Acceptance of Transfer Course Work to meet University of Arizona General Education Requirements

Effective Fall 1998
this page was updated 5/2001

Read the GUIDING PRINCIPLES of this policy.
Read the list of AGEC courses.

Application of Transfer Course Work

  1. Arizona community college transfer courses will apply to the Foundations component of the UA General Education Curriculum based on equivalencies in the Course Applicability System (CAS.) For courses from institutions other than Arizona community colleges, applicability will be determined on a course-by-course basis by a university advisor.
  1. The University of Arizona will accept combinations of transfer courses as fulfilling Tier One and Two requirements in the following manner:
    • General education transfer courses will be applied to Tier Two requirements first. Additional transfer courses will then be applied to fulfill Tier One requirements.
    • Tier One Traditions and Cultures and Tier Two Arts and Humanities requirements can be fulfilled using AGEC Humanities and Fine Arts courses or courses from art, dance, humanities, literature, music, philosophy, religion, theatre arts, or western civilization. Students are encouraged to choose course work from more than one discipline.
    • Tier One and Tier Two Individuals and Societies requirements can be fulfilled by using AGEC Social and Behavioral Sciences courses or courses from anthropology, economics, ethnic/race/gender studies, history, political science, psychology, cultural geography, linguistics, or sociology. Students are encouraged to choose course work from more than one discipline.
    • Tier One and Tier Two Natural Science requirements can be fulfilled by using AGEC Physical and Biological Sciences courses or courses from astronomy, biology, botany, environmental science, chemistry, geology, physics, physical geography, or zoology. Students are encouraged to choose course work from more than one discipline.
  1. Community college courses determined by the University of Arizona University-wide General Education Committee to be equivalent to Tier One and Tier Two courses as noted in Course Applicability System (CAS) will transfer on a course-by-course basis and fulfill the respective requirements.
  1. When incorporating transfer coursework to satisfy general education requirements, students should seek advising to ensure the breadth of exposure key to the general education program. Students completing an AGEC at a community college should obtain general education advising at the community college. Advising for major-specific requirements should be obtained at the University of Arizona.

To view the courses that will transfer from the community colleges, visit the Arizona Transfer Articulation Support System website and the list of AGEC courses.

Guiding Principles
It was the determination of the UA faculty that The University of Arizona General Education Program would be a unique, state-of-the-art experience. The intent of the new program is to provide students with the tools and integration of knowledge necessary to maximize their potential for success in the 21st Century. All courses in the program must involve active student learning, the use of technology and considerable writing. These courses must also teach principles determined by the faculty to be essential for the remaining portions of our curriculum. In light of an evolving appreciation for the interdisciplinary nature of knowledge, the faculty determined it is no longer acceptable to teach the traditional disciplinary, introduction-to-the majors courses as general education. The inspiration for this program is to provide interdisciplinary exposure through broadly-based courses in Tier One and throughout the general education program that together cover three major study areas of education.

  1. The Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC) is the recommended path for community college students to complete general education. Students who complete the AGEC will have satisfied the university lower-division general education requirements in accordance with statewide transfer policies.

  2. The University of Arizona Tier One and Two program should be preserved as the recommended path for students beginning at The University of Arizona.

  3. The University of Arizona will apply the maximum number of transfer course credits while maintaining the underlying principle of its general education requirement; that is, that each student will experience a coherent, consistent foundational body of knowledge at Tier One.

  4. Arizona public community college courses that meet the defined categories within the AGEC parameters will apply to a like category at the University of Arizona.

  5. All transfer credit should be applied for all students according to the same guidelines regardless of where the work is earned. AP/CLEP/IB credit will be treated identically with other transfer credit.

  6. Demonstration of proficiency in a second language is a graduation requirement.

  7. The University of Arizona will consider courses for evaluation as equivalent to Tier One and Tier Two courses.