City Tech's General Education Common Core enables students to meet CUNY's Pathways requirements while also meeting the degree requirements of their programs. At the same time it offers a distinctive interdisciplinary, hands-on experience attuned to our unique college of technology.
Starting in Fall 2013, CUNY implemented the Pathways initiative across its undergraduate colleges. Pathways established a new system of general education requirements and new transfer guidelines across CUNY--and by doing so reinforced CUNY's educational excellence while easing student transfer between CUNY colleges. The requirements under the Pathways Initiative apply to all new students, first-year and transfers, and to students readmitted to the College after an absence longer than two semesters.
What a City Tech student must do to meet core requirements is specific to the degree sought and to the major:
Although specific requirements vary by degree program, all AAS students must complete between 20 and 30 Common Core credits. If an AAS student later transfers to an AA, AS, or bachelor's degree program, that student will need to complete any part of the Common Core not yet completed.
AAS students must also meet the regulations of the New York State Department of Education, which requires that students complete at least 20 liberal arts credits to earn an AAS degree. [Click here for list of liberal arts courses satisfying Common Core course requirements.] Students are urged to consult with their campus advisors during registration.
Required Common Core
The Required Common Core consists of 4 courses /12-15 credits for students in AA, AS and bachelor's degree programs:
Flexible Common Core
To reach the required total of 6 courses in the flexible common core, students in AA, AS and bachelor's degree programs must complete at least one course in each of the five Flexible Core areas and an additional sixth course in one of them. Students can complete no more than two courses from any one area. For courses satisfying each of the five categories below click on the name of the area:
BS and BTech students
Students may transfer College Option credits earned from other CUNY campuses to fulfill City Tech's College option. City Tech may also transfer credits from non-CUNY campuses that have been evaluated as fulfilling the College Option requirements. Students earning a second bachelor's degree have no College Option requirement.
Please note that many City Tech specialized programs require somewhat different courses than those described above. Please check the catalog that was in effect the semester you enrolled for your specific degree requirements. Click here for links to all recent catalogs.
An important aspect of the Pathways Initiative is to facilitate transfer among the institutions of CUNY. Here are the transfer guidelines established by the Pathways Initiative.