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Records Policies and Procedures

Transfer of Credit

from Other Institutions

Equivalent college course credits earned at other

regionally accredited institutions may apply to

degrees awarded by LSCS if at least a grade of

“D” was earned. Transcripts from previously attended

institutions are needed before registration

for prerequisites and placement. See page 31

for Student Success Initiative and Texas Success

Initiative requirements. The criteria for transfer

from regionally accredited institutions and onregionally

accredited institutions is on the Web

site LoneStar.edu/transfer-into-lsc.htm. Official

transcripts must be received before subsequent

registration or before a student is admitted to

any degree or certificate program. If requested,

it is the student’s responsibility to bring in course

descriptions so the evaluator may determine if it

is equivalent to a LSCS course.

International Transcripts

Should a student wish to use credits obtained

from an institution outside the boundaries and

territories of the United States toward a certificate

or degree from LSCS, a course by course evaluation

must be completed by one of the following:

1. American Association for Collegiate Registrars

and Admissions Officers (AACRAO)

International Education Ser vices, or

2. An evaluation service which is a member

of the National Association of Credential

Evaluation Services Inc. (NACES)

Evaluations must be provided in addition to the

official transcripts of credit. A list of evaluation

providers affiliated with NACES is available from

the admissions office. This evaluation must be

mailed directly from the agency to the college

or student information services office.

Transcripts of Credit from

Lone Star College

The transcript of credit earned is an official

copy of the student’s complete academic record

accumulated at the Lone Star College System.

Transcripts can be requested through the My-

Records Web site at MyRecords.LoneStar.edu.

After the request has been submitted or after

the close of a semester, the student should allow

approximately one week for delivery.

Copies of student transcripts from another school

will not be released through LSCS. Official

transcripts should always be requested from the

institution at which credit was earned.

Official transcripts may be withheld if any

financial obligations to the college system have

not been paid.

Registration in subsequent semesters will not

be allowed until all outstanding debts with the

college system are cleared and/or official transcripts


Grade Reports

Students are expected to monitor progress in

their courses. Final grade reports are available

at LoneStar.edu/MyRecords at the end of each


Students should review the transcript/grade report

for accuracy. All requests for corrections or

review must be submitted to the admissions office

within 12 months of the close of the semester in

which the course was taken. Requests submitted

after this period will not be accepted.

Repetition of Courses

When a student repeats a course, all grades

remain on the record with a notation for the

course no longer used in GPA calculation. It is the

student’s responsibility to fill out a course repeat

form which will adjust the cumulative grade point

average to reflect the higher grade received

for the course. When a course is repeated, the

credit hours will be counted only once toward

graduation, unless a degree plan specifies that

a course may be repeated for additional credit.

If a student registers again for a course with a

current mark of “I,” the “I” becomes an “F.”

If a course is taken more than three times there

will be an additional fee of $60 per credit hour,

unless the course may be repeated for credit.

Classification Status

First year student: 0 to 29 semester hours of

credit earned.

Second year student: 30 to 72 semester hours

of credit earned.




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Enrollment Status

For the fall, spring or summer semester, a full-time

student is one enrolled in at least 12 semester

hours as of the official day of record of the

semester. Verifications of enrollment are not

released until the official day of the semester.

Exceptions may be permitted for special

programs. Contact the admissions office for

additional information concerning certification

of enrollment status.

Veteran’s status must be verified with the

veteran services office at gibill@LoneStar.edu

or 281.290.2898.

Release of Student Records Policy

In compliance with the Family Educational Rights

and Privacy Act of 1974, the Lone Star College

System gives notice that the following types of

information will be released upon request and

may require approval of the appropriate administrator,

unless the student desires to withhold all

or any portion of it: student’s name, address,

LSCS e-mail address, telephone listing, date and

place of birth, major field of study, participation

in officially recognized activities and sports,

semesters enrolled, degrees, certificates and

awards received, photograph, enrollment status,

student classification, and the most recent previous

educational agency or institution attended

by the student.

Any student objecting to the release of all or

any portion of such information must notify the

admissions office in writing as soon as possible

during each semester of enrollment.

Release of any additional information pertaining

to student records must be authorized by the

student (i.e., grades, transcripts). The student’s

parents may authorize release of information if

the student is younger than 18 years of age and

a dependent as defined by the Internal Revenue

Service. A student or parents of a student under

the age of 18 may request to view the student’s

educational records with a written request to the

student services office at the college(s) attended.

Degree Plans and Transfer Guides

Advisors, counselors, and faculty will assist

students in planning course schedules to meet

specific degree plans or certificates as outlined in

this catalog. A currently enrolled student whose

goal is to pursue a baccalaureate degree may

request a transfer guide which provides specific

information relating to course transfer to other

colleges or universities.

