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Core Transfer Programs

In general, students transferring into Temple should be aware of:

● The policy on academic residency that requires 30 of the last 45 credits to be taken at Temple. See Academic Residency.

● The policy on graduation with honors that requires that at least 60 credits be taken as a matriculated student at Temple. See Honors.

● Temple's policies regarding the transfer of academic credit. See Admissions: Transfer Credit.

● The fact that the following Core policies for transfer students relate only to the university Core requirements. All requirements of Temple's schools and colleges and major programs of study remain in force, even if they include Core courses.

In addition to the approved Core course lists, students required to complete any version of the Core Curriculum can use General Education (GenEd) courses to satisfy the Core equivalent area.  For more information about using GenEd courses to satisfy Core requirements, click here.

45+ Transfer Core

Transfer students admitted to Temple for and after Fall 1997 with 45 or more credits for courses taken elsewhere (and without an Associate's degree approved for Core-to-Core Transfer) complete the 45+ Transfer Core. All the requirements in this version of the Core may be met either with equivalent transfer courses or with Core/GenEd courses taken at Temple--with the exception of the two writing-intensive courses, which must be taken at Temple.

NOTE: An Intellectual Heritage course taken at Temple to satisfy the 45+ requirement for one Intellectual Heritage course cannot be used as one of the two writing-intensive courses at Temple. However, a second IH at Temple may be used as one of those WI courses.

● Temple Information Literacy Tutorial (0 credits)
● College Composition (Temple's English 1002, 1012, 1022, 0802, 0812 or equivalent - one course, 3 or 4 credits)
● Two Writing-Intensive courses, not including Intellectual Heritage, taken at Temple (6 credits)
● One Core Intellectual Heritage course (Temple's IH 1196, 1297, 0851, 0852, or equivalent - 3 credits)
● One Core International Studies course (either regular or "Non-Western/Third World") or a language to the second semester (1002 or equivalent) level (3-4 credits)
● One Mathematics or Statistics course (a Core-level course - 3-4 credits)
One course in the natural sciences with a laboratory component (Biology, Botany, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science, Physics, or interdisciplinary science); or a direct transfer equivalent of a Temple Core "Science/Technology A" course; or, if taken at Temple, a Core "SA" course with a lab) (3-4 credits)

  • Beginning Fall 2008, students who transferred 45 or more credits to Temple and have completed any Science course in transfer (elective, SA or SB) and still need to complete the 45+ Science requirement can complete any SA or SB at Temple to satisfy the 45+ Science and Technology requirement.  A DARS exception will need to be completed when students choose courses other than the approved 45+ SA options.

● One Core Studies in Race course (3 credits)
● One course each in two of these Core areas: American Culture, Arts, or Individual and Society (6 credits)

Transfer Credits for 45+

The 45+ Transfer Core is designed for students who have taken a significant number of courses elsewhere before entering Temple.  All college-level courses considered transferable by the Temple Office of Undergraduate Admissions, including those for which evaluation is not complete until after the student begins at Temple, will be counted toward the 45 credit minimum, when they meet either of the following sets of conditions.

1. For students new to Temple: The courses have been taken elsewhere before the student matriculates at Temple.
2. For readmitted students: 45 or more transferable credits have been taken elsewhere since the student's last date of enrollment at Temple and before the date of the student's return to Temple.
3. For both groups of students:

  • Advanced Placement credits are counted toward eligibility for the 45+ Transfer Core if the student also has transfer courses from another college or university.
  • Credits for prior CLEP exams are counted toward eligibility for the 45+ Transfer Core if the student also has transfer courses from another college or university.  Scores must meet the Temple credit-granting standards and be approved by the Temple school or college that offers the equivalent course (see Credit for Prior Learning).
  • Courses taken at Temple as a non-matriculated student are not counted toward eligibility for the 45+ Transfer Core.
  • Courses taken elsewhere by students once they are at Temple, with the permission of the student's Temple school or college, are not counted toward eligibility for the 45+ Transfer Core.

