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Section VIII: Transfer Guide

Introduction and Transfer Advice

Richard Bland College of William & Mary prides itself on being your transfer institution of choice. For many students, earning an Associate degree at RBC is a key component of their journey. An RBC degree makes your academic pathway visible, viable, and affordable. With all of our transfer partner institutions, Richard Bland College is a wise choice for the savvy student. To make sure that your pathway works, follow the guides in the following section when selecting your coursework and note any required GPA or course grade guidelines in terms of transferability. Generally, keeping above a 3.5 GPA gives you the best transfer options, maintaining a 3.0 GPA provides numerous pathways to the bachelor’s degree, while keeping a 2.5-2.8 GPA will limit your choices. Being aware of all of this important information can seem confusing, but taking the time to plan ahead will help ensure your successful transfer.

When in doubt, talk to your Learner Mentor here at RBC, and be proactive and review your course schedule and course progress with the transfer admissions specialist at the transfer institution of your choice. Please note that any remedial courses you might have needed do not transfer to a four-year institution. Some courses–even some that look quite similar–sometimes will have a closer alignment with a four-year degree pathway, so always confirm your chosen course will work towards your chosen academic pathway.

Spanish and French Placement Guide

Generally speaking, a year of high school foreign language is equal to one semester of college-level study of a foreign language.

Therefore, if you’ve studied a second language in high school:

  • 1 yr. HS: register for 101
  • 2 yrs. HS: register for 102
  • 3 yrs. HS: contact the Dean of Faculty regarding our email placement test to see if you are ready for 201 Spanish and French Placement Test (via email)

If you are contemplating registering for a 201-level secondary language study, and you have NOT previously taken a secondary language at Richard Bland College, you’ll be asked to take a placement test. Here are some questions to help guide you and your Learner Mentor into finding the appropriate level of study. Students enrolling in the 201 level should be prepared to display mastery of:

Verb Tenses: Do you feel confident in basic tenses: present, past tenses (preterite and imperfect for Spanish, passé composé and imparfait for French), and subjunctive? (If these do not sound familiar, 201 is not right for you)

For example, answer these questions in Spanish/French:

Tell me your name, where you are from, and where you live now. Tell me a little about yourself (hobbies, interests, sports, work, anything you know how to say in Spanish/French). Can you tell me (briefly–in 1-2 sentences) what you did yesterday?

Students may respond to these questions either orally or in written form. They should email either their written responses or an audio file of their recorded answers to deanoffaculty@rbc.edu.

Transfer Guides

In this next section, you’ll find a number of guides to assist you and your Learner Mentor in your course selection process. Whenever possible, try to think not only about the courses you’ll need to graduate from Richard Bland College, but also think ahead to what courses you’ll need to successfully graduate from one of our four-year transfer partner institutions. When in doubt, don’t hesitate to reach out to a transfer counselor at your chosen four year school(s) to confirm.


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Core Courses List

Courses in italics are only transferable in some cases, and you should exercise caution.
Course with an asterisk (*) may be used to satisfy the requirements of only one category.

The Art of Language and Ideas
Two required courses:
ENGL 101 Writing and Research
ENGL 102 Introduction to Literary Genres

Take ONE additional course:
ENGL 200 The Craft of Researched Writing
ENGL 201 Western World Literature I
ENGL 202 Western World Literature II
ENGL 203 English Literature through the 18th Century
ENGL 204 English Literature: Romanticism to Present
ENGL 205 American Literature through the Civil War
ENGL 206 American Literature: Civil War to Present
ENGL 210 Shakespeare
ENGL 211 Contemporary Literature
ENGL 212 Fantasy: Beowulf to the Present
ENGL 213 Science Fiction
ENGL 214 African American Literature
PHIL 201 Introduction to Philosophy*
PHIL 121 Introduction to Critical Thinking*
PHIL 201 Ancient and Medieval Philosophy
PHIL 202 Modern Philosophy
PHIL 203 Introduction to Ethics*
PHIL 270 Asian Religious Thought
REL 201 Introduction to Religion*
COMM 101 Public Speaking
COMM 201 Interpersonal Communication (sometimes transfers as elective)

The Language and History of the Fine Arts
Take ONE of these courses:
ART 201 Art History Survey I
ART 202 Art History Survey II
ART 231 Art Appreciation
THEA 201 Theatre: A Contemporary and Historical Introduction
MUS 103 Music Appreciation

The Human Experience
Take THREE of these courses, making sure that only two are from the same discipline (for example, only two psychology courses):
PHIL 101 Introduction to Philosophy*
PHIL 203 Introduction to Ethics*
PHIL 270 Asian Religious Thought
PSY 201-202 General Psychology
PSY 250 Developmental Psychology
PSY 260 Psychology of Personality Theories
PSY 292 Stress Management
PSY 295 Human Sexuality
REL 201 Introduction to Religion*
REL 209 Comparative Religion*
REL 210 Social History of Christianity*
REL 270 Asian Religious Thought
SOC 201 General Sociology
SOC 204 Social Problems
SOC 250 Criminology
SOC 253 Marriage and the Family