Transfer to Other Institutions

It is the responsibility of each student to check

with the institution to which he or she expects

to transfer as soon as this choice is made. It is

also the student’s responsibility to be sure that

courses are selected that will be acceptable for

the chosen program of study at the four-year

institution. A careful review of the current catalog

from the chosen college or university will

answer most questions. There have been some

statewide fields of study (agreements between

community colleges and universities) that have

been approved by the Texas Higher Education

Coordinating Board (THECB) for a selected group

of majors. See the advising/counseling office for

additional information. Students may also sign up

for the Joint Admissions Program. Visit LoneStar.

edu/joint-admissions for more information.

1. A 2.0 “C” grade point average is generally

sufficient to gain admission to a four-year college

upon transfer, but there are some colleges and

universities which require a grade point average

above 2.0. Admission to certain fields of study

may require a higher grade point average than

the general college requirements for admission.

2. Students who enroll in classes in excess

of 30 hours beyond the baccalaureate

degree plan may be required to pay outof-

state tuition rates for additional credits.

3. The student should consult with the counseling/

advising office for information regarding

transferability of course work. In addition, the

student should contact the admissions office of

the college or university to which the transfer

is planned for specific admission requirements

and evaluation of transfer work. The THECB

has enacted specific steps to resolve transfer

disputes involving first- or second-year courses.

a. If an institution of higher education does not

accept course credit earned by a student

at another institution of higher education,

the receiving institution shall give written

notice to the student and to the sending

institution that transfer of the course credit

is denied. A receiving institution shall also

provide written notice of the reasons for




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denying credit for a particular course or

set of courses at the request of the sending


b. A student who receives notice as specified

in Subsection (1) may dispute the denial

of credit by contacting a designated official

at either the sending or the receiving


c. The two institutions and the student shall

attempt to resolve the transfer of the course

credit in accordance with THECB rules and


d. If the transfer dispute is not resolved to the

satisfaction of the student or the sending

institution within 45 days after the date the

student received written notice of denial,

the institution that denies the course credit

for transfer shall notify the commissioner of

its denial and the reasons for the denial.

e. The commissioner of higher education or

the commissioner’s designee shall make

the final determination about a dispute

concerning the transfer of course credit and

give written notice of the determination to

the involved student and institutions.

f. The THECB shall collect data on the types of

transfer disputes that are reported and the

disposition of each case that is considered

by the commissioner or the commissioner’s


g. If a receiving institution has cause to believe

that a course being presented by a student

for transfer from another school is not of an

acceptable level of quality, it should first

contact the sending institution and attempt

to resolve the problem. In the event that

the two institutions are unable to come

to a satisfactory resolution, the receiving

institution may notify the commissioner of

higher education, who may investigate

the course. If its quality is found to be

unacceptable, the Board may discontinue

funding for the course.

4. Some courses in the program of instruction

may not transfer. Several are designed specifically

for job entry or career preparation, and

these frequently are not transferable. Such

courses are listed in the associate of applied

science degree plans and the requirements

for a certificate. Since developmental courses

will not apply toward the completion of a degree,

they do not transfer. In other instances,

courses in our curriculum which are taught at

the junior level or above in a senior institution

usually will transfer only as electives, not as

equivalent courses. Check with the counseling/

advising office for specific information.

5. An official transcript of credit earned at LSCS will

be forwarded only upon the student’s written or

electronic request. Transcripts of credit earned

at colleges or universities other than LSCS must

be requested from that school by the student.

6. Tuition rebates up to $1,000 are available

to students if they complete their bachelor’s

degree with having attempted no more than

three hours above the requirements for the

degree. This program is available for coursework

related to the first baccalaureate degree

received from a Texas public university, and

it is available for students who have enrolled

for the first time in higher education in the fall

1997 semester or later. The student must be a

Texas resident and attempted all coursework at

a Texas public institution of higher education.

Common Course Numbering System

LSCS is part of a group of Texas colleges and

universities that teach courses similar in nature

and have been designated with common numbers.

The purpose of assigning a common number

is to facilitate transferability of courses among

participating institutions.

The Texas Common Course Numbering System

(TCCNS) is designed to help identify courses

needed when transferring to another member

institution after completion of course work at

LSCS. Courses contained in the TCCNS are

general academic courses (not developmental

courses and workforce courses).

More information about the TCCNS at LSCS may

be obtained at www.tccns.org or by visiting the

admissions office.

Students currently enrolled at another institution

should contact the appropriate departments at

that institution for information.




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Academic Policies,

Procedures and Services

Weekend College:

Courses are scheduled Friday night, Saturday or

Sunday. Meeting times vary by campus.

Mini-Mester Terms:

Typically, mini-mesters are offered in December and

May each year in a condensed timeframe with a

standard number of contact hours.

Condensed Formats:

Selected courses are available in accelerated time

frames of fewer than 16 weeks. All courses meet the

standard number of contact hours.

Class Attendance

Students are expected to abide by the faculty member’s

attendance policy as stated in the course syllabus. It

is the student’s responsibility to consult with faculty

members regarding absences and the possibility of

make-up work. Attendance in hybrid or other classes

is not optional.

