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									      CHAPTER VIII
GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS




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                                       Graduation Requirements
GRADUATION INFORMATION
The Office of Admissions/Registrar certifies eligibility to participate in commencement exercises for those students
planning to receive an associate degree and/or certificate.

Galveston College holds commencement exercises in May. Eligible candidates who completed their academic
program during the previous summer, fall, and spring semesters are invited to participate in the commencement
ceremony.



TYPES OF DEGREES AND CERTIFICATES
The College awards the Associate of Arts, the Associate of Science, and the Associate of Applied Sciences degrees
to students who have completed a prescribed course of study. In addition, the College awards Certificates of
Completion and Certificates of Technology. The degree and certificate awarded are determined by the particular
program of study as described in the College Catalog. In order to graduate with an Associate degree from the
College, the student, in addition to other requirements listed in the College Catalog, must have earned at least 18 of
the last 27 hours at Galveston College.


APPLICATION FOR DEGREE/CERTIFICATE
Students who plan to receive an Associate of Arts degree, Associate of Science degree, Associate of Applied
Science degree and/or a Certificate must submit an Application for Graduation to the Office of Admissions.
Graduation application deadline dates are available in the semester class schedule and the academic calendar of this
catalog. Applying for graduation in advance to the Office of Admissions permits timely updating of degree audits,
allowing students to plan or change their final semester courses to ensure completion of all requirements.

Incompletes, grade changes, and transfer work needed to complete graduation requirements that are not resolved
within 30 days after graduation will result in reapplying for graduation for the subsequent semester.

There is one formal commencement exercise held at the end of each spring semester. All graduating students are
encouraged to participate in the exercise. Summer and fall graduates are also encouraged to participate.



GRADUATION UNDER A PARTICULAR CATALOG/DEGREE PLAN

The student is responsible for all requirements of the catalog under which that student is graduating. To graduate,
students must complete the course requirements of the Galveston College Catalog in effect at the time a degree or
certificate program is selected. To change majors, a Change of Major form must be completed and filed in the Office
of Admissions. Major changes will be governed by the degree requirements in effect at the time the change of major
becomes effective.

These exceptions apply:
   1. A catalog more than 10 years old shall not be used.
   2. Students who stop out (are not enrolled) for twelve months or more will be governed by the catalog in
        effect at the time of the student‘s re-entrance to the College. For these purposes, enrollment will be defined
        as registration for and successful completion of at least one course during an academic term.




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SECOND ASSOCIATE DEGREE
Students desiring to earn a second associate degree must complete a minimum of an additional 18 semester hours in
residence and all degree requirements.



CORE CURRICULUM

Included in the degree requirements for the Associate of Arts and the Associate of Science degrees at Galveston College is
a basic core of general education courses or a core curriculum. The purpose of the Galveston College core curriculum is to
provide the skills, knowledge, and perspectives that help define the educated person. The core emphasizes the basic
intellectual competencies (reading, writing, speaking, and critical thinking) as well as broad intellectual perspectives
including historical consciousness; multicultural awareness; numerical comprehension and analysis; and, concern about
ethics, aesthetics, and values. Competency in each of the core components is established by successful completion of the
core courses which are required for the Associate of Arts and the Associate of Science degree.

In accordance with the laws of the State of Texas and the guidelines and procedures established by the Texas Higher
Education Coordinating Board (THECB), all Texas public colleges and universities are required to establish a core
curriculum. The law and the established guidelines indicate that if a student completes the core curriculum at one public
college or university within the State of Texas, that block of courses may be transferred to any other public college or
university within the State of Texas and must be substituted for the receiving institution‘s core curriculum. Further, in
accordance with the law and the guidelines, a student shall receive academic credit for each of the courses transferred and
may not be required to take additional core curriculum courses at the receiving institution, unless the THECB has
approved a larger core curriculum for that institution.

The Galveston College Core Curriculum consists of seven areas – Communications, Humanities, Visual and Performing
Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Physical Education. The Galveston College
Core Curriculum requirements are listed below. These requirements must be met by every student pursuing an Associate
of Arts or Associate of Science degree at Galveston College.




