TCC Guidelines for Transfer Credit - Office of Admission

TCC Guidelines for Transfer Credit

Every student at The University of Tulsa must satisfy the requirements of the Tulsa Curriculum, which provides a rigorous, integrated program in the liberal arts. The Tulsa Curriculum contains the following components:

  1. Core Curriculum- university-wide writing, mathematics, and language requirements, varying according to degree sought
  2. General Curriculum- coursework distributed over three categories within the liberal arts and sciences that stress the connections among various fields of intellectual inquiry
  3. Area of Concentration- the courses required for a major and minor or certificate
  4. Electives- courses chosen from any of the university offerings

This document, which is a guideline, lists those courses offered by Tulsa Community College that are customarily accepted for credit in the Core and General Curricula by The University of Tulsa. Many other requirements vary from college to college; questions about exceptions and specific course requirements should be directed to the advising office of the college the applicant intends to enter.

Fast track courses taught in less than three weeks are not transferrable. Supplemental transfer guides are available from the College of Engineering & Natural Sciences, the Collins College of Business, and the Oxley College of Health Sciences.

Applicants should keep in mind that:

  • No more than one-half of their required TU degree hours can be transferred from two-year colleges.
  • Credit will only be granted for TCC courses that have an equivalent offered at TU.
  • Credit for an upper division course will not be granted for courses taken at a two-year college, excluding preapproved exceptions.
  • A grade of C or better must be earned in any transferable course.
  • Results of AP and IB testing taken in high school must be submitted by the testing agency to the university’s Office of Registration & Records prior to enrollment to determine credit earned.
  • Not all short courses and online courses may be approved for transfer credit.

To assure a smooth transition, we encourage you to schedule a personal appointment with the Office of Admission or check with the Advising Office of your college with specific questions.

Core Curriculum

The Core Curriculum requirements in writing, mathematics and language include the development of fundamental intellectual skills that are immediately useful in helping students meet the requirements of general education courses and also equip them with basic competencies.


TCC Course #TU Course #
ENGL 1113 Composition IENGL 1004 Introduction to College Writing*
ENGL 1213 Composition IIENGL 1033 Exposition and Argumentation
* Students may be exempt from ENGL 1004 based on their ACT English or SAT Critical Reading scores.

Please check your specific degree plan for the math requirements necessary for your degree. The typical equivalencies are as follows:

TCC Course #TU Course #
MATH 1473 Quantitative ReasoningMATH 1083 Contemporary Mathematics
MATH 1513 Precalculus IMATH 1143 Mathematical Functions
MATH 2523 Calculus for Business, Life & Social SciencesMATH 1243 Applied Calculus
MATH 1613 Precalculus IIMATH 1163 Precalculus
MATH 1715 Precalculus I and IIMATH 1163 Precalculus (only 3 credits transfer)
MATH 2114 Analytic Geometry and Calculus IMATH 2014 Calculus I
MATH 2124 Analytic Geometry and Calculus IIMATH 2024 Calculus II
MATH 2134 Analytic Geometry and Calculus IIIMATH 2073 Calculus III
MATH 2193 Elementary StatisticsSTAT 2013 Introduction to Statistics
MATH 2613 Elementary Differential EquationsMATH 3073 Differential Equations

Not all degree plans require language. Please check your specific degree plan for the language requirements necessary for your degree. The typical equivalencies are as follows:

TCC Course #TU Course #
Language I 1103 and Language II 1213 (6 hours)Beginning Language I 1004 (4 hours)
Language III 1313 and Language IV 1413 (6 hours)Beginning Language II 1014 (4 hours)
Intermediate Language IIntermediate Language I 2003
Intermediate Language IIIntermediate Language II 2013
TU students who are seeking a Bachelor of Arts degree must meet a language requirement of proficiency through the intermediate level. Those who seek a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Music, or Bachelor of Business Administration degree must meet a minimum language requirement of proficiency through the beginning level. We offer American Sign Language, Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Greek (Ancient), Latin, Russian, and Spanish. Prior to coming to campus to enroll, students with previous classroom or life experience in Chinese, French, German, Russian, or Spanish who intend to continue studying the same language must take the online Computer-Aided Placement Exam (CAPE).

General Curriculum

Some degree programs or majors, such as Arts Management, Nursing, Elementary Education or the business fields, require specific courses to fulfill Block I, II or III. Please refer to these specific transfer guides or speak to your academic counselor about specific requirements for your major.

Block I: Aesthetic Inquiry and Creative Experiences- 2 courses (6 hrs)

These courses consider the human activities of making, thinking, and doing. Two different approaches are offered: those that involve students in the creative process through study designed to produce or perform creative works; and those that investigate the nature of texts, works of art or music, or systems of thought.

