Frequently Asked Questions

Counseling FAQs

When can I see a counselor/advisor?

Counselors and advisors are available Mondays-Thursdays from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm and Fridays from 8:00 am to 11:30 am.

Is New Student Advising mandatory?

Yes, New Student Advising is mandatory for ALL first time students at Brazosport College.

New Student Advising ensures new students are aware of important information such as the enrollment process, required documentation, program information, course offerings, tutoring services, and additional services that will enhance their educational experience at BC. The New Student Advising hold is removed once a new student meets with a counselor/advisor.

How do I contact a counselor/advisor if I’m not able to make it to campus?

You can contact counselors/advisors by phone or email. You can also contact the eCounselor through the Live Chat option or at ecounselor@brazosport.edu.

Use your official BC email account when discussing your educational record through email. More information regarding ecounseling can be found at www.brazosport.edu/ecounseling.

Do I need to make an appointment?

Counselors/advisors see students on a “first come, first serve” walk-in basis. You can request to see a specific counselor/advisor when you sign in at the information desk located in the lobby of BC Central.

When is the best time for advising?

Students can visit with a counselor anytime with questions, however, we do recommend students see counselors/advisors before registration begins for the upcoming semester.

Early planning prepares students for registration when it begins. Please refer to the Academic Calendar for registration dates.

What degrees and certificates are offered at Brazosport College?

Brazosport College offers two-year degrees and certificate options in a variety of career fields, as well as courses in major fields of study. Brazosport College also offers four-year degree programs in Industrial Management and Health Services Management. A complete list of programs can be found in the College Catalog.

What is the core curriculum at BC?

The core curriculum is mandated by the Texas Higher Education Board (THECB) that consists of 42 hours of college-level courses classified into nine component areas. If a student successfully completes the 42 credit hour core curriculum at BC, that block of courses is transferable to any public institution of higher education in Texas and must be substituted for the receiving institution’s core curriculum.

Students are still subject to complete major specific courses required for specific degree plans. Each student should carefully study the degree requirements of senior colleges to which the student plans to transfer and arrange a program of work on the basis of this study.

A student who transfers to another public institution of higher education in Texas without completing the BC core curriculum shall receive academic credit within the core curriculum of the receiving public institution for each of the courses that the student has successfully completed in the BC core curriculum.

I am undecided on a major. Where can I find more resources?

Our Gator Career and Guidance Center (GCGC) can assist you with a variety of tools to assess a student’s interest, skills, work values, and personality types as well as match these attributes with specific careers.

The Gator Career and Guidance Center is located in the Counseling & Testing department. For more information, visit the GCGC on campus or www.brazosport.edu/career.

You can also visit Career Coach for more information regarding careers and relevant data on wages, employment, and training you need. Career Coach also has career assessments available that match your results to careers.

How do I register for courses?

Students can register for courses either in the Registrar’s office or online through their myBC student account. To learn more about how to register, visit brazosport.edu/register.

How can I make schedule changes if I need to add or drop courses?

Students can make schedule changes by visiting the Registrar’s office or through their myBC student account. Schedule changes must be made before each semester’s Official Reporting Date (ORD). View the academic calendar for important dates.

What is the difference between a “drop” and a “withdrawal”?

Drop: A drop occurs when a student drops a course from their schedule before the drop deadline, which is the Official Reporting Date (ORD).

Drops do not affect a student’s transcript and the student receives a refund for the course if they already paid. Students can drop courses on their myBC account or in the Registrar’s office.

Withdrawal: A withdrawal occurs after the drop deadline, which is the Official Reporting Date (ORD).

A withdrawal requires students to meet with a counselor/advisor and complete a Class Withdrawal Form. The withdrawal will be notated on the student’s official college transcript with a “W” posted beside the withdrawn course.

Class withdraws also affect the percentage of the refund the student will receive for the withdrawn course, if any refund is issued. Effective in the fall of 2007, students have a limit of 6 withdraws throughout their entire undergraduate studies.

How do I calculate my GPA?

You can calculate your Grade Point Average (GPA) by dividing the total number of earned grade points by the total number of credit hours applied towards your degree. The resulting quotient is your GPA (do not round). You can find this information on your BC transcript by accessing your myBC account. At BC, your GPA may range from 0.00 to 4.00.

