Some Graduation Requirements
Faculty should refer to the Undergraduate Bulletin for detailed information about the requirements for a Bachelor's degree, available programs of study, and individual programs of study. Some of the requirements most relevant for faculty who advise students are listed, below.
Declaration of the Major: Freshman and transfer students generally 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 students have accumulated 42 graduation credits, students must have officially declared a major or have applied for admission to a restricted major. The University allows students to complete multiple majors and/or minors.
i) Multiple Majors: Students may elect more than one major, designating which is to be considered the “first major,” the “second major,” etc. The first major listed shall be from the department from which the student elects to receive advisement. The faculty of the school or college that offers the first major shall recommend the student for the appropriate B.A. or B.S. degree. For each major, students must complete the major requirements as outlined in the Undergraduate Bulletin. However, for a student with two or more majors, a specific course that is applicable to more than one of the majors may be applied toward each of the majors to which it is applicable.
ii) Multiple Minors: Students may declare two or more minors, but the same course may not be applied to more than one of the minors. However, the same course may be applied to one of the minors and to one (or more) of the applicable majors.
Grade Point Average Degree Requirement: Students must achieve a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.00 in all University at Albany coursework to earn a bachelor’s degree. Students who matriculated in or after Fall 1997 must also achieve a minimum grade point average of 2.0 for all University at Albany coursework used to fulfill requirements in the major, combined major/minor, or departmental major, and must achieve a minimum grade point average of 2.0 for all University at Albany coursework used to fulfill requirements in their minor(s).
Determination of Grade Point Average: University at Albany grade-point averages are determined only on the basis of courses completed at the University. Students can transfer in course and graduation credits, but the letter grades earned in courses elsewhere are not used in computing the Albany GPA.
Unresolved Grades and I Grades: All incomplete grades and grades not reported must be resolved before an undergraduate degree can be awarded. If reasonable attempts to contact the instructor fail, the student with an incomplete or “blank” (not reported) grade may appeal to the Committee on Academic Standing or, if that body is unable to meet to resolve the issue in a timely fashion, to the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education. As with any other appeal to University policy, the student shall be expected to provide a rationale for the alternative grade and supporting documentation where applicable. Specifically, evidence must be presented that the student has made reasonable efforts to contact the instructor of the class. In these circumstances, a credit-bearing grade can only be assigned by the instructor of record or, in rare circumstances, the academic unit that offers the course. In other words, in no instance would the Committee on Academic Standing or the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education change an incomplete or blank grade to an A through D grade or to an S.
Program Audits: Computer-generated advisement and degree program audits are available to students and official advisors through the MyUAlbany self-service system.
Repeating Courses: Courses which can be repeated for graduation credit are so designated in the Undergraduate Bulletin. Students who receive two non-failing grades in courses that are not repeatable for credit will have one of the courses excluded from their graduation credit. However the GPA, which reflects all courses taken at the University, will be computed using both grades.
Degree Requirements, Appropriate Undergraduate Bulletin: A student’s degree requirements are those in effect at the time of matriculation as an undergraduate.
a. University Residence: Students must earn 30 of their last 60 credits in courses at the University at Albany campus. Degree candidates who complete two approved study abroad semesters during their junior or senior year must earn a minimum of 30 of their last 69 credits in courses at the Albany campus. An "approved" study abroad program is any program from which the University accepts credits.
b. Major Residence: Students must complete a minimum of 18 graduation credits, including 12 credits at or above the 300 level, in the major on the Albany campus or through a SUNY-sponsored Study Abroad Program that sponsored by a university center or a four-year liberal arts college.
c. Minor Residence: Students must complete a minimum of 6 graduation credits of advanced courses in the minor on the Albany campus or through a SUNY-sponsored Study Abroad Program that is sponsored by a university center or a four-year liberal arts college. Advanced courses are defined as courses at or above the 300-level, or courses with prerequisites.
d. Combined Major/Minor Residence: Students must complete a minimum of 24 graduation credits, including 12 credits at or above the 300 level, in the major on the Albany campus or through a SUNY-sponsored Study Abroad Program that is sponsored by a university center or a four-year liberal arts college.