Stony Brook University requires the successful completion of a set of general education courses, referred
to as the Stony Brook Curriculum (SBC). The SBC includes breadth and depth of study, and ensures that
students will learn skills necessary for life-long learning.
The Stony Brook Curriculum (SBC)
The Stony Brook Curriculum includes both breadth and depth of study, and ensures that students will learn skills
necessary for life-long learning. Use the course search to search for courses that complete SBC learning
Through the general education curriculum, students will:
DEMONSTRATE VERSATILITY by showing proficiency in each of eleven fundamental learning objectives.
EXPLORE INTERCONNECTEDNESS by completing a course that examines significant relationships between
Science or Technology and the Arts, Humanities, or Social Sciences (STAS).
PURSUE DEEPER UNDERSTANDING by completing advanced studies in three of four distinct areas of
PREPARE FOR LIFE-LONG LEARNING by taking (in most cases) courses which may also satisfy other SBC,
major or other degree requirements.
Click on the learning objectives menu below to find more detailed information as well as the list of courses
at SUNY Korea under each category.
PURSUE DEEPER UNDERSTANDING by completing advanced studies in three of four distinct
areas of knowledge. A "+" sign in the abbreviations for these learning objectives signifies that
most courses in this category will be relatively advanced courses at the 200- to 400-level.
These learning objectives are:
Note : Students are responsible for completing the general education requirements
published in the Bulletin that was current as of the first semester of matriculation (or
rematriculation). The following student groups must satisfy the DIV learning objective as
part of their degree requirements:
Freshmen who matriculate in the Fall of 2019 or later
Transfer students who matriculate in the Spring of 2020 or later
Students who rematriculate in the Fall of 2019 or later
Note: CEAS majors, the Athletic Training major, the Respiratory Care major, and the
Clinical Laboratory Sciences major are exempt from the LANG learning objective.
Students enrolled in the major in Social Work are exempt from the LANG learning
objective, but are required to enroll in and pass with a letter grade of C or higher the first
semester of an elementary foreign language course numbered 111, or satisfy through
alternate methods (see Communicate in a Human Language Other than English--LANG).
The SBC learning objectives are described in detail in a designated section of the SBU
Undergraduate Bulletin in more detail.
The course section in the SBU Undergraduate Bulletin includes information specifying the SBC learning objectives
each course satisfies, if any. Courses may simultaneously satisfy multiple graduation requirements, including but
limited to the SBC, the major, the minor and others. Search the SBC coures at the SBU Bulletin.
Students may reduce the number of courses needed to achieve the Stony Brook Curriculum learning objectives
university certified AP credit, courses certified in more than one area, challenge exams, on-campus placement
course waivers, and faculty-designed themed course clusters. In accordance with SUNY policy, at a minimum,
must complete at least 30 credits of General Education awarded by an institution of higher education. In order to
satisfy the SBC learning objectives, a passing letter grade or a grade of S must be earned in the corresponding
course. Recorded grades of P, NC, U or F will not satisfy SBC learning objectives. LANG, WRT, and QPS learning
objectives must be passed with a grade of C or higher.
A detailed list of the courses and activities that fulfill these objectives may be found in the university
undergraduate Bulletin. Many of the above requirements may be fulfilled as part of a student's major or minor. For
more information on the Stony Brook Curriculum in relation to SUNY General Education Requirements, see link.