Apr 14, 2021  
2020-2021 College Catalog 
    
2020-2021 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Admissions, Registration and Records



Admission to the College

Pima Community College (PCC) encourages all individuals to further their education. No person will be denied admission to, or registration for courses at the College on the basis of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.

Some programs at the College have special admissions requirements. Admission to some specific degree or certificate programs cannot be guaranteed. Additionally, there are other programs for which students need to apply separately. For information on some of these programs, please contact the program directly:

Workforce Development and Continuing Education
District Office 520-206-6569
   
Center for Training and Development (CTD)
Desert Vista Campus 520-206-5100
   
Adult Basic Education for College and Career (ABECC)
Downtown Campus 520-206-7330
   
Center for Transportation Training
6680 S. Country Club Road 520-206-2744

Eligibility for Admission

All individuals who complete the Application for Admission are admitted to the College, issued a student identification number, and assigned an admission classification based on their intent. Admission to the College does not guarantee admission to a specific degree program or to all courses offered by the College.

I. Admission Classification for Credit Students

The College designates three classifications for credit admission in order to comply with federal regulations and state statutes, and to facilitate College reporting; the three classifications are Regular/Degree-Seeking, Non-Degree Seeking and International. Students in any credit classification are eligible to take any credit course for which they meet the prerequisite(s).

  1. Classification as Regular/Degree-Seeking

Students who are degree- or certificate-seeking and who fall within one of the following categories pursuant to ARS 15-1805.01 and ARS 15-1821 are classified as Regular/Degree-Seeking:

  1. Is a graduate of a high school that is accredited by a regional accrediting association as defined by the United States office of education or approved by a state board of education or other appropriate state educational agency;
  2. Has a high school certificate of equivalency;
  3. Is a transfer student in good standing from another college or university;
  4. Is a homeschooled student at least 18 years of age;
  5. Demonstrates evidence of potential success at Pima Community College as outlined in the College’s placement evaluation process (AP 3.12.01);
  6. Is under the age of 18 and who achieves one of the following:
    1. A passing score on the relevant portions of the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards test;
    2. The completion of a college placement test designated by the community college district that indicates the student is at the appropriate college level for the course
    3. Is a graduate of a private or public high school or has a high school equivalency diploma.
    4. Is a homeschooled student and provides supporting documentation that meets state standards.
  1. Classification as Non-Degree Seeking

Students who intend to take credit classes (for personal interest, skill development, high school dual enrollment, upgrading job skills, or for transfer toward a degree at another institution), and who do not intend to pursue a degree or certificate at Pima Community College are classified as Non-Degree Seeking.

  1. Classification as International

Students from other countries attending Pima Community College on a visa are classified as International.

II. Admission Classification for Non-Credit Students

  1. Clock-Hour Students

Students who are certificate seeking in the College’s clock-hour training programs, and who meet the criteria listed in Section I.A. are classified as Regular/Degree-Seeking.

  1. Non-Credit Continuing Education Students

Students pursuing continuing education courses are classified as Continuing Education.

  1. Non-Credit Community Education

Students pursuing non-credit, community education courses are classified as Non-Credit.

Admission of Adult Education Students

In accordance with A.R.S. 15-232, all Adult Basic Education students in Arizona must show documentation that they are lawfully present in the United States to be eligible to participate in state-funded Adult Basic Education classes. The Arizona Department of Education collects data each June and December regarding “the total number of adults who applied for instruction and the total number of adults who were denied instruction under this section because the applicant was not a citizen or legal resident of the United States or was not otherwise lawfully present in the United States.”

Admission of Under Age 18 Students

Guidelines:

No student under the age of 18 will be denied admission to the College because of age, lack of high school diploma or high school equivalency diploma, grade in school, lack of permission of school officials, or lack of concurrent enrollment in a public or private school, provided that the general parameters have been met to assess student preparedness. Admission to the College does not guarantee admission to a specific degree program or to all courses offered by the College.

Details of requirements for students under the age of 18 are identified in the previous section. For students under the age of 16, additional requirements to register for classes are specified below.

Registration of Students Under Age 16

Pima Community College strives to provide quality instruction and support for all students taking post-secondary level courses. In accordance with ARS15-1805.01 and ARS 15-1821, PCC has adopted an admissions policy for underage students. These students have the same rights and same responsibilities as any other college student, except as noted here and in applicable College policies. Because the student is a minor, each underage student and her/his parent/guardian are required to review and sign an agreement accepting responsibility for the decision to enroll.

Underage admissions review process: Until a student reaches the age of 16, the Director of Student Affairs must review and approve the admission application each semester. The College may limit enrollment to no more than 2 courses or 8 credit hours based on a variety of factors. These factors include, but are not limited to: student academic performance, academic readiness, social and emotional readiness for college level engagement, the demands of the courses proposed, time constraints, etc. Continued enrollment will be based upon academic progress and course completion and is at the discretion of the Director of Student Affairs or designee.

Federal Financial Aid Eligibility: Underage students are not eligible for federal financial aid until they complete high school, obtain a High School Equivalency Diploma, or become 18 years of age and are no longer in high school.

Academic Freedom in College: Course content and discussion are subject to faculty academic freedom and student rights of free speech. Topics may emerge which the student/parent may not consider age appropriate. If the student or parent is not comfortable with an assignment or classroom discussion, the faculty member is not required to substitute an alternate activity or graded exercise.

Grading: The grade received by the student is part of the student’s permanent post-secondary academic record and may affect the student’s eligibility for college scholarships or freshman/first-time status at other institutions of higher education.

Student Support Services: Although the student will have equal access to all academic support services offered to the student body, the College does not provide additional resources specifically for underage students. For more information, go to https://pima.edu/student-resources/counseling/index.html

FERPA: The student’s academic record (grades, registration information, progress, etc. in class) cannot be accessed by the parent without a written release, signed by the student. For more information, go to https://pima.edu/student-resources/student-policies-complaints/ferpa/index.html.

Faculty communication: The faculty member will provide standard updates on academic progress directly to the student. This may include graded homework, graded test papers, etc. In a college environment, attendance records are not provided as a measure of progress and faculty do not provide written or personal/telephone summaries during the semester.

Admission of International Students

Admission for all international students is through the Center for International Education and Global Engagement located at the West Campus. For further information, call 520-206-6732 or visit https://pima.edu/admission/apply-to-pima/international-program/index.html.

  1. International students intending to pursue full-time study must submit the following documents to the Center for International Education and Global Engagement to satisfy admission requirements. Necessary forms are available at the Center for International Education and Global Engagement or online.
    1. A completed International Student Application Form verifying program of study, academic history and language proficiency information.
    2. A completed Affidavit of Support, along with a bank statement or bank certification, verifying availability of funds in the amount required.
    3. Proof of health insurance coverage. This requirement is met by enrolling in the student health insurance plan provided by PCC. Students who are under the sponsorship of their government or an agency that is responsible for their educational expenses, including medical coverage may waive the student health insurance plan provided by the College.
    4. A copy of their passport showing validity for at least six (6) months.
    5. All admissions requirements are pursuant to Title 8 of Code of Federal Regulations.
  2. International student applicants must submit the following to satisfy admissions requirements in addition to those listed above (student who is applying for part-time admission and is in the United States on an active non-immigrant visa status that is not F-1 and eligible for study in the United States):
    1. A completed International Student Application Form verifying program of study, academic history and language proficiency information.
    2. A copy of the current I-94, either from the applicant’s passport or the United States Department of Homeland Security website.
    3. A copy of the visa page from the applicant’s passport.

International student applicants under the age of 18 should be informed of the College’s recommendation that they have a “guardian” in the United States to represent them in emergency situations since the College is not permitted to act in the place of the parent or guardian.

Once accepted, all international students must comply with the appropriate immigration standards and regulations.

Persons on other non-immigrant visas may be allowed to enroll in part-time course work in accordance with immigration policy.

Border Commuter Students

In compliance with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services regulations, a border commuter student is a national of Canada or Mexico who is admitted to the United States as an F-1 nonimmigrant student to enroll in a full course of study, albeit on a part-time basis, in an approved school located within 75 miles of a United States land border. A border commuter student must maintain an actual residence and place of abode in the student’s country of nationality, and seek admission to the United States at a land border port-of-entry.

