major.  In order to stay on track with the required chemistry sequence, it is important to take CHEM 2070 your first semester.
  4. ECON 1110 - Introductory Microeconomics (3 Credits)
    Introductory Microeconomics is a required class for all HCP majors. Furthermore, PAM department courses in general rely quite heavily on microeconomics. Introductory Microeconomics and Intermediate Microeconomics are prerequisites for many upper level health policy courses. Therefore, in order to move through the program, it is necessary to begin the economics sequence as early as possible. Professor Sanders, a PAM faculty member, teaches the ECON 1110 course that meets on MW. If possible, you should try and enroll in his section of the course.
  5. First Year Writing Seminar (FWS) (3 Credits)
    All Cornell students are required to take a First Year Writing Seminar during their first two semesters at Cornell. If you don’t take the seminar you will receive a warning letter and you will be put on probation.  To enroll in an FWS complete the online ballot process.
  6. PAM 2250 - Social Problems in the U.S. (3 Credits)
    Many upper-level PAM electives apply principles of sociology in policy analysis.  Taking this introductory course help you develop a foundation in the sociology concepts you will need later in your studies.  If your schedule does not allow for PAM 2250, you are also permitted to use DSOC 1101 Introduction to Sociology, or SOC 1101 Introduction to Sociology towards this requirement.
  7. A Physical Education (PE) Course
    You are required to take 2 credits of PE to graduate. However, PE credits do NOT count towards the 120 credits required for graduation, and do NOT count towards the credits for full-time status. 

Other Notes Regarding Frequently Asked Questions: 

AP Credit: It is possible for you to waive certain HCP and Cornell requirements if you have taken appropriate AP courses. During orientation you will meet with the associate registrar and she will be able to tell you which courses will count, and which ones do not.

Advising: During orientation you will meet with various Cornell personnel who will answer all of your questions. Instructor Brandon Tripp, Lead HCP advisor, will be assigned as your faculty advisor.  He will be available to help with planning future endeavors and class schedules.  Jen Davis, PAM Undergraduate Advising Coordinator, will also be available to help you navigate curriculum planning, procedures, and policies.

Transfer Students: It is difficult to give concise advice for transfer students since there is so much heterogeneity. As a general guideline, you should enroll in the core requirements, and the required courses that you have not yet completed. The registrar’s office sent you a list of transfer equivalencies.  Compare these to the curriculum sheet to see what requirements remain. Please also schedule an appointment to meet with Instructor Brandon Tripp, Lead HCP Advisor, or Jen Davis, PAM Undergraduate Advising Coordinator, either before classes begin or during the first week of classes to review your course schedule.

We are sure that there remain many questions. For those questions that are not urgent, we look forward to answering them during orientation in August. For urgent questions related to the PAM curriculum, please do not hesitate to contact us directly at HCPMajor@cornell.edu or at 607-255-1199.

More information about enrollment procedures, college policies, and the orientation schedule is available via the College of Human Ecology New Student Page. 


Brandon Tripp
Lead HCP Advisor

Sharon Sassler
PAM Director of Undergraduate Studies

Jennifer Davis
PAM Undergraduate Advising Coordinator