Undergraduate Catalog 2018-2019

About the College

The College of Staten Island is a four-year, senior college of The City University of New York that offers exceptional opportunities to all of its students. Programs in the liberal arts and sciences and professional studies lead to bachelor’s and associate’s degrees. The master’s degree is awarded in 18 professional and liberal arts and sciences fields of study. The College offers a doctorate in Physical Therapy and doctorate in Adult-Gerontological Nursing Practice.  In addition, the college participates in doctoral programs of The City University Graduate School and University Center in Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, and Physics.

A broad general education is assured through requirements that allow students to explore a range of fields of knowledge and acquire educational breadth in mathematics, the sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities. Requirements for the bachelor’s degree provide a disciplined and cumulative program of study in a major field of inquiry. Enrollment in baccalaureate programs requires freshman admission standards consonant with those of CUNY senior colleges. Enrollment in associate’s degree programs is open to all students with a high school diploma or the equivalent.

The College of Staten Island is one of eight campuses that participate in the Macaulay Honors College of CUNY. Students accepted into this highly competitive program complete their degree requirements, including honors in their chosen major, at the College of Staten Island. Special seminars, research opportunities, and co-curricular activities are challenging and enriching elements of the program. The Macaulay Honors College at CSI is designed for a limited number of students who have demonstrated a well-developed commitment to learning and who intend to continue their undergraduate education in graduate and/or professional schools. Students who have earned, or expect to earn, a high school academic diploma with an average of at least 90 with competitive SAT or ACT scores are eligible to apply for admission.

The academic year follows a two-semester pattern, with a separate summer and winter session. Classes are scheduled days, evenings, and weekends. The College has an extensive Continuing Education program and offers off-campus courses with and without credit.

CSI was founded in 1976 through the union of two existing colleges—Staten Island Community College and Richmond College. Staten Island Community College, the first community college in the University, opened in 1956. Richmond College, an upper-division college that offered undergraduate and graduate degrees to students who had successfully completed the first two years of college study elsewhere, was founded in 1967. The merger of these two colleges resulted in the only public four-year institution of higher learning on Staten Island.