Transfer Credits

Core Courses Guide   |    Transfer Equivalency Guide   |    Credit by Exam

 

Rules for Transfer to TLU

  • A maximum of 68 hours may be transferred from community colleges to Texas Lutheran University. For students with more than 68 hours, the 68 hours that best complete the degree plan as of the first semester the student attends TLU will be transferred. No changes may be made to the choice of transferred hours after the student starts classes at TLU.
  • Only grades of "C-" or better will transfer. Grades of "D" do not transfer. Community college courses may not transfer into TLU as upper-division courses (300-400 level), even though TLU may have an upper-division course with exactly the same name and description. Community college courses may not be used to fulfill the 30-hour upper-division requirement for graduation at TLU. However, the course may be used as a substitute for an upper-division course with an approved substitution form signed by the chair and dean.
  • FREX134, Exploring the Arts & Sciences, is required of all students except transfer students entering with 24 or more hours, no more than 12 of which may be earned through dual participation.
  • Only four hours of Physical Education (Kinesiology) activity will apply to degree requirements.
  • Only four hours of Ensemble Music will apply to degree requirements.

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Core Courses Guide

At TLU, we want our graduates to achieve a breadth of knowledge in the arts, humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences. Toward that end, students need to meet requirements in 9 areas we call the Foundations and Dimensions of Liberal Education. These areas are closely aligned with what other schools call their “core” courses or “basics.”

Transfer students like TLU because we are flexible with the kind of courses we will accept as fulfilling these dimensions. Check out the core curriculum crosswalk below—you will see that you have many options when it comes to fulfilling each dimension.

Core Curriculum Crosswalk

Using the Crosswalk

For example, suppose a student has taken 9 hours of credit, English composition (ENGL1301 and ENGL1302) and a sociology course (SOCI1301). Using the core curriculum crosswalk, you’ll see that the 2 English courses fulfill the 6-hour composition dimension, and the sociology course fulfills 3 of the 6 hours required in the social science dimension. 

Here’s another example: Suppose you are planning to transfer to TLU and you want to select a course that will fulfill the humanities dimension. Examine the humanities portion of the core curriculum crosswalk. You will see that the humanities dimension requires 6 hours (2 courses) from different disciplines. Any of the courses listed in that section will fulfill the requirement. You can pick from a multitude of history, communication, speech, geography, English literature, and philosophy courses.

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Transfer Equivalency Guide

Courses taken in your major field of study may also transfer to TLU. Compare courses for which you've already received credit with those required in TLU Degree Plans to see what might count toward your TLU coursework. If you're transferring from a community college in Texas, use the Transfer Equivalency Guide to see the TLU equivalent for the course you'd like to transfer, as well as the core competency it fulfills.

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Credit by Exam

TLU students may earn credit by examination or receive advanced placement credit through several programs, including College Board Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) examinations taken while in high school; and College Level Examination (CLEP), Defense Subject Standardized Tests (DANTES), and Excelsior College Examination programs during their time at TLU.

Credit by exam or advanced placement credit does not count toward residence hours, honors calculations, or affect the student's grade point average. All advanced placement coursework appears on the transcript as credit (CR).

Students may apply a maximum of 30 semester hours advanced placement credit toward graduation through any one or combination of the above programs.

AP   |   IB   |   CLEP   |   DANTES   |   Excelsior

AP

Texas Lutheran University awards credit for College Board Advanced Placement to all entering students who submit a score of three (3) or higher. For more information, contact www.collegeboard.com. Students who receive satisfactory scores will be awarded credit for the TLU courses as indicated below:

AP Exam Required AP Score TLU Credit
Art, Design 3, 4, 5 VART 138 - 3 semester hours
Art, Drawing 3, 4, 5 VART 131 - 3 semester hours
Art, General 3, 4, 5 VART elective - ­ 3 semester hours
Art, History 3, 4, 5 VART elective - ­ 3 semester hours
Biology 3 BIOL 130 - 3 semester hours
Biology 4 BIOL 143 - 4 semester hours
Biology 5 BIOL 143, 144 - 8 semester hours
Chemistry 3 CHEM 130 - 3 semester hours
Chemistry 4 CHEM 143 - 4 semester hours
Chemistry 5 CHEM 143, 144 - 8 semester hours
Computer Science A,AB 3, 4, 5 CSCI elective - 3 semester hours
Economics, Macroeconomics 3, 4, 5 ECON elective - 3 semester hours
Economics, Microeconomics 3, 4, 5 ECON elective - 3 semester hours
English Language & Composition 3, 4 COMP 131 - 3 semester hours
English Language & Composition 5 COMP 131, 132 - 6 semester hours
English Literature & Composition 3, 4 COMP 131 - 3 semester hours
English Literature & Composition 5 COMP 131, 132 - 6 semester hours
English Lang & Comp AND Lit & Comp 3, 4, 5 COMP 131, 132 - 6 semester hours
Environmental Science 3, 4, 5 ENVS 140 - 4 semester hours
French, French Language 3, 4, 5 FR 131 - 3 semester hours
French, French Literature 3, 4, 5 FR 131, 132 - 6 semester hours
German, German Language 3, 4 GERM 131 - 3 semester hours
German, German Language 5 GERM 131, 132 - 6 semester hours
Government & Politics, U.S. 3, 4, 5 POLS 232 - 3 semester hours
Geography, Human 3, 4, 5 GEOG 234 - ­ 3 semester hours
Government & Politics, Comparative 3, 4, 5 POLS 337 - 3 semester hours upper-division
History, U.S. History 3, 4, 5 HIST elective - 3 semester hours
History, European History 3, 4, 5 HIST elective - 3 semester hours
History, World 3, 4, 5 HIST elective - 3 semester hours
Latin, Virgil or Latin Literature 3, 4, 5 Elective - 3 semester hours
Mathematics, Calculus AB 3, 4, 5 MATH 241 - 3 semester hours
Mathematics, Calculus BC 3, 4 MATH 241 - 3 semester hours
Mathematics, Calculus BC 5 MATH 241, 242 - 6 semester hours
Music Theory 3, 4, 5 MUS 131 - 3 semester hours
Physics, Physics BC 3, 4 PHYS 141 - 4 semester hours
Physics, Physics BC 5 PHYS 141, 142 - 8 semester hours
Physics, C-Mechanical 3, 4, 5 PHYS 141 ­ 4 semester hours
Physics, C-E&M 3, 4, 5 PHYS 142 ­ 4 semester hours
Psychology 3, 4, 5 PSYCH 131 - 3 semester hours
Spanish, Spanish Language 3, 4 SPAN 131 - 3 semester hours
Spanish, Spanish Language 5 SPAN 131, 132 - 6 semester hours
Spanish, Spanish Literature 3, 4, 5 SPAN 3xx - 3 semester hours upper-division
Statistics 3, 4, 5 STAT 374 - ­ 3 semester hours upper-division

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IB

The following International Baccalaureate (IB) Higher Level examinations, taken while in high school, are acceptable for credit based on presenting the minimum scores noted. For more information, visit the International Baccalaureate Organization website at www.ibo.org. Equivalent Texas Lutheran courses and hours credit are specified.

Higher Level Examination Score TLU Course Credit Hours
5 BIO 143 4
7 BIO 143, 144 8
4 CHEM 143 4
5 CHEM 143, 144 8
5 ECON 236 3
4 FR / SPAN 131 3
5, 6, 7 FR / SPAN 131, 132 6
5 COMP 131 3
6, 7 COMP 131, 132 6
4 GEOG elective 3
5 HIST elective 3
6, 7 HIST elective 6
5 MATH 231 3
4, 5 MUS 130 or 133 3
6, 7 MUS 130 or 133 6
5 PHIL 131 3
4 PHYS 141 4
5 PHYS 141, 142 8
6 PHYS 240 4
7 PHYS 240, 241 8
4 PSY 131 3
6 SOC 239 3

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CLEP

TLU accepts the American Council on Education (ACE) minimum score* for receipt of credit on these exams. To get more information about credit by examination through the CLEP program, you can call toll-free at 800-257-9558 or on the web at www.collegeboard.com/clep.

CLEP Examinations TLU Equivalent Course
English Composition COMP 131, 132
Social Sciences / History Humanities / Social Sciences (6 hours)
Natural Science (Bio/Phys) Natural Science (6 hours)
Humanities (Fine Arts / Lit) Humanities / Art (6 hours)
College Mathematics MATH 133, 138
College Mathematics MATH 133, 138
Principles of Accounting BA 231, 232
Introductory Business Law BA 339
Principles of Marketing BA 337
Principles of Management BA 373
Biology BIO 130
General Chemistry CHEM 133
Information Systems & Computer Apps ISYS 133
Principles of Macroeconomics ECON 237
Principles of Microeconomics ECON 237
English Literature ENG 233, 234
American Literature ENG elective (6 hours)
Analyzing & Interpreting Literature ENG elective (6 hours)
French Language Level 1 FR 131, 132
Freshman College Composition COMP 131, 132
German Language Level 1 Cross-Cultures (6 hours)
History of the U.S. I HIST elective (3 hours)
History of the U.S. II HIST elective (3 hours)
Western Civilization I HIST elective (3 hours)
Western Civilization II HIST elective (3 hours)
College Algebra MATH 133
College Algebra-Trigonometry MATH 138
Trigonometry MATH elective (3 hours)
Calculus MATH 231
American Government POLS 231
Introductory Psychology PSY 131
Human Growth &Development PSY 236
Intro to Educational Psychology PSY elective (3 hours)
Introductory Sociology SOC 130
Spanish Language Level 1 SPAN 131, 132

*For tests taken after July 01, 2001.

