Academics

Academics at Dutchess: Discover. Connect. Change.

Earning a college degree improves your life-long earning potential; it opens up intellectual worlds that you'll explore your whole life; it even helps you live longer!

Dutchess Community College can help you put yourself on the path to academic success. We offer associate degrees and certificates in more than 50 program areas. Some of these programs are occupationally-oriented, designed to provide the skills you need to enter the job market immediately upon graduation. Other programs are designed to provide the first two years' of study toward a bachelor’s degree at a four-year college or university. The certificate programs provide a condensed program in a particular field of study and usually can be completed in one or two semesters of study.

There are three different types of degrees from which you can choose:

The Associate in Arts Degree (A.A.) is used primarily for transfer programs that lead to the bachelor of arts degree at a four-year college or university. It may be used for general liberal arts programs.

The Associate in Science Degree (A.S.) may be used for certain occupationally-oriented studies, but is primarily designed to serve science or professionally-related programs that lead to transfer to a bachelor of science degree at a four-year college or university.

The Associate in Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.) is structured as an occupationally-oriented degree. However, it may be appropriate as a transfer degree to certain types of specialized baccalaureate program such as the bachelor's of technology.

If you choose to enter a certificate program, credits earned may be applied toward a degree if you decide to continue your education.

Whichever degree you choose, you'll discover that DCC can help you achieve your goals; you'll connect with great faculty; and you'll change your future.

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Institutional Student Learning Outcomes

The core of required courses within DCC Associate in Arts (AA) and Associate in Science (AS) and Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree programs seeks to ensure that students will develop essential foundational skills in:

  1. Oral Communication: Students will demonstrate oral communication skills in a clear and organized manner using appropriate verbal and nonverbal communication techniques with regard to subject, purpose and audience.

  2. Written Communication: Students will produce writing that is well organized, well developed, and clear.

  3. Scientific Reasoning: Students will apply the scientific method, develop hypotheses, analyze results and draw conclusions.

  4. Quantitative Reasoning: Students will work with graphical, numerical or symbolic models to solve problems and interpret results.

  5. Technological Competency: Students will demonstrate the ability to use technology and software applications to produce an output or perform analyses appropriate to their academic program/discipline.

  6. Critical Analysis and Reasoning: Students will formulate or evaluate arguments, problems or opinions and arrive at a solution, position or hypothesis based on carefully considered evidence. 

DCC Degree candidates share this foundational experience by taking the following DCC General Education Core courses:

A.A. and A.S. Degrees

A.A.S. Degrees

Composition I
(ENG 101)

Composition I
(ENG 101)

Composition II
(ENG 102)

Composition II
(ENG 102)

Social Problems in
Today’s World
(BHS 103)

Social Problems in
Today’s World
(BHS 103)

American History

Mathematics or Laboratory Science

Mathematics

 

Laboratory Science

 

DCC, a member of the State University of New York, requires additional study in the Liberal Arts and Sciences as appropriate to each degree program. The intellectual rigor of the General Education courses is built on through the degree program, preparing each DCC student for transfer to a baccalaureate degree-granting program or for entry into the workplace.

Gainful Employment Disclosures for Certificate Programs