Transfer Opportunities

The Commission on Higher Education for the State of South Carolina coordinates postsecondary education in public-supported institutions, including policies and procedures for students and their course credits transferring among these institutions. The Commission’s policies and procedures and Piedmont Technical College’s transfer information follow. For more information regarding transfer, students may access on the internet the Commission’s home page at www.che.sc.gov or Piedmont Technical College’s home page at www.ptc.edu/transfer.

General Information

Piedmont Technical College’s transfer opportunities can be the first step toward a four-year degree. The college strives to make transfer to a four-year university or college an attractive and barrier-free option for graduates.

The college offers two-year associate degrees in arts and sciences that allow students to smoothly transfer to all public universities in the state as well as many private colleges. This catalog’s section on Arts and Sciences Curricula contains more information on these transfer opportunities. Special transfer opportunities are also available for students entering the Agriculture, Business, Engineering Technology, Early Care and Education, Criminal Justice, Nursing and Human Services programs.

Students wishing to transfer to senior institutions after completing their degrees at Piedmont Technical College should indicate this desire to their Academic Advisors in order to receive appropriate advisement. It is the student’s responsibility to obtain a catalog from the four-year college or university that he/she plans to attend and to review the transfer policies of that institution. Students should also review the degree requirements carefully for the major they intend to complete at the senior institution. All four-year public senior institutions in South Carolina have transfer course equivalence guides for transfer students to use when scheduling courses from a technical college. These guides may be obtained directly from the senior institution, from the senior institution’s website or from their academic advisor.

Secondary Articulation Agreements

Articulation agreements with school districts in the Piedmont Technical College service area allow the transfer of credits for students completing certain programs of study in high school upon entrance to Piedmont Technical College in the same program of study with certain conditions. Credits are issued based on the development and implementation of common course objectives for specified common courses. These correlation charts ensure accurate and accessible academic transfer of credits between the high school and the technical college in a specified program without additional cost in time or money to the student. The intent of these articulation agreements is to expand access to higher education for students through a uniform policy for the transfer of credit from high school to Piedmont Technical College under three conditions:

  1. High school students must master the competencies listed on the curriculum correlation chart;
  2. High school students must earn a grade of “B” or better; and
  3. The high school instructor must recommend in writing students who have successfully completed course(s).

Through articulation, students may enter the technical college with pre-earned credit hours and complete their program of study at the technical college sooner. This opportunity is designed for students who are focused on their career and serious about their goal to complete the technical college program.

Transfer Policy for Public Two-Year and Four-Year Institutions in South Carolina

South Carolina Transfer and Articulation Center (SCTRAC)

All two- and four-year public institutions will publish information related to course articulation and transfer, including but not limited to:

  1. The institution’s definition of a transfer student;
  2. Requirements for admission both to the institution and, if more selective, requirements for admission to particular programs;
  3. Institutional and, if more selective, programmatic maximums of course credits allowable in transfer;
  4. Information about course equivalencies and transfer agreements.

All of which can be found on the South Carolina Transfer and Articulation Center website (www.SCTRAC.org). Course equivalency information listing all courses accepted from each institution in the state (including the 86 courses in the Statewide Articulation Agreement) and their respective course equivalencies (including courses in the “free elective” category) will be made available on http://www.sctrac.org/. This course equivalency information will be updated as equivalencies are added or changed and will be reviewed annually for accuracy. Additionally, articulation agreements between public South Carolina institutions of higher education will be made available on www.SCTRAC.org, will be updated as articulation agreements are added or changed, and will be reviewed annually for accuracy. All other transfer information published on www.SCTRAC.org will be reviewed at least annually and updated as needed.

Assurance of Transferability of Coursework Covered by the Transfer Policy

Coursework (i.e. individual courses, transfer blocks, and statewide agreements) covered within this transfer policy will be transferable if the student has completed the coursework with a “C” grade (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) or above. However, the transfer of grades does not relieve the student of the obligation to meet any GPA requirements or other admissions requirements of the institution or program to which application has been made. In addition, any four-year institution which has institutional or programmatic admissions requirements for transfer students with cumulative grade point averages (GPAs) higher than 2.0 on a 4.0 scale will apply such entrance requirements equally to transfer students from regionally accredited South Carolina public institutions regardless of whether students are transferring from a four-year or two-year institution. Any coursework covered within this transfer policy will be transferable to any public institution without any additional fee and without any further encumbrance such as a “validation examination,” “placement examination/instrument,” “verification instrument,” or any other stricture, notwithstanding any institutional or system policy, procedure, or regulation to the contrary.

