Oct 18, 2021  
2021 - 2022 Catalog 
    
2021 - 2022 Catalog

Graduation Requirements


Associate in Arts Degree - AA  Grading System  | Disputed Final Grade Policy  | Academic Status  | Michigan Transfer Agreement  | Commencement  

 

Degrees and Certificates Granted by Delta College

  • Associate in Arts
  • Associate in Science
  • Associate in Fine Arts
  • Associate in Applied Arts
  • Associate in Applied Science
  • Associate in General Studies
  • Associate in Business Studies
  • Dual Degree
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Certificate of Achievement
  • Advanced Certificate
  • Post Associate Certificate

Statement of General Education

Delta College is committed to general education for our community college students. General education develops basic knowledge, critical thinking skills, and values that influence our behavior and motivate us as lifelong learners. Delta College, along with area employers, transfer institutions, and the greater community, agrees that general education is key to personal and professional success.

Students are prepared for 21st century challenges at the level of an associate degree by successfully completing courses required for their degrees. In doing so, students will meet these general education competencies:

  1. Think Critically: Produce a defensible conclusion or solution using critical or creative thinking.

  2. Communicate Effectively: Communicate effectively in oral, written, or symbolic expression.

  3. Think Civically: Demonstrate an understanding of diverse societies, ranging from local to global, in order to engage effectively in civic life.

  4. Cultivate Wellness: Demonstrate an understanding of wellness principles to promote physical and personal health.

  5. Utilize Technology Effectively: Solve a problem or accomplish a task using technology.

  6. Reason Quantitatively: Use quantitative information or analyze data within context to arrive at meaningful results.

Basic Requirements

  1. Earn a minimum cumulative grade point average of “C” (2.0) in the courses required to complete a specific associate degree or certificate.
  2. Fulfill all of the prescribed requirements of the degree or certificate including courses, credit hours, grade, and/or hours of attendance.
    See Transfer, Validation, and Program Overview . (Courses numbered below 100 do not count toward any associate degree or certificate.)
  3. Successfully complete “key courses,” as defined in the program notes, if applicable, within a stated timeframe. If courses are outside of the timeframe, students may need to repeat certain courses, even though a passing grade was previously earned.
  4. File an application for an associate or dual degree and/or certificate with the Registrars Office at least three months before your anticipated graduation date.
  5. Fulfill all financial obligations to Delta College.
  6. The number of “P” (pass) credits applied to a degree or certificate must not exceed 20% of total required credits of the degree or certificate and must not exceed 12 credits.
  7. For certificates, a minimum of two-thirds (2/3) of program credits or 24 credits, whichever is less, must be earned at Delta College. Any problematic exceptions to the two-thirds (2/3) or 24 credit requirement will be approved by the Curriculum Council and identified in Transfer, Validation, and Program Overview .
  8. For associate degrees, a minimum of sixty-two (62) credits hours must be earned. A minimum of twenty-four (24) credit hours must be Delta College academic credits.

Courses designated by an “H” (for Honors), “C” (for courses that require co-registration in another course), “W” (for Writing), and “SL” (Academic Service Learning,) are considered course variations of a regular course and incorporate the same course content. Course variations are considered equal in meeting graduation requirements and prerequisites. Lab courses designated by an “L” are not considered a course variation.

Continuous Attendance

If your attendance has been continuous in the same program you may, for the purpose of graduation, elect either the program in effect at the time of your first registration at Delta or the program in effect at the time of your application for graduation. Continuous attendance is defined as attending a minimum of one semester during each academic year since your first registration or when you officially declared your program of study. If your attendance has not been continuous, you must follow the program in effect at the time of your readmission to Delta College.

Group Requirements for Associate in Arts and Science Degrees

Many students earning the Associate in Arts or Associate in Science transfer successfully to four-year colleges or universities. Completion of the requirements for either the Associate in Arts Degree or the Associate in Science Degree may fulfill the requirements of the MTA articulation agreement. This agreement facilitates transfer of Delta College courses to participating colleges and universities. Information on the MTA Articulation Agreement can be found above and in the Transfer and Career Education Articulations  section.

Specific major program requirements and acceptable courses within the group requirement areas differ among transfer colleges and universities. You must complete courses from at least two subject areas listed in each of groups. “All” includes courses numbered 100-299; courses below 100 are excluded. Courses listed in more than one group may only be counted once.

