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College Transfer Programs

College transfer programs of study offer courses in the arts and sciences leading to an Associate in Arts (AA) degree, Associate in Engineering or Associate in Engineering and the Associate in Science (AS) degree. The Associate in Arts and Associate in Science degrees are granted for planned programs of study and pre-baccalaureate majors consisting of 60 - 61 semester credit hours of college transfer courses.

The college transfer program is offered through the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (CAA) and the Associate in Engineering to Bachelor of Science in Engineering Articulation Agreement (AE to BSE AA) between the North Carolina Community College System and the University of North Carolina System. The CAA serves as a current and adaptive agreement that supports more students completing both the associates and baccalaureate. The CAA applies to all 58 North Carolina community colleges and all 16 constituent institutions of the University of North Carolina. The CAA is applicable to all North Carolina community college students who successfully complete a course designated as transferable or graduate with an A.A. or A.S. degree and transfer to a school within the University of North Carolina system.

The purpose of the college transfer program is to:

  • provide quality education and experiences to students seeking a baccalaureate;
  • prepare students to transfer and continue successful study at four-year colleges and universities; and
  • educate students in general education competencies.

The college transfer program degree options offered with JCC’s University Studies and Educational Technologies Department are in full compliance with the 2014 Comprehensive Articulation Agreement between the North Carolina Community College System and the University of North Carolina system.

Colleges and universities vary widely in transfer requirements for entrance into, and completion of, study in a major field. Students are advised to:

  • carefully study the catalogs of four-year baccalaureate-level institutions to which they are considering transfer; and
  • consult an admissions representative as early as possible prior to transfer application in order to determine transferability of courses already taken and those they plan to take.

Students interested in transferring to a four-year institution in North Carolina should refer to the Web site of the college/university for transfer information then contact their academic advisor. Students are encouraged to visit JCC’s Center for Academic Planning (CAP) and use the Transfer Student Success Website.

To be eligible for the full transfer of credits under the CAA or AE to BSE AA, the student must graduate from the community college with an Associate in Arts (AA), Associate in Engineering (AE) or Associate in Science (AS) degree and have an overall Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale and a grade of “C” or better in all CAA courses (AE requires a 2.5 GPA). Students who do not complete the degree are eligible to transfer credits on a course-by-course basis.

The Associate in Arts (AA) and Associate in Science (AS) degree programs in the North Carolina Community College system require a total of 60 - 61 semester hour credits for graduation and are transferable to any UNC institution. The Associate in Engineering (AE) degree in the North Carolina Community College sytem requires a total of 60-61 semester hour credits for graduation and retransferable to any of the five approved UNC Engineering Programs.

The Associate in Arts (AA), Associate in Engineering (AE) and Associate in Science (AS) degree programs include general education requirements that represent the fundamental foundation for success and include study in the areas of English composition, communications, humanities and fine arts, natural sciences and mathematics, and social and behavioral sciences. Within these discipline areas, community colleges must include opportunities for the achievement of competence in reading, writing, oral communication, fundamental mathematical skills, and basic computer use.

Students must meet the receiving university’s foreign language and/or health and physical education requirements, if applicable, prior to or after transfer to the senior institution.

The AA, AE and AS degree programs of study are structured to include two components:

  • Universal General Education Transfer Component (UGETC) comprises a minimum of 30 semester hours of credit, and
  • Additional general education, pre-major, and elective courses that prepare students for successful transfer into selected majors at UNC institutions and bring the total number of hours in the degree programs to 60-61 semester hours.

To ensure maximum transferability of credits, students should select a transfer major and preferred transfer university before completing 30 semester hours of credit. Additional general education, pre-major, and elective courses should be selected based on a student’s intended major and transfer institution.

Each receiving institution will identify community college course equivalencies and publicize an equivalency course crosswalk to ensure transfer of credit uniformity and transparency.

For complete details on transfer to UNC schools, please visit www.northcarolina.edu/transfer.

The following courses have been approved to satisfy the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement General Education (UGETC) requirement in English Composition:

ENG 111 – Expository Writing
ENG 112 – Argument-Based Research


The following courses have been approved to satisfy the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement UGETC requirement in Humanities/Fine Arts:

  • ART 111 – Art Appreciation
  • ART 114 – Art History Survey I
  • ART 115 – Art History Survey II
  • COM 231- Public Speaking
  • ENG 231 – American Literature I
  • ENG 232 - American Literature II
  • MUS 110 – Music Appreciation
  • MUS 112 – Intro to Jazz
  • PHI 215 – Philosophical Issues
  • PHI 240 – Intro to Ethics 

The following courses have been approved to satisfy the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement UGETC requirement in Social/Behavioral Sciences:

  • ECO 251 – Principles of Microeconomics
  • ECO 252 – Principles of Macroeconomics
  • HIS 111 – World Civilizations I
  • HIS 112 – World Civilizations II
  • HIS 131 – American History I
  • HIS 132 – American History II
  • POL 120 – American Government
  • PSY 150 – General Psychology
  • SOC 210 – Intro to Sociology 

The following courses have been approved to satisfy the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement UGETC  Natural Sciences:

  • BIO 110 – Principles of Biology
  • BIO 111 – General Biology I
  • BIO 112 – General Biology II
  • CHM 151 – General Chemistry I
  • CHM 152 – General Chemistry II
  • GEL 111 – Intro to Geology
  • PHY 110 – Conceptual Physics
  • PHY 151 – College Physics I
  • PHY 152 – College Physics II
  • PHY 251 – General Physics I
  • PHY 252 – General Physics II

The following courses have been approved to satisfy the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement UGETC requirement in Mathematics:

  • MAT 143 – Quantitative Literacy
  • MAT 152 – Statistical Methods I
  • MAT 171 – Pre-calculus Algebra  
  • MAT 172 – Pre-calculus Trigonometry
  • MAT 263 – Brief Calculus
  • MAT 271 – Calculus I
  • MAT 272 – Calculus II