Independent Study credit may be earned in any discipline. Transfer credit is designated as Independent Study 199; nontransferable credit is designated as Independent Study 099. These courses are offered on a credit/no credit basis.
Independent Study projects are normally for one unit of credit and require a minimum of 54 hours of directed work per unit of credit. Within the 54-hour minimum, the instructor meets with each student on a weekly basis for at least one hour or a minimum of 18 hours for each one unit project. Independent Study may be repeated for credit for a maximum of three units. Recommended projects of more than one unit must have prior approval from the Vice President of Academic Affairs. The proposal is subject to prior approval by the supervising instructor and the division dean in order for the student to enroll in Independent Study 099 or 199.
To be eligible for Independent Study, a student must be concurrently enrolled in at least one other class in the Rancho Santiago Community College District, with the exception of summer sessions. The student must also show evidence of competence in the academic major as well as the area in which independent study is proposed.