CURRICULUM REQUIREMENTS, REGULATIONS, AND OPTIONS FOR THE B.S. DEGREE
CCNY regulations apply to registration for all courses in the B.S. portion of the curriculum. Students must register on time for all MED and other courses required under the prescribed curriculum to maintain their enrollment in the Sophie Davis Biomedical Education Program. A student who fails to register during the registration period allowed by the College will be considered to have resigned from the Sophie Davis Biomedical Education Program. A student will also be considered to have resigned from the program if the student, without the prior written approval of the Associate Dean for Student Affairs, either (a) does not register for all required courses under the prescribed curriculum, but registers instead for other non-required courses or (b) registers for all required courses, but then changes his or her registration from these courses to other non-required courses.
2. Schedule Changes and Dropping Courses
Students are strongly advised to follow the prescribed Sophie Davis Biomedical Education Program curriculum as scheduled, taking each course (including electives) no later than the semester and year in which it is scheduled to be taken. It is especially important that students take MED courses at the prescribed time, completing each one in sequence as scheduled. A student who wishes to postpone or drop any course, or take any course out of order must first obtain the written permission from the CUNY School of Medicine / Sophie Davis Biomedical Education Program Associate Dean for Student Affairs.
In general, a student will not be permitted to postpone or drop a required MED course except under the most unusual, compelling circumstances.
A student will generally not be permitted to drop a course which the student is repeating, except under unusual circumstances and only after consultation with the Associate Dean for Student Affairs. A student who drops any required course (including a course needed to fulfill the electives requirement)--or who does not take a course by the time it is scheduled to be taken—risks jeopardizing his or her academic progress and standing. If a student does not take a course at the proper time, it is usually difficult, and sometimes impossible, to schedule the course later in the curriculum. Since many courses are prerequisites for subsequent courses, not taking a course at the prescribed time may lead to problems in scheduling later courses as well. Each student must successfully complete all courses required for graduation to be eligible to graduate (see "Requirements for the Awarding of the Baccalaureate Degree," below).
3. City College Regulations on Dropping Courses
After the registration period, a student may drop a course during the time allowed by the University. To drop a course without an academic penalty, the student must drop the course early in the semester and obtain the written approval of both the course instructor and the CUNY School of Medicine / Sophie Davis Biomedical Education Program Associate Dean for Student Affairs. If the student drops the course during the first three weeks of the semester, the course will not appear on the student's transcript. A student who drops a course during the fourth through approximately the tenth week of the semester and obtains the written approval of both the course instructor and the CUNY School of Medicine / Sophie Davis Biomedical Education Program Associate Dean for Student Affairs will receive the non- penalty grade of "W" [withdrawal without penalty] in the course; although this grade will appear on the student's transcript, it will not be counted when the student's GPA is calculated. Students should consult the official college academic calendar for the exact dates of drop deadlines.
A student who does not complete the formal drop procedure and who is dropped by the instructor will be assigned a grade of "WU" [withdrew unofficially - withdrawal without approval], which will appear on the student's transcript. The "WU" [withdrew unofficially] grade is treated as an "F" [failure] and is assigned zero points when the student's GPA is calculated. Instructors cannot assign the grade of "W" [withdrawal without penalty].
Dropping courses--even if the non-penalty grade of "W" is assigned--can have serious negative consequences. City College regulations stipulate that a student who drops 12 credits or more within two academic years, be placed on academic warning. A student who drops 18 or more credits may be subject to dismissal. Dropping courses may also cause a student to become ineligible for financial aid since many financial aid programs require that recipients meet specific academic progress guidelines.
4. Electives Requirement
Students must successfully complete a total of 19 credits in free elective courses. Of these, at least 2 credits must be fulfilled with courses designated as Regular Liberal Arts and Sciences courses in order to complete the Liberal Arts and Sciences requirement. Eligibility as Regular Liberal Arts and Sciences courses is determined in accordance with the NYS Education Department definition that “The liberal arts and sciences comprise the disciplines of the humanities, natural sciences and mathematics, and social sciences.” Therefore, a student may take as an elective any courses in the College of Liberal Arts and Science that meet this requirement.
Students are strongly advised to fulfill the electives requirement as prescribed in the curriculum of the Program, and no later than the Fall semester of the third year, since the demands of remainder of the curriculum make it extremely difficult, and often impossible, to take electives then.
Students may apply up to eight credits in "Independent Study" (see the following section) toward the free electives requirement; a student can register for a maximum of four credits of Independent Study in any one semester.
