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Welcome Letter

Dear Students:

On behalf of the Academic Advisement and Information Center (AAIC), welcome to Farmingdale State College. Our academic counselors will help you develop the strong academic foundation you need to succeed at FSC.

The Academic Advisement and Information Center (AAIC) is a hub of activity, support, and essential resources dedicated to assuring the academic success of all students at Farmingdale State College.

Some of the specific ways the AAIC can assist you are:

  • Selecting courses and registering for classes
  • Understanding General Education requirements
  • Identifying and locating your assigned academic advisor
  • Selecting or changing your major
  • Declaring a minor
  • Identifying and completing important academic and administrative forms (e.g. curriculum change, course withdrawal)
  • Responding to academic alerts such as an Early Warning notice or Probationary status
  • Determining eligibility requirements for academic honor societies
  • Identifying and applying for outside scholarships

When in doubt, be sure to get correct information and guidance by turning to the AAIC. The resources contained in this handbook contain important information on everything from selecting and preparing for your classes, examples of typical first semester schedules, and listings of student support services and resources on campus.

This booklet will help you throughout your entire college career. Be sure to hold on to it. We suggest you keep it with your other important college papers so you can refer to it as necessary throughout your academic career at Farmingdale State College. In addition, you can access this handbook and a wealth of other resources at our website.

We sincerely hope you enjoy your first year at FSC. If you have any academic questions, please feel free to contact our office at any time.

The Academic Advisement and Information Center (AAIC)
Greenley Library, Lower Level
(631) 794-6160

Planning for Your First Day of College

See your Academic Advisor: We can’t emphasize enough how critical it is for you to see an advisor before choosing courses.

An academic advisor can help you to:

  • choose courses that meet your educational goals
  • select general education courses (required in all majors)
  • understand the requirements of your academic major
  • explore career possibilities
  • identify specific Farmingdale State College resources of particular use to you

Using OASIS to Find and Register for Courses

OASIS (Online Administrative Student Information System) is an easy-to-navigate online portal where students can:

  • Your schedule of classes and a campus map – It sounds logical, but you would be surprised how many people forget this.
  • find course offerings
  • register for courses
  • identify required books
  • review their college transcript
  • review financial aid packages

After you have received your Ram ID number go to OASIS on Follow the directions carefully – once you have logged on you can maneuver through and register for courses.

  • As you browse through listings in the online course schedule, you’ll notice that many courses have multiple sections. Sections are versions of the course that meet on different days and times.
  • Each section has a unique five-digit number called a CRN, or Course Registration Number. This is a critical number to know—you must have it to register for a course. As you choose courses, keep track of the CRNs for the sections that you want.
  • In most majors, your academic advisor will give you an alternate PIN number that you will use to enter the OASIS system. You will use that PIN to register.

Registration Generates Your E-Mail Account

You will have access to your e-mail account several days after you have first registered for classes. You will find your email username in the “Personal Information” menu of OASIS. Check your student e-mail account frequently. This e-mail account is the main method FSC uses to send you important information. Faculty and staff at FSC will only respond to Farmingdale e-mail accounts. Do not send emails to your professors from your personal e-mail account! FSC uses Gmail for its student email. Your Farmingdale Gmail account will also give you access to a number of Google Apps, including Google Docs and Google Calendar. Log into your email at:

Immunization Alert!

All immunization forms must be submitted to the Health and Wellness Center PRIOR TO JULY 1st. If these forms are not submitted by this date, the Registrar may withdraw you from all of your courses. For further information, contact the Health and Wellness Center at: (631) 420-2014. The FAX number is: (631) 420-2137.

Important Offices - Locations and Contact Information
Department Location and Contact Services
Financial Aid Financial Aid Office
Laffin Hall, Room 324
Financial aid packages
Apply for grants, loans, work study
Registrar Laffin Hall – Room 225
Register for classes
Withdraw from a course
Change of major form/add a minor
Student Accounts Laffin Hall, Room 226
Account information
Transfer Services Transfer Credit Office
Laffin Hall, Room 201
To determine which classes may transfer to FSC: hhtp://
Transfer credit evaluations for:
*courses taken at another institution
*courses taken in high school (AP, CLEP, IB).
Identifying completing important academic forms, including: change of major, declare minor, off campus study approval
Understanding general education requirements
University Police University Police headquarters
Student ID Cards
Bookstore Barnes and Nobel Bookstore
Campus Center
Text books, other books, magazines, supplies, snacks, greeting cards, Farmingdale apparel
Language Proficiency Testing Modern Languages Department
Memorial Hall, Room 204
Placement testing for FSC courses
Proficiency testing for other languages
“Test out” of foreign language
Athletic Facilities and
Sports at Farmingdale
The Athletics Building
Nold Hall
Campus Housing and Residence Life Sinclair Hall, First Floor
Residence Halls
Residence over break/summer
Dean of Students Laffin Hall, Room 314
Federal financial aid waivers
Campus judicial procedures
Office of Student Activities Roosevelt Hall – Room 116
Clubs and organizations
Special interest activities
Student government
Student Support Services

