About Binghamton University
Binghamton University, the State University of New York, is one of this country’s distinguished public research universities and is known for the excellence of its students, faculty, staff and programs.
One of the four university centers of the State University of New York, Binghamton University offers academic programs leading to the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. Binghamton’s undergraduate and graduate programs are complementary, drawing upon nationally recognized faculty to create an outstanding academic experience for students at all levels. Binghamton University operates on a year-round schedule that includes a fall and spring semester, as well as winter and summer sessions.
A continuing commitment to the liberal arts forms the basis for undergraduate instruction in the arts and sciences and in the professional programs of nursing, engineering, management, pharmacy, public administration, social work and education. Graduate education and research emphasize scholarly depth within the disciplines and among Binghamton’s unique interdisciplinary perspectives.
Binghamton University attracts an exceptionally talented student population and challenges academically-motivated students to work to their fullest intellectual capacities. In all of its programs, the University seeks to enhance the self-development of students so that they will become informed and effective participants in public affairs and in all of their subsequent educational and vocational pursuits. To that end, Binghamton provides a challenging and supportive living and learning environment that encourages students’ active participation in residential life, student organizations, recreational and athletic programs, and cultural and social events.
As a public institution of higher education, Binghamton recognizes its responsibility to build a multicultural campus community that encourages access to and full participation in all aspects of University life and reflects in its constituencies the broader society of which the University is a part.
In Fall 2016, a total of 13,632 undergraduates were enrolled at Binghamton University: 6,613 women and 7,019 men. Graduate enrollments totaled 3,660: 1,750 women and 1,910 men.
During the 2016-17 academic year, full-time teaching faculty numbered 730, of whom 92 percent held a PhD or the appropriate terminal degree in their fields. Both graduates and undergraduates are taught by faculty whose members are committed to teaching, advising and working closely with students.
The institution dates from 1946, when Triple Cities College opened in Endicott, NY, five miles west of the present campus, as a branch of Syracuse University. When the college was incorporated into the State University of New York four years later, it was renamed Harpur College in honor of Robert Harpur, a Colonial teacher, patriot and pioneer, who devoted his later years to settling the area around Binghamton.
Until 1953, Harpur College was one of only two public liberal arts colleges in the state. In 1961 the campus was moved across the Susquehanna River to Vestal. Growing enrollments and a reputation for excellence soon led to the selection of Harpur College as one of four doctorate-granting university centers in the state system. In 1965 the campus was formally designated the State University of New York at Binghamton.
Harpur College retained its identity as the undergraduate liberal arts and sciences component of the University, and it became the nucleus of an evolving complex of graduate, research and professional programs. Binghamton University’s professional schools now include the College of Community and Public Affairs, Decker School of Nursing, School of Management, School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science.
Binghamton is centrally located in New York, 50 miles from Ithaca, 70 miles from Syracuse and about 200 miles from both New York City and Philadelphia. Routes I-81, I-88 and NY 17 converge near the city. The campus is set on a wooded hillside in the town of Vestal near the Susquehanna River, one mile west of Binghamton.
Binghamton, Vestal, Endicott and Johnson City are part of the Greater Binghamton region, an urban metropolitan area that offers a sophisticated cultural life along with easily accessible outdoor recreational opportunities. Major employers are Lockheed Martin, BAE Systems, United Health Services, Universal Instruments and the University itself.
Binghamton’s modern campus is compactly designed, well-maintained and noted for its scenic setting. The campus is arranged in an irregular oval, with residential colleges and recreational facilities on the periphery and academic and classroom buildings in the center. There are about 110 buildings, all built since 1958.
The science laboratories are well-equipped and allow students to practice state-of-the-art experimental techniques in their courses and research projects. Extensive and up-to-date computer support is readily available for research and instruction at every level. Teaching and research greenhouses house over 6,000 exotic plants representing over 1,200 distinct species.
The Binghamton University Innovative Technologies Complex represents the University’s latest development of state-of-the-art research facilities. The Biotechnology Building contains laboratories for life sciences and supportive technologies related to product development. The building also includes a start-up suite, where new high-tech companies spun off by the faculty can obtain office space along with the support they need for making the company independent and functional. The Engineering and Science Building, which opened in spring 2011, is the home to the Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science Dean’s Office and Electrical and Computer Engineering and Mechanical Engineering departments. The building features a number of core laboratory facilities that foster collaboration and act as a catalyst for innovation. The Center of Excellence Building opened in 2014 and provides high-functioning space for the University’s Center of Excellence in Small Scale Systems Integration and Packaging. The Smart Energy Research and Development Building opened in 2017 and houses the Chemistry and Physics departments. Research in the building will focus on alternative energy production, harvesting and storage in areas such as thin-film solar panel design and production, consumer-ready solar cells and next-generation battery production.
