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
catalog.

All candidates for an associate degree must fulfill the following requirements as a minimum:
1. Complete a minimum of 62-75 credit hours, including the general studies degree requirements.
2. Complete at least 30 credit hours in residence at Dallas Baptist University.
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 taken.

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 graduation.
6. Participate in the graduation program of the University unless approval is obtained from the Registrar to be graduated in absentia.
7. Complete one-half of the Chapel credits required for a bachelor’s degree candidate. (Chapel Policy.)

No student will be allowed to participate in the graduation exercises of the University until all of the above requirements for graduation have been completed.

Developing 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.

Foundations for Excellence
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).

Degree Plan
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 62-75 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.

Religion Requirements
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.

eMAT Advising Tool

Every 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.

 

Any 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 is required.

 

Current 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.



Computer Literacy Requirement
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.


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