Associate in Arts (A.A.)

Note: For specific course listings, please see the Associate in Arts Degree - AA  for program information.

  1. Fulfill all Basic Requirements.
  2. Successfully complete one (1) course in College Composition I or an approved equivalent.
  3. Successfully complete one (1) course in College Composition II or an approved equivalent.
  4. Successfully complete a minimum of two (2) courses in each of:
    1. Humanities: Communications (COM) and one (1) other discipline.  Follow the Michigan Transfer Agreement  chart for courses that meet the Humanities requirement.
    2. Social Sciences: Foundational Civics (POL or HIS) and one (1) other discipline.  Follow the Michigan Transfer Agreement  chart chart for courses that meet the Social Sciences requirement.
    3. Science:  Complete two (2) Natural Science courses from two different disciplines, including one lab science course (of at least one lab credit hour). Follow the Michigan Transfer Agreement  chart chart for courses that meet the Natural Science requirement.
  5. Successfully complete one (1) course in mathematics. Follow the Michigan Transfer Agreement  chart chart for courses that meet the mathematics requirement.
  6. Successfully complete one (1) of the following Civic Engagement options in addition to the Foundational Civics (POL or HIS) course.
    1. A Civic Engagement project (1 credit). A faculty member must supervise this project, either as a project tied to a course, or as individualized instruction. 
    2. Designated Service Learning course across the curriculum (SL will appear after the course designation).
    3. A course that includes the civic engagement project in its outcomes and objectives.
  7. Successfully complete six (6) credits in content-area writing courses.

Note: Students with previously-earned Baccalaureate or higher degrees from regionally accredited colleges and universities are exempt from this policy.

  1. Successfully complete a minimum of two (2) credits of Lifelong Wellness from approved list.

Note: Students can meet the LWA activity course requirements with a current, nationally recognized personal training or group fitness instructor certification or military experience. The LWA requirement can be met with a full season of intercollegiate athletics validated by the Athletic Director. Students with a documented disability may obtain a waiver for the activity course through Disability Resources.

Note:  Students wishing to fullfill the Michigan Transfer Agreement must successfully complete at least 30 credits of MTA approved courses, with at least a 2.0 in each course.

Associate in Science (A.S.)

Note: For specific course listings, please see the Associate in Science Degree AS  for program information.

  1. Fulfill all Basic Requirements.
  2. Successfully complete one (1) course in College Composition I or an approved equivalent.
  3. Successfully complete one (1) course in College Composition II or an approved equivalent.
  4. Successfully complete a minimum of two courses in each of:
    1. Humanities: Communications and one (1) other discipline.  Follow the Michigan Transfer Agreement  chart for courses that meet the Humanities requirement.
    2. Social Sciences: Foundational Civics (POL or HIS) and one (1) other discipline.  Follow the Michigan Transfer Agreement  chart chart for courses that meet the Social Sciences requirement.
  5. Successfully complete a minimum of twenty-one (21) credits in Science.
    1. Natural Science: Two (2) courses from two different disciplines, including one (1) lab science course (of at least one lab credit hour). Follow the Michigan Transfer Agreement  chart chart for courses that meet the Natural Science requirement.
    2. Mathematics:  One (1) approved course in mathematics. Courses MTH-120 or higher on the Michigan Transfer Agreement  chart meet the mathematics requirement.
    3. The remaining credits can be taken from any of the Natural Science or Mathematics electives, or approved Computer Science Courses.
      1. Approved Computer Science courses (CST-180, CST-183, and CST-283) can count towards the 21 Science elective credits but are not MTA approved courses that count towards the 30 credits of MTA.
  6. Successfully complete one of the following Civic Engagement options in addition to the Foundational Civics (POL or HIS) course.
    1. A Civic Engagement project (1 credit). A faculty member must supervise this project, either as a project tied to a course, or as individualized instruction.
    2. Designated Service Learning course across the curriculum (SL will appear after the course designation).
    3. A course that includes the civic engagement project in its outcomes and objectives.
  7. Successfully complete six (6) credits in content-area writing courses.

Note: Students with previously-earned Baccalaureate or higher degrees from regionally accredited colleges and universities are exempt from this policy.

