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Fall 2013 Catalog 
Fall 2013 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


Academic Calendar


Fall Semester 2013

Registration Monday-Tuesday August 26-27
Faculty Meeting Friday August 30
Labor Day (Holiday) Monday September 2
Instruction Begins Tuesday September 3
Last Day to Add Monday September 9
Columbus Day (Holiday) Monday October 14
Mid-Term Grades Due Friday October 25
Election Day (Classes Held) Tuesday November 5
Veterans’ Day (Holiday) Monday (observed) November 11
Last Day to Withdraw Friday November 15
Thanksgiving Recess Thursday - Saturday November 28-30
Classes Resume Monday December 2
Semester Ends Saturday December 21
Holiday Wednesday December 25
*Grades Due Monday December 30

Wednesday, October 16, follow Monday schedule
Tuesday, November 12 follow Monday schedule
*Due to the time constraints of the schedule, it is imperative that faculty meet contractual obligations and submit final grades as scheduled.
Schedule will be re-examined if the schedule of Erie County holidays is revised.


Winter Intersession 2013-2014

Nine days of instruction: December  30, 31 and January 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 2014

Instruction Begins Monday December 30
New Years (Holiday) Wednesday January 1
Instruction Ends Friday January 10
Snow Day Saturday January 11

Spring Semester 2014

Registration Monday-Tuesday January 13-14
Faculty Meeting Friday January 17
Martin Luther King (Holiday)  Monday January 20
Instruction Begins Tuesday January 21
Last Day to Add/Drop Monday January 27
Presidents’ Day Recess Monday-Tuesday February 17-18
Classes Resume Wednesday February 19
College Day (no classes) Friday March 7
Mid-term Grades Due Friday March 14
Spring Recess Monday-Saturday March 17-22
Classes Resume Monday March 24
Last Day to Withdraw Friday April 4
Hoilday Break Thursday-Saturday April 17-19
Semester Ends Saturday May 17
Spring Commencement Wednesday May 21
*Grades Due Thursday May 22

Wednesday, February 19, follow Monday schedule
*Due to the time constraints of the schedule, it is imperative that faculty meet contractual obligations and submit final grades as scheduled.
Schedule will be re-examined if the schedule of Erie County holidays is revised.


Summer Session I 2014

May 27 - July 3

Memorial Day (Hoilday) Monday May 26
Instruction Begins Tuesday May 27
Instruction Ends Thursday July 3

Summer Session II 2014

July 7 - August 15

Instruction Begins Monday July 7
Instruction Ends Friday August 15

2014 Advisement Dates for Department Chairs only:

Wednesday, July 16, Advisement
Wednesday, August 13, Advisement
Thursday, August 14, General Studies Advisement

Under existing State law (Education Law 224-a), campuses are required to excuse, without penalty, students absent from class because of religious beliefs and to provide equivalent opportunity to students to make up study or work requirements missed because of such absences.

Note: The college reserves the right, at any time, to make changes deemed advisable in the calendar, regulations, tuition and fees, and to add, modify, or cancel any course or program as necessary. Information in this edition of the Erie Community College catalog is accurate as of March 1, 2012. The work presented herein is pursuant to the policies of the Board of Trustees of Erie Community College. Erie Community College is under sponsorship of Erie County and supervision of the State University of New York. The College Catalog is published by Erie Community College and prepared by the Public Relations Department.

General Education Requirements

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 and Associate in Sciences 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 in at least five of the remaining eight academic areas along with the overall competency in the areas of Critical Thinking and Information Management.

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 ECC 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 advisor.

I. Knowledge and Skills Areas



- Interpret and draw inferences from mathematical models such as formulas, graphs, tables and schematics
- Represent mathematical information symbolically, visually, numerically and verbally
- Employ quantitative methods such as arithmetic, algebra, geometry, or statistics to solve problems
- Estimate and check mathematical results
- Recognize the limits of mathematical and statistical methods

Natural Science


- Understanding of the methods scientists use to explore natural phenomena, including observation, hypothesis development, measurement and data collection, experimentation, evaluation of evidence and employment of mathematical analysis
- Application of scientific data, concepts and models in one of the natural sciences

Social Sciences


- Understanding of the methods social scientists use to explore social phenomena, including observation, hypothesis development, measurement and data collection, experimentation, evaluation of evidence and employment of mathematical and interpretive analysis
- Knowledge of major concepts, models and issues of at least one discipline in the social sciences

American History


- Knowledge of a basic narrative of American history: political, economic, social and cultural, including knowledge of unity and diversity in American society
- Knowledge of common institutions in American society and how they have affected different groups
- Understanding of America’s evolving relationship with rest of world

Western Civilization


- Knowledge of the development of the distinctive features of the history, institutions, economy, society, culture, etc. of Western civilization
- Relate the development of Western civilization to that of other regions of the world

Other World Civilizations


- Knowledge of either a broad outline of world history, or the distinctive features of the history, institutions, economy, society, culture, etc. of one non-Western civilization



- Knowledge of the conventions and methods of at least one of the humanities in addition to those encompassed by other knowledge areas required by the General Education program

The Arts


- Understanding of at least one principal form of artistic expression and the creative process inherent therein

Foreign Language


- Basic proficiency in the understanding and use of a foreign language
- Knowledge of the distinctive features of culture(s) associated with the language they are studying

Basic Communication


- Produce coherent texts within common college-level written forms
- Demonstrate the ability to revise and improve such texts
- Research a topic, develop an argument and organize supporting details
- Develop proficiency in oral discourse
- Evaluate an oral presentation according to established criteria

II. Competencies

Critical Thinking

- Identify, analyze and evaluate arguments as they occur in their own or others’ work
- Develop well-reasoned arguments.

