CHAPTER V: Degree Requirements and Related Policies

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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 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 VI.

While certain programs of study lead only to the Bachelor of Science or the Bachelor of Arts, in most cases students may pursue either a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Arts. 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.

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 Office of Undergraduate Admissions. ­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 a student must meet to graduate are those in effect at the time of formal matriculation.

Bachelor of Arts 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 (300/400-level) 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 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 study are required to take a placement test to determine appropriate placement level.

Bachelor of Fine Arts 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 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 12 credits in upper-division (300/400-level) courses in the academic major.
  5. Completion of 60 credits in liberal arts courses.
  6. Completion of an academic major program with a minimum grade point average of 2.0 in all courses required for the major.
Bachelor of Science Requirements - Professional Accounting
  1. Completion of a minimum of 150 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 professional accounting program with a minimum grade of “C” in all accounting courses and “C-” in all other required courses in the program.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 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 Arts 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.
    1. Delta core
    2. SUNY Brockport major
    3. Delta College’s Integrative Learning Experiences
    4. 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.
    1. Delta Core
    2. Global Studies Core
    3. Global Studies Specialization
    4. Integrative Learning Experiences
    5. 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 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.
    1. Delta core
    2. SUNY Brockport major
    3. Delta College’s Integrative Learning Experiences
    4. 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.

General Education

General Education Program Office
6th Floor, Allen Administration Building
(585) 395-2504


Vice Provost and Program Administrator: P. Michael Fox PhD
Secretary: Linda Hartmann
Coordinator of Developmental Mathematics: Marcella Esler
Coordinator of College Composition: Jeanne Grinnan
Coordinator of Computer Skills Examination: Edwina Billings

The General Education program focuses on areas of study that the SUNY Brockport faculty, and recently, the SUNY Board of Trustees have decided are of such fundamental importance that they should be required of all liberally educated students. This part of the student’s college education stresses development of the basic intellectual skills of writing, speaking, critical thinking, and mathematical analysis that are generally expected of college-educated persons and provides a good skills foundation for advanced work in a major program. In addition, the General Education requirements convey some of the accumulated insights about humankind and its cultural, artistic, and scientific achievements, the nature of human societies, the natural order, and the systematic ways in which we seek knowledge and understanding in many fields. ­Finally, the General Education program provides opportunities for students to make connections among the various courses and disciplines they encounter in college and to apply their skills and knowledge to analyzing real problems in contemporary society.

SUNY Brockport offers three options through which students may complete the General Education requirements:

  • the Traditional General Education Program
  • the Delta College Program
  • the College Honors Program

The Traditional General Education Program is the subject of this section. Before choosing a General Education option, students should also examine the Delta College Program and the College Honors Program. The descriptions and details of those programs can be found in Chapter VI of this catalog.

SUNY Brockport, like all the colleges and universities of the SUNY system, is required to accommodate the SUNY Trustees mandates for student learning outcomes in General Education. The Trustees now require SUNY students entering in fall 2000 or later to meet student learning outcomes in disciplines including American history, western civilization, other world civilizations, and foreign languages, areas previously not required of all students. The complete set of ­requirements of Brockport’s General Education program (including the ­Trustees’ requirements) apply for entering freshman students who began in fall 2001 or thereafter. More recently admitted students are required to complete the requirements of the General Education program as set by the College at their date of matriculation. The Office of Undergraduate Admissions will have current information on the set of General Education requirements students are required to complete for their baccalaureate degrees. Transfer students became subject to the Trustees requirements if they matriculated at Brockport in fall 2003 or later.

Traditional General Education Requirements

SUNY Brockport’s Traditional General Education Program is the route most students take through General Education. Student learning outcomes in compliance with the SUNY-GEAR learning outcomes for General Education have been written for all components of the program. Courses are approved for the various components if they provide instruction guided by those learning outcomes. The complete program consists of the following elements:
Academic Planning Seminar (GEP 100; 1 credit)
First-Year Orientation Course.

A small-group orientation to the College, designed for and required of matriculated freshman, including transfer freshman, 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. Students in certain programs take a three-credit version, GEP 120.

College 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 College Composition in an appropriate course based on high school records, transfer records, standardized test scores, and initial diagnostic testing. Students with superior records or outstanding achievement on in-class diagnostic tests may be waived from the College Composition requirement.
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. A minimum grade of “C” is required to successfully complete ENL 101, ENL 102 and ENL 112.

College Mathematics: (3 credits)
The importance of mathematical analysis in contemporary society in a variety of college ­programs and in general intellectual development is reflected in this component of the ­General Education program. SUNY Brockport requires freshmen and transfer students to demonstrate competence in arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and quantitative reasoning. 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.

