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Major Academic Pathways (MAPs)

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Department descriptions

Accounting MAP


Accounting is the primary "language" of business and accountants assist businesses in determining, analyzing and communicating their financial results to interested parties. The Accounting program in the School of Business introduces students to all the functional areas of accounting including financial accounting, managerial accounting, auditing, taxation and accounting information systems. Students develop an essential competency in each of these areas and complement this knowledge with study in relevant areas of business and economics. The Accounting program also places a particular emphasis on ensuring that graduates have a clear understanding of the ethical values critical to the accounting profession, as well as an awareness of the social obligations that accompany a career in accountancy.

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Actuarial and Mathematical Sciences MAP

Actuaries are the leading professionals in finding ways to manage risk. It takes a combination of strong analytical skills, business knowledge and understanding of human behavior to design and manage programs that control risk.  Department Website

Africana Studies MAP

The objective of the department is to provide a multi- and interdisciplinary education in Africana studies and related fields. Students are expected to possess the knowledge and skills necessary to understand the social, political, economic, psychological, and historical consequences of institutional arrangements as they affect the life experiences of African/African-American people. Department Website

Anthropology MAP

Anthropology is the study of humankind, of ancient and modern people and their ways of living. From its first establishment as a professional discipline, anthropology has been defined in terms of its holistic, cross-cultural, and evolutionary approaches. By systematically analyzing differences and similarities among human groups over time and space, anthropologists achieve the fullest possible understanding of human nature, human diversity, and the forces that govern change in cultural and biological characteristics.  Department Website


The foundation of the Studio Art major is a core curriculum in drawing, two- and three-dimensional design, and art history; areas of concentration are painting and drawing, sculpture, printmaking, and photography. The faculty are dedicated to creating visual literacy in their students, cultivating students' working comprehension of visual principles, and inspiring and nurturing developing artists. Department Website


Art History MAP


Art History offers a range of courses drawn from offerings in art history with the art department, and from other departments and programs in the College of Arts and Sciences, including Classics, History, and East Asian studies. The Art History Program seeks to introduce students to a wide range of historical periods and cultures, and to develop students' skills for critically evaluating works of art within their historical and cultural contexts. Department Website


Atmospheric Science MAP

The Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences and the Atmospheric Sciences Research Center (ASRC) provide the University with the state's largest program in atmospheric science and meteorology. The undergraduate program provides a broad background in three fundamental areas of atmospheric science: synoptic (observations and weather forecasting), dynamic (theory and computer modeling), and physical (lightning, acid rain, cloud physics, atmospheric chemistry).  Department Website


Biochemistry & Molecular Biology MAP

The Biochemistry and Molecular Biology program is designed for students interested in these rapidly developing fields of science. Students with training in these fields can pursue careers as researchers in academic or industrial settings or they can pursue further study in graduate or professional schools.

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Bio-instrumentation MAP

Research in the biomedical and biological sciences has been revolutionized in large part by advances in technology and instrumentation. These advances have increased the scope and throughput of research activities, and resulted in the development of new fields of study such as genomics and proteomics. Scientists can now study genomes and proteomes in their entirety, rather than focusing on just a few genes or proteins. The continued evolution and refinement of the instrumentation that facilitates these studies now places the ability to conduct this research within the reach of most research laboratories. The Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies with a faculty-initiated interdisciplinary concentration in Bio-instrumentation is a combined major/minor program designed to develop students who have an in-depth knowledge of the theory and operation of state-of-the-art instrumentation currently in demand in biomedical, biology, biotechnology and public health laboratories. Students will also acquire a strong background in the biological sciences and be fully conversant with major public health issues.


Biology BA MAP

Biology BS MAP

The Biology B.S. provides a strong background for further study either in graduate school or medicine and prepare the student for secondary school teaching and a variety of careers in biology at the technical level. Graduates often find technical-level positions with pharmaceutical companies or as research assistants in grant-related positions. Those who go on to graduate or professional school have a wide array of career opportunities in research, health fields, and business.

