Effective Fall 2013, entering freshmen and transfer students follow a liberal arts curriculum that fits the framework of the CUNY Pathways Initiative. The Pathways framework is common to all CUNY colleges. This guarantees that General Education requirements fulfilled at one CUNY college will carry over seamlessly when transferred to another.

Required Core

4 courses

  • College Writing 1: ENGL110 (EC1)
  • College Writing 2 (EC2)
  • Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning (MQR)
  • Life and Physical Sciences (LPS)

Flexible Core

6 courses*

  • World Cultures and Global Issues (WCGI)
  • U.S. Experience in its Diversity (USED)
  • Creative Expression (CE)
  • Individual and Society (IS)
  • Scientific World (SW)
  • An additional Flexible Core course

     *No more than two courses in any discipline or interdisciplinary field

College Option

4 courses

  • Literature (LIT)
  • Language (LANG)
  • Science (SCI)
  • An additional course (Chosen from LPS, Flexible Core, College Option, or Synthesis Course)

Writing Intensive

2 courses

  • Any course with a “W” in their course number



The Pathways framework has three parts: the Required Core, the Flexible Core, and the College Option.

While the Required Core and Flexible Core are common to all CUNY colleges, the College Option is required only at the senior colleges, including Queens. College Option requirements are structured differently from senior college to senior college. It is possible to transfer college option credits previously completed at another CUNY senior college to QC, but once you enroll at Queens, all your remaining College Option credits must be completed by taking designated courses in residence at Queens College.

Some courses can be used to satisfy one of several different Pathways requirements, but taking a single course will never satisfy more than a single Pathways requirement. The Academic Advising Center (Kiely 217) will help you make sure that the courses you take get assigned to the various Pathways requirements in an optimal way.

As part of your general education requirements you must also complete two Writing Intensive courses (courses with a “W” in their course number), which may overlap with courses taken for Pathways or Major requirements. To avoid the need to take extra courses, students should plan their course of study at Queens College in a way that maximizes this overlap. Students who transfer from institutions that do not indicate writing-intensive courses on the transcript should make sure they receive credit for having completed the proper number of W courses. Contact the Advising Center (Kiely 217) if there are problems.

Register for courses via CUNYfirst, or speak to an advisor at the Academic Advising Center (Kiely 217).


To obtain a bachelor’s degree from Queens College, you must complete 120 course credits, typically about 40 courses. Within those 120 credits you must complete the general education requirements and the requirements for at least one major course of study (“a major”). It is quite likely that some of your general education courses will overlap with courses within your major. Credits not used to satisfy your general education and/or major requirements may be used to take courses in a second major, a minor, or may be used as free electives.

Of the 120 credits required for a degree, at least 45 credits must be completed in residency at Queens College and at least 30 of the last 64 credits must be taken at Queens College or at the CUNY Graduate Center. See the latest College Bulletin for complete information on degree requirements, general education requirements, and university policies.



When you transfer to Queens College, all your prior courses will be evaluated for possible Pathways credit. If you feel that any courses were evaluated incorrectly, speak to an advisor at the Academic Advising Center (Kiely 217) about reevaluating your courses. If any course qualifies for reevaluation, the Director of Academic Advising will file an appeal on your behalf to the Director of General Education. If you still feel a course was evaluated incorrectly after following this procedure, Academic Advising can provide you with an appeal form to submit to the Queens College Transfer Appeals Officer. If you’ve completed this process at Queens College, and you still feel a course has been evaluated incorrectly, you may then file a Transfer Credit Appeal with the CUNY Office of Academic Affairs.


    • Transfer students who have completed a bachelor’s, AA or AS degree from SUNY have completed Pathways Required and Flexible Core requirements.
    • Transfer students who’ve completed the 30-credit SUNY GER requirement have completed Pathways Required and Flexible Core Core requirements.
    • In cases where a SUNY GER course has been deemed equivalent to a CUNY Pathways course, the Pathways requirement is deemed fulfilled.



Although it is possible to complete some or even all of your College Option credit requirements at another CUNY senior college before transferring to Queens, once you have enrolled here, all remaining College Option credits must be completed at QC. For transfer students, the number of credits required to complete the College Option varies based on several factors. See the table below for details. To verify your individual requirements, visit an advisor at the Academic Advising Center (Kiely 217).

​Students who began at a 4-year baccalaureate program are required to complete 12 Queens College Option credits. Only College Option courses taken in a CUNY baccalaureate program will count towards the QC College Option requirement at QC.
​Students who began at a 2-year associate program may have to complete 6, 9, or 12 QC College Option credits.



Although major requirements vary from one CUNY college to another, Pathways has designated Gateway Courses leading into CUNY’s most popular majors so that students who anticipate pursuing one of these majors can take these designated courses, and be able to transfer them for major credit seamlessly between CUNY colleges. Consult an advisor at the Academic Advising Center (Kiely 217) about registering for Gateway Courses at Queens College.



DegreeWorks is an online advising tool designed to assist you in reviewing your progress towards your degree at Queens College. DegreeWorks will show you which requirements have been met, which are in progress, which General Education requirements you have yet to complete, as well as major and/or minor requirements and other requirements you need for a Queens College degree. To access DegreeWorks, log into the CUNY Portal and click Student Advisement Degree Audit. If you have trouble accessing DegreeWorks, consult Academic Advisor or see DegreeWorks FAQ page.



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