These Services and Programs are offered Free-of-Charge

Academic Advisement and Information Center (AAIC) Greenley Hall, Lower Level
Academic Advisement Information on majors, minors, policies, workshops; scholarship information;referrals to appropriate offices
The Language Center Memorial Hall – Room 200
Tutoring for foreign languages
The Mathematics Center Whitman Hall – Room 181
Specialized tutoring for all levels of math
The Writing Center Knapp Hall – Room 30
Assistance with writing assignments – not just for English classes!
The Tutoring Center Sinclair Hall – Room 160
(631)-420-2066/ 2475
Tutoring for a variety of courses and programs
Career Development Center Greenley Hall – Student Success Center
Career assessment
Resume & cover letter assistance
Networking & interviewing skills
Job Fairs & graduate school fairs
Disabilities Support Services Roosevelt Hall, Room 151A
Assist student with disabilities
Access to programs and opportunities
Arrange accommodations
Health & Wellness Center; Infirmary Health & Wellness Center
Infirmary; over the counter medications;
Immunizations; MD visits Acupuncture, holistic medicine
International Education & Study Abroad Laffin Hall 320A
Study Abroad – short term, semester, year
Services for International Students
Mental Health Counseling Campus Mental Health Services
Sinclair Hall, Rm 101
Professional counseling services
Referrals to community services
Student Success & Support Student Success Center
Greenley Hall
Workshops and programs
Peer mentoring program
Career development services
Academic Student Achievement Program (ASAP) TRIO Laffin Hall, Room 112
TRIO Support Services for students who are: 1st generation college, low income, and/or have disability
Veterans’ Services Office of Veterans’ Affairs
Laffin Hall, Room 202
Application process
Call to active duty
Free services & activities
Personal services
Academic Departments
School of Arts & Sciences    
Dean’s Office Hale Hall, Rm 220 631-420-2175
Biology Hale Hall, Rm 2127 631-420-2198
Chemistry Lupton Hall, Rm 216F 631-420-2221
English and Humanities Knapp Hall, Rm 13 631-420-2050
History, Economics, & Politics Memorial Hall, Rm 221 631-420-2739
Liberal Arts & Sciences Memorial Hall, Rm 100 631-420-2656
Mathematics Whitman Hall, Rm 180A 631-420-2182
Modern Languages Memorial Hall, Rm 215 631-420-2675
Physics Lupton Hall, Rm 200A 631-420-2188
Professional Communications Knapp Hall, Rm 19 631-420-2321
Psychology Knapp Hall, Rm 46 631-420-2725
Science, Technology, and Society Memorial Hall, Rm 114 631-420-2220
Undeclared Major Program Memorial Hall, Rm 100 631-420-2638
School of Business    
Dean’s Office Whitman Hall, Rm 118 631-420-2189
Business Management Thompson Hall, Rm 127 631-420-2015
Computer Systems Whitman Hall, Rm 112 631-420-2190
Ornamental Horticulture Thompson Hall, Rm 202 631-420-2113
Sports Management Thompson Hall, Rm 129 631-420-2786
Visual Communications Hale Hall, Rm 156 631-420-2181
School of Engineering Technology    
Dean’s Office Lupton Hall, Rm 104 631-420-2115
Architecture/Construction Lupton Hall, Rm 261 631-420-2024
Automotive Technology Lupton Hall, Rm 101 631-420-2046
Aviation/Aeronautical Science Lupton Hall, Rm 101 631-420-2308
Criminal Justice/Security Systems Whitman Hall, Rm 163 631-420-2538
Electrical/Computer Engineering Tech Lupton Hall, Rm 246 631-420-2397
Mechanical Engineering Technology Lupton Hall, Rm 101 631-420-2046
School of Health Studies    
Dean’s Office Gleeson Hall, Rm 347 631-420-2171
Dental Hygiene Gleeson Hall, Rm 344 631-420-2060
Health Studies Gleeson Hall, Rm 344 631-420-2257
Medical Laboratory Technology Gleeson Hall, Rm 344 631-420-2257
Nursing Gleeson Hall, Rm 304 631-420-2229
Changing Your Major

Change of major is controlled at the program level.

Once matriculated at Farmingdale, if you wish to switch to a different major, you should follow these steps:

First – Meet with your current Department Chairperson. The Chairperson will advise you of factors to consider and steps to take in contemplating a change of major.

Second - You will then want to set up an appointment with your desired Major’s Chairperson. Topics that you and the Chairperson are likely to discuss include:

  • What is the curriculum and options for concentration within the major?
  • What are the career and graduate school options for graduates of that major?
  • Is there space to be enrolled in the program?
  • Do you have the proper GPA to be accepted?
  • Are there specific courses required as prerequisites for admission to the major?
  • Will the courses you have already completed (at FSC or elsewhere) apply to degree requirements in the new major?


