Grade and Record Policies
Recording of Grades
Final grades and grade points for each term are recorded and preserved on the student’s permanent record as follows:
||Grade Not Reported by Faculty
||Pass (Spring 2020)
||No Pass (Spring 2020)
“I” - “I” grades may be assigned provided the student is passing the course and has completed a substantial portion of the coursework for the term (60% or more). The instructor and student complete and sign an “Incomplete (I) Grade Form” and agree on the work to be performed, a deadline for completion, and an incomplete final grade that will be earned if the work is not completed by the deadline. The “I” is changed by the instructor through the grade change procedure. An “I” grade not changed by the end of the next long (fall or spring - sixteen week) term will default to the grade listed on the Incomplete (I) Grade Form.
“W” - A grade of “W” is assigned when a student completes the withdrawal process by the published withdrawal deadline. The deadline to withdraw shall not exceed three-fourths of the duration of any term. See catalog calendar or contact any Enrollment Services Office.
An “AW” is assigned when a student is administratively withdrawn from a course. The reason for such a withdrawal could be financial, disciplinary, non-attendance/non-participation, inadequate attendance/inadequate participation, or extenuating circumstances (see Class Attendance/Participation below). Students who have not attended or participated in class prior to the end of the refund period may be administratively withdrawn due to non-attendance. The assignment of the AW is the responsibility of the instructor of the class; however, in emergency situations, the AW may be assigned by the appropriate School Dean. The time during which a student may be administratively withdrawn extends from the end of the schedule adjustment period through the last day of classes. This policy will be adjusted proportionately to fit any other term.
An “AU” - Assigned when a student is not seeking to obtain course credit. Students must meet curricular and proficiency requirements and must obtain the instructor’s approval by completing the Audit Form and submitting it to the Enrollment Services Office. The time in which a student may change from credit to audit is the same as the student withdrawal period. A student may change from audit to credit only during the schedule adjustment period for the term. This option is not available to Financial Aid students. See Audit of a Course .
P/NP Grades - In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, TCC added additional grading options for the spring 2020 semester. Pass/No Pass grading is an optional grading method that students could choose to use during this semester. Students who earned a grade of D or higher at the end of the spring 2020 semester could choose to request to change their grade to Pass. Students who earned a grade of F automatically had their grade changed to NP or No Pass. They could then elect to have the grade changed back to the original F. Both Pass and No Pass are GPA neutral and gave students the opportunity to successfully complete a class with no penalty to GPA.
Questions regarding the student’s grades assigned must be directed to the student’s instructor. This procedure must be initiated by the end of the fourth week of the term immediately following the term in which the grade was assigned. Students must follow the grade appeal process outlined in the Student Handbook and Code of Conduct. The appropriate Academic Dean, or designate, must approve any change to this record. Once the grade change has been processed, students may request an official transcript reflecting the change.
Student Grades and Transcripts
- Grades are available to students one week after the course ends via the TCC website at www.tulsacc.edu (click on MyTCC).
- The College will send an official TCC transcript upon the student’s signed request to any college or agency named.
- Students and former students may also request an electronic transcript via Parchment. Electronic transcripts are $5.50 per transcript and usually processed within a few hours of the request. Visit https://www.tulsacc.edu/transcripts for more information.
- Transcripts will be withheld if the student has not paid financial obligations to the College.
Students are expected to regularly attend and participate in all classes in which they are enrolled. Class attendance/participation is the responsibility of the student. It is also the responsibility of the student to consult with the instructor when an absence must be excused. The establishment of specific policy concerning class attendance requirements, as well as announced and unannounced examinations, is the responsibility of the individual instructor. Instructors also have the responsibility of determining whether absences are excused or unexcused and may initiate an administrative withdrawal (AW) for inadequate attendance/inadequate participation. Students receiving benefits, including financial aid, from government agencies must adhere to attendance policies stipulated by the specific agency.
High Scholastic Achievement
Tulsa Community College has numerous ways of recognizing superior scholastic achievement. They include the President’s Honor Roll, the Dean’s Honor Roll, the Honors Scholar program, and Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year colleges.
A. Honor Roll
- The President’s Honor Roll includes students who have a term grade point average of 4.0 with a minimum of 12 credit hours earned during the fall or spring semester.
- The Dean’s Honor Roll includes the names of students who have a term grade point average of 3.0 to 3.99 with a minimum of 12 credit hours earned during the fall or spring semester.
