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General Information

The Sauk Valley Community College academic year consists of a minimum of 32 weeks, during which there is a scheduled fall semester of at least 16 weeks, including final examinations, and a spring semester of at least 16 weeks, including final examinations.

The College reserves the right to make additions, deletions, and modifications to curricula, course descriptions, degree requirements, academic policies, schedules, academic calendars, and tuition and fees without notice. Although every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the information published in the Sauk Valley Community College Catalog, it is normal to expect changes in course listings and other information. Changes are made to programs as updates occur with other institutions of higher education and State requirements are articulated. The College reserves the right to effect changes without notice or obligation, including the right to discontinue a course, a group of courses, or a degree program. Notices of such changes are widely distributed on campus. The College expects each student to have knowledge of the information presented in the catalog.

Educational Programs

University Transfer refers to those programs and courses in the liberal arts and sciences and in pre-professional curricula that transfer to four-year colleges or universities.

Career Education programs and courses in business, technical, human services, and health fields are designed to prepare individuals for employment or to upgrade the skills and knowledge of employees. Some of these courses are designed specifically for career programs and are not intended as transfer coursework.

Developmental Education programs and courses are designed to upgrade skills in reading, mathematics, and writing so individuals can achieve higher levels of competence and succeed in college-level work. General Educational Development (GED), Adult Basic Education (ABE), and English as a Second Language (ESL) are also offered.

Community and Continuing Education courses, workshops, and seminars are offered in response to local needs and interests on a credit or non credit basis in communities throughout the district. Customized training programs are developed for specific businesses and industries.

University Transfer Programs

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The associate in arts, associate in science, associate in engineering science, and associate in fine arts are for students planning to transfer to a four-year college or university for a baccalaureate degree.

Sauk Valley Community College is a participant of the Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI), a statewide agreement among colleges and universities in Illinois. This initiative allows transfer of the completed Illinois transferable General Education Core Curriculum (GECC) between participating institutions.

The general education core curriculum requires a minimum of 37 semester hours of IAI approved course work with at least  a "C" in each of the two courses in the writing sequence. Alternate credit transcripted at SVCC in the AP or CLEP can be used to fulfill the GECC requirements.

The following statewide agreement is in effect for students entering an associate or baccalaureate degree granting institution as a first-time freshman in summer 1998 (and thereafter). SVCC will use credits completed prior to 1998 toward the GECC.

  1. Students who have earned an associate in arts (A.A.) or an associate in science (A.S.) degree which incorporates the Illinois General Education Core Curriculum will have satisfied the lower-division general education requirements at the participating Illinois college or university to which they transfer.
  2. Students who complete the General Education Core Curriculum at Sauk should have their lower division general education requirements met upon transfer to another participating college or university in Illinois.
  3. Students who have satisfactorily completed courses within the Illinois General Education Core Curriculum at Sauk should be granted credit towards fulfilling the receiving institution's comparable all-campus, lower-division, general education requirement.
  4. General Education Core Curriculum completion post-matriculation:
  • Under the following circumstances, institutions will offer transfer students the option of satisfying lower-division general education requirements by completing a GECC curriculum while enrolled in the receiving institution.
  • When the transfer student has completed a statewide articulated associate degree such as the AFA or AES; or
  • When the transfer student has been granted 30 semester hours of transfer credit by the receiving institution without having completed the GECC. (Although not specified, the nature of lower-division curricula indicates that 30 semester hours  of transfer credit from an institution will likely incorporate GECC credits).

The Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI) is designed to facilitate the transfer of students from one Illinois Institution to another. To assist students in identifying qualifying general education core courses, the following IAI codes, as noted in the course descriptions, identify qualifying general education courses:

 IAI C (Communications)
IAI F or HF(Fine Arts)
IAI H or HF (Humanities)
IAI L or LP (Life Sciences)
IAI M (Mathematics)
IAI P or LP (Physical Sciences)
IAI S (Social/Behavioral Sciences)

Illinois Articulation Initiative Baccalaureate Majors' Recommendations (IAI Majors)

IAI Baccalaureate Majors' Recommendations (IAI Majors) describe courses typically taken by freshmen and sophomores for a specific major. These course recommendations are meant for students who are undecided about a transfer school. If you already know where you will transfer, see that school's catalog and an admissions counselor for specific advice. Baccalaureate majors currently effective statewide are: agriculture, art, biological sciences, business, chemistry, computer sciences, criminal justice, engineering, English, history  mass communication, mathematics, physics, political science, psychology, sociology, and theater arts.

