CSU and City Colleges of Chicago
Transfer Guide for
The College of Arts and Sciences
Teacher Preparation Options

The College of Arts and Sciences at Chicago State University offers ten programs leading to teacher certification: art, biology, chemistry, English, geography, history, math, music, physics, and Spanish. Because the teacher certification requirements are integrated with general education requirements, it is advisable that students follow this transfer guide if planning to major in one of the teaching programs. All transfer students must complete Chicago State University diagnostic examinations for English, reading, and mathematics unless they have documentation of having passed the Illinois Certification Test of Basic Skills (ICTBS). Study guides for the mathematics and English examinations can be found at EXAMS PAGE.  Effective fall 2007, students are required to satisfy a 3 hour diversity and a 3 hour critical thinking requirement in the general education curriculum. 

This transfer guide shows the courses which should be selected from general education offerings to meet program requirements at Chicago State University.  No grades of D will be accepted in transfer.  All transfer students must complete Chicago State University proficiency examinations for English composition, reading, and math unless they can demonstrate having passed the Illinois Certification Test of Basic Skills. Study guides for the composition exam can be found by clicking here ,and sample questions for the reading and math exams can be found by clicking here.

Chicago State University requires all students to take 6 hours of a single foreign language, a diversity course, and a critical thinking course.  The requirements are embedded, which means a course can be counted as, for example, both a diversity course and a social sciences course.  Courses with an IAI designation of N or D will be counted as having satisfied the diversity requirement.

New Policies Affecting Transfer Students

Foreign Language Policies: Effective Fall 2007

All students entering fall of 2002 or later must demonstrate a level of proficiency in a single language other than English in order to be eligible for graduation.  Returning students who have been out for two or more long terms are also subject to the language requirement.  This requirement may be satisfied by any of the following means: 

  • Completion of 6 hours in a single foreign language at Chicago State University.  (Courses excluded from satisfaction of the requirement are AF L 110, FREN 212, RUS 120.)
  • Transfer 5 or more semester hours of a single foreign language from another college or university with a grade of C or better in each course.
  • Transfer 2 or more semester hours of a single foreign language from another college or university with a grade of C or better and take an additional course in the same foreign language to five the equivalent of two semesters of a single foreign language.
  • Pass AP or CLEP examinations for the equivalent of two semesters of a single foreign language.
  • Pass any other examination acceptable to the Foreign Language Department.
  • Have completed secondary education in a country where English is not the native language provided the student received instruction in a language other than English.

Transfer Students with AA or AS degrees: Effective fall 2008

  • Any student who transfers to Chicago State University with an Associate of Arts or an Associate of Science Degree will be deemed to have completed ALL University general Education requirements including those University requirements which exceed the Illinois General Education Core Curriculum. This policy will not override the requirements of any College, Department, Program or Major.
  • Any student who transfers to Chicago State University without an Associate of Arts or an Associate of Science Degree, but with 75 or more credit hours and has completed the Illinois GECC requirements BEFORE transferring, will be deemed to have completed all University general education requirements including those University requirements which exceed the Illinois General Education Core Curriculum.  This policy will not override the requirements any College, Department, Program or Major.
  • Any student who transfers to Chicago State University with an Associate of Arts or an Associate of Science Degree will not be required to take proficiency examinations in English, Mathematics, or Reading.  However, if individuals courses in specific majors require a passing score on a proficiency examination as a prerequisite, all students, including transfer students, must satisfy the prerequisite by taking the proficiency examination. 
Any questions concerning transfer policies can be directed to Bernard Rowan, Assistant Provost for Curriculum and Assessment, 773-995-2439. Email: trowanii@csu.edu.

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CSU Critical Thinking CCC Course
MATH 1010/140 MATH 121
MATH 1020/141 MATH 122
PHIL 1020/204 PHIL 105
CSU Diversity CCC Course
ANTH 2010/203 ANTH 202


Courses that have the IAI designation of D or N for diversity will satisfy the diversity requirement.

