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The Baker College Academics department provides support and coordination for all academic areas at Baker College, including the academic calendar, curriculum, counseling and advising, recordkeeping, and services for individuals with special needs.

If you have a question or concern that’s not answered here, please contact us. Our goal is to help you achieve your educational objectives, and one of the important ways we do that is by providing information, resources, and advisory services.

Whether you are seeking career advice, counseling, looking for academic records, or looking to change a course or program, we’re ready to help.

FAQ'S

  • Is there online tutoring for APA styles?

    Online students can find help with APA citations and formatting in their Blackboard classroom.

    • Cick the Online Tutoring button on the left-hand side of the page.
    • Click on Schedules. 
    • Click on English (between Economics and Finance).
    • Click the Enroll button next to APA Questions & Answers Classroom.
    • Click Submit.

    After you enroll in the APA Classroom, you'll find all the available APA-related resources. You can also ask questions on the Discussion Board, which is monitored by Baker's online librarians. For more information, contact us at library@baker.edu.

  • How do I sign up for tutoring?

    Contact Learning Support Services on your campus to sign up for tutoring. If you're a Baker Online student or the in a Center for Graduate Studies program, you may request tutoring by visiting Blackboard's Community tab, in the Institution Discussion Boards area.

  • If a new disability evaluation is needed, who pays for it?

    Neither your high school nor your postsecondary school is required to conduct or pay for a new evaluation to document your disability and need for accommodations.

  • Do I have to prove that I have a disability to receive accommodations?

    Yes. You are required to provide relevant comprehensive documentation that without the services you would not have equal access.

  • Do I have to inform a postsecondary school that I have a disability?

    No. However, if you want the school to provide an accommodation, you must identify yourself as having a disability.

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Academics

We’re here with information and resources.

We’re here for you.

The Baker College Academics department provides support and coordination for all academic areas at Baker College, including the academic calendar, curriculum, counseling and advising, recordkeeping, and services for individuals with special needs.

If you have a question or concern that’s not answered here, please contact us. Our goal is to help you achieve your educational objectives, and one of the important ways we do that is by providing information, resources, and advisory services.

Whether you are seeking career advice, counseling, looking for academic records, or looking to change a course or program, we’re ready to help.

Academic Calendar

Spring 2014

On-Ground:  April 3 - June 25
Online First Session:  April 3 - May 14
Online Second Session:  May 15 - June 25

Fall 2014

On-Ground:  September 29 - December 13
Online First Session:  September 25 - November 5
Online Second Session:  November 6 - December 17


Winter 2015

On-Ground:  January 12 - March 20
Online First Session:  January 8 - February 18
Online Second Session:  February 19 - April 1

Spring 2015

On-Ground:  April 6 - June 12
Online First Session:  April 2 - May 13
Online Second Session:  May 14 - June 24

Summer 2015

On-Ground:  June 29 - August 29
Online First Session:  June 25 - August 5
Online Second Session:  August 6 - September 16

Fall 2015

On-Ground:  September 28 - December 12
Online First Session:  September 24 - November 4
Online Second Session:  November 5 - December 16


Winter 2016

On-Ground:  January 11 - March 19
Online First Session:  January 7 - February 17
Online Second Session:  February 18 - March 30

Spring 2016

On-Ground:  April 4 - June 11
Online First Session:  March 31 - May 11
Online Second Session:  May 12 - June 22

Summer 2016

On-Ground:  June 27 - August 27
Online First Session:  June 23 - August 3
Online Second Session:  August 4 - September 14

Fall 2016

On-Ground:  September 26 - December 10
Online First Session:  September 22 - November 2
Online Second Session:  November 3 - December 14


Winter 2017

On-Ground:  January 9 - March 18
Online First Session:  January 5 - February 15
Online Second Session:  February 16 - March 29

Spring 2017

On-Ground:  April 3 - June 10
Online First Session:  March 30 - May 10
Online Second Session:  May 11 - June 21

Summer 2017

On-Ground:  June 26 - August 26
Online First Session:  June 22 - August 2
Online Second Session:  August 3 - September 13

Fall 2017

On-Ground:  September 25 - December 9
Online First Session:  September 21 - November 1
Online Second Session:  November 2 - December 13


Winter 2018

On-Ground:  January 8 - March 17
Online First Session:  January 4 - February 14
Online Second Session:  February 15 - March 28

Spring 2018

On-Ground:  April 2 - June 19
Online First Session:  March 29 - May 9
Online Second Session:  May 10 - June 20

Summer 2018

On-Ground:  June 25 - August 25
Online First Session:  June 21 - August 1
Online Second Session:  August 2 - September 12

Fall 2018

On-Ground:  September 24 - December 8
Online First Session:  September 20 - October 31
Online Second Session:  November 1 - December 12


Winter 2019

On-Ground:  January 7 - March 16
Online First Session:  January 3 - February 13
Online Second Session:  February 14 - March 27

Spring 2019

On-Ground:  April 1 - June 8
Online First Session:  March 28 - May 8
Online Second Session:  May 9 - June 19

Summer 2019

On-Ground:  June 224 - August 24
Online First Session:  June 20 - July 31
Online Second Session:  August 1 - September 11

Fall 2019

On-Ground:  September 30 - December 14
Online First Session:  September 26 - November 6
Online Second Session:  November 7 - December 18


Winter 2020

On-Ground:  January 13 - March 21
Online First Session:  January 9 - February 19
Online Second Session:  February 20 - April 1

Spring 2020

On-Ground:  April 6 - June 13
Online First Session:  April 2 - May 13
Online Second Session:  May 14 - June 24

Summer 2020

On-Ground:  June 29 - August 29
Online First Session:  June 25 - August 5
Online Second Session:  August 6 - September 16

Policies and Procedures

The policies and procedures of Baker College guide our faculty, staff, and students in achieving our mission: to provide quality higher education and training which enable graduates to be successful throughout challenging and rewarding careers. 

Specific information about our academic policies can be found through the resources below, along with information about office hours and policies for each campus.

Philosophy of Developmental Education

Developmental Education Mission Statement

The mission of developmental education is to provide a comprehensive preparatory program enabling students to acquire academic skills necessary to complete a college-level course of study.

Developmental Education Goals

  1. Provide appropriate educational opportunities and services
  2. Ensure proper placement of students
  3. Maintain high academic standards that support student success in college-level courses
  4. Enhance the quality of student learning
  5. Promote continued development and application of adult learning theory, adhering to best practices
  6. Provide students with opportunities to build strong foundational skills
  7. Be sensitive and responsive to individual differences among students
  8. Promote a collaborative and supportive environment for faculty, staff, and students

Developmental Education Objectives

  1. Entry-level students will complete appropriate placement testing.
  2. Students will use developmental education resources provided by the College.
  3. Students will demonstrate reasoning, communication, and comprehension skills required for college-level work.
  4. Students will demonstrate competency in reading, writing, and mathematics through exit processes.

The following courses are designed to meet the above objectives:

  • ENG 091 - English Review
  • ENG 098B - College Reading
  • MTH 091 - Essential Math Concepts
  • MTH 099E - Pre-Algebra

In addition to these developmental education courses, other developmental courses, specific to a program area, may be required. See individual program requirements for details.

