College Programs of Study
St. Clair County Community College provides a solid educational foundation to help students pursue career goals in any field.
There are many ways to earn college credit at SC4. Students may choose to obtain transfer credit toward a four-year degree, earn an associate degree in a career-related area, or obtain a certificate that can be applied toward a degree program while preparing for employment.
Whatever students choose to study, they are urged to plan their program with an SC4 advisor. Programs of study fall into two major categories − transfer and career.
Transfer programs are designed to prepare students who plan to transfer to four-year colleges and universities after completing their coursework at SC4.
Programs designed for transfer toward bachelor’s degrees are:
- Associate in Arts: intended for students who plan to transfer to a four-year university and pursue a program in a non-STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) field.
- Associate in Science: intended for students who plan to transfer to a four-year university and pursue a program in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) field.
- Associate in Business (transfer): intended for students who plan to transfer to a four-year university and pursue a program in a business-related field, such as finance, accounting, marketing or management.
These programs prepare students for direct entrance into business or industry without having to continue on to other institutions of higher education. The sequence of classes listed under each program is a suggested sequence only and is subject to change without prior written notice.
They are designed to prepare students for entry into a specific job-related field, for advancement in a current job, or for making a career change. Many career courses and programs will transfer to other colleges and universities. See an SC4 advisor for additional information on articulation and transfer agreements.
- Associate in Applied Arts and Science − occupational two-year degrees
- Certificates − occupational one-year programs
Many students come to college undecided about their future career. These students often begin by pursuing a program of study designed to earn basic credits, allowing them to make progress while they explore their options with career guidance experts at the college. A general education degree may be an option for students who have accumulated credits from multiple colleges and universities; see an SC4 advisor for information.
- Associate in General Education
Degree Distribution Requirements
Students must satisfy the degree distribution requirements specific to the program of study at SC4. Appropriate course substitutions may be considered. Please see your advisor for further information. Subject areas satisfying the Degree Distribution Requirements are divided in to groups outlined below:
Associate Degree Distribution Requirements
* PS 101 - Introduction to Political Science meets 3 credits of Social Science credits as well as the Group IX requirement.
** SPC 101 - Speech Communication or THA 105 - Oral Interpretation meets 3 credits of Humanities credits as well as the Group VI requirement.
Group I. Social Science: Anthropology, economics, geography (GEO 102 and GEO 233 only), history (except HIS 101 and HIS 102 ), political science, psychology, sociology
Group II. Humanities: Literature (English 201 or above), modern language, speech, art, communication design, music, theatre, philosophy, HIS 101 , HIS 102 . Students pursuing the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) stamp should consult the Graduation Worksheet as Humanities courses applicable to the MTA are limited.
Group III. Biological Sciences: Biology
Group IV. Physical Sciences: Astronomy, chemistry, GEO 101 - Earth Science , GEO 105 - Introduction to Meteorology , GEO 137 - Global Energy Resources , GEO 175 - Global Sustainability, geology, physics, physical science
Group V. Mathematics: MTH 102 or higher may be applied to degree programs; consult a program of study for its specific mathematics requirement. Students pursuing the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) stamp should consult the Graduation Worksheet as Arts and Science degrees require specific math courses.
Group VI. Oral Communication: SPC 101 - Speech Communication or THA 105 - Oral Interpretation
Group VII. Computer Literacy: CIS 115 - Microcomputer Applications for many programs; consult individual program guides for exceptions.
Group VIII. Writing: ENG 101 - English Composition I or ENG 101H - Honors English Composition I and ENG 102 - English Composition II or ENG 102H - Honors English Composition II or OA 225 - Business Communications . Students pursuing the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) stamp will want to take ENG 101 and ENG 102 (Honors courses are acceptable).
Group IX. Government and the Political Process: PS 101 - Introduction to Political Science
General Education Competencies
General education competencies are part of each course offered at SC4, preparing our students to be good citizens, employees and lifelong learners. Below is a listing of the general education competencies and their definitions:
- Computer Literacy - is the ability to use a computer at a level appropriate to a student’s academic and career needs.
