General Technology - A.A.S.

The General Technology degree program allows students to design an individualized program of study in order to fulfill a unique career goal that cannot be met through any single technology program offered by the college. This program also provides an opportunity for undecided freshmen to find the educational path and future career for themselves. This is accomplished by selecting courses from two or more technical disciplines and developing a coherent technical program having both a major technical focus and support courses directly related to the career objective.

A study studies in the Electrical Engineering Tech lab.

This program is two years in length and builds on existing programs. Its first year is compatible with CSOET four year programs. Accordingly, General Technology will provide all students the opportunity to transfer to any of the four year CSOET programs seamlessly after the first year and after the second year with proper selection of elective courses.

Students in this Program:

  • Apply current knowledge and adapt to emerging applications of mathematics, science, and technology
  • Apply multi-disciplinary knowledge to industrial applications
  • Quickly learn how to identify, analyze and solve technical problems in industrial settings
  • Productively use available tools
  • Communicate well verbally, graphically, and in writing
  • Communicate and function effectively in teams

Career Opportunities:

Employment opportunities are broad for technology and span the range of industry and commerce. Because of the broad flexibility of this program, it is important for the student and academic advisor to carefully plan the selection of program electives that will best serve the career Interests of the individual student. Opportunities in this market include:

  • Manufacturing & Production
  • Industrial Distribution
  • Technical Sales and Services
  • Pursuit of additional (four-year) education (e.g. Business, Information Technology, Industrial Technology Management)

Prospective Employers:

  • Novelis Aluminum Corp.
  • Tyco Healthcare Group
  • Scneider Packaging Equipment Co.
  • Ansen Corporation

Admission Requirements:

  • Refer to the table of high school course prerequisites for admission.
  • Incoming students will meet all general admission requirements as freshmen to SUNY Canton, having completed the NYS Geometry Regents or Math A plus one year. Transfer students will be evaluated individually by the program academic advisor. The mathematics requirements will ensure that entering students are prepared to commence studies at a minimum level of College Algebra (MATH 121) and College Physics I (PHYS 121).


The following shows the typical course sequence and program requirements.

Semester I Credits

Prefix Course Name Credits
ENGL 101 Composition and the Spoken Word (GER 1/2) 3
ENGS 101 Introduction to Engineering 2
MATH 121 College Algebra (GER 1)* 4
  Technical Design/Drafting** 2-3
PHYS 121 College Physics I (GER 5) 3
PHYS 125 Physics I Lab 1

Semester II Credits

Prefix Course Name Credits
ENGS 102 Programming for Engineers 2
MECH 128 Electromechanical Technology 3
  Diversity Elective (GER 3) 3
  Mathematics Elective (GER 4)** 3-4
  Science Elective w/ Lab 4

Semester III Credits

Prefix Course Name Credits
  Program Electives** 9
  Mathematics Elective (GER)** 3
  Humanities Elective (GER 7) 3

Semester IV Credits

Prefix Course Name Credits
  Program Electives** 12
  General Elective 3

*College Algebra, or equivalent, & at least one Calculus course are required. Entering Students who are unprepared to enroll in MATH 121, or equivalent, may require extra time to graduate.

** Program Electives are to be selected with the approval of the student's academic advisor from the following disciplines: ACHP, AREA, ASTR, AUTO, CHEM, CITA, CONS, ENGS, ESCI, GEOL, GMMD, MECH, MFGT, MATH, PHYS, and SOET.

*** SOET 116 is recommended

NOTE: To transfer to one of the 4 year BT programs, the Program Electives must match the courses in 3rd & 4th semester of the 4 year BT program and the Science courses must be as follows: Science: PHYS122 College Physics II, Science Lab: PHYS 126 Physics II Lab

General Technology
Rashid Aidun, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

  FT PT Total
2023 0 0 0
2022 1 0 1
2021 1 0 1
2020 0 0 0
2019 0 0 0

Graduation Rate Trends*

Cohort Entering Cohort Size %
Fall 2020 0 -
Fall 2019 0 -
Fall 2018 2 0%
Fall 2017 0 -
Fall 2016 2 0%

*Graduate rates are based on first-time, full-time, degree-seeking freshmen entering in fall and graduating within 150% of time.

Degrees Conferred

2022-23 0
2021-22 0
2020-21 1
2019-20 2
2018-19 1