Developmental Courses

Baker College supports its Right-to-Try Admissions Policy with several educational services. Some students who enter Baker College require assistance to meet the pressures of an academic community. Because of this, Baker College provides these students with a developmental education program which enables them to achieve success in college and their future careers.

  1. Students with below college-level reading skills, as determined by the results of a placement test, are required to enroll in College Reading (ENG 098B).
  2. Students with below college-level English writing skills, as determined by the results of a placement test, are required to enroll in English Review (ENG 091).
  3. Students with below college-level math skills, as determined by the results of a placement test, are required to enroll in Essential Math Concepts (MTH 091) and/or Pre-Algebra (MTH 099E).
  4. Students who place into these developmental areas should take the developmental course(s) the first quarter. These courses should be completed within the first academic year, prior to enrolling in a college-level general education course.
  5. Students who place into two or three developmental areas, one of which is MTH 091 Essential Math Concepts, are required to enroll part time (less than 12 credits) the first quarter of attendance only.
  6. Students must successfully complete all required developmental education courses. Successful completion of each of the developmental courses requires passing a consistent exit assessment that demonstrates a minimum standard of competency in order to enroll in the subsequent college-level courses. Students unable to successfully complete (pass) any one or more of the developmental education courses (ENG 091, ENG 098B, MTH 091, MTH 099E) within three attempts, including withdrawals, will face academic dismissal from the College. For both the second and third attempts, students are placed on a Student Learning Contract. (A second attempt contract serves as a warning, and a third attempt contract serves as notice of the student facing academic dismissal.)
Accreditation – MBA

Master of Business Adminstration (MBA) Program

External peer review is the primary means of assuring and improving the quality of higher education institutions and programs in the United States. This recognition is accomplished through program accreditation, approval or certification.

Baker College has received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE) located at 11374 Strang Line Road in Lenexa, Kansas, USA. The business program in the following degree is accredited by the IACBE:

  • Master of Business Administration

Master’s Level IACBE Outcomes

In master’s-level programs, knowledge of the key content areas and functional disciplines of business is assumed. Graduates of master’s-level programs should acquire a depth of knowledge in these areas that exceeds that of the typical bachelor’s degree graduate. Graduates of master’s-level programs in business should be able to:

  1. Recognize problems.
  2. Integrate theory and practice for the purpose of strategic analysis.
  3. Employ and apply quantitative techniques and methods in the analysis of real-world business situations.
  4. Communicate to relevant audiences;  graduates should be able to:
    a.    Compose clear, consistent, and effective written forms of communication
    b.  Compose and present effective oral business presentations.
  5. Work effectively with a team of colleagues on diverse projects.
  6. Identify and analyze the ethical obligations and responsibilities of business.

MBA Program - IACBE Assessment Reports
 


MBA Program - Annual Assessment Reports
 


The MBA program provides the following majors:
 

Academic Probation and Dismissal

Academic Standing

Undergraduate
Students must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 to graduate from any program. For students to stay off academic probation, the following grade point averages must be earned.

Hours Attempted Minimum GPA
1-16 1.5
17-32 1.65
33-48 1.80
49-64 1.90
65+ 2.00

Graduate
Students must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 to graduate. A grade of “C” or better is required in all classes used to calculate hours for graduation. For students to stay off academic probation, the following grade point averages must be earned.

Hours Attempted Minimum GPA
1-12 2.75
13-24 2.87
25-Graduation 3.00

Academic Probation Policy

If the student’s cumulative GPA falls below the appropriate minimum GPA required to remain in good academic standing as illustrated on the step scale, the student will be placed on academic probation for the following quarter. The student will be advised to restrict his/her course load and curtail extracurricular activities and work schedules. If the student attains a satisfactory GPA according to the step scale in the probationary quarter, but his/her cumulative GPA is still below the step scale, the student will remain on probation for the next quarter.

Removal from Academic Probation

The student will be removed from academic probation at the end of the quarter in which his/her cumulative GPA places him/her in good academic standing as illustrated on the step scale.

Academic Suspension Policy

Students are academically suspended based on either of the following:

  • A student receives all failures his/her first quarter.
  • A student on academic probation who earns a GPA at the end of the probationary quarter lower than that called for by the step scale.

Consideration for re-enrollment will be given to academically suspended students only after an absence of at least one academic quarter. Requests to re-enroll are processed through the Academic Department.

Students who were living in Baker College housing at the time of academic suspension must reapply in order to be readmitted to college housing.

Academic Dismissal

Students are academically dismissed based on either of the following:

  • A student is unable to successfully complete (pass) any developmental education course within three attempts (one attempt for COL115).
  • A student received a prior academic suspension and his/her GPA falls below the step scale regarding good academic standing.

Baker College reserves the right to academically dismiss any student whose level of achievement makes it inadvisable for the student to remain in school. Students who are academically dismissed may not attend classes in any future quarter, unless they apply for and receive Academic Amnesty. Readmission for developmental education academic dismissal may be considered earlier than the four year requirement if the student produces documentation of transferable college-level math and English courses which were completed following dismissal from Baker College. If a student requests Amnesty after four years and retakes COMPASS, he/she may be readmitted if COMPASS scores indicate that no developmental courses are needed.

Academic Amnesty: Fresh Start Program

The Fresh Start Program, which is for undergraduate students only, allows students with poor academic records who have not attended Baker College for at least four years to resume their college education with a clean slate. A student with a poor academic record is defined as a student who is not in good academic standing. If a student is approved for the Fresh Start Program, all previous grades and courses will be excluded from the computation of the student’s grade point average. Courses passed with a “C” or better can count as a credit grade for program requirements and graduation. All courses and all grades remain on the student’s transcript with a notation of Fresh Start on the transcript. The Fresh Start Program can only be used once by a student. Requests should be made in the Registrar’s Office, with final approval from the Chief Academic Officer/Vice President for Academics. Approval for academic amnesty must be received prior to the end of the quarter in which the student returns. Once a student is granted academic amnesty, the student’s permanent record cannot be changed.

The Fresh Start Program will not supersede the Baker College Satisfactory Academic Progress Rules for receiving federal and state financial aid funds, which are based on cumulative grades, hours attempted, and hours completed. If a “Fresh Start” student is in violation of the financial aid Satisfactory Academic Progress Rules and wishes to establish eligibility for those funds, an appeal for re-instatement must be submitted to the Financial Aid Office.

Testing

Baker College offers many non-traditional credit options for students with varied academic and professional backgrounds. It is a policy of Baker College to award credit to those with the appropriate experience.

For more information about the types of testing available on your campus, contact:

Waiver Tests

Waiver test credit may be earned for skills already developed. This credit is awarded based on an examination developed by Baker College in the subject area.

Credit By Examination

These national credit by examination programs offer students the opportunity to demonstrate their academic proficiency in various general education and specific subject areas. Such proficiency may have been developed by the student outside of a traditional classroom through such means as personal reading, adult education courses, job experiences, etc.