- Critical Thinking - is an active process of carefully examining our own thinking and the thinking of others.
- Global Awareness - is the recognition of the importance of a global perspective in order to understand the diversity of cultures in world nations. Culture is defined as a complex whole that includes knowledge, belief, art, law, music, language, medicine, economics, customs, and any other capabilities or habits acquired by individuals as members of society.
- Government and the Political Process - is the study of the theory, organization and functioning of government and political systems.
- Mathematics - is the logical study of shape, arrangement, quantity and space, and their inter-relationships, applications, generalizations and abstractions.
- Oral Communication - is the process of effectively transmitting and receiving ideas and information in a variety of situations.
- Writing - is the process of effectively selecting, developing, arranging and revising one’s own ideas and those of others. The process requires students to compose ideas in a variety of written forms for a variety of purposes and audiences.
Requirements for Graduation
Students must satisfy the following criteria to be granted a certificate from SC4:
- Complete the specific certificate program requirements as listed in this catalog.
- Complete a minimum of 30 credit hours 100-level or higher (credit hour requirements vary by program) with a GPA of 2.000 or above.
- Complete a minimum of 10 credits at SC4 or through the Michigan Colleges Online (MCO).
Students must satisfy the following criteria to be granted an associate degree from SC4:
- Complete the specific associate degree program requirements as listed in this catalog.
- Complete a minimum of 62 credit hours 100-level or higher (credit hour requirements vary by program) with a GPA of 2.000 or above.
- Complete a minimum of 18 credits at SC4 or through Michigan Colleges Online (MCO).
NOTE: Classes with a designation of less than 100 (e.g. MTH 075 ) cannot be used for graduation credit. These classes may not transfer to other colleges and universities.
Click the link to view the Graduation Worksheet (this worksheet is designed with MTA completion in mind).
Michigan Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers Statewide College and University Transfer Agreement
SC4 is a member of the statewide transfer agreement between community and four-year public colleges and universities of Michigan. The Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) helps simplify the transfer of credit for SC4 students. The agreement stipulates that 30 semester credit hours of 100 level and above, compatible, general course work will be granted smooth transferability to participating institutions of higher learning. Credits will be awarded towards a student’s general education requirements.
Students completing the following MTA requirements must request in the SC4 Enrollment Services office to have their transcript listed as “MTA Satisfied.”
||ENG 101 - English Composition I
||ENG 102 - English Composition II or SPC 101 - Speech Communication
||2 courses in Social Science from two disciplines
||2 courses in Humanities from two disciplines
||2 courses in Science, including one with laboratory experience, from two disciplines
||1 course from appropriate Mathematics pathway
||Range Total Credit Hours/Range Total Contact Hours = 30/30+
Note: Students must earn a minimum 2.000 GPA in ALL MTA courses. Students whose completed MTA coursework meets the above criteria, but does not add up to 30 credits must take additional MTA-approved coursework to meet the 30 credit minimum. Click here for specific course options by MTA requirement. For a list of senior colleges and universities that have signed the Michigan Transfer Agreement, visit www.macrao.org.
Transfer Student Tips
- Meet at least once per semester with an SC4 advisor before selecting courses. Your advisor can help you choose classes that are best suited for transferring to your intended four-year school.
- Contact your intended four-year school to ensure you are aware of/understand all deadline dates related to applying for admission, housing, scholarships, etc.
- Many four-year schools located in Michigan will accept a minimum of 30 credits via the Michigan Transfer Agreement. In addition, many four-year schools will accept up to a total of 60 credits for transfer. (It is recommended that students planning to maximize transfer of credit work closely with both an SC4 advisor and the transfer school.)
- When applying to transfer, submit an official SC4 transcript. Visit www.sc4.edu/transcripts to learn about transfer options.
- Inquire about transfer scholarships in the SC4 Financial Aid office and/or by contacting your intended four-year institution.
