Dec 14, 2018  
2018-2019 Catalog 
    
2018-2019 Catalog

Preparing for Graduation



Catalog Rights

An undergraduate student remaining in attendance in regular sessions at any California community college, or any combination of California community colleges and campuses of the California State University, may elect for purposes of meeting graduation requirements to meet the Merced College requirements in effect either

  1. At the time the student began such attendance;
  2. At the time of entrance to Merced College;
  3. At the time of graduation from Merced College.

Campus authorities may authorize or require substitutions for discontinued courses. A campus may require a student changing his or her major or any minor field of study to complete the major or minor requirements in effect at the time of the change.

For purposes of this section “attendance” means attendance in at least one semester or two quarters each calendar year.

Applying for Graduation

Students must complete an application for graduation in order to be eligible for graduation in their major or to receive a Certificate of Achievement in their area of study. Graduation applications are available through the Counseling Department at the beginning of the third week of each regular semester for an eight-week period. Students may apply for graduation in the semester that they are intending to complete their requirements.

When the application is received, the student’s transcript record will be evaluated and notification of eligibility or of any deficiencies that would prevent the successful completion of the degree requirements at Merced College will be sent.

Superintendent’s Honors

Graduating students who have completed at least 36 units at Merced College, and have maintained a GPA of 4.0 in courses* at Merced College and in all course work attempted at any other colleges will receive recognition from the Superintendent/President of Merced College. Work in progress from the spring semester will not be used in this computation. The computation will be based on completed grades recorded on the student’s official Merced College transcript.

Graduation with Honors

Graduating student who have completed at least 45 units at Merced College and have maintained a 3.5 GPA in courses at Merced College* and in all course work attempted at any other colleges will be graduated with honors. Work in progress from the spring semester will not be used in this computation. The computation will be based on completed grades recorded on the student’s official Merced College transcript.

*The GPA calculated for the purposes of Superintendent’s Honors and graduation with honors excludes physical education activity courses, more than eight units in Cooperative Education, all remedial-level courses, and “P/NP” grades in any courses.

Graduation Requirements

Requirements for graduation with an associate in arts or an associate in science degree are prescribed by the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges and the Board of Trustees of the Merced Community College District. These are as follows:

  • You must complete at least 60 degree-applicable units.
  • Effective for all students admitted to a community college in Fall 2009 and thereafter, all courses that count toward the associate degree major or area of emphasis must be “satisfactorily completed” with grades of A, B, C or P (pass). All degree requirements, including general education, must be completed with an overall grade point average of 2.0 or better.
  • You must complete at least 12 units at Merced College.
  • You must file an application for graduation by the current deadline as reflected in the school calendar.
  • You must complete associate breadth requirements consisting of 23- 27 units.
  • You must complete the major requirements for either an Associate in Arts or Science degree (see below and listings under “Programs, Associate Degree, Certificate, and Transfer”). Courses taken to satisfy either the associate breadth requirement or the associate major requirement may be double-counted.
  • You may choose electives from the courses numbered 1-79 and the independent letters A, B, C, etc.
  • The Associate in Science and the Associate in Arts degrees are awarded for completing at least 18 units in an approved program of study.
  • Meet competencies as described in the following section.

Note: Students may be awarded more than one associate degree if they’ve completed all applicable requirements; however, they must meet the requirements in effect at the time the new degree is declared.

For the Associate of Arts for Transfer (AA-T) and Associate of Science for Transfer (AS-T) Degree:

  • The student must satisfactorily complete 60 semester units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University.
  • The work must include the appropriate Inter segmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education - Breadth Requirements.
  • A minimum of 18 semester units in a major or area of emphasis, as determined by the community college district.
  • All courses that count towards the major or area of emphasis must be “satisfactorily completed” with grades A, B, or C.
  • All degree requirements, including general education, must be completed with an overall grade point average of 2.0 or better.
  • Students are not required to complete any additional local graduation requirements (e.g., PE courses).
  • The work must include at least 12 semester units of study in residence.

For a Certificate of Achievement, a students must successfully complete a course of study or curriculum as specified.

Competency Requirements

Students must achieve competency in the areas of reading, writing, and mathematics, through the following:

Reading Competency

Students must receive a grade of “C” or better in ENGL 01A  or the equivalent.

Writing Competency

Students must receive a grade of “C” or better in ENGL 01A , or the equivalent.