Information Management

- Perform the basic operations of personal computer use
- Understand and use basic research techniques
- Locate, evaluate and synthesize information from a variety of sources.

ECC Learning Outcomes

Erie Community College’s mission includes providing a general education to all students, in addition to a specific education aimed at an individual field of study or career. ECC’s Learning Outcomes (LOs) are the college’s commitment to the goals of general education.

A key aspect of the LOs are that they are each institutional commitments. They are not merely the responsibility of the faculty, nor of the academic departments and their leadership. Responsibility for achieving the LOs is shared with student services and all college support departments.

Upon graduation from ECC, a student will be able to:

  • communicate effectively;
  • read and think critically;
  • apply appropriate mathematical procedures and quantitative methods;
  • demonstrate knowledge of the processes of science and technological change and the impact of that change on the individual, the culture and the environment;
  • demonstrate a historic perspective and knowledge of artistic and literary traditions;
  • demonstrate civic responsibility including an understanding of ethics, diversity, citizenship and community involvement;
  • demonstrate personal and interpersonal integrity and maturity through leadership, perseverance, motivation, adapt-ability, responsibility and respect for self and others;
  • exhibit the research skills for lifelong learning;
  • demonstrate adequate preparation for a career or continuing education; and 
  • demonstrate competence with computers and technology.

Developmental Education Vision Statement

It is ECC’s vision to be recognized as a college which fosters the development of under-prepared students and assists them in becoming successful life-long learners.

Upon completion of ECC’s Developmental Education Program, students will be able to:

  • demonstrate proficiency in reading, writing, computation, speaking and in basic study skills in order to be successful in credit-bearing course work. Proficiency in these basic skills is consistent with further development of the general education competencies in credit-bearing courses;
  • identify personal, educational and career goals;
  • see themselves as active and successful learners, both within and beyond this institution and utilize their personal learning preferences;
  • solve problems, adapt to change and negotiate the college system; and 
  • use the college support services effectively.

By achieving these developmental education objectives, students will develop effective approaches to learning and enhance their self-images.

The faculty will make every effort to:

  • provide a positive learning environment that encourages human development and enhances students’ self-esteem;
  • provide alternative instructional techniques to accommodate different ways of learning and respect diversity;
  • set personal and professional goals and engage in professional development consistent with the developmental education objectives;
  • know their own learning and teaching styles;
  • reinforce the basic skills competencies in their coursework;
  • maintain high performance expectations of students;
  • participate in out-of-classroom learning, mentoring and advising activities;
  • actively promote college support services through referral and direct involvement; and 
  • assess the effectiveness of teaching and learning.

Developmental education is a critical component of the college’s mission. The college will provide adequate resources to maximize the potential of under-prepared students in their pursuit of academic progress. The college will also provide resources for faculty development in teaching diverse student populations.

We see ECC as a college where under prepared students achieve personal growth and academic success within–and supported by–a learning community dedicated to life-long learning.

Developmental Coursework

All developmental coursework must be completed by the time a matriculated student has earned 30 credit hours. Students taking developmental courses will be monitored for progress in satisfying academic standards requirements. Students will be provided academic support services, and those students making insufficient progress will be placed on probation. Students who fail to meet developmental course of study progress standards may be subject to dismissal in accordance with the Academic Probation and Dismissal Policy.

Academic Advisement

Erie Community College believes that academic advisement is a major element of student success. An effective advisement program provides students a forum in which students, in concert with a faculty member, can begin to connect their own academic aptitude with their own educational goals.

At Erie Community College, academic advising is the catalyst for students to achieve their academic potential, objectives and, ultimately, to be life-long learners and successful citizens. Maintaining the highest professional standards, advisers will ensure all students are given the opportunity to connect the advisement process of learning, reflection and academic goal setting to their overall college experience.

The adviser has the responsibility to possess accurate information and to assist students in their efforts to make informed academic decisions. To be successful, the individual student in pursuit of his or her educational goals must take advantage of the opportunities to meet with an adviser and must take responsibility for meeting the specific academic requirements of the college.

All first-time, full-time, matriculating students must receive academic advisement prior to registering.

Academic Freedom

Erie Community College adheres to the policy that free inquiry and free expression are needed to ensure quality instruction and professional development. The exercise of educational rights and privileges, however, may not infringe on public rights or limit the college in its provision of educational service. The college shall not permit its facilities to be used as sanctuary for those who may violate the civil law or college policy. In addition to college policies, the staff will be subject to the rules and regulations of Erie County as stated in the county’s Employee Handbook. Handbooks may be obtained from the ECC Human Resources Department.

Attendance Policy

Students are expected to attend class regularly in every course for which they have registered. Attendance regulations for specific courses are established by the course instructor, announced and distributed in writing at the beginning of the semester, and may have a bearing on the student’s grade. Additional requirements are found in individual course syllabi. Students are obligated to contact their instructors if they are unable to attend class during the first week. Students not attending class during the first week may be dropped from the class by the instructor.

Absences from Class

Students who anticipate an absence should contact the appropriate instructor(s) in advance. In the case of an unexpected absence, students should speak to the instructor(s) as soon as they return to campus or during their absence. Of course, in either case, the student is responsible for all material covered. As required by law, instructors are responsible for keeping accurate attendance records.

Absences Due to Religious Observances

No student will be penalized for missing classes and/or examinations due to the observance of a religious holiday, as prescribed by Section 224 of the State Education Law.

Grading System

The grading system which is utilized by faculty and computed in a student’s quality grade point average (GPA) is described as follows:

Grade Definition

Quality Pts. Per
Cr. Hrs.

     A Outstanding Achievement 4.00
     A-   3.67
     B+   3.33
     B Above Average Achievement 3.00
     B-   2.67
     C+   2.33
     C Average Achievement 2.00
     C-   1.67
     D+   1.33
     D Below Average Achievement 1.00
     D-   .67
     F Unsatisfactory Achievement/or Unsatisfactory Attendance, Cheating or Plagiarism * 0
     P Pass
     I Incomplete**
     Z Audit
     W Official Withdrawal


Transfer Credit

     CC External Transfer: 2 year
     CU External Transfer: 4 year
     HS High School
     AP Advanced Placement
     LP Life Experience Assessment Program
     CL College Level Examination Program
     AS Armed Services
     IN Internship Credit

* A final grade of F will be issued for cheating or plagiarism. No other grade will be given.

**Must be completed in one year or it will change to F.

P (Pass/Fail) - A student may take up to four courses (not in the major field of study) on a pass/fail basis through written agreement with the instructor within the first month of the semester. If passed, the course will be credited toward fulfillment of the degree requirements, if appropriate, but will not contribute to the quality point average. NOTE: Many four-year institutions will not transfer credit for courses taken on a pass/fail basis.

I (Incomplete) - Instructors may give an incomplete grade to a student who has completed at least three quarters of the required work for a course but, because of a personal emergency, finds it impossible to finish the coursework within the usual time frame. To receive an “I” grade, the student must sign a contract, prepared by the instructor, outlining the coursework to be undertaken and the time frame for completion. A copy of the contract must accompany the instructor’s grade report. Upon satisfactory completion of the course requirements, the faculty member will submit a change of grade form. In no case may the grade be changed to a “W.” If the student has not completed the contract within the one-year time limit, the grade automatically becomes an “F”.

CR (Credit) -When a student has been awarded credit by virtue of advanced placement courses, transfer courses, departmental examinations, life experiences or non-collegiate education, the credits will carry a CR notation on the official transcript and will not be computed in a student’s GPA.

Z (Audit) - A student may register to audit a course with the permission of the instructor, provided there is room in the class. The audit privilege permits the student to attend class and to do the assignments. However, the student may not take examinations or have work evaluated.

NOTE: Regular tuition is charged for audit privileges; performance courses are generally not available for audit; during the first month of classes, students must inform the instructor that they are auditing the class; and the course that is audited will not be calculated in the total number of hours considered for TAP purposes.

W (Withdrawal) - Students may officially withdraw from a course without academic penalty if they do so before the Last Day to Withdraw, as noted in the Academic Calendar of this catalog. A full-time student who withdraws from all registered courses will be considered withdrawn from the college. A student who withdraws from several courses and fails to satisfactorily complete a minimum of six credit hours in a given semester will be placed on academic probation. (For further information, see the Dismissal and Probation Policies section).

Unit of Academic Credit

In general, one credit (one-semester hour) represents the equivalent of one hour of lecture or recitation or two hours of laboratory work each week for a fifteen-week semester.

Grade Point Average (GPA)

Academic standing is based on the cumulative grade point average (GPA), a mathematical calculation determined by dividing the total quality points earned by the number of semester (credit) hours attempted.

To arrive at the quality points earned in a particular semester, the letter grades earned for each course are translated into numerical equivalents (See Grading System explanation) which are then multiplied by the number of credit hours assigned a particular course. For example, if a student takes four, three-hour courses (12 credit hours for a particular semester) and receives one “A”, two “B’s” and a “C,” this translates into 36 quality points to be divided by the 12 credit hours. The resulting GPA would be 3.0, an above average achievement. The cumulative GPA is derived by dividing the total number of course semester hours taken while at the college into the total number of quality points earned for those courses.

Dean’s List (Academic Achievement)

The Dean’s List recognizes all matriculated students who have completed a full-time course of study (12 degree credit hours) for the semester and part-time students upon accumulation of credits in units of 15; for example 15, 30, 45 and 60, and who have achieved a GPA of at least 3.5. Students who received a grade of “F” or “I” in any course are not eligible for the Dean’s List.

Academic Standing and Financial Aid

Only students in good academic standing are eligible for financial aid. Students who receive financial aid should carefully review the financial aid section of this catalog for specific academic progress requirements of state and/or federal aid. NOTE: “F’’ and “W’’ grades are both indicators of questionable academic progress. All students, financial aid students in particular, should consult the Student Support Student Center or the Financial Aid Office before deciding whether to withdraw from a course they are in danger of failing.

Good Academic Standing

The term “in good academic standing’’ means that a student, having met minimum academic standards, is eligible to remain matriculated and to pursue academic coursework toward a degree.

Honors Program: Academic Excellence in Action 

Erie Community College offers an Honors Program to students of high academic ability with a commitment to enriching their education.

The mission of Erie Community College’s Honors Program is to challenge academically talented students, providing them with an enriched Liberal Arts education in order to nurture learning, build character and promote leadership, ensuring that their undergraduate opportunity is an educationally rewarding experience.

To graduate with recognition from the Honors Program, students must complete at least three Honors courses and a capstone experience. Students will select three Honors-designated courses, with the option to take one Honors course in the student’s major area of study. The capstone experience may be an Honors Capstone Seminar course which focuses on the development of critical thinking skills, or an Honors capstone component added to an already existing class.

Some benefits of the program include: small Honors classes, working with peers who share an enthusiasm for learning, an opportunity to apply for a variety of scholarships and awards, publication and presentation opportunities, and undergraduate research opportunities.

Students may apply to the Erie Community College Honors Program at the time of their application to the college. Students may also apply to the program in subsequent semesters. Although the high school record is strongly considered in admitting students to the program, it is not the only consideration. Those students with the ability and a keen interest in education are also encouraged to apply. Final screening is done through the college placement test and a personal interview with the Honors Coordinator. Once accepted into the program, all Honors students must maintain at least a 3.25 GPA.

The Honors Program is open to both full and part-time students in any degree program. Additional information can be obtained from the Honors Coordinator, the offices of the campus Assistant Academic Deans or from the Admissions Office.

NOTE: Interdisciplinary and other unique courses may be offered as Special Topics courses through various departments. Other Honors courses will be offered as reserved sections of existing courses. These course offerings will vary each semester.

Graduation with Distinction

Students with a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or higher at the time of graduation will be awarded a degree “With High Distinction.” Students with a cumulative GPA of 3.25 to 3.49 will be awarded a degree “With Distinction.”

Academic Probation and Dismissal

If a student falls below a minimum cumulative quality point average/grade point average (QPA/GPA) for a specific number of credit hours, he/she will receive a letter of their probationary status or dismissal from a program. The standards for these categories are illustrated in the following chart.

Standards for Dismissal/Probation

  Total Credit Hours
Dismissal Cumulative Quality Point Average (QPA)
Probation Cumulative Quality Point
Average (QPA)
    0.00 - 12.00   Below 1.50   Below 1.75 (1.50 - 1.749)
    12.01- 24.00
  Below 1.75   Below 1.79 (1.75 - 1.789)
    24.01 - 44.00
  Below 1.79   Below 2.00 (1.79 - 1.99)
    44.01  - 90.00
  Below 2.00    


Probationary status must be removed by the end of the next regular semester or the student will be subject to the Dismissal Policy. Any student with more than one-half of the courses attempted showing a “W” in two sequential semesters will be subject to the Dismissal Policy. Students academically dismissed from a program of study may register in the college as a part-time non-matriculated student. The maximum number of credit hours will be less than 12.

During this period of reduced work, the student should seek advisement regarding the courses to be scheduled and counseling regarding study skills and financial aid. (Financial aid grants and loans will not be awarded to individuals enrolled as non-matriculated students. Therefore, it is important to contact the Financial Aid Office for advice.)

When the GPA has been brought up to acceptable standards, the student may re-apply for admission to matriculated status.

The student may appeal the dismissal by a designated date. An Academic Review Committee will review appeals for readmission. The committee will consist of an assistant academic dean, counselor and a student services representative. The committee will determine the status of the student to be one of the following:

  • good academic standing;
  • academic probation (may register as a matriculated full-time student for a maximum of 12 credit hours);
  • academically dismissed (may return this semester as a non-matriculated student for a maximum of 11.5 credit hours); or 
  • academically dismissed (will not be able to take courses this semester).

Students who were dismissed and are eventually reinstated must meet any new curricula requirements in effect at the date of their reinstatement. Once students have been reinstated, they will receive a letter of this change of status.

Grade Changes

Once a grade has been reported to the Registrar’s Office, it can be changed only if an error has been made in computation or in recording. In such cases, the instructor must submit a Change of Grade form, signed by the department coordinator and forwarded to the Registrar’s Office within two years after the original grade had been submitted.

Grade Reports

Final grades are available to students five days after the end of the semester on WebAdvisor. Final grades are not mailed to students.

Satisfactory Progress

To maintain satisfactory progress, full-time students must complete a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester and part-time students must complete all courses for which they have registered. Further, students must have a 2.0 grade point average (GPA), must fulfill department requirements and must not accumulate excessive course withdrawals or incompletes. Questions about satisfactory progress toward a degree may be directed to the student’s academic advisor or financial aid officer.

If a problem occurs, the burden of proof rests with the student, not the college. The student must be able to produce a written document to verify his/her version of the situation.

Here are some of the items that a student should save in a folder for future reference:

  • letter of acceptance to the college;
  • placement test results or waivers;
  • student copy of drop/add forms or withdrawal forms;
  • bills and schedules of classes;
  • course syllabi; and 
  • grade reports and unofficial transcripts.

Cancellation of Courses

Erie Community College reserves the right to perform the following: cancel any course section in which the number of students is deemed insufficient or for which an instructor is not available; set limits on the number of students who will be allowed to enroll in any course or section; or cancel courses based on insufficient college budget funding. In the case of a course’s cancellation, all tuition and fees paid for such course will be refunded, or those students who have been affected by course cancellations will be allowed to register in another course or section without additional cost.

Course Prerequisites

A prerequisite course is one that prepares a student for advanced courses in a chosen field. When a prerequisite is required, that information will be noted in the course listing in this catalog or on the schedule of courses. In some cases, a prerequisite may be waived by an instructor, so when there is a question regarding a requirement, the student should speak to the instructor who will be teaching the course.

Program Change

Students who want to change curriculum should consult their faculty advisor and the department chair of the curriculum they wish to enter. The student must then file a program change form in the campus Admissions Office. Approval of the transfer will depend on several factors, including space availability and academic qualifications. Students’ applications for program change will be given the same consideration as all other applicants. Following a change in curriculum, those courses, grades and credit hours specific to the former curriculum, and applicable to the new curriculum as unrestricted electives, can be included in calculating the new cumulative grade point average. Please note that all courses for which a student registers will appear on the transcript. A student may have this rule applied to only one change of curriculum which occurs within the first 36 credit hours attempted at the college.

Associate Degree Requirements Summary

A degree candidate must meet the following requirements:

  • formally admitted to the college as a matriculated student;
  • earned satisfactory completion of academic courses as indicated in the degree program of matriculation;
  • successfully completed of a minimum of 30 semester hours of credit at Erie Community College; acceptance of transfer credits is the prerogative of the academic department of the student’s program (Certificate programs require a minimum of 15 semester hours of credit at Erie Community College.);
  • successfully completed of any developmental math and English courses by the time a matriculated student has earned 30 credit hours;
  • proficient in algebra at MT 106 level. Individual programs may require higher levels of math proficiency;
  • earned GPA of 2.0 or above;
  • met all financial obligations to the college and return all library materials borrowed; and 
  • filed a graduation application form in the Registrar’s Office.

Second Degrees

Consistent with the policy of the State Education Department, a student can earn a double degree upon completion of the following qualifications:

  • all of the requirements for both degrees have been earned. All general education courses from the previous degree may be applied to the additional degree;
  • successful completion of requirements for the two degrees requires a minimum of 15 credits of study in addition to the number needed for one degree. No more than two degrees will be awarded at any one time. Two degrees will be awarded concurrently only if the discipline areas are separate and distinct as delineated by different HEGIS codes; and 
  • a student interested in earning a second degree should contact the Admissions Office for an application for admission as a second degree candidate. The advantage for obtaining a second degree should be explored with a counselor in the Admissions Office or with a faculty advisor.

Transfer Credit

Students transferring to Erie Community College from other accredited institutions of higher education may receive whole or partial credit for courses taken at the other institutions. To arrange for the transfer of credits, the student must have an official transcript of his/her work as well as a catalog from the other institution sent to the campus Admissions Office. Once the official transcript is received, the coordinator in the appropriate academic department will evaluate the transcript and supporting documents and decide on the acceptability of the transfer material and the amount of credit that will be transferred. No transfer credits will be computed in the cumulative quality point average, and no grade below a “C-” will be transferred.

Transferring Courses While Enrolled at ECC

ECC matriculated students who enroll in courses at other institutions may have these credits transferred providing they obtain advance written approval from the department chair and/or head of their academic department at ECC. An official transcript must be sent to that academic department for processing once the course is completed.

Falling Below Full-time Status

Most financial aid programs require that students carry a full-time load (12 or more credit hours per semester). Students receiving financial aid should verify their full-time status.

Individualized Instruction

Under special circumstances, when students can clearly demonstrate a compelling rationale, they may be allowed to receive individualized instruction for a course. The student first contacts his/her academic advisor who will review and determine the appropriateness of the request. If the request is warranted, the advisor will assist the student with the necessary procedures.

Repeat of a Course

Students may repeat a course for which credit has been received with a grade of “F” through “B+.” Exceptions to this policy will be contained in individual departmental policies and procedures.

Only the higher of the two grades will be counted in the computation of a cumulative quality point average. While a student may repeat a course at another college, only the course taken at ECC can be used in computing the GPA.

Withdrawal From the College

A student withdrawing from the college must complete the official withdrawal forms available in the campus Student Support Services Center by the last date to withdraw as published in the academic calendar. This procedure, once completed, terminates current registration in all courses.

Students who fail to complete the withdrawal procedure will no longer be in good standing. To re-enter the college once the withdrawal procedure has been followed the student must apply for readmission through the college Admissions Office.

Academic Residency Requirements

Students who intend to receive a degree from Erie Community College must successfully complete a minimum of 30 semester hours of credit at the college. Acceptance of transfer credits is the prerogative of the appropriate college academic department. Students who intend to receive a certificate from Erie Community College must successfully complete a minimum of 15 semester hours of credit at the college.

The Center for Alternative Course Delivery

Erie Community College provides several alternatives to the typical on-campus, seated class. To make it easier for students to inquire about these alternatives, the Center for Alternative Course Delivery has been created. To inquire about the program, call (716) 851-1998.

Online/Distance Learning

Customize college to your busy schedule with Erie Community College’s Distance Learning Program. The following programs are registered at-a-distance:

What is Distance Learning?

Distance learning is a formal approach to learning in which the majority of the instruction occurs with the instructor and students separated by geographic distance and/or time. Distance learning courses offer students the flexibility of completing some or all of their coursework and assignments without having to regularly attend classes on an ECC campus.

Distance learning students have the ability to take courses at a place and time that is convenient for them. The distance learning program at ECC serves more than 5,000 students each semester. Distance learning covers a wide range of General Education requirements.

Internet-Based Courses

In an Internet-based course, students access some or all of the course material and participate in course activities over the Internet. Students can work from any Internet connected computer to complete assignments and interact with other students and the instructor. To participate in an online course, students should have regular access to a computer with an Internet connection. Students should also have some familiarity with Internet use, e-mail use and file management (saving files, downloading files, attaching files to e-mail).

There are three forms of Internet-based courses:

  • online courses (the majority of the course is completed over the Internet, with little or no on-campus time);
  • hybrid courses (a combination of online and seated time); and 
  • Web-assisted courses (a seated course where the instructor uses online materials and activities to supplement the classroom work).

Could you be a Distance Learner?

Distance learners tend to be busy people who take advantage of flexible course schedules and delivery methods to fit college classes into their hectic lives. Many are employed full-time, many are parents and some are housebound due to special needs.

To find out if Distance Learning is right for you, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Am I self-motivated?
  • Can I work without frequent supervision?
  • Do I have the patience to understand if the course does not go smoothly?
  • Do I have enough time to take a distance learning course (as some classes require online time)?
  • Am I computer literate or do I have the proper equipment (i.e. computer and modem)
  • Am I a good time-manager?

If you answered “Yes” to all of these, then you are ready for a Distance Learning course. If you answered “No” to some, then please speak to an Erie Community College academic adviser.

How do I get started?

Register for a distance learning course the same way you would any other course. Purchase supplies and educational materials (text, study guide, etc.) from any ECC bookstore or online at Each campus operates a college bookstore where books and supplies are available at competitive prices. Visit the Distance Learning Department Web site:

Internship and Co-op Center

Many of the academic programs at ECC offer our students an internship course as part of the curriculum. Internships are valuable learning opportunities outside the standard classroom setting. It provides the student with practical experience in the student’s area of academic interest along with the opportunity to work side by side with a professional in the industry. Internships provide hands on instruction by introducing students to an employer’s corporate culture and professional practices. Another enriching experience is the co-op – which alternates classroom experiences with hands-on instruction at the work site. 

An internship or co-op will serve as a bridge between the traditional academic setting and the professional world to which the student aspires. Either can be the beginning of lifelong learning for students and make the adjustment to the working world after graduation an easier process. 

If you are interested in participating in an internship or co-op, please contact your department chair. Participation is available to currently registered students at ECC who meet the minimum qualification standards set by the respective academic departments.

Available curricula linked to the college’s internship and co-op programs are:

  • Architectural Technology
  • Auto Body Repair Technology
  • Automotive Technology
  • Baking and Pastry Arts*
  • Building Management and Maintenance
  • Business Administration
  • CADD (Computer Aided Drafting and Design) Drafting Technology
  • Civil Engineering Technology
  • Communication Arts
  • Computer Repair Technology
  • Computer Science
  • Construction Management Engineering Technology
  • Criminal Justice
  • Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Electrical Engineering Technology
  • Emergency Management
  • Geographic Information Systems*
  • Hotel Restaurant Management
  • Human Services*
  • Industrial Technology
  • Information Technology
  • Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • Business: Office Management
  • Paralegal
  • Physical Education Studies
  • Telecommunications Technology
  • Visual Communication / Graphic Arts & Printing

*Certificate Program

Service Learning

What is Service Learning?

Service-learning is a teaching method that combines service to the community with classroom curriculum. It is more than merely community service. It is a hands-on approach to mastering subject material while fostering civic responsibility.

Service-learning builds strong academic skills. Students take an active role in determining how the projects are identified and accomplished, creating interest and engagement for learning. In addition, service-learning accommodates many different learning styles.

Benefits for students

  • Connect academic subjects to the real world.
  • Meet real community needs.
  • Grow as leaders, decision makers and problem solvers.
  • Gain a deeper understanding of themselves and the world around them.
  • Develop as active members of society.

For more information on courses that include Service Learning opportunities please contact the Center for Alternative Course Delivery (716) 851-1998.

Other Sources Of Course Credit

Advanced Placement

High school students enrolled in Advanced Placement courses may receive college credit for a minimum score of three on the Advanced Placement exam.  Individual academic units will establish the acceptability and the criteria for granting Advanced Placement credit for their particular academic disciplines.  Scores of four or five may be required to grant credit in those areas.  Please contact the academic program for which you wish to enroll for further information.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

ECC will award college credit to those students who score at the recommended levels of the College Level Examination Program (CLEP). The Commission on Educational Credit of the American Council on Education sets the standards and a list may be obtained in the Assistant Academic Dean’s Office at any one of the three campuses. The State University of New York College at Buffalo is the closest test site.

Life Experience Assessment Program (LEAP)

The Life Experience Assessment Program (LEAP) allows students to utilize life learning to earn credit toward their degree. The student must prepare a portfolio documenting his/her knowledge which will be evaluated by two faculty members selected by the assistant academic dean in the appropriate area. After becoming familiar with the requirements for his/her degree program, the student should contact the appropriate assistant academic dean to obtain the instructions for preparation of the portfolio.

Credit for Military Service

Students who have served in any branch of the United States Armed Forces should speak with a Veterans Affairs representative at their campus for information on the process for obtaining academic credit for learning experience while in the military.

Reserve Officers’ Training Program (ROTC)

ECC has a cross-registration, tuition-free arrangement with Canisius College for students enrolling in Military Science courses and begin earning an Army Officers’ Commission through the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps Program. ECC students may enroll in the two-year Basic Course for which no military obligation is incurred.

The Basic Course refers to the first and second year of the MSL curriculum. It is designed as a classroom and lab course that stresses the fundamentals of leadership. Instructors develop their students’ physical, mental and critical thinking skills through team building and collective hands-on problem solving case studies. A number of popular and challenging extra-curricular activities are available to students who take these courses. Students may take up to twelve Basic Course credits without obligation. The basic course sequence is required for all students that want to qualify for entry into the Advanced Course. A student may also qualify for acceptance into the Advanced Course by completing the Leader Training Course (MLS 210) at Ft. Knox, KY. Students, with prior military service may also receive placement credit directly into the Advanced Course with approval from the Department Chair.

The following sequence of Military Science 100 and 200 level courses can each be counted as a 3.0 credit, free elective:

  • MLS 101 (1 credit) and MLS 111L (2 credit) (Fall Semester);
  • MLS 102 (1 credit) and MLS 112L (2 credit) (Spring Semester);
  • MLS 201 (1 credit) and MLS 211L (2 credit) (Fall Semester); and
  • MLS 202 (1 credit) and MLS 212L (2 credit) (Spring Semester).

**Note: Students must present Medical Documentation signed by their doctor in order to participate in the lab portion. The required form is available at the Army ROTC department at Canisius College.

For more details, contact the Army ROTC at Canisius College at (716) 913-8098.

ECC Departmental Proficiency Examinations

Certain academic departments offer exams to certify a student’s proficiency in a given area. Students who feel their skills and/or knowledge preclude the necessity for taking a course should speak to the department coordinator regarding the possibility of taking such an exam.

Education Programs in Non-Collegiate Organizations

Students may receive credit for learning and/or training earned through a non-collegiate organization such as in an industrial or corporate program. Guidelines for the award of such credit can be found in “A Guide to Educational Programs in Non-Collegiate Organizations,” prepared by the New York State Education Department or in “A Guide to the Evaluation of Service Educational Experiences,” distributed by the American Council on Education.

Regents College Examinations Introduction

Regents College Examinations (RCEs) are proficiency examinations which measure college-level knowledge in the arts and sciences, business, nursing and education. They are administered several times a year throughout New York State.

In states other than New York, they are administered by the American College Testing Program and are known as ACT/ PEP (Proficiency Examination Program) tests. Regents College Examinations are also available worldwide to the military through the Defense Activity for Non-traditional Education Support (DANTES) program.

Credit will be awarded for grades of 45 or better in areas comparable to those listed in the catalog when judged acceptable by the student’s academic program.

United States Armed Forces Institute (USAFI)

An academic department can award credit to students who have taken United States Armed Forces Institute courses which are deemed equivalent to one or more of the students’ required courses in their curricula.

Transitional Programs

Pathways To Success

The mission of Pathways to Success Program is to increase the successful movement of students from basic educational programs to college completions through linkages and shared information between Erie Community College, Buffalo Public Schools, Erie 1 BOCES, Erie 2 BOCES, Ken-Ton and Maryvale school districts, community agencies and local businesses. These partnerships will include a common design of student intake, seamless educational services and timely connections between the aforementioned institutions.

The Pathways to Success Program is for individuals at least 17 years of age who are not eligible to be enrolled in high school and wish to enroll in Erie Community College.

Services offered include the following:

  • assistance with financial aid forms and college application procedures;
  • individualized academic and career counseling; and 
  • streamlined admission into a wide range of degree, certificate and vocational training programs.

Individualized workshops are available to help complete the following:

  • GED (General Equivalency Diploma);
  • ESL (English as a Second Language);
  • Computer Skills-Introductory Level; and 
  • Pre-Collegiate Studies: ELA (English Language Arts) and mathematics developmental courses to prepare students for college level courses.

Call (716) 851-1109 to learn how to take advantage of these opportunities.

GED Courses

These workshops provide intense, short-term academic instruction to assist students, who score at least 8.0 on the TABE test (form A or D) in preparing for the GED exam. This option is designed for test preparation and to streamline the transition to ECC. This option is free and located at all three ECC campuses as well as all partnership locations throughout Erie County. Call (716) 851-1109 for more information.

Pre-Collegiate Studies Program

The Pre-Collegiate Studies courses are non-credit and tuition free. They are designed to provide GED qualifiers and high school graduates with opportunities to raise their mathematics, writing, reading, computer and research skills. The courses are interactive and include the use of technology. Completion of these non-credit courses will provide students with skills to enable them to compete at a college level with students in college who have graduated with a traditional New York State Regents high school diploma. Course work includes studies in career exploration, planning, basic technology skills, basic writing skills, basic elementary algebra, research and study skills.

Courses offered include:

  • Pre-Collegiate Reading/Writing I: This course is the first non-credit level for individuals who are in need of basic skills in reading and writing. Students will learn vocabulary, essay, letter and abstract writing techniques. This course provides students with general study concepts and patterns to promote future educational experiences.
  • Pre-Collegiate Basic Mathematics: This course is a non-credit course designed for individuals who are in need of basic math skills needed to enter college. This course provides students with general concepts and patterns to promote future educational experiences.

For more information about these opportunities, please call (716) 851-1109.

Middle Early College High School at ECC

Middle Early College High Schools are secondary schools located on college campuses across the country. They educate under served students who have the potential to benefit from a rigorous academic curriculum offered within a supportive and nurturing environment.

Shared Characteristics of Middle Early College High Schools include:

  • formal collaboration between the high school and the college that is demonstrated by inclusion in the organizational structure of the college; integration into the college, with faculty and students sharing educational resources; location on a college campus; and coordination of college and high school schedules and calendars;
  • authorization to grant a high school diploma;
  • heterogeneous grouping of students;
  • implementation of collaborative, project-centered, interdisciplinary curricula;
  • expanded teacher role in school governance;
  • expectation that teachers are teacher/counselors within a structured system of support for students;
  • ongoing embedded professional development;
  • student outcomes measured by multiple assessments including performance-based assessments;
  • empowerment of students through formal leadership roles in school governance, in guidance programs such as peer counseling, and in academic support services such as peer tutoring; and 
  • career education or community service as part of graduation requirement.

At the completion of the fifth year, students may be eligible to receive an associate degree in one of the following:

  • Business;
  • Criminal Justice;
  • Building Management and Maintenance;
  • Information Technology; or 
  • Physical Education Studies. 

Admission Criteria


  • Student will be required to submit an application, complete with references.
  • Student must have a grade point average for 7th and 8th grade between 65-80 percent.
  • Student and parent must engage in an interview process.
  • Student cannot have a history of behavioral problems, including, but not limited to, previous formal suspensions.
  • Student must be recommended as having the ability to succeed in a college environment.
  • Student must commit to a five-year program, including summer sessions.
  • Student will be removed from the program if not on track at the completion of each school year.

Middle Early College High School at ECC
290 Main Street, 4th Floor
Buffalo, NY 14202
Tel: (716) 851-3763
Fax: (716) 851-3766

CAST Program

In 1992, the Career and Success Training (CAST) program began offering programs to the welfare target population. Today, this program is offered at City Campus Room 130 in downtown Buffalo. Temporary Assistance for Needy Family (TANF) recipients are referred to the program by the local Erie County Department of Social Services (ECDSS).

CAST offers a work experience program utilizing state-of-the-art equipment offered to Erie County TANF recipients. Participants have the opportunity to be placed at a relevant work experience site in order to gain experience and develop important job skills. Some participants attend G.E.D classes as well as classes at Erie Community College for an associate’s degree.

Additionally, life skills training is offered for enhanced self-management. Topics include human communication and job readiness preparation. Programming has expanded to include:

  • case management;
  • work experience placement;
  • job search assistance;
  • basic computer skills;
  • resume and interviewing skills;
  • assistance in G.E.D preparation; and 
  • courses at Erie Community College.

For more information, please call the CAST program at (716) 851-1230.

Independence Bound

The focus of the Independence Bound Program is to enhance the educational/vocational options and resources provided to the foster care population. We offer programming that addresses the social, academic, personal and job readiness needs of foster care youth in Erie County. Independence Bound provides assistance to 130 foster care youth between the ages of 14 and 21 with an alternative planned permanent living arrangement. For more information, contact the Independence Bound Program at (716) 851-1030.

Youth Engagement Services (YES)

YES focuses on 40 foster care youth between the ages of 14-18 (and pregnant and parenting between the ages of 14-20) identified as “at risk” of dropping out of school. Youth are eligible to receive Math and English tutorial and life skills instruction through activities and workshops. For more information, contact the Independence Bound Program at (716) 851-1030.

Advanced Studies

What is the Advanced Studies Program?

Erie Community College’s Advanced Studies Program is designed for selected high school students interested in beginning their college studies while still in high school.

What is an Advanced Studies Course?

An Advanced Studies course is taken during the high school day and is identical to the ECC course described in the college catalog. Textbooks, course materials and assessments of student work are the same as those used by ECC faculty in the course sections taught at one of the three ECC campuses.

Who Teaches Advanced Studies Courses?

Courses in the Advanced Studies Program are taught in the high school by high school teachers who are adjunct faculty members of ECC.

What Does An Advanced Studies Course Cost?

For the academic year, the student will pay a discounted tuition rate of one-third the cost of tuition. This tuition rate is provided under the guidelines of the State University of New York tuition discount. The student will be billed after they register for the course and payment in full will be due. Advanced Studies students are not eligible for financial aid.

What Advantages Are There in the Advanced Studies Program?

In addition to being able to take a college course at a discounted tuition rate, a student completing and earning a grade in the course may transfer the course credit to SUNY colleges and most two- and four-year colleges and universities. An ECC transcript request form must be completed in order to forward grades to other colleges.

What Benefits Do Advanced Studies Students Receive?

Students have access to the same facilities and services as other ECC students. Students are also eligible for transfer advisement and academic counseling services from ECC.

Samples of Advanced Studies Courses

  • Biology
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Telecommunications
  • Mathematics
  • Chemistry
  • College Success Skills
  • Survey of Anatomy and Physiology

For more information, contact: 

Advanced Studies Coordinator
(716) 851-1270