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Florida Gulf Coast University
10501 FGCU Boulevard South
Fort Myers, Florida 33965-6565
909
Main Line 239-590-1000
Toll Free 800-590-3428
239-590-7950
Eagle ID Card Office
239-590-7645
Eagle View Orientation
239-590-7957
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239-590-7855
Financial Aid and Scholarships
239-590-7920
First Year Advising
239-590-7875
Housing and Residence Life
239-590-1700
Office of Equity & Compliance
239-590-7406
Ombudsman
239-590-7405
Parent Relations & Outreach
239-590-7744
Prevention and Wellness Services
239-590-7733
Registrar
239-590-7980
Toll Free: 888-373-2040
Research and Sponsored Programs
239-590-7020
Service Learning
239-590-7015
Student Accounts Receivable
239-590-1218
Student Health Services
239-590-7966
239-590-7300
239-590-7302
239-590-7305
239-590-7390
College of Education
Main Line
Academic Advising -
Admissions/Certification
Office of the Dean
College of Health Professions
Main Line
Academic Advising School of Nursing
School of Health & Rehab
Office of the Dean
239-590-7800
239-590-7778
239-590-7751
239-590-7450
239-590-7455
239-590-7456
239-590-7451
College of Professional Studies
Main Line
Academic Advising
Justice Studies
RHM, Public Affairs, Social Work
Office of the Dean
Administrative Assistant
239-590-7820
239-590-7760
239-590-7766
239-590-7827
239-590-7724
239-590-7853
Student Affairs
Office of the Dean
239-590-7900
808
Lutgert College of Business
Main Line
Academic Advising
Office of the Dean
School of Engineering
25
Counseling and Psychological
Services
24
239-590-7906
239-590-7150
239-590-7196
239-590-7155
23
Center for Academic Achievement
College of Arts and Sciences
Main Line
Academic Advising
Office of the Dean
P1 through P8 – Parking Lots and Garages
239-590-1213
South Village Complex
Auxiliary Services Modular
Cashier’s Office
239-590-7610
239-590-7630
239-590-7600
808
239-590-7946
Library Services
Circulation Desk
Reference Desk
Office of the Director
909
Career Development Services
239-590-1900
27
239-590-7012
University Police
26
Athletics
239-590-1150
25
239-590-7988
TTY: 239-590-7886
University Bookstore
24
Admissions (Graduate)
Toll Free: 800-590-3428
239-590-7955
Sugden Hall
Lutgert Hall
Holmes Hall
South Dining Hall
South Central Energy Plant
Admissions (Undergraduate)
239-590-7878
Toll Free: 888-889-1095
Testing and Assessment
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239-590-7956
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Adaptive Services
26
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www.fgcu.edu
2008/2009
Catalog
Florida Gulf Coast University
10501 FGCU Boulevard South
Fort Myers, Florida 33965-6565
1-800-590-3428
The catalog may be obtained in an alternative format by contacting the Office of Institutional Equity and
Compliance at 239-590-7405 or 800-590-3428, or the Office of Adaptive Services at 239-590-7956.
If you are hearing- or speech-impaired, call the appropriate FGCU office via the Florida Relay at 711
(TTY, VCO, HCO, ASCII or Speech-to-Speech).
This catalog includes policies, procedures, programs, and
course information in effect at the the time of publication.
Florida Gulf Coast University reserves the right to repeal, change, or modify policies, procedures,
programs, and course information at any time without advance notice.
Florida Gulf Coast University is accredited by the
Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
(1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097; Telephone number 404-679-4500)
to award associate, baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral degrees.
2008-2009 Academic Catalog cover designed by FGCU student Heather Graves.
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Academic Year 2008 – 2009
The calendar includes one fall break day/hurricane make-up day (October 9th), one University day (November 21), two reading days/hurricane make-up days
before final exams (December 4th and 5th), and Commencement on December 15th. See the dates in bold below. The calendar was approved by the Faculty
Senate 11/3/06.
Fall 2008
Spring 2009
Web Registration begins for Degree Students1: Graduate,
Post-Baccalaureate, Teacher Certification, UG Seniors, Student
Athletes, & Honors Program
Monday, March 24, 2008
Web Registration begins for Degree Students1: Juniors
Thursday, March 27
Web Registration begins for Degree Students1: Sophomores
Monday, March 31
Web Registration begins for Degree Students1: Freshmen, High
School Dual Enrolled
Thursday, April 3
In-Person Registration for Degree Students Begins1
Monday, April 7
Last Day to Request Readmission After Indefinite Suspension
Monday, June 23
Non-Degree Registration Begins1
Monday, July 21
Last Day to Mail Payment
Friday, August 15
Classes Begin
Monday, August 25
State Employee Registration Begins
Monday, August 25
Late Registration Begins (late fee assessment begins)
Monday, August 25
Registration for Senior Citizens (no late fee) Friday, August 29
Late Registration, Drop/Add and Change to Audit Ends Friday, August 29
Payment Deadline (late fee assessed after this date)
Friday, August 29
Last Day to Drop/Withdraw via Gulfline (100% Refund)
Friday, August 29
Residency Reclassification for Tuition Deadline 5:00 pm
Friday, August 29
Saturday Classes Begin
Saturday, August 30
Labor Day Observed (no classes)
Monday, September 1
Cancellation for Non-Payment Begins
Tuesday, September 2
MLK Holiday Observed (no classes)
Last Day to Withdraw from All Classes for 25% Refund
Friday, September 19
Last Day to Apply for Graduation Friday, September 19
Reinstatement with Full Payment Deadline 5:00 pm
Friday, October 3
Fall Break (no classes) or Hurricane Make-up Days
Monday, October 13 –
Tuesday, October 14
Spring Break (no classes)
Last Day to Drop/ Withdraw without Academic Penalty
Friday, November 7
Veteran’s Day Observed (no classes)
Tuesday, November 11
Last Day to Submit Service Learning Hours
Friday, November 14
University Days (no classes)
Wednesday, November 26
Thanksgiving Observed (no classes)
Thursday, November 27 –
Saturday, November 29
Last Day of Classes
Tuesday, December 9
Reading Days/Hurricane Make-Up Days (Fall Only)
Wednesday, December 10
Finals Begin (Sat exams for Sat classes only)
Thursday, December 11
Finals End/ Last Day of Semester
Wednesday, December 17
Last Day to Apply for Grade Forgiveness Wednesday, December 17
Grades Due from Faculty by Noon
Sunday, December 21
Commencement
Sunday, December 21
Summer 2009
Session A
May 11 – June 19
Monday, October 20, 2008
Thursday, October 23
Monday, October 27
Thursday, October 30
Monday, November 10
Monday, November 10
Monday, December 8
Friday, January 2
Monday, January 5
Monday, January 5
Monday, January 5
Friday, January 9
Friday, January 9
Friday, January 9
Friday, January 9
Friday, January 9
Saturday, January 10
Monday, January 12
Monday, January 19
Friday, January 23
Friday, February 6
Friday, February 13
Monday, March 2 –
Saturday, March 7
Friday, March 27
Friday, April 3
Monday, April 20
Tuesday, April 21
Wednesday, April 22
Tuesday, April 28
Tuesday, April 28
Monday, May 4
Sunday, May 3
Session B
Session C
June 22 – July 31May 11 – July 17
Request Readmission After Indefinite Suspension Deadline
Monday, March 16
Monday, March 16
Web Registration begins for Degree Students1: Graduate,
Post-Baccalaureate, Teacher Certification, UG Seniors,
Student-Athletes, & Honors Program
Monday, March 23
Monday, March 23
Web Registration begins for Degree Students1: Juniors
Thursday, March 26
Thursday, March 26
Web Registration begins for Degree Students1: Sophomores Monday, March 3
Monday, March 30
Web Registration begins for Degree Students1: Freshmen,
High School Dual Enrolled
Thursday, April 2
Thursday, April 2 In-Person Registration for Degree Students Begins1
Monday, April 6
Monday, April 6
Non-Degree Registration Begins1
Monday, April 20
Monday, April 20
Last Day to Mail Payments Friday, May 1
Friday, June 12
Classes Begin
Monday, May 11
Monday, June 22
Late Registration Begins (late fee assessment begins)
Monday, May 11
Monday, June 22
State Employee Registration Begins2
Monday, May 11
Monday, June 22
Registration for Senior Citizens (no late fee)
Friday, May 15
Friday, June 26
Late Registration, Drop/Add and Change to Audit Ends
Friday, May 15
Friday, June 26
Payment Deadline (late fee assessed after this date)
Friday, May 15
Friday, June 26
Last Day to Drop/Withdraw via Gulfline (100% Refund)
Friday, May 15
Friday, June 26
Residency Reclassification for Tuition Deadline 5:00 pm
Friday, May 15
Friday, June 26
Cancellation for Non-Payment Begins
Monday, May 18
Monday, June 29
Last Day to Apply for Summer Graduation3
Friday, May 22
Friday, May 22
Memorial Day Observed (no classes)
Saturday, May 23 –
Monday, May 25
Last Day to Withdraw from All Classes for 25% Refund
Not Available
Not Available
Last Day to Drop/ Withdraw without Academic Penalty
Friday, June 5
Friday, July 10
Independence Day Observed (no classes)
Friday, July 3 - Saturday, July 4
Last Day to Submit Service Learning Hours
Friday, June 26
Friday, June 26
Last Day of Classes/Finals
Friday, June 19
Friday, July 31
Last Day to Apply for Grade Forgiveness4
Friday, July 31
Friday, July 31
Graduation/Degree Date
Friday, July 31
Friday, July 31
Grades Due from Faculty by Noon
Wednesday, August 5
Wednesday, August 5
1 For priority group registration information, go to Eagle Registration: http://enrollment.fgcu.edu/Registration/ERegistration.html
FGCU Employees using Tuition Vouchers can use Eagle Registration according to their priority group.
2 State Tuition Waivers may be presented to the Office of the Registrar during this period without late registration fees.
3 Last day for seniors to submit Grade Forgiveness forms if applying for graduation - see academic advisor for details.
4 Grade Forgiveness application due from Seniors who have NOT applied for graduation, all Juniors, Sophomores, and Freshmen.
Not applicable for Seniors who have applied for graduation - See footnote 3.
FGCU reserves the right to repeal, change, or modify any calendar information at anytime with appropriate notices to students, faculty, and staff.
Monday, March 16
Monday, March 23
Thursday, March 26
Monday, March 30
Thursday, April 2
Monday, April 6
Monday, April 20
Friday, May 1
Monday, May 11
Monday, May 11
Monday, May 11
Friday, May 15
Friday, May 15
Friday, May 15
Friday, May 15
Friday, May 15
Monday, May 18
Friday, May 22
Saturday, May 23 –
Monday, May 25
Friday, June 5
Friday, June 12
Friday, July 3 Saturday, July 4
Friday, June 26
Friday, July 17
Friday, July 31
Friday, July 31
Wednesday, August 5
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Welcome to Florida Gulf Coast University
Dear Students:
Welcome to the pages of the catalog for Florida Gulf Coast University, an institution defined by academic quality, student centeredness, outstanding teaching, and a beautiful
campus environment.
Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) is a public, comprehensive university offering
a wide range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Opened in the fall of
1997, FGCU is in the enviable position of having all new facilities that were especially
designed and built for a campus of the 21st century. Technology and distance learning
complement the traditional campus setting, giving students a variety of delivery mode
options. Our students range from the traditional student who has just graduated from
high school – to the older, employed individual seeking a degree or advanced training –
to the retiree seeking to expand knowledge through a life-long commitment to learning. Florida Gulf Coast University offers something for everyone!
We are a dynamic university on the move as we enter our second decade of service,
with student enrollment increasing from 2,700 students when we opened in 1997 to
more than 9,300 current students. Our campus features 60 buildings, and there are
many new academic and support facilities in the planning and construction phases. In
addition to outstanding facilities and academic programs, FGCU’s research initiatives
offer significant benefit to citizens of our region and state, and will be a cornerstone of
new high-technology research parks planned near the campus.
We have embraced the technology that makes Internet access so popular today, and
offer a comprehensive Web site at www.fgcu.edu for you to learn more about our academic degree programs, student organizations and services, faculty and staff, campus
facilities, NCAA Division I athletics, research, and continual learning opportunities. I
hope you’ll take the time to read more about FGCU, and even more importantly, visit
our beautiful campus to see the many opportunities here for you!
Sincerely,
Wilson G. Bradshaw, Ph.D.
President
Florida Gulf Coast University
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Table Of Contents
ACADEMIC CALENDAR: 2008-2009................................. 2
INTRODUCTION TO THE UNIVERSITY ............................ 7
. Accreditation .................................................................7
. Historical Perspective ...................................................7
. Vision Statement............................................................8
. Mission Statement ........................................................8
. Guiding Principles . .......................................................8
. Undergraduate Student Learning Outcomes ................ 8
. Graduate Student Learning Outcomes ......................... 9
. Ombudsman..................................................................9
. Diversity Statement........................................................9
. Athletics.........................................................................9
. Alico Arena.....................................................................9
. Aquatics Center...........................................................10
. International Study and Education . ............................ 10
. International Services.................................................. 11
. Research and Sponsored Programs .......................... 11
. Teacher Preparation Programs . ................................. 11
. WGCU-TV and WGCU-FM . .......................................12
. Bookstore.....................................................................12
. Dining Services . .........................................................12
. Eagle I.D. Office...........................................................12
. University Police and Safety .......................................12
CENTERS AND INSTITUTES . .........................................13
. Center for Leadership and Innovation ........................ 13
. John Scott Dailey Florida Institute of Government ..... 13
. Small Business Development Center ......................... 13
. Institute for Youth and Justice Studies......................... 13
. Center for Environmental and Sustainability
. Education.....................................................................13
. Coastal Watershed Institute.........................................14
. Whitaker Center for Science, Mathmatics, and Technology Education..............................................................14
UNIVERSITY NOTICES ....................................................15
. Americans with Disabilities Act....................................15
. Anti-Drug Abuse Act ...................................................15
. Campus Environment .................................................15
. Drug-Free Campus Policy ..........................................15
. Non-Discrimination......................................................15
Sexual Harassment Policy . ........................................15
. Student Right to Know/Campus Security ................... 15
E-LEARNING AND TECHNOLOGY SUPPORT................ 17
. E-Learning...................................................................17
. Electronic Access from Home . ...................................17
. Southern Regional Electronic Campus........................ 17
. Accessing Angel..........................................................17
. Technology Support and Help Desk............................ 17
. Student Computer Labs . ............................................17
. Student E-Mail/Network Accounts .............................. 17
. Minimum System Requirement....................................18
. User Skills and Support ..............................................18
. Definitions....................................................................18
LIBRARY SERVICES .......................................................19
. General Information ....................................................19
. Library Collections ......................................................19
. Circulation and Course Reserve . ............................... 19
. Interlibrary Loan . ........................................................19
. Reference and Research Assistance ......................... 19
. Support for Distance Learners . ..................................19
STUDENT AFFAIRS..........................................................20
. Adaptive Services .......................................................20
. Campus Recreation.....................................................20
. Career Development Services . ..................................20
. College Reach Out Program........................................20
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Counseling and Psychological Services...................... 20
Dean of Students Office...............................................20
Eagle View Orientation................................................21
First Year Advising.......................................................21
Greek Life....................................................................21
Judicial Affairs..............................................................21
Multicultural Student Development Office.................... 21
Office of Campus Involvement ...................................22
Office of Housing and Residence Life......................... 22
Prevention and Wellness Services .............................22
Public Schools Enrichment Partnership....................... 22
Student Government....................................................23
Student Health Services..............................................23
Student Judicial Affairs ...............................................23
Student Support Services and Outreach..................... 23
Testing and Assessment .............................................23
UNDERGRADUATE ADMISSION ....................................24
. Applying for Admission ...............................................24
. Application Deadlines for U.S. Residence .................. 24
. Early Admission and Dual Enrollment ........................ 24
. FGCU Collegiate High School.....................................25
. First-Time-in-College ..................................................25
. Lower Division Transfer ..............................................26
. Upper Division Transfer ..............................................26
. Transfer with Florida AA Degree ................................. 26
. Student Tuition Waivers...............................................26
. Former Student Returning ..........................................26
. International Student Admission .................................27
. Academic Amnesty .....................................................27
. Students with Disabilities ............................................27
. Appealing Admission Decisions . ................................27
. Deferring Admission ...................................................28
. Transfer of Coursework ..............................................28
. Second Baccalaureate Degree....................................28
. Foreign Language Admission Requirement................. 28
. Degree Acceleration Programs....................................29
. Immunization Requirement..........................................29
. Non Degree-Seeking Enrollment.................................29
. Advanced Placement Examination..............................31
. CLEP Subject Examination..........................................33
GRADUATE ADMISSION .................................................35
. Graduate Admission Requirements ............................35
. Graduate Application Procedures ...............................35
. International Student Admission ................................. 35
. Appeal for Reconsideration ........................................36
. Deferring Graduate Application ..................................36
. Former Student Returning ..........................................36
. Transfer Credit ............................................................36
. Students with Disabilities ............................................36
. Graduate Change of College ......................................36
. Graduate Change of Major .........................................36
. Second Master’s Degree ............................................37
. Non Degree-Seeking Enrollment-Graduate................. 37
. Immunization Requirement..........................................37
. Post Admission Information.........................................37
REGISTRATION AND RECORDS ....................................38
. Registration..................................................................38
. Adding or Dropping a Course .....................................38
. Address Change .........................................................38
. Application to Graduate...............................................38
. Auditing a Course .......................................................38
. Change of Major (Undergraduate)...............................38
. Choice of Catalog .......................................................38
. Class Attendance . ......................................................39
. Commencement..........................................................39
. Course Load ...............................................................39
. Directory Information ..................................................39
. Enrollment Certification ..............................................40
. Family Education Rights and Privacy Act ................... 40
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Grade Forgiveness .....................................................40
Grade Point Average Calculation................................. 41
Honors Recognition for GPA........................................42
Name Change ............................................................42
Reclassification of Residency for Tuition Purposes..... 42
Repeat Course Surcharge ..........................................42
Residency Requirement for Graduation ..................... 42
Semester System .......................................................42
Senior Citizen Tuition Waivers ....................................43
Student Classifications ...............................................43
Student Holds .............................................................43
Student Records .........................................................43
Summer Enrollment Requirement............................... 43
Transcripts ..................................................................43
Transient Student........................................................43
Veterans Educational Benefits . ..................................43
Withdrawal ..................................................................44
Military Call to Active Duty Policy................................. 44
FINANCIAL AID AND SCHOLARSHIPS . ........................ 45
. Confidentiality of Student Information . ....................... 45
. Applying for Financial Aid............................................45
. Estimated Cost of Attendance.....................................45
. Need-Based Financial Aid ..........................................45
. Non Need-Based Financial Aid . .................................46
. Federal Stafford Loan Information............................... 46
. Refund and Repayment Policies ................................ 47
. Satisfactory Academic Progress ................................. 47
. Taxable Financial Aid ..................................................47
. Graduate Assistantships..............................................47
. Undergraduate Admissions Scholarships ................... 47
. Foundation Endowed Scholarships ............................ 48
TUITION, FEES, AND REFUNDS . ...................................50
. Tuition and Fee Schedule........................................... 50
. Account and Fee Payment .........................................50
. Cancellation for Non-Payment . ..................................51
. Residency for Tuition Purposes ..................................51
. Florida Prepaid College Plan ......................................52
. Refunds ......................................................................52
. Return of Title IV Funds ..............................................52
. Tuition Fee Appeals ....................................................52
. Reinstatement of Classes . .........................................52
. Tuition Waivers ...........................................................52
. Veterans and Third Party Deferments ........................ 52
UNDERGRADUATE ACADEMIC POLICIES AND
PROCEDURES..................................................................53
. Academic Grievance Policy ........................................53
. Academic Learning Compacts.....................................53
. Academic Standards of Behavior ............................... 53
. Academic Standing . ...................................................53
. Assessment at FGCU..................................................54
. Center for Academic Achievement............................... 54
. College Advising..........................................................54
College-Level Academic Skills Test (CLAST) ............. 54
. Common Prerequisites ...............................................55
. Curriculum, Advising, and Program Planning.............. 56
. Dual Majors ................................................................56
. Earning Two Baccalaureate Degrees ......................... 56
. First Year Reading Project...........................................56
. General Education ......................................................56
. Gordon Rule................................................................58
. Graduation Requirements ..........................................58
. Minors..........................................................................59
. Honors Program..........................................................59
. Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP)............................... 59
. Senior Seminar............................................................59
. Service-Learning EaglesConnect................................ 59
. University Colloquium..................................................60
. Writing Center . ...........................................................60
GRADUATE ACADEMIC POLICIES ................................61
. Academic Advising .....................................................61
. Academic Grievance Policy ........................................61
. Academic Standards of Behavior ...............................61
. Academic Standing/Academic Progress .................... 61
. Graduation Requirements ..........................................61
. Thesis Preparation Guidelines.....................................61
. Application to Graduate...............................................61
. Commencement..........................................................61
. Office of Graduate Studies..........................................61
COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES ............................62
LUTGERT COLLEGE OF BUSINESS . ............................67
U.A. WHITAKER SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING................ 71
COLLEGE OF EDUCATION .............................................73
COLLEGE OF HEALTH PROFESSIONS . ....................... 77
COLLEGE OF PROFESSIONAL STUDIES ..................... 82
FGCU UNDERGRADUATE MAJORS AND DEGREE
PROGRAMS 2008-2009....................................................85
Accounting (B.S.)...........................................................86
Anthropology (B.A.)........................................................86
Art (B.A.).........................................................................87
Athletic Training (B.S.)....................................................88
Bioengineering (B.S.).....................................................89
Biology (B.A.).................................................................90
Biology (B.S.).................................................................91
Biology-Accelerated (B.S.).............................................92
Biotechnology (B.S.).......................................................93
Chemistry (B.A.).............................................................94
Civil Engineering (B.S.C.E.)...........................................95
Clinical Laboratory Science (B.S.)..................................96
Communication (B.A.)....................................................97
Community Health (B.S.)................................................98
Computer Information Systems (B.S.)............................99
Computer Science (B.S.)..............................................100
. Software Engineering Concentration......................... 100
Criminal Forensic Studies (B.S.)..................................101
Criminal Justice (B.S.)..................................................101
Early Childhood Education (B.A.).................................102
Elementary Education (B.A.)........................................103
English (B.A.)...............................................................104
Environmental Engineering (B.S.Env.E.)...................... 105
Environmental Studies (B.A.).......................................106
Finance (B.S.)..............................................................107
Health Science (B.S.)...................................................107
. Health Science Concentration...................................108
. Health Services Administration Concentration........... 108
History (B.A.)................................................................109
Human Performance (B.S.).......................................... 110
Legal Studies (B.S.)..................................................... 111
Long Term Care Administration (B.S.).......................... 111
Management (B.S.)...................................................... 112
. Entrepreneurship Concentration................................ 112
. Human Resource Management Concentration......... 112
. Sports Management Concentration........................... 113
Marine Science (B.A.).................................................. 113
Marketing (B.S.)........................................................... 114
Mathematics (B.A.)....................................................... 115
Mathematics (B.S.)....................................................... 115
Music Education (B.A.)................................................. 116
Music-Performance (B.A.)............................................ 117
Music-Piano Pedagogy (B.A.)...................................... 118
Nursing (B.S.N.)........................................................... 119
Philosophy (B.A.)..........................................................120
Political Science (B.A.).................................................121
Professional Golf Managemenet (B.S.)........................ 123
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Psychology (B.A.).........................................................123
Resort & Hospitality Management (B.S.)...................... 124
. Event Management Concentration............................ 125
. Spa Management Concentration...............................125
Secondary Biology Education (B.A.)............................ 125
Secondary Mathematics Education (B.A.).................... 126
Secondary Social Science Education (B.A.)................ 127
Social Work (B.S.W.)....................................................128
Sociology (B.A.)............................................................128
Spanish (B.A.)..............................................................129
Special Education (B.A.)..............................................130
Theatre (B.A.)...............................................................131
FGCU MINORS 2007-2008..............................................134
Advertising....................................................................134
African Diaspora Studies..............................................134
Anthropology................................................................134
Art.................................................................................134
Biology..........................................................................134
Chemistry.....................................................................135
Community Planning and Development....................... 135
Computer Information Systems....................................135
Creative Writing............................................................135
Economics....................................................................135
Education.....................................................................135
English..........................................................................135
Environmental Engineering..........................................135
Gender Studies............................................................135
Global Studies..............................................................136
History..........................................................................136
Interdisciplinary Studies...............................................136
Journalism....................................................................136
Latin American Studies.................................................136
Management................................................................136
Marketing......................................................................136
Mathematics.................................................................136
Music............................................................................137
Philosophy....................................................................137
Political Science...........................................................137
Psychology...................................................................137
Real Estate...................................................................137
Religious Studies..........................................................137
Sociology......................................................................138
Software Engineering...................................................138
Southwest Florida Studies............................................138
Spanish........................................................................138
FGCU GRADUATE MAJORS AND DEGREE PROGRAMS
2008-2009........................................................................139
Accounting and Taxation (M.S.)...................................140
Acute Nurse Practitioner (M.S.N).................................140
Business Administration (M.B.A.).................................141
. Finance Concentration...............................................141
. General Management Concentration......................... 141
. Information Systems Concentration........................... 141
. Interdisciplinary Concentration..................................141
. Marketing Concentration............................................141
Business Administration (Executive M.B.A.)................ 142
. General Management Concentration......................... 142
. Health Care Management Concentration.................. 142
. Real Estate Development and Finance
. Concentration............................................................142
Computer Information Systems (M.S.)......................... 142
Counseling (M.A)..........................................................143
. Mental Health Counseling Concentration.................. 143
Counseling (M.A. or M.Ed.)..........................................144
. School Counseling Concentration............................. 144
Criminal Forensic Studies (M.S.)..................................145
. Forensic Behavioral Analyst Concentration............... 145
. Death Investigator Concentration.............................. 140
Criminal Justice (M.S.).................................................145
Curriculum & Instruction (M.Ed.)..................................146
Curriculum & Instruction-Education Technology (M.A. or
M.Ed.)........................................................................147
Curriculum & Instruction-English Education (M.Ed.).... 147
Education (Ed.S.).........................................................148
. Curriculum & Instruction Concentration..................... 148
. Educational Leadership Concentration...................... 148
Educational Leadership (M.A.).....................................149
Educational Leadership (M.Ed.)...................................150
Elementary Education (M.Ed.).....................................150
English (M.A.)...............................................................151
Environmental Science (M.S.)......................................152
Health Science (M.S.)..................................................152
. Health Professions Education Concentration ........... 153
. Health Services Administration Concentration........... 153
History (M.A.)...............................................................153
Nurse Anesthesia (M.S.N.)...........................................154
Nursing (M.S.N.)...........................................................155
. Clinical Nurse Leader Concentration.........................155
. Nurse Educator Concentration..................................155
Occupational Therapy (M.S.)........................................156
Physical Therapy (D.P.T)..............................................157
Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner (M.S.N.)......... 158
. Family Nurse Practitioner Concentration................... 158
. Adult Nurse Practitioner Concentration..................... 158
Public Administration (M.P.A.)......................................159
. General Public Administration Concentration............ 159
. Management Concentration......................................159
. Environmental Policy Concentration.......................... 159
Reading (M.Ed.)...........................................................159
Social Work (M.S.W.)...................................................160
Special Education (M.Ed.)............................................161
FGCU CERTIFICATES PROGRAMS 2008-2009............ 162
Clinical Laboratory Technology....................................162
Compliance Specialist..................................................162
Early Childhood Special Education..............................162
Elementary Education..................................................163
Health Services Administration.....................................163
Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner....................... 163
Secondary Education...................................................164
Special Education.........................................................164
COMMON COURSE NUMBERING.................................165
COURSE DESCRIPTIONS..............................................167
ADMINISTRATIVE LEADERSHIP ..................................286
FGCU FOUNDATION.......................................................287
FACULTY.........................................................................288
INDEX .............................................................................302
CAMPUS MAP .......................................Inside Back Cover
Introduction to the University
Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) awards the following degrees:
A.A.
Associate of Arts
B.A.
Bachelor of Arts
B.S.
Bachelor of Science
B.S.C.E.
Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering
B.S.Env.E.
Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering
B.S.N.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
B.S.W. Bachelor of Social Work
M.A.
Master of Arts
M.A.T.
Master of Arts in Teaching
M.B.A.
Master of Business Administration
M.Ed.
Master of Education
M.P.A.
Master of Public Administration
M.S.
Master of Science
M.S.N.
Master of Science in Nursing
M.S.W.
Master of Social Work
Ed.S.
Educational Specialist
D.P.T.
Doctorate in Physical Therapy
Accreditation
Florida Gulf Coast University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and
Schools (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097;
Telephone number 404-679-4501) to award associate, baccalaureate, and master’s degrees.
Please refer to the appropriate college or school section for
information regarding accreditation, approval, and certification of programs or units.
Historical Perspective
The history of Florida Gulf Coast University is a visionary one
built on support for providing higher education opportunities in
Southwest Florida. Area citizens began the initiative to bring a
state university to this part of Florida, and their early requests
were quickly supported by elected officials at the local and
state levels.
The former Florida Board of Regents formally recommended
in January 1991 the development of Florida’s tenth state university to be located in Southwest Florida, and, in May 1991,
then Governor Lawton Chiles signed the legislation authorizing the new university. Southwest Florida’s support for a
university was never more evident than during the next year,
when private landowners offered more than 20 gift sites for
the university campus. In early 1992, the Board of Regents
selected the site offered by Ben Hill Griffin III and Alico, Inc.
of 760 acres of land located just east of Interstate 75 between
Alico and Corkscrew Roads.
Roy McTarnaghan was named founding university president in
April 1993. Initial staff was hired that summer, and the university’s academic and campus planning began in earnest. Plans
for the first phase of campus construction were unveiled in
February 1994, and shortly thereafter, the Florida Legislature
named the institution as “Florida Gulf Coast University.” The
vision for the university was one that would address emerging
higher education needs for the 21st century, including the use
of technology in the learning/teaching process and multi-year
contracts as an alternative to faculty tenure. The Board of Regents approved an agreement in May 1995 with the United
Faculty of Florida allowing FGCU to offer a contract system
for faculty.
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Campus groundbreaking was held on November 28, 1995,
with more than 600 people participating in the celebratory
event for Southwest Florida. With aggressive academic program and campus development schedules slated to culminate in an opening day of August 25, 1997, the early staff and
faculty were busy meeting deadlines every month. Inaugural
degree programs were approved by the Board of Regents in
March 1996. The FGCU Foundation, a private fundraising
arm of the university, gained extraordinary financial support
for an institution that at the time could only be seen on a drawing board. Faculty members throughout the country were attracted to FGCU for the opportunity to offer higher education
in new and innovative ways.
The first FGCU student, Mariana Coto, was admitted in January 1997, and she participated in the historic ribbon cutting
on the university’s August 25, 1997 opening day. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools awarded FGCU accreditation candidacy later that year, and a comprehensive
self-study was launched. The first commencement was held
in May 1998, with 81 FGCU graduates. In August 1998, the
first phase of student housing opened. In September, Founding President McTarnaghan announced his intention to step
down on May 1, 1999.
FGCU’s second commencement ceremonies, held May
1999, marked the last official act of the founding president.
The Board of Regents launched a national search held during
the spring and summer for FGCU’s second president, and the
university received official notification in June 1999 that it had
achieved, in record time, accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
In July 1999, the Board of Regents named William C. Merwin
as FGCU’s second president. President Merwin arrived on
campus for his first day on September 16, 1999. He initiated
a highly participatory strategic planning process for students,
faculty, and staff to carry the young institution to its next stage
of development.
The Florida Legislature established governing boards of trustees for state universities in 2001, and 13 members were appointed to the Florida Gulf Coast University Board of Trustees.
This governing board is providing leadership that is community based, responsive to the market, and nimble.
In January 2007, FGCU President Bill Merwin retired, and
Dean of the Lutgert College of Business Richard Pegnetter
was named Interim President by the FGCU Board of Trustees. A national and highly competitive search for FGCU’s
third president was launched
On the university’s 10th anniversary of its opening day - August 25, 2007 - the FGCU Board of Trustees selected Wilson G. Bradshaw to serve as the institution’s third president.
President Bradshaw has the important responsibility of leading FGCU into its second decade of development and service
as an institution offering access to quality higher education in
Southwest Florida.
As FGCU moves forward, student applications and admissions are dramatically increasing; campus construction of
academic and support buildings remains aggressive; new undergraduate and graduate degree programs are being added;
our athletics program has moved from NCAA Division II to
Division I; the FGCU Foundation’s private fundraising continues to be successful; and the excitement level for FGCU’s
future is high.
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Introduction to the University
Vision Statement
Florida Gulf Coast University will achieve national prominence
in undergraduate education with expanding recognition for
selected graduate programs.
Mission Statement
Established on the verge of the 21st century, Florida Gulf
Coast University infuses the strengths of the traditional public university with innovation and learning-centered spirit, its
chief aim being to fulfill the academic, cultural, social, and career expectations of its constituents.
Outstanding faculty uphold challenging academic standards
and balance research, scholarly activities, and service expectations with their central responsibilities of teaching and
mentoring. Through these efforts, the faculty and University
transform students’ lives and the southwest Florida region.
Florida Gulf Coast University continuously pursues academic
excellence, practices and promotes environmental sustainability, embraces diversity, nurtures community partnerships,
values public service, encourages civic responsibility, cultivates habits of lifelong learning, and keeps the advancement
of knowledge and pursuit of truth as noble ideals at the heart
of the university’s purpose.
Guiding Principles
The founding of Florida Gulf Coast University at the advent of
a new century is a signal event. It comes at a moment in history when the conditions that formed and sustained American
higher education are fundamentally changing, and at a time
when rapid shifts wrought by technology and social complexities are altering the very nature of work, knowledge, and human relationships. As a public institution, Florida Gulf Coast
University eagerly accepts the leadership opportunity and
obligation to adapt to these changes and to meet the educational needs of Southwest Florida. To do so, it will collaborate
with its various constituencies, listen to the calls for change,
build on the intellectual heritage of the past, plan its evolution
systematically for the twenty-first century, and be guided by
the following principles:
Student success is at the center of all university endeavors.
The university is dedicated to the highest quality education
that develops the whole person for success in life and work.
Learner needs, rather than institutional preferences, determine priorities for academic planning, policies, and programs.
Acceleration methods and assessment of prior and current
learning are used to reduce the time it takes to earn a degree.
Quality teaching is demanded, recognized, and rewarded.
Academic freedom is the foundation for the transmission and
advancement of knowledge. The university vigorously protects
freedom of inquiry and expression and categorically expects
civility and mutual respect to be practiced in all deliberations.
