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Academic Programs and Options

Registered Programs

The College of Saint Rose is approved by the New York State Education Department to offer the Bachelor of Arts, the Bachelor of Fine Arts, the Bachelor of Music, the Bachelor of Science, the Master of Science, the Master of Science in Education, Certificates and Advanced Certificates, and programs leading to professional licensure, certification, teacher certification. Enrollment in other than registered or otherwise approved programs may jeopardize a student's eligibility for certain student aid awards.


Baccalaureate Program

Degree

Hegis Code

Accounting

BS

0502.00

Biochemistry

BS

0414.00

Biology

BS

0401.00

Biology: Adolescence Education

BS

0401.01

Biology-Cytotechnology

BS

0417.00

Business Administration

BS

0506.00

Business Economics  BS  0517.00 

Chemistry

BS

1905.00

Childhood Education (Grades 1−6)

BS

0802.00

Childhood Education/Special Education (Grades 1-6) BS  0802.00 

Communication Sciences & Disorders

BS

1220.00

Communications

BA

0601.00

Computer Science

BS

0701.00

Criminal Justice, Behavior & Law

BS

2105.00

Early Childhood Education (Birth−Grade 2)

BS

0823.00

Early Childhood Education/Special Education (Birth−Grade 2)

BS

0823.00

English

BA

1501.00

English: Adolescence Education

BA

1501.01

Finance  BS  0504.00 
Financial Planning  BS  0504.00

Forensic Psychology

BS

2099.00

Forensic Science

BS

1999.20

Graphic Design

BFA

1009.00

History

BA

2205.00

History and Political Science

BA

2207.00

Human Resource Management   BS  0515.00
Inclusive Early Childhood Education (Birth-Grade 2)  BS  0823.00 

Information Technology

BS

0701.00

Interdepartmental Studies

BA

4901.00

Management BS  0599.00
Marketing  BS 0509.00 

Mathematics

BA

1701.00

Mathematics: Adolescence Education

BS

1701.01

Medical Technology

BS

1223.00

Music

BA

1005.00

Music Education

BS

0832.00

Music-Music Industry

BS

1004.00

Performance  BM  1004.00 

Political Science

BA

2207.00

Psychology

BS

2001.00

Public Health BS 1214.00

Social Studies: Adolescence Education

BA

2201.01

Social Work

BS

2104.00

Studio Art

BFA

1002.00

Studio Art

BS

1002.00


Certificate Program

Award

Hegis Code

Bilingual Education

certificate

0899.00

Crime Analysis & Mapping  certificate  5505.00 

Cyber Forensics

certificate

5199.00

Forensic Accounting and Fraud Examination  certificate  5002.00

Information Technology

certificate

5199.00

Internet Programming

certificate

5103.00

Dual Degree Program   Degrees Hegis Code 

Accounting (Business Administration/Professional Accounting – 150 Credit Hour Program)

BS/MS 

0506.00/0502.00 

Biology: Adolescent Education/Special Education 7-12 Generalist (ASPIRE Dual Degree Program)

BA/MSED

0401.01/0808.00 
Business Administration BS/MBA  0506.00/0506.00 
Communication Sciences and Disorders BS/MSED  1220.00/1220.00 
Computer Science/Computer Information Systems  BS/MS  0701.00/0701.00 

English: Adolescent Education/Special Education 7-12 Generalist (ASPIRE Dual Degree Program)

BA/MSED

1501.01/0808.00 
Finance/Business Administration  BS/MBA 0504.00/0506.00 
Financial Planning/Business Administration  BS/MBA 0504.00/0506.00 

Information Technology/Computer Information Systems

BS/MS 

0701.00/0701.00 
Mathematics: Adolescence Education/Special Education 7-12 Generalist (ASPIRE Dual Degree Program)  BA/MSED  1701.01/0808.00 
Psychology/Business Administration  BS/MBA  2001.00/0506.00 
Psychology/Clinical Mental Health Counseling BS/MSED  2001.00/2004.00 
Social Studies: Adolescence Education/Special Education 7-12 Generalist (ASPIRE Dual Degree Program)  BA/MSED  2201.01/0808.00 

Dual degree programs combine an undergraduate (Bachelor’s) degree with a graduate (Master’s) degree. These programs provide an opportunity for outstanding first-year students to pursue a challenging course of study that culminates in the completion of two degrees, in most instances in an abbreviated time frame. In selective cases these programs are also available to returning and transfer students.