The Biology B.A. is designed with the aims of the liberal or fine arts students in mind and as such is not intended for the professional biologist or teacher. Department Website

Business Administration MAP

Business Administration students focus their studies in one of the major function areas of business, including information technology, management, marketing, or finance or a combination of two of these areas. Department Website


1) Chemistry BS MAP


Chemistry Emphasis Forensics Emphasis Chemical Biology Emphasis

2) Chemistry BA MAP


The Chemistry major provides students with a broad, fundamental knowledge of modern theoretical and experimental chemistry enabling graduates to embark immediately on professional careers in chemistry or to continue study at an advanced level toward higher degrees.

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Chinese Studies MAP

Chinese studies includes Mandarin language courses and courses in English on aspects of Chinese civilization, including History, Literature, Religion, Geography, and Political Science.

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Communication MAP

Communication involves study in each of three particular social contexts: first, communication on an individual level, involving interpersonal or intercultural relations; second, communication at the societal level involving large scale audiences, especially in regard to political action and democratic processes; and third, communication in organizations-whether business, governmental, or grass roots organizations--that affects either the organization's internal processes or external relations.

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Computer Engineering MAP

Computer engineering is a discipline that integrates computer hardware design with software design. Working with computing devices and systems, computer engineers use the principles of basic science and mathematics to analyze and design solutions to solve computing problems. Department Website

Computer Science BA MAP

Computer Science Alternate BA MAP

Computer Science BS MAP

Computer Science Alternate BS MAP


The Computer Science majors combine advanced topics in computing practice with introductory material on the mathematical foundations of computer science including abstract models of computers and languages and the fundamental limits of computing. Department Website


Computer Science & Applied Mathematics MAP


Computer Science & Applied Mathematics Alternate MAP

Computer Science and Applied Mathematics is an integrated program providing a strong background in the theory and practice of computer science combined with those courses in mathematics which are most likely to be needed for advanced work in computer science, either in graduate study or industrial research and development. Department Website




Criminal Justice MAP

Well-founded judgments and prudent policy choices about crime and justice require an understanding of crime, criminal behavior, criminal justice processes, and the law. The study of Criminal Justice at the University at Albany is concerned with these phenomena.  Department Website


Digital Forensics MAP

The undergraduate curriculum in Digital Forensics is designed to nurture the development of students who are able to think critically, perform high-level analysis, adapt to changing environments through innovation and exploration, and have a deep understanding of the technical, legal, financial and socio-psychological influences that are related to the practice of digital forensics and investigation of cyber-crime.

The curriculum is structured with four components: foundational principles, core competencies, concentration, and capstone. The first two components are designed to integrate the dissemination of fundamental principles with the cultivation of the critical skill set necessary for advance undergraduate coursework and interdisciplinary research. The remaining two components expand on these foundational skills to develop the topical expertise, technical depth, and independent analytic abilities that are essential to a well-rounded undergraduate educational experience.

This program will provide students with foundational technology skills in the areas of communications and networking, computer hardware, software development and database design, information security and the law. It will build core competencies in the area of data preservation, and examination and discovery in multiple areas including information security, criminal investigations, accounting and finance. The program culminates with capstone courses that consolidate the student learning in context of real problems. Overall, the program offers an academically rigorous preparation for students intending to pursue careers in digital forensics related fields as well as to pursue graduate education in the area of information security, digital forensics, and data analytics and law. Department Website

Documentary Studies MAP

The Documentary Studies Program, an interdisciplinary program within the College of Arts and Sciences at the University at Albany, offers students an opportunity to explore diverse approaches to documentary work in video/film, radio, hypermedia/multimedia, photography, and nonfiction writing and print journalism. The Program includes instruction in Communication, History, Art, Journalism, and Music, and offers courses in documentary writing and research, communication theory and practice, oral history, media history, video/filmmaking, photography, audio/radio documentary production, and multimedia authoring. Department Website


East Asian Studies MAP

East Asian Studies offers courses in the languages and cultures of the three major civilizations of East Asia: China, Japan and Korea. Department Website


