Individual Studies A.S.

The Individual Studies degree option provides students with a great deal of flexibility to develop their own course of study. Course concentration is divided mainly among the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Math/Science disciplines with a large number of electives and free electives completing the curriculum. Sixty credits are needed to receive the Associate in Science (A.S.) in the Individual Studies Program. This program can be used either by students who are unsure of their plans and need flexibility to explore educational options, or by adult learners who wish to develop their own personally planned course of study (approved by the College) because of special educational needs and career goals. A.S. degree students usually have a strong concentration in Math/Science. The A.S. degree in Individual Studies is also intended to prepare students for transfer to similar four year baccalaureate programs. Admission to the Individual Studies Program is selective. Students who would like to pursue this degree must complete the Individual Studies Degree Application.

Discipline Category Descriptions

Minimum Degree Requirements (60 credits)
English (6 credits)
ENG 101 English Composition
ENG 102 Literature & Composition
Humanities (3 Credits)
--------> Humanities elective
History or Social Science (6 Credits)
--------> History or Social Science electives
Math or Science (11-12 Credits)

Any MAT courses above 100   or
Any 4-credit natural science courses with a lab


Individual Studies Electives (3-4 Credits) 

College credited courses from above disciplines,
as per advisement


Free Electives (30 Credits) 
--------> Any courses that receive college credit

All students in this degree program must complete courses in 7 of 10 SUNY General Education categories, 2 competency areas, and 30 credits of General Education courses. 

Degree Requirements Worksheets

Students who earn an Individual Studies A.S. degree are prepared to transfer into a bachelor's degree program in a variety of areas, based on each student's focus of study.

Graduates of the program who follow an established transfer pathway may enter into one of the following programs at our partner institution, SUNY Canton:

  • Health & Fitness Promotion (Business Track)
  • Health & Fitness Promotion (Science Track)


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