Students may meet the General Education requirement in mathematics by passing MTH 112, MTH 122, MTH 221 (or higher, excluding MTH 313) or any approved college-level statistics course. The statistics courses include ECN 204, MTH 243, MTH 346, PSH 202, SOC 200, and HLS 488. Students with strong backgrounds in mathematics may meet the General Education requirement with no further course work. However, other mathematics or statistics courses may be required for specific academic majors.

Students with mathematical skill deficiencies will be placed either in MTH 110 Introduction to Mathematics or MTH 111 College Algebra. Both courses are considered ­preparatory to courses that meet the General Education mathematics requirement.  

Students who have been waived from the College mathematics requirement cannot receive credit for MTH 112 or any course preparatory to it (MTH 110, MTH 111).

Note: SUNY Brockport requires an Academic Planning Seminar, and courses in composition skills and college mathematics 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. The Computer Skills Examination should be prepared for and completed as soon as possible because of the ever-increasing importance of computers in other course work.

Knowledge Area Requirements (Minimum of 25 credits)
As the intellectual “core” of the General Education program, Knowledge Area courses are designed to introduce the 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 Knowledge Area requirements:

  1. Two courses in the fine arts from different disciplines, at least one of which must include a substantial performance experience.
  2. Two courses in the natural sciences from different disciplines, at least one of which must include a laboratory experience.
  3. One course in the social sciences from a discipline other than history.
  4. One course in American history.
  5. One course in Western civilization.
  6. One course in the humanities, from a discipline different from that of the Western civilization course taken.

Foreign Language (3–6 credits)
Students are required to complete the equivalent of one year of a foreign language as a ­General Education requirement. Students are placed in foreign language courses by performance on a placement examination. Decisions on placements and waivers of this requirement are made by the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures. Students may fulfill this requirement in several ways: successful completion of a 112 Beginning II, or higher, foreign language course at SUNY Brockport; an appropriate score on a high school third-year foreign language Regents examination, an AP foreign language examination, or a CLEP foreign language ­examination; an appropriate score on the placement test administered by Brockport; successful completion of a program of study abroad of at least five weeks duration and in which the language of instruction is a foreign language.

PLEASE NOTE: Meeting the General Education foreign language requirement does not meet the foreign language requirement for the BA degree and may not satisfy language requirements for certain major and/or certification programs. Students entering in or after fall 2000 are subject to the SUNY Trustees’ one course requirement. SUNY Brockport’s one-year requirement became effective in fall 2006.

Contemporary Issues (3 credits)
During the junior or senior year, students are required to complete one General Education course that 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 who enroll in a Contemporary Issues course will normally have completed ENL 112 and the Knowledge Area courses. This requirement can be met by transferred courses with appropriate content.

Perspectives on Women
Women represent half of the human population, and all students should be aware of the scholarship on and by women. Perspectives on Women Courses do 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. Courses in Perspectives on Women also meet the oral communication outcomes.

Diversity
Students are required to take one course with outcomes dealing with the analysis of social conflicts, prejudices, and/or intolerance arising from such issues as racism, ethnic hatred, and religious intolerance.

World Civilizations (Non-Western)/Comparative Perspectives
Courses whose student learning outcomes allow students to demonstrate a knowledge of a broad outline of world history or the distinctive features of history, institutions, economy, society and culture of one non-Western civilization and to compare the perspective of at least one non-Western, third-world or developing society with their own.

Oral Communication, Information Literacy, and Critical Thinking
These constitute student learning outcomes required by the SUNY Board of Trustees. At Brockport, these outcomes are met in a number of different courses. Because of this “infusion” into several courses, these requirements do not have individual credits assigned to them. Students complete these outcomes as they complete the other required courses in the Brockport General Education curriculum.

Required Competency Examination in Computer Skills
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. Passing this examination is required of all freshmen who matriculated in fall 2001 or later. Students may prepare for the examination by registering in GEP 150 Computer Skills Preparation (1 credit) in their first semester at Brockport. The examination stresses an ability to use the Microsoft Windows© operating system, Microsoft Word© word-processing software and PowerPoint©. Currently approximately 89 percent of freshman students pass the examination in their first semester. Future versions of the examination will include tests of ability to use e-mail, library searches, databases, and Excel©.

General Education Course Codes
The codes listed below indicate the General Education requirements that a specific course will ­satisfy. Only courses that bear the code for a particular requirement are approved for use in the General Education program. General Education codes are placed after the course number in catalogs and course schedules. Courses may bear several codes and in such cases can meet several requirements.

Last Updated 11/20/18

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