College of Staten Island

Undergraduate Catalog 2017-2018

Academic Policies

This chapter covers the College’s general academic policies and policies that govern the academic standards and requirements to maintain matriculated status and to qualify for a degree.


Grading Symbols and GPA Equivalents

The following grading symbols are used:



Quality Points per Credit


























Failing/unsuccessful completion of course






Withdrew with no penalty



Administrative Withdrawal



Non-Attendance, Unofficial Withdrawal



Non-Attendance, Unofficial Withdrawal

(Fall 2008-Summer 2009) (counts as failure)






Withdrew Unofficially (counts as failure)



Incomplete (temporary grade)






Year or Longer Course of Study (for thesis courses)



No grade submitted by instructor



Grade Pending (administrative grade)



Failure (changed from Incomplete)


A brief explanation of the grades receiving no quality points follows:


No credit is received for a course in which the student is assigned a grade of F. If a student wishes to receive credit for the course, it must be repeated with a passing grade; however, the F remains on the transcript (see section on Repeating Courses).


Course requirements have been satisfied. This grade is used only for specially designated courses and for courses taken at another college for which a student receives advanced standing.


Students may withdraw without academic penalty from any course up to the end of the ninth week of the semester (see College calendar for date); a grade of W will be assigned. After that date, students may petition the instructor and the chairperson for permission to withdraw until the last day of classes. Consult the Office of the Registrar for the procedures to be followed when withdrawing from a course. If these procedures are not followed, students may receive a penalty grade of WU. In cases of illness, students may apply to the Health Center for a medical withdrawal. Under no circumstances will a W be assigned after the last day of classes without positive action by the Committee on Course and Standing or its designee.


Students not in compliance with the New York State immunization requirement receive the grade of WA. This grade carries no academic penalty.


Non-Attendance. No credit is received for a course which this grade is assigned. This grade carries no academic penalty.


Non-Attendance. No credit is received for a course in which this grade is assigned, it is equivalent to a grade of F and only applies to terms from Fall 2008 through Summer 2009.


Never Attended. No credit is received for a course which this grade is assigned. This grade carries no academic penalty.


An unofficial withdrawal results in a grade of WU. No credit is received for a course in which this grade is assigned; it is equivalent to a grade of F.


The grade INC is a temporary grade assigned when, in the instructor’s judgment, course requirements are not completed for valid reasons. Recipients of INC are required to complete all assignments before the end of classes during the succeeding semester. Students should not register a second time for a course in which an INC is given. Rather, arrangements should be made with the instructor to complete the remaining work. If a student registers again for a course in which an INC was awarded, the INC will become a FIN and the course will appear a second time on the student’s transcript with the grade earned.


If a grade of INC is not changed before the last day of classes of the succeeding semester, it will automatically be changed to a grade of FIN. If the required work is not completed for continuing valid reasons, the course instructor may grant an extension. Such extensions shall not exceed a period of more than two years beyond the original due date of the uncompleted work.


Students may audit courses for which they are registered by presenting a written statement to the Registrar declaring their status as auditors within the first three weeks of the semester. This statement must be countersigned by the instructor of the course. No credit is received for an audited course.


Administrative grade


The pending grade is used in the first semester of a two-semester course.


An administrative grade assigned when no grade has been submitted by the instructor.

Pass/Fail Grading Option

Undergraduate matriculated students of the College of Staten Island have the option to elect a Pass/Fail grade with the following restrictions:

  1. Students may not elect the pass/fail option for any courses satisfying general education, pre-major, major, minor, or certification requirements.
  2. Academic departments may exclude additional courses and may prohibit pass/fail courses from being used as prerequisites for degree requirements.
  3. Courses taken on permit at other institutions and independent study courses may not be taken on a pass/fail basis.

Credit Maximum: The student may not elect more than eight credits (8) total as Pass/Fail. The total number of P grades on a transcript may not exceed 90 credits. This includes all credits transferred from other institutions.

Grading and Grade Point Average: For courses taken as Pass/Fail, letter grades “A through C” are converted to P; letter grades of D and F are converted to F. A pass “P” grade is not counted in the student’s grade point average. A fail “F” grade is counted in the student’s grade point average.

Prerequisite Academic Standing: A student must be matriculated, with sophomore, junior, or senior standing. Transfer students must have completed a minimum of 12 credits at the College of Staten Island. To elect this option, the student must have a GPA greater than or equal to 2.25.

Deadlines: Students must elect the pass/fail option each semester by the “last day to withdraw from course(s) without a grade of “W” as listed in the academic calendar for that semester. Students may not elect the pass/fail option retroactively. Once the election of pass/fail has been made, the student may no longer choose to receive a letter grade other than P/F for the course.

Grade Appeals

Students wishing to appeal a grade other than WU or FIN must do so within 60 school days following the end of the semester*. Appeals must be submitted in writing to the chairperson of the department in which the course was offered. Upon receipt of the appeal, the chairperson shall direct the student to discuss the issue with the instructor who assigned the grade. If the issue remains unresolved, the student may request a review by the Department Committee on Grade Appeals.

This Committee on Grade Appeals shall review all information presented by the student and shall meet with the instructor. The committee shall render a decision within 30 days after the student requested the grade review by the committee because the student and instructor had not resolved the matter. If the committee upholds the appeal by a vote of 3-0, the chairperson shall change the grade to reflect the decision of the committee. If the committee does not uphold the student, there is no further appeal within the College.

In all deliberations on grade appeals, the burden shall be on the student to prove that a violation of the College’s regulations occurred or that the instructor’s own stated criteria for grading, which shall have been enunciated at the beginning of the semester, have not been followed. Students needing advice on the procedure may consult an academic and personal counselor.

Students wishing to have a WU or a FIN grade changed to a grade of W must file a written petition supported by documentation to the Committee on Course and Standing.

*Summer and winter session months are not included in the 60 day appeal deadline.

Grade Point Average (GPA)

The grade point average (GPA) is determined by dividing the total quality points earned by the total number of credits attempted. All credits for which the student is officially registered after the change of program period of each semester shall be considered “attempted credits,” except where the grades carry no penalty (i.e., grades of W, WA, INC, AUD, and PEN). For example:





Quality Points per credit


Total Quality Points

ENG 111







COR 100







ART 100







ANT 100







PED 190








Total Credits



Total Quality Points





Quality Points






Total Credits Attempted




Students may calculate current and prospective grade point averages using the GPA Calculator.

Transcripts and Grade Reports

At the end of each semester, students earn grades that reflect academic work undertaken. Students may access their transcript records and review semester grades in CUNYfirst via the CUNY Portal (

Students may request copies of their transcripts online at (see Fee Schedule). To be official, transcripts must be signed and sealed by the Registrar.

The Major

Declaration of Major

Each matriculated student in the College is recorded in the Registrar’s Office as enrolled in a specific curriculum or major leading to a degree. Students are responsible for informing the Registrar of their specific curriculum or major. Assignment of an academic advisor is based upon this official listing. All students who have completed 45 credits and have passed all three CUNY Assessment Tests who expect to receive a bachelor’s degree from the College should declare a bachelor’s degree major. Students who have completed fewer than 45 credits may also declare a bachelor’s degree major provided they meet the following criteria: have passed or are exempt from the three CUNY Assessment Tests and have successfully completed 12 credits at or above the 100 level and have a GPA of 2.00 or above.

In addition, individual departments may modify this policy for entry into their curricula as follows:

  1. The department may require a chairperson’s approval before a student with fewer than 40 credits may choose a major in that department.
  2. The department may require a GPA greater than 2.0 for entrance into its major.
  3. The department may require minimum grades in specific courses before a student may choose a major in that department.
  4. The department may require the submission of an application.

Change of Major

Students who wish to change their major should file a Declaration/Change of Major form with the Registrar’s Office. Deadlines for changing your major for the current semester are posted in the academic calendar. This can be done online at There is no fee. 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.

Credits toward the Major

All courses listed as major requirements, including courses that apply toward concentrations, specializations, or options, are counted toward completion of the minimum credits meeting requirements for the major. Credits for pre-major courses are not included.

GPA in the Major

The GPA in the major is calculated in the same manner as the overall GPA using only the courses that fulfill major requirements: all courses listed in the major requirements, including courses in concentrations, specializations, options, and all courses taken in the discipline other than those in the pre-major. Students are required to achieve at least a 2.0 GPA in their core or major requirements in order to earn an undergraduate degree. Some programs require a GPA higher than 2.0.

Second Major

Students who wish to declare a second major should file a Declaration/Change of Major form with the Registrar’s Office. This can be done online at There is no fee.

Academic Standing

Credit Load

Fall and Spring Semesters

Students may attend full-time or part-time as either matriculated or non-degree students. They may attend day, evening, or weekend sessions in any combination.