Statewide Articulation of 86 Courses

The Statewide Articulation Agreement of 86 courses approved by the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education for transfer from two- to four-year public institutions is applicable to all public institutions, including two-year institutions and institutions within the same system. In instances where an institution does not have courses synonymous to ones on this list, it will identify comparable courses or course categories for acceptance of general education courses on the statewide list. This list of courses is available online at www.che.sc.gov as well as on www.SCTRAC.org.

Technical College Courses Transferable to Public Senior Institutions (CHE’s List of 86)

Courses Course Title Credit Hours
ACC 101Accounting Principles I3
ACC 102Accounting Principles II3
ANT 101General Anthropology3
ART 101Art History and Appreciation3
ART 105 Film as Art3
AST 101Solar System Astronomy4
AST 102Stellar Astronomy4
BIO 101Biological Science I4
BIO 102Biological Science II4
BIO 210Anatomy and Physiology I4
BIO 211Anatomy and Physiology II4
BIO 225Microbiology4
CHM 110College Chemistry I4
CHM 111College Chemistry II4
CHM 112College Chemistry II4
CHM 211Organic Chemistry I4
CHM 212Organic Chemistry II4
ECO 210Macroeconomics3
ECO 211Microeconomics3
ENG 101English Composition I3
ENG 102English Composition II3
ENG 201American Literature I3
ENG 202American Literature II3
ENG 203American Literature Survey3
ENG 205English Literature I3
ENG 206English Literature II3
ENG 208World Literature I3
ENG 209World Literature II3
ENG 214 Fiction3
ENG 218Drama3
ENG 222Poetry3
ENG 230Women in Literature3
ENG 236African American Literature3
ENG 260Advanced Technical Communications3
FRE 101 Elementary French I4
FRE 102Elementary French II4
FRE 201 Intermediate French I3
FRE 202Intermediate French II3
GEO 101Introduction to Geography3
GEO 102World Geography3
GER 101 Elementary German I4
GER 102 Elementary German II4
HIS 101Western Civilization to 16893
HIS 102Western Civilization Post 16893
HIS 201American History : Discovery to 18773
HIS 202American History : 1877 to Present3
MAT 110College Algebra3
MAT 111College Trigonometry3
MAT 120Probability and Statistics3
MAT 122Finite College Mathematics3
MAT 130Elementary Calculus3
MAT 140Analytical Geometry and Calculus I4
MAT 141Analytical Geometry and Calculus II4
MAT 240Analytical Geometry and Calculus III4
MAT 242Differential Equations4
MUS 105Music Appreciation3
PHI 101Introduction to Philosophy3
PHI 105Introduction to Logic3
PHI 106Logic II Inductive Reasoning3
PHI 110Ethics3
PHI 115Contemporary Moral Issues3
PHY 201Physics I4
PHY 202Physics II4
PHY 221University Physics I4
PHY 222University Physics II4
PHY 223University Physics III4
PSC 201American Government3
PSC 215State and Local Government3
PSY 201General Psychology3
PSY 203Human Growth and Development3
PSY 208Human Sexuality3
PSY 212Abnormal Psychology3
SOC 101Introduction to Sociology3
SOC 102Marriage and The Family3
SOC 205Social Problems3
SOC 206Social Psychology3
SOC 210Juvenile Delinquency3
SOC 220Sociology of the Family3
SOC 235Thanatology3
SPA 101Elementary Spanish I4
SPA 102Elementary Spanish II4
SPA 201Intermediate Spanish I3
SPA 202Intermediate Spanish II3
SPC 205Public Speaking3
SPC 210Oral Interpretation of Literature3
THE 101Introduction to Theatre3

The S.C. Commission on Higher Education’s Transfer Policy states that these courses are approved to transfer to any senior public institution in the state. Many private colleges in the state also accept them. All students should confirm with the receiving college their planned transfer curriculum.

Note: Individual college transfer guidelines list other courses that are approved for transfer besides those that are listed on CHE’s transfer list.