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Undergraduate Studies Catalog (1999-2001)
Degree Requirements and Related Policies

Baccalaureate Degree Requirements
General Education
Academic Policies
Academic Majors-Listing
Certification Programs





Baccalaureate Degree Requirements

The baccalaureate is an academic degree awarded by SUNY Brockport to students who successfully complete undergraduate requirements in a planned, approved program that typically requires four years of full-time study. SUNY Brockport offers four such baccalaureate degree programs: Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, and Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Each requires the successful completion of an academic major, the General Education program and certain other academic requirements.

In addition, SUNY Brockport offers both a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science degree in two distinctive formats through Delta College, Brockport's unique time-variable degree program. The specific requirements for each degree are summarized on the following pages. Additional information concerning the Delta College degree programs appears in Chapter V.

While certain programs of study lead only to the Bachelor of Science or the Bachelor of Arts degree, in most cases students may pursue either a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Arts degree. The distinction between the two lies in the number of liberal arts credits required (90 for the BA, 60 for the BS), and in the requirement for competency in a foreign language for those pursuing the Bachelor of Arts. Thus, a chemistry major, for example, may choose to pursue either a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree.

Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements

1. Completion of a minimum of 120 credits in an approved program with a minimum academic grade point average of 2.0 earned at SUNY Brockport and a maximum of 54 credits in any one discipline.

2. Completion of the General Education requirements.

3. Completion of a minimum of 48 credits in upper-division (300/400-level) courses.

4. Completion of a minimum of 90 credits in liberal arts courses.

5. Completion of an academic major program with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 in courses required for the major.

6. Completion of a minimum of 12 credits in upper-division courses in the academic major.

7. Competency in one foreign language as described below.

Foreign Language Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts
The foreign language requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree can be met by the:

1. Successful completion of the second semester of the intermediate year of college instruction in a foreign language (212), or a more advanced course; or

2. Successful completion of four or more years of one foreign language in high school and the appropriate score on a standardized test administered by the SUNY Brockport Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures.

Placement in Foreign Language Courses
Students who successfully complete high school foreign language courses are placed in a college foreign language course according to the following criteria:

1. If one year of a foreign language is successfully completed in high school, college credit may be earned for continuing the same foreign language in a 111 or 112 course.

2. If two years of a foreign language are successfully completed in high school, college credit may be earned for continuing the same foreign language in a 112 or 211 course, but not a 111 course.

3. If three years of a foreign language are successfully completed in high school, college credit may be earned for continuing the same foreign language in a 211 or 212 course, but not a 111 or 112 course.

4. If four years of a foreign language are successfully completed in high school, college credit may be earned for continuing the same foreign language in a 212 or higher-level course, but not a 111, 112, or 211 course.

Notes Regarding Foreign Language Requirement 1. Students who wish to take the standardized foreign language examination may do so by making an appointment with the chairperson of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures.

2. Students who have successfully completed high school foreign language courses, and who do not consider themselves qualified for placement according to the schedule listed above, may request an examination for appropriate placement at their level of proficiency.

3. Transfer students from accredited colleges may transfer earned foreign language credit to SUNY Brockport under the same regulations governing all transfer of course credit.

Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree Requirements
1. Completion of a minimum of 120 credits in an approved program with a minimum academic grade point average of 2.0 earned at SUNY Brockport.


2.	Completion of the General Education requirements.

3. Completion of a minimum of 48 credits in upper-division (300/400-level) courses.

4. Completion of a minimum of 12 credits of upper-division (300/400-level) courses in the academic major.

5. Completion of the academic major program in studio art with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 in courses that meet the requirements of the major, excluding prerequisite and corequisite courses.

Bachelor of Science Degree Requirements 1. Completion of a minimum of 120 credits in an approved program with a minimum academic grade point average of 2.0 earned at SUNY Brockport, and a maximum of 54 credits in any one discipline.

2. Completion of the General Education requirements.

3. Completion of a minimum of 48 credits in upper-division (300/400-level) courses.

4. Completion of 60 credits in liberal arts courses (75 for students who matriculated before fall 1985).

5. Completion of an academic major program with a minimum grade point average of 2.0 in all courses required for the major.

6. Completion of a minimum of 12 credits in upper-division courses in the academic major.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree Requirements
1. Completion of a minimum of 120 credits in an approved program with a minimum academic grade point average of 2.0 earned at SUNY Brockport, and a maximum of 54 credits in any one discipline.