Can I repeat a course to improve my GPA?

Yes. At BC, we take the most recent grade and apply it towards your GPA.

In order to improve your GPA, you will need to score higher than your first attempt. The first attempt does not get erased from your transcript, however, the most recent attempt does replace the first attempt in the GPA calculation.

Will my courses transfer?

Core Curriculum courses will transfer to any public institution of higher education in Texas.

Technical courses may transfer to another public institution of higher education in Texas if the Admissions office deems they have an equivalent course at their institution during the transcript evaluation.

Many universities and colleges have a Transfer Equivalency System on their website or Transfer Guides/Course Sheets.

Transferable courses among institutions can also be found at the Texas Common Course Numbering System website.

Brazosport College has also developed Transfer Pathways, which can be found on the Brazosport College Catalog. Transfer information can be obtained by visiting with a counselor/advisor or visiting our College Transfer Information page.

What is a degree audit?

A degree audit is a web-based tool that provides an academic evaluation that shows your progress towards the completion of a degree or certificate.

A degree audit shows you the required coursework for your program, your completed coursework, and the remaining coursework. Degree audits can be performed by students through their myBC student account.

Where can I request an official BC transcript?

To request Brazosport College transcripts, you can:

  • Log into your myBC account and complete Transcript Request fields
  • Fill out the online Transcript Request Form and submit the form electronically
  • Request your transcript via email or fax by filling the Transcript Request Form and attaching required documentation (photo ID and signature)

Brazosport College transcripts are free of charge. There is a limit to 5 transactions per day. Transcripts are processed within 2 business days of receipt of the transcript request.

Where can I find important dates at BC?

Important dates, such as registration, start dates, end dates, final examinations, and student holidays can be found by accessing the Brazosport College Calendar or the Academic Calendar listed in the college catalog.

Services FAQs

I have a disability. Who can I speak to about accommodations?

Based on the belief that all students should be assured equal access and opportunity, the Office of Disability Services strives to eliminate physical, instructional, and attitudinal barriers by providing reasonable accommodations and fostering awareness within the Brazosport College community.

Each semester, students are responsible for registering and requesting accommodations with the Office of Disability Services. If you need to request accommodations, please visit Phil Robertson (Disability Services Counselor).

For more information, visit the Disability Services site.

I am a U.S. Veteran or dependent of a U.S. Veteran. Do I qualify for Veteran Benefits or the Hazelwood Act?

Veteran Benefits

Veterans meet with Tanisha Millender, Veterans Services Counselor & Certifying Official, to discuss the eligibility and process for Veteran Benefits. More information can be found at Veteran Services site.

Hazelwood Act

Veterans or dependents of veterans meet with the Financial Aid office to discuss the eligibility and process for the Hazelwood Act. More information can be found on the Financial Aid website.

 

Where can I find out more information regarding the dual credit program for high school students?

Dual credit classes are college classes that students can take which will grant student both high school and college credit. High schools and private schools have designated dual credit counselors, some of whom have offices on the high school campuses.

To begin the dual credit enrollment process, high school students need to meet with their designated dual credit counselor. Information regarding the dual credit program, approved dual credit courses, testing requirements, and the enrollment process can be found in the online Dual Credit Guidebooks. Please visit the dual credit website for more information.

I want to transfer to a university. Who can help me with transfer planning?

Any of our advisors can assist you with transfer planning.

We can assist you with the transferability of BC coursework to a university by referring to university transfer guides and/or the Transfer Pathways we have developed. We can also assist students in researching application deadlines, admission requirements, and transfer information sessions.

To enhance the transfer experience, we also offer Transfer Information Sessions on our campus throughout the year. We also host a College Transfer Night every November where university admission counselors are invited to attend to meet with prospective students and provide information about their university.

Testing FAQs

What is the TSI exam?

The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Assessment is a college readiness examination designed to assess a student’s academic ability in order to correctly identify the correct course sequence for students. The TSI Assessment determines college level readiness for reading, writing, and math.

What are the requirements to be “TSI Complete”?

In order to be classified as “TSI Complete”, a student must be at the college level in reading, writing, and math.

TSI Complete status is given when a student has passing scores on a college level readiness exam in all three areas or has completed the developmental coursework for the subject areas.

What are the exemptions and waivers for the TSI?

