College of Staten Island
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Pathways
 Pathways Structure

The Pathways Common Core Curriculum (30 credits):

I) Required Core [12 credits] & II) Flexible Core [18 credits].

Pathways provides a set of General Education Requirements that every student, starting in Fall 2013, must complete to earn an associate in arts (AA), associate in science (AS) or bachelor’s degree from CUNY. Additionally, students in bachelor’s degree programs must meet the College Option requirement.

Students pursuing AAS degrees may not have to fulfill all 30 credits of the Common Core.

*Select AS, AAS, and BS degree programs have received waivers and exceptions that allow CSI to specify courses that must be completed in the Common Core.

I) The Required Common Core (12 Credits, 4 Courses):

Credits/Hours

Requirement

Courses

Notes

6/8

English Composition

ENG 111, ENG151

6 credits of "English Composition"

3/3

Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning

Options Vary. Selected course should be consistent with major and/or degree plan.

3 credits, and in the case of **STEM variants, 4 or more credits of "Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning."

3/3

Life and Physical Science

Options Vary. Students in BS/STEM majors must select STEM options consistent with their major/degree.

3 credits, and in the case of STEM variants, 4 credits of "Life and Physical Sciences."
Non-STEM baccalaureate degree seeking students should select a course that has a 1cr/2hr lab as co-requisite in College Option.

Courses that fulfill each of these areas are listed at http://www.csi.cuny.edu/catalog/undergraduate/pathways-general-education-requirements.htm#o3546

II) The Flexible Common Core (18 Credits, 6 Courses):

To reach the required total of 6 courses, students in AA, AS and bachelor’s degree programs must complete at least one course in each of the five Flexible Core areas and an additional sixth course in one of them. Students can complete no more than two courses from any one discipline (e.g. History or English) or interdisciplinary field (e.g. Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies or International Studies).

Credits/Hours

Requirement

Courses

Notes

3/3

World Cultures and Global Issues

Options Vary. Selected course should be consistent with major and/or degree plan. A foreign language may be required, per the corresponding note.

Students in an AA, BA, or select BS degree programs must satisfy the 112-level of foreign language. If exempt from the 112-level, students may select any other course, including a 112-level course in a different language.

3/3

U.S. Experience in its Diversity

COR 100: United States Issues Ideas and Institutions is required for all students who began their academic career at CSI.

Non-CSI transfer students may satisfy this requirement with alternative USED courses from their prior CUNY coursework. However, if possible, these students are encouraged to complete COR 100 as their flexible sixth course.

3/3

Creative Expression

Options vary. One course from a list of approved Art, Communications, and Music courses that qualify as liberal arts and sciences courses.

HON 121: The Arts in New York City is only open to First-semester students in the Macaulay Honors College University Scholars Program

3/3

Individual and Society

Options vary. One course from a list of approved Social Scientific Analysis courses including Economics, History, Philosophy, Psychology, and Sociology. 

Students are able to select courses that can also satisfy prerequisite or pre-major requirements for their degree. Further discussion with an advisor is recommended.

3/3

Scientific World

Options Vary. Students in BS/STEM majors must select STEM options consistent with their major/degree.

3 credits, and in the case of STEM variants,

4 credits of "Scientific World."

Non-STEM baccalaureate degree seeking students should select a course that has a 1cr/2hr lab as co-requisite in College Option.

3/3

Any additional bucket

One course chosen from any of the five buckets.

Non-CSI transfer students that did not complete COR 100 for USED are encouraged to complete it for this requirement.

For BS/STEM majors, an additional STEM course chosen from appropriately-designated Scientific World options are applicable. Further discussion with an advisor is recommended.

Courses that fulfill each of these Flexible Core areas are listed at http://www.csi.cuny.edu/catalog/undergraduate/pathways-general-education-requirements.htm#o7875

III) The College Option: In addition to the 30-credit Common Core, students in bachelor’s degree programs also must fulfill the College Option requirements specified by their college.