Economics BA MAP

Economics BS MAP

Economics studies how consumers, businesses, and government make decisions about the use of scarce resources.  The field is analytical rather than descriptive, and it appeals to students who like to think in rigorous and logical ways.  It provides a good background for many careers, as well as for graduate study in business, law, and other fields.  The B.S. degree is designed for students seeking a more challenging program. Department Website


Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security, and Cybersecurity MAP

The major in Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity is designed to provide students with broad overview of these three critical fields. Students in the major will develop critical thinking skills and subject area knowledge of public policy, management and risk analysis. The major program provides a solid liberal arts education that emphasizes critical thinking, oral and written communication, creativity and innovation, problem solving skills, cultural literacy, and interpersonal and teamwork skills. In addition, the major will also emphasize leadership, public administration, management, risk analysis, ethics, policy making, planning, strategic communication, and systemic thinking. One of the unique and central elements of this major is the focus on experiential learning. Department Website


English MAP

The major in English prepares students for any field of work that requires a broad liberal education with special strength in language, critical analysis and research. English graduates find careers in theatre and film, government, counseling, broadcasting, public policy and administration, banking, retailing and manufacturing as well as writing, editing, publishing, teaching, advertising and public relations. The English major is also excellent preparation for advanced study in such professional graduate programs as law, medicine, librarianship, social welfare, theology, and education. Department Website


Environmental Science MAP

Climate Change Concentration

Ecosystems Concentration

Geography Concentration

Sustainability Science and Policy Concentration

Environmental Science: Those most interested in land surface or hydrological processes would opt for the Geology concentration, while those seeking careers in land use planning and geographic information systems might opt for the Geography concentration.  Students more interested in air pollution and climate would select the Atmospheric Science track, while those keen on aspects of biological processes and ecology would select the Biology concentration. Department Website

Financial Market Regulation MAP

Financial markets are among the most important and dynamic systems in the world. Public and private regulators, financial services firms, law firms, and other organizations all play key roles in operating these systems effectively and ethically.

The University at Albany's Interdisciplinary Major in Financial Market Regulation provides a unique program, leading to the Bachelor of Science degree, preparing students for professional work in the field or further study in graduate and law school. The Interdisciplinary Minor in Financial Market Regulation introduces students to market regulation, complementing majors such as Accounting, Business, Computer Science, Economics, Political Science, Public Policy and Management, and Sociology. While the major and minor focus on financial market regulation, they provide knowledge applying to diverse areas in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors.

Students in the major and minor study four areas:

· The business of financial markets
· The law of financial regulation as it applies to business operations
· The public policy issues underlying financial regulation and supervision
· The technology of information management and data analysis essential to modern business and regulatory systems


Geography MAP

Geography studies the characteristics of space, location and place in the broader context of how people interact with both physical and human environments. Geography can be classified as both a natural science and a social science as it examines people and their environment and serves as a bridge between the physical and cultural worlds.. Geographic information systems (GIS), computer mapping, remote sensing, and related technologies are central to the discipline of geography and are indispensable in many areas of professional planning practice. Department Website

Globalization MAP

The Globalization Studies Major is designed for students seeking a liberal arts education that focuses on major global issues. Students will gain a systematic awareness of the global forces and processes that shape our lives, and they will study and discuss major global issues and problems.

In order to explore the many ways in which our lives and our future are becoming increasingly interconnected, the major promotes interdisciplinary active learning and introduces innovative forms of teaching, scholarship, and service that focus on transnational links. Concepts of diversity and multiculturalism are examined and applied across the world. Department Website

History MAP

History provides students with a thorough grounding in the past, seen from both social scientific and humanistic perspectives, and in the nature of history and historical analysis. Concentrations include US, European and World history.