Third - If approved for admission to the new major, you and the chairperson of your new department will complete an “Application for Change of Curriculum” that will be processed by the Transfer Services Office.

Note: If you are simply contemplating a change in major and want to determine the impact of that change in curriculum on your prospects for graduation in a reasonable amount of time, you are welcome to meet with the counselors in the AAIC for general guidance.

In addition, please be advised that Farmingdale offers students options for enhancing one’s studies by declaring a second majoror by adding a minor to one’s academic plan.

Foreign Language Requirements and Placement


Farmingdale State College offers instruction in the following languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, and Spanish.

The foreign language requirement for the SUNY General Education program at Farmingdale State College is as follows: baccalaureate degree students, as well as those in the associates in arts degree program, must successfully complete one foreign language course. General Education language courses include those are the following levels: Elementary I or II, Intermediate III or IV, and also specialized courses such as “Italian for Business” or “Spanish for Medical Personnel.” Bachelor of Technology programs (Horticultural Technology Management and Visual Communications: Art & Graphic Design) do not have a foreign language requirement.

Please note that - beyond the one-course General Education Language requirement – some departments require additional language study. For the following majors, the program requirements dictate that a minimum of Elementary Level II proficiency is necessary to meet graduation requirements: Liberal Arts and Sciences (AA), Applied Psychology (BS), Criminal Justice – Law Enforcement Technology (BS), Criminal Justice – Security Systems (BS), Dental Hygiene (BS), Nursing (BS), Professional Communications (BS), and Science, Technology and Society (BS).

The following provisions exempt a student from both Level I and Level II language requirements.

  • A student has documentation of completion of primary education abroad in a foreign language other than English. This documentation must include a certified translation.
  • A New York State Regents Exam score in a foreign language of 85 or above. (Note: Students who receive a Regents exam score in a foreign language of 85 or above and are thus exempt from the foreign language requirement, may be required to take a higher level foreign language course or a foreign language culture/cinema course taught in English and offered through the Modern Language Department order to satisfy the credit requirements of their major. Students should consult with their academic advisor regarding this matter.)
  • Advanced Placement examination in a foreign language with a score of 3 or above.
  • International Baccalaureate examination in a foreign language with a score of 4 or above.
  • A CLEP exam score of 50 or above.
  • An accepted score on a standardized language test offered by the College. The Modern Languages Department currently provides Proficiency Testing (credit by evaluation) in the following languages: Arabic, Bengali, Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Korean, Persian (Farsi), Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Tamil, Turkish, and Urdu. Students who successfully pass the exam will have 3 credits in Modern Language.
  • If the language is not offered at Farmingdale, the student must take a language test administered by the Foreign Language Proficiency Testing Service of the New York University School of Continuing and Professional Services. If the student achieves a score of 8 or above on this test, he/she may receive up to six credits in modern language. If the student’s score is 5-7, the student must enroll in one of the Modern Language Department’s elective culture/cinema courses taught in English to complete this requirement.

The following provisions exempt a student from both Level I and Level II language requirements (continued)

  • If a student is certified by the College Office of Support Services for Students with Disabilities as being learning disabled in the area of foreign languages, the College requires the student to enroll in one of the Modern Language Department’s elective culture/cinema courses taught in English to satisfy the foreign language requirement.
  • Bachelor of Technology and Associate degree candidates who choose foreign languages as one of their competency areas are subject to the above guidelines.


Language placement is determined by the student’s record of previous high school language study and/or by scores on the NY State Regents exams, AP exams, International Baccalaureate exams, or Farmingdale departmental placement exams.

Placement guidelines include the following provisions:

  • To be eligible to register for the Elementary Level II course without having completed the Level I course at Farmingdale, a student must meet any one of these criteria:
    a) The student has successfully completed 3 or 4 years of study in that same language in high school.
    b) The student demonstrates Level I ability in a placement examination offered by the Modern Language Department.
    c) The student earned a score of 85 or higher on the NY State Regents Exam in a foreign language and wishes to continue study of that same language at the Elementary II level or higher.
  • Students with a score of 4 or higher on the International Baccalaureate Language Exam will be placed at the Intermediate Level III of that language.
  • For other new students wishing to enter language study at the Intermediate or Advanced level, such placement will be determined by the Modern Languages Department.
Placement Testing for English and Mathematics

If you need placement testing for English or Math, please call (631)420-2629 to make an appointment.

Academic Credits and Advanced Placement Based on Examinations and Academic Studies Completed Elsewhere

Farmingdale State College provides academic credits and advanced placement for entering and current students who qualify. Qualification is typically based on (1) Advanced Placement Examinations (AP) administered by the College Entrance Examination Board, (2) College or University-Level Courses taken while in high school, (3) International Baccalaureate Examinations, (4) Military Training, and (4) approved subject examinations through the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) of the Education Testing Service. Note: while Advanced Placement and/or academic credits are typically awarded for General Education courses, many departments do not permit students to use such credits towards required coursework in the academic major.