Students who have met program entry requirements and have satisfactorily completed courses described in an IAI Baccalaureate Major Curriculum Recommendation should be granted credit towards fulfilling the receiving institution's comparable lower-division requirements for the specific major. Where admission is competitive, completion of a Baccalaureate Major Recommendation does not guarantee admission.

See a counselor or academic advisor for additional information and read about the IAI on the World Wide Web - <www.itransfer.org>.

General Education Philosophy Statement

General Education at Sauk Valley Community College prepares its graduates for the increasing demands of the workplace and the expanding responsibilities of the diverse local and global communities in which they will live and work. Required courses in communications, mathematics, the physical and life sciences, the social and behavioral sciences, the humanities and fine arts, and personal health and development provide students with knowledge, competencies, and habits of mind conducive to living responsible, productive, and joyful lives. Within this curricular framework, students will develop the following competencies:

  1. Ethics
    Students will be able to:
    1. Identify ethical issues in a variety of contexts and academic disciplines and explain their significance.
    2. Reason about ethical principles and consequences.
  2. Mathematics and Quantitative Reasoning:
    Students will be able to:
    1. Interpret and apply appropriate mathematical formulas and relationships in the appropriate context.
    2. Perform mathematical computations.
    3. Demonstrate the ability to analyze and interpret the mathematical results of computations.
  3. Problem Solving
    Students will be able to:
    1. Identify problems and the desired outcomes.
    2. Recognize and evaluate available resources.
    3. Adapt, organize, and implement solutions or plans of action.
  4. Communications
    Students will be able to:
    1. Create and revise formal and informal writing assignments that are clear, coherent, and exhibit a command of Standard English.
    2. Develop, organize, rehearse, and deliver formal and informal oral presentations that are audience appropriate and either informative or persuasive.
    3. Demonstrate collaboration in completion of projects and assignments.
    4. Demonstrate the ability to read college-level texts by providing appropriate and critical responses in discussions, tests, presentations, critiques, and reviews.
    5. Demonstrate their ability to listen by providing appropriate and critical response after a listening experience.
  5. Technology
    Students will be able to:
    1. Demonstrate general computer literacy.
    2. Demonstrate the selection and use of appropriate technologies for the specific discipline.
  6. Research
    Students will be able to:
    1. Identify, evaluate, analyze, and synthesize information to generate ideas and concepts.
    2. Assess the value of a source.
    3. Identify, describe, and utilize appropriate research tools, methods, and processes.

Associate in Arts Degree and Associate in Science Degree

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The associate in arts (A.A.) and the associate in science (A.S.) degrees are designed to complete the Illinois Articulation Initiative transferable General Education Core Curriculum and the lower-division portion of a Baccalaureate Degree. Students' major will determine which degree is appropriate.

General Education Core Curriculum

37-38 Semester Hours

 Communications (9 semester hours)
A grade of "C" or better is required in the Communication writing courses.
 ENG 101ENG 103SPE 131
 Mathematics (3 semester hours) 
 MAT 111
MAT 115
MAT 203
MAT 204
MAT 205
MAT 220
MAT 221
MAT 230
MAT 240 
 Humanities and Fine Arts (9 semester hours)
At least one course must be selected from Humanities and one course from Fine Arts. Interdisciplinary courses encompassing both the humanities and the fine arts may be used for either category.
 Humanities
Only one course noted with identical subscript letters can be utilized towards general education credit.
  Foreign Language
  LAN 262
  
  Literature 
  ENG 160
ENG 201
ENG 203
ENG 204
ENG 212
ENG 215B**
ENG 225
ENG 226
ENG 227
ENG 228
ENG 230B
 
  Philosophy
  PHL 101PHL 102PHL 103
  Religious Studies
  PHL 104  
  Interdisciplinary Humanities
  HUM 150HUM 210HUM 211
  
  Fine Arts
Performing Arts
  MUS 150MUS 201SPE 141  
  Visual Arts
  ART 118
ART 119
ART 120
ART 121D
ART 122D
HUM 112  
  Interdisciplinary Fine Arts
  HUM 150HUM 210HUM 211  
 Physical and Life Sciences (7 to 8 semester hours)
  One course must be selected from Life Science and one course from Physical Science.
At least one course must be a laboratory science course (LAB).
  
