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 or Liberal Arts 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.
It is recommended that 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. Courses meeting
the SUNY General Education requirements are identified in
Students planning to transfer to a private or out of state public
college or university are encouraged to come see us, as we do have
guidelines for other schools in regards to meeting their General