Transferring Courses to BVU

This guide is designed to help prospective students see how courses at your community college may equate to courses and requirements at BVU. Transferred coursework may be used to satisfy institutional course requirements in the major, minor, concentration, general education or elective categories. Degree requirements and course descriptions do change and these documents are subject to periodical updates.  Therefore this guide is based only upon the catalog year noted and is unofficial. Official evaluations will be performed upon receipt of all official college transcripts and/or upon enrollment at BVU.

Current BVU students may also utilize this guide. However, be reminded that students desiring to enroll in another post-secondary institution with the intent of applying credits earned to a BVU degree program must secure written approval in advance of taking the course.

Buena Vista University accepts a maximum of 68 semester hours of credit from 2 year institutions.  Depending on programs of study and degrees awarded, we may accept less than 68 hours.  A maximum of 16 hours of vocational/technical credit will be accepted.

Course Equation Listings:

American Institute of Business (AIB), Des Moines, IA
Dana College, Blair, NE
Des Moines Area Community College, Ankeny, IA
Ellsworth Community College (Iowa Valley) Iowa Falls, IA
Hawkeye Community College, Waterloo, IA
Indian Hills Community College, Ottumwa, IA
Iowa Central Community College, Fort Dodge, IA
Iowa Lakes Community College, Estherville, IA
Iowa Western Community College, Council Bluffs, IA
Kaplan University
Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids, IA
Marshalltown Community College (Iowa Valley) Marshalltown, IA
Metropolitan Community College, Omaha, NE
Minnesota West Community College, Worthington, MN
Moberly Community College, Moberly, Missouri
North Iowa Area Community College, Mason City, IA
Northeast Community College, Norfolk, NE
Northeast Iowa Community College, Calmar/Peosta, IA
Northwest Iowa Community College, Sheldon, IA
Southeastern Community College, West Burlington, IA
Southwestern Community College, Creston, IA
Western Iowa Tech Community College, Sioux City, IA

Notes on BVU Department/Number Coding

BVU DEPARTMENT CODES
0BVU GENERAL STUDIES
ACCT ACCOUNTING
AHIS AMERICAN HISTORY
ALIT AMERICAN LITERATURE
ART ART
BBBB BLANKET CREDIT FOR V0-TECH PROGRAMS SUBJECT TO 16 MAX
BIOL BIOLOGY
BUED BUSINESS EDUCATION
CHEM CHEMISTRY
CHIN CHINESE
CMSC COMPUTER SCIENCE
COCH COACHING ELECTIVE
COMM COMMUNICATION STUDIES
CRIM CRIMINAL JUSTICE
DIGI DIGITAL MEDIA
ECON ECONOMICS
EDCO EDUCATION CORE
EDUC ELEMENTARY EDUCATION
ENGL ENGLISH
ENVS ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE
EXSC EXERCISE SCIENCE
FINA FINE ARTS - ART
FINC FINE ARTS - COMM & PERF STUDIES
FINE FINE ARTS
FINM FINE ARTS - MUSIC
FNBK FINANCE & BANKING
FORN FOREIGN LANGUAGE
FREN FRENCH
GWST GENDER & WOMEN'S STUDIES
GENS GENERAL SCIENCE
GEOG GEOGRAPHY
GERN GERMAN
GDES GRAPHIC DESIGN/VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS
HIST HISTORY
HUMN HUMANITIES TOWARD GEN ED
ITAL ITALIAN
JAPN JAPANESE
LITR LITERATURE
MATH MATH
MGMT MANAGEMENT
MRKT MARKETING
MDST MEDIA STUDIES
MUSC MUSIC
NSMA MATH TOWARDS GEN ED
PHIL PHILOSOPHY
PHYS PHYSICS
PSCN POLITICAL SCIENCE
PSPA PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION
PSYC PSYCHOLOGY
RELI RELIGION
RUSN RUSSIAN
SCIO SCIENCE TOWARD GEN ED
SCWK SOCIAL WORK
SEDU SECONDARY EDUCATION
SOCI SOCIOLOGY
SOCS SOCIAL SCIENCE TOWARD GEN ED
SPAN SPANISH
SSEC SOCIAL SCIENCE GEN ED ECONOMICS
THEA THEATRE
WHIS WORLD HISTORY
WLIT WORLD LITERATURE

Department Followed By 1XX,2XX Is An Elective Within That Department

Elective without department attached is hours toward Graduation only. NUMBER CODES
1XX
- 100 LEVEL ELECTIVE
2XX - 200 LEVEL ELECTIVE
100-499 - COURSE EQUATION
XXX - VO-TECH CREDITS SUBJECT TO 16 MAX