2010-2011 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 2010-2011.

The general degree requirements and requirements for majors and minors are effective for students who matriculate during 2010-2011.

The University at Albany does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, creed, disability, marital status, national origin, race, or sex. Inquiries concerning this policy should be directed to the The Office of Diversity and Affirmative Action .

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.

Summary of some changes for 2010-2011 in this Bulletin
* New B.S. and B.S. Honors for Nanoscale Engineering
* Changes to the B.S. Honors track for Nanoscale Science
* Changes to Chemistry Honors tracks and the deactivation of some Emphasis tracks
* Deactivation of the 3-2 Chemistry Program
* Deactivation of the Combined Major/Minor in Globalization Studies
* Changes to the 36 credit B.A. in Globalization Studies
* Suspension of admission to the B.A. in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
* Changes to the wording of the policy on student-elected S/U grading
* Changes to satisfying the foreign language General Education requirement with Study Abroad credits
* Revisions to Honors Program in French Studies
* Changes to approval process for students studying abroad to exceed credit limits
*** Extensive changes to Senate Policies on Student Absences. Please refer to "Undergraduate Academic Regulations" in the Academic Information section of the Bulletin.

 The Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education

In addition to publishing the Undergraduate Bulletin yearly, the Office of the Vice Provost 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 also coordinates with the Advisement Services Center/Undergraduate Studies and oversees Project Renaissance, Faculty Mentor Program and The Honors College.

The Office of Undergraduate Education also provides coordination of and advisement for independent study, student-initiated interdisciplinary majors and minors, and interdisciplinary courses including Washington, NYS Senate and Assembly, and other University-wide internships; implements undergraduate academic policies; and edits and publishes the Undergraduate Bulletin.

This office also provides assistance and counseling to undergraduate students who are contemplating leaving the University, who seek to take a Leave for Approved Study at another college or university, or who wish to re-enter the University after having been away from the University for a semester or more. It also coordinates the degree in absentia process.

Visit our website for details of our programs and services and for copies of our forms and petitions: https://www.albany.edu/undergraduateeducation/index.html

We are eager to help all students who wish to explore academic issues and concerns. Students may contact the Office of Undergraduate Education by visiting us in Lecture Center 30, by calling (518) 442-3950, or by email to UGEducation@uamail.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 any 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 preparation programs in the School of Education.

The School of Business offers programs in accounting and business administration. Admission to these programs is competitive, open only to the best-qualified students who have completed 56 or more credits, 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. All College of Arts and Science undergraduate majors may apply to teacher certification programs at the graduate level.

The College of Computing and Information supports education for undergraduates throughout the University in computer science, information science, and information technology. It houses the departments of Computer Science and Information Studies (formerly the School of Information Science and Policy), as well as a campus-wide Informatics Faculty that focuses on interdisciplinary aspects of computing and information. The College offers General Education and advanced courses, and several major and minor programs, including a Faculty-Initiated Interdisciplinary Major with a Concentration in Information Science hosted by the department of Information Studies.

The College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering offers opportunities for undergraduate research in the college in addition to undergraduate degree programs in Nanoscale Science and in Nanoscale Engineering.

The Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy offers undergraduate degree programs in political science and public policy. 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 is a combined major and minor sequence, where students design an area of concentration.

The School of Public Health offers a major and minor in public health. 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 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 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 Faculty-Initiated Interdisciplinary Majors and Minors. The approval of student-initiated majors and 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.