A maximum of 72 hours from a community college may be applied to a General Studies degree. Credit hours from other 4-year institutions may be applied beyond the 72 hour limit; however, the last 30 hours of applicable coursework must be taken in residence at Texas Tech University.
The General Studies program requires that a minimum of 9 hours in each area of study be taken in residence at Texas Tech University, so only 9 hours of transfer credit may apply to each area of study.
In order to be eligible to graduate with honors status, 48 of the total applied hours and all hours taken during the student’s senior year must be taken in residence at Texas Tech University.
Prospective students may use the online Transfer Equivalency Tool to see how their courses may transfer in to TTU. This tool is not an official assessment of how credits from other institutions may be received at Texas Tech; the Registrar's Office must evaluate an official transcript before confirming transfer equivalency.
Only TTU equivalent courses may apply to the core curriculum, general education, or areas of study requirements of a General Studies degree. Courses which have no TTU equivalent are called block credit. This kind of credit appears on your TTU transcript as the course department followed by the class level and three dashes (ex: HIST 1--- is a freshman level block credit History course). Block credit may only apply to elective hours, if they are needed to fulfill degree requirements.
Core block credit and English LIT block credit are specific types block credit which may be accepted for use in the core curriculum, general education, or areas of study requirements of a General Studies degree.
Core block credit is a transfer course which counted as a core curriculum class at a public Texas institution where it was originally taken. State law requires that such courses fulfill the same core requirement at any other public Texas institution, so core block credit is permitted in a General Studies degree. Core block credit appears on your TTU transcript as the course department followed by CORE.