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DANTES

To get more information about credit by examination through the DANTES subject standardized test program, you can contact www.getcollegecredit.com or toll-free 866-794-3497.

Examination Number & Name TLU Equivalent Course
SE 461 Art of the Western World ART 375 Art History II
SF 525 Principles of Financial Accounting BA 231 Principles of Accounting I
SE 5 Personal Finance BA 331 Personal Finance
SE 534 Business Law II BA 335 Business Law
SE 549 Basic Marketing BA 337 Principles of Marketing Mngmt
SE/SF/SG/SH 532 Principles of Supervision BA elective (3 hours)
SF/SG/SH/SL 524 Principles of Finance BA 377 Business Finance
SF/SG/SH/SL 531 Organizational Behavior BA elective (3 hours)
SG/SH/SL/SM 530 Personnel/Humn Resource Mgt BA 472 Human Resource Management
SE/SF/SG/SH 543 Introduction to Business BA elective (3 hours)
SF/SG/SH/SL 498 Criminal Justice CJ 231 Introduction to Criminal Justice
SG/SH/SL/SM 497 Intro to Law Enforcement CJ elective (3 hours)
SG/SH/SL/SM 536 Intro to Computing CSCI elective (3 hours)
SE/SF 551 Management Info Systems CSCI upper division elective (3 hours)
SG/SH/SL/SM 548 Money and Banking ECON 373 Money/ Banking / Financial Mkts
SE 489 Foundations of Education ED elective (3 hours)
SF/SG 820 Technical Writing ENG 335 Technical Writing
SF/SG/SH/SL 470 Human/Cultural Geog GEOG lower division elective (3 hours)
SE 473 History of the Vietnam War HIST lower division elective (3 hours)
SF 471 Rise & Fall of the Soviet Union HIST lower division elective (3 hours)
SE/SF.SG/SH 483 Civil War Reconstruction HIST lower division elective (3 hours)
SE 465 Contemp Western Europe: 1946-1990 HIST lower division elective (3 hours)
SF/SG/SH/SL 8 Here's to Your Health KIN 121 Contemporary Wellness (3 hours)
SF/SG 424 Fund of College Algebra MATH 133 College Algebra
SF/SG 474 Ethics in America PHIL 333 Ethics
SF/SG/SH/SL 490 Lifespan/Dev Psych PSY 236 Developmental Psychology
SE 815 Principles of Public Speaking COM elective (3 hours)
SE 4 Principles of Statistics STAT 374 Statistics
SE 496 Intro to World Religions THEO 334 History of Religions
SF/SG/SH/SL 551 Environment & Humanity Natural Science (3 hours)
SE/SF 512 Principles of Physical Science I Natural Science (3 hours)
SF/SG 519 Physical Geology Natural Science (3 hours)
SF/SG 0 Astronomy Natural Science (3 hours)
SE 469 Intro to the Modern Middle East Elective (3 hours)
SF 494 General Anthropology Elective (3 hours)
SG/SH/SL/SM 562 Fund of Counseling Elective (3 hours)
SE/SF/SG/SH 495 Drug and Alcohol Abuse Elective (3 hours)
SF/SG 812 Business Mathematics Does not transfer to TLU

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Excelsior

TLU accepts the American Council on Education (ACE) minimum score for receipt of credit on these exams. For more information about credit by examination through the Excelsior College Examinations, contact www.excelsior.edu or toll-free at 888-72EXAMS.

Examination Number & Name TLU Equivalent Course
Organizational Behavior BA elective (3 hours)
Production/Operations Management BA 432 Operations Management
Human Resource Management BA 472 Human Resource Management
Business Policy and Strategy BA upper division elective (3 hours)
Labor Relations BA upper division elective (3 hours)
Anatomy & Physiology BIO 147 Human Anatomy & Physiology I
Microbiology BIO 242 Microbiology
Pathophysiology BIO elective (3 hours)
Reading Instruction in Elementary School ED elective (3 hours)
English Composition ENG 131, 132 English Comp & Comm II
World Population GEOG lower division elective (3 hours)
History of Nazi Germany HIST lower division elective (3 hours)
Ethics: Theory & Practice PHIL 333 Ethics
Research Methods in Psychology PSY elective (3 hours)
Lifespan Developmental Psychology PSY 236 Developmental Psychology
Abnormal Psychology PSY 332 Abnormal Psychology
Psychology of Adulthood & Aging PSY upper division elective (3 hours)
Statistics STAT 374 Statistics
Religions of the World THEO 334 History of Religions
American Dream Elective (3 hours)

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