2. Completion of the General Education requirements.

3. Completion of a minimum of 48 credits in upper-division (300/400-level) courses.

4. Completion of 60 credits in liberal arts courses.

5. Completion of all course requirements as outlined for the nursing program with a minimum grade of "C" (2.0) in each nursing course.

6. Completion of all degree requirements within five years after beginning the clinical component of the major.

Bachelor of Art Degree Requirements through Delta College Program

Option I:
1. Completion of a minimum of 99 credits with a grade point average of 2.0 in each component of the program and overall, meeting the Delta College requirements and the requirements of a SUNY Brockport major or contractual liberal arts major.
a). Delta core
b). SUNY Brockport major
c). Delta College's Integrative Learning Experiences
d). Foreign language (intermediate level), computer, and statistics competencies

2. Completion of 48 credits in upper-division (300/400-level) courses.

3. Completion of a minimum of 90 credits in liberal arts courses.

4. Participation in the assessment and evaluation program of Delta College.


Option II:
1. Completion of a minimum of 99 credits and the Delta College global studies major with a grade point average of 2.0 in each component of the program and overall.
a) Delta Core
b) Global Studies Core
c) Global Studies Specialization
d) Integrative Learning Experiences
e) Foreign language (intermediate level), computer and statistics competencies

2. Completion of 48 credits in upper-division (300/400 level) courses.

3. Completion of a minimum of 90 credits in liberal arts courses.

4. Participation in the assessment and evaluation program of Delta College.

Bachelor of Science Degree Requirements through Delta College
Option I:
1. Completion of a minimum of 99 credits with a grade point average of 2.0 in each component of the program and overall, meeting the Delta College requirements and the requirements of a SUNY Brockport major or contractual liberal arts major.
a) Delta core
b) SUNY Brockport major
c) Delta College's Integrative Learning Experiences
d) Foreign language (intermediate level), computer, and statistics competencies

2. Completion of 48 credits in upper-division (300/400-level) courses.

3. Completion of a minimum of 60 credits in liberal arts courses.

4. Participation in the assessment and evaluation program of Delta College.

Matriculation Requirement
To earn a baccalaureate degree from SUNY Brockport, a student must be matriculated; that is, formally accepted as a degree candidate by the Admissions Office. Students may register for courses without matriculated status, and may apply credit received from such courses toward a degree program at the time of their matriculation. However, the degree requirements which a student must meet are those in effect at the time of formal matriculation.

General Education

General Education Program Office: 617 Allen Administration Building
(716) 395-2504

Assistant Vice President and Program Administrator: P. Michael Fox
Chair of Developmental Mathematics: Norman Bloch
Coordinator of Developmental Mathematics: Marcella Esler
Chair of English: Paul Curran
Coordinator of Composition: Jeanne Grinnan

The General Education program focuses on areas of study that the SUNY Brockport faculty has decided are of such fundamental importance that they should be required of all students. This is a part of the college education that stresses development of the basic intellectual skills of writing, critical thinking and mathematical analysis of the common property of educated persons. Furthermore, the General Education requirements convey some of the accumulated insights about humankind and its cultural achievements, the nature of human society, the natural order, and the systematic ways in which we seek knowledge and understanding. Finally, the General Education program enables students to make connections among the various courses and disciplines they encounter in college and to apply their skills and knowledge to real problems in contemporary society. The program is required of all students (except those enrolled in Delta College) and consists of eight components.

Note: The General Education Program is being reviewed and may be changed during the term of this catalog. Students should check the yearly General Education Handbook for the most up to-date requirements.

General Education Requirements
I. Academic Planning Seminar (GEP 100; 1 credit)
A small-group orientation to college, designed for and required of matriculated freshmen, including transfer freshmen, in their first semester at SUNY Brockport. The one-credit seminar introduces students to the academic expectations and opportunities of college life and helps them plan their individual academic programs in relationship to college requirements and students' personal interests and career goals. It also provides students with a personal academic advisor with whom they will be associated until they have declared a major in a particular field or department.

II. Composition (3-9 credits)
Nothing in a college education is more important than developing an ability to think critically and to express ideas effectively. SUNY Brockport's composition courses are specifically designed to improve these skills. Because students' backgrounds vary widely, each student is placed by the Director of Composition in an appropriate course based on high school records, transfer records, standardized test scores, and initial diagnostic testing:

A. Students with serious writing skill deficiencies will be placed in ENL 101 English for Foreign Students or ENL 102 Fundamentals of College Composition, and will be required to earn a grade of "C" or better before entering into ENL 112.

B. Students with superior records or outstanding achievement on in-class diagnostic tests may be waived from the lower-division part of the Composition requirement.