Diversity is a source of renewal and vitality. The university
is committed to developing capacities for living together in a
democracy whose hallmark is individual, social, cultural, and
intellectual diversity. It fosters a climate and models a condition of openness in which students, faculty, and staff engage
multiplicity and difference with tolerance and equity.
Informed and engaged citizens are essential to the creation
of a civil and sustainable society. The university values the
development of the responsible self grounded in honesty,
courage, and compassion, and committed to advancing democratic ideals. Through Service Learning requirements, the
university engages students in community involvement with
time for formal reflection on their experiences. Integral to the
university’s philosophy is instilling in students an environmen-
tal consciousness that balances their economic and social aspirations with the imperative for ecological sustainability.
Service to Southwest Florida, including access to the university, is a public trust. The university is committed to forging
partnerships and being responsive to its region. It strives to
make available its knowledge resources, services, and educational offerings at times, places, in forms and by methods
that will meet the needs of all its constituents. Access means
not only admittance to buildings and programs, but also entrance into the spirit of intellectual and cultural community that
the university creates and nourishes.
Technology is a fundamental tool in achieving educational
quality, efficiency, and distribution. The university employs
information technology in creative, experimental, and practical ways for delivery of instruction, for administrative and information management, and for student access and support.
It promotes and provides distance- and time-free learning. It
requires and cultivates technological literacy in its students
and employees.
Connected knowing and collaborative learning are basic to
being well educated. The university structures interdisciplinary learning experiences throughout the curriculum to endow
students with the ability to think in whole systems and to
understand the interrelatedness of knowledge across disciplines. Emphasis is placed on the development of teamwork
skills through collaborative opportunities. Overall, the university practices the art of collective learning and collaboration in
governance, operations, and planning.
Assessment of all functions is necessary for improvement and
continual renewal. The university is committed to accounting
for its effectiveness through the use of comprehensive and
systematic assessment. Tradition is challenged; the status
quo is questioned; change is implemented.
Undergraduate Student Learning
Outcomes
Florida Gulf Coast University is committed to the following
learning goals and educational outcomes, believing they provide a foundation for lifelong learning and effective citizenship.
The specific outcomes involving knowledge, understanding,
analysis, evaluation and collaboration provide the basis on
which the university and the learner, sharing responsibility,
can measure progress toward reaching these goals.
Goal 1: Aesthetic sensibility.
Know and understand the variety of aesthetic frameworks that
have shaped, and continue to shape, human creative arts.
Analyze and evaluate the aesthetic principles at work in literary and artistic composition, intellectual systems, and disciplinary and professional practices. Collaborate with others
in projects involving aesthetic awareness, participation and/or
analysis.
Goal 2: Culturally diverse perspective.
Know and understand the diversity of the local and global
communities, including cultural, social, political and economic
differences. Analyze, evaluate, and assess the impact of differences in ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status, native
language, sexual orientation and intellectual/disciplinary approaches. Participate in collaborative projects requiring productive interaction with culturally-diverse people, ideas and
values.
Goal 3: Ecological perspective.
Know the issues related to economic, social and ecological
sustainability. Analyze and evaluate ecological issues locally
and globally. Participate in collaborative projects requiring
awareness and/or analysis of ecological and environmental
issues.
Goal 4: Effective communication.
Know the fundamental principles for effective and appropriate communication, including reading, writing, speaking and
listening skills. Organize thoughts and compose ideas for a
variety of audiences, using a range of communication tools
and techniques. Participate in collaborative projects requiring
effective communications among team members.
Goal 5: Ethical responsibility.
Know and understand the key ethical issues related to a variety of disciplines and professions. Analyze and evaluate
key ethical issues in a variety of disciplinary and professional
contexts. Participate in collaborative projects requiring ethical
analysis and/or decision-making.
Goal 6: Information literacy.
Identify and locate multiple sources of information using a variety of methods. Analyze and evaluate information within a
variety of disciplinary and professional contexts. Participate
in collaborative analysis and/or application of information resources.
Goal 7: Problem-solving abilities.
Understand the multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary nature
of knowledge. Apply critical, analytical, creative and systems
thinking in order to recognize and solve problems. Work individually and collaboratively to recognize and solve problems.
Goal 8: Technological literacy.
Develop knowledge of modern technology. Process information through the use of technology. Collaborate with others
using technology tools.
Goal 9: Community awareness and involvement.
Know and understand the important and complex relationships between individuals and the communities in which they
live and work. Analyze, evaluate and assess human needs
and practices within the context of community structures and
traditions. Participate collaboratively in community service
projects.
Graduate Student Learning Outcomes
Graduates of advanced degree programs at Florida Gulf
Coast University will:
• Demonstrate excellence in critical thinking, problem solving, analysis, and strategic planning.
• Demonstrate effective use of a variety of communication
skills and modalities.
• Exhibit professional and technical expertise consistent
with discipline and/or content area accrediting or licensing bodies.
• Be prepared for leadership roles in professional and occupational areas and in communities in which they live
and work.
• Demonstrate the capacity for continuing learning, growth,
and scholarly activity in their respective disciplines and
fields of study.
Ombudsman
The Office of the Ombudsman was established by the Florida
Legislature to assist students in resolving problems and conflicts. The ombudsman reports directly to the president and
provides a prompt, impartial, and confidential means of facilitating dialogue between parties on campus. The office also
provides a means of resolving differences, apart from formal
grievance procedures.
Once a problem is reported, the ombudsman works with the
client to identify alternative responses to strategically address
the matter. A plan is developed which seeks to acheive a mu-
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tually satisfactory solution. The office is firmly committed to
maintaining the confidentiality of those who use the services.
To the extent possible, the discussions, issues, concerns, or
problems presented to the ombudsman remain in strict confidence.
For more information contact Dr. Charles W. McKinney, assistant to the president and university ombudsman, Academic Building #5, suite 213; phone (239) 590-1022, fax (239)
590-7407, e-mail [email protected] In his absence, contact
Ms. Linda Summers, Director, Academic Support Services/
Center for Civic Engagement, Academic Building #5, suite
214, phone (239) 590-7016, fax (239) 590-7378, e-mail [email protected]
Diversity Statement
Florida Gulf Coast University is committed to building and
maintaining a diverse, accessible, civil, and supportive learning community. It fosters respect and understanding among
all cultures and all individuals who work, study, live, and teach
within this community. Bigotry, expressions of hatred or prejudice, behaviors that infringe upon the freedom and respect
that every individual deserves, and harassment of any kind
transgress the university’s vision, mission and guiding principles. Just as learning benefits from the interplay of teaching and scholarship in a variety of disciplines, so does the
university community learn and profit from diverse cultures
and perspectives. Florida Gulf Coast University will continue
to pursue it’s aspirations by fostering a welcoming environment through diversity and inclusion.
Athletics
FGCU offers a dynamic and successful intercollegiate athletics program that benefits students, student-athletes, faculty,
staff and the greater community. Since debuting in 2000 with
the launch of men’s and women’s golf and men’s and women’s tennis, FGCU athletics is enjoying remarkable success
as a young program in only its ninth year. During 2002-03,
men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross
country, men’s baseball and women’s softball were added,
while volleyball became FGCU’s 11th sport in 2004. FGCU
then added men’s and women’s soccer and women’s swimming and diving in the 2007-08 academic year. FGCU boasts
excellent athletic facilities including Alico Arena, Swanson
Baseball Stadium, a softball complex, an aquatics center, 12
lighted tennis courts, an outdoor sports complex, and a soccer stadium.
FGCU is a member of the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) Division I and a member of the Atlantic Sun
Conference. The Atlantic Sun is a blend of the southeast’s
finest and most dynamic private and state schools.
The intercollegiate athletics program has been able to attract
the best and brightest coaches and student-athletes from
around the world. FGCU’s student-athletes succeed in the
classroom and in the playing arena with an overall GPA averaging 3.2 and a department-wide winning percentage of over
80 percent. It is also important that we give back to our community so our student-athletes and coaches have completed
over 5,000 hours of community service each year since the
inception of the athletics program.
Alico Arena
With a seating capacity of 4,500, Alico Arena is the University's
largest venue and host to basketball and volleyball games, as
well as concerts, commencements, lecture series, and a variety of other events. The Arena includes three practice courts,
an auxiliary gym, six sky boxes, and a hospitality room. Alico
Arena is home to the Athletics Department, as well as Cam-
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pus Recreation. For information on upcoming events please
log on to: www.fgcu.edu/athletics/alicoarena
Aquatics Center
The Aquatics Center at FGCU includes a 25-yard pool and
a 50-meter pool, as well as one-meter and three-meter diving boards. Students, faculty, and staff can enjoy the Aquatics
Center free of charge. Special membership rates are available
for student, faculty, and staff's families. Aquatics programming
is also available. Please check the website for more information. www.fgcu.edu/aquatics
International Study and Education
International Study Abroad Programs. Florida Gulf Coast
University students may participate in a variety of student
exchange and study abroad programs in many countries
throughout the world through a network of recognized programs at other universities and provider agencies. Programs
are offered during the regular academic year and during the
summer. Examples of previous courses of study include: anthropology, business, communication, culture, language, law,
environment, health care, etc. Students have chosen to study
in England, France, Germany, Italy, China, Spain, Czech Republic, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Ecuador, Mexico, Guyana, and Peru.
Students who wish to include an international experience
abroad as part of their educational program at FGCU may
contact the International Services Office for assistance.
International partnerships and linkages.
The university and its academic units have established partnerships and linkages with institutions and organizations on
four continents and in the Caribbean.
• China: The Institute of Chinese Studies (ICS) was initiated
in 2005. The ICS has signed exchange agreements with
two Chinese universities, Nankai University in Tianjin,
China and Yantai University in Yantai, Shandong, China.
The mission of the ICS is to facilitate academic programming and other linkages between our partner universities
and FGCU. The Institute of Chinese Studies, under the
leadership of Dr. Daniel Borgia, is dedicated to providing
internationally recognized educational programs and services designed to enhance the skills and competencies of
university students and working professionals in the area
of Chinese Studies. We achieve this through a variety of
flexible partnerships, programs, and scholarship within a
'second circle' international partnership model with universities, communities, and business professionals from the
People’s Republic of China. Our current academic initiatives include: Joint Undergraduate/MBA; Dual Undergraduate Degree; and Visiting Student Programs and Faculty
Exchanges, Student Support, and Other Programs and
Activities.
• France: FGCU has a student exchange agreement with
Burgundy School of Business, Dijon-Bourgogne offering
upper level undergraduate and graduate degree programs
in business. In 2006 student exchange agreements were
signed with Audencia Nantes School of Management and
with Groupe ESC Toulouse. Both are programs for business students and are accredited by AACSB International, Equis and the AMBA. The Groupe ESC Toulouse has
a campus in Toledo, Spain. FGCU students can attend
classes at either campus as part of the exchange agreement. A long term research collaboration between marine
scientists in Brest, France and FGCU led to a cooperative
research agreement involving marine research and development between the European Institute of Marine Studies
of the University of Brest (Institut Universitaire Européen
del la Mer de l’Université de Bretagne Occidentale) and
FGCU. The aim of this agreement is to further the devel-
opment of basic scientific and applied research with goals
of advancing research in marine science and gaining a
more fundamental understanding of the marine ecosystems. The agreement includes: exchanging researchers,
scientists, faculty members, and graduate students; exchanging scientific information in fields of mutual interest;
intellectual exchange through lectures, talks, conferences, colloquia, symposia and sharing of experiences; and
implementing cooperative research programs.
• Germany: Agreements have been signed with the following German universities: University of Wuerzburg in
Wuerzburg, Pforzheim University of Applied Sciences in
Pforzheim, FhHarz University in Wernigerode, The Evangelische Fachhochschule Rheinland-Westfalen-Lippe
(EFH) in Bochum, and FhJena University of Applied Sciences in Jena. Besides the traditional student and faculty
exchange agreement with the University of Wuerzburg,
two other programs link Wuerzburg and FGCU students:
one through distance education courses and the other an
Executive MBA Certificate Program. A letter of intent was
signed whereby FGCU in partnership with FhHaz and the
Otto-von-Guericke University of Magdeburg are to offer a
joint Master of Business Informatics/Computer Information Systems as soon as program negotiations are completed. In addition, there is a regional agreement between
the Saxony-Anhalt region and the Southwest Florida business community. Academic and professional exchanges
and collaborative relationships in research, business development, and curricula development are major components of these agreements.
• Hungary: Szent Istva University a Jaszbereny Hungary
has signed an agreement with FGCU to facilitate student
and faculty exchange with special focus on teacher education.
• Italy: The Stazione Zoologica ‘Anton Dohrn’ di Napoli,
Naples, Italy, has signed a cooperative research agreement with FGCU. The aim of this agreement is to engage
in cooperative research activities involving basic scientific
and applied research with goals of advancing research
in biotechnology, molecular biology, marine biology, ecology, and botany using marine organisms. The Stazione
and FGCU wish to maintain and promote channels of cooperation and communication that permit the exchange of
academic and scientific knowledge.
• Mexico: FGCU facilitated collaboration between businesses in Southwest Florida and Mexico, including a
regional agreement between the regions of Carmen and
Campeche, and the Southwest Florida business community. In addition, the university has a signed student
exchange agreement with Universidad Autonoma del
Carmen and linkages with the Universidad Autonoma de
Campeche, Instituto Campechano, the University of the
Yucatan, and Metropolitan Autonomous University. The
FGCU Lutgert College of Business faculty participated in
teaching several modules of the Executive MBA at Universidad Autonoma del Carmen.
• New Zealand: FGCU has a signed agreement with Unitec
International in Auckland. The first faculty exchange between the two schools occurred in the fall of 2005, and
the first student exchange from FGCU took place in the
spring 2006 semester.
• Sweden: Halmstad University, Halmstad, has an active
student exchange program with FGCU. An agreement
has been signed expanding undergraduate opportunities
for Swedish students to attend FGCU as full-time FGCU
students.
• Guyana: Since 1998, FGCU has had a formal relationship
with the University of Guyana-Georgetown, South America. There has been an active exchange of social work
faculty and students participating in programs and conducting workshops in Fort Myers, FL and Georgetown,
Guyana
Students in the College of Arts and Sciences participate in
study abroad language immersion programs in Spain and
Latin America and study tours to Latin America, China, and
Europe.
The Lutgert College of Business is on the cutting edge for
partnering and pedagogical approaches that link the FGCU
student to the world and the world to FGCU. The Lutgert College of Business has created a paradigm that is being recognized throughout the U.S. and internationally. Known as the
Second Circle Model, the business and academic communities collaborate in the process of knowledge acquisition and
dissemination and in community development.
The College of Education has a partnership with the University of Glasgow, Scotland whereby Scottish student teachers
do their field experiences in the partnership country. The College of Education is a charter member of the Caribbean Basin
network of teacher educators supporting the annual international project titled: “Reorienting Teacher Education Towards
a Sustainable Future”.
The College of Professional Studies has partnership agreements with the University of Guyana-Georgetown South
America, and the University of the Applied Social Sciences
in Bochum Germany. FGCU faculty and students have participated in interdisciplinary workshops with colleagues from
the University of Guyana and the University of the Applied
Social Sciences in Germany. German students have enrolled
in distance learning courses with and completed internships
under the auspices of FGCU faculty. FGCU students have attended lectures at Tsingua University Law School, visited the
Supreme Court Appellate Court, and met with judges in Beijing China under the auspices of FGCU faculty.
Note: The above named partner institutions are not accredited
by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association
of Colleges and Schools and the accreditation of FGCU does
not extend to or include the partner institutions or its students.
Although FGCU accepts certain course work in transfer from
our international partners, other colleges and universities may
not accept this work in transfer, even if it appears on a transcript from FGCU.
International Services
239-590-7925
International student admission information is available in the
International Student Admission Guide through the Office of
Admissions. The International Services Office provides support services for international students, information and assistance to FGCU students for Study Abroad, and consultation to
university departments. International student support services
include pre-arrival information, orientation, enrollment, document processing, immigration advising, cross-cultural adjustment and integrating international students into the university
and community experience. Programs such as the International Reception, International Celebration, International Club
and topical presentations offer opportunities for students,
university and community members to meet, learn and share
their cultures. International Services also provides information and support services for study abroad opportunities.  Students may utilize the Study Abroad Resource Library, attend
information sessions and the Study Abroad Fair, consult with
staff and receive assistance in finding and participating in an
experience abroad.  The office also assists university departments and individuals with immigration matters and development of international initiatives. 
Research and Sponsored Programs
The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) is
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an integral and essential part of the overall FGCU teaching
mission. Faculty participation in such activity plays a major
role in the educational process at FGCU. Our dedicated faculty and staff provide a rich environment for students to take
part in scholarly work and research while attending FGCU.
Research efforts by our faculty enrich teaching and the classroom experience for our students. We are preparing students
to continue learning and expanding their knowledge after
leaving FGCU. Many opportunities are available for students
to become involved in research efforts our faculty members
conduct.
Since FGCU opened in August 1997 external support for research and sponsored programs has exceeded $100 million.
During our last completed fiscal year FGCU faculty and staff
submitted 180 proposals and were awarded nearly $14 million in new grants and contracts. Please visit our web site
at www.fgcu.edu/orsp to learn more about our programs or
simply stop by Griffin Hall Suite 135 to personally visit us and
learn of potential opportunities available to you.
Teacher Preparation Programs
Florida Gulf Coast University considers the preparation of
teachers and other professional educators an integral part of
its vision and mission. The university is dedicated to providing high quality educator preparation programs for meaningful
careers in schools and agencies.
Title II of the Higher Education Act
Title II, Section 207 of the Higher Education Act mandates that
universities make available certain information concerning the
institution’s teacher preparation programs including the pass
rate of program completers on assessments required by the
state for teacher licensure or certification, the statewide pass
rate on those assessments, and other basic information on
teacher preparation programs. The information pertaining to
Florida Gulf Coast University is available on the web at http://
www.coe.fgcu.edu
All College of Education academic degree programs were revised in 1999-2000 and reviewed and approved against the
most current state standards in the fall of 2006. FGCU’s College of Education offers six baccalaureate degree programs
that lead to certification in early childhood education (Age 3
to Grade 3), elementary education, special education, and
secondary education (biology, mathematics, or social sciences). All undergraduate programs lead to certification and
early childhood education, elementary education, and special
education include endorsement in ESOL. At the graduate
level, school counseling and educational leadership prepare
students for certification by the Florida Department of Education. Other advanced degree studies include educational
technology, ESOL, mental health counseling, reading, special
education, elementary education, and curriculum and instruction. The College also supports many non-degree seeking
students in courses leading to certification, through the Educator Preparation Institute (TIP) and the Professional Training
Option (Education Minor).
Student Characteristics:
Approximately 70% of College of Education undergraduates
come from the surrounding five county service area of FGCU.
More than 15% represent ethnic or racial minorities, and 89%
are women. 83% of current undergraduate teacher education
students are under 30 years of age. At the graduate level,
73% are females and 75% are over 30.
Admission Requirements:
Refer to program descriptions for admission requirements.
Internship/Student Teaching Requirements:
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Undergraduate degree seeking students in programs apply
for final internship in advance and are placed in area schools
when they have completed all but one course of their College
of Education courses with a grade point average of 2.5 or
higher. Special features:
• Frequent and integrated field experiences throughout
study.
• Integrated study in a unique expeditionary format that promotes best teaching practices with all students.
Graduate degree seeking students have frequent and integrated field experiences throughout their course of study.
Contextual Information:
Revised programs described above were implemented in the
fall of 2002 and 2005 and all teacher certification programs
received full approval from the Florida Department of Education in 2006.
1038 students were enrolled in College of Education degree
programs in 2006-07 of whom 777 were seeking initial teacher certification.
The FGCU College of Education has extensive partnerships
with area schools and districts that include a professional development school, special centers to support targeted need
groups (i.e., special education, instructional enhancement)
and low performing schools in its five county area through the
Alliance of Educational Leaders.
Pass Rate Data:
The following pass rate data is for the 2006-07 academic year
and is based upon data verified by the Florida Department of
Education.
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Program Area
Number of Students Pass Rate
Completing
on all FTCE
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the Program
sections
Basic Skills 132
100%
(CLAST)
Subject Area Exam
152
100%
Early Childhood Education
9
100%
Elementary Education
105
100%
Secondary Education
6
100%
School counseling
7
100%
Special Education
12
100%
Ed leadership
13
100%
(all certification areas)
Professional Education
132
100%
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WGCU-TV and WGCU-FM
FGCU is home to WGCU Public Media, a comprehensive media enterprise that provides Southwest Florida:
• National public television and radio programming that informs, educates, entertains, and enriches;
• Locally produced TV/FM programs focusing on this region’s cultural arts, health concerns, environmental topics
and issues, Southwest Florida history, and news/public
affairs.
• Numerous community outreach projects, including Florida Landscape, Curious Kids Club, WGCU Renaissance
Academy, and our Radio Reading Service for persons
with visual disabilities;
• www.wgcu.org, an information rich website with digital archives of all locally produced TV and FM programs and
features; and
• expressions, a monthly magazine, filled with information on cultural events, the environment, interesting and
relative essays, poetry, and extended radio and television
program information.
The stations broadcast from a state-of-the-art campus facility
that includes an HDTV master control facility, television and
radio production studios, and remote location production services, The television station broadcasts on channel 30/cable
3 and DT 31. The radio station can be received at 90.1 FM,
from a 100,000-watt stereo signal, and on WMKO-FM 91.7
FM, which reaches the most southern part of Collier County
and Marco Island.
University Bookstore
239-590-1150
www.fgcu.bkstr.com
The FGCU Bookstore is located in the Student Union and offers online or in-store shopping for required textbooks as well
as being your headquarters for all kinds of FGCU clothing,
gifts and office supplies including special academic pricing on
software. An academic book buyback program is also available.
Dining Services
FGCU offers the following dining locations:
• The Perch RFoC (Real Food on Campus) at the Student
Union
• Einstein Bros. Bagels at the Student Union
• Eagle Cafe at Howard Hall featuring Subway, Taco Bell
Express, and C3 Grab & Go
• Starbucks at the Library
For Meal Plan options, menus, hours of operations, and care
package information please visit us online at www.fgcudining.
com.
Eagle ID Card Office
239-590-7645
www.fgcu.edu/EagleiD
The FGCU Eagle ID card is the university identification card.
All students are issued an Eagle ID card at their orientation.
Your card is required for the library, computer labs, housing,
meal plans, recreational services, and event privileges. For
additional information and location please visit our website.
University Police and Safety
The University Police and Safety Department provides a full
range of public safety services to the university community
24 hours a day, seven days a week. Services provided by the
department include, but are not limited to, routine patrol on
foot, bicycle or vehicle; alarm monitoring; escorting students,
faculty and staff on request; motorist assistance with lockouts,
dead batteries, etc.; lost and found, and educational programs
(RAD, Securing Your Home, Robbery Prevention).
Vehicle registration and parking. By rule (6C10-8), the university requires all students, faculty, and staff to register their
vehicles if they operate or park a motor vehicle on property
owned by or in control of the university. This rule is in effect 24
hours a day for each day of the year. (See section on Tuition,
Fees, and Refunds for additional information.)
Centers and Institutes
Centers and institutes are established at universities for the
purpose of coordinating intra and/or inter-institutional research, service, and training activities that supplement and
extend existing departmental instruction, research, and service programs. FGCU currently has seven active formally approved centers and institutes. These include:
Center for Leadership and Innovation
The Center for Leadership and Innovation (CLI) is an extension of the Lutgert College of Business and an integral element of Florida Gulf Coast University’s outreach to the surrounding communities. The CLI houses a number of activities
that provide for educational programming, workforce development and support for economic development in the region.
The CLI is home to Florida Gulf Coast University’s Executive
MBA degree (EMBA), a specially designed program for middle and senior level professionals. The EMBA Program allows
students to complete the degree within two years, while continuing to maintain their full-time, professional commitments.
The CLI also houses the following:
• Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is a federally funded program of the Small Business Administration.
The SBDC provides counseling and program support to
small businesses throughout the region.
• The Sponsored Projects and Programs Office coordinates
the educational, research, and consultative services for
public/private organizations/companies and individuals.
This office oversees FGCU’s Certified Financial Planner
professional certification program.
• Other faculty institutes include: Institute for Chinese Studies, Regional Economic Research Institute, Institute for
Technological Innovation, Institute for Advances in Human Resources, Institute for Conflict Resolution, Institute
for Business and Professional Ethics, and the Lucas Institute for Real Estate Development and Finance.
The CLI continues to work with local organizations, state
agencies, and regional economic development centers to
offer the use of its facilities to further the well being of the
region. For more information, please visit the CLI website at
http://cli.fgcu.edu.
John Scott Dailey Florida Institute of
Government
The Institute of Government (IOG), located in the Office of
continuing Education and Off-Campus Programs, is part of
a statewide network of affiliates with the overall mission of
increasing the effectiveness and quality of the public and private sector in Southwest Florida.
The IOG has developed a reputation for high-quality, reasonably priced training and development opportunities for the
public and private sector. Training brochures are mailed biannually with a comprehensive listing of open-enrollment workshops. However, the majority of workshops provided are inhouse, customized programs for specific organizations. The
full year’s workshop schedule is available on the IOG website
by title, trainer, date, location and cost.
IOG services are provided by trainers, consultants and faculty
that combine a theoretical knowledge base with the practical
application of concepts learned. All are highly qualified, respected, and experienced in their areas of expertise.
Additional services include technical assistance, program
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evaluation, needs assessments, and public opinion surveys.
Recent projects include:
• Guests First Customer Service Program for the Lee Island Coast Visitor and Convention Bureau
• Staffing studies for two local governments.
• Telephone survey of registered voters in Collier County.
• Charlotte County Environmental Services Dept. process
evaluation.
• Southwest Florida International Airport and FGCU customer service projects.
• Individualized professional coaching for professional and
personal enhancement.
• Records management, strategic planning.
• Visioning.
• Goal setting.
The Institute of Government also offers certification programs
in several areas including certified public manager, supervisory series, code enforcement, and non-profit series. For more
information, please contact the Institute’s director at 239-5907815 or visit our website at www.fgcu.edu/iog
Small Business Development Center
The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is a nonprofit organization. The SBDC is just one part of the Center
for Leadership and Innovation, operated by Florida Gulf Coast
University’s College of Business and the U.S. Small Business
Administration. It serves to design and deliver a collection
of programs directed toward strengthening the economy of
Southwest Florida. Services include free one-to-one counseling, educational workshops, and support for the activities of
the U.S. Small Business Administration. A free counseling
service at the SBDC office is available to individuals who
have questions or need assistance in starting or growing their
businesses. Certified SBDC staff provide this counseling. For
more information, please visit the SBDC website at http://cli.
fgcu.edu/sbdc.
Institute for Youth and Justice Studies
The mission of the Institute for Youth and Justice Studies is
to further studies relating to policies and practices of youth
development and juvenile justice. The Institute is cross disciplinary, incorporating the fields of criminal justice, public
administration, social work, and education. The Institute provides a research setting conducive to the development and
application of policies and practices relating to youth development and juvenile justice. The goals of the Institute include: to
advance the theoretical and applied perspectives in the disciplines of youth development and juvenile justice; to solicit
funding to facilitate research for FGCU faculty, students, and
practitioners; to engage local, regional, and national experts
from the various justice disciplines to provide practitioner and
student education and training; to publish the results of collaborative research for purposes of scholarship, replication,
and empirical analysis; and to establish sister center relationships with national and/or international institutes with similar
missions and goals. For more information, please contact the
IYJS at 239-590-7835, [email protected], or visit our website
at http://cps.fgcu.edu/iyjs/.
Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education
The Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education
works toward the dream of a sustainable and peaceful Earth
through scholarship, education, and action. The Center advances understanding and achievement of the goals of environmental and sustainability education through innovative
educational research methods, emergent eco-pedagogies,
and educational philosophy and practice based on ethics of
care and sustainability. The Center seeks to elevate the envi-
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ronmental mission of Florida Gulf Coast University and serves
the University community, the local community of the Western
Everglades and Barrier Islands, and the wider community of
scholars.
Coastal Watershed Institute
The mission of the Coastal Watershed Institute is to address
regional concerns regarding the use and conservation of
coastal watersheds by supporting undergraduate and graduate education in marine science and coastal watershed study;
by focusing and coordinating university research on coastal
environments and the conservation of natural resources; and
by disseminating information to the citizens of Southwest
Florida to engage and inform them about the health of coastal
watersheds and related issues.
The Whitaker Center for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
(STEM) Education
The Whitaker Center (WC) is a collaborative endeavor among
the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Education,
and the School of Engineering with a vision and mission
focused on improving STEM education at all levels (preK
through post-secondary). The Whitaker Center aspires to:
Enhance and foster innovation, interdisciplinary activities, and
research in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education by providing support to faculty in professional
development and scholarly activity related to the Whitaker
Center mission. Provide expertise in inquiry-based environments that engage students in meaningful science, technology, engineering, and mathematics experiences through support of model undergraduate research activities, specialized
academic programs, and student organizations. Contribute to
outreach activities in the local, regional, and national community that promote public interest and support of science,
technology, engineering, and mathematics education. Support preK-12 educators in the pursuance of quality learnercentered science, technology, engineering, and mathematics
education. Provide expertise in evaluative services for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics educational
endeavors including internal and external research, projects,
and initiatives. For more information please contact the WC
at 239-590-7444 or visit our website at http://www.fgcu.edu/
whitakercenter/.
University Notices
Americans with Disabilities Act
Florida Gulf Coast University endeavors to comply with all aspects of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 as amended and the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended.
This includes compliance in the provision of programs, services, and activities; in carrying out University policies, practices,
and procedures; in the need for reasonable accommodations;
the use of equally effective communications; the provision
of transportation services; and accessibility of facilities and
public accommodations at the central campus and external
University sites.
The University assumes no responsibility for personal assistance necessary for independent living or for specialized
medical care. As a result of limited health facilities and health
care professionals on campus, students requiring personal
health assistance should be prepared to bear the expense of
this care through a general hospital or private physician/clinic
of their choice.
Students should contact the Office of Adaptive Services and
faculty, staff, vendors and visitors should contact the Office
of Institutional Equity and Compliance for needed assistance
and guidance or to report instances of perceived discrimination. Further, the cooperation and support of all faculty and
staff members is necessary in order to implement and maintain the policy.
Anti-Drug Abuse Act
Students convicted of drug felonies may lose their eligibility
for federal financial aid programs. The Omnibus Drug Initiative Act of 1988 gives courts the authority to suspend eligibility
for federal student aid when sentencing an individual convicted of possession or distribution of a controlled substance. For
a drug possession conviction, eligibility is suspended for one
year for the first offense, two years for the second offense,
and indefinitely for the third offense. For a drug sale conviction, eligibility is suspended two years for the first offense, and
indefinitely for the second offense. Florida Gulf Coast University students convicted of drug felonies will also be subject to
the student Code of Conduct.
Campus Environment
A unique attribute of our campus is the over 300 acres of
wetland and upland preserves, home to a variety of wildlife
— including turkeys, deer, alligators, hogs, bald eagles, indigo
snakes, gopher tortoises, raccoons, opossums, and even an
occasional panther or bear—some of which are listed by state
and federal agencies as “endangered,” “threatened,” or “species of special concern.” All are wild animals and must not be
fed or approached. Some animals have become accustomed
to the presence of people and are attracted to waste receptacles, dumpsters, or food spilled or left uneaten. Please warn
people not to approach wildlife and notify campus police if you
observe wildlife approaching people. Also please observe all
posted speed limits to minimize collisions with wildlife. Thank
you for helping us keep our wildlife healthy and wild - and
people safe!
Drug-Free Campus Policy
Federal legislation mandates every individual’s right to work
and learn in a drug-free environment. Florida Gulf Coast University firmly supports this right in policy and practice. Information regarding university policy is available from the Office
of the Vice President for Student Affairs and the Office of Human Resources.
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Non-Discrimination
Florida Gulf Coast University is formally committed to nondiscrimination on such grounds as noted in its policies, procedures and practices including gender equity in sports. All of
us in the university community must be conscious of our responsibility to abide by the laws, regulations and principles of
equality of opportunity. Further, as a community, we will work
to ensure equity and fairness, for all students, faculty, staff,
visitors and vendors. We are committed to these principles
for we are convinced they are essential for a distinguished
university. Questions regarding this policy statement or compliance with its provisions should be directed to the Office of
Institutional Equity and Compliance at 239-590-7405. Outside
Lee County: 800-590-3428.
Sexual Harassment Policy
The Florida Gulf Coast University Sexual Harassment Policy
is for all students, faculty, staff, vendors, and visitors.
Sexual harassment undermines the integrity of the academic and work environment, and prevents its victims and their
peers from achieving their full potential. All members of the
university community are entitled to work and study in an atmosphere free from sexual overtures or innuendoes that are
unsolicited and unwelcome. It is the particular responsibility
of those members of the university community who hold positions of authority over others to avoid actions that are or can
be considered sexually abusive or unprofessional.
It is expected that the deans, chairs, department heads, team
leaders, directors and other supervisory staff will monitor and
take corrective action whenever instances of sexual harassment are either observed or reported to them. While the decision regarding resolution normally remains within the unit,
all allegations of sexual harassment are to be immediately
reported to the Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance,
which will monitor, provide advice, and take appropriate action as required by federal and state laws.
Student Right to Know/Campus Security
The Student Right to Know and Campus Security Act (1990)
mandates that all postsecondary institutions are required to
prepare, publish, and distribute certain information regarding
campus crime and policies related to security. In addition to
crime statistics for the past three years, the national legislation requires universities to make policies related to security
issues public. The FGCU Campus Safety Guide is published
annually and is available at the Police Department or on-line
at http://admin.fgcu.edu/police/safetyguide.html.
Annual Report of Crime Statistics
Number of Offenses Reported
Offense
2005
Homicide Offenses
0
Manslaughter
0
Forcible Sex Offenses, Rape
3
Non-Forcible Sex Offenses, Rape 0
Robbery
0
Aggravated Assault
1
Burglary/Breaking & Entering
6
Larceny/Theft Offenses
27
Arson
0
Motor Vehicle Theft
0
Hate Crimes (by Prejudices)
0
Race
0
Gender
0
Religion
0
Sexual Orientation
0
Ethnicity
0
2006
0
0
3
0
1
1
5
38
0
18
0
0
0
0
0
0
2007
0
0
0
0
1
1
2
32
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
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University Notices
Disability
0
0
0
Number of Arrests – Select Offenses
Liquor Law Violations
21
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Drug Law Violations
3
5
13
Weapons Law Violations
1
0
1
Referrals to Student Code of Conduct – Select Offenses
Liquor Law Violations
217
305
331
Drug Law Violations
22
97
86
Weapons Law Violations
4
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E-Learning and Technology
Support
The university is committed to using communication, broadcast, and instructional technologies to engage the minds
and enhance the lives of the people of Southwest Florida; to
prepare graduating students to confidently use technology to
compete successfully in the work market and to engage in
lifelong learning; to support and improve the ways teaching
and learning can occur; and to increase access to higher education and quality public radio and television programming.
