2020-2021 Catalog 
    
    Jul 12, 2020  
2020-2021 Catalog

Academic Information



Academic Honors List

An honor bestowed upon students who demonstrate exemplary performance. To be eligible, a student must complete 12 or more credits in that semester with a grade point average of 3.5 or higher.


Articulation Agreements

Articulation and transfer agreements specify which courses are equivalents from, or to, another institution. Your advisor will be able to tell you if such an agreement exists, and for which specific courses. Related information is available at University Transfer Information/Resources found at www.yc.edu/advising.


Assessment of Student Academic Achievement

In harmony with Yavapai College's mission to provide quality higher learning, the assessment cycle of continuous improvement based on evidence ensures the quality of students' academic experiences.  The purpose of assessment is to measure the degree to which students attain the educational goals and outcomes determined by the academic departments of the college. The assessment process consists of identifying goals and outcomes, gathering evidence about how well students are attaining the goals and outcomes, and using the information to improve instruction and revise curriculum.


Educational Partnerships

Yavapai College has partnerships with the three Arizona state public universities (Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, and the University of Arizona), as well as transfer agreements with other U.S. universities and colleges that are regionally accredited. Transfer partnerships assist students in making a smooth transition from one institution to the next by maximizing credits. Several university partners offer Yavapai College graduates dedicated advisement as well as financial incentives such as tuition and transfer scholarships, waiver of application fees, textbook waivers, and special tuition incentives. To view a list of institutions with which Yavapai College has established articulation agreements, and to view a schedule of university visits to YC campuses, see www.yc.edu/transfer.

Guidance Academy, LLC dba Guidance Aviation

Yavapai College and Guidance Aviation in Prescott, Arizona have partnered to establish a joint flight training program at Yavapai College's Career and Technical Education Center and Ernest E. Love Field. The partnership supports the Helicopter Concentration of the AAS in Aviation Technology in which the ground and air curriculum are approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

North-Aire Aviation, LLC

Yavapai College and North-Aire Aviation have established a joint flight training program at Yavapai College's Career and Technical Education Center and Ernest E. Love Field in Prescott, Arizona. The AAS in Aviation Technology with a Concentration in Airplane Operations is supported by this partnership in which the air and ground curriculum are approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).


Internships

Internships facilitate learning beyond the classroom through supervised field experiences within specific academic disciplines or technical areas. These experiences enable students to explore potential careers and apply knowledge gained in the classroom while refining the technical skills and gaining relevant experience in the workplace.

Internship credit is available at Yavapai College on a limited basis, and only if a student is enrolled in a program that requires an internship for program completion.

Specific requirements must be met before students are approved for internships. See www.yc.edu/internships for requirement information. Unless noted otherwise, internships are graded as S/U only.


Methods of Instruction and Meeting Types

Yavapai College offers a variety of instructional methods to meet the needs of a diverse student population.

Instructional Delivery Methods

Delivery Type

Description

Activity Based

Classes are based on physical activity and students are expected to attend all classes.

Apprenticeship

Structured field experiences within specific academic disciplines or technical areas. These experiences enable students to explore potential careers and apply knowledge gained in the classroom while refining their technical skills and gaining relevant experience in the workplace.

Classroom Based

Classes are held in a classroom at specific days and times.

Classroom and Web (Hybrid)

Classes that combine classroom-based meetings and/or virtual classroom meetings with additional online activities.  In a hybrid course, a significant part of the course learning is online and as a result, the amount of in-person classroom and/or virtual classroom seat-time is reduced.

If you are meeting in a virtual classroom, activities will be conducted through a program called Zoom.  A link to the live required classroom activity will be provided by the instructor and/or available in your Canvas course. Students will need a computer with reliable Internet access, web camera and a microphone.

Computer Based In-Classroom

Classes meet in a classroom at specific days and times. Students are required to use a computer in the classroom.

Directed Research

Faculty or mentor directed student research in an area of current scientific investigation. Lab or fieldwork with the object of contributing to the professional body of scientific knowledge. Includes data collection, analysis and written and oral presentation. 

Independent Study

Supervised special project which is undertaken with the direction of an assigned faculty member. Certain requirements must be met. Consult with an academic advisor for more information.

Individually Paced Instruction (IPI)

Classes are held in a classroom. Instructors help students work at their own pace to complete requirements. Students must show weekly progress.