Part-time border commuter students are not admitted for “duration of status,” but rather “until a date certain.” Regulations require the DSO to “specify a completion date on the Form 1-20 that reflects the actual semester or term dates for the commuter student’s current term of study,” and issue a new Form I-20 “for each new semester or term that the commuter student attends at the school.” The date-certain for which the students are admitted would be based on the end date of each I-20.

Student Residency Requirements

For tuition purposes, students must indicate their residency status when applying for admission. Legal residency will be determined by the College before registration and payment of fees for any semester or session. Students will be notified of their residency status via their admission letter and their MyPima student portal. Review this information carefully before registering. If you believe it is incorrect, visit a campus Student Services Center for assistance. It is the student’s responsibility to register under the correct residency status.

The process of determining residency is called domicile determination. Domicile is determined as of the first day of the session in which a student is enrolling. The guidelines to determine residency status are taken from the Arizona Revised Statute section 15-1801 through 15-1807 (https://www.azleg.gov/arsDetail/?title=15). For questions about these guidelines, or for help determining residency status, please contact a campus Student Services Center.

Residency Determination and the Domicile/Residency Affidavit

Arizona residency requirements can be divided into three areas:

  1. Physical Presence
    ​A person may be eligible for classification as a resident if that person can provide clear and convincing evidence of physical presence in the state of Arizona with the intent to establish a domicile for 12 full months preceding the official start date of the semester of enrollment.
  2. Intent to establish a domicile
    ​Intent is measured by a variety of evidence, but the following may be required to provide clear and convincing evidence for establishing a domicile:
    1. Arizona driver’s license
    2. Arizona motor vehicle registration
    3. Filing of Arizona state income taxes
    4. Filing of Federal tax forms as an Arizona resident
    5. Arizona voter registration
    6. Lease/Rental agreement
    7. Purchase of primary residence in Arizona
    8. Employment verification
  3. Financial independence/dependence
    ​A person applying for classification as a resident must prove financial independence from out-of-state parents, or dependence on in-state parents, for the entire domicile year. A person may be financial independent if:
    1. They were not claimed as a tax dependent by out-of-state parents for any portion of the domicile year;
    2. They did not receive more than one-half of their financial support from out-of-state parents during the domicile year;
    3. They were self-supporting for the entire domicile year; and/or
    4. Receiving financial aid, filed as an independent student, as defined per Federal financial aid guidelines.

A person may be financially dependent if:

  1. They were claimed as a tax dependent by an in-state resident parent for any portion of the domicile year;
  2. They received more than one-half of their financial support from in-state resident parents during the domicile year;
  3. They were not self-supporting for the entire domicile year; and/or
  4. They received financial aid as a dependent student, with in-state resident parents.

To petition for a change in your residency classification you must respond to all questions and statements on the Residency Correction Form and provide documentation supporting your request for residency change. You must:

  1. Complete a Residency Correction Form
  2. Provide proof that you resided in Arizona for at least one year prior to the start date of the semester for which you are applying, and
  3. Provide proof that you have taken steps to establish permanent residency in Arizona.

Failure to do so by the start date of the term in which you applied will by interpreted as evidence of not establishing residency in Arizona. As indicated by the Arizona residency regulations, the burden of proof that all requirements for residency classification have been met rests with the student. Clear and convincing evidence must be submitted by you to support all responses given on your petition.

All statements, information, and evidence provided on your petition must be consistent with other College/official documents. Inconsistencies may jeopardize your petition for residency and subject you to disciplinary action, dismissal from the College, repayment of tuition, and repayment of financial aid.

Change in residency is not automatic. You must complete an affidavit and turn it in to a campus Student Services Center or the Office of Admissions.

Verification of Lawful Presence

Since March 12, 2007, PCC students seeking in-state tuition have been required to complete a one-time Tuition Assessment Form/Verification of Lawful Presence Form. This enables the College to comply with state law.

All new and continuing students seeking in-state tuition and registering for credit classes, who have not previously had their lawful presence verified by the College, must complete the form and provide documentation. Once completed, you won’t need to file again while at PCC.

You have 10 days from the date of admission to complete and submit the form. If you do not complete and submit the form within this time period a hold will be placed on your student account record. You will not be able to view your grades or receive a transcript until the form is processed. You must provide documentation to support your application. Acceptable documents are provided on the Tuition Assessment/Verification of Lawful Presence Form.

This form must be submitted in person if you are a resident of Pima County. Bring the form and required documentation to a campus Student Services Center or the Office of Admissions. Pima Community College requires the original signed form. Fax or scanned copies are not acceptable. The form is available at https://pima.edu/admission/apply-to-pima/lawful-presence.html.

If you do not live in Pima County, call 520-206-4640 and a staff member will assist you.

Assignment of Student Identification Number and Use of Social Security Number

Pima Community College assigns all new students a student identification number. PCC does not use your Social Security numbers for student identification numbers.

Pima Community College requests the Social Security numbers of all students who are U.S. citizens, Resident Aliens, or noncitizens (who have been issued a Social Security number) on the Application for Admission to match current and future records, ensuring that students receive full credit for all academic work. All local, state and federal student financial aid applications, and forms for College employment require student Social Security numbers.

Note: You must provide your Social Security number in the event the College is required by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to file a form 1098-T Tuition Statement.

Before the First Semester

Student requirements for taking the placement tests, meeting with an advisor and registering for classes.

Placement

Evaluation of a student’s skill level in English, mathematics, reading and writing is essential for proper placement in courses and programs at the College. The College utilizes two methods to determine placement, Multiple Measures and Accuplacer placement tests. Students who are required to take the Accuplacer placement tests must start with the pre-placement tutorial in MyPima, under the New Students tab. Students are strongly encouraged to prepare for the tests. Placement tests are offered at campus Testing Centers. Arrangements for qualified disabled students (such as extended time, large print, writing assistants and interpreters) are available through the Access and Disability Resources office.

Special Accommodations

Special accommodations, such as extended time, large print, writing assistants and interpreters, are available for qualified disabled students through the Access and Disability Resources office. For more information, please refer to the Access and Disability Resources section.

Other Testing Services

For students without a high school diploma, PCC offers the GED® (General Education Development) test to earn a High School Equivalency (HSE) diploma. Students take the test on a computer at an authorized testing center. The test is offered in English and Spanish. For GED® test information, locations and hours visit www.GED.com or, call 520-206-7330. Additionally, the institutional TOEFL (Test of English as a Second Language) is available at the West Campus Testing Center and an authorized Pearson VUE Test Center located at Downtown Campus Testing Center provides many exams for workforce certification, including K-12 Teacher, Medical Assistance, Pharmacy Technician, Paramedics, CompTIA and others. Visit www.pearsonvue.com or the exam sponsor for more information and scheduling.

Advising

Students are strongly encouraged to meet with an advisor or counselor on a regular basis, but not less than once per semester, to discuss short and long term academic goals, financial aid options, major and semester course planning, career planning, academic workload and life balancing.

Advising Resources for Students

All students are urged to make use of MyDegreePlan, the College Catalog, the online class schedules, Student Success & Registration Guide, and the Student Handbook when selecting courses or developing an educational plan. These resources are available at a Student Services Center or www.pima.edu. MyDegreePlan is available for all active students through their MyPima student account.

Registration Sessions

New Student Registration Sessions are designed to help students succeed in college, and are highly recommended. Registration Sessions cover the necessary information about programs, services, university transfer, study skills and registration. Each campus provides a schedule for the upcoming semester. Registration Sessions are offered at a variety of times, dates, and in many formats. All degree- and certificate-seeking students new to higher education are required to complete a New Student Registration Session prior to their first semester of taking credit courses. A student may, with the permission of an advisor or counselor, enroll in a designated Student Success course in place of attending a Registration Session. Visit https://pima.edu/admission/new-student-orientation/index.html or contact a Student Services Center for more information.

Declaring a Program of Study

Advising staff and counselors are available at the campuses and online to help you choose the right program of study, which may affect your eligibility for financial aid or veterans’ educational benefits. Declaring a program of study will help you clarify your academic goals and will increase your likelihood of success.

Transfer of Credits into PCC

Students who have taken classes at another college or university may transfer the credits to Pima Community College. The College may accept class credit (with a grade of C, its equal, or better) from colleges and universities accredited by any of the following regional accreditation commissions:

  • Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.
  • The Higher Learning Commission
  • Northwest Commission on Schools, Colleges and Universities
  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Western Association of Schools and Colleges

Pima Community College will also consider international transcripts that have been evaluated by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) or member agency of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO).