C. Most students will be placed in ENL 112 College Composition.

D. A minimum grade of "C" is required to complete successfully ENL 101, ENL 102 and ENL 112.

III. Quantitative Skills: (0-6 credits) The importance of mathematical analysis in contemporary society, in a variety of college pro grams, and in general intellectual development is reflected in this component of the General Education program. SUNY Brockport requires freshmen and transfer students without an associate degree to demonstrate competence in arithmetical, algebraic, and statistical concepts and operations. Initial placement into one of the following categories by the Coordinator of Developmental Mathematics is based on high school and/or college transfer courses and Math SAT scores:

A. Students with serious mathematical skill deficiencies will be placed in QNT 110 Introduction to Mathematics, before taking the required QNT 111 Quantitative Skills.

B. Students may fulfill the Quantitative Skills requirement by passing QNT 111. To obtain a passing grade in the course, students must perform at a satisfactory level during the course and must pass the final exam, which is a competency exam. Students who pass QNT 111 are not required to take a statistics course to fulfill the General Education requirement. Other mathematics/statistics courses may be required for specific academic majors.

C. Students may also demonstrate competence in Quantitative Skills by passing MTH 121 and any approved college level statistics course. The statistics courses include ECN 204, MTH 243, MTH 346, PLS 300, PSH 202, SOC 200, and HLS 488.

D. Students with strong backgrounds in mathematics, including a passing grade in an acceptable probability and statistics course, will be regarded as competent in Quantitative Skills with no further course work.

E. Students who have been waived from the Quantitative Skills requirement cannot receive credit for QNT 110 or QNT 111.

Note: SUNY Brockport requires Academic Planning Seminars, Composition Skills, and Quantitative Skills courses of almost all entering students. Students should begin them as soon as possible, usually in the first semester at Brockport, and complete them at the earliest opportunity. These courses are entry-level experiences providing a foundation for further college work. Students may not drop or withdraw from them unless there are serious extenuating circumstances. Computer Literacy should be completed as soon as possible because of the ever-increasing importance of computers in other course work.

IV. Breadth Component (Minimum of 24 credits)
As the intellectual "core" of the General Education program, Breadth Component courses are designed to introduce the four major content areas of a liberal arts education and to reinforce composition and mathematical skills. Such courses will, therefore, normally involve substantial writing assignments. Students will be expected to satisfy the following Breadth Component requirements:

A. Two courses in the fine arts, at least one of which must include a substantial performance experience.

B. Two courses in the natural sciences, at least one of which must include a lab experience.

C. Two courses in the social sciences.

D. Two courses in the humanities.

E. One of the above eight courses must offer a "comparative perspective" focusing substantially on non-Western, Third World, or developing societies.

F. Within each area of the Breadth Component (A, B, C, D, above), no more than one course may be taken from a single curricular unit (courses with same first three letters as the discipline code), and within the Breadth Component as a whole, no more than two courses may be taken from a single curricular unit. (Cross-listed courses must be chosen carefully to avoid violating this rule).

V. Perspectives on Women (3 credits)
Women represent half of the human species, and all students should be aware of the scholarship on and by women. Undergraduate students must successfully complete at least one approved course to satisfy the Perspectives on Women requirement. While such courses may not necessarily focus exclusively on women's experiences and perspectives, they will incorporate recent scholarship on women and introduce gender as a category of analysis appropriate to the discipline or area of the course.

VI. Contemporary Issues (3 credits)
During the junior or senior year, students are required to complete one General Education course which applies their skills and knowledge to a problem or issue facing contemporary society. Such courses encourage students to think seriously about the ethical implications of the problem and to integrate ideas and information from several disciplines. Special attention is directed toward enhancing students' writing and critical reasoning skills. Students enrolling for the Contemporary Issues course will normally have completed ENL 112 and two Breadth Component courses within each of the following areas: fine arts, humanities, natural science and mathematics, and social sciences. (These courses must be taken at Brockport and this requirement cannot be satisfied by transfer credit).

VII. Computer Literacy
The growing importance of computer-based technology in society and its increasing application to many fields of study has led SUNY Brockport to give computer literacy a central place in its curriculum. In the 1999-2000 academic year, undergraduate students have the option of passing a Computer S kills Examination or completing a Computer Literacy course to meet the Computer Literacy requirement. Please check the General Education Handbook for the status of this requirement in the 2000-2001 academic year.

VIII. Comparative Perspectives
All students must complete or transfer a course designated as Comparative Perspectives. Included are approved Breadth Component courses or other designated courses that focus substantially on non-Western, Third World, or developing societies.

