The academic year at Occidental College consists of two 15-week semesters, each including one week of final examinations. A student may register each semester for a maximum of 18 units. Students electing to enroll for fewer than 16 units in any semester during their course of study at Occidental must be aware they may not be making normal academic progress and must accept the consequences of a possible delayed graduation date. Only by special petition to the Dean of Students and under the most unusual circumstances may students reduce their academic load to fewer than 12 units. Students may petition to be part time through the last day to drop classes. After that date students may only withdraw from a class and the enrollment status will not change.
Each unit of course credit at Occidental College requires a minimum of three hours of student work per week, for every week over the duration of a semester. As such, each four-unit course represents 12 hours of involvement per week, and each two-unit course represents 6 hours of involvement per week. Student involvement includes time spent in direct interaction with faculty, as well as time spent preparing for class by completing assignments, reading, discussing topics with others, attending relevant lectures, cultural events, or any activity that helps a student achieve the course objectives.
Faculty may choose to set expectations for student involvement differently while maintaining a reasonable approximation of the minimum requirement. Faculty might also require, or students might choose, to spend more hours than the minimum requirement. This definition holds for all types of courses (lectures, seminars, independent studies, labs, practica, etc.) regardless of the amount of credit offered.
Courses numbered 1–80 are those in the first-year Cultural Studies component of the Core Program. 100-level courses are introductory, open to first-year students. 200-level courses are designed primarily for second-year students. 300-level courses are intended primarily for juniors and seniors and 400-level courses are advanced courses, usually open only to seniors. 500-level courses are intended for graduate students.
Courses numbered 500 and above are ordinarily limited to graduate students. However, advanced and specially qualified undergraduates may be permitted to enroll in such courses by special petition to the instructor, the department chair, and the Director of Graduate Studies. In special circumstances, by additional petition to the Director of Graduate Studies, credit toward the Master of Arts degree may also be granted provided the course is not required to fulfill a Bachelor’s degree.
Occasionally students seek to repeat a course in which they earned a passing grade. Credit is not awarded for the repeated course; both grades are averaged into the grade average, and both courses and grade appear on the transcript.
Changes in course offerings after publication of the catalog for 2011-2012 will be reflected in the online catalog.
Any undergraduate course in which fewer than 10 students are enrolled at the beginning of a semester may be cancelled.
Registration procedures are outlined in materials supplied by the Registrar. The Business Office and the Registrar must approve each student’s enrollment. Students who clear their registration late will incur a Business Office fee. Registration must be completed within the first week of the semester, or the student may be denied credit for the semester’s work. Spring semester registration for freshmen is considered final only upon verification in the Office of the Registrar that these students have met their requirements in the Cultural Studies Program for the preceding semester.
Regularly scheduled courses offered for one or two units may be available for registration through the seventh week of the semester (mid-term) with faculty approval. There is a two-unit limit for courses added at this time. The Registrar will announce the exact dates for the deadline.
Course Drops and Withdrawals
Students may drop a course without a recorded grade through the eighth week of the semester. After the eighth week (starting at the ninth week), students may withdraw from a course through the last day of classes and a grade of “W” will appear on the transcript. See the academic calendar for specific drop and withdraw dates. “W” grades are not calculated in the GPA. Students may not drop any freshman courses in the Cultural Studies Program except by special petition to the Core Office. One week is allowed for adding classes; eight weeks are allowed for course drops without transcript notation. Unless a course is officially dropped or withdrawn, a grade of F may be incurred.
Course Load (full-time, part-time, and overloads)
Normally, students are limited to 18 units of enrollment per semester. However, students with at least 32 units and whose overall GPA is at least 3.0 may enroll in up to 20 units on a space-available basis (on or after the first day of classes); the deadline for adding classes applies. Other students may seek approval of a petition to enroll in an overload submitted to the Registrar; in general, overload petitions from students in their first year at Occidental or with an overall GPA of less than 2.7 will not be approved. Petitions must be submitted prior to the deadline for adding classes. Undergraduate full-time status is twelve or more units. Part-time status is eleven or fewer units. Graduate full-time status is nine or more units.
Each student is assigned an academic advisor on the basis of expressed interests, and together with the advisor, plans a program of study. All courses for which the student wishes to register for credit must be entered on the computer-assisted registration system. A student is responsible for every course entered. Students will not be allowed to attend classes or participate in College activities until registration has been completed.
