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 four university centers of the State University of New York, Binghamton University offers academic programs leading to 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, pharmacy, engineering, management, 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 2019, a total of 14,165 undergraduates were enrolled at Binghamton University: 7,116 women and 7,049 men. Graduate enrollments totaled 3,959: 1,934 women and 2,025 men.
During fall 2019, full-time teaching faculty numbered 760, of whom 93.5% 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 College of Nursing and Health Sciences, the School of Management, the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and Thomas J. Watson College 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/I-86 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 campus is modern, 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 115 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.
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 annually present scores of plays and concerts. The Cinema Department hosts a wide range of exceptional films through the Harpur Cinema series. The Binghamton 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 Performing 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.
The Binghamton University Innovative Technologies Complex represents one of the University’s latest developments of state-of-the-art research facilities. In addition to housing the Division of Research, the Biotechnology Building contains laboratories for biomedical and life sciences, as well as materials sciences and engineering technologies. The building also includes Start-Up Suite incubator space managed by the New York state-certified Binghamton Incubator Program, offering START-UP NY tax-free benefits and support to new, high-tech companies spun off from Binghamton University research. The Engineering and Science Building, which opened in spring 2011, is home to the Thomas J. Watson College of Engineering and Applied Science Dean’s Office and Electrical and Computer Engineering, and the Mechanical Engineering departments. The building features a number of core laboratory facilities that foster collaboration and act as a catalyst for innovation as well as additional Start-Up Suite offices for technology companies. The Small Scale Systems Integration and Packaging (S3IP) Center of Excellence Building, opened in 2014, is home to several New York state- and federally funded research centers affiliated with electronics manufacturing and smart energy. The Center of Excellence works closely with state, national and global companies, bringing to bear University research and problem-solving capabilities. In addition to Start-Up Suite office space, it also offers well-equipped wet-lab space for start-up companies developing technologies for commercialization. The Smart Energy Research and Development Building, opened in 2017, houses the Chemistry and Physics departments. Research in the building focuses 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.
Opened in 2007, the secure, four-story University Downtown Center is home to the College of Community and Public Affairs, boasting ultra modern classrooms, conference areas, a computer center, a library, faculty and staff offices, a coffee kiosk and a student lounge.
Development of a Health Sciences Campus in nearby Johnson City is continuing. A highly advanced four-story building for the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences opened in 2018; and houses the classrooms, instructional and simulation labs, research labs and all administrative and faculty offices to support the school. Currently, an adjacent, existing building is undergoing transformation into the new home for the Decker College of Nursing and Health Sciences, which will boast smart classrooms, a high tech simulation studio and space for program expansion. Renovations are to be complete by 2021. An R&D building is also planned next to, and connecting with, the pharmacy building, to be completed in 2022.
The Koffman Southern Tier Incubator, located at 120 Hawley St. in downtown Binghamton, opened in spring 2017, is a collaboration between Binghamton University, SUNY Broome Community College and the regional economic development community. It is home to the Binghamton Incubator Program and provides office space, dry- and wet-lab space, high-bay space, as well as collaboration and co-work spaces to a variety of start-up companies. The incubator is home to the Southern Tier Clean Energy Incubator, the Innovation Binghamton I-Corps Site and an Accelerator Program, and provides on-site business mentoring, workshops, networking and events.
The Binghamton University 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 42 conference champions, 50 runner-up teams, one individual NCAA champion and 22 All-Americans in its 19-year Division I tenure. Binghamton has led the America East Conference in men's basketball attendance 10 times since 2004 -- tops in the entire conference. 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 facilities.
