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Academic Information

Academic Classification

Freshman

A freshman has satisfied entrance requirements and has completed fewer than 28 credit hours.

Sophomore

A sophomore has completed at least 28 but fewer than 56 credit hours.

Junior

A junior has completed at least 56 but fewer than 88 credit hours.

Senior

A senior has completed at least 88 credit hours.

Academic Credit Policies

Credit Hour

One semester credit hour represents the equivalent of one hour of lecture or two hours of laboratory work each week. Class lecture or laboratory time combined with outside classwork or studying is expected to equal approximately three hours per credit each week. An equivalent amount of work is required for studio work, practicums, internships, and classes that do not meet on the semester schedule.

Transfer of Credit

It is the practice of Pensacola Christian College and other colleges and universities to accept or reject credits based on their own institutional criteria, regardless of whether or not that particular school transferring credit is accredited.

It is the policy of the College to consider for transfer, credits earned at an approved or accredited college or university. Courses acceptable for transfer must be similar in content to those replaced in the chosen major at Pensacola Christian College. Courses which are not similar may be transferred as general electives, providing they meet all the college transfer-of-credit policies. Nursing and education courses will not be transferred toward a nursing or education program but may be transferred as general electives, providing they meet the college transfer-of-credit policies.

Courses previously taken at PCC may not be repeated at another college. Only those credits which carry a grade of at least “C-” or its equivalent may be transferred.

Pensacola Christian College does not count grade points earned at other colleges and universities toward the minimum final grade point average of 2.00 required for graduation. If a student transfers a number of hours in his major, he still must complete a minimum of 12 semester hours in that field as prescribed by the Registrar.

Transfer students in any classification may apply for admission, though rarely is a student able to transfer and complete degree requirements in one year.

Students who transfer credits from non-English-speaking countries are responsible to provide a certified translation of transcripts and course descriptions. This certification may be made by (1) a commercial certifying organization or (2) an individual with appropriate credentials in the country where the student attended college. A copy of the transcript in the native language must accompany the certified translation.

Pensacola Christian College reserves the right to withhold recognition of credits received at any college or university that does not, in the opinion of the administration, meet reasonable academic standards.

Credits from Bible Colleges

Credits from a Bible college are accepted on the same basis as credits earned from any other college or university. Credits from a Bible school or Bible institute which does not have recognized collegiate standing are accepted at PCC only after individual evaluation and/or validation under the direction of the College’s Academic Committee.

Pensacola Christian College reserves the right to withhold recognition of credits received at any Bible college, Bible school, or Bible institute that does not, in the opinion of the administration, meet reasonable academic standards.

Transient Credit

Current students may not take courses from other institutions without advance approval from the Registrar. When taken to meet graduation requirements, these courses must meet current transfer requirements and must not be a core course required for the student’s major. Students should submit a Transient Form and course/institution information for approval. Students who fail to follow procedures for work completed elsewhere may forfeit recognition of credit for this work. Students may take a maximum of three courses from another institution each summer.

Experience Credit

Pensacola Christian College does not grant credit for work or life experience, with the exception of physical education credit that may be granted for active military service.

Credit for Military Service

One hour of physical education credit will be granted for each year of active military service up to two years. Discharge papers or the equivalent are required as evidence of eligibility and must be presented to the Records Office before the end of the student’s first semester. Physical education majors or minors must take actual courses to complete their PE requirements.

CLEP and AP Credit

Students may take College Level Examination Program (CLEP) or Advanced Placement Program (AP) examinations to avoid taking courses in subjects in which they already have adequate knowledge. All CLEP and AP tests must be completed prior to college enrollment. Contact the Admissions Office for additional information.

Distance-Learning Credits

Distance-learning credits from an approved or accredited school that fit the particular academic program at PCC may be acceptable in transfer as long as they meet course transfer requirements. Courses that are taken at another institution must be completed before beginning the semester at PCC. Approved coursework not completed before the beginning of a semester is included in the student’s academic load for that semester.

