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    Flathead Valley Community College
   
 
  Sep 23, 2017
 
 
    
2015-2016 Academic Catalog Archived Catalog

Academic Requirements



Academic Requirements

Student’s Responsibilities

The following regulations, procedures and definitions are important for all students taking classes for credit. Understanding and following these procedures is an essential part of acquiring a college degree or other credentials. Any questions should be directed to the Admissions and Records Office.

Students are responsible for following their curriculum, meeting graduation requirements and/or meeting transfer requirements. Assistance in planning acceptable programs is available from faculty advisors and FVCC counselors.

Graduation Application

Official applications are due the last week in February to graduate at the end of spring, last week in July to graduate at the end of summer and mid-November to graduate at the end of fall semester. See the academic calendar  for specific dates and deadlines. Graduation information will be recorded on the student’s transcript by the following month after the student has graduated. Applications for Graduation are available from the Admissions and Records Office in BH 111.

Students commonly graduate from FVCC under the catalog in use during the first year they attended FVCC. However, a student may graduate using any FVCC catalog under which they have attended, up to five years prior to graduation. For example, the 2015-2016 catalog can be used through summer 2021. College or program requirements may change to comply with accreditation requirements, professional certification and licensing requirements, etc. In the event a change is made after the catalog is published, the changes will be posted online.

If a student initially enrolled more than five years before their graduation, they must select a catalog program in affect during the five-year period prior to their expected graduation.

Graduation Waivers and Substitutions

Given unusual circumstances, specific program requirements may be waived with the approval of the advisor, the instructor supervising the specific program and the Division Chair. This approval must be in writing, signed and dated. Program waivers are granted only when there is evidence of competency that will satisfy the program requirement.

General Education course requirements may be waived in extremely unusual situations. The waiver must be approved by a majority vote of the Curriculum Committee and by the student’s advisor and the Division Chair.

Individuals with prior work experience may request an appropriate course substitution for a program requirement(s). The substitute course must be of equal or greater academic or technical content as that of the required course and must have the approval of the Division Chair and program director.

A single course may not be used to meet more than one group requirement, e.g., if FRCH 101GH  is used to meet the humanities requirement, it cannot be used to meet the global issues requirement.

Academic Advising

Academic advising is critical to student success. FVCC is committed to providing every student with meaningful academic advising. FVCC employs a mixed advising model with full-time faculty advisors and Learning Center advisors.

All degree-seeking students (including transfer students) are required to meet with an academic advisor for course schedule approval each semester. Non-degree students taking courses with prerequisites need to meet with an advisor in the Learning Center. Degree students are blocked from registration until they meet with their advisors.

Students with a declared major are generally assigned to a faculty advisor most closely aligned to their field of study.


The role of the advisor:

  • Assist students with defining and developing realistic educational and career plans.
  • Make available pertinent and accurate information about FVCC programs and professional requirements.
  • Approve designated educational transactions (e.g. registration, drop-adds, directed study, petitions, graduation applications, other forms).
  • Assist students in the evaluation of progress toward established goals.
  • Provide accurate information about resources.
  • Assist students in identifying career opportunities.
  • Refer students when attitudinal, educational or personal problems require intervention.
  • Reinforce student responsibility for academic decisions and behaviors. Encourage program completion.

The role of the student:

  • Spend time and effort to identify and clarify personal values, abilities, interests and goals.
  • Communicate and share ideas in the academic planning process.
  • Become knowledgeable about and adhere to institutional procedures, policies and requirements. This means reading, understanding and utilizing the catalog.
  • Contact and make appointments with advisors when required or in need of assistance. The college catalog has phone numbers, email addresses and office locations. Office hours are posted outside faculty offices.
  • Notify the advisor about changes in appointments, career or major plans or course schedules.
  • Plan in advance for advising sessions: bring necessary materials such as transcripts, placement scores, FVCC catalog, proposed class schedule and questions.
  • Follow through on actions identified in each academic advising session.
  • Request a change in advisor, if necessary (change of major) by completing a change of major/advisor form at the Admissions and Records Office.
  • Accept final responsibility for all decisions.
  • Most courses assume proficiency in basic computer skills.

Associate of Applied Science Degree Requirements (AAS)

The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree is an occupational degree and is the only degree FVCC awards with a specified area of emphasis.

