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    baby bio/chem/philosophy

    "My first semester I took baby bio, baby chem, French, history, and baby philosophy," she says, explaining that before the term was over she found herself disavowing her I-want-to-be-a-doctor-speech to a new advisor.
    From the context, I take it that "baby" means something like "introductory". Is this term often used at American colleges to mean "introductory" (or does it mean something else)?

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    Re: baby bio/chem/philosophy

    To me, it means introductory and simple.

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    Re: baby bio/chem/philosophy

    But no, it's not a common expression in my experience. We often talk about "Something 101" to mean something basic and introductory, because many colleges will have "Philosophy 101" or "Psychology 101" as the name of their introductory course. So if she had said "I took my 101s (one-oh-ones)" I would have known what she meant, even though I've never seen that actual phrase before.

    Additional note: That use of 101 has migrated to other uses, to mean basic knowledge about any subject. "It's Customer Service 101 - Start by saying you're sorry it happened, not by asking them what they did wrong!" This would mean that it's such basic information anyone in customer service should know this; it does not imply that the company actually offers a course called "Customer Service 101."
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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