May 28, 2024  
2020-2021 Catalog 
2020-2021 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Instructional Information

Course Definitions

On the Course Descriptions  page are the descriptions (alphabetical by prefix) for credit courses offered at Southeast Community College.

Each course is identified with a lettered prefix and a course number, followed by the course title and campus where the class is taught, class hours, lab/clinical/Co-op/practicum hours (when applicable) and credit hours.

Following that is any prerequisite needed before taking the course and a brief description.

Description Ratio Hours Credits Example
Classroom Lecture Hours 1:15
(one hour of credit for every 15 hours of instruction)
45 3.0 ENGL 1010 - English Composition I 
(45 Class hours = 3.0 credits)
Support Lab Hours (Academic Transfer, General Education & Academic Support) 1:30 30 1.0 PHYS 1150 - Descriptive Physics 
(45 Class hours (3.0 cr.) + 30 lab hours (1.0 cr.) = 4.0 credits)
Vocational Lab & Clinical Hours 1:45 45 1.0 AGRI 1378 - Electrical and Hydraulic Fundamentals 
(30 Class hours (2.0 cr.) + 45 lab hours (1.0 cr.) = 3.0 credits)
Practicum Hours 1:45 90 2.0 PARM 1119 - Practicum I 
(90 Practicum hours = 2.0 credits)
Cooperative/Internship Hours 1:60 180 3.0 BSAD 2901 - Cooperative Experience 
(180 Co-Op/Intern hours = 3.0 credits)
Credit Hour Computation - Students earn academic credit based on the number of hours spent in a classroom, lab, practicum, or cooperative experience. The number of credits earned corresponds to the number of hours spent in a classroom or lab. By definition, the credit hour is a unit of measurement used to ascertain the educational value of course work offered by the institution to students enrolling in such course work, earned by such students upon successful completion of such course work, and for which tuition is charged. Credit/contact time ratio guidelines for semester credits are outlined in Nebraska state statute 85-1503. Independent Study
(Credits will be assigned according to the practices of assigning credits to similar courses.)

Classes may be offered on campus face-to-face, online, as a hybrid, and as an engaged learning experience.

Some online courses may require students to take proctored exams. Any cost for the proctor is incurred at the student’s expense. Testing & Assessment Centers centers on each of our campuses will proctor exams for SCC students at no charge. A proctored exam is one that is overseen by an impartial individual, called a proctor, who monitors or supervises a student while he or she is taking an exam. The proctor ensures the security and integrity of the exam process.

Hybrid courses require students to meet face-to-face at regularly scheduled times and online per the Virtual Learning Handbook Guidelines. Courses require computer and Internet access.

Southeast Community College also supports the Engaged Learning Experience where teaching and learning focus on engaging students in the application of knowledge and skills through interactive activities. ELE is based on a five-part framework:

  • Pre-Class Content Delivery
  • Pre-Class Assessment/Ticket to Class
  • Engaging Classroom Activities
  • Assessment of Higher Order Thinking
  • Remediation, Redirection and Review

ELE creates a learning environment that happens in and outside the classroom to enhance student learning.

General Education

The SCC CORE - General Education Requirements  

Academic Transfer, Electives List  

Transfer Guides and Articulation Agreements

SCC has strong transfer relationships with many four-year colleges and universities, as well as other Nebraska community colleges, as reflected in the many transfer guides and articulation agreements we have with our college and university partners. What follows below are examples of some of those partnerships.

We encourage students to visit with an Academic Transfer Advisor to assist them in tailoring a degree plan based on the college to which they plan to transfer and the major they intend to pursue. More information on transferring to area colleges, including transfer guides for many different majors at Nebraska and other regional colleges and universities, can be found on the SCC Website at

Agriculture and Natural Resources

Academic Transfer Associate of Science to Bachelor: Suggested Transfer Guides to the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln

This is a 2 + 2, Associate to Bachelor’s degree option that allows students who complete an Associate of Science degree to continue their education toward a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science, Agronomy, Agribusiness, Fisheries and Wildlife, Pre-Veterinary Medicine, or Agricultural Education-Teaching Option in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. More information can be found at

Inclusive Early Childhood Education

Academic Transfer Associate of Arts to Bachelor: Suggested Transfer Guide to Peru State College

This articulated program of student leads a student from SCC’s Associate of Arts Degree to a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education Inclusive Option (Birth-Grade 3) at Peru State. Students interested in becoming educators of young children or working in or operating a childcare business might be interested in this degree. More information an be found on SCC’s transfer information landing page at

Health Information Management Services

Academic Transfer Associate of Applied Science: Suggested Transfer Guide to Central Community College

This focus allows students to take general education and prerequisite courses toward the HIMS program at Central Community College in Hastings. Students may take certain courses at SCC Lincoln, then transfer to Central Community College to complete the Medical Coding Diploma, Reimbursement Specialist Diploma, or their Associate of Applied Science degree in HIMS. Students must attain a grade of C or above to transfer the class to Central Community College.