After registration, official changes of courses may be made only through official drop/add forms approved by the instructors who teach the courses and by the Registrar. One week is allowed for adding classes; eight weeks are allowed for course drops without transcript notation. Unless a course is officially dropped or withdrawn, a grade of F will be incurred.
Independent Studies are courses designed for self-reliant and motivated students to pursue intellectual inquiry outside of regularly scheduled course offerings. These are to be supervised by faculty members, generally involving substantial, close student-faculty interactions. Each course shall be initiated on an individual basis between a student and a faculty member. Enrollment shall be through courses numbered 197, 297 (lower division), 397 (upper division), or 597 (graduate) in the respective department, and must be accompanied by a completed independent study contract.
- Advanced planning is essential. There should be some evidence that the student’s background is adequate for the proposed study.
- The independent study contract must be completed, signed and submitted to the Office of the Registrar by the “deadline to add” deadline of the appropriate semester.
- Sophomore, junior and senior students may enroll in one independent study per semester. Freshmen interested in enrolling in an independent study must complete a petition for special consideration and have it approved.
- Students are required to have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better.
- An independent study course cannot be used to satisfy Core requirements.
- All independent study courses are two units except those classified under 7 below.
Requirements for a two-unit independent study:
- The contract must include a reading list or equivalent, along with the requirements to be met before a grade can be assigned.
- The contract requires the signature of the instructor, and the approval of the Student Progress Committee.
- The course will be graded CR/NC. If used for a major/minor and justified on the Independent Study form, a letter grade may be issued.
- If a major/minor has been declared and the department has accepted the independent study as meeting a requirement within that major/minor, the course will be assigned a letter grade.
- A course already graded CR/NC may not be used to satisfy major/minor requirements. Petitions for retroactively changing CR/NC grades will not be approved.
- Four-unit independent study courses are to be taken only for fulfillment of approved major/minor requirements.
Requirements for a four-unit independent study:
- Application for the course must be submitted prior to the end of the previous semester to allow time for approval.
- The student must have a declared major/minor recorded in the Office of the Registrar prior to enrolling in the independent study.
- The course must be used within the major/minor to meet a requirement approved by the department.
- The contract must include a reading list or equivalent, along with the requirements to be met before a grade can be assigned.
- The contract requires the signature of the instructor and the chair of the department, and the approval of the Student Progress Committee.
- A four-unit independent study will be assigned a letter grade. No CR/NC grades will be allowed.
- A maximum of eight units of independent study courses may be applied toward graduation.
It is expected that students will satisfy Core, foreign language, and academic major/minor course requirements through regularly scheduled courses.
Internships for credit must be educational experiential opportunities that meet the criteria established by Occidental. Sophomore, junior, and senior students may participate in one internship per semester. Students are required to have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better at the time of application for an internship. Only CR/NC grades will be given for internships. The Career Development Center (CDC) must approve all internships. All students enrolled in an internship, whether for two units or zero units, must complete a reflective essay and internship evaluation, as instructed by the CDC. Students desiring to do an internship must have at least part-time status, registered in at least six course units. Students are obliged to notify CDC, faculty supervisor, and on-site supervisor before dropping or withdrawing from an internship as well as submit the appropriate paperwork to the Office of the Registrar. Students must be able to complete a minimum of 80 hours of experiential learning in order to enroll in an internship and receive credit. To meet this requirement, students are advised to register within the first two weeks of the semester; however, internships may be approved until mid-semester. Students must register in the appropriate internship course (see below) by the deadline in order to receive credit. Retroactive enrollment will not be approved and credit not be issued even in cases where an internship has been completed. Students enrolling in the Summer Internship Program will be charged at a reduced rate. See the summer website or consult the CDC, the Office of the Registrar, or the Student Accounts Office for fee information.
On-Campus Internship Policy
In an interest to provide increased opportunities for students studying in Los Angeles, the institution is authorizing on-campus internship opportunities that would allow students to intern on campus and receive credit through the Career Development Center’s Internship Program (INT100 and INT200). On-campus internships are distinct from the institution’s Work Study Program and various on-campus leadership programs by providing project-based exposure in professional occupational areas, whereby the primary goal is that the student intern is the beneficiary of professional learning. On-campus departments wishing to create internship positions or willing to host a student intern by student request, must work with the CDC to assure that they are developing an internship opportunity that ascribes to the department’s criteria. To assure student learning of the highest caliber, the department’s philosophy is to set on-campus internships to the same rigorous standards ascribed to internships available in for-profit and public service organizations. For a complete outline of requirements and policy surrounding on-campus opportunities, please contact the Internship Coordinator at the Career Development Center.