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 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 centers: the Integrated Electronics Engineering Center (IEEC); the Center for Energy Smart Electronic Systems (ES2); the Center for Advanced Microelectronics Manufacturing (CAMM); the Center for Heterogeneous Integration Research in Packaging (CHIRP), a Semiconductor Research Corporation Designated Center, 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 the Binghamton Biofilms Research Center (BBRC); Center for Affective Science (CAS); Center of Biomanufacturing for Regenerative Medicine (CBRM); Center for Cognitive and Psycholinguistic Sciences (CaPS); Center for Collective Dynamics of Complex Systems (CoCo); Center for Development and Behavioral Neuroscience (CDBN); Center for Healthcare Systems Engineering (CHSE); Center for Information Assurance and Cybersecurity (CAIC); Center for Imaging, Acoustics and Perception Science (CIAPS); Center for Integrated Watershed Studies (CIWS); Bernard M. & Ruth R. Bass Center for Leadership Studies (CLS); Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (CEMERS); Center for Research in Advanced Sensor Technologies and Environmental Sustainability (CREATES); Center for Writers (CW); Center for Translational Stem Cell and Tissue Engineering (CTSCTE); Institute for Materials Research (IMR); Public Archaeology Facility (PAF); Roger L. Kresge Center for Nursing Research (KCNR); and Tick-borne Diseases Research Center. The Institutes for Advanced Studies include the Center for Israel Studies (CIS); Center for Korean Studies (CKS); Fernand Braudel Center for the Study of Economies, Historical Systems, and Civilizations (FBC); Human Rights Institute (HRI): Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH); Institute for Asia and Asian Diasporas (IAAD); Institute for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention; Institute for Evolutionary Studies (EvoS); Institute for Justice and Well-Being (IJWB); Harriet Tubman Center for the Study of Freedom and Equity; and the Watson Institute for Systems Excellence (WISE).
The focal point of campus and student life is The Union, a place where students, along with faculty, staff, alumni and visitors, can spend time with friends, collaborate on academic and leadership activities, and help to create an inclusive and welcoming campus community.
The following are located in the Union:
- An information desk in the Tillman Lobby for general information and event assistance
- Multiple lounge and public seating spaces
- Large event spaces including the Mandela Room and Old Union Hall
- The Undergrounds which includes:
- Extensive open seating and tables with charging stations
- Bowling lanes with automatic scoring
- The Den: An open space with billiard tables, table tennis, foosball and shuffleboard
- The Think Tank: An enclosed group collaboration space
- Food Co-op and Cafe
- Digital signage and marketing opportunities
- Multiple classrooms
- The Student Association (SA), Student Association Businesses, Student Association Services and Student Organizations
- Diverse dining options at the MarketPlace
- Dunkin Donuts
- University Bookstore
- Offices of the Dean of Students
- The Fleishman Center for Career and Professional Development, the Center for Civic Engagement, Services for Students with Disabilities, University Transportation, TRiO (Student Support Services and Upward Bound), Educational Opportunity Program, Hillel at Binghamton, The Meal Plan Office and External Scholarships and Undergraduate Research Center
- Campus Mail Services and Package Pick-Up
- Local Commuter Lounge
- Mamava Pod: Space for nursing mothers
- Visions Federal Credit Union
The Union is open for extended hours throughout the academic year, and adheres to core business hours during times when classes are not in session. Hours of operation can be found on The Union website.
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 BingUNews, an online news service; Dateline, a weekday 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, email, social media and the University's website. The Binghamton University Magazine is published two times a year and distributed to a wide audience, and each 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 email 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 bachelor of science programs in engineering disciplines are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, https://www.abet.org, and its computer science program is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, https://www.abet.org. The Master 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). The Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree program has been granted Candidate status by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE). 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. In addition, there are 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; Nu Rho Psi, integrative neuroscience; Phi Lambda Sigma, pharmacy; Pi 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, Hispanic; 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 https://www.binghamton.edu/admissions/apply/transfer 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 College of Nursing and Health Sciences, the School of Management and the Thomas J. Watson College 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, bachelor of science and bachelor of social work. 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, education and teaching, and public health. Doctoral programs include degrees in the arts and sciences, engineering, nursing, education, management, pharmacy, and community and public affairs.