Program specific guidelines have been established to accommodate those applying as high school students and entering the College as first-year students; transfer students; and students already enrolled at The College of Saint Rose.

Undergraduate financial aid awards continue to apply through the graduate degree phase of Dual Degree programs. These awards are prorated to reflect differences in undergraduate and graduate program pricing.

Students must meet the eligibility criteria for a specific program in order to be accepted into a particular accelerated or dual degree program. Students enrolled in such programs should consult regularly with their academic advisors to assure that they continue to satisfy a given program’s requirements.

At the completion of 110 total credits, both undergraduate and graduate, the student makes the transition to graduate student status. This change in status may affect financial aid and billing.


Exploratory Program

In the Exploratory Program, first-year students join with other students who wish to pursue the full spectrum of their personal and intellectual interests. The Exploratory Program exposes students to many areas of study while also emphasizing self-inquiry, writing, critical thinking, and other skills and habits of mind instrumental to academic success.  

All Exploratory students are enrolled in EXY 100 – Explorations during their first semester. This course is designed to give them the tools and information they need to make an informed decision about their major. Students are actively encouraged to select a major by the end of their first year. Bachelor’s degrees are not awarded in the Exploratory Program. The Office of Academic Advising, (518) 454-5217, assists students with exploring their options or declaring their majors. A designated Exploratory Program advisor works with all Exploratory Students.

Declaration of a Major

All students at The College of Saint Rose must declare an academic major once they have accumulated 62 credits. Majors can be declared at any time prior to completion of 62 credits, but must be officially recorded by the time the student has accumulated 62 credits. To declare a major, students must complete the Change-of-Major form, which can be obtained from the Office of Academic Advising (337 Saint Joseph Hall, 3rd floor).  Please note: if declaring a major in Childhood Education, CSD, Early Childhood Education, or Special Education, students must fill out a Change-of-Major form in the Field Placement and Advising Office (144 Lally).

Double Majors

Students who complete all major requirements for a second major have this fact recorded on their transcripts. Students who pursue a double major are awarded either the B.A. or B.S. degree. Where either degree might be awarded, it is the student’s decision to select the degree most suited to his/her purpose.

Academic Minors

The College offers the option of academic minors in a variety of disciplines. Academic minors provide students with a prescribed group of courses that can add a special dimension to the major. A minor may also allow students an opportunity to pursue a personal interest or passion unrelated to the major. A minor can encourage a student to organize electives into a significant collection of coursework that can provide academic or pre-professional support for graduate work or employment.

  • A minor consists of a minimum of 18 credits.
  • Students may elect minors outside of the discipline in which they are majoring.
  • Students may elect up to two (2) minors.
  • Minors are declared by filling out a form in the Office of Academic Advisement.
  • Students follow the minor requirements in the catalog under which they enter (students must follow the same catalog for both major and minor requirements).
  • Students self-advise for the minor using the catalog, DegreeWorks and/or with assistance from the Office of Academic Advisement.
  • Requirements for the declared minor must be completed by the time of graduation (students may not finish a minor after graduation).
  • For successful completion of the minor, students must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 in the minor.
  • A maximum of two courses (6-8 credits) for the minor may be equivalent transferred courses or taken pass/fail up to the discretion of the department. Transfer courses and courses taken pass/fail carry no quality points.
  • Minors will be recorded on the student’s academic transcript.
  • All matters related to a minor fall within the purview of the academic department(s) within which the minor resides.
  • Students may use courses from the major (or liberal education) to fulfill minor requirements up to the discretion of the department(s).

3+3 Program in Law

The College offers a special program, in conjunction with Albany Law School, Pace University Law School, and Western New England University Law School which facilitates the completion of both an undergraduate degree and the J.D. degree within a six-year period. Undergraduate transfer credit policy will be followed for the purpose of accepting credit from these institutions in completing the undergraduate degree. Students must submit an official transcript from their Law School to The College of Saint Rose after their first year. This program is open to selected students earning an undergraduate degree in the following majors: Communications; Criminal Justice, Behavior and Law; English; History; History & Political Science; Interdepartmental Studies; Mathematics; Political Science; Psychology. Students interested in pursuing this program should contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

3+2 Program in Engineering

Qualified students majoring in either Mathematics (B.A.) or Chemistry (B.S.) may complete both a bachelor's degree (B.A. or B.S.) at The College of Saint Rose and a bachelor's degree (B.S.) in Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). Under our affiliation agreement with RPI, students complete three years of prescribed course work at Saint Rose (meeting all major and liberal education requirements) and then complete two years of study within the Engineering program at RPI. After completion of the first year of coursework at RPI, students must submit official transcripts to Saint Rose for evaluation of transfer credits. Students interested in pursuing only an Engineering degree may meet essential science and mathematics prerequisites at Saint Rose and then transfer to an institution of their choice to complete the degree in Engineering. Students interested in this program should contact the School of Mathematics and Sciences.

