- What are the important academic deadlines for the semester?
- What are the University’s general education requirements?
- Who is following Stony Brook Curriculum (SBC) and who is following the Diversified Education Curriculum (DEC)?
- What must be completed to satisfy DEC and SBC?
- Why did the University develop the Stony Brook Curriculum (SBC)?
- Where do I go for academic advising?
- How/when do I meet with an advisor?
- What do the academic remarks on my transcript mean?
- What are the criteria for academic standing?
- How do I read the degree progress report?
- Where can I get extra academic help?
- How do I transfer credits from another university?
- What is the difference between a drop and a withdrawal?
- What happens when I repeat/retake a course?
- What does U1, U2, U3, and U4 standing mean?
- What does it mean to audit a class?
- Can an undergraduate student take graduate level courses?
For deadlines and events, students can view the Academic Calendars located on the Registrar's website . You should first consult with an academic advisor before making any changes to your schedule.
The University expects every graduate to have a liberal arts foundation and exposure to many different fields and disciplines including the arts, humanities, sciences, and social sciences. Some students follow the Diversified Education Curriculum (DEC) while others follow the Stony Brook Curriculum (SBC), depending upon their semester and year of entry at Stony Brook.
Who is following Stony Brook Curriculum (SBC) and who is following the Diversified Education Curriculum (DEC)?
Starting fall 2014, all new freshmen and rematriculating* students will be following
the Stony Brook Curriculum (SBC). Starting spring 2015, all new transfers and second
bachelor's degree students will be following the SBC. All other continuing students
will follow the Diversified Education Curriculum (DEC) requirements.
*Rematriculating students should speak with an academic advisor, and may request an exception to graduate under the DEC requirements.
Students following the DEC must complete skills 1-4 and DECs A-K. Note that students
in the College of Engineering & Applied Sciences follow a modified DEC. Students who
complete DEC A, DEC C, and skill 3 (101, 112 or higher level of a language) must earn
a C or better to satisfy the requirement; all other DEC categories must be passed
with a D or better to satisfy the requirement.
Students following the SBC must complete 18 of 19 required objectives. Read more about the DEC & SBC requirements in the Undergraduate Bulletin.
The DEC general education system has been in effect since 1991. Given that much has changed in the world since the implementation of DEC, the University's faculty wanted to evaluate the current general education requirements and develop a curriculum best suited to today's 21st century student. After more than five years of research, discussion, and planning, the University unveiled the Stony Brook Curriculum (SBC). The SBC includes some of the elements of DEC, but encourages a more interdisciplinary teaching approach and focuses on learning outcomes. The SBC includes several new course offerings that are also available to students following the DEC, and has some new requirements in areas such as understanding technology, critical and ethical reasoning, and speaking before an audience. The SBC also offers an optional experiential learning opportunity, encouraging students to participate in an internship, study abroad, research, or other applicable activity.
Stony Brook University offers a full complement of academic advising resources for undergraduates. Support includes advising about general education, major, and minor degree requirements, as well as comprehensive communication aimed at promoting student success. Click here to access more details on the advising resources provided.
If you're a sophomore, junior, or senior in the College of Arts & Sciences just call 631-632-7082, option 2, to schedule an appointment with an Academic Advisor. Or, if you'd prefer, you can come to our "Walk-in Wednesdays". Click here to view our current office hours. Students in other colleges or programs should meet with their assigned advisors. You should meet with your academic advisor whenever you have questions/concerns about your academics. It is recommended that you meet with an academic advisor and your major advisor every semester prior to registration for the upcoming semesters to ensure you are meeting your curriculum requirements.
Q - Academic Dishonesty: Student who has been charged with academic dishonesty; must take Q course to have it removed; factors as “F” into GPA.
I - Incomplete: The Incomplete notation is at the discretion of the instructor. Student must communicate with instructor to complete coursework; otherwise, grade becomes “I/F” and factors as “F” into GPA.
W - Withdrawal: Student does not receive credit for course and no grade is factored into GPA.
** - No grade reported: No grade has been reported; student should contact faculty member.
U - Unsatisfactory: (in courses such as MAP 103, WRT 101/102, FYS 101, CHE 130); student does not receive credit for the course but no grade is factored into GPA.
S - Satisfactory: (in courses such as FYS 101, CHE 130); student receives credit for class but no grade is factored into GPA.
P - Pass: Student selected G/P/NC option by the 9th week in the semester; student earned a passing grade in the course below their desired grade threshold; student receives credit for the course but no grade is factored into GPA and no DEC credit earned; in most cases no major/minor credit earned.
NC - No Credit: Student selected G/P/NC option by the 9th week in the semester; student earned an “F” in the course; student does not receive credit for the course but no grade is factored into GPA.
NR - No Record: Faculty members report “NR” if a student is listed on their roster but has no record of that student ever attending class; an “NR” becomes an “N/F” and is factored into the GPA as an “F”.
Please consult with an academic advisor for further explanation of these remarks.
There are various levels of academic standing that are outlined in the updated, online Undergraduate Bulletin. Please click here to read the section titled "Academic Standing, Support, and Retention."
Instructions on how to read the degree progress report can be found here.
Students can make appointments with an academic advisor, their major advisor, or professor/T.A. There are also a variety of tutoring services available
Information on transferring credits can be found on the Academic and Transfer Advising Services website, click here and go to the section entitled "Transfer Credit Policies."
Students can drop a class by removing it from their schedule before the drop/add deadline, within the first ten days of class. The class will be entirely removed from their schedule and transcript. Removing a class after this point, through the 9th week of the semester, will be a withdrawal and a “W” will appear as a grade for the class on their transcript. Please note that students cannot drop below 12 credits for full-time status. Please refer to the Registrar’s academic calendar for deadline information here.
Please visit our Retake Information page. Information regarding repeating/retaking a course can also be found in the on-line undergraduate Bulletin under the section titled “Multiple Registrations for the Same Course”.
These codes refer to class standing. U1 is a freshman who has 0-23 credits earned, U2 is a sophomore with 24-56 credits earned, U3 is a junior with 57-84 credits earned, and U4 is a senior who has 85 or more credits earned.
Auditing refers to the practice of attending a course for informational instruction only. An auditor does not receive academic credit for the course, nor does the University maintain any record of the auditors attendance in the course. In general, auditors are expected to refrain from participating in class discussions and from turning in or asking for grading of homework, term papers, or examinations. For more information please refer to the Undergraduate Bulletin here under "Auditing".
Yes, with permission from the instructor, undergraduates can register for graduate level courses. Up to 6 graduate credits can be applied to a student's undergraduate degree. Please visit the Registrar's Forms page.