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CORE COMPONENT              COURSE SELECTION                                                                     CR HRS

COMMUNICATION               ENGL 1301 and ENGL 1302                                                                  6

                            SPCH 1311, SPCH 1315, SPCH 1318, or SPCH 1321                                            3

HUMANITIES                  Select one course from the following list of courses                                     3
                            ENGL 2322, ENGL 2323, ENGL 2326, ENGL 2327, ENGL 2328, ENGL 2332,
                            ENGL 2333, ENGL 2342, ENGL 2343, HUMA 1301, HUMA 1302, PHIL 1301,
                            PHIL 1316, PHIL 2303, PHIL 2306, PHIL 2307, PHIL 2321, SPAN 2311, SPAN
                            2312, FREN2311, FREN2312, GERM2311, or GERM2312

VISUAL AND                  Select one course from the following list of courses                                     3
PERFORMING ARTS             ARTS 1301, ARTS 1303, ARTS 1304, DRAM 1310, DRAM 2361, DRAM 2362,
                            DRAM 2366, MUSI 1306, MUSI 1310

MATHEMATICS                 Select one course from the following list of courses                                    3-4
                            MATH 1314, MATH 1316, MATH 1324, MATH 1325, MATH 1342,
                            MATH 1350, MATH 1351, MATH 2318, MATH 2320, MATH 2412,
                            MATH 2413, MATH 2414, MATH 2415

NATURAL SCIENCE             Select two courses from the following list of courses                                    8
                            BIOL 1406, BIOL 1407, BIOL 2401, BIOL 2402, BIOL 2406, BIOL 2421,
                            CHEM 1405, CHEM 1411, CHEM 1412, CHEM 2423, CHEM 2425,
                            ENVR 1401, ENVR 1402, PHYS 1401, PHYS 1402, PHYS 2425, PHYS 2426

SOCIAL AND                  History (Select two from the following courses)                                          6
BEHAVIORAL                  HIST 1301, HIST 1302, or HIST 2301
SCIENCES
                            Political Science                                                                        6
                            GOVT 2305 and GOVT 2306

                            Social or Behavior Science (Select One)                                                  3
                            ANTH 2351, CRIJ 1307, ECON 2301, ECON 2302, GEOG 1303, HIST 2311,
                            HIST 2312, PSYC 2301, PSYC 2306, PSYC 2308, PSYC 2311, PSYC 2314,
                            PSYC 2315, PSYC 2317, SOCI 1301, SOCI 1306, SOCI 2301, SOCI 2319, SOCI
                            2336, or SOCI 2339

PHYSICAL                    One PHED 11XX or PHED21XX Activity Course                                                1
EDUCATION
                             TOTAL                                                                               42/43
NOTE: Universities may deny transfer of courses with a grade of ―D.‖ Students should work with a counselor/advisor to select
courses within each area that will enhance their area of study at the university to which they plan to transfer.


GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

Associate of Arts
The Associate of Arts degree from Galveston College will be granted to the student who has made formal
application for graduation and who completes the following requirements:
    1. The student must complete a minimum of 60 semester hours of college-level credit.*
    2. The student must complete all core curriculum/general education requirements for graduation. And in
         programs which include a THECB approved Field of Study curriculum, students must complete the
         required Field of Study curriculum.
    3. The student must complete the general academic course requirements for the AA degree as outlined in the
         College Catalog.
    4. The student must earn at least 18 of the last 27 semester credit hours required for the degree at Galveston
         College.
    5. The student must have a 2.0 cumulative grade point average on all work from Galveston College.
    6. The student must have satisfied the requirements of the Texas Success Initiative, unless exempt.
    7. The student must successfully complete a minimum of one physical education activity course, unless a
         substitution for this requirement is petitioned for and approved by the Vice President of Instruction.
    8. The student must have satisfactorily settled all College financial obligations.
*Developmental courses may not be counted or used as hours towards the Associate in Arts Degree.

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Associate of Science
The Associate of Science degree from Galveston College will be granted to the student who has made formal
application for graduation and who completes the following requirements:
    1. The student must complete a minimum of 60 semester hours of college-level credit.*
    2. The student must complete all core curriculum/general education requirements for graduation or all courses
         in a THECB approved Field of Study curriculum.
    3. The student must earn at least 18 of the last 27 semester credit hours required for the degree at Galveston
         College.
    4. The student must have a 2.0 cumulative grade point average on all work from Galveston College.
    5. The student must have satisfied the requirements of the Texas Success Initiative, unless exempt.
    6. The student must successfully complete a minimum of one physical education activity courses, unless a
         substitution for this requirement is petitioned and approved by the Vice President of Instruction.
    7. The student must have satisfactorily settled all College financial obligations.
*Developmental courses may not be counted or used as hours towards the Associate in Science Degree.

