NVCC 1996-1997 Catalog

Developmental Studies

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If you are coming to the College without some high school courses or prerequisites needed for admission to a curriculum, or if you wish to upgrade your skills, the developmental studies program may be the place for you to begin your course of study at NVCC.

Once you are accepted by the College (see "Administrative Information" section), you may take developmental courses until you are ready to go into the program of your choice. Developmental courses are offered at all campuses of the College. These courses (numbered 001 through 009) are available in biology, chemistry, English composition, spelling, English as a second language, reading and mathematics (arithmetic through trigonometry).

Counselors will help you determine the areas in which your skills and knowledge are below college entry level. In some cases you must complete your developmental courses before enrolling in certain courses or being admitted to a curriculum. In other cases, you can take college level courses along with developmental courses. The approval of a counselor or faculty advisor in the curriculum would be required.

Developmental courses carry credits, but these are primarily for administrative purposes such as calculating tuition and student course loads. The credits do not apply toward graduation and are not counted in your grade point average.

There is a wide variety of instructional methods and materials used at the College for developmental courses. In some courses there is a choice of either the classroom type of lecture/discussion or individualized (programmed) instruction in which you can work at your own rate of learning. Also, with some of these courses you can sign up during the semester and complete the work at a pace suited to your needs. Some developmental courses are offered through the Extended Learning Institute. If you have any questions, please check with a counselor or faculty advisor.

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