Oregon Transfer Module (OTM)

The Oregon Transfer Module (OTM) is an approved 45 credits of general education courses (foundational skills and introduction to discipline courses) that are common among Oregon's colleges and universities. Courses are selected from an approved list of 100 and 200-level general education requirements, determined by each Oregon community college, Oregon university institution, or participating Oregon independent college or university. It is designed to improve student access to a college degree by enhancing opportunities for the transfer of credits earned at one community college or Oregon university campus to another public college or university.

The OTM includes coursework chosen from the courses approved for the categories found in the program guide by the institution issuing the credit. In the case of community colleges, these are courses approved for the AAOT degree; in the case of universities and four-year colleges, they are courses approved for the general education portion of a bachelor's degree.

Any student completing an OTM that conforms to the guidelines below will have met the requirements for the OTM at any Oregon community college or public university. At the time of transfer, the receiving institution may specify additional coursework for a major or degree, any additional institution-specific general education requirements not included in the OTM, or to make up the difference between the OTM and the institution's total general education requirements.

Graduation Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 45 credit hours with a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 or better. All courses must be passed with a grade of ‘C’ or better. One course must be completed at Southwestern before the Oregon Transfer Module is awarded.

Complete elective courses to reach a total of 45 credits. The courses must be numbered 100 or above. Complete the graduation application process one term prior to the term of completion (e.g., spring term graduates must apply during winter term).

All Honors courses may substitute for their equivalent requirements.

Program Notes

  • Courses that are designed to prepare students for college-level work (also called developmental courses) are not applicable to the OTM.
  • When choosing courses in science and mathematics, students and advisors should check the specific requirements at receiving schools. Courses that include a laboratory component, or that deal with specific subjects, may be required for majors or degrees.  
  • Computer science courses used in the Science/Mathematics/Computer Science area must meet Oregon Council of Computer Chairs criteria for a science course.
  • In the Arts and Letters category, the second year of a foreign language may be included, but not the first year. American Sign Language (ASL) is considered a foreign language.
  • OTM credits may not match program requirements in the receiving school. The OTM supplements, but does not supplement existing articulation agreements and does not replace effective advising.

Foundational Skills Requirements

All courses must be completed with a grade of 'C' or better.

Writing

Eight (8) credits from:

WR121English Composition4
WR122English Composition4
or WR227 Report Writing

Note:  Information Literacy is included through embedding the appropriate content and analytical activity in courses that count toward the writing Foundational Skills Requirement. 

Mathematics

One (1) course from:

MTH105Math in Society (or higher, with a prerequisite of MTH95, excluding MTH211)4

Communication

One (1) course from:

SP100Basic Speech Communications3
SP111Fundamentals of Public Speaking3
SP218Interpersonal Communication3
SP219Small Group Discussion3

Introduction to Discipline Studies Requirements

All courses must be completed with a grade of 'C' or better.

Arts and Letters

Three (3) courses from:

Note: A second year foreign language may be included, but not first year.
ART115Basic Design I Intro to Elements of Art and Principles of Design4
ART116Basic Design II, Color Theory4
ART117Basic Design III, Intro to 3D Desgn4
ART131Introduction to Drawing I3
ART132Introduction to Drawing II3
ART133Introduction to Drawing III3
ART191Beginning Sculpture3
ART192Beginning Sculpture3
ART204History of Western Art: Introduction to Art History3
ART205History of Western Art: Introduction to Art History3
ART206History of Western Art: Introduction to Art History3
ART225Computer Art I3
ART244Bronze Casting3
ART253Ceramics I3
ART256Ceramics II3
ART281Painting I Beginning3
ART282Painting II Beginning3
ART283Painting III Beginning3
ART284Painting I Intermediate3
ART285Painting II Intermediate3
ART286Painting III Intermediate3
ASL2012nd Yr American Sign Language I4
ASL2022nd Yr American Sign Language II4
ASL2032nd Yr American Sign Language III4
ENG104Introduction to Literature Fiction3
ENG105Introduction to Literature Drama3
ENG106Introduction to Literature Poetry3
ENG107World Literature3
ENG108World Literature3
ENG109World Literature3
ENG201Shakespeare3
ENG204Survey of English Literature3
ENG205Survey of English Literature3
ENG206Survey of English Literature3
ENG253Survey of American Literature3
ENG254Survey of American Literature3
ENG255Survey of American Literature3
HUM204World Mythology & Religion3
HUM205World Mythology & Religion3
HUM206World Mythology & Religion3
MUS101Music Fundamentals3
MUS111Music Theory I3
MUS112Music Theory II3
MUS113Music Theory III3
MUS201Intro to Music and its Literature3
MUS202Intro to Music and its Literature3
MUS203Intro to Music and its Literature3
MUS205Intro to Jazz History3
MUS206Intro to History of Rock and Roll3
MUS211Advanced Music Theory I3
MUS212Advanced Music Theory II3
MUS213Advanced Music Theory III3
PHL101Introduction to Philosophy: Philosophical Problems3
PHL102Ethics3
PHL103Intro to Logic and Critical Thnkg3
SP100Basic Speech Communications3
SP111Fundamentals of Public Speaking3
SP218Interpersonal Communication3
SP219Small Group Discussion3
SP220Gender and Communication3
SPAN201Second Year Spanish4
SPAN202Second Year Spanish4
SPAN203Second Year Spanish4
WR241Imaginative Creative Writing Fiction3
WR242Imaginative Writing Poetry3
WR243Imaginative Writing Explorations3

Social Sciences

Three (3) courses from:

ANTH201Physical Anthropology and Evolution3
ANTH202Introduction to Archaeology3
ANTH203Language and Culture3
ANTH221Intro to Cultural Anthropology3
ANTH222Cultural Anthropology II3
ANTH223Cultural Anthropology III3
ANTH224Intro to Medical Anthropology3
ANTH230Native North Americans: Oregon3
ANTH231Native North Americans: PNW3
ANTH232Native North Americans3
CJ101Intro to Criminology4
ECON201Microeconomics4
ECON202Macroeconomics4
ED169Overview of Student Special Needs3
ED258Multicultural Education3
GEOG105Cultural Geography3
HDFS140Contemporary American Families3
HDFS222Understanding Families: Supporting Diversity Disability and Risk3
HDFS229Child Development PreK - Adolescent3
HDFS247Child Development 0-83
HST101History of Western Civilization3
HST102History of Western Civilization3
HST103History of Western Civilization3
HST104History of the Middle East3
HST195History of the Vietnam War3
HST201History of the United States3
HST202History of the United States3
HST203History of the United States3
HST240Hist of Oregon and the South Coast3
PS201American Government: Political Institutions3
PS202American Government: Policy Issues3
PS203Local Politics and Government3
PS205International Relations: US Foreign Policy in the 20th Century3
PSY100Introduction to Psychology4
PSY201General Psychology3
PSY202General Psychology3
PSY203General Psychology3
PSY216Social Psychology3
PSY228Introduction to Social Science Research3
PSY231Human Sexuality3
PSY237Life Span Development3
PSY239Introduction to Abnormal Psychology3
PSY243Drugs and Behavior3
SOC204Introduction to Sociology3
SOC205Social Institutions and Change3
SOC206Social Problems and Issues3
SOC208Sociology of Sport3
SOC210Marriage and Family3
SOC213Racial and Ethnic Relations3
SOC218Sociology of Gender3

Science/Mathematics/Computer Science

Three (3) courses, including at least one (1) biological or physical science with lab:

Laboratory Courses

BI101General Biology4
BI102General Biology4
BI103General Biology4
BI142Habitats: Marine Biology4
BI201Introductory Biology4
BI202Introductory Biology4
BI203Introductory Biology4
BI231Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
BI232Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
BI233Human Anatomy and Physiology III4
BI234Microbiology4
CHEM221General Chemistry I5
CHEM222General Chemistry II5
CHEM223General Chemistry III5
ENV235Introduction to Soil Science4
G201Physical Geology I4
G202Physical Geology II4
G203Historical Geology4
GS104Physical Science4
GS105Physical Science4
GS106Introduction to Earth Science4
GS107Astronomy4
GS108Oceanography4
NR260Watershed Processes4
PH201General Physics I: Mechanics5
PH202General Physics II: Heat, Waves, Relativity5
PH203Gen Physics III: Elect & Magnetism5
PH211General Physics with Calculus I5
PH212General Physics with Calculus II5
PH213General Physics with Calculus III5