- The Part Time Honor Roll includes students who have a term grade point average of 3.0 to 4.0 and have earned between six (6) and 11 credit hours during the fall or spring semester.
- The Summer Honor Roll includes students who have a term grade point average of 3.0 to 4.0 with a minimum of six (6) credit hours earned during the summer term.
The College recognizes scholastic achievement at the annual Commencement for students achieving a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher at the end of their last completed term.
- “Honors” - Graduating with a 3.5-3.99 cumulative grade point average.
- “Highest Honors” - Graduating with a 4.0 cumulative grade point average.
Recognition for “Honors” or “Highest Honors” does not appear on the official transcript or diploma.
Students who successfully complete the Honors Scholar program wear pewter medallions at commencement.
Academic forgiveness refers to ways in which a student may recover from prior academic challenges without permanently jeopardizing the student’s academic standing, and include Repeated Courses, Academic Reprieve, and Academic Renewal.
There are three categories that fall under Academic Forgiveness:
Repeated Courses: Students will be allowed to repeat a course. Students with grades below a “C” have the option to replace the grade with the repeated attempt (maximum of four courses, not to exceed 18 hours). The original grade will appear on the transcript; but will not count in the GPA. TCC will automatically process the first four repeat attempts - no formal request needed.
Academic Reprieve: The provision allows a student who has experienced extraordinary circumstances to disregard up to two consecutive semesters in the calculation of his or her GPA under the following guidelines:
- At least three years have elapsed between the time grades were earned and the reprieve request;
- Prior to requesting the reprieve, the student must have earned a GPA of 2.00 or higher with no grade lower than a “C” in all regularly graded course work (minimum of 12 hours) excluding activity or performance courses;
- A student must petition for a reprieve according to institution policy; and
- A student cannot receive more than one reprieve in his/her academic career.
Academic Renewal: This provision allows a student who has had academic trouble in the past and who has been out of higher education for a number of years to recover without penalty and have a fresh start. Under academic renewal, course work taken prior to a date specified by Tulsa Community College is not counted in the student’s GPA. A student may request to be considered for academic renewal under the following guidelines:
- At least five years have elapsed between the last term being renewed and the renewal request;
- The student must have earned a GPA of 2.00 or higher with no grade lower than a “C” in all regularly graded course work (minimum of 12 hours) excluding activity or performance courses;
- All of the courses completed before the date specified in the request for renewal will be included;
- The student must petition for academic renewal according to institutional policy;
- Neither the content nor credit hours of forgiven renewal coursework may be used to fulfill any degree or graduation requirements.
All forgiven courses remain on the student’s transcript, but are not calculated in the student’s cumulative GPA. Academic reprieve and renewal once granted may or may not be recognized by other colleges and universities. For further details, or to initiate an Academic Reprieve or Academic Renewal contact any Academic Advising office.
Policy for Continued Enrollment
Retention GPA Requirements for Continued Enrollment
A student will be placed on academic notice or probation if he/she fails to meet the following requirements:
Retention GPA Requirements
||Retention GPA Requirement
|0 through 30 semester credit hours
|Greater than 30 semester credit hours
All courses in which a student has a recorded grade will be counted in the calculation of the overall grade point average for retention purposes excluding any courses repeated or reprieved, any zero-level course, and any physical education activity and performance course as detailed in the State Regents’ Grading Policy. Any student not maintaining the required progress as indicated in the chart will be placed on probation for one semester. At the end of that semester, he/she must have an overall term GPA of 2.0 or higher in regularly graded course work, not to include activity or performance courses, or meet the minimum retention GPA standard required to continue as a student. Students not meeting either of these criteria will be suspended and may not be reinstated until one regular semester (fall or spring) has elapsed.
Academic Notice, Probation and Suspension Definitions
- Academic Notice: Freshman students, 30 or fewer credit hours, with a cumulative GPA of 1.7 to less than 2.0 will be placed on academic notice.
- Academic Probation: Any student whose retention GPA falls below those designated in the Retention GPA chart at the end of a given term is on academic probation.
- Academic Suspension: Any student who was on academic probation and fails to raise his/her GPA to the required retention level or to achieve a 2.0 in regularly graded course work, not to include activity or performance courses, in any term following academic probation, will be suspended from the institution.
- Good Standing: Eligible for re-enrollment.
* Students placed on Academic Notice, Probation, or Academic Suspension will be notified via their College email account.
