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Change of Program/Major

A student who wants to change from one program (major) to another must initiate the procedure by requesting a change of program form from the Student Records office on the West Windsor Campus or the Student Services office on the James Kerney Campus. Approval for the change must be obtained from the academic division responsible for the program to which the student wants admittance. The signed request form is then returned to the Student Records office on the West Windsor Campus or Student Services office on the James Kerney Campus. A student who is a veteran must also submit a change of program form to the Veterans Affairs office, SC 262.

Auditing a Course

A student who wishes to attend a class regularly but does not wish to receive a grade or credit for the course may request permission to register as an auditor. To receive permission to audit, the student should meet all admission requirements expected of students enrolled in the course, including any course prerequisites and corequisites.

Permission to audit may be granted for the entire course or for separate sections of the course, such as the lecture, lab, clinics, or studio, as long as no credit is being sought for any part of the course.

Audit students must pay the same tuition and fees for the entire course as students receiving credit. Attendance requirements for auditors are determined by the course instructor. Intention to audit a course should be declared at registration and to the instructor in the first class session. The appropriate form must be completed and submitted during registration.

Changing from an audit to a credit basis during the semester is not permitted. Credit for audited courses cannot be established at a later date except by enrolling in the course for credit in a subsequent semester and satisfying all course requirements.

Independent Study

In addition to earning credits through formal courses, students may earn credit through approved independent study. Independent study is available for most but not all MCCC courses or for a specific plan of study in a course discipline.

Students plan specific activities and goals with the help of a cooperating faculty member and receive approval for their plans from the division administrator. The Independent Study Agreement Form is available from the Student Records office and from academic division offices. The student is responsible for bringing the approved form to the Student Records office for official enrollment purposes.

In general, independent study courses should correspond to standard college time periods so that registration and grading for them can be accomplished within a designated registration period. Should the student take longer than a semester to complete the course, the student will be given an "I" grade when semester grades are processed, subject to change upon completion of the course.

The following guidelines are applicable:

  • A student must have completed 15 credits with a minimum quality point average of 2.75 to be considered eligible for independent study.
  • A student may select no more than one course by independent study during a semester.
  • A maximum of four courses may be taken by independent study in degree programs.
  • Courses by independent study must be sponsored by full-time members of the faculty whenever possible.
  • Students may not select more than two courses by independent study under the sponsorship of the same faculty member.

Permission for any exceptions to the above guidelines may be obtained from the responsible division administrator.

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