The university offers open computer learning areas, computer
classrooms, interactive video classrooms, an executive videoconference room, multimedia classroom systems, and a
network of academic web servers. In addition, faculty, staff,
and students may checkout portable equipment for special
purposes.
E-Learning
With a commitment to making higher education accessible to
a range of qualified students with diverse scheduling needs,
FGCU offers key courses and certain full-degree programs as
distance learning options. This means that any student can
participate in certain courses without having to come to campus, or by coming to campus for only selected class sessions.
The degree requirements for certain programs can be met
entirely without attending campus-based courses. Most of the
distance learning courses are delivered via the Internet.
Programs of Study Available via Distance Learning include
but are not limited to:
All of the upper division courses required to complete the:
• Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
• Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies
• Bachelor of Science in Health Science
• Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN only)
All of the courses necessary to complete the:
• Master of Business Administration (MBA)
• Master of Public Administration (MPA)
• Master of Science in Health Science
• Master of Science in Geriatric Recreational Therapy
• Master of Science or Master in Education in Curriculum
and Instruction with concentration in Educational Technology
Other credit and non-credit courses and programs are available full or in-part via distance learning. For additional information, refer to the college sections of this catalog.
Electronic Access From Home
A home computer with a modem, an Internet service account,
and the software necessary to use the Internet to communicate and access information resources are fundamental
to home access of FGCU electronic resources. If you do not
have your own computer but you can count on using one with
Internet access from your place of employment, a public or
community college library, or some other source that is convenient, you might still be able to participate effectively.
Minimum Hardware and Browser Configurations:
• Windows XP or Mac OS X
• 512 MB RAM
• Modem (Dialup, Cable, or DSL) for internet connection
• Netscape 7.x and replace with Firefox 2.x
• SVGA Color Monitor
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Recommended Hardware and Browser Configurations:
• Windows XP or Vista, Mac OS X, Pentium IV or later CPU,
Mac 1.66 Ghz Intel Core Duo or higher
• 1024 Mb RAM
• High speed Internet Connection (Broadband)
• Netscape 7.x with Firefox 2.x
• LCD color monitor
Southern Regional Electronic Campus
FGCU is a member of the Southern Regional Education
Board’s (SREB) electronic campus (SREC). Through the
SREC, universities from 13 states list courses and programs
that are available as distance learning options. This electronic
catalog of distance learning opportunities may be accessed at
http://www.electroniccampus.org
Accessing ANGEL
FGCU uses the ANGEL learning management system to provide course materials to students. Students whose instructors
choose to incorporate this resource can reasonably expect to
utilize electronic bulletin boards, email, chat, file sharing and
online assessment tools.
To access your course navigate a web-browser to http://elearning.fgcu.edu or http://www.fgcu.edu then click the “ANGEL” link on the top right hand corner of the screen.
Obtaining Your ANGEL Login and Password
To login to ANGEL you will use your webmail (sometimes
called Eagle mail) username and password. To get an FGCU
email account, you first need to activate your student account
by going to: http://admin.fgcu.edu/IS/applications/studentaccts/activate.asp
Technology Support and Helpdesk
Students who find that they are having difficulty working with
ANGEL are asked to contact the Academic & Event Technology (AET) Help Desk at 239-590-7100. Support staff are on
hand to answer questions and troubleshoot issues MondayThursday from 8 am – 11 pm, Friday 8 am – 10 pm, and Saturday 8 am – 5 pm.
Students are also encouraged to access tutorials and documentation at http://elearning.fgcu.edu, or through ANGEL’s
help files by clicking the “help” link located within the application.
Student Computer Labs
Technology support staff are located in the student computer
labs (which are open approximately 90 hours a week) and can
provide one-on-one assistance. Students can use computers
in the open labs to:
• Send e-mail messages to professors and other students.
• Use word processing, prepare spreadsheets, or create
databases.
• Complete course assignments.
• Conduct Internet-based information searches.
• Use multimedia courseware, such as simulated scientific
experiments; or complete course projects that require the
production of digitized media.
At FGCU teaching is improved through the design and use of
instructional materials that permit students to access course
assignments and materials electronically; hold electronic, outof-class discussions; view live and taped video programs on
large screens in classrooms; and access and view Internetbased databases and graphics during classroom sessions.
Student Email/Network Accounts
Each student at Florida Gulf Coast University will be given an
account for accessing FGCU computing resources. These resources include Gulfline, student email (EagleMail), network
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E-Learning and Technology Support
access, ANGEL, a personal web site, and access to secure
online resources and databases provided by the FGCU library. Each of these requires a specific username and PIN
or password.
• Gulfline: “Username” is the University Identification Number (UIN) which appears highlighted on the Eagle ID Card;
PIN is provided at time of acceptance to the University or
through the Office of Registration and Records. Gulfline
can be accessed at http://gulfline.fgcu.edu
• Student E-Mail and network access: Students need to
activate their student account in order to receive email,
log on to ANGEL, and access the network. Students can
activate their accounts at http://admin.fgcu.edu/IS/applications/studentaccts/activate.asp. During activation, students are assigned a username and the students can pick
a password they would like to use. Important note: Faculty
use the FGCU email addresses to contact students. Since
this is frequently the means used to distribute information
on accessing specific online courses, it is important for
students to activate their student account ASAP after registering for their first class. For further information, please
visit the Student E-Mail Homepage at http://eagle.fgcu.
edu
• ANGEL: Can only be accessed AFTER activating a student account. Log on at http://elearning.fgcu.edu, using
the same username and password used for e-mail and
network access.
• Library resources: Students can access the Library online
databases, which include many full-text journals, at http://
library.fgcu.edu/OnlineResources/esources.htm. Accessing this from off-campus locations will require the 14-digit
number on the Eagle ID cards (Library number).
Minimum System Requirements
Students who are asked to use ANGEL for their courses
should have the following hardware and software.
Operating system: Windows XP –or- Mac OS X
RAM: 512 MB
Internet Access: 56 K modem -or- cable/DSL
Internet Browser: Internet Explorer 6 + , Firefox, Netscape 7
+, Safari, Mozilla 1.4 +,
ANGEL is not compatible with the AOL Browser
User Skills and Support
It is expected that each student will take some personal responsibility for developing the skills necessary to use basic
computing applications.
The first step is to “know yourself.” Whether you are new to
technology or are an experienced user, you will want to assess
your FGCU survival skills and be certain that you have mastered those tasks that are needed in your role as a student. A
self-assessment survey is available on the web at http://www.
fgcu.edu/support/techskills.html. The survey takes only three
to five minutes. Results include scores for each section and
suggestions for advancing your computing skills. Student lab
assistants are available at each of the university’s three public computing labs to answer questions. Call 239-590-7100 to
make an appointment for personalized training. Tutorials on
library technology, Microsoft Office products, web skills, and
other areas of interest are available through the university’s
home page (www.fgcu.edu).
Definitions
ANGEL – A course managment system used to provide course
materials using any combination of electronic bulletin boards,
email, chat, file sharing and online assessment tools.
EagleMail – EagleMail is Florida Gulf Coast University’s student email system. For more information please see the EagleMail homepage: http://eagle.fgcu.edu
Gulfline – ‘Username’ used to access your Gulfline account is
your University Identification Number. For additional information in using Gulfline contact the Office of the Registrar.
Library Number – A 14 digit number located on the Eagle ID
card. Student IDs are required to access some library information.
Password – Used to access computers located on campus
and to retrieve student e-mail.
PIN – A unique number created for each student. This is used
as the student’s signature in Gulfline. It is used to activate
student email accounts. PIN numbers will only be provided
to the student by mail or in person. PIN numbers will not be
provided via telephone or email. Please contact the Office of
the Registrar for additional information.
University Identification Number (UIN) – The UIN is the Banner System Generated ID number which appears on the
Eagle ID Card. This number will be bolded and highlighted
in green.
Username – Used to retrieve student email, log on to campus computers, and log on to ANGEL. It is the first part of a
student’s email address, and can be looked up anytime using
your University Identification Number (UIN) and PIN on the
EagleMail website.
Library Services
The mission of Library Services is to strengthen the intellectual environment of the academic community and to nurture
lifelong learning among Florida residents.
General Information
The library maintains the following regularly scheduled
hours.
Monday - Thursday
7:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Friday
7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday
8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Sunday
1:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Hours are adjusted for holidays and intersessions. Consult
the library web site (http://library.fgcu.edu) for current information.
Library cards. The Eagle ID card serves as the library card.
The card must be presented each time materials are checked
out. It is the responsibility of the cardholder to report immediately the loss or theft of the Eagle ID.
Online access. The library provides remote access to a number of information resources that are restricted to users within
the library or to the students, staff, and faculty of the university. The 14-digit number required for remote access is printed
on the Eagle ID card.
The library web site (http://library.fgcu.edu) is a primary access point for all library services and resources. The web
site accesses the catalogs of the State University System of
Florida libraries, FGCU course reserve materials, electronic
databases, interlibrary loan, research assistance, and links
to other useful sites. A library staff directory, several request
forms, and the latest information about library hours and services are available on the web site.
Access for persons with disabilities. Library staff will provide
reasonable assistance to persons with disabilities on request.
Please ask for assistance at the circulation desk. Patrons
with disabilities may expect assistance on demand whenever
practicable with services and resources including retrieval of
library materials, interlibrary loan requests, access to course
reserve materials, and using the open computer lab. Special
arrangements may be needed for access to some services
and resources, especially during evening and weekend hours.
Services requiring special arrangements may include extensive reference assistance, copying of library materials (copying costs are paid by the patron), or retrieval of microform
materials. Please call the circulation desk (239) 590-7610 or
TTY (239) 590-7618 to arrange for these services.
Computer lab. The library computer systems staff maintains
an open computer lab in the library that provides access to
electronic information resources, the world wide web, applications software, document scanning, color printing, student
email, and removable storage. The lab is accessible whenever the library is open.
Library Collections
FGCU collections include rich retrospective collections, new
books, current journal subscriptions, media, and an extensive
collection of electronic resources to serve the university and
the community.
Circulation and Course Reserve
Students, staff, faculty, and community patrons may borrow
library materials in the General Collection. Borrowing periods
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vary. Ask the library staff at the circulation desk for assistance
in determining the borrowing period for a specific item. Most
materials may be renewed at the circulation desk unless another patron has requested them.
Course reserve materials are made available to students on
or off-campus through the library web site whenever practicable. Materials that are not suitable for distribution via the
web site are available in the library at the circulation desk.
Interlibrary Loan
FGCU faculty, staff, and currently enrolled students are eligible to use Interlibrary Loan (ILL) to obtain materials not
owned by the FGCU library. Students and faculty from other
State University System institutions are also eligible for ILL
service. Submit ILL requests electronically from the FGCU library web site. New books, rare books, reference materials,
software, and audiovisual items are often difficult to borrow
from other libraries. Additionally, some theses, dissertations,
and genealogical materials are difficult to obtain. Please ask
the Reference staff for help in identifying items or in finding
alternatives.
Reference and Research Assistance
Librarians and library paraprofessionals provide reference
and research consultation services when and where they are
needed. Reference service is available in the library, by telephone at (239) 590-7630, via email message to [email protected]
edu or through the Ask a Reference Question form on the
library’s web site. When more extensive consultation is desired, please make an appointment with one of the librarians.
Support for Distance Learners
Electronic course reserves, databases, indexing, and abstracting services, and many full-text journals are accessible
by computer from off-campus locations. Distance learners
may use the library web site to request books or photocopies
of journal articles.
Students enrolled in FGCU distance learning classes who
need materials from the FGCU Library collection should
use the Request Forms for Distance Learning Students on
the library web site (http://library.fgcu.edu). Most materials
are mailed to distance learners at no charge. Students are
responsible for return postage for books. For materials not
owned by the library, FGCU distance learners may use Interlibrary Loan forms to obtain materials from other libraries.
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Student Affairs
Student Affairs
The Division of Student Affairs is a partner in achieving the
academic mission of Florida Gulf Coast University. We accomplish this by enhancing our students’ ability to learn and
by promoting their development as productive members of the
greater community. We are dedicated to improving students’
decision making skills, faciliting their personal development,
enhancing leadership development, promoting healthy lifestyles, and assisting and developing their sense of purpose.
Our leadership in these endeavors provides a vibrant campus life that increases student engagement in the University
community and creates a culture of civility and care. Through
our efforts our students, will develop a life long affinity for the
University.
Specifically, the Division of Student Affairs develops programs
and offers services that facilitate student academic progress
and social maturation; assess student needs; assist students
in understanding FGCU, policies, procedures, and governance, and to encourage campus involvement; enhance the
social and cultural environment through student activities and
programs; serve as an institutional resource with regard to
information about students; promote an environment appreciative of ethnic, religious, and cultural diversity; encourage a
public spirit among students that works towards the common
good of Florida Gulf Coast University, Southwest Florida, the
State, and global community.
Adaptive Services
http://www.fgcu.edu/adaptive
239-590-7956
Adaptive Services promotes opportunities for full participation
in university academics, programs, activities, and services by
students with disabilities, through the provision of reasonable
accommodations, other support services and training. Disabilities as outlined by the Americans with Disabilities Act and
the university may include learning, visual, hearing, speech,
physical, and other disabilities. If requesting accommodations, the student must identify him or herself as having a disability, provide documentation, and consult with our staff with
sufficient notice to coordinate appropriate services.
FGCU provides disability testing; contact the Office of Adaptive Services. Adaptive Services provides assistance in admission, registration, classroom accommodation, note taking, reader services, modified or extended test taking, sign
language interpreters, campus housing, etc. The Adaptive
Learning Lab offers individual study areas with special computer software and assistive technology.
Students seeking financial aid should contact the Financial
Aid and Scholarships Office, and may find additional information on scholarships for students with disabilities in our office.
Campus Recreation
239-590-7935
The Department of Campus Recreation provides students,
staff, and faculty opportunities to participate in a variety of
recreational programs. Program areas within the Department
include Aquatics, Group Fitness, Personal Training, Intramural Sports, Sport Clubs, Waterfront, and Outdoor programs.
Campus Recreation promotes social interaction, competitiveness, personal wellness, and fun. Students, staff, and faculty
may gain access to all areas within Campus Recreation with
a valid ID.
Career Development Services
239-590-7946
http://studentservices.fgcu.edu/careers
Career Development Services assists students and alumni in
preparing for and achieving their career goals. We offer individual advising on job search preparation as well as helpful
resources in the Career Center and on our website. Job fairs,
graduate school fairs, recruiter visits and other special events
are scheduled throughout the year. We also offer a webbased job/internship listing system and resume database at
www.collegecentral.com/fgcu.
College Reach Out Program
239-590-7834
The College Reach Out Program (CROP) was established in
1983 by the Florida Legislature to motivate and prepare first
generation or, educationally disadvantaged, or low-income
students in grades 6 through 12 to pursue and successfully
complete a postsecondary education. Participants are students who otherwise would be unlikely to seek admission to
community college, Military Service, state university, or independent postsecondary institution without special support and
recruitment efforts. This program is of no cost to participants.
Florida Gulf Coast University’s CROP program serves the
five-county Southwest Florida area; Lee, Charlotte, Collier,
Hendry and Glades. The program offers many opportunities,
including but not limited to; College Exploration Days, Leadership Workshops, after school enrichment programs, SAT and
ACT preparation classes, Cultural Field Trips, Financial Aid
and Admissions workshops, Summer Residential and Institute
programs for high and middle school students respectively.
Participants gain knowledge in leadership, character building,
life skills, study skills, test taking strategies, language arts,
mathematics, reading, and essay writing.
Counseling and Psychological Services
239-590-7950
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) provides individual and group counseling and therapy, consultation and
referral, outreach, and skill development programs. CAPS
services are free, confidential, and available to all students.
The staff consists of the director and associate director, who
are both Florida licensed psychologists, a part-time psychologist, full-time and part-time licensed mental health counselors
and other part-time counseling professionals. CAPS psychologists and counselors adhere to the ethical standards established by professional associations, state licensing boards,
and the national certification organizations. Two part-time
psychiatrists provide services to students referred through
CAPS. CAPS provides confidential consultation service for
students. Students are encouraged to come in for a 30 minute CAPSnap visit to discuss any personal concern. To learn
more about this service and all other CAPS services visit the
CAPS website at http://studentservices.fgcu.edu/counseling/.
Appointments are encouraged and made by coming to the
CAPS office in the Wellness Center.
Emergency on-call professional counselors are available 24
hours a day for mental health emergencies. For assistance
after regular working hours contact the university police dispatcher at 239-590-1911.
Dean of Students Office
239-590-7900
The Dean of Students Office is concerned with the overall
quality of student life at Florida Gulf Coast University for all
undergraduate and graduate students. Students are encouraged to visit staff in the Dean's Office to discuss ideas, personal issues, or general concerns about student life at Florida
Gulf Coast University. The Dean of Students Office works
directly with students to help solve problems and to assist in
individual and group crisis management.
The Dean of Students Office staffs promote and value differences on individual, organizational, and community levels.
Through structured and intentional leadership development
opportunities such as workshops, retreats and meetings, we
encourage students’ growth in character, acceptance of differences, decision making and overall leadership skills.
We develop programs that encourage student involvement.
We formally recognize over 120 student organizations, ranging in scope from media, fraternities and sororities, performance groups, academic interest clubs, cultural, service
organizations and the Student Government. We collaborate
with academic partners and others to implement student-centered experiences and to further University learning outcomes
inside and outside the classroom.
Staff in the Dean’s office assists students in developing, articulating, and disseminating University rules, regulations, and
policies such as the Student Code of Conduct.
Eagle View Orientation
239-590-7957
[email protected]
http://enrollment.fgcu.edu/Orientation
Degree Seeking Undergraduates
All admitted undergraduate degree seeking students are required to attend Eagle View Orientation. During the orientation session individuals will have the opportunity to:
• Learn about academic requirements and policies
• Develop a class schedule with an academic advisor
• Register for classes
• Receive information on a variety of University services
• Receive a University I.D. card
• Visit the University Bookstore
Information regarding orientation dates and fees, what to
bring, area accommodations, important pre-registration information, and how to make a reservation for Eagle View Orientation may be found on the Eagle View Orientation website.
Non-Degree Seeking Students
Individuals that have been admitted as non-degree seeking
student are not required to attend the orientation, but may
attend the general sessions of Eagle View Orientation on
designated orientation dates. Academic Advising is arranged
through the respective college. Information regarding orientation dates, reservation forms, and orientation fees may be
found on the Eagle View Orientation website.
High School Early Admission and Dual Enrollment
High school students who have been admitted to the FGCU
Early Admission or Dual Enrollment program will attend a special orientation session on a date arranged by their academic
advisor. A $35.00 orientation fee is required. Academic advisement is completed prior to orientation through the Office
of First Year Advising. Reservations for orientation are made
at that time.
First Year Advising
239-590-7875
[email protected]
The Office of First Year Advising provides academic advising
to prospective first-time-in-college students, university freshmen, and high school dual enrollment and early admission
program participants. The initial meeting with an academic
advisor occurs at Eagle View Orientation. While timely application to the university will ensure that articulation of credits
is completed prior to orientation, it is recommended that students bring an unofficial copy of all college transcripts show-
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ing accelerated credit including Advanced Placement to the
orientation advising session.
Freshmen and First-Time-in-College.
Admitted students who have fewer than 12 transferable credit
hours are required to meet with an academic counselor in
the Office of First Year Advising at Eagle View Orientation.
Taking into consideration earned college credit from accelerated mechanisms such as International Baccalaureate (IB,
Advanced Placement (AP) and the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) this initial advising session will introduce
students to university and lower division requirements including general education and requirements for major. When the
student has successfully progressed to the sophomore year,
he/she will be referred to the respective college advisor who
will guide the student through the remainder of his/her graduation requirements.
Undeclared Freshmen who have not declared a major will be
assigned a counselor in the Office of First Year Advising. Assistance in choosing a major will be offered through counseling and workshops.
Greek Life
239-590-7722
http://studentservices.fgcu.edu/GreekLife/
The Office of Greek Life (OGL) at Florida Gulf Coast University is committed to providing an environment in which Leadership Service, scholarship, and campus life can flourish and in
which all endeavors are guided by academic and professional
integrity. All members of the campus community – students,
staff, faculty, and administrators – share the responsibility of
ensuring that these standards are upheld so that such an environment exists. Essential campus functions include: publishing, and interpreting the policies and procedures of the Greek
organizations, as well as serving as the liaison for fraternities
and sororities and FGCU
Judicial Affairs
239-590-7904
http://studentservices.fgcu.edu/Judicial Affairs/
The Office of Judicial Affairs at Florida Gulf Coast University
is committed to providing an environment in which research,
learning, scholarship and campus life can flourish and in
which all endeavors are guided by academic and professional
integrity. All members of the campus community – students,
staff, faculty, and administrators – share the responsibility
of ensuring that these standards are upheld so that such an
environment exists. Essential campus functions include: publishing, enforcing, drafting and interpreting the Student Code
of Conduct. This office also administers the student disciplinary system and Judicial Affairs ensures just and prompt resolutions of student misconduct, while promoting ethical growth
and development of students involved through educational
outreach.
Multicultural Student Development Office
The Multicultural Student Development Office purpose is to
“Assist the University in the fulfillment of its mission by encouraging each people and culture to assertively affirm the
unique richness of their heritage.” Through the efforts of the
office, we strive to provide a place where students of color
and students of culture can find support on campus and their
experiences can be explored and celebrated. The office provides leadership, guidance, and resources to Multicultural,
Disabled, and Cultural Greek Organizations at Florida Gulf
Coast University. These efforts are shown through programs
that support recruitment and retention, heritage month celebrations, brown bag discussions, leadership development,
LGBT support, Gender Awareness Projects, and diversity
education opportunities.
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Student Affairs
Office of Campus Involvement
239-590-7739
The Office of Campus Involvement provides opportunities
to enhance academics. We can help you achieve all of your
goals for leadership development and a rewarding campus
life by offering services, programming and leadership positions. Students who become involved in our programming and
organizations will cultivate invaluable skills necessary for their
professional and community involvement after graduation.
We are committed to maintaining educational environments
while allowing students opportunities for personal, social, and
intellectual growth and development. Our programming and
activities are designed to meet the dynamic needs of FGCU
students.
Here are some of our opportunities:
Programs & Activities
There is no shortage of enjoyable and educational activities. Check out some the great programs available to your
students: Welcome Back Celebration, Club and Organization
Fair, Leadership on the Go, Movie Nights, Black History Month
Celebration, Wacky Wednesday, Weekend Road trips, Hispanic Heritage Celebration, Karaoke, Tunes at Noon, Murder
Mystery Show, Illusionists, Financial Speaker, Ghost Hunter,
Bingo, College Bowl, International trips to Europe, and many
stimulating guest lectures and speakers.
BEEP
The Board of Eagle Entertainment Programmers (BEEP) is
your source for entertainment at FGCU. Our student programming board at FGCU, BEEP is completely student run and
here to program for the students. BEEP is responsible for the
annual concert, formal, comedians, casino night and large
scale programming. Any student can join BEEP and help plan
these exciting activities.
apartment includes 4 single or 2 double bedrooms, kitchen,
living room, and 2 bathrooms. Residences include kitchen
appliances, cable TV connections and high-speed Internet.
Eagles’ Landing is located in the center of North Lake Village. At Eagles Landing residents can play ping pong, pool,
play cards, watch TV, do some homework in the computer
lab, or just hang out with friends. Many events are held in this
building, such as, dances, concerts, billiards and card tournaments, Java Jams and much more.
The Office of Housing & Residence Life professional live-in
staff has responsibilities for offering students activities and
services that enhance students’ transition to college and their
academic achievements. Support services are available to
assist residents with any type of question or concern including, but not limited to facilities issues, roommate relationships,
personal issues, and access to other resources on campus.
Staff provide on-call services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The Office of Housing & Residence Life works closely with
other University programs and services to support a productive, active and successful college experience for all residential students. Several special interest halls are available options for students who desire a focused program.
On-campus housing contracts are available for fall and spring
semesters with the option to also secure accommodations for
the Summer term. Specific information pertaining to housing
fees, application and other deadlines, and the assignment
process can be accessed by visiting the Office of Housing
& Residence Life web page http://studentservices.fgcu.edu/
Housing/ or by telephone (239-590-1700).
Prevention and Wellness Services
Student Clubs and Organizations
With over 125 to choose from, there is no reason not to get
involved! If there isn’t a club to suit your tastes, then we will
help you start one. These groups are created and governed
by students. We have cultural clubs, social, service groups,
sport clubs, honor societies, a student run newspaper, and
professional associations. These experiences provide sound
leadership development and make for lasting friendships and
memories.
239-590-7733
Prevention and Wellness Services (PWS) is dedicated to improving the well being of FGCU students. Among the issues
addressed by PWS are alcohol and drug education, preventing and responding to relationship violence and sexual assault, nutrition and fitness, sexual health, adjustment issues,
eating disorders, and stress management. Professional staff
and trained Peers CARE (Counseling, Advocacy, and Realworld Education) staff provide health screenings, educational
programs, and campus wellness events. PWS is also happy
to talk with students individually during office hours. At either
of our offices (Wellness 102 on Main campus or Eagles Landing 102/Housing)students can come to talk with a staff member about health concerns, pick up educational information,
view a video or DVD, or use an online or CD-ROM health
education program. Students seeking leadership opportunities in the health field should contact PWS about joining Peers
CARE.
Office of Housing and Residence Life
Public Schools Enrichment Partnership
Convenience, friendship, social activities, and educational
programming are just a few of the reasons students choose
to live on campus at FGCU. The Office of Housing and Residence Life offers several housing options to suit student’s
needs. Opening fall 2008 is Everglades Hall. The 5-story,
124,000 square-foot residence hall will house 406 first-year
students in single bedroom suites. Most units within this hall
are two-bedroom single suites. Each suite has two furnished
single bedrooms that share a private split-style bathroom. There are also a very limited number of rooms that offer a
private bedroom and bath. Among the amenities offered in the
building is 8 lounges, group and individual study rooms, multipurpose rooms, game room, computer lab, fitness center,
kitchen, and laundry facility. North Lake Village is our popular
apartment-style housing. Located on an 80-acre lake, each
PSEP’s mission and objectives are accomplished through
Scholars Club and College for-a-Day programs. Both programs emphasize early intervention, continuous individual
Monthly Calendar of Events
Stop by the office to pick up your monthly calendar of events.
This is your free guide to knowing what to do and where to go
on campus. These are available in our office for each month.
239-590-1700
http://studentservices.fgcu.edu/Housing/index.htm
239-590-7939
http://scholarsclub.fgcu.edu
Public Schools Enrichment Partnership (PSEP)/Scholars Club
is a community supported “Center of Excellence” for public
and private schools’ collaboration and research at Florida Gulf
Coast University. It is charged with creating and supporting attainment of a culture of success among minority and “at-risk”
students, grades K-16. More specifically, PSEP is charged
with creating a peer culture of success among at-risk, minority and multicultural students by promoting and supporting
academic, leadership, and service excellence. Innovative cocurricular and enhancement school programs are designed
to facilitate a process of seamless recruitment of “at-risk” students into postsecondary education institutions.
and family support, and integrated programming. Scholars
Club, a 19-year-old organization with elementary, middle,
and high school chapters in Desoto, Collier, Lee and Charlotte counties. In January of 2003, the first college Scholars
Club Chapter was inaugurated at Florida Gulf Coast University. PSEP/Scholars Club challenges students to excel not
only academically but also in terms of leadership and service.
Scholars Club participants are invited to attend special events
and are eligible for FGCU and community-funded scholarships. Through College-For-A-Day, elementary, middle, and
high school students from the four county area schools are
invited to spend a day at the FGCU campus. The university’s
faculty and staff maintain contact with participating students
through various Scholars Club and PSEP activities.
Student Government (SG)
The Student Government (SG) provides students with opportunities to develop their leadership skills and abilities. One of
the primary roles of SG is to be the “voice” of students. In
this capacity, the SG facilitates the flow of information among
the student body, faculty, staff, and administration. The SG
provides a mechanism for addressing student concerns and
provides opportunities to communicate suggestions that may
enhance the student experience at FGCU. Another major role
of the SG relates to the allocation of Activity and Service Fee
(A&S) funds. The A&S fee is generated through a per credit
hour fee that is assessed to each student. The SG has the
responsibility for developing a budget and allocating monies
that fall within the purview of the SG.
Student Health Services
Student Health Services is committed to ensuring that students are provided timely information and education so that
they can better care for themselves. Advanced registered
nurse practitioners, physicians and registered nurses provide
a variety of services including initial assessment, basic medical care, gynecological services, education and health awareness programs, and referrals to specialists and other providers. Student Health Services evaluates and documents the
medical and immunization records needed for registration.
The university offers all enrolled students the opportunity
to purchase health insurance. Health insurance coverage
is strongly recommended for all students whether offered
through the university or from another source. Please call
239-590-7966 for information about health services.
Student Support Services and Outreach
239-590-7834
The Office of Student Support Services (SSS) is a Title IV,
equal-opportunity program funded by the U.S. Department of
Education. The SSS program at Florida Gulf Coast University
is a selective program for students who are first-generation in
college, low-income, and/or a student with disabilities. Student
Support Services enhances the overall college experience
and assists students in being successful through services at
no cost to program participants. Student Support Services
offers more: it is a resource that ensures our students are
achieving at their highest level. SSS is a support system as
well as an advocate for students. The program offers cultural
exposure and field trips, academic counseling, workshops
and programs to enhance the overall college experience. Its
mission is to see every student not only attend the university,
but also graduate and go on to post-baccalaureate studies.
Testing and Assessment
www.fgcu.edu
239-590-7955
The Testing Center provides the following tests and inventories: CLAST (College-Level Academic Skills Test); CAT
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CLAST (computerized CLAST); FCELPT (Florida College Entry Level Placement Test, also known as CPT) administered
through Accuplacer; FTCE (Florida Teacher Certification
Exam); FTCE Computer-based test (including General Knowledge Exam); MAT (Miller Analogy computer based Test); ACT;
MBTI (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator); CISS (Campbell Interest and Skills Survey); and CLEP. The Testing Center also
services those students taking Distance Learning exams and
correspondence exams. All testing services have an accompanying fee. Please call 590-7955 for further information.
Academic testing, career inventories, and personality assessments are available by appointment only. Career inventories
and personality assessments are done upon referral from a
faculty or staff member, usually through the Counseling and
Psychological Services or Career Offices. Students requiring
specific test accommodations (such as extended time, isolated testing room, a reader, etc.) are asked to first contact
the Office of Adaptive Services at 239-590-7956, for review of
required medical documentation. Medical documentation will
need to be approved, then the student will be referred to the
Testing Center for scheduling with recommendations for accommodations. Please allow 4-6 weeks prior to the test date
for processing.
Test prep courses are available for the following graduate
school entrance exams: GRE and GMAT. The GRE and
GMAT review courses are twelve (12) weeks in duration and
have start dates in late August and early January. Check with
your program or the Graduate Admissions Office to be certain
what test is accepted and what test score is required for the
specific degree you are seeking.
Detailed information regarding tests, inventories, and review
courses can be found through the FGCU Testing website: studentservices.fgcu.edu/testing or from the FGCU home page.
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Undergraduate Admission
Undergraduate Admission
Florida Gulf Coast University encourages applications from all
qualified applicants regardless of race, sex, religion, culture,
age, disability, or ethnic background. The Office of Admissions
provides prospective students, parents, and other interested
individuals with admission counseling, presentations, tours,
and informational workshops. All credentials and documents
(including transcripts and test scores) submitted during the
enrollment process become the property of FGCU and will
not be returned to the applicant or forwarded to another institution, agency or person. Furnishing any false or fraudulent
statements or information in connection with the admission or
enrollment process may result in disciplinary action, denial of
admission, and invalidation of credits or degrees earned.
Admission to the University does not guarantee admission
to programs designated as limited access,teacher certification, or other programs that have application criteria beyond
the minimum criteria for admission to the University. Current
limited access programs are nursing, athletic training, human performance, professional golf management and music.
Please see program descriptions for additional admission requirements and application deadlines.
Campus Tours. Student-guided campus tours are available
to all interested individuals. Tours leave from the Margaret
S. Sugden Welcome Center and last about ninety minutes.
Reservations must be made at least 48 hours in advance.
Group tours or special requests can be accommodated. Call
239-590-7878 or toll free 1-888-889-1095 or visit www.fgcu.
edu/info/campustour.asp to schedule a guided campus tour.
Applying for Admission
Applicants should check the University Web site www.fgcu.
edu for the latest information regarding the application process. Applicants are encouraged to apply on-line by visiting
http://enrollment.fgcu.edu/admissions/apply.htm. You may
also download a “paper” application at this site. The application is available at the Welcome Center and can be requested
at www.fgcu.edu/undergradinfo/ or by calling 239-590-7878
or toll free 1-888-889-1095. Applications are generally available from high school guidance counselors and community
college advisors. Applicants may also apply on-line at www.
facts.org.
Application fees for Undergraduate and Non-degree seeking
students are required and non-refundable. Prospective students can pay the fee online with the use of a credit card when
completing the online application, they can submit a check
or money order with the paper application or separately after
submitting a FACTS application, or they can pay in person at
the cashier’s office. Checks can be dropped off at the Undergraduate Admissions office when the cashier’s office is not
open.
Application fees will be waived in the following situations:
• When students submit a Request for Waiver of College
Application Fee from the SAT or ACT Program FeeWaiver Service. These forms are obtained from the High
School Counselors.
• For students in financial distress as evidenced by documentation received from an official government services
agency, or from the University Financial aid office. Letters
of request from the students high school counselors on
their own will normally not be sufficient to waive the fee.
All such requests are to be reviewed by the Associate Director of Admissions Operations
• For special programs initiated by the University that are
designed to help specific groups of students who would
otherwise not be able to attend university. Request to
waive the application fees for students in these programs
should be made to the Director of Admissions well in advance of the program start.
Official transcripts and test scores, if applicable, are required
of applicants seeking formal admission to FGCU. It is the
applicant’s responsibility to have the required documentation
forwarded to the FGCU Office of Admissions in order for the
application to be processed. Transcripts and test scores, if applicable, must be submitted by the same deadline as applications specified in Application Deadline section, below.
