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General UBC Policies

Courses Valid for Inclusion in the UB Curriculum

  • A single course can count toward both a UB Curriculum requirement and a major, minor, or certificate requirement. A single course cannot count toward more than one UB Curriculum requirement, with one allowance: a course can count toward both the Diversity Learning requirement and any other UB Curriculum requirement (e.g., a Pathway course, UB Seminar, SLI, MQR or CL2).
  • Only courses approved for permanent cross-list may be used in the UB Curriculum with the following exceptions: UB Seminars may not be cross-listed.
  • Test credit may be used to meet UB Curriculum requirements through direct articulation only.

Guidelines for Sequencing UB Curriculum Courses

UB Curriculum Requirements

Suggested Timeframe
UB Seminar Must be placed in the entry semester
Communication Literacy 1 Year one
Communication Literacy 2 Year three
Math and Quantitative Reasoning Within the first two years
Scientific Literacy and Inquiry Within the first two years
Diversity Learning Within the first two years
Pathways Within the first two years
Capstone As soon as all other UBC requirements are complete

In accordance with SUNY rules, students must be able to complete 7 of 10 of their SUNY GERs within their first two years of study. This includes: Communication Literacy 1 (Basic Communication); Math and Quantitative Reasoning (Mathematics); Scientific Literacy and Inquiry (Natural Sciences); First two courses in both the Thematic and Global Pathway (covering 4 of the 7 remaining SUNY GER: Humanities, Social Sciences, Arts, Western Civilization, Other World Civilization, American History and Foreign Language).

UB Seminar

3-credit UBS (199) vs. 1-credit UBS (198)

3-Credit UBS (199)

All first-time freshmen (regardless of credits), all international students transferring from a foreign institution (regardless of credits), and all domestic transfer students with less than 45 credits must complete the 3-credit UBS.

1-Credit UBS (198)

  • All transfer students entering UB with 45 or more credits from an accredited domestic institution must complete the 1-credit UBS.
  • Credit received from AP exams does not count towards the 45+ placement.
  • Students with an approved EAS 140 equivalent, regardless of credits, are eligible to enroll in a 198 section.
  • Non-degree seeking students are not eligible to enroll in a UB Seminar. This includes 60+ and Visiting students.
  • TRANSFERS: Credit hours completed and in progress prior to matriculation at UB will determine the UB Seminar a transfer student must enroll (1 or 3 credit version). Credit received from AP exams does not count towards the 45+ placement.
  • RE-ENTERSIf the student completed 45 credits or more of coursework (either transfer or UB credits), s/he may complete the 1 credit UB Seminar in lieu of the 3 credit UB Seminar. Students who have less than 45 credits but completed one of the following courses prior to Fall 2016 may also take the 1-credit UB Seminar: CAS 101, CPM 101, CPM 203, EAS 140, HON 102, UBE 101, UBE 102 (Leadership House section only), UE 101, UE 140 or UE 141.
  • The AAR will be coded so that students identified as needing the 1-credit course will only be shown this option on their AAR and vice versa for 3 credit version/students.

Applying “X45” Student Group

  • To enroll in the 1-credit UBS (198), a student needs to be manually placed into the “X45” Student Group. And then the student can enroll themselves or be enrolled in the 1-credit UBS (198). Generally, the Office of Admissions (while processing incoming domestic transfer credit) will place a student in the “X45” Student Group if s/he has completed 45 domestic credits (not including in-progress work)
  • An advisor may see that an eligible transfer student has been missed (or may know that a transfer student will complete 45 or more credits prior to his/her first term of enrollment). In these instances, advisors can place the student in the “X45” Student Group
  • If the student is already enrolled in a 3-credit UBS, the advisor will need to drop the student from the 3-credit UBS before the student can enroll in the 1-credit UBS (to drop any UBS course, the advisor will need to use the “Class Permission” over
Process for Adding the “X45” Student Group

1. In the Student Services Center, on the “General Info” tab, in the “Student Groups” section, click “edit student groups”

2. Click the “+” in the utmost top right corner

3. In the Student Group field, type “X45”

4. The Effective Date will populate with today’s date and the Status will populate with “Active” (leave both of these fields as they appear)

