Academic Administration

Placement

ACT or SAT

Pacific Union College participates in the American College Testing program as an essential element in academic advising. Each first-year applicant, and each transfer applicant with fewer than 45 quarter credits, must provide ACT or SAT scores.

Basic Algebra Proficiency Requirement and Mathematics Course Placement

Students who did not complete a full year of Algebra II with semester grades of C- or better at an accredited secondary institution will be required to take Basic Algebra (MATH 095 + 096) at Pacific Union College in order to meet the algebra proficiency requirement. This general education requirement in algebra should be completed by the end of the freshman year and must be completed by the end of the sophomore year. While it should be understood that MATH 095 + 096 is considered a single course designed to make up the content of high-school Algebra II, students have the option of bypassing MATH 095 if they 1) pass a waiver exam provided by the Mathematics Department, 2) score 500 or above on the mathematics subsection of the SAT, or 3) score 19 or above on the mathematics subsection of the ACT. Otherwise, students who have not completed a full year of high-school Algebra II should expect to take the entire Basic Algebra sequence (MATH 095 + 096).

Additional mathematics course descriptions and placement information beyond MATH 096 are provided below:

College Algebra (MATH 106)
This course is required for many business and science programs. Students should be ready for this course if they have done well in high school Algebra II (with grades B or better) or have finished MATH 096 Basic Algebra II (with grade C or better). A readiness test for College Algebra is given the first or second day of class to give further guidance on the advisability of first taking MATH 096.

Precalculus (MATH 130)
This course is intended for students preparing for MATH 131 Calculus or seeking further experience in mathematics. Students should be ready for this course if they have done exceptionally well in high school Algebra II, done unexceptional but passing work in high school Precalculus, or have finished MATH 106 College Algebra (with grade C or better).

Calculus (MATH 131)
This course is required for many science programs. Students should be ready for this course if they have done well in high school Precalculus (with grades B or better) or have finished MATH 130 Precalculus (with grade C or better).

Introduction to Statistics (STAT 222)
This course is a General Education requirement. Students should be ready for this course once they have satisfied the General Education requirement in Algebra (see above).

Biology Department Course Placement

Biological Foundations (BIOL 111 + 112 + 113)
As prerequisites, a student planning to enroll in the first section of Biological Foundations (BIOL 111) must have completed either

  • A full year of high-school biology with semester grades of C- or better
  • Introduction to Biology (BIOL 105)

Additionally, students must have completed either

  • Introductory Chemistry (CHEM 101)
  • General Chemistry (CHEM 111)

Human Anatomy (BIOL 101)
A student planning to enroll in Human Anatomy should meet at least one of the following prerequisites:

  • Completion of BIOL 100
  • Achieved 22 or above on the ACT
  • Achieved 1500 or above on the SAT
  • Minimum college-level GPA of 3.0 (for transfer students)

Incoming students who do not qualify for BIOL 101 should be registered for BIOL 100 for the fall.
Any incoming student may self-select into BIOL 100 if they are concerned about their readiness for tough science classes.

General Microbiology (MICR 134)
A student planning to enroll in General Microbiology should meet at least one of the following prerequisites:

  • Completion of the BIOL 101-102 sequence (strongly recommended for student success)
  • Completion of BIOL 100
  • Completion of BIOL 111 or 112 or 113
  • Achieved 22 or above on the ACT
  • Achieved 1500 or above on the SAT
  • Minimum college-level GPA of 3.0 (for transfer students)

English Requirements and Course Placement

College English (ENGL 101 and 102)
These courses are required of all students seeking a Bachelor's degree. Students with an ACT English score of 19 and above (or SAT Verbal score of at least 470) are eligible for English 101.
Students who successfully complete 101 (with a grade of C- or better) are then eligible for 102. NOTE:  Web Adviser will not allow students to register for ENGL 101 who do not have a qualifying test score unless permission is granted by the English Department.

Introduction to Composition (ENGL 100)
Students with an ACT English score below 19 (or SAT Verbal score below 470) are placed in ENGL 100 in order to prepare them for success in College English. Students placed in ENGL 100 are required to take the course during the first quarter of enrollment at PUC.  NOTE: All students placed in ENGL 100 will have an opportunity to improve their placement by taking a placement exam during orientation which involves writing a short essay.

