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General Education Requirements

The Trustees of the State University of New York have mandated that students show competency by taking credits in areas listed below in order to graduate from SUNY institutions.

Students who desire to earn a Bachelor’s (BBA, BS, or BT), an Associate in Arts (AA), or an Associate in Science (AS) degree, must earn 30 credits of general education courses; a minimum of seven (of ten) knowledge and skills areas, including the four specifically required. For any additional specific requirements for the BBA, BS, and BT, please check with the academic department.

Students who wish to gain an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree will follow the requirements prior to Fall 2023 (see the link on the General Education page). 

 

SUNY Cobleskill Trustee General Education Courses as of Fall 2023 

Required Skills Areas

Communication Written (COMW):

  • ENGL 101 Composition I
  • ENGL 102 Composition II

Communication Oral (COMO):

  • ENGL 111 Fundamentals of Speech Communication
  • ENGL 115 Diversity and Public Speaking

Diversity: Equity, Inclusion, and Social Justice (DVRS):

  • ECHD 251 Anti-Bias Strategies Human App
  • ENGL 115 Diversity and Public Speaking
  • ENGL 225 Multi-Cultural Literature
  • PSYC 300 Intro to Community Psychology

Mathematics (and Quantitative Reasoning) (MATH):

  • MATH 111 College Algebra
  • MATH 113 Mathematics of Finance
  • MATH 115 Liberal Arts Math
  • MATH 125 Statistics
  • MATH 131 Pre-Calculus
  • MATH 231 Calculus I 

Natural Sciences (and Scientific Reasoning) (NSCI):

  • BIOL 101/101X Introduction to Biology
  • BIOL 103 Human Biology
  • BIOL 104/104X Principles of Animal Anatomy & Physiology
  • BIOL 105 Principles of Genetics
  • BIOL 111/111X Biology I
  • BIOL 112/112X Biology II
  • BIOL 116 Botany I
  • BIOL 117 Botany II
  • BIOL 131/131X Natural Hist of Vertebrates
  • BIOL 158/158X Human Anatomy and Physiology I
  • BIOL 159/159X Human Anatomy and Physiology II
  • BIOL 215 Aquatic Ecology
  • CHEM 101/101X Introductory Chemistry
  • CHEM 110 Forensic Science
  • CHEM 111/111X General Chemistry I
  • PHYS 101/101X Prin of Physics I
  • PHYS 102/102X Prin of Physics II
  • PHYS 111/111X College Physics I
  • PSCI 101 Astronomy
  • PSCI 102 Physical Geology
  • PSCI 105 Environmental Science and Technology

Flexible Skills Areas

Humanities (HUMN):

  • ARTS 124 History of Art I
  • ARTS 125 History of Art II
  • ARTS 300 History of American Art
  • COMM 108 Introduction to Mass Media
  • ENGL 121 Introduction to Literature
  • ENGL 151 Introduction to Drama
  • ENGL 203 Intro to Creative Writing
  • ENGL 221 Postmodern Literature
  • ENGL 225 Multi-Cultural Literature
  • ENGL 241 Short Story
  • HUMS 101 Introduction to Humanities
  • HUMS 210 Cinema and Society
  • HUMS 243 Children’s Literature
  • MUSC 121 Introduction to Music
  • MUSC 223 American Music
  • PHIL 101 Introduction to Philosophy
  • PHIL 102 Introduction to Asian Philosophy

Social Sciences (SOCS):

  • ANTH 114 Physical Anthropology
  • ANTH 115 Cultural Anthropology
  • ANTH 200 Introduction to Archeology
  • ECON 123 Micro-Economics
  • ECON 124 Macro-Economics
  • GOVT 141 American Government
  • PSYC 111 General Psychology
  • SOSC 111 Introduction to Sociology
  • SUST 101 Introduction to Sustainability

The Arts (ARTS):

  • ARTS 111 Design I (NOT a liberal arts and science course.)
  • ARTS 114 Drawing I (NOT a liberal arts and science course.)
  • ARTS 300 History of American Art
  • COMM 210 Single Camera Video Production (NOT a liberal arts and science course.)
  • ENGL 203 Intro to Creative Writing
  • HUMS 210 Cinema and Society
  • MUSC 111 College Choir (NOT a liberal arts and science course.)
  • MUSC 121 Introduction to Music
  • MUSC 132 Jazz Band (NOT a liberal arts and science course.)
  • MUSC 133 Concert Band (NOT a liberal arts and science course.)
  • MUSC 223 American Music 

U.S. History and Civic Engagement (USCV):

  • HIST 121 Hist of United States I
  • HIST 122 Hist of United States II

World History and Global Awareness (GLBL):

  • HIST 103 Hist of World Civilization I
  • HIST 104 Hist of World Civilization II
  • HIST 205 Latin American Societies & Civilization

World Languages (WLNG):

  • AMSL 145 American Sign Language I
  • AMSL 146 American Sign Language II
  • FREN 101 Beginning French I
  • FREN 102 Beginning French II
  • SPAN 102 Beginning Spanish II