College Catalog Fall 2016 - Spring 2017
Liberal Arts and Sciences: General Studies - AA
The Instructional Program
The Liberal Arts and Sciences curriculum is designed to provide the first two years of education for students planning to transfer to a four-year program leading to a bachelor's degree. The General Studies AA degree option offers a flexible program of study, allowing students to explore many academic fields. Students who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university but remain unclear as to their intended major should choose this option.
Minimum Requirements to be Considered for Admission
- high school graduate with 75 high school GPA or 2500 GED test score
- Algebra Regents: 73
- English Regents: 73
- A science Regents: 73
- Transfer GPA: 2.0
SUNY Curriculum Code: 1395
SUNY General Education Requirements: Students who intend to receive AA, AS, or baccalaureate degrees must satisfy SUNY and campus General Education (GE) requirements to graduate. Students should be aware that GE requirements may vary by academic program. See additional notes below, and consult with your academic advisor. For general information, see the "General Education" section of this catalog.
AAS and AOS degree students may not be required to fulfill General Education (GE) requirements; however, any student who may wish to transfer should complete as many GE courses as possible. Consult with your academic advisor.
Minimum Total Credit Hours = 64
Major Courses Required - 24 credit hours
|Course No.||Course||Cr. Hrs.|
|COMM 100||Public Speaking||3|
|ENGL 200||Advanced Composition 1|
|ENGL 205||Creative Writing|
|Liberal Arts Electives (LASC attribute) 2||15|
|Math or Science Elective 3||3|
General Education/Liberal Arts Courses Required - 29-31 credit hours
|Course No.||Course||Cr. Hrs.|
|ENGL ___||Freshman Composition or Advanced Composition 1||3|
|MATH ___||Contemporary Math or higher 3||3|
|UNIV ___||UNIV 100 Freshman Seminar or UNIV 101 Student Success||1-3|
|Laboratory Science Elective||4|
|Social Science Electives 4||9|
Unrestricted Electives by Advisement5 - 7-11 credits
1 English is by placement according to competency.
2 One LASC elective must be 200-level or above.
3 The first mathematics course is by placement according to competency.
4 Students must take a minimum of 3 credits of behavioral and 3 credits of non-behavioral social science courses. Behavioral social sciences include anthropology, human geography, psychology, and sociology. Non-behavioral social sciences include criminal justice, economics, government, and history.
5 The number of Unrestricted Elective credits will vary depending on the number of credits earned in the other areas. A student must work closely with their advisor to determine the number of Unrestricted Electives needed to graduate.
- General Education Requirement: All students in the General Studies programs must take at least one course from each of the following GE areas: GE1, GE2, GE3 or 5, GE4, GE6 or 9, GE7 or 8, GE10
- For this program, HONR (Honors) courses count as English, literature, humanities, or social science electives.
Student Learning Outcomes
A graduate of the General Studies AA program should be able to:
- Express him/herself effectively through written and oral communication.
- Demonstrate a knowledge of and appreciation for literature.
- Demonstrate an ability to manipulate college-level mathematical concepts.
- Demonstrate a solid grounding in the science of the student's choosing.
- Display a fundamental understanding of the behavioral social sciences.
- Display a fundamental understanding of the non-behavioral social sciences.
- Demonstrate an understanding of an area of the humanities based upon the courses the student elects.
- Demonstrate a solid foundation of liberal arts knowledge based on the courses taken in this area.