College Catalog Fall 2016 - Spring 2017

Liberal Arts and Sciences: General Studies - AS

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 AS degree option offers a flexible program of study in the natural sciences and/or mathematics, allowing students to explore many academic fields. Students who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university but remain unclear as to a specific major in the sciences or mathematics 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
  • Science Regents: 73

Transfer Student:

  • Transfer GPA: 2.0


SUNY Curriculum Code: 1394

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.

Academic Requirements:

Minimum Total Credit Hours = 64

Major Courses Required - 13 credit hours

Course No. Course                                               Cr. Hrs.
COMM 100 Public Speaking 3
  Laboratory Science Elective (GE2) 4
  Math/science Electives 1 6-8

General Education/Liberal Arts Courses Required = 21-24 credit hours

Course No. Course                                               Cr. Hrs.
ENGL ___ Freshman Composition or Advanced Composition 2 3
MATH ___ Contemporary Math or higher by advisement 3  3
UNIV ___ UNIV 100 Freshman Seminar or UNIV 101 Student Success by advisement 1-3
  ENGL/LITR Elective 3
  HUMN/ARTS Elective 3
  Social Science Electives 4 9

Restricted Electives by Advisement 5 - 15 credit hours

Unrestricted Electives by Advisement 6 - 9-14 credit hours


1 At least three credits must be at the 200-level.

English is by placement according to competency.

3 Mathematics 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 These must have LASC attributes, and at least three credits must be at the 200-level. Students must work closely with their academic advisor to choose these courses to assure graduation requirements are met.

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 academic advisor to determine the number of Unrestricted Electives needed to graduate.

Additional Notes:

  1. General Education Requirement: All students in the General Studies programs must take at least one course from each of the following General Education subject areas: GE1, GE2, GE3 or 5, GE4, GE6 or 9, GE7 or 8, GE10
  2. For this program, HONR (Honors) courses count as English, literature, humanities, liberal arts, or social science electives.

Student Learning Outcomes

A graduate of the General Studies AS program should be able to:

    1. Express him/herself effectively through written and oral communication.
    2. Demonstrate a knowledge of and appreciation for literature.
    3. Demonstrate an ability to manipulate college-level mathematical concepts.
    4. Demonstrate a solid grounding in the science of the student's choosing.
    5. Display a fundamental understanding of the behavioral social sciences.
    6. Display a fundamental understanding of the non-behavioral social sciences.
    7. Demonstrate an understanding of an area of the humanities based upon the courses the student elects.
    8. Demonstrate a solid foundation of liberal arts knowledge based on the courses taken in this area.