Facilities for fine and performing arts are exceptional. In addition to several theaters and recital halls for the performing arts, we offer music listening and practice rooms, dance studios, film production and projection facilities, and art, sculpture, printing and graphic arts facilities, including a bronze-casting foundry. The Theatre and Music departments present scores of plays and concerts. The Cinema department hosts a wide range of exceptional films through the Harpur Cinema series. The University Art Museum has a permanent collection of art representing all periods, and displays special loaned exhibitions as well as the works of University artists. The Anderson Center for the Arts offers a full schedule of concerts, dance performances and recitals by faculty, students and internationally acclaimed performers.
There are three Information Commons, located in the Bartle Library, the Science Library and the University Downtown Center. These areas feature librarians and IT consultants to assist with research and computing needs and include single and multi-user computer stations, printing stations, scanning and copy areas and small group rooms.
Opened in 2007, the secure, four-story University Downtown Center is an all-in-one home for the College of Community and Public Affairs, boasting state-of-the-art classrooms, conference areas, a computer center, a library, faculty and staff offices, a coffee kiosk and a student lounge.
Development of a Health and Science Technology Park in nearby Johnson City is currently underway. Construction is progressing on a four-story building for the new School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. This structure will house the classrooms, instructional and simulation labs, research labs and all administrative and faculty offices to support the school. Occupancy is planned for summer 2018. Simultaneously, an adjacent, existing building is undergoing transformation into the new home for the Decker School of Nursing, which will boast smart classrooms, a state of the art simulation studio, and space for program expansion. Renovations are to be complete by 2020.
The Southern Tier Incubator, located at 120 Hawley Street in downtown Binghamton, opened in spring 2017 and is a collaboration between Binghamton University, SUNY Broome and the regional economic development community. It provides the infrastructure needed for companies focusing on energy, electronics and health, with specialized laboratories and other features associated with industry-based R&D, including testing and evaluation and prototyping. The incubator has business resources, and tenants are connected to research and educational programming at Binghamton University and SUNY Broome.
The Bearcats offer 21 intercollegiate varsity sports: baseball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross country, men's golf, men's and women's lacrosse, men's and women's soccer, softball, men's and women's swimming and diving, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's indoor and outdoor track and field, wrestling and women's volleyball. The school has produced 28 conference champions, 41 runner-up teams, one individual NCAA champion and 18 All-Americans in its 15-year Division I tenure. Binghamton has led the America East Conference in men's basketball attendance nine times in the last 13 years. Tens of thousands of fans visit the Events Center and expansive outdoor facilities each year. Students participate in recreational and intramural sports, including Binghamton's "co-rec football." Numerous playing fields, tennis courts and a track comprise the outdoor offerings.
Binghamton’s wooded campus includes the Nature Preserve, a 190-acre forest and wetland area with a six-acre pond. This diverse natural habitat, containing many forms of plant and animal life, provides special study and leisure opportunities.
The University supports a number of Organized Research Centers (ORCs) and Institutes for Advanced Studies (IAS) to promote multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary sponsored and non-sponsored research and scholarly activities involving faculty and students. Here, exceptional undergraduate and graduate students have the opportunity to work side by side with post-doctoral fellows, visiting scholars and senior faculty in high-level research and, not uncommonly, to publish the results of their findings.
Federally designated centers on campus include the Developmental Exposure Alcohol Research Center (DEARC), a National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism Alcohol Research Center; the Center for Energy-Smart Electronic Systems (ES2), a National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center; the NorthEast Center for Chemical Energy Storage (NECCES), a Department of Energy funded Energy Frontier Research Center, and the New York Node of NextFlex, a Department of Defense-funded Institute for Manufacturing Innovation.
The S3IP is a New York State Center of Excellence conducting research in electronics packaging, energy-efficient systems, flexible electronics and energy harvesting and storage. S3IP includes the following Organized Research Centers: the Integrated Electronics Engineering Center (IEEC); the Center for Energy Smart Electronic Systems (ES2); the Center for Advanced Microelectronics Manufacturing (CAMM); and the Center for Autonomous Solar Power (CASP). Affiliated centers include the Institute for Materials Research (IMR) and the NorthEast Center for Chemical Energy Storage (NECCES).
