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Academic Information


  • Bachelor Degrees, Associate Degrees, Certificates and Diplomas

    St. Petersburg College awards the following degrees, certificates and diplomas to students that have completed all program requirements consistent with the provisions of this catalog.

     

    Bachelor of Science (BS) Degree: 
    The BS degree is awarded upon the completion of the course requirements in one of the following programs: Biology, Business Administration, Business Technology Education, Educational Studies, Elementary Education, Exceptional Student Education, Middle Grades General Science Education (5-9), Middle Grades Mathematics Education (5-9), Secondary Mathematics Education, Secondary Biology Education, Technology Education, Nursing and Public Policy & Administration.

    Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) Degree:
    The BAS degree is a baccalaureate degree primarily designed to prepare students to enhance their career. The graduates who possess an earned AS degree or an AAS accredited degree are eligible for admission. The BAS degree is awarded upon the completion of the course requirements in one of the following programs: Banking, Dental Hygiene, Health Services Administration, International Business, Management and Organizational Leadership, Orthotics & Prosthetics, Paralegal Studies, Public Safety Administration, Sustainability Management, Technology Management or Veterinary Technology.

    Second Baccalaureate Degree: 
    A second baccalaureate degree may be earned by students provided that (1) all requirements for the major/minor as well as individual program requirements for the second degree are satisfied; and (2) thirty (30) semester hours in residence are completed, in addition to the hours required for the first degree.

    Associate in Arts (AA) Degree:   
    The AA degree is awarded upon the completion of the course requirements of the college transfer AA program. This curriculum is designed for students desiring to pursue a four-year baccalaureate degree at a senior college or university.

    Associate in Science (AS) Degree (Articulated): 
    The AS degree is awarded upon completion of the course requirements for the college transfer articulated AS program. This curriculum is designed for students desiring to pursue a four-year baccalaureate degree at a senior college or university.

    Associate in Science (AS) Degree: 
    The AS degree is awarded upon completion of the course requirements for most two-year programs.

    Technical Certificate: 
    The Technical Certificate is awarded upon completion of the course requirements of a program of instruction that is less than sixty (60) credits of college-level courses, and is part of an AS or an AAS program and which prepares students for entry into employment.

    Advanced Technical Certificate (ATC): 
    The ATC consists of a program of instruction of nine (9) hours or more but less than forty-five (45) credit hours of college-level courses. The ATC may be awarded to students who have already received an AS or an AAS degree and are seeking an advanced specialized planning program of study to supplement their Associate degree.

    Applied Technology Diploma (ATD):  The ATD is awarded upon completion of the course requirements of the diploma. The course of study is part of an AS degree or an AAS degree, is less than sixty (60) credit hours, and leads to employment in a specific occupation.

     

     


    Academic Average and Repeated Courses

    More information is available on this topic at the Board of Trustees website. 

    College Rule 6Hx23-4.15
    Rule | Procedure 

    Purpose and Intent: 

    To provide for a student's grade point average that will include grades on all college level work attempted.  If a course is repeated more than once, only the grade on the last attempt will be used in computing the average. 

    I.       Effective with college level courses taken beginning in Session I, 1997-98, a student may not repeat a course for which a grade of "C" or higher has been earned.  A student enrolled in the same college-level course more than twice will be assessed fees at 100 percent of the full cost of instruction equal to the rate charged non-Florida residents.  Students may have their fees reduced once for each class due to extenuating circumstances as determined by the campus provost or associate provost or designee.  However, the provost, associate provost or designee shall have the authority to review and reduce payment for increased fees due to continued enrollment in a class on an individual basis contingent upon the student's financial hardship, pursuant to definitions and fee levels established by the State Board of Education.  An attempt shall be defined as each enrollment in a college/college preparatory course past the drop/add period regardless of the grade received.  A fourth attempt may be allowed only through an academic appeals process based on major extenuating circumstances as defined below.  In addition, at the third or any subsequent attempt, the student may not receive a grade of "W" or "X", but must receive the letter grade earned.  When a course is repeated or when credit cannot be received in both of two courses, credit will be allowed only in the more recent course taken, even if the later grade is lower than a previous grade.  Except where provided in the course description, multiple credit will not be granted for the same course.

             Extenuating circumstances are those circumstances determined by the College to be exceptional and beyond the control of the student, are accompanied by appropriate documentation and which may include but not be limited to one or more of the following:

             A.        serious illness;
    B.        documented medical condition preventing completion;
    C.        death of an immediate family member;
    D.        involuntary call to active military duty;
    E.        documented learning disability;
    F.         English as a second language background; or
    G.        other emergency circumstances or extraordinary situations such as natural disasters.