Student Absence on Religious

Holy Days

The student must notify the faculty member in writing

within the first 12 days of the semester of the intent

to be absent due to a religious holy day. Under

Texas Education Code 51.911, a student who is

absent from classes for the observance of a religious

holy day shall be allowed to take an examination

or complete an assignment scheduled for that day

within a reasonable time as established by the

faculty member.

Course Outcomes and Examinations

Course outcomes are provided in the faculty member’s

course syllabus to students at the beginning of each

course. The evaluation of student course progress and

the final grade are based on the degree of mastery

of course outcomes.

A final examination or evaluation activity will be given

in each course at the end of each semester during

the scheduled examination period unless the faculty

member has made special arrangements with the

appropriate vice president.

Course Numbering System

Courses numbered from 1000 to 2999 are collegelevel


Courses numbered 0000 to 0999 are considered

developmental/pre-college level. These courses carry

institutional credit, but are not considered transferable.

Credits from these courses do not meet degree


Credit for Courses

The semester hour is the unit of measurement at Lone

Star College. One semester credit hour is generally

defined as one hour of class per week for a 16-week

semester lecture course. The number of semester hours

for a course which includes a laboratory, practicum,

or internship component varies.

It is the student’s responsibility to take courses in

sequence and at the proper level. Students are encouraged

to seek advising prior to enrollment each


Flexible Schedule Options

The colleges of LSCS offer a number of alternative

scheduling options in addition to the traditional semester

length college credit courses. Some of these

options require fewer student trips to campus.

Hybrid Classes:

Hybrid classes are a combination of online

instruction and campus-based instruction.

Online Learning:

The instruction for online learning classes is delivered

via the Internet. Students must have access to a computer

and Internet services. Proctored exams at an

approved location may be required. Students enrolling

in online classes are expected to login to their classes

before the end of the first day of the class. Students

having any difficulties should contact the LSC Online

helpdesk by going to LoneStar.edu/lsc-online to chat

with a helpdesk representative or call 832.813.6700

or e-mail distance.learning@lonestar.edu.




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Grading Standards

There are four grades indicating that grade point

credit has been received. One grade (F) and marks

listed below indicate that no credit has been achieved.

The marks are an accounting device to indicate

enrollment in courses with no credit received and no

grade points awarded. A mark of CR indicates that

the student has received credit for a course but no

grade was awarded. In some program areas such as

developmental studies and nursing, a grade of “C”

or above is required to meet degree requirements or

indicates that credit has been received.

Using the following system, final grades or marks are

reported for each student for every credit course taken:

Grade Point Average

Grade points earned for each course are determined

by multiplying the number of points for each grade

by the number of credit hours the course carries. For

example, a student who takes a three-hour course

and earns an “A” accumulates 12 grade points

for that course. A student’s grade point average is

computed by adding the grade point values for all

college-level courses for which grade point values

(A, B, C, D, and F) may be computed, and dividing

this total by the appropriate number of credit hours

attempted during the same period. Only hours for

which grades are awarded are used in calculating

the grade point average. Efective January 2010 all

credit courses will be counted in the GPA including

developmental and ESOL courses.

Credit Grade/Marks Interpretation Grade Points

A Excellent Performance 4

B Good Performance 3

C Acceptable Performance 2

D Passing (not available for developmental studies courses) 1

F Failing 0

I Incomplete. Given instructor approval, work must be completed according

to the timelines on the “I” contract but no later than the end of the

subsequent fall or spring semester. Failure to complete the work within

the specified time will result in an “F.” A student should not register again

for a course in which a mark of “I” has been given. If the student registers

for the course, the “I” will change to a grade of “F.” Not Computed

W Withdrawal Not Computed

IP Course in progress (for developmental courses, or approved special

circumstances courses only). Students who earn an IP have participated

fully in the class but have not met all criteria for making progress to the

next level of courses. IP remains on the transcript. Not Computed

NR No Grade reported by faculty member Not Computed

* Course repeated at LSCS Not Computed

NC No credit (prior to September 1982) Not Computed

X No credit (prior to September 1975) Not Computed

P Course in Progress (prior to September 1993) Not Computed

CR Credit awarded Not Computed

Continuing Education Grades

S Satisfactory

N Non Satisfactory

T Taken




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ticipate in specially designed programs designated

by the college.

• Academic Warning: The first time a student earns

a semester GPA of less than a 2.0, the student

is placed on academic warning.

• Academic Probation: The second time a student

earns a semester GPA of less than a 2.0, the

student is placed on academic probation.

• Continued Academic Probation: A student will be

placed on continued academic probation when

the student: 1) Has been on academic warning

and probation and; 2) Has a cumulative GPA

that is 2.0 or higher and; 3) Has a semester GPA

that is less than 2.0. Students may still enroll in

courses under the guidelines stated above.