Non-Laboratory Courses

BI140Practical Ecology3
BI149Introduction to Human Genetics3
CHEM110Foundations of General, Organic, and Biochemistry4
CS160Computer Science Orientation4
CS161Introduction to Computer Science I4
CS162Introduction to Computer Science II4
CS261Data Structures4
ENV110Introduction Environmental Science3
G221General Geology3
G246Geological Hazards And Natural Catastrophes3
MTH105Math in Society4
MTH111College Algebra4
MTH112Trigonometry4
MTH212Fundamentals of Elementary Mathematics II4
MTH213Fundamentals of Elementary Mathematics III4
MTH231Elements of Discrete Mathematics I4
MTH232Elements of Discrete Mathematics II4
MTH241Calculus for Bus and Soc Science I4
MTH242Calculus for Bus and Soc Science II4
MTH243Intro to Probability and Statistics4
MTH244Probability & Statistics II4
MTH251Calculus I Differential Calculus4
MTH252Calculus II Integral Calculus4
MTH253Calculus III Infinite Sequences And Series4
MTH254Vector Calculus I4
MTH255Vector Calculus II4
MTH256Differential Equations4
MTH260Matrix Methods and Linear Algebra4
MTH264Introduction to Matrix Algebra and Power Series4

Electives

  • All courses must be completed with a grade of 'C' or better.
  • Students may take any college-level course that would bring total credits to 45. Courses must be from the Introduction to Disciplines area (Arts & Letters, Social Science, or Science/Mathematics/Computer Science).
  • A maximum of nine (9) credits of PE185 sport/activity courses may be applied to the OTM.
  • Three (3) credit hours of PE185 sport/activity courses may be granted toward the OTM for completion of military basic training. A copy of the military transcript or DD-214 is required.
  • Courses numbered 199/299 will qualify as elective credit only.

Supportive Courses

Note: The College has determined that the following supportive courses may be necessary to assist students to successfully complete their program. They count as electives only.

CIS120Concepts of Computing4
CIS125WWord Processing Applications Microsoft3
HD100College Success and Survival3
HD102College Nuts and Bolts1
HD111Math Success2
HD112Study Skills3
HD113Stop Test Anxiety Now1
HD152Stress Management2
HD208Career/Life Plan3

A maximum of 45 credits is allowed for basic, developmental, or supportive courses under federal financial aid guidelines.

Cultural Literacy

Students are encouraged to complete at least one (1) course from any of the discipline studies that meets the statewide criteria for cultural literacy. The credits for such courses will only be counted one time toward the degree.

ANTH201Physical Anthropology and Evolution3
ANTH202Introduction to Archaeology3
ANTH203Language and Culture3
ANTH221Intro to Cultural Anthropology3
ANTH222Cultural Anthropology II3
ANTH223Cultural Anthropology III3
ANTH224Intro to Medical Anthropology3
ANTH230Native North Americans: Oregon3
ANTH231Native North Americans: PNW3
ANTH232Native North Americans3
ED258Multicultural Education3
ENG107World Literature3
ENG108World Literature3
ENG109World Literature3
GEOG105Cultural Geography3
HDFS140Contemporary American Families3
HUM204World Mythology & Religion3
HUM205World Mythology & Religion3
HUM206World Mythology & Religion3
HST104History of the Middle East3
MUS205Intro to Jazz History3
MUS206Intro to History of Rock and Roll3
PSY216Social Psychology3
PSY231Human Sexuality3
SOC208Sociology of Sport3
SOC210Marriage and Family3
SOC213Racial and Ethnic Relations3
SOC218Sociology of Gender3
SP220Gender and Communication3