Students should have official documentation from any of these four sources sent to the Coordinator of Transfer Credit Evaluation at Farmingdale State College for review and possible transfer credit and/or advanced placement.

Ms. Amy Stier
Assistant Director, Transfer Services
Farmingdale State College, Laffin Hall
2350 Broadhollow Road
Farmingdale, NY 11735

Advanced Placement Examinations and Farmingdale Course Equivalencies

Advanced Placement Exam Score Farmingdale Equivalent Crdits Advanced Placement Exam Score Farmingdale Equivalent Crdits
Art-Drawing 4 VIS 101 3 German 3 GER 114 3
Art-2-D Design   Determined by art department   Human Geography 3 SSE 1XX 3
Biology 3 BIO 001 3 Italian 3 ITA 224 3
Biology 4 BIO 001 3 Language & Composition 3 EGL 101 3
Biology 5 BIO 001 4 Latin 3 Gen. Ed Lang. Requirement 3
Calculus AB 4 or 5 MTH 150 4 Literature & Composition 3 EGL 101 & 102 6
Calculus BC 4 or 5 MTH 150 & MTH 151 8 Macroeconomics 3 ECO 156 3
Calculus AB or BC 3 MTH 129 4 Microeconomics 3 ECO 157 3
Chemistry 3 CHM 152 4 Physics B 3 PHY 135 & 136 8
Comparative Gov’t & Politics 3 POL 265 3 Psychology 4 PSY 101 3
Computer Science A 4 or 5 BCS 345 3 Spanish 3 SPA 144 3
Computer Science AB 3 BCS 345 & BCS 270 6 Statistics 4 or 5 MTH 110 3
Environmental Science 3 PHY 114 3 US Gov't & Politics 3 POL 167 3
European History 3 HIS 115 3 US History 3 HIS 121 & 122 6
French 3 FRE 104 3 World History 3 HIS 126 3
Music 3 MUS 108 3 Spanish Language 3 SPA 2XX 3

College or University Courses Taken While in High School

Some students earn college credit for university courses offered in their high schools. These are sometimes called “scale courses” or “university in the high school.”

Students who have successfully earned “university in the high school” credits through Farmingdale State College will see those college credits and grades appear automatically on their FSC transcripts.

Students who earned college credits from a different college or university must take the following action to have such college credit considered by FSC for transfer toward the FSC degree. Specifically, contact the Registrar at the College and University that provided those credits. Ask the Registrar to send an official copy of your College (not high school) transcript containing your coursework and grades to the Farmingdale Transfer Credit Evaluator (see preceding page).

Students should have their college transcripts sent to FSC during the summer before the Fall semester so that their FSC records can be up-to-date.

Academic Credit or Advanced Placement based on Military Training

Students with background in the US Military (e.g. veterans of the Armed Forces and the National Guard as well as current enlistees) should have their SMART transcripts that document formal military training sent to FSC’s coordinator of Transfer Credit Evaluation (see address on preceding page) for review and possible transfer credit or advanced placement status.

International Baccalaureate Examinations

Students who have taken International Baccalaureate Examinations should have their exam scores sent to the Coordinator of Transfer Credit Evaluation for review and possible credit transfer.

IB Course Required Score Farmingdale Equivalent Credits Granted
Biology HL 3 BIO 123 4
Biology HL 4 BIO 130 4
Biology HL 5 BIO 130 & 131 8
Biology HL 6 or 7 BIO 130, 131 & 223 12
Business Management 4 BUS 109 3
Economics 4 ECO 156 & 157 6
English A 1 HL 5 EGL 102 3
Film 4 ART 3XX 3
Foreign Language 4 Modern Language Level II 3
History of the Americas 5 HIS 125 3
Math SL 4 MTH 129 4
Psychology 5 PSY 101 3
Social Cultural Anthropology 4 ANT 110 3
Spanish 4 SPA 244 3
Visual Arts 5 Advisement from Visual Communications Dept. required  


CLEP (College Level Examination Program) is a way for students to accumulate college credit by taking an exam on a subject they are proficient in instead of taking the full course. The CLEP program is administered by the College Board organization. Some colleges only administer exams to students matriculated at their school; other test centers are open for anyone. The following is a list of the course equivalencies FSC will accept:

Exam Farmingdale Equivalencies Credits Granted
American Government POL 167 3
Biology BIO 120 4
Business Law BUS 202 3
Calculus MTH 150 4
Chemistry No Credit  
College Algebra MTH 116 4
College Mathematics MTH 001 3
Educational Psychology PSY 242 3
Financial Accounting BUS 101 3
French (50 to 65) FRE 101+102 6
French (66 or better) FRE 203+204 6
History of United States I HIS 121 3
History of United States II HIS 122 3
Human Growth & Development PSY 235 3
Information Systems BCS 1XX  
Introduction to Business BUS 111 3
Macroeconomics ECO 156 3
Marketing BUS 131 3
Microeconomics ECO 157 3
Precalculus MTH 129 4
Principles of Management BUS 109 3
Principles of Public Speaking SPE 130 3
Psychology PSY 101 3
Social Sciences & History SSE 001 3
Sociology SOC 122 3
Spanish (50 to 65) SPA 141 + SPA 142 6
Spanish (66 or better) SPA 243 + SPA 244 6
Western Civilization I HIS 114 3
Western Civilization IItd> HIS 115 3


For additional information go to the Transfer Services Webpage or contact the department at or 631-794-6139.

College Grading System – Achievement Points

The following is the official college grading system:

Percentage Equivalent Grade Interpretation
A Excellent
B Good
C Satisfactory
D Minimum Passing
F Failure

I/td> Incomplete

W Withdrawal

UW Unofficial Withdrawal

To determine the cumulative grade point average, multiply the achievement point value of each grade by the credits designated for each subject. Then divide the total achievement points by the number of credits.

Only grades earned in the college are considered in the computation of averages. A student must attain a 2.0 cumulative grade point average in order to qualify for graduation. If a student is deficient in achievement points or deficient in a major course at the end of any semester (see specific program requirements), the student may be placed on probation or considered for dismissal, depending on the extent of the deficiency. On recommendation of the Department Chair, a student may be required to carry a reduced schedule.

Course Code Designators
AET Automotive Technology HST Health Studies
ANT Anthropology HUM Humanities
ARA Arabic IND Industrial Technology
ARC Architectural Technology ITA Italian
ART Art LPN Licensed Practical Nursing
AVN Aviation MET Mechanical Engineering Technology
BCS Computer Systems MLG Modern Languages
BIO Biology MLT Medical Laboratory Technology
BUS Business Management MTH Math
CHI Chinese NUR Nursing
CHM Chemistry PCM Professional Communications
CON Construction/Architectural PED Physical Education
CRJ Criminal Justice PHI Philosophy
DEN Dental Hygiene PHY Physics & Physical Science
ECO Economics POL Politics
EET Electrical Engineering Technology PSY Psychology
EGL English SET Software Technology
ENV Environmental Studies SMT Sport Management
ESL English as a Second Language SOC Sociology
FRE French SPA Spanish
FRX Freshman Courses SPE Speech
GER German STS Science, Technology and Society
GPH Computing Graphics TEL Telecommunications
HIS History THE Theater
HOR Horticulture VIS Visual Communications
SUNY General Education Requirements for Baccalaureate Degrees

The Board of Trustees of the State University of New York has mandated that students in baccalaureate degrees, as a condition of graduation, complete an academically rigorous and comprehensive core General Education curriculum of no fewer than 30 credits. Students must show competency by taking at least three credit hours each in basic communications and mathematics, and will demonstrate overall competency in the areas of critical thinking and information management.

Farmingdale students in baccalaureate programs will earn 30 SUNY General Education Requirement (SUNY-GER) credits by completing one or more courses in each of the following areas:
Basic Communication
American History, or Other World Civilizations, or Western Civilization
Natural Science
Social and Behavioral Science
Foreign Language

At Farmingdale, EGL 101 and EGL 102 are College requirements. EGL 101 also currently fulfills the requirement for the Basic Communication competency area. Certain baccalaureate degree programs may require additional general education courses as part of the required courses in the major.

Critical Thinking and Information Management are infused throughout Farmingdale’s General Education program. All baccalaureate programs address specific computer literacy requirements as part of the curriculum and the college catalog states: “To meet the diverse needs of its programs, and in the spirit of providing a liberal education to all students, the College requires that each student receive some type of computer instruction before being awarded a degree.”

Based on the requirements in the major, our Bachelor of Technology programs will have varying requirements which will satisfy the SUNY mandated requirements for general education. Please speak with your advisor to select the courses to satisfy the general education requirements specific to your program.

SUNY General Education Requirements for Associate Degrees

All students enrolled in Associate degree programs are required to successfully complete 21 credits of General Education courses, specified in the curriculum, with the following exceptions:

  • Students enrolled in the Associate degree programs in Dental Hygiene and Nursing are required to complete 15 credits of general education courses, specified in the curriculum;
  • Students enrolled in the Liberal Arts and Sciences degree program are required to successfully complete all eight competency areas of the Farmingdale General Education Program, including a one-credit science lab component.
  • There is no General Education requirement for students enrolled in Associate in Applied Sciences programs.
Waivers, Substitutions, and Transfer Credit Requests for General Education Course Requirements

In some cases a student can request permission to have a general education course requirement met through one of the special types of appeals described below:

General Education Transfer Credit: A student took a course at another university that was classified as a general education course there, but is not considered as such at FSC and thus appears on the student’s FSC transcript as an elective. This student can appeal to the provost to have the elective course approved to count as meeting our general education requirement.

