2020-2021 College Catalog 
    Jul 18, 2024  
2020-2021 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

University Parallel/Transfer Pathways

Students planning to earn a baccalaureate degree at a four-year college or university may complete the first two years at Pellissippi State by earning either the Associate of Arts, Associate of Fine Arts, Associate of Science or the Associate of Science in Teaching degree, each requiring a minimum of 60 credit hours. A broad selection of courses is offered that will transfer to four-year institutions.

University Parallel program requirements are specified by

  • Articulation/transfer agreements. Prescribed curricula developed cooperatively by Pellissippi State and four-year colleges and universities.
  • General associate degree requirements. Curricula designed with the flexibility to allow the student to select courses that parallel the requirements of the four-year institution to which he/she intends to transfer.
  • Tennessee Transfer Pathways. Associate of Arts, Associate of Fine Arts, Associate of Science and Associate of Science in Teaching curricula designed for transfer to Tennessee public colleges and universities.

University Parallel core curriculum requirements are applicable to associate degrees earned by completing the requirements of a Tennessee Transfer Pathway (TTP), an articulation agreement or a general associate degree. Academic advisors are available for all University Parallel students. Prior to registering each semester, the student is expected to consult with an advisor to review the student’s academic plan and select courses for the upcoming semester.

University Parallel Guarantee

Pellissippi State will refund the tuition of any Pellissippi State graduate for any course passed with at least a C grade if that earned course credit does not transfer to a college or university within two years of graduation from Pellissippi State. Such courses must be listed as transferable on the transfer equivalency table provided by the receiving institution. The transfer guarantee program is limited to those institutions participating in TTPs or maintaining an articulation agreement with Pellissippi State and to the courses identified in transfer equivalency documents.

Articulation/Transfer Agreements

An articulation agreement is a document that specifies the curriculum agreed to by Pellissippi State and a four-year college or university to satisfy the degree requirements at Pellissippi State and at the receiving institution. Completion of freshman and sophomore requirements leads to an associate degree at Pellissippi State. The remaining requirements for the baccalaureate degree are completed at the four-year institution. Students must successfully complete all courses outlined in a particular program and must satisfy all other academic regulations of Pellissippi State and the receiving institution. Exceptions to the agreement can only be approved by the four-year institution.

Pellissippi State has program-specific articulation agreements and transfer agreements for the general Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees. Visit the articulation website for a current list of agreements and institutions.

TBR General Education Core and Transferability of Courses Among TBR Institutions

Effective as of fall semester 2004, each institution in the College System of Tennessee and the Tennessee Locally Governed Institutions share a common lower-division general education core curriculum of 41 credit hours for baccalaureate degrees and the Associate of Arts, Associate of Fine Arts, Associate of Science and the Associate of Science in Teaching degrees. “Lower-division” means freshman and sophomore courses. The courses composing the general education curriculum are contained within the following subject categories:

Baccalaureate degrees and Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees*:

Communication 9 hours**
Humanities/Fine Arts 9 hours
(at least one course must be literature)
Social/Behavioral Sciences 6 hours
History 6 hours***
Natural Sciences 8 hours
Mathematics 3-5 hours
TOTAL 41 hours

 *Modern language courses are an additional requirement for the Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree. The Associate of Arts degree requires proficiency in a modern language equivalent to completion of one year of college-level work.

** Six hours of English composition and 3 hours in English oral presentational communication are required.

*** Chosen from  from HIST 2010 , HIST 2020 , HIST 2030 , HIST 2210 , HIST 2220 , HIST 2310 , HIST 2320 . Students planning to transfer to out-of-state or private universities must check requirements at the institution and take the appropriate courses.

Although the courses designated by Tennessee Board of Regents institutions to fulfill the requirements of the General Education subject categories vary, transfer of the courses is assured through the following means:

  • Upon completion of an A.A., A.F.A., A.S., or A.S.T. degree, the requirements of the lower-division General Education courses will be complete and accepted by any Tennessee Locally Governed Institutions in the transfer process.
  • If an A.A., A.F.A., A.S., or A.S.T. is not obtained, transfer of General Education courses will be based upon fulfillment of complete subject categories. (Example: If all 8 hours in the category of Natural Sciences are complete, then this “block” of the general education core is complete.) When a subject category is incomplete, course-by-course evaluation will be conducted. The provision of block fulfillment pertains also to students who transfer among Tennessee Locally Governed Institutions.
  • Institutional/departmental requirements of the grade of C will be honored. Even if credit is granted for a course, any specific requirements for the grade of C by the receiving institution will be enforced.
  • In certain majors, specific General Education courses must be taken. It is important that students and advisors be aware of any major requirements that must be fulfilled under lower-division General Education.

A complete listing of the courses fulfilling general education requirements for all system institutions is available on the TBR Web site under Transfer and Articulation Information.

Tennessee Transfer Pathways

A student entering a community college in Tennessee who selects a pathway, completes required courses and earns an associate degree can transition as a junior to a Tennessee locally governed institution. Some institutions may have competitive admissions, but students will be advised about requirements when they first enroll in the program at Pellissippi State.

All earned credit hours outlined on the pathways will apply toward a bachelor degree in the same discipline. These pathways guarantee admission to all Tennessee locally governed institutions, except for the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where competitive admission standards will still apply.

TTPs for the 2020-21 academic year at Pellissippi State:

(A.A.: Associate of Arts; A.S.: Associate of Science; A.F.A.: Associate of Fine Arts; A.S.T.: Associate of Science in Teaching)

Visit Tennessee Transfer Pathways website for more information.

TN eCampus

Courses offered through TN eCampus are fully online and asynchronous (no scheduled class meeting times). TN eCampus courses are part of a TBR partnership and are completely transferable among all the participating institutions. When you enroll in TN eCampus courses, you will be able to interact with instructors and classmates from across the state (often across the world). TN eCampus courses have section codes starting with ‘R’. Additional fees apply to TN eCampus courses.  

Contact(s): Director of Distance Education, (865) 694-6691; pframp@pstcc.edu