Advisement for SUNY General Education Requirements
The SUNY General Education Requirement (SUNY-GER) enables students to acquire knowledge and skills that are useful and important for all educated persons, regardless of their jobs and professions.
The SUNY-GER is required for all bachelor’s degree candidates.* Every four-year SUNY campus has a general education curriculum that reflects the SUNY-GER and is designed to provide a solid foundation for your college education and make transfers within SUNY as smooth and seamless as possible.
How SUNY-GER Works
If you entered SUNY in fall 2010 or later, to earn a SUNY bachelor’s degree, you must earn 30 credits in at least seven of the following ten SUNY-GER subject areas, and demonstrate two competencies:
- Basic Communication (required)
- Mathematics (required)
- Natural Sciences
- Social Sciences
- American History
- Western Civilization
- Other World Civilizations
- The Arts
- Foreign Language
- Critical Thinking (required)
- Information Management (required)
*If you entered SUNY between fall 1998 and fall 2009, you may need to complete a course in each of the ten areas, but your advisor may be able to tell you about other options. If you entered SUNY before fall 1998, the SUNY-GER may not apply. A very limited number of majors at some four-year campuses may not require the entire SUNY-GER. Check with your intended four-year campus for more information.
How to Fulfill Your SUNY-GER
Students who know where they wish to transfer within SUNY should seek advisement on the best set of courses to take as many individual SUNY campuses also have local general education requirements which could significantly impact optimal course selection. In general, if you earn a grade of C or higher in a SUNY-GER course, you will have satisfied the general education component for that course at every SUNY campus.
Students completing A.A. and A.S. programs must complete 30 credits of SUNY-GER courses prior to graduation in 7 of the 10 general education knowledge areas listed above. Courses in Basic Communication and Math are required categories which all students within these programs must complete.
To view the complete list of approved SUNY Broome courses meeting SUNY General Education requirements, go to:
Students may search for approved SUNY-GER courses by selecting the appropriate Course Attribute on the SUNY Broome course schedule.