To transfer credits to Pima Community College, the student must:

  • Be admitted to Pima Community College
  • Request an official transcript from the institution(s) previously attended be sent to PCC’s Office of Enrollment Services/Registrar:
  • 4905B E. Broadway, Suite 220, Tucson, AZ 85709-1120.
  • The student will be notified when the transcript has been received.
  • Submit a Request for Transcript Evaluation Form for evaluation at a campus Student Services Center.

Military Servicemembers Opportunity College

Pima Community College is an institutional member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC). The SOC is a group of more than 400 college and universities that willingly provide post-secondary (after high school) education to members of the military throughout the world. As a member of the SOC, the College recognizes the unique nature of the military lifestyle.

General Education Mobile (GEM)

Pima Community College is a General Education Mobile (GEM) participating institution. GEM allows active-duty Air Force students to complete their 15-hour Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) General Education Course requirements online through Pima Community College and the General Education Mobile program (GEM) site. Courses are offered in five CCAF general education areas: Oral Communication, Written Communication, Mathematics, Social Sciences and Humanities. For more information, visit https://pima.edu/academics-programs/specialized-programs/general-education-mobile/index.html.

Credit for Prior Learning (CPL)

Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) is a way to earn credit for college-level knowledge or skills you have attained outside the traditional college classroom and have not been previously evaluated for or awarded college credit. CPL credit is not awarded for experience; it is awarded for college-level knowledge gained from experience that is equivalent to the required competencies in a PCC course. Students who apply for CPL can earn up to 50 percent of the credits required for a program of study.

PCC offers the following methods to earn credit for prior learning (NOTE: Not all courses are available in all methods, and some courses may not have any CPL options):

  • National Standardized Tests (information on this form of CPL is detailed below)
  • Challenge Exams/Assessment
  • Evaluated Military Training
  • Noncredit to Credit
  • Evaluated Industry Certificates and Training Programs
  • Portfolio Assessment

For more information, visit a campus Student Services Center to meet with an academic advisor or: https://pima.edu/academics-programs/credit-prior-learning/index.html

Enrolling in Classes

Each semester the College publishes a Student Success & Registration Guide that provides instructions on when and how to register, information on financial aid, advising, student resources, and important dates and deadlines for the upcoming semester or sessions. This guide is available at campus Student Services Centers. A list of classes offered, with the dates, times and locations of each course is available online.

There are two ways to register for classes:

  • MyPima online registration
  • Walk-in registration at campus Student Services Centers

Students can audit most credit classes with the instructor’s permission. Auditing a class means that you enroll, pay for, attend and do work for the class but do not receive credit or a grade. Audit registration must be conducted in person at a campus or district admissions office between the first day of class and the drop/refund deadline for the class. Once you begin a course for credit, you cannot change to audit status.

Student enrollment is not official for any academic term until all tuition and fees are paid.

For more information:

  • See www.pima.edu
  • Contact a campus Student Services Center or call the general information line 520-206-4500.

Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester

To promote student success and retention, the College limits the number of credits in which a student can enroll each term. Students can enroll in a maximum of 18 credit hours in the fall and spring semesters and 12 credit hours in summer sessions. Enrollment beyond these limits requires approval from the Director of Student Affairs or designee. Students are encouraged to meet with an advisor to discuss the appropriate maximum number of credits for their individual circumstances. Credits or coursework taken concurrently outside of Pima Community College should be taken into consideration. For more information, please contact a campus Student Services Center.

Course Prerequisites

Students must meet course prerequisites as stated in this catalog and class schedules, or demonstrate to the instructor their ability to take the class. If the student does not have the proper prerequisite(s) for the class the student will not be allowed to register for the class or, if the prerequisite was not successfully completed, the student may be dropped from the class.

Important Student Information

Student Rights and Responsibilities

All PCC students are considered to be responsible individuals and are accountable for their own behavior. The College expects all students to obey local, state and federal laws, and to follow the College’s Student Code of Conduct. Those standards, as well as the student complaint process, are explained online under Student Rights and Responsibilities at https://pima.edu/student-resources/student-policies-complaints/index.html.

If You Have a Problem

Students with general complaints should see the campus Vice President or Director of Student Affairs for guidance in resolving problems. Student Rights and Responsibilities regarding procedures for appealing grades or code of conduct penalties can be found online at www.pima.edu.

Religious Observances

Pima Community College accommodates the religious observances and practices of students unless it will result in undue hardship to College programs. Arrangements should be made with the instructor at least two weeks in advance.

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

FERPA is the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 that requires students to provide written permission for release of their grades and other information. This act was designed to protect the privacy of educational records, to establish the right of students to inspect and review their educational records, and to provide guidelines for correcting inaccurate or misleading data through informal or formal hearings.

When a student turns 18 or enters PCC at any age, all rights afforded to parents under FERPA transfer to the student. However, FERPA also allows PCC to share information with parents without the student’s consent. For example PCC may:

  • Disclose education records to parents if the student is a dependent for income tax purposes. However, disclosure is at the discretion of the Registrar and the request must be based on a legitimate educational interest;
  • Disclose education records to parents if a health or safety emergency involves their child;
  • Inform parents if their student (who is younger than 21) has violated any law or its policy concerning the use or possession of alcohol or a controlled substance;
  • Share information that is based on an official’s personal knowledge or observation of the student.

FERPA and Emergencies

FERPA permits PCC officials to disclose education records without student consent in an emergency, including personally identifiable information from those records, to protect the health and safety of students or other individuals. At such times, records and information may be released to appropriate parties such as law enforcement or public health officials, and trained medical personnel. This exception to FERPA’s general consent rule is limited to the period of the emergency and generally does not allow for a blanket release of personally identifiable information from a student’s education records.

FERPA and Disciplinary Records

While student disciplinary records are protected as education records under FERPA, there are certain circumstances in which disciplinary records may be disclosed without the student’s consent. PCC may disclose to an alleged victim of any crime of violence or non-forcible sex offense the final results of a disciplinary proceeding conducted by PCC against the alleged perpetrator of that crime, regardless of whether the institution concluded a violation was committed. PCC may disclose to anyone - not just the victim - the final results of a disciplinary proceeding, if it determines that the student is an alleged perpetrator of a crime of violence or non-forcible sex offense, and with respect to the allegation made against him or her, the student has committed a violation of PCC rules or policies.

FERPA and Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS)

FERPA permits PCC to comply with information requests from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its Immigration and Customs Enforcement Bureau (ICE) in order to comply with the requirements of SEVIS. Officials who have specific questions about this and other matters involving international students should contact the U.S. Department of Education’s Family Policy Compliance Office.

FERPA and Transfer of Education Records

FERPA permits PCC officials to disclose any and all education records, including disciplinary records, to another institution at which the student seeks or intends to enroll. While student consent is not required for transferring education records, PCC’s annual FERPA notification should indicate that such disclosures are made. In the absence of information about disclosures in the annual FERPA notification, PCC officials must make a reasonable attempt to notify the student about the disclosure, unless the student initiates the disclosure.

FERPA and Directory Information

The College may disclose directory information without prior written consent, unless notified by the student in writing by the first official class meeting date of each semester.

Directory information includes:

  • Student name
  • Major field of study
  • Participation in officially recognized activities and sports
  • Dates of attendance
  • Degrees and awards received
  • Most recent educational institution attended
  • Enrollment status (i.e. full-time, three-quarter-time, half-time, less than half-time, withdrawn, graduated or deceased)
  • College-issued email address (e.g. jdoe@pima.edu)

FERPA Contact

Director of Enrollment Services/Registrar
520-206-4700

Family Policy Compliance Office

U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Ave. S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20202-5920
202-260-3887

Academic Reporting

Throughout the United States, colleges and universities monitor the progress students make in achieving their academic goals. PCC is pleased to provide information regarding our institution’s graduation/completion and transfer rates, in compliance with the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended. Student success information, including information about student-athletes, is available online at www.pima.edu, or call 520-206-4500 and ask to receive a copy of the Student Right to Know brochure.

