Academic Policies & Requirements

Academic Freedom

It is the policy of Mt. San Antonio College to maintain and encourage freedom for its faculty, within the law, of inquiry, teaching and research, and the pursuit of knowledge. In the exercise of this right, the professor may discuss his/her subject or area of competence in the classroom, as well as other relevant matters, including controversial materials, so long as he/she distinguishes between personal opinions and what is contemporarily regarded as factual information by leading academicians in the discipline being discussed.

The professor shall use no material in any teaching assignment nor make any speech in order to incite students or others to unlawful acts or to create a clear and present danger to the students and/or the College and/or the community. Professors may not use the classroom to promote a particular religious belief. (BP 4030, AP 4030)

Academic Standards

Probation and Dismissal

There are two forms of probation: Academic Probation and Progress Probation.

Academic Probation

A student is placed on Academic Probation when the student has:

  1. attempted at least 12 units, and
  2. earned a cumulative grade point average (GPA) below 2.00.

Progress Probation

A student is placed on Progress Probation when the student has:

  1. enrolled in a total of at least 12 units, and
  2. the cumulative percentage of all units in which the student has enrolled for which entries of “W”, “I” and “NP” are recorded reaches or exceeds fifty percent.

Upon recording of Academic or Progress Probation, a student shall have their registration restricted, be required to participate in a prescribed counseling intervention and be limited to enroll in a maximum of 12 units in subsequent semesters, and 4 units in a winter or summer session, while on probation. (BP 4250, AP 4250)

Clearing Probation

  1. Academic Probation - The student shall be cleared from Academic Probation when the student’s cumulative grade point average is 2.0 or higher.
  2. Progress Probation - The student shall be cleared from Progress Probation when the student’s cumulative percentage of units with “W”, “I” and “NP” drops below fifty percent. (BP 4250)

Probation and Dismissal Status

  1. Probation
    1. Academic Probation - occurs at the end of that first semester in which the student has attempted at least 12 units and has earned a cumulative grade point average below 2.0, or
    2. Progress Probation - occurs at the end of that first semester in which the student has attempted at least 12 units and the cumulative percentage of all units in which the student has enrolled for which entries of “W”, “I” and “NP” are recorded reaches or exceeds fifty percent.
  2. Continued Probation
    1. Continued Academic Probation - occurs when the student in a second consecutive semester continues to have a cumulative grade point average below 2.0, or
    2. Continued Progress Probation - occurs when the student in a second consecutive semester continues to have a cumulative percentage of all units enrolled recorded as “W”, “I” and “NP” at fifty percent or higher.
  3. Dismissal occurs after three consecutive semesters of Academic or Progress Probation. The student shall be dismissed for at least two semesters. If the student has enrolled in the subsequent term before the Dismissal status has been determined through the posting of the previous semester’s grades, the student shall be dropped from all classes.

For the purposes of this section, semesters shall be considered consecutive on the basis of the student’s enrollment, so long as the break in the student’s enrollment does not equal two primary terms or more.

Appeal of Dismissal

A student who is subject to dismissal may request an appeal of dismissal through the Counseling Department by the stated deadline prior to the beginning of the following semester. If approved, the student shall be required to participate in a prescribed counseling intervention and complete a contract, which shall include the number of units in which the student shall enroll. If the student chooses not to make the request, or the request is denied, the student shall be dismissed for at least two semesters.

Reinstatement after Dismissal

A dismissed student may request reinstatement through the Counseling Center after an interval of two semesters. Requests must be made no later than two weeks before the beginning of the Fall or Spring semesters only. Requests for reinstatement will not be allowed after the above stated deadline or for Winter and Summer terms. If approved, the reinstated student shall be required to participate in a prescribed counseling intervention and complete a contract for reinstatement, which shall include the number of units in which the student shall enroll.

A reinstated student shall remain on a probationary, reinstated status until clearance of probation and must see a counselor with an academic progress report for unit clearance prior to every registration period. A reinstated student shall also remain on contract until clearance of probation. Failure to comply with the terms and conditions of the contracts may result in subsequent dismissal. (BP 4250, AP 4255)

Attendance

Students are expected to attend all class meetings. It is the students’ responsibility to know the attendance and absence policies of their professors.

Professors may take attendance at all class meetings. It is the responsibility of each professor to inform his/her classes of the attendance and absence policies at the beginning of each semester.

It is the student’s responsibility to officially drop a class whenever he or she determines that he or she can no longer attend the class. Failure to officially drop a class may result in a failing grade and/or a financial obligation to the college.

Professors may drop students from their class rolls through the last day of the tenth week of instruction of a regular semester for excessive absence as defined by the professor or at an earlier date for intersession or short-term classes.

Students on college-authorized field trips will not be penalized for absences incurred in other classes during the field trips (AP 4300).

Auditing Courses

Students may not audit courses at Mt. San Antonio College. All students must be officially enrolled in a course in order to attend that course.

Student Unit Limits

Students may enroll in a maximum of 18 units each semester and up to seven units each summer and winter session. Students who have completed a minimum of 15 college units in a given semester with a grade point average of at least 3.0 and have a minimum cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 may petition for permission to enroll in units above the maximum.

Students are required to see a counselor as part of the petition process. Petitions are available in the Counseling Office, located on the upper level of the Student Services Center.

