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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 and forwarded with a course description or syllabus to the appropriate Dean, Department Chair, or University Registrar for recommendation. Please see the below chart for the appropriate individual and office to forward the form.



    All General Education Requirements

    Ms. Shawnn Koning, Office of the University Registrar, Yeager D118

    Architecture, Art History, Film Studies, Graphic Design and Digital Media, Photography, Visual Art

    Dr. Mark Roberson, College of Architecture, Visual Art and Design

    Aviation Dispatch, Aviation Inflight Services, Aviation Flight, Aviation Management, Aviation Unmanned Systems, Missionary Aviation

    Dr. C. Daniel Prather, Department of Aviation Science

    Comedic Arts, Communication Studies, Journalism and New Media, Public Relations, Theatre

    Professor John Pate, Department of Communication Arts

    Classics, Criminal Justice, History, Humanities, International Studies, Political Science

    Dr. Chris McHorney, Department of History and Government

    Children's Literature, Creative Writing, English, Spanish, Spanish for Health Care Professions, TESOL

    Dr. James Lu, Department of Modern Languages and Literature

    Biology, Environmental Science, Global Community Science

    Dr. Bruce Prins, Department of Biological Sciences

    Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Chemistry

    Dr. Thomas Ferko, Department of Chemistry

    Actuarial Science, Applied Mathematics, Applied Statistical Analysis, Applied Statistics, Foundational Mathematics, Mathematics, Physics, Sports Analytics

    Dr. Linn Carothers, Department of Mathematical Sciences

    Aerospace Engineering, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics 

    Dr. Ziliang Zhou, Department of Aerospace, Industrial and Mechanical Engineering

    Biomechanics and Rehabilitation Engineering, Biomedical Engineering

    Dr. Matthew Rickard, Department of Bioengineering 

    Chemical Engineering

    Dr. Mark Anklam, Department of Chemical Engineering

    Civil Engineering 

    Dr. Jong-Wha Bai, Department of Civil Engineering 

    Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Software Engineering 

    Professor Arlene Perkins, Department of Computing Software and Data Sciences 

    Electrical and Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering

    Dr. Grace Ni, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering


    Dr. Anthony Donaldson, College of Engineering

    Athletic Training, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Speech Language Pathology

    Dr. Nicole MacDonald, Department of Allied Health Professions

    Coaching, Exercise Science, Kinesiology, Sport Management

    Dr. Sean Sullivan, Department of Kinesiology

    Physician Assistant Studies

    Dr. Allan Bedashi, Department of Physician Assistant Studies

    Clinical Health Science, Healthcare Administration, Health Science, Nutrition, Nutrition and Food Sciences, Public Health 

    Dr. Robert LaChausse, Department of Public Health Sciences

    Anthropology, Behavioral Science, Christian Behavioral Science,  Psychology, Sociology

    Dr. Jacqueline Gustafson, School of Behavioral Sciences

    Counseling Ministry, Counseling Psychology, Forensic Psychology

    Professor Mischa Routon, School of Behavioral Sciences

    Accounting, Business Administration,Entrepreneurship, Marketing

    Dr. Natalie Winter, School of Business

    Applied Theology (BAT), Christian Studies, Global Integration Studies, Global Justice, Global Studies, Intercultural Studies, Philosophy

    Dr. Chris Morgan, School of Christian Ministries

    Early Childhood Studies, Education, Leadership Studies, Liberal Studies, School Counseling, School Psychology

    Dr. John Shoup, School of Education

    Composition, Instrumental Performance, Keyboard Accompanying, Music, Music Education, Piano Performance, Vocal Performance

    Dr. Guy Holliday, School of Music

    Nursing, Pre-Nursing

    Dr. Geneva Oaks, School of Nursing


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.

Check the status of your Academic Variance

Please check your CBU email for the status of your Academic Variance.
*The standard processing time for an Academic Variance is 7-10 business days from time of receipt in the Office of the University Registrar.