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General Degree Requirements

Bossier Parish Community College fulfills its stated purpose by meeting challenges from business establishments, industrial companies, and medical institutions to provide technical training for their employees. Successful completion of the training qualifies students to receive, in each appropriate case, technical competency area certification, a certificate, an associate degree, and/or credit to transfer to other institutions where the studies can be completed. The College's occupational/technical programs include degree programs, clock-hour programs, seminars, and training sessions.

BPCC offers the following Associate Degrees, Academic Certificates, and Technical Competency Areas:

Associate

General Studies

Associate of Applied Science

Business Administration
Care and Development of Young Children
Communication Media
Computer Information Systems
Construction Technology and Management
Criminal Justice
Cyber Technology (Network Security Concentration)
Cyber Technology (Programmer Analyst Concentration)
Industrial Technology (Automation and Controls Concentration)
Industrial Technology (Engineering Graphics Concentration)
Medical Assistant
Occupational Therapy Assistant
Oil and Gas Production Technology
Paramedic
Pharmacy Technician
Physical Therapist Assistant
Respiratory Therapy

Associate of Arts

Performing Arts - Music Concentration
Performing Arts - Theatre Concentration
Performing Arts - Musical Theatre Concentration

Associate of Arts Louisiana Transfer

Business Concentration
Fine Arts Concentration
Humanities Concentration
Mass Communication Concentration
Social Sciences Concentration

Associate of Science

Engineering
General Science (Allied Health Concentration)
General Science (Natural Sciences Concentration)
Health Care Management
Nursing
Teaching (Grades 1-5)

Associate of Science Louisiana Transfer

Biological Sciences Concentration
Physical Sciences Concentration

Certificate

General Studies

Certificate of Technical Studies

Accounting Technology: Account Clerk
Communication Media
Construction Technology
Culinary Arts
Energy Services
Help Desk Support Specialist
Industrial Control Systems
Information Systems Security Professionals
Legal Secretary
Music
Paramedic
Pharmacy Technician
Phlebotomy
Senior Systems Managers
Theatre

Technical Competency Area

Accounting
Acting
Basic Management
Biotechnology
Bookkeeping
Broadcasting
Business Communications
Business of Music
Computer Animation
Computer Drafting and Design
Construction Entrepreneurship
Construction Readiness
Costume Design
Directing
ECG/Telemetry Technician
EMT
Film
Graphic Design
Laboratory Assistant
Lighting Design
Manufacturing Technology
Media for the Ministry
Medical Transcription
Medical Unit Coordinator
Photography
Radio
Scene Design
Software Applications
Sound Recording Technology
Stage or Theatre Management
TV Production
Theatre Technician
Web Design

Technical Diploma

Medical Assistant
Medical Office Specialist (Coding Concentration)
Medical Office Specialist (Transcription Concentration
Surgical Technology

General Education Core Curriculum

Associate Degree

The accrediting (SACS-COC) and governing (Board of Regents) bodies of Bossier Parish Community College have established a set of core courses for students receiving an associate degree at the College. This core curriculum is included in the Associate Degree curriculum that students follow. Graduates of all BPCC associate degrees are required, at a minimum, to take the following courses:

Minimum required Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Associate of Arts (AA) Associate of Science (AS) Associate (A)
General Education 15 credit hours 27 credit hours 27 credit hours 27 credit hours
English Composition 3 credit hours 6 credit hours 6 credit hours 6 credit hours
Mathematics 3 credit hours 3 credit hours 6 credit hours 3 credit hours
Natural Science 3 credit hours 6 credit hours 6 credit hours 6 credit hours
Humanities 3 credit hours 3 credit hours 3 credit hours 3 credit hours
Fine Arts 0 credit hours 3 credit hours 3 credit hours 3 credit hours
Behavioral/Social Sciences 3 credit hours 6 credit hours 3 credit hours 6 credit hours

Academic Certificates

Bossier Parish Community College awards the following: the Certificate, the Technical Diploma, and the Certificate of Technical Studies. These contain the required coursework as approved by the Board of Regents. The Technical Diploma and the Certificate of Technical Studies do not possess a general education core requirement.

Technical Competency Area

A Technical Competency Area is a series of applied courses that provides students with mastery in a specific technical/vocational area. The TCA does not possess a general education core requirement.

