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600 Baccalaureate Degree Requirements

600.01 Overall Degree Requirements

The College awards the baccalaureate degree to students who successfully complete undergraduate requirements in a planned, approved program that usually requires four years of full-time study to complete. The College at Brockport offers the following undergraduate degree programs: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Science, and Bachelor of Science in Nursing. The Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Science are not degrees in a disciplinary sense. That is, the major in chemistry can matriculate in a BA program and the major in art in a B.S. program if he/she so elects. Rather, the distinction is based on the overall liberal arts content of the degree program.

600.02 Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements

  1. Completion of a minimum of 120 credits in an approved program with a minimum earned academic average of 2.0 earned at Brockport, and a maximum of 54 credits in any one discipline.
  2. Completion of General Education requirements.
  3. Completion of a minimum of 48 credits in upper division (300/400) course work.
  4. Completion of a minimum of 90 credits of 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 of upper division courses in the academic major.
  7. Competency in one foreign language. Competency may be demonstrated either by successful completion of the second semester of the intermediate year of college-level foreign language instruction (212) or by the successful completion of examinations requiring an equivalent degree of mastery.
    1. Placement in Foreign Language Courses: Students who have successfully completed high school foreign language courses will be placed in a college foreign language course according to the following criteria:
    2. If one year of a foreign language has been successfully completed in high school, college credit may be earned for continuing the same foreign language in a 111 or 112 course.
    3. If two years of a foreign language have been successfully completed in high school, college credit may be earned for continuing the same foreign language in a 112 or 211 course, but no credit may be earned for a 111 course.
    4. If three years of a foreign language have been successfully completed in high school, college credit may be earned for continuing the same foreign language in a 211 or 212 course, but no credit will be given for a 111 or 112 course.
    5. If four years of foreign language have been successfully completed in high school, college credit may be earned for continuing the same foreign language in a 212 or higher level course, but no credit will be given for a 111, 112 or 211 course.
    6. Notes Regarding Foreign Language Requirement:
    7. Students who wish to take the standardized foreign language examination may arrange to do so by making an appointment with the chairperson of the department of Foreign Languages and Literatures.
    8. 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 placement by examination at an appropriate level of proficiency.
    9. Transfer students from accredited colleges may transfer earned foreign language credit to Brockport under the same regulations governing all transfer of course credit.

600.03 Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree Requirements

  1. Completion of a minimum of 120 credits in an approved program with a minimum academic average of 2.0 earned at Brockport and a minimum average of 2.0 in the academic major.
  2. Completion of the General Education requirements.
  3. Completion of a minimum of 48 credits in upper-division (300/400 level) course work.
  4. Completion of a minimum of 12 credits of upper division (300/400 level) courses in the academic major.
  5. Completion of an academic major program with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in courses that meet the requirements of the major, excluding prerequisite and co requisite courses.

600.04 Bachelor of Science Degree Requirements

  1. Completion of a minimum of 120 credits in an approved program with a minimum earned academic average of 2.0 earned at Brockport and a maximum of 54 credits in any one discipline.
  2. Completion of General Education requirements.
  3. Completion of a minimum of 48 credits in upper division (300/400)-course work.
  4. Completion of 60 credits of liberal arts courses (75 for students who matriculated before Fall 1985).
  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 of upper division courses in the academic major.

600.05 Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree Requirements

  1. Completion of a minimum of 120 credits in an approved program with a minimum academic average of 2.0 earned at Brockport and a maximum of 54 credits in any one discipline.
  2. Completion of General Education requirements.
  3. Completion of a minimum of 48 credits in upper division (300/400) courses.
  4. Completion of 60 credits of liberal arts courses.
  5. Completion of all course requirements as outlined for the nursing program with a minimum grade of "C" in each nursing course.
  6. Completion of all degree requirements within five years after initial admission to the department of Nursing.