In 2018-2019, the University awarded 3,588 bachelor's, 1,147 master's, 54 Graduate Certificates, and 150 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 undergraduate degrees in human development (BS) and social work (BSW); master’s degree programs in human rights (MS), public administration (MPA), social work (MSW), student affairs administration (MS); and a doctoral degree (PhD) in community research and action. The MPA and MSW are nationally accredited degrees. Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) offered in MPA are: Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention (GMAP), Local Government Management, and Nonprofit Management. In addition, master's degree programs are offered in public health (MPH) with Decker College of Nursing and Health Sciences and in sustainable communities (MA, MS) with Harpur College of Arts and Sciences. CCPA also offers master's degree programs in education (MA, MAT, MS, MSEd), Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in: Community Schools, Educational Leadership, Adolescence Special Education, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL: CR ITI), and a doctoral degree in Educational Theory, Research 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 Justice and Well-Being is also housed in the college. 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 College of Nursing and Health Sciences
The Decker College of Nursing and Health Sciences includes the Decker School of Nursing, the School of Applied Sciences and the School of Rehabilitation Sciences. The Decker College of Nursing and Health Sciences’ mission is to disseminate and advance knowledge about human healthcare, health promotion and disease prevention as well as the provision of health care and treatment of illness in individuals, families and communities with an emphasis on underserved, rural, and vulnerable populations. To support the college mission, students may enroll in the Decker School of Nursing or the School of Applied Health Sciences. The Decker School of Nursing offers undergraduate and graduate programs in nursing. The School of Applied Health Sciences offers a graduate program in Public Health and an undergraduate minor in Health and Wellness Studies.
The Decker School of Nursing offers undergraduate and graduate programs in nursing. 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 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 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 research. Students may choose to enter the PhD program at the post-master's level. The post-master's PhD program is a minimum of 46-48 credits.
The Division of Public Health in the School of Applied Health Sciences offers a 48-credit generic Master of Public Health (MPH) degree. The MPH program offers both full-time and part-time study options in which students can pursue scholarship in population/global health. For this degree, graduate students complete both foundation and core courses as well as experiential courses that lay the groundwork for role development, professional socialization, and acquisition of public health competencies. Knowledge and skill competencies in population/global health are developed though a three-course research sequence, an internship practicum, and a capstone project. The coursework focuses on health promotion and disease prevention by addressing underlying environmental factors and social determinants, with the ultimate goal of achieving health equity among populations. Students wishing to pursue an MPH must satisfy the general conditions and procedures for admission to Binghamton University's Graduate School. The MPH program prepares graduates for a wide range of careers in public health departments, health and human service agencies, non-governmental and non-profit organizations, insurance and pharmaceutical companies as well as in settings across the healthcare spectrum, from primary care and home care to hospitals and long-term care facilities.
The Division of Health and Wellness Studies (HWS) in the School of Applied Health Sciences offers a Health and Wellness Studies minor (24 credits). The HWS minor consists of four core courses and ten elective HWS credits with no more than two courses designated as meeting the "B" General Education requirement. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required for students who wish to minor in HWS. Transfer credits may be accepted from other academic institutions if the course is equivalent in contact hours and content to that offered at Binghamton University. Credits may not be transferred from nonacademic agencies. The HWS minor is designed to complement and enrich interdisciplinary learning at Binghamton University and engages students in scholarship related to proper nutrition, stress management, emotional well-being, and physical health. Undergraduate students who complete this minor develop the critical thinking skills to evaluate the maze of conflicting health information and acquire the personal tools important for life-long wellness. These educational experiences provide students with knowledge and skills to pursue careers in health and wellness. In addition, HWS offers a number of courses that meet undergraduate General Education requirements of Physical Activity (Y), Wellness (S), or Both Physical Activity and Wellness (B). Graduate students may audit HWS courses on a "space available" basis.
Within the Decker College of Nursing and Health Sciences, 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, 2029. The Decker School of Nursing and the Master of Public Health program are registered with the New York State Education Department.
**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 School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences currently offers a graduate-level pharmacy program culminating in the professional degree of Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD). This program prepares 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 University's PharmD 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 School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences PharmD program has been granted Candidate status by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), 190 South LaSalle Street, Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60603, 312-664-3575; FAX 866-228-2631; 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. Registration was renewed June 25, 2018 and will be extended annually until the next review.
Thomas J. Watson College of Engineering and Applied Science
Established in 1983, the Thomas J. Watson College 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 first year engineering program, which is common to all engineering majors.
The Watson College 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 College'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 degree programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.
The graduate program provides strong research opportunities in all academic departments. Graduate students may pursue the master of science (MS) degree in biomedical engineering, computer science, electrical and computer engineering, healthcare systems 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 (PhD) degree in biomedical engineering, computer science, electrical and computer engineering, industrial and systems engineering, mechanical engineering, and systems science. In addition, the Watson College offers an advanced graduate certificate program in complex systems science and engineering, which is available for graduate students in any major, and an advanced graduate certificate program in cybersecurity, a collaboration between the departments of Computer Science and Electrical and Computer Engineering. Master of science (MS) and doctor of philosophy (PhD) degrees in materials science and engineering are available through the graduate school.
Continuing education courses for students, professionals and engineers are offered online or on-campus through the Thomas J. Watson College of Engineering and Applied Science's Office of Industrial Outreach, which also manages the New York Strategic Partnership for Industrial Resurgence (SPIR) and all other Watson College industry initiatives. For more information, contact the director of industrial outreach of the Watson College.
The Graduate School
The Graduate School administers all advanced degree programs offered in the College of Community and Public Affairs, the Decker College of Nursing and Health Sciences, the Harpur College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Management, the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and the Thomas J. Watson College 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 education abroad and international joint degree programs; collaborative undergraduate and graduate programs; 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 several library and educational consortiums that expand access to collections and other research resources for the Binghamton community. To learn about these memberships, visit Libraries Memberships and Affiliations.
In 2019, SUNY libraries migrated to a new library management system. The new system offers an enhanced online catalog that allows for searching all SUNY libraries simultaneously. The new system supports the work of the SUNY Libraries Consortium to optimize SUNY-wide purchasing and sharing of library resources.
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 2.2 million volumes (e-books and print); 174,000 print and electronic journals, 425 online databases, 2,200 linear feet of manuscripts and 2 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, fine arts, social sciences, mathematical and computer sciences, as well as government documents. It also houses the 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 850,000 important but infrequently used materials in the Libraries' collections and is open to the public by appointment.
- The Libraries' website (https://www.binghamton.edu/libraries/) provides access to library services and resources, including the Find It! 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 and social media. 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 Ask a Librarian 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 https://libraryguides.binghamton.edu/reserves, 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. Complete library hours for all library locations are available online at https://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 https://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 https://www.binghamton.edu/ic/index.html.
Special Collections, located on the second floor of Bartle Library, houses rare books, manuscript and archival collections, oral histories, photographs, artwork, maps and plans, audiovisual materials and realia. It is also the home of the University Archives and is the location of the Bernard F. Huppe Reading Room and the Link Conference Room. Diverse subjects spanning several centuries and continents are represented. 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: https://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 (https://binghamton.edu/its/helpdesk) located in the Technology Hub. Binghamton University faculty, students and staff can go online to the ITS Self-Service link, use the ITS Help Desk's walk-in, phone or send an email to log a ticket with the Help Desk to address 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 the first point of contact to help with a password or email access problem and the contact for all of the business units on campus for assistance with 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 myCourses (the Blackboard learning management system), the MyBinghamton portal, BUbrain and the campus web environment for Binghamton.edu. Software developers on staff help to keep systems and applications updated and develop custom solutions to meet campus needs. ITS' makerspace and the Emerging Technology Studio (ETS), which provides the opportunity to become certified to use the 3D printers and 3D scanners, are also in the Technology Hub.
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, visit https://its.binghamton.edu for information on ITS computer lab information, ITS Help Desk hours, cybersecurity tips, the ITS Blog, ETS workshops, technology alerts, and much more.
Dual-Diploma Joint Degrees
Binghamton University offers dual-diploma joint-degree programs in partnership with two universities in Turkey (Istanbul Technical University-ITU and Middle East Technical University-METU), and one university in China (Beijing International Studies University-BISU). These programs lead to the BS degree in Information Systems from the Thomas J. Watson College of Engineering and Applied Science, in Global and International Affairs from Harpur College of Arts and Sciences, in Business Administration from the School of Management, and the BA degree in English and Linguistics from Harpur College of Arts and Sciences.
To complete these four-year undergraduate programs, Dual-Diploma students from Turkey spend their freshman and junior years at one of the Turkish partner institutions. Dual-Diploma students from China spend their freshman year at BISU and their sophomore, junior, and senior years at Binghamton University. Applicants must meet all the admission requirements at their home institutions, as well as at Binghamton University. Degree recipients must meet all of the academic requirements for a bachelor's degree at Binghamton and their home institutions. For additional information about the Turkish Dual Diploma Programs, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. For additional information about the Beijing International Studies University (BISU) program, contact email@example.com.