D-Glossary

College Catalog

DEAN'S LIST - See Honors

DEGREE AND CERTIFICATE REQUIREMENTS (Graduation Requirements) Upon recommendation of the faculty, candidates may be awarded the degree of Associate in Arts (A.A.) or Associate in Science (A.S.) as well as certificates. Candidates for degrees must fulfill the following requirements:

  1. Complete the requirements of the Program or Option in which enrolled.
  2. Present at least sixty credits, of which at least thirty must be earned at the College. However, students may request a waiver of this requirement. Waivers are granted on a case-by-case basis. Waivers are requested through the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs.
  3. Achieve a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0.
  4. Satisfy all financial obligations to the college.
  5. For Perkins Loan, Guaranteed Student Loan, and Nursing Student Loan recipients, complete an exit interview with the Student Aid Officer or representative.
  6. All students who begin their studies at Holyoke Community College in Fall 2007 or later and are seeking an A.A. or A.S. degree will be required to demonstrate basic computational skills before earning their degree. These skills may be demonstrated by:
    • a. achieving a score on the arithmetic portion of the Math Placement Exam sufficient to be excused from (MTH 075); or
    • b. passing Basic Mathematics (MTH 075) with a grade of "C-" or better; or
    • c. receiving transfer credit or CLEP exam credit for a college-level Math course

Candidates for certificates must fulfill the following requirements:

  1. Complete the requirements of the Certificate Program in which enrolled.
  2. Achieve a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0.
  3. Satisfy all financial obligations to the College.

 

Requirements for each program and option are established by the academic divisions of the college and approved by the faculty. All students should examine their program and option descriptions and course sequences carefully. Each course listed must be successfully completed. Some programs require more than the minimum 60 credits for the degree, and certain programs set minimum grades to be achieved in specific courses. Only six semester hours or two non-Arts and Science courses may be taken as general electives in any A.A. Arts and Science option, unless otherwise specified. Students may be excused from any requirement only by the vice president for Academic Affairs and only for very compelling reasons, upon recommendation of the department chair and division dean.

Students matriculating in Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree programs at Holyoke Community College are required to complete the following core of 35 general education credits:

  • English 101-102: Language & Literature 6 credits
  • Two natural science laboratory courses (See Laboratory Science Requirement) (D) 8 credits
  • Nine credits from any of the following: anthropology, economics, geography, government, history, psychology, social science or sociology. (B) 9 credits
  • Math (100 level) (D) 3 credits
  • Nine credits from any of the following: art, communications, English, French
  • German, history, honors, humanities, music, philosophy, Spanish, theater (C) 9 credits
  • Students matriculating in the Associate of Science (A.S.) or Associate of Arts in Music degree programs at Holyoke Community College are required to complete the following core of 20 general education credits:
  • English 101-102: Language & Literature 6 credits
  • Six credits from any of the following: anthropology, economics, geography, government, history, psychology, social science or sociology (B) 6 credits
  • Two natural science laboratory courses (See Laboratory Science Requirement) (D) 8 credits

Students seeking an additional associate degree are required to complete at least 15 additional credits in the newly declared discipline. Note that credits earned in any "0" level course taken after August 1990 will not count toward graduation.

Mathematics Competency
All students who entered Holyoke Community College in Fall 2007 or later and are working towards an A.A. or A.S. degree will be required to demonstrate basic computational skills before graduating. Competency may be demonstrated by:

  • Achieving a score on the arithmetic portion of the Math Placement Exam sufficient to be excused from Basic Mathematics (MTH 075); or
  • Passing Basic Mathematics (MTH 075) with a grade of "C-" or better; or
  • Receiving transfer credit or CLEP exam credit for a college-level Math course

General Education Requirements
The following five core competencies will be incorporated into the student learning outcomes of every degree program at the college no later than the start of the fall 2009 semester:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Effective Communication
  • Knowledge of Diversity
  • Quantitative Reasoning

DEVELOPMENTAL COURSES
To determine whether students are adequately prepared to succeed in college-level English and Math courses, they are required to take a placement assessment upon admission to the college. Students who do not successfully place into college-level ("100-level") courses are required to take developmental or remedial courses. These courses are designed to develop and enhance students' competence in English and Math.

Credits earned in developmental courses are used for the purposes of determining students' status as full or part-time and their eligibility for financial aid; however, these credits do not count toward the total credits required for graduation in any area of study offered at Holyoke Community College. Effective with the 1998-1999 academic year, developmental course credits (courses numbered below 100), which do not currently count toward graduation, shall not be included in a student's Earned Hours, Quality Hours, or Grade Point Average. Developmental course credits shall be included in Attempted Hours for financial aid purposes.

DISABILITIES, ASSISTANCE FOR STUDENTS WITH
The Office for Students with Disabilities and Deaf Services provides assistance for deaf studetns and students with documented disabilities. Students should contact the office before beginning their first semester so that services can be provided in a timely manner. Each student's instructors and appropriate campus services are involved in this process. Available assistance may include assistive technology, academic counseling, and interpreting services for deaf and hard of hearing students. For information call (413) 552-2417. 

DISHONESTY - See Academic Integrity

DISMISSAL - See Probation And Dismissal, Academic

DROPPING A COURSE - See Student Handbook

 

 

 

     

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