Oct 23, 2021
Associate in Arts
Liberal Arts and Sciences offers traditional university-parallel programs — the Associate in Arts and the Associate in Science — to students aspiring to baccalaureate degree study. Graduates transfer to institutions throughout the State University of New York (SUNY) system and to public and private colleges in New York and other states. If students transfer to an institution within SUNY, they will bring with them completion of all SUNY General Education requirements.
A.A. or A.S. degree recipients are prepared for transfer to four-year colleges and universities within SUNY by completing all categories of the SUNY General Education requirements. A complete listing of approved General Education courses is available through the SUNY Provost site at:
Students should learn as much as they can about program requirements at transfer colleges. Transfer to some colleges is guaranteed through an articulation agreement between BCC and the transfer institution. Articulation agreements can be viewed through the BCC website at:
Program supervised by:
Dean of Liberal Arts
Office: Titchener Hall, Room 210
Telephone: 607 778-5021
Academic Planning Seminar 1 Credit
Required for all first-time students
History of Western Civilization and Other World Civilizations 6 Credits
Choose one from each group:
United States History 3 Credits
Foreign Language 0-8 Credits
Students with four (4) years of a high school Foreign Language or with a grade of 85 or higher on a Regents Foreign Language Exam have fulfilled the BCC Foreign Language requirement and the SUNY General Education Foreign Language requirement and are exempted from taking a Foreign Language course at the Associate's level.
- students exempted from the Foreign Language requirement are cautioned that programs at transfer schools may require Foreign Language courses beyond the SUNY General Education requirement.
- exemption from a Foreign Language does not lower the total LAAA degree program credit-hour requirement for students. Exempted students will need to take additional elective credits.
Students with two (2) years or fewer of a high school Foreign Language should take a course at the Beginning I level (101); all others should take a course at the Beginning II level (102).
Choose from courses in Arabic (ARA), French (FRE), German (GER), Italian (ITA), or Spanish (SPA). A small number of transfer institutions accept American Sign Language (ASL) as a Foreign Language.
Mathematics 0-6 Credits
Students with a grade of 85 or higher on the high school Course III Regents Exam or Math B Exam or students that successfully completed high school Math 12, have fulfilled both the BCC Mathematics requirement and the SUNY General Education Mathematics requirement and are exempt from taking a Mathematics course at the Associate's level.
- students exempted from the Mathematics requirement are cautioned that programs at transfer institutions may require Mathematics courses beyond the SUNY General Education requirement.
- exemptions from Mathematics does not lower the total LAAA degree program credit-hour requirement for students. Exempted students will need to take additional elective credits.
Some students will require remedial coursework prior to enrolling in courses that fulfill the SUNY General Education Mathematics requirement.
Unless exempted students must choose from the following courses to fulfill the SUNY General Education Mathematics requirement:
Natural Sciences (Laboratory Sciences) 8 Credits
Approved sequences in Biology
Choose two of the following:
Humanities and Philosophy
Choose one of the following courses:
All Literature courses are Writing Emphasis (W) courses. Choose one of the following courses:
Physical Education 1-2 Credits
No more than 2 credits can be used to fulfill the LAAA degree program credit requirements for students. At least 1 credit must be earned in one of the following cardiovascular courses or in a varsity sport. (CV = cardiovascular)
Art, Music, Theater 3 Credits
Choose from courses in Art (ART), Communications and Media Arts (COM), Creative Writing (ENG), Music (MUS), and Theater (THR). Consult the SUNY General Education List (The ARTS - GE 8) to ensure that selection fulfills the General Education requirement. Link to General Education List:
Social Science / Civic Education 3 Credits
Choose one of the following courses:
Social / Behavioral Science 3 Credits
Choose from courses in Anthropology (ANT), Economics (ECO), Geography (GEO), Political Science (POS), Psychology (PSY), Social Science (SOS), and Sociology (SOC).
Approved Electives 8-24 Credits
Selections based on number of credits needed to fulfill the total LAAA degree program credit-hour requirement for students.
Total number of credits: 64 minimum