Admissions and Standards Committee


Motion to Clarify the Rules Regarding Area D (Science) Transfer Credit

Motion:

When a student who is neither a science major nor a health-science major transfers to Georgia State University from another USG institution with two Area D courses, neither of which is the first course in any science sequence offered at GSU, that student will complete Area D with a GSU science course selected by the Associate Dean for Natural and Computational Sciences in consultation with the chair of the relevant natural science departments.

Background:

GSU’s Area D for non-science majors requires a two-course sequence of science courses plus a third science course. Some other USG institutions merely require three science courses. They do not have the sequence requirement. If a student has completed Area D at another USG institution, then BOR rules require us to give the student credit for Area D at GSU (even though they may not have completed a science sequence). However, some students come to GSU with only two of their three Area D courses. Their Area D is not complete. In this case, BOR rules give GSU two options: (1) require the student to complete a sequence and not get transfer credit for the science course for which we do not offer the second course in the sequence; (2) allow them to complete the area with a different lab science selected by the Associate Dean for Natural and Computational Sciences and so finish Area D without completing a sequence. The motion represents a decision to take option (2).

Rationale:

Since we already give Area D credit for non-science majors who complete Area D without a sequence at another USG institution, it seems best to do the same for those who transfer before completing Area D. To take option (1) would give students an incentive not to come to GSU until their Area D is complete. On the assumption that our core curriculum science courses are the best preparation for subsequent work at GSU, we do not want to give the students an incentive to stay away from GSU. Option (1) also tends to have the effect of increasing the credit hours at other USG institutions and decreasing GSU’s credit hours. The Associate Dean for Natural and Computational Sciences will work with the Student Advisement Center and the chairs of the natural science departments to compile a list of profiles of courses so that individual cases do not have to be review by the Associate Dean.


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