State University of New York General Education Curriculum and the Stony Brook Curriculum

The Trustees of the State University of New York have established a fundamental curriculum with specified learning outcomes that all students in colleges and universities in the state university system must have satisfied upon graduation. Stony Brook's Stony Brook Curriculum (SBC) has been reviewed and, in the best judgment of the faculty, incorporates these outcomes and expands upon them to ensure that Stony Brook's graduates will have the intellectual skills and understanding necessary to flourish in their future professional and personal lives. The Stony Brook Curriculum learning objectives are detailed in the University Degree Requirements section in this Bulletin.

Students transferring to Stony Brook from other SUNY institutions should consult the Transfer Credit Policies section in the Academic Policies and Regulations section of this Bulletin for details on how their courses apply to the Stony Brook Curriculum.

The Stony Brook Curriculum is designed by the faculty to satisfy the SUNY General Education Requirements. For more information on SUNY General Education Requirements, please visit the SUNY website on General Education  http://www.suny.edu/attend/academics/genedreq/Students who complete SUNY General Education Requirements do not necessarily satisfy SBC categories. The chart below is not a two-way equivalency. For students transferring SUNY General Education credits from another SUNY campus, consult the Transfer Credit Policies section of this Bulletin.

The following chart is relevant to students transferring from Stony Brook to another SUNY institution. See link for information about transfer credit policies.

Stony Brook Curriculum

SUNY Category

Write Effectively in English (WRT);   Speak Effectively before an Audience (SPK)

Basic written & oral communication

Master Quantitative Problem Solving (QPS)

Mathematics

Communicate in a Human Language Other than English (LANG)

Foreign Language

Address Problems using Critical Analysis and the Methods of the Humanities (HUM)

Humanities

Study the Natural World (SNW)

Natural Science

Understand, Observe, and Analyze Human Behavior and the Structure and Functioning of Society  (SBS)

Social Science

Understand the Political, Social, and Cultural History of the United States of America (USA)

American History

Engage Global Issues (GLO)

Western Civilizations

(Engage Global Issues (GLO))

Other World Civilizations

Explore and Understand the Fine and Performing Arts (ARTS)

The Arts

Practice and Respect Critical and Ethical Reasoning (CER)

Critical Thinking

Evaluate and Synthesize Researched Information (ESI)

Information Management

Understand Technology (TECH)

(No SUNY equivalent)

Write Effectively within One’s Discipline (WRTD)

(No SUNY equivalent)

Understand Relationships between Science or Technology and the Arts, Humanities or Social Sciences (STAS)

(No SUNY equivalent)

Mathematics

Students must show competence in arithmetic, algebra, geometry, data analysis, and quantitative reasoning. The SBC objective ‘Master Quantitative Problem Solving’ (QPS) meets this learning SUNY outcome.

Basic Communication and Critical Thinking Competency

Students must identify, analyze, and evaluate arguments as they occur in their own or others' work; develop well-reasoned arguments; produce coherent texts within common college-level written forms; demonstrate the ability to revise and improve such texts; research a topic, develop an argument, and organize supporting details; develop proficiency in oral discourse; and evaluate an oral presentation according to established criteria.

The completion of both SBC objectives ‘Write Effectively in English’ (WRT) and ‘Speak Effectively before an Audience’ (SPK) meet these learning SUNY outcomes of Basic Communication.   The SBC Category Practice and Respect Critical and Ethical Reasoning (CER) satisfies the Critical Thinking Competency.

Foreign Language

Students must demonstrate basic proficiency in the understanding and use of a foreign language and knowledge of the distinctive features of cultures associated with that language.

The SBC objective ‘Communicate in a Human Language Other than English’ (LANG) meets these SUNY learning outcomes. 

Information Management

Students must perform the basic operations of personal computer use; understand and use basic research techniques; and locate, evaluate, and synthesize information from a variety of sources.

The SBC objective ‘Evaluate and Synthesize Researched Information’ (ESI) satisfies these SUNY outcomes. In addition, Stony Brook major requirements reinforce skills necessary to be successful in the 21st century .

Natural Sciences

Students must show understanding of the methods scientists use to explore natural phenomena, including observation, hypothesis development, measurement and data collection, experimentation, evaluation of evidence, and employment of mathematical analysis and application of data, concepts, and models in one of the natural sciences.

The SBC objective ‘Study the Natural World’ (SNW) meets this SUNY learning outcome.

Social Sciences

Students must demonstrate understanding of the methods of social scientists in exploring social phenomena, including observation, hypothesis development, measurement and data collection, experimentation, evaluation of evidence, and employment of mathematical and interpretive analysis and knowledge of major concepts, models and issues of at least one discipline in the social sciences.

The SBC objective ‘Understand, Observe, and Analyze Human Behavior and the Structure and Functioning of Society’ (SBS) meets this SUNY learning outcome.

American History

Students must demonstrate knowledge of a basic narrative of the political, economic, social, and cultural history of the United States, including knowledge of the unity and diversity of American society; knowledge of common institutions in American society and how they have affected different groups; and an understanding of America's evolving relationship with the rest of the world.

The SBC objective ‘Understand the Political, Social, and Cultural History of the United States of America’ (USA) meets this SUNY learning outcome.

Western Civilization

Students must demonstrate knowledge of the development of the distinctive features of the history, institutions, economy, society, culture, etc., of Western civilization, and relate its development to that of other regions of the world.

The SBC objective ‘Engage Global Issues’ (GLO) meets this SUNY learning outcome.

Other World Civilizations

Students must demonstrate knowledge of the distinctive features of the history, institutions, economy, society, culture, etc., of a non-Western civilization.

The SBC objective ‘Engage Global Issues’ (GLO) meets this SUNY learning outcome.

Humanities

Students must demonstrate knowledge of the conventions and methods of at least one of the humanities in addition to those encompassed by other knowledge areas required by the SUNY general education curriculum.

The SBC objective ‘Address Problems using Critical Analysis and the Methods of the Humanities’ (HUM) meets this SUNY learning outcome.

The Arts

Students must demonstrate understanding of one of the principal forms of artistic expression and the creative process inherent to that art form.

The SBC objective ‘Explore and Understand the Fine and Performing Arts’ (ARTS) meets this SUNY learning outcome.