Transitional Studies Department

  • SCC Transitional Studies Department is Here to Help

    The Transitional Studies Department offers developmental courses in English, mathematics, and reading. These courses are designed to help students acquire additional skills and discipline in order to be successful in curriculum courses. The department also offers non-degree credit courses, Elementary Algebra, College Skills and College Orientation courses to enhance students academic abilities. Courses are typically offered both day and evening. Many courses are offered in lecture, mixture and online formats. Students receive excellent instruction and support from instructors and are encouraged to visit the Tutorial Learning Center for additional assistance. 

    Developmental Courses

    Developmental courses are structured for students who score at or above the minimum entrance scores on Accuplacer, but below program entrance requirements. Developmental courses (031 and 032) carry institutional credit, but cannot be used to satisfy program requirements for graduation. Students who place into two or more developmental disciplines are required to take College Skills (COL 103) in place of COL 101 in their program of study. To move into curriculum programs, developmental courses must be completed with a grade of C or better. 

    Non-Degree Credit Courses

    Non-degree credit courses are designed to help students further enhance their academic abilities. These courses serve as a bridge from developmental courses to curriculum courses. Non-degree credit courses have a course number of 100. Some students place directly into non-degree credit courses based on their Accuplacer scores. These courses may or may not be credited toward graduation for a diploma or certificate program, but they cannot be credited toward graduation for a degree program. The Science Department offers non-degree credit courses in biology and chemistry for students who did not complete biology or chemistry with a grade of C or better in high school. Some students will need to take these courses to meet curriculum entry requirements. 

    College Success Courses

     College Skills (COL 103) and College Orientation (COL 101) courses are designed to help students gain the skills needed to be successful college students. COL 101 is required in many programs of study. 

    Transitional Studies Course Listing

    1. Sciences

      BIO 100 – Introductory Biology (introduces principles of general biology)
      CHM 100 – Introductory Chemistry (emphasis on mathematical solutions and laboratory techniques)
    2. English

      ENG 031 and ENG 032 – Developmental English (grammar, sentence and paragraph writing)
      ENG 100 – Introduction to Composition (grammar and essay writing)
    3. Math

      MAT 031 and MAT 032 – Developmental Mathematics (whole numbers, decimals, fractions, signed numbers, introductory algebra, ratios, proportions, and percents)
      MAT 152 – Elementary Algebra - This 5 credit hour course is equivalent to Math 101 (signed numbers, algebraic expressions, operations with polynomials, exponent rules, linear equations, factoring, and an introduction to graphing).
    4. Reading

      RDG 032 – Developmental Reading (intermediate vocabulary and comprehension skills)
      RDG 100 – Critical Reading (advanced vocabulary and comprehension skills)
    5. Study Skills

      COL 101 - College Orientation - This 1 credit hour course is similar to COL 103 with the exception of being non-transferrable and having fewer class contact hours.
      COL 103 – College Skills (college study skills and career explorations). This 3 credit hour course is often transferrable to other colleges as an elective.
    6. Integrated Reading and Writing

      RWR 100 – Integrated Transitional Reading and English – This 3 credit hour course gives students the content from both ENG 100 and RDG 100.  The course includes grammar, essay writing, and comprehension skills.