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The following statements define the graduation requirements.
Unless taken as part of an established institutional exchange program, credits earned at another institution while a student is registered concurrently at Colby may not be applied toward graduation requirements.
Quantity Requirement (Credits)
For the Class of 2005 and after: a minimum of 128 credit hours earned in at least eight semesters of full-time college-level study. Among the 128 credit hours, up to 15 may be earned in courses taken on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis, and up to 15 may be applied from field experience credits.
(1) By attaining before entrance a score of 64 or higher on the SAT-II Subject Test in a foreign language or in the Colby language placement test taken during orientation or a score of 4 or 5 in Advanced Placement language or literature. Refer to the section on placement in foreign languages in this catalogue for information concerning language placement tests at Colby.
(2) By successfully completing Colby's intensive language program in Salamanca, Spain, or Dijon, France. The Salamanca language program is available either fall or spring sememster; the Dijon program is available in the fall semester only. These programs are open to first-year students, sophomores, and juniors.
(3) By successfully completing a sequence of modern or classical language courses terminating with a course numbered above 126 in a modern language or Greek 131 or Latin 131. Students will be placed in the sequence according to ability.
(4) By successfully completing a previously approved intermediate-level language course at an approved college or university (see "Transferred Credits").
Students who have studied a foreign language not taught at Colby may fulfill the requirement by presenting evidence of having successfully completed at an accredited institution the intermediate level of that language.
For students whose native language is not English, knowledge of that language will be recognized as fulfilling the requirement. For a language taught at Colby, confirmation from the chair of the appropriate department must be filed with the Office of the Registrar. For languages not taught at Colby, confirmation must be attained from International Student Services in the Dean of Students Office. Testing may be required.
Area I ARTS: Courses in the history, theory, and/or practice of the creative arts.
Area II HISTORICAL STUDIES: Courses that investigate human experience by focusing on the development of cultures and societies as they evolve through time.
Area III LITERATURE: Courses that focus on literary works of the imagination and/or written texts in which ideas and creative or aesthetic considerations play a crucial role.
Area IV QUANTITATIVE REASONING: Courses that focus on quantitative or analytic reasoning about formally defined abstract structures.
Area V NATURAL SCIENCES: Courses that focus on the understanding of natural phenomena through observation, systematic study, and/or theoretical analysis. At least one course taken to satisfy Area V must contain a substantial laboratory component.
Area VI SOCIAL SCIENCES: Courses that focus on theoretically and methodologically directed inquiry into various aspects of human behavior and interaction.
With the consent of the departments or programs concerned, a student may change majors. Forms for officially effecting such change can be obtained from the Registrar's Office. A student may change majors at the end of the junior year if the equivalent of at least 12 credit hours, with a 2.00 average, has been earned in the new major. If, in the senior year, the average in courses completed toward the major falls below 2.00, the major requirement is not fulfilled, and the degree cannot be awarded.
Any student whose major average falls below 2.00 will be placed on probation by the Committee on Academic Standing. A student who fails to regain a 2.00 major average in the subsequent semester has lost the right to continue with that major. Each department or program designates the courses to be calculated toward retaining the major.
Options Specific options are available within above majors as follows:
Art: Art History
Art: Studio Art
Biology: Cell and Molecular Biology/Biochemistry
Biology: Environmental Science
Chemistry: Cell and Molecular Biology/Biochemistry
Chemistry: Environmental Sciences
Economics: Financial Markets
Geology: Earth Science
Geology: Environmental Science
January Program Requirement
To be eligible for graduation, each student must complete three January Programs if in residence for seven or more semesters, or two if in residence for six or fewer semesters. Students enrolled in CBB programs during the spring semester must complete one January Program in addition to the program completed in their first year. First-year students are required to take January courses offered by the College and are given preference in 100-level programs. Upperclass students have the option of courses, independent study, or field experience.
Because the January Program assures most students considerable flexibility in the use of their time, it permits them to participate more fully in extracurricular activities in athletics, drama, music, and other fields. While students are encouraged to attend the lectures, seminars, concerts, and art exhibitions scheduled by the College, they are expected to spend 30 to 40 hours a week on their January Program topics.
January Program options are:
(2) Independent Study. This involves an academic project under the direct supervision of a Colby faculty member. Projects ordinarily involve the preparation of an extensive paper or other suitable indication of the student's independent research or artistic efforts. Two options exist for electing January independent study: (a) for course credit that can be applied toward graduation requirements, to be graded as in (1) above; and (b) for January Program credit only, to be graded honors, pass, or fail.
(3) Field Experience and/or Internships. These projects, open to upperclass students, are usually carried out away from the campus. Though students doing such projects do not work under the direct supervision of a faculty member, their programs require a faculty sponsor. Credits earned through field experience or internship are nongraded and may be applied toward the graduation requirements. Field experience and internships may be elected for January Program credit only, to be graded honors, pass, or fail.
(4) Noncredit Courses. These courses fulfill the January Program requirement, but students do not earn course credit that can be applied toward the credit hours required for graduation. These courses may be offered by experts in fields not included in the regular curriculum and will be graded honors, pass, or fail.
Other than the grades indicated above, marks of Abs (absent from final examination) or Inc (work otherwise incomplete) may be given only in cases in which the student has made an acceptable arrangement with the instructor. Grades of Abs and Inc must be made up within limits set by the instructor and not later than the second day following spring recess.
A full description of January courses is issued in October, and students elect for January at that time. Changes in preregistration may be filed subsequently; however, students failing to register by the third day of the January Program will be considered to have failed the program for that year, with the failure to be noted on official transcripts. A student choosing not to do a January Program in any year must signify this decision on the registration form. Except under unusual circumstances, no more than one January Program may be taken each year. January Program options in field experience and internships must also be approved in advance by the field experience coordinator in the Career Services Office. Appropriate deadlines for the satisfactory/unsatisfactory option in January and for requesting approval for field experience or internship credit are established each year.
Requirement for Returning Students
For the Class of 2005 and after: A student returning to college after an absence must meet any new requirements for graduation if fewer than 65 Colby credit hours had been earned prior to the absence. If more than 64 credits had been earned, the student may elect to meet either the new requirements or those in effect at the time of initial enrollment.
Every effort is made to ensure that this information is correct. If you received conflicting information, have questions, or would like clarification, please contact the Registrar at 207-872-3000.
Colby is a four-year, residential, liberal arts college in Waterville, Maine. Colby offers undergraduate courses during fall and spring semesters and grants bachelors of arts degrees.