Minnesota Transfer Curriculum
The Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) is the means by which students will transfer their completed lower division general education requirements to any public university in Minnesota beginning fall, 1995. The specified transfer curriculum will be accepted as a package, allowing transfer of general education from two-year colleges to universities or for transfers from one university to another.
All such “packaged” courses or transfer curricula are certified by the faculty of the sending institution as meeting the goals and student competencies agreed upon by representatives of all public higher education systems in Minnesota.
Beginning Fall 1995, all students who enroll initially at Ridgewater College will be eligible to complete the MnTC. All new students who seek the Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree must complete the MnTC. New students who seek the Associate of Science (A.S.) or Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree may complete portions of the MnTC.
Students who enrolled at Willmar Community College/Ridgewater College before Fall 1995, and students who transfer credits into Ridgewater College from another school, may be eligible to complete the MnTC. If you are such a student, you must consult with a Counselor and/or Advisor in order to assess your eligibility and evaluate the MnTC for your specific situation.
Ridgewater College’s degrees, and their relation to the MnTC
The Associate of Arts (A.A.) Degree: The A.A. is a transfer degree for which the MnTC was developed. The MnTC is the general education component (40 credits) of the A.A. Degree. All students seeking an A.A. Degree who entered Ridgewater College in Fall 1995 or later will take the MnTC as their general education core requirements. For Students seeking the Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree, it may be necessary to complete up to 7 additional general education credits to meet the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum 40 credit minimum. Additional credits must represent at least two goal areas chosen from goal areas 3-6.
The Associate of Science (A.S.) Degree: A.S. programs are transfer degrees with courses approved by both Ridgewater College and four-year colleges and universities. An Associate of Science program shall include a minimum of 30 semester credits in general education courses. General education courses shall be selected from at least six of the ten goal areas of the MnTC. An A.S. degree may include the entire MnTC. (MnSCU Policy 3.17)
The Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) Degree: An A.A.S. program shall include a minimum of 20 semester credits of liberal arts and sciences courses. General education courses shall be selected from at least three of the ten goal areas of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum. (MnSCU Policy 3.17)
Note: An individual course may be used to meet two goal areas. In these instances, the course may be used twice to meet different goals, but the credits can only be counted once.
It is important that students work closely with their advisor as they plan coursework designed to meet the requirements of the Ridgewater College General Education Minnesota Transfer Curriculum. Advisors will also assist students in achieving their educational goals, such as an Associate of Arts degree or meeting course requirements for a specific major. Students will meet with their advisor each semester prior to registering for classes.