2015-2016 Undergraduate Bulletin
Unless otherwise noted, the information provided in this bulletin should be utilized in the following manner:
Academic regulations are in effect for all students during 2015-2016.
The general degree requirements and requirements for majors and minors are effective for students who matriculate during 2015-2016.
The University at Albany does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, national origin, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, public assistance status, veteran status or any other basis made unlawful by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 or any other applicable law, ordinance, or regulation. Inquiries concerning this policy should be directed to The Office of Diversity and Inclusion.
The calendars, curricula, and fees described in this bulletin are subject to change at any time by official action of the University at Albany.
For questions about the Undergraduate Bulletin, please contact The Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education.
UAlbany's General Education Program has made a three-year transition to new requirements. For all students matriculating Fall 2014 and thereafter, this includes students mastering General Education Academic Competencies of Advanced Writing, Oral Discourse, Information Literacy, and Critical Thinking through the completion of their declared majors. As Competency Plans are implemented, departments may make slight adjustments to the structure of requirements for the major. This Bulletin Guide will be a source for a summary of any updates during the Fall 2015 semester.
Summary of some changes for 2015-2016 in this Bulletin:
- New College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity
- College of Computing and Information becomes College of Engineering and Applied Sciences (CEAS), adding a Department of Computer Engineering
- New B.S. in Informatics, College of Engineering and Applied Sciences
- New B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies with faculty-initiated concentration in Bio-instrumentation, School of Public Health
- New B.S. in Digital Forensics, School of Business, effective Fall 2014
- New concentration in Data Analytics in the Department of Computer Science (CEAS)
- New minor in Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity
- Requirements for Art History major
- Requirement for Atmospheric Science major
- Requirements for Chemistry B.A. and Chemistry B.S. tracks
- Requirements for electives in Communications major
- Requirements for Interdisciplinary Studies major with a concentration in Environmental Science (Errata: There is an error in the print version of the 2015-2016 Undergraduate Bulletin, under the Geography Specialization, p. 80. The specialization is correct on this site.)
- Globalization major language requirement
- Requirements for Latin American, Caribbean, & U.S. Latino Studies major
- Requirements for Physics major
- Requirements for Political Science major
- Requirements for Spanish major
- Requirements for minors in Broadcast Meteorology, Chemistry, English, Film Studies, Globalization, Informatics, International Studies, Journalism, Russian, Spanish, Sustainability
- Statistics sequences in Math majors
- Admissions requirements to the Psychology major
- New resources for students seeking orientation to academic integrity
The Office of the Vice Provost and Dean for Undergraduate Education
In addition to publishing the Undergraduate Bulletin each academic year, the Office of the Vice Provost and Dean for Undergraduate Education is responsible for the coordination of the academic experience of undergraduate students at this University. The Vice Provost works closely with the deans and faculty of the individual schools and colleges and with the Undergraduate Academic Council in developing, coordinating, and implementing undergraduate academic policy and curricula. The Vice Provost oversees the Office of Undergraduate Education, the Honors College, the General Education Program, the Writing and Critical Inquiry Program, the Office of Transfer Student Services, the Student Engagement Initiative, the Center for Achievement, Retention, and Student Success (CARSS), and the Advisement Services Center.
The Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education also provides coordination of and advisement for: independent study; student-initiated interdisciplinary majors and minors; interdisciplinary courses; and the New York State Senate and Assembly Internship as well as other University-wide internships. The Office coordinates with the Office of Access and Academic Enrichment, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, the Registrar's Office, and other University offices to implement changes in academic policies and curricula.
The Office provides assistance and counseling to undergraduate students who are contemplating leaving the University, who are seeking to take a Leave for Approved Study at another college or university, or who wish to re-enter the University after having been away for a semester or more. It also coordinates the Degree in Absentia process.
Visit the Undergraduate Education website for details about programs and services and for copies of relevant forms as well as petitions for exceptions to academic policies: www.albany.edu/undergraduateeducation/.
The Vice Provost is eager to facilitate help for all students who wish to explore academic issues and concerns. Students may contact the Office of the Vice Provost and Dean for Undergraduate Education by visiting Lecture Center 30, by calling (518) 442-3950, or by email to UGEducation@albany.edu.
Schools and Colleges
Undergraduate study is offered through the faculties of each of the separate schools and colleges comprising the University.
The College of Arts and Sciences provides all undergraduates with study in most of the disciplines within the liberal arts and sciences. Those students wishing to explore many of these areas in depth may become majors within the college. Graduates of the College of Arts and Sciences may apply for graduate-level teacher certification programs in the School of Education.
The School of Business offers programs in accounting, business administration, and digital forensics as well as a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies with a faculty-initiated concentration in financial market regulation. Admission to these programs is competitive, open only to the best-qualified students and including specific courses outlined in the School of Business section of this bulletin.
The School of Criminal Justice offers a multi-disciplinary degree program, focusing on the study of criminal behavior and society’s response to it. Admission to this major is highly competitive, and students must complete specific requirements before applying for admission.
The School of Education offers courses for undergraduates who are interested in education-related careers. College of Arts and Science undergraduate majors may apply to teacher certification programs at the graduate level.
The College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity offers academic programs to give students the knowledge and skills to prepare for, protect against, respond to, and recover from a growing array of natural and man-made risks and threats in New York State and around the world. The College currently offers an undergraduate minor, designed to provide students with a broad overview of these three fields, as well to develop critical thinking skills and subject area knowledge of public policy, management and risk analysis. Founded in May of 2015, the College is quickly growing and is expanding its undergraduate program offerings in the near future.
The College of Engineering and Applied Sciences combines strong technical education and research with an application-oriented perspective. It comprises the departments of Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Informatics, and Information Studies. The College offers General Education and advanced courses, and several major and minor programs, including degrees in Computer Science as well as a B.S. in Informatics.
The School of Public Health offers an undergraduate minor in Public Health and two Bachelor of Science degrees in Interdisciplinary Studies, one with a faculty-initiated concentration in Public Health and one with a faculty-initiated concentration in Bio-instrumentation. The field of public health addresses issues such as bioterrorism, 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; and assures the quality and accessibility of health services.
The Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy offers undergraduate degree programs in political science and public policy and management. These programs focus on issues of politics, public policy, and management in the public service in the local, state, federal, and international arena. The program in public policy and management is a combined major and minor sequence, where students choose concentration areas.
The School of Social Welfare offers a combined major and minor sequence that prepares students for beginning social work. This program serves the liberal education needs for students interested in the social sciences and human services professions. Admission to this major is competitive, and students have to complete specific requirements before applying for admission.
The Interdisciplinary Studies Committee of the Undergraduate Academic Council works with the academic colleges and schools to develop and approve Interdisciplinary Studies majors with faculty-initiated concentrations and interdisciplinary minors. The approval of student-initiated Interdisciplinary Studies majors and interdisciplinary minors is also under the jurisdiction of this committee. In addition, the committee recommends and monitors University-wide independent study, internships, special projects, and interdisciplinary topics courses.