A full-time student is one registered for 12 or more equated credits in a semester; six must be degree credits (three in the case of first-time freshmen). Equated credits are generally the same as degree credits except for courses below the 100 level. In courses below the 100 level, equated credits are equivalent to the contact hours of the course. Students on academic warning or probation may not register for more than 14 credits per semester.

Students with a GPA of 2.0 - 3.0 are permitted to register for 18 credits.
Students with a GPA of 3.1 - 3.49 are permitted to register for 20 credits.
Students with a GPA of 3.5 - 4.0 are permitted to register for 22 credits.

Students with less than a 3.0 (B) average and/or fewer than 30 credits who wish to take more than 18 credits must request permission. If students wish to request exemptions to the policy (e.g. requesting more credits than GPA would permit), the Registrar’s office will direct the student to her/his major department chair, program coordinator, or embedded advisor for consideration. Students majoring in Business will be directed to the Dean’s Office of the School of Business. The Honors’ program coordinators will make decisions about overloads for their students. Students who have not declared a major will be sent to CAAS.

Summer and Winter Sessions

For summer session, students may register for a total of eight credits (two courses). Students with a 3.0 GPA, or above, may register for more than two courses, in total, and may register for two in the same session.

For winter session, students may register for only one course. For winter session, students with a 3.0 GPA, or above, may register for two courses.

If students wish to request exemptions to the policy, the Registrar’s office will direct the student to her/his major department chair, program coordinator, or embedded advisor for consideration. Students majoring in Business will be directed to the Dean’s Office of the School of Business. The Honors’ program coordinators will make decisions about overloads for their students. Students who have not declared a major will be sent to CAAS.

Visiting students will have no limit on the number of summer and winter courses.

Class or Standing

Class, or standing, as freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior is determined by the number of credits completed:

Lower Freshman

0-14.9 credits completed

Upper Freshman

15-29.9 credits completed

Lower Sophomore

30-44.9 credits completed

Upper Sophomore

45-59.9 credits completed

Lower Junior

60-74.9 credits completed

Upper Junior

75-89.9 credits completed

Lower Senior

90-104.9 credits completed

Upper Senior

105-120+ credits completed

Standing is sometimes listed as a course prerequisite.

Dean’s List

A matriculated undergraduate student, full-time merits inclusion on the annual dean’s list by: Attaining a GPA of 3.5 or above during the preceding academic year, provided at least 12 credits were earned in the fall semester and 12 credits were earned in the spring semester. Only credits earned at the College of Staten Island will enter the computation. Students who have received a grade of F, WN, WU, or INC during the period under consideration are not eligible.

Committee on Course and Standing

The Committee on Course and Standing is chaired by the Vice President for Academic Affairs or a designee; and its membership consists of the Registrar and one member of the faculty from each instructional department. In addition to reviewing student records, the Committee considers student appeals related to readmission, and graduation.

Students can petition the Committee through an appeals counselor in the Division of Student and Enrollment Services. The appeals counselors, whose names are available through the Registrar’s Office, will advise the students in the preparation of their petition, which will then be referred to the Committee.

Minimum GPA

Students are expected to maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 (C) throughout their academic careers at the College. Whenever a student’s GPA falls below 2.0, the student’s record will be reviewed by the Committee on Course and Standing. Students must achieve a GPA of 2.0 in the courses in the core or major requirements; some majors require a higher minimum GPA.

Academic Standards Policy

At the end of each semester, students must meet the following academic standards:

Credits attempted

Minimum Grade Point Average







Academic Warning

Students with 0 to 24 credits attempted will be placed on academic warning if they meet the academic standards (above) but fail to achieve a 2.00 grade point average.

Academic Probation

Students will be placed on academic probation if their grade point average falls below the minimum grade point average for the number of credits attempted : 0-12 attempted credits, 1.50 grade point average; 13-24 attempted credits, 1.75 grade point average; 25 credits-above, 2.0 grade point average.

Students on academic probation who meet the College’s academic standards at the end of the probation semester will be removed from academic probation. Students on academic probation will not be dismissed but automatically continued on probation as long as they achieve a grade point average of 2.5 or better in both the fall and spring semesters immediately prior to dismissal or a grade point average of 2.75 in either of those semesters until they have reached the required minimum grade point average. Students who fail to achieve the minimum 2.5 grade point average for any semester while on probation will be dismissed.

Students on academic warning or academic probation may not register for more than 14 credits a semester. Summer session students may not register for more than a total of nine credits in the summer session (two courses plus PED 190).

Academic Dismissal

Students who do not meet the academic standards outlined above at the end of the probation semester will be dismissed from the College.

Readmission after Academic Dismissal

Students dismissed from the College for failure to meet the standards set forth in this policy may apply for readmission after a separation from the College of at least one fall or spring semester. Students who apply for readmission after this separation period must have their application reviewed by the Committee on Course and Standing. Students wishing to apply for readmission should obtain information from the Counseling Center, Building 1A, Room 109.


CUNY Assessment Tests

Each undergraduate student must successfully complete The City University of New York Assessment Tests in reading, writing, and mathematics unless exempted. All students, including transfer students, must take the tests before they may register for the first time as matriculated students.

Students are exempted from taking the CUNY Assessment Tests in reading and writing if their verbal score on the SAT is 480 or higher; if their verbal score on the ACT is 20 or higher; or if their score on the New York State Regents Examination in English is 75 or higher. Students are exempt from the Math CUNY Assessment Test if their mathematics score on the SAT is 500 or higher; if their mathematics score on the ACT is 21 or higher; or if their score on the New York State Regents Examination in Mathematics A or Sequential II or III is 75 or higher; or by scoring 80 or higher on any of the new Regents examinations(Integrated Algebra, Geomery, Algebra 2 and Trigonometry) and successfully completing Algebra 2 and Trigonometry or a higher level course. However, all students must take Part III of the COMPASS Mathematics Test for placement into appropriate mathematics courses.

External, non-CUNY transfer students who have completed a course in English composition of 3 credits or more with a minimum grade of C at another institution are exempted from the CUNY Assessment Test in reading and the CUNY Assessment Test in writing provided that the students are transferring from United States-accredited colleges or universities. External transfer students who have completed a mathematics course of at least 3 credits with a minimum grade of C are exempt from CUNY Assessment Test in mathematics. However, all transfer students must take Part III of the COMPASS Mathematics Test for placement purposes. External transfer students with foreign credentials are subject to the CUNY Assessment Tests upon entry.

Students admitted to associate’s degree programs who fail one or more of the tests are expected to complete the remedial courses that qualify them to enter college-level writing and mathematics courses and pass all three CUNY Assessment Tests in one year, which may include, in addition to semesters, a pre-freshman and a post-freshman summer immersion course and a winter intersession workshop. Students for whom English is a second language (ESL students) have two academic years to pass the CUNY Assessment Tests in reading and writing. The tests are administered at the end of every academic intervention that students complete (remedial or ESL courses, summer immersion, January intersession, or tutorial workshops). Students who do not pass the CUNY Assessment Tests within this time limit will be dismissed from the College.

Students may not enroll in college-level English or mathematics courses until the appropriate test has been passed. In addition, some courses require passage of one or more of the tests as prerequisites. A passing score on the CUNY Assessment Test in Reading is a prerequisite to all courses at the 200 level or higher.

All students required to take Part I and Part II of the COMPASS Mathematics Test and who fail both Part 1 and Part II must complete a pre-freshman math immersion course.

No associate’s or bachelor’s degree will be awarded unless proficiency has been demonstrated.

COMPASS Reading Test

Students who fail the COMPASS Reading Test on entrance are required to take the appropriate 0-level reading course in their first semester.

CUNY ACT/Writing Sample

Students who score 6 on the CUNY/ACT Writing Sample Test on entrance are required to take the appropriate 0-level writing course within their first 12 equated credits. Students who score 5 or below on the C/AWST on entrance are required to take the appropriate 0-level writing course within their first eight equated credits.

COMPASS Mathematics Test

Students who have not passed each of the first two parts of the COMPASS Mathematics Test are required to take the appropriate 0-level mathematics course.

All students required to take Part I and Part II of the COMPASS Mathematics Test and who fail both Part 1 and Part II must complete a pre-freshman math immersion course.

Placement Examinations

Placement examinations are offered by the Department of Biology and the Department of World Languages and Literatures. These examinations determine placement at the appropriate course level. Students entering the Health Sciences programs in which BIO 150 Human Anatomy and Physiology I is a pre-major requirement must take the Biology Department Placement Examination. Students are referred to the Testing Office for information.

See the section on Attendance Policies for information on the special attendance policies that apply to 0-level courses.


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 December 1 for the fall term. There is no fee for this application. Students may apply online from the College’s Website at or they may apply in person at Enrollment Services located in Building 2A, Room 106. Students must have completed a minimum of 34 credits to apply for an associate’s degree; 94 credits must be completed to apply for a baccalaureate degree. Bachelor’s degree candidates who have completed a second major or a minor and wish it to appear on their transcript should list the second major or minor on their application for graduation.

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.

