2019-2020 College Catalog 
    
    Oct 20, 2019  
2019-2020 College Catalog

Academic Requirements



General Education and Your Degree

A Message from the President Regarding General Education

An educated person should be able to read and comprehend, to write clearly, to compute and solve a variety of mathematical problems, and possess the skills necessary to be successful in a particular field. The general education portion of your degree program provides you with broad skills which are considered critical in today’s global economy: independent thought, critical thinking, responsible citizenship, knowledge of history and other cultures, appreciation of the arts, and a global perspective. These skills enable you to learn new job skills rapidly, which in the coming years will prove important as technology knowledge doubles weekly and human knowledge doubles yearly thus propelling significant changes in the workplace on a regular basis.

As a student at Bay College, you will develop these broad based skills. You will be exposed to many areas of knowledge, from the sciences to the fine arts. The purpose of general education at Bay College is to help all students develop the skills and knowledge that are essential to becoming satisfied, knowledgeable, and productive individuals and citizens.

Good luck as you pursue your educational goals at Bay College!

Laura Coleman, Ph.D.
President of Bay de Noc Community College

Bay de Noc Community College’s General Education Philosophy

All associate degree graduates of Bay de Noc Community College will possess those qualities, abilities, skills, and knowledge which give them new insights, challenge them to consider new possibilities, create community, and sensitize them to other perspectives.

Bay College General Education

All associate degree graduates of Bay de Noc Community College will possess those qualities, abilities, skills, and knowledge which give them new insights, challenge them to consider new possibilities, create community, and sensitize them to other perspectives.

By graduation, all associate degree students need to meet the General Education outcomes that stem from the categories of Communication, Mathematics, Natural Science, Social & Behavioral Science, and Humanities. Students are required to take approved courses from the following General Education Course list. See list of General Education Courses for specific courses that fulfill each category.

Five General Education Categories

  1. Communication: Demonstrate proficiency in communicating effectively by writing in standard English. Additional studies may include demonstrating proficiency in communication through written, oral, or non-verbal messages and an understanding of the theoretical principles and practices of communication.
  2. Mathematics: Develop problem-solving techniques by using mathematical formulas and critical thinking skills.
  3. Natural Science: Demonstrate broad contemporary knowledge about a natural scientific field, the process of science, and the ability to apply scientific reasoning.
  4. Social & Behavioral Science: Develop social awareness and responsibility through understanding national and global issues.
  5. Humanities: Develop social awareness of how society and culture interplay in artistic expression and enrichment.

Associate in Arts Degree

Associate in Arts (AA) students will take two Communication courses (ENGL 101  required), one Mathematics course, two Natural Science courses (one with a lab), two Social & Behavioral Science courses, and two Humanities courses. Completing the General Education requirements will satisfy MTA provided you follow the MTA requirements listed in the catalog when choosing courses within each category.

A minimum of 30 general education credits will be completed with a grade of “C” or higher. If more than the nine courses shown below are taken to achieve the 30 credit minimum, the additional courses may be taken from any of the five general education categories.

General Education Category Courses
Communication 2 (ENGL 101  required)
Mathematics 1
Natural Science 2 (1 with a lab)
Social & Behavioral Science 2
Humanities 2
  TOTAL CREDITS Minimum 30

Associate in Science Degree

Associate in Science (AS) students will take two Communication courses (ENGL 101  required), one Mathematics course, two Natural Science courses with a lab, two Social & Behavioral Science courses, and two Humanities courses. Completing the General Education requirements will satisfy MTA provided you follow the MTA requirements listed in the catalog when choosing courses within each category.

A minimum of 30 general education credits will be completed with a grade of “C” or higher. If more than the nine courses shown below are taken to achieve the 30 credit minimum, the additional courses may be taken from any of the five general education categories.

General Education Category Courses
Communication 2 (ENGL 101  required)
Mathematics 1
Natural Science 2 (1 with a lab)
Social & Behavioral Science 2
Humanities 2
  TOTAL CREDITS Minimum 30

Associate in Applied Science Degree

Associate in Applied Science (AAS) students will take one Communication course (ENGL 101  required), one Mathematics or Natural Science course, and one Social & Behavioral Science or Humanities course. Two additional courses will be taken. These additional courses may be from any of the five General Education categories.

A minimum of 15 general education credits will be taken. If more than the five courses shown below are taken to achieve the 15 credit minimum, the additional courses may be taken from any of the five general education categories.

General Education Category Courses
Communication 1 (ENGL 101  required)
Mathematics/Natural Science 1
Social & Behavioral Science/Humanities 1
Additional 2 additional courses
  TOTAL CREDITS Minimum 15


General Education Courses


Honors designated versions of these course numbers also apply in this listing. Example: ANTH 201  and ANTH 201H .

Courses taken to satisfy MTA - Natural Science, Social Behavioral & Humanities each must be from 2 different subject areas.

Not all courses listed are offered regularly.

 

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* Required for all degrees

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** AAS degrees only
*** AA or AAS degrees only
+ Does not count for MTA

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* Non Laboratory Courses

Social & Behavioral Sciences


Humanities


Course Selection

When selecting courses, students need to consider the progressive flow of courses based on placement test scores and course prerequisites. Students should contact their Academic Advisors for assistance.

Writing and Reading Prerequisite

Students need to meet the English (E) and Reading (R) prerequisites in order to enroll in ENGL 101 - Rhetoric & Composition , which is required for all degrees.

To meet the E prerequisite, a student must have achieved one of the following:

  • An ACT score of 18 or higher
  • A COMPASS writing score of 69 or higher
  • A grade of “C” or better in ENGL 097 , ENGL 097W , or ENGL 098  
  • An SAT Evidence-based Reading and Writing score of 480 or higher
  • A Writeplacer score of 5 or higher

If the E is not met, a student must enroll in either ENGL 098 - Integrated College Reading & Writing Skills , or, if R is met, ENGL 097W - College Writing Skills Workshop  and a designated section of ENGL 101 .

To meet the R prerequisite, a student must have achieved one of the following:

  • An ACT score of 18 or higher
  • A COMPASS reading score of 78 or higher
  • A grade of “C” or better in ENGL 077  or ENGL 098  
  • An SAT Evidence-based Reading and Writing score of 480 or higher
  • An Accuplacer score of 245 or higher

If the R is not met, a student must enroll in ENGL 098 .

Math

Math Flow Chart  

Science Flow Charts

Students need to work with their Academic Advisors to determine which science courses to take. Prerequisites for science are based on high school courses taken; E, M, and R prerequisites; and specific course prerequisites. These flow charts show the basic sequence of science courses.

Chemistry

Chemistry Flow Chart  

Physics

Physics Flow Chart  

Biology

Biology Flow Chart