Minnesota Transfer Curriculum

Each institution within the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (Minnesota State) system certifies the courses for the ten goal areas within the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC). Students choose courses in each goal area as required by the institution where they are intending to complete the MnTC. To complete the entire MnTC, students must earn a minimum of 40 credits in the ten goal areas, as well as the requirements for each of the goal areas. Passing grades (A-D) for MnTC courses apply including transfer courses; however, a cumulative MnTC GPA of 2.0 is required to complete the entire 40 credit package. There may be specific MnTC courses that require a minimum grade.

Note: Beginning January 1, 2002, all MnTC courses, goal areas, and completed MnTC (40 credits) offered by the Minnesota State institutions must transfer to other Minnesota State institutions into the goal areas as designated by original sending institution. The University of Minnesota honors completion of the entire MnTC package; however, if the entire MnTC package is not completed, MnTC courses are evaluated on a course-by-course basis.

Core Goal Areas

Goal: To develop writers and speakers who use the English language effectively and who read, write, speak and listen critically. As a base, all students should complete introductory communication requirements early in their collegiate studies. Writing competency is an ongoing process to be reinforced through writing-intensive courses and writing across the curriculum. Speaking and listening skills need reinforcement through multiple opportunities for interpersonal communication, public speaking, and discussion.

Students will be able to:

  • Understand/demonstrate the writing and speaking processes through invention, organization, drafting, revision, editing and presentation.
  • Participate effectively in groups with emphasis on listening, critical and reflective thinking, and responding.
  • Locate, evaluate, and synthesize in a responsible manner material from diverse sources and points of view.
  • Select appropriate communication choices for specific audiences.
  • Construct logical and coherent arguments.
  • Use authority, point-of-view, and individual voice and style in their writing and speaking.
  • Employ syntax and usage appropriate to academic disciplines and the professional world.

RRCC Requirement:

MNTC GOAL 1: Written and Oral Communication. Three courses; 9 credits minimum. [#] indicates additional MNTC Goal Area met by this course.

  • ENGL1010Composition I, 3 cr.
  • ENGL1020Composition II, 3 cr.

One additional course from the following:

  • COMM 1000Intro to Communication, 3 cr.
  • COMM 1010 Interpersonal Communication, 3 cr.
  • COMM 1020 Public Speaking, 3 cr.
  • COMM 1040Intercultural Communication, 3 cr. [7]
  • COMM 1060 Small Group Communication, 3 cr.


Goal: To develop thinkers who are able to unify factual, creative, rational, and value-sensitive modes of thought. Critical thinking will be taught and used throughout the general education curriculum in order to develop students' awareness of their own thinking and problem-solving procedures. To integrate new skills into their customary ways of thinking, students must be actively engaged in practicing thinking skills and applying them to open-ended problems.

Students will be able to:

  • Gather factual information and apply it to a given problem in a manner that is relevant, clear, comprehensive, and conscious of possible bias in the information selected.
  • Imagine and seek out a variety of possible goals, assumptions, interpretations, or perspectives which can give alternative meanings or solutions to given situations or problems.
  • Analyze the logical connections among the facts, goals, and implicit assumptions relevant to a problem or claim; generate and evaluate implications that follow from them.
  • Recognize and articulate the value assumptions which underlie and affect decisions, interpretations, analyses, and evaluations made by ourselves and others.

RRCC Requirement:

MNTC GOAL 2:Critical Thinking. Embedded in all courses of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum.


Goal: To improve students' understanding of natural science principles and of the methods of scientific inquiry, i.e., the ways in which scientists investigate natural science phenomena. As a basis for lifelong learning, students need to know the vocabulary of science and to realize that while a set of principles has been developed through the work of previous scientists, ongoing scientific inquiry and new knowledge will bring changes in some of the ways scientists view the world. By studying the problems that engage today's scientists, students learn to appreciate the importance of science in their lives and to understand the value of a scientific perspective. Students should be encouraged to study both the biological and physical sciences.

Students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate understanding of scientific theories.
  • Formulate and test hypotheses by performing laboratory, simulation, or field experiments in at least two of the natural science disciplines. One of these experimental components should develop, in greater depth, students' laboratory experience in the collection of data, its statistical and graphical analysis, and an appreciation of its sources of error and uncertainty.
  • Communicate their experimental findings, analyses, and interpretations both orally and in writing.
  • Evaluate societal issues from a natural science perspective, ask questions about the evidence presented, and make informed judgments about science-related topics and policies.