General Education Competencies

Associate Degree

In addition to the above minimum core courses, BPCC has established general education competencies, which are related to the entire curriculum, and not limited to any one course. The general education competencies for Associate Degree graduates are reading, written and oral communication, mathematical computation, critical thinking, library skills, and computer literacy. Establishing competencies is accomplished across the curriculum for each Associate Degree program and includes courses from the Core Curriculum required by the Louisiana Board of Regents and the General Education core required by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. Specifically, Associate Degree graduates must be able to do the following:

  1. READING - Comprehend, evaluate, and synthesize information gained by reading college-level material across the curriculum.
  2. WRITTEN COMMUNICATION - Communicate effectively in written English across the curriculum by thinking critically to develop ideas and organize argument and supporting information in a variety of rhetorical modes.
  3. ORAL COMMUNICATION - Develop effective informative and persuasive oral-communication skills demonstrated through oral presentation across the curriculum.
  4. MATHEMATICAL COMPUTATION - Comprehend and accurately perform course-specific mathematical operations to demonstrate problem-solving skills.
  5. CRITICAL THINKING - Develop critical thinking skills to generate and interpret information and beliefs successfully from knowledge, skills and abilities gained across the curriculum.
  6. LIBRARY SKILLS - Use library resources to research topics across the curriculum.
  7. COMPUTER LITERACY - Utilize current computer technology and applications across the curriculum to develop research skills and computer literacy for academic settings, workforce development, and lifelong learning.

To ensure BPCC Associate Degree graduates have established general education competencies in these areas, a graduate must have no grade lower than a "C" in courses used to assess general education competencies.

Academic Certificates

Additionally, BPCC has established the following general education competencies for Academic Certificates. The general education competencies for the Academic Certificate graduates are reading, written communication, arithmetic computation, and skills in their chosen occupational fields. Specifically, Academic Certificate graduates must be able to do the following:

  1. READING - Comprehend, evaluate, and synthesize information gained by reading college-level material.
  2. WRITTEN COMMUNICATION - Use basic grammar, mechanics, and composition skills in a variety of rhetorical modes to explain, describe, inform, and analyze.
  3. MATHEMATICAL COMPUTATION - Perform arithmetic computations as these are related to certification area.
  4. SKILLS - Demonstrate skills required for current entry-level employment in their chosen fields.

Students receiving Academic Certificates from BPCC must show competency in general education. The following measurements have been established to indicate competency:

READING (Competency # 1)

  • A minimum ACT score of 16 in reading;
  • Placement test results showing Reading 099 is NOT needed; or
  • Completion of Reading 099 with a grade of "C" or higher.

WRITTEN COMMUNICATION (Competency # 2)

  • A minimum ACT score of 18 in English;
  • Placement test results showing placement in English 101; or
  • Completion of English 099 with a grade of "C" or higher.

MATHEMATICAL COMPUTATION (Competency # 3)

  • A minimum ACT score of 15 in mathematics;
  • Placement test results showing placement in Math 099 or higher; or
  • Completion of Math 098 with a grade of "C" or higher.

SKILLS (Competency # 4)

  • Skills for entry-level employment are determined by achievement of learning outcomes in Academic Certificate course requirements.

Technical Competency Areas

The TCA does not possess a general education competency requirement.

Degree Requirements

  1. Associate Degree and Academic Certificates: (General Requirements) - The BPCC academic catalog prescribes the requirements for each associate degree and certificate program as well as services offered by the College. The catalog is published annually and becomes effective with the beginning of the summer semester each year. Former and continuing students must adhere to all changes in policies, rules, regulations, and academic requirements each year that changes are made. The educational programs and academic courses described herein may be altered by BPCC to carry out its stated mission. Students pursuing BPCC Associate Degrees and Academic Certificates are permitted to pursue only one associate degree at a time.
  2. Requirements for a Second Associate Degree: In order to qualify for a second Associate Degree, regardless of whether the first was granted by BPCC or another college or university, the candidate must present to the appropriate dean a minimum of 20 additional semester hours earned at BPCC since the completion of the previous degree requirements. These 20 additional hours will not include any semester hours counted in fulfilling any previous degree requirements or those hours earned prior to the date of certification of the last degree. The candidate must also fulfill all academic major requirements and College requirements for the second degree. The 20 hours of an approved curriculum for a second Associate Degree must be taken in residence at BPCC. Note: Students are not allowed to pursue more than one BPCC Associate Degree simultaneously.
  3. Official Certification of Degree/Certificate Completion: The official documentation of degree/certificate completion of BPCC programs is indicated on the BPCC transcript. Diplomas/certificates are unofficial and do not indicate official graduation from Bossier Parish Community College. The determination for satisfying all degree and certificate requirements is made by the Registrar after considering recommendations, where appropriate, from the appropriate deans and the Associate Vice Chancellor of Planning and Instruction, and the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.
  4. Graduation requirements: A grade of "C" or higher must be earned in all courses applicable to graduation. Student must successfully establish competency in all general education areas. For degree completion, at least 25 percent of semester credit hours must be earned at Bossier Parish Community College
  5. General Education Courses: Elective courses should be chosen from the list of general education courses.