Math Competency

Students must receive a grade of “C” or better in MATH C , MATH 61 , MATH 62  or a grade of “C” or better in any course which has the prerequisite of Math C, or the equivalent.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

CSU System-wide Credit for External Examinations as of April 21, 2017
ASA-2017-13 (Supersedes Coded Memorandum AA-2015-19)

Merced College participates in the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) offered by the American Council on Education (ACE). Merced College students may only receive credit towards the associate’s degree general education requirements locally established. CLEP general education subject area applicability exists system-wide for students completing CSU GE Breadth, but the UC system does not accept CLEP exams for credit under the IGETC pattern. Please see a counselor for more information.

College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) Passing Score Minimum Semester Credits Earned towards admission* Semester Credits Toward GE Breadth Certification Merced College General Education Breadth Areas American Institutions and/or GE Breadth Area** Removal Date for GE Breadth***
CLEP American Government 50 3 3 POSC-01 (D2) D8  
CLEP American Literature 50 3 3 ENGL-10 OR ENGL-11 (C) C2  
CLEP Analyzing and Interpreting Literature 50 3 3   C2  
CLEP Biology 50 3 3 BIOL-01 (B2) B2  
CLEP Calculus 50 3 3 MATH-04A (A2) B4  
CLEP Chemistry 50 3 3 CHEM-02A (B1) B1  
CLEP College Algebra 50 3 3 MATH-267 (A2) B4  
CLEP College Algebra - Trigonometry 50 3 3   B4  
CLEP College Composition 50 0 0   n/a  
CLEP College Composition -Modular 50 0 0   n/a  
CLEP College Mathematics 50 0 0   n/a  
CLEP English Composition (no essay) 50 0 0   n/a  
CLEP English Composition with Essay 50 0 0   n/a  
CLEP English Literature 50 3 3 ENGL-06A OR ENGL-06B (C) C2 F11
CLEP Financial Accounting 50 3 0   n/a  
CLEP French Level I 50 6 0 FREN-01 OR FREN-02 (C) n/a  
CLEP French Level II 59 12 3   C2 F15
CLEP French Level II 59 9 3 FREN-03 OR FREN-04 (C) C2  
CLEP Freshman College Composition 50 0 0   n/a  
CLEP German Level I 50 6 0 GERN-01 OR GERN-02 (C) n/a  
CLEP German Level II 60 12 3   C2 F15
CLEP German Level II 60 9 3 GERN-03 OR GERN-04 (C) C2  
CLEP History, United States I 50 3 3 HIST-17A (D2) D6+US-1  
CLEP History, United States II 50 3 3 HIST-17B (D2) D6+US-1  
CLEP Human Growth and Development 50 3 3 PSYC-09 OR CLDV-09 (E1) E  
CLEP Humanities 50 3 3 HUM-01 OR HUM-02 (C) C2  
CLEP Information Systems and Computer Applications 50 3 0   n/a  
CLEP Introduction to Educational Psychology 50 3 0   n/a  
CLEP Introductory Business Law 50 3 0 BUS-18A (NO GE AREA) n/a  
CLEP Introductory Psychology 50 3 3 PSYC-01A (D1) D9  
CLEP Introductory Sociology 50 3 3 SOC-01 (D1) D0  
CLEP Natural Sciences 50 3 3   B1 or B2  
CLEP Pre-Calculus 50 3 3   B4  
CLEP Principles of Accounting 50 3 0   n/a  
CLEP Principles of Macroeconomics 50 3 3 ECON-02 (D1) D2  
CLEP Principles of Management 50 3 0 MGMT-31 (NO GE AREA) n/a  
CLEP Principles of Marketing 50 3 0 MKTG-30 (NO GE AREA) n/a  
CLEP Principles of Microeconomics 50 3 3 ECON-01 (D1) D2  
CLEP Social Sciences and History 50 0 0   n/a  
CLEP Spanish Level I 50 6 0 SPAN-01 OR SPAN-02 (C) n/a  
CLEP Spanish Level II 63 12 3   C2 F15
CLEP Spanish Level II 63 9 3 SPAN-03 OR SPAN-04 (C) C2  
CLEP Trigonometry 50 3 3 MATH-25 (A2) B4 F06
CLEP Western Civilization I 50 3 3 HIST-04A (D2) C2 or D6  
CLEP Western Civilization II 50 3 3 HIST-04B (D2) D6  
CLEP Spanish Level I 50 6 0 SPAN-01 OR    
SPAN-02 (C) n/a          
CLEP Spanish Level II 63 12 3   C2 F15
CLEP Spanish Level II 63 9 3 SPAN-03 OR SPAN-04 (C) C2  
CLEP Trigonometry 50 3 3 MATH-25 (A2) B4 F06
CLEP Western Civilization I 50 3 3 HIST-04A (D2) C2 or D6  
CLEP Western Civilization II 50 3 3 HIST-04B (D2) D6  

