Course Transferability

Credit Transfers and GPA

TCU will accept all or most academic credits you have earned with grades of “C” or better from other accredited institutions. To determine your qualification for admission, a GPA will be computed on all potentially transferable course work, including repeated courses, courses in which grades of “F,” “D” and “I” (incomplete) were received, and course work attempted in another college’s conditional or probationary program. Unconverted “I” grades will be computed as “F.” Grades earned in PE activity classes will not be computed toward GPA, although credit will be granted if grades are “C” or better. Cumulative GPA will be used for admission only, not computed into your TCU graduation GPA.

Courses which do not transfer to TCU include the following:

  • Courses below college level (e.g., remedial English, Math and Reading courses).
  • Vocational-Technical courses; certain religion courses (e.g. non-survey).
  • PE activity courses in excess of eight hours.
  • Correspondence work (TCU Academic Deans may selectively permit exceptions).
  • Course work with a grade below a “C” (GPA will count as admission credential).

A course need not be equivalent to a TCU course to be transferable. However, equivalency guides showing which TCU courses are comparable to courses offered at other institutions are available in the counseling offices of many Texas community colleges. TCU does not automatically extend credit earned by examination elsewhere (see Credit by Exam). The G.E.D. is not a valid TCU admission credential.


Equivalency Guides

All Equivalencies are non-binding and subject to change. Each department will determine how classes transfer toward their degree plans.

General Core Curriculum Equivalency
Out-of-state public and private Universities may have different course names and number. Please use this guide for more information.

Texas Community College Equivalency Guide
All Texas Community colleges and many Texas state universities use the Texas Common Course numbering system. Linked are the equivalent courses that fulfill the TCU core from a Common Course number school.

Tarrant County College Equivalency Guide

California Saddleback College Equivalency Guide

Equivalency for Specific Majors
Some programs may require specific core classes. Please consult the TCU Catalog for requirements for majors. All Texas community college students, including Tarrant County College, should use this as a guide to determine which of their courses may transfer to TCU.

Business

Business Equivalency for the TCU Core Curriculum

An integral component of all TCU degrees is the liberal arts and sciences core, that group of general degree requirements expected of every student. TCU’s core consists of classes distributed among major areas. Within these areas you have a wide choice of courses; thus, you may fulfill most Core requirements with courses transferred. It is required that you complete the core before you graduate, not before you transfer. All courses are individually assessed for application to the TCU Core Curriculum. See your college counselor, TCU Admissions, or TCU academic departments for transfer questions.

The following equivalent courses are from the Texas Common Course number equivalency guide. Although most academic course work taken will transfer, these particular classes will fulfill TCU Core requirements and requirements for the Business School. These classes are not required to transfer to TCU, but only courses that can be transferred to TCU. Course equivalency is subject to change.

LOWER DIVISION REQUIREMENTS

Composition I* – ENGL 1301

Composition II* – ENGL 1302

Macroeconomics* – ECON 2301

Microeconomics* – ECON 2302

Calculus* – MATH 1325 (Calculus or Business Calculus)

Business Law – Must be taken at TCU

Ethical Decision Making – Must be taken at TCU

Statistics – Must be taken at TCU

E-Business – Must be taken at TCU

Foundations in Business – Must be taken at TCU

*Some Lower Division Requirements also fulfill the TCU Core Curriculum listed below.

ESSENTIAL COMPETENCIES

English Composition – 6 hours ENGL 1301, ENGL 1302

Oral communications – 3 hours SPCH 1311, 1315, 1321

Mathematics – 3 hours MATH 1325 (Calculus or Business Calculus)

HUMAN EXPERIENCES AND ENDEAVORS

Humanities – 9 hours (Typical classes are: All classes in above Religion and Literary categories, plus Intro to Philosophy and other Literature classes) ENGL 2321, 2322, 2323, 2326, 2327, 2328, 2332, 2333, 2370, 2371, 2372; HIST 2311, 2312; HUMA 1301, 1302; PHIL 1301, 1304, 1316, 1317; RELI 1304

Social Sciences – 9 hours (Typical classes are Intro to: Cultural Anthropology, Sociology, Criminal Justice, US Government, TX Government, US History, Micro/Macro Economics) ANTH 2302, 2351; CRIJ 1301; ECON 2301 and 2302;GEOG 1302, 1303; GOVT 2301, 2302, 2304, 2305, 2306; HIST 1301, 1302; PSYC 2314; SOCI 1301, 1306, 2301

