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Course Numbering System

The current course numbers consist of three significant digits. Courses numbered:

Undergraduate Transcripts

Binghamton University, the State University of New York at Binghamton, has five undergraduate schools: Harpur College of Arts and Sciences (the liberal arts component); the School of Management; the Decker School of Nursing; the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering, Applied Science and Technology; and the College of Community and Public Affairs. The descriptions that follow explain the transcripts for each of these undergraduate schools and the information noted thereon.

Unless otherwise noted, the transcript is a complete semester-by-semester record of all courses taken and grades received regardless of whether or not the grade is included in the GPA computation. Transcripts do not include notations for academic actions of probation, suspension, or dismissal.

The Graduate School at Binghamton University also offers programs in the Arts and Sciences, Management, Nursing, Education, Public and Community Affairs, and Engineering, Applied Science and Technology. Graduate work appears on a separate transcript.

Current Undergraduate Grading System

Unless footnoted to the contrary, all credits that appear on a matriculated student's transcript are applied to progression toward a degree. The grade-point average is calculated on a 4.0 scale.

The following grading system applies to all schools. Any differences will be noted under each individual school.

 Grading System

Grading No Points

For grading systems in use prior to 1979 (for Harpur College), 1981 (for the School of Management and the Decker School of Nursing), and 1983 (for the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering, Applied Science, and Technology and the Graduate School of Education and Human Development), please refer to the following Transcript Explanation Sheets:  

Harpur College of Arts and Sciences

Rate of Progress and Grade Point Averages. Grades in courses taken prior to June 1985 are not computed in the GPA due to the policies in effect at that time. To maintain satisfactory academic progress, students are required to earn a minimum GPA of 2.0 in all courses taken for credit.

University grading system applies, with the following exceptions:

School of Management

Beginning with January 1981, grade-point averages are computed on a student's academic work in all colleges at Binghamton University, including minus grades. Beginning with Fall 1983, Management transcripts reflect academic honors awarded (semester Dean's list).

University grading system applies.

Decker School of Nursing

A grade-point average is computed for all courses taken, and includes minus grades. Nursing transcripts reflect both academic honors awarded since Spring 1982 (semester Dean's list).

University grading system applies, with the following exception:

Decker Exception

Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering, Applied Science and Technology

Present Grading System - A grade-point average is computed for all courses taken, and includes minus grades.

University grading system applies with the following exceptions:

College of Community and Public Affairs

To remain in good academic standing, CCPA students enrolled in degree programs are expected to make satisfactory progress toward the degree. In CCPA, satisfactory progress is defined as maintaining a grade-point average of 2.0 in all courses taken (whether or not in CCPA). The grade-point average is calculated on a 4.0 scale. The January 1981 to Present grading policy remains in effect.

Present Grading System - A grade-point average is computed for all courses taken, and includes minus grades. Effective Fall 1987, CCPA transcripts reflect academic honors awarded (semester Dean's list).

University grading system applies.

Graduate School of Education

The Graduate School of Education offers graduate degree programs in Education.

Grading System: See Graduate School Grading System.

Study Abroad Coursework

Binghamton University sponsored study abroad coursework will show only a placeholder course in the "Institution Credit" section of the transcript showing no Attempted Hours, Passed Hours, Earned Hours, GPA Hours or Quality Points. The abroad coursework is transfer articulated, and can be found in the "STUDY ABROAD" section of the transcript along with the corresponding Attempted Hours, Passed Hours, Earned Hours, GPA Hours, Quality Points and GPA.

Study Abroad Example

The Graduate School

The Graduate School at Binghamton University, the State University of New York at Binghamton, encompasses all advanced degree programs in the school of Arts and Sciences, Management, Nursing, Education, Community and Public Affairs, and the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering, Applied Science and Technology. Undergraduate work is indicated on a separate undergraduate transcript.

Current Graduate Grading System

The grading system of the Graduate School applies to all graduate-level courses offered at Binghamton University. A cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 is required for graduation. The grade-point average is calculated in a 4.0 scale.

NOTE: S/U grading is required for courses 591, 599, 698, and 699. S/U is used at the option of the instructor (not the student) in courses numbered 590, 592-598, and 600-697, S/U may not be used for courses numbered below 590.

Graduate Students Taking Undergraduate Courses

Undergraduate Coursework taken while a student is enrolled as a Graduate Student will show on a Graduate transcript but carry no grade points and will not count in a Graduate GPA nor count toward the completion of a Graduate degree. As noted above, these courses will not have Attempted Hours, Passed Hours, Earned Hours, GPA Hours or Quality Points, as these relate to the calculation of GPA. Credit Hours and the quality of work are indicated (the letter grade is preceded by a '0').

Sample of Graduate Student Taking Undergraduate Courses:

Graduate taking Undergraduate Courses`

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Last Updated: 3/12/13