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2019-2020 College Catalog 
2019-2020 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

About Kingsborough Community College: Our Mission



Kingsborough Community College responds to the needs of its diverse community by offering high quality, affordable, innovative, student-centered programs of study that prepare graduates for transfer and the workforce.  The college strives for equity and seeks to provide each student with the appropriate resources and supports to foster success.  To these ends, we strive to fulfill the following goals:

  • To offer a superior general education to all degree students
  • To provide programs of study for those intending to transfer and those seeking immediate employment
  • To promote critical reading, writing, and thinking
  • To develop student competence in information literacy, oral communication, quantitative skills, and technological literacy
  • To promote civic engagement, global awareness, civility, and respect for diversity
  • To provide life-long learning opportunities in credit and non-credit programs for the non-traditional as well as the traditional student
  • To provide comprehensive services that address student needs in order to support academic success
  • To respond to the educational, social, cultural, and economic needs of the communities we serve


Kingsborough Community College encourages students to take an active role in their own learning.  The College strives for high quality and continuous improvement in all areas related to student learning, including academic programs, teaching, student services, administration and support, and the campus environment. 


Kingsborough Community College values:

Respect Civility, acceptance, appreciation, and support of individual differences
Diversity The proactive fostering of greater inclusion and ultimately equity at every level of college life
Integrity Fair and ethical standards in all policies, procedures, and practices
Excellence High quality teaching, student services, administration, and community engagement; and high standards for student    achievement
Accountability   Taking responsibility for our actions and outcomes
Innovation Creative thinking and approaches that enhance learning and support continuous improvement


Founded in 1963, Kingsborough Community College of the City University of New York is a comprehensive community college that serves approximately 30,000 students per year, offering a wide range of credit and non-credit courses in the liberal arts and career education, as well as a number of specialized programs. Kingsborough serves a widely diverse student population, represented by 142 national backgrounds and 73 national languages, and ranks among the top community colleges in the country in associate degrees awarded to minority students. The college is located on a breathtaking 70-acre campus in Manhattan Beach, on the southern tip of Brooklyn, New York. The campus overlooks three bodies of water– Sheepshead Bay, Jamaica Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.

What We Offer

Kingsborough Community College is a comprehensive community college, offering a broad array of educational opportunities in line with its current mission: preparation for transfer to a four-year institution, career development, general education, adult and continuing education, and support services. The college provides developmental courses and English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction to better prepare all students to successfully complete their academic programs.

In addition, Kingsborough offers a number of programs for special populations, including the My Turn Program for senior citizens, College Now, a unique partnership with area high schools that was developed at Kingsborough and is now being replicated by colleges throughout the City, and the Leon M. Goldstein High School for the Sciences, a public school located on the Kingsborough campus.

Academic Calendar

Kingsborough’s academic calendar is divided into two major terms each consisting of a 12-week session followed by an optional 6-week module.  To view the Academic Calendar visit http://www.kingsborough.edu/registrar/academic_calendar.html

Kingsborough – Brooklyn’s Community College

As Brooklyn’s only community college, Kingsborough sponsors hundreds of community events each year that attract visitors to the campus, including art exhibitions, lectures, a free summer music festival, and a performing arts festival.

Looking Toward The Future

Kingsborough Community College is committed to enhancing learning opportunities for the Brooklyn community. The college has been recognized as one of the top four community colleges in the nation by the Aspen Institute’s Community College Excellence Program. Kingsborough Community College is a Leader College of Distinction of Achieving the Dream (ATD), a national network of community colleges focused on the development of committed leadership, use of evidence to improve policies and services, broad campus engagement, systematic institutional improvement, and increasing institutional equity. As a Leader College of Distinction it will allow us to share our success with institutions around the nation and provide access to resources with which to implement new initiatives.

Following its long-standing and exemplary record, Kingsborough will continue to anticipate and respond to the ever-changing needs of its dynamic urban area. As the community experiences economic, social, and occupational shifts, Kingsborough will remain in the forefront to fulfill the needs and expectations of community members.

Supporting Kingsborough Community College

For over fifty years Kingsborough Community College has provided access, excellence and opportunity to countless students in Brooklyn and beyond, while also earning recognition as a nationwide leader among community colleges. As much as these efforts have been fueled by administrative leadership and academic ingenuity, they have also relied on the philanthropic support of Kingsborough’s dedicated donors and partners. Donations to the college support student scholarships, grants, education programs, and other vital initiatives.