Students may also receive free elective credit for Advanced Placement examinations taken in high school (see "Advanced Placement Credit," below, for exceptions) and for college courses taken at other institutions (see "Transfer College Credit" and "Courses taken On Permit," below).
For a course to be counted in fulfilling the curriculum electives requirement, a student must take the course on a letter grade basis and earn a grade of "C" or better (a grade of "B-" or better or a grade of "Pass" in "Independent Study," depending on the way in which the project is graded).
The free elective credits required for graduation may come from any combination of credits transferred at the time of admission, including CCNY courses in any division including those other than CLAS, courses taken on permit at other CUNY institutions, or credits transferred from work at other colleges.
5. Independent Study
Students may pursue a program of Independent Study under the direction of a CUNY School of Medicine / Sophie Davis Biomedical Education Program faculty member.
To set up an Independent Study project, a student should first meet with the faculty member who teaches or conducts research in the area of the student's interest to discuss the project. Together they should determine the topic of the project and write up a brief, but thorough, description of it.
The faculty member and student should also decide upon the number of hours per week the student will devote to the Independent Study project, the number of credits (between one and four) the student will receive, and the way in which the project will be graded, i.e., on a letter grade "A"[A+, A, A-], "B"[B+, B, B-] or “Pass/Fail” basis.
The student must submit this information to the Associate Dean for Student Affairs for final approval. If approval is granted, the student then submits the approved Independent Study paperwork to the Office of Academic Records in order to be granted a class permission to register for the course.
On occasion, a student may have an opportunity to conduct an Independent Study project with a physician or scientist from another institution, such as a teaching hospital. In such cases, the project must be co-sponsored and co-supervised by a member of the CUNY School of Medicine / Sophie Davis Biomedical Education Program faculty.
Students may apply up to eight credits of Independent Study, whether taken on a letter grade or “Pass/Fail” basis, to fulfill the electives requirement for graduation.
6. Advanced Placement Credit
Students who completed Advanced Placement (AP) programs in high school and took Advanced Placement examinations may receive college credit. Generally, for scores of 4 or 5, City College will award course credit.
AP credit in Physics 1, B or C, Psychology, English Literature and Composition or
U.S. History fulfill non-elective curriculum requirements. AP credit in subjects other than the above-mentioned, may be applied to fulfill the electives requirement.
Students should request that the College Board, Advanced Placement Program, (609) 771-7300 or (888) 225-5427; http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/ap/exgrd_rep.html send their scores on Advanced Placement examinations taken in high school to:
The City College of New York (code 2083)Office of Admissions Transfer Evaluations Administration Building, Room 101160 Convent Avenue, New York, NY 10031
7. Transfer College Credit
Students who have taken college courses prior to enrolling in the Sophie Davis Biomedical Education Program may receive credit for these courses, with the following stipulations:
• For the course to be counted in fulfilling graduation requirements, the student must have taken the course on a letter grade basis and earned a grade of "C" or better;
• For the course to be counted in fulfilling graduation requirements, the course must be evaluated and certified by the City College Admissions Office and the course must be approved by the Sophie Davis Biomedical Education Program, Office of Academic Affairs;
• Transfer college credit may be used either to fulfill the electives requirement or to place out of certain required first and second year courses. Transfer college credit will not be granted for required MED courses.
A student who, before entering CUNY School of Medicine / Sophie Davis Biomedical Education Program, has taken a course at a college or University other than CUNY, should arrange to have an official transcript sent to:
The City College of New York
Office of Admissions - Transfer Evaluations Administration Building, Room 101
160 Convent Avenue New York, NY 10031
8. Courses taken “On Permit”
A student who takes college courses at institutions other than City College after enrolling in the Sophie Davis Biomedical Education Program is said to go “on permit.” Courses taken on permit may fulfill certain requirements for graduation, but they cannot substitute for any required MED courses.
For an on permit course to be counted in fulfilling requirements for graduation, a student must take the course on a letter grade basis (not Pass/Fail) and earn a grade of "C" or better.
A student who wishes to take a course on permit should review the host college website to learn about registration information for "visiting students.”
• Log into the CUNY portal https://cunyportal.cuny.edu/cpr/authenticate/portal_login.jsp and select ePermit. Follow instructions to complete the ePermit application. Through ePermit, students can file an online request and it will be processed online. Students are kept informed of the progress of their permit request throughout the approval process. If a request is rejected, a student will be notified electronically of the reason for the disapproval.
Grades received in courses taken on permit at another CUNY institution are recorded on the official transcript and are included in calculating the student's City College GPA.