Schools and Colleges

Seven great schools, one amazing University

Harpur College of Arts and Sciences is the oldest and largest of the University’s six schools. Nearly 70 percent of Binghamton undergraduates and 44 percent of graduate students earn degrees within its three divisions: humanities, science and mathematics, and social sciences. Harpur offers the ideal liberal-arts foundation — effective oral and written communication, rigorous scientific analysis, independent thinking and cultural literacy — for any career or advanced course of study.

At the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science, undergraduate and graduate students earn degrees in bioengineering, computer engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, industrial and systems engineering, materials engineering, mechanical engineering, and systems science. Unique undergraduate initiatives like the new general engineering minor, the First-Year Engineering Program and the Watson Engineering Learning Community have created a supportive, vibrant and diverse environment in which to study the technologies that shape our world.

For 30 years, the Decker School of Nursing has awarded bachelor’s and advanced degrees in this critical and fulfilling profession. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the two most in-demand health-care jobs over the next decade will be registered nurses and home health-care specialists. The Decker School offers the latest training simulators, like two SimMan units — they breathe, they talk, they bleed! — a mock home-care suite and an alternative-therapies suite. Graduate programs specialize in family nursing, community health nursing and gerontological nursing.

The College of Community and Public Affairs is temporarily located in the Engineering Building on the Binghamton University campus until repairs from the September floods can be made to its University Downtown Center home. Its students and faculty work closely with non-profit and government community partners through internships, independent study and fieldwork. The college offers an undergraduate degree in human development, as well as master's programs in public administration, social work and student affairs administration.

Undergraduate and graduate students at the School of Management enjoy a stunning new facility in which to learn the theory and real-life practice of management and accounting. Students can even help manage a portfolio of over $130,000 using professional trading software in the high-tech Zurack Trading Room. School of Management students profit from study-abroad partnerships with dozens of accredited business schools around the world and 12 student organizations, academic fraternities and honor societies. The school’s Executive MBA program is ideal for working professionals.

The School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is the University's newest school and is scheduled to open its doors to students in 2017, with the entry of the first class of Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) students, pending approval of the degree program by the New York State Board of Regents and the award of precandidate status by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education. The school will also offer a PhD degree in pharmaceutical sciences, concentrating on cutting-edge, translational research. Beginning in 2018, the school will be housed in a $60-million, state-of-the-art building in nearly Johnson City, N.Y., that includes research and simulation labs and classrooms. Just two miles from the main Binghamton campus and a block from one of the region's largest hospitals, the new building will be also home to 30 to 35 new faculty. Students will learn contemporary pharmacy skills in an innovative curriculum delivered by faculty active in translational, clinical and health outcomes research. Graduates will be well prepared for many different careers, including clinical specialties, regulatory agencies, industry and research.

The Graduate School of Education awards masters degrees in childhood education, adolescence education, literacy education, special education and educational studies, as well as certificates of advanced study in educational leadership and doctoral degrees in educational theory and practice. Faculty and students partner with local school districts on a wide variety of innovative educational projects. Undergraduates interested in teaching careers in math and science can opt for the Harpur College-Graduate School of Education 3 + 2 program, attending Harpur College for their bachelor’s degree and completing studies for a master’s degree in teaching for grades 7-12 (in mathematics or science) through the Graduate School of Education.


Last Updated: 10/6/16