Additional Organized Research Centers include Binghamton Center for Biofilms Research; Center for Affective Science; Center for Cognitive and Psycholinguistic Sciences (CaPS); Center of Biomanufacturing for Regenerative Medicine (CBRM); Center for Development and Behavioral Neuroscience (CDBN); Center for Healthcare Systems Engineering (CHSE); Center for the Historical Study of Women and Gender (CHSWG); Center for Integrated Watershed Studies (CIWS); Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Philosophy, Interpretation, and Culture (CPIC); Center for Leadership Studies (CLS); Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (CEMERS); Center for Writers (CW); Institute of Biomedical Technology (IBT); Institute for Materials Research (IMR); Public Archaeology Facility (PAF); Roger L. Kresge Center for Nursing Research (KCNR), and the Center for Collective Dynamics of Complex Systems (CoCo). The Institutes for Advanced Studies include the Center for Israel Studies, the Fernand Braudel Center for the Study of Economies, Historical Systems, and Civilizations (FBC); Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH); Institute for Asia and Asian Diasporas (IAAD) (including the Center for Korean Studies (CKS)); Institute for Evolutionary Studies (EvoS); Institute of Global Cultural Studies (IGCS); Institute for Multi-generational Studies (IMS); and Watson Institute for Systems Excellence (WISE).
The University Union serves as a central hub on campus for student, faculty, staff and visitors and is the home of most student cultural and social activities on campus. The Union houses many student organization offices, including the Student Association (undergraduate student government) and student media offices (radio, TV and newspaper), as well as the offices for student cultural groups. Other offices and services offered include the Marketplace eating area with 13 different food options; University Bookstore; M&T Bank with ATM; Post Office; Fleishman Center for Career and Professional Development; Student Support Services; Center for Civic Engagement; and the Offices of the Dean of Students, including Campus Activities, Off Campus Programs, and Fraternity and Sorority Affairs. There are many meeting rooms and lounges throughout the building, and recreational options in the Union include bowling, billiards and table tennis.
In addition to maintaining a website and regular annual publication of the University Bulletin (on the web), the Schedule of Classes and Course Guide viewable on BU BRAIN each semester, and producing other print and electronic publications as needed, the University regularly communicates important news and information to students, faculty and staff. News and information of general interest is distributed via Inside, an online newspaper; Dateline, a daily electronic news service for faculty and staff; B-Line and B-Engaged, electronic news services for students; and regularly updated electronic message boards in several dining halls and at the main entrances to campus. B-Alert emergency messaging is sent as necessary via text, e-mail and social media. The Binghamton University Magazine is published three times a year and distributed to a wide audience, and several of the University's schools publish annual magazines. The student Web portal, my.binghamton.edu, is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and contains updated, password-protected information on individual students’ registration and records, academic status, account balances, financial aid status and e-mail accounts. Students register via the BU BRAIN during specific registration periods throughout the year.
Binghamton University is registered by the Education Department of the State of New York and is approved to grant the degrees listed under “Academic Programs.” It is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), and the accreditation was last reaffirmed on November 17, 2016. Binghamton’s nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Education’s teaching certification programs are accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC). All business programs in the School of Management are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International. The University’s engineering programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc., and its computer science program is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc. The Masters in Public Administration program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA). Programs are also accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA), the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) and the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Requests to review licensing and accreditation documents may be made through the Office of the President.
The campus has chartered chapters of Phi Beta Kappa, which recognizes academically excellent juniors and seniors in the liberal arts (http://people.math.binghamton.edu/alex/phibetakappa.html); Phi Eta Sigma, which recognizes freshman students; Tau Sigma, which recognizes transfer students; and Beta Upsilon Alpha, which recognizes non-traditional students. There are, in addition, chapters of the following academic honor societies: Alpha Pi Mu, industrial engineering; Beta Alpha Psi, accounting, finance, and management information systems; Beta Gamma Sigma, business; Chi Alpha Epsilon, Educational Opportunity Program; Chi Alpha Sigma, Athletics; Eta Kappa Nu, electrical engineering; Gamma Kappa Alpha, Italian; Gamma Theta Upsilon, geography; Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education; Phi Alpha Alpha, public administration; Phi Alpha Theta, history; Phi Sigma Iota, foreign languages; Pi Sigma Alpha, political science; Pi Mu Epsilon, math (http://people.math.binghamton.edu/alex/Pi_Mu_Epsilon_at_Binghamton_University.html); Pi Tau Sigma, mechanical engineering; Psi Chi, psychology; Sigma Delta Phi, Spanish; Sigma Pi Sigma, physics; Sigma Theta Tau, nursing; Tau Beta Pi, engineering; and Upsilon Pi Epsilon, computer science.
