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Graduation Requirements, Certificates and Degrees

Institutional Requirements for Certificates of Achievement and Certificates of Completion

Certificates of Achievement and Certificates of Completion are a designated course or groups of designated courses. To receive a Certificate of Achievement or Certificate of Completion from Lansing Community College, a student must meet the following institutional graduation requirements:

  1. Complete a course of study approved by the College and consisting of a minimum of 30 semester credits for a Certificate of Achievement and fewer than 30 semester credits for a Certificate of Completion with no more than 10 percent of these credits acquired on the pass/fail (P-Z) grading system. (See Degree and Certificate Programs.)

  2. Maintain a grade point average of 2.0 or above in all courses required for the certificate.

  3. Satisfy any specific requirements on the curricular guide.  These may include, but are not limited to, maintaining a cumulative grade point average in all courses taken at Lansing Community College, higher grade point minimums in specific courses, selective admissions, or other departmental requirements.

  4. Earn toward the curriculum at least one-third of the semester credits for the certificate in attendance at Lansing Community College. Credits earned through comprehensive exams will not be counted toward this requirement.

  5. Satisfy all general and specific requirements of Lansing Community College.

  6. Submit an application for graduation to Admissions, Registration, and Records the semester the program requirements are completed, on or before the deadline.

Note: Students seeking a Certificate of Achievement or Certificate of Completion may not follow curricular guides which predate their first semester of enrollment or are expired.

Institutional Requirements for Associate Degrees

To receive an associate degree from Lansing Community College, a student must meet the following institutional graduation requirements:

  1. Complete a course of study approved by the College and consisting of a minimum of 60 semester credits with no more than 10 percent of these credits acquired on the pass/fail (P-Z) grading system. (See Degree and Certificate Programs.)

  2. Maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or above.

  3. Earn toward the curriculum at least 20 semester credits in attendance at Lansing Community College. Credits earned through comprehensive exams will not be counted toward this requirement.

  4. Satisfy the LCC General Education Core Requirements.  Students following the Associate in Arts Degree, or the Associate in Science Degree, will fulfill these requirements by completing specific curriculum requirements.

  5. Satisfy all general and specific requirements of Lansing Community College.

  6. Submit an application for graduation to Admissions, Registration, and Records the semester the program requirements are completed, on or before the deadline.

Note: Students seeking an associate degree may not follow curricular guides which predate their first semester of enrollment or are expired.

Graduation Honors

Those students who maintain a 3.75 or higher grade point average will be graduated Summa Cum Laude (with highest honors); those who maintain a 3.50-3.74 grade point average will be graduated Magna Cum Laude (with high honors); those with a 3.25-3.49 will be graduated Cum Laude (with honors). Students must complete 40 semester credit hours of work at Lansing Community College to qualify for honors.

General requirements for associate degrees offered by Lansing Community College are presented below. (For specific degree requirements, see Degree and Certificate Programs.)

Associate in Arts: This degree is designed for students who intend to transfer to a four-year college or university to pursue a baccalaureate degree (BA/BS).   Students completing this curriculum will also satisfy the MACRAO Transfer Agreement between most two-year and four-year institutions in Michigan. Requirements: 60 credits, including 32 LCC General Education credits, additional 12-20 credits within a major (African-American History, American Studies, Anthropology, Art History, Business and Accounting, Creative Writing, Criminal Justice, Economics, Education, Fine Arts, French, Geography, German, History, Interdisciplinary Humanities, International Studies, Japanese, Journalism, Literature, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Social Science, Sociology, Spanish, Speech Communication, Theatre), 8-16 elective credits, and institutional associate degree requirements.

Associate in Science: This degree is designed for students who intend to transfer to a four-year college or university to pursue a baccalaureate degree (BA/BS).   Students completing this curriculum will also satisfy the MACRAO Transfer Agreement between most two-year and four-year institutions in Michigan. Requirements: 60 credits, including 32 LCC General Education credits, additional 12-20 credits within a major (Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering/Physics, Mathematics, Pre-Medical Studies), 8-16 elective credits, and institutional associate degree requirements.