100 Unit Appeal

New state regulations (effective summer 2014) impact your registration date if you have earned more than 100 degree applicable units at Mt. SAC. If you have already surpassed or if you will have earned 100 or more degree applicable units when registration begins for any term (starting with summer 2014), you will be assigned a later registration date.

Students who have completed 100 or more degree applicable units may file an appeal with the Counseling Center to keep their original registration date for the following term. The 100 Unit Appeal form can be downloaded from the Counseling website (Over 100-Unit Appeal). There will be a deadline for submitting this form every term. The deadline date is advertised on the appeal form. Forms are also available at the Counseling Center Building 9B, second floor.

If you wish to appeal to keep your original registration date for the next term, you must make an appointment to see a counselor or advisor to create an educational plan and to clarify what else is required for the appeal. You can make an appointment with a counselor or advisor online through the Counseling website above, in person or by calling (909) 274-4380.

Basic Skills Limitations

Students are limited to completing no more than 30 units of courses identified as “Pre-collegiate Basic Skills” while enrolled at Mt. SAC. Courses in this category include pre-collegiate basic skills courses in Math, English, Reading, and Learning Skills. Students enrolled in the American Language program and students with learning disabilities are exempted from this policy. Waivers to exceed the 30 unit limit are available to students who show significant progress and will be limited to a specified period of time and/or number of units. Students requesting this waiver must submit a Petition for Exceptional Action to the Board of Appeals. Petitions are available in the Counseling Center and in Admissions & Records. Students who reach 30 units of pre-collegiate basic skills courses and who are not ready to pursue degree applicable courses are subject to remedial dismissal. (BP 4220, AP 4222)

Petitions for Exceptional Action

Student Petitions for Exceptional Action forms are available from the Counseling Office and Admissions and Records Office in the Student Services Center. Students may complete these forms and submit them to Admissions and Records. Subsequent action on a petition will be taken either by the appropriate administrator or the Board of Appeals.

Definitions

Primary Term: A primary term is either the Fall or Spring semester. In contrast, both Winter and Summer intersessions are not considered to be primary terms.

Continuing Student:

  • A continuing student is one who enrolls in at least one credit course and receives a grade (including a W) in any term during the academic year.
  • A continuing student retains rights to follow graduation and/or certificate requirements for the year they entered or any catalog thereafter, as long as the student maintains in continuous enrollment.

Catalog Rights

  • A student may use that initial catalog year or any subsequent catalog until the student petitions for graduation, if the student has remained in continuous attendance.
  • Continuous attendance is enrollment and attendance in a class (past the census date) in one of the immediate prior two semesters.
  • In order to maintain catalog rights at Mt. SAC, based on the initial semester of enrollment, a student may:
  • Attend another regionally accredited post-secondary institution.
  • Maintain “continuous attendance” at a regionally accredited post-secondary institution while away from Mt. SAC.
  • Not be absent from Mt. SAC for four or more primary terms (two years).

Dropping Courses and Withdrawing from the College

It is the students’ responsibility to drop or withdraw from courses they no longer attend. Students should check their schedule/receipt, available on the “My Mt SAC” portal for information regarding key dates. Dates vary and are often course specific. Failure to drop may result in a failing grade and/or fees owed. 

Full 16-week courses

For 16 week courses, students who drop a class, withdraw from the college, or are dropped from a class by the professor by the Sunday at the end of the second week of classes will not receive any mark or notation on their permanent academic record.

Students who drop a class, withdraw from the college, or are dropped by the professor beginning Monday of the third week of a 16 week class will receive a mark of “W” (Withdrawal) on their permanent record.

Professors may not drop students from a class and students may not drop themselves from any class or withdraw from the college after 60% of the class has elapsed. All students who are registered for a class after 60% of the class has elapsed shall receive an academic grade (A,B,C,D,F,P,NP) or an Incomplete mark for the class.

A “W” Withdrawal mark shall not be assigned to any student enrolled after the last day to drop a class except in the case of an approved petition due to extenuating circumstances. A “W” Withdrawal remains a permanent part of a student’s academic record.

Intersessions and other short term classes

For short term classes, students who drop a class, withdraw from college or are dropped from a class by the professor prior to the conclusion of the first 20% of the class will not receive any mark or notation on their permanent record.

Students who drop a class, withdraw from the college, or are dropped by the professor after 20% of the class has elapsed will receive a mark of “W” (Withdrawal) on their permanent record.

Professors may not drop students from a class and students may not drop themselves from any class or withdraw from the college after 60% of the class has elapsed. All students who are registered for a class after 60% of the class has elapsed shall receive an academic grade (A,B,C,D,F,P,NP) or an Incomplete mark for the class.

A “W” Withdrawal mark shall not be assigned to any student enrolled after the last day to drop a class except in the case of an approved petition due to extenuating circumstances. A “W” Withdrawal remains a permanent part of a student’s academic record.

Repeatable Courses

Certain courses may be taken more than once for credit if the course is designated as repeatable. The course may be repeated for the number of times allowable.  The following types of courses may be repeatable:

  1. Courses for which repetition is necessary to meet the major requirements of CSU or UC for completion of a Bachelor’s degree.
  2. Intercollegiate athletics courses in which student athletes are enrolled to participate in an organized competitive sport.
  3. Intercollegiate academic or vocational competition courses that are designed specifically for non-athletic competitive events.  Enrollment in a course or series of courses related in content is limited to four times whether or not a passing grade is earned.

