Academic Policy and Program Changes in the Traditional College
2020-2021 Catalog Updates
The Environmental Science curriculum prepares students for entry level positions with environmental firms, industry, or government agencies that require knowledge of environmental principles and methodology, as well as for entry into graduate environmental programs. In addition to providing students with a solid grounding in basic principles, the curriculum also exposes them to the application of those principles through research and/or internships.
For more information, please contact Dr. Tom Murray
The vision of the Elizabethtown College Physician Assistant Program is to provide an innovative and supportive environment which elevates the standard of PA education through the utilization of an evidence based curriculum that is continuously assessed and adapted to address emerging challenges in healthcare, while fostering a collegial environment amongst students and faculty. The mission of the Elizabethtown College Physician Assistant Program is to educate and matriculate motivated students who will provide high quality healthcare as skilled Physician Assistants. Through a transformative educational experience and evidence based curriculum that emphasizes purposeful work, cultivates personal strengths, and develops a passion for lifelong learning, students will be prepared to Educate for Service. Upon graduation, our students will provide individualized healthcare to diverse patient populations while simultaneously working as a member of an interdisciplinary care team.
For more information, please contact Dr. Lynn Eckrote
Fall 2020, the Engineering & Physics Department to replace the current physics major with a Computational Physics Major and amend the requirements for the Physics Minor.
The Computational Physics Major will consist of 17 STEM course requirements (5 each in CS, physics, and math with a computational research project totaling 64 credits).
The Physics minor will be comprised of PHY201 College Physics I, PHY202 College Physics II, PHY203 College Physics III, Plus 10 additional credits in physics (PHY105 and above).
For more information, please contact Dr. Sara Atwood
The Engineering -Mechatronics concentration is a combination of mechanical, electrical, and computer engineering. Each concentration in our ABET-accredited General Engineering degree comprises 6 upper-level engineering courses and 1 upper-level math course (for all but Industrial and Systems, that math course is MA 321 Differential Equations). The Mechatronics concentration consists of: EGR 311 Electronics; EGR 332 Digital Design I; EGR 410 Control Systems; EGR 434 Green Robotics; EGR 463 Analytical Mechanics and Vibrations; CS 122 Computer Science II; and MA 321 Differential Equations.
For more information, please contact Dr. Sara Atwood
Effective Fall 2020, with the College's plan to introduce our Physician Assistant Specialist Graduate Program, the Early Assurance Program with Penn State University’s College of Medicine's Master of Public Health Program is being discontinued immediately.
Effective Fall 2020, the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry will no longer offer a concentration in Forensic Science.
English as a Second Language (ESL) Program Specialist Certification (K-12)
The Post-Baccalaureate ESL Program Specialist K-12 Certificate is designed for in-service candidates seeking further understanding of pedagogy, resources, methods, and curriculum designed to allow English Learners access to equitable educational opportunities. The program is a combination of coursework and field experiences that will reveal the importance of language and culture in the education of English Learners. It affords students the advantages of a unique and practical curricular focus in curriculum and instruction supported by a constructivist course sequence that promotes individualized assessments, real application to current classroom practice, and applied research relevant to grade bands across the PK-12 continuum. The certification is awarded by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
For more information on this program, please contact Dr. Rachel Finley-Bowman .
Integrated STEM Education Endorsement
The Integrated Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics (STEM) Education Endorsement is designed for in-service candidates seeking further understanding of pedagogy, resources, methods, and curriculum designed to provide students with integrated STEM learning opportunities. The program is a combination of coursework and field experiences that will afford teachers professional development in the following areas related to STEM education: content, skills and abilities, instructional practices, and assessment. It affords students the advantages of a unique and practical curricular focus in curriculum and instruction supported by a constructivist course sequence that promotes individualized assessments, real application to current classroom practice, and applied research relevant to grade bands across the PK-12 continuum.
For more information on this program, please contact Dr. Rachel Finley-Bowman .
Effective immediately, Interdisciplinary Colloquia with an Natural and Physical Science component shall stand in their own NPS disciplinary category. IC 201, 203, and 205 are all classified as non-lab Natural and Physical Science Core. This provision shall have no impact on the requirement that at least one NPS course must have a lab component.