Binghamton University awards several scholarships each fall semester to members of Phi Theta Kappa, an honor society for students at two-year U.S. or international schools. See http://www2.binghamton.edu/admissions/students/transfer-students.html for more information.
Undergraduate programs at Binghamton University are offered in Harpur College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Community and Public Affairs, the Decker School of Nursing, the School of Management and the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science. All five of these schools, as well as the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, offer advanced degrees; all advanced degree programs are administered by the Graduate School.
Undergraduate programs lead to the bachelor of arts, bachelor of fine arts, bachelor of music and bachelor of science. Graduate programs include master's degrees in various fields, including the arts, humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, engineering, nursing, social work, student affairs administration, public administration, business administration, and education and teaching. Doctoral programs include degrees in the arts and sciences, engineering, nursing, education, management, pharmacy, and community and public affairs.
In 2015-2016, the University awarded 3,463 bachelor's, 1,011 master's and 139 doctoral degrees.
Harpur College of Arts and Sciences
Harpur College of Arts and Sciences was the first college of what would become Binghamton University. The great majority of undergraduates on campus are enrolled in Harpur College, and those enrolled in the other schools fulfill their liberal arts requirements in Harpur.
Harpur is organized into departments and programs. All students select some Harpur courses to meet General Education and college-wide requirements in expository writing.
Undergraduate degree programs range from traditional disciplines to majors in Arabic, biochemistry, cinema, classical studies and Judaic studies. Students may also select from interdisciplinary majors, including environmental studies, integrative neuroscience, and philosophy, politics and law.
The strength of the graduate programs in the arts and sciences rests on the high quality of a faculty distinguished for its scholarship as well as its teaching. Graduate students typically learn in small seminars and prepare their work with close supervision from faculty members. Departments assign a faculty advisor to help new graduate students choose courses appropriate to their programs and interests, and, as students progress through coursework toward research for master’s and doctoral degrees, they have mentors in their fields of study.
As a selective university center, Binghamton offers more than 30 doctoral programs. The Harpur College of Arts and Sciences houses doctoral programs in fine arts, humanities, mathematics, sciences and social sciences. These doctoral programs help fulfill one of the University’s crucial missions: to prepare a professoriate and a capable, trained workforce that is ready to think through the problems of the future and to contribute creativity and invention in a variety of disciplines.
All of these divisions offer master’s degrees as well, and many collaborate with the Department of Teaching, Learning and Educational Leadership in the College of Community and Public Affairs to offer advanced degrees for students who plan to teach at the elementary or secondary levels. Master’s-level study prepares students for professional practice and encourages habits of analysis and reflection that lead some students to further study in the discipline.
Several advanced certificate programs, which may be pursued in addition to degree programs, emphasize interdisciplinary study in various fields.
College of Community and Public Affairs
The College of Community and Public Affairs (CCPA) provides undergraduate and graduate programs to traditional and non-traditional full-time and part-time students. The college offers an undergraduate degree in human development (BS); master’s degree programs in social work (MSW), public administration (MPA), and student affairs administration (MS); and a doctoral degree (PhD) in community and public affairs. The MSW and MPA are nationally accredited degrees. CCPA also offers master's degree programs in education (MAT, MSEd, MS), a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Educational Leadership (CAS), and a doctoral degree in Educational Theory and Practice (EdD).
The college comprises five departments: human development; public administration; social work; student affairs administration; and teaching, learning and educational leadership. In addition, the Institute for Intergenerational Studies is housed in the college as well. CCPA is strongly committed to community partnerships, and the synergies between theory and practice which underlie the teaching, research, scholarly productivity and public service of its departments.
Decker School of Nursing
The Decker School of Nursing's mission is to disseminate and advance knowledge about health care, disease promotion, health promotion and the treatment of illness in individuals, families and communities with an emphasis on underserved and rural and vulnerable populations. To support this mission, students may enroll in the undergraduate and/or graduate programs offered by the school.