For CLEP tests in the same language other than English:

  • Only one exam score may be applied towards the CSU degree.
  • A passing score of 50 is considered “Level I” and earns six units of baccalaureate credit
  • A passing score higher than 50 is considered “Level II” and earns additional units of credit and placement in Area C2 of GE Breadth

If a student passes more than one CLEP test in the same language other than English, then only one examination may be applied to the baccalaureate. For each test in a language other than English, a passing score of 50 is considered “Level I” and earns six units of baccalaureate credit; the higher score listed for each test is considered “Level II” and earns additional units of credit and placement in Area C2 of GE Breadth, as noted.

*Minimum Semester Credits Earned towards admission: These units count toward eligibility for admission. The units may not apply towards Associate Degrees for Transfer (AD-T) or the baccalaureate degree. The units may not all apply toward certification of the corresponding GE-Breadth area. See Executive Orders 1036 and 1100 for details.

**American Institutions and/or GE Breadth Area: Areas of GE Breadth (A1 through E) are defined in EO 1100. Areas of American Institutions (US-1 through US-3) are set forth in Sections IA and IB of EO 1061, and at assist.org.

***Removal Date for GE Breadth: Students seeking certification in GE Breadth prior to transfer must have passed the test before this date.

International Baccalaureate (IB) 2016-2017

CSU System-wide Credit for External Examinations as of April 21, 2017
ASA-2017-13 (Supersedes Coded Memorandum AA-2015-19)

As recommended by the California State University Chancellor’s Office and the University of California Office of the President (UCOP), Merced College grants credit toward its undergraduate degrees for successful completion of specific Higher Level International Baccalaureate examinations. Students who present scores of four (4) or better will be granted up to three (3) to six (6) semester units of credit by the CSU applied to the appropriate General Education requirements (CSU-GE). Merced College students may receive credit towards the associate’s degree general education requirements locally established. Please consult the IB Chart below for specific details and consult with a counselor.

International Baccalaureate


Passing Score
Minimum Semester Credits Earned towards admission* Semester Credits Toward GE Breadth Certification Merced College GE Breadth Areas American Institutions and/or GE Breadth Area** Removal Date for GE Breadth***
IB Biology HL 5 6 3 B2-3 units B2  
IB Chemistry HL 5 6 3 B1-3 units B1  
IB Economics HL 5 6 3 D1-3 units D2  
IB Geography HL 5 6 3 D1-3 units D5  
IB History (any region) HL 5 6 3 D2-3 units C2 or D6  
IB Language A Literature HL 4 6 3   C2  
IB Language A Language and Literature HL 4 6 3   C2  
IB Language A1 (any language) HL 4 6 3   C2 F13
IB Language A2 (any language) HL 4 6 3   C2 F13
IB Language B (any language) HL@ 4 6 0 C-3 units n/a  
IB Mathematics HL 4 6 3 A2-3 units B4  
IB Physics HL 5 6 3 B1-3 units B1  
IB Psychology HL 5 3 3 D1-3 units D9  
IB Theatre HL 4 6 3 C-3 units C1  

HL = indicates “higher level” exams which qualify for IB credits. Students who have taken other exams (i.e., “S” = standard, are not eligible for IB credits.)

*These units count toward eligibility for admission. The units may not apply towards Associate Degrees for Transfer (AD-T) or the baccalaureate degree. The units may not all apply toward certification of the corresponding GE-Breadth area. See Executive Orders 1036 and 1100 for details.

**Areas of GE Breadth (A1 through E) are defined in EO 1100. Areas of American Institutions (US-1 through US-3) are set forth in Sections IA and IB of EO 1061, and at assist.org

***Students seeking certification in GE Breadth prior to transfer must have passed the test before this date.

@ The IB curriculum offers language at various levels for native and non-native speakers. Language B courses are offered at the intermediate level for non-natives. Language A1 and A2 are advanced courses in literature for native and non-native speakers, respectively.

