College Catalog
College Academic Services



Biology Study Center

In an effort to provide extended academic support for students, the Biology Department staffs and equips the Biology Study Center. Students can have their biology questions answered by knowledgeable faculty, meet with their instructors and form study groups. The center also has available textbooks, audio visual tapes and slides, computer programs, reserve articles and other course related materials.

Missed laboratory work may be made up in the Biology Study Center's wet lab area. Study groups may prepare for a laboratory practical exam using the wet lab area, models, bones or microscope slides available. The center also has several computers with Internet capability that can be used for writing papers, research or to view computer tutorials.

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Center for Academic Engagement

The Center for Academic Engagement will focus on intentionally reaching out to all students who are academically at risk. The Center is designed to facilitate collaboration between academic and instructional support units and encourage staff/faculty from a number of departments across the campus to collaborate and intervene to encourage student success and retention. The center is located in the Siek Campus Center, Room 230.

Retention Services
College retention efforts such as a call center, a pre-enrollment communication system, a freshman orientation course, and an academic warning system are coordinated by the Instructional Support Services and Retention staff. Other support activities and programs are described at Questions concerning services related to student academic support and retention should be directed to the retention specialist at (518) 629-7505, Siek Campus Center, Room 230.

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Center for Effective Teaching

The college's Center for Effective Teaching (CET) assists faculty and staff in the application of innovative teaching methods and emerging new instructional technology. The CET provides faculty symposiums on post-secondary pedagogy and asynchronous distance learning, faculty/staff development workshops, and a media library for faculty. The CET also coordinates distance learning courses offered, for college credit, to area high school students. In response to the needs of the external community, the CET provides presentations and training to several external organizations, including the New York State Public Service Commission, Rensselaer County Regional Chamber of Commerce, Albany International Corporation and the State University of New York Health Science Center.

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Computer Learning Centers

The Computer Learning Centers, located on the lower level and the second floor of the Marvin Library Learning Commons, are available for students for individualized academic instruction. The centers are quiet academic study areas where students can complete coursework and/or do research. The Computer Learning Centers are staffed by full- and part-time education specialists who assist students in the development of basic computer skills as they relate to the academic environment. Classroom faculty and academic advisors may refer students to the Computer Learning Centers for individualized instruction or contact Computer Learning Centers faculty to develop customized workshops or instructional sessions.

Marvin Library Learning Commons (lower level and 2nd floor):

7 a.m. - 10 p.m., Monday - Thursday
7 a.m. - 5 p.m., Friday
9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Saturday
(Intersession and Summer hours may vary)

The computer lab located on the first floor of the Siek Campus Center is available for student academic and personal use 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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Marvin Library Learning Commons


The Dwight Marvin Library, located within the Marvin Library Learning Commons, provides access to information and services within the library building and online at Librarians and staff are available to assist with research. Save time and find the information needed to succeed now and in the future by getting to know us and the resources we offer.

With over 100,000 books which support academic programs and courses currently offered at the college, the library has a vast array of sources to complete assignments, papers, and projects. Finding books on special topics may be overwhelming. Librarians can help. Discover the many resources available, from encyclopedias to specialized research databases, all carefully selected by faculty librarians. The library subscribes to hundreds of magazines and journals and provides access to nearly thirty thousand more titles available from our Web site. Through resource-sharing arrangements with other libraries, we will seek to borrow other books and articles that are not available directly from us.

Librarians are available at the reference desk six days per week, including most evenings and Saturdays during the academic year. Librarians can also be reached by phone, e-mail, and instant messaging. Visit our Web site at and follow the Ask a Librarian link. Stop by for assistance with an assignment or research paper. Sign up for an individual appointment with a librarian to get started with an assignment and to locate books, articles, and other sources.

Computers and wireless access are available in the library, alongside photocopiers, printers, and other technology resources. Find a quiet place to study between classes or meet with classmates in a group study room.

Thumb through a magazine, read today's newspaper, start an assignment, visit a Web site recommended by a teacher, contemplate a new concept or idea heard in class. Learn more about us online at and become a frequent visitor when you are on campus.

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Instructional Media Center (IMC)

The mission of the Instructional Media Center is to enhance the teaching and learning process at Hudson Valley Community College through utilization of instructional media resources. The IMC, located on the lower level of the Marvin Library Learning Commons, provides a centralized site where the academic community's instructional media needs are received, interpreted and met. IMC staff facilitates the acquisition, housing and circulation of the 4,000-title subject specific media collection and provides faculty-driven custom programs of service both onsite and online.

Services include media reserves (including media programs in all formats, textbooks and journal articles), e-reserves, and multimedia viewing rooms for group study and media preview.