Please visit the websites listed below for specific information regarding national credit by examination programs:

If you would like to schedule CLEP and DANTES testing, (available only on the Flint Campus) contact the Testing Services Department by email at fltesting@baker.edu or by callilng (810) 766-4300.

For more information about credit by examination available on your campus, please call the contact listed above.

WorkKeys® Assessments

WorkKeys® is a workplace skills assessment system used by employers, students, workers, and educators across the nation. The WorkKeys® system from ACT is being introduced in high schools across the country to help students understand how to improve job and career skills for better-paying jobs. WorkKeys® measures skills in:

  • Reading for Information
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Listening
  • Writing
  • Locating Information
  • Business Writing
  • Teamwork

These are skills that employers feel are critical to job success. WorkKeys® assessment results demonstrate current ability level to employers. These assessments help businesses and educators understand each other’s needs. The goal is to ensure that students enter the work force with a strong foundation that enables them to do well in their chosen career.

If you would like to learn more about WorkKeys, or to schedule a test:

Registrar

Baker College Registrars are here to help you meet your educational goals as quickly and efficiently as possible. We can help you with:

  • Program changes and other course registration concerns
  • Advice for bachelor degrees
  • Non-traditional credit
  • Transfer of credits 
  • Graduation requirements
  • Certifications
  • Registrations
  • Transcripts and other academic records

Baker College offers many non-traditional credit options for students with varied academic and professional backgrounds. Non-traditional credit may include:

  • Articulation
  • Experiential credit
  • Credit by examination
  • CLEP
  • Advanced placement

To learn more about non-traditional credit, please visit our sections on Articulation or Testing. You can also call the Academic Office for more information.

Open Class List

The Open Class List can also be found at https://carina.baker.edu/dlvopen

Graduation Information

Information for all Baker College undergraduate students:

 

Application for Graduation 

Accurate completion of the graduation application is vital for the preparation of your diploma and the posting of your graduation to the permanent record of the College. The application can be completed online at www.baker.edu/graduation.

Honor Graduates

  • Graduates who achieve a 3.5 cumulative GPA or higher are awarded a special distinction at graduation; 3.9-4.0 Summa Cum Laude (gold cord); 3.70-3.89 Magna Cum Laude (silver cord); and 3.50-3.69 Cum Laude (white cord). Unofficial honor status for undergraduates for the spring graduation ceremony will be based on the student’s GPA at the time graduation materials are prepared. If a graduate’s status changes after the final audit, the graduate may obtain the appropriate honor cord.
  • Students graduating from Baker College who are serving or have served in the military will receive recognition cords (red/white/blue cord).

Participation

Students who graduated from programs during the fall 2014, winter 2015, spring 2015 and summer 2015 quarters may participate in the 2015 ceremony. Spring 2015 quarter students may participate if all required classes will be completed by the end of the spring 2015 quarter. Summer 2015 quarter students may also walk if all courses will be completed at the end of that quarter. Note: Students who are not enrolled in all classes required for graduation may be denied participation in the ceremony.


Diplomas

Diplomas and certificates will be mailed approximately eight weeks after program completion. If a balance is owed to the college the diploma will be held until the obligation is satisfied.

Financial Services

  • Prior to leaving Baker College, student loan borrowers are required by government regulations to complete an Exit Loan Counseling session. To begin your exit counseling session at the Department of Education’s website, click here: Exit Loan Counseling
  • A one-time $50.00 undergraduate graduation processing fee is required. Please see Financial Services regarding payment.

Attire

Commencement Day is a proud occasion; please dress to impress!  Jeans, shorts, t-shirts, flip flops, casual sandals and athletic shoes are not appropriate.


2015 Commencement Ceremony Information

Allen Park

  • Graduation will be held on Saturday June 6th, 2015 @ 11:00am at Compuware Arena, 14900 Beck Road, Plymouth Twp., MI 48170. Graduates and their guests should plan on arriving at Compuware Arena by 10:30 a.m. on graduation day in order to allow time for parking, seating of guests and processional line up for the graduates.
  • Cap and gown packages will be available for pick up on Wednesday, May 27 and May 28, in room B111 from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. and then from 4 - 6 p.m. Cap and gowns will then be available in the academic office during regular business hours, through June 4. Please be prepared to show your picture ID when picking up your cap and gown packet.
  • Graduation announcements and rings may be ordered online at www.jostens.com.
  • Flowers will be available for purchase at Compuware Arena the day of the ceremony.
  • John Bianchi Photography will be taking professional portraits throughout the ceremony. Proofs and orders will be available at www.gradphotonetwork.com or via email at johnbianchiphoto@yahoo.com.
  • For additional information, please contact: Alisha Harden, 313.425.3869 or Michelle Maxfield, 313.425.3750.

Auburn Hills

  • Graduation will be held on Saturday, June 13, 2015 at The Apostolic Church of Auburn Hills, on Squirrel Road just north of Tienken Road.  The address is 3655 N. Squirrel, Auburn Hills, 48326.
    • 12:00 pm:  Health Sciences
    • 4:00 pm: MBA Business, Education, Human Services and Technical (including Graphic Communication)
  • Due to seating at the ceremony venue, each graduate is welcome to invite a maximum of ten guests to the commencement.
  • Cap and gown distribution information will be available by spring quarter.
  • Photo proofs are emailed approximately 2-3 days after the ceremony.  Orders must be placed through Graduation Foto Company.  Graduation Foto:  www.graduationfoto.com or call (734) 655-3400
  • Fresh flowers and commemorative commencement T-Shirts will be available for purchase at Baker College of Auburn Hills Commencement or are available to pre-order and reserve at: www.commencementflowers.com/index.php/BakerAuburnHills
  • Still have questions?  Contact Career Services at (248) 276-8216 or email careerserv-ah@baker.edu

Cadillac

  • Graduation will be held on Friday, June 12th, 2015 at Resurrection Life Church, 9127 E 44 1/2 Road in Cadillac.
  • More information will be mailed to graduates in April that will have specific times of the ceremonies, what times graduates will be required to be there, cap and gown pick-up dates/times, etc.

Cass City

  • Graduation will be held on Friday, June 12, 2015, at 7:00 p.m. at the Cass City Middle School located at 4805 Ale St, Cass City, MI 48726.
  • Cap and Gown pick-up begins Thursday, June 4 - Wednesday, June 10, 2015.
  • Honor cords can be picked up by graduates meeting the honor criteria at cap and gown distribution
  • Graduation announcements may be ordered online at www.jostens.com.
  • A photographer will be taking professional portraits throughout the ceremony. Information for ordering photos will be available at the graduation ceremony.

Clinton Township

  • Graduation will be held on Saturday, June 13, 2015 at 11:00 AM at Bethesda Christian Church, 14000 Metropolitan Parkway in Sterling Heights.
  • All students participating in the ceremonies will receive a letter in mid-April with information concerning cap and gown pick-up as well as specifics about the ceremony.