Clinical Programs

The College of Saint Rose maintains affiliations with the School of Clinical Laboratory Science at New York Methodist Hospital and the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences to provide for the clinical portion of the B.S, in Medical Technology, and with the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences to provide for the clinical portion of the Biology/Cytotechnology program. Admission to the clinical component of Medical Technology and Cytotechnology is contingent upon the successful completion of prerequisite courses in the program as well as evaluation by the clinical affiliates and The College of Saint Rose. Each of these programs leads to a baccalaureate degree at Saint Rose and eligibility toward professional certification.

Clinical Program in Medical Technology


The College of Saint Rose and the Clinical Laboratory Technology Program at the School of Clinical Laboratory Science at New York Methodist Hospital maintain agreements for qualified Saint Rose students who wish to pursue a career in laboratory-related health science fields. These 3+1 programs lead to a baccalaureate degree at Saint Rose. The program at Albany School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences is a 3+2 program which leads to a baccalaureate degree at Saint Rose; and a Master’s degree from Albany College of Pharmacy. Admission to the clinical component of Medical Technology is contingent upon the successful completion of prerequisite courses in the program as well as evaluation by the clinical affiliates and The College of Saint Rose.

Clinical Program in Cytotechnology

The College of Saint Rose and Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences maintain a formal agreement for qualified Saint Rose students who wish to pursue a career in cytotechnology and molecular diagnostics. Admission to the clinical/ graduate component of cytotechnology is contingent upon the successful completion of prerequisite courses in the program as well as evaluation by the clinical affiliates and The College of Saint Rose. This 3+2 programs leads to a baccalaureate degree at Saint Rose; and a Master’s degree from Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. 


Contact Person: Steve Strazza, Ph.D.

Medical Technology and Biology-Cytotechnology Programs

The College of Saint Rose

432 Western Avenue

Albany, NY 12203

(518) 454-5285

strazzas@strose.edu


In addition to the clinical affiliations in Medical Technology and Cytotechnology, The College of Saint Rose and The Sage Colleges have developed a collaborative agreement to provide qualified Saint Rose students who wish to pursue a M.S. degree in Occupational Therapy (OT), a Clinical Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT), or an M.S. degree in Applied Nutrition from Sage Graduate School early acceptance contingent upon the successful completion of prerequisite courses in the program as well as evaluation by the clinical affiliates and The College of Saint Rose.

Clinical Programs in Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy

The College of Saint Rose and The Sage Colleges have developed a collaborative agreement to provide qualified Saint Rose students who wish to pursue a M.S. degree in Occupational Therapy (OT) or a Clinical Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) from Sage Graduate School early acceptance contingent upon the successful completion of prerequisite courses in the program as well as evaluation by the clinical affiliates and The College of Saint Rose.

Clinical Program in Applied Nutrition

The College of Saint Rose and The Sage Colleges have developed a collaborative agreement to provide qualified Saint Rose students who wish to pursue a M.S. degree in Applied Nutrition from Sage Graduate School early acceptance contingent upon the successful completion of prerequisite courses in the program as well as evaluation by the clinical affiliates and The College of Saint Rose.

For more detailed information about any of these pre-health programs, including program prerequisites and application requirements and deadlines, students should visit the Saint Rose website at www.strose.edu, and contact the appropriate advisor at The College of Saint Rose.

Contact Person: Brian Jensen, Ph.D.

OT, PT, and Nutrition Programs

The College of Saint Rose

432 Western Avenue

Albany, NY 12203

(518) 454-5274

jensenb@strose.edu


Pre-Law

The training of lawyers is the function of the nation’s law schools, and inasmuch as those schools do not recommend any particular major as the single “best” preparation for law school, the College does not offer an established “pre-law” major. However, a designated member of the faculty assists students interested in a law career by suggesting those courses best suited to the development of the basic skills and insight needed for law school in conjunction with advice from the student’s major advisor. Such courses prepare students for the academic challenges of a legal education and for the needs and responsibilities facing practicing attorneys.