• Academic Suspension: A student with a

continuing history of low academic performance

is placed on academic suspension when the

student: 1) Has been on academic warning and

probation and; 2) Has a cumulative GPA below

2.0 and; 3) Has a semester GPA below 2.0. An

academic suspension will result in a student being

denied enrollment for a minimum of one spring

or fall semester. Students desiring to appeal a

suspension must follow the guidelines stipulated

by the individual college at which the majority

of their courses have been completed. For more

information on appealing a suspension, students

may contact their college counseling center.

A student who re-enters the college after having been

suspended will return on academic probation status

and will be subject to the requirements outlined above.

Financial Aid Students: Students receiving financial

assistance must make satisfactory academic progress

in accordance with this system policy and are

also subject to the academic progress requirements

governing financial assistance awards. Students on

academic warning, probation, continued probation,

or suspension, and also receiving financial assistance

are encouraged to contact their college financial aid

office to determine further eligibility.

Academic Achievement Recognition

There are several ways that outstanding academic

achievement by students is recognized at LSCS colleges.

Graduates are recognized as follows:

• Students who earn a degree from a LSCS

college with a cumulative GPA of 3.9-4.0 will

be acknowledged by Summa Cum Laude on

the diploma.

Academic Accountability

The academic standards of LSCS are based on a

philosophy of maximizing student progress toward

successful course and program completion. Academic

success in college requires maturity and dedication

to regular and well-defined study habits. Academic

standards criteria are designed to monitor student

progress so that student and college staff can intervene

and explore options to assist students who have difficulty

meeting minimum requirements for successful

course or program completion.

Academic standing is computed at the end of each

enrollment period and is based upon the following

grades and marks (A, B, C, D, F) earned by the student

at LSCS. Different grade point average calculations

are used in determining academic standing:

• Semester Grade Point Average (GPA): Includes

grades earned in all courses at LSCS during the

most recent semester (includes developmental


• Cumulative Credit GPA: Includes grades

earned in all credit classes at LSCS (prior

to spring 2011 this does not include

developmental courses).

Academic Standing Categories:

• Good Standing: A student will be considered to

be in good academic standing when the student

earns both a semester and a cumulative GPA of

at least a 2.0

• Academic Progress: A student will be considered

to be making academic progress when the

student earns a semester GPA of at least a 2.0

but has a cumulative GPA less than 2.0.

Students who do not maintain the minimum GPA

outlined above will be placed on academic warning,

academic probation, continued academic probation

or academic suspension. These four academic status

levels alert the student, faculty and staff to problems

in the student’s academic performance so that strategies

for intervention and assistance can be employed.

Students placed into one of the following academic

standing categories are expected to take advantage

of the many resources available on each campus and

are encouraged to establish contact with their college

advising center for additional support and assistance.

In addition, students whose status is other than “good

standing” may be required to register for a reduced

course load; register for specific courses or to parACADEMIC



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• Students who attain a cumulative GPA of 3.7 -

3.899 will be acknowledged by Magna Cum

Laude on the diploma.

• Students who attain a cumulative GPA of 3.5

- 3.699 will be acknowledged by Cum Laude

on the diploma.

• Students receiving a certificate with a cumulative

4.0 GPA will be acknowledged by With

Distinction on the diploma in recognition of this


Currently enrolled students are acknowledged each

semester through the President’s List if they have accumulated

at least 12 credit hours (including developmental

studies hours) and have a semester grade

point average of 3.30 or above for 6 or more credit

hours completed that semester. All “I” grades must

be changed to a letter grade prior to computing the

semester GPA for President’s List status.

Honors Program:

LSCS offers an innovative honors program for highly

motivated, academically capable students. Honors

students enjoy the freedom to work independently

and collaboratively with faculty who encourage lively,

engaging discourse and challenging activities inside

and outside the classroom.

Honors credit is earned through special contracts or

classes with faculty members who are committed to an

open-ended approach to learning. Students have many

opportunities to contribute extensively and creatively

through small group interaction, seminars, laboratories,

oral reports, special research topics, informed

discussion, and/or individual and group projects.

Involvement in the Honors Program can result in

several levels of recognition for students. These are:

• Students successfully completing an honors

course will receive appropriate designation on

their transcripts.

• Students who complete 15 hours of honors credit

with a 3.5 GPA will be recognized at commencement

and will receive the designation of Honors

Program Graduate on their transcript.

• Students completing 9 hours of honors credit

with a 3.5 GPA and 25 hours of community

service will be recognized at commencement

and will receive the designation of Honors

Scholar Graduate on their transcript.

• Students who complete 15 hours of honors credit

with a 3.5 GPA and 25 hours of community service

will be recognized at commencement and

will receive the designation of Honors Scholar

with Distinction on their transcript.

