Academic Catalog


The following definitions may be helpful to students’ understanding of the educational culture of postsecondary education:

Academic Record: transcript of grades, courses, credits and related academic information kept on file by the College

Accelerated Internet: offered completely online without any onsite face-to-face or traditional classroom meetings at DCCC campuses; shorter in length than a 15-week semester.

Accelerated Session: a period less than the fifteen-week semester in which students can complete coursework on an accelerated basis

Associate Degree (A.A., A.A.S., A.F.A., A.S.): a two-year degree that generally prepares students for further study or entry into the workplace

Asynchronous or Internet Course: offered completely online without any onsite face-to-face or traditional classroom meetings at DCCC campuses; does not require students to attend class meetings at designated days and times.

Certificate: recognition provided for completion of short-term vocational or career-training programs

Classroom/Internet Instruction: offered in a blended format with one or more face-to-face or traditional class sessions at a DCCC campus and at least one or more online sessions.

Core-to-Core: Core-to-Core articulations document a particular college's or university's promise to accept the general education credits embedded in a specific degree from the College.

Credit: the value assigned to a college course depending on the number of class hours per week. For example, a three-credit course meets three hours per week

Dual Admission: A Dual Admission agreement guarantees admission to the partner school and can also guarantee admission to a particular bachelor's degree.

Elective: an optional course selected by the student

ESL (English as a Second Language): English courses offered to speakers of other languages who completed most of their previous education outside of the United States to improve their English writing, grammar, reading, speaking and listening skills

FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid): a free financial aid application that must be submitted by students seeking grants and/or loans from state and federal governments, colleges and other sources

GED (General Educational Development): a test for people who have not graduated from high school that is used to confirm their mastery of information covered in a basic high school curriculum

Internships: option to attend college and do paid work, receiving credit for both

Major: the course of study in which a student concentrates coursework, time and attention

Placement Test: assessment given to new students to determine their skill levels in English, reading and mathematics and their academic starting point
Prerequisite: a level of accomplishment required prior to enrolling in a particular course. For example, English Composition I is a prerequisite for English Composition II

Registration: transaction through which students enroll in coursework

Semester: usually a fifteen-week period in which college courses are completed

Synchronous: offered completely online and requires students to log into and attend all class meetings during designated days and times similar to the on‑campus classroom environment.

Synchronous & Asynchronous Online: offered online with a mix of face-to-face learning during designated days and times similar to the on-campus/traditional classroom environment, as well as learning that occurs outside of designated meeting times.

Traditional Classroom: students and instructors meet in the classroom at the same day/s and time/s specified in the schedule at one of the College’s campuses. 

Subject Abbreviations:

The following subject abbreviations are used throughout the catalog and refer to courses within a specific discipline.

ACC, Accounting
ADJ, Administration of Justice
AHA, Health Administration
AHM, Allied Health Medical
AHN, Allied Health Nursing
AHS, Surgical Technology
ARB, Arabic
ARC, Architecture
ART, Art
AUT, Auto Mechanics
BIO, Biology
BUS, Business
CHE, Chemistry
COMM, Communication Studies
CPT, Carpentry
CUL, Culinary Arts
CS, Computing Science
DPR, Computer Information Systems
DRA, Drama
ECE, Early Childhood Education
ECO, Economics
EDU, Education
EGR, Engineering
ELT, Electrical Occupations
EMER, Emergency Management and Planning
EMS, Emergency Medical Services
EMTP, EMT Paramedic
ENG, English
ESL, English as a Second Language
ESS, Earth and Space Science
FRE, French
FST, Fire Science Technology
GER, German
HIS, History
HRM, Hotel and Restaurant Management
HUM, Humanities
HUS, Human Services
HVA, Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration
IMM, Interactive Multimedia
INT, Interdisciplinary
IST, Industrial Systems Technology
ITA, Italian
MAT, Mathematics
MPT, Municipal Police Training
MTT, Machine Tool Technology
MUS, Music
NDT, Neurodiagnostic Technology
NET, Network Engineering
NUS, Nursing
OCS, Occupational Studies
PCT, Process Control Technology
PHI, Philosophy
PHY, Physics
PLB, Plumbing
PLG, Paralegal Studies
POL, Political Science
PSY, Psychology
REA, Reading
RTH, Respiratory Therapy
RUS, Russian
SCI, Science
SOC, Sociology
SPA, Spanish
SWO, Social Work
TCC, Technical Department Core
TCS, Construction Technology
TDD, Drafting and Design Technology
TEC, Technical Study
TEL, Electronics Technology
TME, Mechanical Technology
WLD, Welding