Nov 29, 2022  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Bulletin 
    
2022-2023 Undergraduate Bulletin

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

A liberal arts education requires a thoughtful combination of General Education courses, a major, and electives. These should be chosen to complement each other meaningfully.

All students must complete the General Education Curriculum. The curriculum consists of nine areas: Mathematics, Basic Communication, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, American History, Western Civilization, Other World Civilizations, Humanities, The Arts, and Foreign Language.

1. Mathematics (R/)

One three-credit or four-credit course designed to increase the student’s understanding of complex mathematical and logical reasoning. Courses that fulfill this requirement have the designation R/ in their titles.

General Education courses in Mathematics emphasize logical reasoning conducted in a numeric or other symbolic language. Such courses will foster the student’s ability to reason analytically, solve problems, apply theoretical concepts, and construct sound arguments; they may, in addition, enhance the student’s ability to collect, analyze, interpret, and reason from quantitative data. Courses approved for the requirement emphasize the connection between methods of problem-solving (numerical, formulaic, algorithmic) and the logical and mathematical foundations that justify them.

2. Basic Communication

One three-credit course emphasizing skill in analyzing texts, evaluating rational arguments, and writing well.

Basic Communication (INTD 105 ) emphasizes analytical writing and textual analysis. The skills involved in close reading require sensitivity to the subtleties of carefully constructed prose and the ability to recognize, construct, and assess arguments in written form. This requirement emphasizes both form and content in the written work; ideas should be expressed clearly, coherently, and grammatically, and reflect thinking that is critical and constructive. The focus of the course will be on significant complex works that come from a variety of disciplines. The course will be offered by members of different areas of the academic curriculum. This requirement must be met in the first year. (Students transferring to Geneseo from another college or university may petition the Dean of the Academic Planning and Advising for approval of equivalent or comparable coursework to meet this requirement.)

3. Natural Sciences (N/)

Two laboratory courses in the natural sciences which emphasize the scientific procedures employed in the development of the theoretical structure of science. See restrictions described below. Courses that fulfill this requirement have the designation N/ in their titles. The General Education courses in Natural Sciences allow students to study factual information and the theoretical structure of the natural sciences and also engage them in the scientific process through which discoveries are made. Lectures emphasize fundamental concepts in the natural sciences while laboratory assignments address the techniques used to collect, analyze and interpret data. Given the powerful and constantly growing impact of science upon current society, these courses serve the important purpose of allowing all students to have a basic intellectual understanding of natural science and the scientific process.

4. Social Sciences (S/)

Two three-credit courses in the social sciences designed to increase the student’s understanding of the human condition and of human institutions. Courses that fulfill this requirement have the designation S/ in their titles. See restrictions described below.

The General Education courses in Social Sciences are designed to deepen students’ understanding and awareness of important aspects of human behavior and social organization, to increase students’ understanding of the human condition and human institutions, and to introduce them to the different approaches and methods used by the various social science disciplines. These goals are pursued through theoretically and empirically based course work.

5. American History (U/)

One three-credit course examining the distinct, overlapping, and shared histories of individuals and groups in the United States, with attention to the way identities and experiences relate to categories such as race, ethnicity, gender, class, sexual orientation, religion, and disability. Courses that fulfill this requirement have the designation U/ in their titles. General education courses in American History place the varied experiences of individuals and groups-including the experience of inequality-within the context of a common narrative that encompasses not only social, political, economic, and legal structures at home but also the changing relationship between America and the rest of the world.

6. Other World Civilizations (M/)

One three-credit course examining non-western ideas and traditions. Courses that fulfill this requirement have the designation M/ in their titles.

General Education courses in Other World Civilizations focus the student’s attention on ideas, experiences and concepts existing outside the Western world. The wide variety of applicable courses from across the academic departments offers students numerous perspectives from which to investigate non-Western cultures and ideas. These areas include, but are not limited to, culture, music, history, philosophy, religion, social structures and politics. This requirement encourages in students the development of a well-rounded understanding of the various ideas, experiences and concepts in the world in which they exist and interact.

