Academic Regulations and Procedures
Requirements for the Bachelor of Science
Health Sciences candidates for the Bachelor of Science degree must satisfy all University graduation requirements, as well as the Health Sciences school requirements for the specific degree. For more information on the general degree requirements, please visit the Undergraduate Bulletin.
Note: Additional major specific grade point average requirements for specific schools are described under the Schools and Programs section of the Health Sciences Bulletin.
General Education Requirements
Health Sciences candidates for the Bachelor of Science degree must also satisfy their designated general education requirements as outlined by the University. For more information on the general education requirements, please refer here.
Transferred Undergraduate Credits from Other Colleges & Universities
Undergraduate students are strongly encouraged to discuss any questions about transfer credits with a program advisor. For more information regarding transferring credits from other institutions, Health Sciences students should also consult the University policies and the course equivalencies list.
Double Degrees and Double Majors
Students at Stony Brook may pursue double majors and simultaneously earn bachelor’s degrees from both the Health Sciences and a west campus college if they have been formally admitted to each unit and fulfill the criteria and requirements outlined in the Undergraduate Bulletin.
Note: For double majors for students in the School of Health Technology and Management, the student must receive written approval from the dean of the Health Sciences school in which the student is enrolled and the west campus department or program involved.
Second Bachelor’s Degree Program
The Health Sciences Schools follow the University requirements pertaining to second Bachelor's degrees. For more information, please visit this link.
Summer Study Abroad
Health Sciences students interested in taking summer courses at another institution should discuss their plans in advance with their Health Sciecnes academic advisors and the Study Abroad Office.
Requirements for Graduate Degrees
All candidates for East Campus degrees should consult the appropriate Schools and Programs section of this Bulletin.
Graduate Student Residence and Matriculation Requirements
Health Sciences students follow the matriculation policies of the University. For more information, please consult the registration section of the Graduate Bulletin.
For more information about the awarding of degrees, Health Sciences students should consult the Graduate Bulletin.
Graduate Study Away from Campus
Normally it is expected that a graduate student’s course of study and research will be conducted at the Health Sciences building under the direct guidance of the faculty of the program in which the degree is sought or at facilities close by such as Brookhaven National Laboratory and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, hospitals and other health agencies on Long Island, or at libraries in New York City. However, there may be circumstances in which the student’s work might be facilitated if it were done elsewhere. In such cases, the school may give permission for the student to carry on work away from the campus.
Permission is ordinarily based on the following factors:
1. The reasons for the request;
2. The conditions under which the student’s work away from campus is to be performed, supervised and evaluated;
3. The registration of the student as a graduate student in the school and payment of the necessary fees. A student who is supported by a stipend or grant from state funds, or from University-monitored federal and private sources, must be registered as a full-time student. If the student is employed elsewhere, in a position not under the University or Health Sciences jurisdiction, matriculation may be maintained by registering for at least one credit of research or independent study in each academic period;
4. Agreement by the dean of the school that permission for the student to do work away from the campus will not diminish the school’s capability to fulfill its commitment;
5. An agreement from the institution where the student’s work is to be performed, in which acceptance of responsibility for its supervision is made. In the case of archival research or field work, a statement of authorization for the student to use such resources must be obtained;
6. The approval of the student’s academic advisor.
SUNY Exchange Program
Graduate students interested in participating in the SUNY Exchange Program should consult the Graduate Bulletin and speak with their program advisor.
Transferred Graduate Credits from Other Universities
Graduate candidates may petition the school to accept credits from another institution toward his or her degree. The school has the responsibility of deciding on the applicability of credits to the specific program. For more information on the policies regarding the transfer of credits for graduate students, please refer to the respective Health Sciences School.
Apply for Graduation
To qualify as a candidate for graduation, all students must apply online through the SOLAR system. Deadlines are published in the Health Sciences Academic Calendar. Students who miss the deadline dates noted in the Academic Calendar will not be included in the Commencement publications.
If a student applies for graduation and wishes to change the degree date or send diploma address the student must complete the Graduation Change Date Form available online and submitted to the appropriate school/program. The appropriate school/program will submit to the University Registrar for processing.
Diplomas take 4-6 weeks to receive after the degree has been completed and posted to the record.