Developmental Reading & Writing (ENGL 099)
Students with an ACT English score below 15 (or SAT Verbal score below 380) are placed in ENGL 099 to help raise their reading and writing skills to the level required for success at PUC. Students placed in ENGL 099 are required to take the course during the first quarter of enrollment at PUC. NOTE:  Students placed in ENGL 099 will have an opportunity to improve their placement by taking a placement exam during orientation which involves writing a short essay.

International Students
In addition to meeting the admissions requirements for language proficiency, all International students are required to take the placement exam administered by the English Dept. during orientation in order to assess their English proficiency.  Based on this writing sample, International students may be required to take ENSL 100 (English for Special Purposes) in addition to their composition class if additional academic support is warranted.

Students with No Test Scores
Students who do not submit ACT or SAT scores will be automatically placed in ENGL 099 (international students) or ENGL 100 (all other students). This placement may be modified upon receipt of scores or upon completion of the placement exam administered by the English Department.

General Chemistry Course Placement

A solid preparation in mathematics is critical for success in General Chemistry (CHEM 111 + 112 + 113). Therefore, students planning to register for the first course in the sequence (CHEM 111) should meet at least one of the following prerequisites:

  • Completion of high-school Algebra II
  • Completion of Basic Algebra (MATH 095 + 096)
  • Achieved a score of 500 or above on the mathematics subsection of the SAT
  • Achieved a score of 19 or above on the mathematics subsection of the ACT

While meeting one (or more) of the above guidelines suggests that a student has a decent chance of passing General Chemistry, a student's chances of getting a B or better will increase if they made one of the following achievements:

  • A math score of at least 23 on the ACT or at least 580 on the SAT
  • Passed high-school physics
  • Passed high-school chemistry

Modern Languages Course Placement

Pacific Union College currently offers language courses in Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish.

One-quarter beginning-level language and culture courses (L&C) include:

  • Beginning Chinese I (L&C; CHIN 111)
  • Beginning German I (L&C; GRMN 111)
  • Beginning Japanese I (L&C; JAPN 111)

Three-quarter beginning-level language and culture courses include:

  • Beginning French I (L&C) + II + III (FREN 111 + 112 + 113)
  • Beginning Italian I (L&C) + II + III (ITAL 111 + 112 + 113)
  • Beginning Spanish I (L&C) + II + III (SPAN 111 + 112 + 113)

Each sequence begins during fall quarter, and courses must be taken in sequence. Joining three-quarter sequence courses after the first quarter is not recommended.

The Modern Languages department offers multiple levels of Spanish courses; however, no placement exam is currently required. A face-to-face interview or other similar consultation usually gives a good idea of appropriate placement. Please consult the department chair for placement advice.

Beginning-level language courses are not open to students with two or more years of secondary school experience in that language. For additional language course placement information, please consult the following chart:

Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Italian & Japanese

If the student has... The student should enroll in...
0-1 year of high school level Beginning-level course or sequence (111 L&C or  111 L&C + 112 + 113)

Spanish

If the student has... The student should enroll in...
0-1 year of high school level

0-1 year of high school level a health care emphasis is desired

Beginning-level sequence (SPAN 111 + 112 + 113)

Spanish for Health Care Professionals: Beginning (SPAN 105)

2 years of high school level or 1 year of college and an intensive review is needed

2 years of high school level or 1 year of college

2 years of high school level or 1 year of college and a health care emphasis is desired
Intensive Spanish Review/Intensive intermediate-level sequence (SPAN 131 + 132 + 133)

Intermediate-level sequence (151 + 152 + 153)

Spanish for Health Care Professionals: Intermediate (SPAN 205)
1 academic year of college-level study abroad or advanced-level Spanish language proficiency  Upper-division Spanish courses (SPAN 300-400)

Proficiency levels are measured according to the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACFTL).

Non-U.S. educated native speakers, heritage language speakers, and students who have taken courses in languages not listed above should consult with the department chair for placement advice.

Adventist Colleges Abroad (ACA)
PUC is a member of Adventist Colleges Abroad (ACA), a consortium of colleges and universities operated by the Board of Higher Education of the North American Division of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. This consortium affords qualified students the opportunity to participate in nine-month (academic year) and six-week (summer term) international study programs. Visit the Adventist Colleges Abroad website for locations and more information.

