(April 8, 2019) - South Central College (SCC) is announcing two new Transfer Pathway degrees, which directly link programs at SCC to related programs at the seven Minnesota State universities. This fall, SCC is adding a new Biology Transfer Pathway degree and an Economics Transfer Pathway degree.  Fall semester begins on August 26, 2019, with applications currently being accepted.  

Minnesota State Transfer Pathway associate degrees enable students to complete the first two years of a 4-year bachelor’s degree at a Minnesota State community college like South Central College and then transfer to a designated program at a Minnesota State university to complete their final two years. After graduating with a Transfer Pathway associate degree from South Central College, students are guaranteed admittance into one of the seven Minnesota State universities, entering with junior year status with many of their general education requirements and program prerequisite classes already satisfied. The seven Minnesota State universities include Minnesota State University, Mankato; Metropolitan State University, Southwest Minnesota State University, Winona State University, St. Cloud State University, Bemidji State University and Minnesota State University Moorhead.

Students earning a Biology Transfer Pathway Associate of Science degree at SCC may transfer their credits toward a corresponding bachelor’s degree in biology or life sciences. Those transferring from SCC with the Economics Transfer Pathway Associate of Arts degree can choose to pursue a corresponding bachelor’s degree in economics. The Transfer Pathway associate degree gives students the assurance that all 60 of the credits they earn at SCC will count towards their designated bachelor’s degree.

“Transfer Pathways enable students to benefit from the smaller class sizes, expert instruction, personalized attention and lower tuition of a Minnesota community college like SCC and then transfer seamlessly into their chosen bachelor’s degree program at a Minnesota State system university like Minnesota State University, Mankato or Metropolitan State University,” said Dr. Annette Parker, president of South Central College. “This will result in more students in our region being able to take advantage of the strong bachelor’s degree programs we have at our Minnesota State system universities.”   

“Transfer Pathways are one of the benefits of being a part of the Minnesota State system, where our 30 colleges and seven universities work together to ensure the highest level of educational options for our students,” continued Dr. Parker.

The addition of the new Biology and Economics options brings the number of Minnesota State Transfer Pathway programs available at SCC to five. In fall 2017, SCC rolled out its first Minnesota State Transfer Pathway degree in Business. In fall 2018, the college began offering Communication Studies and Pre-Social Work Transfer Pathway degrees.