Associate in Applied Arts: This degree is designed for students who seek education and the acquisition of skills needed to enter the job market or to advance their current careers. This degree includes a concentration of courses in fields such as the visual arts or the performing arts. Requirements: 60-72 credits, including a minimum of 16 LCC General Education Core credits, specific career program requirements, and institutional associate degree requirements.

Associate in Applied Science: This degree is designed for students who seek education and the acquisition of skills needed to enter the job market or to advance in their current careers. This degree includes a concentration of courses in fields such as health care, manufacturing, and construction. Requirements: 60-72 credits, including a minimum of 16 LCC General Education Core credits, specific career program requirements, and institutional associate degree requirements.

Associate in Business: This degree is designed for students who seek business education and the acquisition of business-related skills needed to enter the job market or to advance in their current careers. This degree includes a concentration of courses in areas such as marketing and management. Requirements: 60-72 credits, including a minimum of 16 LCC General Education Core credits, specific career program requirements in business-related areas (marketing, for example), and institutional associate degree requirements.

General Associate Degree: This degree is a customized program of study that should be approved by an academic advisor. A minimum of 60 credits is required and includes the LCC General Education Core requirements. Students must also complete EITHER a minimum of 12 related credits in an area of study of their own choosing OR they must complete the credits listed on a transfer guide. (See Transfer Information for a list of institutions for which transfer guides are available.) Students planning to transfer should see an academic advisor before enrolling in any course.

Revised 4/14/14

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LCC General Education Core Requirements

In order to meet the needs of life-long learners in a constantly changing world, Lansing Community College believes that a common core of skills, knowledge, understanding, and reasoning is indispensable for all students granted an associate degree. This background is essential to every person as a productive worker and citizen and is a foundation upon which an individual can build a life-long pursuit of knowledge and education. In keeping with these beliefs, the College has established General Education Core requirements at the college level in the areas of communication, global perspectives and diversity, mathematics, science, and writing for students seeking an LCC associate degree. The student outcomes expected for each of the Core areas are presented below.

1. Communication

  • Define and explain the nature of the communication process.

  • Use language and nonverbal behavior to express ideas and feelings clearly and responsibly.

  • Participate constructively in group/team discussions/activities.

  • Research, prepare, and present oral and/or visual information effectively.

  • Listen/interpret, with both literal and critical comprehension, in a variety of communication situations.

2. Global Perspectives and Diversity

  • Describe and analyze the ways in which societies and/or world civilizations establish socio-cultural order and the effects of these on individuals and the societies and/or world civilizations.

  • Describe and analyze how different societies and/or world civilizations have searched for truth, justice, and an understanding of what it means to be human.

  • Describe and analyze how major ideologies within societies and/or world civilizations have resulted in peaceful and/or violent solutions to conflicts.

  • Describe and analyze how major ideas, issues, values, and institutions in societies and/or world civilizations have shaped cultures and the effects these have on individuals.

  • Describe, analyze, and examine the impact of the inclusion and/or exclusion of diverse perspectives of gender and ethnicity by societies and/or world civilizations.

3. Mathematics

  • Use the strategies of arithmetic, geometry, and algebra to solve problems and effectively communicate the solutions in a variety of disciplines.

  • Use, interpret and produce one or more representations of a function, including graphs in one or more variables.

4. Science

  • Discuss and summarize basic knowledge of the nature, scope, purposes, and limitations of science and technology.

  • Explain and apply the fundamental concepts of one of the sciences.

  • Gather, analyze, interpret, and draw conclusions from empirical data.

  • Use scientific knowledge and methods as tools to make decisions about contemporary issues involving science and technology.

5. Writing

  • Use reading, writing, and critical thinking skills to analyze, synthesize, and evaluate abstract concepts and concrete information.