Internship

Supervised field experience with businesses, corporations, government agencies, schools and community organizations to expand career interests and apply subject knowledge relevant to the workplace. Individualized internship placements to develop personal and professional skills, including professional ethics, leadership, and civic responsibility. Consult with an academic advisor for more information.

Online

Some or all of the instruction for the course is delivered online.  Students can interact with their instructor and other students through discussion forums, emails and their assignments, lectures and course materials by logging into their myYC portal and going to Canvas. Some online classes may require proctored exams. Additional fees may be charged for proctored exams.

Open Entry/Closed Exit

Proficiency-based instruction where students work at their own pace in an open lab setting. Students may register at various times and must complete classes by an established deadline. Delivery types may vary.

Private Lesson

Private lessons are scheduled for each student. One instructor is assigned to each student.

Video Conferencing

Video Conferencing classes are held in physical locations, but students can also choose to connect with the class using an online program called Zoom. Zoom allows students to interact with the instructor and other students in the class.  If using Zoom, students will need a computer with reliable Internet access, web camera and a microphone.

WebLIVE

WebLIVE allows students to interact online with their instructor and classmates during a required meeting time using a program called Zoom. A link to the live required classroom activity will be provided by the instructor and/or available in your Canvas course. Students will need a computer with reliable Internet access, web camera and a microphone.  Some Yavapai College locations will offer Zoom enabled stations for students.  Contact your nearest campus location for details or assistance.

Meeting Types

Meeting Type indicates the primary way(s) a student will interact with the class (in person in a classroom, online, a combination of both, etc.). A course may include one or more of the following meeting types.

Meeting Type Description

Class

Classes are held in a classroom at specific days and times.

Field Trip

A field trip is a visit or journey by students to a specified location to gain firsthand knowledge outside of the classroom.  This is a means of providing a complementary and diverse learning environment.

Individually Paced Instruction (IPI)

Classes which are usually taught in an open lab setting with faculty guidance, and in which students work at their own pace to complete course requirements. Students are expected to exhibit weekly progress and to follow the start/end dates specified on the class schedule.

Mandatory Orientation

A mandatory orientation is required.  The course will specify whether a mandatory orientation is in person or can be provided online via a program called Zoom.

Open Entry/Closed Exit

Proficiency-based instruction where students work at their own pace in an open lab setting. Students may register at various times and must complete classes by an established deadline. Delivery types may vary.

Online

Some or all of the instruction for the course is delivered online.  Students can interact with their instructor and other students through discussion forums, emails and their assignments, lectures and course materials by logging into their myYC portal and going to Canvas. Some online classes may require proctored exams. Additional fees may be charged for proctored exams.

Optional Orientation

An optional orientation is not required, but attendance is strongly encouraged.  The course will specify whether an optional orientation is in person or can be provided online via a program called Zoom.

WebLIVE

WebLIVE allows students to interact online with their instructor and classmates during a required meeting time using a program called Zoom. A link to the live required classroom activity will be provided by the instructor and/or available in your Canvas course. Students will need a computer with reliable Internet access, web camera and a microphone.  Some Yavapai College locations will offer Zoom enabled stations for students.  Contact your nearest campus location for details or assistance.


Prior Learning & Credit for Exams

Prior Learning

Yavapai College recognizes that learning experiences take place in a variety of settings. Many students have significant, demonstrable learning that has come from educational experiences outside the traditional academic environment. Students may be awarded college credit for prior or extra-institutional learning based on established assessment methods including articulation agreements, credit by evaluation, and college-level equivalency examinations. All assessment methods used by the College require faculty review and oversight to determine that learning outcomes have been accomplished by determining acceptable test scores, appropriate equivalencies, special program requirements, or other academic considerations.

Additional Information:

  • A maximum of 30 credit hours by any combination of examination, special articulation agreement, or evaluation will be accepted.
  • A student must successfully complete at least one credit course at Yavapai College before any credit for prior learning will be documented on the College transcript.
  • Duplicate credit will not be awarded for prior learning in subject matter for which the student has already received credit.
  • Assessment for prior learning will not be administered for equivalency of courses numbered below 100.
  • Credit will not be granted for more elementary course work or for a prerequisite to a course in which the student is enrolled or for which the student has already received credit.
  • An official transcript or documentation of test scores must be sent directly to the Registrar from the administering agency or testing company prior to assessing eligibility for credit.
  • The Yavapai College transcript will document only that credit for prior learning has been granted and the number of credits awarded. No letter grade will be assigned for any assessment of prior learning and no record will be made of unsuccessful assessments.
  • While Yavapai College will award credit for prior learning in accordance with institutional policies and procedures, the credit is not necessarily transferable to other colleges and universities. Therefore, students are strongly advised to meet with a program advisor at the college or university they plan to attend.
  • Credit for prior learning may impact financial aid awards. Therefore, students are strongly advised to meet with a financial aid advisor prior to pursuing assessment of prior learning.
  • The student must pay any fees and adhere to approved administrative procedures for the prior learning assessment method selected. All fees are non-refundable.