To be eligible for a year of study abroad in Argentina or Spain, most students will need to complete a full sequence of Spanish earning at least a 2.5 GPA in the language and a 2.0 overall GPA. There is no language prerequisite for programs in Austria, Brazil, France, Germany, or Italy. However, taking the introductory course in German, or the full sequence of Italian or French prior to participation is strongly recommended for maximizing the experience abroad.

Please consult department chair Dr. Sylvia Rasi Gregorutti (srasi@puc.edu, 707-965-6510) with course placement or ACA questions.

Religion Course Placement and Requirements

Students must complete a total of at least 18 hours of religion coursework as follows:

  1. Complete sections A, B, C, D, E, and F as outlined below.
  2. Include at least 9 hours from RELB and RELT courses.
  3. Include at least 6 upper-division hours (300 level and above).

Section A: Prerequisite
Students who did not complete two full years of Christian religion courses with semester grades of C- or better at an accredited secondary institution, or successfully complete an approved waiver exam must take Introduction to the Bible (RELT 105) within the first two quarters of enrollment at Pacific Union College as it is a prerequisite for Section B.

Section B: Encountering Jesus (RELB 150)
Serves as a prerequisite for all other religion courses, and therefore must be completed within the first year of enrollment at Pacific Union College.

Section C: Building Scriptural Foundations
One of the following 3-credit-hour courses must be completed within the first two years of enrollment at Pacific Union College: (Please note: Completion of this section is a prerequisite to enrollment in any upper-division religion course.)

  • RELB 200 Methods of Bible Study
  • RELB 225 Books of Moses
  • RELB 230 Psalms and Wisdom Literature
  • RELB 250 Parables of Jesus
  • RELB 260 Heroes and Villains
  • RELB 265 Kings and Conquests
  • RELB 270 Acts of the Apostles
  • RELT 205 Christian Beliefs
  • RELT 235 Christian Spirituality

Specialized Option for BSN Students

  • RELB 341 Jesus as Healer (2-3 credit hours)

Section D: Exploring Seventh-day Adventist Life and Thought
One of the following 3- or 4-credit-hour courses:

  • RELH 235 Life and Ministry of Ellen White (3)
  • RELH 360 Adventist Heritage (4)
  • RELP 351 Ministry of Healing (3)
  • RELT 220 Seventh-day Adventist Beliefs (3)
  • RELT 335 Theology of the Sanctuary (3)
  • RELT 336 Current Issues in Seventh-day Adventism (3)
  • RELT 337 Last Day Events (3)
  • RELT 338 The Sabbath (3)

Section E: Integrating Faith and Life
One of the following 3-credit-hour courses:

  • RELB 315 Biblical Ethics
  • RELP 210 Creative Worship
  • RELP 235 Sharing Your Faith
  • RELP 350 Studies in Christian Ministry
  • RELT 216 Introduction to Christian Ethics
  • RELT 240 Eco-theology
  • RELT 330 The Christian and the Media
  • RELT 355 Christian Ethics in Society
  • RELT 440 Christian Bioethics

Specialized Option for BSN Students

  • RELP 346 Spiritual Care for Patients (2-3)
  • RELT 345 Christian Ethics/Patient Care (2-3)

Specialized Option for Psychology & Social Work Students

  • PSYC 435 Psychology of Religion (3)
  • SOCI 435  The Sacred and Profane in Society (3)
  • PSYC/SOWK 490 Religion, Ethics, & Human Sciences (4)

Section F: Electives
Students must take additional hours from RELB, RELH, RELP, and/or RELT courses to meet the total religion requirement.

Requirement in Religion for Transfer Students
As a Seventh-day Adventist Christian institution of higher education, religion coursework is a foundational part of the curriculum. However, students who transfer from non-Adventist colleges or universities may not have had required religion coursework as part of their previous curriculum. These students may elect to waive a portion of the 18-hour requirement. The number of hours waived will be calculated in proportion to the total number of hours transferred from non-Adventist institutions according to the following chart:

Total Transfer Hours Total Religion Hours Upper Division Hours RELB/RELT Hours Sections Required
0-31 18 6 9 A, B, C, D, E, F
32-63 15 6 9 A, B, C, D, E
64-95 12 3 6 A, B, C, D
96-127 9 0 6 A, B, C
128+ 6 0 3 A, B