All curricula offered at Onondaga Community College have been
registered with the New York State Education Department and approved by the
State University of New York. The State University of New York has authorized
the College to award degrees of Associate in Arts (A.A.), Associate in Science
(A.S.), Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.), Associate in Occupational
Studies (A.O.S.), and specified certificates.
According to New York State Education Law, “Associate degree
programs shall normally be capable of completion in two academic years of
full-time study, or its equivalent in part-time study, with an accumulation of
not less than 60 semester hours.” Eligibility
for a degree is based on the successful completion of the program of study
outlined by a curriculum.
The one-year certificate is available in several academic
programs. The certificate is designed for students seeking a quick path to job
opportunities and provide the essential coursework typically required by
employers for entry-level positions.
A core group of liberal arts
and sciences courses is required in the Associate in Arts, Associate in
Science, and Associate in Applied Science degree programs. These courses fall
into the fields of humanities, natural sciences and mathematics, and social
sciences. This liberal arts and sciences core is intended to provide the
student with exposure to and knowledge of the cultural, social and scientific
heritage which has shaped today’s world. The Associate in Arts degree
requires completion of at least 75 percent of coursework in the liberal arts
and sciences. Students pursuing the Associate in Science degree must complete
at least 50 percent of their coursework in the liberal arts and sciences. Those
in Associate in Applied Science programs must complete at least 33 percent of
their coursework in the liberal arts and sciences.
Candidates for Onondaga Community College
degrees and certificates must fulfill the following requirements, except where
exemptions or waivers are approved and recorded:
1. A student must be matriculated in a degree/certificate program and
meet all program and credit hour requirements.
will automatically confer a degree or certificate upon the student’s completion
of all program requirements. However, students who wish to participate in the College’s
commencement ceremony must submit an Application for Graduation form.
student must achieve at least a 2.0 program GPA (GPA2).
grades of Incomplete (“I”) must be resolved before the degree/certificate is
student may not receive a diploma or transcript until all financial obligations
have been met.
least twenty-four (24) of the academic credits for the degree (12 credits for
certificate programs) must be completed at Onondaga Community College, subject
to specific program restrictions.
more than 12 independent study credits may be taken at Onondaga Community