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VCCS Transfer Course Requirements



  • English Composition (6)
  • Foreign Languages - Demonstrated proficiency equal to the intermediate level of college instruction
  • Natural Sciences and Mathematics (12) - Courses in at least two of the disciplines: astronomy, biology, chemistry, environmental sciences, physics, and mathematics. Math courses must include statistics, finite math calculus, or higher level-courses; pre-calculus will apply towards a degree but will not satisfy the requirement.
  • Social Sciences (6) - One course in two of the following subjects: anthropology, economics, government, linguistics, psychology, or sociology.
  • Humanities (6) - One course in two of the following three groups: literature (classics, comparative literature, English, foreign literature): fine arts (art, drama, music); moral, philosophical, and religious thought (political theory, philosophy, religion).
  • Historical Studies (3) - One course that is substantially historical, whether taught in a history department or in some other discipline.
  • Non-Western Perspective (3) - One course from any department that deals substantially with a cultural heritage other than that of the West
  • Important: Candidates with an associate's degree or two years of college coursework are preferred. Students transferring after one year of college should have completed at least 30 semester-hours; students transferring after two years should have completed at least 60 semester-hours. The College of Arts and Sciences will not grant credit for more than 60 semester-hours completed elsewhere.

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For the programs in Architecture, Architectural History, and Urban and Environmental Planning, it is recommended, but not required, that community college transfer students complete course work in the following areas:

School of Architecture Requirements
Recommended VCCS Courses

English - 6 semester hours
ENG 111-112. Additional course work may be selected from the ENG 241, 243, or 251 sequences.

Humanities - 6 semester hours ART 101-102, 121-122, 125, 126, 231-232, or 243-244 are strongly recommended. Other options may include: ART 103-104, ENG 241-242, 243-244, 251-252; FRE 101-102, 201-202; GER 101-102, 201-202; MUS 111-112, 121-122; PHI 101-102, 111.

Mathematics (Calculus) - 3 semester hours
MTH 173 or MTH 271. If these courses are unavailable, consult with the Office of Admission for alternatives.

Natural Science - 8 semester hours
PHY 241-242

Social Sciences - 6 semester hours
ECO 201-202; PLS 211-212, 241-242; HIS 101-102, 121-122, 231-232, 253-254; PSY 201-202; SOC 201-202, 268

Note: Course work in Architectural Technology does not normally satisfy requirements for the design and technology courses at the University. On occasion, such courses may be granted elective credit. For students applying to Urban and Environmental Planning, it is useful to have some social science and elective courses in history, speech communication, economics, statistics, and state and local government. For all of the undergraduate programs, additional credits for transfer can be offered from a variety of fields with foreign language and freehand drawing courses recommended. Students may be required to attend a summer at the University for introductory courses in architectural design.

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Recommended VCCS Courses

Accounting - 6 semester hours.
ACC 211/212

Business -
An introduction to business course is required, the equivalent of U.Va.'s COMM 180.

Economics - 6 semester hours.
ECO 201/202

English Composition - 3 semester hours.
ENG 111

Mathematics - 6 semester hours.
Calculus or probability and statistics. MTH 173, 271 or 181 and MTH 240. If the community college does not offer these courses, consult the Office of Admission for advice on an alternative.

Humanities - 3 semester hours (prior to enrollment).
Three additional hours of humanities and 3 hours of social, natural/physical sciences are required. These may be taken before or after entering the McIntire School. ENG 112, 241/242, 243/244, 251/252; ART 101/102; PHI 101/102 are recommended. Other courses in the Humanities, English, Art, Music, and Speech and Drama may also be accepted. SPD 100 or SPD 110 is strongly recommended

Foreign Language - 0-14 semester hours.
All students must demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language equivalent to the intermediate level of college instruction. This proficiency can be demonstrated by college course work or by an SAT II Subject Test score (refer to the admission catalog). Completion of level 202 in a foreign language satisfies this requirement.

General Electives:
Your elective courses plus the above requirements will need to total 54 semester hours (60 semester hours is recommended). Electives can be taken from any subject.

Particular attention will be paid to performance in Accounting, Economics, and Mathematics. In certain cases attendance at the University's Summer Session may be required. Students are strongly encouraged to complete a public speaking course and computer-programming course.

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Recommended VCCS Courses

BA/MT Program
Minimum of 24 semester hours required to enroll.

