Stony Brook University General Degree Requirements

Note: The degree progress report, accessible through the SOLAR (Student OnLine Access to Records) System, is a computer-generated report indicating each student's progress toward fulfilling degree requirements. The report is designed to be a helpful advisory tool and is not an official evaluation of a student's progress. The degree progress report DOES NOT review Major/Minor requirements. Major (and Minor, if applicable) requirements must be reviewed with the departmental representative.

The award of a degree is conditioned upon satisfactory completion of all current degree and instructional requirements at the time of such award and compliance with University procedures and regulations, including the resolution of any outstanding charges of fees or misconduct.

Credit Hour Requirement

Bachelor of Arts degree: Completion of at least 120 credit hours of passing work.

Bachelor of Science degree: Completion of at least 120 credit hours of passing work.

Bachelor of Engineering degree: Completion of at least 128 credit hours of passing work.

Restrictions on the number of credits that may be counted toward graduation requirements are stated under "Limits on Course Credits and Grading Options" section of this Bulletin. Among the kinds of courses with restrictions are independent study, activity-related courses, and developmental and repeated courses.

Liberal Arts and Sciences Requirement

State education guidelines require students to complete a minimum number of credits in the liberal arts and sciences. Stony Brook degree requirements are structured so that students satisfy this requirement by completing the other requirements for the degree.

Residence Requirement

After the 57th credit, at least 36 credits must be earned at Stony Brook.


1. Special restrictions apply to students earning a Bachelor of Engineering degree. Refer to the section "Additional Requirements/ Restrictions for the B.E. Degree" below for details.

2. Credits earned in Study Abroad programs-except those sponsored by Stony Brook-do not count toward residency.

3. Credits earned in National Student Exchange programs do not count toward residency.

Grade Point Average (g.p.a.) Requirement

A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00 is required for all academic work at Stony Brook. (Note: Grades from other institutions are not included in the Stony Brook g.p.a.)

Major Requirement

Each candidate for a degree must satisfy the requirements of a declared major. Major requirements are detailed in the Approved Majors, Minors, and Programs section of this Bulletin. Students are required to declare a major upon earning 45 credits.

Upper-Division Credit Requirement

Each candidate must earn at least 39 credits in upper-division courses (numbered 300 and higher).

Some of these credits may be earned through courses transferred from other colleges and individually evaluated at Stony Brook as upper division. See "Transfer Credit Policies" in the Acade­mic Policies and Regulations chapter.

Upper-Division Writing Requirement

All bachelor's degree candidates must satisfy a writing requirement established in their major discipline. Individual programs and departments appraise the writing of students in their major according to their standards of acceptable communication in their disciplines. The specific form of the requirement for each major is listed under each department. Students with more than one major should consult with the program director in each major in order to determine the appropriate upper division writing requirement(s) for graduation.

General Education Requirements: Entry Skills and Diversified Education Curriculum

Candidates for degrees in the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Business, the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, and the School of Journalism must have satisfied Entry Skill 1: Basic Mathematics Competence; Entry Skill 2: Basic Writing Competence; Entry Skill 3: Elementary Foreign Language Proficiency; Entry Skill 4: American History Competence; and the Diversified Education Curriculum for these students detailed in this chapter.

Candidates for degrees in Applied Mathematics and Statistics, Computer Science, and Information Systems, Technological Systems Management, and candidates for the Bachelor of Engineering degree must have satisfied Entry Skill 1: Basic Mathematics Com­petence; Entry Skill 2: Basic Writing Competence; and the Diversified Edu-cation Curriculum for these students detailed in this chapter.

Additional Requirements/ Restrictions for the B.E. Degree

Residence Requirement

At least seven engineering courses (those with the designator BME, ESE, ESG, ESM, or MEC) and/or approved technical elective courses must be completed in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Stony Brook. For the majors in biomedical, computer, electrical, and mechanical engineering, at least five of the seven courses must be offered by the department of the student's major.

The following courses may not be used to meet this requirement: ESE 211, 314, and 324; ESG 217, 312, and 316; MEC 200, 316 and 317; and ESE, ESG, BME,  and MEC 300, 440, and 441. BME, ESE, ESG, and MEC 440 and 441 must be taken at Stony Brook.

Technical Electives

Students in majors leading to the B.E. degree must complete a defined number of technical elective courses in their major. A copy of technical elective requirements and the current list of approved technical elective courses for each engineering major are available in the relevant engineering department.