The College recognizes two categories of internships:
1. Two-unit internship (INT 200) - The maximum credits awarded for an internship will be two units. The total units earned through internships may not exceed four units (students may take additional internships for zero units, which will appear on the transcript). Students will usually be required to participate for eight to 12 hours per week. The faculty supervisor must approve the academic component of the project. All work/projects produced in the reflective component coordinated by the CDC are shared with the faculty supervisor and may be used at the discretion of the faculty supervisor when grading the internship. There is a two-part approval process; first, faculty will approve the academic component of the internship, and second, the CDC will approve the institution where the internship will take place.
2. Zero-unit internship appearing on the transcript (INT 100) - Coordinated and monitored by the CDC; sophomore, junior, and senior students are allowed to participate in one internship per semester. The internship must meet the College's minimum standards for internships. Students failing to participate in the reflective component coordinated by the CDC will not receive credit for their internship.
Withdrawal, Leave of Absence, and Honorable Dismissal
A student who must withdraw from the College during a semester may do so by completing the withdrawal form provided by the Registrar. The course grade at the time of withdrawal is W. Anyone who discontinues work without official permission receives an F for all courses in which registered, loses the privilege of registration, and forfeits the right to honorable dismissal. Students who elect to take a leave of absence and wish to remain in good standing with the College must inform the Registrar of their intention not to return the next semester. A leave of absence form must be completed to facilitate the student’s readmission to the College and to ensure that the student is considered eligible to return. A student who wishes to return to Occidental after an absence must file an application for readmission through the Office of the Registrar.
If the student is leaving the institution for personal reasons such as health or family emergencies, the Dean of Students Office can assist students with the Withdrawal or Leave of Absence procedures. The Dean of Students Office also administers the Personal Withdrawal or Leave of Absence policy found in the Student Handbook, which may impact students during their departure from the institution and readmission process. Please contact the Dean of Students Office at 323-259-2969 for more information.
Scholastic standing of both undergraduate and graduate students is indicated by the following grades: A, excellent; B, good; C, satisfactory; D, barely passing; F, failure. A grade of Incomplete (INC) may be used for an undergraduate and Deferred (DEF) for a graduate under conditions outlined below. A grade of Course in Progress (CIP) is given to indicate that a course is still in progress at the end of the semester. A W grade indicates the student withdrew from a course after the eighth week of the semester or has withdrawn from the College at any time during the semester. CR/NC grades, used in certain courses, are described below. When a charge of academic misconduct is pending, a grade of NR is given; it will be changed to a letter grade when the pending judicial or other matter is resolved.
An Incomplete (INC) indicates that although the work completed is of passing grade, some portion of the course remains unfinished because of illness or for some other reason over which the student had no control. A student must petition prior to the last day of classes to receive an INC grade. Except under extraordinary circumstances, any student who has two Incompletes on the record from previous semesters cannot petition for an additional one. This grade, which must be approved by a dean or an associate dean, will be removed and replaced by a letter grade upon completion of the course requirements with a notation on the official transcript. The maximum time allowed for completion of course requirements, whether the student is enrolled or not, is one year from the date the Incomplete was incurred. At that time the grade will revert to the default grade submitted by the professor.
A graduate student’s grade may be Deferred (DEF) by the instructor who specifies the time within which the coursework is to be completed, the limit not to exceed one year except in the case of M.A. theses. If not removed within the specified time, a Deferred grade generally becomes an F.
Instructors file written statements of reasons for assigning Incompletes and Failures with their grade reports at the end of each semester. In the case of an Incomplete, the statement indicates the work necessary to attain a final grade. A copy of this statement is given to the student.
Students are responsible for meeting a high ethical standard in their academic work. Academic misconduct occurs when a student misrepresents others’ work as her/his own or otherwise behaves so as to advantage unfairly her/himself or another student academically. Any member of the Occidental community who believes that a student has engaged in misconduct of academic work should promptly report the possible misconduct to the Judicial Examiner. The Judicial Examiner is a disinterested third party who will ensure that procedures designed to respect the rights and responsibilities of all involved are followed. Key concepts, definitions, roles, procedures, and sanctions that constitute the policy by which charges of academic misconduct are handled can be found in the Student Handbook.