AP Examinations

AP Credit for Merced College Associate Degree Breadth

Students will be granted three to six units of credit upon completion of the Advanced Placement (AP) examination with a score of 3, 4, or 5, depending upon the specific exam listed below. Not all AP exams are identified for credit and no letter grade will be given.

AP credit cannot be counted toward the degree major. AP credit can be counted toward the associate degree general education requirements.

AP Credit for CSU GE

  • For the fall 1997 term and beyond, all institutions participating in the CSU General Education-Breadth certification may treat the AP examinations listed below as though they were incorporated in the institutions’ own General Education-Breadth certification list.
  • Students must have scored 3, 4, or 5 on the AP examination to receive the credit indicated. All CSU campuses will accept the minimum units shown below toward fulfillment of the designated General Education- Breadth area if the examination is included in a full or subject-area certification.
  • Individual CSU campuses may choose to accept more units than those specified below towards completion of General Education- Breadth requirements. The CSU campus to which the student is transferring determines the total number of units awarded for successful completion of an AP examination and the applicability of the examination to other graduation requirements.
  • Not all AP examinations are approved systemwide for fulfillment of General Education-Breadth requirements, nor can all General Education-Breadth areas be completed by AP examination. No AP examination is accepted for fulfillment of the Area A3 (critical thinking) requirement.

AP Credit for IGETC (UC Campuses only)

A score of 3, 4, or 5 is required to grant credit for IGETC certification. An acceptable score for IGETC equates to either 3-semester or 4-quarter units for certification purposes. Each AP exam listed below may be applied to one IGETC area as satisfying one course requirement, with the exception of Language other Than English (LOTE). Students who have earned credit from an AP exam should not take a comparable college course because transfer credit will not be granted for both. If two areas are identified for an AP exam, either area may be used to regardless of where the certifying CCC’s discipline is located.

  • Students earning scores of 3, 4, or 5 in the physical and biological science AP examinations earn credit toward IGETC Area 5 and meet the IGETC laboratory activity requirement. AP exams in Biology, Chemistry or Physics B allow CCC campuses to apply 4 semester or 5 quarter units to IGETC certification. For Environmental Science, Physics C: Mechanics and Physics C: Electricity/Magnetism, 3 semester or 4 quarter units are applied for IGETC certification. Therefore, students who complete these exams will be required to complete at least 4 semester or 5 quarter units to satisfy the minimum required units for Area 5.
  • There is no equivalent AP exam for Area 1B- Critical Thinking/ Composition requirement and Area 1C - Oral Communication (CSU requirement only).
  • Actual AP transfer credit awarded for admission, major or baccalaureate degree requirements is determined by the individual CSU and UC campus. Students should check with the transfer campus of their choice for its policies on awarding unit credit for AP exams.

College Board Advanced Placement Tests 2016-2017

2016 IGETC Standards, Policies and Procedures Version 1.7 dated June 2, 2016
CSU System-wide Credit for External Examinations as of April 21, 2017
ASA-2017-13 (Supersedes Coded Memorandum AA-2015-19)