7. The Arts (F/)

Two three-credit courses in the arts designed to heighten aesthetic awareness. At least one course must approach the arts from a historical or theoretical perspective. (That is, both may not be studio or performance courses.) For one of the three-credit courses, students may substitute sustained participation (three semesters, totaling three credits) in one of the following performance courses: MUSC 160 , MUSC 165 , MUSC 271 , DANC 265 , THEA 260 . See restrictions described below. Courses that fulfill this requirement have the designation F/ in their titles.

The General Education courses in The Arts are designed to enhance the capacity of students to respond sensitively, imaginatively, and intelligently to aesthetic events and art objects. This enhancement of aesthetic sensibility is accomplished through the study of theoretical and/or practical dimensions of the arts. Theoretical exploration seeks to develop students’ skills in the perception, analysis, interpretation, and evaluation of existing artwork as produced by performing, visual, or cinematic artists. Practical exploration seeks to develop skills in the creation of new, or the performance of existing, artwork. Both avenues of study serve to develop an understanding of, and facility with, the specialized language and knowledge base of the arts as well as to guide students to an understanding of the arts and aesthetic response within an historical or theoretical framework.

8. Foreign Language (L/)

Courses offered at Geneseo that fulfill this requirement have the designation L/ in their titles.

General Education courses in Foreign Language help students achieve proficiency in listening, reading, speaking, and writing as well as familiarity with other cultures. Not all students will require the same number of courses to achieve proficiency. The various options for demonstrating proficiency are:

  1. Successful completion (70% or above) of four complete years in the same language of a high school level foreign language, including American Sign Language. Language study prior to high school is not accepted.
  2. A score of 4 or above on the Advanced Placement Examination, 6 or above on the IB standard exam; 4 or above on the IB advanced exam; or 60 or above on the CLEP, Level 2 exam in a foreign language.
  3. Placement beyond the second elementary level on Geneseo’s language placement examination.* This exam is offered at orientation, at designated times during the semester (see the department’s website for dates), or online (this option may require a pre-approved proctor and a fee may be assessed by the testing agency).
  4. Completion of college-level work in a foreign language through the second elementary level. 
  5. Effective Fall 2019, students may meet the language requirement by demonstrating proficiency through the first intermediate level in American Sign Language.
  6. This policy will be effective Fall 2021 and applies to students entering during the 2017-18 catalogue year and thereafter.

*As language proficiency declines without continued use, the placement exam score is valid for one academic year (September to May); therefore, it is highly recommended that students complete the sequence (101-102) within one year of taking the exam. If a student wishes to continue with a language after one year, they must retake the placement exam to demonstrate proficiency. Effective Fall 2017, the placement exam is mandatory for any student who wishes to enroll in courses offered by the Department of Global Languages and Cultures.

9. & 10. Humanities (H/) and Western Civilization (W/):

For students with Catalog Year 2014-15 or later:
All students must complete one four-credit course which emphasizes the search for moral, social, and political alternatives and meaning as embodied in the institutions, culture, and literature of Western civilization.

The Western Humanities curriculum focuses on the major moral and political questions that have been raised in the Western tradition, and serves as a defining component of the College’s liberal Arts program. More specifically, students explore the humanistic tradition with an emphasis on the search for moral, social, and political alternatives and meaning as embodied in the institutions, culture, and literature of Western civilization. In addition to building students’ factual and theoretical knowledge base of Western civilization through the use of reading taken primarily from the “great books” tradition, the Humanities courses are designed to extend student abilities in the areas of critical analysis and research skills. This requirement must be met by the time students complete 75 Earned Credits.

Restrictions in Fine Arts, Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences

The following restrictions apply only to the Fine Arts, Social Science, and Natural Science areas of the General Education curriculum:

  1. In each of these areas, students must apply two courses with different departmental prefixes. (For example: SOCL and ANTH for Social Science.) Transfer students who, upon original matriculation at the College, have completed an associate’s degree or have 53 or more credits accepted as transfer credit are exempt from this limitation if they have previously completed successfully two core-eligible courses with the same departmental prefix. In addition, students who apply three semesters of ensemble or practicum toward the Fine Arts requirement may complete the requirement using a theory or history course with the same departmental prefix. (For example: MUSC 123  and three semesters of MUSC 165 .)
  2. Students may not apply a particular course to more than one of these areas.
  3. Students may not apply more than two courses with the same departmental prefix toward the three areas collectively.

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.