Undergraduate Catalog 2018-2019

Graduation

Application for Graduation

In order to be considered for graduation, students must file an application with the Registrar. The deadlines to apply for graduation are March 1 for the spring and the summer term and October 1 for the fall term. There is no fee for this application. Application for graduation must be submitted online through the CUNYfirst Self-Service Student Center or apply in-person at the Office of the Registrar, North Administration Building (2A), Room 107.  Students applying for graduation need to make sure they are in their correct major at the time of application or it will delay their semester of graduation.  Students must have completed a minimum of 34 credits to apply for an associate’s degree; and 94 credits to apply for a baccalaureate degree. 

Students who have graduated but wish to take additional credits beyond the degree will be changed to the non-degree status and will be charged the higher non-degree rate per credit unless they have filed for a second degree prior to the first day of classes. A change from non-degree to degree status on or after the first day of classes will not take effect until the next semester for tuition billing purposes. Non-degree students are not entitled to state or federal financial aid including federal loans.

Core or Major Requirements

The successful completion of all core or major requirements is required for graduation.

Credit Requirement

Bachelor’s degree programs require a minimum of 120 credits with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (C). Some Bachelor’s degree programs require more than the minimum credits and GPA; please consult the specific degree program for details. 

Associate’s degree programs require a minimum of 60 credits with a minimum grade point average of 2.0 (C). Some Associate’s degree programs require more than the minimum credits and GPA; please consult the specific degree program for details.  

CUNY Assessment Tests

All students must pass the three CUNY Assessment Tests.

Departmental Honors

Students may graduate with honors in their field of study in most bachelor’s degree majors. To receive honors, the student must have at least a 3.5 grade point average in courses taken in the major and/or pass a comprehensive examination in the subject. The student must also complete an honors thesis or project. This last requirement is the heart of the honors program, for each student must work closely with a faculty member to define the project, carry out the research and investigation, and write the final report or prepare the final project. Students may receive credit through independent study for their work on an honors project. The projects must be accepted by the department. Students who successfully complete these requirements will receive the notation on their transcript that they have graduated with honors in their field of study. For specific requirements, see the section on Honors Requirements under the bachelor’s degree program description.

General Education Requirements

The successful completion of all general education requirements is required for graduation.

GPA Requirement

All degree programs require at least a 2.0 grade point average in the core or major course requirements to qualify for the degree. Some majors require a grade point average above 2.0. Please consult the specific degree program. 


Graduation with Honors

Undergraduates who meet the qualifications will receive the associate’s or bachelor’s degree summa cum laude, magna cum laude, or cum laude as follows:

Cumulative GPA of at least 3.90: summa cum laude

Cumulative GPA of at least 3.75: magna cum laude

Cumulative GPA of at least 3.50: cum laude.

Students who have completed all of the requirements for the bachelor’s degree may graduate with honors in their major provided they meet the requirements of the department as explained in the section on Degree Requirements.

Incomplete (INC) Grade

If a student earns an INC in the semester that they expect to graduate, regardless of whether the INC course is needed for graduation, he/she may not graduate. The student may postpone the graduation to the next semester at which time a final grade must be received by the last day of classes for that semester, otherwise the grade will be changed to an FIN and will negatively affect the graduating GPA as well as cumulative GPA. If the student does not wish to postpone the graduating semester, a grade for the INC must be submitted by the conferral date. Once a student has been granted a degree, grade changes for courses taken in semesters prior to receiving the degree are not permitted.

Liberal Arts and Science Requirement for Degrees

Courses are classified as liberal arts and sciences or as non-liberal arts and sciences. For undergraduate degrees, the New York State Department of Education requires that a portion of the credit hours in the degree program must be in the liberal arts and sciences. These requirements are:

  • Associate in Arts (AA), three-quarters of the credits shall be in the liberal arts and sciences
  • Associate in Science (AS), one-half of the credits shall be in the liberal arts and sciences
  • Associate in Applied Science (AAS), one-third of the credits shall be in the liberal arts and sciences
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA), three-quarters of the credits shall be in the liberal arts and sciences
  • Bachelor of Science (BS), one-half of the credits shall be in the liberal arts and sciences
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), one-forth of the credits shall be in the liberal arts and sciences.

For more information please refer to the NYSED policy statement on liberal arts and sciences.

Minimum Credits in Residence

To obtain a degree, associate’s or baccalaureate, from the College of Staten Island, students must earn a minimum of 30 credits through courses taken at the College. 

To qualify for a bachelor’s degree from the College, students must also earn at least half (50%) of the credits required for the major through courses taken at the College. 

To obtain a One-Year Certificate from the College of Staten Island, at least half (50%) of the required credits must be earned in courses taken at the College.

Second Degree Requirements

To receive a second baccalaureate degree or a second associate’s degree from the College of Staten Island, students must complete a minimum of 30 credits in addition to the number of credits required for the first degree.

The “Grandfather” Clause

Requirements in this Catalog were approved effective summer/fall 2012.

For Major and Minor Requirements, the “Grandfather” clause provides protection from changes in degree requirements for students who maintain continuous enrollment in a program, curriculum, major, or minor.

However, when a student chooses a new program, curriculum, major, or minor, the student must satisfy the degree requirements for the program, curriculum, major, or minor in which he/she enrolled that are in effect in the semester in which the change was effective. Additionally, if a student does not attend the College for four consecutive fall and spring semesters, the student must satisfy the degree requirements in effect in the semester of their readmission.

For general education requirements only, the “Grandfather” clause provides that for ten years after the initial date of matriculation in which a student received a grade for at least one credit, a student may follow the general education requirements in effect the year of that initial matriculation. Students who do not have a break in attendance of more than four consecutive fall and spring semesters may continue to follow the general education requirements in effect the year of the initial matriculation even if that is more than ten years ago.

However, students who do not attend the College for four consecutive fall and spring semesters and who matriculated and received a grade for at least one credit more than ten years before the semester of readmission must follow the general education requirements in effect the semester of readmission.

Students may choose to follow the set of requirements for either general education or for their program, curriculum, major, or minor in effect at the time of their graduation by requesting to do so in writing to the Registrar.