Transferring to or from SC4 is a smart move – one that could save you thousands of dollars in tuition and fees. Whether you stay at SC4 for one, two or three years before transferring, or come to SC4 to finish your degree, SC4 credits are accepted at many institutions. Plus, as a transfer student, you’ll be more prepared to succeed.

Where to start?

Students transferring from SC4 have many opportunities and paths. 

  1. Take advantage of the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA), which simplifies the transfer of credit for SC4 students between community colleges, four-year public colleges, and some private colleges in Michigan.
  2. Take a look at how you can earn a bachelor’s degree at home or online through SC4’s University Center.
  3. Explore SC4’s articulation agreementswith other colleges and universities to see more extensive program paths available to SC4 students.

Students transferring to SC4 and those wishing to take advantage of reverse transfer have options as well.

Many students start at SC4 and transfer credits on to four-year colleges and universities. Our top 10 transfer institutions are listed below.

  1. Oakland University
  2. Grand Valley State University
  3. Michigan State University
  4. Saginaw Valley State University
  5. University of Michigan Flint
  6. Wayne State University
  7. Central Michigan University
  8. Ferris State University
  9. Walsh College
  10. Western Michigan University

Whatever you do, be sure to plan ahead and work with SC4 advisors to ensure all your credits transfer with you. Contact our advisors with questions at 810-989-5520 or

Major pathways

For more than 95 years, we’ve helped students start here and go anywhere. All of our programs are designed to move you along on the career path of your dreams or take the next step in your studies. We have transfer degrees designed specifically to prepare you for further study at a four-year college or university.

  • Associate in Arts  – Intended for students who plan to transfer to a four-year university and pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree in fields such as anthropology, art, communications, economics, English, foreign languages, geography, history, music, philosophy, political science, psychology, sociology, or theater arts.
  • Associate in Science – Intended for students who plan to transfer to a four-year university and pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in STEM-related fields such as astronomy, biology, chemistry, earth science, engineering, geology, physics, physical science or pre-medicine.
  • Associate in Business – Intended for students who plan to transfer to a four-year institution and pursue a Bachelor of Business Administration or other similar degree in a business-related field, such as accounting, finance, management, or marketing.

Even if you’re undecided but know you want to pursue a bachelor’s degree or transfer on, our advisors can help you take classes likely to transfer.

Michigan Transfer Agreement

SC4 is a member of the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA), which simplifies the transfer of credit for SC4 students between community colleges, four-year public colleges, and some private colleges in Michigan.

The agreement stipulates that 30 semester credit hours of 100-level and above, compatible, general coursework will be given smooth transferability to other participating Michigan colleges and universities. Credits will be awarded toward a student’s general education requirements.

Required Courses

  • ENG 101 – English Composition I 
  • ENG 102 – English Composition II or SPC 101 – Speech Communication
  • 2 courses in Social Science from two disciplines
  • 2 courses in Humanities from two disciplines 
  • 2 courses in Science, including one with laboratory experience, from two disciplines 
  • 1 course from appropriate Mathematics pathway 

Range Total Credit Hours/Range Total Contact Hours = 30/30+ 

Note: Students must earn a minimum 2.000 GPA in all MTA courses. Students whose completed MTA coursework meets the above criteria, but does not add up to 30 credits, must take additional MTA-approved coursework to meet the 30 credit minimum. If not already MTA-approved from a previous institution, students must complete one college credit at SC4 in order to have their transcript evaluated for MTA qualification. 

English/Communications – choose one course from each line below:

  • English 101 or 101H (Honors) 
  • English 102 or 102H (Honors) or Speech 101 or 101H (Honors)

Social Science – choose two courses (must be from two disciplines):

  • Anthropology (ANT) 
  • Economics (ECON 221, 222)
  • Geography (GEO 102, 233 only) 
  • History (HIS 149, 150)
  • Political Science (PS) 
  • Psychology (PSY) 
  • Sociology (SOC)

Humanities – choose two courses (must be from two disciplines):

  • Art (ART 120, 221, 222) 
  • History (HIS 101, 102 only)
  • Literature (ENG 202 or higher) 
  • Modern Language (FR, SP, GR) 
  • Music (MUS 106, 110, 120, 123)  
  • Philosophy (PHL) 
  • Theatre (THA 101, 105) 

Sciences – choose two courses from the science categories below; courses must be from two disciplines, and one must contain a laboratory:

    Biological Science

  • Biology (BIO)

    Physical Science

  • Astronomy (AST) 
  • Chemistry (CHM) 
  • Earth Science (GEO 101) 
  • Geology (GLG)
  • Global Energy Resources (GEO 137) 
  • Global Sustainability (GEO 175)
  • Meteorology (GEO 105)
  • Physical Science (PHS 101)
  • Physics (PHY)

Mathematics – choose a mathematics course for your appropriate pathway:

  • Associate of Arts (AA) = MTH 104, MTH 120 or MTH 113 or higher 
  • Associate of Science (AS) = MTH 113 or higher

Students completing the following MTA requirements must request from the SC4 Enrollment Services office to have their transcript marked as “MTA Satisfied.” This request can be made by emailing

Upon meeting MTA criteria, the following notation will be posted to a student’s transcript (located at the end of the semester course detail in which MTA criteria was met): *****MTA Satisfied

University Center

The SC4 University Center on SC4’s Port Huron campus offers you the convenience of completing a bachelor’s degree close to home or online. Classes are held all over campus and many are available on evenings or weekends to accommodate your busy schedule.

University Center offices are located in the SC4 Welcome Center, Room 251.

See what our University Center partners have to offer here at SC4:

  • Bachelor of Accountancy
  • Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance
  • Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance, General Business, Management and Marketing

Articulation agreements

In addition to the Michigan Transfer Agreement and our University Center partners, SC4 offers a host of transfer agreement options that can make things even easier for you. For instance, some 3+1 agreements allow students to complete three years at SC4 and one at the transfer institution.

