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605 Program Degree Requirements

605.01 Academic Majors

The academic major is an undergraduate concentration of courses in an approved academic area consisting of 30-36 credits of specific courses and recommended electives. All students must complete an academic major in order to qualify for the baccalaureate degree. At least 15 credits of the major must be completed at SUNY Brockport.

Notes regarding academic majors: The requirements for an academic major, which are in effect when a student matriculates, are those which must be met for graduation. Additional requirements cannot be imposed after the student matriculates. Should a program be changed so that once-required courses are no longer available, the student completing requirements under the old program must be given permission to substitute equivalent courses or to complete such requirements through Directed Study.

All substitutions for required the department chairperson must approve courses, and a record of the approval must be placed in the student's permanent file in the Office of Registration and Records.

No more than 54 credits may be taken in any one discipline for credit toward the 120 credits required for a degree.

Academic Majors

Title Award HEGIS* Number
Accounting BS 0502
African & Afro-American Studies BA/BS 2211
Anthropology BA/BS 2202
Art Studio BA/BS/BFA 1002
Interdisciplinary Art (Arts for Children) BA/BS 1001
Biological Science BA/BS 0401
Business Administration BS 0506
Chemistry BA/BS 1905
Communication Interdisciplinary BA/BS 0601
Communication Studies BA/BS 1506
Computer Science BA/BS 0701
Criminal Justice BS 2105
Dance BA/BS/BFA 1008
Earth Science BA/BS 1917
English BA/BS 1501
Environmental Science (pending) BS 1025
French BA/BS 1102
Geology BA/BS 1914
Health Science BA/BS 1299
History BA/BS 2205
International Business & Economics BA 0513
International Studies BA 2210
Journalism (pending) -- --
Mathematics BA/BS 1701
Medical Technology BS 1223
Meteorology BA/BS 1913
Nursing BSN 1203
Philosophy BA/BS 1509
Physical Education BA/BS 0835
Physics BA/BS 1902
Political Science BA/BS 2207
Psychology BA/BS 2001
Recreation & Leisure Studies BS 2103
Social Work BS 2104
Sociology BA/BS 2208
Spanish BA/BS 1105
Theater BA/BS 1007
Water Resources BA/BS 1916

**HEGIS (Higher Education General Information Survey) code numbers are used to identify academic major programs throughout U.S. colleges and universities.

 605.02 Second Academic Majors and Second Baccalaureate Degrees

SUNY Brockport students and graduates of other accredited institutions shall be eligible to earn an additional baccalaureate degree in a program leading to a different academic objective, provided requirements have been met in each program and a significant additional amount of course work beyond the single degree requirement has been completed. Additional degree programs may be undertaken either concurrently or consecutively. At present, Brockport offers the following undergraduate degrees: B.A. (Bachelor of Arts), B.S. (Bachelor of Science), B.S.N. (Bachelor of Science in Nursing), B.F.A. (Bachelor of Fine Arts).

  1. Students may complete additional majors within a single degree, provided the major departments may award the same baccalaureate degree. (Faculty Senate Resolution #19, 1990-91)
  2. Students wishing to complete a second baccalaureate degree concurrently must earn a minimum of thirty (30) credits beyond the requirements for the first degree and must fulfill all prerequisite, co requisite, and major requirements for the second degree program. Courses used for the General Education, liberal arts, and upper-division requirements may be applied to both degree programs.
  3. Students wishing to complete an additional baccalaureate degree consecutively must earn a minimum of thirty (30) credits beyond the earlier degree(s) and must fulfill all prerequisite, co requisite, and major requirements for the additional degree program. At the time of application, the Admissions Office will provide an official determination of additional course work required for the second degree. Based on that evaluation, the student and his/her faculty advisor will develop the program of study to be completed.

605.03 Academic Minors

The minor is a concentration of academic courses in an approved program consisting of a minimum of 18 credits in specific courses or recommended electives. The academic minor is not a requirement for a degree, but may be required in programs, which include teacher certification options. Half of the credits required for a minor must be completed at SUNY Brockport.

Notes regarding second majors and academic minors: Second majors and academic minors are not considered as a unit for purposesof evaluation for liberal arts credit. A course-by-course evaluation is made.

A student may receive recognition for more than one academic minor.

605.04 Contractual Liberal Arts Major (CLAM)

The Contractual Liberal Arts Major (CLAM) is an option that permits the student to design an individualized academic major drawn from the total academic offerings of the College. This option is intended to accommodate the interests of students whose academic goals would not be met by an existing academic major, a double major, a major/minor combination, nor by an existing academic major plus a carefully planned sequence of electives.

The CLAM option is open to all students in good academic standing at the College. Students who wish to exercise this option must seek appropriate faculty advisement; and the program that is proposed by the student and the faculty advisors, when approved by the divisional CLAM committee and by the divisional dean, becomes a contract between the student and SUNY College at Brockport. Revision may be accomplished through the same procedure used in seeking initial approval.

The title of the CLAM, which must be distinct from that of any established major, is the title that will identify the student's major on the student's final transcript.

