Curriculum Requirements

State University of New York General Education Requirement (SUNY-GER)

All students enrolled in programs leading to A.A., A.S., and baccalaureate degrees are required by the State University of New York to complete 30 credits of SUNY-GER General Education in a minimum of 7 of 10 areas. Students must take at least one course each in both Mathematics and Basic Communication and in 5 of the following 8 areas:

      1. Natural Sciences
      2. Social Sciences
      3. American History
      4. Western Civilization
      5. Other World Civilization
      6. Humanities
      7. The Arts
      8. Foreign Language

Students who are planning to transfer to SUNY baccalaureate programs are strongly encouraged to take 3 of the 5 courses in Natural Science, Social Science, and the Humanities, as these areas are required in nearly all bachelor’s degree programs.

In addition to the 7 of 10 course requirements, students must also demonstrate the following competencies, which are infused throughout the General Education program:

      1. Critical Thinking (Reasoning)
      2. Information Management

Note: See page 191 or course descriptions to determine which Suffolk County Community College courses fulfill the SUNY General Education Requirements

SUNY Transfer Paths

The State University of New York (SUNY) has implemented the Seamless Transfer Initiative to assist students, who have obtained an A.A. or A.S. degree at Suffolk County Community College, to transfer to a SUNY four-year institution with junior status. Seamless transfer is achieved by completing 7 of the 10 SUNY General Education Requirements and passing the required Transfer Path courses within the intended major with a minimum of a “C.”

Transfer Paths include lower division course requirements that are common to all SUNY campuses with the similar major. Transfer Paths exist for many degrees at Suffolk County Community College. A list of the existing Transfer Paths can be found at www.suny.edu/attend/get-started/transfer-students/suny-transfer-paths/ to determine the courses that should be completed before transferring to the SUNY four-year institution.

Minimum Credits and GPA for Graduation

In order to graduate from any curriculum, students must complete a minimum of 60 credits for a degree and complete all curriculum requirements for a certificate while attaining a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0, both cumulatively and in their major courses. The courses constituting the major in each curriculum are designated with a ♦ symbol. Only the Liberal Arts and Sciences: Adolescence Education programs, the Liberal Arts and Sciences: Education (Child Study) and the Liberal Arts and Sciences: General Studies curricula do not designate major courses.

Two 2-credit courses may be used to fulfill a 3-credit unrestricted elective. All of the credits required for an unrestricted elective must be satisfied.

Core Education Graduation Requirement

As a condition of graduation, students in all Suffolk County Community College degree programs must satisfy core education requirements.

Students in A.A. degree programs must satisfy the following minimum requirements:

ENG101: Standard Freshman Composition - 3 credits
ENG102: Introduction to Literature - 3 credits
Humanities Electives (only one course may be English) - 9 credits
Social Science Electives - 6 credits
History Elective - 3 credits
Mathematics Elective - 3-4 credits
Laboratory Science Elective - 4 credits
Physical Education Electives - 2 credits
College Seminar - 1 credit
34-35 credits

Students in A.S. degree programs must satisfy the following minimum requirements:

ENG101: Standard Freshman Composition - 3 credits
English Elective - 3 credits
Humanities Elective (other than English) - 3 credits
History Elective - 3 credits
Social Science Elective (other than History) - 3 credits
Mathematics Elective - 3-4 credits
Laboratory Science Elective - 4 credits
Physical Education Elective - 1-2 credits
College Seminar - 1 credit
24-26 credits

Students in A.A.S. degree programs must satisfy the following minimum requirements:

ENG101: Standard Freshman Composition - 3 credits
English Elective - 3 credits
Humanities Elective (other than English) - 3 credits
Social Science Elective - 3 credits
Mathematics Elective - 3-4 credits
Laboratory Science Elective - 4 credits
Physical Education Elective - 1-2 credits
College Seminar - 1 credit
21-23 credits

* Currently, some programs exist with exceptions to one or more of these requirements.

Goal

In order to support students with certain academic needs related to college readiness, SCCC provides developmental courses in reading, mathematics, English or English as a Second Language (ESL). These courses are designed to help students refine scholastic skills, and, thereby, effect a smooth transition to college-level courses. While developmental courses do not carry credit toward a degree or certificate, successful completion of these courses is required and may serve as a prerequisite to enrollment in college-level programs at Suffolk. Developmental courses may lengthen the time needed to complete a degree program. However, faculty at SCCC continue to develop multiple approaches to enable students to begin college-level course work in a timely manner.

Course Placement

Newly admitted full- and part-time matriculated students are enrolled in college-level or developmental-level courses based on scores earned on the required Computerized Placement Test (CPT), certain high school Regents exams, and other available test scores and measures. Students entering Suffolk who have completed appropriate college-level courses may be waived from part or all of the CPT requirement.

Scores on placement tests may determine that students need to enroll in one or more of the following developmental courses, which do not fulfill degree requirements:

ENGLISH
ENG009: Basic English Skills
ENG010: Developmental Writing
ENG012: Emerging Writers Workshop

MATHEMATICS
MAT001: Developmental Mathematics Skills
MAT006: Pre-Algebra and Algebra I
MAT007: Algebra I
MAT009: Mathematical Literacy

READING
RDG096: Essential College Reading
RDG098: Introduction to College Reading
RDG099: Reading in the Content Areas

In addition, students for whom English is a second language may be required to take any or all of the following English as a Second Language (ESL) non-credit developmental courses:

ESL011-012: ESL: College Reading I and II
ESL013-014: ESL: Intensive Grammar I and II
ESL015-016: ESL: College Listening Speaking Skills I and II
ESL017-018: ESL: College Composition I and II

Enrollment Requirements

Students required to take developmental courses in two or more subject areas or one developmental course at the lower-level English, reading, or ESL (ENG009/ESL017 or RDG098/RDG096/ESL011) may enroll in up to 14.5 credit hours per semester which would include the required developmental courses and courses from the student’s chosen curriculum. Courses are arranged by the counseling staff in consultation with the student. Students enrolled in developmental courses may drop or add courses only after written approval by a faculty advisor, counselor, Academic Chair, or Associate Academic Dean.

Full-time students placed into developmental reading, English, or mathematics courses must register for them during the first semester. If two levels of a developmental course are required, students successful at the lower-level must continue to the higher-level during the subsequent semester. Students earning a U, R, or W must repeat the lower-level course before moving on to the higher-level.

Part-time students placed into two or more developmental courses may take them in conjunction with certain approved courses. Students placed only in developmental mathematics are required to take it during the student’s first semesters.

New students who are applying for financial aid with state aid eligibility must earn at least 3 college-level credits toward their current degree. In the subsequent semester the student must earn at least 6 college-level credits toward their current degree.

Any grade issued for a developmental course is binding. A test and retest score on the CPT cannot be used to substitute for or replace an earned grade.