For more information, please contact Dr. Brian Newsome, Dean of Curriculum and Honors Program.
Transfer of Associate Degrees Candidates approved through Admissions with an earned associate’s degree, consisting of at least 40 corresponding general education credits from a regionally accredited college or university will be recognized as meeting all of the requirements of the Elizabethtown College Core Curriculum with full junior standing. The foregoing provision does not supersede curricular prerequisites or departmental program requirements established in the College catalog. Nor does it exclude the student from completing the signature learning requirement, or residency requirements, for completion of a bachelor’s degree.
For more information, please contact the Office of Admissions or the Office of Registration and Records.
New Avenues for International Students to satisfy Power of Language - Ancient or Modern Language (PLO)
Effective Fall 2020, To meet the Power of Language: Ancient of Modern Language (PLO) Core Program requirement, International Students and Scholars may choose one of the following options
- Take a new modern/ancient language
- Take an upper-level course that the department has designated as appropriate for native speakers
- Take a second Guided Writing and Research (GWR) course
- Students who have received a TOEFL score of 82 or higher may receive four credits towards the PLO requirement. In order to receive the credits, students must request their TOEFL score from the Education Testing Service to be sent to Elizabethtown College.
Any currently enrolled student, who has not satisfied PLO Core, should contact the Office of Registration and Records (firstname.lastname@example.org) to discuss the review of their TOEFL score.
Transfer of Credits
Students can transfer courses from institutions that are judged by the Registrar and the appropriate Department (in the case of courses for a major/minor/certificate) to be high quality, involve active delivery methods (ongoing exchange of ideas with an instructor), and are consistent with the mission and program goals of Elizabethtown College. Elizabethtown College transfers credits – but not grades or quality points. The course must be letter-graded with an earned grade of C- or better. The College does not accept courses taken Pass/No Pass (or Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory) at other institutions. Facsimiled, emailed, and student-delivered transcripts are not be accepted.
Transfer Credit for college courses taken during high school. The practice of a student being enrolled at two schools simultaneously (high school and post-secondary) is known as Dual enrollment. Please remember to have an official transcript, from the credit-granting institution, sent directly to the Office of Registration and Records at Elizabethtown College. A student will not receive duplicate credit through examination, or any other college courses taken before or after enrolling at Elizabethtown College.
- Currently enrolled students who wish to transfer credits to Elizabethtown College must obtain permission in advance from the Office of Registration and Records. If a student elects to take a course without obtaining prior written permission, the College is not obligated to accept course for transfer.
- Courses that are eligible to be repeated must be taken at Elizabethtown College and not at another institution as a transfer course. Please refer to the college’s “repeating courses” policy for more information.
- Students, who have achieved junior status (60 credits) through either work at Elizabethtown College or a combination of work at the College and another institution, are not permitted to transfer additional credits from two-year institutions to Elizabethtown College. Such students may transfer credits from four-year institutions, but only with the prior approval of a Registrar.
Students must request that the registrar’s office of the transferring institution send an official transcript to the Office of Registration and Records at Elizabethtown College.
For more information regarding transcripts and course transfer, contact the Office of Registration and Records .
Credit by Examination
Students, accepted for enrollment through our Admissions Office, may receive academic credit or advanced placement through examination. Credits earned through examination are transcribed, but not the grade, thus credits earned through examination are not calculated into the students grade point average (GPA). Students can earn up to a maximum of 32 credits through examination. A student will not receive duplicate credit through examination, or any other college courses taken before or after enrolling at Elizabethtown College.
Advanced Placement (AP)
Advanced Placement (AP) is a program created by College Board, which offers nationally recognized college-level curricula and examinations to high school students. Students who perform satisfactorily on a College Board AP Examination, earning a score of four or better, earn academic credit. Departmentally approved AP Examinations and their Elizabethtown College equivalent are outlined on the Office of Registration and Records’ website.
College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
Elizabethtown College participates in the CLEP program of the College Board accepting a score of 50 or higher in subject areas upon matriculation to the college.
All CLEP examinations must be completed prior to the achievement of sophomore status (30 or more completed credits). In addition, any currently enrolled student must receive written approval from the Registrar, and their academic advisor, before completing the examination.