There may be financial aid implications for students who are recipients of Title IV and/or state funding. Federal and state law limits financial aid funding to two enrollments in a course, unless multiple enrollment of the same course is stipulated as required for academic program completion. Please seek guidance from the Financial Aid office for further clarification. 

Families of Courses

The college has grouped Families of Courses that are closely related active participatory courses in physical education, visual arts, or performing arts. Within any given course family, students are only permitted four experiences while attending Mt. San Antonio College.  An experience is defined as enrolling in a course and receiving any letter grade (including D, F, NP or W).  A Family of Courses may consist of more than four courses, but students are limited to enrolling in a maximum of four courses in any family.  All grades, including W, will count toward the enrollment limitation of four courses.

Students can repeat courses that are included in Families of Courses in which a grade of NP, D, or F was earned or a W was assigned. However, all enrollments count toward the four enrollment maximum for each family of courses.  Once a student has received four experiences in a given family, they will not be permitted to enroll in any other class within that family, even to alleviate a sub-standard grade. 

These Families of Courses are listed below in the disciplines in which they apply.

Dance Families

Ballet
Ballet Fundamentals
Ballet I
Ballet II
Classical Dance
Modern Dance
Modern Fundamentals
Modern I
Modern II
Contemporary Dance
Jazz Dance
Jazz I
Jazz II
Jazz Fundamentals
Tap and Musical Theater
Tap I
Tap II
Theater Dance I
Theater Dance II
Social Dance
Latin Dance I
Social Dance Forms I
Social Dance Forms II
Performance Technique
Ballet Performance
Modern Performance
Jazz Performance
Tap Performance
Choreography and Career
Choreography
Improvisation
Dance Directives
Stage Performance
Dance Rehearsal
Dance Production
Pilates
Alignment and Correctives I
Pilates I
Pilates II
Pilates III
Dance Conditioning
Commercial Dance
Commercial Dance II
Conditioning Through Dance

Fine Arts Families 

Foundational Courses
Design: Two-Dimensional
Design: Three-Dimensional
Ceramics: Hand Construction
Color Concentps
Drawing: Intermediate
Design: Color and Composition
Beginning Painting I
Painting: Watercolor
Drawing
Drawing Fundamentals
Drawing: Beginning
Drawing: Perspective
Introduction to Printmaking
Gesture
Drawing - Gesture and Figure
Figure Gesture - Design
Figure Gesture Expressive Design
Figure in Motion
Anatomical Study
Drawing: Life
Drawing: Life-Advanced
Figure Painting
Drawing: Advanced Heads and Hands
Figure Concepts
Drawing: Head and Hands
Drawing: Expressive Heads and Hands
Animal Drawing
Animal Drawing
Painting
Beginning Painting II
Intermediate Painting I
Intermediate Painting II
Ceramics
Ceramics: Beginning I
Ceramics: Beginning II
Ceramics: Advanced Studio
Sculpture
Sculpture: Beginning
Sculpture: Intermediate
Sculpture: Carving
Sculpture: Life
Molding
Sculpture: Mold Making
Sculpture: Special Effects Makeup
Sculpture: Special Effects Makeup
Sculpture: Intermediate Life
Planography
Printmaking: Introduction to Lithography I
Printmaking: Introduction to Screenprinting
Printmaking: Intermediate Screenprinting
Intaglio Printmaking
Intermediate Printmaking in Intaglio and Relief
Printmaking: Introduction to Monotype
Printmaking: Photo and Alternative Processes
Art Survey and Exhibition
Basic Studio Arts
Art, Artists and Society
Introduction to Exhibition Production
Intermediate Exhibition Production

 Kinesiology Families

Aquatics
Swimming - Beginning
Swimming - Intermediate
Swimming - Advanced
Water Polo
Aquatic Fitness
Cardiorespiratory and Body Composition
Cardiovascular Conditioning
Cardiorespiratory Training Beginning
Cardiorespiratory Training Intermediate
Aerobics-Beginning
Aerobics
Combatives
Mixed Martial Arts
Jeet Kune Do - Beginning
Jeet Kune Do - Intermediate
Self Defense/Martial Arts
Filipino Martial Arts - Beginning
Filipino Martial Arts - Intermediate
Jiujitsu - Beginning
Jiujitsu - Intermediate
Kickboxing Beginning
Kickboxing Intermediate
Women's Self Defense
Muscular Strength and Endurance
Weight Training - Beginning
Weight Training - Intermediate
Strength Training
Core Performance and Foundation Movement
Circuit Training Beginning
Circuit Training Intermediate
Indivicual Sports
Badminton - Beginning
Badminton - Intermediate
Badminton - Advanced
Golf - Beginning
Golf - Intermediate
Golf - Advanced
Tennis - Beginning
Tennis - Intermediate
Tennis - Advanced
Flexibility and Balance
Tai Chi Chuan - Beginning
Tai Chi Chuan - Intermediate
Tai Chi Chuan - Advanced
Yoga
Team Sports
Basketball Beginning
Basketball Intermediate
Beginning Soccer
Soccer Intermediate
Softball
Volleyball - Beginning
Volleyball - Intermediate
Volleyball - Advanced
Fire Technology/Administration of Justice
Agility Test Preparation Law and Fire - Beginning
Agility Test Preparation Law and Fire - Intermediate
Fitness and Conditioning for Law and Fire - Beginning
Fitness and Conditioning for Law and Fire - Intermediate
Physical Training for the Basic Fire Academy