AP and CLEP Info

AP and CLEP credit will appear on students’ transcripts as credit by proficiency with a grade of "P." We must receive the official AP and/or CLEP report from College Board in order for the course(s) to be accepted. A maximum of 24 credits will be granted toward a bachelor’s degree and a maximum of 12 credits will be granted toward an associate’s degree.

AP and CLEP credit is earned based on the criteria in place when the CLEP results are submitted, rather than when the test was taken.

CLEP results must be received before earning 100 credits unless prior approval is obtained from the registrar before taking CLEP examinations. CLEP credit will not be granted for courses previously taken.

Accepted CLEP tests and PCC course equivalents (effective June 1, 2015–May 31, 2016)

CLEP Minimum Score PCC Equivalent Credit
American Literature* 50 EN 202 American Literature 3
Calculus 50 MA 221 Calculus I 4
College Algebra 50 MA 122 College Algebra II 3
College Mathematics 50 MA 125 Mathematics for Liberal Arts 3
English Literature* 50 EN 204 British Literature 3
French Language 59 ML 131 Elementary French 3
French Language 63 ML 132 Elementary French 3
History of the United States I 50 HI 201 United States History 3
Introductory Business Law 50 BA 201 Business Law 3
Pre-Calculus 50 MA 131 College Trigonometry 3
Principles of Macroeconomics 50 BA 303 Macroeconomics 3
Principles of Management 50 BA 203 Management Planning and Control 3
Principles of Marketing 50 MK 204 Principles of Marketing 3
Principles of Microeconomics 50 BA 304 Microeconomics 3
Spanish Language 59 ML 121 Elementary Spanish 3
Spanish Language 63 ML 122 Elementary Spanish 3
Spanish Language 68 ML 221, ML 222 Intermediate Spanish 6

Accepted AP exams and PCC course equivalents (effective June 1, 2015–May 31, 2016)

AP Exam Minimum Score PCC Equivalent Credit
Calculus AB 3 MA 221 Calculus I 4
Calculus BC 3 MA 222 Calculus II 4
English Literature and Composition* 3 EN 204 British Literature 3
French Language and Culture 4 ML 131, ML 132 Elementary French 6
Macroeconomics 3 BA 303 Macroeconomics 3
Microeconomics 3 BA 304 Microeconomics 3
Music Theory 3 MU 101 Beginning Music Theory 2
Music Theory 4 MU 101, MU 102 Beginning Music Theory 4
Spanish Language and Culture 4 ML 121, ML 122 Elementary Spanish 6
Statistics 3 MA 326 Statistics 3
United States History 3 HI 201 United States History 3

*AP/CLEP credit may not be earned for both EN 202 American Literature and EN 204 British Literature. For majors that require only one literature course, the AP/CLEP credit will apply toward general electives rather than the EN 202 or 204 requirement.

Attendance

All students, regardless of classification, are expected to attend all scheduled classes.

Students missing more than a week of scheduled classes automatically lose one full letter grade; students missing more than two weeks receive an “F” for the course unless otherwise exempted by the administration.

College Division

The College Division is designated to deliver general education course requirements and to provide faculty who advise students toward initial degree preparation.

The purpose of the College Division is to prepare students for success in their major degree studies and in their future vocation and ministry by providing a distinctively Christian-traditional, liberal arts education for every undergraduate degree program.

The goals of this division are to prepare students with the ability to share the gospel of Christ with others; understand biblical teaching regarding the home, church, and government; recognize how society is influenced by the history of civilization, literature, and/or fine arts; interpret social sciences knowledge from a Christian worldview; communicate clearly and effectively in speaking and writing; develop an ability to analyze, evaluate, and synthesize ideas; and apply fundamental principles of mathematics and science to analyze and solve problems.

General education course requirements, drawn from introductory and survey courses offered by other academic divisions, include Bible, humanities/fine arts, behavioral/social sciences, communications, and natural sciences/math.

