General Transfer Guidelines - The University of Tulsa

General Transfer Guidelines

Below are some of the most common course subjects that are customarily accepted for credit in the Core and General Curricula by The University of Tulsa.  Depending on a student’s chosen major, requirements may vary from those listed.  Questions about exceptions and specific course requirements can be directed to the Office of the Registrar at In some cases, a course syllabus may be required to determine an appropriate equivalency.

  • The 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.


    Typical Course EquivalentThe University of Tulsa
    Freshman Composition IENGL 1004: Introduction to College Writing
    Freshman 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:

    Typical Course EquivalentThe University of Tulsa
    Math for Critical ThinkingMATH 1083: Contemporary Mathematics
    Finite MathematicsMATH 1093: Math with Applications
    Calculus for BusinessMATH 1103: Basic Calculus
    Pre-Calculus I and II (if applicable)MATH 1143: Mathematical Functions
    Analytic Geometry and Calculus IMATH 2014: Calculus I
    Analytic Geometry and Calculus IIMATH 2024: Calculus II
    Multivariable Calculus and Vector AnalysisMATH 2073: Calculus III
    Elementary StatisticsSTAT 2013: Introduction to Statistics
    Elementary Differential EquationsMATH 3073: Differential Equations
    Discrete MathematicsMATH 3013: Discrete Mathematics


    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:

    If transferring from a two-year university:

    Typical Course EquivalentThe University of Tulsa
    Beginning Language I and II (6 hrs)Beginning Language I 1004 (4 Hours)
    Beginning Language III and IV (6 hrs)Beginning Language II 104 (4 hrs)
    Intermediate Language IIntermediate Language I 2003
    Intermediate Language IIIntermediate Language II 203

    If transferring from a four-year university:

    Typical Course Equivalent*The University of Tulsa
    Beginning Language IBeginning Language I 1004 (4 hrs)
    Beginning Language IIBeginning Language II 1014 (4 hrs)
    Intermediate Language IIntermediate Language I 2003
    Intermediate Language IIIntermediate Language II 2013
    *Subject to Evaluation


    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, Latin, and Spanish. Prior to coming to campus to enroll, students with previous classroom or life experience in Chinese, French, German, or Spanish who intend to continue studying the same language must take the online Computer-Aided Placement Exam (CAPE).

  • The 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 those specific transfer guides or speak to your admission 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.

    Course subjects customarily accepted for Block I credit: Art, Art History,  English Literature, Humanities, Theatre, Music, Philosophical Literature,  Religious Literature, Speech Communication, World Literature.


    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 and action- are shaped by social, historical, cultural, environmental and/or psychological factors.

    Course subjects customarily accepted for Block II credit: Anthropology, Cultural/Gender Studies, Economics, History, Government, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Religion, and Sociology. 


    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.

    Course subjects customarily accepted for Block III credit: Biological Science, Chemistry, Geosciences, Engineering, Environmental Science, and Physics.


  • Area of Concentration

    Transfer students should consult TU’s college advising office or admission staff about lower division classes that are prerequisites for or may apply toward their major or minor. For further information on transferring credit to fulfill the business, nursing or engineering core requirements, consult with professional advisors for the relevant majors. Credits earned at two-year colleges will not satisfy upper division requirements.

  • Electives

    Elective credit may be granted for courses that meet university standards relating to length of instructional time for external courses, accreditation status at the institution and program level, as well as adherence to other limitations as listed in the TU Transfer Credit Policies.