Phi Theta Kappa:

Colleges within the system all have active chapters of

Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society. Students

who have a 3.5 cumulative GPA or higher, have

completed at least 12 college-level credit hours, and

are currently enrolled in at least three credit hours are

eligible for membership. In addition to emphasizing

academic excellence, Phi Theta Kappa International

Honor Society promotes the hallmarks of leadership,

service, and fellowship among its members. In recent

years, members from the colleges’ chapters have held

several leadership positions within both the international

and the Texas region of this society and have

been recognized with numerous awards. Graduating

students belonging to the local and national Phi Theta

Kappa International Honor Society will be recognized

in the commencement program and wear the Phi

Theta Kappa International Honor Society stole with

their regalia.

Service Learning:

Service learning combines community service with

academic instruction to create an opportunity for

experiential learning. Students will find service

learning opportunities offered in a variety of courses

system-wide. Students who engage in a minimum of

15 contact hours of service learning activities in a

course will receive service learning designation for

the course on the transcript.

Award of Credit for

Non-Traditional Experiences

Students with certain documented learning experiences

may be eligible for credit through curriculum

team-approved prior learning assessments (PLA) if they

have not yet attempted the course. Students enrolled

in a course on official day may not apply for PLA

credit for that course. More information is available

at LoneStar.edu/PLA.

Advanced Standing

Advanced standing permits the student to move to

more advanced work by the equating of test results,

previous grades, and/or interviews by the appropriate

department. Advanced standing is not placed on

a student’s official transcript. No credit is awarded.

There is no fee for this evaluation. Contact the dean

of the specific subject area for more information.




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RADR 1409*

RADR 1411*

SGNL 1401

For additional information and levels/scores

for advanced standing, contact the counseling/

advising office.

Credit by Internal Challenge Exams

Course challenge exams are developed and approved

by LSCS curriculum teams, and administered by the

college division. The same course challenge exam,

cooperatively developed by the curriculum team for the

department, is used at all campuses. Credit awarded

by LSCS through course challenge exams applies to

its programs of study. Other academic institutions

may not accept credit obtained through LSCS course

challenge exams.

1. Students receiving credit by examination must

be fully admitted to LSCS at the time credit is


2. All credit by examination must be equated with

an LSCS course number and description.

3. Each examination may only be attempted one


4. Credit by examination will be recorded on

the student’s official transcript without grade

equivalent or inclusion in the student’s GPA.

5. Applicable test fees must be paid in advance.

The following courses can be completed by taking

an internal challenge exam. A student may not take

a challenge exam for a course in which he/she has

already been enrolled on or after official day. For

further information on exams and other course requirements,

go to www.LoneStar.edu/PLA/ or contact the

program area of interest at a LSCS college.

AUMT 1405

AUMT 1407

CETT 1402

COSC 1401

CSME 1254

CSME 1310

CSME 1501

CSME 1505

DFTG 1305

DFTG 1309

DFTG 1325

EMSP 1338

EMSP 1355

EMSP 1356

EMSP 2330

EMSP 2338

EMSP 2348

EMSP 2434

EMSP 2444

HART 1407

HITT 1305

ITAL 1412

ITNW 1425

ITSC 1401

ITSE 1402

ITSW 1301

METL 1405

NDTE 2311

PHRA 1102

PHRA 1304

PHRA 1305

PHRA 1309

PHRA 1347

PHRA 1413

PHRA 1449

POFT 1329

POFT 1371

RADR 1260*

RADR 1313*

* Student must provide evidence of current LMRT licensure

before taking any RADR challenge exam.

Credit by External Examination

The purpose of the credit by examination program is

to provide college credit for work experience and/or

educational work without transcript credit. This allows

a student to complete undergraduate requirements in

less time and at lower cost and to enrich educational

experience by taking courses other than those that

merely repeat previously learned material.

LSCS curriculum teams recommend if external examinations

may be used for awarding of credits. For more

information, contact the counseling/advising office.

LSCS offers course credit to academically qualified

entering students. Such credit may be obtained by

different methods in certain subject areas.

1. Achievement Test (ACT)

2. College level examination program (CLEP):

Specific subject areas only. No general

examinations will be accepted. Students may

resubmit new CLEP foreign language scores for

PLA every six months.

3. Advanced placement program by the college

board. The AP College Board tests are offered

through the high schools.

4. International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma

program examinations.

LSC-Tomball and LSC-North Harris are the official

testing sites for CLEP exams at LSCS. The registered

LSC-Tomball CLEP test center number is 8720 and

the phone number is 832.559.4245. The registered

LSC-North Harris CLEP test center number is 6508 and

the phone number is 281.618.5744. Scores made

on the CLEP should be submitted to the advising office

four weeks prior to enrollment.

