What are the General Education Requirements?
|There are ten categories called General Education Competency Areas and in order to
get a four-year degree within the SUNY system, you must fulfill all of them. Some
of the Competency Areas require one course while others require two. Together, the
ten areas provide a broad-based educational experience that is necessary for successful
study in any major. In most cases, there is a wide choice of courses that fulfills
each Competency Areas. You should choose the course or courses in each area that are
best for you. Liberal Arts and Sciences Students will be required to complete all
ten Competency Areas.
If I transfer to a different SUNY will the General Education Requirements transfer?
|Yes if you earn a grade of “C” or better. Even though each SUNY unit has a different
list of courses that fulfill a Competency Area, once you have satisfied the requirements
for the Competency at Farmingdale State University of New York, it is automatically
fulfilled at any SUNY institution.
I want to transfer to a local private college. Why do I have to take all of these
General Education Requirements?
|Every private college has General Education Requirements and they are usually very
similar to SUNY's. If you know where you want to go, you should familiarize yourself
with that school's General Education Requirements. For example, Catholic Colleges
usually require several courses in Philosophy and students who are planning to transfer
to Catholic Colleges would be smart to take PHI205 - “Ethics” as their Humanities
Competency course and perhaps one or two other PHI electives. You may be able to complete
SUNY's General Education Requirements and those of other schools by choosing courses
What else is required for Liberal Arts and Sciences Program other than General Education
|Electives. You will be required to take a sufficient number of courses so that your
credits toward the degree total at least 62. In most cases there will be five elective
courses needed to complete the degree. If you take several courses that carry more
than three credits, you may need fewer than five electives.