Undergraduate Bulletin

Spring 2023

Second Bachelor's Degree Program

A student who has received a bachelor’s degree from Stony Brook or another accredited institution and who wishes to earn a second degree from a West Campus program must apply and be accepted as a matriculated student for the second baccalaureate. After completing the first degree, the student must earn at least 36 credits in residence at Stony Brook and complete a new major in a significantly different discipline. Of these 36 credits, 21 must be at the upper-division level (courses numbered 300 or higher), primarily from courses chosen for the major. Coursework completed for the first bachelor’s degree, whether taken at Stony Brook or elsewhere, does not count toward completing these requirements. Sequential bachelor’s degree students who wish to qualify for degrees with distinction must complete 55 credits in coursework at Stony Brook toward the second degree. All sequential bachelor’s degree candidates must have completed, with a C or higher, courses judged equivalent to Stony Brook’s general education requirements in English composition and mathematics or complete these courses at Stony Brook. For purposes of registration and academic standing, matriculated candidates for a second baccalaureate will be treated as seniors.

Students pursuing a Second Bachelors degree who matriculated prior to Spring 2015 are required to fulfill D.E.C. categories H, I, J, and K through coursework taken at Stony Brook University  under the Second Bachelors degree program.  Prior DEC H, I, J, and K courses taken at Stony Brook University do not count toward the Second Bachelors degree program. 

Second Bachelor’s degree students who matriculated Spring 2015 or later are not required to satisfy SBC learning objectives outside of the requirements described above.