5. No need to put anything in the “Comments” section

6. Click “OK”

Drop/Resign Process

  • All UB seminars are coded in HUB so that students are not able to drop or resign themselves. Students will need administrative assistance from their academic advisor to drop/resign.    
  • Prior to the end of Drop/Add the student wishes to change their seminar due to a schedule issue or they are changing in or out of SEAS or ARC, advisors should assist them, but ensure that they understand they must make another selection or the UBC office will exception register them in another seminar that fits their schedule.
  • Students seeking to resign the seminar must discuss with their advisor the ramifications of doing so and create an appropriate plan for repeating the requirement. Enrollment in a subsequent semester is limited by the Course Enrollment Control policy and it is unlikely they will granted a seat in a fall or spring semester.
Process for dropping/resigning a UB Seminar

1. In Quick Enroll, under the "*Action" drop down menu select either "Drop" if the student is resigning the course, or "Swap" if the student wishes to enroll in a different UB Seminar prior to add/drop deadline.

2. Click the blue arrow to the right of the "Class Override" tab to expand your options.

3. Scroll to the right and check the "Class Permission" box.

4. Save and Submit.

UBC Hold

  • UB Curriculum Action Required Hold will be applied when students fail or resign their UB Seminar in their first semester.
  • The UBC hold is not enforced until the specified start term (Please see the image below), so students are able to add, drop, and resign courses before the start term. 
  • Once students register for the UB Seminar, their UBC hold will be removed.
Start Term of UB Curriculum Hold.

UB Seminar Repeat Policy

  • Students with a passing grade are not allowed to repeat the course.
  • Students who fail will be subject to the Course Enrollment Control policy and required to take the course in a summer or winter session unless (through approved petition) sufficient capacity exists in a given fall or spring semester.
  • Students who fail or resign their UB Seminar in their first semester must complete it within one year of their start at UB.
  • If a student fails the UB Seminar (198 or 199) and then repeats it in a different department, the repeat rule will be applied. While the topic of the UB Seminars will change, the learning outcomes do not.

Communication Literacy

Course Placement

UB Curriculum: Communication Literacy Placement Chart

  Student has met:   Student will need:
  CL1/ENG 105 CL2   ENG 100 CL1/ENG 105



New Students & Transfers:            
No writing; test scores lower than thresholds below         X X
AP ENGC* 4 OR 5 X         X
Old SAT READ >610 OR NEW SAT ERWS Score >630 OR ACT ENGL >27 X         X
TOEFL/IELTS** scores       (X)** X X
Domestic, non-native speaker: SAT <400, ACT <16***       (X)*** X X
SUNY Basic Communication GETA X         X
Has direct course articulation to ENG 105 X         X
Reenter under UBC:            
No writing         X X
Has ENG 101 X         X
Has ENG 101 (ESL 407) and ENG 201 (ESL 408) X X        

*Students receive credit for ENG 105 with an AP English Language & Composition score of 4 or 5. AP Lit & Comp (ELC) does not affect the CL requirement, nor do IB or CLEP exams.

**Please consult TOEFL/IELTS document.  Some students may need to take ENG 100 (and even ESL 411) before ENG 105. Those with very high TOEFL/IELTS scores may place out of ENG 105.

***Second language students with low SAT READ/ACT ENGL scores (but no TOEFL/IELTS) should consider taking an ESL-specific ENG 105 section. In some instances, ENG 100 may be recommended before moving on to ENG 105—consult Tim Cauller.

Communication Literacy Repeat Policy

  • If a student has completed ENG 101, the repeat rule will apply if they enroll in ENG 105 as the second taking.
  • Any ENG CL2 course will replace grade and credit previously earned for ENG 201 by petition only.
  • If a student wishes to repeat a CL2 course, the repeat rules will only apply if they enroll in the same CL2 course (identical department and course number).
  • Students changing majors may have to complete a second CL2 course if they are seeking a major for which a specific CL2 is a requirement.

Scientific Literacy & Inquiry

Requirement Details

  • Students must take a minimum of two courses totaling at least 7 credits, including one credit of lab.
  • All SLI courses may be paired together to meet the requirement with the exception of PAS 113 (formerly ANA 113) and ARC 352. 
  • Students may complete the 7-credit SLI sequence using PHY 121 (3.5 credits) and PHY 122 (3.5 credits). Those students wishing to take PHY 121 in combinations with a different science must also complete an additional 1 credit lab. 