  Life Sciences
  BIO 103 (LAB)
BIO 104
BIO 105 (LAB) 
BIO 108 (LAB)   
  
  Physical Sciences
  CHE 102
CHE 103 (LAB)
CHE 105 (LAB)
GSC 105 (LAB)
GSC 106
GSC 115
 
PHY 175 (LAB)
PHY 201 (LAB)
PHY 211 (LAB)  
 Social and Behavioral Sciences (9 semester hours)
Courses must be selected from at least two disciplines. Only one course noted with identical subscript letters can be utilized towards general education credit.
  Anthropology
  SOC 115SOC 116
  Economics
  ECO 211ECO 212
  History
  HIS 131
HIS 132
HIS 221
HIS 222
HIS 255
HIS 265
  
  Human Geography
  GEO 122
  Political Science
  GOV 163GOV 164GOV 232CGOV 233C                      GOV 261
  Psychology
  PSY 103PSY 200PSY 214 PSY 215 
  Sociology
  SOC 111SOC 112SOC 251  
  
 SVCC Degree Requirements
 4 Semester Hours
  First Year Experience (1 semester hour)-(SVCC Requirement-This is not a General Education Core Curriculum IAI course and is not required by the State for degree completion.)
  FYE 101 or PSY 100**
 Personal Health and Development (3 semester hours)-(SVCC Requirement-These are not General Education Core Curriculum IAI courses and are not required by the State for degree completion.)
  ART 101
ART 113
BIO 120
BUS 237
CIS 109
EDU 105
MUS 106
MUS 131
MUS 133
MUS 135
MUS 137
MUS 139
MUS 140
MUS 155
MUS 160
MUS 215
PED 115*
SPE 145
SPE 161
SPE 232
  *Or any 100 level physical education course.   
  
 Major Field Requirements 22-24 Semester Hours
  

Students should consult a counselor or academic advisor and their transfer institution to determine the specific courses appropriate for their program of study.

Foreign language may be required for some bachelor degrees. This requirement may be satisfied by successful completion of one of the following:

  • 2-4 semesters of college-level foreign language
  • 2-4 years of high school foreign language
  • Competency Exam (i.e., CLEP)

Students should consult with a counselor or academic advisor and their transfer institution to determine how this requirement can be met.

  
 

Total Credit Hours for Degree

64 Semester Hours

 

Students planning to enter virtually every field need to be knowledgeable of the operation and applications of computers.

All students must satisfy graduation requirements. See Policies

Associate in Engineering Science Degree

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Baccalaureate engineering programs are highly structured in order to meet the standards established by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) for candidates seeking state of Illinois registration as a professional engineer. Community college students are strongly encouraged to complete an associate in engineering science degree prior to transferring to a four-year institution. The AES degree does not include the entire general education core curriculum. Students who complete an AES degree must complete the general education requirements for the baccalaureate degree of the university to which they transfer.

To transfer as a junior into a baccalaureate engineering program, students must complete all essential prerequisite courses. Students with fewer than 68 semester credit hours at the time of transfer are unlikely to complete the baccalaureate degree within two years after transfer. Since admission is highly competitive, completion of the suggested courses does not guarantee admission at the four-year college of the student’s choice.

