Nov 19, 2018  
2018-19 Catalog 
    
2018-19 Catalog

College Programs of Study and Requirements for Graduation



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

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.

Career Programs

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 suggestion 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
  • Skill Sets - occupation concentrations

Undecided Program

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

 

General Education Competencies

  • Quantitative Reasoning (QR) is the ability to understand and manipulate numerical representations of data. 
  • Civic Responsibility (CR) is the ability to understand political processes, economic and social issues, and the responsibility of educated citizens. 
  • Information Literacy (IL) is the ability to find and use information and evaluate its reliability. 
  • Communication (CM) is the ability to exchange information and ideas using various methods of delivery, such as writing and speaking.

 

Requirements for Graduation

Skill Sets

Students must satisfy the following criteria to be granted a skill set from SC4:

  1. Complete the specific skill set program requirements as listed in this catalog.
  2. Complete skill set with a minimum GPA of 2.000 or above.
  3. Complete a minimum of 5 credits at SC4. 

 

Certificate Programs

Students must satisfy the following criteria to be granted a certificate from SC4:

  1. Complete the specific certificate program requirements as listed in this catalog.
  2. 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.
  3. Complete a minimum of 10 credits at SC4 or through the Michigan Colleges Online (MCO).

Associate Degrees

Students must satisfy the following criteria to be granted an associate degree from SC4:

  1. Complete the specific associate degree program requirements as listed in this catalog.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

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 Records office to have their transcript listed as “MTA Satisfied.”

  MTA REQUIREMENTS
  Required Courses
  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. If not already MTA-approved from a previous institution, students must complete one college credit at SC4 in order to have their transcript evaluated for MTA qualification. 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.

Articulation Agreements 

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:

  • Chamberlain College
    •  Nursing
  • Eastern Michigan University
    • Technology Management
    • RN/BSN Completion
    • BS in Public Safety Administration
  • Ferris State University
    • Health Information Management
    • Bachelor in Science in Criminal Justice Generalist Option
  • Franklin University
    • AA, AS and AAS Degrees
  • Kettering University
    • Various programs
  • Madonna University
    • Early Childhood Education
  • Michigan State University
    • RN/BSN Completion
  • Northwestern Michigan College’s Great Lakes Maritime Academy
    • Deck and Engineering Officer Program
  • Northwood - BBA
    • Computer Information Management
    • Management
    • Marketing
  • Saginaw Valley State University
    • Elementary Education
    • RN/BSN Completion
  • Siena Heights University 
    • AAS Degrees in Allied Health
    • CIS
    • Engineering Technology
    • Business
    • RN/BSN Completion
  • University of Detroit Mercy 
    • Engineering
  • University of Phoenix
    • Various programs
  • University of Michigan-Flint
    • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
    • Bachelor in Social Work
  • Walsh College
    • Bachelor of Accountancy
    • Bachelor in Business Administration
    • Bachelor of Science in Information Technology

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.

Benefits

  • 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

Admission Agreements

  • 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)

      OR
  • 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

Program Requirements

  • 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