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Transferring Courses & Gen Ed

To fulfill a General Education requirement with a transfer course, please note the following:

Below are criteria for fulfilling General Education requirements through transfer courses for Harpur students:


Pluralism

Pluralism in the US: Pluralism in the United States (P) courses consider three or more cultural groups in the United States in terms of their specific experiences and how they have affected and been affected by the basic institutions of American society.

Each course takes substantial account of at least three of the following: African Americans, Asian Americans, European Americans, Latino Americans and Native Americans. Please refer to your degree audit to determine whether you must take a US-history Pluralism course or whether you can fulfill the requirement with any Pluralism course:

A. US History requirement for students whose degree audit indicate they need a United States history course.

To fulfill this requirement, students should select a course that meet either of the following two criteria. (Note: these courses will fulfill both the US history deficiency and the 'P' (Pluralism) requirement):

B. Pluralism in the US ('P') requirement for students whose degree audit indicate they can fulfill requirement by taking any 'P' course.

To fulfill, transfer a course which meets any of the following three criteria:


Global Interdependencies

Global Interdependencies (G) courses consider how one or more of the regions of the world have influenced and interacted with the West and with one another, and how the West has affected and been affected by these regions and their distinctive cultures or civilizations. Additionally, major portions of the course content focus both on broad, foundational aspects of the long-term development of distinctive features of Western civilization in Europe and North America and on the distinctive features of one or more non-Western civilizations, such as those of Asia, Africa or the indigenous peoples of the Americas.

To fulfill this requirement, students should transfer a course which meets either of the following two criteria:


Laboratory Science

Laboratory Science (L) courses emphasize the formulation and testing of hypotheses and the collection, analysis and interpretation of data. To fulfill this requirement, a student should transfer a course which meets either of the following two criteria:


Social Science

Social Science (N) courses emphasize the major concepts, models and issues of at least one of the social sciences. To fulfill this requirement, a student should transfer a course which meets either of the following two criteria:


Mathematics Reasoning

Mathematics/Reasoning (M) courses at Binghamton University include any course in the Mathematics Department numbered 130 or above, any of several designated statistics courses (ANTH 200, BIOL 458, CQS 112, ECON 366, or PSYC 243), or any of several designated logic courses (PHIL 121, 122 or 200). An Advanced Placement (AP) score of 3 or better in Calculus or Statistics may be used to satisfy this requirement.

To receive an "M" for a transfer course, a student should transfer a course which meets either of the following two criteria:


Aesthetics

Aesthetics (A) courses enhance students' understanding of the creative process and the role of imagination in it. Students study or practice artistic expression and production in such fields as art, art history, cinema, creative writing, dance, music and theater.

To fulfill this requirement, a student should transfer a course which meets either of the following two criteria:


Humanities

Humanities (H) courses enhance students' understanding of human experience through the study of literature or philosophy. To fulfill this requirement, a student should transfer a course which meets either of the following two criteria:


Composition

To fulfill the General Education requirement, students must complete one 'C' (or 'J') course. Harpur College students must complete additional writing. Information on transferring classes to fulfill the writing requirements is available here.


Oral Communication

To fulfill, transfer a course which meets either of the following two criteria:


Foreign Language

Foreign Language skills are ensured by requiring that students complete either a third-semester college-level course in one foreign language or a second-semester-level course in each of two foreign languages. 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. Normally this examination is taken after three units of high school language study. See the General Education website for more information: http://www.binghamton.edu/general-education/forlang.html

Transfer Students (students who did NOT enter as incoming freshmen): Please consult your degree audit prior to enrolling in foreign language courses at another college or university. Transfer students who entered BU 2005-2012 need to complete only one foreign language course at any level. Transfer students who enter BU 2013 and later need to complete a second-semester college-level course in foreign language. 

To fulfill the second semester level of a foreign language, transfer a course which meets either of the following two criteria:

To transfer a course to fulfill the third semester level of a foreign language, transfer a course which meets either of the following two criteria:

Please note: A language not taught at Binghamton University can be used to fulfill the foreign language requirement. Also, American Sign Language is acceptable for the requirement as well.


Physical Activity

Physical Activity (Y) courses devote at least 50 percent of their time to the performance of physical exercise designed to develop one or more of the following attributes: neuromuscular skill, muscular strength and endurance, cardiovascular endurance, flexibility.

Courses you petition must:


Wellness

Wellness (S) courses deal with such topics as diet and nutrition, physical development, substance abuse, human sexuality, relaxation or physical, mental and emotional fitness. Their focus is on developing a healthy lifestyle rather than on simply providing information about the human body.

To earn an 'S', transfer a course which meets either of the following two criteria:


Combined Courses (B)

Any course you petition to earn a 'B' (combined Physical Activity/Wellness) must combine the criteria indicated above for Activity and Wellness.


Petitioning for General Education Requirements

If the course you wish to transfer appears on the course equivalencies table with the appropriate General Education designation, it is not necessary to petition. If you intend to take a course to fulfill a General Education requirement and you are not clear whether it will fulfill a Gen Ed requirement, please submit a petition and course description. For more information, please visit our FAQ.


Baruch College

If you plan to attend Baruch College as a matriculated Binghamton student, you must submit a letter of good standing to Baruch's registrar. Please download the form here (PDF) to request a letter and provide a release. Letter of Good Standing Release Form

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Last Updated: 12/5/14