Natural Sciences – 6 to 8 hours (Must have a lab component. Courses must also be satisfied in two different areas as defined by the course prefix.) BIOL 1406, 1408, 1409, 1411, 1413, 2401, 2420; CHEM 1405, 1411, 1412, ENGR 1304; ENVR 1401; GEOL 1401, 1403, 1404, 1405; PHYS 1401, 1402, 1411, 1412, 1415, 1417, 2425, 2426

Fine Arts – 3 hours (Survey, not performance.) Typical classes are Intro to or Survey of: Theatre, Music, Art or Dance. Classes such as Sculpture or Acting will not apply) ARTS 1301, 1303, 1304; DANC 2303; DRAM 1310; HUMA 1315; MUSI 1306, 1310

Religious Traditions*- 3 hours (Typical classes are: World Religion, Old Testament and New Testament) PHIL 1304, 1316, 1317; RELI 1304

*A Religious Traditions class may also fulfill a Humanities requirement.

Historical Traditions* – 3 hours (US History and Western Civilization) HIST 1301, 1302, 2311, 2312, 2321, 2322

* A Historical Traditions class may also fulfill a Social Science or Humanities requirement.

Literary Traditions* – 3 hours (Typical classes are: British, American or World Literature) ENGL 2321, 2322, 2323, 2326, 2327, 2328, 2332, 2333, 2370, 2371, 2372*A Literary Traditions class may also fulfill a Humanities requirement.

Transfer students must complete at TCU a minimum of two upper-division courses with a “Writing Emphasis” designation, one course with a “Cultural Awareness” designation, one course with a “Global Awareness” designation, and one course with a “Citizenship and Social Values” designation.

Courses may transfer as TCU Core, elective or, as determined by academic deans, major field requirements. For more information about the TCU Core Curriculum, refer to the current Undergraduate Studies Catalog.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

The Neeley School of Business requires a certain GPA for admission to TCU. Admission to the university does not guarantee admission into the Business program. Once a student has completed a minimum of one semester at TCU, he or she can apply to the Business School for admission. Admission from a Community College – A minimum GPA of 3.25 is required for admission consideration.

Admission from a University – A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required for admission consideration. Application Deadline – April 15

Related Links

TCU Core Curriculum Diagram

Nursing

Nursing Equivalency for the TCU Core Curriculum

An integral component of all TCU degrees is the liberal arts and sciences core, that group of general degree requirements expected of every student. TCU’s core consists of classes distributed among major areas. Within these areas you have a wide choice of courses; thus, you may fulfill most Core requirements with courses transferred. It is required that you complete the core before you graduate, not before you transfer. All courses are individually assessed for application to the TCU Core Curriculum. See your college counselor, TCU Admissions, or TCU academic departments for transfer questions.

The following equivalent courses are from the Texas Common Course number equivalency guide. Although most academic course work taken will transfer, these particular classes will fulfill TCU Core requirements and requirements for the Nursing clinicals. Course equivalency is subject to change.

NURSING PREREQUISITES

Biology (A & P I) – BIOL 2401, SCIT 1407

Biology (A & P II) – BIOL 2402, SCIT 1408

Microbiology – BIOL 2420 or 2421

Psychology (Lifespan G & D) – PSYC 2314

Introductory Psychology – PSYC 2301

Math (Statistics) – MATH 1342 or 2342

Biology (Nutrition) – HECO 1322

Introductory Sociology – SOCI 1301

TCU CORE CURRICULUM

Essential Competencies – 9 hours 

English – ENGL 1301

English -ENGL 1302

Oral Communication (Speech) – SPCH 1311, 1315, 1321

Fine Arts – 3 hours (Survey, not performance) Typical classes are Intro to or Survey of: Theatre, Music, Art or Dance. (Classes such as Sculpture or Acting will not apply) ARTS 1301, 1303, 1304; DANC 2303; DRAM 1310; HUMA 1315; MUSI 1306, 1310

Historical Traditions – 3 hours (US History) HIST 1301, 1302, 2321, 2322

Humanities – 9 hours to include:

Religious Traditions – 3 hours (Typical classes are: World Religion, Old Testament and New Testament) PHIL 1304, 1316, 1317; RELI 1304

AND

Literary Traditions – 3 hours (Typical classes are: British, American or World Literature) ENGL 2321, 2322, 2323, 2326, 2327, 2328, 2332, 2333, 2370, 2371, 2372

AND

Additional Humanities – 3 hours* (Typical Humanities classes are: All classes in above Religion and Literary categories, plus Intro to Philosophy and other Literature and Western Civilization classes) ENGL 2321, 2322, 2323, 2326, 2327, 2328, 2332, 2333, 2370, 2371, 2372; HIST 2311, 2312; HUMA 1301, 1302; PHIL 1301, 1304, 1316, 1317; RELI 1304

*You cannot fulfill a Humanities requirement with a class that was also taken to fulfill a Religious or a Literary requirement. One class cannot fulfill two requirements.

Transfer students must complete at TCU a minimum of two upper-division courses with a “Writing Emphasis” designation, one course with a “Cultural Awareness” designation, one course with a “Global Awareness” designation, and one course with a “Citizenship and Social Values” designation. Most of these requirements will be fulfilled with nursing classes.

Courses may transfer as TCU Core, elective or, as determined by academic deans, major field requirements.

For more information about the TCU Core Curriculum, click here.

For specific information about Nursing admission, please visit the TCU Harris College of Nursing.

NURSING DEADLINES

Accelerated and Regular Nursing Clinicals 

February 1st – Application for the Accelerated and Regular Nursing Clinical program must be complete.

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Nursing Information Sessions

TCU Core Curriculum Diagram

Nutrition

Nutrition Equivalency for the TCU Core Curriculum

An integral component of all TCU degrees is the liberal arts and sciences core, that group of general degree requirements expected of every student. TCU’s core consists of classes distributed among major areas. Within these areas you have a wide choice of courses; thus, you may fulfill most Core requirements with courses transferred. It is required that you complete the core before you graduate, not before you transfer. All courses are individually assessed for application to the TCU Core Curriculum. See your college counselor, TCU Admissions, or TCU academic departments for transfer questions.

The following equivalent courses are from the Texas Common Course number equivalency guide. Although most academic course work taken will transfer, these particular classes will fulfill TCU Core requirements and requirements for the Nutrition degree. These classes are not required to transfer to TCU, but only courses that can be transferred to TCU. Course equivalency is subject to change.

NUTRITION REQUIREMENTS

Basic Nutrition – HECO 1322

Food Preparation – HECO 1315 (must have Lab)

Management Leadership – BMGT 2309

Microeconomics* – ECON 2302

Intro to Sociology* – SOCI 1301

Elementary Statistics* – MATH 1342 or 2342

Nutrition Throughout the Life Cycle

Microbiology with lab* – BIOL 2420 or 2421

Chemistry I & II* – (with Lab, for Science Majors)

Intro to Psychology – PSYC 2301

Anatomy & Physiology II – BIOL 2402 (focusing on internal physiology)

Organic Chemistry – (Recommended to be taken at 4 year college)

*Some Nutrition requirements also fulfill the TCU Core Curriculum listed below.

ESSENTIAL COMPETENCIES

English Composition – 6 hours ENGL 1301, ENGL 1302

Oral communications – 3 hours SPCH 1311, 1315, 1321

Mathematics – 3 hours MATH 1342, 2342

HUMAN EXPERIENCES AND ENDEAVORS

Humanities – 9 hours (Typical classes are: All classes in above Religion and Literary categories, plus Intro to Philosophy and other Literature classes) ENGL 2321, 2322, 2323, 2326, 2327, 2328, 2332, 2333, 2370, 2371, 2372; HIST 2311, 2312; HUMA 1301, 1302; PHIL 1301, 1304, 1316, 1317; RELI 1304

Social Sciences – 9 hours (Typical classes are Intro to: Cultural Anthropology, Sociology, Criminal Justice, US Government, TX Government, US History, Micro/Macro Economics) ANTH 2302, 2351; CRIJ 1301; ECON 2301 and 2302;GEOG 1302, 1303; GOVT 2301, 2302, 2304, 2305, 2306; HIST 1301, 1302; PSYC 2314; SOCI 1301, 1306, 2301