Any student with advanced knowledge in the CLEP subject, earned at Elizabethtown College or another credit-granting institution, will be prohibited from earning transfer credit through CLEP examination. A complete list of CLEP Examinations and the Elizabethtown equivalent is available on the Office of Registration and Records’ website.
International Baccalaureate (IB)
Elizabethtown College recognizes International Baccalaureate (IB) for the purpose of admission, course credit, advanced standing or placement. Students do not have to earn an IB Diploma to receive academic credit. The college does not award credit for standard level (SL) examinations.
- IB Diploma recipients, earning a total score of 30 or higher, will earn 32 credits (equivalent to sophomore status).
- IB Certificate recipients receive credit (depending on the subject) for scores of five or better on higher level (HL) examinations.
Other course credits from institutions outside of the United States are evaluated on a case-by-case basis. For example, Cambridge International (Advanced Level or A-Level) examinations.
Students are required to request the organization to submit official transcripts and/or scores directly to the Office of Registration and Records.
For precise placement determinations, we may request a review of the course syllabus or examples of written work. If an accurate evaluation of foreign credentials is not possible, the student may be requested to secure, at their expense, a professional evaluation from a nationally recognized organization like World Education Services (WES), www.wes.org.
DSST, Previously DANTES
DSST, formally Defense Activity for Non-traditional Education Support (DANTES), exams are college subject tests taken to earn college credit for knowledge acquired outside of a traditional classroom. In accordance with the American Council on Education (ACE) recommendations , students taking DANTES - DSST exams earn credit by earning the ACE recommended minimum score of 400, or higher as determined by the department governing the course discipline.
Challenge Testing is a comprehensive term encompassing all tests prepared and/or administrated by Elizabethtown College faculty. Students must obtain written approval through the Office of Registration and Records and the Chair of the Department governing the course discipline. Students must submit the Challenge by Examination approval form PRIOR to the administration of the challenge test. Student may not complete Challenge Examinations for practicums, internships, research courses, or the First-Year Seminar within the Core Program.
There is a per-test fee for Challenge Examinations given at the request of the student. The fee is for the test itself and is charged regardless of the test results. In addition, 50 percent of the appropriate part-time tuition rate in effect at the time the test is administered is charged for academic credit awarded as a result of performance on Challenge Tests.
Challenge Examinations for Academic Credit. A currently enrolled Elizabethtown College student may request a Challenge Examination in hopes of earning credit for a particular course in the College Catalog. All challenge examinations are graded Pass/No Pass. A grade of Pass indicates that the credit and/or advanced placement is to be awarded.
Challenge Examinations for Placement and/or Waiver by the Student. A currently enrolled student, or a department governing a course discipline, may request examination for proper placement in a course sequence such as modern languages and mathematics. Upon successful completion of the examination, the Office of Registration and Records will place a notation on the students graduation audit for clearance and registration purposes. No academic credit is awarded for placement.
- Challenge Examinations for Placement and/or Waiver by the Department. Challenge Tests given at the initiative of the College are administered without fee to the student.
- Challenge Examinations for Academic Credit. A currently enrolled Elizabethtown College student may request a Challenge Examination in hopes of earning credit for a particular course in the College Catalog. All challenge examinations are graded Pass/No Pass. A grade of Pass indicates that the credit and/or advanced placement is to be awarded.
A student enrolling at Elizabethtown College may have their high school transcript as well as college credits earned through examination or dual enrollment evaluated for proper placement into English and Modern Language courses at Elizabethtown College.
English writing course placement is based on a combination of SAT critical reading and writing scores (or the ACT equivalent). Most students are placed in EN 100 - PLE Writing and Language, where as other students, such as honors students, may be placed in EN 150 - PLE Advanced Writing and Language. Both satisfy the Power of Language – English requirement in the Core Program.
Modern Language Placement
A modern language placement is based on language background and an online modern language placement examination. Students planning to study Spanish, French, or German need to complete the ML Placement Exam for that language. The examination information is found on the Modern Languages Department webpage. Students, having completed high school level 3 or higher, no matter what the placement examination results dictate, are prohibited from enrolling in a language at the 111 level.
