New Stony Brook Curriculum (SBC) Changes

Students may reduce the number of courses needed to achieve the Stony Brook Curriculum learning objectives through university certified AP credit, courses certified in more than one area, challenge exams, on-campus placement tests, course waivers, and faculty-designed themed course clusters. In accordance with SUNY policy, at a minimum, students 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.

ADV 202: Academic Success Seminar

ADV 202: Academic Success Seminar
2 credits, ABC/U graded
Wish you were doing better in your courses? Are you having trouble with study skills or do you want to improve your study skills even more? Consider taking ADV 202: Academic Success Seminar. This is a 2 credit course designed to help you succeed in college and in life.  Please see course description below:

Course Description:
Designed to help students develop essential skills needed to become lifelong, self-regulated and self-motivated learners. Through guided journals and assignments, students will use self-reflection to identify possible self sabotaging thoughts and behaviors and discover what may be getting in the way of their academic and personal success. Students will discover how they learn and develop and strengthen their study skills. Topics to be covered include motivation, how memory works, metacognition, critical thinking, decision making, attention and concentration, goal setting, time management and other study skills strategies.

For more information please contact Kristin Hall at


Energy Fellowship Program

U.S. Department of Energy Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship Program (MLEF)

Provides students with an opportunity to gain and develop research skills with the Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy for 10 weeks over the summer. For 20 years, this program has increased awareness of DOE research opportunities to students pursuing STEM degrees (science, technology, engineering and math). The goal of the program is to improve opportunities for women and minority students in these fields, however all eligible candidates are encouraged to apply. Stipends start at $600 per week and eligible Fellows will receive an additional travel and housing allowance. More info.


  • Be at least 18 years of age at time of application;
  • Be a U.S. Citizen;
  • Have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0;
  • Be currently enrolled full-time in an accredited college or university (sophomore year or higher) or had a Ph.D. conferred on or after January 2, 2014 in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) degree

Application closes Friday, January 2, 2015 – Get started NOW!

Classie Evaluations

classieEver wish you had access to what your fellow students said about courses here at Stony Brook?  Something like “Rate My Professor” but just for Stony Brook, and with a lot more data and accuracy?  You do now!  All the numeric data plus the open text comments are available to you once you login.  Your input is invaluable, so please remember to complete your course evaluations later this semester.

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