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Fall 2016 Catalog 
Fall 2016 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Liberal Arts and Science-General Studies, A.S.

Degree: Associate in Science
HEGIS Code: 5649
Curriculum Code: 0250
Campus Location: City, North, South
, Distance
Liberal Arts Division

Pre-Admission Recommendations: HS or HSE (High School Equivalency) Diploma
Career Opportunities/Further Education: Transfer to Bachelor’s Degree Program

The Liberal Arts curriculum has a dual purpose. The courses provide students subject matter enabling them to transfer to a four-year college or university, but the curriculum is also designed to provide general education for those who desire it.

Requirements are listed on the following pages for programs granting Associate in Arts and Associate in Science degrees. The Associate in Arts requirements are designed to give students a balanced distribution of courses in English, humanities and social sciences. The Associate in Science requirements are designed to give a student a balance between mathematics and laboratory sciences. These programs have been formulated to ensure a maximum level of acceptance for the transfer student regardless of the program for which  he/she applies at a four-year institution.

Students interested in a flexible exploratory course of study and the option of a self-structured curriculum may pursue Liberal Arts-General Studies. This program offers the student a course of study leading to an Associate in Science degree and an opportunity to experience courses in other curricula.

SUNY General Education Student Learning Outcomes

The SUNY General Education knowledge and skills areas and the two competencies now function as the basis for the Liberal Arts degree program outcomes. These General Education requirements are detailed in the academic information section of the college catalog.

Program Description

The General Studies curriculum is designed to provide the student with a flexible, exploratory course of study and the option of self-structured curricula without a prior commitment to either specific academic or vocational goals. It is offered day and evening on all campuses, as well as online as a distance learning program.

This program serves the needs of students interested in transferring to four-year institutions as well as students interested in fulfilling their General Education requirements. The program is also ideal for the student who has an inquisitive mind and wishes to explore a variety of academic options. Graduates may find numerous entry-level positions available in banking, sales, real estate and health and human services.

An applicant for General Studies should contact a college admissions counselor. After notification of acceptance and receipt of placement test scores, the applicant is required to contact the General Studies department for course advisement.

Students matriculated in the General Studies program must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours in core course requirements. A minimum of 30 degree credit hours may be taken in any college degree course for which the General Studies student qualifies for registration under guidelines established by college academic units or departments. The student may attend on a part-time or full-time basis.  In addition, the program is available as a distance learning degree option.  It is recommended that students take College Success Skills in their first semester.

SUNY Transfer Path Requirement

Students matriculating in this program are required to fulfill the SUNY Transfer Path Requirement that most closely aligns with the program. Speak to your advisor for details.

Required Courses

Total Degree Credits: 60.0

Required Courses

Total Degree Credits: 60.0


  1. Student placement in an appropriate English course depends upon the results of a reading and writing placement test.
  2. Student placement in an appropriate mathematics course depends upon the results of a mathematics pretest. Developmental mathematics courses cannot be used for degree credit.*
  3. Social Science: anthropology (AN), economics (EC), government (GO), history (HI), human services (HU), psychology (PS), sociology (SO), geography (GP), social science (SS).
  4. Humanities: EN 114, 140, 141, 150, 151, and EN 205 or higher, music (MU), dance (DN), drama-theatre (DT), art (AT), philosophy (PY), French (FR), Sign Language (SL), Spanish (SP), communication media (CA). 
  5. A student may fulfill the open college elective requirement with any degree level course offered through ECC. However, registration for open college electives will be determined by the availability of space and academic advisement.
  6. Science: astronomy (AS), biology (BI), chemistry (CH), geology (GL), physics (PH).
  7. General Education Requirement: Students must fulfill the SUNY General Education Requirement  in order to graduate. The requirement calls for at least seven out of ten of SUNY’s General Education areas to be fulfilled and for at least 30 units to be taken in General Education. General Education credits can simultaneously fulfill requirements in the General Studies major.
  8. PY 102 will not be accepted as a Math elective.

* See reference to developmental studies elsewhere in catalog

Advisement considers placement test scores.

NOTE: Student should consult his/her academic adviser prior to registering.