Eastern Illinois University and Elgin Community College Transfer Guide

From Associate in Science (A.S.) or Associate in Arts (A.A.) Degree to General Studies BA Degree

Students admitted to the Bachelors of General Studies (BGS) program will need to meet the following requirements for completion of their degree.

Minimum of 120 hours, which will include:
  • 40 credit hours junior/senior level courses
  • 20 credit hours taken from EIU
  • General Education component
  • ~ 12 credit hours - scientific awareness/mathematics
  • ~ 12 credit hours social/behavior sciences
  • ~ 12 credit hours humanities/fine arts
  • ~ 6 credit hours communication/language
  • ~ 1 course - senior seminar
  • 1 course - cultural diversity
  • 1 course - BGS orientation
  • 1 course - BGS critical thinking course
  • 1 course - BGS capstone course
  • Satisfy the writing portfolio requirements
  • Maintain a 2.0 GPA

Students may transfer up to 78 semester hours from a community college, although this is not required. Below is a short list of courses that we recommend students complete before applying to the BGS program.

  • English Composition I & II
  • Introduction to Speech Communications
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • A general biology or earth science class

Transferring students who have completed an Associate of Arts (A.A.) or Associate of Science (A.S.) degree and have met the I.A.I. requirements will be judged as having met all general education requirements for the BGS degree.

Please contact the BGS/BA Degree Program office at 217-581-5618 to speak to an advisor about applying to the program and transfer of credits.

The park-like setting of ECC’s 217-acre campus is dotted with trees and picturesque lakes. Nestled in a safe and pleasant neighborhood of residences and light industry, the college is positioned virtually at the center of our service area, no more than 10 to 15 miles from in-district homes and workplaces. The complex of ultra-modern buildings is infused with state-of-the-art equipment. In the last decade, the college has experienced significant growth in both student enrollments and campus facilities. The campus remains fairly compact where you can get from one class to another easily.

Eastern Illinois University has a rich tradition of preparing students to accomplish their life goals through a great combination of quality academics and personal relationships.

Consistently ranked in the top third of Midwest universities in its class by U.S. News and World Report, Eastern has earned its reputation by offering a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate programs taught by an experienced and caring faculty. In addition to reasonable tuition, fees, and room and board rates, Eastern offers a textbook rental system, saving the average student hundreds of dollars per semester.

A variety of excellent on-campus housing opportunities are available on the safe, compact 320-acre campus. Student graduation and retention rates are well above state and national averages, and that success continues after students earn their degrees -- year after year, Eastern ranks high in job placement, alumni satisfaction and employer satisfaction.

John Coffin,
Associate Dean of Student Success
Elgin Community College
1700 Spartan Drive
Elgin, IL 60123-7193
(847) 214-7422
Carrie Johnson
Director, General Studies BA Degree Program
Eastern Illinois University
600 Lincoln Avenue
Charleston, IL 61920-3099

University Catalog
This articulation course matrix is intended to be complete and accurate. However, the Eastern Illinois University Undergraduate Catalog is the official statement of requirements.

Effective Dates
This articulation agreement is valid from August 16, 2012 through August 15, 2016 .

Program Articulation Agreement
This articulation agreement and program requirements are subject to change. See your community college counselor or advisor for updated information prior to registering for courses each semester. Alternatively, you can contact the Transfer Coordinator at Eastern Illinois University by phone at 217-581-7663 or by e-mail at ripearson@eiu.edu.

University Residency Requirement
The Eastern Illinois University courses listed in the course matrix fulfill the University's residency requirement.

University Graduation Requirements
Among other requirements, students graduating from EIU must have an overall GPA of 2.0 or higher; an GPA of 2.0 or higher in the major; 40 semester hours of upper-division course (3000-4000 level); complete or have documented exemption from two courses in a single foreign language with a GPA of 2.0 or higher; two upper-division writing-intensive courses and electronic writing portfolio submission and assessment. A complete description of undergraduate graduation requirements is in the Eastern Illinois University Undergraduate Catalog.

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