Course & Degree Information

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Enrolling, auditing, and withdrawing from your classes

You can use mySCC - Student Planning for all your scheduling needs. Whether you want to enroll, audit, or withdraw from your classes, mySCC - Student Planning makes it easy.

Adding a Course

There are two ways for a degree seeking student to add a course during open registration dates:

  1. Use mySCC.
  2. Register on campus by meeting with an SCC Academic Advisor. Visit the Academic Advising site to learn how.

Note: Non-degree seeking students should contact to register for classes.

Withdrawing from a course

There are two ways to drop a class:

  1. Use mySCC
  2. Meet with an SCC Academic Advisor. Visit the Academic Advising site to learn how.

Note: You may be eligible for a refund when dropping a course. See the information at Refund and Repayment Policy page. Withdrawing from a course may impact financial aid; please contact Financial Aid to learn more.


Auditing a Course

If you wish to attend a course without taking an examination or receiving credit for the course, you may register on an audit basis by emailing from your SCC email indicating the exact course you would like to audit.

  • Student auditing a course will pay the regular tuition rate and must meet the prerequisites or receive special permission from the instructor.
  • If you wish to change from audit to credit or from credit to audit after the start of the course, you must process the change through the Enrollment Services Department before the specified date for a particular term. Dates are prorated for courses less than 16 weeks in duration.
  • Students cannot count audited courses to establish full-time or part-time status.

Repeating a Course

You can repeat any credit course one time.

  • All grades from each attempt are recorded on the transcript, but SCC will use the higher grade to calculate the grade point average (GPA). Exceptions to this rule include PE activity courses and some music courses, in which all attempts will be calculated in the student’s GPA.
  • For financial assistance eligibility, all attempts will count towards maximum hour limits and completion ratio.
  • Some colleges and universities will recalculate the grade point average for admissions purposes and include both grades earned.
  • Students wishing to attempt a course for the third time must speak with a counselor or the department chair to obtain permission to enroll.
  • In general, courses may not be attempted a fourth time.

Choosing your classes

Choosing your classes involves some big decisions, and the better you plan your schedule, the more enjoyable and efficient your experiences at SCC will be. Below you'll find information about how degree programs at SCC work.

Changing your major.

Sometimes a change of direction is necessary. Students wishing to change majors or declare a major should visit the Academic Advising site to learn more.

Some courses offered at SCC require either a prerequisite or co-requisite (or both) before enrolling. All prerequisites or co-requisites are identified in the Course Descriptions section of the SCC catalog.

If you have already completed an identified prerequisite at another college, proof of prerequisite (report card or transcript) will be required. An advisor or enrollment services assistant can verify that the prerequisite has been fulfilled.

What is a prerequisite?

A prerequisite is a condition of enrollment that you are required to meet prior to enrolling in a course. These prerequisite courses provide the minimum level of proficiency knowledge needed for successful achievement in the next level course.

  • You must obtain written approval of any exceptions. Exceptions to prerequisites may be granted by the department chair. The student and department chair must complete the Permission to Register form. Department Chairs must send the completed form to Enrollment Services.
  • If you are taking or have just completed a prerequisite course for which SCC has not yet received grades, you may register for the advanced course; however, you must withdraw from the advanced course if the grade you received does not satisfy the requirement of "successful completion."
  • Grades of F (Failing), I (Incomplete), R (Re-enroll), V (Audit), and W (Withdrawal) do not constitute successfully completing a prerequisite.

What is a co-requisite?

A co-requisite is a course that needs to be taken concurrently with another course. This is very typical with science courses.

  • You must sign up for both the course and any co-requisite. If you later wish to drop the course, you must also drop the co-requisite. If you fail the course, but pass the co-requisite, you may be allowed to repeat that course without retaking the co-requisite. However, you will not be allowed to advance in a sequence of courses until both have been successfully completed.

Example: CHM 101 and co-requisite CHM 103 (lab)

Independent Study

Independent study may be used to complete the requirements for regularly offered courses.

  • If you wish to take a course on an independent study basis, you must get approval through the appropriate division dean.
  • The course curriculum must be developed and pursued under the direction of a faculty member.

Service Learning Program

The Service Learning Program at SCC provides you with practical, real-world experience as well as academic challenges. Get enrolled and get involved. Learn more about Service Learning.

Attendance Policy

The following is a rough outline of how attendance and absences are handled at SCC.

  • You should attend all class meetings in which you are enrolled.
  • Students are considered excessively absent when they have missed a class more times than the credit hour value of the course.
  • Excessive absence may be sufficient cause to fail the course.
  • For distance learning courses, “attendance” will be defined as active participation in the course as described in the individual course syllabus.
  • The final decision as to what constitutes excessive absence from a class is left to the instructor and will be outlined in the course syllabus.
  • Students should discuss any absences with their instructor.
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