Transfer Studies Certificate (TRS.CT)

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The Transfer Studies Certificate is designed to facilitate the transfer of general education requirements from Oakland Community College to another Michigan college/university. The requirements for this certificate will satisfy the requirements for the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA).  Students who transfer to participating institutions with a transcript certified “MTA satisfied” will most likely fulfill all or the majority of the student’s lower level general education requirements as determined by the transfer institution. 

  1. To receive the Transfer Studies Certificate and the MTA endorsement, students must fulfill the requirements noted for each category and successfully complete at least 30 credits. All coursework used to fulfill the 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. Students seeking only the MTA endorsement using transfer credits must successfully complete at least 1 credit-bearing non-developmental course at OCC.  To obtain the Transfer Studies Certificate using transfer credits, students need to complete a minimum of 15 credits at OCC.
  3. The MTA endorsement and the Transfer Studies Certificate can be posted to a student’s record when all components have been met.

Students should always discuss transfer options with an OCC Counselor as requirements vary by school. Counselors are available to help guide students on the right path toward seeking their academic goals at other colleges and universities.

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Major Requirements
English Composition
Select one course:
ENG 15101Composition I 3
or ENG 1510E Composition I Enhanced4
or ENG 1510S Composition I with Support6
ENG 15201Composition II 3
Complete one of the following courses:
Interpersonal Communication3
Fundamentals of Speech3
Intercultural Communication3
Persuasion and Argumentation3
Oral Interpretation of Literature3
Composition I 3
Composition I Enhanced4
Composition I with Support6
Composition II 3
Professional Communication4
Complete one of the following courses:
Finite Mathematics4
Quantitative Reasoning4
College Algebra4
Applied Calculus4
Calculus I4
Calculus II4
Calculus III4
Differential Equations4
Linear Algebra4
Social Sciences6-8
Complete two of the following courses - 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/Humanities5-8
Complete two of the following courses - 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
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 Sciences7-9
Complete two of the following courses - 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
Total Credit Hours30-40

ENG 1510, ENG 1510E and ENG 1520 can be applied to either English Composition and Communications area but not both.


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


GEO 1540 may apply for Social Sciences or Natural Sciences, but not both.


Course includes a laboratory component.

A minimum cumulative 2.00 grade point average (GPA) overall is required for graduation. 

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