General Requirements for Degrees

Finger Lakes Community College is authorized by the Board of Regents of the State University of New York to award three degrees: The Associate in Arts (A.A.), Associate in Science (A.S.), and Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.). Each degree must meet the New York State Education Department's minimum requirement of 60 credit hours. Of these credit hours, 45 must be in the liberal arts for the A.A. degree, 30 must be in the liberal arts for the A.S. degree, and 20 credit hours must be in the liberal arts for the A.A.S. degree. The Board of Regents has also authorized the College to award Certificates.

Finger Lakes Community College has the following general requirements for all degrees:

  • 6 credit hours of English (3 credit hours of ENG 101 Composition I and 3 credit hours of ENG 102 Introduction to Literature).
  • A minimum grade point average of C (2.0).
  • A minimum of 32 credit hours total must be taken at Finger Lakes Community College, and additionally a minimum of 50 percent of the courses in a student's major must be taken at the College.*
  • 4 credit hours of Health/Physical Education in addition to the minimum of 60 credit hours required by New York State. (Some degree programs will require specific Health/Physical Education courses).

Liberal Arts

Courses from the Humanities, Social Science, and Natural Science and Mathematics categories fulfill Liberal Arts requirements.


Courses beginning with the following prefixes fulfill humanities requirements:

* Honors courses may be given Liberal Arts credit in the area appropriate to the topic of course.

Social Science

Courses beginning with the following prefixes fulfill Social Science requirements:

  • ANT Anthropology
  • ECO Economics
  • HIS History
  • POL Political Science
  • PSY Psychology
  • SOC Sociology
  • SSC Social Science

Natural Science and Mathematics

Courses beginning with the following prefixes fulfill Natural Science and Mathematics requirements:

  • NS Nutritional Science
  • PHY Physics
  • SCI Science

Physical Education

The philosophy of the Department of Physical Education and Integrated Health Care is based on the belief that all students, regardless of their interest, age, sex, ability or disability, can benefit from the opportunity to participate in the Health/Physical Education program at Finger Lakes. Commitment to this belief is demonstrated by the broad selection of courses offered by the Department of Physical Education and Integrated Health Care. The courses are designed to meet a variety of student needs. The Department of Physical Education and Integrated Health Care adheres to a no waiver policy. This policy states that credit is granted under the following conditions:

  1. Transfer credit is awarded by the Student Records Office when an official transcript is received and an evaluation is completed. Transfer credit for Health/Physical Education courses will be granted if the student's transcript shows a grade of C- or better; or a grade of S = Satisfactory, or P = Pass was awarded by another accredited college or university. Transfer credit will be awarded based on credit earned or successful hours completed. Personal enrichment courses will not transfer as Health/Physical Education credit.
  2. A student who completes Emergency Medical Services courses: EMCR 130 Certified First Responder, EMCR 200 Emergency Medical Technician, or a higher level EMS credit course will be granted up to 3 credits of Health/Physical Education.
  3. The Physical Education Department adheres to the guidelines set forth in The American Council of Education's Guide to Evaluation of Educational Experience in the Armed Services. As of September 1979, it is recommended that four (4) credits of Health/Physical Education be granted for completion of Basic Military Training. The student must present his/her military discharge papers (DD 214) to the Student Records Office in order to verify military service.

General Electives

Courses beginning with the following prefixes do not fulfill Liberal Arts requirements. These courses do fulfill the major or general requirements of 60 credit hours for each degree (in addition to 4 hours of Health/Physical Education).

  • ACC Accounting
  • AGR Agronomy
  • BUS Business
  • CDC Chemical Dependency Counseling
  • CJC Criminal Justice
  • CON Conservation
  • CSC Computing Sciences
  • CUL Culinary Arts
  • DIG Digital Media
  • ECE Early Childhood Education
  • EDU Education
  • EMCR Emergency Medical Services
  • ENV Environmental Science
  • ESC Engineering Science
  • FOR Forestry
  • FS Freshman Seminar
  • GIS Geographic Information Systems
  • GST General Studies
  • HRT Horticulture
  • HTM Hotel and Resort Management
  • HUS Human Services
  • MAS Massage
  • NUR Nursing
  • HPE Health/Physical Education
  • PLG Paralegal
  • TECH Mechanical Technology
  • VIT Viticulture and Enology
  • WFS Wildland Fire Suppression