Mail all materials and fees (except the on-line application) to:
Florida Gulf Coast University, Office of Admissions, 10501
FGCU Blvd South, Fort Myers, FL 33965-6565. Official test
scores (ACT or SAT), a high school transcript, and transcripts
of all previously attended colleges and universities should be
sent to the same address.
Application Deadlines for U.S. Residents
Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible – up
to twelve months before the requested entry date. Application
deadlines are listed on the admissions website: www.fgcu.
edu/admissions.asp. Applicants still enrolled in high school at
the time of the application should submit a high school transcript showing at least six semesters of course work. A final
high school transcript will be required following high school
graduation.
For transfer students, if courses are still “In Progress” at the
time of the initial application, then a final transcript showing
grades for all course work and any degree conferred should
be submitted as soon as possible after completing the work.
Applications received after these deadlines will be processed
on a space-available basis. International (non-US) students
should refer to the section on International Admissions (below) for appropriate deadlines.
Early Admission and Dual Enrollment
FGCU has several full-time early admission agreements with
local school boards and private high schools for students who
have completed all the requirements for their junior year in
high school.
The application fee is a one time payment provided the student is admitted and matriculates within one year (counted as
semester of admission plus the following two semesters). If
the student fails to complete the application, is denied admission or once admitted does not matriculate within this time
period a new application and fee are required.
In addition, the University offers dual enrollment opportunities
whereby academically talented junior and senior high school
students receive permission from the high school to take one
or more college courses while taking the majority of coursework at the high school.
Students returning to FGCU after a period of non-enrollment
(one year) either as degree seeking or non-degree seeking,
FGCU alumni returning to FGCU, non-degree seeking students submitting a degree seeking application do not have to
submit the application fee.
Criteria for Early Admission and Dual Enrollment:
• Demonstrated exceptional academic ability and college
readiness;
• Achieved a minimum SAT score of 1100 (CR+M) or a
minimum ACT score of 23 and a minimum recalculated
GPA of 3.3;
• Enrolled in a strong college preparatory curriculum; and
• Approval forms signed by the high school.
Applicants must submit an application for admission, official
high school transcript, and official ACT or SAT test score. In
addition an FGCU Early Admission / Dual Enrollment Authorization Form must be completed by the high school, signed
by the student’s parent or guardian, and submitted with the
application for admission. Eligibility criteria are established by
written agreement between each school district and the University and are subject to revision. Forms and information are
available at the Web Site http://enrollment.fgcu.edu/admissions/early.htm and you may contact the Office of Admissions
for additional information.
FGCU Collegiate High School
www.fgcu.edu/chs
Florida Gulf Coast University Collegiate High School is an
early admission program for highly motivated and exceptionally qualified 11th and 12th grade high school students. This
special program allows students to attend FGCU as a fulltime
university student. Collegiate High School students complete
high school graduation requirements while simultaneously
earning college credit. For more information, visit the Collegiate High School web site at www.fgcu.edu/chs/.
Admission Criteria
Admission to the program is based on a combination of letters, recommendations, test scores, and supporting materials
that attest to a student’s maturity and academic ability.
1. Designation as a rising high school junior or senior
2. Demonstrated exceptional academic ability and college
readiness
3. Achieved a minium SAT score of 1100 or a minimum ACT
score of 23 and a minimum recalculated (wtd) GPA of
3.3
4. Recommendations from:
A. prefer from high school principle or a designee
B. prefer from teacher in area of degree interest
5. Successful interview with FGCU CHS Admissions Committee
6.Students must be enrolled in a school district or school
which has a CHS agreement with FGCU
First-Time-in-College
A first-time-in-college (FTIC) student must be a graduate of
an accredited high school and have completed 18 Carnegie
units which are year-long courses and not remedial in nature.
FGCU recalculates the student’s high school grade point average using grades in the following: 4 units of English (at least
three with substantial writing); 3 units of mathematics at the
level of algebra I or higher (algebra A, B is equivalent to one
unit of algebra I); 3 units of natural science (at least two with a
laboratory); 3 units of social science (includes history, political
science, economics, psychology, and sociology); 2 units of the
same sequential foreign language; and 3 academic electives.
One point will be added for credits earned in Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) and Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) courses for grades
of D or higher. One half unit will be added for honors and dual
enrollment courses for grades of D or higher.
Appropriate academic and elective courses are listed in the
Counseling for Future Education Handbook published by the
Florida Department of Education. Initial application review is
based on high school grade point average in the academic
units and performance on one standardized admission test.
Acceptable tests include the SAT, SAT-I, ACT, or the E-ACT.
Students who graduate from high school in 2006 or later must
submit the new SAT with the writing test or an ACT with the
writing test.
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First-time-in-college students are considered for admission to
FGCU based on the following:
1) A 3.0 (recalculated) grade point average on a 4.0 scale
paired with one of the standardized admission tests. Sub
sections of each test must be above minimum/remedial
levels. (If a student has under the minimum SAT-I or ACT
score [revised SAT 440 critical reading/440 math or enhanced ACT 17 English/19 math/18 reading/16 composite] the student may be required to complete remediallevel work provided by a community college);
2) A combination of high school GPA and admission test
score as indicated in the scale below based on the State
University System Minimum Freshman Eligibility Index for
Admission Consideration^ (sub sections of each test must
be above minimum/remedial levels as described above):
GPA
SAT I*
SAT
E-ACT ACT**
2.0
1140
1050
25
24
2.1
1110
1020
24
23
2.2
1090
990
24
22
2.3
1060
960
23
21
2.4
1030
930
22
20
2.5
1010
900
21
19
2.6
1000
890
21
19
2.7
990
880
21
18
2.8
980
870
21
18
2.9
970
860
20
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*Re-centered SAT I (SAT taken after March 1995) Beginning
March 2005 this score is the sum of the Critical Reading and
Math sub-scores only
**ACT exam prior to October 1989. For all ACT exams, this
score is the composite only excluding the writing test.
^A freshman applicant who meets the State University System Minimum Freshman Eligibility Index for Admission Consideration is not guaranteed admission to the University, even
though everything possible will be done to admit all qualified
applicants who apply by specified application deadlines. However, if the number of qualified freshman applicants exceeds
the number the University can enroll, admission will be on a
selective basis.
3)A student applying for admission summer/fall 2009 or
later must have a High School GPA in the required academic courses equaling any entry in the GPA column, with
an SAT Reasoning Test/ACT score equaling or exceeding
the corresponding entry below:
High School
SAT Reasoning Test
Grade Point Avg (all three sections)
2.0
1680
2.1
1620
2.2
1620
2.3
1560
2.4
1510
2.5
1450
2.6
1450
2.7
1450
2.8
1450
2.9
1390
ACT
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24
24
23
22
21
21
21
21
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4)Talented Twenty. Any student ranked in the top 20% of
their Florida public high school and has passed all academic units required, may be admissible to FGCU.
5) Any student applying for admission who does not meet
these requirements but who may bring other important
attributes or special talents to the University may be admitted if, in the judgment of the admissions appeals committee, the student can be expected to do successful academic work. For consideration, students are encouraged
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to submit evidence of special talents, complete a personal
statement/essay, and submit recommendation letters.
6) Non-traditional program of study. Any applicant who
completed a non-traditional high school program of study
which is not measured in Carnegie Units such as home
schooling or a student who presents a General Equivalency Diploma (GED) instead of a standard high school diploma may not qualify for admission based on the criteria
listed above. Instead, the applicant must present a score
of at least 1010 on the re-centered SAT I (critical reading
+ math) or a 21 composite on the E-ACT. Sub-sections of
each test must be above the minimum/remedial levels as
described above.
To arrange for testing, contact the University, local high
schools, community colleges, or one of the following testing centers:
American College Testing Program (ACT)
http://www.act.org
Box 168, Iowa City, Iowa 52240
Phone: (319) 337-1313
FGCU college code: #0733
SAT College Entrance Examination Board
http://www.collegeboard.com
Box 592, Princeton, New Jersey 08541
Phone: (609) 771-7600
FGCU college code: #5221
Lower Division Transfer
Students who are lower division transfer applicants (those
with fewer than 60 semester hours of transferable credit as
determined by the Office of Admissions) must meet all requirements of incoming first-time-in-college applicants as
described in that section. These students must also have a
minimum cumulative 2.0 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale)
in all previous college work and be eligible to return as a degree-seeking student in good standing (with at least a 2.0
GPA) to the last institution attended.
Upper Division Transfer
Students with at least 60 semester hours of transferable
credit (as determined by the Office of Admissions) are not required to submit test scores for admission to the University
but test scores may be required for admission to a specific
limited access program. If the student’s grade point average
is at least 2.0 on previous coursework and the applicant is in
good standing at the last institution attended, the applicant is
admissible to FGCU. Transfer students must submit the application to the University as well as an official transcript from
every postsecondary institution attended.
Students must pass or be exempt from the College-Level Academic Skills Test (CLAST) for admission to upper level degree
programs. Refer to the CLAST section of this catalog.
All applicants who completed two years of the same foreign
language or two years of American Sign Language in high
school must submit the high school transcript as well in order
to have these credits fulfill the foreign language requirement.
Meeting Minimum Requirements
For all First Time in College, Lower Division Transfer and Upper Division Transfer students, meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to FGCU. If the number
of qualified applicants exceeds the number the University can
enroll based on space and fiscal limitations, admission will be
on a selective basis.
Transfer with Florida AA Degree
Admission of Associate of Arts (AA) degree graduates from
Florida public community colleges and state universities will
be governed by the Articulation Agreement between the state
universities and public community colleges of Florida, as
approved by the State Board of Education. The agreement
states that, except for limited access programs, admission as
a junior to the upper division of the University shall be granted to any graduate of a state-approved Florida community
college or State University System institution who transfers
directly to FGCU, who has completed the university parallel
program, and who has received the Associate of Arts degree
which included all of the following:
• At least 60 semester hours of academic work exclusive of
occupational courses and basic required physical education courses.
• An approved general education program of at least 36 semester hours.
• A grade point average of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 system for
all college-level academic courses attempted.
Any student admitted without two years of one foreign language in high school or the equivalent (minimum 8 semester
hours) of such instruction at the postsecondary level must satisfy the admission requirement prior to graduation.
Florida Community College or state university Associate of
Arts graduates are guaranteed the following rights under the
Statewide Articulation Agreement (State Board of Education
Rule 6A-10.024):
• Admission to one of the ten state universities, except to
“limited access” programs (programs that have additional
admission requirements).
• Acceptance of at least 60 credit hours by the state universities toward the baccalaureate degree.
• Transfer of equivalent courses under the Statewide
Course Numbering System.
• Acceptance by the state universities of credit earned in
accelerated programs (e.g., CLEP, AP, PEP, Dual Enrollment, Early Admission, AICE, and IB).
• No additional general education core requirements.
Transfer students must submit an application for admission to
the University and official transcripts from every post secondary institution attended.
Student Tuition Waivers
The Office of Admissions is charged with the responsibility of
administering the Tuition Waiver Program. Florida Gulf Coast
University uses state-granted budget authority to establish
programs to waive all or part of the tuition for certain types
of students. Waivers are awarded based on the University’s
established key selection criteria of recruitment, retention, diversity and service. Students awarded waivers will possess
academic talent or other traits that would serve to diversify
and enhance the environment of the University community.
Additional information and applications for these programs
may be obtained at the www.enrollment.fgcu.edu/admissions/
Waiver.htm.
Former Student Returning
A former student returning is any former FGCU degree-seeking undergraduate student who has not earned a degree, who
has not been enrolled at FGCU in any of the last three terms,
and who wishes to re-enroll. The former student submits a
new admission application by the appropriate application
deadline. A new application fee is not required. To be re-admitted, a student must (a) be in good standing and eligible to
return to the last institution attended, including FGCU; and (b)
have achieved a grade point average of at least 2.0 on a 4.0
scale on all college-level academic courses attempted.
International Student Admission
FGCU is authorized under Federal law to enroll non-immigrant
students. Applicants are classified as international if they are
not United States citizens, dual citizens, or permanent residents, and if they are applying for an F-1 student visa or a
J-1 Exchange Visitor visa (Exchange visitors are classified as
either scholar or student). International students must meet
admission criteria for the program to which they apply, as well
as the following:
• International students must have all credentials and admission information submitted to the Office of Admissions
prior to the published deadline for international students.
• Josef Silny & Associates, Incorporated, World Education
Services, or AACRAO must evaluate credit from institutions outside the U.S. A course-by-course evaluation is
required. The applicant pays for this service and contacts
the evaluating agency directly.
• International students currently attending any institution
in the United States must submit a visa clearance form
from their current school designating Florida Gulf Coast
University as their transfer institution and confirming their
status as an F-1 visa holder.
• Applicants must demonstrate English proficiency in accordance with University policy, and will be required to
submit acceptable TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign
Language) scores unless the country of origin uses English as the official language. A minimum score of 213 is
required on the computerized TOEFL, 79 on the internet based TOEFL, and 550 on the paper based TOEFL.
Some programs, including the MS in Health Science,
require a TOEFL score greater than the minimum (see
program requirements). With the approval of the Director of Admissions and the appropriate dean, applicants
may furnish satisfactory evidence of English competency
in lieu of the TOEFL. Examples of satisfactory evidence
include, but are not limited to, completion of the IELTS
(International English Language Testing System, www.
IELTS.org) with a minimum score of 6.5, completion of
ENC 1101 and ENC 1102 (or equivalent) with a grade of
C or higher; and/or receipt of an Associate of Arts (AA)
degree from a Florida public institution. For information
on the TOEFL, contact TOEFL, Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ 08541, USA. (http://www.toefl.org).
The University’s institutional code for the transmittal of the
TOEFL is #5125.
• The applicant must file a Confidential Financial Statement
confirming availability of specific funds to finance the first
year of study before the University issues the appropriate
papers for obtaining a visa. Financial statements cannot
be dated more than six months prior to the intended term
of admission.
• The J-1 student’s Confidential Financial Statement must
document that the student is directly or indirectly financed
by the US government, the government of their home
country, an international organization of which the US is
a member (by treaty or statute) or if they are substantially
supported by funding from any source other than personal
or family funds.
Prior to registering for classes, admitted students must submit proof of health and accident insurance to meet mandatory
requirements. The University reserves the right to refuse registration to any international student who fails to comply with
this insurance requirement or is unable to supply satisfactory
proof of insurance. The University also reserves the right to
withdraw from classes any international student who fails to
maintain insurance coverage or avoids in any way the responsibility to comply with the insurance requirement.
International students are subject to the same University poli-
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cies and procedures that apply to all students, such as admission, enrollment, immunization, etc. Additionally, international
students must comply with all U.S. Immigration regulations,
which may determine the student’s eligibility for enrollment,
residency status, limitations on credit hours or semesters of
study, and length of presence in the U.S.
Academic Amnesty
An undergraduate student may petition the Admissions Appeals Committee to declare academic amnesty. Under this
policy, all college-level work (grades and credit) that is at least
five calendar years old will be disregarded for admission decisions to the University. When filing for academic amnesty,
students follow the regular transfer admission procedures.
The application must include a written request for academic
amnesty, a statement detailing why amnesty is requested,
and documentation supporting the request. Students may
not petition for academic amnesty after being accepted to the
University.
If academic amnesty is approved for a former FGCU student, that student’s grade point average will be re-calculated
based solely on coursework taken after amnesty is granted.
Former FGCU students should note that all previous coursework completed at FGCU or accepted as transfer credit by
FGCU before amnesty is granted, will appear on a student’s
official academic transcript, but will not count towards degree
completion.
Transfer students who have been granted amnesty should
note that FGCU would retain a permanent record of all previous college-level work. However, the information will not be
entered on the official transcript, will not be used in calculating the grade point average, and will not be considered when
certifying completion of degree requirements. A statement will
appear on the official transcript indicating that amnesty has
been applied.
Students with Disabilities
A student who is requesting special consideration for admission due to a disability must provide appropriate documentation (less than three years old) that supports the ability
to succeed at the university level. The Admissions Appeals
Committee will review this petition for admission. The admission decision will be made on an individual basis from documentation provided by the student. If an admission test score
is required for the specific category of undergraduate admission, the test score will not be waived.
Appealing Admission Decisions
Applicants receiving an admissions denial in the mail may
appeal the decision to the Admissions Appeal Committee
by sending a written request to their admissions officer.Applicants who do not meet the minimum admission standards
or who have been denied admission may submit an appeal
along with the admission application or make an appeal after
the initial denial.
Applicants should submit letters of recommendation, additional test scores, or personal statements/essays. These
documents will be helpful to the Admissions Appeals Committee as exceptions to admission criteria are considered. If an
applicant is a Florida resident and was denied admission to
an undergraduate program only because the minimum high
school grade point average requirement was not met, he/she
may request that his/her high school grade point average be
recalculated using up to three credits of state approved electives. If students are admitted to the University yet denied
admission to a limited access program, an appeal should be
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made to the specific program appeals committee.
Deferring Admission
Students who do not enroll the semester they have been admitted may defer admission to a future semester by writing
to the Office of Admissions and submitting a request for deferral of admissions form. Admission in the new term is not
automatic, and an applicant requesting a new entry date must
meet the admission requirements in effect for the new term.
Entry dates for some programs are limited to specified terms.
If a student attends another collegiate institution in the interim,
an official transcript of all work attempted is required. A new
application and application fee are required when deferring
admission to a term beginning more than two semesters after
the original admission term.
Transfer of Coursework
The Office of Admissions is responsible for receiving and evaluating transfer credit. The office evaluates the acceptability of
total credits transferable to FGCU and identifies total credits
accepted at the lower division (1000 and 2000 level courses).
The college of the student’s major assigns equivalent upper
division (3000 and 4000 level) courses and graduate (5000
and 6000 level) courses in determining which courses are applicable toward specific degrees. The University reserves the
right to evaluate transfer courses on an individual basis. Age
and concordance of content to current requirements may be
factors in determining course transfer and acceptance toward
degrees; individual colleges and programs have the authority
to establish age standards for acceptance of transfer courses.
FGCU evaluates transfer coursework taken at another college
or university, if that institution is accredited, or in candidacy for
accreditation, by one of the following regional accrediting associations:
• New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc./
Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
• Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary
Schools
• North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
• Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges
• Southern Association of Colleges and Schools/Commission on Colleges
• Western Association of Schools and Colleges/Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities and
Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges.
General guidelines for awarding transfer credit:
• Credit is not given for technical, vocational, physical education, or pre-college courses, or for courses completed
below a grade of D.
• Credit by departmental examination from another institution will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Credits
awarded by another institution solely on the basis of SAT
or ACT scores will not be accepted by FGCU.
• Courses with a transfer grade of C- or below may not be
used toward completion of Gordon Rule requirements
(FAC 6A-10.030).
• An equivalent FGCU course number will be entered on
the student’s official academic transcript.
• Transfer credits will not be computed into a student’s
FGCU grade point average.
• Accreditation status and evaluation of credits from an institution outside of the United States must be made by
either Josef Silny & Associates, Inc., World Education
Services, Inc., or AACRAO with associated costs to be
paid by the student. Students may obtain information on
these services from the Office of Admissions.
• All transfer credit evaluations are completed after admis-
sion to the University and prior to the student’s orientation. Only official transcripts will be articulated.
• Transfer students from non-regionally accredited Florida
institutions that follow the state common course numbering system may have a limited number of courses articulated. Contact the Office of Admissions for details.
• Transfer credit from an institution based on the quarter
system will be converted to the semester system by multiplying the credit by a factor of .67.
Second Baccalaureate Degree
Graduates from regionally accredited four-year U.S. institutions may apply for admission to work toward a second undergraduate degree. The first baccalaureate degree satisfies the
general education and Gordon Rule requirements and provides exemption from the foreign language requirement for
admission. Second baccalaureate degree applicants should
submit all transcripts and an undergraduate application for
acceptance into the University. Admission test scores are not
required by the University, but may be required by a limited
access program. Admission to a limited access program is
not guaranteed.
Foreign Language Admission
Requirement
All admitted undergraduate students must satisfy the statewide foreign language admission requirement or meet exemption criteria. Applicants whose native language is not
English must also satisfy this requirement, but may do so with
appropriate course work in their native language.
First-time-in-college students and lower level transfer students must complete 8 semester hours of the same foreign
language or American Sign Language at the collegiate level
or complete two sequential units of the same foreign language in high school. Lower level students, except those exempt from the foreign language requirement, must satisfy the
foreign language requirement prior to admission to the upper
division.
Upper division transfer students, including AA degree holders from Florida public community colleges or SUS institutions who do not have 8 semester hours of the same foreign
language or American Sign Language at the collegiate level
or who have not completed two sequential units of the same
foreign language in high school must satisfy the foreign language requirement prior to graduation from FGCU, unless
exempt from the requirement. Some limited access programs
require that the foreign language admission criteria be met
before admission to the program is secured. See program descriptions for this specific information.
Exemption criteria. A student may be exempt from the state
university foreign language requirement if one of the following
criteria is met:
• Received an Associate of Arts degree from a Florida public community college prior to September 1, 1989; or
• Enrolled in an Associate of Arts program at Florida public
community colleges prior to August 1989 and maintained
continuous enrollment until admission to and enrollment
in FGCU; or
• Has a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited
college or university; or
• Can demonstrate equivalent foreign language competence through credit awarded on the basis of scores
on the foreign language subject matter examinations in
the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), which
must be equivalent to 8 semester hours of college-level
work. Acceptable scores for awarding CLEP credit can be
found in the Transferring Credit section of this catalog. A
minimum score of 443 on the MAPS College Board Latin
examination to demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language is also acceptable.
Degree Acceleration Programs
College credits earned by high school or college students on
the basis of the College Board’s Advanced Placement Program (AP), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), Advanced International Certificate of Education Program (AICE),
or the International Baccalaureate Program (IB) will be accepted. Credit received from one exam program may not be
duplicated by another, nor duplicated through dual enrollment
credit. A maximum of 45 semester hours of AP, CLEP, AICE,
IB, correspondence, and military service education credits can
be applied toward a degree. For students with more than 45
applicable credits, AP, AICE and IB credits will be transferred
before evaluating other credits. AP, IB, and CLEP information regarding courses/areas for which FGCU credit may be
assigned is subject to change. Students should consult their
academic advisors for up-to-date information.
Advanced Placement Program (AP). Students must submit
an official Advanced Placement transcript from The College
Board as evidence of completion of a college-level course
taken in high school. If the examination results meet the requirements listed in the table that follows, the student may be
given University credit. The courses listed indicate the FGCU
course equivalency that will appear on the student’s FGCU
transcript. AP equivalence will count toward Gordon Rule requirements if the equivalent course fulfills the Gordon Rule
requirement. AP credit will appear on the student’s permanent
record. See the table at the end of this section.
College Level Examination Program (CLEP). Students must
submit an official transcript from The College Board for scores
to be considered for credit. CLEP examination scores must
meet the minimum standards established by the State University System and FGCU. CLEP credit will appear on the
student’s permanent record. CLEP writing and mathematics credit will count toward Gordon Rule requirements if the
equivalent FGCU course fulfills the Gordon Rule requirement.
CLEP credit does not factor into the GPA because because
a grade is not associated with CLEP credit. However, CLEP
credit awarded for ENC 1101 (English Composition I) and for
math courses is considered as a grade of “C” for the purpose
of CLAST exemption. The requirements for receiving credit
by CLEP examination are listed in the table at the end of this
section.
International Baccalaureate Program (IB). Students will be
awarded up to 30 semester hours of credit in FGCU courses
for scores of four (4) or higher on IB exams, in accordance
with the equivalency table (page 36). (FAC 6A-10.024) An IB
equivalence will count toward Gordon Rule requirements if
the equivalent course fulfills the Gordon Rule requirement.
See the table at the end of this section.
Advanced International Certificate of Education Program
(AICE). Like the International Baccalaureate program, the
AICE program is an international curriculum and examination
program modeled on the British pre-college curriculum and
“A-Level” exams. For more information on AICE, visit www.
cie.org.uk and click on “Qualifications and Awards”.
Military Service. Official credentials from military service
schools will be evaluated on the basis of American Council on
Education (ACE) recommendations. Credit may be granted
when courses are equivalent to those offered by FGCU; however, recommendations by the ACE are not binding upon the
University.
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offer examinations for academic credit to undergraduate students upon request. Interested students should consult with
the colleges or departments concerning the availability of examinations.
Articulation Agreements. Articulation agreements between
FGCU and several Florida public community colleges allow
students with Associate of Science (AS) degrees in some areas to enter FGCU with upper level status. Contact college
advisors for additional information.
Immunization Requirement
As a prerequisite to registration as a degree-seeking or
non-degree-seeking student, the State University System of
Florida requires all students born after December 31, 1956,
to present documented proof of immunity to measles (Rubeola) and Rubella. Prior to initial registration, each student
must submit a completed FGCU Immunization History Form
to Student Health Services. Students are strongly urged to
complete this requirement before attending Orientation.
The following are acceptable proofs of immunization:
• Proof of two vaccinations (doses) of measles received at
least 28 days apart and one vaccination of rubella, after
12 months of age. Measles vaccinations must have been
received in 1968 or later and Rubella vaccination in 1969
or later; or
• Proof of immunity by way of a blood test result (titer); or
• A written, dated statement signed by a qualified health
care provider on office letterhead that specifies the date
seen and states that the student has had an illness for
three days or more with a rash, fever of 101 degrees or
greater, cough and conjunctivitis, and is considered to
have had the Rubeola (measles) disease.
Questions about acceptable proof, exemptions, or temporary
deferments may be directed to Student Health Services, 239590-7966 or fax 239-590-7968.
Additional immunizations or medical tests may be required
for students in certain majors. Students residing in University
Housing are required to present proof of immunity to Hepatitis-B and Meningitis or sign a waiver form. Please review the
information and forms available at the Health Services web
site at http://studentservices.fgcu.edu/HealthServices/Immunizations.htm.
Non-Degree-Seeking Enrollment
Non-degree-seeking enrollment allows a student to enroll in
selected courses on a space available basis and has been established for those individuals who do not have an immediate
intention to pursue a degree program. Successful completion
of courses while in this classification does not provide a basis
for regular admission at a later date. Students seeking graduate courses on a non-degree-seeking basis are considered
Post-Baccalaureate (Post-Bac) and should reference the
Graduate Admission section of this catalog.
Students enrolling in this classification are subject to the following regulations:
• Non-degree seeking students are subject to the same
rules and regulations as degree seeking students.
• International students may not enroll as non-degree seeking students due to federal regulations.
• Non-degree seeking students are not eligible to receive
financial aid.
• Non-degree seeking students are not eligible to stay in
University housing or to receive University honors.
• A degree seeking student denied admission to FGCU may
not subsequently enroll as a non-degree seeking student.
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Undergraduate Admission
This restriction will be waived if the student subsequent to
the denial from FGCU has completed a degree program
or has been a student in good academic standing at another postsecondary institution. Official transcripts will be
required in these cases.
A non-degree seeking student dismissed from the University will not be eligible for admission as a degree seeking
student.
A non-degree-seeking student is limited to 15 credit hours
of undergraduate coursework. In special circumstances, a
college may waive this restriction.
Hours taken at FGCU as a non-degree-seeking student
cannot be used to meet the 60 transferable hours required for admission as an upper division student.
A non-degree seeking student must be in good academic
standing at his/her previous institution (including FGCU)
and eligible to return.
Registration for classes is on a space-available basis;
subject to any required course pre-requisites and other
restrictions as determined by the applicable College or
Program.
Registration is in accordance with the deadlines posted
on the academic calendar.
First time in college students will not be allowed to enroll
in a non-degree seeking status.
Application Procedure:
• Non-degree-seeking students must complete a Non-Degree Application. There is a non-refundable application
fee of $30 for first-time applicants. Non-degree-seeking
students must have proof of immunization (see immunization requirements, above) and complete the residency
affidavit.
• Transient students from other State of Florida public universities (SUS Institutions) should NOT complete a Florida Gulf Coast University Non-Degree Application, but
should follow the directions under “Transient Student” in
the “Registration and Records” section of this catalog. All
other transient students should complete a Non-Degree
application before attempting registration.
• Students enrolling with Senior Citizen Tuition Waivers,
likewise, should not complete the standard Non-Degree
application, but should instead complete the Senior
Citizen Non-Degree application and Senior Citizen Fee
Waiver form available in the Office of The Registrar.
Teacher Certification:
Students with undergraduate degrees (Post-Baccalaureate)
who are returning to gain teacher certification and educators
seeking re-certification may enroll in undergraduate or graduate College of Education courses as well as courses in other
colleges on a non-degree, space-available basis, and when
course pre-requisites are met. There is no limit to the number of credits students may earn in this category however,
the College of Education limits to 12 the number of credits
earned while non-degree-seeking which can be applied toward a graduate degree. Furthermore, some programs within
the College of Education limit to 12 the total hours a non-degree-seeking student may take for any purpose. Please see
program advisors for details. Refer to the Graduate Admission
section for details on applying as a Post-Baccalaureate Student and to the College Of Education section for more details
on teacher certification.
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Course/area for which credit can be assigned at FGCU
(credit awarded is in parenthesis)
With Qualifying Score of:
3
4
5
Art History
ARH 2051(3)
ARH 2050(3), 2051(3)
ARH 2050(3), 2051(3)
Studio Art (Drawing Portfolio)
ART 1300(3)
ART 1300(3)
ART 1300(3), 1301(3)
Studio Art (2D Design)
ART 1201(3)
ART 1201(3)
ART 1201(3)
Studio Art (3D Design)
ART 1203(3)
ART 1203(3)
ART 1203(3)
Biology
BSC 1010C(4)
BSC 1010C(4)
BSC 1010C(4), 1011C(4)
Calculus AB
MAC 2311(4) MAC 2311(4) MAC 2311(4)
Calculus BC
MAC 2311(4) MAC 2311(4), 2312(4)
MAC 2311(4), 2312(4)
Chemistry
CHM 1045C(4)
CHM 1045C (4)
CHM 1045C(4), 1046C(4)
Computer Science A
COP 1500(3)
COP 1500(3)
COP 1500(3)
Computer Science AB
COP 1500(3)
COP 1500(3)
COP 1500(3)
English Language & Composition
ENC 1101(3)
ENC 1101(3), 1102(3)
ENC 1101(3), 1102(3)
English Literature & Composition
ENC 1101(3)
ENC 1101(3), LIT 2110(3)
ENC 1101(3), LIT 2110(3)
Environmental Science
BSC 1051C (3)
BSC 1051C (3)
BSC 1051C (3)
French Language
FRE 1120, 1120L(4)
FRE 1120, 1120L(4) & FRE 1120, 1120L(4) &
1121, 1121L (4)
1121, 1121L (4)
French Literature
GEE 1xxx(3)
GEE 1xxx(6)
GEE 1xxx(6)
German Language
GER 1120, 1120L(4)
GER 1120, 1120L(4) & GER 1120, 1120L(4) &
1121, 1121L(4)
1121, 1121L(4)
Government & Politics, U.S.
POS 2041(3)
POS 2041(3)
POS 2041(3)
Government & Politics, Comparative CPO 3002(3)
CPO 3002(3)
CPO 3002(3)
History, European
EUH 1000(3) EUH 1000(3), 1001(3)
EUH 1000(3), 1001(3)
History, United States
AMH 2010(3) AMH 2010(3), 2020(3)
AMH 2010(3), 2020(3)
Human Geography
GEA 2000(3)
GEA 2000(3)
GEA 2000(3)
Latin (Catullus-Horace)
GEE 1xxx(3)
GEE 1xxx(3)
GEE 1xxx(3)
Latin (Vergil)
GEE 1xxx(3)
GEE 1xxx(3)
GEE 1xxx(3)
Macroeconomics
ECO 2013(3)
ECO 2013(3)
ECO 2013(3)
Microeconomics
ECO 2023(3)
ECO 2023(3)
ECO 2023(3)
Music Theory
MUT 1001(3)
MUT 1001(3)
MUT 1111(3) & 1241(3)
Physics B
PHY 2053C(4)
PHY 2053C(4), 2054C(4)
PHY 2053C(4), 2054C(4)
Physics C- Mechanics PHY 2053C(4)
PHY 2048C(4)
PHY 2048C(4)
Physics C-E&M
PHY 2054C(4)
PHY 2049C(4)
PHY 2049C(4)
Psychology
PSY 2012(3)
PSY 2012(3)
PSY 2012(3)
Spanish Language SPN 2200(3) SPN 2200(3), 2201(3)
SPN 2200(3), 2201(3)
Spanish Literature
SPW 3030(3)
SPW 3030(3), SPT 3130(3)
SPW 3030(3), SPT 3130(3)
Statistics
STA 2023(3)
STA 2023(3)
STA 2023(3)
World History
WOH 1023(3)
WOH 1023(3)
WOH 1023(3)
Note: Credit hours are in parentheses. FGCU will award university credit in accordance with state guidelines for exam scores in subject areas
not on this list. Such exam scores may also earn credit for specific FGCU courses. These will be evaluated on a case by case basis. AP, IB,
and CLEP information regarding courses/areas for which FGCU credit may be assigned is subject to change. Students should consult their
academic advisors for up-to-date information.