STEM Majors & the AAR

  • Students whose major courses will fulfill SLI (mostly STEM majors) will see their SLI requirement as satisfied in the AAR, along with a notice that states they will complete the requirement via courses required for their major.
    • The notice also indicates that students may need to complete one of the SLI options in the Undergraduate Catalog if they change their majors.

Transfer Coursework

Ways to use transfer credit towards SLI: 
  • SUNY Natural Science GETA must be paired with a UB or directly articulated SLI course that meets all the learning outcomes (All SLI courses except PAS 113 & ARC 352).
  • 999 TRNS1 or 999 TRNS2 courses must be paired with a UB or directly articulated SLI course that meets all the learning outcomes (All SLI courses except PAS 113 & ARC 352).
  • Directly articulated SLI course (regardless of credit) may be paired with a UB or directly articulated SLI course. 


General Information

  • A Pathway may not be comprised of a single subject (meaning course subject prefix, not department) with the exception of the Language and Culture Track of the Global Pathway. In all other instances, two of the three possible courses may come from the same subject provided that within the Pathway at least two different UB Areas are met.
  • A Pathway may include a STEM course. However, specific STEM courses approved for the Scientific Literacy & Inquiry requirement are not eligible for inclusion in the Pathways.
  • CL2 and MQR-approved courses are not eligible for inclusion in the Pathways.
  • Students are encouraged to indicate which courses they intend to take to fulfill their Pathways early in their career via the Path Finder tool. Academic Advisors should assist students in planning and selecting Pathway topic and courses. Students have the ability to easily make a change to their selections, should they change their mind.
  • If the student selects a particular Pathway but fulfills a different one, the requirement would still be met. (For example, student indicates they will study aboard, but before doing so, s/he completes three courses that are within the Global Reflections Track). In order for the different path to be used to meet the requirement, students must update their Path Finder tool.
  • As Pathways are approved, any student may take them (even those who started their program at UB prior to approval of that particular Pathway).

Transfer, Test Credit & Wildcards

  • Test credit may be used only where a direct articulation to a Pathway course exists. The corresponding UB Area of that articulated course will be given.
  • For specific information on transfer coursework applying to the Pathways, refer to Transfer Course Articulation. All applicable transfer courses that do not coincide with a direct articulation to a Pathway course will appear in the Path Finder tool as “wildcards”, such that the UB Area can be counted where it appears in List 1 and List 2.
  • The UB Curriculum Transfer Credit Change Form is needed in some instances where SUNY GETAs from transfer coursework are not appearing in the Path Finder tool. A description of these unusual SUNY GETA situations can be found on the form.

Inactive Pathways

  • If Pathways become inactive, they will be considered inactive for all students regardless of their catalog year. The Pathway will no longer appear in the Path Finder Tool. Students who have already selected that Pathway in the Path Finder Tool (and the HUB Academic Advisement Report) will be able to complete the inactivated Pathway.  Changes to courses within an inactivated topic must be made manually through the UB Curriculum office and cannot be made by the student in the Path Finder tool.
  • Please refer to 2017-2018 Catalog Pathway Course Inventory (See the spreadsheet below) to find the Pathway topics and courses available to students who entered UB fall 2016 through spring 2018. The previous Pathways can be updated only when the requested course is listed in this inventory.

International Experience Track

  • Students pursuing the International Experience Track (IET) will need to have their track pre-approved to ensure that two UB Areas (different from those pursued in the Thematic Pathway) will be met.
  • As with all other Pathway tracks, two courses of the International Experience Track must satisfy two different UB Areas (and differ from the ones in a student’s Thematic Pathway). A minimum of 3 credits need to be taken abroad to be categorized in the IET. Any course taken abroad does not have to include ‘global’ content. The experience in it of itself gives the student the global piece. If study abroad coursework is paired with UB classes, the content of the UB classes must be from the Global Reflections and/or Language and Culture tracks.
  • The Process of Applying Study Abroad Coursework: students typically select OPR courses in the Path Finder tool. Once students receive their study abroad credits, they work with the Study Abroad Office to submit relevant documentation to UB Curriculum Office for their coursework to be updated. After the submitted documentation is reviewed, UB Curriculum Office will manually apply the credits to the student’s record.


1.       Pathway courses offered in a term with enrollment information contains the database and all relevant tables. Those with an InfoSource account and student records access can download the database and run the query.