Music Families

Class Piano
Intended for students with emphasis on learning basic piano skills and piano liteature.
Elementary Piano
Intermediate Piano
Advanced Piano
Key Board Skills
Intended for music majors with emphasis on developing keyboard skills for the music educator.
Keyboard Skills
Keyboard Skills
Class Vocal Study
Intended for all students.
Elementary Voice
Intermediate Voice
Advanced Voice
Class Guitar
Intended for all students
Elementary Guitar
Intermediate Guitar
Advanced Guitar
Techniques
For the development of technical skills
Jazz Improvisation
Advanced Jazz Improvisation

Academic Honors

  • President’s List - The President’s List is an honors list comprised of those students who have achieved a 3.50 or better grade point average in a minimum of twelve (12) letter-graded Associate Degree applicable units per semester at Mt. San Antonio College.
  • Dean’s List - The Dean’s List is an honors list comprised of those students who have achieved between a 3.0 to 3.49 grade point average in a minimum of twelve (12) letter-graded Associate Degree applicable units per semester at Mt. San Antonio College.

Graduation Honors

  • Academic Distinction - The “Academic Distinction Honor” designation is placed on the transcript and degree of the graduate who has achieved an overall grade point average (GPA) of 4.00.
  • Scholastic Honor - The “Scholastic Honor” designation is placed on the transcript of the graduate who has achieved an overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.90 through 3.99.
  • With Honors - The “With Honors” designation is placed on the transcripts and degree of the graduate who has achieved an overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.75 through 3.89.

Honors Program

Building 26A-1680, (909) 274-4528

Mt. San Antonio College offers an Honors Program for students who have demonstrated academic excellence. Honors courses are specially designed sections of transferable courses and, with a few exceptions, are part of the IGETC requirement list.

Completion of the Honors Program makes a student eligible for priority admission consideration from the following universities: UCLA, UC Irvine, Chapman University, Pitzer College and Pomona College. In addition to an enhanced curriculum for motivated students, Honors Program students receive library privileges at UC Irvine and UCLA and an Honors Certificate and medal upon honors certification.

Entrance Requirements

  • High School Students — Eligibility for ENGL 1A; 3.5 GPA; letter of recommendation; short essay
  • Mt. San Antonio College Students — Nine transferable units; Eligibility for ENGL 1A; 3.2 GPA, short essay, letter of recommendation (Waivers can be obtained through the Honors Program Office for highly motivated students with a competitive GPA, an in-progress grade report and professor recommendation.)
Requirements for “Honors Scholar” Designation
  • Complete 15 units of honors courses with a minimum 3.2 GPA for honors certification
  • Maintain a 3.2 GPA

Alpha Gamma Sigma

Mt. San Antonio College sponsors the Zeta Chapter of Alpha Gamma Sigma, the scholastic honorary organization for California Community Colleges. Full-time and part-time students are eligible for membership. Membership requires campus and community involvement (service hours).

There are three categories of membership eligibility. Only degree appropriate courses/units (those that grant credit for an Associate or Bachelor’s degree) may be used to establish eligibility for membership (Exception: Temporary Membership).

  1. Temporary: (First college semester only) Must hold a California Scholastic Federation (CSF) Life Membership OR be a high school graduate with a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher. This membership is intended as an introduction to Alpha Gamma Sigma and is not to be considered as an initial membership.
  2. Initial: (First time membership) Must have completed 12 degree appropriate units in a maximum of three (3) semesters with a degree appropriate cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
  3. Continuing: (Previous membership) Must have achieved for the previous semester a degree appropriate grade point average of 3.0 or higher OR have maintained a degree appropriate cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

Permanent membership in Alpha Gamma Sigma is an honorary lifetime AGS title for students who have completed 60 degree appropriate units; a minimum of 30 of the total 60 units must have been completed at Mt. SAC. A permanent membership application must be submitted by the graduation petition deadline. To apply students must: a) have a cumulative G.P.A of 3.25 or higher for 60 completed degree appropriate units and, b) complete a minimum of two semesters as an active or inactive member. Only permanent members receive recognition at graduation. Scholarships provided by the Zeta Chapter and the State Alpha Gamma Sigma Organization are available to actively involved members. Some baccalaureate granting institutions provide scholarships limited to Alpha Gamma Sigma members. Applications are available in Student Life, Building 9C. For further information and review of academic eligibility, students should consult an Alpha Gamma Sigma Officer or an Alpha Gamma Sigma Advisor.

Phi Theta Kappa

Mt. SAC sponsors the Alpha Omega Alpha Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, an international scholastic honorary organization for two-year colleges. Eligibility for membership is established for the following:

  1. Full and part-time students who have completed 12 appropriate degree units with a 3.5 grade point average at an accredited institution.
  2. Students who have maintained a 3.5 grade point average while a member.

There are several advantages which accompany this honor, including recognition at graduation and access to scholarships offered to members by more than 700 U.S. colleges and universities. For further information and review of academic eligibility, students should consult a Counselor or a Phi Theta Kappa advisor. Applications are available in the Honors Program office in Building 26A-1680.

Definition of Educational Records

Educational records consist of those files maintained by the following offices: Admissions and Records, Counseling, Assessment, Financial Aid, and those files maintained for individual students by departments.

