2023-2024 College Catalog 
    Jul 25, 2024  
2023-2024 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Academic Information


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

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. For information regarding specific program requirements, students must examine the program requirements as listed in this catalog and consult with their advisor. Students are required to take approved courses from the following General Education Course list. 

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

The Associate in Arts (AA) students will complete the General Education requirements to satisfy MTA provided the student takes a minimum of 30 general education credits completed with a grade of “C” or higher. If the required nine courses shown below do not meet the 30-credit minimum, the additional credits may be earned from any of the five general education categories.

General Education Category



2 (ENGL 101 required)



Natural Science

2 (from different disciplines & at least one with a lab)

Social & Behavioral Science

2 (from different disciplines)


2 (from different disciplines)



Associate in Science Degree

Associate in Science (AS) students will complete the General Education requirements to satisfy MTA provided the student takes a minimum of 30 general education credits completed with a grade of “C” or higher. If the required nine courses shown below do not meet the 30-credit minimum, the additional credits may be earned from any of the five general education categories.

General Education Category



2 (ENGL 101 required)



Natural Science

2 (at least one with a lab or according to program requirements)

Social & Behavioral Science

2 (from different disciplines)


2 (from different disciplines)



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



1 (ENGL 101 required)

Mathematics/Natural Science


Social & Behavioral Science/Humanities



2 additional courses




Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA)

The Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) is an agreement between all public community colleges in Michigan and the 15 public universities in the state as well as a number of participating tribal and private colleges and universities in Michigan. It is designed to facilitate the transfer of general education requirements from community colleges to four-year colleges and universities. Students who complete the minimum 30 semester hours of college-level courses with a grade of 2.0 or higher in each course within the six specified categories will fulfill all or the majority of the student’s lower-level general education requirements dependent on the requirements of their major. A transfer student must be eligible for admission to a receiving institution in order to benefit from MTA. The MTA is applicable to all students enrolling in a Michigan community college for the first time beginning Fall 2014 and supersedes the MACRAO Transfer Agreement. All Bay College students who complete an Associate in Arts (AA) or Associate in Science (AS) degree must complete the MTA requirements and will therefore receive the MTA notation on their transcript. Students may meet the requirements of the MTA as a stand-alone package.

MTA Coursework

The 30 semester hours of coursework needed to meet the Michigan Transfer Agreement are:

  • One course in English Composition
  • A second course in English Composition OR one course in Communications
  • Two courses in Natural Science from two different disciplines; including one with a laboratory experience
  • One course in Mathematics: Quantitative Reasoning, College Algebra or Statistics
  • Two courses in Social Behavioral Science from two different disciplines
  • Two courses in the Humanities and Fine Arts from two different disciplines; excluding studio and performance courses

A student completing this program will have “Michigan Transfer Agreement Satisfied” on their transcript.

All courses used to satisfy MTA must have a grade of “C” or better.

General Education Courses  

MACRAO Resources for Transfer Students
Resources available from the MACRAO website (www.mitransfer.org) include:

  • Links to Michigan college and university homepages
  • Links to institutions with online admissions applications
  • Links to transfer guides and course equivalencies;
  • The Michigan Uniform Undergraduate Guest Student Application
  • Dates of Transfer Fairs in Michigan
  • A link to the Michigan Transfer Network, a MACRAO-sponsored site where students can search for transfer equivalency information: www.mitransfer.org


Online Learning

Online courses are a great way to work towards a degree, anywhere, anytime. Most students enjoy the convenience of online courses. The online course environment allows you to work on your classes from the comfort of your home, at work, or on the go. Our online courses are taught by experienced instructors, certified to teach online.

More information can be found here:  https://www.baycollege.edu/academics/online-learning/index.php

Mandatory Online Learning Orientation

In order to better prepare you for online learning courses, all new online and hybrid students will be required to complete an orientation course in Blackboard. If you have successfully completed a completely online course at Bay College in the last three years, you are not required to complete this orientation. This course takes approximately 1.5 hours to complete and must be completed in order for you to have access to your online courses. As soon as you register as a new online student you will automatically be enrolled in the Online Learning Orientation course in Blackboard. You can complete this course at any time, after you register, and it should be completed far in advance of the beginning of the semester. After you complete this course, it will take 24 hours to log your completion status and give you access to your online courses.