Military Training and Experience:

ACE Military Registry Transcripts including AARTS (Army); SMART (Navy and Marine Corp); CCAF (Air Force); and CARTS (Coast Guard) can be considered. The student must request that the transcript be sent to Enrollment Services or electronically to: electronicreceipts@yc.edu. For more information: consult http://aarts.army.mil/ (check the information on "Related Links/Referrals" for other military branches of service).

  • Credit awarded is not necessarily transferable to other institutions, and may impact financial aid awards. Students should meet with a financial aid advisor prior to pursuing assessment of military training.

Advanced Placement (AP) Table*

Students who have taken a college board advanced placement course in their secondary school may be eligible to receive YC credit. Listed are the AP subject areas accepted by Yavapai College, the score required, the credit awarded and the recommended YC equivalent. Students should have their scores sent directly to the YC Registrar's office.

Exam Score Credits YC Equivalent
Art History 3
4/5
3
6
ART 200  or ART 201  
ART 200  & ART 201  
Biology 3
4/5
4
8
BIO 100  
BIO 181  & BIO 182   
Calculus AB 3/4/5 5 MAT 220  
Calculus BC 3
4/5
5
10
MAT 220 
MAT 220  & MAT 230  
Chemistry 4
5
5
10
CHM 151  
CHM 151  & CHM 152  
Comparative Government & Politics 4/5 3 Elective Credit
Computer Science A 4/5 3 CSC 105  
Computer Science Principles 3/4/5 3 CSC 105  
English Language & Composition 4/5 3 ENG 101  or Dept Elective
English Literature & Composition 4/5 3 ENG 101  or Dept Elective
Environmental Science 4/5 3 Elective Credit
European History 4/5 6 HIS 201  & Dept Elective
Human Geography 4/5 3 GEO 105  
Macroeconomics 4/5 3 ECN 235  
Microeconomics 4/5 3 ECN 236  
Music Theory 4/5 4 MUS 131   
Physics 1 4/5 4 PHY 111   
Physics 2 4/5 4 PHY 112  
Physics C (Mechanics) 3/4/5 4 PHY 111  
Physics C (Elect. & Magnetism) 3/4/5 4 PHY 112   
Psychology 4/5 3 PSY 101  
Spanish Language 3/4/5 16 SPA 101 , SPA 102 , SPA 201  & SPA 202  
Spanish Literature & Culture 3/4/5 16 SPA 101 , SPA 102 , SPA 201  & SPA 202  
Statistics 3/4/5 3 MAT 167   
Studio Art: Drawing 4/5 3 ART 110  **
Studio Art: 2D Design 4/5 3 ART 112  **
Studio Art: 3D Design 4/5 3 ART 113   **
US History 4/5 6 HIS 231  & HIS 232  

*These areas of study represent the Advanced Placement Standards set by the state of Arizona's Articulation Task Forces and approved by the AZ Transfer Steering Committee.
**To receive credit, student must submit their portfolio to the Arts and Humanities Division Dean for approval.

 

Cambridge Assessment International Education (formerly CIE) Table

Listed are the Cambridge International AS & A levels accepted by Yavapai College, the score required, the credit awarded and the recommended YC equivalent. Students should have their scores sent directly to the YC Registrar's office.

Exam Score Credits YC Equivalent
Accounting-AS Level D or E 3 Elective Credit
Accounting-A Level D or E 6 Elective Credit
Biology-AS Level D
E
4
4
BIO 100  or Dept Elective
BIO 100  
Biology-A Level D
E
8
4
BIO 181  & BIO 182   
BIO 181  
Business-AS Level D or E 3 Elective Credit
Business-A Level D or E 6 Elective Credit
Chemistry-AS Level D 4 CHM 130   
Chemistry-A Level A
B or C
D or E
10
5
4
CHM 151  & CHM 152  
CHM 151 
CHM 130  
Classical Studies-A Level D or E 6 Elective Credit
Computer Science-AS Level D or E 3 Elective Credit
Computer Science-A Level D or E 3 Elective Credit
Economics-A Level D 6 ECN 235  & ECN 236   
English Language-A Level D or E 3 Elective Credit
Geography-AS Level D or E 3 Elective Credit
Geography-A Level D or E 6 Elective Credit
Global Perspectives & Research-AS Level D or E 3 Elective Credit
 