Challenge of Educational Records

  1. Any student may file a written request with the Records Officer of the District (Dean, Enrollment Management) to remove information recorded in the student’s records which is alleged to be: 1) inaccurate; 2) an unsubstantiated personal conclusion or inference; 3) a conclusion or inference outside of the observer’s area of competence; or 4) not based on the personal observation of the named person with the time and place of the observation of the named person with the time and place of the observation noted.
  2. If the student is not satisfied with the determination made by the Dean, Enrollment Management, the student may utilize the existing college student grievance process. (AP 5045)

Academic Renewal

The Academic Renewal Policy is provided for students in specific circumstances where previously recorded substandard academic performance is not reflective of the student’s present demonstrated ability. Academic renewal applies only to substandard coursework completed at Mt. SAC. Students with substandard coursework at other colleges/universities need to contact those institutions to see if they are eligible for academic renewal under the provisions of academic renewal of said institution.

  1. A maximum of twenty-four units may be alleviated.
  2. Since completion of the work to be disregarded, the student’s cumulative grade point average for all units completed at the time of adjustment must be at least 3.0 for 18 semester units, 2.5 for 24 semester units, or 2.0 for 30 units. The cumulative grade point average may include coursework completed at Mt. San Antonio College and/or other accredited colleges or universities. Courses used to qualify for Academic Renewal which were completed at another college or university must be verified by official college transcripts.
  3. A time period of at least two years must have elapsed since the end of the term of substandard work to be disregarded.
  4. Academic renewal will apply only to substandard grades: D, F, and NP.
  5. The permanent academic record shall be annotated in such a manner that all work remains legible, insuring a true and complete academic history.
  6. Mt. San Antonio College does not guarantee that academic renewal will be honored by institutions outside of the District. This determination will be made by the transfer institution.
  7. Students requesting academic renewal should meet with a counselor to file a petition. (BP 4240, AP 4240)

Transcripts

Official transcripts of work completed at Mt. San Antonio College may be ordered online through MyPortal student portal. The first two requests for transcripts are free; subsequent standard transcript requests are $5.00 each. Unofficial/student copies of transcripts may be obtained at MyPortal (AP 5040)

Further information regarding transcript services is available at Records and Graduation

Definition of a Unit of Credit

The standard “unit” represents one hour in class recitation and two hours of outside preparation per week or its equivalent for one semester. By this definition, “unit” is synonymous with “semester lecture hour.” In laboratory work and certain activity courses such as kinesiology, choir, drafting, etc., a greater number of in class hours per week is required for each unit of credit. During intersessions, one unit of credit represents three hours of lecture per week.

Classification of Students

Students at Mt. San Antonio College are classified as follows:

Full-time enrolled in 12 or more units in a fall or spring semester, or 4 or more units during a six-week summer or winter session
Part-time enrolled in less than 12 units during the fall or spring semester or less than 4 units during a six-week session
Freshman a student who has completed less than 30 units of credit
Sophomore a student who has completed 30 units of credit or more

Grading System

Scholastic grades showing the academic achievement of students are issued at the end of each semester. Any student enrolled as of the first day of the fourth week in a full semester course for any semester shall receive one of the designated grading scale marks on his/her permanent records.

Grading Scale

Evaluative Symbol Definition Grade Point Value
A Excellent 4
B Good 3
C Satisfactory 2
D Passing (less than satisfactory) 1
F Failing 0
Pass Passing (at least equivalent to a "C" grade. Units awarded are not counted in determining the student's grade point average.)
NP Not Passing (Equivalent to a "D" or "F" grade. No units awarded, and units are not counted in determining grade point average. No-Credit grades will be considered in probation and dismissal procedures.)

Incomplete

A student may request an Incomplete or the professor may initiate the petition on behalf of the student who is currently passing the class under the following circumstances: verifiable illness or emergency or verifiable work conflict. Incompletes may only be issued for requirements missed commencing the fourteenth (14) week of a regular semester class or after 85% of a short-term or summer or winter intersession class. Re-enrollment in the same course for purposes of making up the Incomplete is prohibited. The petition is subject to the approval of the professor. If granted, the student must complete all outstanding course requirements stipulated by the professor within one year, or the Incomplete will become a letter grade assigned by the professor.

IP - In Progress The “IP” symbol shall be used to denote that the class extends beyond the normal end of an academic term. It indicates that work is “in progress,” but that assignment of a substantive grade must await its completion. The “IP” symbol shall remain on the student’s permanent record in order to satisfy enrollment documentation. The appropriate evaluative grade and unit credit shall be assigned and appear on the student’s record for the term in which the course is completed.
RD - Report Delayed The “RD” symbol may be assigned only by the Admissions and Records Office. It is to be used when there is a delay in reporting the grade of a student due to circumstances beyond the control of the student. It is a temporary notation to be replaced by a permanent symbol as soon as possible. “RD” shall not be used in calculating grade point averages.
W - Withdrawal Withdrawal from a class or classes shall be authorized through the last day of the 10th week of instruction of a regular semester-length class. No notation (“W” or other) shall be made on the academic record of the student who withdraws during the first three weeks of a regular semester-length class. Withdrawal between the first day of the 4th week and the last day of the 10th week of instruction shall be recorded as a “W” on the student’s record. The “W” shall not be used in calculating grade point averages, but excessive “W’s” shall be used as factors in probation and dismissal procedures. Withdrawal from short term classes of less than semester length, but greater than six weeks, is authorized for a period of time through 60% of the course, and a mark of “W” shall be made on the student’s academic record. No notation shall be made on the academic record of a student who withdraws from a short term class of less than semester length, but greater than six weeks, provided the student withdraws no later than the end of the first 20% of the course.
MW - Military Withdrawal The “MW,” military withdrawal, mark shall be assigned only for students who are members of an active or reserve military unit, and who receive orders compelling a withdrawal from courses. Upon verification of such order, this symbol may be assigned at any time after the period established by the governing board during which no notation is made for withdrawals. The “MW” shall not be counted in determining registration priority, progress probation, and dismissal calculations. A “W” previously incurred commencing January 1, 1990, and which meets the definition of “MW” may be changed to “MW.” (AP 5013)