  • Use the stages of the writing process effectively.

  • Properly locate, incorporate, and attribute sources of information.

  • Produce effective writings that are targeted to various academic, community, and/or professional audiences.

  • Conform to conventions of grammar, punctuation, and spelling.

How Students Can Satisfy LCC General Education Core Requirements (Excluding Associate in Arts and Associate in Science Degrees)

See General Education Core Curriculum Requirements for more information.

All students must fulfill LCC General Education Core requirements in order to be awarded an associate degree. The ways in which students can satisfy these requirements are presented below. Because these requirements may be revised each academic year, students should consult an academic advisor or the most recent catalog information to stay informed of current options for satisfying Core requirements. Students should also be aware that not all courses that satisfy the LCC Core transfer to all colleges. Students planning to transfer should see an academic advisor before enrolling in any course.

Students can satisfy the General Education Core requirements for the areas of communication, global perspectives and diversity, mathematics, science, and writing in any of the following ways:

  1. Achieve a grade of 2.0 or higher in an approved Core course (credits in parentheses):

  2. Communication

    ARTS 102

    Design and Communication

    (3)

    FREN 122

    Elementary French II

    (4)

    GRMN 122

    Elementary German II

    (4)

    JAPN 122

    Elementary Japanese II

    (4)

    SIGN 160

    Into to the Deaf Community

    (3)

    SPAN 122

    Elementary Spanish II

    (4)

    SPCH 110

    Oral Communication in the Workplace

    (3)

    SPCH 120

    Dynamics of Communication

    (3)

    SPCH 130

    Fundamentals of Public Speaking

    (3)

    THEA 110

    Introduction to Theatre

    (3)


    Global Perspectives and Diversity

    ARTS 211

    Art History to the Renaissance

    (4)

    ARTS 212

    Art History from the Renaissance

    (4)

    ECON 120

    Power, Authority and Exchange

    (4)

    ECON 260

    Comparative Economic Systems

    (3)

    ENGL 211

    World Literature I

    (4)

    ENGL 212

    World Literature II

    (4)

    GEOG 200

    World Regional Geography

    (4)

    HUMS 160

    Mythology

    (4)

    HUMS 213

    World Civilizations to 1600

    (4)

    HUMS 214

    World Civilizations from 1600

    (4)

    MGMT 234

    Diversity in the Workplace

    (3)

    MUSC 240

    Music Cultures to 1750

    (4)

    MUSC 241

    Music Cultures 1750-Present

    (4)

    PHIL 211

    Philosophy: Ancient & Medieval

    (4)

    PHIL 212

    Philosophy: Modern & Contemporary

    (4)

    POLS 260

    Comparative Political Systems

    (3)

    POLS 270

    International Relations

    (3)

    SOCL120

    Introduction to Sociology

    (4)

    SOCL 260

    Race and Ethnicity

    (3)

    SPCH 280

    Intercultural Communication

    (3)

     

    Mathematics

    ELTE 121

    Electrical Mathematics

    (5)

    MATH 112

    Intermediate Algebra

    (4)

    MATH 115

    Technical Mathematics II

    (4)

    MATH 117

    Mathematics for Business

    (4)

    MATH 118

    The Art of Geometry

    (3)

    MATH 119

    Math - Applications for Living

    (4)

    NOTE: Non-Core mathematics courses at MATH 120 or above (121, 122, 126, 130, 141, 151, 152, 161, 162, 201, 202, 253, 254, and 260) and STAT 170 and 215, implicitly demonstrate proficiency and therefore, satisfy the Core area requirement.

