Undergraduate Catalog
Degree Requirements


Following are the college-wide degree requirements for students who entered New Paltz as freshmen in the Fall of 1993 and after and for students who entered as transfers in the Fall of 1994 and after. Please note:

  • Only those students who have been formally admitted to the College through the general admissions process are considered to be degree candidates.
  • No student may graduate under college-wide requirements obsolete more than 10 years.

Student are eligible for a New Paltz degree upon completion of:

At least 120 academic credits

The General Education program*

A minimum number of Liberal Arts credits

The difference between degree types is the number of credits completed in liberal arts courses:

  • 90 for the Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree
  • 60 for the Bachelor of Science (BS) degree
  • 30 for the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree
  • 48 for the Bachelor of Science in Art Education degree

Most courses offered by the College are liberal arts courses and are designated as such in the Schedule of Classes. Courses which are technical or skill oriented are "non-liberal arts" courses and have no designation in the Schedule of Classes. Transfer credits evaluated as liberal arts credits are applied to the Liberal Arts requirement.

At least 45 upper-division credits

Any course at the 300 or 400 level (e.g., ECO303) is an upper-division course and its credits are applied to this requirement. Transfer credits evaluated as upper division are also applied to this requirement.

At least 30 credits in residence, including the final 15 credits

Work taken "in residence" comprises courses offered by SUNY New Paltz or in an overseas program sponsored by SUNY New Paltz or any SUNY-funded overseas program. Residential credit also includes:

  • Courses taken while enrolled as a non-matriculated student at the College;
  • SUNY New Paltz courses offered at locations other than the main campus;
  • New Paltz courses offered online.

Credits that do not count toward the College's residency requirement include:

  • Transfer credits;
  • Credit earned through examination;
  • Online courses taken elsewhere, including courses taken through Open SUNY. These are considered transfer credits.

Academic major requirements

Students will be expected to fulfill the major requirements that are in effect at the date of the declaration or redeclaration of their major. One-half of the major credits must be taken in residence, as defined above. No student may graduate under major requirements obsolete more than eight years.

A minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of C (2.00 on a 4.00 grading scale)

For information on how to compute a cumulative average, see Academic Policies: Grade Point Average (GPA).

A Writing Intensive (WI) course taught at New Paltz

This applies to all New Paltz students, including transfer students, except those who are pursuing a second Bachelors degree.

 

*Students who leave New Paltz and are readmitted within six semesters of their departure will continue under the General Education requirements in effect upon their departure.
Students who are readmitted after a six-semester absence will be under the General Education requirements that are current upon their readmission.
Students who are readmitted after a dismissal will be subject to the General Education requirements in effect upon their readmission.