Individual Studies (AS)

Application Code: 
Degree Received: 
Associate in Science (AS)
Academic Department Info: 
Program Coordinator: 
Dr. Kathleen Ebert
Coordinator Email:

The individual studies program serves students' needs three ways:

  1. provides an opportunity to explore different career choices
  2. prepares for transfer to a four-year school
  3. fulfills a career goal that cannot be met by traditional program offerings
Student Learning Outcomes: 
  • Create written communication appropriate for audience and purpose and which meets standards of style, clarity, and grammatical correctness as described in the Writing Rubric.
  • Demonstrate oral communication proficiency.
  • Complete seven of the ten SUNY General Education requirements.
  • Complete 15 credit hours in a concentration and describe their coherent sequence of study and transfer focus.
Entrance Requirements & Recommendations: 

Required: Algebra
Recommended: Geometry, Biology

Features & Facilities: 
  • Allows students to design an individual program to fulfill a career or a transfer goal unattainable through traditional programs
  • Transfer, career opportunities, and co-op experience available
Articulation Agreements: 

An articulation agreement exists with Hilbert College and St. James Mercy Hospital.

Graduation Requirements: 

A minimum of 61 hours (excluding HPE) is required for graduation with a cumulative index of 2.0.

Direct Entry Into Baccalaureate Degree Program: 

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

Transfer Opportunities: 

Graduates may transfer to a four-year school with a maximum degree of transfer credit for all course work taken. In recent years, graduates have transferred to various units in the State University of New York (SUNY) system, Alfred, Syracuse, Cornell, and Ohio State universities, Rochester Institute of Technology, etc. Students have continued their education in areas such as education, physical therapy, human ecology, landscape architecture, and psychology.

Typical Semester Layout: 
First Semestercredits
ASDCxxx1College Success OR Career Planning1
COMP1503Freshman Composition3
 xxx3Gen Education Elective*3
 xxx3Gen Education Elective*3
 xxx3Career Area3
Second Semestercredits
SPCH1083Effective Speaking3
 xxx3Gen Education Elective*3
 xxx3Gen Education Elective*3
 xxx3Career Area3
Third Semestercredits
 xxx3Career Area3
 xxx3Gen Education Elective*3
 xxx3Gen Education Elective* OR 
 xxx3Liberal Arts Elective3
Fourth Semestercredits
 xxx3Career Area3
 xxx3Career Area3
 xxx3Gen Education Elective*3
 xxx3Gen Education Elective* OR 
 xxx3Liberal Arts Elective3

Also required: One unit of physical education.

*Students must satisfy a minimum of seven of the 10 SUNY General Education knowledge/skill content areas and complete a minimum of 30 credit hours in the liberal arts and sciences.

Employment and Transfer Rate: 
Employment and Transfer Survey Details: 
Survey Details201020112012
Receiving Degrees101416
Responding to Survey4 (40%)8 (51%)10 (63%)
Employed2 (50%)--1 (10%)
Employed in Field2 (100%)--1 (100%)
Transferred2 (50%)8 (100%)9 (90%)
Unemployed & Seeking Employment------
Unemployed & Not Seeking Employment------
Employment and Transfer Salary Information: 

Prefer not to disclose (1)