The instructional media specialist is available throughout the day to collaborate with faculty and students to identify and meet their instructional needs. The IMC is open six days a week and maintains library hours. For more information, call (518) 629-7198 or visit the IMC Web site at

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Learning Assistance Center (LAC)

The Learning Assistance Center, located in the lower level of the Marvin Library Learning Commons, provides academic assistance and programs that encourage students to become independent and confident learners. The LAC operates on both a walk-in and appointment basis and is open from 7 a.m. - 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday; from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday; and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

All services offered through the LAC are free to full- and part-time students taking day or evening courses at the college. Faculty are available for one-on-one or small group instruction in math, study skills, writing, and other subject areas. Software, videos, worksheets, and handouts for selected skills development are available.

Other LAC Services

Scheduled LAC Skill Building "Courses": Blocks of time can be built into students' schedules for activities in the LAC with LRAC "course" numbers: LRAC 090 - LAC Reading and Study Skills; LRAC 091 - LAC Math; LRAC 093 - LAC Writing; and LRAC 095 - LAC Learning Disabilities Lab.

Workshops Series: LAC faculty can teach you how to manage your time, take class notes, get the most out of your text, prepare for tests, minimize your stress, maximize your memory, improve grammar and more.

Faculty Support: LAC staff is available to collaborate with instructors on specific activities to supplement classroom instruction. These projects may take the form of classroom presentations, workshops, labs or special study groups in the Learning Assistance Center.

Collegiate Academic Support Program: The Collegiate Academic Support Program (CASP) promotes the academic and personal growth of traditionally underrepresented students by providing holistic programs and activities within an environment that celebrates diversity, inclusiveness, and diversity. Available services include one-on-one and group instruction in math, science, and writing; life-skills counseling; peer mentor support; enrichment activities; referrals; and computer access. For information regarding CASP membership, contact the program coordinator at (518) 629-7160.

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Learning Disabilities Services

Hudson Valley Community College offers a variety of services for students with learning disabilities and/or attention deficit disorders. Recommendations for services/accommodations are made on an individual basis by the learning disabilities specialist. These services are designed to ensure students with documented disabilities full access to the college, but should not be interpreted as a guarantee to academic success.

To Receive Services You Must:

  • Schedule an intake meeting with the learning disabilities specialist.
  • Meet with the staff of the Center for Access and Assistive Technology.
  • Provide recent documentation concerning your learning disability, according to the guidelines.
  • Complete all registration forms for services.
  • Sign release forms.

Services will only be provided only upon completion of the above steps.

Learning Disability Specialists offer:

  • A review of your documentation and recommendations for accommodations
  • Evaluation of your diagnostic information to help you better understand your disability
  • Help planning short- and long term goals
  • Development of strategies for effective communication with your instructors
  • Collaboration with the Center for Access and Assistive Technology to coordinate your accommodations (e.g. obtaining textbooks in alternate format)
  • Referrals to community services
  • Informal academic counseling
  • Assistance with self-advocacy
  • Connections with other campus resources as appropriate (e.g., Center for Careers and Employment, Center for Academic Engagement)

Learning Disability Specialists do not:

  • Offer formal diagnostic evaluations.
  • Resemble a high school resource room.
  • Offer self-contained classes.

For additional information, contact the learning disabilities specialist in the Learning Assistance Center at (518) 629-7552.

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Writing and Research Center

The Writing and Research Center, located on the second floor of the Marvin Library Learning Commons, provides support in all the facets of the writing and research process. Faculty and tutors conduct workshops on a variety of topics and provide online resources to assist students.

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Internship Opportunities

Internships offer students practical, hands-on experience as part of their preparation to enter the workforce. One of the best ways to learn some of the most useful information in any field of study is through hands on experience. An internship provides opportunity to learn by experience what can’t be learned from books or in the classroom. Professional internships give students a competitive edge in the job market.

Assistance in finding the right internship is available through the Center for Careers and Employment. An appointment with a career counselor in the center is strongly encouraged. By registering online with Hudson Valley job bank, students can search for internship opportunities.

The Center for Careers and Employment provides a full range of career services to assist students with all aspects of obtaining the best work experience for them. Students are encouraged to visit the Center for Careers and Employment, Siek Campus Center for more information.