A list of available credits through external examination


SGNL 1402

SLNG 1211

WLDG 1428

WLDG 1457




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Subject Area Examination LSCS Course Min. Score


English IB (SL) ENGL 1301& 1302 4

English IB (HL) ENGL 1301, 1302 & 2332 4

English Usage ACT ENGL 1301 31

English Language & Composition AP College Board ENGL 1301 3

American Literature CLEP ENGL 2327 & 2328 46

English Literature CLEP ENGL 2322 & 2323 46

English Literature & Composition AP College Board ENGL 1302 3


French CLEP FREN 1411 & 1412 50

Spanish IB (AB) SPAN 1411 4

Spanish IB (B) (SL) SPAN 1411& 1412 4

Spanish IB (HL) SPAN 1411, 1412, 2311 & 2312 4

Spanish CLEP SPAN 1411 & 1412 50

German CLEP GERM 1411 & 1412 50

Spanish Language AP College Board SPAN 1411 & 1412 3

Spanish Language AP College Board SPAN 1411, 1412 & 2311 4

Spanish Language AP College Board SPAN 1411, 1412, 2311, 2312 & 2306 5

French IB (AB) FREN 1411 4

French IB (B) (SL) FREN 1411 & 1412 4

French IB (HL) FREN 1411, 1412, 2311 & 2312 4

French Language AP College Board FREN 1411 & 1412 3

French Language AP College Board FREN 1411, 1412 & 2311 4

French Language AP College Board FREN 1411, 1412, 2311 & 2312 5

German IB (AB) GERM 1411 4

German IB (B) (SL) GERM 1411 & 1412 4

German IB (HL) GERM 1411, 1412, 2311 & 2312 4

German Language AP College Board GERM 1411 & 1412 3

German Language AP College Board GERM 1411, 1412 & 2311 4

German Language AP College Board GERM 1411, 1412, 2311 & 2312 5

Italian IB (AB) ITAL 1411 4

Italian IB (B) (SL) ITAL 1411 & 1412 4

Italian IB (HL) ITAL 1411, 1412, 2311 & 2312 4

Italian Language AP College Board ITAL 1411 & 1412 3

Italian Language AP College Board ITAL 1411, 1412 & 2311 4

Italian Language AP College Board ITAL 1411, 1412, 2311 & 2312 5


American Government CLEP GOVT 2301 50

US History I CLEP HIST 1301 50

US History II CLEP HIST 1302 50

US History AP College Board HIST 1301 or 1302 4

World History IB (SL) HIST 2321 or 2322 5

World History IB (HL) HIST 2321 or 2322 4

Western Civilization I CLEP HIST 2311 46

Western Civilization II CLEP HIST 2312 47

Sociology CLEP SOCI 1301 53

Social & Cultural Anthropology IB (HL) ANTH 2346 4

Statistics* CLEP PSYC 2317 50

Philosophy IB (SL) PHIL 1301 4

Psychology AP College Board PSYC 2301 3

Psychology IB (SL) PSYC 2301 5

Psychology IB (HL) PSYC 2301 4

Psychology * CLEP PSYC 2301 55

Geography IB (HL) GEOG 1303 4




LSCS Catalog 2010/2011 69

Subject Area Examination LSCS Course Min. Score


Financial Accounting CLEP ACCT 2401 52


Mathematical Studies IB (SL) MATH 1332 4

Further Mathematical Studies IB (SL) MATH 1332 4

Mathematics IB (HL) MATH 1325 4

Math ACT MATH 1314 28

College Algebra CLEP MATH 1314 50

Precalculus CLEP MATH 2412 50

Calculus with Elementary Functions CLEP MATH 2413 50

Biology IB (SL) BIOL 1406 4

Biology IB (HL) BIOL 1406 & 1407 4

Biology AP College Board BIOL 1406 & 1407 4

Math Calculus AB AP College Board MATH 2413 3(AB)

Math Calculus BC AP College Board MATH 2413 & 2414 4(BC)

Math Calculus BC AP College Board MATH 2413 3(BC) or 3(AB)

Statistics AP College Board MATH 1342 3

Chemistry AP College Board CHEM 1411 & 1412 4

Chemistry IB (SL) CHEM 1411 4

Chemistry IB (HL) CHEM 1411 & 1412 5

Physics IB PHYS 1401 4

Geology IB (SL) ENVR 1401 or GEOL 1405 4


Music IB MUSI 1306 4

Music Theory AP College Board MUSI 1211 & 1216 4

Drawing Studio Art ** AP College Board ARTS 1316 4

Design Studio Art ** AP College Board ARTS 1311 4

History of Art AP College Board ARTS 1303 4

Visual Arts IB ARTS 1301 or 1311 or 1316 4

Theatre Arts IB DRAM 1310 4

A student who wishes to take the French/German/Spanish (F/G/S)-CAPE placement exam

will be placed into the following classes:


F/G/S-CAPE 277-329 Student places in 1412 #

F/G/S-CAPE 330-389 Student places in 2311 #

F/G/S-CAPE 390-424 Student places in 2312 #

The following footnotes refer to activities which must take place on campus. Please contact the counseling office

for additional information.

# The CAPE is a computerized placement exam that may be taken one time per semester. No essay or interview is required.

Students are placed in the appropriate course based on the test score they obtain. Upon completion of the course with

a grade of C or better, the student receives credit for the course and can request credit for lower level courses. See

LoneStar.edu/PLA to determine the lower level courses for which a student may be eligible and for information regarding

the fees associated with CAPE testing.