When making a gift to Kingsborough, donors have many options to choose from: creating an endowed or named scholarship fund, contributing to existing funds, making a bequest or planned gift, making an unrestricted gift to the KCC Foundation, and many more. To learn about how you can make a philanthropic impact on Kingsborough, contact the Office for College Advancement, at 718-368-4539.

Funding for the college is raised through the Kingsborough Community College Foundation, Inc., a tax exempt 501 (c)(3) philanthropic organization through which individuals, foundation and corporations can make tax exempt gifts to benefit our students, faculty and college. The foundation is governed by an independent Board of Trustees which represents a wide array of prominent industries in New York City. Alumni of the college and key members of the administration also serve on the Board.

The Foundation Office is located in the Kingsborough Community College Office for College Advancement, 2001 Oriental Boulevard, Brooklyn, NY 11235-2398. To reach the Office for College Advancement by phone, call 718-368-4539.


Kingsborough Community College is fully accredited and approved by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). 

All academic programs are registered by the New York State Education Department, The University of the State of New York, Office of Higher Education, 5 North Mezzanine – Education Building, Albany, NY 12234.

Accreditation documentation is available for review in the Office of Academic Affairs, A-218.

In addition, the following program accreditations are in effect:

The Chemical Dependency Program and the Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counseling Certificate are accredited by the National Addiction Studies Accreditation Commission (NASAC), 1001 N. Fairfax, Street Suite 201, Alexandria, VA 22314 and the New York Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS), New York City Office, 501 7th Avenue, New York, NY 10018-5903 and Albany Office, 1450 Western Avenue, Albany, NY 12203-3526.

The Surgical Technology Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL 33756 or phone (727) 210-2350.

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program is accredited by the Commission for the Accreditation of Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), an independent part of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 or phone (703) 684-2782.

The Nursing Program is approved by the New York State Education Department, Office of the Professions, Division of Professional Licensing Services Nurse Unit, 89 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12234-1000 or phone (518) 474-3817, ext. 280, and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326 or phone (404) 975-5000.

Emergency Medical Services Paramedic (EMS-P) Program has probationary accreditation with New York State Department of Health Bureau of Emergency Medical Services, NYS Department of Health, 875 Central Avenue, Albany, NY 12206 or phone (518) 402-0996. The Kingsborough Community College Paramedic Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Education Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Profession (CoAEMSP). Graduates of the Kingsborough Community College Paramedic Program as eligible to take the paramedic examination at the New York State, New York City, and national level. The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) is located at 25400 U.S. Highway 19 N, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763 or phone (727) 210-2350, www.caahep.org As a new program that began Fall 2013, the college has graduated two classes since August 2015.

The Polysomnographic Technology Program has been awarded initial accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation for Polysomnographic Technologist Education (CoA PSG).  The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) is located at 25400 U.S. Highway 19 N, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763 or phone (727) 210-2350, http://www.caahep.org. The Committee on Accreditation for Polysomnographic Technologist Education (CoAPSG) is located at 1711 Frank Avenue, New Bern, NC 28560 or phone (252) 626- 3238. 

In addition to the above accreditations, the College is a member of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), the American Council on Education (ACE), the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT), the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE), the League for Innovation in the Community College, the Community College Humanities Association (CCHA), the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA), and is a Leader College of Distinction for the Achieving the Dream National Reform Network.


The college expects that every Kingsborough student will make consistent and determined progress toward earning a degree, seriously strive to perform well in all courses, spend approximately two hours and five minutes of outside preparation, study, and work for EACH hour of classroom instruction and be committed to taking full advantage of the opportunities the college offers for a quality education. The administration and faculty are concerned with providing education of the highest level of excellence, building basic skills, which will facilitate and encourage further learning, assisting students to develop their individual potentials to their highest levels and helping students establish a firm foundation upon which to build their future careers. Students in all programs follow courses of study designed to provide a sound general education and a carefully developed program of occupational or pre-professional education.

