Transfer Students

For more information about transferring to Binghamton University, please see Undergraduate Admissions' transfer student information.

If you are looking for specific information as to which General Education requirements will be fulfilled by your transfer courses, please contact the advising office for the Binghamton University school into which you would like to transfer.  Contact information for the advising offices is available in the Advising and Tutoring page.

Transfer Students with Catalog Years 2013 through 2015

Transfer students who will enter Binghamton University under catalog years 2013 through 2015 will fulfill the same General Education requirements as students who enter Binghamton University as freshmen, with the exception of the Foreign Language requirement, which differs for transfer students.

The Foreign Language requirement for transfer students in the College of Community and Public Affairs, Harpur College, and the School of Management is fulfilled by an approved second-semester college-level course in foreign language. The Foreign Language requirement for transfer students in the Decker School of Nursing and the Watson School Computer Science program is fulfilled by one approved college course in foreign language at any level.  The Foreign Language requirement is waived for students in the Watson School engineering programs. This requirement may also be fulfilled in high school by demonstrating a level of proficiency equivalent to passing the corresponding Regents foreign language examination with a score of 85 or higher.

For all requirements except Foreign Language, transfer students from other SUNY schools who have been certified as meeting a SUNY-wide General Education requirement prior to matriculation at Binghamton will be certified as having met the corresponding Binghamton requirement. Because the SUNY-wide Foreign Language requirement is one college-level course, and the Binghamton University Foreign Language requirement for students in CCPA, Harpur, or SOM is fulfilled by an approved second-semester college-level course in foreign language, transfer students in those schools who fulfilled the SUNY-wide Foreign Language requirement may need additional coursework to fulfill the Binghamton University Foreign Language requirement.

Please see Comparison of Binghamton University and SUNY General Education Requirements on this page for more information. Courses from other SUNY schools taken after matriculation at Binghamton or not certified as meeting a SUNY-wide requirement will be evaluated solely in terms of Binghamton University's General Education requirements. Contact your advisor for more information.

Courses transferred from schools outside the SUNY system will be evaluated solely in terms of Binghamton University's General Education requirements. Contact your advisor for more information.

Transfer Students with Catalog Years 2011 or 2012

Transfer students who entered Binghamton University under catalog years 2011 or 2012 fulfill the same General Education requirements as students who enter Binghamton University as freshmen, with the exception of the Foreign Language requirement, which differs for transfer students.

The Foreign Language requirement for transfer students is fulfilled by one approved college course in foreign language at any level. This requirement may also be fulfilled in high school by demonstrating a level of proficiency equivalent to passing the corresponding Regents foreign language examination with a score of 85 or higher. The Foreign Language requirement is waived for students in the Watson School engineering program.

Transfer students from other SUNY schools who have been certified as meeting a SUNY-wide General Education requirement prior to matriculation at Binghamton will be certified as having met the corresponding Binghamton requirement. Please see Comparison of Binghamton University and SUNY General Education Requirements on this page for more information. Courses from other SUNY schools taken after matriculation at Binghamton or not certified as meeting a SUNY-wide requirement will be evaluated solely in terms of Binghamton University's General Education requirements. Contact your advisor for more information.

Courses transferred from schools outside the SUNY system will be evaluated solely in terms of Binghamton University's General Education requirements. Contact your advisor for more information.

Transfer Students with Catalog Years Prior to 2011

Information on requirements for transfer students who entered Binghamton University prior to Fall 2011 is available in the Transferring Prior to 2011 page on the left.

Comparison of Binghamton University and SUNY General Education Requirements for Catalog Years 2013 through 2015

The table below shows the names of the SUNY General Education requirements and the corresponding Binghamton requirements for transfer students entering Binghamton University under catalog years 2013 through 2015. There are several important differences between the SUNY General Education requirements and Binghamton's General Education requirements:

  • Binghamton has separate requirements for Composition and Oral Communication, which may be fulfilled by one transfer course that meets the SUNY Basic Communication requirement.
  • Binghamton University's Foreign Language requirement is fulfilled by a second-semester college-level foreign language course, for students in CCPA, Harpur, and SOM.  SUNY requires only one college-level course in foreign language.
  • Binghamton University does not have a requirement that corresponds with SUNY’s Western Civilization requirement. In some cases, courses that fulfill the SUNY Western Civilization requirement, depending on content, may fulfill Binghamton’s Global Interdependencies requirement. Please see your advisor for more information.
  • Binghamton has a Physical Activity/Wellness requirement for students entering as freshmen and for transfer students entering Binghamton University in or after Fall 2011 or prior to Fall 2010. There is no Physical Activity/Wellness requirement for transfer students who entered in Fall 2010 or Spring 2011.
SUNY Requirement Corresponding Binghamton Requirement
American History Pluralism in the U.S.
Basic Communication (written and oral) Composition
Oral Communication
Foreign Language - one college-level course

Foreign Language (CCPA, Harpur, SOM) - second-semester college-level course

Foreign Language (Decker, Watson Computer Science) - one college-level course

Foreign Language (Watson Engineering) - waived

Humanities Humanities
Mathematics Math/Reasoning
Natural Sciences Laboratory Science
Social Sciences Social Science
The Arts Aesthetics
Other World Civilization* Global Interdependencies
Western Civilization*  
  Physical Activity/Wellness

Comparison of Binghamton University and SUNY General Education Requirements for Catalog Years 2011 and 2012

The table below shows the names of the SUNY General Education requirements and the corresponding Binghamton requirements for transfer students entering Binghamton University with catalog years 2011 or 2012. There are several important differences between the SUNY General Education requirements and Binghamton's General Education requirements:

  • Binghamton has separate requirements for Composition and Oral Communication, which may be fulfilled by one transfer course that meets the SUNY Basic Communication requirement.
  • Binghamton University does not have a requirement that corresponds with SUNY’s Western Civilization requirement. In some cases, courses that fulfill the SUNY Western Civilization requirement, depending on content, may fulfill Binghamton’s Global Interdependencies requirement. Please see your advisor for more information.
  • Binghamton has a Physical Activity/Wellness requirement for students entering as freshmen and for transfer students entering Binghamton University in or after Fall 2011 or prior to Fall 2010. There is no Physical Activity/Wellness requirement for transfer students who entered in Fall 2010 or Spring 2011.
SUNY Requirement Corresponding Binghamton Requirement
American History Pluralism in the U.S.
Basic Communication (written and oral) Composition
Oral Communication
Foreign Language Foreign Language
Humanities Humanities
Mathematics Math/Reasoning
Natural Sciences Laboratory Science
Social Sciences Social Science
The Arts Aesthetics
Other World Civilization* Global Interdependencies
Western Civilization*  
  Physical Activity/Wellness

* Prior to Fall 2011, Binghamton combined SUNY's Western Civilization and Other World Civilization requirements into a single Global Interdependencies requirement. Students who transferred in courses meeting both the SUNY Western Civilization and Other World Civilization requirements met the Global Interdependencies requirement.

Last Updated: 7/1/14