Associate of Applied Science
The Associate of Applied Science degree from Galveston College will be granted to the student who has made
formal application for graduation and who completes the following requirements:
    1. The student must complete a minimum of 60 semester hours of college-level credit.*
    2. As part of the minimum 60 semester hour degree requirement, the student must complete a minimum of 15
         semester hours of general education courses. The core of general education courses must include at least
         one course from each of the following areas: Humanities/Fine Arts, Social and Behavioral Sciences, and
         Natural Sciences and Mathematics. In addition, evidence of computer literacy must be satisfied by
         completion of specific curriculum requirements within the program or by completion of BCIS 1305, COSC
         1301, or a higher level computer science.
    3. The student must complete the prescribed competencies and curriculum for a two-year occupational or
         work force education program as outlined in the degree plan (Galveston College Catalog).
    4. The student must earn at least 18 of the last 27 semester credit hours of the total credit hours required for
         the degree and at least 50 percent of the technical/workforce education courses required for the degree at
         Galveston College.
    5. The student must have a 2.0 cumulative grade point average on all work from Galveston College. +
    6. The student must have satisfied the requirements of the Texas Success Initiative, unless exempt.
    7. The student must have satisfactorily settled all College financial obligations.
*Developmental courses may not be counted or used as hours towards the Associate of Applied Science Degree.
+
 Students seeking an AAS in Nursing (Associate Degree Nursing) must achieve a ―C‖ (75) or better in all nursing
courses.

Certificate of Technology
The Certificate of Technology from Galveston College will be granted to the student who makes formal application
for graduation and completes the following requirements:
     1. The student must complete a minimum of 45 semester hours. *
     2. The student must complete the prescribed technical competencies and curriculum for the work force
         education or occupational program as outlined in the Galveston College Catalog.
     3. The student must earn at least 25 percent of the total credit hours required for the certificate and at least 50
         percent of the technical/workforce education courses required for the certificate at Galveston College.
     4. The student must have a 2.0 grade point average on all work from Galveston College.
     5. The student must have satisfied the requirements of the Texas Success Initiative, unless exempt.
     6. The student must have satisfactorily settled all College financial obligations.
*Developmental courses may not be counted or used as hours toward the Certificate of Technology.

Certificate of Completion
The Certificate of Completion from Galveston College will be granted to the student who has made formal
application for graduation and who completes the following requirements:
    1. The student must complete the prescribed technical competencies and curriculum for the work force
         education or occupational programs outlined in the Galveston College Catalog.*
    2. The student must earn at least 25 percent of the total credit hours required for the degree and at least 50
         percent of the technical/workforce education courses required for the degree at Galveston College.

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    3. The student must have a 2.0 grade point average on all work from Galveston College. +
    4. The student must have satisfactorily settled all College financial obligations.
*Developmental courses may not be counted or used as hours towards the Certificate of Completion.
+
 Students completing a Certificate of Completion in Vocational Nursing must earn a ―C‖ (75) or better in each
nursing course and each related course (including any prerequisite courses).

Advanced Technical Certificate
The Advanced Technical Certificate from Galveston College will be granted to the student who has made formal
application for graduation and who completes the following requirements:
    1. The student must complete the prescribed technical competencies and curriculum for the work force
         education or occupational program as outlined in the Galveston College Catalog.*
    2. The student must earn at least 25 percent of the total credit hours required for the certificate and at least 50
         percent of the technical/workforce education courses required for the certificate at Galveston College.
    3. The student must have a 2.0 grade point average on all work from Galveston College.
    4. The student must have satisfactorily settled all College financial obligations.
    5. The student must have satisfied the requirements of the Texas Success Initiative, unless exempt.
*Developmental courses may not be counted or used as hours towards the Certificate.

Second Associate Degree
Students desiring to earn a second associate degree must complete a minimum of an additional 18 semester hours in
residence.


