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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

    Online and Professional Studies Major Programs

    Dr. Dirk Davis, Division of Online and Professional Studies, Tyler Plaza Offices, Suite 200

    Accounting, Business Administration, Marketing

    Dr. Franco Gandolfi, School of Business

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

    Dr. Chris Morgan, School of Christian Ministries, James 204

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

    Dr. Jacqueline Gustafson, School of Behavioral Sciences, James 118 

    Counseling Ministry, Counseling Psychology, Forensic Psychology

    Dr. Gary Collins, School of Behavioral Sciences, James 118

    Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Biology, Chemistry, Foundational Mathematics, Mathematics

    Dr. Lisa Hernandez, Department of Natural and Mathematical Sciences, James 4659

    Civil Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Engineering, Mechanical Engineering

    Dr. Anthony Donaldson, School of Engineering, Adams Building

    Architecture,Graphic Design and Digital Media, Film, Visual Art

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

    Communication Studies, , Journalism, Journalism and Media, Public Relations, Theatre, Visual Arts

    Professor John Pate, Department of Communication & Visual Arts, James 184

    Composition, English, Film Studies, Spanish

    Dr. James Lu, Department of Modern Languages & Literature, James 254

    Classics, Criminal Justice, History, International Studies, Political Science, Public Administration

    Dr. Chris McHorney, Department of History, Political Science & Criminal Justice, James 268

    Disability Studies, Early Childhood Studies, Education

    Dr. John Shoup, School of Education, Yeager B228

    Health Science

    Dr. David Pearson, Interim Dean of the College of Allied Health, James 106

    Athletic Training, Coaching, Kinesiology, Sport Management

    Dr. Sean Sullivan, Department of Kinesiology, James 042

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

    Dr. Judd Bonner, School of Music, Hawkins 118

    Interdisciplinary Studies

    Dr. Gayne Anacker, College of Arts and Sciences, James 248

    Liberal Studies

    Dr. John Shoup, School of Education, Yeager B228

    Nursing, Pre-Nursing

    Dr. Geneva Oaks, School of Nursing, Lambeth House


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.
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:  Jessica Reyes

K-Z:  Degree and Records Analyst