Re-admission of Suspended Students
Students who are academically suspended by the College will not be allowed to reenter the suspending institution for at least one regular term (fall or spring). Suspended students may be admitted only one time. Students re-admitted on probationary status must maintain a 2.0 grade point average each semester attempted while on probation, not to include activity or performance courses, or raise their retention GPA to the designated level. Should a reinstated student be suspended a second time, he/she cannot return to the suspending school until such time as he/she has demonstrated, by attending another institution, the ability to succeed academically by raising his/her retention GPA to a 2.0 or higher. Students suspended from other institutions may transfer without the lapse of one term. Such admission would be at the discretion of the receiving institution and such admission would be probationary.
Access to Student Records
Student records at Tulsa Community College are maintained by College Officials in compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) as Amended in 1995. A College Official is a person who serves Tulsa Community College in an academic or administrative manner and includes, but is not limited to, instructors, registrar, counselor, admissions, attorney, law enforcement, and other support and clerical personnel. The Act affords students certain rights with respect to their educational records. These rights include the right of students to request access to their personal records and also the right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the student believes are inaccurate. The student must submit in writing a request precisely noting the record for review. Additionally, students have the right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. Upon request, the College discloses education records without consent to officials of another school in which a student seeks or intends to enroll.
The Act affords students the right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the College to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the Office that administers FERPA:
Family Policy Compliance Office, U. S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202-4605
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) further provides that certain portions of a student record may be deemed directory information and be released to a third party without the written consent of the student. TCC designates student name, mailing address, degrees or certificates earned, major, last term of attendance, and honor awards as directory information. The College may release a student’s directory information without the written release of the student as allowed by FERPA. The College is authorized to obtain or provide educational records as allowed by law.
One exception which permits disclosure without prior consent is disclosure to school officials with “legitimate educational interest.” A school official has legitimate educational interest if the official has a “need to know” information from your educational record to fulfill his or her official responsibilities. Examples of people who may have access, depending on their official duties, and only within the context of these duties, include academic program administrators, and staff and agencies under contract with the College.
FERPA also allows schools to disclose records without written consent to the following parties or under the following conditions: other schools to which a student is transferring or is currently enrolled as long as the disclosure is for purposes related to the student’s enrollment or transfer; lending institutions of which the student has applied for financial aid; specified officials for audit or evaluation purposes; appropriate parties in connection with financial aid to a student; organizations conducting certain studies for or on behalf of the school; accrediting organizations; to comply with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena; appropriate officials in cases of health and safety emergencies; and state and local authorities, within a juvenile justice system, pursuant to specific state law.
A directory is available upon request each term listing student name, city, and state, to comply with the Oklahoma Records Act. The College receives inquiries for Directory Information from a variety of sources, including educational partners, new media, and prospective employers.
A student may request the College not to release directory information. The request must be in writing, signed by the student, and submitted to the Enrollment Services Office prior to the end of the fourth week of a fall or spring term or the end of the second week of a summer term. Students registering after this deadline may sign an information withholding request at the time of enrollment.
Right to Know Graduation/Completion Rates
Graduation/completion rates are available at ira.tulsacc.edu. This information is available to be in compliance with the Student Right-To-Know Act of 1990. (Public Law 101 -542)
Graduation and Degrees
Tulsa Community College recognizes the successful completion of program requirements by awarding an associate degree or a certificate of achievement. The associate degree is granted in programs requiring at least 60 academic credit hours and the certificate of achievement is granted in programs requiring less than 60 academic credit hours.
- Specific course requirements in a degree or certificate program must be completed.
- To meet residency requirements, one-fourth (25%) of the total credit hour requirements for any degree or certificate must be earned at Tulsa Community College. Prior learning assessment (advanced standing) credit, college transfer from other institutions, and zero-level course work may not be used toward the TCC resident credit-hour requirements.
- A 2.0 overall grade point average is required to meet graduation requirements (see specific degree requirements for AA/AS degree and AAS degree). Developmental courses are not included in any GPA calculation. Physical education “activity” and any reprieved or repeated courses may not be utilized toward the credit hour requirement of any program.
Degree Plan Procedures
Students will create their individualized degree plan with their assigned academic advisor based upon their education and career goals. Students who are following an Associate of Arts or Science degree and plan to transfer to another institution must work closely with their TCC academic advisor and advisors from the selected transfer institution.
Degree-seeking students declare a major and follow the degree plan for the major listed in the catalog in effect at the time of entry or re-entry. The degree requirements remain in effect while a student is continuously enrolled. When a student does not enroll for two (2) consecutive semesters (excludes summer), the student may be required to follow the degree plan specified by the current academic year catalog. Students who wish to change their major will do so when they meet with their assigned academic advisor. Any substitution of course requirements listed for the degree or certificate are requested by the student through their academic advisor.