Global Perspectives & Research-A Level D or E 6 Elective Credit
History-AS Level E 3 HIS Dept Elective
History-A Level E 6 HIS Dept Elective
Information Technology-AS Level D or E 3 Elective Credit
Information Technology-A Level D or E 3 Elective Credit
Marine Science-A Level D 4 BIO Dept Elective
Mathematics-AS Level E 3 MAT 152  
Mathematics-A Level E 8 MAT 187   & MAT 212  
Mathematics-Further-A Level E 13 MAT 220  & MAT 230   & MAT 167  
Music-AS Level D or E 3 MUS 240  
Music-A Level D or E 3 MUS 240  
Psychology-A Level D or E 6 PSY 101  & PSY Elective
Psychology-AS Level D or E 3 PSY 101  

 

College Level Equivalency Exams

College Level Examination Program examinations (CLEP) are administered by the Assessment and Testing Center. For information about the specific examinations administered and accepted by Yavapai College and fees involved, call 928.776.2200. For CLEP course titles and outlines of each course, go to http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/clep/about.html.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP) Table

Students may earn credit by successfully completing CLEP examinations. Listed across are the CLEP subject areas accepted by Yavapai College, the credit awarded and the recommended Yavapai College equivalent. Only CLEP scores of 50 or better will be awarded credit (scoring exceptions are listed in the lower table). CLEP scores are not transferred to Yavapai College from another school's transcript. CLEP scores must be sent directly to the YC Registrar's Office.

Name of Exam Credits YC Equivalent

Business

Information Systems 3 Elective Credit
Introductory Business Law 3 Elective Credit
Financial Accounting 3 Elective Credit
Principles of Macroeconomics 3 ECN 235  
Principles of Microeconomics 3 ECN 236  
Principles of Marketing 3 MGT 230   

Composition & Literature

Analyzing & Interpreting Literature 3 Elective Credit
College Composition 3 ENG 101  or Elective Credit

Education & Behavioral and Social Sciences

Human Growth & Development 3 PSY 245  
Introduction to Educational Psychology 3 EDU Dept Elective
Introductory Psychology 3 PSY 101  
Introductory Sociology 3 SOC 101  

Science & Mathematics

Biology 3 BIO Dept Elective
Chemistry 5 CHM 151  
College Algebra 3 MAT 152  
Pre-Calculus 5 MAT 187  
Calculus 5 MAT 220  

Listed below are the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) subjects with scoring exceptions:


American Literature or English Literature
Score of 55 3 Elective Credit

History of the U.S. I 
Score of 56 3 HIS 231  
     
History of the U.S. II
Score of 56 3 HIS 232  

   
Natural Sciences
Score of 53 3 Elective Credit
Score of 56 6 Elective Credit

   
Social Sciences & History    
Score of 56 6 Elective Credit

Spanish Language
Score of 50 4 SPA 101  
Score of 55 8 SPA 101  & SPA 102  
Score of 66 12 SPA 101 , SPA 102  & SPA 201  
Score of 68 16 SPA 101 , SPA 102 , SPA 201  & SPA 202  

       
Western Civilization I        
Score of 56 3 HIS 201      
     
Western Civilization II    
Score of 56 3 Elective Credit

DSST (formerly DANTES) Exam Table

DSST (formerly DANTES Subject Standardized Tests) are credit-by-examination tests originated by the United States Department of Defense's Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) program. Listed are the DSST subject areas accepted by Yavapai College, the score required, the credit awarded and the recommended YC equivalent. Students should have their scores sent directly to the YC Registrar's office.

Exam Minimum Score Credits YC Equivalent
Computing and Information Technology 400 3 Elective Credit
Criminal Justice 400 3 AJS 101  
Environmental Science 400 3 Elective Credit
Fundamentals of Cybersecurity 400 3 Elective Credit
Introduction to Business 400 3 Elective Credit
Introduction to Geography 400 3 GEO 105  
Introduction to Law Enforcement 400 3 AJS 230  
Lifespan Developmental Psychology 400 3 PSY 245  
Organizational Behavior 400 3 Elective Credit
Principles of Finance 400 3 Elective Credit
Substance Abuse 400 3 PSY 241  
Technical Writing 400 3 Elective Credit

 


International Baccalaureate (IB) Table

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme, offered in select high schools, is a rigorous 2-year course of precollege studies leading to exams that can be used to qualify for college credit. Listed are the IB subject areas accepted by Yavapai College, the score required, the credit award  ed and the recommended YC equivalent. Students should have their scores sent directly to the YC Registrar's office.