* LSCS essay required.

** Portfolio review with LSCS faculty.

Note: A fee of $25 per assessment will be charged for any additional assessments needed.




70 LSCS Catalog 2010/2011

Academic Integrity

The Lone Star College System upholds the core

values of learning: honesty, respect, fairness, and

accountability. The system promotes the importance

of personal and academic honesty. The system embraces

the belief that all learners – students, faculty,

staff and administrators – will act with integrity and

honesty and must produce their own work and give

appropriate credit to the work of others. Fabrication

of sources, cheating, or unauthorized collaboration is

not permitted on any work submitted within the system.

The consequences for academic dishonesty are

determined by the professor, or the professor and

academic dean, or the professor and chief student

services officer and can include but are not limited to:

1. Having additional class requirements imposed,

2. Receiving a grade of zero or “F” for an exam

or assignment,

3. Receiving a grade of “F” for the course,

4. Being withdrawn from the course or program,

5. Being expelled from the college system.

Professors should clearly explain how the student’s

actions violated the academic integrity policy, how a

grade was calculated, and the actions taken.

Academic Appeals

An academic appeal is a formal request by a student

to change a grade or to challenge a penalty imposed

for violation of standards of academic integrity such as

plagiarism or cheating. A request to change a grade

or to challenge a penalty must be made within 12

months of the action. A grade may only be changed

by the instructor of record (or by a full-time instructor

in the absence of the instructor of record) or by the

Academic Appeals Committee. Students in specialized

disciplines should check their student handbook for

program-specific appeal procedures.

An academic appeal will be considered if there is

evidence that one or more of the following conditions

exist: (1) error in calculation of grade; (2) deviation

from the syllabus or system policy manual; (3) disparate

academic treatment of a student that is not

addressed by EEO processes; or (4) inappropriate

penalties imposed for an academic integrity violation.

An appeal will not be considered because of general

dissatisfaction with a grade, penalty, or outcome of

a course. Disagreement with the instructor’s professional

judgment of the quality of the student’s work

and performance is also not an admissible basis for

an academic appeal.

Before a student brings an academic appeal, he or

she should first meet with the instructor to request that

a change be made. If the student is not satisfied with

the outcome or cannot consult with the instructor, he or

she must meet with the appropriate dean to determine

if resolution can be reached.

If resolution is not reached and the student desires to

pursue the appeal, the student will state specifically the

basis of the appeal in writing to the instructional vice

president. If the instructional vice president determines

that the appeal does not meet the requirements of this

policy, he/she shall communicate this in writing to the

student. The decision of the vice president is final.

If the instructional vice president determines that the

appeal is appropriate under this policy, he/she will

convene the Academic Appeals Committee to consider

the complaint. The instructional vice president will

notify the student regarding the Academic Appeals

Committee meeting date, his/her rights, and next

steps in the process.

An Academic Appeals Standing Committee will be

appointed at each college for one year by the instructional

vice president and shall consist of:

1. Four full-time faculty members who will be

appointed by the instructional vice president.

One of the four faculty members will be

appointed by the instructional vice president

as chairperson of the committee.

2. Two students who will be nominated by the

chief student affairs officer.

3. Members will be replaced or added by the

instructional vice president if conflict of interest

is apparent or specific expertise is required in

regard to the circumstances of an appeal.

The committee will be convened by the chairperson

in a timely manner and will conduct its activities in

private. The student and the faculty member will be

permitted to present witnesses and evidence relevant

to the appeal.

The committee will not be bound by rules of evidence

and will conduct its hearing in an informal manner. The

student or faculty member may have a representative

present but that person is not allowed to participate

during the hearing. A two-thirds majority vote of the

full committee shall be required to change the grade,

penalty or academic action at issue.

The committee will inform the instructional vice president

of its decision in writing. The instructional vice

president will notify the student and faculty member

in writing of the committee’s decision. The decision of

the Academic Appeals Committee is final.




LSCS Catalog 2010/2011 71

Requests for Courses

Students’ suggestions of courses to offer are an

important part of course and curriculum planning.

Requests should be made as follows:

• If the course is listed in the catalog, a student

may present a request to either the dean or the

instructional vice president that the course be

placed on the schedule.

• If the course or program is not listed in the catalog,

a written request may be made to the dean or to

the vice president of instruction for the course or

program to be added to the curriculum.


The library at each college provides print, electronic,

and audiovisual resources and services for students

and faculty. The materials have been selected to

serve the curricular, workforce and leisure needs of

the college community.

LSCS libraries participate in several reciprocal/

joint borrowing agreements, including the statewide

program known as TexShare and the local Harmonic

Consortium group which includes both Montgomery

and Harris County public library systems. TexShare is

a state-wide academic library cooperative program

that encourages reciprocal borrowing privileges at all

participating college and university libraries in Texas.