General Education Waiver: When a transfer student has taken and been given credit for an advanced course for which a lower-level FSC general education course would normally be considered a prerequisite, the student can appeal to have the FSC general education course waived.

General Education Course Substitution:When a student has taken a course elsewhere or at FSC that meets the spirit and intent of the FSC general education, the student can appeal to have that course accepted as a general education course at FSC.

To make such a request, the student should meet with their Department Chair or Academic Advisor. The AAIC counselors can assist in preparing the required forms.

Any student who is granted a waiver in a particular competency area must still complete the minimum General Education credit requirement of his/her degree program. The number of credits waived may be applied to “elective” courses in any of the competency areas at the student’s discretion, though the College recommends that this be done under advisement.

Final waivers and course substitutions will appear on the student’s academic record as a “comment” at the top.

Academic Minors

Farmingdale State College students are invited to enhance their studies with an “Academic Minor.” A minor is a cluster of thematically related courses drawn from one or more departments. In addition to department-based minors (e.g. Computer Programming & Info Systems), interdisciplinary minors are also available (e.g. legal studies). A minor is considered to be an optional supplement to a student’s major program of study. Only students in Baccalaureate degree programs can apply for minors. A minor consists of 15 to 21 credits. At least 12 of those credits must be in courses at the 200 level or higher. Students are only permitted to take more than one minor with the appropriate written approval of their curriculum Dean.

Students must make application for an academic minor through the department offering the minor in conjunction with the Office of Auxiliary Enrollment Services. Specific course work must be determined in consultation with a faculty member in the department offering the minor. A statement of successful completion of each academic minor will appear on the student’s transcript at the time of graduation.

Minors Department
Applied Mathematics Mathematics Department
Aviation Administration Aviation Department
Aviation Flight Aviation Department
Biology Biology Department
Business Management Business Management Department
Chemistry Chemistry Department
Computer Programming & Information Systems Computer Systems Department
Economics History, Economics, & Politics Department
English Literature English/Humanities Department
History History, Economics, & Politics Department
Italian Studies Modern Languages Department
Latin American Studies Modern Languages Department
Legal Studies Business Management Department
Management Information Systems Computer Systems Department
Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies History, Economics, & Politics Department
Organizational Leadership Business ManagementDepartment
Ornamental Horticulture Ornamental Horticulture Department
Politics History, Economics, & Politics Department
Sociology Sociology/Anthropology Department
Sport Management Sport Management Department
Web Development Computer Systems Department
Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Sociology/Anthropology Department
Academic Honor Societies

Alpha Phi Sigma
Alpha Phi Sigma is the only National Criminal Justice Honor Society for Criminal Justice majors. The society recognizes academic excellence of undergraduate, graduate students of criminal justice, as well as Juris Doctorate. Students at Farmingdale must have declared the Criminal Justice Security Systems bachelor program as their major, have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.2 and a minimum Criminal Justice grade point average of 3.2. Additionally, students must have completed at least 36 credits, and of those, 16 credits would be Criminal Justice courses. Students must be within the top 35% of their class.

For more information, please go to:

Chi Alpha Epsilon
Chi Alpha Epsilon is a National Honor Society dedicated to recognizing the academic achievements of students admitted to colleges and universities through non-traditional criteria. Its purpose is to promote continued high academic standards, foster increased communication among members, and honor the academic excellence of those students admitted to college via developmental programs. Gamma Eta is the local chapter chartered at Farmingdale State College on December 6, 2001.

To be eligible for membership consideration, students must hold a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 for two (2) consecutive, full-time semesters and have been admitted to Farmingdale State College through the Educational Opportunity Program. National link: alumni who have graduated with a 3.0 or better cumulative grade point average, prior to the formation of a campus chapter, may also be considered for alumni membership.)Application forms may be obtained from the Educational Opportunity Program office.

Epsilon Pi Tau
An International Honor Society for professions in technology, Epsilon Pi Tau recognizes academic excellence of students in fields devoted to the study of technology and the preparation of practitioners for the technology professions. In addition to a recognition program that extends through members’ careers and beyond, Epsilon Pi Tau continually seeks to serve, support, and strengthen the technology professions through publications, conferences, thought leadership, and alliances with corporations, professional associations, government agencies, and nongovernmental organizations.

To be eligible for consideration, students must meet criteria as established by the honor society. Information may be obtained at Applications for membership will be mailed to eligible students, by the Dean’s Office, School of Engineering Technology.

Golden Key
Golden Key is a mission focused, values based and demographics driven organization. With 30 years of rich tradition, Golden Key remains committed to scholarship, career development, leadership and service. Our mission defines who we are; our core values provide us guidance in executing our activities; and our history reminds us that nearly two million members are counting on us to shape the future through our strategic planning process.