Bay de Noc Community College is committed to implement the Quality Matters™ standards for the design of online and hybrid courses, and we are systematically building and evaluating our courses based on these rigorous, research-based standards. The Quality Matters™ standards assure that the online components of these courses promote learner engagement and provide students with all the tools and information they need to be successful learners. More information regarding Quality Matters™ may be found at www.qmprogram.org.

The Department of Online Learning can help you with online learning issues and they work directly with students and faculty to troubleshoot technical issues related to Blackboard and MyBay.

Online Learning Student Support Help
email: onlinehelp@baycollege.edu
Phone: (906) 217-4276


Transfer Information

Bay de Noc Community College’s transfer programs are designed to prepare students for successful admission to other colleges and universities for completion of their baccalaureate degrees. Bay College students successfully transfer to universities all across the country. To assist students in selecting appropriate classes, transfer guides and course equivalency information is available online through the Michigan Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (MACRAO) website and the individual websites of many Michigan colleges and universities. Bay College’s Dean of Student Success, Co-Advisors, and faculty advisors can help students in this selection process. Transfer students need to answer four important questions: What, Where, When, and How?


The first step is to decide on your career goals and program of study. It is important to establish your long-term goals as soon as possible because WHAT you study may influence WHERE you transfer and WHEN it is best to go there. Many resources are available online. Faculty advisors are a great resource; they have expertise in their individual fields.


Choosing a college or university depends on many factors: location, size, cost, reputation, and degree offerings are a few. Does the school offer the program suitable for your chosen career? Does it offer scholarships and other financial aid for transfer students? Are there quotas, waiting lists or other limitations for admission to your selected program? Is housing available on or off campus? You may not be able to find an institution that has everything you desire, so prioritize your needs. What is most important? Explore and visit college campuses. See your co-advisor or faculty advisor for assistance with these questions.


Find out the deadlines to apply for admission and financial aid. Some programs will require that you also apply to a particular department, school or college within the university. Consider whether or not you should complete your associate degree and the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) before you transfer to your chosen university. Some programs have lower division, introductory-level prerequisite courses for which Bay has no equivalent, so it may be to your advantage to transfer early. Other universities encourage or require both a Bay College degree and the MTA on your transcript to be eligible for certain programs or scholarships. WHEN you should transfer will depend on your individual circumstances and should be discussed with the Director of Transfer & Student Advising, your faculty advisor, and your transfer institution.


All institutions have required application forms for admission, financial aid and housing. There are also deadlines and application fees. These forms and information on deadlines and fees are available online at the university’s website.

Be Prepared to Transfer

  1. Meet with your co-advisor or your faculty advisor. Discuss your transfer plan, associate degree requirements, general education, the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA), and transferability of courses. Plan early to be sure you take Bay courses that will transfer in your chosen program.
  2. Evaluate colleges and decide early. Investigate entrance and degree requirements for baccalaureate colleges and universities. Consider location, cost, size, culture and program options. Meet with representatives of various institutions when they visit Bay College. Schedule a visit and tour university campuses early. Choose a college or university that best fits your needs.
  3. Seek advising. Obtain a copy of the Transfer Guide for the program you intend to pursue. These are available on the transfer college/university website. Contact the transfer school’s Admissions Office and speak with an advisor specializing in transfer. Visit the school’s website. Determine application procedures for admission, financial aid and housing.
  4. Apply early. Complete your applications for admission, financial aid and housing. Send necessary documents including official transcripts from Bay College and any other colleges you may have attended, ACT or SAT scores, AP or CLEP scores, and high school transcript as required.
  5. Visit the college or university. Meet with an admissions counselor and/or advisor in your major area. Take a campus tour with a student ambassador.

Articulation Agreements

The College has formal articulation agreements which provide a value-added component to a traditional transfer guide. These articulated agreements allow for students to have a seamless admission into their chosen transfer degrees. Bay College has formal agreements with the following colleges and universities:

  • Chamberlain University; Downers Grove, Illinois
  • Davenport University; Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Eastern Michigan University; Ypsilanti, Michigan
  • Indiana Wesleyan University; Marion, Indiana
  • Kennebec Valley Community College; Fairfield, Maine
  • Lake Superior State University; Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan
  • Michigan State University; East Lansing, Michigan
  • Michigan Technological University; Houghton, Michigan
  • Northern Michigan University; Marquette, Michigan
  • Oakland University; Rochester, Michigan
  • Palmer College of Chiropractic; Davenport, Iowa
  • University of Michigan-Flint; Flint, Michigan
  • University of Wisconsin-Green Bay; Green Bay, Wisconsin


Articulation agreements/Transfer Guides have been established between the following Michigan Community Colleges and Bay College for entry into our A.A.S. in Water Resource Management:

  • Alpena Community College
  • Glen Oaks Community College
  • Gogebic Community College
  • Grand Rapids Community College
  • Kalamazoo Valley Community College
  • Kellogg Community College
  • Lake Michigan College
  • Lansing Community College
  • Macomb Community College
  • Montcalm Community College
  • Muskegon Community College
  • North Central Michigan College
  • St. Claire County Community College
  • West Shore Community College

More information can be found on our Bay College Website: Transfer Agreements.

