If you plan to transfer to a four-year college or university, you will need to select the best courses to fit your plan. These suggestions should help you get started.
1. Identify Your Goal
Most students at TTC can find transferable courses that will match the general education requirements at most four-year colleges, but you need to know which college you will be transferring to if you are going to make every credit count. Your chosen four-year college will determine which history courses you should take, how much foreign language, which math courses, how many credit hours of lab science, and a number of other decisions.
Even at a single university, the requirements for freshmen and sophomores can be different for different majors. For example, a business major usually takes different math courses than an engineering major; a psychology major takes different social sciences than an accounting major. If you are undecided which major you will pursue, you can usually find a list of general education requirements to pick from, but the choices within that list may be determined by major.
2. Find Out General Education Requirements
Use a catalog from the college/university you have selected to find out the distribution of hours that institution requires. This information is usually under a heading of General Education Requirements, Core Curriculum or Graduation Requirements. This list will not include the courses in your intended major, just the college's requirements in humanities, mathematics, English, social science, lab science, etc.
Then check the section of the catalog that describes requirements for your intended major. There you will probably find more information about which courses are best to take in your first two years. For example, if the general education requirement calls for six hours of social science, the section on the accounting major will tell you that those six hours should be in economics.
3. Use Articulation Lists
If you are transferring to a college in South Carolina, you will probably be able to find a list of courses that transfer from the technical colleges in South Carolina on the college's website or at www.sctrac.org. Be careful when using transfer lists: just because a course transfers does not mean that it is the appropriate course for you to take. You do not want to transfer and then find out that you have not met any requirements but instead have only elective credit. These lists are to help you find which courses at TTC correspond to courses or other credit categories at the four-year college, not to be used without knowing the general education requirements.
If you are transferring to a college not in South Carolina, you will need to use a catalog from the four-year college/university and find out from that school which courses they will accept from TTC. Because TTC is a regionally accredited college, most transfer-level courses will be accepted, but you should make sure.
4. Look Up Transfer Policies
Every college has policies on admission and transfer of credit that you should learn about as soon as possible. Using a catalog or transfer brochure from the four-year college, you should be able to find the answers to the following questions:
- What GPA do you need at TTC?
- What grades do you need for a course to transfer?
- How many hours do you need to take before you can be admitted as a transfer student?
- Is there a maximum number of hours that you can transfer?