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Study Abroad

Study abroad offers exciting and unique opportunities for growth and enrichment – academically, professionally, and personally. Hudson Valley Community College students have a wide selection of study abroad opportunities available to them through the State University of New York (SUNY) Office of International Programs, and the College Consortium of International Studies (CCIS)

SUNY International Programs ( are offered to all eligible students within the SUNY system. SUNY currently offers more than 400 study abroad programs in more than 51 different countries in North and South America, Africa, Asia, Western and Eastern Europe, and Australia and New Zealand. These programs range from 2-3 week intensive courses to an entire semester or academic year abroad. Courses are available in more than 100 subjects, ranging from aboriginal studies and aerospace engineering to western philosophy and women's studies. While many programs focus on language learning and are conducted in the language of the host country, others are conducted wholly or partly in English. Credits earned at the overseas study centers are placed on Hudson Valley transcripts and become part of the student's academic record.

The College Consortium for International Studies (CCIS) ( is a partnership of colleges and universities in the United States and abroad which sponsors more than 75 study abroad programs in 31 countries. Under the auspices of this consortium, Hudson Valley Community College students may spend a term, summer or academic year at universities and colleges overseas in countries such as Australia, Costa Rica, England, France, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, Spain, and Switzerland. Most of the courses taught overseas by CCIS member institutions are taught in English, so students do not have to be proficient in a foreign language to participate. Curricular options include intensive foreign language courses as well as courses in the humanities, social sciences, business, marketing, studio art and design. As with SUNY International Programs, credits earned at the overseas study centers are placed on Hudson Valley transcripts and become part of the student's academic record.

Students registering for SUNY or CCIS international programs pay the tuition and fees established by these programs. These charges may be significantly more than tuition at Hudson Valley Community College.

The college's Financial Aid Office provides qualified students with federal financial aid when they register for term-length overseas studies at Hudson Valley Community College. Students interested in learning more about study abroad should contact the study abroad advisor at (518) 629-7622.

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Placement Testing and Course Advisement

To ensure that every student has the greatest chance for academic success at Hudson Valley Community College, entering students are required to take basic skills placement tests in writing, reading, and mathematics. Test results will be used to aid academic advisors in helping students choose first term courses. Recommendations may include non-credit courses, which may not be applicable to a degree program.

Students who test weak (below college level) in the three basic skills areas (Reading, Writing, and Math) will be required to register for at least one (1) appropriate learning skills course during their first term of full-time study or earlier.

Students will receive specific information about the enrollment process, including placement testing, after they are accepted to the college. Placement testing for the fall semester begins in February, and testing for the spring semester begins in October. The college will assign a specific test date to each student by letter, which they will receive approximately two weeks before a scheduled test session.

Some entering students may be eligible for waivers from testing based on substantial previous college work, previous ASSET or COMPASS placement testing, or college determined SAT/ACT cut-off scores (SAT: 500 critical reading/verbal, 500 math; ACT: 23 composite score, 22 English, 23 math). Students enrolling in the Fall 2012 through Fall 2014 semesters may be waived by the following additional waiver criteria for these semesters only: a minimum of an 80 high school GPA; a minimum of 6 college credits including 3 credits in an English course and 3 credits in a math course with grades of "C" or better in both courses. These students will be granted waivers automatically during the admission process and will be directly informed that they are exempt from the test.

Placement tests are administered weekly by the Office of Testing, Advisement, and Academic Placement. At the end of each test session, students receive information about contacting their academic advisor and selecting courses for the upcoming term. Evening and Saturday test dates also are available on a limited basis.

Students that live at a significant distance from the college or are enrolled in an online degree program may request to take the Placement Test at a location closer to their home. This decision is made on an individual basis and is at the discretion of the coordinator of testing, advisement, and academic placement. In this case, the student would need to contact the Testing Office to discuss this option called Remote Testing. If you have questions about Placement Testing in general or want to inquire about Remote Testing, please contact the Testing Office at (518) 629-7255.

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Samaritan and Memorial Hospital School of Nursing Joint Programs

Hudson Valley Community College offers general education courses to students in the Samaritan and Memorial Schools of Nursing. Each School conducts their own nursing courses and degrees are granted by the respective School of Nursing.

Offered at Hudson Valley Community College
Course   Credit Hours
BIOL 109
Biology of Human Organisms 4
BIOL 205
Microbiology 4
BIOL 270
Anatomy and Physiology I 4
BIOL 271
Anatomy and Physiology II 4
ENGL 101
English Composition I 3
PSYC 100
General Psychology 3
PSYC 205
Developmental Psychology 3
English Elective 3
Social Science Elective 3
Directed Elective 3 or 4

*Electives must be approved by the School of Nursing.

Samaritan Hospital
Students interested in this program should write or call the school at 2215 Burette Ave., Troy, NY 12180; (518) 271-3285.

Memorial Hospital
Interested persons may obtain additional information and application materials by calling or writing:
Albany Memorial Hospital School of Nursing, 600 Northern Boulevard, Albany, NY 12204; (518) 471-3260.

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