Additional Requirements for Bachelor of Arts Degree

Course Numbering

In general, 100-level courses should be taken in the student’s first year, 200-level the second year, 300-level the third year, and 400-level the fourth year. A two-letter prefix indicates academic department. Exceptions to this pattern must be authorized by the Registrar.

Course Scheduling

Registration

To receive course credit, a student must meet all prerequisites and be registered for the course in the Records Office. Registration dates are listed on the Calendar of Events.

Students registering late must pay a $50 late fee.

Plan for Learning

Pensacola Christian College offers a yearly program of instruction in which two semesters are divided by a five-week Interterm beginning this year December 16 and ending January 21. Interterm may be used by students to simply enjoy as a vacation, seek employment, travel with a Proclaim ministry team or sports team, or earn credits on or away from campus. Students may attend classes on campus during Interterm (January 9–20) and/or Post-term (May 11–24) and earn two or three credits each session.

Course Changes

Additions: During the drop/add period each semester, a student may, upon obtaining approval from the Registrar, add a course to his schedule and register the change with the Records Office. A change of course fee will be charged.

Drops: To drop a course, a student must get approval from the Registrar. A drop fee will be charged. The course grade is recorded as follows:

Week 1   No record on transcript
Weeks 2–9   W—Withdrawn
Weeks 10–15   WP—Withdrawn passing or
WF—Withdrawn failing

Audits

Audited courses may not be changed to a credit basis after the course has started.

Withdrawals

Students whose circumstances force them to withdraw from the College must have a withdrawal form properly executed by the Student Life Office. Course grades recorded for withdrawals, whether honorable (voluntary) or dishonorable, will follow the same policy as dropping a course.

Course Cancellation

Any course with insufficient enrollment may be canceled.

Irregular Scheduling

Pensacola Christian College cannot schedule courses for the convenience of individual students who cannot or who do not take courses in their regular sequence.

Examinations

Students are expected to take all examinations on their assigned dates. If final examinations are missed, as a rule, they may not be taken later. However, if the student gains both the teacher’s and the Registrar’s approval and pays the Late Exam Fee, he may make up an examination.

Grading System

Grades are issued at midterm and after final examinations during fall and spring semesters. Midterm grades are not entered on the student’s permanent record. For Interterm, Post-term, and distance-learning courses, grades are issued at the end of each course.

The following 4.00 grading system is for all students:

Grade   Grade Points
Per Credit Hour
A Superior 4
B Above Average 3
C Average 2
D Passing 1
F Failing 0

Students may determine their grade point average by dividing the total number of grade points earned by the total number of credit hours attempted. (Students who have taken a course more than once should see Repeating a Course.) A student must achieve a final grade point average of 2.00 (at least twice as many grade points as credit hours attempted) or higher for all courses attempted at PCC to satisfy the grade point requirement for graduation.

Other grade report and/or transcript codes are:

I Incomplete
W Withdrawn
WF Withdrawn failing
WP Withdrawn passing
WU Withdrawn auditing
P Passed
AU Audit
NG No grade
CR Credit

All “Incompletes” must be made up before midterm of the following semester. Students have 60 days after the end of the semester to report grade discrepancies to the Registrar.

Scholastic Honors

Registrar’s Office will publish the President’s List of students achieving a grade point average of 3.90 or higher for the semester and will publish a Dean’s List of those achieving a grade point average of 3.00 or higher for the semester. To qualify, students must be carrying a minimum of 12 credit hours and must not have any “Incompletes,” “Ds,” “Fs,” or “WFs” for that semester.