The "College Option” allows a Baccalaureate-granting institution, such as the College of Staten Island, to require up to an additional 12 credits for general education.
For ***transfer students, this requirement can be reduced to 6 or 9 credits. For some students in majors that are accredited by outside agencies these credits may not be required. Please pay careful attention to the criteria detailed in the CSI’s College Option for Transfer Students notes below.

The designation “BA” majors refers to all BA students and BS students whose major currently requires the 114-level or 2nd level of language proficiency (BS in Art, Business/International Business concentration, Communications, Dramatic Arts, Music,  and Social Work.” “BS” would be all STEM majors and BS majors not covered by the previous definition.


Cr/hr

BA Majors

BS Majors

4cr/4hr

Social Scientific Analysis (BA & BS majors)

3-4cr/3-4hr

TALA-Textual, Aesthetic, & Linguistic Analysis (BA & BS majors)

1cr/2hr

Science lab to accompany Life and Physical Sciences (BA & BS majors)

1cr/2hr

Science lab to accompany Scientific World (BA & BS majors)

 

3cr/4hr

For BA Majors:
A 114-level language course or, if exempt, an additional TALA or Social Scientific Analysis course.

For BS Majors: STEM credits.
Additional STEM variant options, beyond those used to satisfy Required and/or Flexible Common Core, selected from Mathematical & Quantitative Analysis, Life & Physical Sciences, and Scientific World may be used to satisfy this requirement. 

Courses that fulfill each of these areas of the College Option are listed at http://www.csi.cuny.edu/catalog/undergraduate/pathways-general-education-requirements.htm#o7880

NOTES:

*Pathways Waivers & Exceptions: For Macaulay Honors College, Business (AAS), Computer Technology (AAS), Electrical Engineering Technology (AAS), and the Nursing (AAS) program please refer to the specific section of the Catalog addressing the Pathways General Education requirements for these programs.

The Engineering Science (AS) program, the Medical Technology (BS) program, and the Nursing (BS) program have received waivers from CUNY to specify particular courses students must take in STEM areas of the Common Core, Flexible Core and/or the College Option. If students take different courses other than those specified in these areas, they will be certified as having completed the Pathways General Education areas, but it may not be possible for them to finish their degree program within the regular number of credits. Please refer to the specific section of the Catalog addressing the Pathways General Education requirements for these programs.

**STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. At CSI, the STEM disciplines are represented by the following majors: Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering Science, Information Systems, Mathematics, and Physics.

***CSI’s College Option for Transfer Students (For CUNY information on the College Option, please click here.)

Transfer Students are defined as students entering CSI after attending other colleges or universities, either CUNY or Non-CUNY, and as continuing CSI students in the associate division that enter the baccalaureate division either by:

  • Meeting he baccalaureate criteria and declaring a baccalaureate major at any point in their academic career;
  • Completing an associate’s degree and continuing on for a bachelor’s degree.

Criteria 1: Students who transfer in to or within CSI with 30 or fewer credits must complete 12 College Option credits and all the requirements below, including the requirement to take 6 credits at the 200-level in the Common Core and College Option combined that satisfy Social Scientific Analysis and TALA, as well as the Contemporary World and Pluralism & Diversity requirements;

Criteria 2: Students who transfer in to or within CSI with more than 30 credits but without an Associate Degree must complete a minimum of 9 College Option credits. If they have not done so as part of their prior academic record, then this will include completing at least one 200-level Social Scientific Analysis or TALA course that also satisfies the Contemporary World and/or Pluralism & Diversity requirements;

Criteria 3: Students who transfer in to or within CSI with a completed Associate Degree must complete a minimum of 6 College Option credits. If they have not done so as part of their prior academic record, then these students are encouraged to complete at least 6 credits of 200-level courses from Social Scientific Analysis and/or TALA listings and, whenever possible, also satisfy the Contemporary World and Pluralism & Diversity requirements.