General Education Course Codes
H = Humanities
S = Social Sciences
N = Natural Sciences (no lab)
L = Natural Sciences (with lab)
F = Fine Arts (no performance experience)
P = Arts (with performance experience)
C = Comparative Perspectives
T = Computer Literacy
I = Contemporary Issues
W = Perspectives on Women

Notes Regarding General Education Requirements:
1. Freshmen normally begin the appropriate Composition and Quantitative Skills sequence during their first semester of study.

2. Breadth Component courses should be completed b y the end of the sophomore year. Breadth Component courses may be used to meet the requirements of a major, second major, or minor when approved by the appropriate department.

3. Courses taken to fulfill the General Education requirements may not be taken on a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory basis.

General Education Requirements for Transfer Students
SUNY Brockport recognizes four kinds of transfer students, based on the total number of credits transferred, the number of liberal arts credits transferred, and the possession or absence of an associate degree.

I. Requirements for persons with an AA, AS/liberal arts track or AAS degree with at least 40 credits in the liberal arts:

A. Such students are regarded as having fulfilled SUNY Brockport's lower-division Composition, Quantitative Skills, and Breadth Component requirements.

B. Such students must complete one Contemporary Issues course at SUNY Brockport.

C. Such students must meet the Perspectives on Women, Computer Literacy, and Comparative Perspectives. Transfer credit may fulfill these requirements.

II. Requirements for students with the AS/career track or AAS degree and fewer than 40 credits in the liberal arts:

A. Such students are regarded as having fulfilled the SUNY Brockport's Composition and Quantitative Skills requirements.

B. Such students must have at least one course in each Breadth Component category: humanities, fine arts, natural sciences and mathematics, and social sciences. Transfer credit may fulfill this requirement.

C. Such students must complete one Contemporary Issues course at SUNY Brockport.

D. Such students must meet the Perspectives on Women, Computer Literacy and Comparative Perspectives. Transfer credit may fulfill these requirements.

III. Requirements for persons without an associate degree who are transferring 24 or more total credits:

A. Such students must complete the Composition and Quantitative Skills requirement as described in this chapter. For Quantitative Skills, transfer credit for a course equivalent to QNT 111, or MTH 121 or higher (excluding MTH 243 and MTH 313) serves to meet the requirement. Students with transfer credit for only an elementary statistics course must take QNT 111 or MTH 121, as appropriate to their academic plans. Other students will need QNT 111 or MTH 121 together with a statistics course. Students with three or more years of college-preparatory high school mathematics may be waived from the Quantitative Skills requirement by the Coordinator of Developmental Mathematics if their performance meets the standards applied to incoming freshmen.

B. Such students must complete Breadth Component requirements:

Two courses in fine arts-a performance experience is not required.

Two courses in the humanities.

Two courses in the natural science and mathematics-a laboratory experience is not required.

Two courses in the social sciences.

Within each area of the Breadth Component, no more than one course may be taken from a single curricular unit, and within the Breadth Component as a whole, no more than two courses may be taken from a single curricular unit. Administrative codes from previous schools will be used for evaluation of transfer credit.

C. Such students must complete the Computer Literacy requirement.

D. Such students must complete one Contemporary Issues course at Brockport.

E. Such students must meet the Perspectives on Women requirement.

F. Such students must meet the Comparative Perspectives requirement.

Notes:
1. Transfer credit may be used to fulfill A, B, C, E, and F above.
2. Within each area of the Breadth Component, no more than one course may be taken from a single department or curricular unit, and within the Breadth Component as a whole, no more than two courses may be taken from a single department or curricular unit.
3. Brockport continuing education students do not fall into this category unless they have 24 or more total credits from an institution other than SUNY Brockport.
4. Requirements for students without an associate degree and transferring with a total of 23 credits or fewer:

Such students must meet SUNY BrockportÕs regular General Education requirements, including the Academic Planning Seminar; Composition and Quantitative Skills; the Breadth Component including its lab and studio requirements; Perspectives on Women; Contemporary Issues; Computer Literacy and Comparative Perspectives. Transfer credit may be applied to all of these requirements except the Academic Planning Seminar and Contemporary Issues.

General Education Courses

GEP 100 Academic Planning Seminar (A). Provides an initial orientation to college life, learning skills, careers, and the information and ideas necessary to plan an overall academic program. 1 Cr. Every Semester.

GEP 120 Self, College and Career (A). Gives students a foundation for a successful college experience, providing information about SUNY Brockport and a structured setting for examining individual interests and skills, and relating them to each student's academic program. Introduces learning strategies and study skills. Emphasizes decision-making strategies and the process of career planning. The instructor serves as the student's academic advisor until an academic major has been declared. 3 Cr. Every Semester.