45+ Transfer Core Policies

Transfer students should be aware that this Core policy relates only to university Core requirements. All requirements of Temple's schools and colleges and major programs of study remain in force, even if they include Core courses. Students should consult the appropriate sections of this Bulletin and their academic advisors about school/college and major requirements.

A 45+ Transfer Core version of the Degree Audit Reporting System (DARS) document is produced automatically for eligible students who are entering Temple for the first time. For eligible readmitted students to receive a 45+ Transfer Core DARS document, a Temple academic advisor must post the 45+ event in the student's ISIS record.

Regular Temple Core policies apply to these requirements and the courses they involve unless otherwise stipulated above (see Admissions: Transfer Credit). For example, it is still the case that:

● The College Composition requirement may be met by placing out of Temple's College Composition through a placement test or by transferring in the equivalent of Temple's College Composition course.  Students should check with their advisor if they are unsure whether they have met this Core requirement.
● One of the writing-intensive courses taken at Temple will be the capstone course in the student's major.
● The International Studies requirement also may be met by placing above the second semester (1002 or equivalent) level of a language through a placement test or by participating in an approved Study Abroad program.
● Some Studies in Race and Writing-Intensive courses may also fulfill another Core requirement.
● Initial evaluation of transfer credits will be made in the Temple Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Re-evaluation of credits will be done by the Temple Admissions Office and academic advisors, in consultation with the Assistant Vice Provost for First Year and Transfer Programs when necessary, according to standard Temple policies and procedures.
● The dean or dean's designee of a student's Temple school or college has final authority over interpretations and decisions regarding these requirements, in consultation with the Assistant Vice Provost for First Year and Transfer Programs.

Core-To-Core Transfer

Core-to-Core Transfer agreements with community colleges accept the general education included in approved Associate degrees in place of Temple’s Core Curriculum. Students entering Temple with an approved degree have met all of the Core requirements except two writing-intensive courses to be taken at Temple (one of which is normally the advanced writing capstone in the major). Students who previously attended Temple and have received an Associate's degree approved for Core-to-Core since their last enrollment at Temple are eligible for Core-to-Core Transfer.

Core-to-Core Transfer students are identified upon admission to or enrollment in the university and their fulfillment of the Core by Core-to-Core Transfer is noted on pertinent student records. Eligible students should be sure that a final transcript, indicating receipt of the Associate's degree, is available to their Temple advisors at their first advising appointment. Advisors can then make sure that Core-to-Core status is noted in the students' records.

This Core policy relates only to university Core requirements. All the requirements of Temple's schools and colleges and major programs of study remain in force and are not affected by this policy, including any that involve Core courses but differ from the University Core Curriculum requirements. Students should consult the appropriate sections of this Bulletin, and their academic advisors, about school/college and major requirements.

These are the conditions for Core-to-Core Transfer from specific community colleges:

Bucks County Community College: Any Associate of Art degree in a program the student entered in Fall 1994 or after. Effective for students entering Temple for the first time for Spring 1998 and after.

Burlington County College: Any Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree in a program the student entered in Fall 1995 or after. Effective for students entering Temple for the first time for Fall 1999 and after. Associate in Applied Science degrees are not approved for Core-to-Core Transfer.

Camden County College: One of the following degrees received in or after 1980: An Associate in Arts: any Liberal Arts and Sciences option or an Associate in Science:  any Liberal Arts and Sciences option, Criminal Justice, Elementary/Secondary Education, and Human Services.  Students with the Associate in Science degree in Engineering are eligible for Core-to-Core Transfer if and only if they are certified to Temple's Assistant Vice Provost for First Year and Transfer Programs by the county college as having taken the proper combination and number of general education courses. Effective for students entering Temple for the first time for Fall 1999 and after. Associate in Applied Science degrees are not approved for Core-to-Core Transfer.

Delaware County Community College: One of the following degrees received after 1970: Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degree in Behavioral Science, Business Administration, Communication Arts, Computer Information Systems (as of Fall  2000), Education, Liberal Arts, or Natural Science.  Students with the Associate in Science degree in Science for Health Professions or Associate in Science in Engineering (as revised in Fall 2005) are eligible for Core-to-Core Transfer if and only if they are certified to Temple’s Assistant Vice Provost for First Year and Transfer Programs by the community college’s Career and Transfer Office as having taken the proper combination and number of general education courses. Effective for students entering Temple for the first time for Spring 1998 and after. Associate in Applied Science degrees are not approved for Core-to-Core Transfer.

