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    Brazosport College
   
 
  Sep 22, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Course Catalog

Admission Standards


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Entrance Requirements

Applicants may be admitted to Brazosport College on one of the following conditions:

  • Graduation from an accredited high school - Applicants who graduated from a non-accredited high school may be granted qualified admission and, at the discretion of the Director of Admissions, permitted to remove any deficiencies.
  • Transfer from another college - Students in good standing at another college may be admitted by transferring credits. However, Brazosport College will not admit students who are on enforced disciplinary withdrawal from another school. Students under scholastic suspension or probation from another institution will be admitted on probation. Brazosport College requires the student to submit an official transcript from each institution attended even if the coursework is listed on another institution’s transcript. The only exception is for students with a bachelor’s degree or higher.
  • By examination - Applicants may be admitted upon successful completion of a General Educational Development (GED) Test as certified by a State Education Agency.
  • Individual approval - In special circumstances, students who are 18 years of age or older may be admitted through individual approval. Admission by individual approval is limited to the following types of students:
    • individuals with work experience who wish to enter a workforce education certificate program
    • individuals who have demonstrated appropriate scores on the college placement test

Students must have a recommendation from the appropriate division chair and approval from the Director of Admissions prior to being admitted by individual approval.

Immunization

Beginning with the spring 2012 semester, Section 51.9192 of the Texas Education Code requires all students entering an institution of higher education to provide proof of receiving a bacterial meningitis vaccination received within 5 years of the date in which they apply to the institution. Proof of vaccination must be received by the Office of Admissions no later than 10 days prior to the published start of courses for a particular academic semester. Students who do not provide proof of bacterial meningitis vaccination by the established deadline could be removed from courses.

Section 51.9192 of the Texas Education Code provides exemptions from this requirement for students who are over 22 years of age, students currently attending an institution of higher learning, or students attending courses only online. If an online student enrolls in an on-campus section of any course, they become subject to the established rule and must provide proof of bacterial meningitis vaccination within the previous 5 years at least 10 days prior to the start of that semester’s published start date. Current students become subject to the rule should they have a break in enrollment of at least one fall or spring semester.

Sections 2.09 and 2.09a of the Texas Education Code emphasize the importance of students maintaining their immunizations.

Course Placement: Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Testing

Brazosport College is an open-admission institution; however, students must demonstrate appropriate reading, writing, and mathematics skills on examinations approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board before registering for most college transfer courses and some workforce education courses.

The Texas State Education Code requires all students who enter public institutions of higher learning to be assessed for reading, writing, and math skills before enrolling in academic classes. Brazosport College administers the TSI Test to assess these skills. A passing score on these exams is not required for admission to the college; however, students must satisfy all sections of the TSI test before enrolling in college-level courses which would bring their total completed college-level semester credit hours to 60 hours or more.

Students who do not make a passing score on any part of the TSI test will be required to enroll in transitional education courses until they demonstrate the required skills or pass the failed section(s) of the TSI test. All degree-seeking students must take the TSI test before entering Brazosport College. Students enrolled in certificate programs are exempt from the TSI Test.

In order to assist students with becoming college-ready, Brazosport College offers PSYC 1300 - Learning Framework . This course is designed to equip students with the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to be active and successful learners. Some of the topics covered in this course include: 1) goal-setting, 2) effective time management, 3) handling stress, 4) note-taking, 5) active reading, 6) test-taking strategies, and 7) conducting research.

For more information on this course, please contact Vivian Rodgers at 979-230-3283.

Exemptions from the TSI test may apply to students who meet specific criteria as designated in the TSI regulations. Consult the Office of Admissions or the Counseling and Testing Office for details on TSI exemptions.

Brochures about TSI testing are available at the counter of the Registrar’s Office and in the Counseling and Testing Office.

For more information on college placement tests or to arrange for testing, contact the Brazosport College Counseling and Testing Office at 979-230-3000.

Skill Requirement Codes

Academic courses and some workforce education courses at Brazosport College require students to demonstrate appropriate reading, writing, and/or mathematics skills. The required skill levels are expressed in “skill codes” and are assigned based on TSI scores. Other methods of meeting skill level requirements are available. They include transfer coursework or successful completion of prescribed transitional education courses.

Skill Requirements and Matching Codes for Reading and Writing

Students are at the college level if they do not require transitional coursework. They are eligible to take ENGL 1301 - Composition and Rhetoric I .

Skill Requirements and Matching Codes for Math

Students are at the college level in mathematics if they are eligible to take either MATH 1314 - College Algebra , or
MATH 1342 - Statistics . Through holistic advising with a counselor or advisor, students requiring transitional coursework are placed into one of the following levels.

Algebra Pathway Statistics/Quantitative Reasoning Pathway
  • Math skills are at the college level in Algebra. Student is eligible to take MATH 1314  OR MATH 1414  
  • Math skills are at the college level in Statistics or Quantitative Reasoning. Student is eligible to take MATH 1332  OR MATH 1342 .

Code T: Students are required to pass Office Education Technical Math exam or complete POFT 1321 - Business Math .

 

The following list represents an overview of the courses offered at Brazosport College. To view the skill levels required click on a discipline below. The requirements are current as of the date of the publication of this catalog and are subject to change throughout the year.  If you think you might be exempt from testing, see a counselor prior to registering for the TSI test.

Transfer of Credit to Brazosport College

Transfer credit will be granted to students who earn college credit with a “C” or better from institutions that are accredited by recognized regional accrediting agencies.