GEP 250 Computers and Life (A,T). Demonstrates the world of computers and their applications to modern living. Includes the concepts, process, history, application, effects, abuses, limitations and consequences of modern computer use. Explores implications of computer use for decision making and problem solving. Includes a hands-on experience where students learn to use computers. 3 Cr. Every Semester.

ENL 101 English for Foreign Students (A). For speakers of other languages whose command of English is limited. Involves intensive experience in spoken and written English to prepare students for either Composition (ENL 102) or College Composition (ENL 112), depending upon the instructor's recommendation. 3 Cr. Fall.

ENL 102 Fundamentals of College Composition (A). For students needing practice in their expository writing skills. Provides intensive work in reading and writing as preparation for entering ENL 112. 3 Cr. Every Semester.

ENL 112 College Composition (A). Emphasizes the development of written discourse with special attention to the writing process. Requires students to generate, revise, and edit several short essays, as well as practice writing in ways that exercise their critical reading and thinking skills. 3 Cr. Every Semester.

QNT 110 Introduction to Mathematics (A). Prerequisite for QNT 111 Quantitative Skills. Places a major emphasis on algebraic skills. Requires students to master the basic operations on signed numbers in both decimal and fractional forms, evaluate and interpret percents, and learn techniques for solving linear and quadratic equations and systems of equations using two variables. Introduces algebraic operations on polynomials, roots and radicals. Closed to students who have completed QNT 111 or any MTH course numbered 121 or higher or any statistics course. 3 Cr. Every Semester.

QNT 111 Quantitative Skills (A). Enables students to meet the SUNY Brockport requirement in quantitative skills. Covers in the first two-thirds basic mathematical concepts, involving linear and non-linear relationships, and their graphic representations. Applies these concepts to problem solving. Introduces in the last third the basic concepts of probability and statistics, including computation of probabilities, measurements of central tendency and dispersion about the mean, and use of normal curves. Students will fulfill the Quantitative Skills requirement by passing QNT 111. Requires students to per form at a satisfactory level during the course and pass the final exam, which is a competency exam in order to obtain a passing grade. Closed to students who have completed any MTH course numbered 121 or above, except MTH 243. 3 Cr. Every Semester.

BREADTH COMPONENT, CONTEMPORARY ISSUES, PERSPECTIVES ON WOMEN, COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVES AND SELECTED COMPUTER LITERACY COURSES

Courses approved for these purposes are indicated in the regular departmental or program listings and identified with the designating codes listed previously in this section.

Academic Policies

Academic Honors
SUNY Brockport honors students for their academic achievements both on a semesterly basis and upon graduation. Standards for these honors are as follows:

Dean's List: Students who complete a semester with a minimum of six credits of indexable grades, earn a semester index of 3.25 or higher, receive no failing grades nor grades of Incomplete, and have no missing grades, will be placed on the Dean's List.

Graduation (Latin) Honors: Graduation honors require that a minimum of 48 credits be earned at SUNY Brockport. A maximum of 24 of these credits taken on a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory basis may be counted in this 48-credit minimum. Graduation honors are awarded for the following cumulative indexes based on all undergraduate work.

Index Honor
3.25-3.49 Cum Laude
3.50-3.74 Magna Cum Laude
3.75 or above Summa Cum Laude

Academic Standards and Financial Assistance
Both the federal and state governments require students to meet certain standards of scholarship in order to remain eligible for financial assistance. These standards are based on the number of credits attempted each semester (Pursuit of Program), the number of credits accumulated each semester, and the cumulative index earned while doing so. The standards for the state and federal governments differ, and are complicated to the uninitiated. A complete explanation is found in the Appendix.

Maximum Credits Per Semester
For undergraduate degree candidates, 12 credits is the minimum for full-time status; 15 credits is a typical course load. Eighteen credits is the maximum number normally allowed during a regular semester. Students may be permitted to enroll for additional credits, however, depending on their class status and their cumulative index, based on guidelines established by the Faculty Senate. (For guidelines, see the Your Right to Know & Academic Policies and Procedures Handbook.)

Auditing Courses
Full-time students may audit a course with the permission of the instructor and the Office of Academic Advisement. Course auditors are not officially enrolled, are not obligated to meet course requirements, and receive no credit for audited courses.