  1. Procedures:
    1. The student obtains a Declaration of Intent to Develop a CLAM form, a copy of the Guidelines and Procedures, and a CLAM form. These documents are obtainable from the Office of Academic Advisement and the deans’ offices.
    2. The student identifies two advisors who are appropriate representatives of the disciplinary dimensions of the intended CLAM. The representative of the primary discipline (i.e., the major to which the intended CLAM is related, as referred to in item B of Criteria), shall be the primary advisor. The supporting advisor may be a representative of a different but appropriate discipline.
      The student as well as the advisors must sign the Declaration of Intent form. The student is responsible for returning the form to the divisional CLAM committee.
    3. Upon receipt of a completed intent form, the CLAM committee will inform the student of the next scheduled general advisement meeting conducted by one or more members of the committee. Attendance at a general advisement meeting is mandatory, and CLAM proposals will not be accepted from students who have not attended.
    4. The student, who has primary responsibility, and the advisors work together to design the CLAM.
    5. When the CLAM form is complete, the student and both advisors sign the form. The advisors must confer with each other prior to signing the CLAM contract, as well as prior to approving a proposed revision. For that purpose, it will be useful for each faculty member to retain a copy of each CLAM form that he/she signs so that faculty may confer by telephone as well as in person.
    6. The signed form is submitted to the divisional CLAM committee for consideration. CLAM proposals are normally submitted during the student's third or fourth semester of work, and they must be submitted by October 1 to ensure complete processing by the end of the fall semester, or by March 1 to ensure complete processing by the end of the spring semester. For the purpose of meeting graduation requirements, CLAM proposals must be submitted by October 1 or by March 1 of the semester prior to the semester of graduation (i.e., October 1 for May and August graduates; March 1 for December graduates).
      In most cases, a program will not be considered in which more than two-thirds of the courses in the CLAM have been completed before the proposal is submitted. This is to ensure a carefully developed program, with appropriate advisement.
    7. If the committee approves the CLAM, it will be forwarded to the divisional dean. Should the committee find a problem with the CLAM, however, they will contact the advisors and a meeting may be arranged between the advisors and the committee for the purpose of conferring on changes that may be necessary. The primary advisor will then contact the student for the purpose of making the necessary adjustments. The revised proposal is then submitted once again to the CLAM committee.
    8. Following approval by the divisional dean, the dean shall notify the student and the advisors of the approval, and the CLAM contract is filed in the offices of Registration and Records and Academic Advisement with a copy to the student.
  2. Criteria for Acceptance:
    1. The CLAM proposal must constitute a major which meets the general standards for quality that are in effect for established majors and must be related to an established major at the College.
    2. The CLAM proposal must contain a statement of guiding purpose that gives focus and coherence to the program and provide a rationale for the choice of courses/activities proposed in support of that guiding purpose.
    3. The number of credits included in the CLAM must be 36. Supportive courses may be listed but are not part of the contract.
    4. No more than 25 percent of the total credits included may be non-liberal arts credits.
    5. The ratio of upper-division to lower-division courses must be consistent with the standards that apply to established majors.
    6. Courses used to meet either certification requirements or General Education core requirements may not be included in the CLAM.
    7. Any course listed which has been individually arranged between an instructor and a student (Independent Study, BCEP, field experience, etc.) must be accompanied by an adequate description of the work covered or to be covered.
    8. The final proposal, when approved, constitutes an official document; and, therefore, it must be typewritten on the CLAM form and must not contain corrections or emendations.

605.05 Teacher Certification Programs

Teacher certification programs are courses of study consisting of theoretical and practical courses which meet New York state requirements for certification as a public school teacher. Undergraduate certification programs lead to provisional certification; permanent certification requires graduate study.

  1. Teacher Certification: Teacher certification programs are in addition to, not in place of, an academic major. Normally, teacher certification requirements can be completed as a part of the minimum 120 credits required for a baccalaureate degree.

Academic majors, academic minors, electives, or a combination of these must meet subject matter requirements for teacher certification.

There are specific requirements for acceptance to all teacher education programs and additional requirements for maintaining continued eligibility. Students interested in certification should contact the appropriate department for information on specific admission policies and procedures and for application forms.

The department of Education and Human Development offers undergraduate certification programs in the following areas:

Biology & General Science, 7-12 French, 7-12

Chemistry & General Science, 7-12 Mathematics, 7-12

Earth Science & General Science, 7-12 Physics & General Science, 7-12

PreK-6 Social Studies, 7-12

PreK-6 & Bilingual Extension Spanish, 7-12

English, 7-12

The department of Health Science offers a certification program for school health educators. Certification as a teacher of health is valid for grades K-12.

The department of Physical Education and Sport offers a certification program for teachers of physical education. Certification as a teacher of physical education is valid for grades K-12.

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. On completion of the degree and professional program, students must file an Application for Certificate with the College’s Office of Certification and Licensure.

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.

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

Three forms of teaching certificates are issued by the New York state Education Department. The initial form of the 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 services as a substitute teacher. The Certificate of Qualification is valid for five years if the holder does not accept a 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 state Education Department for a five-year Provisional Certificate. A permanent certificate requires completion of the functionally related master’s degree and appropriate professional experience.

  1. Student Teaching: Student teaching assignments are available only in those areas in which SUNY Brockport has an approved and registered teacher education program. Student teaching assignments are processed by the coordinator of student teaching in the departments of Education and Human Development. Health Science, and Physical Education. The faculty in the appropriate department will determine the eligibility of students for student teaching.

Enrollment in student teaching is limited only by the availability of student teaching placements and qualified supervisory staff in the centers in which the College offers the practicum.

General Requirements

  1. A candidate must be in good standing and have achieved a minimum cumulative index set by the department. No incompletes are allowed in required certification courses before beginning student teaching.
  2. A candidate must have a minimum of one semester of residence before being assigned to student teaching. This residence requirements is waived for students of institutions with whom the College has an exchange program.
  3. A candidate must be financially able to assume the responsibilities (e.g., housing and transportation) which are inherent in the student teacher assignment

Program requirements are detailed in the Undergraduate Catalog. The appropriate department should verify future currency.

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Last Updated 10/26/17

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