Undergraduate Bulletin, 1999-2000

Available Majors

The University offers majors in both a General Program and a Teacher Education Program through the schools and colleges indicated here. In addition, there currently exist unique departmental program majors in art, music, and theatre that complement the regular University major options in each of these areas.

Some majors are available through an honors program or a combined bachelor's/master's degree program.

Approved faculty-initiated interdisciplinary majors are also included in the University's curricular offerings. In addition, students may design their own interdisciplinary major in accordance with procedures established by the Interdisciplinary Studies Committee of the Undergraduate Academic Council.

Declaration of Major

Freshmen and transfer students are admitted to the University and not to a particular department, college, or school. Normally, students are expected to declare their intended major when they have earned 24 graduation credits. By the time they have accumulated 42 graduation credits, students must have officially declared a major or have applied for admission to a restricted major. For most majors, students need only complete a Declaration of Major form with their advisers and a minimum of 24 graduation credits to be officially enrolled in the school or college offering their major. Other majors, however, are restricted in the sense that students must be granted formal departmental or school approval or satisfy stated admissions criteria before being officially classified as that major.

Currently, admission to the following majors is restricted: accounting, business administration, criminal justice, mathematics, medical technology, psychology, rhetoric and communication, and social welfare. In addition, students must obtain approval to enter the Teacher Education Program, Faculty-Initiated Interdisciplinary Majors in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Information Science, and the special departmental program majors in art or music.

Selection to these restricted majors will differ depending on the degree of competition generated by other applicants and/or the completion of specific course requirements. For further details on the specific requirements and selection processes for each of these majors, please refer to the appropriate department or school description in this bulletin.

The Student-Initiated Interdisciplinary Major

In addition to existing majors offered by the University's departments, schools and programs, a "Student-Initiated Interdisciplinary Major" option is available through the Undergraduate Academic Council's Interdisciplinary Studies Committee. This option is designed to allow highly motivated students to meet special educational goals not available from the many existing majors at the University.

In the development of an Interdisciplinary Major the student and prospective faculty sponsors are asked to insure its intellectual merit by considering the following questions: Will the proposed major make it possible to undertake future disciplined inquiry such as that which is found in graduate or professional study? Will the plan promote mastery of the methodological tools relevant to the subject matter? Are there sufficient bodies of scholarly literature to allow for in-depth study in the major's disciplines" Will the plan allow for gaining significant knowledge to read and evaluate professional and scholarly literature in the major's disciplines?

The following information will assist in the formulation of a major.

Non-Duplication of Existing Majors:  The proposed major must involve course work in at least two different departments or schools. Moreover, the proposal must not duplicate or nearly duplicate opportunities available to University at Albany students through existing major programs.

Coherence:  The proposed major must consist of a coherent, integrated program of studies. As with any other major, there must be some relationship between courses to be undertaken as well as sufficient depth of study in the area under consideration. It would also be helpful to know if models exist on other campuses for the proposed major. This information will assist the student in constructing a program of studies and the citation of an existing program, will support the application for such a major.

Credits:  The proposed major must consist of at least 36 but not more than 66 credits. If the major includes fewer than 54 credits, the student will be applying for a major only and will need a separate minor to meet minimum graduation requirements. If the major includes 54 or more credits, the student will be applying for a combined major and minor program and, therefore, no separate minor will be needed.

Upper Division Course Work:  At least one half of the credits in the proposed major must be at the 300 level or above.

Independent Study:  The proposed major may include a maximum of 25% of independent study course work.

B.A. or B.S. Degree:  The course work in the Interdisciplinary major, will normally dictate the type of bachelor's degree to be earned by the student.

Faculty Sponsorship:  The proposal must have a primary and a secondary faculty sponsor. The primary sponsor must also agree to serve as the student's major adviser for the proposed program. The two sponsors must be members of the teaching faculty and must come from two different academic units (departments or schools) offering courses included in the major.

Student who believe they might like to construct their own major should begin plans as soon as possible, but the application for the major cannot be filed until the student has completed at least 30 graduation credits.

Once a student has tentatively decided on the theme for the proposed study, the Undergraduate Bulletin should be reviewed to verify that no existing major encompasses that theme. The Bulletin and the Schedule of Classes should also be used to identify possible courses which might be included in the proposed major and, based on the courses they teach, possible faculty who might be willing to serve as sponsors for the major.

