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Students who graduate from Bronx Community College fulfill New York State Education Department (SED) requirements for courses in the liberal arts and sciences in four subject areas: humanities, social sciences, mathematics and natural sciences. Each BCC program meets the percentage of liberal arts and science credits that SED requires for associate degrees:

Associate in Arts (AA): 45 credits (3/4 of coursework)
Associate in Science (AS): 30 credits (1/2 of coursework)
Associate in Applied Science (AAS): 20 credits (1/3 of coursework)

The courses that fulfill these requirements are indicated according to degree program for each major within the categories of Pathways Common Core Requirements and Required Areas of Study. Some programs also include some of these courses within Specialization Requirements. General education objectives at BCC are reflected in the statement that was approved by the College Senate to emphasize general education goals for all students in all curricula.

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