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Undergraduate Academic Advising 

The Office of Student Services (OSS) at Stony Brook University provides major and minor advisement to approximately 1,600 undergraduate business students. Students seek advisement for major/minor degree requirements, semester scheduling, transfer evaluations, and degree clearances.

Students who wish to see an Advisor for help with semester scheduling should do so in plenty of time (i.e., about 1-2 months) before an upcoming registration period. This is particularly important for Business Majors going into the first or second semester of their Senior Year. It is recommended that Business Majors see their Advisor every semester. If you would like to schedule an appointment with an advisor, please click  here.

Please note, students are responsible for reviewing, understanding, and abiding by the University's regulations, procedures, requirements, and  deadlines as described in official publications. This includes, by way of example only, the  Undergraduate Bulletin, the  University Conduct Code, the Student Handbook, and class schedules.

If you have questions regarding advising, please email

Schedule an Advisement Appointment

An online tool is available for current undergraduate students to make appointments to meet with Rita Barbera, the College of Business Undergraduate Advisor. Appointments can be made up to 28 days in advance and up to one hour before an available appointment. All appointments will be scheduled in 15-minute increments. Please indicate the reason for your appointment when scheduling.

For general education requirements, please see an advisor in  Academic and Transfer Advising Services, or your freshman or EOP advisor.

Declaration of Specialization

All business majors must officially declare an area of specialization by Junior year. Please click  here to review the different specializations. Please note, completing an Accounting minor will substitute for an area of specialization.

You may declare an area of specialization beginning Monday, April 2, 2018. To do so, please stop by the Office of Student Services (OSS) to fill out a declaration form, have it signed by our department, and submit it to the Registrar’s office for processing. OSS is open Monday through Friday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

SBC Curriculum within the Business Management Major

The following groups of students will complete the general education requirements as defined by the Stony Brook Curriculum, commonly referred to as SBC.  

  • Freshmen who matriculate in the Fall of 2014 or later
  • Transfer students who matriculate in the Spring of 2015 or later
  • All students matriculating at SUNY Korea
  • Students who rematriculate in the Fall of 2014 or later

Students who are not in the above groups will complete  the D.E.C.  D.E.C. requirements for each student are published in the bulletin that was current as of matriculation (or rematriculation).

Some SBC requirements will be fulfilled by Business major core courses.  Below is a list of courses that may overlap between Business major courses and the SBC curriculum. Please note, courses in bold are required for all declared business management majors.

  • BUS 220 (STEM+)
  • BUS 301 (SPK, WRTD)
  • BUS 358 (ESI)
  • BUS 364 (EXP+)
  • BUS 365 (ESI)
  • BUS 446 or BUS 447 (CER, SPK, WRTD)
  • ECO 108 (SBS)
  • BUS 475, 476, 487, 488 (EXP+)   Students within the Business management major have a few options to fulfill the EXP+ requirement.  Students can register for Independent Research (BUS 487),  register for an internship  (BUS 488) or serve as a TA for a course (BUS 475, 476).  

Transfer Credits

Any business transfer courses must be evaluated and formally approved by the College of Business Undergraduate Director before they can be applied to the Business major or minor. In many cases, a transfer course has already been evaluated in the past, and a transfer credit will be immediately assigned to your record.

If further evaluation is necessary, you should complete a Transfer Course Evaluation Form and attach a copy of the course syllabus that was used when the course was taken, along with a copy of your transcript. Turn in the completed form to the OSS. The Director will then evaluate these business courses, and you will be contacted when the evaluation is complete. Please note: only 21 credits can be transferred into the business major, with only 6 credits in a specialization area. Only 9 credits can be transferred into the business minor, as well as the accounting minor.

Courses other than Business courses must be brought to the appropriate department (Applied Math, Economics, Political Science, etc.) for initial evaluation, and then must be submitted to the College of Business Office of Student Services for further processing.

Upon successful completion of the course(s) with a grade of C or better, have an official transcript sent to the following address:

Academic and Transfer Advising Services
E-2360, Melville Library
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY 11794-3353

We ask that you please provide the Office of Student Services with an unofficial transcript so your business major or minor file may be updated accordingly.

Transfer credit is entered on the official University transcript. Grades received for transferred courses are not shown nor are they included in the calculation of the student’s cumulative grade point average at Stony Brook University.

Retake Policy

Effective Fall 2017

First time takers of courses have priority in registration. Students who wish to retake a course (second attempt) may begin retake registration on or about  August 15  for fall classes and on or about  January 15  for spring classes, pending an open seat.  The second attempts for winter and summer classes are permitted during the open enrollment date noted on the Registrar’s Office academic calendar.

Controlled Access Courses

Seats in high demand fall and spring classes, noted as High Demand/Controlled Access (HD/CA) courses, are reserved for first time takers and new students through the end of the orientation registration period. Therefore, there is no guarantee of a seat in the case of a second or more attempt.  Students who wish to retake HD/CA courses should consider doing so in the summer and winter sessions, if possible.

AMS 102, 110, 151, 161, 310 MAP 103
ANP 300 MAT 122, 123, 125/131/141, 126, 127, 132/142
BIO 201, 202, 203, 204, 205, 207, 315, 358 PHY 121/131, 122/132, 123, 124, 125, 126, 127, 133, 134
CHE 129/131, 132, 133, 152, 321, 322, 326 POL 201
CSE 114 PSY 201, 310
ECO 108, 303, 305, 320 SOC 202

Students are considered to have taken a course if they remain in the course past the add/drop deadline, regardless of the grade received in the course (note that a grade of 'W' does count as a grade; see  here).

Credits for retaken courses will count once toward cumulative credits, but will count each time toward semester load. Each grade received in the course will be averaged into the cumulative grade point average. A retake grade does not replace the original grade.

Students who receive permission to retake a course may not exercise the G/P/NC option for that course.

Academic departments and general academic advising units may deny or deregister a student’s second or more attempt of a class(es) under certain circumstances, including:

  1. Not making sufficient major entry and/or major progress
  2. Earning below a 2.0 cumulative GPA
  3. Retaking two or more courses in the same semester
  4. Retaking a course after earning a C or better on the first attempt

Students seeking to take courses at other institutions should review course equivalencies at If a course is not already included on this list, students should seek pre-approval from the relevant department at Stony Brook and file a Transfer Course Evaluation Form with Academic and Transfer Advising Services.

Approved petitions to take a course for the third time must be picked up from the CoB Office of Student Services, and processed with the Registrar's Office to enroll in the course.

More information can be found in the  Undergraduate Bulletin.  

Important Information Regarding the Business Minor Requirements

Students who became Business Minors prior to the start of the Spring 2018 semester will follow the Business Minor Checklist that corresponds with the semester they became a business minor.  For example, if you applied and were accepted for the Spring 2017 semester, you will continue to follow the Spring 2017 checklist .

Students who declared the Business Minor for the Fall 2018 semester, will follow the new Business Minor Requirements.

Again, if you became a business minor  BEFORE this current major/minor declaration period that began on March 26th,2018 the new requirements do not apply to you.

Please feel free to email if you have specific questions regarding your Business Minor requirements.

Frequently Asked Questions

Please click here for commonly asked questions and answers.  

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