Academic Probation and Dismissal
In order to earn a baccalaureate degree at SUNY Brockport, a student must complete all degree requirements with a minimum cumulative index of 2.0 or better. Students whose cumulative index falls below 2.0 will be placed on academic probation and will be subject to dismissal if good academic standing is not regained within a specified period of time. A complete explanation of policies and procedures governing academic probation and dismissal appears in the Your Right to Know & Academic Policies and Procedures Handbook.

Transfer Credits
SUNY Brockport awards transfer credit for course work completed at institutions accredited by a regional accrediting body as defined by the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation (COPA), such as the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

Course work completed at institutions accredited by other recognized boards that are constituent members of COPA will be considered on a course-by-course basis. Acceptance of courses will be based upon subject matter and relationship to established programs. Work taken at institutions not under the aegis of COPA will not be granted transfer credit.

A maximum of 96 credits may be transferred to SUNY Brockport toward the baccalaureate degree, no more than 64 credits of which may be earned at two-year colleges. For students transferring the maximum of 96 credits, there is no assurance, however, that their degree program can be completed in the minimum 120 credits. The actual number of credits remaining to be completed will depend on the program selected and the nature of the credits transferred. (Note Residency Requirement for Majors and Minors below.)

Passing grades below "C" will be accepted for transfer credit provided that the total cumulative index for all courses transferred does not fall below the minimum 2.0 required of all entering transfer students. While transferred grades below "C" will apply to general SUNY Brockport requirements, they may not meet the requirements for a specific program, such as an academic major or teacher certification.

A complete explanation of transfer credits as they apply to SUNY Brockport's General Education Program requirements will be found in the General Education section of this chapter.

Second Baccalaureate Degree
Students may pursue a second baccalaureate degree, either concurrently with the first, or consecutively, provided that the second degree is in an essentially different area of study. Students pursuing both degrees concurrently must complete a minimum of 30 credits in addition to those required for the first degree, and must fulfill all prerequisite, corequisite and major requirements for the second degree program. Courses used to meet General Education, liberal arts and upper-division requirements may be applied to both programs.

Students in pursuit of a second baccalaureate degree who already hold a degree must complete a minimum of 30 credits, and meet all prerequisite, corequisite and major requirements for the second degree. Those holding the BA or BS degree will be required to meet only the Computer Literacy, Contemporary Issues, and Perspectives on Women requirements of SUNY Brockport's General Education program. Those holding the BSN from Brockport, or a professional degree from any other accredited institution, must meet all General Education, liberal arts and upper division requirements in effect at the time of matriculation. Transfer credits may be used to fulfill all General Education and College-wide requirements except Contemporary Issues.

The Academic Minor
Academic minors permit a student to pursue an area of particular interest, or to expand career opportunities. Students may elect a maximum of two minors. A minimum GP A of 2.0 is required for all minors. (Note Residency Policy for Majors and Minors below.)

The Academic Major
All degree programs at SUNY Brockport require the successful completion of an academic major, which is a concentration of courses in an approved academic area. Most majors are associated with a single department, but a few are interdisciplinary in content and draw upon two or more departments for their courses. The typical major requires 30 to 36 credits, and 2.0 or higher GPA in the major courses although some require more. Some majors have prerequisite and corequisite courses in addition to those specified for the major program itself. A detailed description of the requirements for each major will be found in the chapter, "Academic Departments and Programs." (Note Residency Policy for Majors and Minors below.)

Residency Policy for Majors and Minors
The General College Residency Policy requires that students complete a minimum of 24 credits at Brockport to obtain a degree. These credits must include at least 15 credits needed for a major and, where applicable, at least half the credits for a minor and for a certification program. A student may petition to the appropriate department or program for a reduction in the minimum number of Brockport credits required to meet the program requirements in that unit.

Additional Majors
Students currently in pursuit of a baccalaureate degree may elect a second major, following the same procedures involved in declaring and pursuing the first.

Certificate of Completion of a Second Major
Baccalaureate degree holders who wish to pursue an additional academic major, rather than a second baccalaureate degree, will be candidates for a Certificate of Completion of a Second Major. Specific requirements for the certificate will be established by the relevant academic department and will be described in the Additional Major Contract provided to the student. Such students will register as non-matriculated graduate students, but will be charged undergraduate tuition.

Combining an Undergraduate and Graduate Program
Senior students in their final semester may register for graduate courses subject to the following restrictions:

1. No more than nine credits must be needed to complete the undergraduate degree.

2. The total course load cannot exceed 12 credits for both graduate and undergraduate courses combined.

3. A maximum of nine graduate credits may be taken.

4. Approval must be obtained from each graduate instructor.

5. The approval of the Office of Graduate Admissions must be obtained.

Note: The combined graduate/undergraduate program will be approved for one semester only.

