Transferable Core of Lower-Division Courses

Transfer and Articulation

Transferable Core of Lower-Division Courses

June 2018


Transferable core of lower-division courses: A set of general education courses agreed upon across all public postsecondary institutions. It must be fully transferable at all public institutions. Institutions may have different naming conventions; however, if that is the case, there is a crosswalk for institutions to use in the transfer process.
 

Yes/No Description Citation
Alabama Yes Articulation and General Studies Committee must create a statewide freshman and sophomore level general studies curriculum to be accepted at all public colleges and universities. However, institutions may require additional general studies courses beyond the statewide general studies curriculum. Ala. Code § 16-5-8
Alaska Yes A student who completed the general education requirements at one university system university or community college and transfers to another system university or community college will be considered to have completed the general education requirements at all University of Alaska universities and community colleges. Board Policy 10.04.062
Arizona Yes Community college districts and universities must cooperate in operating a statewide articulation and transfer system including the process for transfer of lower division general education credits. Ariz. Rev. Stat. § 15-1824
Arkansas Yes Requires the Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board to establish a minimum core of courses which apply toward the general education core curriculum requirements for associate and baccalaureate degrees at state-supported institutions which are fully transferable between all state-supported institutions of higher education. Ark. Code Ann. § 6-61-218
California Yes The Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges, Regents of the University of California, and Trustees of the California State University must jointly develop, maintain, and disseminate a common core curriculum in general education courses for the purposes of transfer. Any person who successfully completes the transfer core curriculum should be deemed to have completed all lower division general education requirements. Cal Educ. Code § 66720
Colorado Yes All credits earned by a student in any general education course identified as corresponding with a course included in the course numbering system must be automatically transferable among all higher education institutions upon transfer and enrollment. Colo. Rev. Stat. § 23-1-108.5
Connecticut No The Regional Community-Technical College System and the Connecticut State University System must develop and implement a general education core of courses for no less than thirty academic credits to be offered as part of its liberal arts and sciences programs and any other degree program designated as a transfer program. The policy does not include the University of Connecticut so not statewide. Public Act 12-31
Delaware No Does not have transferable core lower-division courses.
Florida Yes The chair of the State Board of Education and of the Board of Governors must appoint faculty committees to identify statewide general education core course options. All public postsecondary institutions must accept these courses as meeting general education core course requirements. FL. Stat. § 1007.25
Georgia Yes Requires core curriculum and transferability of the curriculum to all University System of Georgia institutions and Technical College System of Georgia. The core curriculum consists of 42 semester credit hours and are fully transferrable between two and four year institutions. Board Policy 3.3.1
Hawaii Yes Courses numbered 100-499 will transfer as baccalaureate-level credit. Each institution is expected to have a general core but they can differ. System Policy E5.209
Idaho Yes Any student who completes an associate degree at an institution accredited by a regional accrediting body will be considered as satisfying the general education requirements upon transfer to a public institution in the state and will not be required to complete any additional general education requirements. Students completing the general education framework but not an associate degree shall also be deemed as completing general education requirements and all credits must transfer to a public institution in the state. Idaho Code Ann. § 33-3728
Illinois Yes The Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI) is a statewide transfer agreement that is accepted among more than 100 Illinois public and private participating colleges and universities; all public institutions are required to participate in IAI. The IAI provides a 37-41 credit hour "package" of general education courses. Students admitted in transfer who have satisfactorily completed the Illinois General Education Core Curriculum (GECC package) at any regionally accredited Illinois college or university prior to transfer should be granted credit in lieu of the receiving institution's all-campus, lower-division general education requirement for an associate or baccalaureate degree. A receiving institution may, however, require admitted transfer students to complete an institution-wide and/or mission-related graduation requirement that is beyond the scope of the GECC. PA 099-0636 and PA 099-0316
Indiana Yes Each institution must create a statewide transfer general education core based on a set of core competencies comprising at least 30 credit hours that apply toward undergraduate degrees. Credits earned within the core must be transferable among all state educational institutions. Ind. Code. § 21-42-3-2 and 21-42-3-3
Iowa No Does not have transferable core lower-division courses.
Kansas Yes Transfer of general education to and among Kansas public universities, including state universities and Washburn University, shall be accepted as having satisfied the general education requirements for the bachelor degree of all Kansas public universities. A minimum of 45 credit hours is required. Board Policy Ch. 3 Section 2
Kentucky Yes Community colleges can offer any and all lower division academic courses offered for undergraduate credit at any four year public college or university. All lower division courses offered at community colleges must be transferable for academic credit to all four year public colleges and universities. The General Education Transfer Policy identifies three levels of certification of general education blocks allowing students to transfer these credits in multiple ways. K.R.S. 164.583
Louisiana Yes The Board of Regents must identify courses that meet general education requirements in each major area. All public institutions must accept the general education curses. LSA-R.S. 12:3165
Maine No Does not have transferable core lower-division courses.