A student must complete a discontinued degree program within two years of Tulsa Community College’s deletion date for that program. Students who have stopped out for two (2) or more consecutive semesters (excludes summer) may not be readmitted into a program that has been discontinued. A currently enrolled student may not declare a degree program that has been discontinued, regardless of the student’s catalog year. Exceptions to this policy may be considered on a case-by-case basis and require the approval of the Chief Academic Officer or designee. Tulsa Community College will make a reasonable attempt and use available contact information to notify students currently enrolled in a degree program that is scheduled to be discontinued.
Graduation Candidacy Procedure
Students seeking a certificate or a degree should prepare for graduation as follows:
- Submit official transcripts from all schools attended before requesting an official degree plan.
- File for graduation with an academic advisor after the add/drop date of their final semester.
- Students admitted to the Honors Scholar program complete a graduation check with the Honors Office at the beginning of their final semester.
- When students file for graduation, they will be advised of any outstanding requirements they must complete by the end of the semester.
- All declared candidates will be notified by the Student Affairs Office with information about the commencement ceremony.
- Once grades are recorded for the final term of enrollment, a final review will take place and students will be contacted as to their graduation status.
- The Official TCC transcript will reflect the major and degree earned. Digital diplomas are available to students approximately four weeks after Commencement, with printed diplomas being mailed approximately six weeks after this date.
- The TCC Commencement Ceremony takes place at the end of the fall and spring semester each academic year.
Degrees awarded to students planning to continue to a bachelor’s degree program are the Associate in Arts or the Associate in Science. The degree awarded to a student completing a workforce development program is the Associate in Applied Science.
Declaring or Changing a Major
Students who intend to change majors/declare a second major must submit an “intent of major change request” to an academic advisor prior to the start of the semester. Requests received after the start of the 16 week semester will be reflected in the next semester’s records. Exceptions may be granted in extraordinary circumstances for a change of major request during the same semester. Changing majors during the same semester may have an impact on which courses count toward a student’s program, and what types/amount of aid a student qualifies for.
Associate in Arts/Science Requirements for Graduation
- Required Grade Point Average: Students recommended for the Associate in Arts (AA) or Associate in Science (AS) degrees must achieve a grade point average of 2.0 as a minimum on all course work attempted (a minimum of 60 hours) excluding any courses repeated or reprieved and excluding physical education activity courses. Some programs may require a higher grade or grade point average on specific courses to meet graduation requirements.
- General Education Core Courses: A total of 37 credit hours of General Education courses, as listed in the General Education Requirements , are required for each Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degree and include the following core courses. Requirements may vary depending on the student’s major.
- Communication: A minimum of six credit hours that must include ENGL 1113 , ENGL 1213 .
- U.S. History and U.S. Government: A minimum of six credit hours that must include HIST 1483 or HIST 1493 and POLS 1113 .
- Science: A minimum of seven credit hours. At least one course must be a laboratory science.
- Humanities: A minimum of six credit hours chosen from courses designated as Humanities.
- Mathematics: A minimum of three credit hours.
- Required Electives: Three (3) credit hours from courses in Fine Arts (Art, Music, Theatre), Foreign Language, or Social Sciences (Economics, Political Sciences, Psychology, Sociology, History, COMM 1113).
- Additional liberal arts and sciences courses needed to meet the minimum total of 37 credits.
- The remaining minimum of 23 semester credit hours of academic work shall be applicable to the student’s major, including any prerequisite courses necessary for the anticipated upper-division program. Requirements are listed in specific degree plans. Students should check with the institution they intend to transfer into to verify whether there are minimum course grade requirements.
- As required by State Regents policy, to receive an AA or AS degree, students must demonstrate computer proficiency, including a basic knowledge of operating systems, word processing, and the ethical use of internet research capabilities. See Computer Proficiency Requirement below.
Associate in Applied Science Grade Point Requirement for Graduation
The minimum standards for the awarding of associate degrees in technical-occupational areas of specialization, the AAS, at institutions in the State System shall be as follows:
A. The completion of 60 semester-credit-hours, excluding physical education activity courses, with an overall GPA of 2.0.