Requirements for Graduation

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. 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. 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. The successful completion of all general education and core or major requirements is required for graduation. All students must pass the three CUNY Assessment Tests.

Minimum Credits in Residence Requirement

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.

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.

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.

En Route Associate’s Degree

The associate’s degree will be awarded to matriculated students who have neither applied for nor been awarded the AA, AS, or AAS degree but who have completed all of the degree requirements including at least 30 credits earned in residence at CSI. Students meeting these requirements in their last semester of their baccalaureate program will not be considered for an en route degree and should apply for an associate’s degree in addition to their bachelor’s if they so desire. Students who meet the requirements will be notified of their eligibility for the degree and given the opportunity to decline. Students who wish to do so must decline the en route associate’s degree no more than 30 calendar days after it has been awarded.  Degrees are awarded Jan 15th, June 15th, and August 31st.

General Policies

Attendance Policies

The College has different attendance policies for regular courses and for remedial courses.

Regular Courses: A student who is absent for more than 15 percent of the class hours in the semester will be assigned a grade of WU (withdrew unofficially), subject to the discretion of the instructor. Fifteen percent equals eight hours for a course that meets four hours a week, six hours for a course that meets three hours a week. A student who does not attend a course at all will be assigned a grade of WN (never attended).

Remedial Courses: (all remedial courses in reading, writing, mathematics, and in English as a Second Language): A student who is absent seven or more hours (in a course meeting four hours a week) will receive a grade of WU (withdrew unofficially), unless excused by the instructor. A student who is absent four or more hours (in a course meeting three hours a week) will receive a grade of WU (withdrew unofficially), unless excused by the instructor. A student who does not attend a course at all will be assigned a grade of WN (never attended).

Both policies give instructors discretion to permit fewer or more absences. Some instructors enforce strict attendance policies; others are more liberal, believing that the consequences of frequent absences are low grades. Instructors will include their attendance policies in their syllabi and explain these policies at the beginning of the course.

Withdrawal from College and Leave of Absence

Students who leave the College before the end of a term must file an official withdrawal request. Failure to do so will result in WU grades for all courses in progress, and the result will be a negative impact on the grade point average. Students intending to withdraw from the College must see a counselor and complete the required forms. There is no fee. Registration materials for the semester following withdrawal will be sent automatically. There is no formal leave of absence from the College for undergraduates.


Undergraduate students who do not register for a semester and then decide to return must file an application for readmission to qualify for a priority registration appointment. Generally, readmission is routine. Students requesting a change in curriculum or major may be subject to a review of qualifications. 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. Students who have been academically dismissed by the College will be readmitted only upon successful appeal to the Committee on Course and Standing. Applications may be filed online at

Repeating Courses

Remedial courses: Students may repeat a given remedial course only once.

Passing Grade: Students who receive a passing grade in a course (D or better) sometimes wish to repeat the course in the expectation of improving the grade. If a course is repeated, both grades will remain on the student’s transcript and both grades will be computed in the student’s grade point average, but the student will receive credit only once for the course. For example: a student takes HST 100 for three credits and receives a D, then repeats the course and receives a B. The transcript will list HST 100 with the grade of D for the first time and with a grade of B for the second. The student will receive a total of three credits for HST 100, not six, but the three credits of D and the three credits of B will be calculated in the student’s grade point average. The repeated course may not count toward the 12 credits required for full-time and TAP status unless the Catalog states that the course must be repeated.

Failing Grade: An undergraduate student may repeat up to 16 credits of failed courses; if the subsequent grade is C or higher, this subsequent grade will be included in the calculation of the cumulative GPA. The failing grade(s) will not be included (although the course and the grade remain on the record). The cumulative GPA will be used in determining if College admissions, progress, and graduation standards have been satisfied. F grades will be used in calculating the GPA for graduation honors and may affect the determination of admission to specific programs and progress in specific majors. If the subsequent grade is a D, both the original F and the subsequent D will be included in the GPA calculation.

This policy is subject to the following limitations:

  1. The course in which the failing grade was received must have been originally taken after September 1, 1984 and repeated after September 1, 2002. Courses repeated between September 1, 1990 and August 31, 2002 will be governed by the policy in the 2001-2002 Catalog.
  2. No more than 16 credits of failing grades may be recalculated in the above manner.
  3. The 16-credit limit applies cumulatively to courses taken in all CUNY colleges.
  4. If two or more failing grades have been received for the same course and a grade of C or better is subsequently earned, all of the failing grades may be recalculated, subject to the 16-credit limit.
  5. The repeated course must be taken at the same college as the initially failed course.
  6. The failing grades remain on the academic record.
  7. The regulation applies to undergraduates only.

Auditing a Course

A student may audit a course by registering for the course and presenting a written statement of intent to audit the course, signed by the instructor, to the Registrar within the first three weeks of class. The Registrar will record a final grade of AUD, effective at the end of the semester. Once the declaration to audit has been made, the student may no longer choose to receive credit for the course. The regular tuition and fee schedule applies to audited courses.

Undergraduate Students in Graduate Courses

Undergraduate students with 90 or more credits and a 3.0 GPA may be granted permission to register for a graduate course for undergraduate credit. Permission is required from the course instructor and the coordinator of the graduate program offering the course; and must be noted on the registration form.

Permission to Take Courses at Other Colleges

Students wishing to take a course at another college must receive permission in advance if the course is to be credited toward a degree at the College of Staten Island. Permission to take courses at other colleges is granted only to currently enrolled matriculated students. Applications for permit, which require the approval of the department chairperson and the Registrar, are available in the Registrar’s Office. Tuition for courses taken on permit at other CUNY colleges must be paid at the College of Staten Island during the regular registration period. The Bursar’s receipt for this registration, together with the approved permit form, will enable students to register at another CUNY college. Tuition and fees for a course taken on permit at a non-CUNY school must be paid directly to the host school. Courses taken on permit will be transferred to CSI with the grade assigned by the host college.

Students on permit must request that a transcript be sent from the host college to the Registrar at the College of Staten Island. A student who registers for permit courses but who is unable to complete the course registration at the host college should officially withdraw from the permit course(s) promptly. The University refund schedule applies to dropping permit credits unless the student presents a letter from the host college that the student was unable to register for the permit courses.

Independent Study, Internships, and Experiential Learning

Current matriculated students may arrange independent study and internships in most of the fields of study in the College’s curriculum. To arrange for such courses, students must take the initiative in approaching faculty sponsors and in defining the project. Independent study and internship forms are available in the Registrar’s Office. Independent Study undergraduate courses are numbered 591-594 and Internships are numbered 595-598. Both are awarded one to four credits.

The following definitions and policies apply:

Independent Study (numbered 591-594 in the discipline)

Independent Study is defined as an individual library or laboratory research or creative arts project under the direct supervision of a full-time faculty member. All Independent Study courses will be designated as liberal arts and sciences courses.

Internships (numbered 595-598 in the discipline)

Internships are experiences in a work situation that integrate an academic area of study with work experience. Courses designated Internships are individual, non-classroom, extended learning projects. They require an onsite supervisor as well as a full-time faculty member as project sponsor. Internships require a daily log of activities, an assigned reading list or preparation of a relevant bibliography, and a final paper that summarizes the way in which goals were achieved and demonstrates the relationship of academic material to the work done during the internship.

Internship courses are considered non-liberal arts and sciences. Internship students may not receive credit for paid employment unless they demonstrate the relationship of an appropriate body of academic material to the work required in their employment. The policy on individual Internship projects does not govern the regularly established professional internships (e.g., medical technology, communications).

Internships in professional programs may have different limits and requirements.

Policies on Independent Study and Internships

  1. Credit for Independent Study is awarded for study or research outside normal course offerings; credit for Internships is awarded for work experience related to an academic program, not for performing a job.
  2. Students must have at least one introductory course or equivalent experience in an area as a prerequisite to Independent Study and Internships. Independent Study students are required to spend at least three hours of work per week per credit. Internship students are expected to spend at least two hours per week per credit at the on-site location and at least one additional hour per week per credit in reading, study, and preparation.
  3. No more than four credits will be granted for an Independent Study or Internship. Credit will be granted only once for the same or a similar work situation or placement. No more than nine credits of Independent Study and Internship coursework will be accepted toward the 60+ credits required for the associate’s degree; no more than 15 credits of Independent Study and Internship coursework will be accepted toward the 120+ credits for the baccalaureate degree. The nine-and 15-credit limits are the maximum for the combined number of Independent Study and Internship credits. Enrollment in more than four credits of coursework in Independent Study and an Internship in any given semester is not encouraged; permission will be granted only in unusual circumstances. Interships in professional programs may have different limits and requirements.
  4. Students interested in Independent Study or an Internship must make arrangements with a full-time faculty member to sponsor the project. Internship students also require an onsite supervisor to evaluate their project. The individuals involved will sign a contract stipulating the expectations for completion of the course, evaluation criteria, and awarding of credit.
  5. Arrangements for Independent Study and Internships must be made during the semester before the student wishes to enroll in these courses and must be approved by the faculty sponsor, onsite supervisor (where applicable), and the chairperson of the department or coordinator of the program.
  6. For Internships, at least one onsite visit must be made by the faculty sponsor during the semester. At this time a joint conference with all participants in the project will be held for evaluation. For all Independent Study and Internship students a meeting and an evaluation of progress with the faculty sponsor is expected at least bimonthly. Internships in professional programs may have different limits and requirements.
  7. Independent Study and Internship proposals are kept on file in the Registrar’s Office. Registration for Independent Study and Internship courses must be completed within the first three weeks of the semester.
  8. Independent Study and Internship courses may not be used to satisfy general education requirements for any degree program. Independent Study and Internship courses may be used as electives in fulfillment of core or major requirements only if the application explicitly states that the course may so be used.