Kingsborough strives to provide courses in scheduled formats that facilitate student success while supporting the most conducive path to timely degree completion. Recognizing the desire to meet the multi-faceted needs of all students, Kingsborough Community College has launched KCC Flex a new initiative to meet the needs of today’s busy students.  KCC Flex offers adult, and non-traditional and stop-out students a combination of alternative and accelerated scheduling, expedited application and admissions processes, dedicated enrollment and academic coaches.  KCC Flex offers a fully online A.A. in Liberal Arts.  In addition to the fully online A.A. in Liberal Arts, Kingsborough offers courses for degree completion through online, day, evening, and weekend formats.  Students enrolled in a degree program other than our fully online A.A. in Liberal Arts, and who require a flexible schedule will need to work closely with designated advisors to plan for a combination of online, day, evening, or weekend classes to complete their course of study.

Graduates who successfully complete the courses prescribed for the program of their choice can earn the degree that plan carries: the Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree, the Associate in Science (A.S.) degree or the Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree. Several one-year certificate programs are also offered.

Effective Fall 2013, The City University of New York implemented the Pathways initiative across its undergraduate colleges. Pathways establishes a new system of general education requirements and new transfer guidelines across CUNY, and by doing so reinforces CUNY’s educational excellence while easing student transfer between CUNY colleges

The Associate in Arts (A.A.)

Candidates for the Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree must satisfactorily complete required credits from a wide range of Liberal Arts subjects. The college offers two Associate in Arts degrees, one in Criminal Justice and the other in Liberal Arts (with concentrations in Children’s Studies, English, General Liberal Arts, Global and Environmental Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Secondary Education, Spanish, and Women’s and Gender Studies).

The Associate in Science (A.S.)

Candidates for the Associate in Science (A.S.) degree follow programs which closely parallel the A.A. program, but have a greater concentration in a single subject area. These programs include Accounting, Biology (with concentrations in Allied Health Transfer Option and Biology Transfer Option), Business Administration, Biotechnology, Chemical Dependency Counseling, Chemistry, Community Health (with concentrations in Gerontology, Health Services Administration, and Health Education and Promotion), Computer Science, Early Childhood Education/Child Care, Earth and Planetary Sciences, Education Studies (with concentrations in Birth – 2nd  Grade and 1st – 6th Grade), Engineering Science, Exercise Science, Fine Arts (with concentrations in Art History, Ceramics, Drawing and Painting, Photography, and Sculpture), Graphic Design and Illustration (with concentrations in Animation and Graphic Design and Illustration), Journalism and Print Media, Mathematics, Media Arts, Mental Health and Human Services (with concentrations in Mental Health, Domestic Violence Counseling and Substance Abuse Counseling [no longer accepting applicants]), Physical Education, Recreation and Recreation Therapy (with concentrations in Recreation and Recreation Therapy and Baccalaureate Transfer Options in Sports Management and Teaching and Physical Education), Physics, Science for Forensics, Speech Communication (with concentrations in Communication Studies and Speech Pathology), or Theatre Arts (with concentrations in Performance and Technical Production).

The Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

Candidates for the Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree follow programs which concentrate in applied fields. The professional fields in which these programs are offered include Computer Information Systems, Culinary Arts (with concentrations in Culinary Arts and Baking and Pastry), Fashion Design, Emergency Medical Services – Paramedic, Maritime Technology, Nursing, Physical Therapist Assistant, Polysomnographic Technology, Surgical Technology, The Business of Fashion, and Tourism and Hospitality (with concentrations in Hotel Management, Sports Management [no longer accepting applicants], and Tourism).

Certificate Programs

Kingsborough’s certificate programs are designed to provide students with focused in-depth study and professional training.  Certificate Programs are available in Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counseling and Culinary Arts.

Facilities Supporting Academic Programs

Consistent with its Mission Statement, Kingsborough Community College takes pride in providing comprehensive services that address student needs in order to support academic success. Our facilities support our varied academic programs. The Office of Information Technology Services (ITS), working in collaboration with Academic Affairs, aims to promote the effective integration of technology into teaching and learning. ITS manages the hardware and software for all computer labs with 1,530 desktop computers, including smart boards, podium systems, and 950 wireless thin clients in 21 computerized classrooms. These labs serve to meet a wide variety of academic needs and are as varied as a diesel lab, a fashion design lab, graphic design lab equipped with Macs, and math and computer science labs. The Language Learning Labs provide students with specialized instruction in Arabic, Chinese, French, Italian and Spanish. In addition, the College opened a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) lab as well as a Center for Academic Writing Success (CAWS) which recently expand their student facilities and capacity, reading lounge areas, classrooms and tutoring cubicles.