Final Examinations

A final examination shall be administered in all classes in compliance with the Final Exam Schedule prepared each term. If a student is unable to attend a scheduled final examination, he/she must contact his/her instructor to make other arrangements. A student who does not take a final examination and who does not qualify for an “Incomplete” (see Grading System-Incomplete), shall be assigned the grade “F” or “Zero” for the examination, and this grade shall be averaged in determining the final course grade.

Pass/No Pass Grades

The Pass or No Pass (P or NP) grading option was designed to encourage students to explore subject areas of interest outside of their major areas of competence or known abilities without being overly concerned with a grade or with jeopardizing their grade point average and to afford an opportunity for departments to offer courses in which there is a diminished emphasis on grades.

Courses may be offered for Pass or No Pass in either of the following categories and will be specified in the catalog and schedule of classes:

  • Pass/No Pass Only Grade

       Courses wherein all students are evaluated on a Pass or No Pass basis only.

  • Option of Letter Grade or Pass/ No Pass Grade

       Courses in which each student has the option to individually elect Pass or No Pass or letter grade.

In courses offering the grading option, students are automatically registered on a letter grade basis at the time of registration.  If a change is desired, the student can make the change on their student portal within the first 20% of the course or in person with a picture ID at the Admissions and Records Office located in the Student Services Center (Bldg 9B) within the first 30% of the course.  The grading option is not reversible after the deadline to request a grade change has passed.  

The student is held responsible for all assignments and examinations required in the course. The standards of evaluation are identical for all students in the course.  A grade of “P” is earned for coursework equal to a grade of “C” or better. A grade of “NP” is earned for coursework equal to a grade of “D” or “F”. Neither “P” nor “NP” grades are used in computation of grade point average; however, P or NP units will appear on the transcript of record. 

Students are advised that four-year institutions may limit the number of units acceptable for transfer completed with a P or NP notation.  Students should investigate the policies of the institutions to which they may wish to transfer to determine the acceptability of P (Pass) grades in courses in the student’s major.  Before selecting the pass or no pass option, students should consult with a counselor.

Credit for Extra Institutional Learning

Philosophical Basis

This policy of granting credit for extra-institutional learning is provided for students under special conditions in recognition of learning that has been attained outside the sponsorship of legally authorized and accredited post-secondary institutions. (AP 4285)

General Policy Statement

Credit for extra-institutional learning will be awarded to those students who have attained competency of subject matter through experiences outside of the sponsorship of legally authorized and accredited post-secondary institutions.

The College will accept the recommendations of the American Council on Education in reference to the Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services and the National Guide to College Credit for Workforce Training; The College Board in reference to its recommendation of Advanced Placement Examinations, and credit recommendations from other similar nationally recognized academic institutions, including Mt. San Antonio College’s policy for comprehensive examinations.

Policy Regulations
  • Of the 60 units required for the Associate Degree, at least twenty-four (24) units must be earned in courses that contribute to the grade point average.
  • Extra-institutional learning credit will normally not be evaluated unless the credit is necessary for graduation.
  • Credit for non-collegiate courses will be awarded only for work applicable toward the Associate Degree. Credit may be granted for upper division courses provided the student has earned less than 60 units at the time the upper division work is attempted.
  • To petition for extra-institutional learning credit, a student must have at least a 2.0 grade point average, not be on probation, and be in good standing.
  • The permanent academic record shall be annotated in such a manner to insure that a true and complete history of extra-institutional learning credit has been granted.
  • In cases where a student is seeking a degree/certificate from the College, all standard graduation and residency requirements apply and must be met by completing a minimum of 12 units earned from Mt. SAC courses.

Credit for Current License Holders

Mt. San Antonio College may grant units of credit toward an associate’s degree to current license holders in the following areas: Emergency Medical Technology (Paramedics), Psychiatric Technology, and Radiologic Technology. The total number of units granted will be equal to the current total unit requirement for the equivalent program certificate. License holders must meet the college’s residency requirements and complete an application to the college before the request for extra-institutional learning credit may be made. The application date will determine the catalog year.

The Department Chair from the appropriate program will validate the license and its currency. Admissions and Records will certify that the requirements have been met, grant the appropriate number of units, and apply extra-institutional learning credit toward the degree. (AP 4285)

Credit for Military Training

Mt. San Antonio College will grant four units of Baccalaureate level elective credits for military experience without regard to the field of service. Additional credit may be allowed for specific programs of training and credits earned through the United States Armed Forces Institute. (AP 4285)

Advanced Placement Credit for Mt. SAC General Education Requirements for the Associate Degree

Students who have a qualifying Advanced Placement (AP) test score (3 or above) may petition to utilize the results of their AP examinations to meet Mt SAC general education requirements in the areas identified in the Credit by Examination tab above.