RRCC Requirement:

MNTC GOAL 3: Natural Sciences. Two courses; 7 credits minimum. One course must have a lab. [#] indicates additional MNTC Goal Area met by this course.

  • BIOL1085 Intro to Biology, 3 cr.[10]
  • BIOL1110 Human Biology, 4 cr.
  • BIOL1200 Environmental Science, 4 cr.[10]
  • BIOL1500 Biology of Cells, 4 cr.
  • BIOL1550 Biology of Organisms, 4 cr.[10]
  • BIOL2000 Human Anatomy/Physiology I, 4 cr.
  • BIOL 2010 Human Anatomy/Physiology II, 4 cr.
  • BIOL 2040 Ecology, 4 cr. [10]
  • BIOL 2300 Microbiology, 4 cr.
  • CHEM 1050 Intro to Chemistry, 4 cr. [10]
  • CHEM 1090 Principles of Chemistry I, 5 cr.
  • CHEM 1100 Principles of Chemistry II, 5 cr.
  • CHEM 1700 Intro to Organic & Biochemistry, 4 cr.
  • SCI 1020 Scientific Inquiry, 4 cr.
  • SCI 1140 Forensic Science, 4 cr. [10]
  • SCI 1200 Science and Society, 3 cr. [9]
  • SCI 1300 Earth Science, 4 cr.

Goal: To improve students' understanding of natural science principles and of the methods of scientific inquiry, i.e., the ways in which scientists investigate natural science phenomena. As a basis for lifelong learning, students need to know the vocabulary of science and to realize that while a set of principles has been developed through the work of previous scientists, ongoing scientific inquiry and new knowledge will bring changes in some of the ways scientists view the world. By studying the problems that engage today's scientists, students learn to appreciate the importance of science in their lives and to understand the value of a scientific perspective. Students should be encouraged to study both the biological and physical sciences.

Students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate understanding of scientific theories.
  • Formulate and test hypotheses by performing laboratory, simulation, or field experiments in at least two of the natural science disciplines. One of these experimental components should develop, in greater depth, students' laboratory experience in the collection of data, its statistical and graphical analysis, and an appreciation of its sources of error and uncertainty.
  • Communicate their experimental findings, analyses, and interpretations both orally and in writing.
  • Evaluate societal issues from a natural science perspective, ask questions about the evidence presented, and make informed judgments about science-related topics and policies.

RRCC Requirement:

MNTC GOAL 4: Mathematics/Symbolic Systems. One course; 3 credits minimum.

  • MATH 1145 College Algebra, 4 cr.
  • MATH 1170 Pre-Calculus, 5 cr.
  • MATH 1200 Liberal Arts Math, 4 cr.
  • MATH 2200 Probability & Statistics, 4 cr.
  • MATH 2220 Calculus I, 5 cr.
  • MATH 2230 Calculus II, 5 cr.
  • MATH 2240 Calculus III, 4 cr.

Goal: To increase students' knowledge of how historians and social and behavioral scientists discover, describe, and explain the behaviors and interactions among individuals, groups, institutions, events, and ideas. Such knowledge will better equip students to understand themselves and the roles they play in addressing the issues facing humanity.

Students will be able to:

  • Employ the methods and data that historians and social and behavioral scientists use to investigate the human condition.
  • Examine social institutions and processes across a range of historical periods and cultures.
  • Use and critique alternative explanatory systems or theories.
  • Develop and communicate alternative explanations or solutions for contemporary social issues.

RRCC Requirement:

MNTC GOAL 5: History and the Social and Behavioral Sciences. Two courses from two disciplines; 6 credits minimum. [#] indicates additional MNTC Goal Area met by this course.

