General Education Requirements

For All Students Who Enter Fall 2011 and Spring 2012


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

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Library Skills

Complete the Library Skills Workbook within the first year of study at UB.

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Mathematical Sciences

Complete one course from the following lists.

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Recommended Courses for Students Who are Not Meeting a Specific Requirement of a Major
  • CSE 111 Great Ideas in Computer Science I
  • 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 and UGC 112 World Civilizations I-II. (**See note at end of this section.)

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Natural Sciences

Students must complete a two-course sequence, including at least one semester of laboratory. Allowable two-course sequences are outlined in lists below.

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

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American Pluralism or Cognate (approved equivalent courses)

Complete UGC 211 American Pluralism and the Search for Equality or any one of the following: AAS 261, ARC 211, AHI 390, DMS 213, GEO 231, HIS 161, HIS 162, LIN 200, SOC 211, TH 220. (**See note at end of this section.)

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

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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.

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

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Language Requirement

NOTE: See the Foreign Language Placement section of the catalog for appropriate placement level.

For native speakers of English, students must demonstrate elementary-level proficiency in a language other than English by doing one of the following:

  • Completing a 2-semester first-year sequence of college-level courses in a language other than English (e.g. Spanish 101-102, Modern Greek 191-192).
  • Completing a 1-semester college-level Transitional or Heritage language course (Spanish 104, 171, French 104, German 104, Italian 106, Chinese 104 or 105, Russian 104).
  • Achieving a minimum score of 600 on a College Board Foreign Language Achievement Test
  • Achieving a minimum score of 3 or 4 (depending upon the language and the test) on an AP test in a foreign language

Native speakers of English and native speakers of other languages may also demonstrate proficiency in a language other than English by doing one of the following:

  • Showing a high school diploma from a country whose language of instruction is other than English
  • Passing a proficiency examination administered by the department which houses the appropriate language. Romance Languages and Literatures: French, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese; Classics: Latin, Ancient Greek; Jewish Studies: Hebrew; Linguistics: all other languages taught at UB. It is suggested that students contact the relevant department to arrange for the proficiency examination as soon as they are in residence at UB. For speakers of languages not taught at UB, see the Office of Student Advisement and Services.

Note: Majors in the following schools and programs are not required to complete language study: Architecture; B.F.A. in Art, Dance, Music Theatre; Bioinformatics and Computational Biology; Biomedical Sciences; Biotechnology; Engineering (except Computer Science); Informatics; Management; Medical Technology; Medicinal Chemistry; Nuclear Medicine Technology; Nursing; Pharmacology and Toxicology; Pharmaceutical Sciences; Public Health and Health Professions.

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

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

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

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Complete one 3-credit course offered by ART, AHI, DMS, MTR, MUS, TH, or THD; VS; ARC 121 is also an option. (**See note at the end of this section.)

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

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Depth Requirement

Complete any one of the following:

Note: Courses used to satisfy any other general education requirement are excluded. Transfer courses must be articulated (i.e., matched) to specific UB courses or requirements in order to satisfy UB’s Depth Requirement. SUNYGE waivers do not apply toward UB’s Depth Requirement. Students may not petition this policy.

**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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General Education Requirements

General education requirements can be found at the General Education Program website.

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. See an advisor for details.

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 given course may be applied toward only one General Education requirement unless explicitly noted otherwise.

Only the specified courses or those that articulate to the specified courses listed for each respective General Education requirement may be used to fulfill that particular requirement. No other courses qualify.

SUNY has established minimum General Education requirements for campuses across the SUNY system. UB’s General Education program meets, and in many cases exceeds, these requirements. Students should understand that meeting SUNY General Education requirements at other campuses does not necessarily mean that they have met UB’s requirements or that they are exempt from certain UB requirements.

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