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Ohio Transfer Module

BridgeSeamless transfer: The Ohio Transfer Module is a set of courses that fulfills the general education requirements at public colleges in Ohio. You can take the Transfer Module at Columbus State, then transfer to another college to finish your bachelor's degree.

The Transfer Module contains 36-40 semester hours of course credits in English composition, mathematics, fine arts, humanities, social science, behavioral science, natural science, physical science and interdisciplinary courses.

Fulfillment of the Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree requirements assures fulfillment of Transfer Module requirements.

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The Ohio Board of Regents in 1990, following a directive of the 119th Ohio General Assembly, developed the Ohio Articulation and Transfer Policy to facilitate each student’s ability to transfer credits from one Ohio public college or university to another in order to avoid duplication of course requirements. A subsequent policy review and recommendations produced by the Articulation and Transfer Advisory Council in 2004, together with mandates from the 125th Ohio General Assembly in the form of Amended Substitute House Bill 95, have prompted improvements of the original policy. While all state-assisted colleges and universities are required to follow the Ohio Articulation and Transfer Policy, independent colleges and universities in Ohio may or may not participate in the transfer policy. Therefore, students interested in transferring to independent institutions are encouraged to check with the college or university of their choice regarding transfer agreements. In support of improved articulation and transfer processes, the Ohio Board of Regents will establish a transfer clearinghouse to receive, annotate, and convey transcripts among state-assisted colleges and universities. This system is designed to provide standardized information and to help colleges and universities reduce undesirable variability in the transfer credit evaluation process.


Transfer Module

The Ohio Board of Regents’ Transfer and Articulation Policy established the Transfer Module, which is a subset or entire set of a college or university’s General Education curriculum in A.A., A.S., and baccalaureate degree programs. Students in applied associate degree programs may complete some individual transfer module courses within their degree program or continue beyond the degree program to complete the entire transfer module. The Transfer Module contains 54 – 60 quarter hours or 36 – 40 semester hours of course credit in English composition (minimum 5-6 quarter hours or 3 semester hours); mathematics, statistics and formal/symbolic logic (minimum of 3 quarter hours or 3 semester hours); arts/humanities (minimum 9 quarter hours or 6 semester hours); social and behavioral sciences (minimum of 9 quarter hours or 6 semester hours); and natural sciences (minimum 9 quarter hours or 6 semester hours). Oral communication and interdisciplinary areas may be included as additional options. Additional elective hours from among these areas make up the total hours for a completed Transfer Module.

Courses for the Transfer Module should be 100­_­ and 200_ level general education courses commonly completed in the first two years of a student’s course of study. Each state-assisted university, technical and community college is required to establish and maintain an approved Transfer Module.

Transfer Module course(s) or the full module completed at one college or university will automatically meet the requirements of individual Transfer Module course(s) or the full Transfer Module at another college or university once the student is admitted. Students may be required, however, to meet additional General Education requirements at the institution to which they transfer. For example, a student who completes the Transfer Module at Institution S (sending institution) and then transfers to Institution R (receiving institution) is said to have completed the Transfer Module portion of Institution R’s General Education program. Institution R, however, may have general education courses that go beyond its Transfer Module. State policy initially required that all courses in the Transfer Module be completed to receive its benefit in transfer. However, subsequent policy revisions have extended this benefit to the completion of individual Transfer Module courses on a course-by-course basis.


Transfer Module

Transfer Module Checklist

English Composition

College Composition (3 hours required)
        ENGL 1100    Composition I (3 hours)
Intermediate Composition (3 hours required)
        ENGL 2367    Composition II American Identity (3 hours)

Mathematics and Logical Analysis

Select a minimum of one course.
Mathematics (3 hours required)
        MATH 1116   Math for Liberal Arts (3 hours)
        MATH 1130   Business Algebra (5 hours)
        MATH 1 131  Calculus for Business (6 hours)
        MATH 1148   College Algebra (4 hours)
        MATH 1149   Trigonometry (4 hours)
        MATH 1150   Pre-Calculus (6 hours)
        MATH 1151   Calculus I (5 hrs)
        MATH 1152   Calculus II (5 hrs)
        STAT 1450    The Practice of Statistics (4 hours)
        STAT 2430    Business Statistics (5 hours)

Biological and Physical Sciences

(6 hours required)
 Select two courses. At least one must contain a lab.

Biological Sciences
        BIO 1111ᴸ      Introduction to Biology (4 hours)
          BIO 1112ᴸ      Human Biology (4 hours)
          BIO 1113ᴸ      Biological Sciences I (4 hours)
          BIO 1114ᴸ      Biological Sciences II (4 hours)
        BIO 1125ᴸ      Plant Biology (4 hours)
        BIO 1127ᴸ      Environmental Science I (4 hours)
          BIO 2010ᴸ      General Zoology and Animal Diversity (4 hours)
          BIO 2215ᴸ      Introduction to Microbiology (4 hours)
        BIO 2232ᴸ      Human Physiology (4 hours)
        BIO 2263       Human Pathophysiology (3 hours)

Physical Sciences
        ASTR 1141    Life in the Universe (3 hours)
        ASTR 1161    The Solar System (3 hours)
        ASTR 1162    Stars and Galaxies (3 hours)
        ASTR 1400ᴸ   Astronomy Lab (1 hour)
        CHEM 1110   Chemistry and Society (5 hours)
        CHEM 1111ᴸ Elementary Chemistry 1 (4 hours)
        CHEM 1112ᴸ Elementary Chemistry II (4 hours)
        CHEM 1113ᴸ Elements Organic/Biochemistry (4 hours)
        CHEM 1171ᴸ General Chemistry 1 (5 hours)
        CHEM 1172ᴸ  General Chemistry II (5 hours)          
        GEOG 1120   Weather and Climate (4 hours)
        GEOL 1101ᴸ  Introduction to Earth Science (4 hours)
        GEOL 1105    Geology and National Parks (3 hours)
        GEOL 1151    Natural Disasters (3 hours)
        GEOL 1121ᴸ  Physical Geology (4 hours)
        GEOL 1122ᴸ  Historical Geology (4 hours)
        PHYS 1103    World of Energy (3 hours)   
        PHYS 1200ᴸ   Algebra-Based Physics I (5 hours)
        PHYS 1201ᴸ   Algebra-Based Physics II (5 hours)
        PHYS 1250ᴸ   Calculus- Based Physics I (5 hours)
        PHYS 1251ᴸ   Calculus- Based Physics II (5 hours)


(6 hours required)
Choose two courses. One must be historical study.

Historical Study
        HIST 1111     European History to 1648 (3 hours)
        Civilization I (5 hours)
        HIST 1112     European History since 1648 (3 hours)
        HIST 1151     American History to 1877 (3 hours)
        HIST 1152     American History Since 1877 (3 hours)
        HIST 1181     World Civilization I to 1500 (3 hours)
        HIST 1182     World Civilization II since 1500 (3 hours)
        HIST 2224     African-American History II since 1877 (3 hours)

Literature, Culture and Ideas, Visual/Performing Arts:
        ARCH 2100 History of Architecture (3 hours)
        CLAS 1222    Classical Mythology (3 hours)        
        CLAS 1224    Classical Civilization: Greece (3 hours)
        CLAS 1225    Classical Civilization: Rome (3 hours)
        CLAS 1226    Classical Civilization: Byzantium (3 hours)
        ENGL 2201    British Literature I (3 hours)
        ENGL 2202    British Literature II (3 hours)
        ENGL 2220    Introduction to Shakespeare (3 hours
        ENGL 2240    Introduction to Science Fiction (3 hours)
        ENGL 2270    Introduction to Folklore (3 hours)
        ENGL 2274    Introduction to Non-Western Literature (3 hours)
        ENGL 2276    Women in Literature (3 hours)
        ENGL 2280    The English Bible as Literature (3 hours)
        ENGL 2281    African-American Literature (3 hours)
        ENGL 2290    U.S. Literature I (3 hours)
        ENGL 2291    U.S. Literature II (3 hours)
        HART 1201   History of Art I (3 hours)
        HART 1202   History of Art II (3 hours)
        HART 1260   World Cinema (3 hours)
        HUM 1100     Introduction to Humanities (3 hours)
        HUM 1160     Music and Art since 1945 (3 hours)
        HUM 1270     Comparative Religions (3 hours)
        HUM 1275     Introduction to Visual Representation (3 hours)
        MUS 1251      Survey of Music History (3 hours)
        PHIL 1101     Introduction to Philosophy (3 hours)
        PHIL 1130     Ethics (3 hours)
        PHIL 2270     Philosophy of Religion (3 hours)
        THEA 1100    Introduction to the Theater (3 hours)
        THEA 2230    Introduction to Dramatic Literature (3 hours)

Social and Behavioral Sciences

(6 hours required) Choose two courses.

        ECON 1110   Introduction to Economics (3 hours)
        ECON 2200   Principles of Microeconomics (3 hours)
        ECON 2201   Principles of Macroeconomics (3 hours)

        GEOG 2200   World Regional Geography (3 hours)

Political Science
        POLS 1100     Introduction to American Government (3 hours)
        POLS 1200     Comparative Politics (3 hours)

        PSY 1100       Introduction to Psychology (3 hours)
        PSY 2200       Educational Psychology (3 hours)
        PSY 2261       Introduction to Child Development (3 hours)
        PSY 2325              Social Psychology (3 hours)
        PSY 2331       Abnormal Psychology (3 hours)
        PSY 2335       Psychology of Adjustment (3 hours)
        PSY 2340       Human Growth and Development (3 hours)
        PSY 2551       Adolescent Psychology (3 hours)

        ANTH 2200   Introduction to Biological Anthropology (3 hours)
        ANTH 2201   World Prehistory (3 hours)
        ANTH 2202   Peoples and Culture (3 hours)
        SOC 1101      Introduction to Sociology (3 hours)
        SOC 2202      Social Problems (3 hours)
        SOC 2210      Sociology of Deviance (3 hours)
        SOC 2309      Law and Society (3 hours)
        SOC 2330      Marriage and Family Relations (3 hours)
        SOC 2380      American Race and Ethnic Relations (3 hours)


Transfer Assurance Guides

Transfer Assurance Guides (TAGs) comprise Transfer Module courses and additional courses required for an academic major. A TAG is an advising tool to assist Ohio university, community and technical college students planning specific majors to make course selections that will ensure comparable, compatible, and equivalent learning experiences across the state’s higher education system. A number of area-specific TAG pathways in the arts, humanities, business, communication, education, health, mathematics, science, engineering, engineering technologies, and the social sciences have been developed by faculty teams.

TAGs empower students to make informed course selection decisions and plans for their future transfer. Advisors at the institution to which a student wishes to transfer should also be consulted during the transfer process. Students may elect to complete the full TAG or any subset of courses from the TAG. Because of specific major requirements, early identification of a student’s intended major is encouraged.

Students who complete Columbus State’s degree requirements in Communication, Mathematics, Humanities, Biological and Physical Sciences, and Social and Behavioral Sciences will automatically have completed the Transfer Module.


Conditions for Transfer Admission

1. Ohio residents with associate degrees from state-assisted institutions and a completed, approved Transfer Module shall be admitted to a state institution of higher education in Ohio, provided their cumulative grade point average is at least 2.0 for all previous college-level courses. Further, these students shall have admission priority over out-of-state associate degree graduates and transfer students.

2. When students have earned associate degrees but have not completed a Transfer Module, they will be eligible for preferential consideration for admission as transfer students if they have grade point averages of at least a 2.0 for all previous college-level courses.

3. In order to encourage completion of the baccalaureate degree, students who are not enrolled in an A.A. or A.S. degree program but have earned 60 semester or 90 quarter hours or more of credit toward a baccalaureate degree with a grade point average of at least a 2.0 for all previous college-level courses will be eligible for preferential consideration for admission as transfer students.

4. Students who have not earned an A.A. or A.S. degree or who have not earned 60 semester hours or 90 quarter hours of credit with a grade point average of at least a 2.0 for all previous college level courses are eligible for admission as transfer students on a competitive basis.

5. Incoming transfer students admitted to a college or university shall compete for admission to selective programs, majors, and units on an equal basis with students native to the receiving institution.

Admission to a given institution, however, does not guarantee that a transfer student will be automatically admitted to all majors, minors, or fields of concentration at the institution. Once admitted, transfer students shall be subject to the same regulations governing applicability of catalog requirements as native students. Furthermore, transfer students shall be accorded the same class standing and other privileges as native students on the basis of the number of credits earned. All residency requirements must be completed at the receiving institution.


Acceptance of Transfer Credit

To recognize courses appropriately and to provide equity in the treatment of incoming transfer students and students native to the receiving institution, transfer credit will be accepted for all successfully completed college-level courses completed in and after Fall 2005 from Ohio state-assisted institutions of higher education. Students who successfully completed A.A. or A.S. degrees prior to Fall 2005 with a 2.0 or better overall grade point average would also receive credit for all college-level course they have passed. (See Ohio Articulation and Transfer Policy, Definition of Passing Grade and Appendix D.) While this reflects the baseline policy requirement, individual institutions may set equitable institutional policies that are more accepting. Pass/Fail courses, credit by examination courses, experiential learning courses, and other nontraditional credit courses that meet these conditions will also be accepted and posted to the student record.


Responsibility of Students

In order to facilitate transfer with maximum applicability of transfer credit, prospective transfer students should plan a course of study that will meet the requirements of a degree program at the receiving institution. Students should use the Transfer Module, Transfer Assurance Guides, and Course Applicability System for guidance in planning the transfer process. Specifically, students should identify early in their collegiate studies an institution and major to which they desire to transfer. Furthermore, students should determine if there are language requirements or any special course requirements that can be met during the freshman or sophomore year. This will enable students to plan and pursue a course of study that will articulate with the receiving institution’s major. Students are encouraged to seek further information regarding transfer from both their advisor and the college or university to which they plan to transfer.


Appeals Process

Following the evaluation of a student transcript from another institution, the receiving institution shall provide the student with a statement of transfer credit applicability. At the same time, the institution must inform the student of the institution’s appeals process. The process should be multi-level and responses should be issued within 30 days of the receipt of the appeal.

The Columbus State Community College appeals process begins after the student with previous college credit receives an email, which indicates that some previous coursework may not be applicable to the student’s new degree. The email explains the procedure for requesting a second evaluation of the transcript. If the re-evaluation is not satisfactory to the student, the student may then appeal by asking the Registrar to initiate the next step in the appeals process, which consists of a review of the transcript and supporting documentation by the department housing the academic discipline of the course(s) in question. Appeals denied at the department level will automatically be forwarded to the Dean of Arts and Sciences for a final decision on behalf of the college. If the appeal is denied at this level, the student will be advised in writing of the reasons for the denial and how to appeal to the state level.

Fulfillment of the Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree requirements assures fulfillment of Transfer Module requirements.