First Year
Harpur College Requirements

Harpur College, as the founding unit of Binghamton University, has the longest history of Binghamton University's schools. Harpur College offers both undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the arts, humanities, sciences, mathematics, and social sciences. The broad educational focus offered in the College, also gives students the opportunity to take part in interdisciplinary scholarship or develop degree programs designed around individual interests, strengths and goals through the IMP program.

Harpur College seeks to provide the best in liberal arts education, offering a strong and diverse academic program. Accordingly, Harpur students are held to high standards, and are encouraged to grow academically. 

Harpur students must complete additional requirements designed by Harpur College of Arts and Sciences to compliment and extend the general education requirements and further your liberal arts education.

In addition to completing the University General Education Requirements, students must:

Finish with at least a 2.0 cumulative grade point average.

A student must earn at least a 2.0 grade point average ("C") to earn a degree. The grade point average is based only on courses taken at Binghamton University and does not include transferred courses.

Complete the Harpur College Upper Level Requirement

In order to provide for mastery in a subject, students are required to complete at least 44 upper level credits (300+ level).

Complete the Harpur College Residency Requirement

Students who enter Harpur College Fall 2010 and later are required to complete at least 44 credits in Harpur College. Students who entered Harpur College Fall 2002-Spring 2010 must complete 30 credits in Harpur College.

Complete the Harpur College Liberal Arts Requirement

All Harpur College students must complete at least 94 credits of liberal art coursework. 

Complete the Harpur College Writing Requirement

The Harpur writing requirement exists beyond the general education composition and oral communications requirements. The writing requirement designations are:

  • C = Composition
  • W = Writing
  • J = Joint Oral Communication and Composition

To fulfill the requirement, students must complete one of three combinations:

  • 4 "C" classes
  • 3 "C" classes plus 1 "W" class
  • 2 "C" classes plus 3 "W" classes.

Complete 126 Credit Hours in Total

Harpur College students must successfully complete 126 credit hours or more in order to earn their degrees. Binghamton University awards 4-credit hours for most of its courses. In addition to Binghamton courses, the 126 credit hour total may include credits earned through courses taken at other institutions and transferred, Advanced Placement, and International Baccalaureate coursework and other credits by exam.

Complete the Requirements for a Harpur Major

Major requirements are designed by specific departments, and carry their own set of expectations and policies beyond the general University and College requirements.

Tracking Your Progress

Degree requirements are tracked by the Degree Audit Reporting System (DARS). Matriculated Harpur College students can access their DARS report via the BUSI Webcenter.

Last Updated: 8/10/15