Minnesota Transfer Curriculum

The Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) is a series of courses (40 credits) that comprise a package of general education requirements that, as a package, will satisfy the general education requirements for the first two years of college at all Minnesota public colleges and universities. Transfer of credits from one institution to another has in the past often been a difficult one, with the receiving institution in full control of what is and what is not accepted from the original institution. The Minnesota Transfer Curriculum is a transfer agreement that eliminates transfer difficulties for RCTC students: the successfully completed MnTC will automatically transfer in its entirety.

Note that the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum includes 40 general education credits; in itself the MnTC is not a degree. The AAS, AS, AFA, and AA degrees require a total of 60 (or more) credits.

All college level courses in which a student has received a grade of A, B, C, D or P/S will be considered for transfer in to RCTC. Grades of A through D transfer for the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC). Completion of the 40 credit MnTC requires a cumulative 2.0 GPA. While D grades transfer, some specialized/occupational/technical programs require courses to have a grade of C or higher to fulfill requirements. No F grade courses will be accepted. Transfer course grades will not be used in computing a student’s GPA at RCTC except for some special programs that require the calculation of GPA for application/admission to the program, such as Nursing. Only earned transfer credits (not grade point credits or grade points) will be recorded on the official RCTC transcript.

Keep in mind also that many courses not in the MnTC may still transfer. Students will need to have these courses evaluated by their next institution at the time of application to that institution. For such courses the receiving institution determines what is and what is not accepted from RCTC in transfer.

The MnTC commits public colleges and universities in Minnesota to a broad foundation that integrates a body of knowledge and skills with study of contemporary concerns that are essential in meeting the challenges of the 21st century. The Minnesota Transfer Curriculum emphasizes our common membership in the human community, personal responsibility for intellectual lifelong learning, and an awareness that we live in a diverse world. The curriculum encourages diverse ways of knowing—that is, factual content, theories and methods, and creative models in a broad spectrum of integration, application, and communication.

The ten areas of emphasis or goals in the MnTC are listed below:

  • Goal 1:   Written and Oral Communication (01)
  • Goal 2:   Critical Thinking is met when student has completed the 40 credits of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum.
  • Goal 3:   Natural Science (03)
  • Goal 4:   Mathematics/Logical Reasoning (04)
  • Goal 5:   History and the Social and Behavioral Sciences (05)
  • Goal 6:   Humanities – the Arts, Literature and Philosophy (06)
  • Goal 7:   Human Diversity (07)
  • Goal 8:   Global Perspectives (08)
  • Goal 9:   Ethical and Civic Responsibility (09)
  • Goal 10: People and the Environment (10)

When you examine a course and its description in this catalog, these codes will help you determine which of the ten goals is/are met by that course. If you do not see one of the codes, the course is not part of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum. The codes are shown in bold in the following example:

BIOL 1100 Environmental Biology (MnTC 03, 10)

3 credits: 2 hours lecture/week, 2 hours lab/week

This is a one-semester course that introduces students to applied aspects of environmental science. It provides students with a broad overview of the concepts of ecology, systems and interrelationships among organisms and their physical environment, and current issues in environmental science. Students will examine humans’ role in the natural world and the impact of the growth of the human population and the increase in humans’ technological ability to make changes in the world. Students will be encouraged to explore societal, political, economic and personal value systems regarding environmental issues. (Prerequisites: None).

[This course would meet MNTC goals for Critical Thinking, Natural Sciences, and People and the Environment]

The content below provides detailed listings of RCTC courses meeting the specific requirements of each goal area within the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (Goal Areas 1 through 10).