Center for Counseling and Transfer
Transfer and 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 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 our college catalog.

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 Education requirements.