Students interested in studying Chinese, Japanese, or Latin, MUST meet with their First-Year Seminar advisor during summer orientation for instructions on how to proceed. Several ancient languages (i.e., Sanskrit, Biblical Hebrew, Classical Greek) are offered through other departments. For details, students should consult with their First-Year Seminar advisor.
2019-2020 Catalog Updates
Effective Fall 2019, the Department of Communications will offer majors in Journalism, Mass Communications and Public Relations . All programs are comprised of 56 credits. In addition to taking foundation courses in communications fields, Journalism majors will complete courses in visual communications, public speaking, communications law and ethics, and a capstone course, which will require journalism students to complete journalism-related research project. Public Relations majors take several intermediate and advanced level courses in public relations to develop their writing skills, digital media production, and solve PR-related problems. Similarly, Mass Communications majors take several intermediate courses to develop their video and audio skills, digital media experiences, and broadcast news experience.
For more information, please contact the Chair of the Communications Department.
Effective Fall 2019, the Department of Psychology will introduce a Bachelor of Science with a major in Neuroscience . Neuroscience is an interdisciplinary program that prepares students to developing an understanding of the brain at a cellular and behavioral level using knowledge and skills gleaned primarily from the fields of Biology, Psychology, and Chemistry. Students develop statistical and laboratory skills which are applied in a capstone experience in the field. The Neuroscience program prepares students for work in biological and clinical laboratory settings and for graduate work in Neuroscience and related fields including Neurology, Neuropsychology, Psychology, Cognitive Science, and Medicine.
The program will consist of 64 credits with four foundational courses, two methodological courses, four breadth courses in biology, psychology, and cognitive science, as well as advanced courses in neuroscience. Majors will also complete 12 credits of departmentally approved emphasis elective groupings. Lastly, students will be required to complete a capstone is neuroscience.
For more information, please contact the Chair of our Psychology Department.
Effective Fall 2019, the Department of Health and Wellness will introduce a new coaching minor. The Coaching minor at Elizabethtown College will meet a demonstrated need of our students to gain additional knowledge, and credentialing, in preparation for pursuing athletic coaching as an important part of their career path. The minor will consist of 18 credits comprised of five wellness course requirements including an internship as well as ten credit hours of departmentally approved electives.
For more information, please contact Bruce Lynch.
Effective Fall 2019, the Department of Occupational and Therapy will introduce a doctoral program. The Doctorate in Occupational Therapy requires three years or 8 semesters (this includes two summer semesters/ sessions) of graduate academic study, six months of clinical Level II Fieldwork, one Capstone Experience with the requirements listed below. To begin coursework toward he doctorate program in occupational therapy, students must have successfully completed prerequisites including earning a GPA of 2.9 by the end of their junior year and earning a minimum of a C- in all required courses. Students will start to take graduate level courses in the senior year and will officially be registered into the doctorate degree only after completing the fourth year of the occupational therapy program and earning an undergraduate degree in Health Sciences.
For more information on this program, please contact Dr. Tam Humbert
Effective Fall 2019, the Department of Education will introduce an English as a Second Language (ESL) Program Specialist Certification (K-12). The certification program requires 16 credits consisting of 6 courses and 60 hours of fieldwork. This program in combination can be declared by any degree-seeking education major. Please be advised, the certification is not a stand-a-lone program. The certification is awarded by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. The notation on a students transcript requires the successful completion of a bachelors degree at Elizabethtown College.
For more information on this program, please contact Dr. Rachel Finley-Bowman .
Effective Fall 2019, the Department of History will introduce a certificate program in Public Heritage Studies. The certificate requires 10 credits consisting of 6 credits of public heritage coursework along with a four credit internship experience. Please be advised, the certificate is not a stand-a-lone program. The award of the certificate notation on a students transcript requires the successful completion of a bachelors degree at Elizabethtown College.
For more information on this program, please contact Dr. Brian Newsome .
2018-2019 Catalog Updates
Effective Fall 2018, the Department of Fine and Performing Arts will introduce a Graphics Design Major. The major requires 44 credits.
For more information on this programs, please contact Dr. Pat Ricci, a member of the Fine and Performing Arts Department.