The undergraduate program awards the Bachelor of Science (BS) degree with the major in nursing. This baccalaureate degree in nursing prepares graduates for entry-level positions of professional nursing practice in hospitals, community health care agencies, long-term care facilities and other institutions. Students complete a four-year program that has a firm foundation in the liberal arts and sciences. Baccalaureate students may be admitted as freshmen or as transfer students at multiple entry points. Transfer students may be admitted to the liberal arts curriculum of the University before entering the upper division nursing curriculum or into the junior level at the beginning of the upper division nursing curriculum. There is also an accelerated 12-month, three-semester option, offered to persons with an earned baccalaureate or higher degree in another field who wish to make a career change to professional nursing. Upon graduation, graduates of the traditional and accelerated programs are eligible to take the national licensure examination (NCLEX-RN) to become registered professional nurses. Transfer students may also be licensed registered nurse (RN) students who enroll in prerequisite courses before entering the upper-division baccalaureate nursing coursework. The RN curriculum may be completed in two, three, four or six semesters and confers a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree with a major in nursing upon graduation.
The graduate program in nursing awards the Master of Science (MS) degree, the Doctorate in Nursing Practice degree (DNP), and the Doctor of Philosophy degree (PhD). The Master of Science (MS) and Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP) degree programs offer majors of study in specialty practice areas of family health, community health, family psychiatric mental health or adult-gerontological health nursing. The master's degree program is a 46-48 credit curriculum preparing students with advanced knowledge and clinical skills in nursing specialty areas of study. All master's students select a functional role as Nurse Practitioner (NP), Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)**, nurse administrator, or nurse educator. MS students may choose to complete a dual functional role (e.g., MS Family NP/Administrator) by completion of additional course credits; the dual role option is available to MS students with the exception of nurse educator, which is reserved as a primary functional role for enrolled MS in Nursing students or by enrollment to post graduate certificate students. Graduates of the MS program are eligible to sit for national certification exams upon graduation, depending on functional role selected. Post-graduate certificates in various subjects are also available to prospective students (e.g., Forensics and Disaster Management). The Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP) degree is the terminal clinical doctorate for those interested in the advanced practice roles of nurse practitioner or clinical nurse specialist. The DNP degree focuses on providing graduates with knowledge and competence in health systems leadership, policy development and interdisciplinary collaboration to improve health care outcomes and increase health care access for all populations. The DNP post-baccalaureate* degree program is 77 credits to completion. The post-graduate DNP degree program option is from 35-38 credits to completion. The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program is the terminal research doctorate with emphases in rural health and vulnerable populations preparing graduates for careers in higher education, health policy or clinical research. Students may choose to enter the PhD program at the post-master's or post-baccalaureate level.
The Decker School of Nursing is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) through June 30, 2019. The school is also registered with the New York State Education Department.
*Admission to the DNP post-baccalaureate program is temporarily suspended until further notice.
**The CNS role is only available to students who enroll in the MS Adult-Gerontological program.
School of Management
The School of Management offers degree programs to approximately 1,700 students at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels. Undergraduates choose between BS degree programs in either business administration or accounting. At the graduate level, an MBA, an MS in accounting and a PhD degree are offered.
Both undergraduate programs offered by the School of Management stress breadth of educational experience combined with an opportunity for some level of specialization. They require liberal arts study in Harpur College of Arts and Sciences and a sound foundation in basic management disciplines, and promote an awareness of the legal, environmental and societal factors that affect decision-making in organizations. The two programs include prominent coverage of ethical and international issues and the use of computers as a decision-making tool. Students receive valuable pre-professional training as well as preparation for study in graduate or professional school.
The MBA program at Binghamton University is designed to meet the needs of today’s managers who are continually challenged by the dynamic changes occurring in the corporate, public and non-profit sectors. The MBA program, in addition to offering training and background in the traditional functional areas of business administration, emphasizes interdisciplinary decision making, teamwork, internationalization and social responsibility.
The MS in accounting prepares students for work in the areas of public accounting and management accounting. Like the BS in accounting, the MS program may be used as the basis for satisfying the educational requirements for taking the CPA examination and licensure as a certified public accountant. New York state has adopted the policy that exists in other states and now requires completion of a 150 credit-hour program of study as a condition for sitting for the CPA exam and licensure. The School of Management recommends that the combination of the BS in accounting and the MS in accounting be chosen to satisfy the new 150-credit requirements.