To be eligible for consideration, students must meet criteria as established by the honor society. Information may be obtained at - Applications will be mailed to eligible students.

Lambda Tau National Medical Technology Honor Society
The Farmingdale State MLT program has established a chapter of this Society at Farmingdale for those students achieving exceptional academic standing while enrolled in the MLT curriculum. The purposes of this Society are to develop a spirit of cooperation and unity among the students entering any of the fields encompassed by medical laboratory technology; to stimulate a higher ideal for scholastic effort, to encourage research, and to help develop the professional character of the work itself; and to interest other students in these fields. Those MLT students achieving a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or better in their MLT courses at the completion of the third semester will be invited into the Society membership by the Faculty Advisor of the College chapter.

Omicron Delta Epsilon
Omicron Delta Epsilon is an International Honor Society in Economics. Its objectives are: (1) to confer distinction for high scholastic achievement in economics; (2) to stimulate and promote student interest in all aspects of economics; (3) to publish an official journal to be entitled “The American Economist”; and (4) to sponsor the Fisher-Taussig Award Competitions. Membership is opened to students who satisfy the following criteria: (1) in residence at least one semester, with a major or minor in economics; (2) Twelve semester (term) hours of economics, and (3) An average of B or better and a class standing in the upper one-third.

Application forms are available at the Department of History, Economics and Politics.

Phi Alpha Theta
Phi Alpha Theta is the National History Honor Society that recognizes academic distinction for students interested in the field of history. Less than 1% of students attending the college qualify for membership in this society. The mission of Phi Alpha Theta is to promote the study of history through the encouragement of research, good teaching, publication and the exchange of learning and ideas. We bring students and faculty together for intellectual and social exchanges that promote research, presentations and publications by our members in a variety of ways. The faculty officer will invite students who have a GPA of 3.0 overall and have completed four history courses with a GPA of 3.1 to join Alpha-Omicron-Iota, the Farmingdale chapter of Phi Alpha Theta.

Phi Theta Kappa
One of the highest honors a Farmingdale student may receive is election to Phi Theta Kappa, the National Junior College Honorary Scholastic Society. Mu Omega is the local Farmingdale chapter.

To be eligible for consideration, students must be matriculated in an associate degree program, have completed a minimum of 24 credits, and have achieved a minimum cumulative average of 3.5. Students will not be accepted for membership after they have completed degree requirements. National link:

Applications will be mailed to eligible students.

Sigma Phi Alpha
Sigma Phi Alpha is a National Dental Hygiene Honor Society that promotes and recognizes scholarship, service, and leadership among students and graduates of dental hygiene educational programs. The local component chapter at Farmingdale State College is Alpha Mu. To be eligible for membership, students must rank within the top 10 percent of either the sophomore class for the Associate Degree or the senior class for the Bachelor Degree. Membership in the society is offered by the faculty officers of the society.

Sigma Beta Delta
The purpose of Sigma Beta Delta is to encourage and recognize scholarship and achievement among students of Business Management and Administration, and to encourage and promote personal and professional improvement and a life distinguished by honorable service to humankind. To be eligible for membership, a Business Management student must rank in the upper 20 percent of the junior or senior class and be invited to membership by the faculty officers. Faculty officers operate the Sigma Beta Delta chapter for the mutual benefit of students. Farmingdale State College’s Business Management Bachelor of Science degree sponsors a chapter of Sigma Beta Delta. National link:

The Farmingdale Nursing Honor Society
The Farmingdale Nursing Honor Society supports the learning, knowledge and professional development of nurses committed to making a difference in health globally. The goal of the Nursing Honor Society is to create a community of nurses who lead by using knowledge, scholarship, service and learning to improve the health of all individuals. To be eligible for membership consideration, students must be enrolled in the Bachelor degree nursing program and have completed one half of the nursing program. Students must be within the upper 35% of their class. Students who have graduated may apply as community nurse leaders.

Application forms are available in the Nursing Department Office.

Academic Integrity Policy

Each member of the Farmingdale State College campus community is expected to maintain academic integrity. Farmingdale State College has developed regulations concerning academic dishonesty and integrity to protect all students and to maintain an ethical academic environment. This includes prohibiting any form of academic dishonesty as outlined below. Academic dishonesty cannot be condoned or tolerated in a college community. Such behavior is considered a violation of the Student Code of Conduct, and students found guilty of committing an intentional act of fraud, cheating or plagiarizing will be disciplined and face penalties. The College regards academic dishonesty as an intentional act of fraud, in which a student seeks to claim credit for the work or efforts of another individual without correct documentation, or uses unauthorized, undocumented or fabricated information in any academic exercise. The College also considers academic dishonesty to include forging of academic documents, intentionally impeding or damaging the academic work of others, or assisting other students in acts of dishonesty. Academic dishonesty is divided into four categories which are defined as follows:

  • Cheating: Intentionally using or attempting to use unauthorized materials (including all electronic devices), information or study aids in any academic exercise.
  • Fabrication: Unauthorized falsification or invention of any information or citation in an academic exercise.
  • Facilitating Academic Dishonesty: Knowingly helping someone commit an act of academic dishonesty.
  • Plagiarism:Intentionally representing the words or ideas of another as one’s own in any academic exercise. This includes words or ideas in either print or electronic format.