600.06 General Education Requirements

The General Education program focuses on those areas of study which the College believes are of such "general" importance as to be required of all students. It is that part of a college education which seeks to develop those basic intellectual skills of writing, speaking, critical thinking, and mathematical analysis that are the common property of educated persons. The General Education requirements are designed to convey some of the accumulated insights of the liberal arts tradition about mankind and its cultural achievements, the nature of human society and the natural order, and the systematic ways in which we seek knowledge and understanding in these areas. The General Education program should also enable students to make connections among the various courses and disciplines they encounter in college and to apply their skills and understandings to the real problems that confront contemporary society. The program is required of all students (except those enrolled in Delta College) matriculating at Brockport in the Fall of 1980 or later, and consists of six components:

  1. Academic Planning Seminar GEP 100 (1 credit): This course provides a small group, orientation-to-college experience designed for and required of matriculated freshmen, including transfer freshmen, in their first semester at Brockport. Its primary purpose is to introduce students to the academic expectations and opportunities of college life and to assist them in planning their own 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.
  2. Composition (3-9 credits): Nothing in a college experience 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.
    1. 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 ENL 112.
    2. Students with superior records or outstanding achievement on in-class diagnostic tests may be waived from the lower division part of the composition requirements.
    3. Most students will be placed in ENL 112 (College Composition).
    4. A minimum grade of C is required to complete successfully ENL 101, ENL 102, and ENL 112.
    5. Continuing to reinforce writing skills through instruction in writing conventions of the disciplines (majors) is now the responsibility of the academic departments in their upper division curricula.
  3. Quantitative Skills (0-6 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, without an associate degree, to demonstrate competence in arithmetic, 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:
    1. Students with serious mathematical skill deficiencies will be placed in QNT 110 (Introduction to Mathematics) before taking the required QNT 111 (Quantitative Skills).
    2. 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 mathematical/statistics courses may be required for specific academic majors.
    3. Students may 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.
    4. 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.
    5. Students who have been waived from the Quantitative Skills required 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 aspossible, because of the ever-increasing importance of computers in other course work.

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 writing, speaking, critical thinking, and mathematical skills. Students will be expected to satisfy the following Breadth Component requirements:

  1. Two courses in the Fine Arts, one of which must include a substantial performance or studio experience.
    1. Two courses in the Natural Sciences, one of which must include laboratory experience.
    2. Two courses in the Social Sciences.
    3. Two courses in the Humanities.
    4. One of the above eight courses must offer a "comparative perspective" focusing substantially on non-western, third world, or developing societies.

Note: Within each area of the Breadth Component, no more than one course may be taken from a single discipline and, within the Breadth Component as a whole, no more than two courses may be taken from a single discipline.

Breadth Component courses are identified by a letter following the A which distinguishes liberal arts courses. Thus, ENL 163 (A,H) denotes a Breadth course in the Humanities area. Breadth Component codes may be found in the College Catalog, the General Education Handbook, and this publication.

  1. Contemporary Issues (3 credits): During the junior or senior year, students will be required to complete one General Education course which applies their skills and knowledge to a problem or issue facing contemporary society. Such courses will encourage students to think seriously about the ethical implications of the problem and to integrate ideas and information from several disciplines. Contemporary Issues courses will enhance and extend students' communication skills.
  2. Computer Literacy: The growing importance of computer-based technology in society generally, and its increasing application to many fields of study, has led the College to incorporate "computer literacy" more carefully into its curriculum. Undergraduate students matriculating at the College in the Fall of 1984 or later will be required to complete successfully at least one course which is approved as meeting the "computer literacy requirement."