Central Community College has created an agreement to accept 26.0 semester credit hours toward the Coding Diploma and 15.0 semester credit hours toward the Reimbursement Specialist Diploma and 29.0 semester credit hours toward the Associate of Applied Science degree.

Please contact Tracy Buch at 402-437-2755 or

For more information go to

Please work closely with your HIMS Advisor. Suggested courses vary depending on your transfer school. Ultimately, it is the student’s responsibility to check with the institution where credit is being transferred.


Academic Transfer Associate of Arts to Bachelor: Suggested Transfer Guide to Doane University

This is a 2 + 2, Associate of Arts to Bachelor’s degree option designed for students interested in pursuing a career in teaching at the elementary, middle, or secondary school level in Nebraska. For a detailed transfer guide, visit

Pre-Social Work

SCC has articulation agreements with Nebraska Wesleyan University and Union College to provide students a pathway from SCC’s Associate of Arts Degree to a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work. A degree in social work can lead to careers in counseling, case management, education, advocacy, law enforcement, training and education, and more. For more information, please refer to the SCC Transfer Information landing page at:


Advanced Degree Options

Advanced Degree Opportunities

Assisting our students’ access to life-long learning and advanced education is important to SCC. We have partnered with several institutions of higher education.

Bellevue University

Bellevue University provides quality liberal arts and business undergraduate and graduate programs throughout Nebraska. Southeast Community College graduates can apply their associate degree or previous college credit toward completion of a bachelor’s degree in as little as 15 months, online or in class, or on the Lincoln Campus of SCC. Also, we have many ways to help you earn the credit you need to start your accelerated degree completion program as quickly as possible. If you have a bachelor’s degree, you can complete a master’s degree in 16 to 18 months.

We understand the needs of adults seeking to complete their degrees while balancing work, family and civic responsibilities. Our accelerated degree completion programs help you earn your bachelor’s degree at a faster pace, while keeping pace with the realities of your life. And, our programs are focused on you … what you learn here, how you learn it, and how applying what you learn will help you meet your life goals.

When you enroll in our accelerated bachelor’s degree completion program, you will move through your courses with a group of adults like you, who are intent on completing their degrees and who bring real experience to the classroom.

Select from one of 18 accelerated degree completion programs or seven graduate programs. Contact your local Bellevue University Outreach Manager, Kory Troutman, at 402-475-2255 or or you may contact Bellevue University at 800-658-4348, Ext. 8118.

Concordia University

Founded in 1894 by The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, Concordia University - Nebraska (CUNE) is a private coeducational institution of higher learning. The main campus is located in Seward, Nebraska. The graduate school and degree completion programs are located in Lincoln.

CUNE partnered with SCC to offer the Southeast Community College Guarantee. This tuition guarantee ensures that any student with an associate degree from Southeast Community College who is enrolled full time at CUNE will receive no less than $15,000 in annual intuitional aid.

SCC graduates enrolled full time at CUNE are also eligible for the New Horizons Scholarship which is valued at $2,000. This scholarship is stackable with other aid at CUNE.

All awards noted above are renewable with a GPA of 2.0 or higher. Performance scholarships are available for participating in athletics, music, art, drama, and forensics.

A CUNE transfer advisor visits the SCC Lincoln Campus weekly and is available to support students in their transition.

Nebraska Wesleyan University

Nebraska Wesleyan University (NWU), founded in 1887, enrolls approximately 2,100 students from multiple states and countries. NWU is dedicated to academic excellence in an environment of Christian concern at both its Lincoln campus and Omaha site.

SCC transfer students have a long history of academic success at Nebraska Wesleyan. In an effort to open more doors to bachelor’s degree completion, SCC and NWU have partnered to offer SCC Pathways to NWU.