General Information
Undergraduate Admission
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Undergraduate Admission
IB Course
Advanced Math
4
5
6
7
MAC 2311 (4)
MAC 2311 (4) MAC 2311 (4)
MAC 2311 (4)
MAC 2312 (4)
MAC 2312 (4)
MAC 2312 (4)
Art/Design ART 1201 (3)
ART 1201 (3)
ART 1201 (3)
ART 1300 (3)
ART 1300 (3)
ART 1300 (3)
Biology ART 1201 (3)
BSC 1010C (4)
BSC 1010C (4)
BSC 1010C (4)
BSC 1010C (3)
BSC 1011C (4)
BSC 1011C (4)
BSC 1011C (4)
Chemistry CHM 1045C (4) CHM 1045C (4)
CHM 1045C(4)
CHM 1xxx (2)
CHM 1xxx (2)
CHM 1xxx (2)
Economics CHM 1xxx (3)
ECO 2013 (3)
ECO 2013 (3)
ECO 2013 (3)
ECO 1xxx (3) ECO 2023 (3)
ECO 2023 (3)
ECO 2023 (3)
English A ENC 1101 (3)
ENC 1101 (3)
ENC 1101 (3)
ENC 1102 (3)
ENC 1102 (3)
ENC 1102 (3)
Environ. Systems ENC 1101 (3)
BSC 1051C (3)
BSC 1051C (3)
BSC 1051C (3)
BSC 1051C (3)
BSC 1xxx (3)
BCS 1xxx (3)
BCS 1xxx (3)
French B* FRE 1121, 1121L (4)
FRE 1121, 1121L (4)
FRE 1121, 1121L (4)
FRE 1xxx (2)
FRE 1xxx (2)
FRE 1xxx (2)
German B*
FRE 1121, 1121L (4)
GER 1101, 1101L (4)
GER 1101, 1101L (4)
GER 1101, 1101L (4)
GER 1101, 1101L (4)
GER 1xxx (2)
GER 1xxx (2)
GEE 1xxx (2)
History WOH 1030 (3)
WOH 1030 (3)
WOH 1030 (3)
WOH 1023 (3)
WOH 1023 (3)
WOH 1023 (3)
History of Americas WOH 1030 (3)
AMH 2010 (3)
AMH 2010 (3)
AMH 2010 (3)
AMH 2010 (3)
AMH 2020 (3)
AMH 2020 (3)
AMH 2020 (3)
History of Europe EUH 2011 (3)
EUH 2011 (3)
EUH 2011 (3)
EUH 2031 (3)
EUH 2031 (3)
EUH 2031 (3)
Math Methods
EUH 2011 (3)
MAC 1105 (3)
MAC 1105 (3)
MAC 1105 (3)
MAC 1105 (3)
MAC 2233 (3)
MAC 2233 (3)
MAC 2233 (3)
Math Studies
MAT 1033 (3)
MAT 1033 (3)
MAT 1033 (3)
MGF 1106 (3)
MGF 1106 (3)
MGF 1106 (3)
Mathematics MAT 1033 (3)
MAC 1147 (4) MAC 2311 (4)
MAC 2311 (4)
MAC 1147 (4)
MAC 2233 (3)
MAC 2233 (3)
MAC 2233 (3)
Physics PHY 2053C (4)
PHY 2053C (4)
PHY 2053C (4)
PHY 2054C (4)
PHY 2054C (4)
PHY 2054C (4)
Psychology PHY 2053C (4)
PSY 2012 (3)
PSY 2012 (3)
PSY 2012 (3)
PSY 2012 (3)
PSY 1xxx (3)
PSY 1xxx (3)
PSY 1xxx (3)
Social Anthropology
ANT 2410 (3)
ANT 2410 (3)
ANT 2410 (3)
ANT 1xxx (3)
ANT 1xxx (3)
ANT 1xxx (3)
Spanish B*
SPN 1121, 1121L (4)
SPN 1121, 1121L (4)
SPN 1121, 1121L (4)
SPN 2200 (3)
SPN 2200 (3)
SPN 2200 (3)
ANT 2410 (3)
SPN 1121, 1121L (4)
* Students with a score of 4 or higher in any Language B exam are considered to have completed the foreign language requirement. Students
may qualify for additional placement into higher-level language courses than are indicated here; consult the program leader for details.
Note: Credit hours are in parentheses. FGCU will award university credit in accordance with state guidelines for exam scores in subject areas
not on this list. Such exam scores may also earn credit for specific FGCU courses. These will be evaluated on a case by case basis. AP, IB,
and CLEP information regarding courses/areas for which FGCU credit may be assigned is subject to change. Students should consult their
academic advisors for up-to-date information.
CLEP Subject Examination
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Course/area for which credit can be assigned
at FGCU (credit awarded is in parenthesis)
QualifyingMaximum credit
score*
awarded at FGCU
American Literature
AML 2010 (3) 50
3
Analyzing and Interpreting Literature
none
English Composition with Essay
ENC 1101 (3)
50
3
English Literature
ENL 2012 (3)
50
3
Freshman College Composition
none
Humanities
HUM 2510 (3)
50
3
French Language
FRE 1120 & 1120L (4)
50
4
FRE 1120 & 1120L (4) & FRE 1121, 1121L (4)
59
8
German Language
GER 1120 & 1120L (4)
50
4
GER 1120 & 1120L (4) & GER 1121 & 1121L (4)
63
8
Spanish Language
SPN 1120 & 1120L (4)
50
4
SPN 1120 & 1120L (4) & SPN 1121, 1121L (4)
63
8
American Government
POS 2041 (3)
50
3
History of U.S. I AMH 2010 (3)
50
3
History of U.S. II: 1865 to Present
AMH 2020 (3)
50
3
Human Growth and Development
DEP 2004 (3)
50
3
Introduction to Educational Psychology EDF 3122
50
3
Principles of Macroeconomics
ECO 2013 (3)
50
3
Principles of Microeconomics
ECO 2023 (3)
50
3
Introductory Psychology
PSY 2012 (3)
50
3
Introductory Sociology
SYG 2000 (3)
50
3
Western Civilization I: EUH 1000 (3)
50
3
EUH 1001(3)
50
3
American History
AMH 2010 (3), 2020 (3)
49
6
Afro-American History
AMH 3571 (3)
50
3
Educational Psychology
none
General Psychology
PSY 2012 (3)
History of American Education
none
Introductory Economics
ECO 2013 (3), 2023 (3)
48
6
Introductory MACRO Economics
ECO 2013 (3)
50
3
Introductory MICRO Economics
ECO 2023 (3)
50
3
Introductory MACRO and
none
Composition and Literature
Foreign Languages
History and Social Sciences
Early Colonization to 1877
Ancient Near East to 1648
Western Civilization II: 1648 to the Present
Discontinued examinations**
MICRO Economics
50
3
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Undergraduate Admission
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Undergraduate Admission
Science and Mathematics
Biology
BSC 1010C (4)
50
4
Calculus
MAC 2233 (3)
50
3
Chemistry
CHM 1045 (3)
50
3
College Algebra
MAC 1105 (3)
50
3
College Mathematics
MGF 1107 (3)
50
3
Natural Sciences
none
Precalculus
MAC 1xxx (3)
50
3
Calculus with Analytical Geometry
MAC 2311 (4)
49
4
Clinical Chemistry
none
College Algebra-Trigonometry
MAC 1147 (4)
50
4
Geology
GLY 1010C (4)
49
4
Hematology
none
Immunohematology
none
Introductory Calculus
MAC 2311 (4)
48
4
Microbiology
MCB 2010 (3)
49
4
Discontinued examinations**
Statistics
none
Tests and Measurements
none
Trigonometry
MAC 2157 (3)
50
3
Financial Accounting
ACG 2021 (3)
50
3
Introductory Business Law
BUL 3130 (3)
50
3
Information Systems and CGS 1100 (3)
50
3
Principles of Management
MAN 3025 (3)
50
3
Principles of Marketing
MAR 3023 (3)
50
3
Computers and Data Processing
CGS 1100(3)
49
3
Elementary Computer none
Business
Computer Applications
Discontinued examinations**
Programming-FORTRAN IV
Introduction to Management
MAN 3025(3)
49
3
Introductory Marketing
MAN 3023(3)
50
3
Money and Banking
none
Principles of Accounting
ACG 2021(3)
50
3
* For computer-based exam. Contact admissions office for qualifying score on paper and pencil exam.
** Test discontinued/scores still accepted.
Note: Credit hours are in parentheses. FGCU will award university credit in accordance with state guidelines for exam scores in subject areas
not on this list. Such exam scores may also earn credit for specific FGCU courses. These will be evaluated on a case by case basis. AP, IB,
and CLEP information regarding courses/areas for which FGCU credit may be assigned is subject to change. Students should consult their
academic advisors for up-to-date information.
Graduate Admission
The Office of Graduate Studies is housed in Howard Hall,
room 111. All students applying for graduate admissions, for
post baccalaureate certificate programs, or as non-degree
seeking graduate students must submit their materials to
the Office of Graduate Studies, regardless of their program
of interest. Graduate Studies processes applications, checks
them for completeness, and then forwards materials to the
program. Decisions concerning admission are made by the
programs. Prospective graduate students are encouraged to
contact the graduate program coordinators, within the respective colleges, for details concerning admission’s selection
criteria. For inquiries concerning application requirements,
please contact Graduate Studies.
The Office of Graduate Studies maintains as its mission and
purpose to provide accurate and current information to prospective students and the University community regarding
graduate programs and the application process for graduate
studies; to facilitate the effective and efficient processing of
graduate applications; and to provide open communication
between colleges/programs and graduate admissions. We
strive to be a student-centered team, committed to quality
customer service and continuous improvement.
Florida Gulf Coast University encourages applications from
all qualified prospective students regardless of race, sex, religion, culture, age, disability, or ethnic background.
All credentials and documents submitted during the enrollment process become the property of FGCU and will not be
returned to the applicant or forwarded to another institution,
agency, or person. Furnishing any false or fraudulent statements or information in connection with the admission or enrollment process may result in disciplinary action, denial of
admission, and invalidation of credits or degrees earned.
Graduate Admission Requirements
Applicants to graduate degree programs or post-baccalaureate professional programs are required to meet minimum
university admission requirements that are in accordance with
system-wide admission requirements (Rule 6C-6.003 Florida
Administrative Code). Individual programs may set additional
criteria or more selective requirements. Consequently, meeting minimum university admission requirements does not
guarantee admission to a particular program. Refer to the appropriate academic program section of this catalog or contact
Graduate Studies or the college/program regarding additional
admission requirements.
Minimum University Admission Requirements
1) Have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent from a region-
ally accredited institution.
2) Present an official standardized admission test score.
(Refer to the college/program description for approved
standardized tests.)
3) Meet at least one of the following criteria:
• The minimum university requirements for admission into a
graduate program are an earned bachelor’s degree from
a regionally accredited institution and a 3.0 GPA (last 60
attempted semester hours of the baccalaureate degree)
on a 4.0 scale or 1000 on the combined verbal-quantitative portions of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), or 400
on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT), or 500 on the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT), or
• A graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution.
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An applicant who is from a country where English is not the
primary language must submit a minimum TOEFL score of
550 (paper-based test) or 213 (computer-based test) or 79
(internet-based) unless otherwise specified by the program.
(Refer to college/program description for requirements greater than the minimum.)
An applicant for graduate study must demonstrate the motivation, ability, and preparation to successfully pursue graduate
study. The graduate program director and/or academic dean,
through the graduate admission committee in each college,
makes a determination of this capacity. Admission is based
upon records of undergraduate achievement, prior graduate
work, scores on required standardized tests, other supporting
documentation including letters of recommendation, where
required, and resource availability within individual programs.
Graduate Application Procedures
Each graduate program maintains an application deadline.
Some programs have multiple deadlines throughout the year.
Applicants are urged to start the application process early, approximately six months prior to the start of the intended term
of enrollment. Contact Graduate Studies or refer to the college/program description for application deadlines.
When all required application documents are received,
Graduate Studies processes the application and forwards a
complete file to the college or program for review and consideration. An applicant receives notification by mail from the
college/program regarding the admission decision.
Graduate Application
A Graduate Application packet can be obtained by contacting
Graduate Studies at 239-590-7988 or 1-800-590-FGCU or email at [email protected]
Students may also apply online by going to http://www.fgcu.
edu/Graduate/apply.html.
Applicants complete the following steps for applying to a specific graduate program:
• Graduate Application with application fee.
• Residency Classification Form.
• Immunization History Form.
• Official Transcripts: Contact each college/university ever
attended and request that two official copies of transcripts
bearing the seal and signature of the registrar be mailed
to the applicant. Submit unopened envelopes containing
the official transcripts to Graduate Studies. Photocopies
and facsimiles of transcripts are not accepted.
• Supplemental Application Materials: Required for specific
programs.
• Standardized Test Score: Request official Graduate Record Examination (GRE), Miller Analogies Test (MAT), or
Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) scores
to be sent directly to Graduate Studies. (Refer to college/
program description for appropriate test.)
International Student Admission
* Applicants are classified as international if they are not
United States citizens, dual citizens, or permanent residents.
International students must meet admission criteria for the
program to which they apply, as well as the following:
• International students must have all credentials and admission information submitted to Graduate Studies by the
deadline for the specific entry term.
• Josef Silny & Associates, Incorporated, World Education
Services, or AACRAO must evaluate credit from institutions outside the U.S. A course-by-course evaluation is
required. The applicant pays for this service and contacts
the evaluating agency directly. Official evaluations must
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Graduate Admission
be submitted to Graduate Studies by the deadline for the
specific entry term.
• Applicants must demonstrate English proficiency in accordance with University policy, and will be required to
submit acceptable TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign
Language) scores unless the country of origin uses English as the official language. A minimum score of 550
(paper-based), 213 (computer-based), or 79 (Internetbased) is required on the TOEFL. With the approval of the
Director of Graduate Studies and the appropriate dean,
applicants may furnish satisfactory evidence of English
competency in lieu of the TOEFL. Examples of satisfactory evidence include, but are not limited to, completion of
ENC 1101 and ENC 1102 (or equivalent) with a grade of
C or higher; and/or a minimum of 60 credits satisfactorily
completed at an accredited institution of higher education
where all courses are taught in English. For information on
the TOEFL, contact TOEFL, Educational Testing Service,
Princeton, NJ 08541, USA. The University’s institutional
code for the transmittal of the TOEFL is #5125. Official
test scores must be submitted to Graduate Studies by the
deadline for the specific entry term.
• The applicant must file a Confidential Financial Statement
confirming availability of specific funds to finance the first
year of study before the University issues the appropriate
papers for obtaining a visa. Official bank statements must
be submitted to Graduate Studies by the deadline for the
specific entry term, but no earlier than 6 months prior to
the first day of class.
Prior to registering for classes, admitted international students
must submit proof of health and accident insurance to meet
mandatory requirements. The University reserves the right
to refuse registration to any international student who fails to
comply with this insurance requirement or is unable to supply
satisfactory proof of insurance. The University also reserves
the right to withdraw from classes any international student
who fails to maintain insurance coverage or avoids in any way
the responsibility to comply with the insurance requirement.
International students are subject to the same University policies and procedures that apply to all students, such as admission, enrollment, immunization, etc. Additionally, international
students must comply with all U.S. Immigration regulations,
which may determine the student’s eligibility for enrollment,
residency status, limitations on credit hours or semesters of
study, and length of presence in the U.S.
Application deadlines for international students:
• If currently outside the United States:
Fall Semester
May 1
Spring Semester
September 15
Summer (contact Graduate Studies)
• If currently in the United States:
Fall Semester
June 1
Spring Semester
October 15
Summer (contact Graduate Studies)
Please note that program deadlines supersede these deadlines when the program deadline is earlier in the year.
* FGCU is authorized under federal law to enroll non-immigrant students.
Appeal for Reconsideration
The college/program provides applicants with written notification of admission decisions. Applicants denied admission
who meet the minimum University requirements and wish to
appeal the decision must write the college/program to request
reconsideration within 30 days of the date of denial or by a
deadline date set by the college/program in the denial letter.
The request should present additional evidence of potential
for academic success at FGCU and contain reasons why
reconsideration is warranted. Applicants denied admission
to a degree-seeking program are eligible to enroll as special
(non-degree seeking) students with the approval of the college/program.
Deferring Graduate Application
Students who have submitted an application but not completed the application process may request, in writing, that the
application be deferred to a subsequent term no later than
2 semesters past the initial term of application. Deferment of
Graduate Application results in the student’s term of entry, under the University catalog being the semester deferring to, not
the semester indicated in the initial application.
Former Student Returning
Degree seeking students who have not been in attendance
for three or more consecutive semesters must submit a new
graduate application.
Transfer Credit
With the approval of the college/program, a student may
transfer credit from a regionally accredited college or university (or other approved institution in accordance with Florida
statute or rule) into the graduate college/program at Florida
Gulf Coast University. Transfer of credit is contingent upon
review of appropriate documentation from the student’s prior
courses, including transcripts and course syllabi.
The following are University guidelines concerning transfer of
graduate credit:
• Unless otherwise specified in college/program policy, up
to 12 graduate-level credits may be transferred into the
college/program and applied toward the degree. (Refer
to the college/program description for specific transfer,
waiver, and currency of credit policies.)
• A grade of B (3.0 on a possible 4.0 scale) or higher is
required.
• Courses must be applicable toward the graduate degree
being sought at Florida Gulf Coast University as determined by the college/program.
Students with Disabilities
A student who is requesting special consideration for admission due to a disability should note this on the admission application. The student must provide appropriate documentation (less than three years old) of a disability and identify how
the disability prohibits him/her from meeting minimum admission standards. The graduate program admission committee
will review this petition for admission. The admission decision
will be made on an individual basis from documentation provided by the student.
Graduate Change of College
To change from a major field in one college to a major field
in another, a new graduate application form and supplemental documentation are required. If official transcripts and test
scores have been provided to Graduate Studies there is no
need to resubmit these documents. All supplemental documentation required for the specified college/program of new
application must be submitted to Graduate Studies. The final
decision regarding change of college is determined by the
college to which the student is applying. Change of college
results in the student’s term of entry, under the University catalog being the semester of entry into the new college, not the
semester initially applied for. This policy applies to students
who have applied, been admitted or have enrolled.
Graduate Change of Major
To change major fields of study within the same college;
completion of Change of Graduate Program Request form is
required. Additional documentation may be required for admission as each college/program admission criteria differs
between programs. The final decision regarding change of
program is determined by the program/college, which the student is applying to. Change of program within the same college results in the student’s term of entry, under the University
catalog being the semester of entry into the new program, not
the semester initially applied for.
Second Master’s Degree
Individuals seeking a second master’s degree, who are currently enrolled in an FGCU master’s degree program must
complete a separate application for that program and fulfill the
normal degree requirements for the second degree.
Non-Degree-Seeking Enrollment
Graduate non-degree-seeking enrollment is on a space-available basis and has been established for those individuals
who would like to enroll, but are not seeking a degree from
FGCU. Students seeking graduate level courses on a nondegree basis are classified as Post-Baccalaureate (Post-Bac)
students. Enrollment as a non-degree-seeking student does
not guarantee subsequent admission into the University as a
degree student. International students cannot be admitted in
this status due to federal regulations.
Post-Bac students must complete an application for admission and submit a non-refundable $30 application fee. PostBac students are subject to the same academic policies as
degree-seeking students and must adhere to deadline dates
published in the academic calendar. Non-degree-seeking students (including Post-Bac) are not eligible to receive financial
aid (except for teacher certification).
Graduate Non-Degree-Seeking Restrictions
In general, a Post-Bac student is limited to a total of 9 credit
hours of graduate coursework. Exceptions: A student seeking
professional certification or re-certification may request an exemption to the 9 credit hour limit by contacting the appropriate
college in which course enrollment is sought. A student seeking admission to a College of Education graduate program
may take up to 12 credit hours of graduate coursework as a
non-degree-seeking student.
Teacher Certification
Students with undergraduate degrees who are returning to
gain teacher certification and educators seeking re-certification may enroll in undergraduate or graduate College of Education courses as well as courses in other colleges on a nondegree, space-available basis, and when course prerequisite
requirements are met. There is no limit to the number of credits students may earn in this category; however, the College
of Education limits to 12 the number of credits earned while
non-degree-seeking which can be applied toward a graduate
degree. Furthermore, some programs within the College of
Education limit to 12 the total hours a non-degree-seeking
student may take for any purpose. Please see program advisors for details.
Immunization Requirement
As a prerequisite to registration as a degree-seeking or nondegree-seeking student, the State University System of Florida requires all students born after December 31, 1956, to
present documented proof of immunity to measles (Rubeola)
and Rubella. Prior to initial registration, each student must
submit a completed FGCU Immunization History Form to Student Health Services.
The following are acceptable proofs of immunization:
• Proof of two vaccinations (doses) of measles received at
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least 28 days apart and one vaccination of rubella, after
12 months of age. Measles vaccinations must have been
received in 1968 or later and Rubella vaccination in 1969
or later; or
• Proof of immunity by way of a blood test result (titer); or
• A written, dated statement signed by a qualified health
care provider on office letterhead that specifies the date
seen and states that the student has had an illness for
three days or more with a rash, fever of 101 degrees or
greater, cough and conjunctivitis, and is considered to
have had the Rubeola (measles) disease.
Questions about acceptable proof, exemptions, or temporary
deferments may be directed to Student Health Services, 239590-7966 or fax 239-590-7968.
Additional immunizations or medical test may be required for
students in certain majors. Students residing in University
Housing are required to present proof of immunity to Hepatitis-B and Meningitis. Please review the information and forms
available at the Health Services Web Site at http://studentservices.fgcu.edu/HealthServices/Immunizations.htm.
Post Admission Information
The Registration section of this catalog contains information
on class registration, transcripts, grades, etc.
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Registration and Records
Registration and Records
The Office of the Registrar supports the University mission
by fostering an environment that promotes student success.
The Office of the Registrar is committed to providing superior
customer service to students, faculty, administration, alumni,
community, state and federal agencies.
Registration
FGCU employs priority registration to manage term enrollment. Term registration dates are published in the Academic
Calendar. Priority registration, referred to as Eagle Registration, is a benefit to all students in that it ensures students are
able to enroll in the classes needed to complete their degree
in a timely manner. It is a process that allows those who are
closer to degree completion, with specific course needs, the
ability to register before students who are further from graduation.
Priority levels are determined by a student’s total earned
hours recorded for the most recent prior term of enrollment.
To check earned hours, go to Gulfline and select Academic
Transcript.
Adding or Dropping a Course
Adding a course. Students may add courses or change
sections of courses during the registration period and the
drop/add period (first week of classes), as published in the
Academic Calendar. Classes may be added by accessing the
Gulfline feature on the university web site, through the Office
of the Registrar or Academic Advisor.
Dropping a course. Courses may be dropped during the registration and drop/add period through Gulfline and the Office of
the Registrar as published in the Academic Calendar. Courses
dropped during this period will not appear on the student’s academic record. Individual courses dropped after the drop/add
period but before the “last day to completely withdraw without
academic penalty,” (as published in the Academic Calendar)
must be dropped through the Office of the Registrar. These
courses will remain on the academic record and are assigned
a grade of W. A grade of W is not calculated in the student’s
grade point average (GPA).
An individual course dropped after the “last day to completely
withdraw without academic penalty” must be dropped through
the Office of the Registrar and will remain on the student’s
academic record resulting in a grade of WF, which is calculated as a failing grade in the student’s grade point average.
An appeal regarding the WF assignment is considered a request for grade change. Student appeals are to be submitted
in writing, with supporting documentation, to the appropriate
college. The college offering the course will make the final
decision regarding the appeal.
Dropping all courses does not constitute formal withdrawal
from the university. Refer to the Withdrawal section for information and procedures. A student is financially liable for all
courses in which he or she is registered for at the end of the
drop/add period.
Address Change
The address the university utilizes for students is taken from
the application for admission. It is the student’s responsibility to make appropriate changes to their address. Address
changes can be made through the Office of the Registrar. Students employed by the University should also submit changes
to Human Resources.
Application to Graduate
An Application to Graduate form must be submitted to the appropriate college advisor in the term of expected graduation
by the deadline noted in the Academic Calendar. By submitting the form, a student initiates the process of verifying degree requirements and ensures that all commencement information and registration forms are sent to the student. If an
application for graduation is denied, a new application must
be submitted by the deadline in the new term.
It is the student’s responsibility to clear all incomplete (I)
grades and to provide official transcripts of all transferred
coursework needed for graduation prior to the application
deadline. A student taking an incomplete (I) in any course
during the semester in which they have applied to graduate
will be denied graduation for that semester. An application for
grade forgiveness must be filed no later than the graduation
application deadline, as stated in the Academic Calendar.
Students are encouraged to apply for grade forgiveness upon
completion of the repeat.
Grade changes and transfer work received after the degree
statement has been posted to the transcript will not be incorporated into the degree.
Auditing a Course
Course audits are approved on a space-available basis and
require the approval of the instructor and dean of the college
offering the course. Audit registration is permitted only during the late registration period. Admission to the university is
managed through a non-degree application. Regular course
fees are assessed. Audited courses are noted on the academic transcript with a grade of X. Procedures for auditing
courses are available from the Office of the Registrar.
Florida residents 60 years of age or older who plan to use senior citizen tuition waivers must register on a space-available,
audit basis according to the Academic Calendar. See Senior
Citizen Tuition waivers section for more information.
Change of Major (Undergraduate)
An undergraduate student wishing to change his or her major
must submit a completed Change of Major form to the college
advisor for the new program. A student wishing to change his
or her major to a limited access program or an undergraduate student wishing to enter a graduate program must formally apply to the relevant program. Students may not use the
Change of Major form to change from degree to non-degree
status.
Advisors in the College of Health Professions have the authority to correct majors of students officially admitted into an
individual academic program within the college. This collegespecific policy superseded university policy that requires students to individually submit a Change of Major form. Unless
otherwise specified, lower-level College of Health Professions
students dismissed from limited access academic programs
become undeclared. Upper-level students must declare a
new major.
Choice of Catalog
To graduate, each degree-seeking student must meet all
graduation requirements specified in an FGCU catalog. A
student has the right to choose a catalog year for his or her
program of study. However, the choice cannot be from a catalog year that is earlier than the matriculation term and the
student must remain in continuous enrollment. Matriculation
is defined as being admitted to and enrolled in a degree program. Continuous enrollment is defined as enrolling at least
one term in each academic year. Catalog is defined as the
program and graduation requirements published each academic year beginning with the fall semester and concluding
with the summer semester.
If students cannot meet all of the graduation requirements
specified in the catalog of choice due to changes by the university in matters of policy or course offerings, appropriate
substitutions will be determined by the program manager to
preclude penalizing the student. Due to program accreditation requirements, students in certain majors may not have
this option.
All former students will be readmitted to the university under
the catalog applicable to the term of readmit for degree requirements unless otherwise approved by the college.
Class Attendance
Regular and punctual attendance and participation are expected. Although students are graded on intellectual effort
and performance rather than attendance, absences may
lower the student’s grade when the instructor deems class
attendance and class participation as essential. In those
classes where attendance is considered part of the grade, the
instructor must inform students at the beginning of the term
in the syllabus. Any instructor who informs students in writing
about the necessity of class attendance may request the Office of the Registrar to drop a student from the class. A grade
of W will be posted to the student’s record prior to the deadline
for withdrawal without academic penalty. After that date, the
instructor may assign a punitive letter grade for any student
who does not abide by attendance requirements. Colleges
have the authority to establish college-wide, program-wide,
or course-wide policies on attendance in accordance with the
above guidelines.
Authorized absence. An authorized absence is an absence
due to participation in a sponsored activity that has been approved in advance by the program director and the appropriate student affairs officer. Such an absence permits the
student to make up the work missed when practical or to be
given special allowance so that he/she is not penalized for
the absence.
Excused absence. An excused absence is an absence due
to other causes, such as illness, family emergency, death in
the family, or religious holiday. A student seeking an excused
absence should obtain documentation such as a physician’s
statement, accident report, or obituary and contact all instructors or the Office of the Dean of Student Services.
Commencement
Commencement ceremonies are held twice a year, in May and
December. Florida Gulf Coast University offers a candidate
ceremony and not a degree conferral ceremony. Degrees for
all candidates who complete degree requirements will be certified by the appropriate college after the official close of the
term, as noted in the academic calendar. Degree information
is made available within 4 weeks after the close of the term.
However, diplomas require 8-10 weeks to prepare.
The May commencement is for graduating candidates who
have completed or plan to complete all degree requirements
in the spring term. The December ceremony is for graduating
candidates who have completed or plan to complete all degree requirements in the summer or fall terms. Students who
submit graduation applications by the published deadline will
receive commencement information.
Students who wish to walk early (participate in a commence-
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ment exercise other than the one designated for their term of
completion) must submit a Petition to Walk Early and must
meet the requirements for such. The petition can be obtained
from the Office of the Registrar or college advisor and must
be submitted through the student’s college advisor no later
than the date provided on the form. All petitions that meet the
guidelines will be approved on a space available basis. Space
availability is based on the number of applied candidates and
seating limits of the commencement location.
For more graduation and commencement information, go to
the Office of the Registrar web site: http://www.fgcu.edu/registrar/commencement.html.
Course Load
Undergraduate.
A full-time undergraduate student is enrolled in 12 or more
credit hours per semester. A part-time undergraduate student
is enrolled in fewer than 12 credit hours per semester. The
typical full-time undergraduate course load is 12 to 18 credit
hours each semester. Students should take between 30 and
33 hours annually to graduate in four years. In the fall and
spring semesters, the maximum number of credit hours in
which an undergraduate may enroll is 18. During the summer
semester, the maximum number of credit hours allowed during a six-week term is 9, and the maximum number of credit
hours allowed during a 10 -week term is 15. The total of combined summer sessions cannot exceed 15 hours. Semester
overload permission from the undergraduate student’s academic advisor is required to enroll for more than the maximum
allowable hours.
Graduate
During the fall or spring semesters, a full-time graduate student is enrolled in 9 or more credit hours, and a part-time
graduate student is enrolled in fewer than 9 credit hours. Enrollment in 9 credit hours in any combination of summer terms
is considered full-time. (See Semester System for details regarding term lengths.)
Directory Information
The following has been designated by FGCU as directory information:
• Full name
• Telephone listing
• Major/field of study
• Participation in officially recognized activities & sports
• Intramural events
• Dates of attendance
• Degrees and dates of conferral
• Most recent educational institution attended prior to
FGCU.
• Enrollment status
• Class status
• Honors and awards received
• Weight and height for athletic team members
• University email address
Enrolled students have the right to withhold directory information from the public (any non-university individual, agency,
etc.). Students may file a request for privacy through the Office of the Registrar. Requesting privacy may adversely affect how the university provides information to prospective
employers and agencies. The university is not responsible for
negative action taken by such agencies as a result of maintaining a student’s privacy. The request for privacy is considered a serious action. Please contact the University Registrar
with questions or concerns.
A parent or guardian may NOT have access to non-directory
student information unless the student completes an Autho-
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rization to Release Educational Information to a Third Party
form available in the Office of the Registrar or unless the student is claimed as a dependent for federal income tax purposes during the year preceding the term in question and for
the year during which that term occurs. A copy of the parent or
guardian’s federal income tax form will be required.
Enrollment Certification
Students should contact their lenders for deferment criteria
and procedures. It is the student’s responsibility to submit the
loan deferment form to the Office of the Registrar when such
service is necessary. Written requests for enrollment certification for loan deferment or insurance purposes should be
addressed to the Office of the Registrar and include name,
student identification number and the specific information
needed.
Students requesting loan deferment should contact their lender and request a deferment form. This form can be submitted to the Office of the Registrar during the semester needing
deferment. However, forms received prior to the beginning of
the term of deferment will be held for enrollment verification
10 days after the beginning of the term. This is to allow for
course enrollment adjustments. Verifications will be sent to
the lender unless otherwise noted. Any change in enrollment
status will be reported to the lender through the Department
of Education in Washington, DC.
Enrollment Status
Undergraduate Degree and Non Degree-Seeking:
Full 12 or more
Half 6 – 11
Less Than Half l – 5
Graduate Degree and Non Degree-Seeking:
Full 9 or more
Half 5 – 8
Less Than Half 1 – 4
Family Education Rights and Privacy
Act, 1974 (FERPA)
FERPA affords students certain rights with respect to their
education records. These rights are:
The right to inspect and review the student’s education records within 45 days of the day the university receives a
request for access. Students must submit to the Registrar,
dean, head of the academic department, or other official, written requests that identify the records(s) to be inspected. The
appropriate university official will make arrangements for access and notify the student of the time and place where the
records may be inspected. If the records are not maintained
by the university official to whom the request was submitted,
that official shall advise the student of the correct official to
whom the request should be addressed.
The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the student believes are inaccurate or misleading.
• Students may ask the university to amend a record that
they believe is inaccurate or misleading by placing the
request in writing to the university official responsible for
the record. Students should clearly identify the part of the
record to be amended and specify why it is inaccurate and
misleading. Supporting documentation may be required.
• The University will notify the student of the decision and
advise the student of his or her rights to a hearing if the
university decides not to amend the record as requested.
Additional information regarding the hearing procedures
will be provided to the student when notified of the right to
a hearing.
The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.
• One exception which permits disclosure without consent
is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational
interests. A school official is a person employed by the
university in an administrative, supervisory, academic or
research, or support staff position (including law enforcement personnel and health staff); a person or company
with whom the university has contracted (such as an attorney, auditor, or collection agency); a person serving on
the University Board of Trustees; or a student serving on
an official committee, such as disciplinary or grievance
committee, or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks.
• A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the
official needs to review an education record in order to
fulfill his or her professional responsibility.
The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning the alleged failures of the university to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address
of the office that administers FERPA is:
Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202-4605
In the event of an unintentional release of student records due
to unauthorized access, the University will notify via email all
potentially affected students of the unauthorized release.
Grade Forgiveness
Students may repeat a course and exclude a previous course
grade from their FGCU grade point average calculations effective fall 2000. Undergraduate degree and non-degree students are eligible by meeting the following:
• Original grade of C- or lower has been recorded on the
academic record.
• The repeated grade must be higher than the original
grade.
• The original course was taken at FGCU and the original
grade was received fall 2000 or subsequent terms.
• The repeat course was taken at FGCU subsequent to fall
2000.
• The repeat course was taken under the same grading
system (A-F or S/U) as the original. S/U graded courses
are not permitted to repeat as A-F or vise versa.
• An application for grade forgiveness should be filed no
later than the graduation application deadline date as
stated in the Academic Calendar for the semester the student applies for graduation. Students are encouraged to
apply for grade forgiveness upon completion of the repeat
course.
• In the case of university error, supporting documentation
from the appropriate college must be attached to the form.
Errors discovered after the degree is awarded must be reviewed by the College Dean and Academic Affairs for special exception. Otherwise, grade forgiveness will not be
applied after a degree or certificate has been awarded.
Additional conditions of the policy:
• A total of two course grades may be forgiven for courses
that are repeated. The same course grade may not be
forgiven twice.
• Only 1000-4000 courses are eligible for grade forgiveness.
• All grades will remain on the academic transcript. The
original course will be annotated with E to indicate the
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course has been repeated and excluded from the GPA
calculation. The repeat course will be annotated with I to
indicate repeat course and included in the GPA calculation.
With prior approval of the college dean, a course substitution may be sought under the following conditions:
The substitute course is a change in prefix, number, hours,
or title, but not a substantive change in context from the
original course.
The substitute course replaces a course no longer_ offered by the institution.
Individual colleges may have further restrictions; therefore, the student should consult with his/her academic
advisor.
Students who have received a bachelor’s degree from
FGCU cannot apply grade forgiveness to any course
taken prior to the awarding of the degree.
of F, I, U, W, WF, X, and Z (see definitions). A grade of NR
will be posted for grades not reported by the instructor. A NR
grade will be converted to an F at the end of the following
semester.
Students should discuss their eligibility for grade forgiveness
with their academic advisor. Applications for grade forgiveness can be obtained from academic advisors or from the Office of the Registrar. Refer to the Academic Calendar for the
application deadline date.
To initiate consideration for a grade of I, a student must contact the instructor before grades are reported. The decision
to award a grade of I is solely the decision of the instructor.
Should a professor decide to assign the grade, both the student and the professor must complete and retain a copy of an
Incomplete Grade Agreement Form. The maximum amount
of time to complete coursework to remove a grade of I is one
year from the ending date of the semester for which the grade
was assigned or graduation whichever comes first; however,
instructors may restrict the amount of time given to the student to complete the coursework. After one year, a grade of I
will be changed to an F if the instructor has reported no grade.