Experiential Learning

Matriculated students who have completed 15 credits may receive a maximum of 15 credits for experiential learning. This learning must be at college level; it may match the content of specific courses or not. Credit is awarded by the appropriate department after detailed assessment of the documentation provided by the student to that department. Further information is available at the Office of Registrar, Building 2A, Room 110.


External Agencies:

The College will grant matriculated students a maximum of 30 credits on the basis of, among others, the following: Advanced Placement Courses (AP), Regents College Examinations, American College Testing Proficiency (ACT-PEP), and College Level Examination Programs (CLEP).

The College grants credit for designated CLEP General Examinations. For CLEP introductory subject exams with separate essay test, the College requires that students take both the multiple-choice objective test and the separate essay test. Award of credit is based on performance on both parts of the subject exam. In order to receive credit, students must pass the subject examinations with a scaled score in at least the 50th percentile and minimally equivalent to a passing grade of C.

Academic departments or programs may authorize the assignment of specific course equivalents for credit-by-examination through outside agencies. Otherwise, such credits will be acceptable only as elective credits. Credits granted by examination through outside agencies will appear on student records appropriately identified by type of exam, subject, number of credits, and P (passing) grade. No credit will be awarded for a subject area examination in which the student has already taken an equivalent college course or completed a higher-level, more advanced college course. Based on faculty review and recommendations, the Office of Recruitment and Admissions monitors and coordinates the awarding of credit by examinations taken through outside agencies and the implementation of uniform College policy on credit-by-examination.

Departmental Challenge Examinations

At the discretion of academic departments or programs, students may take departmental challenge examinations to demonstrate college-level competency in courses that have not been taken at CSI (or at any other college), and for which no credit has already been received.

Academic Integrity, Plagiarism, and Cheating

Integrity is fundamental to the academic enterprise. It is violated by such acts as borrowing or purchasing assignments (including but not limited to term papers, essays, and reports) and other written assignments, using concealed notes or crib sheets during examinations, copying the work of others and submitting it as one’s own, and misappropriating the knowledge of others. The sources from which one derives one’s ideas, statements, terms, and data, including Internet sources, must be fully and specifically acknowledged in the appropriate form; failure to do so, intentionally or unintentionally, constitutes plagiarism.

Violations of academic integrity may result in a lower grade or failure in a course and in disciplinary actions with penalties such as suspension or dismissal from the College. More information on the CUNY policies on Academic Integrity can be found in Appendix iii.

Academic Freedom

The City University subscribes to the American Association of University Professors 1940 Statement of Principles on Academic Freedom, and the College of Staten Island respects academic freedom for faculty and students as well as freedom in their personal lives for all individuals in the campus community.

Undergraduate Degree & Certificate Programs

For Graduate Degree Programs and Advanced Certificate Programs please refer to the Graduate Catalog.

Accounting (BS)

African and African Diaspora Studies (BA)

American Studies (BA)

Art (BA), (BFA)

Biochemistry (BS)

Biology (BS)

Biology 7-12 (BS)

Business (AAS), (BS)

Chemistry (BS)

Chemistry (7-12) (BS)

Cinema Studies (BA)

Communications (BS)

Computer Science (BS)

Computer Science/Mathematics (BS)

Computer Technology (AAS)

Drama (BS)

Earth Science (7-12) (BS)

Earth and Environmental Science (BS)

Economics (BA), BS)

Electrical Engineering (BS)

Electrical Engineering Technology (AAS)*

Engineering Science (AS), (BS)

English (BA)

English (7-12) (BA)

Geography (BA)

History (BA)

History (7-12) (BA)

Italian Studies (BA)

Italian Studies (7-12) (BA)

Information Systems and Informatics (BS)

International Studies (BA)

Liberal Arts and Sciences (AA), (AS)

Mathematics (BS)

Mathematics (7-12) (BS)

Mathematics/Computer Science (BS)

Medical Technology (BS)

Music (BA), (BS)

Nursing (AAS), (BS)

Philosophy (BA)

Philosophy and Political Science (BA)

Physics (BS)

Physics (7-12) (BS)

Political Science (BA)

Psychology (BA),(BS)

Science, Letters, and Society (BA)

Science, Letters, and Society: Early Childhood (Birth-2) (BA)

Science, Letters, and Society: Childhood (1-6) (BA)

Social Work (BS)

Sociology/Anthropology (BA)

Spanish (BA)

Spanish (7-12) (BA)

Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (BA)

*Admission to the program has been suspended.

New York State Registration

The following listing gives the title of each of the undergraduate degree programs of the College and the Program Code number under which that program is registered with the New York State Department of Education, Office of Higher Education and the Professions, Cultural Education Center, Room 5B28, Albany, NY 12230; 1.528.474.5851.





MHC Accounting



African and African Diaspora Studies



MHC African and African Diaspora Studies



American Studies



MHC American Studies




34898, 02842, 36966



35538, 60265. 36967





MHC Biochemistry






MHC Biology



Biology (7-12)



MHC Biology (7-12)




01585, 82436


MHC Business






MHC Chemistry



Chemistry (7-12)



MHC Chemistry (7-12)



Cinema Studies



MHC Cinema Studies






MHC Communications



Computer Science



MHC Computer Science



Computer Science/Mathematics



MHC Computer Science/Mathematics



Computer Technology






MHC Drama



Earth and Environmental Science



MHC Earth and Environmental Science



Earth Science (7-12)



MHC Earth Science (7-12)




34904, 34905


MHC Economics

35546, 35545


Electrical Engineering



MHC Electrical Engineering



Electrical Engineering Technology



Engineering Science



Engineering Science



MHC Engineering Science






MHC English



English (7-12)



MHC English (7-12)






MHC Geography






MHC History



History (7-12)



MHC History (7-12)



Information Systems and Informatics



MHC Information Systems and Informatics



International Studies



MHC International Studies



Italian Studies



MHC Italian Studies



Italian Studies (7-12)



MHC Italian Studies (7-12)



Latin American, Caribbean,
and Latina/o Studies



Liberal Arts And Sciences

01584, 01583





Mathematics (7-12)



MHC Mathematics



Medical Technology



MHC Medical Technology




34911, 02845


MHC Music

35552, 60270


Modern China Studies*









MHC Nursing






MHC Philosophy



Philosophy and Political Science



MHC Philosophy and Political Science






Physics (7-12)



MHC Physics



MHC Physics (7-12)



Political Science



MHC Political Science




02874, 33782


MHC Psychology

60272, 60273


Science, Letters And Society



MHC Science, Letters and Society



Science, Letters And Society (Education)



MHC Science, Letters, and Society (Education)



Social Work



MHC Social Work






MHC Sociology/Anthropology






MHC Spanish



Spanish (7-12)



MHC Spanish (7-12)



Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies



MHC Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies


*Admission is suspended to this program.

The City University of New York reserves the right, because of changing conditions, to make modifications of any nature in the academic programs and requirements of the University and its constituent colleges without advance notice.