  1. Successfully complete a minimum of two (2) credits of Lifelong Wellness from approved list.

Note: Students can meet the LWA activity course requirements with a current, nationally recognized personal training or group fitness instructor certification or military experience. The LWA requirement can be met with a full season of intercollegiate athletics validated by the Athletic Director. Students with a documented disability may obtain a waiver for the activity course through Disability Resources.

Note:  Students wishing to fullfill the Michigan Transfer Agreement must successfully complete at least 30 credits of MTA approved courses, with at least a 2.0 in each course.

 

Associate in Applied Arts (A.A.A.)

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

Associate in Business Studies (A.B.S)

Associate in Fine Arts (A.F.A.)

  1. Fulfill all Basic Requirements.
  2. Successfully complete all courses listed in one of the Delta College occupational curricula. See Transfer, Validation, and Program Overview .
  3. Successfully complete six (6) credits in content-area writing courses.

Note: Students with previously-earned Baccalaureate, or higher, degrees from regionally accredited colleges and universities are exempt from this policy.

  1. Successfully complete two (2) credits of Lifelong Wellness:

LW — (2 credits), or LW — (1 credit) and any LWA course (1 credit), or LW 206A , LWA 206B  and LWA 206C  for occupational programs (2 credits) or LWT 210 , LWT 230 , LWT 240 , LWT 242 , LWT 251  (3-4 credits)

  1. Successfully complete an approved course in Foundational Civics:

POL 103W , POL 105W , POL 212W , POL 215W , POL 220W , POL 221W , POL 223W , POL 225W , POL 228W , HIS 221W , HIS 222W , or HIS 237W .

Associate in General Studies (A.G.S.)

This degree will meet your needs if your goal is self-enrichment and you are not following a specific occupational or transfer program. All courses offered for academic credit at Delta College are applicable to this degree as per course descriptions. Because of the limited transferability, or in some cases non-transferability, of this degree, it is strongly suggested that you discuss this option with a counselor/advisor and consider fulfilling the Group Requirements.

  1. Fulfill Basic Requirements Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 8.
  2. Successfully complete six (6) credits in content-area writing courses.

Note: Students with previously earned degrees from regionally accredited colleges and universities are exempt from this policy.

  1. Successfully complete an approved course in Foundational Civics.

POL 103W , POL 105W , POL 212W , POL 215W , POL 220W , POL 221W , POL 223W , POL 225W , POL 228W , HIS 221W , HIS 222W , or HIS 237W .

Associate Degree Requirements for Subsequent, Concurrent, and Dual Degree(s)

Associate Degree(s) can be earned concurrently or following other earned degree(s).

A. Subsequent Associate Degree Requirements

Students may earn a Delta College associate degree after previously earning an associate or higher degree from a regionally accredited college or university.

  1. Writing, Lifelong Wellness and Foundational Civics graduation requirements will be waived for candidates with a Baccalaureate or higher degree from a regionally accredited institution unless occupational curricula competencies specify otherwise.
  2. Fulfill all Basic Degree requirements.
  3. Satisfactorily complete a planned curriculum in one (1) degree, with the exception of the Associate in General Studies.
  4. Earn a minimum of twenty-four (24) additional semester hours of credit by instruction at Delta College. Accordingly, the minimum number of credits earned must equal the credits required for the first degree plus the 24 additional credits.

B. Concurrent Degree Requirements

Students may earn two Delta College associate degrees concurrently. While working on one degree at Delta College, students may complete courses applied to a second associate degree. Therefore, credits earned beyond those needed for the first degree may be applied toward the second degree.

  1. Fulfill all Basic Degree requirements.
  2. Satisfactorily complete a planned curriculum in two (2) degrees, with the exception of the Associate in General Studies.
  3. At least 48 credits must be earned at Delta College: 24 credits to meet the residency requirements of the first degree, and 24 credits to meet the residency requirements of the concurrent degree.

C. Dual Associate Degree Requirements

Dual degrees are available for students in several fields. Requirements are generally completed concurrently. The Counseling and Advising Office has a listing of Dual Degrees. Also see Transfer, Validation, and Program Overview , Dual Degrees.

  1. Fulfill all Basic Degree requirements.
  2. Satisfactorily complete all courses listed in one (1) of the Delta College curricula approved for the Dual Degree.
  3. Satisfactorily complete a minimum of an additional twenty-four (24) semester hours as prescribed for the Degree. Accordingly, at least 48 credits must be earned at delta college: 24 credits to meet the residency of the first degree, and 24 additional program credits.