             The criteria for determining financial hardship shall include, but not be limited to, qualification for federal need-based financial assistance.  Students with other documented financial hardships may also be considered.  In either case, the exception for financial hardship should be granted only after the student has demonstrated reasonable effort to succeed in the course.

    II.        Credit for previous attempts will not be taken away until the course has been repeated the maximum number of times allowable for credit.

    III.       After the maximum has been reached, the loss of credit for earlier attempts will be applied first to the attempt with the lowest grade, then successively to the next highest grade, etc.

    The symbols to be used for designating grades are standardized for all Florida community colleges in Appendix II (Common Transcript Standard Form) to the articulation agreement between the state universities and the public community colleges of Florida.  The appendix also specifies a 4-point grading system for determination of grade point averages.

    Section 2C of the articulation agreement provides that only the final grade received in courses repeated by the student shall be used in computing the grade point average even if the final grade received is lower than the initial attempt(s).

    Grades are submitted by instructors electronically using a secure, password protected grade roster.

    The computer program records the grade, assigns the grade points associated with the letter grade, and records the grade points earned for the course.  The program then summarizes the course totals for the session:

    I.         Hours earned:  Actual hours earned (whether grade points are assigned or not; e.g., "S" grades).

    II.        Hours attempted for G.P.A.:  Includes all courses in which the assigned grade has a grade point value of 0-4.

    III.       Total grade points.

    IV.      Grade point average:  The G.P.A. is the ratio obtained by dividing item III. by item II.

    The program then searches the permanent record file to determine if any of the courses in the current session appear previously on the permanent record file.  When such a course is present, the previous hours earned, hours attempted, and the grade points are excluded from the summary and the last (latest) attempt is designated by an "R" (repeat), even if the grade in the last attempt is lower (earning fewer grade points).

    To determine repeated courses, the data systems programs will  check transfer work as well as previous college work on the permanent record file.

    The on-line permanent record file represents an accumulation dating back only to Session I, 1969-70.  When a student's record includes work which has not been accumulated on the file, the college registrar adds "pre 69" data to the on-line permanent record.

    IV.      Requests to Exclude Coursework From Grade Point Average Calculations

    A.    Coursework attempted more than 10 years ago may be excluded from grade point average calculations according to the following criteria:

    1.    There must be a break in the student's continuous enrollment for a period of 5 or more years.

    2.    Evidence of a material change of circumstances (i.e., change of career direction) must be present and documented in writing by the student.

    B.    A written request to exclude coursework from grade point average shall be made by the student and submitted to the associate provost. The associate provost will consult with the director of admissions and records to determine if the student meets the criteria.

    1.    Decisions to exclude coursework attempted must include the exclusion of all coursework attempted prior to the date requested by the student, but not before the 10-year limit specified in Paragraph IV. A.

    2.    Coursework deemed to be eligible for grade point average exclusion shall remain on the student's permanent record and will be reflected on the student's transcript.

    C.    Coursework attempted within the last 10 years shall be included in grade point average calculations and is not eligible to be excluded from the student's grade point average.

    D.    Exceptions to the above provisions may be considered in cases where the student is without opportunity to repeat a course(s) at St. Petersburg College as provided herein.

    E.    Coursework used to award prior degrees, college certificates, or applied technology diplomas from St. Petersburg College is not eligible to be excluded from grade point average calculations.

     

     


    Academic Warning, Probation, Suspension and Dismissal

    More information is available on this topic at the Board of Trustees website. 

    6Hx23-4.46
    Rule | Procedure 

     

     


    Acceleration Mechanisms

    More information is available on this topic at the Board of Trustees website. 

    College Rule 6Hx23-4.28
    Rule | Procedure 

     

     


    Audit Students

    More information is available on this topic at the Board of Trustees website. 

    College Rule 6Hx23-4.20, II.E
    Rule | Procedure 

     

     


    Class Attendance

    More information is available on this topic at the Board of Trustees website. 

    College Rule 6Hx23-4.30
    Rule | Procedure 

     

     


    Classification of Students

    More information is available on this topic at the Board of Trustees website. 

    College Rule 6Hx23-4.16
    Rule 

     

     


    College-Preparatory Instruction

    More information is available on this topic at the Board of Trustees website. 

    College Rule 6Hx23-4.451
    Rule | Procedure 

     

     


    Credit from Non-Traditional Sources

    More information is available on this topic at the Board of Trustees website. 