Academic Policies: Grades, Academic Progress and Student Classification

Grading Policies

Grades/statuses at Pima Community College are recorded at the end of each session according to the following system:

​A - Superior = 4 grade points per credit hour

B - Above Average = 3 grade points per credit hour

C - Average = 2 grade points per credit hour

D - Below Average = 1 grade point per credit hour

F - Failure = 0 grade point per credit hour

P - Pass = “C” or better without grade differentiation ordinarily indicated by the College grading system. A “D” grade may be given at the student’s request and the instructor’s option.

I - Incomplete: A record of Incomplete as a grade will be made at the student’s request and the instructor’s option. A student receiving a grade of “I” will be provided with a standard form specifying the work necessary for completion of the course. After the student completes the work, or after the “I” deadline set by the instructor, the instructor submits a Change of Grade form to the campus Student Services Center. If no Change of Grade form is submitted within a year, the “I” will be automatically changed to “F.”

IP - Work in progress in open entry/open exit course. A record of “IP” (in progress) as a grade will be made when a student is making satisfactory progress in a course that crosses sections in start and end dates. At the specified end date of the course, the student will be assigned a grade of “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” “F,” “I,” “P,” or “W.”

W - Withdrawal: A status of Withdrawal is assigned in one of the following ways:

  1. The student officially withdraws from the class after the drop deadline and on or before the 67% point of the term which is the official withdrawal date.
  2. The instructor records a “W” as part of the 45th day reporting, if appropriate.
  3. A Student Affairs administrator processes an Administrative Withdrawal after the official withdrawal date if requested by the student and only if an exceptional circumstance outside the student’s control prevented the student from completing the class.

X - Credit by Exam: An “X” placed next to the grade indicates the grade was earned through the successful completion of a proficiency test.

PLA - Prior Learning Assessment: “PLA” placed next to the grade indicates the grade was earned through PLA assessment.

AU - Audit: To audit a class means to enroll in and to attend a class without working for or expecting to receive credit. The symbol for audit, “AU,” appears on the academic transcript and on the class enrollment list by the student’s name. Students auditing a class must register by the end of the official refund period and must receive the written permission of the instructor.

Grade Point Average (GPA) Calculation

The GPA is figured by multiplying the number of credit hours for each class by the number of points for the grade given and dividing the sum of the points by the total number of credit hours of “A,” “B,” “C,” “D” and “F” grades. The GPA is based only on work completed at Pima Community College. A complete record of all credit courses attempted at the College is kept for each student.

Grade Reports

Grades are viewable on the student’s MyPima Academics tab. Grade reports or mailers are not mailed.

Appeal of Grades

To challenge a grade, a student must do so through a formal process. Please refer to https://pima.edu/student-resources/student-policies-complaints/complaint-processes/index.html.

Course Repeat Grades

The higher of two grades earned for the same class will be used to figure the GPA. The higher of the two grades will be included (I) and the other will be excluded (E). Both courses will appear on the student’s transcript (special courses that are repeated more than twice may not fall under this guideline.) See a counselor for additional information.

Clock Hour Grading Policy

Grades for Clock Hour programs at Pima Community College are recorded at the end of each module according to the following system:

F - Failure = failed clock hour module with less than 80%; without grade differentiation ordinarily indicated by the College grading system. 

P - Pass = 80% or better without grade differentiation ordinarily indicated by the College grading system. 

W - Withdrawal: A Withdrawal is assigned in one of the following ways:

  1. The student officially withdraws from the class after the drop deadline and on or before the 67% point of the term which is the official withdrawal date.
  2. At the discretion of the faculty on or before the 50% point of the module. The last date that a student is engaged in an academically related activity will be recorded in conjunction with this grade.
  3. A Student Affairs administrator processes an Administrative Withdrawal after the official withdrawal date if requested by the student and only if an exceptional circumstance outside the student’s control prevented the student from completing the class.

IP - In Progress: This grade is used for incomplete module work that must be moved from one academic year to the next.

Standards of Academic Progress for Credit Students

Good Academic Standing

To have Good Academic Standing, a student must complete the minimum academic requirements, maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 and have a completion rate of 67 percent. Completion rates are calculated by dividing the number of credits a student attempts by the number of credits they have completed. Withdrawals and retakes are included in this calculation. Satisfactory Academic Progress will be assessed by the institution at the end of each semester.

Academic Warning

The first semester a student falls below a 2.0 GPA and 67 percent completion rate, the student will be placed on Academic Warning. Veteran Benefit Recipients (VBRs) and Financial Aid eligible students (FAES) are eligible to use benefits while on Warning.

Academic Probation

Any student on Academic Warning whose GPA remains below 2.0 and 67 percent completion rate, will be placed on Academic Probation. VBR’s must meet with their veteran advisor. VBR’s are eligible to use VA benefits while on Probation. FAES are only eligible to use their aid if an appeal has been approved by Financial Aid.

Academic Restriction

In any subsequent semester following Academic Probation where the GPA remains below 2.0, the student will be placed on Academic Restriction. During Academic Restriction, students are limited in the total amount of credit hours they are allowed to take per semester until they’ve achieved a semester GPA of 2.0 or higher. Full-year programs and selective programs require faculty approval.

Academic Extension

In any subsequent semester following either Academic Probation or Restriction a student has a term GPA of 2.0 but does not yet meet the cumulative requirements (2.0 and 67 percent completion rate) will be placed on Academic Extension. Academic Extension is for the student who is making progress towards graduation on a term-to-term basis. VBR’s are eligible to use VA benefits while on Extension. FAES are only eligible to use their aid if an appeal has been approved by Financial Aid.

Veteran Benefit Recipient (VBR) Standards of Academic Progress (SAP) Appeals:

  • If you failed to maintain Academic Good Standing due to unforeseeable extenuating circumstances you may appeal your loss of VA benefit eligibility. For further information see the Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal Information/Form.
  • Students have a right to appeal their SAP status through the Military and Veteran Services Appeal Committee.
  • If your SAP appeal is denied you can only re-appeal if you have extenuating circumstances and/or documentation that you did not include with your initial appeal submission. Only one appeal is permitted for the same semester the student has not met SAP 
  • All students who submit an appeal must meet with their Veteran Advisor to develop an academic plan and agree to adhere to all associated requirements. 
  • If your appeal has been approved, you must adhere to the associated academic plan during any semester you are on SAP probation. Your probation will continue to be extended as long as significant academic progress continues or until you are back in good academic standing. 
  • Students are eligible to use Veterans Educational Benefits during the extended Probation period.
  • Students with an approved appeal will remain on SAP probation until they achieve good academic standing provided they make significant academic progress each semester. Failure to show academic progress will result in suspension of Veteran Educational Benefits. 
  • If a student has not met Satisfactory Academic Progress and/or their appeal has been denied, their eligibility to use Veteran Educational Benefits will be suspended for all subsequent classes. If the appeal is approved the courses will be retroactively certified. 
  • The Veteran Services Office will review the student’s progress at the end of the probationary semester to determine if the terms of the academic plan have been met. 
  • If a student leaves PCC on probation and returns they will remain on probation until Satisfactory Academic Progress has been met or eligibility is suspended. 
  • The committee’s decision is final and may not be appealed because the student disagrees with the decision.

Veteran Benefit Recipient (VBR) Academic Improvement Plan Requirements:

In order for Veterans Educational Benefits to be reinstated after suspension, the student must provide to their veteran advisor:

  • A statement describing actions taken to ensure Satisfactory Academic Progress
  • Maintain satisfactory evaluations and attendance
  • Student may not change their program of study without the consent and counsel of their assigned veteran advisor.
  • Veteran Educational Benefits will be suspended if the student does not adhere to the Academic Improvement Plan and does not meet SAP Standards.

Academic Fresh Start Program

The Academic Fresh Start program allows a one-time forgiveness of up to 30 failed credits (grades of “D” or “F” only), from no more than four academic semesters. To be considered eligible, students must have completed their courses at least three years prior to the submission of the request. All grades representing the student’s academic history will remain on the student’s academic record (transcript). All academic Fresh Start approved courses will be excluded from the calculation of the grade point average (GPA). Academic Fresh Start does not change the status of a previously earned degree or certificate.

Since the student’s complete record of academic history (before and after Academic Fresh Start) remains on the transcript, other institutions may consider all classes when a student transfers or applies to a professional or graduate-level program.

For additional information, the student should see a PCC counselor. VBR’s must consult with their veteran advisor prior to applying for Fresh Start.