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Undergraduate Catalog 2017-2018

Message From the President

About the College



Tuition and Fees

Financial Aid

Scholarships and Awards

Divisions, Schools, and Departments

Department of the Library

Division of Student and Enrollment Services

Office of Academic Affairs

Academic Policies

Undergraduate Degree & Certificate Programs

Degree Requirements

Majors, Disciplines and Course Descriptions


African and African Diaspora Studies

American Sign Language

American Studies




Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Art

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Art

Art Minor

Art Courses

ART 100 Introduction to the Visual Arts

ART 106 Art in Rome

ART 120 Introductory Drawing

ART 125 Portrait Drawing I

ART 130 Introductory Painting

ART 150 Introductory Sculpture

ART 200 History of Art to the Renaissance

ART 201 History of Art after the Renaissance

ART 203 Art of the Ancient World

ART 205 Modern Art in Latin America

ART 207 Nineteenth-Century Art

ART 208 Twentieth-Century Art

ART 209 Art and Society in America

ART 210 The Architect and Society

ART 211 History of Printmaking

ART 220 Intermediate Drawing

ART 225 Portrait Drawing II

ART 230 Intermediate Painting

ART 240 Women and the Fine Arts

ART 245 Printmaking

ART 250 Intermediate Sculpture

ART 275 Studio Art Theory and Practice

ART 300 Medieval and Renaissance Art

ART 301 Baroque Art

ART 302 Garden Architecture in Italy

ART 303 History of Photography

ART 305 Museum and Gallery Training

ART 308 American Art since 1945

ART 310 Aspects of Renaissance Art

ART 311 Baroque Art and Architecture

ART 312 Visiting Artist Projects

ART 314 Contemporary Issues in Photography

ART 319 The Role of Art in the Modern World

ART 320 Advanced Drawing

ART 325 Portrait Drawing III

ART 330 Advanced Painting

ART 340 Design Workshop I

ART 341 Design Workshop II

ART 345 Intermediate Printmaking

ART 350 Advanced Sculpture

ART 375 Intermediate Studio Art Theory and Practice

ART 401 Contemporary Art: Ideas and Practices

ART 410 Major Artist I

ART 411 Major Artist II

ART 440 Contemporary Art Theory I

ART 441 Contemporary Art Theory II

ART 445 Advanced Printmaking

ART 475 Advanced Studio Art Theory and Practice

ART 480 Senior Project in Art and Photography

Photography Minor

Photography Courses

Astronomy Courses



Biology (BS)

Biology 7-12 (BS)

Biology Minor

Biology Courses

BIO 102 Human Body

BIO 103 Introduction to Biology

BIO 105 Molecular Foundations of Cell Function

BIO 106 Principles of Biology I

BIO 107 Principles of Biology I Laboratory

BIO 108 Principles of Biology II

BIO 109 Principles of Biology II Laboratory

BIO 146 Nutrition

BIO 150 Human Anatomy and Physiology I

BIO 160 Human Anatomy and Physiology II

BIO 170 General Biology I

BIO 171 General Biology I Laboratory

BIO 180 General Biology II

BIO 181 General Biology II Laboratory

BIO 205 General Physiology

BIO 213 Vertebrate Zoology

BIO 214 Biological Approach to Human Sexuality

BIO 215 Invertebrate Zoology and Paleontology

BIO 217 Introduction to Tropical Ecology

BIO 222 Field Biology

BIO 225 Conservation Biology

BIO 228 Botany

BIO 230 Marine Biology and Oceanography

BIO 232 Social Problems in Biology

BIO 240 The Biology of Disease

BIO 242 History of Biology

BIO 272 Biometrics

BIO 312 Genetics

BIO 314 General Microbiology

BIO 316 Clinical Microbiology

BIO 318 Histology

BIO 322 Evolution

BIO 324 Developmental Biology

BIO 325 Diagnostic Molecular Biology

BIO 326 Introduction to Bioinformatics and Genomics

BIO 327 Molecular Biology

BIO 332 Advanced Physiology

BIO 335 Gene Regulatory Systems

BIO 338 Behavioral Biology

BIO 342 Advanced Human Anatomy

BIO 346 General Virology

BIO 350 Microbiology and Cellular Pathology

BIO 351 Microbiology and Cellular Pathology Laboratory

BIO 352 Cell Biology

BIO 360 Ecology

BIO 365 Principles of Neurobiology

BIO 368 Neuroscience

BIO 370 Biochemistry I

BIO 372 Cell Biochemistry

BIO 376 Biochemistry II

BIO 378 Radiation Biology

BIO 382 Pharmacotherapeutics

BIO 415 Mathematical Biology

BIO 420 Comparative Endocrinology

BIO 424 Molecular Biology and Biotechnology Laboratory

BIO 425 Computational Molecular Biology

BIO 428 Plant Physiology

BIO 432 Clinical Pathology

BIO 434 Comparative Physiology

BIO 442 Immunology

BIO 443 Scanning Electron Microscopy and X-ray Microanalysis

BIO 450 Experimental Methods in Animal Physiology

BIO 452 Experimental Methods in Behavioral Biology

BIO 454 Advanced Methods in Cell Biology

BIO 456 Experimental Methods in Ecology

BIO 458 Experimental Methods in Cell Biochemistry

BIO 460 Experimental Methods in Advanced Genetics


Business (AAS)

Business (BS)

Business Minors

Business Courses

Finance Courses

Management Courses

Marketing Courses



Cinema Studies


Communications (BS)

Communications Minors

Communication Courses

COM 100 Introduction to Media

COM 101 Media Literacy

COM 115 Introduction to Design and Digital Media Environments

COM 150 Introduction to Communications

COM 200 Media and Culture

COM 201 History and Theory of Television

COM 203 Theories of Communications

COM 204 Introduction to Online Journalism

COM 205 Media Industries

COM 206 African Americans in the Media

COM 208 Latina/o Media

COM 211 Communications in a Corporate Setting

COM 220 History of Radio and Television

COM 225 Multicultural Literacy

COM 230 History of Print Media

COM 232 History of Design and Digital Media

COM 240 Media Workshop: Acting, Directing, and Producing for the Media

COM 249 Workshop in Typesetting

COM 250 Typography and Design

COM 251 Digital Imaging 1

COM 261 Television Studio Production

COM 270 Radio Production

COM 271 Radio/TV Newscasting

COM 277 Introduction to Journalism

COM 312 Theories of Mass Media

COM 313 Principles of Editorial Design: Integration of Writing and Graphics

COM 315 Media Analysis

COM 317 Information Design

COM 318 Advanced TV Studio Production

COM 320 Motion Graphics

COM 325 East Asian Popular Culture

COM 326 Japanese Cinema: Theory & History

COM 332 History and Theory of Advertising and Public Relations

COM 341 Communications Design Workshop

COM 351 Digital Imaging II

COM 370 Web Design, Graphics, and Theory

COM 371 Media and the Margins

COM 374 Mass Media in Modern Society

COM 380 Web Design, Animation, and Theory

COM 390 Media Internship

COM 410 Media Administration

COM 412 Broadcast Journalism

COM 415 Media Audiences

COM 420 Global Media

COM 425 Media Regulation

COM 432 Corporate Communications Practices

COM 438 Newspaper Reporting

COM 445 Journalism and Society

COM 446 Digital Design for Journalists

COM 450 Senior Seminar in Communications Research

COM 451 Advanced Design and Digital Media Workshop

COM 465 Writing for the Media

COM 475 Writing for Advertising and Public Relations

COM 480 Studies in Advanced Journalism

COM 490 Senior Project

COM 492 Senior Project for Design and Digital Media

Computer Science and Computer Technology

Computer Technology (AAS)

Computer Science (BS)

Computer Science–Mathematics (BS)

Computer Science Minor

Computer Science Courses

CSC 102 Computers for Today

CSC 112 Introduction to Word Processing

CSC 114 Elements of Computer Programming for the Technologies

CSC 115 Introduction to Computer Technology

CSC 116 Introduction to Database

CSC 117 Computer Technology Lab

CSC 118 Introduction to Spreadsheets

CSC 119 Computer Technology Concepts

CSC 122 Computer and Windows

CSC 126 Introduction to Computer Science

CSC 135 Introduction to Information Systems

CSC 140 Algorithms and Computation

CSC 141 Algorithms and Computation Laboratory

CSC 205 Basic Desktop Publishing

CSC 210 Applications Programming

CSC 211 Intermediate Programming

CSC 215 Assistive Technology for Universal Applications

CSC 220 Computers and Programming

CSC 223 Computer Hacking Revealed

CSC 225 Introduction to Web Development and the Internet

CSC 226 Web Database Applications

CSC 227 Introductory Computer Game Programming

CSC 228 Discrete Mathematical Structures for Computer Science

CSC 229 Introduction to High Performance Computing

CSC 235 Robotic Explorations

CSC 270 Introduction to Scientific Computing

CSC 305 Operating Systems Programming Laboratory

CSC 310 Input/Output Operations and File Management

CSC 315 Introduction to Database Systems

CSC 326 Data Structures

CSC 330 Object-Oriented Software Design

CSC 332 Operating Systems I

CSC 334 Computer System Fundamentals

CSC 346 Switching and Automata Theory

CSC 347 Computer Circuits Laboratory

CSC 382 Analysis of Algorithms

CSC 405 Applied Concepts in Information Systems

CSC 420 Concepts of Programming Languages

CSC 421 Internet Data Communications and Security

CSC 424 Database Management Systems

CSC 427 Advanced Computer Game Programming

CSC 429 Advanced High Performance Computing

CSC 430 Software Engineering

CSC 432 Operating Systems II

CSC 434 Compiler Construction

CSC 435 Advanced Data Communications

CSC 438 Mobile Application Development

CSC 446 Computer Architecture

CSC 450 Honors Workshop

CSC 462 Microcontrollers

CSC 470 Introductory Computer Graphics

CSC 475 Image Processing in Computer Science

CSC 480 Artificial Intelligence

CSC 482 Discrete Simulation

CSC 484 Theory of Computation

CSC 490 Seminar in Computer Science

CORE 100

CUNY Baccalaureate


Disability Studies


East Asian Studies

Earth and Environmental Science

Earth Science


Economics (BA)