    College Rule 6Hx23-4.17
    Rule 

     

     


    Eligibility for Intercollegiate Athletics

    More information is available on this topic at the Board of Trustees website. 

    College Rule 6Hx23-4.18
    Rule 

     

     


    Evening Program

    The college offers an extensive evening program, which includes many of the credit courses, offered in the daytime, as well as noncredit courses for adults and special community organizations and businesses. Students may enroll for both evening and daytime classes.

    In some programs it is possible to complete all requirements for graduation by attending evening classes only.

     

     


    Final Examinations

    College Rule 6Hx23-4.19
    Rule 

    Final exams schedules are published on the Final Exam Schedule page approximately 3 weeks before the end of each term.

     

     


    Grading System

    More information is available on this topic at the Board of Trustees website.

    College Rule 6Hx23-4.20
    Rule | Procedure 

      Letters are used to indicate the quality of work done by students at St. Petersburg College: 

    A Excellent Awards 4 quality points
    B Good Awards 3 quality points
    C Average Awards 2 quality points
    D Poor Awards 1 quality point
    F Unsatisfactory Awards 0 quality points
    I Incomplete Awards 0 quality points
    N No credit (college preparatory courses only)
    P Passing (credit courses)
    S Satisfactory (non-credit courses only)
    SP Showing progress (non-credit courses only)
    U Unsatisfactory (non-credit courses only)
    W Withdrawal
    WF Withdrawal after the "W" period awards 0 quality points
    X Audit

     

     

     


    1. "I" (Incomplete) grades received at the end of any term become "F" if not completed by the end of the succeeding Fall or Spring term.
    2. A grade of "N" is used only in college preparatory courses. A grade of "N" may be assigned to students earning a "D" or "F" in such courses.
    3. A grade of "WF" indicates that a student voluntarily withdrew from a course after the deadline to receive a grade of "W". The "WF" grade is punitive and has the same impact on the student's GPA as a grade of "F".
    4. "P" may be used as follows:
      1. Students enrolled in physical education activity courses (e.g. golf, tennis, bowling, archery, racquetball, etc.) may choose to be graded on a "P/F" or an "A-F" basis. During the first 2 weeks the course is taught, the instructor will require each student to select the grade option preferred. "P" grades will not be used in GPA calculations.
      2. Credit awarded by Assessment of Prior Learning through the Experiential Learning Program (ELP) may be designated by the grade of "P." Assessment of Prior Learning is the only approved procedure for evaluating and awarding credit for prior learning.
      3. Credit awarded for the Basic/Computer and Information Literacy competency OPT-OUT test may be designated by the grade of "P".
      4. Satisfactory completion of the following credit courses in the Physical Therapist Assistant program will be graded on a "P/F" basis.
        PHT 1801L - Physical Therapy Clinical Practice I
        PHT 2810L - Physical Therapy Clinical Practice II
        PHT 2820L - Physical Therapy Clinical Practice III
      5. Satisfactory completion of the following credit courses in the College of Education IMPACT Program will be graded on a "P/F" basis.
        MAE 4942 Instructional Methods in Secondary Mathematics Field Experience: IMPACT
        MAE 3941 Interactive Middle School Mathematics Field Experience: IMPACT
        EDE 4942 Literacy Field Experience: IMPACT
        EDE 4943 Integrated Mathematics and Science Elementary (K-6) Field Experience: IMPACT
        SCE 4940 Secondary Science Field Experience Grades 9-12: IMPACT
      6. Satisfactory completion of SLS 0003 by students who tested into all three areas of remediation upon admission to the College will be graded on a "P/F" basis.

    Credits for Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and Experiential Learning Program (ELP) are awarded without letter grades or quality points assigned. Credit will not be awarded which is duplicative of credit awarded through any other examination program, courses taken at St. Petersburg College or courses received in transfer. However, if the course(s) for which credit is awarded under this rule has a previous grade of "F," the provision of BOT Rule 6Hx23-4.15 (academic average and repeated courses) will be applied.

     

     

     


    Grade-Point Average 

    The grade-point average is determined by dividing the total of the quality points earned by the total academic credits attempted. Only the last attempt of a repeated course will be used in computing the grade-point average. However, a grade of "W" will not override a grade of "F." The following example illustrates a grade-point average of 2.416 obtained by dividing 29 by 12.

