All students in the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Business, the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, and the School of Journalism are expected to show basic competence in mathematics, writing, a foreign language, and American history. Students directly admitted to the majors in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences must show basic competence in mathematics and writing.
The Skills should in many cases be satisfied upon entry to Stony Brook. However, since completion of Skills is required for graduation, several courses satisfy the Skills. In addition to the notes indicated below, this Bulletin contains a comprehensive summary of courses that satisfy Skills and D.E.C. Note that not all courses are offered each semester. Students should refer to www.stonybrook.edu/solarsystem for accurate course offerings each semester.
Skill 1: Basic Mathematics Competence
Students should be able to formulate and solve mathematical problems arising in their University work.
Basic Mathematics Competence may be satisfied before entering Stony Brook in any of the following ways:
- By having passed, while in high school, the New York State Regents Examination in Math B with a score of at least 75;
- By having achieved a score of 530 or higher on the SAT II in mathematics; or a score of 560 or higher on the mathematics portion of the SAT I; or a score of 56 or higher on the mathematics portion of the PSAT; or a score of 23 or higher on the American College Testing (ACT) Test in Mathematics;
- By having received a score of 3 or higher on an AP examination in calculus or statistics;
- By having satisfied the SUNY general education requirement in mathematics.
All entering students who have not achieved basic mathematics competence must satisfy the requirement in one of the following ways:
- By scoring at placement level 3 or higher on the proctored mathematics placement examination before or during their first year at Stony Brook. (See http://assess.math.sunysb.edu/ for more information.) Students who do not attain the proficiency-level score must enroll in the appropriate course during their first year on this campus.
- By earning a grade of C or higher in the developmental class MAP 103 or in a transferred course of at least three credits evaluated by Stony Brook as equivalent to MAP 103. Credit toward graduation will not be given for such transferred courses taken after matriculation.
- By passing a Stony Brook course that meets the mathematics requirement of the Diversified Education Curriculum.
- By receiving credit for any transfer course evaluated as satisfying the mathematics requirement of the Diversified Education Curriculum. Students who received transfer credit for such a course taken for college credit while they were in high school must attain the proficiency-level grade on the proctored University placement test to satisfy this requirement, unless the course was taken on the campus of an accredited college and taught by a member of the college faculty.
- By passing with a grade of C or higher, while enrolled in a degree program at any two- or four-year college, any other mathematics course (excluding basic arithmetic, elementary algebra, and business or finance mathematics courses) of at least three credits counting toward graduation.
- By obtaining Challenge credit for any MAT or AMS course.
Skill 2: Basic Writing Competence
Students should be able to formulate and express their ideas in a clear, articulate manner.
Students satisfy Skill 2 by one of the following ways:
- by having passed WRT 101 at Stony Brook,
- by earning a grade of C or higher in a college writing course judged to be equivalent to WRT 101,
- by earning a score of 1050 or higher on the combined verbal and writing portions of the SAT I, or
- by earning a 24 or higher on the combined English/Writing portions of the ACT, or
- by earning a score of 3 or higher on the AP English/Comp or English/Lit examinations.
1. Satisfaction of the SUNY general education requirement in basic communication and critical thinking does not necessarily satisfy Stony Brook's basic writing competence requirement.
Skill 3: Elementary Foreign Language Proficiency
Because of the increasing globalization of culture, society, and the economy, students should have proficiency in a foreign language. Students demonstrate achievement of foreign language proficiency before entering Stony Brook in any of the following ways:
- A third-year high school Regents examination score of 85 or higher;
- A Stony Brook Foreign Language Placement exam score allowing enrollment in an intermediate-level language course (numbered 200 or above);
- A score of 530 or higher on the SAT II in a foreign language;
- A score of 3 or higher on a foreign language or literature AP exam;
- If students have at least two years of formal language study at a secondary school or university where the primary language of instruction is other than English, then transcripts from the institution may be submitted to demonstrate foreign language proficiency.
All entering students who have not demonstrated basic foreign language proficiency are urged to complete this requirement early in their academic careers. Students achieve foreign language proficiency at Stony Brook in one of the following ways:
- Enrolling in and passing with a letter grade of C or higher the second semester of an elementary foreign language course numbered 101 or 112, or enrolling in and passing a foreign language course at the intermediate level or higher;
- Obtaining equivalent transfer credit for the second-semester introductory or higher level foreign language course, passed with a grade of C or higher;
- Passing a Stony Brook Challenge examination for a foreign language course numbered 101 or 112 or higher.
1. Literature and culture courses taught in English translation under the auspices of the foreign language departments do not satisfy the foreign language proficiency requirement.
2. No credit is awarded for Stony Brook Challenge examinations taken to fulfill the foreign language proficiency requirement unless the student meets the requirements outlined in "Guidelines for the Stony Brook Challenge Program," available in the Academic and Transfer Advising Services Center.
3. Students who know a language not offered at Stony Brook may satisfy the foreign language proficiency requirement through the Challenge Examination Program by meeting the "Guidelines for the Stony Brook Challenge Program," although no credit will be awarded.
4. Satisfaction of the SUNY general education requirement in foreign language does not satisfy Stony Brook's foreign language proficiency requirement.
Skill 4: American History Competence
The SUNY General Education American history requirement provides students with the knowledge of a basic narrative of American history--political, economic, social, and cultural--including knowledge of unity and diversity in American society. It enhances students' knowledge of common institutions in American society and furthers their understanding of the United States' evolving relationship with the rest of the world.
Students achieve American history competence in any of the following ways:
- Enrolling in and passing with a letter grade one of the following courses: AFS 396, HIS 103, HIS 104, HIS 261, HIS 262, HIS 263, HIS 264, HIS 265, HIS 266, HIS 268, HIS 321, HIS 325, HIS 326, HIS 327, HIS 333, HIS 365, HIS 369, HIS 370, HIS 375, HIS 376, HIS 377, HIS 396, HIS 397, HIS 399, HIS/AFS 277, HIS/AFS 325, HIS/WST 333, POL 102, POL 105, WST 396
- Receiving transfer credit for one of the courses above
- Receiving transfer credit for any course that meets the SUNY-GER American history requirement
- Scoring 3, 4, or 5 on the AP U.S. History exam or the AP U.S. Government and Politics exam