Economics (BS)

Minor in Economics

Economics Courses

ECO 101 Introduction to Economics

ECO 111 Introduction to Microeconomics

ECO 112 Introduction to Macroeconomics

ECO 210 Intermediate Microeconomics

ECO 212 Intermediate Macroeconomics

ECO 213 Money and Capital Markets

ECO 214 Money and Banking

ECO 230 Introduction to Economic and Managerial Statistics

ECO 231 Quantitative Analysis of Business and Economic Problems

ECO 240 Managerial Finance I

ECO 250 International Economics

ECO 251 International Political Economy

ECO 252 Economic Geography

ECO 253 United States Economic History

ECO 256 Analysis of Underdeveloped Areas

ECO 257 The Japanese Economy

ECO 261 Labor Relations

ECO 285 Economics for Engineers

ECO 291 Political Economy of War and Peace

ECO 296 History of American Business

ECO 315 Monetary Theory and Policy

ECO 318 Economic and Business Forecasting

ECO 323 Introduction to Econometrics

ECO 326 Introduction to Mathematical Economics

ECO 327 Intermediate Mathematical Economics

ECO 330 Public Finance

ECO 331 Law and Economics

ECO 332 Health Economics

ECO 333 Economics and Philosophy

ECO 335 Behavioral Economics

ECO 336 Industrial Organization

ECO 338 Government and Business

ECO 345 Managerial Finance II

ECO 352 Comparative Economic Systems

ECO 356 Economic Growth and Devlopment

ECO 360 Investment Analysis

ECO 361 Labor Economics

ECO 370 International Finance

ECO 376 The Nonprofit Institution

ECO 385 Engineering Economics

ECO 387 Managerial Economics

ECO 388 Economics of Natural Resources and the Environment

ECO 389 Economics and Technology

ECO 390 History of Economic Thought

ECO 392 Urban Economics

ECO 395 Foundations of Modern Capitalism

ECO 410 Seminar in Economic Analysis

ECO 490 Senior Seminar in Political Science, Economics, Philosophy, and Geography


Electrical Engineering

Electrical Engineering Technology*

Engineering Science

Engineering Science (AS)

Engineering Science (BS)

Transfer Program

Engineering Science Courses

ENS 100 Introduction to Engineering

ENS 102 Introduction to Electrical and Electronic Technology

ENS 103 Introduction to Electrical and Electronic Technology Laboratory

ENS 104 Introduction to Digital Technology

ENS 105 Introduction to Digital Technology Laboratory

ENS 110 Engineering Graphics

ENS 136 Computer-Aided Engineering

ENS 220 Introduction to Computer Engineering

ENS 221 Digital Electronics Laboratory

ENS 241 Electrical and Electronic Circuits

ENS 249 Basic Measurements Laboratory

ENS 250 Engineering Mechanics

ENS 310 Thermodynamics

ENS 316 Dynamics

ENS 331 Digital Signal Processing

ENS 336 Computer-Aided Engineering II

ENS 342 Electrical and Electronic Circuits II

ENS 345 Solid State Device Fundamentals

ENS 350 Transport Processes

ENS 356 Theory of Electromagnetic Radiation

ENS 359 Mechanical Materials Laboratory

ENS 362 Microcontrollers

ENS 371 Systems Analysis

ENS 380 Mechanics of Solids

ENS 383 Electrical Properties of Materials

ENS 384 Mechanical Properties of Materials

ENS 410 Heat Transfer

ENS 415 Network Systems Engineering

ENS 416 Applied Elasticity

ENS 420 Analog and Digital Systems Design

ENS 322 Signals and Noise

ENS 432 Digital and Analog Communication Systems

ENS 434 Energy Conversion

ENS 436 Electric Energy Systems

ENS 438 Power Plant Design and Analysis

ENS 439 Systems Laboratory

ENS 441 Electrical Power Transmission and Distribution

ENS 446 Computer Architecture

ENS 450 Fluid Mechanics

ENS 459 Applied Mechanics Laboratory

ENS 463 Introduction to Nanotechnology

ENS 464 Embedded Systems Analysis and Design

ENS 466 Telecommunications System Engineering

ENS 470 Introduction to Environmental Engineering

ENS 471 Control Systems

ENS 473 Image and Video Processing in Engineering

ENS 485 Properties of Materials

ENS 491 Advanced Engineering Design I

ENS 492 Advanced Engineering Design II


Environmental Science




Health Education


History (BA)

History Minor

History Courses

HST 100 Past and Present

HST 105 Contemporary African Issues

HST 106 Africa Encounters Europe

HST 110 Individual and Society in Ancient Greece

HST 115 Comparative Ancient Religion

HST 116 Freshman Seminar in History

HST 160 African American History: 1619 to the Present

HST 182 Women’s History and Feminist Theory

HST 200 Historical Method

HST 201 History of Western Civilization: Antiquity to 1500

HST 202 History of Western Civilization since 1500

HST 203 The World Since 1900

HST 204 Introduction to Asian Civilization

HST 206 Modern China

HST 207 History of Africa

HST 208 History of Modern Latin America

HST 209 Modern Japan

HST 210 History of Modern India

HST 211 Japanese Civilization

HST 212 History of the Ancient Near East

HST 213 Chinese Civilization

HST 214 Greece and the Hellenistic World

HST 215 The Origins of Western Europe: 400-1000 CE

HST 216 Byzantine Thought and Civilization

HST 217 Introduction to Women's History

HST 218 The Roman World

HST 219 Greek and Roman Mythology

HST 220 Medieval Thought and Civilization

HST 221 The American Dream

HST 222 Islam: Religion and Culture

HST 223 American Landscapes

HST 224 Jewish History

HST 225 History of Christianity

HST 228 Renaissance and Reformation Europe

HST 229 History of Religion from Antiquity to Our Times

HST 230 Early Modern England

HST 231 Reacting to the Past

HST 234 Asian Tigers since 1945

HST 235 The Modern Middle East

HST 236 Asian American History

HST 238 World Civilization I

HST 239 World Civilization II

HST 240 American Ideas

HST 244 United States History: 1607-1865

HST 245 United States History: 1865-Present

HST 246 Religion in America

HST 248 New York City: History and Problems

HST 249 Italian American History

HST 251 History of the U.S. City

HST 252 History of Education in the United States

HST 253 United States Economic History

HST 254 History of Staten Island

HST 257 The History of American Immigration

HST 258 Vietnam and America: 1945-1975

HST 260 U.S. History: First Encounters to the Present

HST 262 African American History: 1619-1865

HST 263 African American History: 1865 to the Present

HST 264 The African Diaspora

HST 265 History of the Caribbean

HST 266 Peoples and Cultures of Africa

HST 267 Contemporary African Issues

HST 269 Blacks in Urban America: 1900-Present

HST 270 Modern British History: 1700-1900

HST 271 Modern British History: 1900 to the Present

HST 272 Modern Germany

HST 273 Medieval Russia

HST 274 History of Modern Russia

HST 275 Imperial Russia

HST 276 History of Italy

HST 277 History of Nineteenth-Century Europe

HST 278 The History of Twentieth-Century Europe

HST 279 History of the Balkans: 1453 to the Present

HST 280 History of Science

HST 281 History of Work

HST 283 Psycho-History

HST 284 The Soviet Union and Contemporary Russia

HST 285 The World of the 21st Century

HST 286 History of American Women

HST 290 The West and the World: Africa Encounters Europe

HST 291 The Atlantic World

HST 292 The West and the World: Cross-Cultural Encounters in the Medieval World

HST 300 Historiography

HST 305 Women in Latin America

HST 307 Medieval England

HST 315 The European Discovery of America and the Encounter with the Native Peoples: 1492 to 1581