    Course Semester Hours Grade

    Academic Hours Attempted

    Hours Passed Quality Points
    REA 0002 4 B 0 4 0
    ENC 1101 3 A 3 3 12
    CTS 1101 1 C 1 1 2
    MAC 1147 5 B 5 5 15
    ACG 2021 3 F 3 0 0
    ECO 2013 3 X 0 -- 0 0 --
          12   29
     

    GRADE POINT AVERAGE

    =  QUALITY POINTS = 29 = 2.416
        ACADEMIC HOURS ATTEMPTED   12    
     

    Incomplete Grades and Procedure  Incomplete grades are determined by the instructor. An Incomplete grade ("I"), received at the end of any term becomes an "F" if not completed by the succeeding fall or spring term. The following conditions must be met before an instructor is permitted to extend the "I" grade:

    WARNING: Some universities have restrictive "grade forgiveness" policies that permit only a limited number of repeated courses and that calculate the grades for all attempts in the overall grade-point average (GPA).

     

     

     


    1. Documented evidence of the reason(s)/circumstance(s) for granting the "I" and extension of time to complete the course(s).

    2. Minimum completion of 80% of the coursework required for the class(es).

    3. Evidence via attendance, test grades, required projects, term papers, clinical/cooperative experiences, etc. that the student is in good standing in the course.

    4. Completion of a fully executed form with signatures of the student and instructor(s).

    The student may not sign up for another section of the course during the applicable period of the incomplete grade. Students and faculty members are reminded that failure to complete the "I" grade by the end of the succeeding fall or spring term will result in automatic conversion of the grade to an "F". A student will be permitted to complete the course in a manner determined by the instructor in order to have the incomplete grade changed. The time period allowed for such completion will be at the discretion of the instructor, but shall not exceed the length of one academic term. If a student wishes to repeat the course, the incomplete grade will not be counted.

     

     

     


     

    Maximum Student Load

    More information is available on this topic at the Board of Trustees website. 

    College Rule 6Hx23-4.161
    Rule 

    The maximum student load is eighteen (18) semester hours of credit in each of Terms I and II and twelve (12) semester hours of credit in Term III. Under extenuating circumstances, students may, with the consent of a counselor or advisor, take additional credit hours.

    All credit courses show a specified number of credits that generally indicate the amount of work required. A 3-credit lecture/discussion course normally meets 3 clock hours per week during the 16-week terms. More clock hours per week are required during the abbreviated terms such as the Express and Summer. Despite some variation in the out-of-class work required to succeed in individual classes, 2 hours outside of class for every hour in class is the normal expectation. That means that a student taking a 15 credit hour course load (during Terms I or II) will need to devote a total of 45 hours each week to his/her academic effort.

    Dedicated students who are working half-time often succeed with a 12-17 hour load but few students are able to work full-time and succeed in a full-time course load. Students who are working, or have other similar obligations, should consider the following scale as they make decisions about their schedules:

    Maximum Student Load
    Employment  Recommended Academic Load 
    No More Than
    Hours Per Week
    Term I or II
    16 Weeks
    Express
    Term
    12 Weeks
    Summer
    Term III
    10 Weeks
    Express
    Term
    6 Weeks
    20 Hours
    12-15 Credits
    9-12 Credits
    6-10 Credits
    4-6 Credits
    30 Hours
    9-12 Credits
    6-9 Credits
    3-6 Credits
    3-5 Credits
    40 Hours
    6-9 Credits
    3-6 Credits
    3-5 Credits
    2-4 Credits

     

     


    President's Honor List

    More information is available on this topic at the Board of Trustees website. 

    College Rule 6Hx23-4.491
    Rule 

     

     


    Registration & Student Services

    During open enrollment each term, new and continuing students can register online through MySPC or in person at Student Services.

     

     


    Student Handbook

    St. Petersburg College publishes a Student Handbook, which should be read by each student. The Student Handbook has further information regarding student rights and responsibilities, the College's policies on substance abuse, sexual assault, sexual misconduct and sexual harassment, as well as other important information that the student should review carefully. A copy of the Student Handbook may be obtained from the Counseling Center at each site.

    In the fall of each year the College publishes information in compliance with the Student Rights-to-Know Act which includes graduation and placement rates and information regarding campus security and crime. Should you not receive the Supplement to the Faculty, Staff, and Student Handbooks, please obtain a copy from the Counseling Center at your campus or center. See also: Supplement to the Faculty, Staff and Student Handbooks 

     

     


    Withdrawal

    More information is available on this topic at the Board of Trustees website. 

    College Rule 6Hx23-4.31
    Rule | Procedure 

     

     


    Refund Policy

    More information is available on this topic at the Board of Trustees website. 

    College Rule 6Hx23-4.31
    Rule | Procedure