Before deciding on all the details of the proposed major, the student should speak with several faculty for the following reasons: (a) to determine the likelihood of finding two faculty sponsors for the program; (b) to solicit suggestions on how to further refine, limit, or expand the chosen theme; (c) to solicit further suggestions of individual courses or sequences of courses which might be included in the major; and (d) to determine whether or not the student's goals in creating the major are likely to be met by the combination of course chosen.

Further information and application procedures and forms may be obtained by contacting Mr. Richard Collier in the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Studies, AD 214 (518-437-3747).

Double Majors

Students may elect to declare two majors. Both majors that the student has chosen and completed successfully will then appear on the student's academic record. The first major listed shall be from the department from which the student elected to receive advisement. The faculty of the school or college that offers the first major shall recommend the student for the appropriate degree.

Students shall complete the major requirements of both departments as outlined in this bulletin. For a double major, a specific course or courses may be used to satisfy the specific requirements of each major. The requirements of each major should be satisfied irrespective of the requirements of the other major.

The chart that follows lists all University at Albany majors, whether or not the major leads to a B.A. or B.S. degree, and whether the major is available in the Teacher Education Program and/or the General Program.

The charts on the page after that list all the "BAMA" programs-combined baccalaureate/master's programs which are designed to assist students interested in obtaining a graduate degree as quickly as possible.

                                        HEGIS          DEGREE              PROGRAM
UNDERGRADUATE MAJORS                    Code        B.A.    B.S.     General     Teacher Ed

School of Business
Accounting                              0502                 X          X
Business Administration                 0506                 X          X

School of Criminal Justice
Criminal Justice                        2105         X                  X

College of Arts and Sciences
Actuarial and Mathematical Sciences     1799                 X          X
African/Afro-American Studies           2211         X                  X
Anthropology                            2202         X                  X
Art                                     1002         X                  X
Asian Studies                           0301         X                  X
Atmospheric Science                     1913                 X          X
Biology                                 0401         X       X          X              X
Chemistry                               1905         X       X          X              X
Chinese Studies                         1107         X                  X
Computer Science                        0701         X       X          X
Computer Science & Applied Mathematics	0701                 X          X
Earth Science                           1917                 X                         X
Economics                               2204         X       X          X
English                                 1501         X                  X              X
French                                  1102         X                  X              X
Geography                               2206         X                  X
Geology                                 1914                 X          X
Greek & Roman Civilization              2205         X                  X
History                                 2205         X                  X
Interdisciplinary Majors
  (Art History)                         4901         X                  X
  (Biochemistry & Molecular Biology)    4901                 X          X
  (Earth and Atmospheric Sciences       4901         X                  X
  (East Asian Studies)                  4901         X                  X
  (Human Biology)                       4901                 X          X
  (Japanese Studies)                    4901         X                  X
  (Medieval & Renaissance Studies)      4901         X                  X
  (Religious Studies)                   4901         X                  X
  (Urban Studies and Planning)          4901         X                  X
Italian                                 1104         X                  X             X
Judaic Studies                          0399         X                  X
Latin American Studies                  0308         X                  X
Linguistics                             1505         X                  X
Mathematics                             1701         X       X          X             X
Music                                   1005         X                  X
Philosophy                              1509         X                  X
Physics                                 1902                 X          X             X
Psychology                              2001         X                  X
Puerto Rican Studies                    0399         X                  X
Rhetoric and Communication              1506         X                  X
Russian                                 1106         X                  X             X
Russian & East European Studies         0307         X                  X
Social Studies                          2201         X                                X
Sociology                               2208         X                  X
Spanish                                 1105         X                  X             X
Theatre                                 1007         X                  X
Women's Studies                         4903         X                  X

School of Information Science and Policy
Interdisciplinary Major
  (Information Science)                 4901         X                  X

Graduate School of Public Affairs
Political Science                       2207         X                  X
Public Policy                           2102         X                  X

School of Social Welfare
Social Welfare                          2104                 X          X