B. The completion, as a portion of the overall 60 semester-credit hours, of a basic general education core of a minimum of 18 semester-credit-hours listed as transferable on the State System Course Equivalency Project matrices, instructed by general education faculty (typically defined as a graduate degree or 18 graduate hours in the appropriate field), and which shall include”
1. Communications 6 hours
2. U.S. History and U.S. Government 6 hours
3. General Education Electives 6 hours
C. The completion of 27 hours in a technical-occupational specialty.
D. The completion of support and related courses (to total a minimum of 60 hours.
E. The completion of a 15 credit hours in residence at the awarding institution.
Certificate of Achievement Grade Point Requirement for Graduation
To earn a Certificate of Achievement in a specific field of study, students must achieve a minimum 2.0 (“C”) grade point average on the courses listed in the certificate plan.
Computer Proficiency Requirement
The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education require computer proficiency prior to graduation with an AA or AS degree. This requirement could be met by:
1. successfully completing a high school computer science course that meets the State Regents’ high school curricular requirements, or
2. satisfy an institution’s computer proficiency assessment, or
3. successfully completing college-level course work that the institution designates.
The use of computers is an integral part of every degree program at TCC; hence a student demonstrates proficiency by satisfactorily completing degree requirements.
Recommended Academic Load and Fifteen to Finish
Students who enroll in 12-15 credit hours in 16-week semesters and 6 credit hours in the 8-week summer terms in the first year will be on track to successfully completing their goals toward graduation. The table below shows how long students may generally expect to complete degrees and certificates based on credit hours earned.
Associate Degrees (AA/AS/AAS)
|60 credit hours
|61-75 credit hours
||two and one-half years
|76-94 credit hours
|1-15 credit hours
|16-30 credit hours
|31-45 credit hours
||one and one-half years
Students who are in good academic standing may enroll in up to 18 credit hours in a regular 16-week semester. In an eight-week or shorter term of enrollment, the maximum number of hours of enrollment is proportionate to the 16-week semester. Students may enroll in up to nine (9) credit hours in a regular eight-week summer term. Requests for exceptions to course credit hour limits may be submitted by students to their academic advisor.
It is important to consider personal commitments outside of college coursework such as work schedule, family/personal commitments, learning styles, and past academic experience when determining the best academic load.
Academic Support Services
TCC’s Writing Centers promote collaboration in all stages of the writing process. Our writing consultants help students develop skills and strategies to become more independent, confident critical thinkers, and effective communicators. Consultants help students understand their writing assignments and can assist in writing across different genres, disciplines, and media platforms and in integrating research and citing sources in appropriate formats.
In addition, by partnering with faculty of all disciplines, including English as a Second Language (ESL), we work to increase student access to academic support, thereby fostering student achievement and encouraging an open dialogue about successful writing within the college community. Students are welcome to bring in writing assignments for any course or writing projects outside schoolwork, including scholarship essays, cover letters, resumes, appeal letters, and any other type of writing. Students taking classes at a specific campus can benefit from the free tutoring services provided at any of the campuses.
Computers for Student Use
Libraries on each campus are equipped with computers to support courses where computer technology is used, assistance with equipment and software usage, and a centralized workspace for students. In addition, there are computers for student use available in several public areas on each campus. The only TCC computer lab is located in the Facet Center at the Northeast Campus.
Developmental (Foundations) Studies
Tulsa Community College is proud to offer Developmental (Foundations) Studies courses in reading, writing, and mathematics. These courses enable students to attain the foundational skills necessary to succeed in their certificate or degree programs. Choosing the most applicable reading, writing, and/or mathematics foundations course is vital to student success in future classes. Students will work with the Academic Advising team on appropriate enrollment based on several factors, which may include high school GPA, test scores, and coursework.
As determined by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, Entry Level Assessment and Course Placement policy, all foundations coursework must be completed within the first year or the first 24 college-level credit hours attempted. Students requiring foundations coursework in reading, writing, and/or mathematics must enroll in these courses during their first semester and continue their foundations coursework each subsequent semester until each subject area is completed with a “C” grade or better, or until appropriate placement scores are earned. Co-requisite courses may be available for students needing to complete their last set of developmental education courses. Students are encouraged to visit with their Academic Advisors for more information.
Specific exceptions to the policy may be available for students who have attempted 24 college-level hours without completing all of their developmental (foundations) studies. Academic advisors are the student’s main point of contact for questions regarding the exception process. The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education requirements state that credits and grades earned in developmental studies courses (courses beginning with a zero) cannot be used for the credit hour requirement of any program. Students are encouraged to check with the Financial Aid office to ensure developmental (foundations) courses are covered by federal financial aid.