Contact Person:

Dr. Alfred D. Chapleau M.A., J.D.

Associate Professor of Criminal Justice, Behavior & Law

The College of Saint Rose

432 Western Avenue

Albany, NY 12203

(518) 454-2863

achaplea@strose.edu

Pre-Medical/Pre-Dentistry/Pre-Veterinary Medicine/Pre-Health-related Profession

Faculty members at The College of Saint Rose help to ensure that students who want to go to medical or other health related schools have the advice, course work, and support they need to help them prepare an effective application. At Saint Rose, these students are guided by a committee of six faculty members who are dedicated to keeping students on track for medical or other health related schools. All students interested in health related fields should take advantage of the services offered by the Pre-Medical Advisory Committee.

Composition of the Committee

The Pre-Medical Advisory Committee includes four faculty members from the Sciences, one Psychology department faculty member, and one faculty member from Arts or Humanities.

Course Work

Students in the Saint Rose pre-medical advisory program must submit completed evaluation forms (obtained from the Committee chair—currently, Dr. Becky Landsberg) for each of the following:

  • Two Biology courses
  • Biochemistry
  • Two English courses
  • MAT 190 Calculus (MAT 191 recommended)
  • MAT 195 Statistics
  • PHY 190 and PHY 191 Fundamentals of Physics 1 and 2
  • Four Chemistry courses (including one in General Chemistry and one in Organic Chemistry)
  • PSY 110 Foundations of Psychology I
  • SOC 111 Intro to Sociology
  • PHI /RLS 102 Ethics and Values and PHI 381 Bioethics (or similar course)

Credential Review

Each spring semester, the Pre-Medical Advisory Committee offers an optional review of each pre-medical student’s progress by examining individual academic progress reports and performance in core courses (listed above). Qualified students receive the Committee’s written recommendations and advice to resolve any problems and to promote strong academic performance.

Mock Medical School Interviews

As a part of the ongoing evaluation and support process, the Committee offers each pre-medical student an opportunity to participate in mock interviews designed to prepare students for this important part of the medical school application process.

Letters of Recommendation

In the fall of the senior year, the members of the Pre-Medical Advisory Committee conduct a thorough evaluation of the pre-medical student’s performance and subsequently compose a Committee letter of evaluation to support the qualified student’s applications to medical school. Students must also solicit letters of recommendation from individual faculty members who have taught them during their undergraduate program.

Additional Activities

Because entrance to medical school is highly competitive, we advise our pre-medical students to participate in a variety of extracurricular activities to enhance their medical school application packages. Many pre-medical students prepare for the required Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) by supplementing the strong instruction we offer in core courses with an MCAT preparatory course. The Pre-Medical Advisory Committee also encourages students to attend our monthly Science Colloquium Series on current issues in science. Pre-medical students are further advised to participate in the many opportunities we offer for undergraduate research and to engage in volunteer and service-learning activities that bring science and medicine to life. Many pre-medical students choose to pursue internships in a variety of exciting clinical and professional settings. In addition, medical professionals are regularly invited to visit with and answer questions from our pre-health students.

Contact Person:

Becky Landsberg, Ph.D.

Pre-Medical Advisory Committee Chair

The College of Saint Rose

432 Western Avenue

Albany, NY 12203

(518) 454-2868

landsber@strose.edu

Study Abroad Experiences

Students who are interested in studying abroad can choose from a variety of experiences: Faculty Led Programs, Semester/Year Long Study, and Summer Sessions. Please refer to the Center for International Programs website for a list of all study abroad opportunities offered in upcoming semesters.

Faculty Led Programs

The primary objectives of a Faculty Led Program are (1) to provide The College of Saint Rose students with a short-term global academic experience, and (2) to encourage Saint Rose faculty to expand their global travel interests, skills, experiences and contacts. A Faculty Led Program (FLP) is a combination of a Saint Rose course and a short-term global or US travel experience, with the travel portion playing a key role in achieving the academic objectives of the course. Participants are enrolled in the course for the duration of the academic term and/or for the semester the FLP will be offered. Participants pay Saint Rose tuition, a short-term Faculty Led Program fee, and an additional fee to cover the travel component of the course.

Student eligibility for faculty led programs:

1.   Students must be matriculated students

2.   Students must have a 2.5 GPA

3.   Students must have completed 30 credit hours at The College of Saint Rose prior to studying abroad. Transfer students must have completed one complete semester. First year students may begin the application process at the completion of the first semester of study if they have the necessary GPA, and at the approval of both the faculty and the Center.