A student may not re-register for a course in which he or she
currently has an incomplete (I) grade. Once an incomplete (I)
grade has converted to a failing grade (F), the grade may not
be converted back to an incomplete (I) grade or to a regular
grade. Exceptions due to university error may be approved by
the college Dean (or his/her designee) with supporting justification attached to a change of grade form.
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Grade Point Average Calculation
Florida Gulf Coast University’s grading system includes
grades of A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D+, D, D-, F, I, NR, S, U,
W, WF, X, and Z.
GradeDefinition
Quality Points Per
Semester Hour
A
4.0
A-
3.7
B+
3.3
B
3.0
B-
2.7
C+
2.3
C
2.0
C-
1.7
D+
1.3
D
1.0
D-
0.7
F
Failure
0.0
I
Incomplete
0.0
NR Not Reported by instructor
0.0
S
Satisfactory
0.0
U
Unsatisfactory
0.0
W
Withdrawal without academic penalty 0.0
WF Withdrawal with academic penalty
0.0
X
Audit (no academic credit)
0.0
Z
Thesis/Dissertation Continuation
0.0
It is the option of the college, department or instructor to use
all, some, or none of the plus/minus grades in assigning student grades in a course, as long as the grading system is
communicated to students via the course syllabi at the beginning of the course. Numerical ranges corresponding to letter
grades are established for each course according to the professional judgment of the instructor.
Some colleges, departments, and programs have established
minimum grade requirements. In these instances, a grade of
C- does not satisfy the requirement of a minimum grade of
C, and a grade of B- does not satisfy the requirement of a
minimum grade of B.
The grades of D+, D, and D-, while considered passing for
undergraduate students, may not be acceptable for some
courses (see program requirements).
Earned credit hours are not assigned in courses with grades
Incomplete (I) grade. A student who is passing a course but
who has not completed all of the required coursework by the
end of the term may, with the permission of the instructor,
be assigned a grade of I. A grade of I is not computed in a
student’s GPA.
An incomplete (I) grade cannot be assigned to a course if the
student fails to attend the course, drops the course after the
drop/add period, or withdraws from the university. A student,
who registers for a course but fails to meet the course requirements, without officially dropping the course, will receive a
grade of F in the course.
Students approved for reinstatement by the Reinstatement
Appeal Committee after the deadline expires are not eligible
for the grade assignment of incomplete (I).
Final grade reports. Grades are available via Gulfline at http://
gulfline.fgcu.edu. The university does not mail final grade reports. Students needing written verification of grades should
submit a request for an unofficial or official transcript to the
Office of the Registrar.
Change of grade. A request for a change of grade will be considered only during the term immediately following the term in
which the grade was assigned. Grades assigned during the
spring semester may be changed during the following summer or fall terms. The dean (or his/her designee) of the college
offering the course must approve grade changes. Exceptions
to the time limitation may be approved by the college dean (or
his/her designee) with supporting justification attached to the
Change of Grade form.
Grades will not be changed after a degree or certificate has
been awarded.
Grade appeal. All student grade appeals or allegations should
first be brought to the attention of the instructor of the course.
Students are responsible to present documents or evidence
supporting the grade appeal to the instructor within one semester after the grade issuance. Students and faculty should
attempt to resolve the problem in a timely and satisfactory
manner. Students dissatisfied with the instructor’s decision,
or if the faculty is not available, the student may pursue an
informal solution with the Chair of the department.
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If not satisfied with the resolution of the informal procedures,
the student may file a formal written appeal with the Office of
the Dean of the College in which the course is offered. Each
college shall establish an Academic Grade Appeal Committee, for the purpose of reviewing and rendering decisions
concerning all formal grade appeals to the College Dean. The
College Dean will approve or deny the appeal committee’s
findings. Written notification to the student will be provided
within 15 days of receipt of the student’s request.
A final appeal process is provided whereby the student, after
receiving notification of the Academic Grade Appeal Committee’s decision, may file a request for review with the Office of
the Provost. The Provost, acting as a representative of the
University President, shall render a final decision. Copies of
the Provost’s final decision shall be provided to the student,
the College Dean, the Academic Grade Appeal Committee
Chair, the department Chair, the University Registrar, and the
course instructor within 10 days of receipt of the student’s request for renew.
For additional grade appeal procedures, refer to the Student
Guidebook.
Honors Recognition for GPA
President’s List. Undergraduate students completing at least
12 hours of class work in regularly graded courses (excluding
S/U graded courses) taken at FGCU during a semester with a
grade point average of 4.0, will be eligible for President’s List
recognition. Eligible students will receive written recognition
from the university president.
Dean’s List. Undergraduate students completing at least 12
credit hours of regularly graded coursework (excluding S/U
graded courses) completed at FGCU during a term with a
grade point average of 3.5 to 3.99 will be eligible for Dean’s
List recognition. Students will be notified in writing of this recognition by the appropriate academic dean.
Undergraduate Honors. Baccalaureate candidates must have
an overall GPA of 3.50 (on a 4.0 scale) for all coursework
attempted at FGCU to be considered for honors. Honors
achieved will be annotated on the student’s diploma and transcript.
• Candidates with a GPA of 3.50-3.70 shall receive a designation of cum laude (with honors).
• Candidates with a GPA of 3.71-3.89 shall receive a designation of magna cum laude (with higher honors).
• Candidates with a GPA of 3.90 or above shall receive a
designation of summa cum laude (with highest honors).
Each dean has the option of selecting on the basis of exceptional achievement, students to be graduated with distinction.
Honors at Commencement. Baccalaureate students with an
outstanding academic performance at FGCU will be honored
at commencement. Honors will be based on the cumulative
GPA as of the semester prior to graduation.
Name Change
Official name change forms are available through the Office
of the Registrar or the web site. Requests must be submitted
in order to change a legal name on the student record. Copies of documents (i.e., marriage certificate, divorce decree,
etc.) noting the legal name change must be submitted with
the request. Students requesting a name change and reissue
of diploma will be responsible for the cost of the new diploma.
Name change requests from non-enrolled students will not
be honored.
Reclassification of Residency for Tuition
Purposes
Matriculated students (admitted to and enrolled at the university) who are classified as non-Florida residents for tuition
purposes and who believe they may qualify for in-state tuition,
may submit a Residency Reclassification to the Office of the
Registrar. Supporting documentation is required to substantiate in-state residency for tuition purposes. For more information on qualifying for in-state tuition, refer to the Tuition and
Fees section of this catalog.
If denied Florida residency for tuition purposes by the Office of
the Registrar, the student may submit a written appeal to the
Residency Committee. The decision of the Residency Committee will be mailed to the student and considered final.
Repeat Course Surcharge
Rule 6C-7.001, Florida Administrative Code, states that each
student enrolled in the same undergraduate course more than
twice, shall be assessed an additional fee per credit hour for
each repeated course. For example, if a course is repeated
twice a student will be assessed the surcharge for the third
and subsequent attempt. The fee will be published each semester and assessed at the time of registration. Only courses
repeated at FGCU will count in attempts. Transfer coursework
will not count in the repeat calculation. Grades of W and WF
earned at FGCU will count when figuring attempts.
In accordance with Florida Statute 240.124, students may petition for the surcharge to be waived based on extenuating circumstances or financial hardship. Extenuating circumstances
are those circumstances determined by the university to be
exceptional and beyond the control of the student and may
include but are not limited to: serious illness; documented
medical condition preventing completion; death of immediate family member; involuntary call to active military duty;
other emergency circumstances or extraordinary situations.
Students who withdraw or fail a class due to extenuating circumstances may be granted an exception only once for each
class.
The criteria used for determining financial hardship will include, but not be limited to, qualification for federal needbased financial aid. Students with other documented financial
hardships may also be considered.
Request forms are available in the Office of the Registrar. All
requests to waive the repeat surcharge fees must be submitted to the Fee Appeals Committee, within six months after the
end of the term for which the fees were assessed. There are
no exceptions to this policy. The decision of the Fee Appeals
Committee is final in accordance with Rule 6C10-7.001 (11)
(c).
Residency Requirement for Graduation
At least 25 percent of coursework for the degree must be
earned at FGCU. Thirty (30) of the last 60 hours must be
earned at FGCU to receive a baccalaureate degree from
FGCU.
Semester System
Florida Gulf Coast University operates on a semester system.
Each semester hour represents the equivalent of one instructional period of 50 minutes in length. The fall and spring semesters are 15 weeks in length (including one week of final
exams). The fall semester begins in August and ends in December and the spring semester begins in January and ends
in April. The summer semester typically has three terms: Term
A is a 6-week term that begins in May and ends in June; Term
B is a 6-week term that begins in June and ends in August;
and Term C is a 10-week term that begins in May and ends in
July. Additional mini-terms of varying weeks of length may be
held in any semester.
Senior Citizen Tuition Waivers
Senior citizen tuition waivers are available to persons 60
years of age or older who meet the requirements of Florida
residency. The waiver allows qualified individuals to attend
credit classes on a space-available, audit basis. Audit courses
receive a grade of “X” which carries no college credit. Senior
citizens using waivers must register the last day of late registration, as published in the Academic Calendar.
Student Classifications
Undergraduate (freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior)
students are classified on the basis of semester hours satisfactorily earned.
Freshman: 0 through 29 semester hours.
Sophomore: 30 through 59 semester hours.
Junior: 60 through 89 semester hours.
Senior: 90 or more semester hours, prior to completing baccalaureate requirements.
Post-baccalaureate: Any student who is enrolled in a course,
regardless of course level, who has a baccalaureate degree,
is not working toward another baccalaureate degree, and has
not been admitted to a graduate program.
Graduate: Any student enrolled in a graduate course (50006000 level) who has been admitted to a graduate program.
Audit: Any student registered for any credit course on an audit
basis. No credit is received for courses taken on an audit basis. A grade of X will be assigned to audit coursework.
Student Holds
Holds may be placed on a student’s account, records, transcript, grades, diplomas or registration because of financial or
other obligations to the university. Satisfaction of the obligation is required prior to the release of the hold by the office
having authority.
Student Records
The university has designated the Office of the Registrar as
the official custodian of student records. Information provided
by a student to an institution pertaining to his or her record
may be considered a student education record. A student
has the right to review such information maintained in his or
her educational record and to seek amendments or in certain
cases append a statement to the record.
Information contained in a student’s education record becomes the property of the university and will not be released
or copied to the student or a third party. A third party shall
be defined as anyone other than the student. Parents, legal
guardians, spouses, employers, external agencies, etc. are
considered third parties and do not have permission to access a student education record without written consent from
the student. There are exceptions the university can apply to
this policy.
The Office of the Registrar is responsible for ensuring the
confidentiality of all student records. The Federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974 guarantee
students the right to protect information that is not classified
as directory information by federal law and university policy.
For more information concerning FERPA and student records,
refer to the FERPA section of this catalog, or contact the Office of the Registrar. (See also Directory Information.)
In the event of an unintentional release of student records due
to unauthorized access, the University will notify via email all
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potentially affected students of the unauthorized release.
Summer Enrollment Requirement
Undergraduate students entering FGCU with fewer than 60
semester hours of credit must earn at least 9 semester credit
hours prior to graduation by attending one or more summer
sessions at a State University System member institution.
The university may waive the application of this rule in cases
of unusual hardship. A student who wishes to have the rule
waived must submit a written request to the student’s college
dean for a decision. The college will send written notification
to the student and student’s academic advisor.
Any student who earns 9 or more credits from one or more
acceleration mechanisms is exempt from the summer enrollment requirement.
Transcripts
Transcripts are released only with written authorization
from the student. E-mail, telephone and fax requests for official transcripts will not be accepted. Transcripts will not be
released for students who have a financial obligation to the
university.
A transcript request must include the student’s full name, university identification number (UIN), and signature along with
the names and complete addresses of transcript recipients.
If grades or degree statement for the current semester are
needed, the student should indicate that the transcript request
is to be held until the final semester grades and/or degrees
are posted. To reflect a complete academic record for undergraduate and graduate students, the university will issue only
complete transcripts. At the end of each term of enrollment,
students are responsible for requesting transcripts for reimbursement purposes.
A $10 fee is charged for each official transcript requested.
There is no charge for unofficial transcripts. Graduating students receive one official transcript, free of charge, with their
diplomas. Transcript request information can be obtained from
http://enrollment.fgcu.edu/registration/tran.html.
Transcript
request forms may be printed from the web http://www.fgcu.
edu/registrar/transcripts.html. Transcripts may be requested
through Gulfline at http://gulfline.fgcu.edu.
Transient Student
Transient students are students who attend FGCU for only
one term before returning to their home institutions. These
students enroll at FGCU as non-degree-seeking students. A
transient student from another Florida university can facilitate
FGCU registration by obtaining a Transient Student Form
from the home institution. The $30 application fee is waived
for transient students from other State University System institutions. Contact the Office of the Registrar for more information at [email protected]
Veterans’ Educational Benefits
Florida Gulf Coast University is approved for the education of
veterans, eligible dependents, members of the selected reserve, and active-duty personnel who are eligible for benefits
under public laws now in effect. All degree programs currently
offered at FGCU are approved by the State of Florida, Bureau of State Approving for Veterans’ Training. Additionally,
some programs offered by the Center for Leadership and Innovation are approved. Under the current Veterans Educational Assistance Programs, which affect most veterans, the
veteran receives an allowance directly from the government.
The veteran is responsible for paying tuition and fees directly
to the university and meeting payment deadlines applicable
General Information
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Registration and Records
to all students. The Veterans Administration (VA) will make
full payment only when the student carries a full academic
load. To facilitate the prompt and accurate reporting of the
student’s status and course load, the veteran must inform the
Office of the Registrar of his or her enrollment intent prior to
the beginning of each semester. Changes in enrollment status
made after the last day to add courses must be reported immediately. Veteran’s previous education and training will be
evaluated and appropriate credit granted with training time
shortened, tuition reduced proportionately and with VA and
the veteran so notified.
To be eligible for full-time VA benefits, degree-seeking undergraduates must enroll for 12 or more semester hours, and degree-seeking graduate students must enroll for nine or more
semester hours each academic semester. VA regulations require that students take only courses that are applicable towards their degree program or other approved program and
they must make satisfactory progress towards their degree.
Students receiving educational veterans’ benefits are allowed
no more than two probationary/warning terms. If a veteran
reaches this point, their benefits will be terminated for failure
to achieve satisfactory progress. Additionally, the veteran student should have achieved the GPA (2.0, undergraduate and
3.0 graduate) required for graduation by the mid-point of their
program. VA benefits will be terminated for students who are
dismissed for academic or disciplinary reasons and can only
be reinstated after academic counseling.
It is the student’s responsibility to remain in good standing
with the VA and to respond to notification of changes in regulation. The VA toll-free telephone number is 1-888-442-4551.
Withdrawal
Withdrawal is the formal process of leaving the university during a term. Dropping all classes does not constitute formal
withdrawal from the university. A formal withdrawal can be
initiated by submitting a Withdrawal Application in person, by
mail or fax to the Office of the Registrar. Withdrawal Applications are available on the web http://enrollment.fgcu.edu/registration/forms.html.
Students who formally withdraw from the university by the
“last date to withdraw without academic penalty,” as published
in the Academic Calendar, will receive a grade of W in each
course. Students who withdraw after the published “last date
to withdraw without academic penalty” will receive a grade of
WF in each course. A student who withdraws may not continue to attend class. Requests for appeals to the withdrawal
policy should be submitted in writing with appropriate documentation to the appropriate college.
Formal withdrawals from the university will not be considered
when applying individual course drop limitations (see also
Adding or Dropping a Course).
Military Call to Active Duty Policy
When a student is called for active military duty during a term
in which s/he is enrolled, the eligible student may elect the
following:
1) Completely withdraw from the University without academic penalty. In order to qualify for this option, a student must
elect to completely withdrawal from the University.
• The student must complete a Withdrawal Application and
Fee Adjustment Request forms and provide a copy of his/
her active duty orders to the Office of the Registrar. Orders will serve as supporting documentation for the refund
of tuition and fees.
• The Fee Adjustment form will be submitted to the Fee Ap-
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peal Committee for action. Tuition and general fees will be
fully refundable.
Housing will be refunded based on the number of days
the room was occupied. In order to receive a refund from
the Office of Housing and Residence Life, the student
must complete all check out procedures as noted in the
Housing Rules and Regulations Manual and submit written request for refund. The student will be asked to provide a copy of their active duty orders.
The student will be responsible for any miscellaneous
charges such as library fines, parking tickets, etc.
If the student is called for active duty and subsequently
released in a manner that would allow him/her to re-enroll
during the semester in which s/he withdraw, the University
will make every effort to accommodate the request. Faculty involved will determine the appropriateness of returning to a course.
If the student is receiving financial aid during the term in
which s/he is called to active duty, financial aid must be
repaid according to federal and state guidelines before
the University will issue a refund.
2) Students who are required to report for military duty after
the last day to withdrawal without academic penalty, as
stated in the University’s Academic Calendar of Events,
and after completion of at least 75% of the enrollment period in a non-standard semester may:
• In working with the instructor, elect to complete all final
papers, projects and/or exams prior to reporting for active
duty in order to receive full credit for all courses. Students
are not eligible for refunds for courses which s/he receive
credit; or
• Request an incomplete grade in a course and complete
the remaining specified course requirements as agreed
and stipulated in the Incomplete Grade Contract form
upon return from active duty. The student will have the
full time allowed under the Incomplete Grade policy. Upon
re-enrollment to the University, a student will have one
year to complete the incomplete coursework outlined on
the Incomplete Grade Agreement Form. If the coursework
is not completed within the appropriate time frame, the
course grade will convert to a failing grade. Under federal
financial aid policies, a grade of incomplete may affect a
student’s financial aid eligibility for future terms. Eligible
students who receive an incomplete for any course for
which s/he is enrolled shall not be entitled to a refund of
tuition or fees paid.
Notes:
1) Students called to active duty prior to or on the last day to
withdrawal without academic penalty may not select Option 2 (above). Students must select complete withdrawal
with refund.
2) Students unable to complete the above process due to
military call-up time constraints, may submit an appeal for
grade change, late withdrawal and/or conduct issue after
s/he leaves the University but no later than six months
after discharge or release from active duty. A copy of the
discharge papers will be requested at the time of re-enrollment.
3) Students who select incomplete grade option must begin completion of the course requirements, as noted on
Incomplete Grade Contact, no later than six months after
discharge or release from active duty. A copy of the discharge papers will be requested at the time of re-enrollment.
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Financial Aid and Scholarships
Books and Supplies
Personal Expenses
EST. TOTAL COST
The university offers a comprehensive program of financial
assistance for both traditional and non-traditional students
pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees. The Financial
Aid and Scholarships Office helps students secure the necessary funds to pursue their educational goals and offers information to enrolled and prospective students about the availability of financial assistance.
Graduate Student Cost of Attendance – based on a graduate
student taking 9 credit hours per term for two terms. Expenses and fees are subject to change.
The Financial Aid and Scholarship Office administers grants,
scholarships, loans, and student employment programs to assist students in paying for their educational expenses.
Financial aid awards will not be processed until a student has
been admitted to a degree program or eligible certificate program. Non degree-seeking students are not eligible for financial aid, with the exception of approved students who enroll in
the teacher certification program.
Confidentiality of Student Information
The university ensures the confidentiality of student records in
accordance with State University System rules, state statutes,
and the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
of 1974, known as the Buckley Amendment. Family financial
information and the type and amount of aid that each student
is offered and receives are held in confidence. Written consent from the student is required for release of information to
a third party.
2008-09
Tuition and Fees
Room and Board
Transportation
Books and Supplies
Personal Expenses
EST. TOTAL COST
$1,200
$1,700
$17,312
Florida Resident
$4,821
$8,659
$1,700
$1,200
$1,700
$18,080
$1,200
$1,700
$29,830
Non-Florida
Resident
$17,499
$8,659
$1,700
$1,200
$1,700
$30,758
Eligibility Criteria for Federal Financial Aid (both Need-based
and Non Need-based)
To qualify for federal student financial aid, the student must
meet the following basic eligibility requirements:
• Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
• Be registered with the Selective Service System, if required
• Not be in default on a federal student loan, or owe a repayment of a federal student grant received at any institution
• Be enrolled as a regular student in an eligible program of
study; and
• Maintain satisfactory academic progress.
Need-Based Financial Aid
Applying for Financial Aid
Students should complete the Free Application for Federal
Student Aid (FAFSA) each academic year on the internet at
www.fafsa.ed.gov. When the student completes the FAFSA,
FGCU should be included among the colleges to which the
application information is reported. When the FAFSA is processed, FGCU will receive an electronic record of the student's application information. The student may be required to
provide additional documentation to the Office of Financial Aid
to verify the application information or to clarify any discrepancies in the application information. Financial aid applicants
and the parents of dependent student applicants are encouraged to get a PIN from the U.S. Department of Education at
www.pin.ed.gov, which can be used as an electronic signature
when the FAFSA is completed. Use of a PIN greatly speeds
the processing time of the FAFSA.
Need-based financial aid is awarded to students who demonstrate their need for financial assistance based on information
that is reported by the student (and their family) on the FAFSA. Financial need is defined as the difference between the
estimated cost of attendance and the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) which is the amount the student and his or her
family can reasonably be expected to contribute towards the
student’s educational expenses. A federally approved formula
is used to calculate the EFC and considers the income, assets of the student and family (excluding primary residence),
number of persons in the household and number in college,
taxes paid, and other relevant factors that are reported on the
FAFSA. Students applying for aid by the priority deadline of
March 1 will maximize aid consideration, although it is advisable to apply as soon after January 1 as possible.
There are three kinds of need-based aid:
Estimated Costs of Attendance
Each year FGCU develops student expense budgets (cost
of attendance), using U.S. Department of Education guidelines. These are used to determine students’ financial need at
FGCU. Students expense budgets include approximate tuition
and fee costs as well as allowances for the cost of books and
supplies, transportation, food, housing and personal expenses. These expense budgets represent the maximum amount
of financial aid that students may receive from all sources, including student loans. They are based on full-time attendance
each semester (both Fall and Spring).
Grants are gift aid, and they do not need to be repaid. Grants
include:
Federal Pell Grants for eligible students pursuing their first
baccalaureate degrees. The amount of a Federal Pell Grant
award depends on the student’s EFC as well as the student’s
enrollment status each semester. The maximum award for
2008-09 is $4,731.
Undergraduate Student Cost of Attendance – based on an
undergraduate student taking 15 credit hours per term for two
terms. Expenses and fees are subject to change.
Federal Supplemental Opportunity Grants (FSEOG) for
students with extraordinary financial need. Federal Pell Grant
recipients receive priority consideration. Awards can range
from $100 to $4,000. The typical FSEOG award at FGCU
does not exceed $500 each year.
2008-09
Tuition and Fees
Room and Board
Transportation
Florida Student Assistance Grants for eligible Florida
residents pursuing first baccalaureate degrees and who are
enrolled full-time. The Florida Department of Education, Office of Student Financial Assistance, determines eligibility.
Awards based on financial need range from $200 to $1,600
Florida Resident
$4,053
$8,659
$1,700
Non-Florida
Resident
$16,571
$8,659
$1,700
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or as specified in the General Appropriations Act. Priority application deadline is March 1. Awards for part-time students
(enrolled at least half-time) may be available, as funding permits.
First Generation Matching Grant (FGMG)
The First Generation Matching Grant Program (FGMG) provides need-based grants to undergraduate students who are
enrolled in state universities and whose parents have not
earned baccalaureate degrees. Available state funds are contingent upon matching contributions from private sources on
a dollar-for-dollar basis. The Office of Financial Aid ranks all
eligible applicants on the basis of financial need, determine
the award amount of $1,000 is prorated based on the enrollment status. The student should satisfy the following eligibility
criteria for this grant:
• The student will meet Florida’s residency requirements for
receipt of state financial aid by maintaining Florida residency for purposes other than education for a minimum of
12 consecutive months prior to the first day of class of the
academic term for which funds are available.
• Not owe a repayment under any State, Federal Grant or
Scholarship Program unless satisfactory arrangements to
repay have been made.
• Not be in default on any Federal Title IV or State Student
Loan Program or satisfactory arrangements to repay have
been made.
• Previously have not earned a baccalaureate degree. Be
a first generation college student. (Note: A student is considered “first generation” if neither of the student’s parents earned a college degree at the baccalaureate level
or higher)
• A student would also be eligible if he/she regularly resided
with and received support from only one parent who did
not earn a baccalaureate degree.
• Enroll for a minimum of 6 credit hours per term as a degree-seeking undergraduate student.
• Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid
(FAFSA) to demonstrate financial need.
• Starting 2007-2008 academic year, submit the Application
for Foundation Scholarships.
Florida Gulf Coast University Grants for eligible students
who are enrolled at least half-time and who are pursuing
first baccalaureate degrees. Award amounts are based on
need and enrollment status. Priority consideration deadline
is March 1.
Academic Competitive Grant Program - Eligible students
may receive an Academic Competitive Grant (ACG) of $750
for the first academic year of study and $1,300 for the second
academic year of study. The amount of the student’s grant, in
combination with the student’s Federal Pell Grant assistance
and other resources and estimated financial assistance, may
not exceed the student’s financial need. Eligibility includes
full-time undergraduate status, Federal Pell Grant recipient,
and completion of a rigorous secondary school program of
study. Second-year students must have at least a cumulative 3.0 grade point average for the first academic year and
earned a total of 30 credit hours.
National SMART Grant Program - Eligible students may
receive a National SMART Grant of $4,000 for each of the
third and fourth academic years of study. The amount of the
student’s grant, in combination with student’s Federal Pell
Grant assistance and other resources and estimated financial assistance, may not exceed the student’s financial need.
Eligibility includes full-time undergraduate status, eligibility for
a Federal Pell Grant, a minimum cumulative 3.0 grade point
average in the coursework required for the student’s major,
and pursuit of a degree in physical, life or computer science,
engineering , mathematics, technology, or a critical foreign
language.
Loans are funds borrowed from a bank or a lending institution
and must be repaid. Florida Gulf Coast University participates
in the Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program.
Subsidized Federal Stafford Loans are available to undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at least half time.
See the section in this catalog on Federal Stafford Loan Information, which follows in this section of the catalog.
Employment opportunities place students in part-time jobs
with FGCU. Federal Work Study employment provides parttime jobs to eligible students who are enrolled and pursuing
a degree. Graduate students and students pursuing a second undergraduate degree may also qualify for Federal Work
Study. Students may work up to 20 hours per week while
classes are in session and 40 hours per week during school
breaks. Limited funding requires application by the priority
deadline of March 1.
Non Need-Based Financial Aid
Unsubsidized Federal Stafford Loans are available to undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at least half time.
See the section in this catalog on Federal Stafford Loan Information, which follows in this section of the catalog.
Federal Parent Loans for Undergraduate Students (PLUS)
are available to parents of dependent undergraduate students
enrolled at least half-time. The yearly loan maximum is equal
to the cost of education less any financial aid received by the
student for the academic year. Interest rates may change July
1st of each year. The new interest rates for each year can
be found on the financial aid website or by contacting your
lender. Repayment of principal and interest begins 60 days
after the final loan disbursement for the academic year. Dependent students who file the FAFSA can request a Federal
PLUS loan which their parents may choose to accept. Directions on how to apply for a Federal PLUS Loan are included
with the student’s award notice..
Federal PLUS Loans for Graduate and Professional Students enable graduate and professional students with good
credit histories to borrow federal loan funds to pay a portion of
their educational expenses if the students’ cost of attendance,
less other aid and resources, exceeds the maximum annual
Federal Stafford Loan limit. Graduate and professional students are first required to have applied for their annual maximum loan eligibility in subsidized and unsubsidized Federal
Stafford Loans before applying for PLUS loans.
Merit-based aid in the form of scholarships is awarded on a
competitive basis to students with special skills, talents, characteristics, or abilities. A complete list of all scholarships and
requirements may be found on FGCU’s web site at www.fgcu.
edu/foundation. The FGCU Foundation scholarship application is available on-line from our Financial Aid homepage at
www.fgcu.edu/AS/financialaid. Please be sure to check this
link for priority deadlines and additional scholarship information.
Federal Stafford Loan Information
There are two kinds of FFEL Program loans available to FGCU
students: subsidized Federal Stafford Loans and unsubsidized
Federal Stafford Loans. A subsidized loan is awarded on the
basis of financial need. If a student qualifies for a subsidized
loan, the federal government pays interest on the loans (“subsidized” the loan) until repayment begins and during authorized periods of deferment thereafter. An unsubsidized loan is
not awarded on the basis of need. If a student qualifies for an
unsubsidized loan, interest will be charged from the time the
loan is disbursed until it is paid in full. Students can choose
to pay the interest or allow it to accumulate. If students allow
the interest to accumulate, it will be capitalized – that is, the
interest will be added to the principal amount of the loan and
will increase the amount that has to be repaid. If the interest
is paid as it accumulates, the student will have less to pay
throughout the life of the loan..
Stafford Loan Eligibility/Limits
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Qualitative Measure of Progress. Undergraduate students
must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 1.80 for continued eligibility. Undergraduate students who have earned 30
credits or more must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least
2.0 for continued eligibility. Graduate students must maintain
a cumulative 3.0 GPA for continued eligibility.
Quantitative Measure of Progress. All students must earn a
minimum of 70 percent of the cumulative credit hours attempted including credit hours for courses from which the student
withdrew without refund.
Total Dependent Student Annual Limits:
Freshmen (0-29 credits) $3,500
Sophomore (30-59 credits) $4,500
Junior:
(60-89 credits) $5,500
Senior:
(90 credits and above) $5,500
Total Independent Student Annual Limits:
Freshmen (0-29 credits) $7,500
Sophomore (30-59 credits) $8,500
Junior (60-89 credits) $10,500
Senior (90 credits and above) $10,500
Graduate: $20,500
The amounts reflected above are for a full academic year.
Aggregate Loan Limits:
Dependent Undergraduate:
$23,000
Independent Undergraduate: $46,000 (only $23,000 can consist of subsidized loans)
Graduate Student: $138,500 (only $65,500 can consist of
subsidized loans)
Time Frame. The time required to complete a degree cannot exceed 150 percent of the published program length. (For
example, a student enrolled in a program requiring 120 credit
hours to complete would be ineligible for aid after attempting
180 total credit hours. All attempted hours from all institutions
attended would be counted, even periods during which a student did not receive aid. No exceptions will be granted for
students who change majors or pursue multiple degrees.
For periods of undergraduate study that are less than an academic year, the amounts that can be borrowed may be less
than those listed above. Federal Stafford Loans are not offered to undergraduates enrolled in programs that are less
than one-third of an academic year.
Note: Satisfactory Academic progress is applicable to students who receive financial assistance (or may receive financial assistance in the future). All students, regardless of
financial aid status, are required to meet FGCU’s Academic
Standing Policy. For more information on FGCU’s Academic
Standing Policy, refer to the Academic Policies and Procedures section.
Interest rates may change every July 1st, however Stafford
Loan interest rates cannot exceed 8.5%.
Refund and Repayment Policies
Refunds. If a recipient of federal student aid withdraws during a payment period (or a period of enrollment), the institution must calculate the amount of federal student aid the
student did not earn. Unearned federal student aid funds must
be returned to the U.S. Dept. of Education or the designated
lender. In addition, the student will be responsible for any institutional charges that result from the return of the federal
student aid funds.
Repayment. If the student withdraws from the university after
receiving financial student aid funds, he or she must repay a
specified percentage of the aid received, since the funds were
awarded to help meet educational costs for an entire term of
enrollment. The repayment amount is based on the percentage of time elapsed in the term. Proof of attendance plus proof
of last day of attendance will be required of any student who
completes a semester with zero credit hours earned. If such
proof is not submitted by the allotted timeframe, the student
will owe a repayment of ALL funds received for the semester.
Satisfactory Academic Progress
Federal regulations require students to demonstrate satisfactory academic progress in order to receive financial assistance. Students who fail to maintain minimum standards
of satisfactory progress may lose eligibility. Satisfactory academic progress is calculated at the end of the spring term
each year. Measures of academic progress include:
Students who fail to meet SAP standards will be placed on
financial aid suspension. Any student who withdraws completely, or receives all F’s, W’s or I’s will automatically be suspended from aid, regardless of the reason for not completing
the hours. If there are extenuating circumstances, students
may petition for reinstatement. Please refer to the Financial
Aid website for more SAP information.
Any student who completes 0 hours in a term may have to
repay part or all of the aid received.
Taxable Financial Aid
Under the law, certain types of financial assistance, such
as grants, scholarships, and fellowships, have limitations to
the amount that can be excluded from the student’s reported
income for tax purposes. Keep accurate records of the aid
received and check with an expert in tax laws to complete
income tax returns properly.
Graduate Assistantships
Graduate assistantships may be available through individual
college departments. Contact the appropriate department
chair.
Undergraduate Admissions Scholarships
All admitted undergraduate students, (First-Time-In-College
and Transfer students), will automatically be considered for
the Office of Admissions for merit scholarships. These awards
are made by the Office of Admissions and are awarded to students based on academic merit. A separate application is not
required. Students should meet the early scholarship consideration application deadline as published on the university’s
web site in order to be considered for an Undergraduate Admissions Merit Scholarship.
General Information
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Foundation Endowed Scholarships
Abernathy Port Charlotte Kiwanis Foundation - In Honor of
John F. Abernathy Endowed Scholarship Fund
Advancement Trust Fund
Alico, Inc. Scholarship Fund
Alico, Inc. Scholarship Fund1
American Association of University Women Endowed Scholarship Fund1
Judge Isaac and Audrea Anderson Scholarship Endowed
Fund
Anonymous Scholarship Fund1
Balfour Beatty Construction, LLC Endowed Scholarship
Fund
Bank of America Endowed Scholarship Fund
Bank of America Florida’s Community Scholars Program
Corporal Alfredo Baños Scholarship Fund1
William and Kathryn Beeken Scholarship Fund1
Jean S. Benson Scholarship Fund1
Mrs. Keith S. Benson Scholarship Fund
August and Elizabeth Beran Family Scholarship Fund1
Bickel Family Scholarship Fund – In Memory of Jean M.
