Michigan Transfer Agreement Requirements

The Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) was designed to facilitate the transfer of general education requirements from one institution to another. Students may complete the MTA as part of an associate’s degree or as a stand-alone package.

The intent is that the 30 credits of core college courses will most likely fulfill all or the majority of the student’s lower-level general education requirements at the receiving institution, though students should always discuss transfer options with a counselor as requirements may vary by school.

  1. To receive the MTA endorsement, students must fulfill the requirements noted for each category and successfully complete at least 30 credits. All coursework used to fulfill MTA requirements must be completed with a grade of 2.0 or higher in each course.  Course equivalencies awarded from a College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), a DANTES Subject Standardized Test (DSST) or from an International Baccalaureate (IB) are not eligible for use toward MTA requirements.
  2. If all categories have been completed and at least 30 credits have not been earned, the student must successfully complete one or more classes with a grade of 2.0 or higher in each course from one or more of the categories to attain at least 30 credits.
  3. Students seeking the MTA endorsement using transfer credits must successfully complete at least 1 credit-bearing non-developmental course at OCC.
  4. The MTA endorsement can be posted to a student’s record when all components have been met, even though the student may not have completed OCC degree requirements.
  5. An OCC student must be admissible to a receiving Michigan institution in order to benefit from the MTA endorsement.
  6. The MTA applies to 30 credits of core college coursework mostly consistent among Michigan institutions and does not excuse OCC students from meeting specific course requirements for an area of study while enrolled at OCC.

Students may request an OCC counselor to review if MTA requirements have been completed. A review of MTA eligibility may also be requested when a transcript or an eTranscript is ordered.

Courses that Satisfy Michigan Transfer Agreement Requirements

English Composition

Select one of the following:
Composition I 3
Composition I Enhanced4
Composition I with Support6
Composition II 3


Select one of the following:
Interpersonal Communication3
Fundamentals of Speech3
Intercultural Communication3
Persuasion and Argumentation3
Oral Interpretation of Literature3
Composition I 3-6
Composition I Enhanced4
Composition I with Support6
Composition II 3
Professional Communication4


Select one of the following:
Finite Mathematics4
Quantitative Reasoning4
College Algebra4
Applied Calculus4
Calculus I4
Calculus II4
Calculus III4
Differential Equations4
Linear Algebra4

Social Sciences

Select two of the following - must be from different disciplines:
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology3
Introduction to Biological Anthropology3
Myth, Magic and the Anthropology of Religion3
Principles of Macroeconomics3
Principles of Microeconomics3
International Economics3
World Geography3
Physical Geography 4
Michigan Geography3
World Civilizations to the Beginning of the Modern Era 4
World Civilizations from the Modern Era 4
Contemporary World3
Michigan History3
United States History to 18773
United States History from 1877 to the Present3
African American History to 18773
African American History From 1877 to The Present3
American Government3
Urban and State Politics3
International Relations3
Comparative World Politics3
Introduction to Psychology3
Psychology of Organizational Behavior3
Child Development3
Psychology of Adjustment3
Social Psychology3
Marriage and Family in Modern Society3
Sociology of Diversity3

Fine Arts/Humanities

Select two of the following - must be from different disciplines:
Beginning Arabic I4
Beginning Arabic II4
Art Appreciation3
Beginning Chinese I4
Women in Literature3
Introduction to Literature: Short Story and Novel3
Introduction to Literature: Poetry and Drama3
Science Fiction and Fantasy3
American Literature Before the Civil War3
American Literature Since the Civil War3
World Literature II3
British Literature Before 17003
British Literature After 17003
Survey of African American Literature3
Children's Literature3
William Shakespeare: Comedies, Histories and Sonnets3
William Shakespeare: Tragedies, Romances and Selected Poems3
Contemporary Literature3
Introduction to Playwriting and Screenwriting3
Creative Writing3
Beginning French I4
Beginning French II4
Intermediate French I4
Intermediate French II4
Foundations of Humanities4
Beginning German I4
Beginning German II4
World Civilizations to the Beginning of the Modern Era 4
World Civilizations from the Modern Era 4
Arts and Literature: Origins of Western Traditions3
Arts and Literature: Renaissance Through Modern3
World Religions3
Introduction to Film3
Introduction to Documentary3
Beginning Italian I4
Beginning Italian II4
Beginning Japanese I4
Beginning Japanese II4
Intermediate Japanese I4
Intermediate Japanese II4
Fundamentals of Music2
Listening to Music: 'Classical' to Jazz3
Listening to Music: World Music3
Listening to Music: Rock to Hip-Hop3
Introduction to Philosophy3
Introduction to Informal Logic3
Introduction to Formal Logic3
American Sign Language (ASL) I3
American Sign Language (ASL) II3
American Sign Language (ASL) IV3
Beginning Spanish I4
Beginning Spanish II4
Intermediate Spanish I4
Intermediate Spanish II4
Introduction to Theatre3

Natural Sciences

Select two of the following - must be from different disciplines - one course must include a laboratory component:
Environmental Science 4
Life Science 4
Molecular and Cellular Biology 4
Organismal Biology - Biodiversity, Ecology and Evolution 4
Microbiology of Health and Disease3
Human Structure and Function3
General Zoology 4
Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4
Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
Introductory Chemistry 4
Survey of Organic and Biochemistry 4
General Chemistry I 4
General Chemistry II 4
Organic Chemistry I4
Foundations of Natural and Life Sciences4
Physical Geography 4
Introductory Geology 4
Astronomy 4
Introduction to Environmental Geology 4
Concepts in Physics 4
College Physics I 4
College Physics II 4
Engineering Physics I 5
Engineering Physics II 5
Physical Science I 4

ENG 1510 and ENG 1520 may apply for English Composition or Communications, but not both.


HIS 1510 and HIS 1520 may apply for Social Sciences or Fine Arts/Humanities, but not both.


Course includes a laboratory component.


GEO 1540 may apply to Social Science or Natural Science, but not both.

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