Jul 17, 2024  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Bulletin 
    
2022-2023 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Requirements for Baccalaureate Degree Programs


Introduction

A Geneseo education affords perspectives and skills to engage the complexities and possibilities of a globally connected world. Students encounter broad areas of knowledge, become specialists in a particular discipline, develop habits of critical inquiry and civic participation, reflect on their learning, and reach beyond themselves by exploring the diversity of human experiences, cultures, and viewpoints. In addition to meeting SUNY’s General Education requirements, our program aligns with Geneseo’s Learning Outcomes for Baccalaureate Education (GLOBE), our Mission, Vision and Values, our Community Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and our commitment to being an antiracist college.

Specialized Knowledge: The Major

Major programs prepare students for life-long success by taking them deep into a discipline’s domain of knowledge and methods; cultivating skills in Critical Thinking, Informational & Digital Literacy, and discipline-specific practices of Written and Oral Communication and Leadership & Collaboration; and, in many cases, putting knowledge into action by engaging with real-world issues via Integrative and Applied Learning experiences.

Broad Knowledge, Intellectual and Practical Skills

To participate in the social, political, and ethical dimensions of society, and to work toward a more just, equitable, and sustainable world, students need broad knowledge and a set of common skills.

Integrative and Applied Learning

Geneseo has an institutional commitment to both transformational learning experiences and a rich co-curricular life. Integrative learning fosters the ability to connect and combine knowledge and skills acquired through the curriculum and co-curriculum to new, complex situations within and beyond the college. This approach allows students to reflect on the ways that such knowledge is utilized and places them on a fast track for continuing success.

Program Outline

Requirements Credits
General Education Curriculum 30-41
Liberal Arts and Sciences Major or Professional Program (In some majors, related requirements with different department prefixes may overlap with general education requirements; see details under departmental listings) 30 or more
Integrative and Applied Learning 0 or more
Electives: selected under advisement (may include minors, second majors, microcredentials, certification programs, and free electives) ___

Total Degree Program: 120 (minimum)   

Requirements for Baccalaureate Degree Program

Students must meet the following requirements to earn a baccalaureate degree from the College at Geneseo.

1. Earn a minimum of 120 credits. A maximum of 60 credits can be transferred from two-year institutions, and a maximum of 90 credits are transferable from a four-year institution. In addition, a maximum of 10 credits in health and physical education courses (with no more than four credits in activity courses), a maximum of 8 combined credits in MUSC 160 , MUSC 165 , MUSC 271 , DANC 265 , DANC 365 , and THEA 260 , a maximum of 8 credits in ROTC, and a maximum of 15 credits in internships can be included within the 120 credits required for the degree. (Please also see section titled Credit Restrictions)

2. Attain at least a 2.00 cumulative grade point average at Geneseo.

3. Achieve at least a 2.00 cumulative average in all courses in their major department applied toward completion of the major, and a 1.67 average or better in required related courses (i.e., any courses required by the major department which are outside its own academic discipline). (In addition, students seeking recommendation from the College for New York State initial certification must achieve a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5.) Note that some majors require a cumulative average higher than a 2.0 to continue in their programs (see School of Business and School of Education).

4. Complete satisfactorily all courses required for the major (as specified by the descriptions of majors, minors, and courses in “Academic Programs”).

5. Complete successfully the Critical Thinking, Informational & Digital Literacy, discipline-specific practices of Written and Oral Communication, and Leadership & Collaboration requirements in the major (or first major, for students with multiple majors). Consult individual department offices for details.

6. Complete satisfactorily the requirements of the General Education Curriculum: Broad Knowledge, Intellectual and Practical Skills. Approved courses in each of the areas are described on the following website: gened.geneseo.edu

7. Complete satisfactorily at least 45 credits -toward graduation in courses at or above the 200- level, with at least 24 at the 300-499 level.

