Apr 19, 2024  
2023-2024 College Catalog 
2023-2024 College Catalog

Developmental Studies

Developmental courses are designed for students who are working to successfully transition to the College credit curriculum. These courses serve as a bridge between students’ current educational level and the College classroom experience. Students in Developmental Studies-level courses are ensured personal attention and frequent interaction with instructors.

Developmental courses are offered in three skills areas: integrated reading & writing, math, and algebra. Courses are scheduled each semester, day and evening, and most summer sessions.

Upon entrance to the College, a student should meet with a counselor to determine their personal starting point, specifically, whether or not developmental course work is necessary. Determinants may include potential transfer work, scores obtained on ACT or SAT exams, and/or results on the College Placement Test.

All Developmental Studies courses are issued Institutional Credits (IC) which do not count in the grade point average (GPA) and do not fulfill graduation requirements. Letter grades “AI” through “FI” represent Institutional Credit in the Sussex County Community College grading system. Students who are required to take only developmental math or algebra courses are not restricted from taking college-level courses which require reading or writing.

All students who require Developmental Studies coursework and who have enrolled in a degree or certificate program must begin required Developmental Studies courses within their first six credits regardless of full or part-time status, curriculum, or career aspirations. Full and part-time students seeking an A.S., A.A., A.F.A., or A.A.S. degree, and students enrolled in a certificate program with a math requirement must complete the required developmental courses through Introductory Algebra I and II or Basic Algebra in consecutive semesters from their initial entry into the College. Students enrolled in a certificate or curriculum that does not have a math requirement must complete developmental courses through Basic Mathematics.

Students requiring developmental proficiency are placed in one or more of the following developmental studies courses and have an individual schedule designed to meet their needs:

Basic Mathematics Requirements

Additional Algebra Courses

(Required only for specific advanced mathematics courses)

* Students may elect to complete their basic mathematics requirement as EITHER a self-paced, computerized course in the Math Lab, OR in a traditional classroom format.

Opportunities to Earn College-level Credits While Completing Developmental Requirements Include:

  1. College-level courses that do not require proficiency in any of the specified developmental courses (English or Math):
  • All studio arts courses; ARTA 106  
  • All Automotive courses
  • Selected Communications courses:

COMM 130 - Television Production I  

  • Selected Theater courses:

THEA 102 - Acting I  

THEA 103 - Acting II  

THEA 110 - Theater Workshop I  

THEA 111 - Theater Workshop II  

  • Selected Photography courses:

PHOT 110 - Film Photography I  

PHOT 112 - Film Photography II  

  • COLL 101 - Foundations for Success  
  • Foreign Language Courses IF: Students who have taken two years of a language in high school and received a grade of “C” or better may enroll in an introductory foreign language course while enrolled in developmental ENGL 009 .
  1. College-level courses that may be taken along with ENGL 011 - Critical Reading & Writing II :
  1. College-level courses that require proficiency in all developmental English courses and in MATH 010 - Basic Mathematics : 
  1. College-level courses that require proficiency in all developmental English courses and in MATH 015 - Introductory Algebra I  and MATH 017 - Introductory Algebra II  or MATH 023 - Basic Algebra :
  2. Courses that require proficiency in MATH 040 - Intermediate Algebra  OR a score of 50 on the College-level Math Accuplacer exam:
  3. Some additional notes on CHEMISTRY (CHEM) courses:
  4. Some additional notes on PHYSICS (PHYS) courses:

Developmental Course Guidelines

The determination of which college-level courses are allowable in conjunction with the various levels of developmental courses is made by the Office of Academic Affairs and is reviewed on an annual basis.