Graduate courses may not, under any circumstances, be applied toward the undergraduate degree.

Cross-registration
SUNY Brockport students are permitted to take courses at other Rochester-area colleges under tuition paid to Brockport, subject to certain conditions. To be eligible, one must be a full-time, registered, matriculated undergraduate student at Brockport, and the course selected must not be available at Brockport. Full details on cross-registration appear in the Your Right to Know & Academic Policies and Procedures Handbook.

The Grading System SUNY Brockport uses a grading system typical of many colleges and universities, awarding a letter grade of "A" through "E" to indicate the level of accomplishment in each course for which a student is registered. Each letter grade carries quality points which are the basis for computing a semester and cumulative index, also referred to as a grade point average (GPA). The letter grades and their associated quality points are as follows:

Grade Level of Accomplishment Quality Points
A Highest level of work 4.00
A- 3.67
B+ 3.33
B Better than average work 3.00
B- 2.67
C+ 2.33
C Average work 2.00
C- 1.67
D+ 1.33
D 1.00
D- Minimum level of passing work 0.67
E Failing work 0.00

In academic programs or policies which require a "C" or better level of work as a minimum, a grade of "C-" is not acceptable unless specifically indicated.

Quality points are based upon each credit of work. Thus, a three-credit course graded "A" earns a student 12 quality points.

The letter grades described above contribute to a student's cumulative index, and are therefore known as indexable grades. An alternative grading system allows courses to be taken on a Satisfactory/ Unsatisfactory (S/U) basis. Such courses are not computed in the cumulative index, and are known as non-indexable grades. Students may ordinarily only choose the Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading system for electives, may only take such courses during their junior and senior years, and may take no more than one per semester.

A complete explanation of the policies and procedures concerning grades appears in the Your Right to Know & Academic Policies and Procedures Handbook, including procedures for dropping or withdrawing from a course, for obtaining a grade of Incomplete, and for appealing a given grade.

Academic Advisement All matriculated SUNY Brockport students are ensured an appropriate academic advisor upon admission. Freshmen are advised by the instructor of their Academic Planning Seminar, who will continue as their advisor until an academic major is chosen. A t that time, students are assigned an advisor from the appropriate academic department. Transfer students who have not declared an academic major will be advised by the Office of Academic Advisement, upon request.

All matriculated students, whether full-time or par t-time, are required to obtain the written approval of their academic advisor in order to register for courses for the succeeding semester. Advisor approval is provided either through the Undergraduate Advisement Preregistration form (for in-person registration) or a special code number (used for Touchtone registration).

While SUNY Brockport provides each matriculated student with an academic advisor and a variety of services and procedures to assist in reaching academic goals, the final responsibility for meeting all graduation requirements remains with the student.

Baccalaureate Degrees (BS, BA, BFA, BSN)

Program Name Degrees HEGIS Code
Accounting BS 0502
African & Afro-American Studies BS/BA 2211
Anthropology BS/BA 2202
Art-Studio BS/BA 1002
Studio Art BFA 1002
Biological Sciences BS/BA 0401
Business Administration BS 0506
Chemistry BS/BA 1905
Communications BS/BA 0601
Computational Science BA 0799
Computer Science BS/BA 0701
Criminal Justice BS 2105
Dance BS/BA/BFA 1008
Earth Science BS/BA 1917
English BS/BA 1501
Environmental Science* BS* 1025*
French BS/BA 1102
Geology BS/BA 1914
Health Science BS/BA 1299
History BS/BA 2205
Interdisciplinary Arts BS/BA 1001
International Business & Economics BA 0513
International Studies BA 2210
Journalism BS/BA 0602
Mathematics BS/BA 1701
Medical Technology BS 1223
Meteorology BS/BA 1913
Undergraduate Nursing BSN 1203
Philosophy BS/BA 1509
Physical Education BS/BA 0835
Physics BS/BA 1902
Political Science BS/BA 2207
Psychology BS/BA 2001
Recreation & Leisure Studies BS 2103
Social Work BS 2104
Sociology BS/BA 2208
Spanish BS/BA 1105
Theatre BS/BA 1007
Water Resources BS/BA 1916
* Program is pending approval of State Department of Education.