Flint

  • Graduation will be held Sunday, June 14, 2015 at 1:00PM at the Perani Arena and Event Center.
  • All students participating in the ceremony will receive communication in mid April with instructions on when and where they can pick up their cap and gown as well as specifics about the ceremony.
  • Honor cords can be picked up by graduates meeting the honor criteria at cap and gown distribution
  • Graduation announcement may be ordered online at www.jostens.com.
  • A photographer will be taking professional portraits throughout the ceremony. Information for ordering photos will be available at the graduation ceremony.

Jackson

  • Graduation will be held Friday, June 12th, 2015 at 7:00pm, at Jackson High School Auditorium. Graduates must arrive no later than 6pm for line-up and instructions. Guest seating is on a first come-first seated basis. Access to the auditorium begins at 6:00 pm. Lines will form outside the auditorium prior.
  • All students participating in the ceremony will receive a letter in early May with specific information about the ceremony.
  • Jackson Students
    • Cap and gown packages will be available for pick up beginning Tuesday, May 26 through Thursday, June 11, 2015 in the Academic Office during their regular business hours.   The Academic Office hours are Monday – Thursday from 9am-6pm and Friday 8-5pm.  Please be prepared to show your picture ID when picking up your cap and gown packet.
  • Coldwater site Students
    • Cap and gown packages will be available for pick up beginning Tuesday, May 26 through Thursday, June 11, 2015 in the Coldwater Office during regular business hours. The Coldwater Office hours are Monday – Thursday from 10am-9pm.  Please be prepared to show your picture ID when picking up your cap and gown packet.
    • Due to seating at the ceremony venue, each graduate is welcome to invite a maximum of four guests to the commencement.  All Guests MUST have a ticket to secure a seat; this includes all children. Tickets with be issued with the cap and gown packages.
  • Professional Photographs will be taken before and during the ceremony.
  • Graduation announcements may be ordered online at www.jostens.com.
  • Contacts regarding the graduation ceremony are Laura Macklin, Academic Division Specialist, (517) 780-4542, laura.macklin@baker.edu, Nancy Hill, Dean of Developmental/General Education, (517) 780-4569, nancy.hill@baker.edu or Jennifer Miller, Coldwater Campus Director, (517) 781-4484, jennifer.miller.121@baker.edu.

Muskegon

  • Graduation will be held Friday, June 12, 2015, at 7:00 p.m. at the L.C. Walker arena, 955 Fourth Street, Muskegon. No tickets are necessary.  Guest seating is on a first come-first seated basis.  Access to the Arena begins at 6 p.m.  Line will form outside the Arena prior.
  • Cap and gown packages, including honor cords, will be available for pickup on Monday, June 1, 2015, and Tuesday, June 2, 2015.
  • Graduation announcements may be ordered on line www.herffjones.com/college/graduation.
  • The contact regarding the graduation ceremony is Sherry Begue, Administrative Assistant for Financial Services, (231) 777-5246., sherry.begue@baker.edu.

On-Line/Center for Graduate Studies

  • Graduation will be held on Friday June 5, 2015 at 7:00 pm at Whiting Auditorium, 1241 East Kearsley Street, Flint MI 48503. No tickets are necessary. Guest seating is on a first come-first seated basis. Access to the auditorium begins at 6:30 pm. Lines will form outside the auditorium prior. If the auditorium fills, the doors will be closed and no one else will be allowed in.
  • Cap and gown packages, including honor cords, will be mailed by May 22, 2015.
  • Honors are issued at the undergraduate level only.
  • All students participating in the ceremony will receive a letter in mid-April with information concerning the day of the ceremonies activities, other instructions and directions.
  • Professional photographs will be taken at Ceremony.
  • Graduation announcements may be ordered online at www.jostens.com.
  • Reserve your Commencement Flowers ahead of time and flowers will be available at your Commencement Site. Pre-order thru the following Baker College website: www.CommencementFlowers.com/index.php/BakerGrad OR Commencement Flowers will be available for purchase at the Whiting Auditorium the day of the ceremony.
  • Contact regarding the graduation ceremony is Marlene Ewing, Academic Services Associate, (810) 766-2106, marlene.ewing@baker.edu.

Owosso

  • Graduation will be held Friday, June 12th, 2015 at the Perani Arena and Event Center. The ceremony will begin promptly at 5:30 pm. Graduates need to arrive for line-up and instructions no later than 4:15 pm.
  • All students participating will receive a letter in early May with specifics about the ceremony. Tickets will NOT be issued and graduates can bring as many guests as they would like.
  • Contacts regarding the graduation ceremony:
  • Cap and gown distribution will be held in Career Services on Wednesday, June 3rd and Thursday, June 4th from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Photo ID is required for pick up. If you are unable to pick up your gown during the scheduled times, it will be taken directly to Perani for distribution prior to the ceremony. Please contact Career Services if you have questions regarding your cap and gown: careerserv-ow@baker.edu

Port Huron

  • Graduation will be held on Monday, June 15, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. at McMorran Place Theater. Graduates must be to McMorran no later than 5:30 p.m. Tickets will not be issued and graduates can bring as many guests as they would like.
  • Graduation announcements may be ordered on line at www.herffjones.com/college/graduation.
  • Cap and gown pick up will be the week of June 1st through June 5th from 9-6 Monday - Thursday and 8-5 Friday in the administrative offices. Students must have ID card to pick up cap and gown.
  • All students participating in the ceremony will receive a letter in mid-April with information concerning cap and gown pick-up as well as specifics about the ceremony.
Graduation Application

All students who anticipate successful completion of their program course requirements for a degree or certificate must complete the Graduation Application one quarter prior to their graduation date in order to officially graduate.

You can fill out the Graduation Application online or by visting the Academic Office on your campus.

Transcript Request

Orders to release transcripts are processed through the electronic ordering system. Transcripts sent online are fully secure and FERPA compliant. Our PCI certification and third-party testing ensure that security is never in question.

Choose one of the following

  • Unofficial Transcripts
    • Log into MY BAKER using your current username and password
    • My Academic Info
    • My Course Information
    • Grade Info
    • View Unofficial Transcript
  • Official Transcripts
    • Log into SOLAR System using your current username, UIN or SS# with your current password
    • Navigate to STAR

*** If you don’t know your username and password please contact the ITSC by sending an email to: ITSC@baker.edu with the following information***

  • First Name
  • Last Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Last 4 numbers of your Social Security #

There is a nominal fee associated with our online transcript process. Please have a debit or credit card available.

A hold on your Baker College account will not prevent you from requesting a transcript through Parchment Exchange. However, Baker College will not be able to release your transcript until the hold is resolved.

For questions or concerns regarding transcripts and other academic records, contact the Office of the registrar by sending an email to: transcripts@baker.edu.

Grades

Grades are computed at the end of each course. You may access final grades through the Student Online Links to Academic Records (SOLAR) System.

Baker College no longer prints or mails final grade reports. 