8. Offer toward graduation a minimum number of credits outside the major department or outside professional preparation areas, as indicated below:

Academic Major Outside Major
Accounting, B.S.   60 credits outside (ACCT, DANL, ECON, ENTR, FNCE, MGMT, MKTG)
American Studies, B.A.   Interdisciplinary - no Outside Major requirement
Anthropology, B.A.   69 credits outside ANTH
Applied Mathematics, B.S.   69 credits outside MATH
Applied Physics, B.S.   69 credits outside PHYS
Art History, B.A.   69 credits outside ARTH
Biochemistry, B.S.   60 credits outside (BIOL, CHEM)
Biology, B.A.  / Biology, B.S.   69 credits outside BIOL
Biology, Adolescence Education: Biology & General Science, B.A.   69 credits outside BIOL
Biophysics, B.S.   60 credits outside (BIOL, PHYS)
Black Studies, B.A.   Interdisciplinary - no Outside Major requirement
Business Administration, B.S.   60 credits outside (ACCT, ECON, FNCE, MGMT, MKTG)
Chemistry, B.A.   69 credits outside CHEM
Chemistry, American Chemical Society Certified, B.S.   69 credits outside CHEM
Chemistry, Adolescence Education: Chemistry and General Science, B.A.   69 credits outside CHEM
Education, Childhood Education with Special Education (Grades 1-6), B.S.   60 credits outside (CURR, EDUC, ECED, SPED)
Communication, B.A.  
Communication, Journalism and Media Track, B.A.  
Communication, Personal and Professional Communication Track, B.A.  
69 credits outside COMN
Comparative Literature, B.A.   60 credits outside (ENGL, CMLT)
Data Analytics, B.S.   60 credits outside (ACCT, DANL, ECON, ENTR, FNCE, MGMT, MKTG)
Education, Early Childhood and Childhood Education (Birth-Grade 6), B.S.   60 credits outside (CURR, EDUC, ECED, SPED)
Economics, B.A.   60 credits outside (ACCT, DANL, ECON, ENTR, FNCE, MGMT, MKTG)
English, Creative Writing Track, B.A.  
English, Literature Track, B.A.  
69 credits outside ENGL
English, Adolescence Education: English, B.A.   69 credits outside ENGL
Finance, B.S.   60 credits outside (ACCT, DANL, ECON, ENTR, FNCE, MGMT, MKTG)
French, B.A.   69 credits outside FREN
French, Adolescence Education: French, B.A.   69 credits outside FREN
Geochemistry, B.A.   60 credits outside (GSCI, CHEM)
Geography, B.A.   69 credits outside GEOG
Geological Sciences, B.A.   69 credits outside GSCI
Geological Sciences, Adolescence Education: Earth Science and General Science, B.A.   69 credits outside GSCI
Geophysics, B.A.   60 credits outside (GSCI, PHYS)
History, B.A.   69 credits outside HIST
History, Adolescence Education: Social Studies, B.A.   69 credits outside HIST
Individualized Studies, B.A.  / Individualized Studies, B.S.   Interdisciplinary - no Outside Major requirement
International Relations, B.A.   Interdisciplinary - no Outside Major requirement
Mathematics, B.A.  / Mathematics, B.S.   69 credits outside MATH
Mathematics, Adolescence Education: Mathematics, B.A.   69 credits outside MATH
Music, Jazz and American Music Studies Option, B.A.  
Music, Musicology/HiTEC Option, B.A.  
Music, Performance Option, B.A.  
Music, Music Business, Recording and Production, B.A.  
69 credits outside MUSC
Musical Theatre, B.A.  / Musical Theatre, B.P.S.    60 credits outside (MUSC, THEA)
Neuroscience, B.S.   Interdisciplinary - no Outside Major requirement
Philosophy, B.A.   69 credits outside PHIL
Physics, B.A.   69 credits outside PHYS
Physics, Adolescence Education: Physics and General Science, B.A.   69 credits outside PHYS
Political Science, B.A.   69 credits outside PLSC
Psychology, B.A.   69 credits outside PSYC
Sociology, B.A.   69 credits outside SOCL
Sociomedical Sciences, B.A.   Interdisciplinary - no Outside Major requirement
Spanish, B.A.   69 credits outside SPAN
Spanish, Adolescence Education: Spanish, B.A.   69 credits outside SPAN
Sustainability Studies, B.A.   Interdisciplinary - no Outside Major requirement
Theatre, B.A.   69 credits outside THEA
Women’s and Gender Studies, B.A.   Interdisciplinary - no Outside Major requirement

9. All students must document an integrative or applied learning experience (whether within the major or outside of it-even via the co-curriculum) that reflects the learning outcomes described in the corresponding section below.

