SUNY General Education Student Learning Outcomes
The SUNY Board of Trustees has established mandatory General Education Requirements consisting of designated knowledge and skill areas for all SUNY Institutions. Erie Community College is committed to ensuring that its graduates, with Associate in Arts (AA) and Associate in Sciences (AS) degrees, will have satisfied a minimum of seven categories of the General Education requirement. Of the seven, courses in Basic Communications and in Mathematics are required. The remaining five must consist of at least 3 credits across at least five of the remaining eight academic areas along with the Critical Thinking and Information Management competencies.
SUNY has committed itself to student transfer mobility by mandating a seamless education pipeline to degree attainment throughout the SUNY system. Graduates of two-year colleges within SUNY with an AA or AS degree when accepted in parallel programs at baccalaureate campuses of the university, shall be accorded with full junior status and be given the opportunity to complete the requirements for a bachelor's degree within four additional semesters of full-time work. Furthermore, graduates of two-year colleges within SUNY, when accepted with junior status within parallel programs at baccalaureate campuses of the university, shall be granted full credit for General Education courses and not be required to repeat successfully completed courses with similar content.
Community college students who have not completed the General Education Requirements in two years are eligible to transfer to a four-year SUNY college or university. However, they are required to fulfill General Education Requirements while at the four-year school. Students are advised to complete this fulfillment at the community college level to make room for academic major requirements at the four-year level. In addition to fulfillment of seven out of the ten categories, full compliance with the SUNY General Education Requirement entails taking 30 credits in General Education.
Following is the listing of knowledge and skills areas and related SUNY Erie course offerings which have been approved by the State University of New York. The competencies include Critical Thinking and Information Management. This list of courses is edited on a semester basis and also appears in each semester's publication of the course schedule.
Note: some programs require completion of the SUNY General Education Requirement as a condition for graduation. Check the program page for details or speak to a program adviser.