Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2015
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This section provides detailed information on college preparation, testing, orientation, requirements applicable to all degree programs, liberal arts and sciences, core/major, minor, honors, general education, and information about the course numbering system at CSI.
The College Preparatory Initiative (CPI) is a collaborative effort between CUNY and the New York City Board of Education designed to strengthen the academic preparation of high school students.
Bachelor’s degree students and associate’s degree students entering CSI are expected to have a minimum of 16 CPI units, including four units of English, three units of mathematics, two units of laboratory science, four units of social sciences, two units of foreign language, and one unit of fine arts.
Programs leading to a degree (with the exception of the AA and AS degrees in Liberal Arts and Sciences) require a concentrated study of a particular subject. This requirement is called the core requirement for associate’s degrees and the major requirement for bachelor’s degrees. The core and major requirements for each degree are listed under the degree.
Some cores and majors require courses that must be taken during the freshman and sophomore years to provide the background necessary for the required core or major courses. These courses are identified as pre-major and listed under the degree description.
The section on Programs and Course Descriptions lists the requirements and courses for the degree programs in alphabetical order by the ALPHA designation for the courses in the discipline, from ACC for Accounting to WGS for Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. The description of core or major requirements is followed by the course descriptions in numerical order from 001-to 400-level courses.
Topics courses, independent study, and individual internships are designated at the 500 level with the alpha symbol for the discipline. Courses at the 500 level, by their very nature, have no registered description and are not listed under course descriptions for the disciplines. Topics courses may be taught for a maximum of three semesters and may not be used to fulfill requirements. The designations are topics courses: 500-590 (1 - 4 credits); independent study courses, 591-594 (1 - 4 credits); internships, 595-598 (1 - 4 credits).
With some exceptions, baccalaureate degree programs require the successful completion of 120 credits and associate’s degree programs require the successful completion of 60 credits. Exceptions are the following programs: Bachelor of Science (BS): Biology, Computer Science, Engineering Science, Medical Technology; Associate in Applied Science (AAS): Computer Technology, Electrical Engineering Technology, Nursing.
ENGLISH: Each student must be exempt or successfully complete The City University of New York Skills Assessment Tests in reading and writing.
MATHEMATICS: Each student must be exempt or successfully complete The City University of New York Skills Assessment Test in mathematics, which tests proficiency in basic mathematics skills.
(Please refer to Testing for additional information.)
Students needing remediation are expected to complete the remedial courses that qualify them to enter college-level writing and mathematics courses in one year, which may include, in addition to two semesters, a pre-freshman and a post-freshman summer immersion course and a winter intersession workshop.
For students who wish to major in more than one field of study, complete a double major, or to earn two degrees (double degrees), the following policies apply:
To major in more than one field of study, students must complete all of the core or major requirements for each of the fields. If the Pathways General Education requirements of the two fields differ, the student must complete the more restrictive and demanding of the two. If the total credits required differ, the student must complete the larger number. To have the second core or major recorded on the final transcript the student must apply for both fields when filing for graduation. Upon satisfactory completion of the requirements, both fields of study will be recorded on the final transcript.
To receive a second degree of the same type, for example History (BA) and Spanish (BA), it is necessary to complete the requirements of the second field of study and to complete at least 30 credits more in residence than the number of credits required to complete the first degree. If a student choses to major in two disciplines offering different types of degree, for example History (BA) and Biology (BS), the student must earn two degrees by earning a minimum of 30 credits in residence above the credits required for the first degree.
Each associate’s and bachelor’s degree program requires a specified total number of credits. Credits not counted toward general education, pre-major, or core/major requirements are electives. Students may freely choose their elective courses from among the courses offered at the College. However, students should keep in mind the liberal arts and sciences requirement; in some programs it may be necessary to choose as electives only those courses that are designated as liberal arts and sciences courses in order to accumulate the required number of liberal arts and sciences credits to qualify for the degree. Several programs have particular courses or groups of courses that are recommended as electives. Students should consult their adviser when choosing elective courses.
Students who hold a completed Associates Degree must complete a maximum of 6 College Option credits. Students who hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited post-secondary institution are considered to have completed general education requirements.
All students are required to achieve at least a 2.0 grade point average in their core or major requirements in order to earn an undergraduate degree at the College. Some programs require a higher GPA.
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.
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.
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