General Education

SUNYIT is dedicated to the idea that a baccalaureate degree should not only prepare students to enter the work force, but also to take part fully in today’s society. SUNYIT strongly believes that its graduates should be aware of life’s complex nature in the 21st century. They should have sufficient understanding of the present major issues and problems, so they may make informed choices in politics, in professional pursuits, and in personal endeavors.

To help achieve this, SUNYIT encourages its students to create three major areas of thinking within themselves. The first is an appreciation of the scientific method and the scope of scientific achievement. The second is a familiarity with the diverse traditions, institutions, and cultural expressions of our modern world. The third is an understanding of each person as an emotional, ethical, rational, and creative being. Since our age is marked by rapid change and specialization, SUNYIT recognizes the compelling need of its students to think so they can easily see the connections that do exist among the distinctive actions of the people and world around us. Each program of study at SUNYIT has adapted its curriculum to help students achieve this type of comprehensive education.

SUNYIT, as a member of the larger SUNY system, has adopted the SUNY General Education Plan which requires that every student complete a minimum of 30 credit hours of approved General Education courses in categories as follows: mandated for all students is one Mathematics course and one Basic Communication course; in addition, students must take at least one course in each of FIVE of the remaining Eight categories. Please consult the list below for SUNY approved courses meeting these categories.

SUNY General Education Categories

The following list of SUNY Institute of Technology arts & sciences courses fulfill SUNY general education requirements as noted below.


  • MAT 111 College Mathematics
  • MAT 112 Elements of Calculus
  • MAT 115 Finite Mathematics for Computer Science
  • MAT 120 Precalculus
  • MAT 121 Calculus for Engineering Technology I
  • MAT 151 Calculus I
  • STA 100 Statistical Methods

Basic Communication

  • ENG 101 Freshman Composition
  • ENG 105 Critical Reading & Writing

Natural Sciences

  • AST 222 Astronomy
  • BIO 101 Introduction to Biology
  • BIO 103 Biology I
  • BIO 105 Introduction to Ecology
  • BIO 110 Anatomy & Physiology I
  • BIO 111 Anatomy & Physiology II
  • BIO 122 Insects & Society
  • BIO 130 Plant Biology
  • BIO 145 Biology of Dinosaurs
  • BIO 215 Anatomy & Physiology I
  • BIO 216 Anatomy & Physiology II
  • BIO 222 Nutrition and Health
  • BIO 224 Biology of Aging
  • BIO 225 Biology of the Sexes
  • BIO 310 Evolution
  • BIO 351 Introduction to Genetics
  • CHE 110 Essentials of Chemistry
  • ENV 115 Introduction to Physical Geology
  • ENV 210 Weather and Climate
  • PHY 101 General Physics I
  • PHY 201 Calculus Based Physics I

Social Sciences

  • ANT 301 General Anthropology
  • ANT 302 Biological Anthropology: Contemporary Issues
  • ANT 303 Cultural Diversity
  • ANT 310 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
  • COM 262 Online Politics
  • ECO 110 Microeconomics
  • ECO 330 Economics of Aging
  • POS 110 American Public Policy
  • POS 252 The Politics of Life and Death
  • POS 262 Online Politics
  • POS 321 State and Local Government
  • POS 330 World Politics
  • POS 340 Elections and Political Behavior
  • POS 341 American Politics and Communication Technology
  • POS 342 Constitutional Law
  • PSY 100 Principles of Psychology
  • SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology
  • SOC 110 Social Problems
  • STS 360 Science, Technology, and Politics

American History

For all Students:

  • HIS 101 American History: Colonies to Reconstruction
  • HIS 102 American History: Reconstruction to the Present
  • HIS 330 American Women’s History
  • IDS 304 Technology in American History

For Students Scoring Above 84 on NYS Regents in American History:

  • HIS 308 Latinos in American History

Western Civilization

  • HIS 150 History of Modern Europe
  • HIS 306 History of Science and Technology
  • HIS 317 Topics in Black History
  • HIS 360 Environmental History
  • HIS 370 Western Civilization and the World
  • HIS 375 Gender Issues in World History (pending)
  • HUM 220 Introduction to Social Political Thought
  • IDS 400 Prominent Themes in Western Civilization Since the Renaissance
  • IDS 401 Contemporary World Views

Other World Civilizations

  • ENG 211 Art & Cultural Revolution
  • HIS 306 History of Science and Technology
  • HIS 240 Latin American Civilizations
  • HIS 370 Western Civilization and the World
  • HIS 375 Gender Issues in World History
  • PHI 130 World Religions


  • ART 350 History of American Art
  • COM 315 Theater and Communication
  • COM 316 Media and Communication
  • ENG 110 Introduction to Literature
  • ENG 211 Art & Cultural Revolution
  • ENG 310 Topics in American Literature
  • ENG 311 Topics in World Literature
  • ENG 312 Studies in the Short Story
  • ENG 320 Recent American Poetry
  • ENG 331 Black Voices
  • ENG 350 Dramatic Literature
  • ENG 360 Reading the Film
  • ENG 361 Film Direction: Alfred Hitchcock
  • ENG 362 Aging in Literature and Film
  • ENG 375 The Novel
  • HIS 150 History of Modern Europe
  • HIS 306 History of Science and Technology
  • HIS 307 History of Science and Technology Since Newton
  • HIS 317 Topics in Black History
  • HUM 110 Humanities and Postmodern World
  • IDS 204 Understanding Human Nature
  • IDS 301 Monsters, Robots, Cyborgs
  • IDS 302 Postmodernism and Popular Culture
  • IDS 311 Humor and Comedy in Society
  • PHI 350 Technology and Ethics

** Courses listed under the Humanities requirement can ONLY be used to fulfill the Humanities requirement and cannot be double counted.