Undergraduate Programs Leading to Provisional Educational Certification

Certification Title Degrees HEGIS Code
Biology and General Science 7-12 BS/BA 0401.01
Chemistry and General Science 7-12 BS/BA 1905.01
Developmental Disabilities CRT 5506
Earth Science and General Science 7-12 BS/BA 1917.01
Elementary Education PreK-6 BS/BA 0802
English 7-12 BS/BA 1501.01
French 7-12 BA 1102.01
Health Education BS 0837
Mathematics 7-12 BS/BA 1701.01
Physical Education K-12 BS/BA 0835
Physics and General Science 7-12 BS/BA 1902.01
Social Studies 7-12 BA 2201.10
Spanish 7-12 BA 1105.01
Note: The Bilingual Extension Elementary or Secondary/Other, as appropriate, is available with all certification programs listed above except for French 7-12.

Masters Degrees (MA, MS, MFA, MPA, MPS, MSED, MSW)

Program Name Degrees HEGIS Code
Biological Sciences MS 0401.00
Communication MA 0601.00
Dance MA/MFA 1008.00
Educational Administration MSED 0828
Higher Education Mid-Management
English MA 1501.00
History MA 2205.00
Liberal Studies MA 4901.00
Mathematics MA 1701.00
Nursing MS 1203
Psychology MA 2001.00
Public Administration MPA 2102.00
Reading Teacher MPS 0830
Recreation & Leisure Studies MS 2103.00
Social Work MSW
Visual Studies MFA 1011

Master of Science in Education or Certificate of Advanced Study--with Provisional Educational Certification

Certification Title Degrees HEGIS Code
Biology and General Science 7-12 MSED 0401.01
Chemistry and General Science 7-12 MSED 1905.01
Earth Science and General Science 7-12 MSED 1917.01
PreK-6 MSED 0802
English 7-12 MSED 1501.01
Mathematics 7-12 MSED 1701.01
Physics and General Science 7-12 MSED 1902.01
Reading Teacher MSED 0830
School Administrator and Supervisor ADV CRT 0827 [Program: Educational Administration]
School Counselor MSED 0826.01
Social Studies 7-12 MSED 2201.01

Master of Science in Education or Certificate of Advanced Study-- with Permanent Educational Certification

Certification Title Degrees HEGIS Code
Bilingual Education MSED 0899
Biology and General Science 7-12 MSED 0401.01
Chemistry and General Science 7-12 MSED 1905.01
Earth Science and General Science 7-12 MSED 1917.01
PreK-6 MSED 0802
English 7-12 MSED 1501.01
Health MSED 0837
Mathematics 7-12 MSED 1701.01
Physical Education* MSED 0835
Physics and General Science 7-12 MSED 1902.01
School Administrator and Supervisor ADV CRT 0827 [Program: Educational Administration]
School Business Administrator ADV CRT 0827 [Program: Educational Administration]
School District Administrator ADV CRT 0828 [Program: Educational Administration]
School Counselor ADV CRT 0826.01
Social Studies 7-12 MSED 2201.01

Teacher Certification
Students who complete a degree from SUNY Brockport that includes an approved program of teacher preparation for certification are eligible for the College's recommendation for a teaching credential. Approved programs satisfy New York state academic requirements and, under the terms of the Interstate Agreement, the academic requirements for an initial certificate in many other states. The Application for Certificate should be filed with the College's Office of Certification and Licensure during the semester in which the student is completing degree requirements.

The New York State Education Department requires that all candidates for a provisional elementary (PreK-6) or for a secondary (7-12) teaching certificate achieve satisfactory scores on the Liberal Arts and Sciences Test (LAST) and the Assessment of Teaching Skills-Written (ATS-W) of the New York State Teacher Certification Examinations.

For permanent elementary or secondary certification, the state requires completion of a master's degree, appropriate professional experience, and satisfactory scores on the Content Specialty Test (CST) and the Assessment of Teaching Skills-Performance (ATS-P) of the New York State Teaching Certification Examinations.

Candidates for provisional certification as teachers of health (K-12) or teachers of physical education (K-12) must obtain satisfactory scores on either the New York State Teacher Certification Examinations (LAST and ATS-W) or the National Teacher Examinations Core Battery Tests.

For permanent physical education or health certification, the state requires completion of a master's degree and appropriate professional experience.

Three forms of teaching certificates are issued by the New York State Education Department. The initial form of certificate is the Certificate of Qualification, which indicates that the holder has satisfied the requirements for provisional certification, provides to school districts evidence of eligibility for employment, and legalizes service as a substitute teacher. The Certificate of Qualification is valid for five years if the holder does not accept a New York state public school contract within that time. At the time of public school employment, or prior to its expiration date, the Certificate of Qualification must be returned to the New York State Education Department for a five-year Provisional Certificate. A Permanent Certificate is a lifetime credential.

Information regarding New York state certification policies and procedures may be obtained from the SUNY Brockport Office of Certification and Licensure.




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