Your final grade report will list your:

  • Courses
  • Grade for each course
  • Grade Point Average (GPA) for that quarter
  • Cumulative GPA

Grades | Letter and Grade Point Value

A     =    4.0 points
A-     =      3.7 points
B+      =      3.3 points
B     =    3.0 points
B-     =    2.7 points
C+    =    2.3 points
C    =    2.0 points
C-    =    1.7 points
D+    =    1.3 points
D    =    1.0 points
D-    =    0.7 points
F    =    Failure = 0.0 points
P    =    Passed = 4.0 points 
WF    =    Withdrawal Failing = 0.0 points

GPA is not computed for the following grades:

CR    =    Credit (undergraduate - C or better, graduate - B or better.)
EL    =    Non-traditional credit
EX    =    Extended (used in selected courses to indicate progress, but failure to acquire all required competencies)
R    =    Articulation Credit
S    =    Satisfactory
T    =    Test Credit
U    =    Unsatisfactory

Hours and GPA are not computed for the following:

AU     =    Audit
I    =    Incomplete
NC     =    No Credit
PR    =    Progress (coursework extends beyond the end of the quarter)
W    =    Withdrawal
WP    =    Withdrawal Passing

To compute the Baker College cumulative GPA:

  • Calculate the honor points for each course completed (grade points multiplied by credit hours; an “A” or 4.0 grade in a four credit-hour class yields 16 honor points).
  • Add all honor points earned at Baker.
  • Divide by the total credit hours attempted for all quarters at Baker.

Incomplete Grade Policy

An instructor may agree to issue an Incomplete (I) grade for a course if all of the following conditions are met:

  • The student requests the Incomplete (I) grade before the end of the course.
  • The student has completed 80% of the total coursework and has a chance at a passing grade in the course.
  • The student is unable to complete the course requirements within the regular time frame due to significant, extenuating circumstances. Documentation may be required.
  • The student and instructor have signed a “contract” which clearly states the requirements to be completed and the due date for the completion of each requirement. The due date may not exceed the last day of the following quarter.

If the coursework is not completed by the agreed upon due date, the final course grade will be based on the work that was completed by the end of the quarter in which the course was taken.

Honors - Undergraduate

The President’s List
Students who earn a 4.0 GPA during a quarter in which 12 credit hours or more were completed will be placed on the President’s List for publication the following quarter. These students may also be invited to attend a President’s Luncheon/Dinner held in their honor.

The Full-Time Student Deans’ List
Students who earn a 3.5 to 3.99 GPA during a quarter in which 12 credit hours or more were completed will be placed on the Full-Time Student Deans’ List for publication the following quarter.

The Part-Time Student Deans’ List
Students who earn a 3.5 to 4.0 GPA during a quarter in which 4 to 11 credit hours were completed will be placed on the Part-Time Student Deans’ List for publication the following quarter.

Honors - Graduates

Graduates who achieve a 3.5 cumulative GPA or higher are awarded a special distinction at graduation: 

  • 3.9 - 4.0 Summa Cum Laude
  • 3.7 - 3.899 Magna Cum Laude
  • 3.5 - 3.699 Cum Laude

Unofficial honor status for undergraduates for the spring graduation ceremony will be based on the student’s GPA at the time graduation materials are prepared. If a graduate’s status changes after the final audit, the graduate may obtain the appropriate honor cord. In addition, faculty on each campus may select an Honor Graduate—a student who has demonstrated the greatest potential for success in his/her field of study—in each of the degree disciplines.

Class Status - Undergraduate

The following schedule defines the number of credit hours that must be completed to qualify for class designations:

  • Freshman: Less than 45 credit hours completed
  • Sophmore: 45 to 89 credit hours completed
  • Junior*: 90 to 135 credit hours completed
  • Senior: 136 or more credit hours completed

*In addition to credit hours, the student must be currently enrolled in a program that constitutes the appropriate class level. For example, to be considered a junior, the student must be enrolled in a bachelor degree program and have already completed an associate degree or its equivalent.

Academic Standing - Undergraduate

Students must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 to graduate from any program. For students to stay off academic probation, the following GPAs must be earned.

Hours Attempted Minimum GPA
1-16 1.5
17-32 1.65
33-48 1.80
49-64 1.90
65+ 2.00

Note: The graduation requirement of a 2.0 supersedes the academic standing requirements.

Academic Standing - Graduate

Students must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 to graduate. A grade of “C” or better is required in all classes used to calculate hours for graduation. For students to stay off academic probation, the following GPAs must be earned.

Hours Attempted Minimum GPA
1-12 2.75
13-24 2.87
25-Graduation 3.00
Advising / Counseling

Helping you prepare for a successful career is what our advisors are trained to do. Whether you are a new or returning student, we can provide academic advising, career counseling, or personal counseling to help you explore and clarify your educational and career goals and help you decide on a career path.

To receive personal assistance, information, and resources, call or stop in at your campus Counseling and Advising office to speak with a Counselor or Advisor. We’ll work closely with you to identify the program—and career—that’s right for you.

Our office hours are Monday through Thursday, 8:00 am - 6:30 pm, and Friday, 8 am - 5 pm

Personal Counseling

Assistance is available to aid students with personal and career decision making, college adjustments, and study techniques. For serious long-term, personal problems that may require ongoing treatment, referrals will be made to other trained professionals or agencies that specialize in your area of need.

All counseling sessions will be held in confidence unless the student agrees that certain information may be shared with others. The only exceptions to release information would be to report child abuse or to prevent obvious danger to yourself or others.

Stop by your campus Counseling/Advising office if you feel you would benefit from speaking with a counselor or advisor.

Disability Services

Baker College recognizes that qualified students who have been diagnosed or identified as having a learning, physical, or emotional disability are entitled to equal educational access.

In compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, and with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), Baker College is committed to making every effort to provide reasonable, appropriate accommodations for students with diabilities.

At each campus, we have designated a Disability Services Coordinator (DSC) who works with students and faculty members to accommodate the student’s needs.

Disability Services Process

Disability services may be provided after completing the following three steps:

  • Meet with the Disability Services Coordinator.
  • Submit the Disability Services Request Form  (47 KB).
  • Submit current and comprehensive disability documentation.

To officially identify yourself as a student in need of services, contact the Disability Services Coordinator on your campus.

Forms

Guidelines for Documentation

Information provided to DSC is confidential documentation and evaluation information will not be released without the signed consent of the student.

Disability Services Coordinators Contact Information

Allen Park
Lisa Green
(313) 425-3708
lisa.green@baker.edu

Auburn Hills
Chip Evens
(248) 276-8241
chip.evans@baker.edu

Cadillac
Cindy Deemer
(231) 876-3109
cindy.deemer@baker.edu

Cass City
Karen Easterling
(989) 872-1129
karen.easterling@baker.edu

Center for Graduate Studies/Online
Dawn Prueter
(810) 766-4021
dawn.prueter@baker.edu

Clinton Township
Dori Rossi
(586) 790-9716
dori.rossi@baker.edu

Flint
Nancy Daily
(810) 766-4137
nancy.daily@baker.edu

Jackson/Coldwater
Josephine Hones
(517) 841-4523
josephine.hones@baker.edu

Muskegon
Chris Bultema
(231) 777-5237
chris.bultema@baker.edu

Owosso
Carol Boyer
(989) 729-3362
carol.boyer@baker.edu

Port Huron
Colleen Kaltz
(810) 989-2383
colleen.kaltz@baker.edu

Course Equipment & Software Requirements
Course Number Course Name Equipment/Software Required Software Available From
BUS660 The Marketing Environment Web cam with built in microphone (required)

Baker supports the following web cams and software based on your operating system:

Mac Only: Built-in Apple iSight web cam and iMovie, or Logitech Quickcam Vision Pro and Quicktime Pro

Windows Only: Logitech B910 Web cam

All of these are available from the Bookstore.

