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Students who graduate from Bronx Community College fulfill New York State Education Department (SED) requirements for courses in the liberal arts and sciences in four subject areas: humanities, social sciences, mathematics and natural sciences. Each BCC program meets the percentage of liberal arts and science credits that SED requires for associate degrees:

Associate in Arts (AA) 45 credits (3/4 of coursework)
Associate in Sciences (AS) 30 credits (1/2 of coursework)
Associate in Applied Sciences (AAS) 20 credits (1/3 of coursework)

The courses that fulfill these requirements are indicated according to degree program for each major within Core Requirements and Required Areas of Study. Some programs also include some of these courses within Specialization Requirements for the major.

Students in every program take ENG 10/11 (Fundamentals of Composition and Rhetoric / Composition and Rhetoric I) and almost all majors also take CMS 11 (Fundamentals of Interpersonal Communication) and HIS 10/11 (History of the Modern World / Introduction to the Modern World). Other courses are specified according to major in the humanities (e.g., art, geography, literature, history, modern languages, music, and philosophy); social sciences (e.g., anthropology, economics, political science, psychology, and sociology); natural sciences (e.g., astronomy, biology, chemistry, earth science, and physics); and mathematics (e.g., survey of mathematics, calculus, and statistics).

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