Through the Harmonic Consortium, two of the LSCS

libraries, located at Lone Star College-CyFair and Lone

Star College-Tomball, provide borrowing privileges

with the Montgomery County Memorial Library system

and the Harris County Public Library system.

The libraries maintain a common electronic catalog of

holdings, so that students at any college have online

access to the system-wide collection. Each college

library also provides online access to a variety of

information including full-text databases, indexes to

journals, and a variety of internet resources. Library

users are able to access the library’s electronic resources

remotely from their home computers or from

their job workstations. Library facilities and selected

services are available to the community according to

system-wide policies.

LSCS is also a member of Online Computer Library

Center Inc. (OCLC). Affiliation with this international

organization enables the system to supplement the

collection by cooperative arrangements for sharing

resources with other institutions in the community,

region, state and nation through affiliation with the

OCLC Interlibrary Loan Subsystem. Further information

on both intra- and interlibrary loans is available from

the library at any college. Students are responsible for

clearing their library records before the end of each

semester. Official transcripts will not be released and

registration for subsequent semesters may not be allowed

until all obligations with the library are cleared.

Learning Centers

Learning Centers at each college provide facilities

and services to extend learning beyond the classroom

and to enable students to achieve academic goals.

Services may include individualized tutoring in reading,

writing, math, science, foreign languages, ESOL

and other disciplines, group sessions and workshops

on student success skills, research skills, course related

materials, Internet access, and computer programs,

as well as academic testing. Facilities may include

computer labs providing access to e-mail, the Internet,

and course related software, as well as specialized

labs supporting specific disciplines. Materials supporting

both direct course outcomes and generalized

study skills are available from the Internet, in print, or

through audio-visual aids.

The Developmental Studies Program

The function of the developmental studies program is

to involve students in building relevant skills necessary

for success in college-level courses and programs. The

program includes courses, lab assignments, tutorials,

seminars, learning activities, and a referral system.

Developmental courses are offered in English, English

for speakers of other languages (ESOL), study skills,

and math. Developmental course numbers begin with

a zero; the course description section of this catalog

provides specific information about these courses.

Developmental courses appear on transcripts from

LSCS but do not transfer to four-year institutions, nor

do they apply to LSCS degrees or certificates.

GED, High School Equivalency

LSCS offers a high school equivalency preparation

and examination program. The GED exam is administered

on a regular schedule. Consult the continuing

education office or Web site at www.LoneStar.edu/

continuing-ed.htm for further information and for





LSCS Catalog 2010/2011 73

Disability Services - for students with special

needs. Requests for these services should be

made through the counseling/advising office

at any LSCS college.

LSCS is an official test center for the American

College Testing (ACT) program, the Texas Higher

Education Assessment (THEA), and the College

Level Exam Placement (CLEP). See below for

college exam codes.


Lone Star College-CyFair 4786 144 n/a

Lone Star College-Kingwood 4260 219 n/a

Lone Star College-Montgomery n/a 226 n/a

Lone Star College-North Harris 4139 221 6508

Lone Star College-Tomball 4261 222 8720

Career Services

Career Services offers a variety of resources

to assist students and graduates in developing

career strategies. Services include:

• Career Counseling: Assistance with making

a career decision; choosing a major; career

planning; job search coaching; interview

preparation; résumé preparation; personality

and interest assessments; and career

exploration assessments.

• Career Resource Library: Career fields and

majors; agencies and organizations; career

planning information; résumé and cover letter

guides; and resources for special populations.

• Employment Resources: Job fairs; on-campus

recruiting; résumé and interviewing seminars;

résumé critiques; job search coaching; and

job postings on system databases.

Visit www.LoneStar.edu/career-services.htm for

more information.

Student Organizations

Lone Star College recognizes that student organizations

provide a framework for students to develop

their own special talents and interests. Objectives

of organizations include assisting students in

A wide range of student development programs

are provided by Lone Star College. These services

are designed to complement the instructional

programs and to provide individual attention

to the needs of students.

Counseling and Advising Services

Counseling and advising offices provide individual

attention to all students enrolled in the

college. These services assist students in achieving

educational and personal goals. Students are

encouraged to make realistic choices between

curricula that are specifically designed to prepare

them for an occupation upon completion of course

work at LSCS and those that are designed for

an extended academic education in four-year


Counselors and advisors are available for day

and evening appointments. The following services

are available to students:

Educational Academic Counseling/Advising - for

help in selecting a major, resolving academic

difficulties and planning for further educational


Career Exploration - for information concerning

abilities, interests and personality traits,

essential knowledge in making an informed

and intelligent career choice. Career

information is available in the counseling/

advising office, the career services office,

the library, and online.

Human Enrichment Seminars and Group

Counseling - for support in values clarification,

goals, life adjustments, study skills, and other


Referral Services - for specialized services in the

geographical area of disability assessment,

depression, substance abuse, etc.

Transfer Planning - for assistance in selecting

course work to transfer to a four-year college

or university.

Faculty Advisement - for course selection and

career decision-making.

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