The 6,550 gallon shark tank, along with five other aquarium tanks containing a host of aquatic species, and other museum quality displays relating to marine and terrestrial biology, support biology courses. There are two research labs for biology and physical sciences that support research scholars programs.

The Nursing Labs are provided with actual hospital beds and equipment simulators as well as medical mannequin simulators (including pediatric, pregnant and adult mannequins). A new state-of-the-art Simulation Center for Emergency Care and the Health Sciences uses the latest high-fidelity human mannequins and actual ambulances for instruction. Surgical technology students are provided with a mock operating room where lectures are given and they receive hands-on training on medical procedures with specialized mannequins.

The award-winning Health, Physical Education and Recreation Center building contains two large gymnasiums with retractable bleachers, indoor tracks, a 26 meter swimming pool (with depths ranging from 3 feet to 12 feet), a racquetball court, a fitness center with state-of-the art cardio equipment, a separate free-weight room, yoga rooms and dance studios. The gymnasiums accommodate basketball courts, tennis courts, and volleyball courts. The exterior tennis courts have been newly refinished and there are two new baseball fields and a soccer field on artificial turf.

Art students are provided with numerous fine art studios, a photography dark room, a ceramics studio with four (4) electric kilns and two (2) gas kilns, and state-of-the-art digital Mac labs for Graphic Design, Illustration, Animation, and Digital Photography classes. The Art Gallery serves the Kingsborough and local communities through rotating exhibits of historical and contemporary artists, as well as annual faculty and student exhibitions.

The Culinary Management Center and the Oceanview Room are fully equipped cooking facilities with a realistic restaurant setting for students training in the culinary arts.

The Tourism and Hospitality program labs house software used to train students. The Opera Property Management System (PMS) Software, an industry leading system, trains students for jobs in hotel management. Virtual Enterprise MarketMaker trains students to create and operate their own virtual business. SABRE GDS (Global Distribution System) is a multi-disciplined reservation system used for making reservations for airlines, car rentals, hotels, etc.

Kingsborough’s Radio Station, WKRB 90.3, serves as both an instructional lab and a fully functional station. The state-of-the-art facility incorporates three studios, an Audio Editing suite and a Smart Classroom that accommodates 20 students. The Television Studio functions as an instructional lab with a tapeless HD workflow, incorporating three full-HD cameras, a Grass Valley video switcher, graphics and theatrical lighting system. The Multimedia Editing Lab provides opportunities for students to practice skills in remote camera operation, lighting for remotes, and editing for both video and audio. Adjacent space serves as a new distribution hub for remote/field equipment for camera and lighting instruction and practicum.

The Lighthouse Theater serves as the primary production laboratory for the theatre arts program where students practice the skills that they have learned in acting, design, technical theatre, voice, musical theatre, history and general theatre coursework. The Scene Shop is a technical theatre and theatrical design classroom and laboratory where students practice skills in lighting and scenic design, as well as electrics, carpentry, stage management, and other areas of technical theatre. The Acting Studio provides a space for students to learn the crafts of acting, voice, movement and musical theatre, serving as the theatre program’s main rehearsal space.

The College has two boats that are used for training and hands-on experience that are accessible from the college’s dock, which is located on campus.

The Robert J. Kibbee Library and Media Center contain collections of books and publications that are made available to students in support of their academic goals.

Kingsborough also offers a computerized testing facility with more than 150 stations.

Kingsborough’s open computer labs are designed for multidisciplinary use by registered students and provide a comfortable study and research lounge area. Student Help Desks support students’ varying technological needs and are an ever-present access point for students to use and receive assistance with technology for academic purposes. Staff members in these locations provide assistance with general information, computer and Wi-Fi access, student email access and password reset, and free on-campus printing. To facilitate access to education materials and programs, online assistance is available to students for log-in to, password retrieval for, and navigation to Inside Kingsborough, the mobile access site for all web-enabled devices, KBCC Mobile, Kingsborough’s mobile app, KBAM, access management for self-services-tools, the CUNY portal, the University portal, CUNYfirst, the student information system, and Blackboard, the learning management system.

Our spaces support the infrastructure for teaching and learning, scholarship and research. Although the list above is not a totally inclusive listing, it is indicative of the range of facilities we provide to support our academic endeavors.