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Baccalaureate Degree

  • Baccalaureate Degree - Definitions and Requirements:
    • NYSED stipulates that Baccalaureate degree programs shall normally be capable of completion in four academic years of full-time study, or their equivalent in part-time study, with an accumulation of not less than 120 semester hours.
    • Minimum Credit Hours:
      • BA:   120 semester credit hours
      • BS:   120 semester credit hours
      • BFA: 120 semester credit hours
    • Course Requirements:
      • Credit toward an undergraduate degree shall be earned for college level work.
      • Enrollment of secondary school students in undergraduate courses, of undergraduates in graduate courses and of graduate students in undergraduate courses  shall be strictly controlled by the institution.
    • Faculty Credentials:
      • Faculty members teaching at the certificate, associate degree, and baccalaureate levels must hold at least a master’s degree in an appropriate field and have the background for in-depth teaching, curriculum development, and program evaluation responsibilities.
      • Certain occupational specializations may merit demonstration of competence alternative to a master’s degree. In all institutions, faculty with master’s degrees and beyond, and with substantial collective experience in college teaching and academic administration should be strongly predominant.
      • At least one faculty member teaching in each curriculum culminating in a bachelor’s degree must hold an earned doctorate in the discipline of the major of the proposed program.
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