Fine Arts – 3 hours (Survey, not performance.) Typical classes are Intro to or Survey of: Theatre, Music, Art or Dance. Classes such as Sculpture or Acting will not apply) ARTS 1301, 1303, 1304; DANC 2303; DRAM 1310; HUMA 1315; MUSI 1306, 1310

Religious Traditions**- 3 hours (Typical classes are: World Religion, Old Testament and New Testament) PHIL 1304, 1316, 1317; RELI 1304

**A Religious Traditions class may also fulfill a Humanities requirement.

Historical Traditions** – 3 hours (US History and Western Civilization) HIST 1301, 1302, 2311, 2312, 2321, 2322

** A Historical Traditions class may also fulfill a Social Science or Humanities requirement.

Literary Traditions** – 3 hours (Typical classes are: British, American or World Literature) ENGL 2321, 2322, 2323, 2326, 2327, 2328, 2332, 2333, 2370, 2371, 2372

**A Literary Traditions class may also fulfill a Humanities requirement.

Transfer students must complete at TCU a minimum of two upper-division courses with a “Writing Emphasis” designation, one course with a “Cultural Awareness” designation, one course with a “Global Awareness” designation, and one course with a “Citizenship and Social Values” designation.

Courses may transfer as TCU Core, elective or, as determined by academic deans, major field requirements. For more information about the TCU Core Curriculum, refer to the current Undergraduate Studies Catalog.

Related Links

TCU Core Curriculum Diagram

Pre-Health

Pre-Health Academic Transfer Requirements

TCU offers a curriculum to prepare students for admission to programs leading to doctoral degrees in the following health professions: dentistry (D.D.S.), medicine (M.D.), optometry (O.D.) osteopathy (D.O.) podiatric medicine (D.P.M.) and veterinary medicine (D.V.M.). The pre-health program is a career track at TCU, not a major, although most pre-health students major in biology or another science. Pre-health students are advised by the “HPAC” or Health Professions Advisory Committee, participate in mock interviews, and receive recommendation letters. TCU’s pre-health graduates have twice the national average acceptance into medical school.


New transfer students should meet the following GPA requirements for entrance into the Pre-health program:

Transferring from a 2-year college
If you have taken biology and chemistry, you’ll need a 3.2 GPA in introductory chemistry and biology courses, and a cumulative GPA of 3.6.If you have not taken biology and chemistry, you’ll need a cumulative 3.7 GPA.

Transferring from a 4-year college
If you have taken biology and chemistry, you’ll need a 2.8 GPA in introductory chemistry and biology courses, and a cumulative GPA of 3.4.If you have not taken biology and chemistry, you’ll need a cumulative 3.5 GPA.


The average entering GPA for medical, dental and vet schools is almost always in the 3.6-3.8 range, and very few applicants are accepted with a GPA of less than 3.3. These are minimum requirements and in no way guarantee acceptance.

The HPAC Committee recommendations students

  • Transfer after their first year of college, as the pre-health track typically takes three years to complete
  • Take all chemistry classes at TCU*
  • Take Biology for Science Majors I & II and General Physics I & II the first year

*If a student has not had a strong foundation of chemistry in high school, or has not taken chemistry in the last five years, it is suggested that the student enroll in Chemistry I, at either a community college or their current institution, as preparation for first semester chemistry at TCU. If a student wishes to prepare this way, the class will not count as Chemistry 10113 at TCU, however, medical, dental and vet schools will count this grade in their pre-requisite GPA.


Texas Common Course Number (TCCN) suggested courses for first year students wishing pre-health

Fall

BIOL 1406 Biology for Science Majors I
PHYS 1401 General Physics I
English 1301 Composition I or other TCU CC Class**
Humanities/Social Science or other TCU CC class**

Spring

BIOL 1407 Biology for Science Majors II
PHYS 1402 General Physics II
MATH 1342 Elementary Statistics
ENGL 1302 Composition II or
other TCU CC class**

** Click here to see a list of classes the fulfill the TCU Core Curriculum (TCU CC).


Residency Requirement

A total of 58 semester hours in residence must be successfully completed to earn a TCU degree, regardless of number of credit hours transferred. Upon reaching 54 college hours, students must declare a major field of study. Only 66 hours from a community college may be credited toward the TCU degree.