IX. Degree/Certificate Requirements

A. Degree Requirements

A candidate 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 three weeks prior to the start of the student’s semester of intended graduation and no later than the end of the third week of the semester of intended graduation.  
  3. The student must achieve at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA. 
  4. All grades of Incomplete (“I”) must be resolved before the degree/certificate is conferred. 
  5. All financial obligations to the College and other College requirements must be met. 
  6. At least twenty-four (24)  of the academic credits for the degree/certificate must be completed at Onondaga Community College, subject to specific program restrictions. Certificate programs are calculated proportionally.
  7. No more than 12 independent study credits may be taken at Onondaga Community College. 

B. Graduation

Degree/Certificate candidates are recommended for graduation by the Curriculum Proctor, the Scholastic Standards Committee, the Faculty, and the Board of Trustees. Applicants for graduation who fail to meet requirements are notified by the Office of Registration and Records.

C. Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, and Summa Cum Laude

Will be recognized at the commencement ceremony based on the cumulative GPA recorded for the semester prior to commencement. Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, and Summa Cum Laude will be designated on the diploma based on the student’s final cumulative GPA.

  • Cum Laude 3.4 – 3.59 
  • Magna Cum Laude 3.6 – 3.79
  • Summa Cum Laude 3.8 – 4.0

D. Multiple Degrees/Certificates

A student may earn more than one degree at Onondaga Community College, subject to the following restrictions: A minimum of 20 of the academic credits for any associates degree and ten academic credits for any certificate must be credits which have not been applied to any previously or concurrently awarded degree. A student may not earn more than one degree from any single Academic Program grouping.

A student may earn more than one degree at Onondaga Community College, subject to the following restrictions: A minimum of 20 of the academic credits for any associates degree and ten academic credits for any certificate must be credits which have not been applied to any previously or concurrently awarded degree.

Restrictions on Multiple Degrees
A student may not earn more than one degree from any single academic grouping.

Alcohol & Substance Abuse
  • (ASA) Alcohol & Substance Abuse Counseling A.A.S.
American Sign Language
  • (ASL) American Sign Language A.S.
Apprentice Training – Building Trades
  • (ABT) Building Trades A.A.S.
Apprentice Training – Electrical
  • (ASE) Electrical A.A.S.
Apprentice Training – Machine Trades
  • (AMT) Machine Trades A.A.S
Architecture
  • (ARH) Architectural Technology A.A.S.
Art/Advertising *
  • (ART) Graphic Arts & Advertising Technology A.A.S.
  • (ART) Art A.A.S.
Automotive Technology
  • (AUT) Automotive Technology A.A.S.
  • (ATC) Automotive Technology – Ford Asset A.A.S.*
Business
  • (BUA) Accounting A.A.S.
  • (BUB) Banking A.A.S.*
  • (BUS.AAS) Business Technology A.A.S.
  • (BUC) Business Administration A.A.S.*
  • (BUS.AS) Business Administration A.S.
  • (OTD) Office Technology: Administrative Assistant A.A.S.*
  • (SEC) Secretarial Science (Industrial, Legal, Medical) A.A.S.*
  • (INS) Insurance A.A.S.*
  • Business: Telecommunications Management A.S.*
Computer Engineering Technology
  • (CMT) Computer Engineering Technology A.A.S.*
Computer Forensics
  • (CFS) Computer Forensics A.S.
Computer Information Systems
  • (CIS) Computer Information Systems A.A.S.
  • (CSC) Computer Science A.S.
  • (BUD) Data Processing A.A.S.*
Criminal Justice
  • (CRJ) Criminal Justice A.S.
  • (CRJ) Criminal Justice A.A.S.*
Dental Hygiene
  • (DEH) Dental Hygiene A.A.S*
Electrical Technology
  • (ELT) Electrical Technology A.A.S.
Electronic Media Communications
  • (EMC) Electronic Media Communications
  • (RTV) Radio and Television A.A.S.*
Emergency Management
  • (EMG) Emergency Management A.A.S
  • (HSD) Homeland Security & Disaster
  • Preparedness A.A.S. *
Environmental Technology
  • (ENV) Environmental Technology
  • (ETB) Environmental Technology: Biology*
  • (ETE) Environmental Technology: Emissions Management & Testing A.A.S.*
  • (ETC) Environmental Technology: Chemistry A.A.S.*
  • (ETG) Environmental Technology: Geoscience A.A.S.*
Fire Protection Technology
  • (FPD) Fire Protection Technology A.A.S.
Food Service/Hotel Technology
  • (FSA) Food Service Administration – Restaurant Management A.A.S.*
  • (HTL) Hotel Technology A.A.S.*
  • (HOS) Hospitality Management A.A.S
Health Information Technology
  • (HIT) Health Information Technology / Medical Records A.A.S.
  • (MRT) Medical Records Technology A.A.S.*
Human Services
  • (HUM) Human Services A.S.
  • (HUM) Human Services A.A.S.*
Insurance
  • (INS) Insurance A.A.S.*
Interior Design
  • (IND) Interior Design Technology A.A.S.*
  • (IND) Interior Design A.A.S.
Labor Studies
  • (LBR) Labor Studies A.S.*
Liberal Arts
  • (EDA) Adolescence Education A.A.
  • (EDC) Childhood Education A.A.
  • (GEN) General Studies A.A.
  • (HMT) Humanities A.A.
  • (MTS) Mathematics and Science A.A. or A.S.
Mechanical Technology
  • (MET) Mechanical Technology A.A.S.
  • (INT) Industrial Technology A.A.S.*
  • (QCT) Quality Control Technology A.A.S*
Medical Technology
  • (MED) Medical Laboratory Technology A.A.S*
Music
  • (MUS) Music A.A.S.
Nuclear Technology
  • (NET) Nuclear Technology A.A.S.
Nursing
  • (NUR) Nursing A.A.S.
Office Technology
  • (OTD) Office Technology: Administrative Assistant A.A.S.*
  • (SEC) Secretarial Science (Industrial, Legal, Medical) A.A.S.*
Photography
  • (PHO) Photography A.A.S.
Physical Education & Exercise Science
  • (EXR) Physical Education & Exercise Science Studies A.S.
Physical Therapist Assistant
  • (PTA) Physical Therapist Assistant A.A.S.
Professional Communication
  • (PCM) Professional Communication A.A.S.
Recreation Leadership
  • (REC) Recreation Leadership A.S.*
  • (REC) Recreation Leadership A.A.S.*
Respiratory Care
  • (RPD) Respiratory Care A.A.S.
Sciences
  • (CHE) Chemical Technology A.A.S.*
  • (CSC) Computer Science A.S.
  • (ENS) Engineering Science A.S.
  • (MTS) Mathematics and Science A.A. or A.S.
Theatre
  • (THR) Performing Arts – Drama A.A.S.*
Telecommunications Technology
  • (TTA) Telecommunications Technology A.A.S.*
  • (TTN) Telecommunications Technology - Verizon A.A.S.*
    * Program inactive / no longer available

Please Note: The completion of a certificate and a degree is not subject to category requirements. Any certificate may be completed with any degree.