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Human Biology MAP


Human Biology MAP - Pre-Health Track

The Human Biology program is an interdepartmental (Anthropology and Biology) combined major/minor designed for students interested in a liberal arts education with particular focus on the human organism. It provides a strong background in human evolution, structure, function and behavior. This program is especially suitable for those seeking careers (e.g. medicine, forensics, public health, administration, business, journalism) that deal directly or indirectly with human health and welfare. Department Website

Human Development MAP - Counseling Psychology Concentration

Human Development MAP- Educational Psychology Concentration

Human Development MAP- Peer Assistance and Leadership Concentration

Human Development MAP- Special Education Concentration

The fundamental mission of the interdisciplinary Human Development program is to explore the psychological, social, and cultural facets of human development and learning across the life span. Students will learn to critically assess social and cultural frameworks and the ways in which individuals, families, and communities are situated within them. Furthermore, students will be intellectually engaged in high quality, specialized knowledge refined by research and engagement in the community. Within this program diversity will be highly valued; students will explore diversity through issues of equity and social justice while taking into account the effects these issues have on human development. All students will take classes in human development, psychology, education, individual differences, quantitative and qualitative research, and statistics. These courses will stress self-directed learning and provide team-based learning opportunities that foster effective collaboration skills. Students will graduate with strong skills in research methods and be comfortable using data to make professional decisions.


Informatics MAP

Informatics is technology applied to specific fields. Informatics serves as the bridge between computing and information technology and specific application domains, ranging, for example, from the government and public policy to economics to health care. As computing and information technologies become increasingly embedded in the day-to-day operations of commerce Informatics as a field will become increasingly important. We will need more individuals who understand a diverse set of technologies and how to apply them across fields. To illustrate this point we can look to the case of “big data” today. Organizations are producing immense amounts of data and emerging technologies are now making it possible to collect that data and use it to answer questions. This has created the need for individuals who understand how to use those technologies and how to get information out of large data sets. Department Website


Japanese Studies MAP

Japanese studies includes Japanese language courses and courses in English on aspects of Japanese civilization, including History, Literature, Religion, and Economics.

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Journalism MAP

The Journalism Program's workshops, lecture courses, and internships prepare students to work in a variety of contemporary media. The Program emphasizes nonfiction writing in various forms, media analysis and production, and the historical, ethical, legal, and global contexts of

journalism in the 21st Century. Students choose from four concentrations: STEM (Science, Technology, Environment, Medicine), Public Affairs Journalism, Digital and Visual Media, and General Journalism.

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Latin American Studies MAP

Latin and Caribbean Studies requires interdisciplinary course work with Latin American content and competence in Spanish, Portuguese or French.

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Linguistics MAP

The Linguistics major is designed to provide students with a basic understanding of the nature of human language and the principles and methods of contemporary linguistic theories. The major offers a liberal education that combines the approaches of the humanities, the social sciences and the sciences.

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Mathematics BA MAP

Mathematics BS MAP

Math provides a broad offering of courses from which each student can make a selection designed to satisfy any of a large variety of objectives. In addition to including the standard courses in pure and applied mathematics, course offerings are unusually strong in statistics and actuarial mathematics.

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Medieval & Renaissance Studies MAP

Medieval and Renaissance Studies gives students a broad, multidisciplinary training in the history and culture of Europe from late antiquity to the early modern period. Both as a major and a minor, the program offers a wide range of courses and a guide for anyone with a special interest in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.

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Music MAP

Music provides students with the fundamental knowledge and technical capabilities necessary for the pursuit of graduate studies or professional activities. Concentrations include Chorale Conducting, Electronic Music and Media, Performance, and Composition.

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Philosophy MAP

Philosophy offers a general major that provides students with a background in the history of philosophy (e.g. Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Hume), as well as in values and logic related courses.

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Physics MAP

Physics 3+2 Engineering

Physics provides students a solid foundation in both classical and modern physics. Students are prepared either to undertake graduate study in physics, to apply physics principles and techniques successfully for advanced work in other disciplines, to enter industry usefully, or to teach in the secondary schools. Along with courses in classical mechanics, electromagnetic theory, atomic and nuclear physics, and thermal physics, students learn modern experimental techniques, principles of quantum mechanics, and applications. Elective courses in other sciences and independent study and research with faculty members in the active research fields of the department are encouraged as part of the practical emphasis.