Grade Appeal Policy
This policy refers to procedures related to the dispute of a final grade in a class. Individual grades within a class may not be appealed and grade changes for additional work done after the semester has ended will not be approved. For grade disputes involving a claim of harassment or discrimination on the basis of disability, instead follow the Disability Services grievance policy described here.
The presumption at Occidental is that the instructor alone is qualified to evaluate the academic work of students in his or her courses and to assign grades to that work. Consequently, grades are not normally subject to appeal. However, when a student believes that a particular grade was assigned unfairly or in error, the student may appeal the assigned grade as follows:
- A final grade in a class must be appealed by the end of the fourth week of the semester following the semester in which the grade was issued. No grade may be appealed after this period. Students are responsible for reviewing their grades at the conclusion of a semester.
- The first step in the appeal is for the student to discuss any concerns with the instructor.
- If discussion between the faculty member and the student does not resolve the matter, the student should meet with the department/program chair and provide the chair with a written explanation of the student’s concern. The chair will attempt to solve the problem. If the instructor is also the chair, the student should meet with the Associate Dean responsible for the department within which the course was given.
- If the department/program chair is unable to resolve the situation, the student may present the appeal to the Associate Dean responsible for the department within which the course was given. The Associate Dean will bring the matter to the Student Progress Committee, which will review the appeal and make a recommendation to the Associate Dean. The Associate Dean, who will confer with both the student and the instructor, shall review the appeal and the recommendation by the Student Progress Committee. The Associate Dean shall determine the final resolution. No further appeals are possible after the Associate Dean has issued a decision.
With the exception of required courses, including foreign language, Core, and major and minor requirements, a student may take a course on a Credit/No Credit basis with the consent of the instructor. To do so, a contract for completion of work to be graded CR/NC must be filed with the Registrar not later than the eighth week of the semester, and the decision may not be changed after the CR/NC form is submitted to the Registrar’s office. No forms will be accepted after the deadline.
If the major or minor is changed to one that requires a course that has already been taken on a Credit/No Credit basis, the student may be required to take an examination in that course for a grade.
A grade of Credit (CR) is to be regarded as the equivalent of a C or better only. Grades of CR or NC are excluded from grade averaging.
Physical Activities Credit
Students are awarded one unit of credit for each physical activities course taken, up to a maximum of four units toward graduation. Only one physical activities unit per semester will be allowed. Students may enroll in additional physical activities courses for zero units.
Any regularly registered full-time student may audit one four-unit course each semester, without fee, subject to permission of the instructor. All petitions to audit must be filed by the add deadline for the appropriate semester. Courses that require extensive student participation (such as studio art) may not be audited. Students not registered for credit may attend courses as auditors, subject to formal permission through forms available in the Office of the Registrar and upon payment of Auditors' fees. An auditor may not participate actively in course work or take final examinations and therefore does not receive credit. A grade of Audit is entered on the permanent record if requested by the student and if requirements specified by the instructor are met.
Full-time students who complete at least sixteen units for a letter grade in a fall or spring semester and have a semester GPA of 3.5 or better are eligible for the Dean’s List. This honor will appear on the student’s transcript for each qualifying semester.
Regular class attendance is expected of all students. Although the recording of attendance is at the discretion of the instructor, students may not enroll for two courses that have any overlap in time. Faculty have the option of administratively dropping from courses any students who fail to attend the first two hours of any class in a given semester. Students are responsible for arranging with the instructor the manner in which work, missed through absence, will be made up.
A grade point average of 2.0 in all work taken at Occidental and in the major and minor, if any, is required for graduation.
The College uses two criteria to establish the scholastic status of a student: (1) that based on the 2.0 average and (2) that based on the number of courses successfully completed with respect to the total number of courses taken (normal academic progress).
Grade point average (GPA) is computed on a four-point scale: A equals 4.0, A- equals 3.7, B+ equals 3.3, B equals 3.0, B- equals 2.7, C+ equals 2.3, C equals 2.0, C- equals 1.7, D+ equals 1.3, D equals 1.0, and F equals 0.0. Courses graded CR/NC are not computed in the grade point average.
Academic Probation, Suspension, and Dismissal
At the close of each semester the academic status of every student whose semester or cumulative record shows a grade point average of less than 2.0 and/or whose record shows at least one grade of F is reviewed by the Student Progress Committee. If, in the judgment of the Committee, the record indicates unsatisfactory progress toward meeting graduation requirements, appropriate action is taken by the Committee. First-year students (not transfers) will be placed on academic probation if their GPAs are below 1.85 at the end of their first semester. A 2.0 GPA is required to maintain “good academic standing” from the second semester on. All other students who earn below the required GPA of 2.0 in a semester will be placed on academic probation and reviewed by the Student Progress Committee. Students who achieve below a 2.0 for two consecutive semesters are subject to suspension. Students on academic probation with three consecutive semesters below 2.0 will be suspended or dismissed, regardless of the student’s cumulative GPA. Students receiving financial aid must also meet the satisfactory academic requirements established by the College.