    Exceptions to this requirement:
    1. Students entering the College with prior experience in this area may be waived from the requirements by passing a computer literacy competency examination.
    2. Transfer students with at least one approved college-level computer science course will be regarded as having met the requirement.
    3. Transfer students with other relevant academic preparation may appeal to the Office of Academic Affairs to waive the requirement.
  3. Scholarship on Women: Every candidate for a baccalaureate degree must include in his/her program of studies at least one course from the list of courses, which include a unit on scholarship on women. (DEFINITION OF ACCEPTABLE COURSE: Any course which focuses substantially, though necessarily exclusively, on women's experiences and perspectives, integrating recent scholarship on women, and incorporating gender as a category of analysis appropriate to the particular discipline or area of the course.)
  4. General Education Course Codes:

    H = Humanities

    S = Social Sciences

    N = Natural Sciences (no laboratory)

    L = Natural Sciences with laboratory

    F = Fine Arts (no performance experience)

    P = Fine Arts with performance experience

    C = Comparative perspective, focusing on non-western, third world, or developing societies

    I = Contemporary Issues

    T = Computer Literacy

    W = Perspectives on Women

  5. Notes Regarding General Education Requirements:
    1. Freshmen will normally begin the appropriate Composition and Quantitative Skills sequence during their first semester of study.
    2. Courses taken as part of the Breadth Component of the General Education requirement may be used to meet the requirement of a major, second major, or minor when approved by the appropriate department.
    3. Courses taken to fulfill the General Education requirement may not be taken on a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory basis.
    4. All students are advised to complete their General Education requirements, except Contemporary Issues and Computer Literacy, by the end of their sophomore year.
    5. Students may apply two performance Fine Arts courses in different disciplines toward meeting the Fine Arts Breadth Component requirement but two "F" courses will not meet the requirement.
    6. Students may apply two laboratory courses in different disciplines toward meeting the Natural Science Breadth Component requirement but two "N" courses will not meet the requirement.

600.07 Delta College

Delta College is an innovative educational opportunity designed to nurture a strong desire for learning and to prepare students with the knowledge and skills necessary to appreciate the global possibilities and challenges of the 21st century.

This selective liberal arts alternative to a traditional general education program offers a curriculum of eight interdisciplinary and internationally focused liberal arts courses, an introductory mentoring course, and integrative learning seminars and experiences designed to help students succeed in a global, transnational society. Students complete the Delta College program and any SUNY Brockport major. Throughout the course of study, students are required to address existing and potential world problems. Students are expected to be multicultural aware and, as part of that awareness, are required to complete a foreign language competency and an international experience.

Central to the Delta Experience are excellent teaching, an interdisciplinary core, small class sizes, experiential learning, mentoring, and a sense of community. Faculty act as teachers, coaches, and mentors in facilitating student growth. They also help students establish networks that improve employment opportunities. Students are welcomed as fully participating members in this learner-focused, interactive, integrative, and experiential learning environment.

Delta College students have a choice of completing two options. In both options, students are required to demonstrate computer, statistics, and foreign language competencies. In Option I (time-and credit-variable), students complete the Delta Core, the Integrative Learning Experiences, and a SUNY Brockport major or contractual liberal arts major. In Option II (time- and credit-shortened), students complete the Delta Core, the Integrative Experiences, and the Global Studies Track in the International Studies major.

The mentoring tutorial is a course focused on orientation and writing.

The interdisciplinary core courses are equivalent to interdisciplinary humanities, social science, fine and performing arts, and science and science/lab courses.

The Integrative Learning Seminars (DCC 225, 345, and 410) serve as the foundation for the mentoring component of Delta College. A component of each of the seminars is developing and finalizing contracts for each of the integrative learning experiences. The seminars also provide students with the knowledge and skills they need to address local, national, and world problems, and to meet the computer competencies. Required Integrative Learning Experiences (ILE - DCC 235, 355, and 420) provide students with an opportunity to experience firsthand what they have been learning about in their course work. On a continuum of experiential learning, they are exposed to local, regional, national, and global issues. In the first two ILEs (summers), they will work or volunteer at local, regional, and/or national sites. In the third ILE (semester), they will work, volunteer, and/or study in a foreign country. Students may receive remuneration (e.g., stipends) for these experiences.

  1. Option I (Delta College Program and a SUNY Brockport Academic Major or Contractual Liberal Arts Major): This option is for students participating in the Delta College program who choose any SUNY Brockport major or contractual liberal arts major. This is a time and credit-variable option. Variability will be based on total credits for a major and/or prerequisites required for the major. With this option, students must complete the Delta College program and any SUNY Brockport major.

