Eastern Illinois University and Illinois Eastern Community Colleges Transfer Guide

From A.A.S. 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.

Illinois Eastern Community Colleges District #529 (IECC) is located in a 3,000 square-mile area of southeastern Illinois near the Illinois-Indiana border. The multi-campus district includes Frontier Community College at Fairfield, Lincoln Trail College at Robinson, Olney Central College at Olney, and Wabash Valley College at Mt. Carmel. Each of the colleges is located in a small-town setting, with convenient access to larger cities in Illinois and Indiana. The colleges serve as centers for educational and cultural excellence, attracting not only recent high school graduates but also many older students who are upgrading their skills, earning the first two years of a four-year degree, or participating in plays, concerts, and seminars. The College District also includes a highly successful Workforce Education program which provides short-term training for some 10,000 employees each year at plant sites throughout the state of Illinois and in other states and countries as well.

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.

Rita Adams
Program Director
Illinois Eastern Community Colleges
IECC District 259 Office
233 East Chestnut
Olney, IL 62450
(618) 393-2982
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 15, 2011 through August 14, 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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