2.      Student pathway selections of those who have saved to HUB - SQL






UB Curriculum Capstone

Eligibility & Enrollment


  • Students are eligible to enroll in UBC 399 once they have completed all components of the UB Curriculum. Concurrent enrollment in any remaining UBC courses with the Capstone is also permitted but not encouraged. 
  • The UB Curriculum office will monitor students’ eligibility and deregister any student who becomes ineligible due to:    
    • a failed UBC component course, or
    • dropping a concurrent UBC component course, which previously resulted in eligibility.


  • The Capstone is offered in fall, spring, summer and winter terms. Students, including repeaters can take the Capstone in any semesters, but should be aware that the winter session is only 3 weeks and summer session is only 6 weeks. 
  • Students are able to self-register into the Capstone via HUB if they meet the eligibility criteria listed above. 
  • After students register for their final UB Curriculum requirement, the Capstone Eligible Milestone will be applied to their HUB Student Center the next business day. 
    • Once the Capstone Eligible Milestone is applied, a student will be able to self-enroll in the Capstone.
  • When students plan to complete their final UB Curriculum coursework in another institution over a summer or winter term but would like to register for the Capstone,  they need to submit proof of registration to
    • Once the provided documentation is reviewed and approved, the UB Curriculum office will force-register the student into the Capstone.

UBC 399 Repeat Policy

UB Curriculum Capstone Repeat Policy

  • Students who do not successfully complete the Capstone on their first attempt should be advised to repeat the course in any subsequent term including summer and winter.
  •  Students who repeat UBC 399 will be subject to the University's repeat policies.



  • Entering students: a SUNY GETA may be applied to relevant UB Curriculum requirements where applicable. Refer to the Transfer Course Articulation charts for details. 
  • Reentering students: GETAs will be applied if they are earned during the break in attendance. GETAs earned by native UB students during the time of their enrollment at UB will not be applied; only direct course articulation will apply in such circumstances. This includes (but is not limited to) GETAs earned at other institutions via cross registration or during summer or winter sessions of an academic year during which the student is an active UB student.

Reentry Students

Initial Admit: 2002-2016

All students who are readmitted into the university by default have the UB Curriculum requirements populated on their AAR. In some instances, students who previously attended UB may be eligible to complete the previous general education program. 

STEP ONE: Determine General Education Program 

2002-2016 reentering students may be allowed to graduate under the general education program in effect during their previous entry to UB if one of the following conditions has been met. Any transfer coursework completed since the student’s time at UB will be reviewed and applied to the student’s degree requirements per transfer articulation rules and SUNY General Education Transcript Addendum (GETA) policies.

  • Student had previously completed the former general education program (2002-2016), or 
  • Is within 3 courses of completing the former general education program (2002-2016); s/he may complete the remaining courses and graduate with the previous general education program.
If one of the above conditions has been met, continue to step TWO. 
  • If not, and a student has more than 3 courses left to complete the previous general education program, they are not eligible to be moved and will remain in the UB Curriculum and must complete the UBC requirements. 
    • Reentering students may petition for previous coursework to count toward the UB Curriculum requirements by submitting a General UBC Petition form (see the Forms section below). 

STEP TWO: Request Placement into Previous General Education Program

  • If it is determined that the student meets one of the above conditions and wishes to complete the previous general education program, the advisor must send an email to requesting the student's record/AAR be updated.

Initial Admit: Pre-2002

  • Reentering students whose initial catalog year pre-dates 2002 must adhere to the UB Curriculum, the general education program that is active at the time of their reentry regardless of the number of courses completed. 
  • Academic advisors should review the student’s previous coursework and submit the Pre-2002 Curriculum Mapping form for application to the UBC via substitutions. (see the Forms section below)

Previous General Education Program

Foreign Language Requirement

Language Proficiency for 2002-2016 General Education Program

Proficiency in a language other than English, in order to meet UB’s 2002-2016 general education requirements, can be demonstrated in one of the following ways:

  1. Successful completion of a UB language course or equivalent articulated course from a transfer institution at a level equal to 102, 104 or higher.
  2. Earning examination credit or demonstrating proficiency through assessments. All costs associated with these assessments are the sole responsibility of the student.
    • A student may apply alternate test credit (AP, CLEP, IB, GCE, etc.) equivalent to 102/104 level or higher. Please see the Alternative/Exam Credit UB Articulation guides.
    • A student may demonstrating proficiency in reading, writing and speaking through a set of ACTFL assessments in a language other than English
    •  A student may demonstrate proficiency by receiving a score of 600 or higher on College Board Foreign Language Achievement Test (SAT II).
  3. Completion of High School where the primary language of instruction is not English
    • The student needs to provide a copy of his or her high school diploma/documents, and a certified translation.
  4. For International students (F1 visa status) whose first language is not English, submission of a TOEFL (Test Of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score during the admission process is sufficient to demonstrate proficiency. A passing grade on the General Certificate of Education exams at the: A-level: Advanced, AS-level: Advanced Subsidiary, or O-level: Ordinary, as provided on official international admission application.
  5. For languages taught at the University only, a proficiency evaluation may be available at the discretion of the department. Students should contact the relevant department to inquire about this option. Should the department be unable to conduct an evaluation, students must meet the foreign language requirement via options 1-4 above.

Reentering students to the University are automatically placed into the UB Curriculum, which does not mandate students complete a language course. Current policy allows students within three courses of completing the 2002-2016 general education program to opt back into their previous general education requirements. Students who qualify and choose to complete the 2002-2016 general education program will be required to satisfy language per options 1-5, above. 


Transition between General Education programs

UB Curriculum requirements may not be substituted in place of previous General Education program requirements for students who completed those courses prior to the dates below. For instance, if SOC 101 was taken prior to fall 2016, it may not be applied toward American Pluralism.

General Education Requirement Additional Courses to meet Requirement Effective for Courses Taken in Term and Beyond
Mathematical Sciences Any UBC Math and Quantitative Reasoning course Fall 2016
World Civilization I Any SUNY approved course that satisfies Other World Civilization Fall 2017
World Civilization II Any SUNY approved course that satisfies Western Civilization Fall 2017
Natural Science UBC Scientific Literacy and Inquiry Sequence Any
American Pluralism Any UBC Diversity Learning course Fall 2016
Depth Any UBC Math and Quantitative Reasoning or Scientific Literacy and Inquiry course Fall 2016

World Civ & American Pluralism Grade Replacements

  •     Students who want to repeat World Civilizations or American Pluralism for the purpose of grade replacement only will need to take one of the following course equivalences:
  •     UGC 111 = HIS 141 (effective Fall 2017)
  •     UGC 112 = HIS 142 (effective Fall 2017)
  •     UGC 211 = ARC 211 = SOC 211 (effective immediately)
  •     The course equivalent information will be made available in the Catalog so that the information is publicly available to students (information will be posted in the course descriptions for HIS 141, 142, SOC 211 and ARC 211).


Writing Sequence Placement Chart

UB Curriculum: Writing Sequence Placement Chart

  Student has met:   Student will need:
  ENG 101 ENG 201   ENG 100 CL1/ENG 105



Continuing Student:            
No writing; test scores lower than thresholds below         X (X)**
AP Eng Lang & Comp ENGC* 4 or 5 X         (X)**
Old SAT READ >580 OR ACT ENGL >27 X         (X)**
Old SAT READ 730+ OR ACT ENGL 33+ X X        
TOEFL/IELTS** scores       (X)*** X X
Has ENG 101 (ESL 407) X         (X)**
Has ENG 101 (ESL 406) & ENG 201 (ESL 408) X X        

* Students receive credit for ENG 105 with an AP English Language & Composition score of 4 or 5. AP Lit & Comp (ELC) does not affect the CL requirement, nor do IB or CLEP exams.

** Recommend: Humanities-CL2 course, otherwise student will need an additional course for HUM if they complete a non-HUM CL2. 

*** Please consult TOEFL/IELTS document.  Some students may need to take ENG 100 (and even ESL 411) before ENG 105. Those with very high TOEFL/IELTS scores may place out of ENG 105.


Form Purpose Relevant Components

General UBC Petition


- To petition for the use of course(s) not previously approved to meet UB Curriculum or previous gen ed requirements.

- Reentering students can utilize this form to petition to move to the previous general education program.

All UBC components and previous general education requirement 
Pre-2002 Curriculum Mapping - To map previously earned courses to fulfill UB Curriculum requirements for reenters admitted prior to 2002. All UB Curriculum components
UB Seminar Retake Petition - To petition for a seat in fall/spring UB Seminar for those who previously failed or resigned. UB Seminar

 Transfer Credit Change Form


- See first page of form for SUNY GETA situations Foundations, Pathways, and relevant components