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2015-2016 Transfer Guide

General Education Requirements: Curriculum for Liberal Education

    Per State Policy on Transfer, students who take their entire course work (native students) toward the baccalaureate degree by enrolling in transfer programs at a Virginia Community College or Richard Bland College, and 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 a portion of the requirements of the University Curriculum for Liberal Education; 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 whose community college degrees include classes taken outside the Virginia Community College system and transferred to count towards the associate degree.

    General education requirements for all other students must be satisfied through the Curriculum for Liberal Education. The Liberal Education 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 Curriculum for Liberal Education Guide.

    Approved Courses & Sequences for the Curriculum for Liberal Education
    These are courses which have VCCS equivalents. While using the list, remember that your academic program may require you to select particular courses. Major and college requirements (if any) are indicated for all programs in the section on Course Recommendations by Major. Please note, course numbers ending in "XXX" may not be used to fulfill a requirement.

    Some courses must be taken in sequence to fulfill the Area requirement. Refer to your major's worksheet to determine which courses are required for an Area.

The credit-hour requirements of the Curriculum for Liberal Education 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:
6-8 credit hours. Some colleges and departments require a 6 or 8-hour sequence.
Creativity and Aesthetic Experience:
1-3 credit hours.
Critical Issues in a Global Context:
3 credit hours.
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