The Stony Brook Curriculum (SBC)
The Stony Brook Curriculum includes both breadth and depth of study, and ensures that students will learn skills necessary for life-long learning. Use the course search to search for courses that complete SBC learning objectives.
Through the general education curriculum, students will:
DEMONSTRATE VERSATILITY by showing proficiency in each of ten fundamental learning objectives:
- Explore and Understand the Fine and Performing Arts (ARTS)
- Engage Global Issues (GLO)
- Address Problems using Critical Analysis and the Methods of the Humanities (HUM)
- Communicate in a Human Language Other than English (LANG) CEAS majors are exempt from this set of learning objectives.
- Master Quantitative Problem Solving (QPS)
- Understand, Observe, and Analyze Human Behavior and the Structure and Functioning of Society (SBS)
- Study the Natural World (SNW)
- Understand Technology (TECH)
- Understand the Political, Economic, Social, and Cultural History of the United States (USA)
- Write Effectively in English (WRT)
EXPLORE INTERCONNECTEDNESS by completing a course that examines significant relationships between Science or Technology and the Arts, Humanities, or Social Sciences (STAS).
PURSUE DEEPER UNDERSTANDING by completing advanced studies in three of four distinct areas of knowledge. A "+" sign in the abbreviations for these learning objectives signifies that most courses in this category will be relatively advanced courses at the 200- to 400-level. These learning objectives are:
- Experiential Learning (EXP+)
- Humanities and Fine Arts (HFA+)
- Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS+)
- Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM+)
PREPARE FOR LIFE-LONG LEARNING by taking (in most cases) courses which may also satisfy other SBC, major or other degree requirements.
- Practice and Respect Critical and Ethical Reasoning (CER)
- Evaluate and Synthesize Researched Information (ESI)
- Speak Effectively before an Audience (SPK)
- Write Effectively within One’s Discipline (WRTD)
Students may reduce the number of credits they need to achieve these learning objectives through courses certified in more than one area, AP courses, challenge exams, on-campus placement tests, course waivers, and faculty-designed themed course clusters. However, at a minimum, students must complete at least 30 credits of General Education awarded by an institution of higher education. All courses offered to satisfy SBC learning objectives must be taken for a letter grade. Courses taken under the Pass/No Credit option will not satisfy SBC learning objectives. LANG, WRT, and QPS learning objectives must be passed with a grade of C or higher.
A detailed list of the courses and activities that fulfill these objectives may be found in the university undergraduate Bulletin. Many of the above requirements may be fulfilled as part of a student's major or minor. For more information on the Stony Brook Curriculum in relation to SUNY General Education Requirements, see link.