Credit Restrictions

Cross-Listed Courses

Certain courses are cross-listed in more than one discipline. This assists fulfillment of the minimum three distinct discipline distribution requirements for the transfer degrees. Only one of the cross-listed courses can be taken for credits, not both. For example, the catalog description for POLS 201 states “Same as PHIL 201. Either POLS 201 or PHIL 201 may be taken for credit, not both.”

Out-of-Sequence Courses

Credit is not awarded for prerequisite courses in composition, mathematics, world languages, or sciences completed after a more advanced level course has been completed. For example, students will not be awarded credit for Spanish 122 if it was taken after Spanish 123.

Parallel Courses

Credit is not awarded for those courses that are similar enough in content that students should not receive credit for both classes. The courses will have different titles, course descriptions, and learning outcomes, but credit is not granted for both. For example, the catalog will specify “Either MATH& 141 (Precalculus I) or MATH 138 (College Algebra for Business & Social Science) may be taken for credit, not both.”

Residency Credit Requirement

At least one-third of the credits required for an associate degree or certificate must be completed in residence at BC. For a bachelor’s degree, at least 45 credits applied to the degree must be completed in residence at BC, of which 30 credits must be upper division.

Continuous Enrollment

Students in professional/technical programs may elect to graduate under the provisions of the official catalog in effect at the time they first started at the college OR at the time they apply to graduate, providing five years have not lapsed and they have remained continuously enrolled at the college. Students in transfer degree programs should follow current degree requirements to ensure their transferability to four-year baccalaureate colleges or universities.

Maximum Transfer Credit

Credits transferred from other institutions cannot exceed two-thirds of the credits required by the degree or certificate. All credits are subject to approval by the Evaluations Office based on credit equivalency, applicability to the degree or certificate, and the institution’s accreditation.

The college reserves the right to accept or reject credit earned in professional, vocational or technical courses. Departments may review course equivalencies or requirements completed at other institutions. Some programs have provisions that coursework completed to satisfy degree or certificate requirements must be current. Previously completed credits may have exceeded the maximum length of time that can lapse from time of completion.

World Languages Courses

The World Languages department strongly recommends that native speakers of a language do not take first-year courses in that language. Native language is defined as the language spoken in the student’s home during the first six years of his or her life and in which he or she received instruction through the seventh grade. A first year course would be an incorrect placement for a student fitting this definition. Native-speaking students may either study another language in the program, or contact the World Languages coordinator of their language for correct placement at a higher level.

This recommendation applies as well to heritage speakers for whom first year language courses are not an appropriate placement. A heritage speaker is defined as a student who has had the language spoken in the home from childhood, but has received limited or no instruction in that language. The World Languages program recommends that heritage speakers consult with the coordinator of their language for their correct placement level or consider another language offered by the program. Native and heritage speakers using one hundred level coursework for transfer credit at a university should check with the college/ university for individual transfer credit policy.