This partnership enables SCC students transferring to Nebraska Wesleyan to find two pathways to earning a bachelor’s degree.

  • Daytime, Semester-Long Courses
    Traditional undergraduates can earn a renewable $15,000 Pathways Scholarship. Additional transfer scholarships are available to qualifying students.
  • Accelerated, Degree-Completion Program
    Working adults taking classes evenings, weekends and online can receive a reduced per-credit-hour tuition rate. NWU offers many adult undergraduate programs to students needing to balance work, family life and school.

SCC students are eligible to transfer to NWU when they have earned at least 18 credit hours.

SCC students transferring to Nebraska Wesleyan will find many of the same benefits like small classes, personal attention and academic excellence. Regardless of the pathway students choose, SCC students will experience a smooth transition to a bachelor’s degree at Nebraska Wesleyan University. An NWU transfer advisor visits the SCC Lincoln Campus weekly.

Peru State College

Peru State College offers a mix of innovative online and traditional classroom undergraduate and graduate programs, including online graduate degrees in education and organizational management. Nebraska’s first college, established in 1867 as a teacher training school with one building and 60 students, has transformed over the past century and a half into a state-of-the-art institution offering diverse, multifaceted educational programs to around 2,400 students. Peru State has long been a wellspring of leadership, an invaluable resource for communities and businesses, and a source of accomplished graduates known for their excellent education and professional competence.

Peru State College offers courses at SCC-Lincoln that can be applied to the Early Childhood Inclusive Education degree. Current course offerings and information can be found at To apply, visit Choose Traditional/ Main Campus and then scroll down to find the SCC application button.

Other Educational Opportunities

Adult Education

Southeast Community College provides learner services in conjunction with the Nebraska State Department of Education; the U.S. Department of Education; and with private organizations, agencies, and businesses. We offer classes in several primary locations across our service area and individual sessions in other locations as learner needs arise.

SCC’s Adult Education program supports several educational opportunities for instruction to help adults improve their life skills. AE’s focus is teaching adults basic literacy skills: reading, writing, math, listening and speaking; and GED® (General Educational Development) preparation. AE is offered on a non-credit basis. AE programs are organized in many of the communities in the Southeast Community College service area. Students are required to attend an orientation session to register for AE courses. (Registration fee required)

For additional information, contact the Director of Adult Education at 402-437-2717 or 800-828-0072 ext. 2717 or visit their website at

English as a Second Language

SCC’s English as a Second Language program offers a series of classes for students who want to develop English language proficiency. All ESL classes include reading, writing, listening, and speaking and provide a strong foundation in fundamental grammar structure, sentence patterns and English vocabulary. Interested students may enroll in courses offered through the Adult Education Department. SCC offers classes from basic literacy to college preparation. Students are required to complete ESL Orientation to determine appropriate placement into the sequence of courses

You can obtain additional information concerning ESL instruction by contacting the ESL Office at 402-437-2722 or 800-828-0072 ext. 2722 or online at

General Educational Development (GED®)

Adults and out-of-school youth who want to prepare for the General Educational Development GED® tests to qualify for the Nebraska High School Diploma attend classes at SCC campus(s), learning center locations, and in various regional locations.

Students who take the GED® exam test in Reasoning through Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, and Mathematical Reasoning. Only approved testing sites administer tests which are developed and regulated by the General Educational Development Testing Service in Washington, DC.

For more information, visit GED® Information published by the GED® Testing Service. You may also contact the Director of Adult Education at 402-437-2717 or 800-828-0072, ext. 2717 or visit our website at:

Global Education - Student World Denizen Project

What is a denizen? A denizen is someone who has lived at a particular place for a prolonged period of time and has learned the culture of their new environment. It is our hope that students who become part of the Student World Denizen Project will learn and embrace the new diverse cultures and people with which they come into contact. We want our students to look beyond the classrooms of SCC and see the world and understand that our concept of community now extends beyond the campus, city, county, and the state, to encompass the world. We want our students to have the knowledge and skills that will allow them to participate in the global community and to become global citizens.