Advanced Placement Examinations

AP Examination Score Needed/GE/Equivalency Mt.SAC GE Area GE Units Equivalent Mt.SAC Course Degree Units
Art History 3 C1 or C2 3 AHIS 4 & AHIS 5 6
Biology 3 B2 3 BIOL 1 6
Calculus AB1 3/41 Math Competency N/A MATH 180 3
Calculus BC 3/3/4 Math Competency N/A MATH 180 or MATH 181 6
Chemistry 3 B1 3 None 6
Chinese Language and Culture 3 C2 3 CHIN 1 & CHIN 2 6
Computer Science A 3 N/A N/A CSCI 145 3
Computer Science AB 3 N/A N/A None 6
English Language and Composition 3 A2 3 ENGL 1A 6
English Literature and Composition 3 A2 & C2 6 ENGL 1A & ENGL 1B 6
Environmental Science 3 B1 3 None 4
European History 3 C2 or D2 3 None 6
French Language and Culture 3 C2 3 FRCH 1 & FRCH 2 6
French Literature 3 C2 3 FRCH 3 6
German Language and Culture 3 C2 3 GERM 1 & GERM 2 6
Government and Politics: Comparative 3 D2 3 None 3
Government and Politics: US 3 D1 3 None 3
Human Geography 3 D2 3 GEOG 2 3
Italian Language and Culture 3 C2 3 ITAL 1 & ITAL 2 6
Japanese Language and Culture 3 C2 3 JAPN 1 & JAPN 2 6
Latin: Literature 3 C2 3 None 6
Latin: Vergil 3 C2 3 None 3
Macroeconomics 3/4 D2 3 BUSC 1A 3
Microeconomics 3/4 D2 3 BUSC 1B 3
Music Theory 3 C1 3 MUS 7 6
Physics B 3 B1 3 None 6
Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism 3 B1 3 None 4
Physics C: Mechanics 3 B1 3 None 4
Psychology 3 D2 3 PSYC 1A 3
Spanish Language 3 C2 3 SPAN 1 & SPAN 2 6
Spanish Literature 3 C2 3 SPAN 3 6
Statistics 3 Math Competency N/A MATH 110 3
Studio Art - 2D 3 General education and course equivalency credit based on portfolio review 3
Studio Art - 3D 3 General education and course equivalency credit based on portfolio review 3
Studio Art - Drawing 3 General education and course equivalency credit based on portfolio review 3
United States History 3 C2 or D1 3 HIST 1 6
World History 3 C2 or D2 3 None 6
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A score of 3 on the Calculus AB Advanced Placement Exam will earn a student three (3) degree applicable units, Math Competency and Eligibility for MATH 180.

Credit by Examination

The general philosophy of Mt. San Antonio College is that the interaction which takes place between the student and professor is of critical importance to the learning process. However, quality instruction places a premium on meeting individual student needs. Therefore, Mt. San Antonio College provides for Credit by Examination enabling the student to accelerate his/her educational program by providing opportunity to obtain credit in those fields in which he/she has already achieved proficiency independently or by informal means. (BP 4235, AP 4235)