HST 317 The Medieval Balkans and the Ottoman Turks: 1204-1481

HST 318 Themes in Byzantine History

HST 319 Medieval Cities

HST 320 Topics in Ancient and Medieval History

HST 321 Themes In Classical and Hellenistic History

HST 322 The Late Antique World

HST 323 Themes in Roman Republican and Imperial History

HST 324 Environmental History

HST 325 The Silk Road

HST 327 The World of Late Imperial China

HST 328 Early Modern Europe

HST 330 Nationalist Movements and the Process of Independence in Africa

HST 331 Black Intellectual Thought in the African Diaspora

HST 332 The Age of Revolutions: 1765-1820

HST 333 Colonialism and the African Experience

HST 335 Society and Culture in the United States

HST 336 Themes in United States History: 1607-1788

HST 337 Early American Republic: 1788-1850

HST 338 Themes in United States History: 1877-1914

HST 339 Themes in United States History: 1914-1945

HST 340 United States Foreign Policy in the 20th Century

HST 344 War and Society in Modern America

HST 347 Your Parents’ America

HST 348 The Holocaust in European History

HST 349 United States History since 1945

HST 350 Comparative Urban History

HST 351 Spain and Its World, 1469-1808

HST 352 Resistance and Revolt in Latin America

HST 361 The Heritage of Marcus Garvey and W.E.B. DuBois

HST 370 The Middle East and Europe

HST 371 The 1960s in Europe

HST 372 The World of Tokugawa Japan

HST 375 Economic History of Soviet Russia

HST 376 Nazi Germany

HST 382 War and Society

HST 384 Social and Political Ideologies in the Modern World

HST 386 The Recovery of Women’s Past

HST 388 Imperialism

HST 389 Themes in American Women’s History

HST 395 Foundations of Modern Society

HST 401 Seminar in Advanced Historical Study

Information Systems and Informatics

Integrated Science

International Studies

Italian Studies



Latin American, Caribbean, and Latina/o Studies

Legal Studies Minor

Liberal Arts and Sciences



Macaulay Honors College at CSI


Mathematics (BS)

Computer Science-Mathematics (BS)

Mathematics Minor

Mathematics Testing (See also Academic Policies/Testing)

Remedial and Developmental Mathematics Courses: 0-Level Courses in Mathematics

College-level Mathematics Courses

Mathematics Courses

MTH 010 Basic Mathematics

MTH 015 Elementary Algebra with Proficiency Exam Review

MTH 020 Elementary Algebra

MTH 025 Selected Topics in Intermediate Algebra

MTH 030 Intermediate Algebra

MTH 035 Intermediate Algebra

MTH 102 Mathematics for Liberal Arts Students

MTH 103 Mathematical Ideas

MTH 104 Thinking Mathematically

MTH 108 Medical Dosage Calculations

MTH 109 Mathematics and the Environment

MTH 113 Introduction to Probability and Statistics

MTH 121 Finite Mathematics

MTH 123 College Algebra and Trigonometry

MTH 129 Algebra and Trigonometry Computer Laboratory

MTH 130 Pre-Calculus Mathematics

MTH 214 Applied Statistics Using Computers

MTH 217 Fundamentals of Mathematics I

MTH 218 Fundamentals of Mathematics II

MTH 221 Applied Finite Mathematics and Business Calculus

MTH 228 Discrete Mathematical Structures for Computer Science

MTH 229 Calculus Computer Laboratory

MTH 230 Calculus I with Pre-Calculus

MTH 231 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I

MTH 232 Analytic Geometry and Calculus II

MTH 233 Analytic Geometry and Calculus III

MTH 235 Accelerated Calculus I

MTH 236 Accelerated Calculus II

MTH 306 History of Mathematical Thought

MTH 311 Probability Theory and an Introduction to Mathematical Statistics

MTH 329 Geometry

MTH 330 Applied Mathematical Analysis I

MTH 331 Applied Mathematical Analysis II

MTH 334 Differential Equations

MTH 335 Numerical Analysis

MTH 337 Applied Combinatorics and Graph Theory

MTH 338 Linear Algebra

MTH 339 Applied Algebra

MTH 341 Advanced Calculus I

MTH 342 Advanced Calculus II

MTH 347 Number Theory

MTH 349 Cryptology

MTH 350 Mathematical Logic

MTH 360 Actuarial Science

MTH 370 Operations Research

MTH 410 Mathematical Statistics I

MTH 411 Mathematical Statistics II

MTH 415 Mathematical Biology

MTH 416 Mathematics of Finance

MTH 430 Partial Differential Equations

MTH 431 Complex Analysis

MTH 435 Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos

MTH 437 Introduction to Mathematical Modeling

MTH 440 Foundations of Mathematics

MTH 441 Topology

MTH 442 Abstract Algebra

MTH 445 Introduction to Differential Geometry

Medical Technology


Music (BA)

Music (BS)

Music Minor

Music Courses

MUS 105 World Music

MUS 106 Jazz Performance Techniques

MUS 108 Introduction to Jazz History

MUS 110 Introduction to Music History

MUS 115 Ensemble I

MUS 116 Ensemble II

MUS 120 Rudiments of Music

MUS 123 Piano I

MUS 124 Piano II

MUS 125 Introduction to Music Theory

MUS 130 Guitar Ensemble I

MUS 131 Guitar Ensemble II

MUS 144 Jazz Ensemble I

MUS 145 Jazz Ensemble II

MUS 150 Chorus I

MUS 151 Chorus II

MUS 164 Orchestra I

MUS 165 Orchestra II

MUS 180 Performance Workshop I

MUS 181 First-Semester Private Lessons

MUS 190 Performance Workshop II

MUS 191 Second-Semester Private Lessons

MUS 203 Music History I: History of Jazz

MUS 204 Music History II - History of Western Music from Antiquity to 1750

MUS 215 Ensemble III

MUS 216 Ensemble IV

MUS 223 Keyboard Musicianship I

MUS 224 Keyboard Musicianship II

MUS 225 Music Theory I

MUS 226 Music Theory II

MUS 232 Classic Guitar I

MUS 233 Guitar Ensemble III

MUS 234 Guitar Ensemble IV

MUS 236 Music in American Life

MUS 237 American Musical Theater

MUS 242 Harmonic Practice in the Jazz Tradition

MUS 243 Musicianship I

MUS 244 Musicianship II

MUS 246 Jazz Ensemble III

MUS 247 Jazz Ensemble IV

MUS 249 Jazz Combo

MUS 250 Chorus III

MUS 251 Chorus IV

MUS 252 Musical Performance I

MUS 253 Musical Performance II

MUS 258 Music Technology

MUS 264 Orchestra III

MUS 265 Orchestra IV

MUS 270 Composition I

MUS 280 Performance Workshop III

MUS 281 Third-Semester Private Lessons

MUS 290 Performance Workshop IV

MUS 291 Fourth-Semester Private Lessons

MUS 301 Improvisation

MUS 303 Music History III: Western Music from 1750 to 1900

MUS 304 Music History IV: Western Art Music from 1900-Present

MUS 322 Counterpoint

MUS 323 Keyboard Musicianship III

MUS 325 Keyboard Musicianship IV

MUS 326 Instrumentation and Scoring

MUS 332 Classical Guitar II

MUS 338 Innovators in Jazz

MUS 339 Jazz Composition and Analysis

MUS 340 Arranging for Jazz Ensemble

MUS 349 Jazz Repertoire Combo

MUS 352 Musical Performance III

MUS 353 Musical Performance IV

MUS 360 Twentieth-Century Directions

MUS 361 Audio for Moving Images

MUS 362 Performance with Computer and Electronics

MUS 363 Musicianship III

MUS 364 Musicianship IV

MUS 365 Multitrack Recording

MUS 366 Multitrack Mixing and Mastering

MUS 370 Composition II

MUS 373 Junior Project (Composition)

MUS 380 Performance Workshop V

MUS 381 Fifth-Semester Private Lessons

MUS 383 Junior Project (Performance)

MUS 390 Performance Workshop VI

MUS 391 Sixth-Semester Private Lessons

MUS 393 Junior Project (Research)

MUS 400 The Music of J. S. Bach

MUS 402 Major Composer I

MUS 403 Major Composer II

MUS 405 Literature and Music

MUS 420 Modal Counterpoint

MUS 422 Counterpoint II

MUS 424 Score Analysis

MUS 430 Orchestration

MUS 431 Conducting

MUS 441 Composing in the Popular Idiom

MUS 450 History and Literature of the Symphony

MUS 460 History and Literature of Chamber Music

MUS 470 History and Literature of Opera

MUS 473 Senior Project (Composition)

MUS 480 Performance Workshop VII

MUS 481 Seventh-Semester Private Lessons

MUS 483 Senior Project (Performance)

MUS 490 Performance Workshop VIII

MUS 491 Eighth-Semester Private Lessons

MUS 493 Senior Project ( Research)



Photography Minor

Physical Education


Political Science

Political Science (BA)

