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VCCS Transfer Course Requirements


  • English Composition (6 credits) - ENG 111 and 112 or ENG 210 if ENG 111/112 were taken as dual enrollment courses
  • Foreign Languages - Demonstrated proficiency equal to the intermediate level of college instruction (usually the 202 or 204 level)
  • Natural Sciences and Mathematics (12 credits) - 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 credits) - One course in two of the following subjects: anthropology, economics, government, linguistics, psychology, or sociology.
  • Humanities (6 credits) - 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 credits) - One course that is substantially historical, whether taught in a history department or in some other discipline.
  • Non-Western Perspective (3 credits) - 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:

  • English (6 credits) - ENG 111-112. Additional course work may be selected from the ENG 241, 243, or 251 sequences.
  • Humanities (6 credits) - 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 credits) - MTH 173 or MTH 271. If these courses are unavailable, consult with the Office of Admission for alternatives.
  • Natural Science (8 credits) - at least one course in physics
  • Social Sciences (6 credits) - 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: We ask that all transfer applicants interested in majoring in Architecture submit a portfolio. For guidelines, please go here.  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.

To ensure normal progress towards the degree, transfer candidates entering the Architecture major are required to take summer courses at the University prior to fall enrollment. Your offer is contingent upon your full participation and successful completion of summer studio courses taken at U.Va.  Rising second-year students will need to come to Grounds from mid-July to August.  Rising third-years will need to come to Grounds from June to mid-August.

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Recommended VCCS Courses

  • Accounting (6 credits) - ACC 211/212
  • Business - BUS 100 - An introduction to business course is required, the equivalent of UVa’s COMM 1800
  • Economics (6 credits) - ECO 201/202
  • English Composition (6 credits) - ENG 111 and 112
  • Mathematics - (6 credits) - including one course in Calculus and one course in Statistics:
    Calculus - MTH 173, 174, 175, 176, 270, 271, 272, 273, 274
    Probability of Statistics - MTH 157, 240, 241, 242, BUS 224
  • Humanities - (3  credits prior to enrollment) - Three additional hours of humanities.Students are encouraged to take courses that emphasize oral and written communication skills as well as courses that emphasize moral reasoning and ethics. Other courses in the Humanities, English, Art, Music, and Speech and Drama may also be accepted. CST 100 or CST 110 is strongly recommended.
  • Foreign Language - (0-14 credits) - through the 202 or 204 level. 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, an AP score or an SAT II Subject Test score (refer to the undergraduate record). 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.

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Recommended VCCS Courses

BA/MT Program

An applicant for transfer must complete the following General Education courses prior to enrollment in the undergraduate program: a minimum of 54 semester hours if entering dual-degree (BA/MT, BSEd/MT) programs as a third-year student or if entering the BSEd (kinesiology and communication disorders) programs.

  • English Composition (6 credits) - ENG 111/112
  • Humanities (6 credits) - One course in literature; one course in philosophy, religion, music, or fine arts
  • Foreign Languages - Demonstrated proficiency equal to the intermediate level of college instruction (the 202 or 204 level).
  • Natural Sciences and Mathematics (12 credits) - Courses including one full-year sequence in natural sciences, with or without a lab, and one course in mathematics (statistics, probability, or calculus is recommended).
  • Social Sciences (12 credits) - One course in Western civilization(HIS 101); one course in American history(HIS 121); one course in a non-Western perspective; one course in psychology, sociology, anthropology, linguistics, or economics.
  • Physical Education (1 credit)
  • Other Requirements - Remaining electives should be taken from any of the areas listed above.

Important: All students wishing to prepare as teacher at elementary or secondary levels - including special education but excluding physical education (see below) must enroll in the College of Arts and Sciences in this five-year BA/MT program. Subsequent approval to enter the teacher-education program is granted by the School of Education prior to the student's entering the second or third year. A minimum of 23 semester-hours is required to transfer in the second year; 54 semester-hours are required to enter in the third year.

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 ENG 111 and 112, other courses in the literature, fine arts, music, art, religious studies and philosophy.
  • Social Sciences (9 credits) – anthropology, economics, government, linguistics, psychology or sociology
  • Natural Sciences (12 credits) – including BIO 101 and 102 (+labs), BIO 141 and 142 (+labs), and one calculus course

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

B.S. Ed Program (Speech Pathology and Audiology)

A minimum of 54 semester hours is required for admission

  • Humanities (12 credits) – ENG 111, 112, English literature, and a balance from any of the following: Foreign Language, Public Speaking, Fine Arts, Music and Philosophy.
  • Social Sciences (12 credits) – 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 credits) –including Probability or higher, one course in Biology, a physical science course, and Statistics.
  • Physical Education (3 credits)

Students transferring into Speech Pathology and Audiology 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
  • Chemistry - CHM 111/112
  • Engineering - EGR 120 and appropriate 200 level EGR courses
  • Physics - PHY 241/242
  • English Composition - ENG 111 and 112
  • Computer Science - A course in introductory computer programming, preferably in Java. EGR 125 or 126 are strongly recommended for those interested in Aerospace, Mechanical, Chemical, Civil, Biomedical Engineering or Engineering Science.  CSC 201 is strongly recommended for those going into Computer engineering, computer science, systems or electrical engineering.

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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The following is a suggested pre-nursing curriculum:

Fall Semester, Year 1
English Composition, ENG 111 (3 credits)
Human Anatomy and Physiology I, BIO 141 with Lab (4 credits) *
Chemistry, CHM 111 or 112 (3-4 credits) *
Social Science / History course (3 credits)
Humanities / Fine Arts course (3 credits)

Spring Semester, Year 1
English Composition, ENG 112 (3 credits)
Human Anatomy and Physiology, BIO 142 II with Lab (4 credits) *
Microbiology, BIO 205 (3-4 credits) *
Social Science / History course (3 credits)
Humanities / Fine Arts course (3 credits)

* All prerequisite courses need to be completed before the start of the fall semester and can be completed in the summer semester if needed.

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 and the requirements listed above to enter the School of Nursing in the fall semester second-year.  All students will transfer in as second-year students and will complete the BSN in three additional years of full-time study. Students admitted into the transfer cohort for Fall 2015 will graduate from the School of Nursing in May 2018. 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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