10. Complete a minimum of 30 credits in residence at Geneseo. Credit earned in Geneseo intersession, summer sessions, or in on-campus evening courses counts as residence credit.

11. File a Graduation Application form with the Dean of Academic Planning and Advising, Erwin 106 no later than deadlines posted on the Academic Calendar.

 

General Education Curriculum: Broad Knowledge, Intellectual and Practical Skills 

7-10 courses; 30-41 credits (NOTE: All students must earn a minimum of 30 credits to satisfy SUNY General Education requirements.) Students who complete the specific course requirements for Broad Knowledge and Intellectual and Practical Skills with fewer than 30 credits must take additional courses from any General Education area to reach 30 credits required to satisfy SUNY General Education. 

Seamless Transfer is affirmed: Students transferring to Geneseo having completed an AA or AS within SUNY (or 60 credit hours and SUNY GER), thereby completing SUNY GER, will face no “local” General Education requirements. 

To participate in the social, political, and ethical dimensions of society, and to work toward a more just, equitable, and sustainable world, students need broad knowledge and a set of common skills. 

1. ​Communication ​ 

Recognizing the importance of written communication, and respectful and productive discussion for learning, inclusivity, and social change, all students complete: 

  • One course in ​Basic Communication​ (3-4 credits) 

  • Coursework in a single ​Language other than English​ through the second elementary level (0-8 credits) 

2. Scientific Literacy ​ 

Recognizing the importance of being able to understand, evaluate, and replicate quantitative and symbolic forms of reasoning as the basis of scientific arguments built on empirical evidence, in order to work ethically with technology and contribute to a scientifically informed society, all students complete: 

  • One course in ​Quantitative, Computational, Symbolic Reasoning​ (3-4 credits) 

  • One course in ​Natural Science​, to include a lab component (4-5 credits*) 

* 3-5 credits for transfer students (i.e., students with “Transfer” admit type only) 

3. Participation in a Global Society 

Recognizing that we live in a world informed by diverse historical and contemporary systems of value, meaning, power, and privilege; that various disciplines offer their own insights into these systems and the issues that arise from them; and that ethical participation in a global society requires that we understand and engage with these systems and issues actively and responsibly, all students complete courses in the following five categories. 

In selecting courses, students complete at least one course each in the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. At least one course includes DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion) and antiracist content. 

  • One course in ​Diversity, Pluralism, and Power​: Students understand (i) the diversity of identities that characterizes the United States; (ii) the ways in which systems of power lead to different outcomes for members of diverse groups; (iii) the reasoning and impact of one’s personal beliefs and actions; and (iv) how to participate effectively in pluralistic contexts (e.g., by communicating and collaborating across difference). (3-4 credits) 

  • One course in ​World Cultures and Values​: Students (i) understand systems of value and meaning as embodied in one or more cultures from different regions of the world; and (ii) assess interconnections among/across local and global systems and cultures. Courses in this category engage extensively with the past and/or present in cultures outside Europe and the United States (though they may also engage with content from cultures located within those regions, e.g., Native/Indigenous cultures). (3-4 credits) 

  • One course in ​Contemporary Global Challenges​: Students (i) understand local and global networks, systems, and interdependencies; and (ii) apply global perspectives in addressing challenges and solving problems. (3-4 credits) 

  • One course in ​Creativity and Innovation​​: Students understand and reflect on (i) creative expression, art, and invention as foundational to culture and inclusive societal betterment; and (ii) the relationship between individual creative work or innovation and wider contexts. (3-4 credits) 

  • One course in ​Sustainability​: Students understand and reflect on (i) the environmental, economic, and/or social dimensions of sustainability and how they relate to each other; and (ii) how these three dimensions shape our changing planet. (3-4 credits) 

Notes on Participation in a Global Society Section 

  • Coursework completed in other academic divisions of the College may be used to satisfy these areas. 