Bickel
Blais, Case, Catti, D’Alessandro, Lucas, and Manone Families Scholarship Endowed Fund
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida Nursing Scholarship Fund
Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce Scholarship
Fund1
The Brooks Foundation Endowed Scholarship Fund
Keith Bullock Memorial Scholarship Endowed Fund
The Mrs. Bunny Foundation Scholarship Fund1
Jackson Burgess Endowed Scholarship Fund
The Zelda Butler Memorial Scholarship Fund
Pat and Laura Cacho Family Scholarship Endowed Fund
The Caloosahatchee Chapter of the National Society of the
Daughters of the American Revolution Endowed S c h o l a r ship Fund
Ruth M. and Cleveland L. Campbell Engineering S c h o l a r ship Fund1
Ruth M. and Cleveland L. Campbell Engineering Scholarship
Endowed Fund
Cape Coral Rotary Foundation Endowed Scholarship Fund1
E. Odell Carlton and Golda Carlton Scholarship Fund1
CAS Science Faculty Scholarship Fund
Charlotte Community Foundation, Inc. Endowed Scholarship
Fund1
Charlotte Regional Medical Center Scholarship Fund1
Coastal Village Endowed Scholarship Fund
Brian and Denise Cobb Endowed Scholarship Fund
Harvey D. and Janet G. Cohen Scholarship Fund
College Club Apartments Endowed Scholarship Fund
Barron and Dana Collier Scholarship Fund
Gregory and Angela Valvo Collins Endowed Scholarship
Fund
Colonial Bank Endowed Scholarship Fund
Community Health Association Scholarship Fund1
Jack and Betty Conner Endowed Scholarship Fund1
Jack and Betty Conner Fellowship Fund
Jack A. and Elizabeth A. Conner Scholarship Fund
Alan and Selma Cooper Endowed Scholarship Fund – In
Memory of James Francis Cooper1
Coopers & Lybrand Endowed Scholarship Fund
David and Karen Crowther Scholarship Endowed Fund
The Culinary and Hospitality Education Foundation of Southwest Florida Scholarship Fund
Udaya N. and Ira R. Dash Scholarship Fund1
Betty Ann Denholtz Memorial Scholarship Fund1
Duffus Family Scholarship Endowed Fund
Edison Garden Club - Peggy Karkalits Scholarship Endowed
Fund
Ruth L. Faith Endowed Scholarship Fund for Women in Mathematics
The FGCU Alumni Association Scholarship Fund
The Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Southwest Florida Chapter, Accounting Endowed Scholarship
Fund
Paul and Aline Flynn Scholarship Fund
Fort Myers Women’s Network Endowed Scholarship Fund1
Jules Freeman Scholarship Fund
Friends of East County Regional Library Scholarship Fund1
Golden Apple Teacher Recognition Program™ Scholarship
Fund
Graduate Business Association Endowed Scholarship Fund
Marvin and Helene Gralnick Scholarship Endowed Fund
Marvin and Helene Gralnick Scholarship Fund1
David Graham/Urban Land Institute Scholarship Endowed
Fund
Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce Scholarship
Fund1
Carole Green Endowed Nursing Scholarship Fund1
John and Dorothy Guigon Endowed Scholarship Fund1
Harvard Jolly Architects Endowed Scholarship Fund1
HSA Engineers & Scientists Endowed Fund
Florence Hecht Endowed Scholarship Fund
Heidt & Associates, Inc., Engineering Scholarship Endowed
Fund
Dr. Denise Heinemann Nursing Scholarship Fund1
Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A. Scholarship Fund1
Barbara and Joe Marlin Hilliard Scholarship Fund
Joe A. and “Tippy” Hilliard Scholarship Fund
Hillmyer-Tremont Endowed Scholarship Fund1
Hispanic Council of Southwest Florida Endowed Scholarship
Fund – In Memory of Mary Giglia Johnson1
Ruth and Burtt Holmes Endowed Scholarship Fund1
David and Beth Howard Tennis Management Program Endowed Scholarship Fund
Mary Frances Howard Nursing Scholarship Fund1
W. Thomas Howard/Gannett Foundation Scholarship Fund
Julian Hudson Fund for Undergraduate Marine Studies
Muriel K. Hudson Endowed Nursing Scholarship Fund
William J. and Lillian S. Hudson Endowed Scholarship Fund
Idelson Family Endowed Scholarship Fund
India Association of Fort Myers, Inc. Scholarship Fund
Johnson Engineering Endowed Scholarship Fund
Melissa C. Johnson Nursing Scholarship Fund
Dr. Melvyn J. Katzen Endowed Scholarship Fund1
Pop and Marj Kelly Scholarship Fund
Kelly Foundation Scholarship Fund1
Mabel and Arnold Keys Memorial Endowed Scholarship
Fund
Kiwanis Club of Cape Coral Scholarship Fund
Kiwanis Club of Lehigh Acres Endowed Scholarship Fund1
Kiwanis Club of Lehigh Acres Scholarship Endowed Fund
Klein Family Scholarship Fund – In Memory of Viola Odenheimer1
James F. and Lynn E. Knupp Scholarship Endowed Fund #1
and #2
John Kontinos Endowed Scholarship Fund
The Kraft Construction Company Scholarship Fund1
The Kraft Construction Family Scholarship Fund
Laboda Family Endowed Scholarship Fund1
Lambros Family Scholarship Fund1
Larsen, Allen, LLP Scholarship Fund
Sanford Lawton, Jr. Endowed Scholarship Fund
Silver Anniversary/Lee County Electric Cooperative Inc. Endowed Scholarship Fund
Lee Memorial Health System Endowed Scholarship Fund
Elaine P. and W. Bernard Lester Scholarship Fund
Veora and John R. Little Alumni Scholarship Endowed Fund
Professor and Mrs. E. L. Lord Endowed Scholarship Fund Given by Richard W. and Esther A. Shaughnessy
Dorothea Low Endowed Scholarship Fund – In Memory of
George E. Low1
1
State of Florida Ethics in Business Scholarship Program
Scott Howard Malnak Memorial Scholarship Fund1
Donald and Elizabeth Manchester Scholarship Fund
Roger and Nancy McCabe Scholarship Endowed Fund
Meftah Foundation Fund
Meftah Scholarship Foundation Fund1
Edward R. Melton Scholarship Fund
William C. and Debra L. Merwin Scholarship Fund for Leadership Development
Miromar Endowed Scholarship Fund1
Moorings Park Foundation Scholarship Fund at FGCU
Moseley Title Foundation Endowed Scholarship Fund
Munters Corporation Endowed Scholarship Fund
Naples Women in Transition Scholarship Fund1
Newman Oil Scholarship Fund
News-Press Publishing Company Scholarship Fund
Oakes Family Engineering Scholarship
Occupational Therapy Advisory Council Endowed Scholarship Fund1
Charleen Belcher Olliff Endowed Scholarship Fund
Oswald, Trippe & Company, Inc. Endowed Scholarship
Fund1
The Thelma B. and Edwin M. Oulton Scholarship Fund
Owen-Ames-Kimball Company Endowed Scholarship Fund
Owen-Ames-Kimball Company Engineering Scholarship
Jane Foster and C. B. Pate Scholarship Fund
Periwinkle Garden Club Scholarship Fund
The Chesley Perry Endowed Scholarship Fund/Fort Myers
Campus
Marlin R. and Alice M. Perry Scholarship Fund
Phi Beta Kappa Association of Southwest Florida Endowed
Scholarship Fund
Physical Plant Scholarship Fund
John E. and Aliese Price Foundation Scholarship Fund
Red Tide Relief Endowed Fund
Real Estate Investment Society Endowed Scholarship Fund1
SW Florida RIMS Chapter Scholarship Fund1
Riverwoods Plantation Endowed Scholarship Fund1
Kellie Jean Robinson Memorial Scholarship
Joyce and Emory H. Rogaski Endowed Scholarship Fund1
Joyce Rogaski Graduate Fund
Rotary Club of Sanibel-Captiva Endowed Scholarship Fund –
In Memory of William Angst1
Rotary Foundation of Fort Myers South Endowed Scholarship
Fund1
Douglas R. St. Cerny Endowed Scholarship Fund1
Douglas R. and Terri L. St. Cerny Scholarship Endowed
Fund
George Sanders, Jr. Endowed Scholarship Fund
The Gene Sarazen/Professional Golf Management Scholarship Endowed Fund
The Schoen Foundation Veteran’s Scholarship Endowed
Fund
Schwab Ready Mix Endowed Scholarship Fund
Scripps Howard Foundation Scholarship1
Susan Price Shrader Memorial Scholarship Endowed Fund
Hans and Erna Siebert Fund for Excellence
George M. and Mabel H. Slocum Foundation Endowed Scholarship Fund1
William W. and Joan K. Slocum FGCU Scholarship Fund
Grace Johnston Sneckenberger Endowed Scholarship Fund
Southwest Florida Chapter, P.G.A. Endowed Scholarship
Fund
Southwest Florida Water Environment Association Scholarship Endowed Fund
Emma and C. Gilbert Spies Scholarship Fund1
Robin and Duane Stranahan, Jr. Scholarship Fund1
Margaret and Peter Sulick Endowed Scholarship Fund
Taste of Collier - In Honor of Ray & June Singer Scholarship
Endowed Fund
Linda and Bob Taylor Endowed Scholarship Fund1
Ronald L. & Teresa R. Thatcher Endowed Scholarship Fund –
1
State of Florida Ethics in Business Scholarship Program
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In Memory of Lucretia Nichols1
Tier Electric Endowed Scholarship Fund
Town and Gown Endowed Scholarship Fund1
U. A. Whitaker School of Engineering Excellence in Education
Award Endowed Fund
United Christian Giving Scholarship Fund #11
United Christian Giving Scholarship Fund #21
United Christian Giving Scholarship Fund #31
United Christian Giving Scholarship Fund #41
US Bank, N.A. Endowed Scholarship Fund
US Sugar Endowed Scholarship Fund
George C. Van Rhee Scholarship Fund1
Mary D. Van Slyke Memorial Scholarship Fund1
Dolph and Sharon von Arx Fellowship Fund
Wachovia Foundation Scholarship Fund #1-3
Leah Walden Endowed Nursing Scholarship Fund1
Lori Johnson Wallace Memorial Scholarship Fund for Music
Pedagogic Excellence
Cecile Liston Wang Endowed Scholarship Fund1
Val Ward Family College of Business Endowed Fund
Robert A. Weiss, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund
Jaynie and Stanley Whitcomb Endowed Fund
Steve and Rose Wilhelm Family Scholarship1
Thomas and Donna Williams Scholarship Fund – In Memory
of Wilma Gestefeld
Thomas and Donna Williams Scholarship Fund – In Memory
of Florence Williams
Dr. Gerald C. Wrobel Memorial Scholarship Fund1
Elizabeth Franklin, George & Carol Yovanovich Memorial
Scholarship Endowed Fund
Zonta Endowed Scholarship Fund
Zonta for Women Scholarship Fund1
General Information
Financial Aid and Scholarships
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Tuition, Fees, and Refunds
Tuition, Fees, and Refunds
Students are assessed tuition and fees based on rates and
policies established by the State Board of Education, the Florida Legislature, and the University Board of Trustees. Tuition,
fees, and the terms and conditions relating to the payment
of tuition and fees, including cancellation of classes and requests for refunds, are subject to change without notice.
Students should review their Gulfline account to verify the
accuracy of the information and charges. At the time of payment, the student should also review the payment receipt to
verify that the payment was correctly posted and to verify the
accuracy of any outstanding charges owed or arrangements
noted.
Registration fees for course audits are the same as for resident fees. There is no ceiling (maximum) on the amount
which a student may be assessed for a single term. Lab fees
may be charged on certain courses. Consult the Registration
Guidebook to locate the courses that require lab fees and the
amount. Fees are subject to change as permitted by law. Additional fees may be added and special purpose fees may be
assessed in some instances.
The following fees and charges are based on proposed rates;
however, since the catalog must be published in advance of
its effective date, it is not always possible to anticipate changes and the fee schedule may be revised. Every effort will be
made to publicize changes in advance of the registration date
for that semester.
Tuition and Fee Schedule
Tuition is defined as fees assessed to students for enrollment
in credit courses at the university. Tuition is assessed according to resident or non-resident student classification and undergraduate or graduate course classification. Undergraduate
level courses are numbered 1000 through 4999, and graduate level courses are numbered 5000 and above.
Per Credit Hour Fees
Tentative rates for 2008-2009 academic year are shown.
Course Level
Florida
Non-Florida
Resident Resident
Undergraduate $125.92
$543.18
Graduate
$243.38
$895.55
Rates for 2008-09 are subject to change and are pending
Board of Trustees approval.
The athletic fee shall not be included in calculating the amount
a student receives for a Florida Academic Scholars, Florida
Medallion Scholars or a Florida Gold Seal Vocational Scholars award.
SPECIAL FEES, FINES, AND PENALTIES
Application Fee (initial): $30.00 for each application; not
refundable.
Late Registration Fee: $100.00. This fee will be automatically assessed when the student registers after the established
deadline for registration (see Academic Calendar).
Late Payment Fee: $100.00. This fee will be automatically
assessed when fees are paid after the established deadline
for payments (see Academic Calendar). If applicable, this fee
will be assessed in addition to the late registration fee described above.
Official Transcripts: $10.00 per transcript. No charge for unofficial transcripts.
Orientation Fee: Freshman $35; Transfer $35
Eagle ID card fees: $10.00 per academic year charge for
Eagle ID card services.
Repeat Course Surcharge: $179.88 per credit hour for each
such course. Each student enrolled in the same undergraduate course more than twice, shall be assessed an additional
per credit hour fee. (See Repeat Course Surcharge in the
Registration and Records section for additional information.)
Returned Check Fee: State law requires that a service fee
be assessed on a check returned unpaid by the bank for any
reason. If the amount of the returned check is $50.00 or less,
a fee of $25.00 will be assessed. If the returned check amount
is more than $50.00 but less than $300.00 a fee of $30.00 will
be assessed. If the returned check amount is above $300.00,
a fee of $40.00 will be assessed or an amount of up to 5
percent of the face amount of the check, whichever is greater. Only cash, cashier’s check, or money order can redeem
checks returned by the bank. A personal check will not be
accepted to replace a dishonored check. In addition, a $100
late fee may be assessed for returned registration checks received after the payment deadline.
Vehicle Registration and Transportation Access Fees:
These fees are included in your tuition costs. Your vehicle
must be registered with Parking Services. You must register
on-line through “Gulfline”. After registering on-line stop by the
Parking Services office in the Campus Support Complex to
pick up your parking permit/decal prior to parking on campus.
All motor vehicles must be registered with Parking Services
with appropriate identifying information (tag number, state,
vehicle make and color, etc.). Parking is on a first-come firstserved basis. There is no fee for registering a bicycle; however, you are encouraged to register your bicycle if kept on
campus.
LIBRARY FEES AND FINES
Regular loans, overdue: $0.25 per item per day.
Reserve loans, overdue: $0.25 per item per hour.
Replacement cost: $51.15 plus overdue fines.
Report lost library items immediately. For overdue items that
have been lost, reporting the loss and making arrangements
to pay for the replacement will stop further accumulation of
overdue charges. Students who owe fines or replacement
fees will not be permitted to register for classes or secure
transcripts.
Account and Fee Payment
Fee payment deadlines are published in the Academic Calendar. Fees may be paid at the Cashier’s Office in person, by
mail, or by credit card via gulfline. Fees paid by mail must be
received by the Cashier’s Office on or before the published
due date. The university is not responsible for cash left in the
night depository or sent through the mail.
Personal checks are accepted for amounts due to the university. Checks for cash or above the amount due are not accepted. The university will not accept a check on any student’s
account that has had two previous dishonored checks. Make
checks payable to Florida Gulf Coast University and include
the student’s ID number. Payments may be mailed to Florida
Gulf Coast University, ATTN: Cashier’s Office, 10501 FGCU
Blvd. South, Fort Myers, FL 33965-6565. Students may also
use VISA, Master Card, Discover and American Express
credit cards to pay for any charges on their account. Credit
card payments are accepted at the Cashier’s windows or on
the internet via gulfline.
Fee payment deadlines are strictly enforced. The university
cannot extend the fee payment period beyond the time set in
the official calendar. The university does not have the authority to waive late fees unless it is determined that the university
is primarily responsible for the delinquency or that extraordinary circumstances warrant such waiver. Financial assistance
is available to qualified students. Students who receive or are
applying for financial assistance should contact the Financial
Aid and Scholarships Office immediately upon notification of
any delay in receipt of funds to ensure that arrangements are
made to meet published payment deadlines.
Other fees, including but not limited to university housing rental, library fines, emergency loan fee, and health immunization
charges, may be assessed on a student’s account and may
be paid at the Cashier’s Office in person, by mail, or online via
gulfline. Charges against students for loss or breakage of university equipment, books, fines and other related charges are
due immediately. University policy prohibits registration or release of transcript or diploma for any student whose account
with the university is delinquent. The university reserves the
right to assign any past due accounts to an outside agency
for collection. When an account has been assigned, the collection agency fee will be added to the university charges for
collection at the current contract rate.
Cancellation for Non-Payment
Students are liable for tuition and fees associated with all
courses in which they are registered at the end of the drop/
add period. The fee payment deadline is published in the Academic Calendar. Any student who has not made any effort to
pay their tuition and fees by the published deadline will have
their courses cancelled. All students who make an effort to
pay by the published deadline will not be cancelled from their
courses and are considered fee liable. The following is determined by the University as an effort to pay:
Any type of personal payment made towards the current
term’s tuition (i.e. credit card, check, cash) and/or any type of
Financial Aid & Scholarships, Grants, Tuition Waivers, Florida
Bright Futures, Florida Pre-paid, and Third Party Contracts
that are in the Authorized or Memo status on the Account Detail for Term Screen in GULFLINE for the current term.
Residency for Tuition Purposes
Tuition and fees at each member institution of the State University System of Florida are set by the Florida Legislature
and from policies approved by the State Board of Education
and the University Board of Trustees (UBOT). These fees are
assessed on the basis of residency, i.e., enrolling students
are classified either as “Florida” or “non-Florida” students. The
following information is summarized from the Florida Statutes
and from policies approved by the State Board of Education
and the UBOT in establishing residency criteria.
To qualify as a Florida resident for tuition purposes, a student
must:
• Be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident alien, parolee, Cuban national, Vietnamese refugee, or other refugee or
asylee so designated by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service; and
• Have established a legal residence in this state and maintained that legal residence for 12 months preceding the
first day of classes of the term in which Florida residency
classification is sought. The student’s residence in Florida
must be as a bona fide domiciliary rather than for the purpose of enrollment in an institution of higher education,
and should be demonstrated as indicated below (for dependent students, as defined by IRS regulations, a parent
or guardian must qualify); and
• Submit the following documentation (or in the case of a
dependent student, the parent must submit documentation) prior to the last day of the drop/add period for the
term in which resident status is sought; along with a residence affidavit with the Office of Admissions:
1) Documentation establishing bona fide domicile in Florida
which is not temporary or merely incidental to enrollment
in a Florida institution of higher education. The following
documents will be considered evidence of domicile even
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though no one of these criteria, if taken alone, will be considered as conclusive evidence of domicile:
a) Declaration of Domicile.
b) Florida voter registration.
c) Florida vehicle registration.
d) Florida driver’s license.
e) Proof of real estate ownership in Florida (i.e., deed, tax
receipts).
f) A letter on company letterhead from an employer verifying permanent employment in Florida for 12 consecutive months before the term in which resident status is
sought.
g) Proof of membership in or affiliation with community
or state organizations or significant connections to the
state.
h) Proof of former domicile in Florida and maintenance of
significant connections while absent.
i) Proof of reliance upon Florida sources of support.
j) Proof of admissions to a licensed practicing profession in
Florida.
k) Any other factors peculiar to the individual which tend to
establish the necessary intent to make Florida a permanent home and that the individual is a bona fide Florida
resident, including the age and general circumstances of
the individual.
2) Documentation establishing legal residence in Florida
(this document must be dated at least one year prior to
the first day of classes of the term in which resident status
is sought). The following documents will be considered in
determining legal residence:
a) Declaration of Domicile.
b) Proof of purchase of a home in Florida in which a student
resides (permanent primary Florida home).
c) Proof that the student has maintained residence in the
state for the preceding year.
3) No contrary evidence establishing residence elsewhere.
4) Documentation of dependent/independent status (notarized copy of most recent IRS tax return). Federal Income
tax returns filed by resident(s) of a state other than Florida
disqualify the student for in-state tuition, unless:
a) The student’s parents are divorced, separated or otherwise living apart and either parent is a legal resident of
Florida, or
b) The student becomes a legal resident and is married to a
person who has been a legal resident for the required 12
month period, or
c) The student is a member of the Armed Forces on active
duty stationed in Florida, or a spouse or dependent, or
d) The student is a member of the full-time instructional or
administrative staff of a state public school, community
college or university in Florida, or a spouse or dependent,
or
e) The student is a dependent and has lived five years with
an adult relative who has established legal residence in
Florida.
The Office of Admissions reserves the right to require additional documentation in order to determine the resident status
of any student. Rent receipts, leases, employment records are
not evidence of a legal Florida residence. If Florida residency
status for the purpose of tuition is denied, the student may file
an appeal to the residency officer in to Office of Admissions.
Reclassification is NOT automatic. All requests for change
in residency for tuition purposes with supporting hard copy
documentation should be submitted to the Office of the Registrar. Requests will be reviewed and approved if documentation meets the requirements. If the reclassification request is
denied, the student may file an appeal to the Office of the
Registrar. The decision of the Residency Appeals Committee
shall be final.
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Tuition, Fees, and Refunds
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Tuition, Fees, and Refunds
Florida Prepaid College Plan (FPCP)
If the student owns a Florida Prepaid Plan (FPCP) it will automatically be assessed to the student’s account and notification will be sent via email. Any portion of the student fees not
covered by the plan, such as local fees and applicable lab
fees, must be paid by the student prior to the published last
day to pay fees.
Refunds
Refunds are processed and mailed to the address shown on
the registrar’s files for any student whose account shows an
overpayment after the last day to pay fees. Students due refunds are not required to submit refund requests; refunds are
automatically calculated. If there is an amount due in the accounts receivable system, that amount will be deducted from
any refund due.
• 100% of registration fees and tuition will be refunded if notice of complete withdrawal or course withdrawal from the
university is approved prior to the end of drop/add period.
• 25% of registration fees and tuition will be refunded if notice of withdrawal from ALL courses from the University is
approved prior to the end of the fourth week of classes.
Please refer to the withdrawal section under Registration
and Records.
Return of Title IV Funds
A student who received Title IV (Federal Financial Aid) and
subsequently changed enrollment status, will be subject to the
repayment of Title IV aid as follows:
• If the student completed more than 60 percent of the term,
he or she earned 100 percent of the aid for the period
therefore, no repayment is due.
• If the student completed less than 60 percent of the term,
the percentage of the term completed is the percentage
of aid earned. This percentage is determined by the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office and may result in the
student owing funds to the university and/or the Title IV
program. Please refer to the Financial Aid section of this
catalog.
Tuition Fee Appeals
The university may approve a fee adjustment of 100 percent
after the fifth day of the term if a student drops a course or
formally withdraws from the university due to circumstances
determined by the university to be exceptional and beyond the
control of the student. Request for fee adjustments must meet
one of the following conditions:
• Death of the student or immediate family member (parent, spouse, child or sibling) as confirmed by documentation indicating the student’s relationship to the deceased.
Death certificate is required.
• Involuntary call to military service. Copy of orders is required.
• Illness of student of such severity or duration to preclude
completion of course(s). Written confirmation by a physician is required.
• A situation in which the university is in error as confirmed
in writing by an appropriate vice president.
Appeals for tuition refunds must be submitted in writing to the,
Fee Appeals Committee within six months after the end of the
term for which the refund is requested. There are no exceptions to this policy. The decision of the Fee Appeals Committee is final.
Reinstatement of Classes
Requests for reinstatement of registration for classes canceled for fiscal reasons must be submitted in writing to the
Office of the Registrar. Requests for reinstatement must meet
one of the following conditions: (a) the student’s registration
was canceled through university error, or (b) the student was
prevented from making timely payment due to extenuating circumstances beyond the student’s control.
Reinstatement must occur prior to or by the published deadline date and will apply to the student’s entire schedule and
cannot be requested selectively for certain classes. All reinstated students will be assessed a late registration fee and
a late payment fee. If reinstatement is granted, payment of
tuition and fees in full must be received by the Cashier’s Office immediately. The decision of the Reinstatement Appeals
Committee shall be final.
Tuition Waivers
Students using tuition waivers as part of their tuition payment must present the original and the student copy to the
Cashier’s Office at the time of payment, on or before the last
day to pay fees. Students who are responsible for a portion
of their fees in addition to the waivers will be required to pay
their portion by the published last day to pay fees. Refer to
the Registration Guidebook for additional information, including registration guidelines for students using senior citizen
tuition waivers. (See also Senior Citizen Tuition Waivers in
the Registration and Records section of this catalog. See also
Student Tuition Waivers in the Undergraduate Admission and
Graduate Admission sections of this catalog.)
Veterans and Third Party Deferments
A deferment allows a student to pay tuition and fees after the
published due date. Deferments do not relieve students of
their obligation to pay.
Veterans shall be entitled to deferment in accordance with
the provisions of Section 240.235, F.S. Veterans who demonstrate eligibility to receive veterans’ benefits may request deferment of tuition and fees by presenting their documentation
to the Office of the Registrar at the time of registration. Depending on eligibility, the student will sign a promissory note
for the full amount of the tuition and fees (Non-Chapter 31) or
the student will be assigned to a Third Party payment contract
whereby tuition and fees are paid directly to the university by
Veterans Affairs (Chapter 31).
Deferment is also permitted when a third party has made formal contractual arrangements with the university for payment
of a student’s tuition and fees. The university controller or designee must approve all third party contracts.
Undergraduate Academic
Policies and Procedures
Academic Grievance Policy
See the Student Guidebook and the Ombudsman section of
this catalog.
Academic Learning Compacts (ALC)
Academic Learning Compacts (ALC) describe for each baccalaureate degree program the expected student learning
outcomes with regard to communication skills, critical thinking skills, and content/discipline knowledge and skills.  Each
ALC includes examples of assessment methods that may be
used to determine student achievement of expected student
outcomes.  ALCs are available on the university website at
http://www.fgcu.edu/OCI/alc.html
Academic Standards of Behavior
FGCU is committed to a policy of honesty in academic activities. Conduct that breaches this policy, including cheating,
plagiarism, and falsification of university records, shall result
in academic and/or disciplinary action. The Code of Conduct,
published in the Student Guidebook, is a part of the terms
and conditions of admission and enrollment and applies to
all undergraduate students, graduate students, and student
organizations.
Academic Standing
FGCU has established minimum academic standards to
which all students must adhere.
Undergraduate Academic Standing Academic actions,
such as notice, warning, probation, first suspension, and indefinite suspension are applied to students who fail to meet
these academic standards. Such designations do not allow
the student to be considered in Good Standing – as defined
below. All actions taken to enforce FGCU standards shall be
reflected by notation on the student’s academic record; some
of these notations can be permanent.
Officially changing a course grade does not reverse these
academic actions. An exception can be made when an error
is committed and is stated on a Change of Grade form completed by the professor of a course.
Policies on academic warning, probation, and suspension are
based on the premise that a student can overcome academic
difficulty and make appropriate progress toward a degree.
Colleges, schools, and departments may have academic
regulations that are more restrictive than those established
by the university. It is the student’s responsibility to become
familiar with all unit regulations and program requirements.
Good Standing. A student is in good academic standing if he
or she maintains the required cumulative GPA and is eligible
to continue or to re-enroll at the university. The GPA requirements are: 1-18 grades hours – 1.81 or above; 19-36 graded
hours – 1.91 or above; and 37 or above – 2.00 or above. In
order to be eligible for graduation, the university requires students have a cumulative GPA of 2.00.
Academic Notice and Academic Warning. A student who
has 18 graded hours or less will be placed on Academic Notice when his/her cumulative grade point average (GPA) falls
below or equals 1.80. A student who has between 19-36 graded hours will be placed on Academic Warning when their cumulative GPA falls below or equals 1.90. Academic notice and
warning students will need to earn a minimum of 2.00 GPA
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each semester until his/her cumulative GPA reaches 2.00.
Failure to reach 2.00 per semester will result in Academic Probation for the following semester. FGCU is dedicated to assist
students on notice and warning status achieve academic success. Notice and warning status requires students to meet
with the staff in the Center for Academic Achievement and
then his/her respective academic/college advisors in order to
register for the following semester. For additional information
concerning academic warning, contact the Center for Academic Achievement.
Academic Probation. A student who has 37 or more graded
hours is placed on Academic Probation when his/her cumulative grade point average (GPA) drops below 2.00. A student
placed on academic probation must earn a minimum semester GPA of 2.00 for each semester after being placed on academic probation, until his/her cumulative GPA reaches 2.00 or
higher. Failure to reach 2.00 per semester will result in First
Academic Suspension for the following semester. FGCU is
dedicated to assisting students on probation achieve academic success. A student placed on academic probation will
be restricted from registration until he/she has met with a
Center for Academic Achievement representative and their respective academic university/college advisors. For additional
information concerning Academic Probation, please contact
the Center for Academic Assistance.
First Academic Suspension. A student on Academic Probation who fails to earn a semester GPA 2.00 will be suspended.
The first academic suspension may last for one semester; after which the student will return to probationary status. Prior
to registering, suspended students must meet with the Center
for Academic Achievement and with their respective academic university/college advisor to develop a plan for achieving a
cumulative GPA of 2.00 or higher. Academic Suspensions are
noted on the student’s official academic transcript.
Indefinite Suspension/Academic Dismissal. A student who
has been re-admitted following the first academic suspension and who fails to achieve a semester GPA of 2.00 will
be suspended indefinitely from the university. Re-admission
will not be considered for a minimum of one year for any student who has been placed on indefinite suspension. Indefinite
suspension will be noted on the student’s official academic
transcript.
Readmission after Indefinite Suspension. A student may
petition the Academic Standards Committee for re-admission after the second semester of his/her indefinite suspension. Any petition for re-admission must be filed at least eight
weeks prior to the semester in which re-admission is sought.
The student’s request for re-admission must contain:
• A completed Request for Re-admission After Indefinite
Suspension form.
• A personal statement and plan of action that would reflect
a sincere change in attitude or lifestyle that would support
the continuation and completion of his/her higher education.
• Letters of recommendation for re-admission from the following.
a) The student’s university/college advisor.
b) Program faculty who have taught the student and/or
program leadership,
c) Center for Academic Achievement Contact Log of Compliance or letter of support.
d) Any other letter(s) of support the student wishes to submit.
The student’s request must be submitted with all documents
attached by the stated deadline period to:
The Office of the Registrar, Florida Gulf Coast University,
10501 FGCU Boulevard South, Fort Myers, FL 33965-6565.
Undergraduate
Undergraduate Academic Policies and Procedures
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Undergraduate Academic Policies and Procedures
The student’s re-admission petition will be reviewed by the
Academic Standards Committee and the student will be notified of the committee’s decision by mail. Students have the
right to attend the Committee meeting in which their petition
is being heard. Notification of review will be mailed to the student.
If the student believes that there is a procedural error, he or
she may petition the university ombudsman for review. The
decision of the Ombudsman may be appealed through the
Provost Office. The provost (or designee) will make the final
decision.
Appeal Process. A student may appeal his/her suspension status by submitting a written request, with documents
supporting the circumstances, to the Office of the Registrar.
Academic status appeals must be received no later than one
week prior to the first day of classes for the term in which the
appeal is sought. The Academic Standards Committee will
review the appeal and provide notification to the student of
the committee’s decision prior to the last day of registration
for the term.
Earning credit while suspended. A FGCU freshman or
sophomore student who receives a first or indefinite suspension and who subsequently receives an AA degree from another Florida public community college or SUS institution may
seek to be re-admitted to the university. Students who attend
other colleges or universities following first or indefinite suspension and re-apply for admission to FGCU will be classified
as transfer students and re-admission will be based on total
educational records.
Assessment at FGCU
One crucial function of any institution of higher education is
the assessment of student learning. This happens at many
levels; instructors assess students’ work in class to monitor
progress in achieving course-specific learning objectives and
assign grades; programs assess student learning to ensure
that program graduates have attained acceptable levels of
knowledge and skill necessary to succeed in their chosen
field of study; and institutions assess academic programs to
see that they are serving the institutional mission and that
graduates of the program are providing some benefit for the
community.
The most noticeable (and usually the most frequent) form of
assessment of student learning may be program specific assessment; students are very familiar with instructor assessment of course learning goals and assigning of grades based
on those assessments. The least noticed form of assessment
is likely institutional assessment, which often occurs unobtrusively and is based on measures that do not require additional
effort on the part of the student. Program assessment often
involves both obtrusive and unobtrusive measures; when program level assessment measures are in addition to course
level assignments, students are likely to be very aware of
them. Obtrusive program level assessments are often standardized tests and may measure student achievement of
general competencies (such as verbal, quantitative, and critical thinking skills), discipline-specific competencies (such as
state licensing examinations for some professions) or other
competencies of interest.
Program assessment may be required and monitored by bodies external to the university. At Florida Gulf Coast University, program level assessment is conducted by the Office of
Curriculum and Instruction and by degree programs in accordance with mandates from the Florida Board of Governors,
from our regional accrediting agency the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), and from some dis-
cipline-specific regional accrediting agencies. Because program level assessment is used to communicate the quality of
an institution’s educational programs to these external bodies,
it is vital to the health of the university.
Center for Academic Achievement
The Center for Academic Achievement (CAA) strives to enhance students’ academic growth within the University’s
learning environment. The basic CAA objective is to assist
students in reaching their academic goals, and assist them
in becoming independent and confident learners. CAA also
strives to promote positive learning experiences for each student. The CAA accomplishes this objective through the Academic Retention Program, the Supplemental Instruction and
Tutoring Program, mentoring, student skills workshops, and
seminars. The Center for Academic Achievement is located
in Library 103.
College Advising
All freshmen students will be referred to an academic advisor
in the college of their declared major during the semester they
anticipate completion of 24 credit hours. All undeclared/undecided students will be referred to an advisor in the College of
Arts and Sciences for assistance in choosing a major.
Transfer students who are prepared to declare a major and
who have 12 or more earned credit hours (including Florida
public community college or university associate in arts degree holders) are required to attend an initial advising session with a college advisor during transfer orientation. While
timely application to the university will ensure that articulation
of credits is completed prior to orientation, it is recommended
that students bring an unofficial copy of all transcripts to the
orientation session. Students are encouraged to schedule
regular advising sessions throughout the upper division program to monitor progress towards completion of all requirements for graduation. Please refer to the college sections of
this catalog for more information regarding specific program
requirements.
CLAST College-Level Academic Skills
Test
CLAST is part of Florida’s system of educational accountability that satisfies the mandates of Section 1008.29, Florida
Statutes, and is a condition of admission to upper-division status. The CLAST is an achievement test that measures attainment of mathematics and communication skills and consists
of four (4) subtests: Essay; Reading; English Language Skills;
and Mathematics. All students must pass the test or satisfy
an alternative to receive an Associate of Arts or a Baccalaureate degree from a Florida public institution.