English Composition

ENGL 101 Composition and Rhetoric I
ENGL 102 Composition and Rhetoric II

Fine Arts – 3 Hours

ART 201 Art History I
ART 202 Art History II
ART 206 Introduction to Visual Arts
MUSC 120 Music Appreciation
MUSC 121 Jazz Appreciation
COMM 240 American Cinema
THTR 101 Introduction to Theatre
THTR 131 Elements of Theatre

Mathematics/Analytical Reasoning

MATH 101# Applied Algebra for College Students
MATH 102 College Algebra
MATH 111 Precalculus
MATH 112 Trigonometry
MATH 114 Finite Math
MATH 124 Mathematical Concepts
MATH 131 Elementary Applied Calculus
MATH 210 Basic Statistics
MATH 250 Calculus I
MATH 251 Calculus II
MATH 252 Calculus III
MATH 253 Calculus IV

#For transfer to a four-year institution, students are strongly advised to take MATH 102 instead of MATH 101. Students must seek the assistance of their advisor to determine the appropriate mathematics courses.

Social Sciences

ANTH 201 Physical Anthropology
ANTH 202 Cultural Anthropology
BADM 201 Economic Principles I
BADM 202 Economic Principles II
CJUS 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice
GPHY 101 Physical Geography
GPHY 102 Cultural Geography
POSC 201 National Government in the United States
POSC 202 State and Local Government
PSYC 201 Introduction to Psychology
PSYC 202 ## Practical Psychology for Health Professionals
PSYC 205 Child Psychology
PSYC 206 Adolescent Psychology
PSYC 210## Educational Psychology
PSYC 215## Psychology of Religion
PSYC 220 Developmental Psychology
PSYC 225## Loss and Death
SLGY 201 Introduction to Sociology
SLGY 202 Social Problems
SLGY 203 Marriage and Family Living
SLGY 207## Race, Class & Ethnicity

## not currently on the Board of Regents Matrix

Humanities

Literature
ENGL 201 Major British Writers
ENGL 202 Major American Writers
ENGL 255 Introduction to Fiction
ENGL 256 Introduction to Poetry and Drama
ENGL 257 Introduction to African American Literature

History Sequences
HIST 101 & 102 Western Civilization I & II
HIST 103 & 104 World Civilization I & II
HIST 201 & 202 American History I & II
Foreign Language Sequences
FREN 101 & 102 Elementary French I & II
SPAN 101 & 102 Elementary Spanish I & 11

Humanities
HMAN 201 Humanities I
HMAN 202 Humanities II
HMAN 203## Film and Culture

All Courses Considered as Humanities Electives
ENGL 201 Major British Writers
ENGL 202 Major American Writers
ENGL 255 Introduction to Fiction
ENGL 256 Introduction to Poetry and Drama
ENGL 257 Introduction to African American Literature
FREN 101 Elementary French I
FREN 102 Elementary French II
FREN 201 Intermediate French
HIST 101 Western Civilization I
HIST 102 Western Civilization II
HIST 103 World Civilization I
HIST 104 World Civilization II
HIST 201 American History I
HIST 202 American History II
HIST 203 Louisiana History
HMAN 201 Humanities I
HMAN 202 Humanities II
HMAN 203## Film and Culture
RLGN 201 New Testament Survey I: Interbiblical Period, Four Gospels
RLGN 202 New Testament Survey II: Acts to Revelations
RLGN 203 World Religions
SPAN 101 Elementary Spanish I
SPAN 102 Elementary Spanish II
SPAN 201 Intermediate Spanish

## not currently on the Board of Regents Matrix

Natural Sciences

Biological Sequences
BLGY 101 & 102 General Biology I & II
BLGY 105* & 106* Elements of Biology I & II
BLGY 230 & BLGY 231 Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II

Physical Sequences
CHEM 101 & 102 General Chemistry I & II
CHEM 107 & 108 Introductory Chemistry & Introductory Organic and Biochemistry
PHSC 105* & 106* Elemental Physics & Elemental Chemistry
PHYS 201 & 202 General Physics I & II
PHYS 211 & 212 Physics for Science and Engineering I & II
SCI 101*& SCI 102* Foundation in Science I & II

Biological
BLGY 101 General Biology I
BLGY 102 General Biology II
BLGY 105* Elements of Biology I
BLGY 106* Elements of Biology II
BLGY 107* Environmental Science
BLGY 120 Introductory Human Anatomy and Physiology
BLGY 201 General Botany
BLGY 230 Anatomy and Physiology I
BLGY 231 Anatomy and Physiology II
BLGY 244 Introduction to Human Genetics
MICR 201 Microbiology for Nursing and Allied Health
MICR 206 Principles of Microbiology
ZLGY 201 General Zoology

Physical
CHEM 101 General Chemistry I
CHEM 102 General Chemistry II
CHEM 107 Introductory Chemistry
CHEM 108 Introductory Organic and Biochemistry I
CHEM 250 Organic Chemistry I
PHSC 105* Elemental Physics
PHSC 106* Elemental Chemistry
PHSC 107* Environmental Science
PHSC 110 * Astronomy
PHSC 111* Physical Geology
PHYS 101 Applications of Physics
PHYS 201 General Physics I
PHYS 202 General Physics II
SCI 101* Foundation in Science I
SCI 102* Foundations of Science II

*recommended for non-science majors