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Transferring to Portland State University

Portland State University

Portland State University is located in downtown Portland. PSU offers 88 Bachelor's programs to its 22,600 undergraduate students. The top undergraduate majors are Psychology, Health Studies, Biology, Art & Design, and Accounting. PSU visits each of the 4 PCC campuses once a month - see events and school visits. We have a co-enrollment agreement with Portland State. See how many credits you’ll need, GPA requirements, and how to apply on PSU's Virtual Transfer Center.

PSU's Anthropology Department made a video to assist transferring Anthropology students. The information in this video can be useful for other majors also.

Classes you can take at PCC

General education classes

If you earn an AAOT degree or an ASOT-B degree from PCC, you will have finished your general education requirements at PSU. If you transfer without one of the transfer degrees, you can check course-by-course to see how your general education classes will transfer.

Major-specific classes

These are required classes for specific programs, and the equivalent classes at PCC.

Anthropology

View the Anthropology video from Portland State's Anthropology Department

Architecture
University Requirement PCC Equivalent Credits
ARCH 100 Introduction to Architecture ARCH 200 Introduction to Architecture 4

 

Art with concentration in Art Practices (spring 2016)
University Requirement PCC Equivalent Credits
Art 115 Foundation Studio I: 2-D Design ART 115 Basic Design - Black & White
ART 116 Basic Design - Color
6
Art 117 Foundation Studio II: 3-D Design ART 117 Basic Design - 3D design 3
Art 131 Introduction to Drawing ART 131A Introduction to Drawing or
ART 231A Drawing
3

ARH 204 or ARH 205 Hist. of West. Art


And


ARH 206 History of Western Art

ART 204 & 205 = ARH 204 @ PSU

ART 206 = ARH 205 @ PSU

 

 

ART 211 & 212 or 213 = ARH 206 @ PSU

4-8

 

 

 

8

Art 203 Meaning and Making ART 279 Experimental Design 3
Lower division elective ART studio courses This includes studio courses in: Drawing,
Sculpture, Printmaking, Painting, Photography, and Time Arts
PCC courses in Drawing, Sculpture, Painting, Photography, and Printmaking
If you want to concentrate on a specific medium, you will want to take your electives in that area. Keep in mind prerequisites for upper-division courses.
16 credit minimum
Art History concentration with studio emphasis (spring 2016)
University Requirement PCC Equivalent Credits
2 classes from:
Art 182 Idea and Form
Art 115 Foundation Studio I: 2-D Design
Art 117 Foundation Studio II: 3-D Design
Art 119 Foundation Studio III: Digital Media/Time Design
Art 131 Introduction to Drawing I
8 credits from:
ART 115 Basic Design – Black and white
ART 116 Basic design -Color
ART 117 Basic Design -3D
ART 131A Introduction to Drawing
ART 231A Drawing I
8

ARH 204, ARH 205, & ARH 206 History of Western Art

 


 

ARH 208 may be taken in lieu of one of the above courses if the student’s focus area in Art History is Asian Studies

ART 204 & 205 = ARH 204 @ PSU

ART 206 = ARH 205 @ PSU

ART 211 & 212 or 213 = ARH 206 @ PSU


ARH 208 (at PSU) may be taken in lieu of one of the above courses if the student’s focus area in Art History is Asian Studies

20
Art 203 Meaning and Making
or Art 230 Drawing Concepts I (Art 131 Introduction to Drawing is a prerequisite)
ART 279 Experimental Design
or take Art 230 at PSU
3
1 sequence of 200 level art studio courses. One additional course if the sequence is only 2 courses.

(Art 117 is a prerequisite for PSU’s Painting, Sculpture, Printmaking, and Book Arts) (Art 119 is a prerequisite for PSU’s Animation, Video, and Digital Drawing & Painting) (Art 131 is a prerequisite for PSU’s Life Drawing, Printmaking, Painting, Digital Drawing & Painting, and Book Arts)
Choose 1 sequence of art studio courses, take each course 3 times or take it twice and choose 1 additional course in a different media: Drawing, Painting, Watercolor, Life Drawing, Digital Photo, Glass Casting, Ceramics, Printmaking, Life Painting, Sculpture. 9
Art History concentration without a studio emphasis (spring 2016)
University Requirement PCC Equivalent Credits
ART 115 Foundation Studio I: 2-D Design ART 115 Basic Design – Black and white
ART 116 Basic design -Color
3
3

ARH 204, ARH 205, & ARH 206 History of Western Art

 

 


ARH 208 may be taken in lieu of one of the above courses if the student’s focus area in Art History is Asian Studies

ART 204 & 205 = ARH 204 @ PSU

ART 206 = ARH 205 @ PSU

ART 211 & 212 or 213 = ARH 206 @ PSU


ARH 208 (at PSU) may be taken in lieu of one of the above courses if the student’s focus area in Art History is Asian Studies

20
Graphic Design (spring 2016)

Option 1: Complete the AAS in Graphic Design at PCC, complete the Art History courses below, and pass the PSU portfolio review.
Option 2: Complete the following courses and pass the PSU portfolio review.

