Academic Information

SUNY General Education Course Plan

The SUNY General Education Requirement (SUNY-GER) enables students to acquire knowledge and skills that are useful and important for all educated persons, regardless of their jobs or professions. (SUNY Board of Trustees Resolution, January 2010).

The SUNY-GER is required for all bachelor’s degree candidates. Every four-year SUNY campus has a general education curriculum that reflects the SUNY-GER and is designed to provide a solid foundation for your college education and make transfers within SUNY as smooth and seamless as possible.

MCC students who plan to transfer and complete a baccalaureate degree at a SUNY four-year campus are responsible for meeting SUNY General Education Requirements (SUNY-GER). Students must complete the 30 credit SUNY-GER from at least seven (7) of the Knowledge and Skills areas below and must include Basic Communications and Mathematics and demonstrate two competencies.

Knowledge and Skill areas:

Mathematics (required) (M)

Basic Communication (required) (BC)

Five additional areas from the list below need to be completed:

Natural Sciences (NS)

Social Sciences (SS)

American History (AH)

Western Civilization (WC)

Other World Civilizations (OWC)

Humanities (H)

The Arts (A)

Foreign Language (FL)

Open the attached document to view information about Knowledge and Skills Areas - SUNY General Education Requirements.

Knowledge and Skills Areas.pdfKnowledge and Skills Areas.pdf

Competencies:
The following two competencies are infused throughout the General Education program:

Critical Thinking (Reasoning) (required)

Information Management (required)

Completion of the SUNY General Education Course Plan is not a requirement to graduate from MCC with an Associate in Applied Science degree (A.A.S.)

How to Fulfill Your SUNY General Education Requirements:
Your academic advisor can help you plan a path to meet your SUNY-GER, as well as any other MCC general education requirements.

Specific Courses and Grade Requirements:
General education requirements vary by campus and by major. However, if you satisfy a SUNY-GER area at one SUNY campus with a grade of C or higher, you will have met that SUNY-GER area at every other SUNY campus. Campuses may make some exemptions to general education requirements because of AP, IB, CLEP, DANTES or ACTFL exams, or prior college credits. Visit Campus Requirements to determine the areas required by each campus and major, and the courses available within those areas.

Course Grades Required:
In general, if you earn a grade of C or higher in a SUNY-GER course, you will have satisfied the general education component for that course at every SUNY campus.

Notes for Transfer Students:
Students who know where they wish to transfer within SUNY should seek advisement on the best set of courses to take as many individual SUNY campuses also have local general education requirements which could significantly impact optimal course selection. In general, if you earn a grade of C or higher in a SUNY-GER course, you will have satisfied the general education component for that course at every SUNY campus.

Some requirements may be met based upon high school course work such as, AP, IB, CLEP, DANTES or ACTFL exams, or prior college credits. Students who have completed 3 years of sequential Regents level foreign language in high school with 85% or above on the Regents exams may qualify for a waiver in the foreign language knowledge and skill area. If you qualify for a foreign language waiver you should contact the MCC Admissions Office.

Courses meeting SUNY General Education requirements are identified in the course descriptions.