Minimum Requirements for an Associate Degree
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Dallas Baptist University offers programs
leading to the Associate of Arts, Associate of Arts (Teacher
Certification Preparation), Associate of Biblical Studies,
Associate of Business Administration, Associate of Christian
Studies, Associate of Church Music, and Associate of Science degrees. A student
may elect to graduate under the degree requirements of the
official catalog of any year in which the student is enrolled
for classes and receives credit, provided that the period
between initial enrollment and graduation does not exceed
six years. The six-year time frame begins at the final semester
covered by the chosen catalog. The University reserves the
right to change the requirements for graduation at the beginning
of any semester. Such changes will appear in the next edition
of the official
All candidates for an associate degree
must fulfill the following requirements as a minimum:
1. Complete a minimum of 65-78 credit hours, including the general studies degree requirements.
2. Complete at least 30 credit hours in residence at Dallas
3. Complete 30 of the last 36 credit hours with courses offered
by DBU. If up to six of the last 36 credit hours are taken
elsewhere, prior approval of the subject area dean and the
Registrar must be given.
4. Earn a minimum of 2.00 grade point average in all courses
Minimum GPA Required for Graduation from Dallas Baptist University
DBU requires a minimum cumulative, major, and minor GPA of 2.0 (comprised of transfer and DBU hours).
5. Meet the requirements for a prescribed degree curriculum
and be recommended by the Associate Degree Department for
6. Participate in the graduation program of the University
unless approval is obtained from the Registrar to be graduated
7. Complete one-half of the Chapel credits required for a
bachelor’s degree candidate. (Chapel
No student will be allowed to
participate in the graduation exercises of the University
until all of the above requirements for graduation have been
A Christian Mind
Developing a Christian Mind DCM
2301 is required of all traditional students enrolling
at DBU from fall 2004 forward. This course, built on a biblical
foundation, is designed to introduce students to the lifelong
goal of developing a Christian mind, and in the process, to
impart to them a solid understanding of the larger purposes
of Christian higher education and the educational vision of
Dallas Baptist University. Topics addressed include Christian
mind and worldview development, the problem of dualism, Christian
liberal arts education, integrating faith and learning, the
life of the mind, calling, and the implications of Christian
faith across the whole spectrum of life.
One semester of the course Foundations for Excellence FOUN
1101 is required of all first year and transfer students
who enroll with fewer than 15 credit hours (AP, CLEP, IB,
or dual/concurrent credit earned while in high school does
not count towards these 15 credit hours).
It is the student’s responsibility, as soon as possible
after entering the University, to meet with an associate degree
advisor to develop a plan of study leading to a specific degree.
With the assistance of the advisor, the student outlines the
courses needed to complete the degree. The degree plan developed
between the student and advisor is only a guide. The student
must complete all degree requirements as stated in this catalog.
A degree plan becomes official when it has been approved and
signed by the advisor, the program director, the student,
and the Registrar.
The degree plan will
outline the requirements for the associate degree program
selected by the student. Additional courses (credit hours)
needed to complete the minimum 65-78 credit hour graduation
requirement may be selected by the student as electives. Electives
are courses that can be taken for credit on the selected degree
plan but are not specifically named. These elective courses
can enrich the program of study and allow students to explore
new interests and fields.
General Studies Requirements
The General Studies requirements are designed to develop the
basic understanding and skills needed by broadly educated
men and women in a democratic society. The General Studies
involve a concern for students’ intellectual, spiritual,
emotional, and physical growth. In addition, they provide
the core of degree requirements for all associate degrees.
General Studies courses are listed at the 1000 and 2000 levels.
The General Studies religion courses provide students with
a general orientation to Christian life, increase the students’
knowledge of the Bible, and provide an avenue for the development
of a maturing Christian faith. All students are required to
take RELI 1301, Old Testament Survey, and RELI 1302,
New Testament Survey.
student who has not completed the general studies mathematics
requirements for his or her degree plan upon enrolling at
DBU will be required to take the eMAT Advising Tool instrument.
No student will be advised for or permitted to register in any
mathematics course other than MATH 1101 until after having
completed this instrument. Students will be permitted to register
for general studies math courses required for their degrees
upon passing the qualifying segments of the eMAT.
student who does not satisfactorily complete the Arithmetic Skills portion of the eMAT will be required to enroll
in MATH 1101. Any student whose degree plan requires MATH
1303 and whose performance on the Basic Algebra portion of
the eMAT is not satisfactory will be required to take MATH
1300. The eMAT is free and available on the DBU secure website
called "webreg." The eMAT consists of three tests and their
respective study guides. The student must read carefully the
homepage of the eMAT. For example, a specific internet browser
students must contact their advisor for the web address. New
students will be contacted by the Admissions Office. The eMAT
is an advising tool for all undergraduate advisors and students.
Each test may be taken a maximum of three times and the honor
code must be followed. Contact the College of Natural Sciences
and Mathematics at 214-333-5303 with any questions.
All DBU students are required to develop computer skills.
The educated person of today must learn to handle computerized
information, to identify the source of the information, to
recognize its validity, to understand the assumptions that
were made to generate the information, and to use the results
to make decisions. DBU provides students the opportunity to
begin building life-long skills for using the computer in
a modern world.
Students will have access to computers for
use in computer science and other courses which stress computer
applications. These computers and computer software are in
the DBU Computer Laboratory in the Collins Learning Center.
The COSC 1301 course assists the student in the development
of fundamental computer skills. Each student enrolled in COSC
1301 will be assigned a microcomputer for use in the COSC
1301 lab. It is recommended that, upon completing COSC 1301,
each student determines the level of computing access needed
and rent or purchase a computer to meet that need.
A computer science course taken more than six years ago is
NOT equivalent to a current DBU computer science course. This
applies to all computer science courses, including COSC 1301.
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