Degree/Certificate Requirements

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. 

2. Onondaga 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.

3. The student must achieve at least a 2.0 program GPA (GPA2).

4. All grades of Incomplete (“I”) must be resolved before the degree/certificate is conferred.

5. A student may not receive a diploma or transcript until all financial obligations have been met.

6. At 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.

7. No more than 12 independent study credits may be taken at Onondaga Community College.