Tulsa Community College offers foundations courses in the following areas:
Reading is fundamental to college success in all disciplines. TCC’s Reading Foundations courses are designed to develop critical readers by exploring strategies to improve comprehension of course and textbook materials, increasing reading stamina, building vocabulary, and discovering an enjoyment of reading. The following are the foundation courses in reading:
READ 0113 Introduction to Academic Reading
READ 0123 Critical Academic Reading
Writing Foundations courses are designed to help students improve sentence, paragraph, and essay writing skills so they may successfully complete their certificate or degree coursework. The following are the foundation courses in writing:
ENGL 0923 Writing Foundations I
ENGL 0933 Writing Foundations II
For students with appropriate placement scores, TCC offers ENGL 0943, a “co-requisite” course model in which select students complete their writing proficiency requirement and Composition I in the same semester. Students must register in both ENGL 0943 and its linked ENGL 1113 (Comp I) section. This model is an excellent option for some students and will accelerate their progress through their writing foundations coursework. The following is how the co-requisite course will appear on the reading course schedule:
ENGL 0943 Writing Foundations Workshop (also enroll in linked ENGL 1113)
For qualifying students who need both reading and writing proficiency, TCC offers ENGL 0953, a “co-requisite” course model in which select students complete their reading and writing proficiency requirement along with Composition I in the same semester. Students must register in both ENGL 0953 and its linked ENGL 1113 (Comp I) section. This model helps students accelerate their progress through their reading and writing foundations coursework. The following is how the co-requisite course will appear on the reading course schedule:
ENGL 0953 Critical Reading and Academic Writing (also enroll in linked ENGL 1113)
Math Foundations courses are designed to reinforce skills in arithmetic and elementary algebra and prepare students for college mathematics rigor. The following are the foundation courses in mathematics:
MATH 0003 Math Foundations I
MATH 0013 Math Foundations II
MATH 0055 Math Foundations I & II
Essentials courses are co-requisite support to college-level math courses. Co-requisite courses provide just-in-time support and supplemental instruction designed to help students succeed in college-level math courses. The student’s college-level course is determined by their major. The following are the essentials courses in mathematics:
MATH 0123 Essentials for Precalculus
MATH 0403 Essentials for Quantitative Reasoning
For students with appropriate placement scores, TCC offers MATH 0123 and MATH 0403 as “co-requisite” courses to MATH 1513 (Precalculus I) and MATH 1473 (Quantitative Reasoning). Students must register in both MATH 0123 and its linked MATH 1513 section or MATH 0403 and its linked MATH 1473. This model is an excellent option and will accelerate students’ progress through their mathematics foundations coursework. It also enables students to complete their proficiency requirements and college-level mathematics course in the same semester.
English as a Second Language
(See Course Descriptions for English as a Second Language, ESLA and ESLN.) Please call (918) 595-7536 for more information.
Fast Track Courses
Fast Track courses provide options for day and evening students in four-week blocks, allowing students to enroll in one or two courses per block. The opportunity to begin a class every four weeks allows students flexibility in managing work, home and educational commitments. The four-week format also allows a student to focus on one or two subjects at a time rather than four or five subjects with conflicting deadlines. Students may complete degrees in less time by taking courses in the Fast Track schedule sequence and when supplementing the blocks with other options available, i.e. online, intersession, other short-term courses, CLEP or credit by prior learning assessment, may further reduce the time to complete a degree. The current Fast Track schedule may be found on the TCC website under Specialty Class Schedules.
The Honors Program at TCC offers academically motivated students an exciting and stimulating option to satisfy their graduation requirements. All interested students, both full-time and part-time, regardless of age or previous educational background, are welcome to take Honors classes. No formal application process is required to take an honors class; however, a 3.0 grade point average is recommended.
Participants in Honors courses enjoy lively interaction in small class settings, as each class is limited to 20 enrollments. Faculty are able to take a more creative approach to the design of class curriculum, often including greater depth of investigation into the subject matter, wider breadth of reading, and stronger emphasis upon critical thinking, discussion, and writing. Students may also have opportunities to pursue topics of special interest and work closely with faculty. The purpose of all Honors classes is to allow students to be more active participants in their own learning.