  • Double-dipping is permitted once in the five “Participation in a Global Society” areas; that is, one course may be taken to satisfy two of the “Participation in a Global Society” areas. 

  • No more than one course from a student’s primary major may be used to satisfy “Participation in a Global Society” area requirements. 

General Education and Seamless Transfer

SUNY Seamless Transfer is a SUNY-wide program intended to make transferring to Geneseo and other SUNY schools simple and efficient for SUNY students. SUNY’s general education requirements span 10 areas.

The following areas will apply to students transferring into Geneseo through Summer 2023:

  • Basic Communication [required]
  • Mathematics [required]
  • American History
  • Other World Civilizations
  • Foreign Language
  • Social Sciences
  • Humanities
  • The Arts
  • Natural Sciences
  • Western Civilization

The following areas will apply to students transferring into Geneseo beginning in Fall 2023:

  • Communication, Written and Oral [required]
  • Diversity: Equity, Inclusion, and Social Justice [required]
  • Mathematics (and Quantitative Reasoning) [required]
  • Natural Sciences (and Scientific Reasoning) [required]
  • Humanities
  • Social Sciences
  • The Arts
  • US History and Civic Engagement
  • World History and Global Awareness
  • World Languages

There are two ways students transferring from other SUNY institutions to Geneseo can qualify for Seamless Transfer for their general education requirements:

  • Awarded degree of Associate of Arts or Associate of Science from a SUNY college
  • Completion of 30 hours of SUNY-approved general education courses, including 7 out of the 10 SUNY required knowledge and skills areas and required core competencies, from a SUNY two-year or four-year institution

All courses approved for other SUNY colleges to satisfy SUNY’s general education categories will transfer to SUNY Geneseo if the student earns a grade of C- or better. Students receiving grades of D in general education courses at other SUNY colleges may not transfer in credit but will satisfy the relevant SUNY general education categories. Students who have not satisfied the requirements for Seamless Transfer must complete SUNY Geneseo general education requirements.

Integrative and Applied Learning

Geneseo has an institutional commitment to both transformational learning experiences and a rich co-curricular life. Integrative learning fosters the ability to connect and combine knowledge and skills acquired through the curriculum and co-curriculum to new complex situations within and beyond the college. This approach allows students to reflect on the ways that such knowledge is utilized and places them on a fast track for continuing success.

All students will document an integrative or applied learning experience (whether within the major or outside of it-even via the co-curriculum) that reflects the GLOBE learning outcomes in this area before graduation.

In line with best practices in integrative and applied learning, the criteria for the integrative or applied learning experience are:

  • Structured, Intentional, and Authentic Experiences: Integrative and applied learning experiences should include a course syllabus or learning contract between parties and should have hands-on and/or real-world elements.
  • Preparation, Orientation, and Training: Integrative and applied learning experiences should include sufficient background and foundational education and should include expectations that are expressed as learning outcomes that structure the experience and ongoing work.
  • Monitoring and Continuous Improvement: Integrative and applied learning experiences should include in-experience mechanisms for feedback, course correction, quality monitoring, and evaluation of progress towards the state learning outcomes.
  • Structured Reflection: Integrative and applied learning should include opportunities for students to self-assess, analyze, and examine their experience and to evaluate the outcomes. Reflection should demonstrate relevance and should form connections with previous experiences and/or future planning as well as a demonstration of one of Geneseo’s core values: Civic Engagement, Sustainability, Inclusivity, Learning, or Creativity.
  • Evaluation: Students must receive appropriate and timely feedback from the project organizer.