Pathways General Education Requirements

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CUNY PathwaysGeneral Education Requirements consist of a Common Core for all CUNY students and the College Option (students in bachelor's degree programs)

Common Core

Required Core (12 credits):

English Composition (6 credits): 125, 126
Composition I and Composition II (English 125 and English 126) must be completed within a student's first three semesters (full time) or 45 credits (part time) at York. This requirement applies to transfer students who do not enter York with Composition I and II course equivalencies.

Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning (3 credits): 111, 115, 119, 120, 121, 150, 184, 190
Choose one under advisement according to major program of study; certain programs may require additional coursework in Mathematics and Quantitative reasoning as part of the major requirements.

Life and Physical Sciences (3 credits): Astronomy 140, 141; Biology 140, 201, Chemistry 106, 107; Geology 140; Physics 140, 113 & 117
Chosen under advisement according to major program of study.

Flexible Core (18 credits)

To meet the requirements of the Flexible Core, students must take at least one course from each of the five areas and no more than two courses in any discipline or interdisciplinary field.

World Cultures and Global Issues: Anthropology 101; English 200; History 100, 108, 113; Humanities 350; Political Science 202, 241; World Literature 201, 205, 207, 210, 211, 212

U.S. Experience in its Diversity: Anthropology 246; History 201, 202, 204; Humanities 250, 253; Political Science 103; Sociology 235, 289

Creative Expression: English 286; Fine Arts 104; Humanities 221, 224, 260; Music 101, 250, 253, 270; Speech 160; Theater Arts 110, 210

Individual and Society: Anthropology 205, 211; Cultural Diversity 100; Economics 102; Humanities 209, 304; Philosophy 103; Political Science 267, 268; Sociology 101

Scientific World: Anthropology 152; Astronomy 101, 102; Biology 110, 120, 130, 202, 234 and 235; Chemistry 108, 109; Geology 110, 115, 120, 121; Physics 114 & 116, HPEH 110; HPGC 102; Humanities 202; Philosophy 102; Psychology 102

College Option

In addition to the 30-credit Common Core, students in bachelor's degree programs also must fulfill a College Option requirement specified by their college. The number of College Option credits is 6 to 12, depending on whether a student transferred into the college and, if so, how many credits he or she had at the time of transfer.

12 Credits (for native students and those entering York with fewer than 30 credits)

> Foreign Language 0-6 credits, as per department placement.

> Health Education 111 (3 credits)

> Any WI course at the 200 level or higher (3 credits) or Writing 301, 302, 303 or 304 for the English Major (3 credits)

(Chosen under advisement according to major program of study.)

9 Credits (for students who enter York with more than 30 credits, but without an Associate's degree)

> Foreign Language 0-6 credits, as per department placement

> One (1) WI course at the 200 level or higher (3 credits) OR WRIT 301, 302, 303 or 304 for the English Major

(Chosen under advisement according to major program of study.)

6 Credits (for student who enter York with an Associate's degree - AA or AS)

> Two writing intensive courses (These may include WI courses at the 200 level or higher and WRIT 301, 302, 303 or 304 for the English Major)

(Chosen under advisement according to major program of study.)

To find out how many College Option credits you might need, see the requirements for different kinds of students below:

CUNY Associate --> CUNY Bachelor's Students who transfer from a CUNY associate to a CUNY bachelor's degree program Earned Associate Degree
6 College Option credits required Earned More than 30 Credits
9 College Option credits required Earned 30 or Fewer Credits
12 College Option credits required
Non-CUNY Associate --> CUNY Bachelor's Students transferring to CUNY from non-CUNY colleges
Earned Associate Degree
6 College Option credits required Earned More than 30 Credits
9 College Option credits required Earned 30 or Fewer Credits
12 College Option credits requiredA transfer student's CUNY college will decide whether any courses taken at the original college fulfill the College Option requirements.

CUNY Bachelor's Students pursuing a bachelor's degree at one CUNY college (without transferring)

12 College Option credits required
(specified by their college).
CUNY Bachelor's --> CUNY Bachelor's Students who transfer between CUNY bachelor's degree programs 12 College Option credits are required; HOWEVER, students can transfer the College Option credits they earn in a bachelor's degree program at one CUNY college toward their College Option requirement at any other CUNY college.
Non-CUNY Bachelor's --> CUNY Bachelor's Students transferring to CUNY from non-CUNY colleges 12 College Option credits required. A transfer student's CUNY college will decide whether courses taken at the original college fulfill any of the College Option requirements.
Second Bachelor's Degree Students Students with earned bachelor's degrees from institutions that are accredited and recognized by a regional accrediting U.S. agency, as well as students from international universities with degrees that are equivalent to a baccalaureate degree as determined by CUNY No College Option credits required; these students are deemed to have automatically fulfilled the College Option.

York College Writing Intensive Course Requirements

Students who start at York or who transfer with fewer than 45 liberal arts and science credits are required to take three Writing Intensive (WI) courses: two in the lower division (100-200 level) and one in the upperdivision. Transfer students should consult with an advisor about their WI requirements.

The Writing requirement in the College Option will be an overlay. Students must complete 2 or 1 additional W designated course based upon their matriculation status or a Writing 300 course. Any course with a W attribute can be used to fulfill this requirement, including courses taken from the Core, courses fulfilling requirements for a major or a minor or certificate, or elective courses. When Writing 300 is required for a major or minor certificate it can be used to fulfill the College Option requirement as an overlay. This requirement must be fulfilled by a W or Writing 300 course taken at York College.

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