     

    Science

    ASTR 201

    Introductory Astronomy

    (4)

    BIOL 120

    Environmental Science

    (4)

    BIOL 121

    Biological Foundations for Physiology

    (4)

    BIOL 127

    Cell Biology

    (4)

    BIOL 145

    Intro Anatomy and Physiology

    (4)

    BIOL 202

    Human Physiology

    (4)

    CHEM 135

    Chemistry In Society

    (4)

    CHEM 145

    Intro to Forensic Chemistry

    (4)

    CHEM 151 and 161

    General Chemistry Lecture I and Laboratory I

    (4/1)

    GEOL 230

    Environmental Geology

    (4)

    ISCI 121

    Integrated Science for Education I

    (4)

    ISCI 131

    Integrated Science - Physical

    (4)

    METM 190

    Metallurgy and Heat Treatment

    (4)

    PHYS 120

    The Art of Physics

    (4)

    PHYS 200

    Intro Physics with Applications

    (4)

    PHYS 221

    Introductory Physics I

    (4)

    PHYS 251

    Physics I: Mechanics

    (5)

     

    Writing

    ENGL 122

    Writing About Literature and Ideas

    (4)

    ENGL 132

    Honors Writing - Literature and Ideas

    (4)

    WRIT 121

    Composition I

    (4)

    WRIT 122

    Composition II

    (4)

    WRIT 124

    Technical Writing

    (3)

    WRIT 127

    Business Writing

    (3)

    WRIT 131

    Honors Composition I

    (4)

    WRIT 132

    Honors Composition II

    (4)


    Descriptions for each of the above courses can be found at  https://starnetb.lcc.edu/LCCB/twbkwbis.P_GenMenu?name=homepage.

  3. Achieve a grade of 2.0 or higher on a Comprehensive Examination, where appropriate and available, for an approved course in a Core area. Upon successfully completing the exam, the student receives LCC credit for the course. (A comprehensive exam is an exam for which the student completes an application, pays the tuition for the course, and receives the grade earned on the exam on his or her transcript. See Credit by Examination.)

  4. Achieve a grade of 2.0 level or higher on a Core Area Proficiency Examination, where appropriate and available. Each exam is specific to a single Core area and is administered for a $50 fee in the Assessment Center.  Core Area Proficiency Examinations may only be taken once to satisfy the Core area. See General Education Core Requirements for more information.

  5. In mathematics, achieve a grade of 2.0 or higher in any non-Core mathematics course (STAT 170, STAT 215, MATH 120 or above).

  6. Present evidence of an earned associate degree (or higher) from an accredited college or university.

  7. If no degree has been earned, transfer in comparable course credit for an approved course from an accredited institution. General credit does not apply unless documentation for the Core area learning outcomes is provided and approved by the Provost.

  8. Establish appropriate course credit through the Advanced Placement Examination (AP), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST), and/or others as recognized by LCC.

  9. Establish credit for an approved course through the Experiential Learning Process. See Credit for Previously Acquired Knowledge and Learning Experience.

The following do NOT satisfy General Education Core requirements:

  • LCC placement test scores

  • A waiver of any course that is also a Core course

  • Completion of higher-level courses that are not approved Core courses (see mathematics information in #4 above for mathematics exception)

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Process for Granting Exceptions to the Institutional Core Requirements for Associate Degrees

Core exceptions will be granted only as a result of verifiable college error, e.g. inappropriate advising, inaccurate printed materials. A student who wishes to formally appeal a determination that the Core requirement for an Associate degree has not been met, should appeal initially to the Department Chair of the Department offering the curriculum. The Chair should apply the following parameters in making a determination that an exception to current policy is warranted:

  1. Even if a college error has been documented, if the student has the time and ability to take the course(s) necessary to satisfy the requirement, the course(s) should be completed.

  2. The College does not waive a core requirement. In cases described in #1 above, substitutions are allowed only after consultation with the Chair of the department offering the Core course for which a substitution will be made.