Qualified students may be interested in applying to become TCC Honors Scholars. Applications are available online at www.tulsacc.edu/honors. Once accepted, the Scholar proceeds through a curriculum of 21 credit hours of Honors classes (or 18 Honors credit hours plus one class of at least 3 credit hours designated by the college as a high-impact course and approved by the Honors Program). Successful completion of the program with a grade point average of at least 3.5 leads to the designation of Honors Scholar on the student’s TCC transcript. Special scholarship opportunities, such as the TCC Honors Scholar State Regents Tuition Waiver, are among the benefits available to TCC Honors Scholars.
Honors offerings include courses in the sciences, mathematics, liberal arts, and business. Because the Honors schedule changes each semester, students should check for class titles preceded by the word “HONORS,” for example, HONORS Composition II or HONORS Public Speaking. This same designation appears on student transcripts once the class is completed. For more information about specific courses or the Honors Scholar Program, contact the Honors Program by emailing email@example.com.
For a sample honors curriculum please view the Honors Program Map
Study Abroad, also known as International Campus, also known as Study Abroad, allows students to earn college credit for TCC coursework taught outside of the United States by TCC faculty. The program enables students to achieve a higher level of cultural literacy, gain a substantive understanding of world perspectives, deepen self-awareness, and grow in their educational goals. Contact Global Learning at firstname.lastname@example.org or https://www.tulsacc.edu/programs-courses/academic-schools/engaged-learning/global-learning/study-abroad for more information.
World Language Labs
World Language Labs at TCC are designed to meet the current and future world language needs of the people and businesses in the Tulsa area and across Oklahoma. Students may receive classroom-type instruction via independent study through Zoom. At this time, our staff is equipped to support students enrolled in the following language programs: American Sign Language, French, Japanese, and Spanish.
The Library is a college-wide academic resource supporting learning and teaching at Tulsa Community College. The library’s core functions are to provide access to information and discovery through the Library’s services, resources and technology; to teach information literacy and help students develop critical thinking skills; to provide space for knowledge exchange, collaborative learning, and meaningful study; and to connect with students, faculty, and staff by building relationships which facilitate learning and transform thinking. More information about the Library is available on the Library’s website: http://library.tulsacc.edu/home.
Students enrolled in classes with a service-learning component have the opportunity to apply academic theory learned in the classroom directly to a practical service experience in their community. Through service-learning, students develop intellectual, personal, career, and civic skills and assume a more active role in their education. In service-learning classes, students reflect on their experiences in order to demonstrate what they have learned from the project and how it affected their knowledge about course learning outcomes. Hours earned in service-learning courses also count toward Tulsa Achieves hours. For more information, email email@example.com.
The Engaged Learning Division office, 918-595-8045, can also provide general information about service-learning to students, faculty, staff, and to community partners.
Science and Mathematics Learning Laboratories
Our Science and Mathematics Labs are designed to provide students with one-on-one tutoring for all levels of Math and most Science courses. No matter your home campus, you can receive the support you need. Science and Math tutors work with students on homework assignments, assist students with understanding lecture topics and lab experiments, help with review tips for exams, and provide students with additional resources, including online resources, that can enhance the students’ learning process.
TCC offers in-person and virtual tutoring for students. Tutoring in math, writing, and world languages is available not only for courses in those disciplines but for any course in which those skills may be required. Tutors are available to work with students on campus and in virtual environments to provide students with the highest quality instructional support possible. Hours of operation and contact information for each tutoring center can be found in the Student Resources section of the TCC website under Tutoring Centers.
TCC also provides academically certified, live 24-7 tutoring in multiple subject areas to online students. In most subjects, you can get one-on-one homework help in minutes in a number of subject areas, including accounting, biology, chemistry, math, physics, Spanish, and writing. Online students can access online tutoring at no additional cost.
The Office of Accessibility Resource Services also provides tutoring support to deaf and hard of hearing students. Students needing an interpreter for their tutoring appointments should contact AR@tulsacc.edu at least 24 hours in advance of their tutoring appointment.
Online courses offer students the flexibility to take classes anytime, day or night, seven days a week through the Internet. Many degree and certificate programs offer courses online. Self-motivated and disciplined students are likely to do well in this format. Students taking online courses complete learning activities regularly, meet course deadlines and interact with other students using virtual tools. Online courses might include one or more proctored exams. If proctoring is a requirement, students can test at TCC Testing Centers at no charge. If students cannot test at a TCC Testing Center, the professor can provide remote proctor options. Remote proctoring may require a fee.