CIS251 System Development Methods Microsoft Visio 2007 or Newer MSDNAA
(See Note 1)
CIS310 Visual Basic Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 and Windows XP Professional MSDNAA
(See Note 1)
CIS311 Advanced Visual Basic Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 and Windows XP Professional MSDNAA
(See Note 1)
CIS351 System Modeling and Design Microsfot Visio 2007 or Newer MSDNAA
(See Note 1)
CIS403 Systems Development Project Microsfot Project 2007 or Newer MSDNAA
(See Note 1)
CIS421B Database Administration I Oracle 10g Personal Edition otn.oracle.com
(See Note 2)
CIS422 Databse Administration II Oracle 10g Personal Edition otn.oracle.com
(See Note 2)
CS217A C++ Programming Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2008 and Windows XP Professional MSDNAA
(See Note 1)
CS218A Object-Oriented Language with C++ Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2008 and Windows XP Professional MSDNAA
CS221 Introduction to Java Java 2 SDK www.sun.com
(See Note 2)
CS222 Programming with Java Java 2 SDK, Linksys Wireless-G Broadband Router (WRT54G2) by Cisco www.sun.com
(See Note 2)
CS223 Java Object Oriented Programming Java 2 SDK www.sun.com
(See Note 2)
CS311A Java Programming Java 2 SDK www.sun.com
(See Note 2)
CS321 Data Structures and Algorithms I Microsoft Visual Studio . NET 2008 and Windows XP Professional MSDNAA
(See Note 1)
CS322 Data Structures and Algorithms II Microsoft Visual Studio . NET 2008 and WIndows XP Professional MSDNAA
(See Note 1)
CS422A Database Programming I Oracle 10g Personal Edition www.sun.com
(See Note 2)
CS423 Database Programming II Oracle 10g Personal Edition www.sun.com
(See Note 2)
GRC131A Introduction to Graphics Imaging Adobe Creative Suite 5 Web Premium Bookstore
(See Note 3)
GSD311 C Software Solutions Microsoft Visual Studio . NET 2008 and WIndows XP Professional MSDNAA
(See Note 1)
GSD321 Game Console Design Microsoft Xbox360 w/ Hard Drive  
INF112 Word Procession Internet Explorer Bookstore
(See Note 3)
INF113 Electronic Spreadsheets Internet Explorer Bookstore
(See Note 3)
INF114A Intro to Database Applications Internet Explorer Bookstore
(See Note 3)
INF121 Introduction to Windows Windows 8 Bookstore
INF141A Microsoft PowerPoint Internet Explorer Bookstore
MIS511 Management Information Systems

Web cam with built in microphone(required)

Apple iTunes-Free and QuickTime-Free (both are required)

One of the following is required based on your operating system:

Mac Only: QuickTime Pro license required with Logitech QuickCam Vision Pro only

Windows Only: M2Convert (required)

Baker supports the following web cams and software based on your operating system:

Mac Only: Built-in Apple iSight web cam and iMovie, or Logitech Quickcam Vision Pro and Quicktime Pro

Windows Only: Logitech QuickCam 9000, or Logitech QuickCam Fusion Web cam and M2Convert Software

All of these are available from the Bookstore.

ITS341 Scripting for Network Administrators Windows PowerShell Download from Microsoft
PPM311 Project Planning Microsfot Project 2007 or greater MSDNAA
(See Note 1)
SPK201 Oral Communications

Web cam with built-in microphone (required).

One of the following is require based on your operating system:

Mac Only: QuickTime Pro license required with Logitech QuickCam Pro only.

Baker supports the following web cams and software based on your operating system:

Mac Only: Built-in Apple iSight web cam and iMovie, or Logitech Quickcam Vision Pro and Quicktime Pro

Windows Only: Logitech B910 Web cam

All of these are available from the Bookstore.

SPK211 Group Dynamics Web cam with built-in microphone (required).

One of the following is require based on your operating system:

Mac Only: QuickTime Pro license required with Logitech QuickCam Pro only.

Baker supports the following web cams and software based on your operating system:

Mac Only: Built-in Apple iSight web cam and iMovie, or Logitech Quickcam Vision Pro and Quicktime Pro

Windows Only: Logitech B910 Web cam

All of these are available from the Bookstore.

WEB201 Web Multimedia Adobe Creative Suite 5 Web Premium Bookstore
WEB221 Web Scripting Adobe Creative Suite 5 Web Premium Bookstore
WEB222 Internet Commerce Adobe Creative Suite 5 Web Premium Bookstore
WEB241 ActionScript Programming Adobe Creative Suite 5 Web Premium Bookstore
WEB321 Web Application Development Tools Adobe Creative Suite 5 Web Premium or Newer - Full Install Bookstore
WEB331 Enterprise Java J2EE SDK www.sun.com
(See Note 2)
WEB361 Web Server Administration Apache 2.0 HTTP Server www.apache.org
(See Note 2)
WEB411 Web Usuability Design Adobe Creative Suite 5 Web Premium or Newer - Full Install Bookstore
WRI115 Workplace Communication

Web cam with built-in microphone (required).

One of the following is require based on your operating system:

Mac Only: QuickTime Pro license required with Logitech QuickCam Pro only

Baker supports the following web cams and software based on your operating system:

Mac Only: Built-in Apple iSight web cam and iMovie, or Logitech Quickcam Vision Pro and Quicktime Pro

Windows Only: Logitech B910 Web cam

All of these are available from the Bookstore.

Note 1
The MSDNAA program is a method for students to obtain Microsoft development applications. Students in courses that are eligible for the MSDNAA program will have access to MSDNAA module through the Baker College tab within Blackboard.

Note 2
Software is available for free from the site noted. There may be a registration process.

Note 3
You may purchase individual versions of the these products from another source, but you may be required to purchase other software from these packages later on in the program. We suggest that you purchase the entire studio or suite initially (available from the Bookstore), as purchasing the software individually will cost much more.

Constitution Day

On May 24, 2005, the U.S. Department of Education released a Notice of Implementation, announcing that all educational institutions receiving federal funding must provide an educational program pertaining to the United States Constitution on September 17 of each year commemorating the September 17, 1787 signing of the U.S. Constitution.

Senator Robert C. Byrd, a West Virginia Democrat and the former United States Congress unofficial Constitutional scholar, believed that American primary, secondary, and post-secondary students lacked significant knowledge regarding the United States Constitution. In December 2004, Senator Byrd offered an amendment that was passed by both the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate in attempt to increase Constitutional knowledge.