Delta Core Courses (DCC): (39 credits).......................................Credits

 

DCC 100 Educational Mentor Tutorial…........................................... 2

DCC 210 Human Heritage and Experience I…...................................3

DCC 310 Human Heritage and Experience II...….............................. 4

DCC 215 Society and Culture …...I.....................................................3

DCC 315 Society and Culture II…......................................................4

DCC 220 Aesthetic Experience I……..................................................3

DCC 320 Aesthetic Experience II…….................................................4

DCC 230 Scientific Exploration …..I...................................................3

DCC 330 Scientific Exploration II…....................................................4

DCC 400 Technology, Civilization, and Human Values…...................3

DCC 225 Integrative Learning Seminar I (local/regional)…............... 2

DCC 345 Integrative Learning Seminar II (regional/national)…...........2

DCC 410 Integrative Learning Seminar III (international)…................2

  1. Integrative Learning Experiences (ILEs): 21 credits

    Delta College students are expected to experience firsthand social, cultural, and global issues discussed throughout the course of their study. Students attain experiences through a first year, three credit (summer) local or regional field experience (DCC 235); a second year, three credit (summer) regional or national field experience (DCC 355); and a third year, 15 credit (spring semester) international experience (DCC 420). Students may receive remuneration for these experiences. The summer experiences require a minimum of 120 clock hours, which may be completed over a three to 12 week period. The international experience requires a minimum of 600 clock hours which students will complete over a 15-week period. Course requirements are met off campus/on site. Written assignments are sent to mentors by postal or electronic mail.

 

Competency requirements: Delta College students must demonstrate foreign language (intermediate level), computer, and statistics competencies. Computer competencies are met by completing assignments in the mentoring course and the integrative learning seminars. Foreign language competencies are met by exam. Statistics competencies are met by successfully completing one of the following courses for three (3) credits: ECN 204, MTH 243, PLS 300, PSH 202, SOC 200.

 

Academic major: Students may choose any SUNY Brockport major.

 

Credits/time: Depending upon the major chosen, student may complete their degrees with as few as 99 credits and in as little as three years.

  1. Option II (Delta Global Studies Track of International Studies Major): This is a three-year degree program option. With this option, students must complete the Delta College program and the Global Studies Track in the International Studies major.
    1. Delta Core Courses (DCC) (39 credits): SAME AS OPTION I
    2. Integrative Learning Experiences (ILE) (21 credits): SAME AS OPTION I
    3. Competency requirements: SAME AS OPTION I
    4. Global Studies Core (GSC) (18 credits): This Core entails general interdisciplinary exposure to global issues. Students will choose from identified alternatives from existing SUNY Brockport courses. No more than two courses may be taken from the same discipline.
    5. Global Studies Specialization (GSS) (18 credits): A student may select either a geographic area or disciplinary focus. Areas of specialization: (Total credits = 99)**
      1. Geographic areas: 18 credits in one of the following - Africa, Asia, Canada, Europe, Middle East, or Latin America.
      2. Disciplinary focus: 18 credits in a discipline of interest

**Total credits may increase for students not meeting computer, statistics, and foreign language competencies who take courses to satisfy these requirements. Prerequisite requirements may impact completion of the program in six semesters.

600.08 College Honors Program

The College Honors Program provides students with enhanced, challenging, disciplinary, and interdisciplinary learning experiences. The goals of the program are to make scholarly endeavor as stimulating and rewarding as possible; to encourage independent, creative work by academically superior undergraduate students; and to help these students develop a supportive intellectual peer group. The Program represents an alternate route through General Education at SUNY Brockport and leaves the basic baccalaureate degree requirements, other than for General Education, unaffected.