If the Chair determines that an exception is warranted, a recommendation should be sent to the Dean of the Division. The recommendation should include the student's name and student number, a brief summary of the situation and the reason(s) for the recommendation, and any other relevant documentation. If the Dean concurs with the Chair's recommendation, a recommendation should be sent to the Academic Affairs Office. The recommendation will be reviewed, and if any concerns arise, the matter will be further discussed with the Dean. If the recommendation is accepted, the Academic Affairs Office will inform the Registrar of the exception in writing with a copy to the Dean, and will also send written notification to the student with a copy to the Registrar.

The Chair notifies the student if the Chair believes an exception is not warranted. The student may appeal the Chair's decision to the Dean. If the Dean agrees with the Chair's decision, the Dean notifies the student. If the Dean does not agree with the Chair's decision, the Dean will forward a recommendation to the Academic Affairs Office.

The final decision for granting exceptions to the institutional Core requirements rests with the Academic Affairs Office.

Accommodations for Students with Documented Disabilities

In January 1999, the following policy for completing the General Education Core Curriculum for Students with Documented Disabilities was approved.

The expectation for students with documented disabilities is that they will complete all requirements for a Lansing Community College associate degree.  This includes the General Education Core Curriculum requirements.  In cases where a student cannot successfully complete the Core because of a disability (as confirmed by the Office of Disability Services in consultation with the faculty teaching the course), the procedures outlined below will be followed.

  1. It is assumed that the student has attempted the Core course in question with appropriate support from the Office of Disability Services which may include reasonable accommodations being made by the institution.  If the student is not successful, a reasonable substitution for the course (one that enables the student to achieve the outcomes of the course unsuccessfully attempted) may be proposed by a group consisting of the following representatives: a faculty member who is responsible for teaching the course attempted; a member of the Curriculum and Instruction Council; the Leader of the Office of Disability Services; the Divisional Instructional Leader from the Division that offers the student's program.  The proposal will be developed in consultation with the student.

  2. The proposal will be approved by the Provost who will inform the Registrar's Office of the approved substitution in writing.

How to Apply for a Certificate of Achievement or Certificate of Completion

Prior to submitting an application for a certificate, students should consult with an advisor to review progress toward completing requirements. Substitutions or waivers for program requirements must be approved on a Certificate Pre-Audit form by the department offering the program. (Substitutions and waivers are not allowed for institutional certificate requirements. See Institutional Requirements for Certificates of Achievement and Certificates of Completion.) Students apply by the deadline the semester they complete the program requirements.  Information and the applications are located online at http://www.lcc.edu/futurestars/apply/graduation/.

Procedures are as follows:

  1. Complete an Application for Certificate of Achievement or Application for Certificate of Completion. These applications are available at Student Services and at http://www.lcc.edu/futurestars/apply/graduation/.

  2. Attach a Certificate Pre-Audit form.  Contact the program department to have this form completed, signed and stamped.  If substitutions and/or waivers have been approved, these must be indicated on this form or the application will be denied.

  3. Attach a copy of the curricular guide (program of study) for the certificate being sought. Note: Students may not follow a curricular guide that predates their first semester of enrollment. The requirements must be met by the semester the curricular guide expires.

  4. Submit the application, Certificate Pre-Audit form, and the curricular guide to Student Services.

  5. If the Admissions, Registration, and Records Office determines that there are requirements NOT met, the student will receive written notification indicating the certificate has been denied.

  6. If all the requirements are met, the student will receive notification via LCC email indicating that the certificate has been approved.

  7. Once awarded, the LCC transcript will show the certificate earned.

  8. Certificates are mailed to students during the semester after certificates have been awarded.

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How to Apply for an Associate Degree

Prior to submitting an application for an associate degree, students should consult with an advisor to review progress toward completing requirements. Substitutions or waivers for program requirements must be approved on an authorized form signed by the department offering the program. (Substitutions and waivers are not allowed for institutional degree requirements. See Institutional Requirements for Associate Degrees.)  Students apply by the deadline the semester they complete the program requirements. Information and the applications are located online at http://www.lcc.edu/futurestars/apply/graduation/.