To receive the Associate of Applied Science degree, the following must be met:

  1. Completion of a minimum of 64 semester credit hours.
  2. Completion of course requirements as outlined for the specific AAS program listed in the “Programs” section of the catalog, which include three Related Instruction requirements: Communication (one speaking, one writing), Interactions, and Quantitative Literacy.
  3. Final cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or above. A grade of “C-” or better is required for all program requirements unless otherwise stated.
  4. At least 20 semester credits earned at FVCC and the final 10 credits earned at FVCC.
  5. A limit of 15 semester credits graded “S” may count toward the Associate of Applied Science degree. Some programs may further limit “S” grades.
  6. Courses within the department “SR” (Senior) cannot be used toward an AAS degree.

Note: Substitutions for Related Instruction requirements must have Program Director, Division Chair, and Gen. Ed. Team approval.

(One course cannot satisfy more than two Related Instruction areas.)

Certificate of Applied Science Degree Requirements (CAS)

To receive a Certificate of Applied Science, the following must be met:

  1. Completion of a minimum of 30 semester credit hours for each certificate.
  2. Completion of course requirements as outlined for the specific CAS program listed in the “Programs” section of the catalog, which include three Related Instruction requirements: Communication (only one course required, speaking or writing), Interactions, and Quantitative Literacy.
  3. Final cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or above. A grade of “C-” or better is required for all program requirements unless otherwise stated.
  4. At least one-third of the program credits must be earned at FVCC.
  5. Courses within the department “SR” (Senior) cannot be used toward a CAS.

Note: Substitutions for Related Instruction requirements must have Program Director, Division Chair, and Gen. Ed. Team approval.

(One course cannot satisfy more than two Related Instruction areas.)

Certificate Requirements (CT)

To receive a Certificate, the following must be met:

  1. Completion of a minimum of 16 semester credit hours.
  2. Completion of course requirements as outlined for the specific CT program listed in the “Programs” section of the catalog.
  3. Final cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or above. A grade of “C-” or better is required for all program requirements unless otherwise stated.
  4. At least one-third of the program credits must be earned at FVCC.
  5. Courses within the department “SR” (Senior) cannot be used toward a certificate.

Related Instruction Learning Outcomes

The goal of Related Instruction at FVCC is to prepare students for a productive life of work by developing skills in the areas of communication, computation, and human relations that align with and support program specific outcomes. Related Instruction courses are embedded within the AAS and CAS program curricula and are organized into three categories: Communication, Interactions, and Quantitative Literacy.

Communication

Upon completion of the Communication Related Instruction requirement, students should be able to express, interpret, or modify ideas to communicate effectively.

Components:

  1. Speaking
    • Develop the main point of a speech/presentation with specific, concrete examples and details
    • Present in an organized manner, connecting sections with effective transitions
    • Use appropriate delivery strategies and techniques
    • Use outside sources, vocabulary and visual aids with accuracy and relevancy
    • Actively listen using paraphrasing, questions and reflections
    • Recognize that conflict is natural and demonstrate competent methods/strategies of conflict management
    • Employ strategies to overcome communication problems
  2. Writing
    • Effectively use relevant, adequate support details, examples, reasons, logical arguments, facts, and/or statistics
    • Organize and connect major ideas with effective transitions
    • Use a variety of sentence structures and appropriate word choice in the expression of ideas for readers and purposes
    • Use appropriate conventions in areas of mechanics, usage, sentence structure, spelling and format

Interactions

Upon completion of the Interactions Related Instruction requirement, students should be able to collaborate with others in complicated, dynamic, and/or ambiguous situations.

Components:

  1. Self Awareness
    • Demonstrate responsibility/accountability for one’s actions/thoughts/emotions
    • Display self-initiative
  2. Interpersonal Communication/Teamwork
    • Apply appropriate verbal and nonverbal communication skills
    • Demonstrate methods/strategies of conflict management
    • Respond to changing job demands and help others succeed as needed
  3. Human Relations/Ethics
    • Respect cultural and ethnic differences
    • Maintain positive working relationships
    • Practice integrity and observe confidentiality
    • Apply ethical principles to situations and make decisions appropriately

Quantitative Literacy

Upon completion of the Quantitative Literacy Related Instruction requirement, students should be able to understand and apply quantitative concepts and reasoning using numerical data.

Components:

  1. Ratios and Percents
    • Recognize problems as ratios or proportions
    • Use proportional reasoning, when appropriate
  2. Graphical Interpretation
    • Collect and identify information from graphical representations of data using appropriate terminology/units of measurement
    • Evaluate graphical information and interpolate and/or extrapolate as necessary
    • Recognize trends in data from a graphical display
  3. Problem Solving

Associate of Arts (AA) Degree

Associate of Arts Checklist  

Associate of Science (AS) Degree

Associate of Science Checklist  

Combined Associate of Arts (AA) and Associate of Science (AS) Degree

Associate of Arts and Sciences Checklist