Satisfactory Academic Progress for CTD Clock Hour Students Good Academic Standing

  • Students are in good academic standing if they have a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 from prior credit courses taken at Pima Community College and 80% or higher course grading in each of their clock hour modules. (Students earning a grade of “P” in program modules have demonstrated at least 80% or higher competency for that module. Students will not move forward in their course module if they do not meet the 80% requirement in grade or attendance.)
  • If students fail to achieve Good Academic Standing, they will be placed on Academic Warning, indicating a serious institutional concern about their academic progress.

Frequency of Evaluation

  • For Veterans Benefits Recipient (VBR) students in a clock hour program, Standards of Academic Progress (SAP) will be evaluated via Individual Progress Reports (IPRs) at the following three (3) intervals:

- When the student has attended 25% of their scheduled clock hours, and
- When the student has attended 50% of their scheduled clock hours, and
- When the student has attended 75% of their scheduled clock hours.

  • VBR students requesting a Leave of Absence (LOA) will receive a withdrawal effective the last date of attendance. This could potentially create a debt with the VA unless documentation of mitigating circumstances are submitted to their Veteran Advisor or directly to the VA (in an attempt to avoid a debt).
  • If a student on Academic Warning regains Good Academic Standing by their next SAP review, the student will be removed from Academic Warning.
  • Students on Academic Warning who do not regain Good Academic Standing will be placed on Academic Suspension and ineligible for VA benefits for a minimum of 90 days.

Academic Warning

  • At the indicated evaluation periods, SAP will be run and academic progress will be evaluated using an IPR. Students who are not in Good Academic Standing will be placed on Academic Warning.
  • Students may still use Veterans Education Benefits while on Academic Warning.
  • When placed on Academic Warning students will be sent an email through their official Pima email address.
  • Students must meet with a counselor, CTD advisor, and Military and Veteran Services advisor for further academic support and needs.
  • Students must have an immediate IPR meeting to set up a plan for success. This meeting will include the student, the program coordinator, faculty/instructor and student services personnel.
  • Academic Warning continues until the student is reevaluated after attending an additional 25% of scheduled clock hours (based on the frequency of evaluation for VBR students). 
  • At the next SAP review, academic progress is evaluated using the program IPR to determine if the student has returned to a good academic standing or academic suspension.

Academic Suspension

  • If students on Academic Warning have not achieved Good Academic Standing at the point of the next SAP review, they will be put on Academic Suspension for 90 days and will not be eligible to continue using VA Educational Benefits during that time.
  • If Academically Suspended, students using Veteran Education Benefits will have their VA certifications terminated based on their Last Day of Attendance.
  • Students that are Academically Suspended may continue the program at their own cost.
  • After 90 days, the student may resume using VA benefits.
  • Upon return, students will be placed on an Academic Warning status until they regain Good Academic standing.

Appeals

  • Students who want to appeal their Academic Suspension may do so to the academic program dean. If the student is readmitted, they will again become eligible to use their Veteran Education Benefits.

Readmission

  • Clock hour students who are academically disqualified and want to return to the program, must sit out a minimum of 90 days, demonstrate that they meet all selective admissions standards and be approved for readmission by the Program Coordinator and CTD Director.

Financial Aid Academic Standing

Students receiving financial aid have additional and separate policies and requirements regarding their Academic Standing. Information is available at https://pima.edu/paying-for-college/financial-aid/satisfactory-progress.html.

Satisfactory Academic Progress for International Students

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services/U.S. Department of Homeland Security require schools to have and enforce standards of academic progress for international students. If a student has extenuating circumstances that prevented successful course completion, he/she should discuss their situation with a PCC International Student Advisor. The following pertains to PCC F-1 students only:

  1. The law requires that international students meet the College’s Standards of Academic Progress (SAP). SAP will be reviewed at the end of every semester. Withdrawals and incomplete grades are considered attempted but not completed credits. Repeated classes in which a passing grade has already been earned are not applicable towards full-time enrollment status.
    1. An international student will be placed on Warning or Probation in accordance with the College’s SAP. Students on Warning or Probation must meet with an International Student Advisor to develop a Learning Agreement.
    2. Failure to meet SAP for three consecutive semesters or falling below full-time enrollment at any point during the semester without prior authorization from the Center for International Education and Global Engagement (CIEGE) will result in a terminated I-20 Form.
    3. Once an I-20 Form has been terminated for failure to maintain SAP, the student must immediately leave the United States as immigration regulations provide no grace period.

Instructions for submitting an International Warning/Probation Appeal:

  • Submit the following to the Center for International Education and Global Engagement (CIEGE)
  • A typed and signed personal statement explaining the circumstances contributing to your inability to maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress. You must address all unsuccessful courses and how your circumstances have changed.
  • Documentation to support your statement. Your appeal will be denied if documentation is not provided or is insufficient to prove your circumstances.
  • Appeals are reviewed by CIEGE within 3-5 business days. You will be informed of the decision through your PCC email account. All decisions are final.

Student Classification and Standing

Pima Community College students will be classified using the following criteria:

Full-Time Student

Students enrolled for 12 or more credit hours for the fall or spring semester, six or more credit hours for a 10-week summer session, or four or more credit hours for a five-week summer session will be classified as full-time students.

Note: For financial aid purposes, summer session students must enroll for a total of 12 hours in one or any combination of the established summer sessions to be considered full-time students.

Part-Time Student

Students enrolled for one to 11 credit hours during the fall or spring semester, five or fewer credit hours for a 10-week summer session, or three or fewer credit hours for a five-week summer session will be classified as part-time students.

Freshman

Students who have earned fewer than 28 semester hours of credit will be considered freshmen.

Sophomore

Students who have earned 28 or more semester hours of credit will be considered sophomores.

General Attendance Policy

Class Attendance and Participation

PCC recognizes that attending college, whether you are a new or continuing student, can be both exciting and challenging. However, your regular attendance and active participation contribute not only to your academic success and standing but may have a significant impact on your ability to receive Federal Financial Aid and Veterans Benefits.

Tracking Attendance and/or Participation in Credit Classes

The College tracks credit class attendance and notifies students if their attendance record might jeopardize their success, aid and/or benefits. The College must make adjustments in Veterans Benefits and Federal Financial Aid when a student drops a class and/or when a student no longer attends or actively participates. These adjustments may result in students owing funds to the College, the U.S. Department of Education, and/or the Veterans Administration.

What you need to know:

  • Prior to the drop deadline, you must attend and/or actively participate in your class(es). The drop date can be found in your syllabus. If you do not attend and/or actively participate by the drop deadline, your instructor will enter NA, Never Attended, on the roster and the registration will be dropped for that class. A refund will be issued.
  • After the drop deadline, if you are registered but not attending and/or actively participating for 14 days, your status will be changed to RN, Registered - Not Attending, for the class and you may be issued a withdrawal by the instructor. You will receive a notification from the College indicating that you are in an RN registration status.
  • Failure to complete courses for which you register, and or receiving withdrawal or failing grades, will impact your academic standing with the College.

What can you do:

  • See your syllabus and/or contact your instructor to find out how attendance and/or active participation are defined for your class(es).
  • Contact your instructor if you have to miss a class.
  • If you receive an RN notification and plan to continue in the class:

- check the attendance policy for your class and see your instructor
- return to class and/or resume active participation

  • If you receive an RN notification and do not plan to continue in the class, contact an advisor or counselor about withdrawing from the class.
  • If you have questions about your aid or benefits, contact the Financial Aid Office at 520-206-4950 or fahelp@pima.edu or contact your assigned Veterans advisor found in the Veterans tab of MyPima.
  • Contact a campus Student Services Center for further information about registration statuses, attendance, withdrawing and academic success resources.

Center for Training and Development (CTD) Attendance Policy

Preface

These procedures are for the Center for Training and Development (CTD) clock-hour certificate programs only. Credit programs follow the standard PCC systems.