Effective Fall 2018, the Department of Business will introduce two new majors in Finance and Financial Economics. A Finance minor will also be introduced. The Finance and Financial Economics majors (68 credits) will consist of 17 required courses in addition to 8 credits from a departmentally approved elective list. The Finance minor requires 6 courses for a total of 24 credits.
In addition, the department will introduce two new International Business concentrations. The Entrepreneurship and Family Business will consist of BA 380 Entrepreneurship and a choice of two courses from an approved list of electives. The Self-Designed concentration will require an approval process through the department.
For more information on these programs, please contact a member of the Business Department .
Effective Fall 2018, the Sociology and Anthropology Department will reintroduce the Criminal Justice program. The program will require14 courses as well as two electives from a departmentally approved list of elective for a total of 58 credits.
The major combines the college's full-time faculty with professionals in the field to deliver both the knowledge and skills needed to be a qualified law enforcement, corrections, and probation/parole officer, in addition to other occupations in the field such as victims advocate and social services provider. In addition to a common core of courses, students can put together electives in the program, or combine it with majors/minors in other departments to develop expertise in crime scene investigation/forensic science. Majors can also work with the pre-law department to prepare for law school.
Effective Fall 2018, Candidates for certification in Early Childhood Education must complete a major that consists of two key elements. The first element emphasizes critical concepts and ideas important to one’s general education and academic preparation for teaching. The second emphasis stresses a professional core organized in five areas: 1) Early Childhood Development, Cognition and Learning, 2) Subject Matter Pedagogy Content (Pre-kindergarten through Fourth), 3) Assessment, 4) Family and Community Partnerships, and 5) Professionalism. Content requirements are based on national standards for early childhood education as well as Pennsylvania’s curriculum standards. Candidates have the option of completing a concentration in Special Education that leads to special education certification Pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. Candidates who choose this option will receive dual teaching certifications in both Early Childhood and Special Education .
Elizabethtown College offers a combined BS/MS Occupational Therapy program that requires five years of academic study, including one summer, and six months of clinical fieldwork. The program awards both a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences and a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy .
The Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences degree serves as a prerequisite to the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy. Students completing only this course of study are not eligible to become registered occupational therapists, but have academic credentials that qualify them to be employed in health care and community settings.
The Master of Science in Occupational Therapy requires two years or four semesters (this includes one summer semester/ session) of graduate academic study and six months of clinical Level II Fieldwork with the requirements listed below. To begin the master’s program in occupational therapy, students must have successfully completed prerequisites including earning a GPA of 2.9 by the end of their junior year and earning a minimum of a C- in all required courses. Successful completion of the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy affords the student the opportunity to take the National Board of Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) Exam and to become licensed to practice occupational therapy as an individual jurisdiction requires.
If you have specific questions about the new program please contact Dr. Tamara Humbert , Chair of Occupational Therapy.
The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry will be introducing a Chemistry Lab Sciences major. The Chemistry major at Elizabethtown College includes coursework in biology, physics, mathematics and computing. It is an exception preparation for a variety of careers in chemistry. An integral part of this new concentration is an internship at an industrial lab.
If you have specific questions about the program please contact Dr. Gary Hoffman , Chair of Chemistry and Biochemistry.
The Department of Computer Science will offer a Bachelor of Science in Data Sciences . The course curriculum for the Data Science major will start with foundational courses from computer science and mathematics. This foundation will be followed by computer science courses that cover necessary theory and algorithms. Upper level courses will cover retrieval, storage, and visualization of data as well as machine learning and analysis. A capstone course provided opportunity for student to apply their skills to real problems, working with businesses and non-profit entities outside oft he College.
If you have specific questions about the program please contact Dr. Thomas Leap , Chair of Computer Science.
The Department of Engineering will be introducing two new concentrations: Civil and Biomedical . The engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET (http://www.abet.org) and features open-ended team projects every year. This accreditation ensures that our programs meet global standards for graduating students to work worldwide.
The Biomedical concentration prepares students to apply principles of engineering across biomedical applications. The program focuses on the design and testing of medical devices for surgical and clinical applications. Students develop and understanding of biological systems such as balance and motor control through the lens of engineering. Courses include biomechanics, strength of materials, biomaterials, fluid dynamics, control systems, and biomedical device design.
