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VCCS Transfer Guide

Catalog Year: 2011-2014

Recommended Courses for Transfer from the Virginia Community College System

The ODU general education program consists of requirements all undergraduate students must complete. The number of credit hours necessary to complete these requirements may vary, depending upon the academic discipline selected by the student. The following list of courses can serve as a guide for academic planning. Additionally, major specific curriculum sheets with all VCCS transfer equivalencies are available on the ODU Transfer Advising website.

Written Communication Skills



ENGL 110C ENG 111
ENGL 211C ENG 112 or 210
ENGL 231C ENG 115 or 131

Oral Communication Skills



COMM 101R CST 100, 105, or 110
COMM 103R CST 111 or 112
COMM 112R CST 126

Mathematical Skills



MATH 101M MTH 122, 152, or 182
MATH 102M MTH 158
MATH 162M MTH 163
MATH 163* MTH 164
MATH 166* MTH 166
STAT 130M MTH 146, 157, 240, 241, or 242

Note: MATH 163 and MATH 166 are not classes that meet general education as stated in page 73 of the 2011 Undergraduate Catalog, but we list them above due to the request of students who are interested in lower division departmental requirements for some majors.

Language & Culture Skills**



ARAB 111F ARA 101 and 102
CHIN 111F CHI 101 and 102
FR 101F and 102F FRE 101 and 102
GER 101F and 102F GER 101 and 102
ITAL 101F and 102F ITA 101 and 102
JAPN 111F JPN 101 and 102
LATN 101F and 102F LAT 101 and 102
PRTG 101F and 102F None
RUS 101F and 102F RUS 101 and 102
SPAN 101F SPA 101 or 105 and 106
SPAN 102F SPA 102 or 107 and 108

Language and Culture Skills I and II

(LC 1REQ & 2REQ)

GRE 101 and 102, HIN 101 and 102, KOR 101 and 102, VTN 101 and 102, ASL 101 and 102

**The Bachelor of Arts and the International Business major in the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degrees require completion of the intermediate level (201-202) of a foreign language, even with the earned associate degree. A minimum of 120 credit hours is required to graduate from all bachelor degree programs (see specific degrees for exact minimum credit hours required, as some may require more).

Information Literacy & Research



IT 150G ITE 119
CS 120G None
STEM 251G ITE 119
Requirement can also be met by approved course

Literature Way of Knowing



ENGL 112L ENG 125
ENGL 114L None
FLET 100L None

Literature Way of Knowing


ENG 236, 237, 241, 242, 243, 244, 245, 246, 251, 252, 253, 254, 255, 256, 267, or 268

Human Creativity Way of Knowing



ARTH 121A ART 100,105, 111, or 112
ARTS 122A ART 113, 114
COMM/THEA 270A CST 151, 152, or 250

Human Creativity Way of Knowing


ART 101, 102, 105, 106, 133, 150, 201 or 202, or HUM 100, 201, 202, or 260, MUS 125, or CST 231-232
THEA 241A CST 130, 141, or 142
MUSC 264A MUS 121 or 122
DANC 185A None

Philosophy & Ethics Way of Knowing



PHIL 110P PHI 100, 101, or 102
PHIL 120P PHI 111, 112, or 115
PHIL 230E PHI 220, 225, or 226
PHIL 250E REL 230, 231, 232, 237, or PHI 260

Philosophy and Ethics Way of Knowing

(PL or EL 1REQ)

PHI 200, 211, 212, 227, 228, 265, or 276

Interpreting the Past Way of Knowing



HIST 100H HIS 112
HIST 101H HIS 243 or 254
HIST 102H HIS 101 or 102
HIST 103H HIS 231 or 232
HIST 104H HIS 121 or 122
HIST 105H HIS 203 or 204

Interpreting the Past Way of Knowing


HIS 111

Human Behavior Way of Knowing



AAST 101S HUM 220
ANTR 110S SOC 210, 211, or 212
COMM 200S None
CRJS 215S ADJ 107, 201, or SOC 236
ECON 200S ECO 120
ECON 201S ECO 201
ECON 202S ECO 202
GEOG 100S GEO 210
GEOG 101S GEO 200
POLS 100S PLS 241 or 242
POLS 101S PLS 130, 135, 211 or 212
POLS 102S PLS 140
PSYC 201S PSY 200, 201, or 202
PSYC 203S PSY 230, 231, 232, or 235
SOC 201S SOC 200, 201, or 202
WMST 201S SSC 210 or HUM 210

Human Behavior Way of Knowing


SOC 220 or 255, PLS 120

Nature of Science Way of Knowing



BIOL 115N and 116N
BIOL 121N-122N
BIOL 123N-124N
BIO 101 and 102

Nature of Science Way of Knowing

(NS 1REQ and 2REQ)

