Undergraduate Bulletin

Fall 2022 Bulletin

Transferring SUNY credits to the Diversified Education Curriculum

The following chart details typical equivalent Stony Brook categories for courses or credits transferred to Stony Brook from another SUNY institution completed with a grade of C or higher, with some exceptions. This chart does not indicate exact equivalencies between the DEC  and SUNY categories, and is subject to Stony Brook transfer policies.  SUNY allows campuses to have requirements that exceed the SUNY GER.

Students with transfer credits from another SUNY college or university and who have satisfied specific SUNY general education requirements may be able to apply these courses toward Stony Brook’s Diversified Education Curriculum requirements, as follows.

The following chart is relevant to students transferring  from another SUNY institution to Stony Brook.

SUNY Category

Stony Brook Diversified Education Curriculum



American History

Skill 4 

Basic Communication

D.E.C. A 

Critical Thinking

No direct equivalency. This requirement is incorporated into each Stony Brook major.

Foreign Language

Skill 3
If satisfied with an 85 or higher on the New York State Regents examination taken prior to Fall 2011 or a grade of C or higher in a second-semester college elementary foreign language course


1 course D.E.C. B or G

Information Management

No Equivalency. This requirement is incorporated into Stony Brook’s major requirements.


Skill 1

Natural Science

1 course D.E.C. E

Other World Civilizations

see note

Social Science

1 course D.E.C. F

The Arts

D.E.C. D

Western Civilizations

see note 

Note: At Stony Brook, courses designated to satisfy D.E.C. category I satisfy Western Civilization; courses designated to satisfy  D.E.C. category J satisfy Other World Civilizations; and courses designated to satisfy Skill 4 satisfy American History. D.E.C. Categories I and J build on entry level coursework and many transferred courses satisfying the two corresponding SUNY categories will not satisfy Stony Brook’s D.E.C. categories. Survey and introductory coursework will not satisfy D.E.C. categories I and J. Note that a course evaluated to be equivalent to a Stony Brook course will satisfy the category of the Stony Brook course.