University Requirement PCC Equivalent Credits
Art 115 Foundation Studio I: 2-D Design ART 115 Basic Design – Black and white
ART 116 Basic Design – Color
3
3
Art 117 Foundation Studio II: 3-D Design
or Art 182 Idea and Form at Portland State
ART 117 Basic Design- 3D
or ART 182 Idea and Form at Portland State
3
ART 131 Introduction to Drawing ART 131 or 231 Intro. to Drawing or Drawing 3

ArH 204 or ARH 205 Hist. of West. Art

And

ArH 206 History of Western Art

ART 204 & 205 = ARH 204 @ PSU

ART 206 = ARH 205 @ PSU

ART 211 & 212 or 213 = ARH 206 @ PSU

4-8

 

8

ArH 290 History of Design ART 214 History of Graphic Design 4
Biology (spring 2016)
University Requirement PCC Equivalent Credits
Bi 251, 252, & 253 Principles of Biology BI 211, 212, & 213 Principles of Biology 15
Ch 221, 222, & 223 General Chemistry + Labs CH 221, 222, & 223 General Chemistry 15
Ph 201 General Physics + Lab PHY 201 General Physics 4

Stat 243 & 244 Intro to Prob. and Statistics I & II
OR

Mth 251 & 252 Calculus I & II

MTH 243 & 244 Statistics I & II
OR

MTH 251 & 252 Calculus I & II

9

 

9

One term of Organic Chemistry CH 241 Organic Chemistry (requires completion of CH 106 or 223 General Chemistry.) 5
Elective Credits from Geology, Physics, or Chemistry at the 200-level or higher Choose 12 credits from: G 201, 202, & 203 General Geology, G 291 Elements of Rocks and Minerals, PHY 202 & 203 General Physics, PHY 211, 212, & 213 General Physics (calculus), CH 242 & 243 Organic Chemistry or take courses at PSU 12
Business

Find the transfer guide for PCC on PSU’s Transfer Business Student page.

Computer Science (spring 2016)
University Requirement PCC Equivalent Credits

Wr 121 English Composition

&

Wr 227 Technical Writing

WR 121 English Composition

&

WR 227 Technical Writing

4

 

4

Sp 220 Public Speaking COMM 111 Fundamentals of Speech 4
PSU expects students to know the information in CS 140U CS 140U Introduction to Unix
Will transfer to PSU as a lower division CS elective
4
PSU expects students to know the information in CS 160 CS 160 Exploring Computer Science
Will transfer to PSU as a lower division CS elective
4
CS 161 is no longer required but, students are expected to know the information in this class CS 161 Computer Science I
Will transfer to PSU as a lower division CS elective
4
CS 162 Introduction to Computer Science CS 162 Computer Science II 4
CS 163 Data Structures CS 260 Data Structures 4
CS 202 Programming Systems CS 261 Programming Systems 4
CS 201 Computer Systems Programming CS 201 Computer Systems II 4

CS 250 Discrete Structures I

&

CS 251 Discrete Structures II

CS 250 Discrete Structures I

&

CS 251 Discrete Structures II

4

 

4

Mth 251 & 252 Calculus I & II

&

MTH 253 Calculus III or MTH 261 Intro to Linear Algebra

MTH 251 & 252 Calculus I & II

&

MTH 253 Calculus III or MTH 261 Applied Linear Algebra

14

 

10

Ph 211, 212, & 213 General Physics (Calculus) w/ labs
or

Bi 251, 252, 253 General Biology
or

Ch 221, 222, 223 General Chemistry w/labs

PHY 211, 212, & 213 General Physics (Calculus)
or

BI 211, 212, 213 General Biology
or

CH 221, 222, 223 General Chemistry

15
Approved Science Electives- chosen from Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geology, or Environmental Science Choose from Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geology, or Environmental Science 4
Approved Math Electives- one must be at the upper division level MTH 261 Applied Linear Algebra can be used as an elective if MTH 253 was taken above. or take MTH at PSU 5
Minimum of 27 credits in the arts & letters and/or social science distribution areas for the B.S. degree Choose courses from arts & humanities and/or social science at PCC or take the courses at PSU 27
Criminology/Criminal Justice

See course equivalencies for PCC on PSU’s Criminal Justice Transfer page.