Procedures are as follows:

  1. Complete an Application for Associate Degree. This application is available at Student Services and at http://www.lcc.edu/futurestars/apply/graduation/.  If substitutions and/or waivers have been approved, a Course Substitution and Waiver Authorization form must be attached to the application when submitted or the application will be denied.

  2. Attach a copy of the curricular guide (program of study) for the degree being sought. Note: Students may not follow a curricular guide that predates their first semester of enrollment. The requirements must be met by the semester the curricular guide expires.

  3. Submit the application and the curricular guide to Student Services.  If applicable, attach a Course Substitution and Waiver Authorization form.

  4. If the Admissions, Registration, and Records Office determines that there are requirements NOT met, the student will receive written notification indicating the application has been denied.

  5. If all the requirements are met, the student will receive notification via LCC email indicating that the degree has been approved.

  6. Once awarded, the LCC transcript will show the degree earned.

  7. Diplomas are mailed to students during the semester after degrees have been awarded.

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Transfer

Students planning to transfer to another institution should be aware that universities and colleges differ widely in the courses they accept for transfer. A student intending to transfer should follow the transfer guide of the institution to which he or she intends to enroll. Transfer guides are not LCC degree guides. In order to achieve maximum transferability of courses, students should consult with an academic advisor. (See Transfer Information for more information about transfer programs.)

Regulation for the Granting of Additional Associate Degrees

Any student who received an associate degree from Lansing Community College or any other accredited community college may be awarded a second associate degree subject to the following stipulations:

  1. For each additional associate degree, a minimum of 10 semester credit hours must be completed at LCC in the division in which the degree is sought, or on the curricular guide, non-repetitive of previously earned credits. (Note: The institutional associate degree requirement of 20 credits earned at LCC must be met by those students not receiving their first degree at LCC.)

  2. All requirements for an associate degree in arts, applied arts, business, science, or applied science must be met.

  3. The College's General Education Core requirements are satisfied by virtue of the student earning the first associate degree.

  4. The associate degree must be in a specific program or curriculum; it cannot be a general associate degree.  No additional degree will be granted in the same curriculum in which the first degree was earned.

  5. Exceptions to the above should be appealed to the office of the dean of the division which the associate degree is sought.

Regulation for Granting an Associate Degree When the Student has an Earned Bachelor's Degree

A student who has earned a bachelor's degree from an accredited American college or university which has a general education requirement may be awarded an associate degree at Lansing Community College subject to the following requirements:

  1. For each associate degree, a minimum of 10 semester credit hours must be completed at Lansing Community College in the division in which the associate degree is sought, or on the curricular guide. The Lansing Community College cumulative grade point average must be at or above a 2.0 level.

  2. All requirements for an associate degree in arts, applied arts, business, science, or applied science must be met.

  3. The College's General Education Core requirements are satisfied by virtue of the student earning the bachelor's degree.

  4. The associate degree must be within a specific program or curriculum, it cannot be a general associate degree.

  5. Exceptions to the above should be appealed to the office of the dean of the division in which the associate degree is sought.

Assurance of Quality

Lansing Community College offers assurance a guarantee to its students; prospective employers; and receiving transfer colleges, universities, and technical training institutions, those individuals who have earned LCC degrees or certificates are competent to perform in their areas of major study.

Transferring students who have earned an official Lansing Community College certificate or degree should be able to perform competently in the area in which they majored or specialized at Lansing Community College.

Non-transferring students who have earned an official Lansing Community College certificate or degree should be able to perform competently in the area in which they majored or specialized at Lansing Community College.

A Lansing Community College graduate may be permitted to retake a specified course or courses, when next offered, with no tuition or fee charge by submitting his or her request to the Admissions, Registration, and Records Office along with supporting documentation from the institution to which he or she has transferred or from his or her employer, whichever is appropriate.

Because unused skills and knowledge can decay rapidly, the assurances offered herein will be in effect for one year from the date the course or courses in question were taken at Lansing Community College.

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