Academic dishonesty is morally wrong, and such behavior interferes with learning and intellectual development. Therefore, all members of the campus community have the responsibility to prevent dishonesty, protect honest students, and enforce campus policies. These responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Faculty members have the responsibility to establish standards of academic integrity and disciplinary policies in cases of academic dishonesty (consistent with the standards and policies of the College) and to include a statement of those standards on their course syllabi.
  • Students have the responsibility to abstain from academic dishonesty or facilitating the dishonest behavior of others.

Violation of the academic integrity policy is strictly prohibited and may result in a disciplinary action ranging from a warning letter to probation, suspension, or dismissal from the College with a permanent transcript notation. Please refer to the Student Code of Conduct Article IV and V.

It is strongly recommended that any violation of the academic integrity policy be reported to the Dean of Students. Individual Departments are encouraged to establish appropriate disciplinary procedures and to make certain that the criteria are understood and enforced by both full-time and part-time faculty.


Make the Most of Your College Experience

A.B.C – Always Be Connecting. Network with individuals who are involved in your major, especially faculty members. Make a personal connection with each teacher you have. Also, find one fellow student in each class to share contact information with. You and your classmate can share missed notes, study together for exams, and gain different perspectives on your course material.

AAIC – Have questions or need guidance about anything academic? Go to the Academic Advising and Information Center for one-stop help.

Website – Take time to explore the Farmingdale State College website and become knowledgeable about policies, resources, and opportunities.

Library - Become familiar with the Greenley Library’s book sections, journal databases, and other resources.

Academic Recognition – Strive for President’s List Honors and for admission into an academic honor society.

Seize Opportunities – Study abroad, pursue an internship, apply for scholarships, and undertake research with a faculty member.

Academic Success – Be proactive to assure your success. Make use of free services, including Academic Success Workshops, the Writing Center, Math Center, and Tutoring Center.

Mentor – Find a faculty mentor in your major or minor. Explore career and graduate school options. Join your mentor’s research group. Turn to your mentor for academic counsel and also for letters of reference vital to your future career.

Get Involved– Participate in clubs, join a fraternity/sorority, run for student government, and attend as many events as possible.

Health – While you strengthen your mind, don’t forget about your body. Participate in intramural sports, use athletic facilities, eat healthy foods, avoid drugs, and moderate your consumption of alcohol.

Life After FSC – Don’t wait until your senior year. Go to the Career Development Center now! You’ll receive worthwhile advice.

Places to Eat and Meet

Food / Coffee:

  • Campus Center Restaurant: You'll find an abundant variety of fresh foods, prepared from scratch each day. Many foods are prepared right before your eyes - only moments before serving. Our chefs prepare a changing menu of specialties including hand-tossed pizza, Asian cuisine, grilled sandwiches, daily baked desserts, and so much more.
  • Campus Center Market: Offering a number of great stations from which to get a delicious meal: the Burger Studio, Asian inspired Street Food, Home for traditional entrees, Salads made-to-order at Greens to Go, In Between for sandwiches and wraps, and TCP for wood stone oven pizzas.
  • Eco Grounds: (Campus Center) Need a comfy spot to hang out? Grab a cup of coffee and relax on our couches. We can even satisfy your hunger with gourmet desserts and pastries. Now serving fresh brewed coffee from the Java City EcoGrounds brand.
  • Books n’ Beans Café (Greenley Hall Library): Spice up your day with a frothy latte or an espresso at our Books n' Beans Café. This café is located at the Success Center.

Visit the campus website for hours and menus of all campus eateries:

Note: The Aramark Food service offers meal plans for both residential and commuter students.

Places to Study / Meet:

  • Bunche Plaza
  • Campus Center
  • Gleeson Hall, lounge areas on the third and fourth floors
  • Greenley Hall Library, study rooms and lounge areas throughout the building
  • Hale Hall, first floor lounge area with vending machines; second floor lounge area
  • Laffin Hall, first floor lobby lounge area with vending machines
  • Lupton Hall, first floor lounge area with vending machines; second floor lounge area
  • Roosevelt Hall Lobby
  • Sinclair Hall
  • Whitman Hall, first floor lounge area with vending machines
Open Computer Labs and Lounges
  • Books n’ Beans Café and adjacent Success Center (Greenley Hall)
  • Greenley Hall Library, first floor
  • Laffin Hall, first floor lobby and lounge
  • Whitman Hall – large open lab, room 221 – smaller open lab, room 115