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Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics

When daylight proved scarce, we tamed fire — and later harnessed electricity.

Our feet ached from walking, so we invented the wheel — and later the steam engine.

Seeking worlds beyond our own, we crossed oceans, took to the skies, gazed through glass at stars and atoms alike.

The pathway to the future is paved with scientific milestones, each laid by someone who dared to ask what’s next?

Careers in the STEM pathway involve solving problems through research and design. Many of the life, physical, and social science; architecture and engineering; and math occupations in the Occupational Outlook Handbook are assigned to this pathway.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics counted about 2 million jobs in the Standard Occupational Classification occupations that are assigned to the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics pathway. Median annual wages for these occupations ranged from $38,310 for social science research assistants to $132,320 for petroleum engineers.

Nearly all of the occupations in this pathway typically require a bachelor’s or higher degree for entry. But specific designations also include, for example, an associate’s degree for occupations such as social science research assistants.

Course requirements

This major is offered at:
Auburn University  ·  Area V Information
Area I · Written Composition (6 SH)
Written Composition (6 SH)

You must complete a two-course sequence in Written Composition:

Area II · Humanities & Fine Arts (12 SH)

You must complete a 6 SH sequence in either literature (AREA II) or history (AREA IV).

Literature (3–9 SH)

You must complete at least 3 SH in literature from the approved list below:
NOTE: You may not select more than 9 SH of literature for AREA II.

Arts (3-9 SH)

You must complete a 3 SH course in the ARTS:
NOTE: Students may not select more than 9 SH of ART for AREA II.

Additional Humanities (0-6 SH)

Any remaining hours in AREA II should be chosen from the approved list below:
(Note: You may complete no more than 3 SH of PTK Honors, which can be offered as one 3 SH course or three 1 SH courses.)

Area III · Natural & Mathematical Sciences (12 SH)
Natural Sciences (8 SH)

Select 8 SH sequence from the following lists of courses:
[NOTE: Courses must have corresponding laboratories.]

Mathematical Sciences (4 SH)

You must complete a 4 SH course in Calculus:

Area IV · History, Social & Behavioral Sciences (12 SH)
Area V · Pre-professional, Major & Elective Courses (19 SH)
Area V Requirements (19 SH)

You must complete the following 14 SH:

Electives (4 SH) -- See AU Area V web page.

NOTE: Calculus I from Area III accounts for 1 SH in Area V

Let’s make it official

Answer a few questions and submit to guarantee your credit transfer for four years

Question 1
What type of institution do you attend?
When do you expect to transfer?
Which universities are you interested in?
Please select a university and consent.

Thank you for submitting a Transfer Guide!

This Transfer Guide creates a binding agreement between you, us (the AGSC), and all of Alabama’s four-year universities offering your selected major (listed below). For four years from the date you submitted this guide, it must be honored by all Alabama public universities that offer your specified major.

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You will receive an email with a link to view your Guide. You can also access it at the Permalink below.

You should read the entire Guide carefully, and meet with your community college counselor to ensure you have everything in order. You should also print a copy of this Guide and save the email we sent you.

Frequently asked questions

About us

What is the Articulation and General Studies Committee (AGSC)?

AGSC stands for the Alabama Articulation and General Studies Committee. The AGSC was created in March of 1994 by the State Legislature through ACT 94-202.

The AGSC was created to simplify the transfer of course credit between public institutions of higher education within the State of Alabama. To accomplish this task, the AGSC has developed and implemented a statewide general studies and articulation program that facilitates the transferability of coursework among all Alabama public colleges and universities. The AGSC continues to serve as a monitoring committee for the articulation program. The committee members oversee and maintain the program on an on-going basis. Finally, the AGSC works to resolve any student appeals related to transfer of coursework as it relates to the articulation program.

For more information, click here.

What is the Statewide Transfer and Articulation Reporting System (STARS)?

STARS was rebranded in November of 2022 and is now know as Alabama Transfers.  Over this 28 year period, over 1.6 million transfer guides were obtained through by transfer students using STARS.

From 1994 to 2022, STARS was an acronym for the "Statewide Transfer & Articulation Reporting System." STARS was a web-accessible database system which provides guidance and direction for prospective transfer students in the State of Alabama.

