Retake Policy

Multiple Registrations for the Same Course


Repeat: to take a course again that IS marked as “may be repeated.” Examples include topics courses, teaching seminars or internships.

Retake: to take a course again that is NOT marked as “may be repeated.”

Repeatable Courses 

1. Certain courses note in their descriptions that they “may be repeated once” or “may be repeated as the topic changes.”  Students may repeat such courses within those restrictions and receive credit each time.

2. Each grade for such repeated courses is computed in the student’s grade point average; a repeat grade does not replace the original grade. 

3. Only courses stating in the description that they may be repeated may be taken more than once for credit.

4. If a student has scored a grade on a test or examination that awards equivalency for a specific Stony Brook course, the Stony Brook course may not be taken without permission as the university repeat rules apply. Students may not receive credit for an exam or test that awards a course equivalency in addition to receiving credit for the Stony Brook course.

Retaking Courses 

  1. First time takers of courses have priority in registration. Students who wish to retake a course (second attempt) may begin retake registration on or about August 15 for fall classes and on or about January 15 for spring classes, pending an open seat.  The second attempts for winter and summer classes are permitted during the open enrollment date noted on the Registrar’s Office academic calendar. 
  2. Seats in high demand fall and spring classes, noted as High Demand/Controlled Access (HD/CA) courses, are reserved for first time takers and new students through the end of the orientation registration period. Therefore, there is no guarantee of a seat in the case of a second or more attempt.  Students who wish to retake HD/CA courses should consider doing so in the summer and winter sessions, if possible.

    HD/CA courses: 

    AMS 102AMS 110AMS 151AMS 161AMS 310 
    ANP 300 
    BIO 201BIO 202BIO 203BIO 204BIO 205BIO 207BIO 315BIO 358 
    CHE 129/CHE 131CHE 132CHE 133CHE 152CHE 321CHE 322CHE 331CHE 332CHE 326 
    CSE 114 
    ECO 108ECO 303ECO 305ECO 320 
    MAP 103 
    MAT 122MAT 123MAT 125/MAT 131/MAT 141/AMS 151MAT 126MAT 127MAT 132/MAT 142 
    PHY 121/PHY 131PHY 122/PHY 132PHY 125PHY 126PHY 127PHY 133PHY 134 
    POL 201 
    PSY 201PSY 310 
    SOC 202
  3. Students are considered to have taken a course if they remain in the course past the add/drop deadline, regardless of the grade received in the course (note that a grade of 'W' does count as a grade; see
  4. Credits for retaken courses will count once toward cumulative credits, but will count each time toward semester load. Each grade received in the course will be averaged into the cumulative grade point average. A retake grade does not replace the original grade.
  5. Students who retake a course may not exercise the G/P/NC option for that course.
  6. Students who wish to take a course more than twice must submit a petition to the appropriate committee on academic standing and appeals. In support of this petition form, students must include written approval from the undergraduate program director of the department offering the course.
  7. Academic departments and general academic advising units may deny or deregister a student’s second or more attempt of a class(es) under certain circumstances, including:
    1. Not making sufficient major entry and/or major progress.
    2. Earning below a 2.0 cumulative GPA.
    3. Retaking two or more courses in the same semester.
    4. Retaking a course after earning a C or better on the first attempt.
  8. Students seeking to take courses at other institutions should review course equivalencies at If a course is not already included on this list, students should seek pre-approval from the relevant department at Stony Brook and file a Transfer Course Evaluation Form with Academic and Transfer Advising Services.

Mutually Exclusive Courses

Mutually exclusive courses are courses whose content is so similar that students who have taken one will be repeating the material if they take the other. Such courses are identified in their Under-graduate Bulletin descriptions with the notation “not for credit in addition to ABC ###.” Students risk losing both credits and grade in the second of two courses that are designated mutually exclusive.

Crosslisted Courses

Crosslisted courses are courses offered under the auspices of two or more departments and are identified by the notation “This course is offered as both ABC ### and XYZ ###” in the Undergraduate Bulletin and the course catalog in the SOLAR System, and by the notation “Crosslisted with ABC ###” in the Class Schedule. Crosslisted courses may also be indicated with a slash, such as AFH/PHI 379 or HIS 334/WST 336. The title, course description, prerequisite(s), and credit hours for crosslisted courses are identical. A crosslisted course is taught by the same instructor and meets in the same location and at the same time as the course with which it is crosslisted. Students may register under either designator but may not repeat the course by enrolling a second time under the other designator.

Coscheduled Courses

Coscheduled courses are upper-division undergraduate courses that are taught at the same time and in the same location as graduate courses. The undergraduate and graduate versions of the course must have separate requirements as described in the syllabi for the courses and separate grading policies for undergraduate and graduate students.



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