Transfer schools

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 transfer page.

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

Anthropology Major - view the Anthropology video from Portland State's Anthropology Department

Architecture

Architecture Major

Architecture course equivalents
University Requirement PCC Equivalent Credits
ARCH 100 Introduction to Architecture ARCH 200 Introduction to Architecture 4
BFA in Art Practices - NEW for fall 2017

Art Practices

Art Practices course equivalents
University Requirement PCC Equivalent Credits
ART 101, 102, 103 Surface, Space, Time Equivalents have not been posted by PSU -
ART 104, 105, 106 Digital Tools, Ideation, Intro to Visual Literacy No equivalents -
ART 131 Introduction to Drawing ART 131A Introduction to Drawing 3

ARH 204 or ARH 205 Hist. of West. Art

ART 204 or 205 = ARH 204 @ PSU

ART 206 = ARH 205 @ PSU

4

ARH 206 History of Western Art 1 course from ART 211, 212, 213 4
ART 230 Intro to Drawing II ART 231A Drawing 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 with Art Practices Track (2016)

Art History Major

Art History course equivalents
University Requirement PCC Equivalent Credits
Art 115 Foundation Studio I: 2-D Design Art 117 Foundation Studio II: 3-D Design
Art 131 Introduction to Drawing I
ART 115 Basic Design – Black and white ART 117 Basic Design -3D
ART 131A Introduction to Drawing
9

ARH 204 History of Western Art

ARH 205 History of Western Art

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 or 205 = ARH 204 @ PSU

ART 206 = ARH 205 @ PSU

1 course from ART 211, 212, 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

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1 sequence of 200 level art studio courses for a total of 8 credits.

ART 230 & 250 Drawing

ART 281 & 282 Painting

ART 271 and 270 Printmaking

ART 260 & 261 Photography

ART 291 & 292 Sculpture

ART 231A & 231B & 231C Drawing II

ART 181A & 181B & 181C Painting II

ART 270A & 270B & 270C Printmaking I

ART 240A & 240B & 240C Digital Photography II

ART 290A, B, & C Sculpture: Plaster/Clay

or

ART 291A, B, & C Sculpture: Carving

or

ART 292A, B, & C Sculpture: Mixed Media

or

ART 293A, B, & C Figure Sculpture

or

ART 294A, B, & C Sculpture: Metals

9
Art History with Critical Analysis Track (fall 2016)

Art History Major

Art History course equivalents
University Requirement PCC Equivalent Credits

ARH 204 History of Western Art

ARH 205 History of Western Art

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 or 205 = ARH 204 @ PSU

ART 206 = ARH 205 @ PSU

1 course from ART 211, 212, 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

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BFA in Graphic Design - NEW for fall 2017

Graphic Design Major

Graphic Design course equivalents
University Requirement PCC Equivalent Credits
ART CORE: ART 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106 Equivalents have not been posted by PSU  
ART 131 Introduction to Drawing ART 131A or 231A Intro. to Drawing or Drawing II 3

ArH 206 History of Western Art

1 course from ART 211, 212, 213 = ARH 206 @ PSU

4

ArH 290 History of Modern Design ART 214 History of Graphic Design 4
Biology (spring 2016)

Biology Major - view the Biology (BS) guide and Biology (BA) guide from PSU. PLEASE NOTE:These guides are designed for students who are pursuing the AAOT at PCC. This may not be appropriate for all students. Please consult with a PCC academic advisor.

Biology course equivalents
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.

PSU also has some individual guides for specific business majors.PLEASE NOTE: the following guides are designed for students pursuing the ASOT-Business degree at PCC.This may not be appropriate for all students. Please consult with a PCC academic advisor. Accounting, Advertising Management, Finance, Human Resource Management, Management & Leadership, Marketing, Supply & Logistics.

Chemistry

Chemistry major - view the Chemistry (BS) guide and Chemistry (BA) guide from PSU. PLEASE NOTE:These guides are designed for students who are pursuing the AAOT at PCC. This may not be appropriate for all students. Please consult with a PCC academic advisor.

Computer Science (spring 2016)

Computer Science Major

Computer Science course equivalents
University Requirement PCC Equivalent Credits

Wr 121 English Composition

&

Wr 227 Technical Writing

WR 121 English Composition

&

WR 227 Technical Writing

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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

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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

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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

Criminology & Criminal Justice Major - see course equivalencies for PCC on PSU’s Criminal Justice Transfer page.

Education - Elementary (spring 2016)
Education course equivalents
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)
Education course equivalents
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, for Civil Engineering and Environmental Engineering, and for Mechanical Engineering.

Environmental Science

Environmental Science Major

(For students admitted to PSU after fall 2015)

Environmental Science course equivalents
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 200 Introduction to Environmental Systems

ESR 202 Applied Env Studies: Problem Solving

ESR 201 Science and Policy Considerations

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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

Environmental Studies Major

(For students admitted to PSU after fall 2015)

Environmental Studies course equivalents
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 200 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

Geography Major

Geography course equivalents
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.
Geology and Earth Science

Department of Geology

Geology and Earth Science course equivalents
University Requirement PCC Equivalent Credits
Courses needed for both the Geology and Earth Science majors:

G 201 & 204, 202 & 205, Geology with labs

G 203 & 206 Historical Geology with lab

G 201 & 202 Physical Geology

G 203 Historical Geology

8

4

1 year of 200 level chemistry CH 221, 222, & 223 General Chemistry 15
1 year of 200 level Physics

PHY 201, 202, & 203 General Physics

or

PHY 211, 212, & 213 General Physics (calculus)

Earth Science majors can substitute

BI 211, 212, & 213 for the physics

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Math for Geology Majors:

MTH 251 Calculus I

MTH 252 Calculus II

MTH 254 Calculus IV

MTH 261 Intro to Linear Algebra

Math for Geology Majors:

MTH 251 Calculus I

MTH 252 Calculus II

MTH 254 Vector Calculus

MTH 261 Applied Linear Algebra

4

5

5

5

Math for Earth Science Majors:

MTH 251 Calculus I

or

MTH 111 Intro to College Mathematics I and

MTH 112 Intro to College Mathematics II

STAT 243 Intro to Probability & Statistics I

STAT 244 Intro to Probability & Statistics II (recommended)

Math for Earth Science Majors:

MTH 251 Calculus I

or

MTH 111 College Algebra and

MTH 112 Elementary Functions

MTH 243 Statistics I

MTH 244 Statistics II (recommended)

4

5

5

5

4

Health Studies

Health Studies Major - view the Health Studies guide from PSU.

Political Science

Political Science Major - 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

Psychology Major - view the Psychology (BS) guide and the Psychology (BA) guide from PSU. PLEASE NOTE:These guides are designed for students who are pursuing the AAOT at PCC. This may not be appropriate for all students. Please consult with a PCC academic advisor.

Social Work

Social Work Major

Social Work course equivalents
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

Sociology Major

Sociology course equivalents
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
Women's Studies

Women's Studies

Women's Studies course equivalents
University Requirement PCC Equivalent Credits
WS 101 Introduction to Women's Studies WS 101 Women's Studies 4
WS 307 Women, Activism, and Social Change WS 202 Women, Activism, and Social Change 4

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.