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Political Science MAP

Political science is concerned with the activity and organization of society for the realization of public goals and values. The study of political science is designed to prepare the student for responsible and effective citizenship, political participation, and advanced academic or professional studies. The student of political science may gain an understanding and appreciation of political values, institutions and processes operating in American, foreign, and international systems. Department Website



This suggested sequence of Pre-Health courses will satisfy the admission requirements for most medical/dental/ optometry programs.  Completing them by the end of sophomore year is necessary in order to begin graduate work in the fall following graduation.

Please note that Pre-Health is a track, not a major; Pre-Health students can pursue the major/minor of their choosing, but need to follow this track for their first 4 semesters. 
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Psychology MAP

Psychology provides students with a broad, general background in scientific psychology. The curriculum emphasizes scientific and statistical reasoning skills that will help students in a variety of applied and basic research settings.
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Public Policy and Management MAP

Public policy and management are concerned with the formulation and implementation of governmental policies and programs. The approach of the department is interdisciplinary, drawing on various social and behavioral sciences. The courses focus on such topics as the role of bureaucracy in society, management of finances in the public sector, organizational theory and development, the political and legal environment of administration, and public policy research and analysis
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Public Health MAP

Professionals with Public Health knowledge are increasingly called upon to address population-based health issues, and the demand for leaders in this field continues to grow.

Public Health is a coordinated, committed effort that:

· Tackles current issues such as Bioterrorism, West Nile Virus,
· Violence Prevention, Health Disparities, and Obesity
· Prevents epidemics and the spread of disease
· Protects against environmental hazards
· Prevents injuries
· Promotes and encourages healthy behaviors
· Responds to disasters and assists community recovery
· Assures the quality and accessibility of health services
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Religious Studies MAP


Religious Studies is the study of the religions of humankind. Religion, one of the most basic of human concerns, has occupied a leading place in the thought and activities of all peoples from the earliest civilizations (as shown by archaeology), through early literate societies, (as seen in their religious texts), to the present, where religious beliefs and their consequences continue to shape the daily news.
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Social Welfare MAP


Social Welfare prepares students for beginning social work, a career devoted to helping people function their best at home and in the community, through direct service or therapy to people, or by working for change to improve social conditions.

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Sociology MAP

Sociology is the study of the individuals, groups and institutions and their relations that make up human society.

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Spanish MAP

Spanish develops students who become highly proficient in speaking, understanding, reading and writing Spanish, as well as who develop a thorough knowledge of and an appreciation for the literature and civilization. Proficiency in language skills is regarded not only as an end in itself but also as a means of studying a foreign culture.

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Theatre MAP

Theatre is a performing art and also an area of study through which students may gain a liberal arts education.  We assume these two sides of theatre to be mutually supportive.  Our curriculum, which includes its production program as a central component, is designed to aid students in learning to communicate effectively both orally and in writing, to work collaboratively and creatively to solve problems, to acquire intellectual skills necessary to confront a changing world, to acquire proficiency in a core of theatre knowledge and practice, and to understand the self-discipline and work ethic necessary to pursue a life in the arts.  Acting, design, directing, technology, management, history, theory, criticism, and dramatic literature are considered interdependent studies, and a solid foundation is vital to advanced study or employment in theatre or a wide variety of related fields.

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Urban Studies and Planning MAP


Urban Studies and Planning is designed for students interested in a liberal arts education focusing on urban and suburban environments, and on urban, community and neighborhood development. The program of study mixes conventional classes with fieldwork and computer-based learning, and it requires considerable awareness of international, multicultural and policy issues.

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Women's Studies MAP


Women's Studies encourages students to reexamine their own lives and the world around them in relation to gender, race, class, and sexuality. The curriculum reflects new subjects, theories, and methodologies based on a cross-cultural, multidisciplinary approach to the study of women.

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