University Programs at Bay College

For information about university programs offered on Bay College’s main campus please see the university representative for program information.

Lake Superior State University
Regional Center Director: Heidi Berg
Joseph Heirman University Center
(906) 217-4123

LSSU Bachelor Degree information can be found online: https://www.lssu.edu/regional-center/escanaba/


Academic Appeals Procedure

Any matter of evaluation of student work, including the assignment of final course grades, merits the establishment of procedures for reconciliation of possible errors or disagreements. If a student believes that an instructor has awarded an inaccurate final grade, the student should follow this procedure within thirty (30) calendar days after the release of final grades:

  1. The student must contact the instructor and discuss the problem. If they can resolve the issue, no further action is needed. If the resolution changes the grade, the instructor must submit a Change of Grade Form to the Records Office.

  2. If the student and instructor cannot resolve the problem, the student should contact the Dean who supervises the instructor within ten (10) business days of that meeting. The students must provide written documentation of their appeal and include any evidence they have supporting their claim to the Dean prior to the meeting.

    • The Dean will have a meeting with the student within ten (10) business days and confer with the instructor.

    • The Dean will confer with the instructor, who will provide any evidence they have to support their position. The Dean will also review the course materials and request other information from relevant sources as needed. The Dean’s evidence may be used by faculty during the hearing.

    • Within ten (10) business days of this meeting, the Dean will make a decision and inform the student and instructor in writing. If the resolution changes the grade, the instructor must submit a Change of Grade Form to the Records Office. If the student or instructor disagrees with this decision, an appeal can be made before the Academic Appeals Committee.

  3. The student or instructor can appeal to the Academic Appeals Committee by contacting the Academic Affairs Office.

    • Within ten (10) business days after receiving the decision from the Dean, the student or instructor must submit an appeal in writing to the Academic Affairs Office including all evidence supporting their claim.

    • The Academic Affairs Office will call a hearing to be held before the Academic Appeals Committee within fifteen (15) business days of receipt of the complaint. The committee shall include a Vice President of Academics as a member of administration, two student representatives appointed by the Vice President of Student Services, and two faculty members appointed by the Faculty Association president.

      1. If an appointment made either by the Faculty Association president, or the Student Services leadership represents a possible conflict of interest, the Academic Affairs Office may request an alternate be appointed.

      2. The Vice President of Academics will chair the committee and vote in the case of a tie.

  4. The hearing shall be governed by the following rules of procedure:

    • During the appeal hearing, the student and the faculty member may be accompanied by a support person of their own choosing, provided that the support person shall not be a licensed attorney. The support person is not allowed to participate in the process and is present to serve as an advisor to each party. Both parties shall have the right to hear and examine adverse witnesses and the right to testify and present evidence and witnesses on their own behalf.

  5. The steps in a formal grade appeal hearing shall be as follows:

    • A presentation of the complaint by the student followed by questioning by the appeals committee.

    • A presentation by the faculty member followed by questioning by the appeals committee.

    • The student and faculty member shall have the opportunity to ask any questions of each other relevant to the appeal, beginning with the student.

    • Any final questions by the appeals committee. 

  6. Both parties shall be given an opportunity of settlement before the committee deliberates and renders a decision.

  7. If both parties are unable to come to a settlement, all parties will be dismissed.

  8. The committee will then deliberate in private and make a decision within 2 business days of the hearing. 

Within ten (10) business days of the conclusion of the hearing, the Academic Affairs Office shall implement the recommendations of the Academic Appeals Committee and inform both parties in writing. The decision will be final. If the committee decides the reasons for appeal did affect the student’s grade and a change in the grade for the course should be made, the appeals committee shall attempt to reach a solution mutually agreeable to the student and the faculty member who assigned the grade. Should the acceptable solution involve a change of the final grade for the course, the faculty member or the Academic Affairs Office will submit a Change of Grade Form to the Records Office.