The STARS System allowed public two-year students in Alabama to obtain a Transfer Guide/Agreement for the major of their choice. This guide/agreement, if used correctly, would guide the student through their first two years of coursework and prevent the loss of credit hours upon transfer to their chosen public four-year university in Alabama.  

Term & effectiveness

For how long is my transfer guide valid?

From the date you submit this transfer guide, it must be honored by all Alabama public universities that offer the specified major for four years.  

Exception:  If an accreditation body or organization requires specific academic changes for all students (both native and transfers) in their fields of study, then transfer and native students would have to be treated equally and and would be required to fall in line with the new accrediation mandates.  An example of this was the passing and acceptance of the federal "No Child Left Behind" mandate years ago.

What happens after my guide lapses?

If it has been more than four years since you submitted a guide, your credits should still transfer just like older credits taken by all other students in the same degree program at a given university.   In any case, you may want to return to the Alabama Transfers website and obtain a new "official" guide in your major area.

What happens if I change majors?

This guide only applies so long as you continue in your specified major. If you decide to change your major, you should get a new "official" transfer guide. Most guides are fairly similar for Areas I–IV; however, you should still consult your academic advisor or counselor at your current institution.

What happens if the university refuses to honor my Transfer Guide? What if their requirements differ from those on the Guide?

Transfer Guides are protected by the AGSC Transfer Agreement. This agreement guarantees the transferability of major-specific courses for all of the listed universities. If a university refuses to honor your Transfer Guide, please contact us

Course requirements

Will these course requirements ever change?

You may choose to graduate under the course requirements displayed on your official guide, or you may benefit by chosing to graduate under the most recent catalog.  It is the transfer student's choice.

The only exception is when a change is mandated by an external accrediting agency or other regulatory agency, such as the State Department of Education, ACHE, SACS, NCATE, or CLN. In this case, the requirements will change equally for all students (native or transfer) at a given university.

Does it matter where I take the courses?

It depends.

If you follow your transfer guide, then your graduation requirements will be equal to all other students in the same degree program at a given university.

However, each university has a minimum threshold to be considered a “transfer student.” If your transfer credits are fewer than this threshold, then you are still considered a “first-time” student. While you will receive credit for your courses, it may only count toward the Area (I–V) in which they were set as requirements.  The receiving institution makes the final determination on how the approved transfer courses will count toward their bachelor degree requirements.  If the courses are approve and appear on the transfer guide then the receiving institution must give degree credit in some form for the transfer coursework.

In terms of course sequence requirements, we strongly recommend you complete the entire sequence at the same community college or university.

Why does the course table list more courses than are required for a given Area?

Some Areas do not require specific courses, but instead let you pick from a list of AGSC-approved courses. Just make sure you check how your chosen courses will transfer to each university, as this may vary.

What does it mean when the course equivalency table says “Area Core” or “Elective Only”?

Some courses at a community college don’t have an exact equivalent at a given university. However, we recognize that they impart valuable knowledge.

So, rather than throwing those credits away when you transfer, the universities choose to accept them as “Area Core” or “Elective” courses. This means that the university does not have an exact equivalent course but that they will apply course credit a specified Area (I–V).

How will my AP or CLEP credits transfer?

Each university may decide how to apply Advanced Placement (AP) and/or College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) credits.  At this time, you can view the AP course equivalency tables by visiting a university's website and searching for "AP Credit" or "CLEP Credit". 

COMING SOON! -- We are working to add more information regarding the transfer of AP/CLEP credit to the Alabama Transfers website.   

Admissions

Do my grades matter?

Yes.

First of all, your grades will affect your eligibility for admission into your desired university and upper-level major/program.

Second, your pre-transfer GPA will follow you to the university and will be calculated into your final GPA upon graduation.

Third, if your grades fall below the university’s threshold for transfer, then you will not be awarded credit for the courses and will need to re-take them. Each university may decide how to handle the transfer of D grades; however, the same policy must be applied equally to all students — native or transfer — at a given university.

I completed all the course requirements. Does that mean I’ll be admitted to my desired university?

Congratulations on completing all the course requirements!

Unfortunately, this guide does not guarantee admission to any university; nor to any specific major at the university; nor, even, to any broader field of study. You must still be officially admitted under the admisison policy of the desired university/major/program.

For a link to the university’s admission requirements, visit its webpage.  For quick access to these and other helpful links, please visit our participating institutions page.