Interdisciplinary Studies               4901         X       X          X

Approved Bachelor's Degree/Master's of Business Administration Programs

Majors                                 Hegis Codes            Degrees

College of Arts and Sciences
African/Afro-American Studies           2211/0506             B.A./M.B.A.
Anthropology                            2202/0506             B.A./M.B.A.
Art                                     1002/0506             B.A./M.B.A.
Asian Studies                           0301/0506             B.A./M.B.A.
Biology                                 0401/0506             B.A./M.B.A.
Chinese Studies                         1107/0506             B.A./M.B.A.
Economics                               2204/0506             B.A./M.B.A.
English                                 1501/0506             B.A./M.B.A.
French                                  1102/0506             B.A./M.B.A.
Geography                               2206/0506             B.A./M.B.A.
Greek & Roman Civilization              2205/0506             B.A./M.B.A.
History                                 2205/0506             B.A./M.B.A.
Interdisciplinary Studies               4901/0506             B.A./M.B.A.
Interdisciplinary Studies               4901/0506             B.S./M.B.A.
Italian                                 1104/0506             B.A./M.B.A.
Latin American Studies                  0308/0506             B.A./M.B.A.
Linguistics                             1505/0506             B.A./M.B.A.
Mathematics                             1701/0506             B.A./M.B.A.
Music                                   1105/0506             B.A./M.B.A.
Philosophy                              1509/0506             B.A./M.B.A.
Psychology                             2001/00506             B.A./M.B.A.
Puerto Rican Studies                    0399/0506             B.A./M.B.A.
Rhetoric and Communication              1506/0506             B.A./M.B.A.
Russian                                 1106/0506             B.A./M.B.A.
Russian and East European Studies       0307/0506             B.A./M.B.A.
Sociology                               2208/0506             B.A./M.B.A.
Spanish                                 1105/0506             B.A./M.B.A.
Theatre                                 1107/0506             B.A./M.B.A.
Women's Studies                         4903/0506             B.A./M.B.A.

Nelson A. Rockefeller College
Criminal Justice                        2105/0506             B.A./M.B.A
Political Science                     03070/02955             B.A./M.B.A.

Combined Bachelor's/Master's Degree Programs

Majors                                 Hegis Codes            Degrees

Atmospheric Science/
Atmospheric Science                     1913/1913              B.S./M.S.
Biology/Biology                         0401/0401              B.S./M.S.
Chemistry/Chemistry                     1905/1905              B.S./M.S.
Computer Science/
Computer Science                        0701/0701              B.S./M.S.
Computer Science and
Applied Mathematics/
Mathematics                             0701/1701              B.S./M.A.
Criminal Justice/
Criminal Justice                        2105/2105              B.A./M.A.
Economics/Public Administration         2204/2102              B.S./M.P.A.
English/English                         1501/1501              B.A./M.A.
French/French                           1102/1102              B.A./M.A.
Geography/Geography                     2206/2206              B.A./M.A.
Geology/Geology                         1914/1914              B.S./M.S.
History/History                         2205/2205              B.A./M.A.
English to Speakers of Other Languages  1505/1508              B.A./M.S.
Mathematics                             1701/1701              B.A./M.A.
Mathematics                             1701/1701              B.S./M.A.
Philosophy/Philosophy                   1509/1509              B.A./M.A.
Physics/Physics                         1902/1902              B.S./M.S.
Political Science/
Political Science                       2207/2207              B.A./M.A.
Political Science/Public
Administration                          2207/2102              B.A./M.P.A.
Psychology/Counseling                   2001/0826              B.A./M.S.
Counseling                              2001/2199              B.A./M.S.
Public Policy
Public Policy                           2102/2102              B.A./M.A.
Rhetoric and Communication/
Rhetoric and Communication              1506/1506              B.A./M.A.
Russian/Russian                         1106/1106              B.A./M.A.
Public Administration                   2208/2102              B.A./M.P.A.
Sociology/Sociology                     2208/2208              B.A./M.A.
Theatre/Theatre                         1007/1007              B.A./M A.
Spanish/Spanish                         1105/1105              B.A./M.A.
Any undergraduate major (except Accounting)/
  Library Science                          1/1601              B.A./M.A.
Any undergraduate major (except Accounting)/
  Library Science                          1/4901              B.A./M.S.
1 HEGIS code depends on undergraduate major.

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