We have provided several resources below to increase awareness and appreciation for Constitution Day and the United States Constitution:

 
Contact Us

At Baker, our Academic Office is designed to meet all of your academic concerns. Our counselors are trained to help you achieve your educational objectives. If you are in need of academic, career, or personal counseling we provide you with the appropriate information and resources to help achieve your academic goals.

If you are looking for transcripts or other academic records, our registrars are ready to help. They are available for consultation regarding changing your program and other course registration concerns.

(989) 729-3350
acad-ow@baker.edu

Faculty Directory

This document provides a complete list of Baker faculty, organized by campus in alphabetical order.

To search for a specific faculty member/campus/word:

  1. Download and save the file to your computer.
  2. Open the file and hold the CNTL button and F key, and enter the word you wish to search for.
  3. The document will jump to the first instance of the word in the document. 
  4. You can use the up/down arrow keys to jump to each instance in the document.

Download the Faculty List [PDF 844KB]

Full Program List
Full Course List
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
- -
24 Quarter Hours

Please see your academic advisor for more information.

 

 

Choose Any Elective Courses24
ABT 151
5 Quarter Hours

Covers the safety precautions in welding and cutting. Besides MIG welding, TIG, oxyacetylene, resistance spot welding, and plasma cutting are included. Students learn the processes used in body repair. 15 hours of lecture and 70 hours of lab are required. Must complete with a C (73%) or better in order to count toward the Certificate or Associate Degree program in Autobody Technician.

Corequisite(s):
ABT 106.
MIG Welding5
ACC 100
4 Quarter Hours

Required four (4) credits in accounting.

Accounting Elective4
ACC 121
4 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to the concepts of financial accounting, including the completion of the accounting cycle, preparation of the financial statements, and detailed coverage of cash, receivables, inventory, fixed assets and liabilities.

Prerequisite(s):
MTH 091 or satisfies developmental math or placement exam.
Corequisite(s):
INF 113
Fundamentals of Accounting I4
ACC 122
4 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to the concepts of managerial accounting, including financial statement analysis, job order costing, budgeting, cost-volume-profit analysis, and use of other managerial decision-making tools.

Prerequisite(s):
ACC 121, INF 113
Fundamentals of Accounting II4
ACC 231
4 Quarter Hours

Studies the beneficial role technology plays in processing accounting information. Emphasis is placed on hands-on application utilizing QuickBooks. Specific topics studied include setting up company information, maintenance of accounts and records, journalizing and posting transactions, closing the books and creating financial statements, payroll reports, cost accounting, and inventory management.

Prerequisite(s):
ACC 241, INF 113
Computerized Accounting4
ACC 241
4 Quarter Hours

Completes the study of financial and managerial accounting fundamentals. Coverage includes a detail review of the accounting cycle, financial statement preparation, statement of cash flows, and detailed coverage of long-term liabilities and equity. Also, managerial topics of standard costing and activity-based costing are covered.

Prerequisite(s):
ACC 122
Accounting Concepts4
ACC 251
4 Quarter Hours

Studies all aspects of payroll operations, including personnel and payroll records, computations of wages and salaries, relevant laws and acts pertaining to payroll, preparation of payroll registers, recording of accounting entries, and preparation of payroll tax returns.

Prerequisite(s):
ACC 241
Payroll Accounting4
ACC 301
4 Quarter Hours

Begins an in-depth study of the theory and conceptual issues relevant to presentation of financial information for use in external decision-making processes. Emphasis is placed on reporting and disclosure requirements for a complex, classified balance sheet. Other topics include a review of the accounting cycle, preparation of financial statements, the conceptual framework, GAAP, and account reconciliation.

Prerequisite(s):
ACC 241 or ACC 291.
Intermediate Accounting I4
ACC 302
4 Quarter Hours

Continues the in-depth study of the theory and conceptual issues begun in Intermediate Accounting I. Emphasis is placed on reporting and disclosure requirements for multi-step income statement. Other topics include reinforcement of the accounting cycle and the interrelatedness of the financial statements and how various accounts affect them.

Prerequisite(s):
ACC 301
Intermediate Accounting II4
ACC 303
4 Quarter Hours

Continues the Intermediate series, this course expands on competencies gained through previous study while addressing the reporting and disclosure requirements for the Statement of Cash Flows. In addition, pensions and other unique transactions, events, and disclosures will be addressed.

Prerequisite(s):
ACC 302
Intermediate Accounting III4
ACC 312B
4 Quarter Hours

Provides in-depth coverage of fundamentals of federal taxation related to business entities, including C and S corporations and partnerships. Emphasis is placed on the application of tax laws to the preparation of federal tax and informational return for these entities.

Prerequisite(s):
ACC 121
Business Entities Taxation4
ACC 331A
4 Quarter Hours

Analyzes costs for decision making, capital investment decisions, quantitative models for planning and control, and performance evaluation. Strategic control systems, using accounting data for internal decision making, and cost control are also emphasized.

Prerequisite(s):
ACC 241
Cost Accounting4
ACC 341B
4 Quarter Hours

Provides in-depth coverage of the fundamentals of federal and state taxation related to individuals. Students will examine the federal tax system; research and apply tax law; and calculate gross income, deductions, and future tax liability. Tax planning for the individual will also be addressed.

Prerequisite(s):
ACC 121
Individual Taxation4
ACC 416
4 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to the discipline of auditing, accounting systems, and internal controls in public and private sectors, as well as the auditing profession and the audit process. Topics covered will include audit reports, professional ethics, legal liability, responsibilities, audit evidence, and planning. Internal controls and risks are also introduced.

Prerequisite(s):
ACC 303
Auditing, Systems, and Controls I4
ACC 417
4 Quarter Hours

Applies the audit process to various transaction cycles. This course introduces the systems of controls and related analytic flow charting for each of the transaction cycles, as well as the test of controls and the substantive tests for each cycle. This course is a continuation of Auditing, Systems, and Controls I.

Prerequisite(s):
ACC 416
Auditing, Systems, and Controls II4
ACC 431B
4 Quarter Hours

Addresses the fundamental principles of accounting for governmental units, colleges, hospitals, voluntary health and welfare organizations, and other non-profit organizations. Students will compare and contrast non-profit accounting processes with those of for-profit enterprises by evaluating the differing regulations for recording transactions, financial reporting, and revenue recognition as well as funding options and budgeting.

Prerequisite(s):
ACC 302
Governmental and Non-Profit Accounting4
ACC 441
4 Quarter Hours

Provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to perform accounting functions related to the acquisition of a business, consolidated financial statements, and disclosure requirements for industry segments.

Prerequisite(s):
ACC 303
Advanced Accounting4
ACT 191A
2 Quarter Hours

Covers print layout of information, tolerance block, revision block, do not scale block, notes, bill of material, and product detail layout. Students sketch drawings of simple detail from selected architectural drawings to include dimensioning and notes as related to the understanding of reading a floor plan, elevation, and detailed blueprint.

Blueprint Reading for Architecture2
ADP 101
4 Quarter Hours

Explores advanced aspects of Microsoft Word. Students will become proficient in various Microsoft Word tools, including: insert features, page layout, references and reports, and mailings.