4.   Students must be in good academic and judicial standing

Semester Study Abroad

The College of Saint Rose is affiliated with a number of overseas universities and study abroad providers, offering study abroad experiences to students in over 30 countries. The Center for International Programs provides guidance in choosing an appropriate program and planning for the experience of living and learning in a foreign country. Please review the timeline for study abroad to view all the necessary steps.

Students will be charged The College of Saint Rose tuition and an off-campus program fee rather than the cost indicated in the program’s materials, as this gives students the opportunity to receive Saint Rose grants/scholarships and maintain eligibility for federal and state funds. If the host study abroad tuition is higher than The College of Saint Rose tuition, the student will pay the difference. College of Saint Rose students studying abroad are responsible for the room and board fees of the affiliated program.

Student eligibility for semester study abroad:

1.   Students must be matriculated students

2.   Students must have at least a 2.5 GPA (higher GPA can be required depending on the host institution)

3.   Students must have completed 30 credit hours at The College of Saint Rose prior to studying abroad. Transfer students must have completed one complete semester. First year students may begin the application process at the completion of the first semester of study if they have the necessary GPA.

4.   Students must be in good academic and judicial standing

ACSSJ Exchange Program

The Association of Colleges of Sisters of Saint Joseph (ACSSJ) Student Exchange Program offers students the opportunity to enrich their educational experience by studying for a semester or a year at a member campus: Avila University, Kansas City, MO; Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia, PA; Elms College, Chicopee, MA; Fontbonne University, St. Louis, MO; Mount Saint Mary’s College, Los Angeles, CA; Regis College, Weston, MA; St. Catherine University, St. Paul, MN and St. Joseph’s College, New York, NY. Full-time students who have completed at least 24 credit hours and maintain a minimum 2.5 grade point average are eligible to participate. The exchange may be for one or two semesters. The two semesters may be on one campus or a semester each on two different campuses. Students must apply by April 10 for the fall semester, and November 10 for the spring semester. For more information visit www.acssj.org.

Experienced Adult Program (EAP)

The College of Saint Rose recognizes college-level learning gained outside the traditional classroom through its Experienced Adult Program (EAP), which enables students to earn credit by documenting their learning through a portfolio process.

Credit is granted for knowledge acquired through experience, not for the experience itself. A successful portfolio may include documentation of work experience, volunteer activities, seminars, military service, independent inquiry, other learning activities, or a combination of the above.

The portfolio process begins after a student has been admitted to the College. It should be submitted early in the program, so that the student’s degree plan can stay on track and can accommodate any revisions brought on by portfolio review. A fee of $100 for evaluation is charged for each credit assessed and is payable at the time of portfolio submission.

Contact the Graduate Admissions office for more information at 518-454-5143 or grad@strose.edu.

Senior Citizen Program

The College offers senior citizens, aged 62 and older, the opportunity to audit courses for their personal and professional development. Seniors may begin registration the Friday before the start of a new semester. No tuition is charged and no credit is awarded for courses taken through this program. The College also welcomes senior citizens to any public campus events, such as lectures, concerts, art exhibits, plays, or films. More information about events is available at www.strose.edu/events (some admission charges may apply).

The College Experience Program

Living Resources is an Albany, New York-based, not-for-profit organization whose mission is to promote and provide life enhancing services to individuals with disabilities in a safe and secure environment. In the fall of 2005, Living Resources and The College of Saint Rose launched the College Experience Program, a two-year certificate program for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities that creates new life opportunities for the students in the program.

The College Experience Program provides individuals with developmental disabilities, as well as the Saint Rose students and faculty working closely with them, with real-life experience, perhaps not otherwise available to them. Choices for individuals with developmental disabilities who aged out of school traditionally have been limited to day programs or supported employment.

The College Experience Program at The College of Saint Rose offers a curriculum designed to foster independence and encourage students with developmental disabilities to explore areas of interest both professionally and socially. The program’s main goals are for each student in the program to be ready to enjoy independent living (with or without assistance), and to be employed in a chosen field upon completion of the two-year certificate program.

Students in the College Experience Program have a required course of study and electives. They live in supported apartments close to the College campus. While the students receive residential habilitation support from Living Resources, College Experience Program students are exposed to all that the College campus has to offer. Students in the program have access to the amenities offered to all students at The College of Saint Rose. All students in the program must be recommended to the College by Living Resources (www.livingresources.org).