Transfer Guide
University Registrar Virginia Tech

General Education Requirements: The University Core Curriculum

    Per State Policy on Transfer, students who begin their work (native Virginia Community College or Richard Bland students) toward the baccalaureate degree by enrolling in transfer programs at a Virginia Community College or Richard Bland College, who graduate with associate degrees based upon a baccalaureate-oriented sequence of courses, and who are offered admission to Virginia Tech will be granted junior level status upon admission. Additionally, these students will have fulfilled the requirements of the University Core Curriculum. However, it may take such students longer than two years to complete the baccalaureate degree because of major prerequisites and other circumstances or requirements (State Policy on Transfer, Section II). Non-native students are those students who do not begin their college work at the community college, but rather transfer to the community college and complete the transfer associate degree.

    General education requirements for all other students must be satisfied through the University Core Curriculum. The core requirements a transfer student must fulfill are determined by the student's dean based upon the class (freshman, sophomore, junior, senior) into which a student falls at the time the student enters Virginia Tech.

    A complete list of courses appears in the University Core Curriculum Guide.


The credit-hour requirements of the University Core Curriculum are as follows:

Writing and Discourse:
6 semester hours of Freshman English, depending on skill level
Ideas, Cultural Traditions and Values:
6 credit hours. Some colleges and departments require a 6-hour sequence.
Society and Human Behavior:
6 credit hours. Some colleges and departments require a 6-hour sequence.
Scientific Reasoning and Discovery:
8 credit hours. Some colleges and departments require an 8-hour sequence.
Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning:
6 credit hours. Some colleges and departments require a 6-hour sequence.
Creativity and Aesthetic Experience:
1-3 credit hours.
Critical Issues in a Global Context:
3 credit hours.