TCC Courses Customarily Accepted for Block I Credit

ART 1053 Art History Survey I
ART 1063 Art History Survey II
ART 1113 Art Appreciation
ART 2053 Art History Survey III
COMM 1133 Public Speaking
ENGL 2413 Introduction to Literature
ENGL 2543 British Literature to 1800
ENGL 2653 British Literature from 1800
ENGL 2773 American Literature to 1865
ENGL 2883 American Literature from 1865
HUMN 2113 Humanities I*
HUMN 2223 Humanities II*
HUMN 2333 Humanities: Literature and Film
HUMN 2443 Art of Film
HUMN 2553 Introduction to American Humanities
HUMN 2883 Cultural Identities and the Arts in America
MUSC 1113 Music Appreciation
PHIL 1133 Philosophy in Literature
RELG 2113 Old Testament
RELG 2123 New Testment
THEA 1093 Introduction to Theatre
* Can only count as a Block I or Block II, not both.

Block II: Historical and Social Interpretation- 4 courses (12 hrs)
These courses investigate and interpret how human thought and action – and the products of such thought – are shaped by social, historical, cultural, and environmental, and/or psychological factors.

TCC Courses Customarily Accepted for Block II Credit

BUSN 1053 Introduction to Business
ECON 2013 Principles of Macroeconomics
ECON 2023 Principles of Microeconomics
GEOG 1023 Intro to Economic Geography
GEOG 1043 Introduction to Cultural Geography
HIST 1053 Ancient and Medieval Western Civilization
HIST 1063 Modern Western Civilization
HIST 1073 Twentieth Century World History
HIST 1483 U.S. History 1492 to Civil War Era
HIST 1493 U.S. History Civil War Era to Present
HIST 2043 Contemporary Affairs
HIST 2333 African-American History
HIST 2343 Native American History
HIST 2523 History of Oklahoma
HUMN 2113 Humanities I*
HUMN 2223 Humanities II*
PHIL 1113 Introduction to Philosophy
PHIL/RELG 1223 Religions of the World: The Eastern Tradition
PHIL 2133 Introduction to Ethical Thinking
PHIL 2143 Introduction to Social and Political Philosophy
2173 Introduction to Philosophy of Religion
POLS 1113 American Federal Government
POLS 2013 Introduction to Comparative Governments
POLS 2023 Introduction to American Politics
POLS 2033 Introduction to Political Thought
POLS 2203 Introduction to International Relations
PSYC 1113 Introduction to Psychology
PSYC 2023 Developmental Psychology
PSYC 2193 Personality Theories
RELG 1113 Introduction to Religious Studies
RELG 2173 Religion and Society
RELG 2233 Religion in America
SOCI 1113 Introduction to Sociology
SOCI 2123 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
SOCI 2143 Inter-Cultural Dynamics & Inclusion
* Can only count as a Block I or Block II, not both.

Block III: Scientific Investigation- 2 courses, including one lab (7 hrs)
These courses focus on methods of investigation and explore the relationship among key concepts in the sciences. The process of scientific inquiry – including hypothesis generation, data collection, analysis, and modeling, use of technology and mathematics, and presentation of results – is fundamental to courses in this block. These courses may also consider the interrelationships among technical concepts and contemporary societal issues. At least one of each student’s Block III courses must include laboratory or field experiences that provide practical experience in inquiry.

TCC Courses Customarily Accepted for Block III Credit

ASTR 1104 General Astronomy
BIOL 1114 General Biology for Non-Majors
BIOL 1224 Introduction to Biology for Majors
BIOL 1383 Nutrition
BIOL 1404 General Botany
BIOL 1314 Human Anatomy and Physiology
BIOL 1604 Zoology
BIOL 1113 Introduction to Environmental Science
BIOL 2134 Human Anatomy
BIOL 2143 Marine Biology
BIOL 2154 Human Physiology
BIOL 2164 Microbiology
BIOL 2213 Brain and Behavior
CHEM 1114 Principles of Chemistry
CHEM 1134 General, Organic & Biological Chemistry
CHEM 1315 General Chemistry I
CHEM 1415 General Chemistry II
GEOG 1014 Geography (Physical) & General Geology
GEOG 2013 Meteorology
GEOL 1113 Introduction to Oceanography
GEOL 1024 General Geology (Historical)
PHIL 2163 Introduction to the History and Philosophy of Science
PHYS 1014 Conceptual Physics
PHYS 1114 General Physics I (Intro I at TU)
PHYS 1214 General Physics II (Intro II at TU)
PHYS 2034 Engineering Physics I
PHYS 2124 Engineering Physics II
PHSC 1114 General Physical Science
PSYC 2213 Brain & Behavior

Area of Concentration

Transfer students should consult with TU’s college advising office or admission staff about lower division classes that are prerequisites for or may apply toward their major or minor. In lieu of a minor, students may also choose from a variety of interdisciplinary Certificate Programs. For further information on transferring credit to fulfill the business, nursing, or engineering core requirements, consult with academic adviser from the Collins College of Business, the School of Nursing, or the College of Engineering & Natural Sciences. Credits earned at two-year colleges will not satisfy upper division college requirements.


Elective credit may be granted for comparable courses that are offered by The University of Tulsa. Consult the college.