Liberal Arts and Science - General Studies
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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.

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 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.

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

Available at:
City, North, South and Distance

Pre-Admission Recommendations:
HS or HSE Diploma

Career Opportunities/Further Education:
Transfer to Bachelor's Degree Program

Advisement Contact Information

City Campus
M 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and
TWTh 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Location: Room 443
Phone: (716) 851-1070

North Campus
T 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and
WTh 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Location: Kittenger Hall - Room K120
Phone: (716) 851-1314

South Campus
MTTh 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and
W 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Location: Building 4 - Room 4106
Phone: (716) 851-1661

Additional evening and Saturday hours are available by contacting the General Studues Offices at the above numbers or Laurie Rovnak, Coordinator of General Studies, at (716) 851-1674.


Did You Know?

A significant number of courses have been renumbered as part of the State University of New York's policies which promote student mobility, through transfer of academic credit, to other SUNY institutions. All courses should be numbered at the 100-200 levels. The Listing Reference contains both the old and new numbers which should aid students in their choice of courses.


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