Political Science Minor

Political Science Courses

POL 100 American Government and Politics

POL 103 Understanding the Political World: An Introduction to Political Science

POL 198 Tools of the Trade: The Art and Science of Political Research

POL 201 Early Political Theory

POL 202 Modern Political Theory

POL 204 American Political and Legal Thought

POL 218 Politics and the Novel

POL 219 Politics, Cinema, Media

POL 221 The American Presidency

POL 222 The American Legal System

POL 223 Public Administration

POL 227 Political Parties, Elections, and Interest Groups

POL 229 Law, Justice, and Politics

POL 231 City Hall and Albany

POL 233 CUNY Internship Program in New York Government and Politics I

POL 234 CUNY Internship Program in New York Government and Politics II

POL 235 The American Political System

POL 237 Criminal Courts and Defendants’ Rights

POL 238 Criminal Law and Procedure

POL 240 Comparative Government

POL 241 Western European Politics: United Kingdom, France, Italy, Germany

POL 244 From the Soviet Union to the Commonwealth of Independent States

POL 246 Nazism and The Holocaust

POL 250 Latin American Politics

POL 251 International Political Economy

POL 252 Middle East Politics

POL 253 African Politics

POL 256 East Asian Politics

POL 259 International Security

POL 260 International Politics: In Search of a New World Order

POL 261 International Organizations

POL 264 Political Geography

POL 303 Recent Political Theory

POL 307 History of Legal Thought

POL 310 Political Sociology

POL 316 The Politics of Evil

POL 317 Revolutions and Revolutionaries

POL 320 The Judiciary in Politics

POL 321 Race, Law and Public Policy in the Contemporary United States

POL 323 Public Policy Analysis

POL 325 Storming Washington: Presidential and Congressional Elections

POL 330 Legal Philosophy

POL 331 Law and Economics

POL 335 Internships in New York State Government

POL 336 American Constitutional Law

POL 338 Civil Rights and Liberties

POL 340 Uniting Europe: The Political Economy of the European Union

POL 341 The Politics of the New Germany

POL 342 Comparative Politics of Developing Countries

POL 343 Democracy and Democratization

POL 349 Comparative Human Rights

POL 353 China: Politics and Foreign Relations

POL 364 International Negotiations and Conflict Management

POL 365 Current American Foreign Policy

POL 371 Terrorism

POL 375 International Law

POL 394 CUNY World Affairs Internship

POL 490 Senior Seminar in Political Science, Economics, Philosophy, and Geography

Preparation for Professional School


Psychology (BA)

Psychology (BS)

Psychology Minor

Psychology Courses

PSY 100 Psychology

PSY 103 Stress: Understanding and Management

PSY 201 Foundations of Psychological Research

PSY 202 Psychopathology

PSY 203 Child Psychopathology

PSY 211 Methods of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)

PSY 212 Social Psychology

PSY 213 Cross-Cultural Psychology

PSY 215 Psychological Perspectives on Disabilities

PSY 216 Drugs and Behavior

PSY 217 Psychology and Chinese Culture

PSY 223 Health Psychology

PSY 225 Introduction to Forensic Psychology

PSY 226 Theories of Personality

PSY 232 Physiological Psychology: Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience

PSY 235 Gender and Sexuality

PSY 239 Physiological Psychology: Motivated Behavior

PSY 242 Developmental Psychology

PSY 266 Statistics in Psychology

PSY 268 Psychology of Women

PSY 280 Psychology of Religion

PSY 288 Cognitive Psychology

PSY 315 Psychology and the Law

PSY 322 Industrial Psychology

PSY 324 Environmental Psychology

PSY 330 Experimental Psychology: Cognition and Perception

PSY 332 Psychological Tests and Measurements

PSY 333 Experimental Psychology: Learning and Behavior

PSY 334 Experimental Psychology: Social and Personality

PSY 335 Experimental Psychology: Child Development

PSY 340 Mentoring and Adolescent Development

PSY 342 Language Development

PSY 343 Infancy

PSY 345 Motor Development

PSY 350 Prejudice and Social Identity

PSY 352 History and Systems of Psychology

PSY 355 Contemporary Issues in Human Sexuality

PSY 362 Approaches to Psychotherapy

PSY 368 Counseling Psychology

PSY 385 Psychology of Memory

PSY 390 Evolutionary Psychology

PSY 398 Internship in Psychology

PSY 416 Group Dynamics

PSY 420 Advanced Seminar in Psychology

PSY 464 Applied Behavior Analysis

PSY 480 Advanced Learning and Behavior

PSY 591-4 Psychology Independent Study

PSY 598 Psychology Internship

Public Administration Minor


Science, Letters, and Society


Social Work

Sociology and Anthropology

Sociology/Anthropology (BA)

Sociology/Anthropology Minor

Sociology/Anthropology Courses

ANT 100 Understanding Our Worlds

ANT 201 Cultural Anthropology

ANT 205 Native American Societies

ANT 225 Multicultural Literacy

ANT 305 Power and Society in Latin America

ANT 306 Latinas/os in the United States

ANT 307 Caribbean Societies

ANT 308 Anthropology of Human Rights

ANT 312 Food, Self, and Society

ANT 331 Women and Work

ANT 365 Political Anthropology

ANT 367 Globalization and the World System

ANT 370 Urban Anthropology

ANT 450 Anthropology of Philosophy and Religion

SOC 100 Sociology

SOC 120 Social Problems

SOC 200 Sociological Theory

SOC 201 Methods of Sociological Research

SOC 202 Gender, Race, Ethnicity, and Class

SOC/ANT 203 Social Analysis

SOC 210 Sociology of Health and Medicine

SOC 212 Criminology

SOC 220 Marriage and the Family

SOC 226 Socialization of the Child

SOC 230 Sociology of Women

SOC 232 Sociology of Aging

SOC 238 Sociology of Men

SOC 240 Minority Groups

SOC 245 Contemporary Social Issues

SOC 250 Sociology of Religion

SOC 255 Sociology of the Arts

SOC 260 Class, Status, and Power

SOC 270 The Community

SOC 274 Social Welfare

SOC 275 Sociology of Education

SOC 280 Sociology and Politics

SOC 292 The Individual in Society

SOC 301 Computerized Research Analysis

SOC 302 Contemporary Sociological Theory

SOC 305 Power and Society in Latin America

SOC 306 Latinas/os in the United States

SOC 307 Caribbean Societies

SOC 312 Food, Self, and Society

SOC/ANT 313 Modern Korean Culture

SOC/ANT 314 The High Cost of Cheap Food

SOC 322 Sociology of the Environment and Ecology

SOC/ANT 332 Social Movements and Social Justice

SOC 325 Social Thought

SOC 328 Meat Markets, Gender, and Violence in the Lives of Humans and Others

SOC 330 Women and Work

SOC 340 Ethnicity and Immigration

SOC 345 Sociology of Mental Illness

SOC 350 Psychosocial Aspects of Disability

SOC 360 Sociology of Work and Leisure

SOC 367 Globalization and the World System

SOC 370 Urban Sociology

SOC 371 Media and the Margins

SOC 372 Institutions of Control

SOC 374 Mass Media in Modern Society

SOC/ANT 375 Sex and Society

SOC 376 Social Change

SOC 378 Social Planning

SOC 380 Sociology of Organizations

SOC/ANT 400 Research Seminar in Sociology/Anthropology

SOC 410 Sociological Issues

SOC 420 Birth and Death

SOC 427 Sociology of Language


Spanish (BA)

Spanish Minor

Spanish Courses

SPN 101 Spanish Conversation I

SPN 102 Spanish Conversation II

SPN 112 Basic Spanish I (Not Open to Native/Heritage Speakers)

SPN 113 Basic Spanish I (Note Open to to Native/Heritage Speakers)

SPN 114 Basic Spanish II (Not Open to Native/Heritage Speakers)

SPN 119 Elementary Spanish for Heritage Speakers

SPN 120 Intensive Spanish I

SPN 213 Continuing Spanish I (Not Open to Native/Heritage Speakers)

SPN 215 Continuing Spanish II

SPN 219 Intensive Spanish for Heritage Speakers

SPN 220 Intensive Spanish II

SPN 313 Advanced Communication Skills

SPN 315 Advanced Composition

SPN 316 Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics

SPN 319 Introduction to Translation

SPN 320 The Civilization of Spain

SPN 325 The Civilization of Pre-Colombian Spanish America

SPN 330 The Civilization of Spanish America

SPN 339 Spanish Society and Literature through 1700

SPN 340 An Introduction to the Literature of Spain

SPN 341 Spanish Society and Literature from 1700 to the Present

SPN 342 Spanish American Society and Literature through Modernism

SPN 343 Spanish American Society and Literature from Modernism to the 21st Century

SPN 345 Spanish Theater

SPN 350 Introduction to Spanish American Literature

SPN 352 Studies in Spanish American Literature and Culture I

SPN 359 Studies in Peninsular Spanish Literature and Culture I

SPN 370 Varieties of Spoken Spanish

SPN 415 Transatlantic Cinema

SPN 425 The Golden Age of Spanish Drama

SPN 430 Cervantes: Don Quixote and Other Works

SPN 450 The Modern Spanish Novel

SPN 452 Studies in Spanish American Literature and Culture II

SPN 453 Modernism and The Generation of 98

SPN 455 The Modern Spanish American Novel

SPN 459 Studies in Peninsular Spanish Literature and Culture II

SPN 462 Lorca and the Spanish Poetry of the 20th Century

SPN 463 Spanish American Poetry from Modernism to the 21st Century

SPN 465 Spanish Theater in the 20th Century

SPN 470 Spanish American Theater in the 20th Century

SPN 475 The Contemporary Spanish American Short Story

SPN 480 Literature of the Hispanic Caribbean

Student Professional Development

Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (BA)

Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Minor

Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Courses

Faculty and Staff


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