Exam Score Credits YC Equivalent
Biology- HL 4
5 or higher
4
8
BIO 100 
BIO 181  & BIO 182   
Biology - SL 4
5 or higher
3
4
BIO Dept Elective
BIO 100  
Business & Management - HL 5 or higher 3 Elective Credit
Business & Management- SL 5 or higher 3 Elective Credit
Chemistry - HL 4
5 or higher
5
10
CHM 151 
CHM 151  & CHM 152  
Computer Science - HL 5 or higher 3 CSC 105  
Computer Science - SL 4
5 or higher
3
3
Elective Credit
Elective Credit
Economics - HL 5 or higher 6 ECN 235  & ECN 236  
Environmental Systems & Societies 5 or higher 3 Elective Credit
Geography - HL 5 or higher 3 GEO 105  
Geography - SL 4 or higher 3 Dept Elective
History, Americas - HL 4
5 or higher
3
6
HIS 231 
HIS 231  & HIS 232  
History, Europe - HL 4
5 or higher
3
6
HIS 201 
HIS 201  & Dept Elective
Information Technology in a Global Society - HL 5 or higher 3 Elective Credit
Information Technology in a Global Society - SL 5 or higher 3 Elective Credit
Mathematics - HL 5 or higher 5 MAT 220  
Mathematics - SL 5 or higher 3 MAT 142  
Music - HL 4 or higher 3 MUS 240  
Music - SL 5 or higher 3 MUS 240  
Physics - HL 5
6 or higher
4
8
PHY 111 
PHY 111  & PHY 112  
Physics - SL 6 or higher 4 PHY 111  
Psychology - HL 5 or higher 3 PSY 101  
Social & Cultural Anthropology - HL 4 or higher 3 ANT 102  
Spanish B - HL 4
5 or higher
8
8
SPA 101  & SPA 102 
SPA 201  & SPA 202  
Visual Arts - HL 4
5 or higher
3
6
ART 112   
ART 110  & ART 112  
World Religions - SL 5 or higher 3 Elective Credit

State Authorization

The U.S. Department of Education requires institutions that offer distance education in a state where it is not physically located meet individual state requirements.  The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) is an agreement among member states, districts and territories that establishes comparable national standards for interstate offering of postsecondary distance education courses and programs.  Arizona was approved as a State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) state effective November 11, 2014.  Yavapai College was approved as an Arizona member institution.  Yavapai College adheres to the Interregional Guidelines for the Evaluation of Distance Education Programs (Online Learning) for best practices in postsecondary distance education developed by leading practitioners of distance education and adopted by the Council of Regional Accrediting Commissions (C-RAC). This regulation applies only to distance education courses for students who reside outside the state of Arizona.

The Arizona SARA Council has jurisdiction over Arizona SARA approved institutions regarding non-instructional complaints for distance education students. If a student has gone through the complaint process at Yavapai College, they may register a complaint with the AZ SARA Council. Visit the AZ SARA Complaint Process website for more information.

Further information on State Authorization: www.yc.edu/stateauthorization


SUN (Shared Unique Number) System 

The Shared Unique Number (SUN) System is a college course numbering system designed to help Arizona students plan their education and ensure successful transfer of course credits. The SUN System is being implemented in phases, initially including the AGEC and major courses having direct equivalencies at all three Arizona universities and the community college districts which offer them. Institutions are reviewing additional courses for inclusion in the SUN System.

  • SUN courses are identified by a three-letter prefix, four-digit course number, and a SUN icon . These courses are labeled in university and community college catalogs, schedules, and websites, making it easy and immediate for students to find transferable courses.
  • SUN courses are a subset of the tens of thousands of college courses that transfer among Arizona's colleges and universities. These courses and their equivalencies can be found in the searchable Course Equivalency Guide on AZTransfer.com.

Because each student has a unique academic plan, they are encouraged to consult with an academic advisor prior to enrollment. For more information about SUN, including a list of SUN courses, visit www.aztransfer.com/sun.