Education - Elementary (spring 2016)
University Requirement PCC Equivalent Credits
Mth 211, 212, 213 Foundations of Elem Math MTH 211, 212, & 213 Foundations of Elem Math 12
Lib 428 Children's Literature ED 112 Introduction to Children's Literature 3

The list to the right represents the breadth of subjects which are important for elementary teachers. While students are not necessarily expected to take all these courses, a solid foundation in these areas is essential teacher preparation. Students with good preparation in mathematics and in the sciences are highly competitive in the admission process. An AAOT degree can provide a good foundation if students select the appropriate courses to prepare for licensure exams and professional responsibilities.

  • Three lab science courses in different disciplines
  • PSY 215 - Human Development
  • PS 201 - US Government
  • HST 201- U.S. History
  • HST 101-Western Civ: Ancient to Medieval
  • WR 121, 122 - English Composition
  • MUS 105 - Music Appreciation
  • ART 102 - Understanding the Visual Arts
  • CAS 133 - Basic Computer Skills/MS Office
  • COM 111 - Public Speaking
  • HE 250 - Personal Health or HE 295/PE 295 - Health and Fitness for Life
  • ED 270 - Practicum
 
Education - Secondary Education (spring 2016)
University Requirement PCC Equivalent Credits
Major in subject area

There may be PCC courses in your subject area. Check with an advisor.

 

The following endorsements are available for middle level and/or high school teacher candidates:

Art, Biology, Chemistry, Chinese, French, German, Health, Integrated Science, Japanese, Language Arts, Basic Math, Advanced Math, Music, PE, Physics, Russian, Social Studies, and Spanish

Engineering

PCC's Engineering department has the most up-to-date engineering transfer information. See Engineering transfer guides.

PSU’s transfer equivalency information for Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering.

Environmental Science (For students admitted to PSU after fall 2015)
University Requirement PCC Equivalent Credits
Bi 251, 252, 253 Principles of Biology BI 211, 212, 213 Principles of Biology 15
Ch 221, 222 with labs Ch 227 & 228 General Chemistry CH 221& 222 labs included General Chemistry 10
Ec 201 Microeconomics or EC 332 EC 201 Microeconomics 4
Choose 1 from: GEOL 201/204, 202/205 or  Ph 201/214, 211/ 214 (includes labs) or Geog 210 Choose 1 from:  G 201, 202 or PHY 201, 211
or GEO 210
4
Mth 251 and 252 Calculus I & II MTH 251 and 252 Calculus I & II 10
Stat 243 & 244 or Stat 243 & ESM 340 MTH 243 and 244 Statistics 9

ESM 150 Orientation to ESM

ESM 220 Introduction to Environmental Systems

ESM 221 Applied Environmental Studies: Problem Solving

ESM 222 Applied Environmental Studies: Policy Considerations

ESR 150 Environmental Studies Orientation

ESR 160 Introduction to Environmental Systems

ESR 202 Applied Env Studies: Problem Solving

ESR 201 Science and Policy Considerations

1

4

4

4

All courses used to satisfy the Environmental Science major requirements, whether taken in the program or in other departments, must be graded C‐or above. Students must complete the foundation courses listed below.
Environmental Studies (For students admitted to PSU after fall 2015)
University Requirement PCC Equivalent Credits

Ecology:
Select two in a sequence for a min. 8 crs.
Bi 212 & 213 Principles of Biology II & III (with labs)

 

Sci 341 & 342 Bio. Concepts & App.

Select two courses in one of the following sequences :
BI 212 & 213  Principles of Biology - (BI 211 is a prerequisite for BI 212)

or

2 courses from BI 141, 142, 143 Habitats

If students want Sci 341 & 342, they need to be taken at PSU

8-10

Chemistry:

ESM 230 & 231 Fund. of Chemistry I & II

 


ESM 230 & 231 at PSU

 

*PCC's CH 151 is recommended before students enroll in PSU's ESM 230 & 231.

0-5
Geog 210 Physical Geography

GEO 210 The Natural Environment

4

Environment Science:

ESM 150 Orientation to ESM
ESM 220 Introduction to Environ. Systems
ESM 221 Applied Env. Studies: Problem Solving

ESM 222 Applied Env. Studies: Policy Consid.