NOTE: Students admitted to FGCU who already have a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution are
exempt from the CLAST requirement at FGCU.
CLAST Testing Schedule
The paper-and-pencil CLAST test is administered only once
per semester: February; June; and October. The test is under
the control of the University of Florida and has registration
deadlines in January, May, and September. All four subtests
of the CLAST can be taken on the paper test. Registration is
completed in the Testing Center and must be done in person.
The computerized CLAST Reading, English Language Skills,
and Math subtests are administered in the Testing Center during normal work hours Monday through Thursday. There is a
fee for the test and a student must come to the Testing Center
to register for the test and schedule an appointment. Computer testing is by appointment only.
CLAST Holds
1. Although CLAST is a graduation requirement, it must be
completed by the time a student has earned 60 credit
hours or the end of their sophomore year.
2. A CLAST hold will be placed on a student’s records once
the student has either attained 60 hours and not satisfied
the requirement, OR has earned less than 60 hours but
all coursework in math and English are complete and the
student does not satisfy the CLAST requirements through
alternatives.
3. A CLAST hold requires a student to take the test a minimum of once per semester. Additionally, a student must be
making progress towards passing the test either by taking
a course, enrolling in a CLAST workshop, or by participating in tutoring services.
4. A student who has successfully completed 3 of the 4 subtests may continue registering for classes each semester
(as long as #3 above is satisfied) up to a total of 96 credit
hours but not to exceed 36 credit hours at the upper-level
(3000-4000).
5. A student who reaches 96 total hours (not to exceed 36
upper-level hours) will not be permitted to register for any
further upper-level hours until CLAST is satisfied.
Transfer Students
CLAST regulations shall extend equally and uniformly to
transfer students from other colleges and universities (Section 1007.261, Florida Statutes). Transfer students with 60 or
more hours must take the test their first semester at FGCU.
CLAST Exemption/Alternative SBE Rule 6A-10.0311 (14)
Mathematics
Exemption from the math subtest of the CLAST can be
achieved by attaining a 2.5 grade point average in two (2)
math courses algebra or higher as specified below. No grade
can be less than a “C”; remedial courses with the course prefix of MAT are not eligible; and each course must be 3 credit
hours or greater. A Statistics course can be used as one (1) of
the two (2) courses. Note: Out-of-State transfer course work
posted with no Florida common course number equivalency
cannot be used to meet the CLAST alternative.
Option 1 Complete any two:
MAC __102 College Algebra or any other MAC course with the last three digits greater than 102 or
MGF __106 Liberal Arts Mathematics (Finite Math) or
MGF __107 Liberal Arts Mathematics II (General Math) or
MGF __202 Finite Math or any other MGF course with
the last three digits greater than 202 or
STA __014 Statistical Methods or any other STA course
Option 2 Complete both:
MGF __106 Liberal Arts Mathematics I and
MGF __107 Liberal Arts Mathematics II
OR
Complete any two of the following:
MGF __113 Topics in College Mathematics I or
MGF __114 Topics in College Mathematics II or
MGF __118 Mathematics CLAST Review
Option 3
MGF __106 Liberal Arts Mathematics I or
MGF __113 Topics in College Mathematics I
And
MAC __102 College Algebra or
MAC __105 College Algebra
Higher-level math courses with a MAD prefix are also eligible.
The mathematics portion of the CLAST can also be satisfied
by having the following ACT or SAT test scores:
500 math on the recentered SAT or
470 math on the regular SAT (test date prior to April 1995)
21 on the math portion of the Enhanced ACT
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Communications
Exemption from the three communications portions of the
CLAST (Essay; Reading; English Language Skills) can be
achieved by attaining a 2.5 grade point average in the courses listed below. No grade can be less than a “C”; remedial
courses are not eligible; and each course must be three (3)
credit hours or greater. Note: Out-of-State transfer course
work posted with no Florida common course number equivalency cannot be used to meet the CLAST alternative.
ENC 1101 Composition I and one of the following approved
courses:
ENC 1102
Composition II
ENC 3250
Professional Writing
ENC 3310
Expository Writing
The communications portion of the CLAST can also be satisfied by having the following ACT or SAT test scores:
500 verbal on the recentered or new version of SAT or
420 verbal on the regular SAT (test date prior to April 1995) or
22 on the reading portion of the Enhanced ACT (for CLAST Reading)
21 on the English portion of the Enhanced ACT (for CLAST Essay & English Skills)
Accommodations
Any student with a documented disability on file with the
FGCU Adaptive Services Office will be afforded any and all
accommodations as specified by that office and permitted by
CLAST regulations. Students seeking accommodations on
the CLAST test who are not on file with the Adaptive Services
Office, must begin by submitting required documentation to
the Adaptive Services Office. Once the documentation has
been evaluated, Adaptive Services will notify the Testing Center of the required accommodations.
Waivers
Section 1008.29, F.S., and SBE Rule 6A-10.0311(6), FAC,
provide special consideration for students who have a specific learning disability and are unable to successfully complete
one or more CLAST subtests.
Section 1008.29(6), F.S., and SBE Rule 6A-10.0311(7-13),
FAC, permits a student who has failed a subtest(s) of the
CLAST at least four times, to appeal for a waiver.
In both cases, before such a waiver may be approved, the
waiver must first have the recommendation, by majority vote,
of the institutional committee established to review such waivers.
Please contact the FGCU Testing Office for further information.
Common Prerequisites
In 1996, institutions of higher education in the state of Florida, under legislative mandate and through the direction of
the Articulation Coordinating Committee, established a list of
common prerequisite courses for every degree program. The
purpose of such a list is to provide students, especially those
who plan to transfer between institutions, with information regarding the courses that they will need to take to be admitted
into upper division programs.
Common prerequisites should be taken in the first two years
of study. The common prerequisite coursework required for
a particular program is dependent on the student’s year of
matriculation and year of admittance into the upper division.
Special guidelines apply to students who transfer from one
public institution to another in the State University System or
Community College System. For additional information, re-
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fer to the college/program description in this catalog, contact
a college advisor, or access the FACTS (Florida Academic
Counseling and Tracking for Students) website at http://www.
facts.org
Curriculum, Advising & Program
Planning
Curriculum, Advising & Program Planning (CAPP) allows a
student or advisor to track progress toward a university degree
or certificate. It is an electronic auditing system that provides
the user an unofficial compliance report mapping a multi-term
course plan based on catalog year. Compliance reports assess in-progress coursework and satisfactory completion of
published university degree requirements. CAPP is accessible through the Student Information System, GULFLINE
located at https://gulfline.fgcu.edu/. If students require assistance regarding specific degree requirements, or encounter
problems with the compliance report they should consult with
their academic advisor.
Dual Majors
A student who satisfies the requirements for two majors (within the same college) while working toward a single baccalaureate degree will be awarded a single diploma; however, both
majors will be indicated on the student’s permanent academic
record. A dual major does not require a minimum number of
credit hours beyond that necessary for completing degree requirements. A second degree, on the other hand, requires a
minimum of 150 credit hours (see Earning Two Baccalaureate
Degrees).
A student desiring to pursue dual majors is strongly encouraged to meet with his or her academic advisor. The student
and advisor will determine the primary and secondary majors.
Both majors must be noted on the application for graduation.
Once the degree has been awarded, subsequent coursework
may not be added to create a second major within a degree.
Earning Two Baccalaureate Degrees
Students desiring to obtain two baccalaureate degrees from
FGCU must meet the requirements for both degrees, earn a
minimum of 150 credit hours, and work with the advisor of
each degree program. The graduation application must indicate both degrees. (Policy under review and subject to revision.)
First Year Reading Project
Florida Gulf Coast University’s First Year Reading Project
introduces incoming first-year students to the expectations
of learning at an institution of higher education. All incoming
first-year students read a common book during the summer,
usually a novel or work of non-fiction, and work on two writing
projects.
General Education
Website: www.fgcu.edu/general_education/
The university experience at FGCU is designed to prepare
students for a rapidly changing world and workplace where
professional careers demand a wide breadth of knowledge
and value critical thinking and analysis, communication skills,
teamwork, independent learning, and creative problem-solving. This preparation begins with a General Education program
that blends innovation with tradition. Interdisciplinary courses
demonstrate the relationship of knowledge across academic
fields, while traditional courses offer depth or breadth in specific disciplines and fulfill upper division program prerequisites
or accreditation requirements. Introductory and capstone ex-
periences tie General Education into a coherent whole and
launch the student toward acquiring the broad knowledge and
perspective necessary for personal growth and success.
The General Education program at Florida Gulf Coast University, in accordance with state mandates, consists of 36
credit hours of coursework in the subject areas of communication, social sciences, humanities, natural sciences, and
mathematics. Approved courses for each area are listed below. Where applicable, courses taken to meet state common
prerequisites for a program may also be used to fulfill General
Education requirements. All first-time-in-college students are
expected to take ENC 1101 (Composition I) during their first
semester at FGCU.
In accordance with the state articulation agreement (State
Board of Education Rule 6A-10.024), a transfer student who
has completed General Education requirements at any public
university or community college in Florida prior to enrolling as
a degree-seeking student at FGCU, and has this completion
noted on his/her official transcript, shall be considered to have
completed General Education. All other transfer students are
expected to satisfy FGCU’s General Education requirements.
Transfer students’ transcripts will be evaluated to determine
course equivalencies and fulfillment of FGCU General Education requirements.
All courses listed are approved for meeting General Education requirements at FGCU. Courses marked with (W) can be
used to satisfy a portion of the Gordon Rule writing requirement, and the mathematics courses can be used to satisfy a
portion of the Gordon Rule computation requirement (State
Board of Education Rule 6A-10.030). A grade of C or higher is
required for all Gordon Rule coursework.
Communication (6 hours)
Each student must complete a two-semester sequence
(ENC 1101-1102) in English composition. The sequence
develops students’ communication skills in written formats;
this includes reading critically as well as writing clearly in
a variety of styles. Students may satisfy all or part of this
requirement by satisfactory CLEP or AP English scores.
ENC 1101
ENC 1102
Composition I (W) (3)
Composition II (W) (3)
Mathematics (6 hours)
Mathematics and statistics courses give students competence in quantitative methods and an understanding of
how those methods are used to describe and analyze the
natural world. These courses also give students exposure
to the theories and practice of mathematics, and to the
unique nature of mathematical knowledge. They will have
a practical component, giving students the opportunity to
apply mathematical and statistical methods to “real-world”
problems. All students must successfully complete either
STA 2023 Statistical Methods or STA 2037 Statistics with
Calculus, and an additional 3 credit hours of approved
coursework at the college algebra level or higher.
One of the following:
STA 2023
Statistical Methods (3)
STA 2037
Statistics with Calculus (3)
Plus one of the following:
MAC 1105
College Algebra (3)
MAC 1147
Precalculus (4)
MAC 2157
Analytic Geometry with Trig (3)
MAC 2233
Elementary Calculus (3)
MAC 2311
Calculus I (4)
MAC 2312
Calculus II (4)
MAC 2313
Calculus III (4)
MAS 2121
MGF 1106
MGF 1107
STA 2122
Linear Operators & Diff Equations (4)
Finite Mathematics (3)
General Mathematics (3)
Social Science Statistics (3)
Humanities (9 hours)
At FGCU, the area of humanities includes literature,
philosophy, religion, and the fine arts. Humanities courses
provide students the opportunity to study the aesthetic
dimension of human experience and to learn how people
have given creative interpretations to events from differing
perspectives. Students will learn the methods, suppositions, and theories of the chosen areas of study.
Required course:
HUM 2510
Understanding Visual & Performing Arts (3)
Plus six hours from the following:
AML 2010
Literature & Culture of US I (3)
AML 2020
Literature & Culture of US II (3)
ARH 2050
History of Visual Arts I (3)
ARH 2051
History of Visual Arts II (3)
ARH 2500
Survey of Non-Western Art (3)
CRW 2001
Intro to Creative Writing (W) (3)
ENC 2160
Intro to Nature Writing (W) (3)
ENL 2012
British Literature & Culture I (3)
ENL 2022
British Literature & Culture II (3)
HUM 1931 First Year Humanities Seminar (3)
HUM 2395
Environmental Humanities (3)
HUM 2930
Intro to Humanities (3)
IDH 2931
Honors Humanities Seminar (3)
LIT 2000
Intro to Literature (W) (3)
LIT 2110
World Literature & Culture I (3)
LIT 2120
World Literature & Culture II (3)
MMC 2xxx
Journalism and Society (3)
MUH 2110
Masterworks of Music (3)
MUL 2110
Intro to Music Literature (3)
PHI 2000
Intro to Philosophy (W) (3)
PHI 2016
Philosophy through Film (3)
REL 2306
Contemporary World Religions (3)
SPC 1600
Fundamentals of Communication (3)
SPT 2721
Latino Culture & Society (3)
THE 2020
Intro to Theatre (3)
THE 2300
Survey of Dramatic Literature (3)
Social Sciences (6-9 hours)
Students must successfully complete 6 to 9 semester
hours of approved coursework in the social science disciplines. Social sciences courses include the disciplines of
history, economics, anthropology, sociology, area studies,
geography, political science, and psychology. Students will
gain an understanding of historical and sociocultural perspectives and a sense of the evolution of societies and the
various modes of interaction among peoples of the world.
Select 6-9 hours from the following:
AFA 2000
Intro Afr & Diaspora Studies (W) (3)
AFS 2250
Culture & Society in Africa (3)
AMH 2010
US History to 1877 (W) (3)
AMH 2020
US History since 1877 (W) (3)
ANT 2000
Introduction to Anthropology (3)
ANT 2100
Introduction to Archaeology (3)
ANT 2211
Peoples of the World (W) (3)
ANT 2410
Cultural Anthropology (3)
ASN 2005
Intro to Asian Studies (3)
ASN 2010
Civilizations of Asia: China & Japan (3)
ASN 2011
Civilizations of Asia: South Asia (3)
DEP 2004
Principles of Development (3)
ECO 1000
Survey of Economics (3)
ECO 2013
Principles of MacroEconomics (3)
ECO 2023
Principles of MicroEconomics (3)
EUH 1000
EUH 1001
EUH 2011
EUH 2021
EUH 2031
GEA 2000
HSC 2106
IDS 1356
INR 2005
INR 2015
ISS 2011
ISS 2200
LAS 2000
MAN 2062
POS 2041
POS 2112
PSY 2012
SOP 2770
SYG 2000
SYG 2010
SYG 2012
SYG 2220
SYG 2231
SYG 2250
SYG 2442
WOH 1023
WOH 1030
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The Western Tradition, Part I (3)
The Western Tradition, Part II (3)
Ancient European History (3)
Medieval European History (3)
Modern European History (3)
Introduction to Geography (3)
Choosing Wellness (3)
Applied Critical Thinking (3)
Peace and Conflict in the Public Sphere (3)
Global Studies (3)
Interdisciplinary Social Sciences (3)
Intro to International Studies (3)
Intro to Latin Amer Studies (W) (3)
Ethical Issues (3)
American National Government (3)
State & Local Govt & Politics (3)
General Psychology (3)
Introduction to Human Sexuality (3)
Introduction to Sociology (3)
Social Problems (3)
Comparative Sociology-Global Issues (3)
Intro to Gender Studies (3)
Intro to African-American Studies (3)
Multicultural Issues (3)
Sociology of Sport (3)
World Civilization 1500 -1815 (W) (3)
World Civilization since 1815 (W) (3)
Natural Sciences (6-9 hours)
Students must successfully complete a minimum of two
courses, totaling 6 to 9 semester hours, of approved
coursework in the natural sciences that include biology, chemistry, geology, environmental studies, marine
science, and physics. At least one course must include
a laboratory or field component; courses meeting this
requirement contain “C” in their course numbers. Courses
will give students experience in the theories, principles,
and practices of the natural sciences and will address the
relationship of science with the modern world.
Select 6-9 hours from the following:
ANT 2511 Physical Anthropology (3)
AST 2002C Intro to Space Science (3)
AST 2004C Stellar Astronomy (4)
AST 2005C Intro to Astrobiology (3)
AST 2100C Solar System Astronomy (4)
BSC 1005
Biological Science (3)
BSC 1005L
Biological Science Laboratory (1)
BSC 1010
General Biology I (3)
BSC 1010L
General Biology I Laboratory (1)
BSC 1010C General Biology w/Lab I (4)
BSC 1011
General Biology II (3)
BSC 1011L
General Biology II Laboratory (1)
BSC 1011C General Biology w/Lab II (4)
BSC 1020C Human Systems (3)
BSC 1051C Environmental Biology-SW Florida (3)
BSC 1085C Human Anat & Physiology w/Lab I (4)
BSC 1086C Human Anat & Physiology w/Lab II (4)
BSC 2024C Human Species (3)
BSC 2026
Biology of Human Sexuality (3)
BSC 2300C Biological Systems I (4)
CHM 1045
General Chemistry I (3)
CHM 1045L General Chemistry I Laboratory (1)
CHM 1045C General Chemistry I w/Lab (4)
CHM 1046
General Chemistry II (3)
CHM 1046L General Chemistry II Laboratory (1)
CHM 1046C General Chemistry w/Lab II (4)
CHM 1084C Environmental Chemistry (4)
CHM 2210
Organic Chemistry I (3)
CHM 2210L Organic Chemistry I Laboratory (1)
CHM 2210C Organic Chemistry w/Lab I (4)
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CHM 2211
CHM 2211L
CHM 2211C
EVR 2264
GLY 1000C
ISC 1002C
ISC 2930
MCB 2010C
OCE 1001C
PCB 2336
PHY 2048C
PHY 2049C
PHY 2053C
PHY 2054C
Organic Chemistry II (3)
Organic Chemistry II Laboratory (1)
Organic Chemistry w/Lab II (4)
Environmental Health (3)
Physical & Historical Geology (4)
Systems of Physical Science (3)
Selected Topics in Interdisciplinary
Science (3)
Microbiology w/Lab (4)
Marine Systems (3)
Human Genetics (3)
General Physics w/Lab I (4)
General Physics w/Lab II (4)
College Physics w/Lab I (4)
College Physics w/Lab II (4)
Gordon Rule
State Board of Education Rule 6A-10.030
Prior to receipt of an associate of arts degree from a public
community college or university or prior to entry into the upper division of a public university or college, a student shall
complete successfully the following:
• Six (6) semester hours of English coursework and six (6)
semester hours of additional coursework in which the student is required to demonstrate college-level writing skills
through multiple assignments.
• Six (6) semester hours of mathematics coursework at the
level of college algebra or higher. For the purposes of this
rule, applied logic, statistics and other such computation
coursework which may not be placed within a mathematics department may be used to fulfill three (3) hours of the
six (6) hours required by this section.
A grade of C or higher is required for all Gordon Rule coursework. All mathematics courses offered by FGCU except MAT
1033 (Intermediate Algebra) fulfill Gordon Rule requirements.
FGCU has designated certain courses as “writing-intensive”
for the purpose of meeting part one of this rule. Courses that
count toward Gordon Rule writing requirements include a
statement in their course descriptions to that effect. Students
are strongly urged to complete ENC 1101 Composition I before attempting any additional writing-intensive courses.
AFA 2000
AMH 2010
AMH 2020
ANT 2211
CRW 2001
ENC 1101
ENC 1102
ENC 2160
ENC 3250
ENC 3310
IDH 2931
IDS 3920
LAS 2000
LIT 2000
PHI 2000
POT 3003
WOH 1023
WOH 1030
Intro to African & Diaspora Studies (3)
US History to 1877 (3)
US History since 1877 (3)
Peoples of the World (3)
Intro to Creative Writing (3)
Composition I (3)
Composition II (3)
Intro to Nature Writing (3)
Professional Writing (3)
Expository Writing (3)
Honors Humanities Seminar (3)
University Colloquium (3)
Intro to Latin American Studies (3)
Intro to Literature (3)
Intro to Philosophy (3)
Political Theorists (3)
World Civilization 1500 -1815 (3)
World Civilization since 1815 (3)
Students awarded college credit based on their demonstration
of writing skills, or mathematics skills at the level of college algebra or higher, through one (1) or more of the acceleration
mechanisms in Rule 6A-10.024, F.A.C., shall be considered to
have satisfied the requirements in subsection 6A-10.030(2),
F.A.C., to the extent of the college credit awarded.
Transfer students who have taken one or more of the above
courses at another Florida institution will have these courses
counted toward Gordon Rule requirements only if the course
was so designated at the institution where the course was
taken.
Note: Courses designated by Florida Gulf Coast University
to satisfy the Gordon Rule are subject to change. Students
should check with an academic advisor for up-to-date information.
Graduation Requirements
Associate of Arts Degree
The following are minimum requirements for awarding the associate of arts (AA) degree:
• Earn a minimum of 60 semester hours with a cumulative
GPA of 2.0 in all coursework attempted at FGCU.
• Satisfy general education requirements (36 hours of required and elective coursework in prescribed areas; see
General Education section).
• Satisfy Gordon Rule requirements (see Gordon Rule section).
• Complete 15 of the last 30 credit hours at FGCU.
• Satisfactorily complete the CLAST or an approved alternative to CLAST (as designated by the State Board of
Education).
• An AA degree is not automatically awarded. Students are
required to apply within the deadline requirement.
• Application for AA degree must be submitted to the appropriate academic advisor for approval any semester after
completion of the requirements but prior to an application
for the baccalaureate degree.
• An Associate of Arts degree will not be awarded in the
same term that the baccalaureate degree is to be awarded or in any term following the completion of the baccalaureate degree.
• A student may not be enrolled as a transient student in
another institution during the term in which the Associate
of Arts degree is to be awarded.
• The AA degree information and date of award are listed
on the academic transcript.
Baccalaureate Degree
The following are minimum requirements for awarding the
baccalaureate degree:
• Apply for graduation by the deadline indicated in the Academic Calendar.
• Recommendation by appropriate college advisor.
• Earn a minimum of 120 semester hours (certain majors
may require more than 120 hours) with a cumulative GPA
of 2.0 in all coursework attempted at FGCU. Colleges and
departments may have requirements that exceed these
minimums.
• Satisfy general education requirements (36 hours of required and elective coursework in prescribed areas; see
General Education section).
• Satisfy Gordon Rule requirements (see Gordon Rule section).
• Satisfactorily complete the CLAST or an approved alternative to CLAST (as designated by the State Board of
Education) and the writing and computation course requirements. (Successful completion of the CLAST is an
admission requirement for undergraduate programs in the
College of Education. Education majors cannot receive
an exemption from the CLAST.)
• Earn a minimum of 48 hours of upper division coursework
(courses numbered 3000 and above).
• Complete all program requirements.
• Complete the university service learning requirements.
• Complete the University Colloquium.
• At least 25% of the coursework required for the degree and 30 of the last 60 hours must be earned at FGCU.
• All students entering FGCU with fewer than 60 semester
hours of credit are required to earn at least 9 semester
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Minors
Minors are available in some colleges/schools. Minors must
be indicated on the Application to Graduate and must be certified in conjunction with the baccalaureate degree. Certification will not be made at a later time even if additional courses
have been completed.
Honors Program
The University Honors Program offers special opportunities
for superior students to pursue challenging academic work
that is tailored to individual interests and abilities. The Honors
Program emphasizes more than just courses and grades; it
provides opportunities for students to participate in creative
activities outside of the classroom. Further, the Honors Program is built around a commitment to community service and
civic engagement—guiding principles of Florida Gulf Coast
University.
The Honors Program is university wide and open to students
entering at the freshman through junior levels. Prospective
honors students must meet high academic standards and
should be interested in developing themselves beyond the
traditional classroom setting. Current FGCU students should
have a G.P.A. of 3.5 or higher. Our application is available
through our webpage, www.fgcu.edu/honors.
There are many benefits to participating in the Honors Program. It offers courses that are quite unique. They range in
nature from courses that take a unique view of a particular
subject matter, to courses that are offered outside FGCU, to
honors sections of general education courses. Moreover, the
University Honors Program offers scholarships and special
events and activities that are available only to students in
the program. Resident students of the Honors Program can
request to be placed in Honors Housing. All students in the
Honors Program enjoy priority registration and have extended
library privileges.
Each student who fulfills Honors Program requirements is
given special recognition at graduation, and a certificate is
included on the student’s official transcript. Successful completion of an honors program curriculum demonstrates an
individual’s ability to study independently, yet collaboratively,
and to achieve excellence; qualities that are valued by professional schools, graduate schools, and employers.
Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP)
www.fgcu.edu/qep
The Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) at Florida Gulf Coast
University (FGCU) addresses student learning and institutional effectiveness. The ultimate goal of FGCU’s Quality
Enhancement Plan is to improve student learning in two of
the university’s Undergraduate Student Learning Outcomes,
specifically #3 “An Ecological Perspective” and #9 “Community Awareness and Involvement” by employing teaching
and learning strategies that emphasize experiential learning, scholarly dialogue, and interdisciplinary engagement.
The QEP provides an opportunity to systematically evaluate
student learning in these areas and to develop strategies to
refine curriculum and enhance student learning as part of an
on-going plan of continuous improvement. The plan was developed with campus-wide input and its success depends on
continued input from all parties with a vested interest in the
quality of education at FGCU.
The topic of improving student learning in these two areas
was selected because it reflects the university’s mission
statement, accreditation criteria, and the priorities of faculty,
administrators, and the academic community. The plan has
broad university support; reflects the interests of the entire
academic community and beyond; is consistent with the
university’s Guiding Principles, which are deeply embedded
in the institution’s culture; is congruent with the university’s
mission and strategic plan; provides opportunities to incorporate evidence-based practice into successful student learning
activities and educational processes that are already in place;
and provides a framework for addressing goals and outcomes
in multiple settings. In addition, the QEP is forward-looking
in that it will focus attention on how a new institution with a
unique mission can maintain and improve quality as it grows
and matures.
Senior Seminar
Each program includes a three-credit-hour Senior Seminar,
which provides a capstone educational experience for students in the college or major. These capstone courses integrate skills and knowledge gained from particular programs
and broaden students’ awareness and understanding of disciplines related to their chosen field.
Service Learning Eagles-Connect
As a partner in the community, FGCU makes service an
important part of its mission. Students are brought into this
partnership through EaglesConnect, the service-learning program. Service-learning activities provide structured learning
experiences in community settings and are designed to fulfill
specific undergraduate learning goals and outcomes, reinforce and enhance classroom learning, and meet community
needs. The ultimate goal of the Eagles-Connect program is to
involve students in their communities in ways that encourage
lifelong commitments to civic engagement.
Service-learning is an undergraduate degree requirement at
FGCU. A student entering FGCU as a freshman or a sophomore must complete a total of 80 approved service-learning
hours prior to graduation. A student transferring to FGCU as a
junior or senior must complete 40 hours before graduation.
Students are responsible for seeking prior approval for their
service-learning experiences from the Center for Civic Engagement. This office develops service sites, provides the
forms necessary to verify service- learning hours, and ensures
service-learning hours are documented. The Center for Civic
Engagement is located in the 4th floor of the library building.
Nearly 200 agencies and organizations list service-learning opportunities with the Center for Civic Engagement. The
EaglesConnect web site (www.fgcu.edu/connect/) includes a
database of service sites, a service-learning handbook, a listing of upcoming group service-learning projects, and a service-learning newsletter.
EaglesConnect staff and FGCU faculty members help students design learning experiences to meet their needs and
interests. Service-learning experiences are structured to meet
community needs, and, equally important, these activities are
planned to ensure they provide learning experiences. Service-learning activities help students learn new skills, explore
career options, and develop an understanding of their communities and the ways they can effect change in them based
on empathy and respect for others.
Circle of Friends: Community Tutoring Partnerships, is an
Undergraduate
hours of credit prior to graduation by attendance during
one or more summer terms. The university may waive the
application of this rule in cases of unusual hardship (see
Summer Enrollment Requirement).
• Satisfy State of Florida foreign language admission requirement.
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EaglesConnect program that places trained tutors in selected
elementary schools where students fulfill service-learning
hours by tutoring. Students eligible for federal work-study
funds may elect to be paid for tutoring rather than receiving
service-learning hours.
University Colloquium
FGCU has structured its curricula to emphasize the interrelationship of knowledge across disciplines and to provide students with the ability to think in whole systems. A three credit
hour course, University Colloquium, brings together students
and faculty from all disciplines in an interdisciplinary learning experience. The university’s guiding principles and values
are discussed in this course, and students are expected to
develop critical thinking and communication skills. Because
this course is required for all undergraduates, the University
Colloquium is housed within the Office of Curriculum and Instruction.
The University Colloquium: A Sustainable Future
“We have made a commitment as a university to make environmental education an integral part of our identity. One of our
university-wide student learning outcomes is that all students
will develop ‘an ecological perspective.’ A way to accomplish
this perspective is to devise a course, or group of experiences, with an environmental focus that all FGCU students must
complete, and in which faculty from all colleges are involved.
Because ‘ecology’ applies to our total living space and interrelationships, human and natural, it is relevant to all of our disciplines and professions. Thus, an ecology course would touch
on all nine of the university-wide goals and outcomes, and
more. Students would not only be introduced to FGCU values,
they would participate in them.” (Adopted at the Deans Council, 15 January 1997)
The University Colloquium is an interdisciplinary course designed to explore the concept of sustainability as it relates to
a variety of considerations and forces in Southwest Florida. In
particular, we consider environmental, social, ethical, historical, scientific, economic, and political influences.
The goals for students are to:
• Provide a sense of place and an understanding of the
unique ecological features of the Southwest Florida environment.
• Assist in achieving the Florida Gulf Coast University learning goals of developing “an ecological perspective” and a
commitment to “community awareness and involvement”
and in teaching the related outcomes that state that the
student will “know the issues related to economic, social,
and ecological sustainability; analyze and evaluate ecological issues locally and globally; and participate in collaborative projects requiring awareness and/or analysis of
ecological and environmental issues.”
• Provide experiences to assist in moving toward achieving
the seven other FGCU learning goals and their related
outcomes.
• Enable a working understanding of sustainability, of environmental education, and of ecological literacy.
Writing Center
Writing Center services are available to assist students in
improving their writing assignments for Florida Gulf Coast
University courses. Writing Center Consultants help students
develop their abilities by providing assistance with prewriting, writing, and revising strategies. Writing Consultants also
work with students to facilitate improvement in mechanics and
documentation format. The FGCU Writing Center is located
in Library 202.
Graduate Academic Policies and Procedures
Academic Advising
Students who are completing the application process or have
been admitted to a graduate program are matched with a program coordinator or a faculty/staff advisor. Please refer to the
relevant program description in this catalog or contact the Office of Graduate Studies for additional information.
Academic Grievance Policy
See the Student Guidebook and the Ombudsman section of
this catalog.
Academic Standards of Behavior
FGCU is committed to a policy of honesty in academic activities. Conduct that breaches this policy, including cheating,
plagiarism, and falsification of university records, shall result
in academic and/or disciplinary action. The Code of Conduct,
published in the Student Guidebook, is a part of the terms
and conditions of admission and enrollment and applies to
all undergraduate students, graduate students, and student
organizations.
Academic Standing/Academic Progress
Colleges, schools, and departments have established regulations governing academic standing and academic progress at
the graduate level. It is the student’s responsibility to become
familiar with unit regulations and program requirements.
Graduation Requirements
The following are minimum requirements for the master’s degree. Individual program requirements may exceed the minimum listed below.
• Apply for graduation by the deadline indicated in the university calendar.
• Earn a minimum of 30 credit hours with a minimum of a
3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale.
• At least 20 hours of the coursework for the degree must
be non-thesis.
• A majority of the credits toward a graduate or post-baccalaureate professional degree must be earned through
FGCU.
• Complete all program requirements, as determined by the
appropriate college.
Consult with program coordinators for specific details regarding graduation requirements.
Thesis Preparation Guidelines
A number of the graduate programs at FGCU require the
completion of a research thesis. Programs should be contacted directly to determine if the degree is thesis-based. Specific
guidelines for the construction, format, and filing of a thesis
are prescribed by the University. Those guidelines can be obtained by contacting the Office of Graduate Studies or your
program coordinator.
Application to Graduate
An Application to Graduate form must be submitted to the appropriate college advisor in the term of expected graduation
by the deadline noted in the academic calendar. By submitting
the form, a student initiates the process of verifying degree
requirements and ensures that commencement information
and registration form is sent to the student. If an application
for graduation is denied, a new application must be submitted
by the deadline in the new term.
It is the student’s responsibility to clear all incomplete (I)
grades and to provide official transcripts of all transferred
coursework needed for graduation prior to the application
deadline. A student taking an incomplete (I) in any course
during the semester in which they have applied to graduate
will be denied graduation for that semester. Grade changes
and transfer work received after the degree statement has
been posted to the transcript will not be incorporated into the
degree.
Commencement
Commencement ceremonies are held twice a year, in May
and December. Florida Gulf Coast University offers a candidate ceremony and not a degree conferral ceremony. Degrees
for all candidates who complete degree requirements will be
certified by the appropriate college after the official close of
the term, as noted in the academic calendar. Degree information and diplomas are made available within 4-6 weeks after
the close of the term.
The May commencement is for graduation candidates who
have completed or plan to complete all degree requirements
in the spring term. The December ceremony is for graduating
candidates who have completed or plan to complete all degree requirements in the summer or fall terms. Students who
submit graduation applications by the published deadline will
receive commencement information.
Students who wish to walk early (participate in a commencement exercise other than the one designated for their term of
completion) must submit a Petition to Walk Early and must
meet the requirements for such. The petition can be obtained
from the Office of the Registrar or college faculty advisor and
must be submitted through the student’s college/faculty advisor no later than the date provided on the form. All petitions
that meet the guidelines will be approved on a space available
basis. Space availability is based on the number of applied
candidates and seating limits of the commencement location.
For more graduation and commencement information,
go to the Office of the Registrar web site: http://www.fgcu.edu/
registrar/commencement.html.
Office of Graduate Studies
The Office of Graduate Studies, within the Office of Academic
Affairs, serves three principle functions for Florida Gulf Coast
University: (1) to ensure that the graduate educational needs
of Southwest Florida are well served; (2) to provide support
and facilitation as the University’s graduate programs grow in
breadth, depth, and reputation; and (3) to maintain the highest
level of standards and accountability in graduate education.
The Graduate Studies Director and staff work cooperatively
with the College Deans and Graduate Program Coordinators
and Advisors to recruit and retain graduate students, to plan
and develop new graduate programs, to expand and promote
existing programs, to develop and enforce policies and procedures, to provide resources for the graduate faculty and
students, and to facilitate program assessment and accreditation. In addition, the Office oversees the graduate admissions
process.
Graduate
Graduate Academic Policies
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