Blended courses combine online coursework and the classroom experience. These classes provide flexibility by reducing the number of times students attend class on campus, replacing class time with online activities. TCC’s blended courses meet less often or meet for a decreased amount of time. The class meeting times are available in the MyTCC schedule and the class syllabus. Students have regular face-to-face contact with their instructor but enjoy the flexibility the online classroom offers.
Online “web-conference style” courses meet virtually at a designated time. Like classes that meet in the classroom, students attend class following a class schedule. Online live classes allow interaction with the professor and classmates. Students who choose Online Live courses will find the learning experience is best when using a computer with a screen larger than a typical phone. A strong wifi connection is essential. Online Live courses might include one or more proctored exams. If proctoring is a requirement, students can test at a TCC Testing Center at no charge. If students cannot test at a TCC Testing Center, the professor can provide remote proctor options. Remote proctoring may require a fee. Online Live classes offer flexibility as students choose where to attend class but enjoy a classroom experience with lectures and discussions.
Workforce Development and Continuing Education
Non-Credit Continuing Education courses at TCC are offered to support life-long learning and complement business and industry needs. The training opportunities through Continuing Education are developed in cooperation with business and industry partners for their specific needs to improve or attract talent.
Customized Training - TCC can customize training for your business or industry. We can help you assess your area of need and design a training program that helps take your business to the next level. Call 918-595-7200 for more information.
Professional Development - TCC offers learning and development classes that serve to enhance the skill sets of your current workforce which helps you manage your talent supply chain, promote employee mobility within your company, and increase employee retention.
Test Preparation - Preparing for the ACT, SAT, GED, or other standardized test? We have classes to help you prepare for these important exams.
Credit/Noncredit classes - You can now take credit classes as a noncredit student. No lengthy application process and you may decide at a later date to convert these classes to credit through Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) (certain requirements apply).
For further information, contact the Continuing Education Office at (918) 595-7200 or visit www.tulsacc.edu/ce
Transfer for Four-Year Degree Completion
A principle function of Tulsa Community College is to provide general education courses and associate degrees for transfer to four-year universities. All of TCC’s Associate in Arts and Associate in Science degrees are designed to transfer to other Oklahoma colleges and universities. TCC has made articulation (transfer) agreements with both public and private (in-state and out-of-state) institutions to provide many transfer options for TCC students. Students may take freshman and sophomore level courses at Tulsa Community College which lead into a baccalaureate degree or professional degree in practically any field of study.
Degrees for which TCC has signed transfer maps or articulation agreements with other institutions are available on the TCC2University website. Links to transfer agreements are also provided within the program map for each Associate in Arts and Associate in Science degree within this catalog. TCC’s Office of University Transfer adds and updates transfer agreements throughout the academic year. New agreements are added to the catalog and the TCC2University Transfer website as they become available. Please note, the absence of a current transfer agreement does not indicate that courses within the associated TCC degree will not transfer.
To determine whether courses within any of TCC’s university transfer degree programs will transfer for degree credit at another institution, work closely with an academic advisor. Students should consult the catalog and/or advisor of the college or university to which they are planning to transfer and carefully select courses that will meet requirements for the baccalaureate degree program. The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education maintains a statewide Course Equivalency Database and Student Transfer Policies for all state institutions..
The TCC University Transfer Office oversees the creation of university transfer agreements and provides direction and coordination for university partnerships, student resources, and transfer policies, processes, and procedures.
TCC Institutional Learning Outcomes
Tulsa Community College graduates value cultural diversity, ethical behavior, and the unique role of public education in sustaining a free society. The following institutional learning outcomes function independently and in concert. TCC graduates demonstrate:
Institutional Learning Outcome: Graduates will be able to exchange information or ideas through listening, speaking, reading, writing, and other modes of interpersonal expression.
Institutional Learning Outcome: Graduates will be able to evaluate existing information in order to form judgments, raise new questions, and/or implement creative and effective solutions.
Institutional Learning Outcome: Graduates will be able to implement the skills necessary for physical, financial, mental, and/or emotional well-being.
Institutional Learning Outcome: Graduates will be able to evaluate one’s ethics and traditions in relation to others in order to respectfully interact with diverse groups.
What is General Education?
Tulsa Community College is committed to educating students for life as well as for their future careers. General Education is the part of a college curriculum shared by all students seeking a degree, regardless of major. It provides broad exposure to multiple disciplines and forms the basis for developing important intellectual and civic competencies. These include skills such as communication, critical thinking, personal responsibility, and social responsibility.
Click here to view the General Education Requirements .
Click here to view the Liberal Arts & Sciences Electives .