Gloucester County College: One of the following degrees received in or after May 1985: Any Associate of Arts; Associate of Science in these fields if and only if the county college certifies to Temple's Office of First Year and Transfer Programs that the student has taken the correct distribution of courses: Arts and Science, Biology, Business Administration, Chemistry, or Human Development. Effective for students entering Temple for the first time for Spring 2001 and after. Other Associate in Science degrees, and Associate in Applied Science degrees, are not approved for Core-to-Core Transfer.

Harrisburg Area Community College: Any Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degree in a college-parallel program that includes the community college's revised general education requirements for transfer curricula enacted for Fall 1999. Effective for students entering Temple for the first time for Spring 2000 and after. No other degrees are approved for Core-to-Core Transfer.

Lehigh Carbon Community College: One of the following degrees, received at any time: Associate in Arts in Business Administration or Social Sciences; Associate in Science in Engineering or Natural Science/Physical Science Option. One of the following Associate in Arts Degrees, received at any time, if and only if the student is certified to Temple's Office of First Year and Transfer Programs by the community college as having taken a mathematics course at a level appropriate to Temple’s Core (LCCC Math 120, 125, 130, 135 or 150 or higher): Education, Fine Arts/Studio Arts, Graphic Design, Humanities and Arts, Liberal Arts, or Special Education. One of the following Associate in Science degrees, received at any time, if and only if the student is certified to Temple's Office of First Year and Transfer Programs by LCCC as having used an elective requirement to take an additional course in the arts, humanities, or social sciences: Computer Science, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering Technology, or Natural Science/Life Science Option. The following Associate in Science degree in Sports Management, if and only if the student is certified to Temple's Office of First Year and Transfer Programs by LCCC as having taken a mathematics course at a level appropriate to Temple's Core (LCCC Math 120, 125, 130, 135, or 150 and higher). The following Associate in Natural Science/Horticulture and Plant Science Option (as revised in Fall 2008), if and only if the student is certified to Temple's Assistant Vice Provost for Core and Transfer by LCCC as having used elective requirements to take the additional courses in the arts, humanities, or social sciences. Effective for students entering Temple for the first time for Fall 2002 and after. Associate in Applied Science degrees are not approved for Core-to-Core Transfer.

Mercer County Community College: A degree in any of these programs, if it includes the general education requirements put into effect in Fall 1999, and if the student entered the program in Fall 1999 or after: Any Associate of Arts; Associate in Science in Architecture, Aviation Management, Business Administration, or Criminal Justice; Associate in Fine Arts (A.F.A.) in Art History, Ceramics/Sculpture, or Fine Arts. Effective for students entering Temple for the first time for Spring 2001 and after. Other Associate of Science degrees and Associate in Applied Science degrees are not approved for Core-to-Core Transfer.

Montgomery County Community College: Any Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degree received in or after 1990. Effective for students entering Temple for the first time for Spring 1998 and after. Earlier A.A. or A.S. degrees can be considered for inclusion on appeal. Associate in Applied Science and Associate in General Studies degrees are not approved for Core-to-Core Transfer.

Northampton Community College: Any Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degree in a program the student entered in Fall 1993 or after. Students with an Associate in Applied Science degree are eligible for Core-to-Core Transfer if and only if they are certified to Temple’s Assistant Vice Provost for First Year and Transfer Programs by the community college as having taken the proper combination and number of general education courses. Effective for students entering Temple for the first time for Spring 2000 and after.

Community College of Philadelphia: Any Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degree received in a program the student entered in Fall 1996 or after (and therefore satisfying the Dimensions requirements). Effective for students entering Temple for the first time for Spring 1999 and after. Associate in General Studies and Associate of Applied Science degrees are not approved for Core-to-Core Transfer.

 
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