 

ESR 150 Environmental Studies Orientation

ESR 160 Introduction to Environ. Systems.
ESR 202 Applied Environmental Studies: Preparation for Problem Solving

ESR 201 Applied Environmental Studies- Science/Policy Consideration

1

4

4

4

Choose 1 class from:  

STATS 243 Intro to Probability and Statistics

SCI 314 Environmental Statistics

ESM 340 Research Methods in Environmental Science

 

MTH 243 only equivalent available at PCC.

 

5

Geog 380 Maps & Geographic Information

GEO 264 Maps & Geospatial Concepts

(The PSU Environmental Science department will allow this course to substitute for Geog 380 - see note below)

4
WR 327 Technical Writing WR 227 Technical Writing
(The PSU Environmental Science department will allow this course to substitute for WR 327 - see note below)
4

*For information on the chemistry recommendation, contact PCC's Environmental Studies and Resources faculty, Val Brenneis 971-722-7033.

 

Courses taken under the undifferentiated grading option (pass/no pass) will not be accepted toward fulfilling major requirements. Additional courses may be required as prerequisites. All courses used to satisfy the Environmental Studies major requirements, whether taken in the program or in other departments, must be graded C- or above.

 

Note: The PSU bachelor degree in Environmental Studies requires a minimum of 72 upper-division (300-400 level) credits. If PCC students take GEO 264 and WR 227, they will not receive upper-division credit for those courses. Additional upper-division credits, beyond the required courses, may be needed to meet the 72 credit minimum.

Geography (spring 2016)
University Requirement PCC Equivalent Credits

Physical Geography Courses
GEOG 210 Physical Geography

and choose 8 upper-division credits


GEO 210 The Natural Environment

4

Regional Geography Courses

choose 12 upper-division credits

Take upper-division courses at PSU -

Human Geography Courses
GEOG 230 Environment & Society: Global Perspectives

and choose 8 upper-division credits

Take upper-division courses at PSU -

Geographic Techniques
GEOG 380 Maps & Geographic Information

 

 

choose 8 additional upper-division credits

 


GEO 264 Maps & Geospatial Concepts (will satisfy GEOG 380 requirement but will not receive upper-division credit)

 

GEO 265 & 266 Intro to GIS & GIS Analysis (will satisfy GEOG 488 requirement but will not receive upper-division credit.)


 

4

 

 

8

12 credits of Geography Electives

 

Any PCC Geography course not taken above. If GEO 265 & 266 are used for PSU's GEOG 488, then an upper-division elective is needed here.

 


varies
Bachelor of Science degree MTH 243 Statistics I & MTH 244 Statistics II 9
Bachelor of Arts degree 2 years foreign language varies
At least 36 Geography credit hours need to be taken at the upper-division level.
Health Studies

See course equivalencies for PCC on Portland State's College of Urban & Public Affairs. At the bottom of the page, you will see the Health Studies information.

Political Science

See course equivalencies for PCC on Portland State's College of Urban & Public Affairs. At the bottom of the page, you will see the Political Science information.

Psychology (spring 2016)
University Requirement PCC Equivalent Credits
Psy 200 Psychology as a Natural Science
and
Psy 204 Psychology as a Social Science
PSY 201A Gen Psychology
and
PSY 202A Gen Psychology
4

4
Stat 243 Statistics I MTH 243 Statistics I 5
Stat 244 Statistics II MTH 244 Statistics II 4
PSY 200 level elective Any 200 level PSY course 4
Social Work (spring 2016)
University Requirement PCC Equivalent Credits
The following courses are part of the admission requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Social Work. Students must be a PSU student, have submitted complete application, and also have 90 credits at the time of admission to the program.
200-level Sociology (Soc 200 is preferred) SOC 204 General Sociology (preferred) SOC 205 or 206 is also accepted 4
200-level Psychology (Psy 204 is preferred) PSY 201A Introduction to Psychology (preferred) PSY 202A is also accepted 4
Sociology (spring 2016)
University Requirement PCC Equivalent Credits
Soc 200 Introduction to Sociology SOC 204 General Sociology 4
Stat 243 Intro to Probability and Statistics I MTH 243 Statistics I 5
Lower-division Sociology Electives Choose courses with SOC prefix 8

Don't see your major? This is not a complete list of all the majors you can transfer into at this school. If you don't see your major, you just need to research program requirements on your transfer school's website. See how to transfer from PCC to a four-year school.

Heads up! We do our best to keep this site current, but transfer requirements tend to change without warning. Always check with an advisor at your transfer school before making your final decision about classes.