The College Honors Program culminates in writing a senior honors thesis. The thesis is usually developed within the major field of study and is supervised by a faculty member, who acts as a mentor during the research project. It is also possible for students to do a thesis outside the major field. The senior honors thesis is the heart of the program in that it gives students the chance to pursue a significant problem or project in great depth and with the guidance of an expert mentor. The results of each student’s thesis project are presented at Scholars Day or another appropriate, alternate public forum.

  1. Honors Courses: Honors courses are specifically designated courses or sections of courses usually built around limited class size, seminar groups, individualized studies, and special projects and activities. Honors courses place a high value on student contributions and encourage a more intimate and intensive educational experience. In general, honors courses are open only to students who have been admitted to the Honors Program, but other students with special qualifications may, at times, be admitted to individual courses with the permission of the Honors Program Office.
  2. Honors Faculty: The College Honors Program draws its faculty from a group of distinguished scholars and stimulating teachers who are committed to academic excellence and to fostering intellectual growth both in honors classes and through informal discussions outside the classroom.
  3. Admission to the Honors Program: Students may enter as freshmen or the Upper-division College Honors Program as juniors. Entering freshmen will have high school averages of 88 or above and total SAT scores of 1100 or higher. Transfer students entering with a 3.25 or higher cumulative GPA from their previous colleges, who are transferring in no more that 65 credits, and SUNY Brockport students entering the junior year, with a 3.25 cumulative GPA, may be admitted to the Upper-division College Honors Program. (Application forms for the Program can be obtained from the Honors Program Office.)

    Several scholarships are available for students entering the Honors Program as freshmen. These are awarded on the basis of academic qualifications and credited toward tuition. Students wishing to participate in the selection process for these awards must respond to the request for information sent out by the Student Awards Committee.
  4. College Honors Program Requirements: Students entering the program as freshmen will be designated College Honors Scholars upon completion of the College Honors Program and the other baccalaureate requirements. The requirements of the College Honors Program are:
    1. Students must maintain a 3.25 or higher cumulative GPA and grades of at least B in all honors courses.
    2. Students will be required to complete HON 112 (which meets composition, humanities, comparative perspectives, and perspectives on women requirements) and four Honors Seminars (substituted for four of the eight Breadth Component courses required by the General Education Program).
    3. In the junior and senior years, students will complete an Honors Contemporary Issues course, the Honors Junior Colloquium, and an Honors thesis.
    4. The thesis sponsor and the Honors Program Office must approve the Honors thesis, upon completion. The thesis must be presented at Scholars Day or an appropriate alternate public forum.

Transfer students and SUNY Brockport students who enter the Upper-division College Honors Program as juniors will receive Upper-division College Honors if they complete the following requirements:

    1. Students must maintain a 3.25 or higher cumulative GPA at SUNY Brockport and earn grades of at least B in all Honors courses.
    2. Students must complete an Honors Contemporary Issues course, the Honors Junior Colloquium, and an Honors thesis.
    3. The Honors thesis must be approved, upon completion, by the thesis sponsor and the Honors Program Office. The thesis must be presented at Scholars Day or an appropriate alternate public forum.
    4. Students must satisfy all other requirements of the General Education Program which remain in effect (as appropriate, based on the student’s transferred courses).
  1. Continuing in the College Honors Program: Students must earn at least a B in all Honors courses and maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.25. Students will not be allowed to continue in the College Honors Program for more than one semester with less than a 3.25 cumulative GPA. College Honors Program students are expected to participate in the intellectual life of the Program by attending Honors Program meetings and extracurricular, intellectual events, sponsored by the College Honors Program, and to consult with the College Honors Program Office for regular advisement. If students leave the College Honors Program, their Honors courses will meet requirements of the General Education Program as the courses’ General Education suffix codes indicate.
  2. Departmental Honors and Delta College Honors: The SUNY Brockport Faculty/Staff Senate has given permission for the individual departments and Delta College to develop their own criteria for Honors designations. Students interested in Departmental Honors or Delta College Honors should check with these areas for the current status of Honors. Where possible, students will be allowed to participate in both the College Honors Program and Departmental or Delta College Honors.

 

 

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