Should I see a counselor?
If you want to verify that you are taking the correct courses for your educational
goal, it is important to meet with a counselor. A counselor can also provide other
options to consider for career preparation, transfer, and refer you to other student
services for assistance in the achievement of your educational goal.
What is the difference between an Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degree?
Associate of Science degrees are earned for majors in science, mathematics, and most
career technical education related majors. Associate in Arts degrees are for all majors.
How long will it take me to complete a certificate or degree?
All associate degrees require a minimum of 60 degree applicable units. Generally,
it takes two years to complete a degree. Certificate programs can take from one semester
to four semesters depending on the certificate requirements.
What does "catalog year" mean? Which catalog year should I use for my graduation
Catalog year refers to the academic year when you started your courses at SBVC. Consideration
of a catalog year is very important. At times, it may be more advantageous for the
student to follow the current catalog because of many changes to a major from the
time they first enrolled. Using an older catalog may necessitate obtaining approval
for course substitutions on a "Modification of Major" form available from the department
offering the major. Another consideration is the increase of English and Mathematics
requirements effective in the 2006-2007 catalog. Previous catalogs up to 2004-2005
allowed students to take a five year break in enrollment; subsequent catalogs require
continuous enrollment in order to maintain catalog rights.
What is the academic level of ENGL-914 or ENGL-101? How does SBVC define its course
Courses numbered from 600 through 699 are non-credit courses and students will receive
no college credits for these courses.
Courses numbered from 900 through 999 are not applicable to associate degrees and
generally are not transferable to four-year institutions.
Courses numbered from 001 through 099 are generally applicable to certificates or
associate degree programs.
Courses numbered from 100 through 299 are generally applicable to assiciate degree
programs and baccalaureate degree conferred by universities.
Although courses may be indicated in the catalog as transferable to UC and/or CSU,
they may or may not meet general education or major preparation requirements. Students
who plan to transfer to UC or CSU should consult with a counselor and research the
Certain course entries include a symbol (x) and a number following the symbol, such
as MUSIC-141x4. This symbol indicates that this is a skill-based course and may be
taken more than once for credit. The number following the symbol (x) indicates the
number of times that the course may be taken for credit.
Is there a general associate degree?
The Liberal Arts major is designed for students seeking a broad knowledge of many
subjects without a focus on a particular major. Liberal Arts is a defined major, and
students complete 18 units chosen from one of the following areas of emphasis: Biological
and Physical Sciences, Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Humanities and Fine Arts.
What is a prerequisite clearance?
A prerequisite is a course or skill that must be met before a course is taken. Students
registered in a class without having completed the prerequisite(s) may be dropped
from the class. Prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of C or higher.
Prerequisite courses completed with grades of D or F indicate unsatisfactory performance
in the course and do not satisfy the prerequisite.
Where do I go to clear a prerequisite and how long does it take to clear?
Come to the Counseling Center in AD/SS-103 and meet with a counselor. Once the counselor
has reviewed your transcripts, you will take the prerequisite form to Admissions/
Records Office, in AD/LSS-100 at SBVC, and it will take one business day to process.
Do I need official transcripts for a prerequisite clearance?
No. However, your unofficial transcripts should include the name of the institution,
your name, and grade(s) earned.
What is a corequisite?
A corequisite is a course that must be taken during the same semester as another course
in which a student would like to enroll.
What is an overload and what is the maximum number of units a student can take per
An overload of units requires a counselor's signature for registration. An overload
is considered to be anything over 18 units for the fall or spring semesters and anything
over 8 units for the summer.
What are the requirements for an Overload?
Meet with a counselor to discuss your academic history and grades. Permission may
be granted if you have completed 15 units successfully within the last three years,
earned a cumulative 2.7 GPA or higher, and demonstrated the ability to manage overall
level of coursework, that is, without recent withdrawals, outstanding incompletes
and/or unsatisfactory grades.
What is an Academic Renewal?
Students who feel that past substandard grades earned from San Bernardino Valley College
no longer reflects their current level of academic performance may petition to have
the grades from any two consecutive semesters eliminated from the computation of their
total grade point average.
What are the requirements for Academic Renewal?
The number of units under consideration for these two consecutive semesters may not
exceed 30 semester units. Also, you must have completed at least two semesters after
the semesters being considered and have completed at least 24 units with a cumulative
GPA of 2.5.
How many times can I petition for academic renewal?
One time only.
Can I petition for academic renewal for “C" grades in courses?
How will the academic renewal appear on my transcripts?
The cumulative GPA will be recalculated. However, the academic renewal process will
not remove the course, units, grades, or any information from the student's permanent
record. A notation is made on the transcript so that all work attempted, once entered
on the record in accordance with Title V, California Code of Regulations, remains
legible and reflects the student's complete academic record.
Can I request an academic renewal at SBVC for courses taken at another college/university?
No. Students must contact each institution individually to request an academic renewal.
What if I don't have a major?
Enroll in Student Development 103 class, a Career Exploration and Life Planning course.
Visit the Transfer and Career Services in AD/SS-203 to take a career assessment. Also,
use the free resources in www.CaCareerCafe.com. Then, schedule an appointment to meet with a counselor to further explore your career
What is academic probation, and how can I avoid this?
A student will be placed on academic probation when his/her cumulative GPA in 12 or
more units fall below 2.00 in all units attempted. A student on Level 2 of academic
probation will not be allowed to register for additional courses until the student
completes an online probation presentation and meets with a counselor to release the
hold. A counselor will discuss strategies to avoid academic probation and academic
What is progress probation?
A student will be placed on progress probation when he or she has completed at least
12 units and has received course completion symbols of W, I, and/or NP in 50% or more
of these units. If the student on Level 2 of progress probation also has a GPA of
less than 2.00, he or she will not be allowed to register for additional courses until
the student completes an online probation presentation and meets with a counselor
to release the hold. The counselor will discuss with the student strategies for academic
improvement to avoid the dismissal status.
What happens if I am on Dismissal or Disqualification?
A student on academic and/or progress probation shall be dismissed for one semester
when one of the following conditions exists:
The student has earned a cumulative GPA of less than 2.00 in all units attempted in
each of three consecutive semesters.
The student has received course completion symbols of NP, I, and/or W in 50% or more
The student has received a combination of the two patterns listed above in each of
three consecutive semesters.
What happens after disqualification?
A student may be reinstated one semester after the date of dismissal. Students enrolled
following dismissal shall be on probationary status for one semester. If, after this
semester, the scholastic achievement of readmitted student continues at a probationary
level, the student may be dismissed for one more year. Students must see a counselor
and complete readmissions documents.