Prerequisite(s):
INF 112
Workplace Technology I4
ADP 102
4 Quarter Hours

Explores how to increase productivity by using various Microsoft office tools to support administrative professional work. Students will become proficient in advanced aspects of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Publisher. Introduces cloud-based storage and tools for communicating virtually.

Prerequisite(s):
ADP 101, INF 113, INF 141A
Workplace Technology II4
AG 101
4 Quarter Hours

Provides an overview of the agricultural industry, including current trends in technology; plant, soil, weed and insect science; global and local agribusiness markets; conservation and sustainable agriculture trends. This course sets the stage for all subsequent classes.

Introduction to Agricultural Industry4
AG 111
4 Quarter Hours

Focuses on the business operations of independent farms. Coursework will cover financial fundamentals relative to tracking liquidity and solvency of farm operations. Students also will learn about farm finance and how to calculate both short-term and long-term profit/loss in agricultural businesses.

Corequisite(s):
AG 101.
Agribusiness I4
AG 112
4 Quarter Hours

Addresses the economics of the agriculture business, from the impact of weather and climate to the study of farm futures, agriculture markets in both local and global economies, and the fundamentals of agriculture debt management in both small and large agribusinesses. Also covered will be food marketing and how associated consumer demands impact agribusiness.

Prerequisite(s):
AG 111
AG 101
Agribusiness II4
AG 113
4 Quarter Hours

Delves into the role of government in agriculture. Included will be examination of government regulatory and financial services agencies and the development of farm policies and bills at all levels of government -- federal, state, and local. The course also will review the role public farm policy and funding has on the development of sustainable regional and local food systems.

Prerequisite(s):
AG 112
Agribusiness III4
AG 121
4 Quarter Hours

Explores the services, networking, and assistance available to all areas of the agriculture industry. Special topics include co-ops, crop consulting, seed companies, and other services. Exposes students to the highly interactive environment between industry and consumer in the agriculture market.

Partners in Agriculture4
AG 131
4 Quarter Hours

Studies the relationships of soils to plant health and growth, land use, conservation, and environmental quality. The course will include laboratory work in soil description, analysis, and assessment.

Soil Science4
AG 141
4 Quarter Hours

Covers the science of plant life and how this science relates to agronomy, which is the science of soil management and crop production. Students will develop basic knowledge of the fundamental structures and processes of plants including physiology, heredity, and environmental influences on plants. Also covered will be the science and social and economic impacts of genetic plant modifications and other advanced plant engineering practices.

Prerequisite(s):
AG 131.
Plant Science and Agronomy4
AG 151
4 Quarter Hours

Reviews the science of pest and disease management in agriculture. Focus will include definition of common diseases and pests and learning the essential science of conventional chemical and pesticide applications and the necessary certifications required in these areas. Also explored will be alternative and organic sciences and technologies for weed and insect management.

Prerequisite(s):
AG 141
Weed Disease and Insect Management4
AG 161
5 Quarter Hours

Explores the impacts of technology on agriculture, including industry-specific software packages and common software systems used in the agriculture field. Provides a basic understanding of the operation and use of computers for farm business management. Stresses the practical applications of word processing, spreadsheets, and database management systems to agricultural production and financial management decisions. 40 hours of lecture and 20 hours of lab are required for this course.

Computers in Agriculture5
AG 181
2 Quarter Hours

Provides students with an opportunity to observe agricultural careers, spanning a wide variety of applications in Michigan from operating high-technology auto-steer tractors and GPS systems to managing large dairy farms or growing and distributing produce and fruit in an increasingly vibrant and entrepreneurial local food system. Students will select areas of interest for introductory hands-on summer internship experiences on farms throughout Michigan.

Introduction to Agricultural Systems Internship2
AG 201
4 Quarter Hours

Provides an overview of sustainable agriculture which involves development of food systems, renewable energy technologies, and financially viable business practices to maintain, sustain, and preserve the environment and the earth's resources. The course will examine trends in the sustainable and organic food industries, environmentally sustainable farming practices, local and regional food systems, and the development of alternative and renewable energies such as biofuels, anaerobic digestion systems, and wind farms in agricultural settings.

Prerequisite(s):
AG 113
Principles of Sustainable Agriculture4
AG 221
4 Quarter Hours

Introduces the maintenance of gas and diesel engines, field machinery, tractor and power units, and shop equipment to include the fundamentals of gas and arc welding. Students will be exposed to the common implements and equipment used in the agriculture industry. 20 hours of lecture and 40 hours of lab are required for this course.

Prerequisite(s):
AG 113, MTH 108
Agriculture Equipment and Tooling4
AG 231A
4 Quarter Hours

Exposes students to the application of GPS systems in the agricultural environment.  The course includes both new and retrofit installations of GPS equipment onto agricultural equipment.  Concepts covered include GPS mapping, software loading, auto-steering systems, and precision agriculture.

Introduction to Precision Agriculture4
AG 232A
4 Quarter Hours

Explores methods for incorporating field research data in a GIS project. GPS applications in natural-resource inventories, ecological studies, and atmospheric and hydrologic process studies are discussed.  Methods in using precision agriculture to improve agriculture processes are the focus of this class. 20 hours of lecture and 40 hours of lab are required for this course.

Prerequisite(s):
DSL 116
AG 231
Advanced Precision Agriculture4
AG 241
4 Quarter Hours

Provides a detailed overview of the cultivation of grapes, the role climate plays on fruit crops in the Great lakes region, the history and production of both wine and fruit including cherries and other consumer crops and the science and technology of orchard and vineyard cultivation, pruning, harvesting, distilling, and distribution. Fruit and wine production represent a vibrant and growing portion of Michigan's economy. In addition to evaluating the economic and financial impacts of this industry.

Prerequisite(s):
AG 141
Viticulture and the Fruit Industry4
AG 251
4 Quarter Hours

Provides an introduction to the genetics, nutrition, and management of dairy, beef, and other livestock raised in Michigan. Coursework will include learning about the management of animals based on behavioral science and healthcare management systems. Also explored will be the science and contrasting economics of confined large-scale farm operations producing for worldwide markets and small farms utilizing rotational grazing and other management practices geared toward producing for local food systems.

Animal Science4
AG 256
5 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to the veterinary technology profession, providing a broad overview of regulatory and ethical issues, handling and restraint of animals, sanitation, breed identification, and laboratory issues. 40 hours of lecture and 20 hours of lab are required for this course.

Corequisite(s):
AG 251.
Veterinary Science5
AG 261
5 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to the science of large and small animal husbandry, caring for animals from breeding through gestation and into production. Students will acquire the essential knowledge required to manage animal reproduction and lactation and overall herd health and management. 40 hours of lecture and 20 hours of lab are required for this course.

Prerequisite(s):
AG 256
AG 251
Animal Husbandry5
AG 291
4 Quarter Hours

Explores current and future trends in agriculture with the concerns and critical issues impacting the field. Contemporary agricultural issues will also be explored.

Prerequisite(s):
AG 201, AG 221
Corequisite(s):
WRK 277
Agriculture Capstone and Future Trends4
AIT 311
4 Quarter Hours

Helps participants become more reflective and effective teachers.