Application of Transfer Credits to General Education Requirements (D.E.C.)

The Diversified Education Curriculum (D.E.C.), Stony Brook’s general education curriculum, is outlined in the section on Graduation Requirements. Transferred courses must carry at least 3 semester hours of credit to be applicable to any Entry Skill or D.E.C. category.

College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, School of Journalism

1. All Entry Skills requirements may be met either through a specified examination, through courses taken at Stony Brook, or through transfer of equivalent courses. Satisfaction of these requirements will be evaluated at the time of matriculation.

2. All students may satisfy D.E.C. categories A through K by transferring from regionally accredited colleges and universities coursework that meets the criteria of the category. Survey and introductory courses will not satisfy categories I, J, and K.

3. Categories I and J may also be satisfied by transfer of six credits of college-level study abroad (with no more than 3 credits in an elementary foreign language) in a geographic area appropriate to the category.

4. A course evaluated to be equivalent to a Stony Brook course will satisfy the category of the Stony Brook course.

Note: Once matriculated at Stony Brook, students may not satisfy D.E.C. category A by transfer.

College of Engineering and Applied Sciences

1. All Entry Skills requirements may be met either through a specified examination, through courses taken at Stony Brook, or through transfer of equivalent courses. Satisfaction of these requirements will be evaluated at the time of matriculation.

2. All students may satisfy D.E.C. categories A through K by transferring credits from regionally accredited colleges and universities coursework that meet the criteria of the category. Survey and introductory courses will not satisfy categories I, J, and K. (Candidates for the B.E. degree are not required to complete D.E.C. category K.)

3. Categories I and J may also be satisfied by transfer of six credits of college-level study abroad (with no more than 3 credits in an elementary foreign language) in a geographic area appropriate to the category.

4. A course evaluated to be equivalent to a Stony Brook course will satisfy the category of the Stony Brook course.

Notes:Once matriculated at Stony Brook, students may not satisfy D.E.C. category A by transfer. To satisfy D.E.C. categories I and J, one course must be in the humanities disciplines and one course must be in the social and behavioral sciences disciplines.

SUNY General Education Requirements and Stony Brook Equivalents (D.E.C.)

All students must satisfy Stony Brook’s Entry Skills and Diversified Education Curriculum (D.E.C.) requirements. Skill and D.E.C. requirements may be satisfied by transfer as noted above. Students with transfer credits from another SUNY college or university and who have satisfied any SUNY general education requirement may be able to apply these courses toward Stony Brook’s Skill and D.E.C. requirements.

SUNY General Ed. Stony Brook
Mathematics Skill 1
Foreign Language Skill 3 (see note 1)
Basic Communication D.E.C. A
Information Management see note 2
Natural Sciences 1 course D.E.C. E
Social Sciences 1 course D.E.C. F
American History Skill 4
Western Civilization see note 3
Other World Civilizations see note 3
Humanities 1 course D.E.C. B or G
The Arts D.E.C. D

Notes:

1. If satisfied with an 85 or higher on the New York State Regents examination or a grade of C or higher in a second-semester college elementary foreign language course.

2. This requirement is incorporated into Stony Brook’s major requirements.

3. At Stony Brook, category I courses satisfy Western Civilization; category J courses satisfy Other World Civilizations; and courses designated to satisfy Skill 4 satisfy American History. Categories I and J build on entrylevel 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 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.