Graduation Honors

To qualify for academic honors, a student must have earned at least a 3.50 grade point average for his entire academic record, have completed at least 60 hours at Pensacola Christian College, and have completed all graduation requirements for a four-year degree. The scholastic honors are as follows:

Honor Grade Point Average
Cum laude 3.50–3.69
Magna cum laude 3.70–3.84
Summa cum laude 3.85–4.00

Repeating a Course

A student may repeat courses he previously failed or courses in which he did not earn the minimum grade required for graduation or his major. All grades earned by a student become a part of his permanent record and will show on any transcript issued by the College; however, the highest earned grade of repeated courses is used in computing the grade point average, and the credit hours are counted only once. A student’s grade point average will improve providing the repeated grade is higher than the previous grade. If a student repeats a course at another college, the credits and grades earned on another campus will not be used in improving the student’s academic record at PCC.

No student may repeat a course more than twice. A student must secure the permission of the Registrar any time he repeats a course more than one time.

Graduation Requirements

Baccalaureate Degree

The Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees and the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree are offered to students who satisfactorily complete a four-year course of study outlined under their major field of concentration. In addition, a candidate for a baccalaureate degree must

  1. complete at least 120 credit hours, including courses required for general education requirements and his degree (excludes credits from EN 100 and MA 100)
  2. earn at least a 2.00 grade point average at Pensacola Christian College
  3. receive at least a “C-” in all core courses required in his major field, EN 121 or 123, EN 126, and MA 121 (or higher MA course); in addition, a minimum grade of “B-” may be required in specified courses
  4. complete at least two semesters in residence at Pensacola Christian College, including the last semester of the senior year (A student’s final course must be taken on campus at PCC during a regular fall or spring semester or standard Interterm or Post-term session.)
  5. complete at least 8 credit hours of Bible courses in residence at Pensacola Christian College (All students must take a Bible course each semester unless a waiver is given.)
  6. complete a Petition for Graduation in the Records Office at least by the end of the drop/add period of the semester of anticipated graduation
  7. settle all financial obligations to the College
  8. attend Commencement activities if enrolled the spring semester

Students may also be required to select a certain number of elective courses other than those in their major or minor fields to complete their degree program. The number of electives allowed for a particular program will vary. A maximum of 4 PE activity credits may be applied toward completion of graduation requirements, except for PE major, minor, emphasis, teaching field, and sport management concentration.

All degree requirements are listed in the Catalog. An advisor is assigned to assist the student in following the course of study for the student’s degree requirements. However, the student bears the final responsibility in scheduling completion of the degree requirements for his chosen program of study. PCC cannot schedule courses for the convenience of individual students who cannot or who do not take courses in their regular sequence.

Second-semester sophomores will receive a graduation checksheet from the Records Office. The checksheet lists both completed courses and courses to be completed for the specific major and minor.

Associate of Science Degree

The Associate of Science degree is offered to students who satisfactorily complete one of the two-year courses of study. In addition, a candidate for an associate degree must

  1. complete at least 60 credit hours, including courses required for general education requirements and his degree (excludes credits from EN 100 and MA 100)
  2. receive at least a “C-” in all core courses required in his major field, EN 121 or 123, EN 126, and MA 121 (or higher MA course)
  3. complete at least two semesters in residence at Pensacola Christian College, including the last semester
  4. complete requirements 2, 5, 6, 7, and 8 under Baccalaureate Degree

Double Major

A student may graduate with a double major, subject to the following conditions:

  1. There must be a minimum of 20 distinct credits between the two majors.
  2. All catalog requirements listed for both majors must be satisfied.
  3. The Petition for Graduation must show the name of both majors.

Second Degree

A student who has previously been granted a college-level degree may seek to earn a second degree in another major at Pensacola Christian College. There must be a minimum of 20 distinct credits between the two degrees. All catalog requirements for the second degree must be satisfied.

Credits from the original degree will be transferred according to the policies stated under Transfer of Credit. A Petition for Graduation must be submitted and a graduation fee must be paid for the second degree to be granted. Ordinarily, earning a second degree requires more than one year of coursework. For further information, contact the Registrar.

