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What Classes Do Freshmen Take?

Every student is required to take at least 12 credit hours to be considered full-time and eligible for housing and financial aid. Generally, we advise students  against taking a course overload in their first semester to allow for adjustment to the rigor of college courses and familiarity with university life. College faculty have higher expectations than what you might be used to from high school.  You will be expected to spend a minimum of two to three hours a week studying outside of class for each credit hour a week spent in class. This means that a three-credit class would require six to nine hours of study time in addition to the three hours spent in class.

There are a small number of courses that are designated as High Demand/Controlled Access Courses.  In order to ensure that you have access to these courses, students taking the course for the first time will have priority registration. As opportunities to repeat courses will be more restricted in the future, it is important that you give every class your best effort.

Additionally, during your first year you will learn about the resources, policies, and people of university life. We recommend you allow time for adjustment to becoming a member of this community.

The number of credits you take will vary by major. However, your advisor will make recommendations for you based on the information you provide by completing the Advising Planning Form.

The following are  examples of a general freshman schedule. You may also want to look at all of the majors and minors Stony Brook has to offer in the  Undergraduate Bulletin.

 

Students who are planning a major within the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, School of Communication and Journalism, or the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, or those students who are still exploring potential majors (nonscience majors):

First-Year Seminar 101 (i.e., ACH 101/GLS 101/HDV 101/ITS 101/LDS 101/SSO 101) 1 course
Writing (i.e. WAE/WRT) or other SBC general education course 1 course
Math (i.e., MAT 118) 1 course
Program Courses (i.e., Major, Minor, and Pre-Professional) 1 to 2 courses
SBC general education courses  (i.e. JRN 101) 1 to 2 courses
Total: 5 to 6 courses, 14 to 16 credits

 

Science majors or students who are planning a pre-health plan of study:

First-Year Seminar 101 (i.e., ACH 101/GLS 101/HDV 101/ITS 101/LDS 101/SSO 101) 1 course
Writing (i.e. WAE/WRT) or other SBC general education course 1 course
Math (i.e. MAT 123/MAT 125) 1 course
Science (i.e. CHE 129 and CHE 130/CHE 131) 1 to 2 courses
SBC general education courses   (i.e. PSY 103/JRN 103) 1 to 2 courses
Total:  5 to 6 courses, 14 to 16 credits

 

Engineering majors or those intending to apply to College of Engineering and Applied Sciences:

First-Year Seminar 101 (i.e., ACH 101/GLS 101/HDV 101/ITS 101/LDS 101/SSO 101) 1 course
Writing (i.e., WAE/WRT) 1 course
Math (i.e., MAT 131) 1 course
Science (i.e., PHY 131 and 133/CHE 131 and 133) 1 to 2 courses
Program Courses (i.e. MEC 101, CSE 110, etc.) 1 to 2 courses
SBC general education courses 1 to 2 courses
Total:  6 to 7 courses, 17 credits