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2018-2019 College Catalog 
2018-2019 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Degree Requirements

To satisfy the requirements for the associate degrees a variety of requirements must be satisfied. While some are applicable to all degrees others are specific to individual majors. Refer to details found later in this catalog.

In general, the requirements will include:

  1. College Requirements
    1. Successful completion of or exemption from the CUNY Assessment Tests in Reading, Writing and ACCUPLACER CUNY Assessment Test in Math and successful completion of any required developmental courses
    2. Writing Intensive Course - One (1) course
    3. Civic Engagement - Two (2) Civic Engagement experiences
  2. CUNY Pathways Common Core
    1. Required Core - Depending on the major, credits in English Composition, Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning, and Life and Physical Sciences
    2. Flexible Core - Courses in World Cultures and Global Issues, U.S. Experience in its Diversity, Creative Expression, Individual and Society, and Scientific World
  3. Requirements of the Major and Elective Credits
    Specified courses as required for the major by the academic department for each degree program as well as any electives
  4. Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA)
    A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00 on Degree and Certificate programs
  5. Matriculated Status
    Must be matriculated during the last term of attendance at Kingsborough
  6. Residency
    30 credits must be completed in residency at Kingsborough
  7. Minimum Credits for the Degree
    A minimum of 60 credits is required for all degree programs. However, some programs require additional credits. Consult the pages within this catalog for the credit information on each major.


Some degree programs may have their own grade regulations for course enrollment and/or continuation in the program. A review of degree requirements occurs during registration advisement and can be verified on the Student Advisement Degree Audit.

Writing Intensive Courses

CUNY’s Writing Across the Curriculum Program was established in 1999 through a Board of Trustees resolution “to ensure that writing instruction is regarded as a common responsibility and that the development of writing proficiency becomes a focus of the entire undergraduate curriculum.” In Fall 2010, Kingsborough made a commitment to writing in all the disciplines. Students who entered Kingsborough or changed their major in or after Fall 2010 must complete at least one writing intensive course before graduation. While there are a variety of options for fulfilling the writing intensive requirement, writing intensive sections are only offered in the fall and spring sessions.

Writing intensive courses are identified as such in the course attribute field of the Class Search section in CUNYfirst.

Civic Engagement

Kingsborough accepts as a fundamental principle that education requires social awareness, an acceptance of social responsibility and active participation in meeting the challenges of a modern society. Through civic engagement, we recognize our mutual responsibility to care for each other in the college, in our communities, and on our planet. This responsibility may be accomplished through political activity, community service, engagement in leadership roles, advocacy, or becoming informed on issues that relate to social change. Therefore, civic engagement at Kingsborough seeks to foster civic awareness while providing the skills needed for our students to actively participate in their communities.

How Students Will Satisfy the Civic Engagement Requirement

Beginning Fall 2013, students are required to have a minimum of two (2) civic engagement experiences before graduation. No additional courses are needed to fulfill this requirement. Please see an academic advisor before registering. There are three ways to satisfy this requirement:

  1. Certified Civic Engagement (CE) Course
    Certain courses required for the major, and/or to fulfill the CUNY Core, include civic engagement as essential and integral to their learning outcomes. In such a course, a student must pass the course to satisfy one of their CE experiences. These courses are indicated on CUNYfirst.
  2. Component Civic Engagement (CE) Course
    A portion of some courses’ contents—particular topics, chapters, activities, field trips—is devoted to civic engagement. Such a course offers students an opportunity to link academic concepts and a commitment to the community. This option will require approval from the Office of Academic Affairs, A-218.
  3. Non-Course Related Civic Engagement (CE)
    Students who wish to satisfy a civic engagement experience independent of a Kingsborough course must obtain prior approval. Non-course-related experiences will be publicized as they become available. *Please note that this option is currently ONLY available for select non-course related experiences such as Service Learning opportunities (for further information go to https://www.kbcc.cuny.edu/service_learning/Pages/default.aspx) or participation in campus events such as ECO-Fest.