SCC’s Global Education Student World Denizen Project is designed to more fully globalize our curriculum and increase faculty, staff and student awareness and involvement in global issues, activities and dialogue through the implementation of a series of SCC-sponsored activities. For more information, visit

The Global Education Student World Denizen project includes the following requirements:

  1. Students will complete at least 15 credits (five courses) from the approved list of Global Education Courses (all interested students must secure approval from the Office of Global Education Initiative prior to stating the SCC Global Education Student World Denizen Project). All of the course requirements for the project are listed on the Global Education website: Approved transfer credit will be accepted for courses comparable to the approved list of Global Education classes offered at SCC.
  2. Students will maintain a B average or a grade-point average of 3.0 in courses designated as having global content.
  3. Students will participate in six total (a minimum of three activities during each academic year) international passport activities (screening of a film, book reading group, International Education Week activities, speakers/dialogue or an approved community event) before they graduate or transfer from SCC.
  4. Students will help plan one approved on-campus event relating to a global issue.
  5. Students gain global experience (45 hours of participation) in either a Global Education Global Studies (GLST 2980  ) travel course and trip, an approved International Internship/Cooperative, or an approved local global domestic experience.
  6. Students will give a formal capstone presentation related to their global experience (class/trip or domestic experience).
  7. Students will submit the PowerPoint of their capstone presentation to the Global Education Coordinator, to be placed on the Global Education website.
  8. Students completing the requirements of the Global Education Student World Denizen Project will receive an official Letter of Distinction.

Job Upgrading and Preparation/Continuing Education Training

The College offers continuing education courses at all campus locations and learning centers throughout the 15-county service area. Courses are offered at flexible daytime and evening hours to assist individuals in upgrading their present job skills, training for new careers, and developing or enhancing recreational and cultural interests. We make our continuing education courses as accessible as possible for students by making them available in your local community. Classes also are available through cooperative agreements with local high schools, hospitals, libraries, senior citizens centers, civic organizations, businesses, industries, and churches for any person in the service area. Education and training needs are specific to each community. Adults who want to upgrade skills for their present jobs or learn new skills for a different job may do so through adult education or continuing education classes. SCC offers both credit and non-credit classes for job upgrading, job preparation and professional re-licensure. We offer these classes based on the needs of area businesses, industries, employers, and advisory committees. Through the Continuing Education Division, the College has provided start-up training for new industries in the area, as well as employee improvement training both on site and on the campus. Customized training courses are available to new or existing business and industries and developed by one-on-one consultation, assessment of training needs, development of training packages, and location of grants and resources for training to help reduce training costs for the organization.

For more information, visit

Additional Information

Workforce Leadership Teams (Advisory Committees)

For each occupational Program of Study, Southeast Community College consults with a committee made up of interested leaders in businesses, agriculture, industries, and professions. The College and the committees work together to determine the training and employment needs, discuss new programs and courses, evaluate present programs, facilities, and graduates, and assist in revisions as needed to meet the needs of business and industry.

Assessment of Student Learning and Program Review

Southeast Community College measures curricular and co-curricular student learning as part of its ongoing efforts to improve academic and student support programs. Through the assessment of student learning, SCC continuously monitors its effectiveness and implements changes for improvement. The College utilizes a variety of direct and indirect measurements for assessment of student learning, including:

  • Entry-level tests and assessments for beginning students.
  • Comprehensive exams at the course and program levels.
  • Nationally standardized tests.
  • Formal and informal surveys.
  • Focused discussion groups conducted within academic departments or at the institutional level.
  • Strategies that assess general education learning outcomes within courses and/or through specially scheduled activities.
  • Post-graduation surveys.

Student Participation in College Assessment Activities

Admission to SCC implies each student’s willingness to participate in various efforts of the College to assess learning-outcomes and the effectiveness of its academic programs. All students enrolled at SCC may be asked to participate in assessment activities. Students selected for assessment activities should take their participation seriously. The cost to the student is a small amount of time; the results are improved programs, services and instruction. Information collected is used in aggregate form to determine program and institutional effectiveness with regard to student learning outcomes. Analysis and results focus on group rather than individual outcomes.

Engaged Learning Experience

SCC supports the Engaged Learning Experience where teaching and learning focus on engaging students in the application of knowledge and skills through interactive activities. ELE is based on a five-part framework:

  1. Pre-Class Content Delivery
  2. Pre-Class Assessment/Ticket to Class
  3. Engaging Classroom Activities
  4. Assessment of Higher Order Thinking
  5. Remediation, Redirection and Review

ELE creates a learning environment that happens in and outside the classroom to enhance student learning.