Foreign Language
FREN 201-202 Intermediate French I, II
SPAN 201-202 Intermediate Spanish I, II
FREN 101-102 Elementary French I, II
SPAN 101-102 Elementary Spanish I, II

U.S. and World Cultures
Take THREE of these courses, making sure that only two are from the same discipline (For example, only two economics courses):
ECON 201 Principles of Economics (Macro)
ECON 202 Principles of Economics (Micro)
GEO 101 Major World Regions
GEO 103 Cultural Geography
GOVT 201 American Government and Politics
GOVT 202 The United States in World Affairs
GOVT 203 Comparative Government and Politics
HIST 101 Western Civilization to 1715
HIST 102 Western Civilization since 1715
HIST 201 American History to 1865
HIST 202 American History since 1865
HIST 240 Nazi Germany
HIST 250 Modern America: U.S. History since 1945
HIST 270 The History of Modern Britain
HIST 276 The Vietnam War
PHIL 270 Asian Religious Thought
REL 209 Comparative Religion*
REL 210 Social History of Christianity*
REL 219 History and Religion of Israel
REL 220 New Testament World
REL 254 Religion in Contemporary America
REL 270 Asian Religious Thought

Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning
Take TWO of these courses:
CSCI 221 Computer Programming I
MATH 121 College Algebra
MATH 251-252 Calculus
MATH 217 Introductory Statistics
MATH 200 Calculus for Business and Social Science
MATH 151 Pre-Calculus
MATH 224 Elementary Linear Algebra
MATH 261 Multivariable Calculus
MATH 110 Contemporary Mathematics

Investigation of the Natural World
Take TWO of these courses:
BIO 101-102 (101L-102L) General Biology
BIO 151-152 (151L-152L) Biological Science
BIO 205-206 Human Anatomy and Physiology
BIO 211 Microbiology
BIO 220 Medical Microbiology
BIO 110 Contemporary Biology
CHEM 101-102 (101L-102L) General Chemistry
CHEM 230-231 Organic Chemistry
PHYS 101-102 College Physics
PHYS 201-202 University Physics
CHEM 110 Concepts of Chemistry

Computer Proficiency
Students must either pass the Computer Proficiency Assessment or take one of the following courses:
CSCI 202 Computer Applications I
CSCI 221 Computer Programming I
CSCI 203 Computer Applications II
CSCI 222 Computer Programming II

 

NOTE: For the AA Degree, two semesters of foreign language are required to complete the degree requirements. For the AS Degree, the foreign language classes are all considered electives (none required).


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Transfer Core Courses List

If you’re planning on transferring to a four-year institution, this list was created to help. Here you’ll find Richard Bland College courses that almost always transfer, no matter which institution you plan on attending next. Other courses may transfer, but these courses count both towards your degree requirements at Richard Bland College, and are also highly transferable (although the four-year institution makes the final decision).

Please note that any course in italics requires as corequisites or prerequisites ENGL 101 and/or MATH 121. Second, any course marked with an asterisk (this mark *) can be used to satisfy the requirement of only one category.

The Art of Language and Ideas
ENGL 101 Writing and Research
ENGL 102 Introduction to Literary Genres
ENGL 200 The Craft of Researched Writing
COMM 101 Public Speaking 

The Language and History of the Fine Arts
ART 201 Art History Survey
ART 202 Art History Survey
ART 231 Art Appreciation
MUS 103 Music Appreciation
THEA 201 Theatre: A Contemporary and Historical Introduction
(ART 231, THEA 201: Consult your four-year institution of choice for core transferability.)

The Human Experience
PHIL 101 Introduction to Philosophy*
PHIL 203 Introduction to Ethics*
PSY 201- 202 General Psychology
PSY 250 Developmental Psychology
REL 201 Introduction to Religion*
REL 209 Comparative Religion*
SOC 201 General Sociology

U.S. and World Cultures
ECON 201 Principles of Economics (Macro)
ECON 202 Principles of Economics (Micro)
GEO 101 Major World Regions
GOVT 201 American Government and Politics
GOVT 202 The United States in World Affairs
HIST 101 Western Civilization to 1715
HIST 102 Western Civilization since 1715
HIST 201 American History to 1865
HIST 202 American History since 1865
REL 209 Comparative Religion*

Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning
MATH 151 Pre-Calculus
MATH 200 Calculus for Business and Social Science
MATH 217 Introductory Statistics
MATH 224 Elementary Linear Algebra
MATH 251-252 Calculus
MATH 261 Multivariable Calculus

