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.

Eligible Transfer students can attend Portland State for free!

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

Portland State’s general education is called University Studies. If you earn an AAOT degree, an ASOT-B degree, or an AS degree from PCC, the Freshman and Sophomore Inquiry part of University Studies will be waived at PSU. PSU will also waive the Freshman and Sophomore Inquiry without a degree if they accept at least 90 credits of your transferred course work.

In addition to the University Studies and Major requirements, students must also complete Degree requirements for either a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Fine Arts, or Bachelor of Music.

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 about transferring to PSU. Anthropology major information begins at 4:12 in the video.

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 Practice

Art Practice – Students who started college in fall 2017 will do the new BFA Art Practice requirements. Students who started college before fall 2017 will have the option of completing the old BA/BS Art Practice requirements or doing the new BFA Art Practice requirements.

Art History

Art History Major

Art History course equivalents
University Requirement PCC Equivalent Credits

ArH 106 Introduction to Visual Literacy

ART 104 CORE: Digital Tools

ART 105 CORE: Ideation

No PCC equivalent

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 at PSU

ART 206 = ARH 205 at PSU

1 course from ART 212, 213 = ARH 206 at 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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PSU Advisor-approved courses in art history, art practices, graphic design, architecture, film, music, theater, or other select liberal arts courses.
BFA in Graphic Design

The BFA requirements are for students who started college in fall 2017 or later. Students who started college prior to fall 2017 have the option of the BFA or the BS/BA requirements.

Graphic Design Major

BFA Graphic Design course equivalents
University Requirement PCC Equivalent Credits

ART CORE: ART 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106

ART 111, 120, 121, 200, 210, 224, 225, 254,

ArH 106

No PCC equivalents
ArH 206 History of Western Art 1 course from ART 212, 213 = ARH 206 at PSU 4
ArH 290 History of Modern Design ART 214 History of Graphic Design 4
Biology

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 211+ 214, 212 + 215, 213 + 216 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
ORMth 251 & 252 Calculus I & II
MTH 243 & 244 Statistics I & II
ORMTH 251 & 252 Calculus I & II

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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

Computer Science Major – See course equivalencies on PSU’s Computer Science Transfer Guide

Criminology & Criminal Justice

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

Education – Elementary

Graduate Teacher Education Program (GTEP)

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
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 or Computer Engineering, for Civil Engineering or Environmental Engineering, and for Mechanical Engineering.

Environmental Science

Environmental Science and Management Major

Environmental Science course equivalents
University Requirement PCC Equivalent Credits
Bi 211+ 214, 212 + 215, 213 + 216 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: G 201/204 or 202/205 or Ph 201/214 or 211/ 214 (includes labs) or Geog 210 Choose 1 from: G 201, 202, PHY 201, 211
or GEO 110
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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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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.
Environmental Studies

Environmental Studies Major

Environmental Studies course equivalents
University Requirement PCC Equivalent Credits
Biology:
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)or2 courses from BI 141, 142, 143 Habitats, ESR 204 Intro to Enviro RestorationIf students want Sci 341 & 342, they need to be taken at PSU
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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

Geog 230 Environment and Society:Global Perspectives

GEO 110 The Natural Environment

No PCC equivalent

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Environment Studies Lower-division Core::

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

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Stat 243 Intro to Probability and Statistics MTH 243 Statistics I 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)

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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
GEOG 488 Geographical Information Systems I: Introduction

GEO 265 Introduction to GIS

and

GEO 266 GIS Analysis

(The PSU Environmental Science department will allow these courses to substitute for GEOG 488 – see note below)

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*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
Geog 210 Physical Geography GEO 110 The Natural Environment (GEO 210 if taken prior to fall 2017) 4
Geographic Techniques
Geog Maps
GEO 170 Maps & Geospatial Concepts (GEO 264 if taken prior to fall 2017) will satisfy GEOG 380 requirement but will not receive upper-division credit* 4
Geographic Information Elective GEO 265 & 266 Intro to GIS & GIS Analysis will satisfy GEOG 488 but will not receive upper-division credit.* 8
Geography Major Electives

Almost all of the electives are upper division courses.

Lower division GEO courses at PCC EXCEPT those listed below, may be applied to PSU’s GEOG elective requirements in the major (12 credits required in each of the 4 focus areas), but will not receive upper division credit.*

PCC GEO courses that will NOT satisfy PSU GEOG electives for the major:

GEO 221 Field Geography: Local Landscapes
GEO 244 Interactive Map Design
GEO 280A Cooperative Education: Geography
GEO 298 Independent Study: Geography
*Upper Division Notes

*In general most students should not plan to satisfy more than ONE upper division (300-400) level PSU GEOG course by completing a PCC 100-200 level GEO course.

PSU requires a minimum of 36 upper division credits in Geography and 72 upper division credits total for graduation. Consult with an Academic Advisor to determine the best plan for you.

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 Earth Materials and Tectonics

G 202 Earth Surface and Processes

G 203 Evolution of Planet Earth

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2 terms of 200 level chemistry CH 221, 222 General Chemistry 10
2 terms of 200 level Physics

PHY 201, 202 General Physics

or

PHY 211, 212 General Physics (calculus)

Earth Science majors can substitute

BI 211, 212 for the physics

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One additional 200 level chemistry or physics CH 223 or PHY 203 or PHY 213 4-5

Math for Geology Majors:

MTH 251 Calculus I

MTH 252 Calculus II

MTH 253 Calculus III or 261 Intro to Linear Algebra

Math for Geology Majors:

MTH 251 Calculus I

MTH 252 Calculus II

MTH 253 Calculus III or 261 Applied Linear Algebra

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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

MTH 212 Foundations of Elementary 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 212 Foundations of Elementary Mathematics II

MTH 243 Statistics I

MTH 244 Statistics II (recommended)

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For Earth Science only: G 200 Field Studies Any G 200A-F course in Field Studies 1-6
Health Studies

Health Studies Major – the Applied Health & Fitness guide is available 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 transfer guide from PSU.

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
200-level course in Human Development PSY 215 Human Development 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

or

SOC 399 Social Statistics

MTH 243 Statistics I 5
Sociology Electives – 28 credits, 12 must be at 400-level

Choose courses with SOC prefix

Note: when choosing SOC courses, keep in mind that PSU requires 72 credits of upper division (300 & 400 level courses) for a Bachelor’s degree. You may want to use your elective credits towards the upper division requirement. If not, you may transfer up to 16 lower division SOC credits towards the elective requirement.

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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.