2017-2018 Transfer Guide

You are considered to be a transfer applicant if you have attempted 12 or more credit hours at another college or university any time following graduation from high school.


General Education: Curriculum for Liberal Education

Per State Policy on Transfer, students who take their entire course work 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.

The Curriculum for Liberal Education (CLE), sometimes referenced as general education at other institutions, is an important aspect of students' education at Virginia Tech. Courses offered in the CLE are unobstructed by major requirements thereby allowing students to enjoy a broad spectrum of topics. Courses included in the CLE are selected to fulfill the goals of the following areas:

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. For courses ending in "XXX", please see your academic advisor to determine applicability to fulfill CLE or degree requirements.

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.

This link will take you to information about Virginia Tech's Curriculum for Liberal Education. Once there, click on Curriculum for Liberal Education, then on Yearly Guides, and then on the most current year to view course opportunities in each Area.

It is advisable to view course recommendations by major and checksheets (list of courses required to complete degrees) of your intended major at Virginia Tech. This will help you determine which Areas you may choose and which are prescribed by your selected College or major.

Students who have earned an associate degree at a Virginia Community College or at Richard Bland may have fulfilled requirements toward the CLE. Additional information may be found here.