Clock-hour Department Titles:

The divisions within CTD are

  • Business Technology

​Accounting
Computer/IT
General Office
Legal Office
Medical Office

  • Nursing Professions

​Nursing Assistant
Practical Nursing
RN and LPN Refresher

  • Health Occupations

​Patient Care Technician
Surgical Technology

Documents used as part of this process:

  • Student Attendance Sheet
  • Student Leave of Absence Forms
  • Individual Progress Reports

Student Attendance Procedure

  1. All student attendance is captured utilizing the student attendance spreadsheet. This form that calculates hours offered, hours attended, and hours absent. It also records leaves of absence and scheduled days off.
    1. Leave of Absence is defined as a period that students remain enrolled with a program but are not in training. The duration of a leave of absence is established by Federal Financial Aid guidelines.
      1. Students on federal financial aid must follow the federal aid guidelines. No exceptions are allowed.
      2. Students not on financial aid still follow the established guidelines; however, additional time or leaves of absence may be granted by the CTD Director with documented evidence of both extreme circumstances and that the additional time or opportunity most likely will help to resolve the extreme circumstances.
    2. Scheduled Days Off is defined as a day or days in which education is not offered to the student or groups of students. These are established by PCC’s Academic Calendar, the students course schedule, and by the CTD Director. The total continuous scheduled days off cannot exceed two weeks unless the College is closed for a duration longer than two weeks which is a decision established by the Chancellor, Campus President, and possibly the Governing Board.
  2. Attendance is gathered daily through timesheets, timecards, online tracking, and similar systems. The official record is the Student Attendance Sheet.
  3. Weekly attendance is reported to Financial Aid for those students receiving financial aid.
  4. Monthly attendance is reported to agencies sponsoring students.
  5. Attendance is one of the items monitored for student progress, success, and completion. It is also for FTSE reporting purposes.

Scheduled Days Off

  1. Established by the College’s Academic Calendar, student course schedule, and/or CTD Director.
    1. Scheduled Days Off reflect holidays, College closures, CTD Closures, Student Activity closures, and breaks between classes.
  2. Documented on the student attendance as a scheduled day off using a SDO indicator.
  3. These do not count towards hours offered. No training was offered on scheduled days off.

Student Attendance Requirements

  1. Students are required to attend a minimum of 90% of the offered hours for each module. Students who fail to attend at least 90% of the offered hours for any module will fail the module. Specific modules may require 100% attendance; this will be noted in the syllabus for that module. For modules without finite start and end dates, as in the case of Culinary Arts, Business Technology and Medical Office Modules, students who are slow to progress due to poor attendance will first receive a warning via their Individual Progress Report (IPR) and then will fail that module or modules. Module failure will be documented on the IPR from.
  2. Absences up to 10% of the clock hours in a payment period are considered to be excused absences. Absences in excess of 10% may be considered as excused under extenuating circumstances with supporting documentation submitted by the student. Excused absences will be determined by the instructor, program coordinator or CTD Director. Any absences in excess of 10% will NOT be considered excused for financial aid purposes.
  3. Students who have reached 100% of their completion time but have not yet completed their program, need the written approval of the Program Coordinator or the CTD Director and the approval of any applicable funding agency prior to be extended and continue in the program. Modules not completed will be graded with a failing grade and students will need to be re-enrolled in any modules they are repeating due to failures.

Leave of Absence

  1. A student may request a Leave of Absence (LOA) due to unforeseen barriers that prevent the student from completing training and have a reasonable expectation of the student’s return.
  2. The student must request an LOA in advance, utilizing a Leave of Absence Form, which includes the reason for the LOA.
    1.  In some cases a student may not be available when the emergency occurs. In those cases the coordinator of the program may note on the Leave of Absence Form that the student was unavailable but was notified of the impact the leave of absence will have on them and the reason the student was unavailable (for example, hospitalization). The form must be collected at a later date.
  3. The program coordinator or CTD director must approve a leave of absence in order to verify that the student and program know the impact of the leave of absence on the students training. Students must also sign the FA acknowledgement if they are receiving federal financial aid so they understand the impact of the leave of absence regarding their funding and financial aid.
  4. Any time additional fees are charged (i.e. repeat class that is not free), this must be considered an exit and then a new enrollment, with a new enrollment agreement. This is not a Leave of Absence. This is regardless of receipt of Federal Financial Aid or other assistance.
  5. A student can return to class prior to the end of the LOA, but the LOA does not end until a student has returned AND completed hours to the point in which they left the program (If a student repeats hours, they must complete the repeat hours prior to be taken off of an LOA).
  6. If a student fails to return from an LOA, the student’s withdrawal date is the student’s last date of attendance.
  7. LOA has a time limit of 180 days in 12 months and includes all repeated hours, weekends and scheduled breaks.
  8. Leaves of absences for students on financial aid must comply with current financial aid guidelines throughout the time they are granted. Leave of absences will be Approved or Unapproved for federal financial purposes according to federal financial aid guidelines.
  9. Students not on financial aid must follow the financial aid guidelines for the general leaves of absence. Absences for students on financial aid must comply with current financial aid guidelines throughout the time they are granted. Leave of absences will be Approved or Unapproved for federal financial purposes according to federal financial aid guidelines.

 

National Standardized Tests

Pass these national exams to earn equivalent college credit:

  • Advanced Placement (AP)
  • Cambridge International Exams (CIE)
  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
  • College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)
  • Dantes (DSST)

Credits earned through this process:

  • may meet general education requirements-the display will indicate general education categories that the exam may fulfill
  • may or may not transfer to other colleges or universities-exams are re-evaluated upon transfer to another institution so students planning to transfer should check with the transfer institution to determine if and how credits are awarded
  • do not fulfill the requirement of completing 15 credits at PCC
  • cannot be used in qualifying a student for veterans’ education benefits
  • are not eligible for financial assistance
  • are awarded a grade of “TP” and will not be stated in terms of a specific course grade. No record is made of failing scores.
  • have a limit of 30 credits

Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and Cambridge International Exams (CIE) Programs

Pima Community College accepts many Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and Cambridge International Exam (CIE) credits. Taking AP, IB or CIE courses in high school can accelerate a student’s college career. At PCC, students can earn up to 30 credits toward a degree simply by taking examinations at the end of AP, IB, or CIE classes. Credits earned based on exam performance may be counted toward a certificate or degree, including General Education requirements. See the following AP, CIE and IB credit tables. Contact a Pima Community College advisor to confirm course credit toward specific programs.

An effort has been made to match Pima Community College’s AP, IB and CIE scores and equivalencies with those of the three state universities. For more information, visit the AZTransfer website http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/ATASS.woa/wa/EEG.

Please refer to the table on the following pages for the required scores for course equivalencies and any General Education credit awarded. These scores are reviewed annually by the respective discipline faculty and the College Curriculum Office.

College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) and DSST

The College-Level Examination Program and DSST offer a means by which students can obtain college credits without having to enroll formally in the courses. Pima Community College accepts certain CLEP and DSST for college credit, providing satisfactory scores are attained. Students must pay a registration service fee and an examination fee for each test. CLEP examinations are offered at PCC’s Northwest Campus (520-206-2212) and the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base Education Center (520-206-4866), as well as the University of Arizona Testing Office (520-621-7589). Contact these offices to obtain information on the specific examinations offered.

In most cases an effort has been made to match Pima Community College’s CLEP and DSST scores with those of the three state universities when those scores align. Otherwise PCC tries to match those at the University of Arizona.

CLEP and DSST credit may fulfill Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC) credit and/or Occupational General Education credit if the CLEP score results in credit given in a course in the General Education list. For example, a score of 56 on the “Western Civilization II: 1648 to Present” test results in HIS 102 credit that will fulfill AGEC and Occupational General Education requirements.

For CLEP and DSST, please refer to the tables on the following pages for the required scores for course equivalencies and any General Education credit awarded. These scores are reviewed annually by the respective discipline faculty and College Curriculum Office.

Advanced Placement (AP)

Advanced Placement (AP) Table

Exam Title Exam Score PCC General Education Category PCC Course Equivalency PCC Credit
Art History
 
4 or 5
3
Humanities and Fine Arts - Humanities
Humanities and Fine Arts - Humanities
ART 130 & 131
ART 130 or 131
6
3
Art: Studio Art–2D 4 or 5 Humanities and Fine Arts—Fine Arts ART 115 3
Art: Studio Art–3D 4 or 5 Humanities and Fine Arts—Fine Arts ART 120 3
Art: Studio Art-Drawing 4 or 5 Humanities and Fine Arts—Fine Arts ART 110 3
Biology 4 or 5
3
Biological and Physical Sciences
Biological and Physical Sciences
BIO 181IN & 182IN
BIO 100IN
8
4
Calculus
A/B exam
B/C exam
B/C exam

3, 4 or 5
4 or 5
3

Mathematics
Mathematics
Mathematics

MAT 220
MAT 220 & 231
MAT 220

5
9
5
Chemistry
 
5
4
Biological and Physical Sciences
Biological and Physical Sciences
CHM 151IN & 152IN
CHM 151IN
8
4
Chinese Language and Culture

 
5
4
3
Other Requirements-Second Language
Other Requirements-Second Language
Other Requirements-Second Language
CHI 101, 102, 201 & ZTR LA**
CHI 101, 102 & 201
CHI 101 & 102
20
15
10
Computer Science A 4 or 5 None CIS 131 4
Computer Science Principles 3, 4 or 5 None CIS 129 3
Economics
Macroeconomics
Microeconomics

4 or 5
4 or 5

Social and Behavioral Sciences
Social and Behavioral Sciences

ECN 202
ECN 201

3
3
English
Language/Composition
Literature

4 or 5
4 or 5

English Composition or None
English Composition or None

WRT 101 or ZTR ELEC*
WRT 101 or ZTR ELEC*

3
3
Environmental Science 4 or 5 None ZTR ELEC* 3
European History
 
4 or 5
 
Humanities and Fine Arts - Humanities OR
Social and Behavioral Sciences
HIS 101 & 102
 
6
 
French Language and Culture

 
5
4
3
Other Requirements—Second Language
Other Requirements—Second Language
Other Requirements—Second Language
FRE 101, 102, 201 & 202
FRE 101, 102 & 201
FRE 101 & 102
16
12
8
German Language and Culture

 
5
4
3
Other Requirements—Second Language
Other Requirements—Second Language
Other Requirements—Second Language
GER 101, 102, 201 & 202
GER 101, 102 & 201
GER 101 & 102
16
12
8
Government & Politics
Comparative
United States

4 or 5
4 or 5

Social and Behavioral Sciences
Social and Behavioral Sciences

POS 204
POS 201

3
3
Human Geography 4 or 5 Social and Behavioral Science GEO 103 3
Italian Language and Culture 5
4
3
Other Requirements-Second Language
Other Requirements-Second Language
Other Requirements-Second Language
ZTR LA**
ZTR LA**
ZTR LA**
16
12
8
Japanese Language and Culture

 
5
4
3
Other Requirements-Second Language
Other Requirements-Second Language
Other Requirements-Second Language
JPN 101, 102, 201 & 202
JPN 101, 102 & 201
JPN 101 & 102
20
15
10
Latin 3, 4 or 5 Other Requirements-Second Language ZTR LA** 8
Music Theory 4 or 5 Humanities & Fine Arts - Fine Arts MUS 125 & 127 4
Physics
Physics 1
Physics 2
Physics C - Electricity & Magnetism
Physics C – Mechanics

4 or 5
4 or 5
3, 4 or 5
3, 4 or 5

Biological and Physical Sciences
Biological and Physical Sciences
Biological and Physical Sciences
Biological and Physical Sciences

PHY 121IN
PHY 122IN
PHY 122IN
PHY 121IN

4
4
4
4
Psychology 4 or 5 Social and Behavioral Sciences PSY 101 3
Research 3, 4 or 5 None ZTR ELEC* 3
Seminar 3, 4 or 5 None ZTR ELEC* 3
Spanish Language
 
4 or 5
3
Other Requirements—Second Language
Other Requirements—Second Language
SPA 101, 102, 201, 202 & 251
SPA 101, 102, 201 202
19
16
Spanish Literature & Culture
 
4 or 5
3
Other Requirements—Second Language
Other Requirements—Second Language
SPA 101, 102, 201, 202 & 251
SPA 101, 102, 201 & 202
19
16
Statistics 3, 4 or 5 Mathematics (AGEC-A only) MAT 167 3
U.S. History 4 or 5 Social and Behavioral Sciences HIS 141 & 142 6
World History
 
4 or 5
 
Humanities and Fine Arts – Humanities OR
Social and Behavioral Sciences
ZTR HU or ZTR SB***
 
6
 

* ZTR ELEC awards credit as an elective applicable toward transfer degrees.
** ZTR LA awards credit toward AGEC Other Requirements - Second Language
*** ZTR HU or ZTR SB awards credit toward either AGEC Humanities and Fine Arts - Humanities or AGEC Social and Behavioral Sciences. The default is Social and Behavioral Sciences.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB)

International Baccalaureate (IB) Table

Exam Title Exam Score PCC General Education Category PCC Course Equivalency PCC Credit
Biology (HL)
 
5, 6 or 7
Biological and Physical Sciences
Biological and Physical Sciences
BIO 181IN & 182IN
BIO 100IN
8
4
Biology (SL) 4, 5, 6, 7 None ZTR ELEC* 3
Business and Management (HL) 5, 6 or 7 None ZTR ELEC* 3
Business and Management (SL) 5, 6 or 7 None ZTR ELEC* 3
Chemistry (HL)
 
5, 6 or 7
4
Biological and Physical Sciences
Biological and Physical Sciences
CHM 151IN & 152IN
CHM 151IN
8
4
Classical Languages: Latin (HL) 4, 5, 6 or 7 Other Requirements - Second Language ZTR LA** 8
Computer Science (HL) 5, 6 or 7 None CIS 279 4
Computer Science (SL) 4, 5, 6 or 7 None ZTR ELEC* 3
Economics (HL) 5, 6 or 7 Social and Behavioral Sciences ECN 201 & 202 6
English A (HL)
 
5, 6 or 7
4
English Composition
None
WRT 101
ZTR ELEC*
3
3
Environmental Systems & Society 5, 6, 7 None ZTR ELEC* 3
French B (HL)


 
7
6
5
4
Other Requirements - Second Language
Other Requirements - Second Language
Other Requirements - Second Language
Other Requirements - Second Language
FRE 101, 102, 201 & 202
FRE 101, 102, & 201
FRE 101 & 102
FRE 101
16
12
8
8
Geography (HL) 5, 6 or 7 Social and Behavioral Sciences GEO 103 3
German B (HL)


 
7
6
5
4
Other Requirements - Second Language
Other Requirements - Second Language
Other Requirements - Second Language
Other Requirements - Second Language
GER 101, 102, 201 & 202
GER 101, 102, & 201
GER 101 & 102
GER 101
16
12
8
8
History (SL) 5, 6 or 7 Social and Behavioral Sciences ZTR ELEC* 3
History - Africa & the Middle East (HL) 5, 6 or 7 None ZTR ELEC* 3
History - Americas (HL)


 
5, 6 or 7

4
Humanities and Fine Arts - Humanities OR
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Humanities and Fine Arts - Humanities OR
Social and Behavioral Sciences
HIS 141 & 142

HIS 141
 

6

3
History - Asia and Oceania (HL) 5, 6 or 7 None ZTR ELEC* 6
History - Europe (HL)


 
5, 6 or 7

4
Humanities and Fine Arts—Humanities OR
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Humanities and Fine Arts—Humanities OR
Social and Behavioral Sciences
HIS 101 & 102

HIS 101
 
6

3
 
History - Islamic (HL) 5, 6 or 7 None ZTR ELEC* 3
Information Technology in a Global Society (HL) 5, 6 or 7 None ZTR ELEC* 3
Information Technology in a Global Society (SL) 5, 6 or 7 None ZTR ELEC* 3
Language A: Language & Literature (HL) 5, 6 or 7 English Composition WRT 101 3
Language A: Literature (HL) 5, 6 or 7 English Composition WRT 101 3
Mathematics (HL) 5, 6 or 7 Mathematics MAT 220 5
Mathematics (SL) 5, 6 or 7 Mathematics (AGEC-A Only) MAT 142 3
Music (HL) 5, 6 or 7 Humanities and Fine Arts – Humanities MUS 201 & 202 6
Spanish B (HL)
 
5, 6 or 7
4
Other Requirements - Second Language
Other Requirements - Second Language
SPA 201 & 202
SPA 101 & 102
8
8
Physics (HL)
 
6 or 7
5
Biological and Physical Sciences
Biological and Physical Sciences
PHY 121IN & 122IN
PHY 121IN
8
4
Physics (SL) 6 or 7 Biological and Physical Sciences PHY 121IN 4
Psychology (HL) 5, 6 or 7 Social and Behavioral Sciences PSY 101 3
Psychology (SL) 4, 5, 6 or 7 None ZTR ELEC* 3
Social and Cultural Anthropology (HL) 4 Social and Behavioral Sciences ANT 102 3
Sports, Exercise, & Health Science (SL) 5, 6, 7 None ZTR ELEC* 3
Theatre (HL) 4, 5, 6 or 7 Humanities and Fine Arts – Humanities ZTR HU* 3
Theatre (SL) 4, 5, 6 or 7 Humanities and Fine Arts – Humanities ZTR HU* 3
Visual Arts (HL)
 
