Kalamazoo Valley Community College

General education program transfer guide

  1. The WMU General Education Program requires a minimum of 37 hours, not counting the baccalaureate-level writing course proficiency.
  2. To complete the freshman-sophomore requirements, transfer students from Kalamazoo Valley Community College must present transcripts that indicate the Michigan Transfer Agreement has been satisfied or have completed 29-31 hours from the KVCC courses listed below.
  3. No more than two courses from one department may be used to satisfy distribution requirements.
  4. Proficiencies #1 and #3 (college-level writing and mathematics/quantitative reasoning) must be satisfied before one may register for 3000 and higher level WMU courses.
  5. After transferring, students fulfilling #2 above will need only to complete the junior-senior requirement of two (2) 3000-4000 level courses (6-8 hours) in the distribution areas and Proficiency 2 at WMU.
  6. See the current WMU Undergraduate Catalog for a detailed explanation of this program.


Distribution Areas

One course required from each area, including two at WMU (per #5 above):

  • Area I, Fine Arts, (3-4 hours minimum) ART 220, 221; ENG 111, 214; HUM 101, 225; MUS 101, 102
  • Area II, Humanities, (3-4 hours minimum) ENG 201, 202, 203, 204, 205, 206, 217, 219, 230, 242, 244; HRY 100, 101; HUM 120, 130, 150, 203, 205, 207, 208; PHI 100, 201, 205, 209, 210; SOC 108
  • Area III, The U.S.: Cultures and Issues, (3-4 hours minimum) ENG 207, 218; HRY 102, 103, 104, 230, 240; PHI 211; PSI 101; SOC 105, 107, 205 
  • Area IV, Other Cultures and Civilizations, (3-4 hours minimum) HRY 210, 251, 252, 260; HUM 210; SOC 201, 207, 261
  • Area V, Social and Behavioral Sciences, (3-4 hours minimum) BUS 101; COM 200; ECO 110, 201, 202; GEO 102; HRY 207, 212, 220; PSI 100, 201, 202; PSY 150; SOC 102, 170
  • Area VI, Natural Sciences with Lab, (4-5 hours minimum) BIO 100, 101, 120, 121; CHM 100, 120; GEO 110, 120; PHY 100, 111, 124, 221 
  • Area VII, Natural Science and Technology: Applications and Implications, (3-4 hours minimum) BIO 105; EDMT 101; HUM 200
  • Area VIII, Health and Well-being, (2 hours minimum) HUM 204; WPE 101, 124, 125


Proficiencies 

Required minimums noted: 

1. College-level writing course (one course): ENG 110, 112, 127, 160 

2. Baccalaureate-level writing course: Will be done at Western Michigan University

3. College-level mathematics or quantitative reasoning course (one course): MATH 115, 120, 140, 152, 156, 158, 160, 220 

4. Enhance or develop another proficiency in one of these seven areas (hour minimums noted):

  • Advanced writing, (3-4 hours) N/A
  • Mathematics/quantitative reasoning, (3-4 hours) MATH 142, 158, 160, 216, 245
  • Critical thinking, (3-4 hours) PHI 106, 203, 204
  • Oral communication, (3-4 hours) COM 101, 113
  • American Sign Language, (3-4 hours) FRL 160
  • Computer programming and applications, (3-4 hours) CIS 202, 207, 209, 237
  • Foreign language-two semesters of college-level study, (6-8 hours) FRL 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 108, 201, 203, 205, 206
2019-20 KVCC catalog
Revised Final: 2023