The school’s PhD students may pursue concentrations in the areas of finance, marketing, management information systems and organizational behavior. Students also may combine an interest in management information systems with one of the other concentration areas by designing an interdisciplinary program. The School of Management offers BS/MS and BS/MBA combined-degree programs that satisfy the 150 credit-hour requirement.
School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
The mission of the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (SOPPS) is to develop outstanding leaders in pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences using contemporary medication management and innovative research in order to transform human health locally and globally.
The SOPPS currently offers a graduate-level pharmacy program culminating in the professional degree of Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD). This program will prepare graduates with the professional competencies for entry-level pharmacy practice in any setting; to ensure optimal medication therapy outcomes, patient safety and patient-centered team-based care; and to satisfy the educational requirements for licensure as a pharmacist. Binghamton’s program develops caring professionals with the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values required for the ethical and effective practice of pharmacy. The PharmD program has three objectives: (1) to educate skilled pharmacists to serve their communities with competence and compassion and in an ethical manner, (2) to promote public health by educating pharmacists to provide drug information and education and (3) to develop skills in pharmacy management, medication distribution and control and in counseling of patients on medications.
The Binghamton University SOPPS PharmD program has been granted Precandidate status by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), 135 South LaSalle Street, Suite 4100, Chicago, IL 60503 (Phone: 312-644-3575; Fax: 312-664-4652; www.acpe-accredit.org).
On December 13, 2016, the New York State Board of Regents authorized Binghamton University to award the PharmD degree. The New York State Education Department reviewed the program and registered it for professional purposes on February 6, 2017.
Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science
Established in 1983, the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science consists of the departments of Biomedical Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Systems Science and Industrial Engineering. The Engineering Design Division is responsible for the freshman-year engineering program, which is common to all engineering majors.
The Watson School offers bachelor of science degrees in biomedical engineering, computer science, computer engineering, electrical engineering, industrial and systems engineering, information systems (dual-diploma), and mechanical engineering.
The Watson School's undergraduate programs combine a strong base in fundamentals with extensive practical application through laboratory and design projects. Modern computer facilities and instructional laboratories support these programs. Students are also encouraged to obtain additional technical experience through summer internships.
The bachelor of science in computer science is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org. The bachelor of science in engineering degrees are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.
Graduate students may pursue the master of science (MS) in biomedical engineering, computer science, electrical and computer engineering, industrial and systems engineering, mechanical engineering, or systems science, or the master of engineering (MEng) degree, which is a practice-oriented graduate degree. The school offers the doctor of philosophy in biomedical engineering, computer science, electrical and computer engineering, industrial and systems engineering, mechanical engineering, and systems science. In addition, the Watson School offers an advanced graduate certificate program in complex systems science and engineering, which is available for graduate students in any major. Master of science (MS) and doctor of philosophy degrees in materials science and engineering are available through the graduate school.
The graduate program provides strong research opportunities in all the academic departments. There are also strong practice-oriented opportunities in the master of engineering (MEng) program.
The Watson School supports its graduates and the technical community with professional development programs that address the lifelong learning needs of technical professionals. Programs include professional development symposia, seminars, research briefings and various non-credit courses designed to update practicing engineers across the state and nation. In addition to the credit courses, various non-credit courses are offered each semester by the engineering professional development program of the Watson School. The goals of this program are to keep technical personnel informed of advances in their fields and to stimulate innovation. These courses are conceived and developed in close cooperation with the technical community. This enables the school to focus on immediate training needs and to design programs specific to those needs. For more information, contact the director of industrial outreach of the Watson School.
The Graduate School
The Graduate School administers all advanced degree programs offered in the College of Community and Public Affairs, the Decker School of Nursing, the Harpur College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Management, the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science. The Graduate School prepares students with training in scholarly study, advanced research, teaching and professional leadership.
The Graduate School was formally established by the faculty in 1975 and is under the administration of the vice provost and dean of the Graduate School. The faculty of the Graduate School comprises all full professors, associate professors and assistant professors in departments, schools and colleges offering instructional programs leading to advanced degrees. The governing body of the Graduate School is the Graduate Council.
The University provides Binghamton students and their instructors with opportunities to learn through study, research and service in cooperation with other educational institutions. These include study abroad and international joint degree programs; five-year programs with schools of engineering; and intercampus doctoral exchange with Cornell University, the SUNY university centers at Albany, Buffalo and Stony Brook, the City University of New York, and the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. The University also participates in the National Student Exchange.
