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AS Degree – Code #0688

Matt Hollis Program Director
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This program offered on campus or online will give you the opportunity to explore majors, career options, and futures.  It is also excellent preparation for transfer into four-year programs or various colleges and universities, and can be tailored to fulfill a career goal that cannot be met by traditional program offerings.


  • Flexibility to choose online courses that fit your needs.
  • Ability to sample or select courses from different fields.
  • Excellent preparation for transfer or tailoring to specific goals.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

  • Create written communication (including the appropriate use of technology) appropriate for degree type and level that meets standards of style, clarity, and grammatical correctness as described in the Writing Rubric.
  • Demonstrate oral communication proficiency.
  • Demonstrate foundational knowledge required to be an informed citizen in a global community by successfully completing ("D" or better) seven of the 10 SUNY General Education skill areas.
  • Complete 15 credit hours in a career area concentration and describe their coherent sequence of study and transfer focus.
  • Critical thinking (problem-solving, reasoning skills appropriate to degree level and type).
  • Use library, online, and other resources to locate and evaluate scholarly articles and other research materials. Perform the basic operations of personal computer use, understand and use basic research techniques and locate, evaluate, and synthesize information from a variety of sources.
  • Demonstrate competence in arithmetic, algebra, geometry, data analysis, and quantitative reasoning. Employ basic problem-solving strategies.

Direct Entry Into Baccalaureate Degree Programs

Alfred State individual studies graduates may enter directly into either the interdisciplinary studies BTech or the technology management BBA degree program.

Employment Statistics

Employment and continuing education rate of 100 percent – 25 percent are employed; 75 percent continued their education.

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Entrance Requirements/recommendations

Required: Algebra

Recommended: Geometry, Biology

Office of Accessibility Services

Students who believe they need a reasonable accommodation to properly participate in this program may contact Melanie Ryan in the Office of Accessibility Services. This office may be contacted by email at  or by phone at 607-587-4506. Please keep in mind that some accommodations may take time to implement, so students seeking accommodations are encouraged to contact OAS as early as possible.

Individual Studies - AS Degree



ASDC xxxx College & Life Skills, Methods of Inquiry, Academic Literacy, or Career Exploration 1-3
COMP 1503 Writing Studies 3
XXXX xxx3 Gen. Education Math Elective 3
XXXX xxx3 Gen. Education Elective* 3
XXXX xxx3 Career Area 3
XXXX xxx3 Elective 3


GLST 2113 Global & Diverse Perspectives 3
XXXX xxx3 Gen. Education Elective Natural Science* 3
XXXX xxx3 Career Area 3
XXXX xxx3 Elective 3
HPED xxx1 Phys Ed Elective 1
XXXX xxx3 Career Area Elective 3


SPCH 1083 Public Speaking 3
 XXXX xxx3 Elective 3
 XXXX xxx3 Applied Learning Elective 3
 XXXX xxx3 Gen. Education Elective* 3
 XXXX xxx3 Gen. Education Elective* 
 XXXX xxx3 Liberal Arts Elective 3


XXXX xxx3 Career Area  3
XXXX xxx3 Career Area  3
IDST 4102  Individual Studies Capstone 2
XXXX xxx3 Gen. Education Elective* 3
XXXX xxx3 Gen. Education/LAS Elective* 
XXXX xxx3 Liberal Arts Elective 3

*Depending on student's career area, additional general education and/or liberal arts credits may be needed to reach the 30-credit-hour requirement of each. If met by career area courses, these are open electives.

Graduation Requirements

  • A minimum of 61 hours is required for graduation, with a cumulative index of 2.0.
  • Students must have a clear career or transfer focus with at least 15 credit hours, with a 2.0 GPA
  • Students must complete at least 30 liberal arts and sciences credits