BIOL 106 and 107 or MAR 101 and 102 or ENV 121-122

Nature of Science Way of Knowing


BIO 114, 270, 278, CHM 126, GOL 207 or 225, MAR 121, 122, 201, 202, NAS 101, 102, 110, 111, 112, 120, 125 or 130, PHY 130, SCT 111 or 112
CHEM 105N-106N and 107N-108N CHM 101 or 121 and 102 or 122
CHEM 121N-122N and 123N-124N CHM 111 and 112
OEAS 110N GOL 110 (required for teacher ed) (Note: A student receiving credit for 111N cannot receive credit for 110N)
OEAS 111N and 112N GOL 105 and 106 (Note: A student receiving credit for 111N cannot receive credit for 110N)
OEAS 106N and 107N GOL 111 and 112 or MAR 101 and MAR 102
PHY 101N PHY 100 or 101
PHY 102N PHY 102
PHY 121 PHYS 111N
PHY 122 NCSP 1REQ or PHYS 112N(only if optics was covered in the course)
PHY 103N and 104N NAS 131 and 132
PHY 111N and 112N PHY 111 and 112 or 201 and 202
PHY 231N and 232N PHY 231 and 232 or 241 and 242

Associate Degrees-Transfer Articulation Agreements

Old Dominion University has established articulation agreements with all of the VCCS institutions which, in accordance with the State Policy on Transfer, considers the lower division general education requirements in all bachelors degree programs satisfied for students who earn an approved Associate in Arts, an Associate in Science, or an Associates in Arts and Sciences degree at any Virginia Community College or Richard Bland College. Some degree programs require specific General Education courses to meet departmental and/or college requirements that are not automatically satisfied by the articulation agreement. Students must earn a C (2.0) or better in the specific General Education courses to receive credit for the specific General Education requirements.

In addition, associates degrees in General Studies programs at the following community colleges have been approved by the State Committee on Transfer for recognition under the conditions of the State Policy on Transfer:

  • Dabney S. Lancaster Community College

  • Germanna Community College

  • Lord Fairfax Community College

  • Mountain Empire Community College

  • New River Community College

  • Patrick Henry Community College

  • Piedmont Virginia Community College

  • Southside Virginia Community College

  • Southwest Virginia Community College

  • Virginia Highlands Community College

  • Virginia Western Community College

  • Wytheville Community College

Students who transfer to ODU from a Virginia community college or Richard Bland College without earning an associate's degree must have all credits evaluated on a course-by-course basis by the Office of Admissions as specified in the appropriate edition of the ODU Transfer Guide for Virginiacommunity colleges and Richard Bland College. For more information, please consult the current ODU Transfer Guide.

Foreign Language Requirement

Students obtaining a transfer associate degree (A.A., A.A. & S., or A.S.) are waived of the lower division general education foreign language requirement even though foreign language is not a requirement of most associate degree programs. Additional foreign language is required for students pursuing a Bachelor's of Arts or International Business (see the foreign language equivalency above for more details).

Students not pursuing an associate degree may also be waived of the foreign language lower division general education requirement if:

  • Student earned high school diploma prior to December 31, 1985

  • Third level (junior) level of one spoken foreign language was successfully completed in high school (requires submission of the high school transcript to the Office of Admission for verification

  • Second level (sophomore) level of two different spoken foreign languages were successfully completed in high school.

Associate in Applied Science Degrees

In order to facilitate the transfer of students who successfully complete an Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree through the Virginia Community College System and plan to attend OldDominion University, the following provisions have been established:

  1. A student who receives an A.A.S. degree in specific articulated programs (see curricula) at a Virginia Community College, with a grade of C or better in all courses, and who completes a minimum of 37 specified general education credits (see below, 3.b) while obtaining the minimum cumulative grade point average required of all transfer students (or provisional admission if the program requires a higher grade point average) will be eligible to apply for transfer to Old Dominion University.

  2. Virginia Community College A.A.S. degree graduates may expect the following:

    • To have all of the approved courses in the degree program accepted and recorded byOld Dominion University provided the student received grades of C (2.0) or better, as identified in the articulated agreement.

    • To be admitted to Old Dominion University with junior status, as provided in each specific articulation agreement. This includes being considered as satisfying the lower-division general education requirements (see below, 3.b) of Old Dominion University, except those required specifically by a school and/or department for a given major.

    • To complete the remaining credits at Old Dominion University in course work prescribed by the University.

    • To be treated on an equal basis with native students with regard to award and distribution of financial aid, campus housing, selection of courses, and other student services.

  3. Old Dominion University will accept full credit toward the completion of the baccalaureate degree(s) identified in the selected articulated programs, including curriculum-related credits (occupational/technical), provided the following conditions are met:

    • The student has graduated from the Virginia Community College System with an A.A.S. degree in an articulated program with Old Dominion University (see list of articulated programs);

    • The student has satisfactorily completed the specified 37 general education credits from the following areas: English composition (6 credits); humanities/fine arts (6 credits); social/behavioral sciences (9 credits); natural sciences (8 credits); mathematics (6 credits); and wellness (2 credits); and

    • The student has a cumulative grade point average that meets the minimum required of all students transferring to Old Dominion University.

For more information on the articulation process please contact: