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General Education Requirements

Gen Ed courses are identified in the Schedule of Classes.

To receive Gen Ed credit, a course must be identified with a Gen Ed letter (A , P, G etc.) in the semester in which you take it. Gen Ed designations are finalized by the add deadline for each semester.

Some courses may carry more than one Gen Ed tag (for example, CHP). However, most Gen Ed courses may be used to fulfill only one Gen Ed category. C, O or J courses may be double-counted with one other Gen Ed requirement.

Your DegreeWorks report will use double-tagged courses in the category in which they are needed; for example, if you take a course designated CNP, you will receive either the CP or the CN, DegreeWorks maximizes your courses.

Gen Ed courses must be taken for a letter grade (normal grading option) unless a course is only offered pass/fail.

Transferred college courses are considered for Gen Ed on a course-by-course basis. 

As part of Binghamton University's Comprehensive General Education (Gen ED) Curriculum, all students must take courses in the following areas of study: 

  • Aesthetics (A)
    "A" courses enhance students' understanding of the creative process and the role of imagination in it.

    The (A) requirement may also be fulfilled with an AP score of 3 or better in art history, art studio or music theory or a HIB fine arts score of 4-7.

  • Composition (C), Oral Communication (O), or Joint Composition/Oral Communication (J)
    C courses emphasize writing as a process of revision and require a minimum of 20 pages of expository prose.O courses involve at least two oral presentations and evaluation of speaking.

    J courses combine both composition and oral communication.

    Engineering students must complete one of the following options: One C course plus one O course OR One J course

    Computer Science students must complete both: CS 301 and One C or J course

  • Foreign Language (FL)
    The Foreign Language requirement is waived for students in the Watson School engineering programs.

    The Foreign Language requirement for students in the Decker School of Nursing and the Watson School computer science program is fulfilled by one approved college course in foreign language at any level. This requirement may also be fulfilled in high school by demonstrating a level of proficiency equivalent to passing the corresponding Regents foreign language examination with a score of 85 or better (or, for students who did not take the Regents examination, completing three or more units of high school foreign language with a course grade in the third unit of 85 or better).

  • Global Interdependence (G)
    G courses consider how one or more of the regions of the world have influenced and interacted with the West and with one another, and how the West has been affected by these regions and their distinctive cultures or civilizations.
  • Humanities (H)
    H courses enhance students' understanding of human experience through the study of literature or philosophy.

    This requirement may also be fulfilled with an AP score of 3 or better in English lit/comp, French literature, German literature, Latin literature or Spanish literature or a HI-B humanities score of 4-7.

  • Laboratory Science (L)
    L courses emphasize the formulation and testing of hypotheses and the collection analysis and interpretation of data.
  • Mathematics (M)
    The M requirement assumes proficiency in high school mathematics - algebra, geometry and trigonometry. This requirement can be fulfilled in one of the following ways:
    1. Exam credit: AP score of 5 or better in calculus, statistics or computer science; HIB math score of 4-7; or CLEP scaled score of C or better.
    2. For students who demonstrate proficiency in high school: Take any designated M course. To demonstrate proficiency:
      1. For N.Y. Regents high school students: Score of 85 or better on the MATH III Regents Exam or a grade of 85 or better in the fourth level of the high school math or IB standard level score of 4-7
      2. For students from non-regents high schools ONLY: Average of 85 or better or a B average through the third level of high school math or an 85 or better in the fourth level of high school math or IB standard level score of 4-7
    3. For students who do not demonstrate proficiency in high school, complete one: Math 107 or 108 plus any designated M course OR Math 220 or above
  • Physical Activity/Wellness (Y, S, B)
    Exercise, body awareness and wellness are essential components of a healthy and productive lifestyle.

    Physical Activity courses are designated Y

    Wellness courses are designated S

    Courses that combine both Physical Activity/Wellness are designated B.

    Students must complete one of the following:

    1. 1-credit (or more) T course plus a 1-credit (or more) S course
    2. 1-credit B course plus: 1-credit Y course OR 1-credit S course OR 1-credit B course
    3. 2-credit (or more) B course
  • Pluralism in the United States (P)
    P courses consider three or more of the following cultural groups in the United States - African Americans, Asian Americans, European Americans, Latino Americans and Native Americans - in terms of their specific experiences and how they have affected and been affected by the basic institutions of American society.Most P courses assume a basic knowledge of U.S. history, measured by demonstrating proficiency in high school in one of the following ways:
    1. Exam score: AP score of 3 or better in US History
    2. For N.Y. Regents high school students: Score of 85 or better on the U.S. History Regents Exam
    3. For students from non-regents high schools ONLY: Grade of 85 or better or a B in U.S. History

    Students who demonstrate proficiency can take any designated P course.

    Students who do not demonstrate proficiency must select from a specific group of P courses that pay significant attention to a broad span of U.S. History. If you are not proficient, your DARS will display a current list of these specialized courses.

  • Social Science (N)
    N courses emphasize the major concepts, models and issues of at least one of the social sciences.

    The N requirement may be satisfied with an AP score of 3 in American history, economics, European history, human geography, political science or world history or a HIB social science score 4-7.

Major and Minor Requirements

We are happy to explain all individual requirements for majors and minors in the Watson School.

Major Guidesheets

The University Bulletin is the official contract between Binghamton University and its students in terms of academic expectations.

Based on your year of entry to Binghamton, use the University’s database (archived versions are in the bottom left-hand corner) to find your major or minor requirements.

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Last Updated: 12/1/17