General Education

  

 29-32 Semester Hours

 Communications (6 semester hours)
A grade of “C” or higher is required in communication writing courses.
 ENG 101ENG 103     
 Humanities/Fine Arts (3-6 semester hours)
 Students are encouraged to select at least one course in either the humanities/fine arts or the social and behavioral sciences that emphasizes non-Western cultures or minority cultures within the United States. If two courses are selected in a field, a two-semester sequence in the same discipline is recommended. If only three hours are completed in Humanities/Fine Arts, then six hours are required in Social/Behavioral Sciences and vice-versa. Certain specialty areas in engineering require only three hours (1 course) from both Humanities/Fine Arts and Social/Behavioral Sciences. In turn, more credit hours are required in engineering specialty courses. Refer to AES degree chart in the SVCC catalog for specific course recommendations by specialty area. Also, see a counselor or academic advisor to complete required paperwork (substitution form) to document this combination of courses. Interdisciplinary courses encompassing both the humanities and the fine arts may be used for either category.
 Humanities
  Foreign Language
  LAN 262
     
  Literature
  ENG 201
ENG 203
ENG 204
ENG 212
ENG 215B**
ENG 225
ENG 226
ENG 227
ENG 228
ENG 230B
ENG 160
  
  Philosophy
  PHL 101PHL 102PHL 103   
  Religious Studies
  PHL 104     
  Interdisciplinary Humanities
  HUM 150HUM 210HUM 211   
 Fine Arts
  Performing Arts
  MUS 150MUS 201SPE 141   
  Visual Arts
  ART 118ART 119ART 120ART 121DART 122DHUM 112
  Interdisciplinary Fine Arts
  HUM 150HUM 210HUM 211   
 Social and Behavioral Sciences (3-6 semester hours)
 Only one course noted with identical subscript letters can be utilized towards general education credit.
  Anthropology
  SOC 115SOC 116    
  Economics
  ECO 211ECO 212    
  History
  HIS 131
HIS 132
HIS 221
HIS 222
HIS 255
HIS 265
   
  Human Geography
  GEO 122     
  Political Science
  GOV 163GOV 164GOV 232CGOV 233C GOV 261 
  Psychology
  PSY 103PSY 200PSY 214 PSY 215  
  Sociology
  SOC 111SOC 112SOC 251   
 Science (5 semester hours)Science 
  CHE 105     
 Mathematics (12 semester hours)Mathematics 
  MAT 203MAT 204MAT 205   
 Required Prerequisite Courses

21 Semester Hours

  Mathematics (3 semester hours)
  MAT 211     
  Science (15 semester hours)
  PHY 211PHY 212PHY 213   
  Computer Programming (3 semester hours)
  MAT 150 or CIS 
(approved Structured Language)
   
 Engineering Specialty Courses

12-16 Semester Hours

  BIO 105
CHE 106
CHE 201
CHE 202
EGR 103
PHY 221
PHY 222
PHY 246
PHY 247 
 SVCC Degree Requirements

1 Semester Hour

 First Year Experience (1 semester hour)-(SVCC Requirement-This is not a General Education Core Curriculum IAI course and is not required by the State for degree completion.)
 FYE 101 or PSY 100**      
 

Total Credit Hours for Degree

66-67 Semester Hours

 All students must satisfy graduation requirements. See Policies .

Associate in Fine Arts Degree - Art/Music

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The associate in fine arts (A.F.A.) degree is designed to complete the lower-division (freshman and sophomore) portion of a bachelor of fine arts degree in music and other fine arts. Baccalaureate degree programs in the fine arts are highly structured and require many sequential courses in the major field at the lower-division level. As a result, the A.F.A. degree does not include the entire General Education Core Curriculum. This means that students who complete an A.F.A. degree must complete the general education requirements for the baccalaureate degree of the university to which they transfer.

General Education

 

28-33 Semester Hours

 Communications (9 semester hours)
A grade of “C” or better is required in Communication writing courses.
  ENG 101ENG 103SPE 131 
 Mathematics (3-4 semester hours)
  MAT 111
MAT 115
MAT 203
MAT 204
MAT 205
MAT 220
MAT 221
MAT 230
MAT 240
 Humanities (6 semester hours)
Only one course noted with identical subscript letters can be utilized toward general education credit
  Foreign Language
  LAN 262
 
    
  Literature
  ENG 160
ENG 201
ENG 203
ENG 204
ENG 212
ENG 215B**
ENG 225
ENG 226
ENG 227
ENG 228
ENG 230B
  
