Graduation Requirements

  • Total number of credits
    • 120 credits to graduate in College of Arts and Sciences and College of Business
    • 128 College of Engineering and Applied Sciences
    • 124 in the School of Journalism
  • 100 credits must be for a letter grade
  • 36 credits taken at SBU after the 57th credit
  • 39 credits in courses at the 300-level or higher
  • Major
  • Minor (required for College of Business only)
  • 2.0 GPA or higher
  • Completion of The Stony Brook Curriculum

The Stony Brook Curriculum is Stony Brook University's version of general education. Over the course of your four years at Stony Brook, no matter what you major in, you will need to fulfill a series of objectives that will help you develop both a broad range of skills and experiences as well as greater depth of knowledge in several areas. While you will specialize by selecting one or more major areas of study and perhaps also a minor, the goal of your Stony Brook education is for you to have the skills for life-long learning that will prepare you for whatever career or life path you choose to pursue. 

The Stony Brook Curriculum 

 Demonstrate Versatility 

  • Explore and Understand the Fine and Performing Arts (ARTS
  • Engage Global Issues (GLO)
  • Address Problems using Critical Analysis & the Methods of the Humanities (HUM)
  • Communicate in a Human Language Other than English (LANG) -- CEAS majors are exempt from LANG
  • Master Quantitative Problem Solving (QPS)
  • Understand, Observe, and Analyze Human Behavior and the Structure and Functioning of Society (SBS)
  • Study the Natural World (SNW)
  • Understand Technology (TECH)
  • Understand the Political, Economic, Social, and Cultural History of the United States (USA)
  • Write Effectively in English (WRT)

Explore Interconnectedness

  • Understand Relationships Between Technology and the Arts, Humanities, or Social Sciences (STAS

Pursue Deeper Understanding (Complete 3)

  • Experiential Learning (EXP+)
  • Humanities and Fine Arts (HFA+)
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS+)
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM+)

Prepare for Life-Long Learning 

  • Practice and Respect Critical and Ethical Reasoning (CER)
  • Evaluate and Synthesize Researched Information (ESI)
  • Speak Effectively before an Audience (SPK)  
  • Write Effectively within One’s Discipline (WRTD)

 In your first year, you will typically work on objectives from the "Demonstrate Versatility" category. Courses that fulfill the objective "Pursue Deeper Understanding" are upper-level courses numbered 200 or higher, and you will likely completed them in your sophomore or junior year.  The objectives in the "Prepare for Life-Long Learning" category are often completed within your major.  Please speak with your major advisor to find out how your major will overlap with the Stony Brook Curriculum. To learn more about the Stony Brook Curriculum, please refer to the Undergraduate Bulletin.

Accessing Your Degree Progress Report (DPR)

Your Degree Progress Report (DPR), located on SOLAR, will show which University requirements you have already fulfilled, as well as requirements you have yet to complete. These requirements consist of your Stony Brook Curriculum objectives, as well as your other graduation requirements. It will also tell you your GPA, academic major, and other information. It is recommended that you review your DPR in preparation for class registration or meeting with an Advisor

Directions how to access your DPR:

  1. Login to SOLAR.
  2. Look under ‘Student Records and Registration’ and click on ‘Degree Progress/Graduation’.
  3. Click on ‘Degree Progress Report’.
  4. In the ‘Academic Institution’ drop down box select SUNY at Stony Brook and in the ‘Report Type’ drop down box select ‘Degr Audit’.
  5. Click the Submit button.