Students who in any semester receive a GPA of 0.75 or less, regardless of the cumulative record, will be suspended for the following semester. Otherwise, a student who has been suspended shall be ineligible to re-register at Occidental College within one full calendar year after the date of the suspension.
No appeals will be accepted after a decision by the Student Progress Committee. Dismissal occurs when the Student Progress Committee determines that a student will not succeed at the College.
To apply for reinstatement after a year of suspension, a student must file with the Student Progress Committee a written petition indicating activities since the date of suspension, a proposed program for the semester after reinstatement, and a proposed plan for removing academic deficiencies. Suspended students must take a full load (minimum of 12 semester hours) of University of California transferable credits at another four-year institution or community college for a minimum of one semester. This petition shall be filed not later than 30 days prior to the beginning of the semester in which the student wishes to be readmitted. An individual written agreement concerning semesters of readmission shall be made between each reinstated student and the Student Progress Committee.
Standards of scholarship in major departments are stated under the rules governing distribution of work.
Reports on students in academic difficulty are filed throughout the semester. Only the final grades at the end of each semester are permanently recorded. Grade changes, which must be approved by the Dean of the College, must be filed per the grade change/appeal policy. No grade changes will be allowed after the one-year deadline has expired.
The decision is left to the instructor whether a final examination is held in a course at the close of the semester. Final examinations may not be administered before the scheduled examination period; take-home examinations may not be issued to students before the final day of classes as published in the College Catalog. With the exception of laboratory practica, no test or examination may be administered in the final week of classes. The time of an examination can be changed within the examination period if there is unanimous agreement from students in the class and if an appropriate room can be found by the Registrar. Examination times are posted on the Final Examination Schedule with the exception of courses offered at an irregular time.
Comprehensive examinations, required of all seniors for graduation, have two central and related objectives:
- To provide an opportunity for senior students to synthesize the essential concepts, content, and methods of their academic field, and, during the course of their review, to establish central relationships among the materials covered in separate courses.
- To provide an opportunity for students to demonstrate competence in their field by applying their knowledge to central relational problems, questions, or topics.
Since no single type of examination experience will serve all academic fields with equal effectiveness, departments have freedom to set either a single examination or a related group of synthesizing experiences as constituting the Comprehensive. Related experiences may include, but are not limited to, seminars, theses, creative projects, field research projects, and oral examinations. Any collective experience that is evaluated by the department rather than an individual instructor, and that in the opinion of the department works toward the objectives and embodies the characteristics described above, may be construed as meeting the intent of the Comprehensive requirement.
All departments, regardless of the nature and form of the comprehensive examination, are required to provide opportunities for students who fail their comprehensives to retake them before the end of the academic year in order that they might be given another chance to satisfy departmental expectations before graduation. Departments are granted the autonomy to determine the date and time of the initial examination as well as the re-taking of the examination.
Departments have the right to waive course final examinations during a semester in which the central portion of the comprehensive is administered.
In place of a letter grade for evaluating comprehensive examinations, a three-category system is used: Pass with Distinction, Pass, and Fail.
Graduation Ceremony Participation Requirements
Normally students are required to meet all requirements for the degree to participate in the commencement ceremony. The college will accept petitions to participate in the ceremony if a student has met all core requirements, all major requirements, successfully completed senior comprehensives and has completed a minimum of 124 units.
Students receiving a failing grade required for Core, major or comps at the end of the second semester of the senior year will not be eligible to participate in that year ceremony.
Course Credit by Examination
In order to stimulate a maximum amount of effort and progress in students of high scholastic achievement and capacity for self-directed study, the faculty provides an opportunity to pass by examination many of the courses within the curriculum. It is recognized that not all courses (e.g., independent study) nor all subject matter fields lend themselves equally to such an approach. Students seeking to take specified courses through examination are required to consult with departments and instructors for information as to content and coverage.
Credit by Examination may only be undertaken by consent of the instructor in the course. In courses where multiple sections are scheduled during a semester or in different semesters, the approval of the departmental chair is also required. Students seeking Credit by Examination should secure the necessary petition forms from the Registrar.