GRADUATE GUARANTEE FOR TRANSFER CREDIT

Galveston College guarantees to its Associate of Arts and Associate of Science graduates, beginning December
1993 and thereafter, that course credits will transfer to other public-supported Texas colleges and universities
provided that the conditions outlined in the Graduate Guarantee Agreement are met. Applications for Graduate
Guarantee for transfer credit are available in the Counseling Center. If such courses are rejected by the college or
the university, the student may take tuition-free alternate courses at Galveston College which are acceptable to the
college or university.

Special conditions which apply to the guarantee are as follows:
    1. Transferability means the acceptance of credits toward a specific major and degree. Courses must be
         identified by the receiving university as transferable and applicable in course Selection Guides dated
         December 1993 or later;
    2. Limitation of total number of credits accepted in transfer, grades required, relevant grade point average,
         and duration of transferability;
    3. The guarantee applies to courses included in a written transfer (degree) plan which includes the institution
         to which the student will transfer, the baccalaureate major and degree sought, and the date such a decision
         was made, which must be filed with Galveston College;
    4. Only college-level courses with Community College Course Guide Manual approved numbers and a
         common course number are included in this guarantee;
    5. If all conditions are met and course or courses are not accepted by a receiving institution transfer, the
         student must notify Galveston College within 10 days of notice of transfer credit denial so the ―Transfer
         Dispute Resolution‖ process can be initiated;
    6. If it is determined that the course or courses are not transferable, Galveston College will allow the student
         to take up to six (6) semester credit hours of comparable courses which are acceptable to the receiving
         institution;
    7. The guarantee does not imply that the graduate will pass any licensing or qualifying examination for a
         particular career; and,
    8. The student‘s sole remedy against the College and its employees for academic deficiencies shall be limited
         to six (6) credit hours of tuition-free education under conditions described above.




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GRADUATE GUARANTEE FOR JOB COMPETENCY
If a recipient of an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree or Certificate of Completion is judged by his/her
employer to be lacking in technical job skills identified as exit competencies for his/her specific degree program, the
graduate will be provided up to six (6) tuition-free credit hours of additional skill training by Galveston College
under the conditions of the guarantee policy.

Special conditions which apply to the guarantee include the following:
    1. The graduate must have earned the Associate of Applied Science degree, Certificate of Technology, or a
         Certificate of Completion beginning December 1993 or thereafter in a workforce education/technical
         program identified in the College Catalog;
    2. The graduate must have completed the requirements for the Associate of Applied Science degree or
         Certificate at Galveston College, with a minimum 75 percent of credits earned at Galveston College, and
         must have completed the degree/certificate within a four-year time span;
    3. Graduates must be employed full-time in an area directly related to the area of program concentration as
         certified by the Vice President of Instruction;
    4. Employment must commence within 12 months of graduation;
    5. The employer must certify in writing that the employee is lacking entry-level skills identified by Galveston
         College as the employee‘s program competencies and must specify the area(s) of deficiency within 90 days
         of the graduate‘s initial employment;
    6. The employer, a faculty member, the appropriate Dean, and Vice President of Instruction will develop a
         written educational plan for retraining;
    7. Retraining will be limited to six credit hours related to the identified skill deficiency and to those classes
         regularly scheduled during the period covered by the retraining plan;
    8. All retraining must be completed within one calendar year from the time the educational plan is agreed
         upon;
    9. The graduate and/or employer is responsible for the cost of books, insurance, uniforms, fees, and other
         course-related expenses;
    10. The guarantee does not imply that the student will pass any licensing or qualifying examination for a
         particular career;
    11. The student‘s sole remedy against the College and its employees for skill deficiencies shall be limited to six
         (6) credit hours of tuition free education under conditions described above.
    12. The program can be initiated through written contact with the Office of the College President.



GRADUATION WITH HONORS
Students who are graduating with an Associate degree (A.A., A.S., or A.A.S), who have at least 24 semester hours
in residence, who have completed at least two semesters at Galveston College, and who have a grade point average
of at least 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale) on all work attempted will graduate cum laude (with honors).

Students who are graduating with an Associate degree, who have at least 24 semester hours in residence, who have
completed at least two semesters at Galveston College, and who have a grade point average of at least 3.75 (on a 4.0
scale) on all work attempted will graduate magna cum laude (with high honors).

Students who are graduating with an Associate degree, who have at least 24 semester hours in residence, who have
completed at least two semesters at Galveston College, and who have a grade point average of at least 3.9 (on a 4.0
scale) on all work attempted will graduate summa cum laude (with highest honors).




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