CUNY Common Core — Pathways

CUNY Common Core — Pathways

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      What are Pathways?

      Pathways courses are the general education requirements for the entire CUNY system (also known as the CUNY Common Core). Thirty of the 60 credits required for an Associate degree must be from Pathways-approved courses. Due to the Pathways-approved courses that make up the curriculum, you’ll be able to complete several of the CUNY Common Core requirements by the end of your .

      You can think of Pathways courses as being made up of two essential buckets: in one bucket, is a mandatory core of 12 credits; in the other bucket, is a “flexible” core of 18 credits. Each core is further divided into categories by subject matter and area of study.

      Importantly, once you earn Pathways credits at Guttman, they’ll carry over seamlessly if you transfer to another CUNY college. Also, fulfilling a Common Core area requirement at one CUNY college means that requirement is met at any other CUNY college.

      Specific requirements for both cores – mandatory and flexible – in all of their respective categories are presented in the tables below. Pathways also have aligned gateway courses for a number of popular majors.

      CUNY Common Core Requirements (12 credits/4 courses)Guttman Common Core Requirement Course Options
      English Composition (2 courses)ENGL 103 Composition I
      ENGL 203 Composition II
      Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning
      (1 course)
      Math 103 Statistics; OR
      MATH 103A and MATH 103B Statistics
      MATH 120 College Algebra & Trigonometry
      MATH 120.5 College Algebra & Trigonometry with Lab
      MATH 201: Pre-Calculus (STEM Variant)
      Life and Physical Sciences (1 course)*BIOL 122 Introduction to Life and Environmental Science
      BIOL 211 General Biology I (STEM variant)
      BIOL 212 Human Biology (STEM variant)
      CHEM 120 Introduction to Biological Chemistry (STEM Variant)
      CUNY Flexible Common Core Requirements
      (18 credits/6 courses)
      Guttman Flexible Common Core Requirement Course Options
      (18 credits/6 courses)
      U.S. Experience in Its Diversity (1 course)AMST 103 Introduction to Social Justice
      World Cultures and Global Issues (1 course)AMST 203 Civic Engagement in a Global Society
      ECON 206 International Political Economy
      Creative Expression (1 course)ART 120: Introduction to Photography
      ART 200 Arts in New York City
      COMM 102 Introduction to Media Studies
      ENGL 211 Cities in Film & Literature
      Individual and Society (1 course)SOSC 111 Ethnographies of Work I
      ECON 203: Microeconomics
      Scientific World (1 course)CHEM 110 Introduction to Chemistry
      CHEM 211 General Chemistry I (STEM variant)
      SCI 215 Science and Society
      SOCI 231 Introduction to Urban Community Health
      One additional course from one of the above areas.

      *Some majors, such as Human Services, require a different Pathways approved “STEM variant” course to satisfy the Life and Physical Sciences required core course. The STEM variant courses are BIOL 122 Introduction to Life and Environmental Science, BIOL 211 General Biology I, BIOL 212 Human Biology, CHEM 110 Introduction to Chemistry, and CHEM 211 General Chemistry I.