  Philosophy
  PHL 101PHL 102PHL 103   
  Religious Studies
  PHL 104     
  Humanities or Fine Arts
  HUM 210HUM 211HUM 150   
 Physical and Life Sciences (7-8 semester hours)
 One course must be selected from Life Science and one course from Physical Science. At least one course must be a laboratory course (LAB).
  Life Sciences
  BIO 103 (LAB)
BIO 104
BIO 105 (LAB)
BIO 108 (LAB)
    
  Physical Sciences
  

CHE 102
CHE 103 (LAB)
CHE 105 (LAB)

GSC 105 (LAB)
GSC 106
GSC 115
PHY 175 (LAB)
PHY 201 (LAB)
PHY 211 (LAB)
 
   
 Social and Behavioral Sciences (3-6 semester hours)
Music requires 3 hours of Social and Behavioral Science and Art requires 6 hours of Social and Behavioral Science. Only one course noted with identical subscript letters can be utilized towards general education credit.
  Anthropology
  SOC 115SOC 116    
  Economics
  ECO 211ECO 212    
  History
  HIS 131
HIS 132
HIS 221
HIS 222
HIS 255
HIS 265
 

 

 
  Human Geography
  GEO 122     
  Political Science
  GOV 163GOV 164GOV 232CGOV 233C GOV 261 
  Psychology
  PSY 103PSY 200PSY 214 PSY 215  
  Sociology
  SOC 111SOC 112SOC 251   
 SVCC Degree Requirements

4 Semester Hours

  First Year Experience (1 semester hour)-(SVCC Requirement-This is not a General Education Core Curriculum  IAI course and is not required by the State for degree completion.)
  FYE 101 or PSY 100**     
  Personal Health and Development (3 semester hours)-(SVCC Requirement-These are not General Education Core Curriculum IAI courses and are not required by the State for degree completion.)
  Art and music students should choose courses from their prospective majors which will be applied to this requirement.
  ART 101
ART 113
BIO 120
BUS 237
CIS 109
EDU 105
MUS 106
MUS 131
MUS 133
MUS 135
MUS 137
MUS 139
MUS 140
MUS 155
MUS 160
MUS 215
PED 115*
SPE 145
SPE 161
SPE 232
 
  *Or any 100 level physical education course.
 Music Core Requirements

32-35 Semester Hours

  Music Theory (12 semester hours)
  MUS 111MUS 112MUS 211MUS 212  
  Music Literature/History (3 semester hours)
  MUS 150     
  Keyboard Skills (4 semester hours)
  MUS 171MUS 172MUS 173MUS 174  
  Aural Skills (4 semester hours)
  MUS 181MUS 182MUS 283MUS 284  
  Ensemble (4 semester hours)
  MUS 106
MUS 139
MUS 140
MUS 155
MUS 160
MUS 215
   
  Applied Instruction (8 semester hours)
  MUS 131MUS 133MUS 135MUS 137  
 

Total Credit Hours for A.F.A. - Music Degree

64 Semester Hours

 Art Core Requirements21-24 Semester Hours
  Art History I and II (6 semester hours)
  ART 120ART 121    
  Drawing I and II (6 semester hours)
  ART 113ART 114    
  Two-Dimensional Design (3 semester hours)
  ART 101     
  Three-Dimensional Design (3 semester hours)
  ART 102     
  Life/Figure Drawing (3 semester hours)
  ART 213     
  Additional Requirement (3 semester hours)
  ART 122     
        
  Elective Studio Art Courses9 Semester Hours
  ART 203ART 214ART 225ART 230ART 250ART 251
 

Total Credit Hours for A.F.A. - Art Degree

65 Semester Hours

 All students must satisfy graduation requirements. See Policies.

Associate in Liberal Studies

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The associate in liberal studies (A.L.S.) degree is a non-specialized degree that is tailored to meet the needs and interests of the individual student. Both transfer and career education courses may be used to fulfill the requirements for this alternate degree program. The A.L.S. degree is designed for the student who may not want to work toward the more traditional specialized degrees. While not intended to be a transfer degree, the A.L.S. degree is designed to enable the student to articulate with the Board of Trustee’s baccalaureate degree program and the bachelor of liberal studies degree program at participating Illinois universities. (Sauk’s articulation agreements with Illinois universities do not apply to the associate in liberal studies.)

