What is an Academic Variance?

  • An Academic Variance allows a student to request the substitution of a degree requirement (major, minor, concentration or general education) with a course outside of their catalog requirements.

Where should the Academic Variance be submitted?  

  • The form should be initiated by the student with a course description or syllabus here: https://portal.laserfiche.com/m0921/forms/Academic-Variance
  • The form will automatically be forwarded to the appropriate Dean, Department Chair, or University Registrar for recommendation. For questions, please see the below chart for the appropriate individual and office.
Major Academic Variance Point of Contact
Accounting  Marina Girju
Anthropology Douglas Wallace
Applied Theology Anthony Chute
Architecture Keelan Kaiser
Art Education Katherine Papineau
Art Therapy Studies Katherine Papineau
Aviation Flight John Marselus
Aviation Management John Marselus
Behavioral Science Douglas Wallace
Biology Bruce Prins
Biomedical Engineering Sarah Zhao
Business Administration Marina Girju
Chemical Engineering Sarah Zhao
Chemistry Patrick Schacht
Christian Behavioral Science Douglas Wallace
Christian Ministries Anthony Chute
Christian Studies Anthony Chute
Civil Engineering Jong-Wha Bai
Commercial Performance David Toledo
Communication Sciences and Disorders Namhee Kim
Communication Studies Victoria Brodie
Composition/Composition for Stage & Screen David Toledo
Computer Science Dan Grissom
Construction Management Jong-Wha Bai
Creative Writing Berniece Alspach
Criminal Justice Chase Porter
Criminal Justice (online) Chase Porter
Early Childhood Studies Jee Young Noh
Electrical and Computer Engineering John Butler
Elementary Education Thomas Chavez
English Berniece Alspach
English (online) Berniece Alspach
Entrepreneurship Marina Girju
Exercise Science Sean Sullivan
Film Katherine Papineau
Finance Marina Girju
Fine Art Katherine Papineau
Graphic Design & Digital Media Sam Park
Graphic Design & Visual Experience Dirk Dallas
Health Science Janet Bonome
Healthcare Administration Janet Bonome
History Chase Porter
Illustration Matthew Niermann
Instrumental Performance David Toledo
Intercultural Studies Anthony Chute
Interior Design Matthew Niermann
International Business Marina Girju
International Studies Chase Porter
Journalism and New Media Victoria Brodie
Kinesiology Sean Sullivan
Liberal Arts Gretchen Bartels-Ray
Liberal Studies (on-campus) Thomas Chavez
Marketing Marina Girju
Mathematics Robert Willett
Mechanical Engineering Richard Baumer
Music David Toledo
Music Education David Toledo
Music for Worship Arts & Ministry David Toledo
Nutrition & Food Science Janet Bonome
Pharmaceutical Sciences Patrick Schacht
Philosophy Anthony Chute
Photography Christopher Kern
Physical Therapist Assistant Jan Edmisten
Piano Performance David Toledo
Political Science Chase Porter
Pre-Elementary Education Thomas Chavez
Pre-Nursing/ Nursing Teresa Hamilton
Psychology Joshua Fuller
Public Health Janet Bonome
Public Relations Victoria Brodie
Radiologic Sciences Mark Deharo
Social Work Kristina Gordon
Sociology Douglas Wallace
Software Engineering Dan Grissom
Songwriting David Toledo
Spanish Khamla Dhouti-Martinez
Sport & Performance Psychology (campus) Joshua Fuller
Sport & Performance Psychology (online) Edward Garrett
Sport Management Sean Sullivan
Strategic Communication (online) Victoria Brodie
Studio Production David Toledo
Theatre David Toledo
Vocal Performance David Toledo

What additional information should I know before submitting an Academic Variance?  

  • Courses listed on an articulation agreement do not require the submission of an academic variance.
  • Approval of an Academic Variance Request may alter graduation requirements. It is the student's responsibility to seek clarification from Academic Advising.
  • The variance will expire within one year of approval if coursework is not completed. Students who have not completed coursework for which an academic variance was approved before its expiration, should submit a new variance for review and consideration.

An Academic Variance is required for any student wanting to use a course at another institution to meet an upper division requirement within their major/minor/concentration.

Academic Variance- An official document that requests the substitution or exemption of a degree requirement with the use of a different course
Exemption- student is excused from a particular degree requirement
Substitution- the use of one course in place of a course requirement

Degree and Records Analysts' Contact Information (divided by students' last names):
A-L:  Heidi Wilson

M-Z:  Emmanuel Castro