CUNY Pathways Initiative at City Tech

Starting in Fall 2013, CUNY will implement the Pathways initiative across its undergraduate colleges. Pathways establishes a new system of general education requirements and new transfer guidelines across CUNY--and by doing so reinforces 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.

City Tech General Education Requirements

City Tech’s new 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. What a City Tech student must do to meet core requirements is specific to the degree sought and to the major:

AAS Students

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 to ensure that the liberal arts courses that they take are drawn from the list of approved Common Core courses.

AA, AS and all bachelor’s degree Students

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 discipline or interdisciplinary field. For courses satisfying each of the five categories below click on the name of the category:


BS and BTech students

  1. All baccalaureate students starting at City Tech or transferring in with 30 or fewer credits, in addition to the Common and Flexible Cores will also complete the following 12 credit College Option:
    • » One course in speech/oral communication
    • » One interdisciplinary course or seminar that links study in the major to one or more liberal arts disciplines
    • » Two additional liberal arts courses, at least one of which will be an advanced course, i.e. having at least one pre-requisite in the discipline.
  2. Students transferring with an earned associate degree are required to take only 6 credits of the College Option:
    • » One course in speech/oral communication
    • » One interdisciplinary course or seminar that links study in the major to one or more liberal arts disciplines
  3. Students transferring with more than 30 credits but without an earned associate degree, in addition to the Common and Flexible Cores will also complete the following 9 credits of the College Option:
    • » One course in speech/oral communication
    • » One interdisciplinary course or seminar that links study in the major to one or more liberal arts disciplines
    • » One additional advanced liberal arts courses, i.e. having at least one pre-requisite in the discipline

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 click here to see the most current requirements for your degree program.

How Credits Transfer

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.

  • » Courses passed for credit at any CUNY college will transfer for credit at any other CUNY college.
  • » Courses that fulfill a Required Common Core requirement at any CUNY college will transfer for Required Common Core credit at any other CUNY college.
  • » Courses that fulfill a Flexible Common Core requirement at any CUNY college will transfer for Flexible Common Core credit at any other CUNY college.
  • » Courses that fulfill a College Option requirement at any CUNY college will transfer for College Option credit at any other CUNY college.
  • » Courses that are designated as "Gateway" courses into a major will transfer for major credit at any other CUNY college that offers the major.
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