Degree Requirements

The specific requirements for the A.L.S. degree are as follows:

  1. Complete a minimum of 64 semester hours of course work at the 100 level, or above, with an average grade of “C” or better.
  2. Develop and fulfill a statement of educational goals and a specific written program of course work which must be approved and signed by the student, his or her academic advisor. This written program must be filled out and signed prior to the completion of the last 16 semester hours of course work that are to be used to satisfy requirements for the degree. The program cannot be changed without the consent of both the student and counselor or academic advisor.
  3. Complete 21 hours of general education plus one hour Orientation as outlined below: General education at Sauk Valley Community College is designed to provide learning experiences that prepare the student to assume a productive role as a citizen, to understand and function successfully in the world, and to prepare for lifelong learning. General education will provide the opportunity for the student to acquire the knowledge, skills, insights and sensitivity needed to function as an educated person. Courses for general education for the A.L.S. degree must be in compliance with general education from A.S., A.A., or A.A.S. degree requirements. 
  1. Communications:  6 hours 
  2. Social and Behavioral Sciences:  3 hours 
  3. Humanities and Fine Arts:  3 hours 
  4. Life and Physical Science/Math:  6 hours 
  5. General Education Elective:  3 hours 
  6. SVCC Degree Requirement: FYE 101: 1 hour
  1. Complete a minimum of 16 semester hours of course work at Sauk Valley Community College.
  2. All students must satisfy graduation requirements. See Policies .

Associate in Applied Science

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The associate in applied science (A.A.S.) degree is designed as a career program for students seeking specialized education which prepares them to enter or to advance in employment. These programs are not designed to transfer to four-year colleges and universities. The programs of study have been developed by the SVCC faculty with the assistance of local citizens serving on occupational workforce councils and with the approval of personnel from state agencies.

The guidelines for an associate in applied science degree are as follows:

General Education Requirements

 

Minimum of 15 Semester Hours

 Communications (6 - 9) semester hours)
  A grade of “C” or better is required in Communication Writing courses.
ENG 101 and one or more of the following: ENG 103, ENG 111, SPE 131.
 Mathematics (3 semester hours)
  MAT 106
MAT 110
MAT 111
MAT 115
MAT 121
MAT122
MAT 203
MAT 204
MAT 205
MAT 220
MAT 221
MAT 230
MAT 240
  See the specific program for recommended mathematics course or sequence.
 Humanities and Fine Arts (0 - 3 semester hours)
  Humanities
Foreign Language
  LAN 101**
LAN 102**
LAN 151**

LAN 152**
LAN 161
LAN 162

LAN 201**
LAN 202**
LAN 251**
LAN 252**
LAN 261
LAN 262
 
  Literature
  ENG 160
ENG 201
ENG 203
ENG 204
ENG 212
ENG 215**
ENG 225
ENG 226
ENG 227
ENG 228
ENG 230
 
  Philosophy
  PHL 101PHL 102PHL 103  
  Religious Studies
  PHL 104    
  Interdisciplinary Humanities/Fine Arts
  HUM 150HUM 210HUM 211  
 Fine Arts
  Performing Arts
  MUS 150
MUS 201
SPE 141
SPE 161
SPE 232  
  Visual Arts
  ART 118
ART 119
ART 120
ART 121
ART 122
HUM 112
  
  Interdisciplinary Humanities/Fine Arts
  HUM 150HUM 210HUM 211 
 Physical and Life Science (3 - 12 semester hours)
Selection must be from one of the following courses, unless a chosen applied science curriculum has a specific science requirement.
  Life Science
  BIO 103 (LAB)
BIO 104
BIO 105 (LAB)
BIO 108 (LAB)
BIO 109 (LAB)
BIO 110 (LAB)
BIO 111 (LAB)
BIO 120
BIO 123 (LAB)
 BIO 131 (LAB) 
  Physical Science
  CHE 102
CHE 103 (LAB)
CHE 105 (LAB)
GSC 105 (LAB)
GSC 106
GSC 115
PHY 175 (LAB)
PHY 201 (LAB)
PHY 211 (LAB)  
 Social and Behavioral Science (0 - 6 semester hours)
 Only one course noted with identical subscript letters can be utilized towards general education credit.
  Anthropology    
  SOC 115SOC 116   
  Economics    
  ECO 211ECO 212   
  History    
  HIS 131
HIS 132
HIS 221
HIS 222
HIS 255
HIS 265
  