CSU Course Number and Title Majors for which courses are required Community College Equivalent Course
6 hours in a single foreign language All majors except Spanish Language may be at the first-year level.


Composition

CSU Course Number and Title Majors for which courses are required Community College Equivalent Course
ENG 1270/127 - Composition I
ENG 1280/128 - Composition II
All majors ENG 101
ENG 102


Mathematics

CSU Course Number and Title Majors for which courses are required Community College Equivalent Course
MATH 1010/140 – Concepts of Math I
MATH 1020/141 – Concepts of Math II

Art, English, Music, Spanish, Geog, Hist

MATH 121 Note: these courses
MATH 122 also fulfill critical       thinking requirement

MATH 1250/171-- Pre-Calculus
MATH 1410/261 – Calculus I
MATH 1420/262 – Calculus II

Chemistry, Physics

MATH 143
MATH 207
MATH 208

MATH 1200/162 – College Algebra I
MATH 1210/163 – College Algebra II

Biology

MATH 140
MATH 141


Natural Sciences

CSU Course Number and Title Majors for which courses are required Community College Equivalent Course
A total of 9 hours.  At least 3 hours from each of biology and physical science.  3 elective hours chosen from: Biol/Chem/CptrSci/Math/Phys/PhSci. At least one physical or life science course must include a lab.

Art, English, History,
Geography

 

Select from IAI-approved courses.

6 hours from biology; 6 hours from physical sciences. At least one physical or life science course must include a lab.

Spanish

 

Select from IAI-approved courses.

3 hours from biology; 3 hours from physical science; 6 hours from any natural sciences.  Two courses must be with a lab in a sequence.

Mathematics

 

Select from IAI-approved courses.

A total of 9 hours BIOL 1070/107 or   1080/108; 3 hours from physical science; 3 elective hours chosen from Biol/Chem/CptrSci/Math/Phys/PhSci.
 At least one physical or life science course must include a lab.

Music

BIO 101 or 114 or 121
and any IAI-approved physical science course

PH S 1114/114 Prac Earth and Space Science I / Lab

Biology, Chemistry, Physics

 Physical Science 111


Humanities
Note: To satisfy university general education requirements, 3 hours in this area must be in fine arts.

CSU Course Number and Title Majors for which courses are required Community College Equivalent Course

CMAT 1130/113 – Comm. for Professionals

All majors

Speech 101

3 hours in a literature elective

Biology, Chemistry, History, Physics, Mathematics

Select any IAI-approved literature course.

3 hours English or Speech elective

Geography

Select any IAI-approved literature course.

3 hours humanities elective

Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics

Select from IAI-approved courses.

ENG 145 – Critical Thinking Through Lit.

Spanish

NO EQUIV.


Social Sciences

CSU Course Number and Title Majors for which courses are required Community College Equivalent Course

PSYCH 1100/141 – Introduction to Psych.
PSYCH 2040/204 – Psych. Of Childhood and Adolescents

 

All majors

PSYC 201
PSYC 207

Select one:
HIST 1300/130 -  U.S. History 1607-1876
HIST 1310/131 – U.S. History since 1877
POL 1010/101 – American National Government

 

English, Math, Spanish

HIST 111
HIST 112
PSC 201

Select one:
HIST 1300/130 – U.S. History 1607-1876
HIST 1310/131 – U.S. History since 1877

 

Art, Biology, Chemistry, Physics

HIST 111
HIST 112

HIST 1310/131 – U.S. History since 1877

Music

HIST 112

POL 1010/101 – American National Government

Art, Biology, Chemistry, History, Music, Geography, Physics

PSC 201

3 hours social science elective

Art, Biology, Chemistry, Physics

Select from IAI-approved courses.

6 hours social sciences in same discipline

English, Math, Spanish

Select from IAI-approved courses.


Major Courses

The Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI) website shows articulated major courses for majors in art education and music education. See the Chicago State University catalog for additional information about teaching options in biology, chemistry, English, geography, history, math, physics, and Spanish.

 

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