Postgraduate

The master’s degree programs are structured for teachers, administrators, business men and women, pastors, musicians, artists, and serious Bible scholars who wish to increase their usability in Christian service. In addition, doctoral programs in education and a Doctor of Ministry degree are offered. In each program, theory is firmly anchored to practice, and a positive, encouraging spirit is personified by all faculty. For further information, see Division of Graduate Studies and Pensacola Theological Seminary.

Student Academic Load

A normal full-time undergraduate academic course load is 15–17 credit hours; a maximum load is 20 credit hours that includes any distance-learning work in which the student is currently enrolled.

Student academic load limits are determined on the following basis: students whose grade point average drops below 2.00 are restricted to 14 credit hours unless they are on Academic Probation (see below); new freshmen and students with a grade point average of 2.00 or above may register for 17 credit hours; students with a grade point average of 3.00 or above may register for 18 credit hours; those students with a grade point average of 4.00 may register for 20 credit hours. No student is allowed to exceed his academic load limit without the Registrar’s approval.

Students register for courses each semester according to the required course sequence for their chosen program of study. They should also consider their own ability to maintain a 2.00 grade point average while completing their program.

Satisfactory Academic Progress and Academic Appeals

To remain in good academic standing as they pursue thier degree, students are expected to maintain a 2.00 cumulative grade point average on a 4-point scale based solely on coursework taken at Pensacola Christian College. A student’s academic progress will be reviewed by the Registrar following each term. Those who fall below this level are subject to the following guidelines. Appeal to Academic Suspension or Dismissal may be made in writing to the Academic Vice President.

Academic Warning

A student who falls below a 2.00 cumulative grade point average may be placed on Academic Warning. This status is not recorded on the student’s permanent record. Students on Academic Warning will be required to take a zero-credit Student Success Seminar to help them develop effective time-management skills, study habits, test-taking strategies, and other skills that contribute to general academic success. The student may register for a maximum load of 14 credit hours and will have two semesters to return to good academic standing.

Academic Probation

A student with a semester grade point average of less than 1.00 may be placed on Academic Probation, even if the student’s cumulative GPA remains above 2.00. In addition, a transfer student with less than a 2.00 grade point average from the previous institution or a student who remains on Academic Warning after two consecutive semesters may be placed on Academic Probation, which will be noted on the student’s permanent record. The student will be permitted to register for a maximum load of 12 credit hours and will have two semesters to return to good academic standing. If the student returns to good academic standing, Academic Probation is removed, and this is recorded on the student’s permanent record.

Academic Suspension

A student with a semester grade point average of less than 1.00 for two consecutive semesters may be subject to Academic Suspension for one semester. In addition, a student who remains on Academic Probation after two consecutive semesters may be subject to Academic Suspension for one semester, and this will be noted on the student’s permanent record. After serving the suspension, a student who desires to return to Pensacola Christian College must submit a written request to the Registrar, who will determine a plan that may prepare the student to re-enroll.

Academic Dismissal

A student who returns from Academic Suspension may remain on Academic Probation and must achieve good academic standing by the end of the first semester after returning. The student who does not achieve a 2.00 cumulative grade point average at the end of the first semester back from Academic Suspension may be subject to Academic Dismissal, and this will be noted on the student’s permanent record.

Any student has the opportunity to contest matters that affect academic standing. If necessary, an Academic Appeals Committee will review facts related to the case and make a final determination. An Academic Appeals Committee is composed of at least three members including deans, department chairs, and Academic Vice President. The College Office maintains case records in the student’s file.

Transcript of Records

Students who submit a signed request will receive a copy of their permanent record at no charge. Additional copies sent to someone other than the student are also free of charge. The Records Office will not issue any transcripts of a student’s record for any student whose account is not paid in full.

Privacy Policy

Although Pensacola Christian College does not accept state or federal financial aid, the institution voluntarily abides by the general guidelines of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) as they apply to the release of educational records. This privacy policy is extended to all enrolled students, whether taking courses on-site or through distance learning.

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