Check out our agreements below, and let us know if you have any questions at 810-989-5520 or

Transfer tools

  • The Michigan Transfer Network helps students understand how credits transfer to a wide array of Michigan colleges and universities. It allows students to search for courses, view information about the Michigan Transfer Agreement, and link to more information about transferring from and to institutions throughout Michigan.
  • Students can easily request their official SC4 transcripts be sent to another college or university via the National Student Clearinghouse.


Transfer to SC4

Many students transfer their credits to SC4 from area high schools or other colleges. It’s an easy process thanks to a number of partnerships and agreements.

College credit from K-12 institutions 

Some classes from area TEC centers (including St. Clair TEC) can be transferred to SC4 for college credit. You must have a 2.0 high school GPA and a 3.0 or higher GPA in the program/course. K-12 agreements are listed below. Fill out our Student Articulation Application and bring it to your advising appointment.

Computer Programming:
CIS110 – CIS Concepts and Careers (4 credits)
CIS150 – Programming Concepts (2 credits)
CIS260 – Computer Programming I (4 credits)
*requires an AP Computer Science A score of 3 or better, or MTA Exam 98-388: Intro to Programming using Java
CIS205 – Intro to Web Development (4 credits)
*requires MTA Exam 98-383: Intro to Programming using HTML and CSS
CIS252 – Web Client Programming (4 credits)
*requires MTA Exam 98-382: Intro to Programming using Java Script

Digital Media Marketing:
GD140 – Intro to Graphic Arts (3 credits)
GD150 – Digital Imaging (3 credits)
GD230 – Digital Illustration (3 credits)

Health Occupations:
HE102 – Medical Terminology

Information Technology:
(Same as above under Computer Programming)

ETM130 – Programmable Logic Controllers (3 credits)
ETM160 – Introduction to Programming and Interfacing: Industrial Robots (3 credits)

Metal Machining Technology:
ETP110 – Machine Tools (4 credits)
*requires students to pass a written and a skills test with a minimum of 70%
ETP120 – Machine Tools, Advanced (4 credits) – same written and skills test requirement
ETP210 – Beginning NC/CNC Programming (3 credits) – same written and skills test requirement

Welding Technology:
ETW101 – Basic Oxyacetylene Welding, Cutting and Brazing (1 credit)
*requires students to pass a welding competency exam
ETW110 – Basic Shielded Metal Arc Welding (1 credit) – same competency test requirement
ETW120 – Gas Metal Arc & Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (1 credit) – same test requirement

Introduction to Business/Entrepreneurship:
BUS150 – Principles of Business (4 credits)

Engineering & Design Technology:
ETG115 – Introduction to Computer Aided Drafting (4 credits)

Computer Technology Management:
CIS110 – CIS Concepts and Careers (4 credits)
CIS120 – Introduction to Networking (4 credits)
*Net+ certification required for credit
CIS160 – A+ Certification (4 credits)
*A+ certification required for credit
CIS205 – Intro to Web Development (4 credits)
*CIS Associate certification required for credit
CIS233 – Linux+ (4 credits)
*CompTIA Linux+ certification required for credit

Law Enforcement:
CJ101 – Introduction to Criminal Justice (3 credits)

Art & Digital Design:
GD 140 – Introduction to Graphic Arts (3 credits)
GD 235 – Production Processes (3 credits)
*PrintED certification tests in Introduction to Graphic Communications and
Offset Press Operations/Finishing and Binding required for credit.
Graphic Communications: (same as Art & Digital Design)

Welding and Fabrication:
ETW101 – Basic Oxyacetylene Welding (1 credit)
ETW110 – Basic Shielded Metal Arc Welding (1 credit)
ETW120 – Gas Metal Arc & Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (1 credit)

All previous agreements have expired – new agreements pending

All previous agreements have expired – new agreements pending

Transferring from a four-year institution

Courses you completed at another four-year institution may transfer to your SC4 program or degree. Be sure to follow the steps to apply for admission to SC4.

Students who have attended other institutions who wish to have their credits transferred to SC4 can have their transcripts evaluated and recorded as meeting MTA requirements for SC4’s associate of arts or science degrees, as long as their previous institution considered those courses to satisfy MTA at that school. In any case, the 30 credit hours of lower-level general education from the sending institution will be accepted as a block of 30 credit hours by SC4. Please note that not all 30 credits may meet program requirements for associate of applied arts and science (occupational) programs.

Reverse transfer

SC4 serves as a great start to a bachelor’s degree, and many students transfer on before earning a SC4 degree. Reverse transferring allows students to transfer back credits from four-year institutions so that they can officially earn a SC4 degree.

SC4 President Dr. Deborah A. Snyder – who already had three degrees under her belt – reverse transferred some credits back this past spring and received her SC4 associate degree at the May 2019 Commencement Ceremony.

Join Dr. Snyder and many others in reverse transferring. It’s quick and easy!

  • Complete the reverse transfer form from the four-year institution you attended.
  • If they have a reverse transfer agreement with SC4, they will send us your transcript for review. If they do not, request that your official transcript be electronically delivered to or sent to the Records Office located in the Welcome Center at 323 Erie St., P.O. Box 5015, Port Huron, MI, 48061-5015.
  • If you meet the requirements of the reverse transfer agreement, we will send you a letter upon receipt that outlines next steps.

If the institution you transfer to is not listed below, this is still an option. See an SC4 academic advisor for details.

  • Central Michigan University
  • Grand Valley State University
  • Ferris State University
  • Oakland University
  • Saginaw Valley State University
  • University of Michigan-Flint
  • Walsh College
  • Western Michigan University