Special Articulation Agreements with Senior Institutions
Additional transfer guides and articulation agreements from colleges and universities may be available for occupational classes/programs. For additional information call (810) 989-5520. The following articulation agreements are in place:
- Capella University
- Eastern Michigan University
- Ferris State University
- Franklin University
- Kettering University
- Michigan State University
- Northwestern Michigan College Great Lakes Maritime Academy
- Northwood University
- Saginaw Valley State University
- Siena Heights University
- University of Detroit Mercy
- University of Michigan - Flint
- University of Phoenix
- Walsh College
High School Articulation
St. Clair County Community College is committed to providing a variety of methods for granting college credit for competencies and skills attained outside of the traditional college classroom. This process is called articulation. Articulation agreements exist between St. Clair County Community College and the following high schools and secondary technical education centers:
Huron County - Huron Area Technical Center
Lapeer County - Lapeer County Vocational Technical Center
St. Clair County - St. Clair County Technical Education Center
Sanilac County - Sanilac Career Center
Tuscola County - Vocational Education Center
High school students should contact the counseling office at their local technical education center to obtain the most updated information regarding the articulation of credits to the college.
Honors Program Degree Option
The St. Clair County Community College Honors Program is designed to satisfy the needs of students who are hard-working and self-motivated, are curious and appreciate exploring a topic in depth, and enjoy strong interaction with instructors and fellow students. A student may earn an Honors degree in any associate degree program.
- Honors degree credential on transcript and designation on diploma
- Recognition for outstanding achievement
- More stimulating course work with greater interaction
- Honors options in regular courses
- Be enrolled at St. Clair County Community College.
- Complete the Honors Program application form. Forms are available in advising or online via the SC4 Portal, Student Resources tab (click on Academics link).
Program admission criteria:
- One of the following minimums for admission:
- SAT Composite score of 1200 (ACT Composite score of 25)
- Minimum Writing Accuplacer score of 110 (COMPASS writing score of 95)
- 3.2 high school GPA (on a 4.0 scale)
- Two of the following minimums for admission:
- College Algebra Accuplacer score of 61
- SAT Math score of 580
- SAT Writing score of 32
- ACT Math score of 24
- ACT Writing score of 25
- College Algebra COMPASS score of 46
- GED score of 55
- 3.000 GPA at SC4 or other college/university
- Membership in high school’s National Honor Society
- Recommendation by Honors Program director, advisor or faculty
- To remain in good standing in the honors program, a student must maintain a 3.000 overall GPA and receive at least a “B” in each honors class.
- To receive the honors associate degree, a student must receive at least a grade of “B” in four different honors courses and complete all other degree requirements with an overall GPA of 3.000 or higher.
- If a student falls below a 3.000 GPA or receives less than a grade of “B” in an honors course, he/she will be placed on program probation for two semesters. During those two semesters, the student may take honors courses, receiving a “B” or better in each, and must regain an overall 3.000 GPA by the end of the probationary semester to remain in the program.
- If the student received less than a grade of “B” in an honors course, he/she must retake the honors course or designate a “replacement” honors course during the probationary semesters.
- If the probationary student fails to regain an overall 3.000 GPA after two semesters or fails to obtain a grade of “B” in a repeated or replacement honors course during the probationary period, he/she will be dropped from the honors program.
- If no honors course suitable to the student’s curriculum is available during the probationary period, a one-semester extension can be requested by the student.
- For good cause, the director, with the consent of the Honors Committee, will be permitted some discretion in the application of these guidelines.
- Any student who wishes to withdraw from or is removed from the honors program may seek a regular associate degree.
SPECIAL NOTE: An honors option is available for non-honors courses. This option course can replace regular honors courses. Provided the instructor is willing, the option would involve some special work within the regular course that the student, the instructor and the honors director agree is acceptable.
Return all completed forms to:
Honors Program Applications, Enrollment Services, St. Clair County Community College, 323 Erie St., P.O. Box 5015, Port Huron, MI 48061-5015