Investigation of the Natural World
BIO 101-102 (101L-102L) General Biology
BIO 151-152 (151L-152L) Biological Science
BIO 205-206 Human Anatomy and Physiology
BIO 211 Microbiology (prerequisites BIO 101 or 151)
CHEM 101-102 (101L-102L) General Chemistry
CHEM 230-231 Organic Chemistry (prerequisites CHEM 101-102)
PHYS 201-202 University Physics (corequisite MATH 251)

Computer Proficiency
CSCI 202 Computer Applications 1
CSCI 221 Computer Programming I
CSCI 222 Computer Programming II

Foreign Language
SPAN 101-102 Elementary Spanish I, II
SPAN 201-202 Intermediate Spanish I, II
FREN 101-102 Elementary French I, II
FREN 201-202 Intermediate French I, II


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Elective Course Selection Guide

We’ve created this guide to help you see which courses are most likely to transfer to a four-year institution. As you choose which electives you’d like to take at Richard Bland College, you should also check and see whether this course is likely to transfer to a four-year institution.

These elective courses are highly transferable:


BIO 111- Medical Terminology (for health professions only)
BUS 104 Intro to Business
BUS 201 Principles of Accounting l BUS 202 Principles of Accounting ll
HLTH 245 Understanding Nutrition (health science majors)

These elective courses may transfer only as other general electives:


ART 101 Basic Design l
ART 102 Basic Design ll
ART 103 Beginning Drawing l
ART 104 Beginning Drawing ll
ART 221 Intermediate Drawing l
ART 222 Intermediate Drawing ll
ART 292 Portfolio Development
EDUC 200 Intro to Teaching
HLTH 225 Health and Wellness
PE 120 Fitness & Wellness
THEA 115 Intro to Acting
THEA 132 Theatre Practicum
THEA 133 Theatre Practicum


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Course Selection Guides for First-Year Students

Associate in Arts

First SemesterCreditsSecond SemesterCredits
Writing: ENGL 1013Writing: ENGL 1023
Choose one or two courses in: The Human Experience AND U.S. and World Cultures *PHIL 101 and 203 require a co- requisite of ENGL 101.2-6Choose one or two courses in: The Human Experience AND U.S. and World Cultures3-6
*Enroll in the math course as determined by your placement test or previous academic records in college-level work.3
Investigation of the Natural World BIO 101 and 101L4
Foreign Language *Enroll in the foreign language course as determined by your previous high school and/or college-level coursework3-4Foreign Language *Enroll in the foreign language course as determined by your previous high school and/or college-level coursework3-4

*Please refer to the Core Courses List for a complete list of course choices and categories for which they satisfy.


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Associate in Arts with Developmental Courses

First SemesterCreditsSecond SemesterCredits
Writing: ENGL 100 or 101*Enroll in the appropriate English course as determined by your placement test or previous academic records in college-level work.3Writing: ENGL 101 or 1023
Choose one or two courses in: The Human Experience AND U.S. and World Cultures. *PHIL 101 and 203 require a co- requisite of ENGL 1013-6Choose one or two courses in: The Human Experience AND U.S. and World Cultures3-6
Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning MATH 100A or 100B or 101 *Enroll in the math course as determined by your placement test or previous academic records in college-level work.3Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning3
Choose at least one course from the Transfer Core Course List *Ineligible for Investigation of the Natural World3Investigation of the Natural World BIO 101 and 101 L or CHEM 101 and 101L (if corequisites are met) OR choose at least one course from the Transfer Core Courses List(if requirements are not met)3-4
Foreign Language3-4Foreign Language3-4

*Please refer to the Core Courses List for a complete list of course choices and categories for which they satisfy.


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Associate in Science

First SemesterCreditsSecond SemesterCredits
Writing: ENGL 1013Writing: ENGL 1023
Choose one or two courses in: The Human Experience AND U.S. and World Cultures3-6Choose one or two courses in: The Human Experience AND U.S. and World Cultures3-6
Investigation of the Natural World BIO 101 and 101L4Investigation of the Natural World BIO 102 and 102L4

*PHIL 101 and 203 require a corequisite of ENGL 101.
*Please refer to the Core Courses List for a complete list of course choices and categories for which they satisfy.


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Associate in Science with Developmental Courses

First SemesterCreditsSecond SemesterCredits
Writing: ENGL 100 or 1013Writing: ENGL 101 or 1023
Choose one or two courses in : The Human Experience AND U.S. and World Cultures. *PHIL 101 and 203 require a corequisite of MATH 121 and ENGL 1013-6Choose one or two course in: The Human Experience AND U.S. and World Cultures3-6
Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning MATH 100A or 100B or 101 *Enroll in the math course as determined by your placement test or previous academic records in college-level work.3Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning3
Choose at least one course from the Transfer Core Courses List 3Choose at least on course in Investigation of the Natural World (if the math and English co-requisites are met) OR at least one course from the Transfer Core Courses List (if requirements are not met)3-4

*Please refer to the Core Courses List for a complete list of course choices and categories for which they satisfy.



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College Catalog 2017 – 2018

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