General Education Requirements

General education requirements can be found at the General Education Program web site.

Requirements differ by student status. Please note that there are different requirements for: (1) students who entered as freshmen; (2) students who entered as transfer students; (3) re-entering students who were recently enrolled at UB; (4) re-entering students last enrolled more than five years ago; (5) students enrolled for a second bachelor's degree; (6) students enrolled who have a completed bachelor's degree from a foreign institution; and (7) students with a registered learning disability.

General Education Advising Notes

S/U grading is not an option in any course used to satisfy general education requirements. Internship, Independent Study, Undergraduate Teaching, Experiential Learning, and other courses not based on classroom experiences may not be used to meet general education requirements.

Any course may be applied toward only one general education requirement.

UB courses other than those specifically listed as requirements or transfer courses that do not articulate to the UB courses listed as requirements cannot be used to fulfill General Education requirements.

The UB/SUNY general education courses must meet the minimum guidelines listed in the chart below for the assigned course category, which were established by the Office of the Provost of the State University of New York in 2000. Student performance in courses is periodically reviewed to insure that the goals of the General Education Program are achieved.

For All Students Who Enter Fall 2006 and Spring 2007

Writing

Complete ENG 101 and ENG 201, or ENG 102, as placed, unless exempted.

Library Skills

Complete the Library Skills Workbook.

Mathematical Sciences

Complete one course from the following lists.

Recommended Courses For Students Who are Not Meeting a Specific Requirement of a Major
  • CSE 111 Great Ideas in Computer Science I
  • CSE 112 Great Ideas in Computer Science II
  • STA 119 Introduction to Statistics
Additional Courses that Satisfy the Mathematical Sciences Requirement

Courses grouped together are equivalent courses. Students should not take more than one course from each group

World Civilizations

Complete UGC 111 - UGC 112 World Civilizations I-II.(** See Note Below.)

Natural Sciences

Complete a two-course sequence from the following lists.

Recommended Course Sequences for Students Who Are Not Meeting a Specific Requirement of a Major
Additional Course Sequences that Satisfy the Natural Sciences Requirement

Note: Architecture majors only complete ARC 352 and PHY 101; Nursing and OT majors only complete ANA 113 and PGY 300.

American Pluralism or Cognate (approved equivalent courses)

Complete UGC 211 American Pluralism and the Search for Equality or any one of the following: ARC 211, AHI 390, DMS 213, GEO 231, HIS 161, HIS 162, LIN 200, SOC 211. (** See Note Below.)

Note: UGC 111 - UGC 112 World Civilizations I-II should be completed first.

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Complete one 3-credit course offered by APY, CDS, COM, ECO, GEO, LIN, PSC, PSY, SSC, or SOC; or ARC 122, PD 120, PD 212.

Except:

Courses used to satisfy any other general education requirement are excluded.

Language Requirement

Complete second-semester course or demonstrate proficiency in a language other than English equivalent to completion of one second-semester course (e.g., SPA 102/FR 102/LAT 102 or SPA 104/FR 104/LAT 104.) Students continuing their high school language will ordinarily take one additional semester of language study. Students beginning a new language will ordinarily take two semesters of language study.

Students may demonstrate proficiency in a language other than English by:

  • Completing a second-semester course (e.g., SPA 102 or SPA 104); or
  • Achieving a minimum score of 600 on a College Board Foreign Language Achievement Test; or
  • Achieving a minimum score of 3 or 4 (depending upon the language and the test) on an AP test in a foreign language; or
  • Showing a high school diploma from a country whose language of instruction is other than English; or
  • Passing a "challenge examination" administered by the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures.

Note: Majors in the following schools and programs are not required to complete language study: Architecture; B.F.A. in Art, Dance, Music Theatre, Theatre; Biochemical Pharmacology; Bioinformatics; Biomedical Sciences; Biotechnology; Engineering; Informatics; Management; Medical Technology; Medicinal Chemistry; Nuclear Medicine Technology; Nursing; Pharmaceutics, Pharmacy; and Public Health and Health Professions.

Note: Some majors and minors require additional semesters of language study.

Humanities

Students completing ENG 101/ENG 201 have met this requirement. Students completing ENG 102 must complete one 3-credit course offered from AAS, AMS, CL, COL, ENG (excluding ENG 101/ENG 201), FR, GER, HIS, ITA, PHI, RSP, SPA, WLP, WS, and other languages.

Except:

Courses used to satisfy any other general education requirement are excluded.

Arts

Complete one 3-credit course offered by ART, AHI, DMS, MTR, MUS, TH, or THD; ARC 121 is also an option. (** See Note Below.)

Except:

Courses used to satisfy any other general education requirement are excluded.

Depth Requirement

Complete any one of the following:

Except:

Courses used to satisfy any other general education requirement are excluded.

**Note: Students who entered UB with 24 or more transferable credit hours from an institution of higher education other than UB are exempted from the World Civilizations, American Pluralism, and Arts requirements. These credits must have been earned prior to enrollment at UB.

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