Humanities: English Composition, Literature (American or English), one course from Art, Philosophy, Religion, or Music, and Foreign Language (see the foreign language requirement for the College of Arts and Sciences).

Natural Sciences: Science (one full year), and Mathematics (3 semester hours). Any other math or science course may be taken to fulfill the 12 semester hour requirement.

Historical Studies and Social Sciences: Western Civilization (HIEU 201 or 202), American History (HIUS 201 or 202), non-Western Studies (3 semester hours), and one 3 semester hour course from Psychology, Sociology or Economics.

BSEd/MT Program (Health and Physical Education)

The same requirements for the BA/MT program apply, with the exception of foreign language, which is not required.

B.S. Ed Program (Kinesiology)

A minimum of 54 semester hours is required for admission

Humanities (12 credits) – including your school’s English composition requirement, other courses in the humanities discipline

Social Sciences (12) – including one course in Sociology and one course in Psychology

Natural Sciences (12) – including two semesters of Biology (+ labs) and one course in a natural science other than Biology.

Students transferring into Kinesiology should consult the Undergraduate Record for additional requirements.

B.S. Ed Program (Communication Disorders)

A minimum of 54 semester hours is required for admission

Humanities (12 credits) – including your school’s English composition requirement, English literature, and a balance from any of the following: Foreign Language, Public Speaking, Fine Arts, Music and Philosophy.

Social Sciences (12) – including one course in American History and two courses in Sociology and/or Psychology, with a balance from any of the following: Anthropology, Economics, Political Science, Geography, Sociology or Psychology.

Natural Sciences and Math (12) –including Probability or higher, one course in Biology, a physical science course, and Statistics.

Physical Education (3)

Students transferring into Communication Disorders should consult the Undergraduate Record for additional requirements. 

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Recommended VCCS Courses

Applied Mathematics
MTH 173/174, Math 277, Math 285 and Math 279

CHM 111/112

EGR 120 and appropriate 200 level EGR courses

PHY 241/242

English Composition
ENG 111 and 112


Computer Science
A course in introductory computer programming, preferably in Java.

Students admitted to the School of Engineering and Applied Science from the Virginia Community College System are given credit for all courses included in the VCCS Engineering program for which there is an equivalent in the engineering program and for which the student has received a letter grade of at least a "C". While an exact match between University and VCCS courses is desirable, it is not always possible. The student considering transfer to engineering should consult the University of Virginia Undergraduate Record (Offsite) with regard to requirements so as to make the proper choice in the community college.

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  • English Composition (3 credits)
  • Second Writing Requirement (3) – One course, in addition to English composition, with extensive writing requirements. Students are required to take this course at the University.
  • Natural Sciences and Mathematics (12) – Anatomy and physiology are required; additional credits in this area can be completed in mathematics, chemistry, physics, genetics, environmental science, geology, or ecology.
  • Social Sciences (9) – Courses in anthropology, economics, government, linguistics, psychology, or sociology.
  • Humanities/Fine arts (9) – Courses in philosophy, ethics, public speaking, art, religion, music, drama, foreign languages.
  • Other requirements – Fifteen or more semester-hours, bringing the total to 51. Up to seven semester-hours (three courses) in physical education or skills courses such as studio art or music performance may be counted towards these elective requirements.

Important: Students wishing to transfer after one or two years of college work, and who have not already completed a bachelor’s degree in another area, must have successfully completed a minimum of at least 30 semester-hours of the requirements listed above to enter the School of Nursing in the fall semester second-year. Beginning with Fall 2010 review, the School of Nursing will only accept external transfer students into the second year of the program. Any college/university student with at least 30 hours of credit completed by Fall 2010 is eligible to apply. All students will transfer in as second-year students and will complete the BSN in three additional years of study. Students admitted into the transfer cohort for Fall 2010 will graduate from the School of Nursing in May 2013. Full-time study is required. See the School of Nursing website for more information.

Nontraditional Nursing Programs

RN/BSN. Registered Nurses who have completed the required general education courses listed above may apply for transfer admission to an innovative program leading to a BSN.

Clinical Nurse Leader MSN Program. This curriculum prepares individuals with undergraduate or graduate degrees in other disciplines to become Registered Nurses who provide direct patient care and who lead at the point of care. This program is a full-time program that leads to a MSN degree after 24 months. The program begins in the fall semester, and ends at the end of the a summer session nearly two years later. For more information about this graduate degree program, consult the School of Nursing website:

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