Binghamton University Libraries are members of the Center for Research Libraries (CRL), the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) and the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC). Binghamton University Libraries are a selective depository for U.S. and New York State government publications.
The Libraries support a variety of resource sharing agreements and consortia, including SUNYConnect, South Central Regional Library Council (SCRLC), the Information Delivery Services (IDS) Project and the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research. Consortial purchasing arrangements with other SUNY libraries, WALDO and NERL allow the libraries to purchase resources at favorable rates.
Membership in the Center for Research Libraries provides faculty and students with access to the center's collection of more than 5 million volumes. The center’s collection complements and supplements the collections of the major research libraries of North America. Holdings of particular note are foreign dissertations, foreign newspapers, official publications of all U.S. states and territories and their departments and agencies, and official publications of foreign governments. Materials owned by the center are available by placing orders through Interlibrary Loan. The center's collections may also be used on-site. For more information about the CRL' s collections, please see their website.
OCLC Shares membership includes on-site access privileges across member institutions and facilitates resource sharing among member institutions. Through SHARES, its state-of-the-art interlending and document supply program, library materials, including traditionally non-circulating items, are shared among partners in an expedited and cost-effective manner.
The Libraries participate in the SUNY Open Access Program. Upon presentation of a valid State University ID card from one’s home campus, a reader is entitled to the same use of the collection, and the same services and facilities, as the library offers its own community, including borrowing privileges. See the SUNY Open Access Overview for more information.
Binghamton University Libraries
The Libraries provide a wide range of library resources and services. The Libraries' collection consists of a variety of print and digital resources, including over 2.7 million volumes (e-books and print); 87,000 print and electronic journals, 2,200 linear feet of manuscripts and 2.0 million microform, map and multimedia items.
- The Glenn G. Bartle Library, named after the University’s first president, contains collections and other resources in the humanities, social sciences, mathematical and computer sciences, as well as government documents. It also houses the Fine Arts Collection, Special Collections, Preservation and University Archives.
- The Science Library holds resources related to science and engineering disciplines, as well as a map collection.
- The University Downtown Center's (UDC) Library-Information Commons, located at 67 Washington Street in Binghamton, houses a local collection of books, local government documents, and current periodicals to support the College of Community and Public Affairs.
- The Library Annex@Conklin, located at 400 Corporate Parkway in Conklin, NY, houses over 450,000 important but infrequently used materials in the Libraries' collections and is open to the public by appointment.
- The Libraries' online gateway (http://www.binghamton.edu/libraries/) provides access to library services and resources, including a next-generation search tool providing a dynamic "one-stop" discovery and delivery service for patrons.
The Libraries offer research consultation and reference assistance in person and electronically, customized instruction sessions, library tutorials, and post news/updates through a number of blogs. Together with the online gateway, these services give patrons access to innumerable information resources and research tools such as catalogs, research databases, citation databases, subject guides, e-books, and e-journals. To learn more about our research services, visit Research Help at http://www.binghamton.edu/libraries/research/.
The Libraries also offer access to our extensive print collection, technology lending, interlibrary loan services, and course reserves. Course Reserves information, online at http://www.binghamton.edu/libraries/services/eres/index.html, are materials faculty select as required and assigned readings. Electronic Course Reserves materials — articles, book chapters, student papers and non-copyrighted materials (lecture notes and exams, for example) — may be accessed 24 hours a day, seven days a week through Blackboard.
Physical reserve materials, including books, videos, DVDs, cassettes, CDs, and other items (both from the Libraries' and instructors’ personal collections) are located in the Newcomb Reading Room and the UDC Library. Loan periods are established in consultation with instructors and range from two hours (three hours for VHS and DVD) to one and two-day loans.
Quiet and group study spaces are available throughout the Libraries. During the fall and spring semesters, Bartle Library is open 24 hours a day from noon Sundays through 8 p.m. Fridays, and from noon until 8 p.m. on Saturdays. The Library Annex@Conklin is open to the public Monday through Friday by appointment. Complete library hours are available online at http://www.binghamton.edu/libraries/about/hours/index.html.
The Graduate Study Commons is a quiet study space in Bartle Library available exclusively for graduate students. The Commons provides room for 35 with individual work spaces, tables and lounge seating. For more information, see http://www.binghamton.edu/libraries/locations/graduate.html.