EXEMPTIONS

Exemptions for TSI are given if students meet one of the following requirements:

SAT

Scores valid prior to March 2016:

A combined score of 1070 or higher with a minimum of 500 on both Critical Reading and math grants a full exemption.

A combined score of 1070 with a minimum of 500 on Critical Reading grants a partial exemption in English; a combined score of 1070 or higher with a minimum score of 500 on math grants a partial exemption in math.

Scores valid after March 2016:

A minimum score of 480 on the EBRW with a minimum of a 530 on Math grants exemption. Scores must be no more than 5 years old.

ACT

A composite score of 23 or higher with a minimum of 19 on english and math grants a full exemption.

A composite score of 23 or higher with a minimum of 19 on English grants a partial exemption in English; a composite score of 23 or higher with a minimum score of 19 on math grants a partial exemption in math.

Scores must be no more than 5 years old.

STAAR

STAAR end-of-course (EOC) with a minimum score of 4,000 (Level 2) on the English III shall be exempt from the TSI Assessment for both reading and writing.

A minimum score of 4,000 (Level 2) on the Algebra II EOC shall be exempt from the TSI Assessment for the math section for a period of 5 years from the date of testing.

WAIVERS

Waivers for TSI are only given to dual credit students while they are in high school.

ALL WAIVERS ARE TEMPORARY AND EXPIRE ONCE STUDENTS GRADUATE FROM HIGH SCHOOL:

PSAT

Scores valid prior to October 2015:

A combined score of 107 or higher with a minimum of 50 on both Critical Reading and Math grants a temporary full waiver.

A combined score of 107 or higher with a minimum score of 50 on Critical Reading grants a partial waiver in English; a combined score of 107 or higher with a minimum score of 50 on math grants a partial waiver in Math.

Scores valid after April 1, 2018:

A minimum score of 460 on the EBRW with a minimum of a 510 on Math grants temporary full waiver. Scores must be no more than 5 years old.

ACT PLAN

A composite score of 23 or higher with a minimum of 19 on English and minimum of 19 in Math grants a full waiver.

A composite score of 23 or higher with a minimum of 19 on English grants partial waiver in English; a composite score of 23 or higher with a minimum score of 19 in Math grants a partial waiver in Math.

Scores must be no more than 5 years old.

STARR

STAAR End-of-Course (EOC) with a minimum score of 4,000 (Level 2) on the English II shall receive a temporary waiver from the TSI Assessment for both reading and writing.

A minimum score of 4,000 (Level 2) on the Algebra I EOC and proof of passing grades in Algebra II high school course shall receive a temporary waiver from the TSI Assessment for the math.

ASPIRE

A minimum score of 435 in English and/or 431 in Math shall grant a temporary waiver from the TSI Assessment.

Can I test out of courses and receive college credit?

Yes. The credit by examination program provides an opportunity for Brazosport College students to complete special examinations in order to establish credit for specified courses.

There are two types of examinations used: 1) Departmental Exams and 2) National standardized examinations, such as College-Level Examination Program (CLEP).

Please visit the Assessment Center website for more information.

I took AP exams in high school. Can I receive college credit from AP exams?

Yes. In order to receive college credit based on AP exam scores, students must submit an official AP Score Report to Brazosport College.

Once received, our Assessment Center will review the AP score(s) and determine eligibility. AP Score Reports can be requested on the College Board website.

Brazosport College only accepts the following AP exams for college credit:

  • Biology
  • Calculus AB
  • Calculus BC
  • Chemistry
  • English (Language/Composition)
  • English (Literature/Composition)
  • Human Geography
  • Macroeconomics
  • Microeconomics
  • Physics I (A)
  • Physics 2 (B)
  • Physics C (Mechanics)
  • Physics C (Electricity & Magnetism)
  • Psychology
  • Spanish
  • Statistics
  • U.S. Government
  • U.S. History.

Information regarding AP score requirements can be found on the credit by exam website.

Contact Us

Bre Mottu
Senior Administrative Office Assistant
Counseling & Testing
979-230-3540

Veva Zamora
Administrative Office Specialist
Counseling & Testing
979-230-3237

Corrina Bickham
Senior Administrative Office Assistant
Assessment Center
979-230-3647

Arnold Ramirez
Director of Counseling and Testing
979-230-3235