JCC's Course Descriptions

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The number of credit hours assigned to each course and more information on subject areas can be found in Banner. Course numbers are designated as follows: 0000-0999 - imputed and developmental courses; 1000-1999 - freshman level courses; and 2000-2999 - sophomore level courses.

All courses required to earn a specific associate degree are normally offered with such frequency that a full-time student can earn the degree in a two-year period. Each course description has designations indicating which semester and on which campus (Jamestown - J, Cattaraugus County Campus - C, or Online) the college intends to offer the course. Certain courses do not have a designation indicating which semester they are offered; these courses may or may not be offered on the specified campus(es) during a given academic year. The college reserves the right to cancel course offerings if enrollment is insufficient.

JCC also offers credit-free courses, seminars, and workshops. For more information, contact the Center for Continuing Education.

Course Requisites

These terms explain the course requirements found at the end of each course description:

A course a student has already successfully completed, or a demonstration of competence by achieving a placement test score above a specific cutoff level.

A course which a student takes during the same semester as the class in question. If a student has already successfully completed a corequisite, he/she does not need to take the course again.

A reference to eligibility to take English courses. All students must be tested for placement in English courses. The placement tests indicate which English course the student is eligible to take. For example, a student is eligible to take ENG 1530 when he/ she has scored an 80+ on the Accuplacer and has demonstrated writing proficiency by successfully completing the college writing placement test with a score of 10-12 on the Writeplacer.

Placement test
JCC’s placement test assesses skills in mathematics, reading, and writing. If a student chooses to take any course for which there is a placement test prerequisite, he/she must take the appropriate test. As a rule, full-time students take the complete test after they have been accepted for admission to the college and prior to registration. New part-time students are strongly encouraged to take the test prior to registration. Part-time students must take the placement test prior to enrolling in any course which has a reading or writing prerequisite.

Permission of instructor
A course with this notation requires the student to meet with the course instructor to receive permission to take the course.

Waiver of Pre-/Corequisites
If a student feels qualified to take a course for which he or she does not appear to have the formal pre-/corequisite background, the student should contact the faculty member teaching the course or the dean for the area. If, in the estimation of the faculty member or assistant dean, the student meets the pre-/corequisites in some other way, the faculty member or dean may sign a waiver form which the student can then present to his advisor and/or the registrar. Students cannot register for courses for which they do not have a pre-/corequisite or a signed waiver form. 

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