Undergraduate Degree Requirements

Undergraduate Degrees

Empire State College offers the following degree programs

  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.)
  • Bachelor of Professional Studies (B.P.S.)
  • Associate in Arts (A.A.)
  • Associate in Science (A.S.)

Requirements for an Empire State College Degree

As noted in the chart below:

  • To earn an associate degree, you must complete 64 credits, with at least 24 earned at Empire State College. A bachelor's degree requires completion of 128 credits, with at least 32 earned at Empire State College.
  • Each degree program has a specific number of required liberal studies credits. The number of liberal studies credits you include in your degree program determines the degree designation (B.A. = 96, B.S. = 64, B.P.S. = 32, A.A. = 48, BSN = 64 and A.S. = 32).
  • To satisfy the State University of New York general education requirement, all bachelor's degree programs must have at least 30 credits and every associate degree must have at least 21 credits over seven general education knowledge and skill areas. Students seeking bachelor's degrees are required to meet the areas of Mathematics and Basic Communication; for associate degrees, these two areas are recommended. Link to the general education policy for details.

  • All bachelor's degree programs at Empire State College require at least 45 credits of study at the advanced level, of which at least 24 credits must be in the concentration.
  • Credits listed on your degree program plan may fulfill more than one requirement.
DegreeTotalMaximum Advanced StandingMinimum Liberal Studies

SUNY General Education

Minimum Advanced-Level in ConcentrationMinimum Advanced-Level in Program
B.A. 128 96 96 30 24 45
B.S. 128 96 64 30 24 45
B.S.N. 128 96 64 30 40 45
B.P.S. 128 96 32 30 24 45
A.A. 64 40 48 21
A.S. 64 40 32 21

The length of time it takes you to complete your degree depends on how much relevant college-level learning you already have, what you need to study to complete your degree and whether you enroll ful- or part time. 

Individual degree program concentrations may be drawn from one or more of the following comprehensive areas of study:

In addition to the general expectations for degree program plan design, the college has established curricular guidelines for each of the academic areas of study in which concentrations may be developed. These area of study guidelines describe the college's general expectations for the academic content of concentrations within each area of study.

Because certain kinds of professional education are regulated by state education law, colleges may not offer professional concentrations in areas covered by the law unless authorized to do so. Empire State College may not approve some concentrations in such areas as nursing, engineering and education.