Arts Division
Commercial & Entertainment Arts
Graphic Design I
Web Design
Basic Digital and Film Photography
Color Photography
Fine Arts
Principles of Animation
Music
Music Theory
Musicianship - Ear Training and Sight Singing
Fundamentals of Music
Elementary Piano
Intermediate Piano
Business Division
Accounting and Management
Fundamentals of Accounting
Business Mathematics
Personal Financial Planning
Bookkeeping - Accounting
Principles of Business
Human Relations in Business
Business Organization and Management
Small Business Management
Business Administration
Real Estate Principles
Child Development
Principles and Practices in Child Development Programs
Language Arts and Art Media for Young Children
Health, Safety and Nutrition of Children
Computer Information Systems
Computer Information Systems
Microcomputer Applications
Microsoft Word
Web Site Development
Consumer Science & Design Technologies
Clothing Construction I
Life Management
Personal Financial Planning
Nutrition for Health and Wellness
Introduction to Hospitality
Food Safety and Sanitation
Dining Room Service Management
Basic Cooking Techniques
Hospitality Supervision
Hospitality Cost Control
Menu Planning
Event Planning and Catering
Hospitality Financial Accounting
Hospitality Law
Introduction to Lodging
Garde Manger
Baking and Pastry
International Cuisines
Hospitality Work Experience
Office Technology
Business English
BUSO 96A
Continuing Education
Adult Basic Education
High School Algebra 1
High School Biology
High School U.S. History
High School World History
Humanities & Social Sciences Division
Sign Language/Interpreting
American Sign Language 1
American Sign Language 2
American Sign Language 3
American Sign Language 4
American Sign Language 5
Physical Education Division
Physical Education & Wellness Programs
Introduction to Care/Prevention of Activity/Sports -Related Injuries
Natural Sciences Division
Agricultural Sciences
Animal Science
Horse Production and Management
Horticultural Science
Landscape Design
Construction Fundamentals
Biological Sciences
General Biology
Technology and Health Division
Aeronautics, Transportation
Primary Pilot Ground School
Aviation Weather
Federal Aviation Regulations
Commercial Pilot Ground School
Air Transportation
Instrument Ground School
Air Conditioning, Welding, and Water Technology
Technical Mathematics in Air Conditioning and Refrigeration
Welding for Air Conditioning and Refrigeration
Refrigeration Fundamentals
Electrical Fundamentals for Air Conditioning and Refrigeration
Introduction to Welding
Oxyacetylene Welding
Basic Electric Arc Welding
Welding Metallurgy
Beginning Arc Welding
Intermediate Arc Welding
Certification for Welders
Aircraft Maintenance Technician and Manufacturing Technology
MFG 15
Manual Machining I
Introduction to MasterCAM
Architecture & Engineering Design Technology
Design I - Elements of Design
CADD and Digital Design Media Level I
Design Drawing and Communication
Architectural Drawings and Fabrications
Architectural CAD and BIM
Legal Aspects of Construction
Reading Construction Drawings
Elements of Construction Management
Construction Estimating
Electronics & Computer Technology
PC Servicing
PC Operating Systems
PC Troubleshooting
A+ Certification Preparation
Network+ Certification Preparation
Security+ Certification Preparation
Technical Applications in Microcomputers
Electronic Circuits - Direct Current (DC)
and Electronic Circuits (AC)
Electronic Circuits (AC)
Semiconductor Devices and Circuits
Communications Systems
Microwave Communications
Digital Electronics
Electronic Assembly and Fabrication
FCC General Radiotelephone Operator License Preparation
Electrical Fundamentals for Cable Installations
Fabrication Techniques for Cable Installations
Cabling and Wiring Standards
Home Theater, Home Integration, & Home Security Systems
Electronic Troubleshooting- I
Electronic Troubleshooting - II
Fire Technology
Fire Protection Organization
Fire Prevention Technology
Fire Protection Equipment and Systems
Building Construction for Fire Protection
Fire Behavior and Combustion
Hazardous Materials/ICS
Fire Fighting Tactics and Strategy
Fire Company Organization and Management
Fire Hydraulics
Arson and Fire Investigation
Fire Apparatus and Equipment
Industrial Design Engineering
Introduction to CAD
Shop Processes
Advanced CAD
Introduction to Mechanical Principles
Public Services
Alcohol/Drug Dependency
The Administration of Justice System
Principles and Procedures of the Justice System
Concepts of Criminal Law
Legal Aspects of Evidence
Community Relations
Concepts of Enforcement Services
Concepts of Traffic Services
Principles of Investigation
Narcotics Investigation
Gangs and Corrections
Administration of Justice Report Writing
Vice Control
Health Sciences Division
Radiologic Technology
Introduction to Radiologic Science and Health Care
Theory of Radiologic Technology
Radiographic Procedures I
Radiographic Procedures I Laboratory
Patient Care in Radiologic Sciences
Respiratory Therapy
Theory and Principles of Respiratory Therapy
Medical Terminology

Pursuant to Section 55050 of Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations, students at Mt. San Antonio College may apply for Credit by Examination and such unit credit may be granted subject to the following rules and regulations:

Rules and Regulations

  1. Credit by Examination will be granted only for those courses which have been so designated by the departments.
  2. Any grade received for Credit by Examination will be entered on the student’s permanent record with a notation of “Credit by Comprehensive Exam.”
  3. A student may petition for Credit by Examination provided:
    1. The student has been registered at Mt. San Antonio College.
    2. The student has not already received credit nor is currently enrolled beyond six weeks in the same course or in a more advanced course (except for Advanced Placement Course Credit).
    3. The student has at least a 2.0 grade point average. This includes transfer/new students.
  4. The student may obtain the petition for Credit by Examination from the Division Office.
  5. The department will establish written guidelines by which the eligibility of a student to take such an examination is determined.
  6. The Department will assign a grade depending on the results of the examination and submit the form “Petition for Credit by Examination” to Admissions and Records.
  7. The student may not use Credit by Examination to satisfy the residency requirement for the degree.

A list of courses for Credit by Examination is available at each Division Office, the Instruction Office, and the Counseling Center.

International Baccalaureate Credit for Mt. SAC General Education Requirements for the Associate Degree

Students completing all or portions of the International Baccalaureate (IB) program at their high school may petition to utilize the results of their IB examinations to meet Mt SAC general education requirements in the areas identified in the table. Only IB Higher Level (HL) certificate examinations with scores of 5, 6 or 7 will be honored.

Students who have both a qualifying Advanced Placement (AP) test score (3 or above) and a qualifying IB certificate exam score (5 or above) in the same examination area, or who have completed a college level course for credit, will only have the first completion counted for credit.

IB Higher Level Exam Score Needed for Equivalency Mt.SAC GE Area Units of GE Equivalent Mt.SAC Course Degree Units
IB Biology 5 B2 3 BIOL 1 6
IB Chemistry 5 B1 3 None 6
IB Economics 5 D2 3 BUSC 1A 6
IB Geography 5 D2 3 GEOG 2 6
IB History (any region) 5 C2 or D2 3 None 6
IB Language A1 (English) 5 C2 3 None 6
IB Language A2 5 C2 3 None 6
IB Language A2 (Classical Languages) 5 C2 3 LATN 1 6
IB Mathematics 4/5 Math Competency N/A MATH 160/MATH 180 6
IB Physics 5 B1 3 None 6
IB Psychology 5 D2 3 PSYC 1A 3
IB Theatre Arts 5 C1 3 THTR 9 6
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