College Board Advanced Placement Tests Minimum Passing Score Minimum Semester Credits Earned towards admission* Semester Credits Toward GE Breadth Certification IGETC Applicability (3 sem/4qtr) American Institutions and/or GE Breadth Area** Removal Date for GE Breadth*** MC Associate Degree Breadth Areas & unit credit
AP Art History 3 6 3 3A or 3B4 C1 or C2   C (3)
AP Biology 3 6 4 5B and 5C B2+B3   B2 (3)
AP Calculus AB1 3 3 3 2A B4   A2 (3)
AP Calculus BC1 3 6 3 2A B4   A2 (3)
AP Calculus BC/ AB Subscore1 3 3 3 2A B4   A2 (3)
AP Chemistry 3 6 6   B1+B3 F09  
AP Chemistry 3 6 4 5A and 5C B1+B3   B1 (6)
AP Chinese Language and Culture 3 6 3 3B and 6A C2   C (3)
AP Comparative Government & Politics 3 3 3 4 D8   D2 (3)
AP Computer Science A1 3 3 0   n/a    
AP Computer Science AB1 3 6 0   n/a    
AP Computer Science Principles 3 6 0   n/a    
AP English Language and Composition 3 6 3 1A A2   A1 (C3)
AP English Literature and Composition 3 6 6 1A or 3B4 A2+C2   A1 + C (6)
AP Environmental Science2 3 4 4   B2+B3 F09  
AP Environmental Science2 3 4 4 5A and 5C B1+B3   B2 (4)
AP European History 3 6 3 3B or 44 C2 or D6   D2 (3)
AP French Language 3 6 6   C2 F09  
AP French Language 3 6 3   C2 F11 C (3)
AP French Language and Culture 3 6 3 3B and 6A C2    
AP French Literature 3 6 3 3B and 6A C2 F09 C (3)
AP German Language 3 6 6   C2 F09 C (6)
AP German Language 3 6 3   C2 F11 C (3)
AP German Language and Culture 3 6 3 3B and 6A C2    
AP Human Geography 3 3 3 4 D5   D1 (3)
AP Italian Language and Culture 3 6 3 3B and 6A C2   C (3)
AP Japanese Language and Culture 3 6 3 3B and 6A C2   C (3)
AP Latin Literature 3 6 3 3B and 6A C2 F09 C (3)
AP Latin 3 6 3 3B and 6A C2    
AP Latin: Vergil 3 3 3 3B and 6A C2 F12 C (3)
AP Macroeconomics 3 3 3 4 D2   D1 (3)
AP Microeconomics 3 3 3 4 D2   D1 (3)
AP Music Theory 3 6 3   C1 F09 C (3)
AP Physics 13 3 4 4 5A and 5C B1+B3    
AP Physics 23 3 4 4 5A and 5C B1+B3    
AP Physics B3 3 6 6   B1+B3 F09 B1 (6)
AP Physics B3 3 6 4 5A and 5C B1+B3 F15 B1 (4)
AP Physics C (electricity/magnetism)3 3 4 4 5A and 5C B1+B3   B1 (4)
AP Physics C (mechanics)3 3 4 4 5A and 5C B1+B3   B1 (4)
AP Psychology 3 3 3   D9   D1 (3)
AP Seminar 3 3 0   n/a    
AP Spanish Language 3 6 6   C2 S14  
AP Spanish Language and Culture 3 6 3 3B and 6A C2   C (3)
AP Spanish Literature 3 6 6   C2 S13  
AP Spanish Literature and Culture 3 6 3 3B and 6A C2    
AP Statistics 3 3 3 2A B4   A2 (3)
AP Studio Art - 2D Design 3 3 0   n/a    
AP Studio Art - 3D Design 3 3 0   n/a    
AP Studio Art - Drawing 3 3 0   n/a    
AP U.S. Government & Politics 3 3 3 4 and US-2 D8+US-2   D2 (3)
AP U.S. History 3 6 3 (3B or 44) and US-1 (C2 or D6) + US-1   D2 (3)
AP World History 3 6 3 3B or 44 C2 or D6   D2 (3)

1AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Calculus BC/AB Subscore, and AP Computer Science A, AP computer Science AB - If a student passes more than one AP exam in calculus or computer science, only one examination may be applied to the baccalaureate.

2AP Environmental Science - Students who pass AP Environmental Science earn 4 units of credit. Tests prior to Fall 2009 may apply to either B1+B3 or B2+B3 of GE Breadth. Fall of 2009 or later, those credits may only apply to B1+B3.

3AP Physics 1, AP Physics 2, AP Physics B, AP Physics C - If a student passes more than one AP exam in physics, only six units of credit may be applied to the baccalaureate, and only four units of credit may be applied to a certification in GE Breadth.

4IGETC Version 1.7 - AP exams may be used in either area regardless of where the certifying CCC’s discipline is located.

* Minimum Semester Credits Earned towards admission - These units count toward eligibility for admission. The units may not apply towards Associate Degrees for Transfer (AD-T) or the baccalaureate degree. The units may not all apply toward certification of the corresponding GE-Breadth area. See Executive Orders 1036 and 1100 for details.

** American Institutions and/or GE Breadth Area - Areas of GE Breadth (A1 through E) are defined in EO 1100. Areas of American Institutions (US-1 through US-3) are set forth in Sections IA and IB of EO 1061, and at assist.org.

*** Removal Date for GE Breadth - Students seeking certification in GE Breadth prior to transfer must have passed the test before this date.