The Civil concentration focuses on developing the skills for designing structures such as bridges, transportation systems, and buildings. Directly shaping society through the design and analysis of safe, reliable and efficient public-infrastructure and private projects are a key focus of this program. Courses include green architectural engineering, strength of materials, civil engineering materials, environmental engineering, structural engineering, and environmental site design.
2017-2018 Catalog Updates
An Individualized Major at Elizabethtown College allows students to pursue unique disciplinary trajectories by working in close collaboration with faculty from multiple disciplines. Students will select faculty co-advisors from two different disciplines, or a faculty advisor and an advisor from the Academic Advising Office. Proposals are approved by the Dean for Curriculum and Assessment. Students cannot propose a individualized major necessitating certification by an external accrediting body. For program information and proposal requirements, please contact Dr. Brian Newsome .
The Fine and Performing Arts and the Business Departments have created a new interdisciplinary minor in Arts Administration . Business courses provide students with foundations in the areas of management, marketing, and entrepreneurship. The Arts component of the curriculum is designed to allow students to pursue some depth in one discipline or breadth across the disciplines. An online component (MOOC – Massive Open Online Course) is included to allow students an opportunity to individualize their study beyond our curriculum. The Arts Administration minor curriculum requires the completion of 24 credits. There are five parts of the minor: Business courses, Arts courses, an internship, and a capstone course.
For more information about this minor, please contact the Arts Administration Advisor, Dr. Jim Haines .
Effective Fall 2017, the Department of Business will offer a concentration in "Entrepreneurship and Family Business" replacing the previous concentration in "Entrepreneurship". In addition, the department will be offering a new minor in "Family Business & Entrepreneurship".
For more information, please contact a member of the Business Department .
Effective Fall 2017, the Department of Engineering and Physics will offer a concentration in "Environmental Engineering" replacing the previous concentration in "Sustainable Design". In addition, the department will be replacing the Industrial Engineering Management major with an accredited Engineering concentration in "Industrial and Systems Engineering." For more information, please contact a member of the Engineering and Physics Department .
Effective Fall 2017, the Department of Communications will offer a concentration in "Public Relations" replacing the previous concentration in "Corporate Communications". For more information, please contact a member of the Communications Department .
Effective immediately, the College has revised the transfer credit policy to include the acceptance of transfer credits transcribed through DUAL Enrollment .
Elizabethtown College has an agreement for preferred admission to West Virginia University School of Dentistry Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) program following four years (4+4 program) at Elizabethtown College. A student may major in any discipline.
2016-2017 Catalog Updates
The focus of the Family Business and Entrepreneurship minor is on entrepreneurial family businesses and new ventures and their use of innovation as the main growth engine. The minor develops the skills needed to lead and perform effectively as a member of a family business and to recognize and capitalize on opportunities to launch new ventures. The capabilities learned through the minor are essential for the success of any business regardless of its size and scope. The minor provides students with hands-on skills, with internship and externship opportunities, mentoring and networking opportunities, and attending guest speaker lectures offered by family businesses. The minor is supported by the High Center of Family Business at Elizabethtown College. Students who plan on pursuing a career in a family business or entrepreneurial sector after graduation are particularly encouraged to enroll.
The Family Business and Entrepreneurship minor will consist of 5 course requirements totaling 20 credits. This minor is open to all majors, except Business Administration, International Business, and Accounting . For more information about this minor, please contact the Family Business and Entrepreneurship Advisor.
The interdisciplinary minor in
will serve as an excellent adjunct area of study for
students in any discipline. Data science draws on mathematics/statistics, computer science, and a field of application. The application area can be business, biology, chemistry, political science, etc. The Data Analytics minor will consist of 8 requirements totaling 22 credits.
For more information about this minor, please contact the Data Analytics Advisor.
Effective Fall 2016, Degree Planners ( Sample Planner )will replace departmental, interdisciplinary, and graduate program checksheets. Registration and Records has created a webpage dedicated to the Degree Planner . Degree Planners are located in the upper-right corner of the major, minor or graduate program webpage in the Online Catalog.