Maryland Yes The Commission must develop and implement a statewide transfer agreement requiring at least 60 credits of general education, elective and major courses a student earns at a community college are transferrable to any public institution for credit toward a bachelors degree. Md. Code Ann. § 11-207
Massachusetts Yes Provides any student in the Massachusetts public higher education system the ability to complete a portable general education block to satisfy general education requirements at any public institution. Board Policy 11_AAC 16-20
Michigan No Has the Michigan Transfer Agreement but institutions are not required to follow policies unless you join.
Minnesota No Does not have transferable core lower-division courses, however Minnesota Transfer provides a resource to help students with the transfer process.
Mississippi Yes Students who graduate with an associate degree from a Mississippi community or junior college and complete the 30-hour IHL Board core curriculum with a "C" or higher will satisfy the IHL core at the institution. However, general education requirements for BA programs at receiving institutions may exceed the minimum IHL core curriculum. Board Policy Section 520
Missouri Yes Requires all public two-year and four-year institutions to create a statewide core transfer library of at least twenty-five lower division courses that are transferable among all public institutions. Board Policy expands this to a 42 credit hour block transferable to any public institution in the state. Mo. Rev. Stat. § 173.005 Section 8
Montana Yes An undergraduate student who completed the lower division coursework in an approved general education program at an included institution and transfers to another approved institution cannot be required to take additional general education coursework at the lower division level. Board Policy 301.10
Nebraska No The Nebraska Transfer Initiative allows for the general core to transfer from two-years to four-years but this is not a required policy in legislation or at the board level.
Nevada Yes The completion of the AA, AS and associate of business degree at a community college automatically fulfills the lower-division general education requirements at any other NSHE institution. Board of Regents Title 4, Chapter 14, Section 15 and Nev. Rev. Stat. 396.568
New Hampshire No Does not have transferable core lower-division courses.
New Jersey Yes Each public institution must establish and enter into a collective statewide transfer agreement providing seamless transfer of academic credits from a completed associate of arts or associate of science degree program. Once the agreement was established it included that any 100 or 200 level course at a community college that has the same subject matter as a 100 or 200 level course at a four-year institution will be accepted as equivalent. N.J. Rev. Stat. § 18A:62-447
New Mexico Yes The commission is authorized to define, publish and maintain a common core of lower-division general education. Aimed at facilitating the transfer of students among the state's post-secondary institutions. Consists of 35 semester hours of credit. Institutions can require additional credits for general education. N.M. Stat. Ann. § 21-1B-3
New York No There are two different system policies for SUNY and CUNY.
North Carolina Yes The Comprehensive Articulation Agreement allows for seamless transfer between two- and four-year public institutions. The Universal General Education Transfer Component comprises a minimum of 30 semester hours of credit. These are fully transferrable to all two and four-year public institutions. There is an additional general education, pre-major and elective courses which bring the total transfer hours to 60-61. Original: S.L. 287 and S.L. 652 Update in 2013: S.L 2013-72. Comprehensive Articulation Agreement Board Policy (mandated participation in 2013 with S.L. 2013-72)
North Dakota Yes North Dakota created the General Education Requirement Transfer Agreement (GERTA) which is an approved set of general education courses transferable between University System campuses and North Dakota's five tribal colleges. Consists of 36 semester hours in General Education Areas (GEA). Board Policy 403.7
Ohio Yes The Ohio Transfer Module (OTM) is a subset or complete set of an institution's general education requirements in AA, AS or BA degrees. Institutions can have general education requirements that go beyond the OTM. The OTM contains 36-40 semester hours in English, Math, Arts and humanities, social and behavioral sciences, and natural sciences. Students who completed the OTM at the sending institution will have met the OTM of the receiving institution. Board Policy D.2.a
Oklahoma Yes Students completing the prescribed lower-division requirements of a State System institution can transfer into a baccalaureate degree program at any senior institution of the State System and be assured of completing their program in a sequential fashion. The receiving institution may require students to complete additional general education work for the degree. However, the additional work must be part of the upper division requirements in order to complete the degree in the specified number of semester hours as published in the receiving institution's catalog. Board Policy 3.10.4
Oregon Yes Requires establishment of a foundational curriculum for the first year of coursework at public post-secondary institutions. The Oregon Transfer Module (OTM) is an approved set of 45 general education courses common among all of Oregon's public colleges and universities. Courses are chosen from an approved list of 100 and 200 level general education requirements determined by each Oregon community college, public university or participating Oregon independent college or university. OAR 350.400
Pennsylvania Yes The public four-year and two-year institutions have the 30-Credit Transfer Framework which allows students to transfer up to 30 credits of foundation courses to any participating PA TRAC colleges. All of the public institution are PA TRAC institutions so this is considered statewide. 24 P.S. § 20-2002-C
Rhode Island No Does not have transferable core lower-division courses.
South Carolina Yes The Statewide Articulation agreement of 86 courses is applicable to all public institutions for transfer from two- to four-year public institutions. South Carolina Transfer and Articulation Center Policy
South Dakota Yes All general education course credits fulfilling graduation requirements in institutions accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools are transferable between the universities under the control of the South Dakota Board of Regents and the technical institutes governed by the South Dakota Board of Education. S.D. Codified Law § 13-53-43

