Academic (Transfer/General)

General Studies/Transfer Programs

A university parallel program allows a student to complete the first two years of a  baccalaureate degree. These programs are designed to transfer to a four-year college or university. CVCC offers two transfer degrees:

Degree requirements

Area I: Written Composition I and II . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 credit hours
ENG 101 and ENG 102

Area II: Humanities, Speech and Fine Arts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 credit hours
Must complete at least three semester hours in Literature.

Must complete at least three semester hours in Fine Arts.

Must complete at least three semester hours in Speech.
SPH 106 or SPH 107

Students must complete a six-hour sequence in Literature or History: ENG 251/252 or ENG 271/272 HIS 101/102 or HIS 121/122 or HIS 201/202

Remaining semester hours to be selected from Humanities and/or Fine Arts:
ART 100                          HUM 102
ART 203                          HUM 299
ART 204                          MUS 101
ENG 251                         PHL 206
ENG 252                         SPA 101
ENG 271                         SPA 102 
ENG 272                         SPH 106
HUM 101                         SPH 107

Area III: Natural Science and Mathematics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 credit hours

Must complete three semester hours in Mathematics at the Precalculus Algebra (MTH 112) or Finite Math (MTH 110) level or above. Prerequisites and/or developmental courses may be required for some students before enrolling in these courses.

Must complete eight semester hours in the Natural Sciences, which must include laboratory experiences:
BIO 103 CHM 112 PHY 201 PHY 214
BIO 104 PHS 111 PHY 202
CHM 111 PHS 112 PHY 213

Area IV: History, Social and Behavioral Sciences . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 credit hours

Must complete at least three semester hours in History.

Students must complete a six-hour sequence in Literature or History.
HIS 101 HIS 121 HIS 201 ENG 251 ENG 271
HIS 102 HIS 122 HIS 202 ENG 252 ENG 272

Remaining semester hours to be selected from among other disciplines in the Social and Behavioral Sciences:
ECO 231          HIS 202
ECO 232          POL 211
HIS 121            PSY 200
HIS 122            PSY 210
HIS 201            SOC 200

Areas I-IV: Minimum general education requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 credit hours

AGSC approved CORE courses, including courses not offered by CVCC, transferred from another college will meet requirements for Areas I-IV.

Area V: Preprofessional, pre-major and elective courses . . . . . . . . . . *19-23 credit hours

For additional courses, students must consult with their advisors to obtain Articulation Degree Plans for their specific areas of concentration. The Articulation Degree Plan will list specific course requirements for transfer. However, since acceptance of transfer credits is ultimately determined by the senior institution, a student planning to transfer must consult with his/her advisor as well as the catalog of the institution to which he/she plans to transfer to ensure transfer credit.

Additional degree requirements:

ORI 105B (three credit hours) is required of all students except transfer students who receive credit for 14 or more semester hours prior to transferring to CVCC. CIS 146 is required of all students graduating with an associate degree.

Areas I-V: General studies curricula . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . **60 credit hours

Maximum program semester credit hours . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64 credit hours

Semester credit-hour range by award . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . **64 credit hours

The Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees are awarded to students completing a planned university-parallel program to meet the requirements of the first two years of a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree. Since Area V requirements vary with individual four-year institutions, students must obtain approved university parallel degree plans from the appropriate academic divisions or Counseling, Advising and Testing Services. Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees contain a general education core requirements. Since not all courses will satisfy these requirements in all programs, courses should be chosen from an approved degree plan to ensure they meet the requirements. The degree plan will also indicate the courses needed in addition to the general education core to complete the degree.

Students in the Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts degree program usually transfer to a four-year institution in such fields as Art; Elementary or Secondary Education; Health, Physical Education and Recreation; Music or Theater.

Students in the Associate of Science in General Studies degree program usually transfer to a four-year institution in the Natural Sciences, the Professional Sciences, Mathematics, Computer Science, Business Administration or Nursing.

As part of a transfer degree, students will take freshman- and sophomore-level general education courses in a wide range of disciplines. All students are required to complete a specific number of semester hours in English Composition (Area I); Humanities, Speech and Fine Arts (Area II); Natural Sciences and Mathematics (Area III) and History, Social and Behavioral Sciences (Area IV). These courses are referred to as CORE courses. In addition to CORE courses, students will choose Electives (Area V), which will more specifically prepare them for transfer in their particular field of interest.

While the College does not offer specific majors such as those offered at the bachelor’s (four-year) degree level, the College is acutely aware that students should plan their course selection to meet requirements at the transfer institution. Even though all general education course work in Areas I through V will transfer, the specific Area V courses required for a major at different four-year institutions may vary. It is, therefore, most important that students consult their advisors as well as the catalog of the institution to which they wish to transfer to ensure proper transfer credit. It is also advisable that students contact an academic advisor at the senior institution who can provide definitive advice on major course requirements.