The Binghamton University Information Commons, a collaborative initiative between the Libraries and Information Technology Services, provide access to a powerful selection of print and online resources and a vast array of application software and tools. Each Information Commons is a computer-enhanced research environment that invites and attracts users to work collaboratively, use the wide range of resources available in the library, and obtain expert assistance. For more information, see http://www.binghamton.edu/ic/index.html.
Special Collections, Preservation and University Archives, located on the second floor of Bartle Library, houses rare books, manuscript and archival collections, sound recordings and the University Archives and is the location of the Bernard F. Huppe Reading Room and the Link Conference Room. The rare and archival collections include North American editions published prior to 1850, British imprints prior to 1800 and European imprints prior to 1750. Collections of note include the Edwin A. Link Collection, the Frances R. Conole Archive of Recorded Sounds, the Max Reinhardt Archive and Library, the William J. Haggerty Collection of French Colonial History, the Yi-t’ung and An-chi Lou Wang Research Collection on Chinese Culture.
Libraries' website: http://www.binghamton.edu/libraries/
Information Technology Services
Information Technology Services (ITS), located in the Technology Hub, provides technology infrastructure, strategic business resources and computing services to the entire university community. Our organization seeks to advance the university's strategic goals, support learning, enable scholarly endeavors and improve institutional management. ITS staff is committed to outstanding customer service and ensuring the reliability, availability and continuity of critical IT resources for the Binghamton University community.
Major computing equipment includes over 250 physical and virtual application servers and an enterprise file storage system consisting of over 500 terabytes of data. Personal and university owned computers are connected through a high-speed, campus-wide network where more than 2,500 wireless access points provide signals to users. As expected, the majority of Binghamton's bandwidth utilization comes from student use (88.5%) and ITS continues to increase internet capacity to campus each year. Binghamton University is also a member of the Internet2 Consortium.
ITS offers technology support and consultation through the Help Desk located in the Technology Hub. You can walk in, call, or send an e-mail to log a ticket with the Help Desk to address your technology needs. Services include software consultation and installation, assistance with hardware issues, advisement on specs for new computers, and who to contact to report malicious phishing scams. The Help Desk is also your first point of contact to help with a password or e-mail access problem, and where all of the business units on campus contact for assistance with their software. Also available are satellite help desks in the Bartle Library, as well as via the ResCon program, Binghamton's student residence hall technology consultants. ITS maintains over 700 computers in the public computing areas and 34 public printers in 19 different locations across campus.
Information Technology Services supports critical applications for students, faculty, and staff at Binghamton including the Blackboard learning management system, the my.Binghamton portal, BUbrain and the campus web environment for Binghamton.edu. Software developers on staff help to keep systems and applications updated as well as develop custom solutions to meet campus needs. Within the Technology Hub, you'll also find ITS' makerspace, The Emerging Technology Studio, which allows you the opportunity to become certified to use the 3D printers and 3D Scanners.
With these resources, students, faculty and staff find that information technology enriches many aspects of the curriculum, and IT solutions to new challenges are readily available to all. To learn more about Information Technology Services, ITS Help Desk Hours and other technology alerts and resources, visit http://its.binghamton.edu.
Dual-Diploma Joint Degrees with Turkish Universities
Binghamton University offers three innovative dual-diploma joint-degree programs in partnership with two Turkish universities: Istanbul Technical University and Middle East Technical University. These programs lead to the BS degree in Information Systems from the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science, in Global and International Affairs from Harpur College of Arts and Sciences, and in Business Administration from the School of Management. In these four-year undergraduate programs, students spend their freshman and junior years at one of the Turkish partner institutions and their sophomore and senior years at Binghamton University. Applicants must meet all the admission requirements at their Turkish university, including successful participation in the Turkish national university entrance examination, as well as at Binghamton. Degree recipients must meet all of the academic requirements for a bachelor's degree at Binghamton and for a lisans degree at their home Turkish institution.
The aim of the dual-diploma joint-degree programs is to provide enrollees with a unique, rigorous, bi-cultural learning experience leading to the receipt of a high-value dual-diploma degree from a pair of well-respected research universities, one in Turkey and one in the United States. The programs enrich the global diversity of the Binghamton University educational experience. The programs were developed in cooperation with SUNY System Administration and the Turkish Higher Education Council (YÖK).