Board Policy 2:5
Tennessee Yes Requires a 41 hour lower-division general education core common to all state colleges and universities that is transferable as a block to satisfy the general education core of any public community college or university. Tenn. Code Ann. § 49-7-202(f)
Texas Yes The Board of Regents must develop a recommended core curriculum of at least 42 credit hours. Each institution of higher education must adopt a core curriculum of no less than 42 semester hours. If a student successfully completes the 42-hour core curriculum at an institution that block of courses may be transferred to any other institution and must be substituted for the receiving institution's core curriculum. Tex. Educ. Code Ann. § 61-822
Utah Yes Any student who completed an AA or AS degree at any USHE institution will meet the general education requirements of other USHE institutions. If a student has completed all institutional General Education requirements, a Letter of Completion should be accepted by the receiving USHE institution. Board Policy R470-7.1.2
Vermont No There are agreements between the community college system and the Vermont State Colleges system.
Virginia Yes A Uniform Certificate of General Studies must be developed by the State Council of Higher Education, the Virginia Community College System and the public institutions. All credits earned in academic subject coursework by students attending a two-year college who complete the certificate must be transferrable to a four-year public institution. Va. Code Ann. § 23-9.2:3.02
Washington No However, associate degree completion satisfies general education requirements at baccalaureate institutions.
West Virginia Yes The Commission and the Council must maintain a core coursework transfer agreement. This agreement lists the general studies courses at each institution which have been approved for inclusion in the agreement and is updated annually. A student may transfer up to thirty five credit hours of undergraduate coursework in the areas of English composition, communications and literature, fine arts appreciation, mathematics, natural science, and social science as general studies credits. Procedural Rule 133-17-3.2.k
Wisconsin Yes The statute required the Board of Regents, the Technical College System Board and the governing boards of the tribally controlled colleges enter into and implement an agreement that identifies core general education courses totaling not fewer than 30 credits and establishes policies to ensure credits are transferable and would satisfy general education requirements at receiving institutions. The Universal Credit Transfer Agreement satisfies the requirement. The agreement identifies core general education courses totaling not fewer than 30 credits that are transferable and satisfy general education requirements. Wis. Stat. Ann. § 36.31(2m)
Wyoming No The state has transfer policies that allow most courses to transfer in, however have not created a transferable lower-division core of courses. If you transfer with an AA or AS you do fulfill the general education requirements but this is if you finish one of those degrees. In the FAQs of the Universal Studies Program it states that students who have not earned an AA, AS or AB will have to fulfill all USP 2015 requirements, though exceptions from the First-Year Seminar requirement will be available to those who have earned more than 30 college credits after high school graduation.

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