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  Aug 20, 2017
 
 
    
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2016-17 Undergraduate Catalog

Degree Requirements



Johnson State College offers students three pathways to an undergraduate degree:

On campus at JSC, students can choose among dozens of B.A., B.S. and B.F.A. degree programs, two associate’s degree programs, three certificates and 10 teacher-education programs that provide endorsement for a Vermont teaching license – all while taking advantage of the College’s many services, programs and activities.

Off campus, through JSC’s External Degree Program, students with at least 60 credits can complete a bachelor’s degree in one of our undergraduate majors available statewide, earn their teaching endorsement, and/or complete a Certificate of Proficiency in Accounting to earn state licensure and prepare to sit for the national Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam. Classes are offered online, on weekends at Community College of Vermont academic centers throughout Vermont, and on the JSC campus. Multiple course starts throughout the year, flexible scheduling options and EDP’s maximum use of transfer credits make this program a popular option for adult learners.

Nationwide and internationally, through JSC Online, students with at least 45 credits can complete a bachelor’s degree in one of JSC’s undergraduate degree-completion programs available entirely online. All classes are taught online, with any internship requirements arranged through the student’s JSC Online advisor and completed in the student’s local area. As with EDP, adult students are attracted to the program’s multiple course starts, flexible scheduling options, and liberal transfer-credit policies.

Requirements for a Bachelor’s Degree

For Campus-Based Students

  • Completion of at least 120 credit hours of work (not including basic skills credits).
  • Achievement of a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00 (on a scale where A equals 4.00).
  • Completion of the General Education Curriculum.
  • Completion of bachelor-level Graduation Standards.
  • Completion of all course work in the major.
  • At least 30 of the last 39 credits applying toward the degree must be earned from Johnson State College.
  • At least 39 credits must be at the 3000/4000 (upper) level.

For EDP Students

  • Completion of at least 120 credit hours of work (not including basic skills credits).
  • Achievement of a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00 (on a scale where A equals 4.00).
  • Submission and approval of an individualized degree plan (for Professional Studies and Interdisciplinary Studies majors only).
  • Completion of the EDP General Education Requirements.
  • Completion of all course work in the major.
  • At least 39 credits must be at the 3000/4000 (upper) level.
  • Completion of Graduation Standards.
  • EDP students must complete at least two semesters and at least 30 credits while in EDP (24 credits if student has at least 6 prior credits from JSC).
  • At least 30 of the last 39 credits applying toward the degree must be credits for which the student registers through Johnson State College/EDP.

Requirements for an Associate’s Degree

  • Completion of at least 60 credit hours of course work (not including basic skills credits).
  • A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00 (on a scale where A equals 4.00).
  • At least 30 of the credits applying toward the degree must be earned from Johnson State College.
  • Students in the Associate of Arts (A.A.) in General Studies program must complete the First-Year Seminar Course, Creative Audience, all of the Foundational Skills components of the General Education Curriculum (GEC), and six credits each from the Aesthetic, Global and Social & Historical perspectives (see General Education curriculum). Students in all other associate’s programs must complete the First-Year Seminar Course, Creative Audience, the Foundational Skills -Written Expression and Foundational Skills-Natural Sciences components of the GEC, one math course from the Foundational Skills-Mathematics component of the GEC, and three credits each from the Aesthetic, Global and Social & Historical perspectives (see General Education curriculum).
  • Completion of associate-level Graduation Standards.

Requirements for Earning a Second Degree

A Second Bachelor’s Degree

Students who already hold a bachelor’s degree from another institution or from Johnson State College may earn a second degree by completing the following requirements:

  • Completion of at least an additional 30 credits through Johnson State College.
  • Completion of the requirements of a major unique from the first bachelor’s degree major.
  • Achievement of a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00.

Note that requirements for double majors also may apply.

A Second Associate’s Degree

Students who already hold an associate’s degree from another institution or from Johnson State College may earn a second degree by completing the following requirements:

  • Completion of at least an additional 15 credits at Johnson State College.
  • Completion of the requirements of a major unique from the major of the first associate’s degree.
  • Achievement of a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00.

Note that requirements for double majors also may apply.

Requirements for a Double Major

Students wishing to earn a degree with a double major must meet the following requirements:

  • Completion of degree requirements as listed under Requirements for a Bachelor’s Degree.
  • Completion of the requirements of two unique majors.
  • For baccalaureate degrees, at least 30, and for associate’s degree, at least 15, of the credits used to complete each major must be in courses not used to meet the requirements in the other major.

Requirements for Academic Minors

An academic minor consists of a minimum of 18 credits in a discipline or field, at least six of which are at the 3000/4000 level. In general, students may not use the same courses used to satisfy requirements in a major to also satisfy requirements in a minor. Any questions should be referred to the department chair of the department sponsoring the minor. (See list of Academic Programs.)

 


Graduation Standards

Johnson State College strives to ensure that all students achieve and be able to demonstrate their mastery of important skills. This commitment is consistent with the mandate of the trustees and presidents of the Vermont State Colleges (VSC), including Johnson State College, that all students must satisfy graduation standards in four areas: writing, quantitative reasoning, information literacy and oral communication. As a mandate of the Board of Trustees and the Council of Presidents, the requirement to satisfy graduation standards supersedes all other catalog statements concerning academic regulations and requirements. Successfully fulfilling graduation standards at one VSC institution is accepted as fulfilling the standards at any other VSC institution for an equivalent associate’s or bachelor’s degree.

All students must satisfy the following graduation standards in order to graduate:

  • Writing: All baccalaureate- and associate-level students must pass ENG 3999, the Writing Proficiency Exam , or ENG 2005 The Self-Sufficient Writer  course. The Writing Proficiency Exam is offered every semester on a pass/no pass basis. Students should take the exam when they have accumulated between 15-60 credits to ensure completion of this standard. Students who fail the exam once may attempt it a second time; those who fail twice must take and pass ENG 2005 The Self-Sufficient Writer  .
  • Quantitative Reasoning: All baccalaureate- and associate-level students must pass the Quantitative Reasoning Assessment Exam (QRA) or MAT 1080 Introduction to Quantitative Reasoning  course. In addition, all baccalaureate-level students must pass one course designated as “quantitatively enriched.” (Courses identified with a “QE” prefix are approved as quantitatively enriched.) Note: Unlike MAT-1080, the LAE does not count toward the “Foundational Skills: Mathematics” component of the General Education Curriculum.
     
  • Information Literacy: All baccalaureate- and associate-level students must complete GRS 3000, the Information Literacy Tutorial (TILT) and score 80% or higher on each of the accompanying quizzes. TILT and the quizzes are available to students on the VSC Moodle site after registering for a section of GRS-3000. It is recommended that students take TILT during their first year at JSC.
     
  • Oral Communication: All baccalaureate- and associate-level students must receive passing scores on the Oral Communication Grading & Evaluation Form. Baccalaureate students must complete two oral presentations, each at least five minutes long; associate-level students must complete one oral presentation.

Currently enrolled students may obtain comprehensive information about JSC graduation standards by consulting “JSC Graduation Standards,” on the MyJSC Portal at http://MyJSC.jsc.edu. In addition, JSC occasionally may email students via their JSC email addresses about the required graduation standards and the steps required to satisfy them.