General Education Requirements

Nearly all colleges and universities have predetermined courses that all students are required to complete, in addition to their selected degree program requirements. These courses are usually referred to as General Education requirements, and typically include courses in areas such as math, science, humanities and social science.

In the fall of 2000, the State University of New York instituted universal General Education requirements for all colleges and universities within the SUNY system. Thirty credits of general education, consisting of three credits in each of 10 Knowledge and Skill areas, is now a condition for graduation with a SUNY bachelor's degree. Click here for the SUNY General Education Course Plan.

It is recommended that Associate in Arts and Associate in Science degree students who plan to transfer to a baccalaureate program at a SUNY college or university complete 7 out of the 10 Knowledge and Skill areas while completing their associate degree. Of course, students who complete courses in all 10 areas can be assured optimal transfer. This can be done here at Hudson Valley Community College through completion of coursework, credit by examination, or by meeting waiver criteria as outlined below.