5, 6 or 7
4
Humanities and Fine Arts - Fine Arts
Humanities and Fine Arts - Fine Arts
ART 110 & ART 115
ART 115
6
3
Visual Arts (SL) 5, 6 or 7
4
Humanities and Fine Arts - Fine Arts
Humanities and Fine Arts - Fine Arts
ART 110 & ART 115
ART 115
6
3
World Religions 5, 6 or 7 Social and Behavioral Sciences ZTR ELEC* 3

* ZTR ELEC awards credit as an elective applicable toward transfer degrees.
** ZTR LA awards credit toward AGEC Other Requirements - Second Language
*** ZTR HU awards credit toward AGEC Humanities and Fine Arts – Humanities
**** ZTR SB awards credit toward AGEC Social Behavioral Sciences

College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)

College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) – Subject Exams

Exam Title Exam Score PCC General Education Category PCC Course Equivalency PCC Credit
American Government 50 Social and Behavioral Science POS 201 3
American Literature 55 Humanities and Fine Arts - Humanities ZTR HU* 3
Analyzing and Interpreting Literature 50 Humanities and Fine Arts - Humanities ZTR HU* 3
Biology 50 None ZTR ELEC** 3
Calculus 50 Mathematics MAT 220 5
Chemistry 50 Biological and Physical Sciences CHM 151IN 4
College Algebra 50 Mathematics (AGEC-A only) MAT 151 4
College Composition 50 English Composition WRT 101 3
English Literature 55 Humanities and Fine Arts - Humanities ZTR HU* 3
Financial Accounting 50 None ZTR ELEC** 3
French Language


 
66
62
55
50
Other Requirements—Second Language
Other Requirements—Second Language
Other Requirements—Second Language
Other Requirements—Second Language
FRE 101, 102, 201 & 202
FRE 101, 102 & 201
FRE 101 & 102
FRE 101
16
12
8
4
German Language


 
60
51
46
39
Other Requirements—Second Language
Other Requirements—Second Language
Other Requirements—Second Language
Other Requirements—Second Language
GER 101, 102, 201 & 202
GER 101, 102 & 201
GER 101 & 102
GER 101
16
12
8
4
History of the United States I:
Early Colonization to 1877
56
 
Humanities and Fine Arts - Humanities OR
Social and Behavioral Sciences
HIS 141
 
3
 
History of the United States II:
1865 to Present:
56
 
Humanities and Fine Arts - Humanities OR
Social and Behavioral Sciences
HIS 142
 
3
 
Human Growth & Development 50 None ECE 107 3
Information Systems 50 None ZTR ELEC** 3
Introductory Business Law 50 None ZTR ELEC** 3
Introductory Psychology 50 Social and Behavioral Science PSY 101 3
Introductory Sociology 50 Social and Behavioral Science SOC 101 3
Natural Sciences
 
56
53
None
None
ZTR ELEC**
ZTR ELEC**
6
3
Precalculus 50 Mathematics (AGEC-A Only) MAT 189 3
Principles of Macroeconomics 50 Social and Behavioral Science ECN 202 3
Principles of Management 50 Non-transferable Elective MGT 000 3
Principles of Marketing 50 Non-transferable Elective MKT 000 3
Principles of Microeconomics 50 Social and Behavioral Science ECN 201 3
Social Sciences and History 56 Social and Behavioral Science ZTR SB*** 6
Spanish Language


 
68
66
55
50
Other Requirements—Second Language
Other Requirements—Second Language
Other Requirements—Second Language
Other Requirements—Second Language
SPA 101, 102, 201 & 202
SPA 101, 102 & 201
SPA 101 & 102
SPA 101
16
12
8
4
Western Civilization I:
Ancient Near East to 1648
56
 
Humanities and Fine Arts - Humanities OR
Social and Behavioral Sciences
HIS 101
 
3
 
Western Civilization II:
1648 to the Present
56
 
Humanities and Fine Arts - Humanities OR
Social and Behavioral Sciences
HIS 102
 
3
 

* ZTR HU awards credit toward AGEC Humanities and Fine Arts - Humanities.
** ZTR ELEC awards credit as an elective applicable toward transfer degrees.
*** ZTR SB awards credit toward AGEC Social and Behavioral Services.

Cambridge International Exams (CIE)

Cambridge International (CIE) - Subject Exams

Exam Title Exam Score PCC General Education Category PCC Course Equivalency PCC Credit
Accounting A Level E or better None ZTR ELEC* 6
Accounting AS Level E or better None ZTR ELEC* 3
Art & Design A Level E or better None ZTR ELEC* 6
Art & Design AS Level E or better None ZTR ELEC* 3
Biology A Level
 
D or better
E
Biological and Physical Sciences
Biological and Physical Sciences
BIO 181IN & BIO 182IN
BIO 181IN
8
4
Biology AS Level D or better Biological and Physical Sciences BIO 100IN 4
Business A Level E or better None ZTR ELEC* 6
Business AS Level E or better None ZTR ELEC* 3
Chemistry A Level A Biological and Physical Sciences CHM 151IN & CHM 152IN 8
Chemistry A Level C or B Biological and Physical Sciences CHM 151IN 4
Chemistry A Level E or D Biological and Physical Sciences CHM 130IN 4
Chemistry AS Level D or better Biological and Physical Sciences CHM 130IN 4
Economics A Level D or better Social and Behavioral Science ECN 201 & ECN 202 6
English Language A Level E or better English Composition or None WRT 101 or ZTR ELEC* 3
Geography A Level E or better None ZTR ELEC* 6
Geography AS Level E or better None ZTR ELEC* 3
Global Perspectives and Research
A Level
E or better
 
None
 
ZTR ELEC*
 
6
 
Global Perspectives and Research
AS Level
E or better
 
None
 
ZTR ELEC*
 
3
 
History A Level E or better None ZTR ELEC* 6
History AS Level E or Better None ZTR ELEC* 3
Information Technology A Level E or Better None ZTR ELEC* 3
Information Technology AS Level E or Better None ZTR ELEC* 3
Mathematics A Level E or Better Mathematics (AGEC-A  & B Only) MAT 188, 189 & 212 10
Mathematics AS Level E or Better Mathematics (AGEC-A Only) MAT 151 4
Mathematics - Further A Level E or Better Mathematics MAT 167, 220 & 231 12
Music A Level D or better None ZTR ELEC* 6
Psychology A Level E or better Social Behavioral PSY 101 & ZTR SB*** 6
Psychology AS Level E or better Social Behavioral PSY 101 3
Travel & Tourism A Level E or better None ZTR ELEC* 6
Travel & Tourism AS Level E or better None ZTR ELEC* 3

* ZTR ELEC awards credit as an elective applicable toward transfer degrees.
** ZTR HU awards credit toward AGEC Humanities and Fine Arts - Humanities.
*** ZTR SB awards credit toward AGEC Social and Behavioral Services.

DANTES Standardized Tests (DSST)

DANTES Standardized Tests (DSST) - Subject Exams

Exam Title Exam Score PCC General Education Category PCC Course Equivalency PCC Credit
Art of the Western World 400 None ART 130 or ART 131 3
Civil War & Reconstruction 400 None ZTR ELEC* 3
Environmental Science 400 None ZTR ELEC* 3
Foundations of Education 400 None ZTR ELEC* 3
Fundamentals of Counseling 400 None ZTR ELEC* 3
Fundamentals of Cybersecurity 400 None ZTR ELEC* 3
History of the Soviet Union 400 None ZTR ELEC* 3
History of the Vietnam War 400 None HIS 281 3
Introduction to Business 400 None ZTR ELEC* 3
Lifespan Developmental Psychology 400 None ZTR ELEC* 3
Organizational Behavior 400 None ZTR ELEC* 3
Principles of Finance 400 None ZTR ELEC* 3
Technical Writing 400 None ZTR ELEC* 3

* ZTR ELEC awards credit as an elective applicable toward transfer degrees.
** ZTR SB awards credit toward AGEC Social and Behavioral Services.