A student may take one course by examination in any semester either as a substitute for a course or in addition to a normal load, which if passed would count toward the total number of units required for graduation, provided the following standards are met.
- The student must have received no grade lower than a B in the two previous semesters at Occidental.
- Preparation for the examination must be undertaken by the student independently and individually, as directed by the instructor involved, and the student will not be allowed to prepare for the examination by class attendance as an auditor in the regular course.
- A student may not apply for Credit by Examination in a course in which previously enrolled for all or part of a semester, or in a course audited in a previous semester.
- After a date is set for the examination, the student cannot be excused from taking the examination at that time except for reasons of health or grave emergency. Failure to take the examination will result in a recorded grade of F. With the consent of the instructor, Credit by Examination may be taken on a Credit/No Credit basis.
- A grade must be submitted to the Registrar for recording as Credit by Examination, which becomes part of the student’s permanent record.
- A fee for Credit by Examination must be paid at the time of filing the petition. In a semester when the student is enrolled for fewer than 11 units, the fee may be waived. See here for a schedule of fees.
Course Exemption by Examination
It is possible for a student to be exempted from a course by examination, with consent of the instructor. No course credit is earned; however, notice of the exemption is entered on the permanent record to certify that the student has fulfilled a general college requirement or a course prerequisite. Students who wish to be exempted from a Core course by examination must make arrangements with the Core Office prior to the semester in which the course is offered. The instructor has the privilege of recording a grade of Credit/No Credit rather than a letter grade. A nominal fee is charged. Appropriate forms are available from the Registrar.
Transfer courses require prior approval by the department offering similar courses at Occidental College, and by the student’s advisor. Transfer courses taken during the fall and spring semesters by current students cannot be courses that are currently offered at Occidental and cannot be used to satisfy a Core requirement. Students desiring to take courses at another college while attending Oxy cannot exceed the maximum allowable units per semester (normally 18, or 20 if the student’s GPA is 3.0 or better) combined. Normally, no transfer courses will be allowed in the second semester of the student’s senior year. A “Transfer Credit Petition” is available in the Registrar’s Office. For non-summer courses, a minimum grade of “C” or higher is required for transfer. The College will not accept transfer credit taken by examination from another institution. Courses taken in the fall and spring on non-approved Study Abroad programs will not be accepted. Occidental will accept credits from a regionally acceredited college or university only.
Transfer units from a semester system will be equal to the number of units taken at the institution where the courses were taken. Transfer units from a quarter system will be multiplied by .66 to convert to the semester system used at Occidental College.
Students who participate in Off-Campus Study programs independently during a leave of absence from the College are ineligible for College financial aid or scholarships and no credit will be transferred toward the Occidental degree.
Advanced Placement Credit and International Baccalaureate Course Credit
Freshmen may be granted credit at the time of entrance for subjects in which they have completed College Entrance Examination Board Advanced Placement examinations with scores of 4 or 5 or International Baccalaureate scores of 6 or 7 in Higher Level (HL) courses only. This credit and resulting placement is subject to review by the appropriate departments.
A student completing an approved Advanced Placement examination in most subjects with a score of 4 or 5 will receive four units of credit toward the degree. These examinations may not be used to fulfill Core requirements. Not all Graduate and Professional programs accept AP credit of college courses.
An applicant who has completed courses at an accredited college prior to graduation from high school also may request consideration for appropriate recognition of credit or placement.
Credit earned either through Advanced Placement examinations, International Baccalaureate courses, or through college courses may make it possible for a student to enter advanced courses and also gain a wider opportunity for choice of electives in the undergraduate program. In general, each student will be expected to carry a normal load during the period of attendance at Occidental.
Summer Study at Other Institutions
Work taken elsewhere during the summer may be accepted for credit toward a degree from Occidental, subject to advance approval from the chair of the department with which the course would be identified, the student’s advisor, and the Registrar. It is also possible through petition to the Registrar to have summer study elsewhere accepted without credit to fulfill prerequisites or general college requirements. A minimum grade of "C" is required for transfer. Occidental will accept credits from a regionally acceredited college or university only.
Classification of Students
The class in which a student is to be ranked is determined as follows: Freshman: The meeting in full of all entrance requirements; Sophomore: The satisfactory completion of 32 units of credit; Junior: The satisfactory completion of 64 units of credit; Senior: The satisfactory completion of 96 units of credit.