*IDS 201 Perspectives on Knowledge

*IDS 102 Nature and Culture

*IDS 103 Science, Technology, and Human Values

*See description of the Enhanced General Education Core.

The Arts

  • ART 120 Studio Art: Visual and/or Performing
  • ART 135 Drawing
  • ART 140 Painting-Technique and Style
  • ART 210 Principles of Two Dimensional Design
  • ART 341 Painting II-Technique and Style
  • ART 350 History of American Art
  • COM 212 Digital Photography and Imaging
  • COM 315 Theater and Communication
  • ENG 205 Creative Writing
  • IDS 435 Art and Technology
  • MUS 300 Music Appreciation
  • MUS 301 SUNY Jazz
  • MUS 302 Choral Performance
  • THR 120 Studio Art: Visual and/or Performing
  • THR 300 Theater Production

Foreign Language

  • CHI 101 Elementary Chinese
  • FRE 101 Elementary French
  • JPN 101 Elementary Japanese
  • SPA 101 Elementary Spanish
  • SPA 102 Intermediate Spanish

SUNYIT Liberal Arts & Sciences Degree Requirements
In addition to the SUNY General Education requirement, the New York State Education Department (SED)requires that every college degree program include a specific number of credit hours in the Liberal Arts & Sciences. As approved by the SED, SUNYIT’s degree programs have the following Liberal Arts & Sciences credit hour requirements:

  • 40 credit hours of Liberal Arts & Sciences for a Bachelor of Professional Studies (BPS)
  • 60 credit hours of Liberal Arts & Sciences for a Bachelor of Science (BS) and Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA)
  • 90 credit hours of Liberal Arts & Sciences for a Bachelor of Arts (BA)

SUNYIT Campus Liberal Arts & Sciences Degree Requirements
As an Institute of Technology, SUNYIT values the role of Natural Science as an enrichment of our curriculum and understands the importance of good communication skills in any field. For these reasons, SUNYIT has implemented two local requirements as follows: 

Natural Science Requirement
Each undergraduate student must successfully complete a Natural Science course of 3(or more) credits in order to complete their program of study at the Institute.

Writing Requirement
Based upon the recommendation of the President’s Blue Ribbon Panel on Basic Skills (1984), SUNYIT adopted a campus Writing Requirement. To meet this requirement:

Each student must successfully complete ENG 101 “English Composition” and at least ONE upper division writing course (e.g. COM 240, COM 306, COM 307, COM 308, COM 311, COM 350, COM 353, COM 400) to ensure a professional level of writing competency.

SUNYIT also established the Writing Faculty Committee to oversee the implementation of this requirement and to create an appropriate test-out procedure for those students interested in challenging the required writing courses for credit. Each semester the current registration booklet identifies the courses that meet the writing requirement and provides the procedure for challenging a course through the test-out.

Enhanced General Education Core
SUNYIT offers freshmen the opportunity to complete a significant portion of the general education requirements via a core sequence of coursework that integrates four general education requirements into three courses. The three courses are IDS 102 “Art and Culture,” IDS 103 “Science, Technology, and Human Values,” and IDS 201, “Perspectives on Knowledge.” Students who complete all three core courses will have satisfied four general education areas: Western Civilization, Other World Civilizations, Humanities, and The Arts. The three core courses do not need to be taken in sequence, and students who complete only one or two of the core courses should review the following list to determine the general education credit they have earned:

Taken alone –

  • IDS 102 Art and Culture = Humanities
  • IDS 103 Science Technology and Human Values = Humanities
  • IDS 201 Perspectives on Knowledge = Humanities

Combinations –

  • IDS 102 + IDS 103 + IDS 201 = Western Civilization, Other World Civilization, Humanities, & The Arts
  • IDS 102 + IDS 201 = Humanities & The Arts
  • IDS 102 + IDS 103 = Humanities & Other World Civilization
  • IDS 103 + IDS 201 = Humanities & Other World Civilization

Foreign Language Requirement
Credit for the SUNYIT General Education Foreign Language Requirement may be issued to students who have done one of the following:

  1. Satisfactorily completed a one-semester FL course at SUNYIT;
  2. Satisfactorily completed and transferred a college-level FL course from another institution (upon receipt of official transcript);
  3. Earned a score of 3 or higher on FL AP exam (upon receipt of official transcript); 
  4. Earned a satisfactory score on an approved FL test via the normal Test-Out Policy.

NOTE: There may be overlap between courses meeting the SUNY General Education Requirements, Liberal Arts/Sciences Requirements, and some Program Core Requirements but a student may receive course credits only once even if multiple requirements are satisfied by a single course.