Beyond the specific requirements of their degree programs, City Tech students experience our signature General Education Common Core that encompasses the knowledge, skills, and values determined by the faculty to be essential for success in every degree program. Grounded in the liberal arts and sciences, and integrated into every major, Gen Ed at City Tech inspires students to make connections across disciplinary lines and enriches their understanding of the moral, civic, and creative dimensions of life. It is the foundation for our hallmark technological and professional programs of study.
City Tech's General Education Common Core enables students to meet CUNY's Pathways requirements while also meeting the degree requirements of their programs. The requirements include specific classes, categories of classes, and overall requirements which vary by degree.
Pathways is the name of CUNY's general education categories that reinforce 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 after an absence longer than two semesters.
Note: Students who began taking courses before Fall 2013 and who are returning after an absence of more than one semester may consider it preferable to remain with the graduation and general education requirements in place at the time they first enrolled. To request permission to do so, please click on the "Opt Out" form and follow all instructions. Cases will be decided individually, based on major and requirements.
In addition to specific required courses, there are several important requirements all students must meet overall to graduate. These include:
All degrees require 1-2 courses in English composition, one course in mathematics, and one course in science. See your degree checklist in the catalog for more information on how these categories apply to your degree.
Bachelor's degrees and AA and AS degrees require six flexible common core courses: 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. AAS degrees may require fewer overall flexible core credits. See your degree checklist in the catalog for more information on how these categories apply to your degree.
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 credits:
Students transferring with an earned associate degree are required to take only 6 credits of the College Option:
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.
Double Duty Courses
Frequently, a course that is required for a major, like MAT 1275 College Algebra and Trigonometry or ECON 1101 Macroeconomics, will also satisfy a general education category. In that case, depending on the degree, students may be able to take additional electives.
How Credits Transfer
An important aspect of Pathways is to facilitate transfer among the institutions of CUNY. Here are the transfer guidelines established by the Pathways Initiative.