  Human Geography    
  GEO 122    
  Political Science    
  GOV 163GOV 164GOV 232CGOV 233C                           GOV 261 
  Psychology    
  PSY 103PSY 200PSY 214 PSY 215 
  Sociology    
  SOC 111SOC 112SOC 251  
 SVCC Degree Requirements1 Semester Hour
 First Year Experience (1 semester hour)-(SVCC Requirement-This is not a General Education Core Curriculum IAI course and is not required by the State for degree completion.)
 FYE 101 or PSY 100**     
 Major Field Requirements42-53 Semester Hours
 

Total Credit Hours for Degree

 Minimum of 60 Semester Hours

 Major Field Course Work
 

Course work in the major field must satisfy the requirements of the specified curriculum in which the student is enrolled. See the appropriate program of the catalog for the required courses and number of credit hours that must be completed.

All students must satisfy graduation requirements. See Policies .

Students planning to enter virtually every field need to be knowledgeable about the operation and applications of computers.

  

Certificate Programs

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Requirements

Certificate programs consist of a series of prescribed courses (in a specialized field) which prepare the student for entry level occupations. These programs range from 2 to 46.5 semester hours and are designed to be completed in less than two years. Certificate programs require few general education requirements and thus are designed to develop the technical competence of the student. Many certificate programs contain the core courses of the associate in applied science degree program in the same field, thereby allowing the student to continue with additional study and earn an A.A.S. degree.

Certificate students must satisfy graduation requirements. See Policies.

Internships

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In several areas of study, SVCC includes an internship as an additional credit course. It is an academic opportunity to expand students’ horizons into the career environment they are studying. An internship is a cooperative effort between a business or health care institution and the college that combines education and experience for students and is closely monitored by the student, SVCC faculty, and the employer. An internship allows students to gain up to three credit hours in a semester toward their Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree or occupational certificate. The student commits to working the proscribed time in the internship position. Internships in the curriculum include:

  • Accounting
  • Administrative Office Systems
  • Business Administration-(Management-Marketing)
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Criminal Justice
  • Early Education Practicum
  • Graphic Design
  • Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning
  • Human Services
  • Industrial Technology
  • Welding

For more Information about internship opportunities in a particular instructional area, contact your instructor or the Academic Vice President. 

Educational Guarantees

 Transfer Degree Guarantee

 It is the policy of the Board of Trustees of Sauk Valley Community College that students graduating with the associate in arts, associate in science, associate in engineering science, associate in fine arts, or associate of arts in teaching degree be guaranteed the transferability of baccalaureate-oriented/university-parallel credit courses to public Illinois universities. Should such an appropriately approved course not transfer, the student will be offered a refund of the tuition paid for the non-transferring course credit, subject to the following conditions:

  1. All course work for the degree must have been completed at Sauk Valley Community College.
  2. The student must have met with a counselor or academic advisor, declared a major for a specified public Illinois university to which the student will transfer, and completed an approved academic plan.
    1. Approved courses must have appeared as transferable on the course equivalency list from the university declared as the transfer university by the student at the time the student met with the counselor or academic advisor.
    2. The student must have followed the academic plan.
  3. The student must have graduated within three years of having an academic plan approved.
  4. The student must have transferred to the declared public Illinois university within one year after receiving the A.A., A.S., A.E.S., or A.F.A. degree from SVCC.
  5. The student must have requested and received an evaluation by the transfer institution immediately upon transfer of the SVCC courses.
  6. The student must have verified to SVCC in writing within 60 days after being notified by the transfer institution that a course had been refused for credit and made a claim for the refund at that time. The written statement must have stated: the reasons for the refusal by the institution; the name, position, address and telephone number of the official notifying the student of the refusal; and, a copy of the correspondence and/or documentation provided by the transfer institution of the non-acceptance of the course. 
    NOTE: An institution may award fewer credits for the course than SVCC awards; the guarantee applies only when the transfer institution awards no credit.
  7. The course must have been completed with a grade of “A,” “B,” or “C.”
  8. Any refund would be based upon tuition paid at the time the course was completed.
  9. The student must cooperate with SVCC personnel in resolving any transfer difficulties by notifying SVCC and submitting any necessary consent or releases for student records and/or correspondence.
  10. This policy does not guarantee that the letter grade earned at SVCC for the course will be considered by the transfer institution for determining the student’s grade point average, honors, or other purposes, but only that the transfer institution will give at least elective course credit for some purpose. This program does not provide for the refund of tuition for any other course, any fees or any incidental or consequential expenses or claims whatsoever, but only the tuition for the course guaranteed for which course credit is not given by the transfer institution.
  11. Students’ rights under this program are personal and may not be assigned or transferred, voluntarily or involuntarily. Further, no refund is required or will be made if a scholarship, financial aid program, grant or other source was used to pay the tuition.
  12. Claims against the Transfer Program Guarantee must be filed with the Dean of Student Services within the prescribed time limits as set forth above.
  13. Sauk Valley Community College will first attempt to resolve the issue with the transfer institution. If favorable resolution is not achieved within 120 days, the reimbursement will be authorized. The sole recourse available to participants enrolled pursuant to this guarantee program shall be limited to the tuition reimbursement of the class at the time of enrollment, with no recourse for damages, court costs, or any associated costs of any kind or right to appeal beyond those specified by SVCC. 

Additional Notes:

  1. Developmental courses at the College are not included as a part of this guarantee.
  2. Courses not awarded credit as a result of the student exceeding the maximum number of credits allowed in transfer are not included as a part of this guarantee.
  3. This guarantee does not guarantee that the graduate will be admitted to a university; each university determines its own admission criteria.

Occupational Degree Guarantee

It is the policy of the Board of Trustees of Sauk Valley Community College that students graduating with the associate in applied science degree or certificate requiring 20 hours or more in a career/occupational program be guaranteed competency in the skills represented in the degree or certificate. Should the graduate not be able to demonstrate the skills expected by his or her employer, the student will be offered up to 12 credit hours of retraining for a degree or 9 credit hours of retraining for a certificate, tuition free, subject to the following conditions:

  1. All course work for the degree or certificate must have been completed at the College and a grade of “C” or better earned.
  2. The student must have completed the program within four years of initial enrollment at the College.
  3. The student must have been employed full-time in a job directly related to his/her program of study within one year after graduation from the College’s A.A.S. degree or certificate program.
  4. The employer must verify in writing to the College within 90 days of the graduate’s initial employment that the graduate lacks competency in specific skills, as represented by the degree or certificate information printed in the College catalog.
  5. The retraining will be limited to courses regularly offered by the College and must be completed within one calendar year from the time the educational plan is agreed upon.
  6. A written retraining plan must be mutually developed by the employer, the graduate, the appropriate dean, and the career/occupational program teacher, specifying the courses needed for retraining and the competencies to be mastered.
  7. Prerequisites and other admission requirements for retraining courses must be met and are not included in the courses covered by this guarantee.
  8. A maximum of 12 credit hours for a degree or 9 credit hours for a certificate will be provided free of tuition and course fees under the terms of this guarantee. Other course costs are not included. Should the student audit, withdraw, or not receive a passing grade in a course identified in the retraining plan, it will be included in the offer of credit hours.
  9. This guarantee does not imply that the graduate will pass any licensing or qualifying examination for a particular career or occupation.
  10. Students’ rights under this program are personal and may not be assigned or transferred voluntarily or involuntarily. Further, no refund is required or will be made.
  11. Claims against the Occupational Program Guarantee must be filed with the appropriate College Administrator within the prescribed time limits as set forth above.
  12. The sole recourse available to participants enrolled in this guarantee program shall be limited to the tuition reimbursement for the retraining in the same class with no recourse for damages, court costs, or any associated costs of any kind or right to appeal beyond those specified by the College. 

 

**These Courses Not Currently Offered. 

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