  • ANTH 1102 Cultural Anthropology, 3 cr.[8]
  • ANTH1105Sports and Culture[7]
  • ECON1101Introduction to Economics, 3 cr.[8]
  • ECON 2101Macroeconomics, 3 cr.[8]
  • ECON 2102Microeconomics, 3 cr.[9]
  • GEOG 2100Intro to Physical Geography, 3 cr.[10]
  • HIST 1121 World History I, 3 cr. [8]
  • HIST 1122 World History II, 3 cr. [8]
  • HIST 1245 Modern European History I, 3 cr. [8]
  • HIST 1255 Modern European History II, 3 cr. [8]
  • HIST 1345 American History I, 3 cr. [7]
  • HIST 1355 American History II, 3 cr. [7]
  • HIST 1400 History of World War II, 3 cr. [8]
  • HIST 1500 Native American History, 3 cr. [8]
  • HIST 1600 Vietnam War, 3 cr. [8]
  • HIST 2000 Minnesota History, 3 cr. [9]
  • HUM 1100 Multicultural Studies, 3 cr. [8]
  • INDG 1010 Intro to Indigenous Studies, 3 cr. [7]
  • INDG 2500 Contemp. Issues Indigenous, 3 cr. [7]
  • PSCI 1310 American Govt. & Politics, 3 cr. [9]
  • PSCI 1350 State & Local Government, 3 cr. [9]
  • PSCI 2000 International Relations, 3 cr. [8]
  • PSYC 1020 General Psychology, 3 cr. [7]
  • PSYC 2300 Abnormal Psychology, 3 cr.
  • PSYC 2400 Lifespan Development, 3 cr. [7]
  • PSYC/SOC 2020 Social Psychology, 3 cr. [9]
  • SOC 1100 Intro to Sociology, 3 cr. [7]
  • SOC 1200 Intro to Criminal Justice, 3 cr. [9]
  • SOC 2100 Mass Media Studies, 3 cr. [7]
  • SOC 2200 Social Problems, 3 cr. [7]
  • SOC 2500 Sociocultural Diversity, 3 cr. [7]
  • SOC 2700 Criminology, 3 cr. [9]

Goal: To expand students' knowledge of the human condition and human cultures, especially in relation to behavior, ideas, and values expressed in works of human imagination and thought. Through study in disciplines such as literature, philosophy, and the fine arts, students will engage in critical analysis, form aesthetic judgments, and develop an appreciation of the arts and humanities as fundamental to the health and survival of any society. Students should have experiences in both the arts and humanities.

Students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate awareness of the scope and variety of works in the arts and humanities.
  • Understand those works as expressions of individual and human values within a historical and social context.
  • Respond critically to works in the arts and humanities.
  • Engage in the creative process or interpretive performance.
  • Articulate an informed personal reaction to works in the arts and humanities.

RRCC Requirement:

MNTC GOAL 6: Humanities, the Arts, Literature, and Philosophy. One course from each group; 6 credits minimum. [#] indicates additional MNTC Goal Area met by this course.

Group A

  • ART1010Community Ceramics, 1 cr.
  • ART 1420 Drawing, 3 cr.
  • ART 1520Intro to Sculpture, 3 cr.
  • ART 2520 Ceramics, 3 cr.
  • ART 2720 Painting, 3 cr.
  • INDG1020Native American Arts & Practices, 3 cr.
  • ENGL1150 Creative Writing, 3 cr.
  • MCOM 1100 Intro to Photography, 3 cr.

Group B

  • ART 1030 Art Appreciation, 3 cr.
  • ART 1040 Intro to Art, 3 cr.
  • ENGL 1160 Creative Writing: Genres 3 cr.
  • ENGL 1170 Film as Narrative, 3 cr.
  • ENGL 1300 Environmental Literature, 3 cr. [10]
  • ENGL 1400 World Literature, 3 cr. [8]
  • ENGL 1600 Multicultural American Lit, 3 cr. [7]
  • ENGL 2200 Introduction to Literary Studies
  • ENGL 2300 African American Literature, 3 cr. [7]
  • ENGL 2310 American Lit. of 19th Century, 3 cr.
  • ENGL 2330 Science Fiction, 3 cr. [9]
  • ENGL 2390 American Indian Literature, 3 cr. [7]
  • PHIL 1010 Death, Dying, & Grief, 2 cr.
  • PHIL 1020 Foundations of Philosophy, 3 cr. [9]
  • PHIL 1040 Environmental Philosophy, 3 cr. [10]
  • PHIL 1050 Introduction to Ethics, 3 cr. [9]
  • PHIL 1060 Exploring World Religions, 3 cr. [8]
  • PHIL 1070 Exploring Spirituality, 3 cr. [8]

Theme Goal Areas

Goal: To increase students' understanding of individual and group differences (e.g. race, gender, class) and their knowledge of the traditions and values of various groups in the United States. Students should be able to evaluate the United States' historical and contemporary responses to group differences.

Students will be able to:

  • Understand the development of and the changing meanings of group identities in the United States' history and culture.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the individual and institutional dynamics of unequal power relations between groups in contemporary society.
  • Analyze their own attitudes, behaviors, concepts and beliefs regarding diversity, racism, and bigotry.
  • Describe and discuss the experience and contributions (political, social, economic, etc.) of the many groups that shape American society and culture, in particular those groups that have suffered discrimination and exclusion.
  • Demonstrate communication skills necessary for living and working effectively in a society with great population diversity.

RRCC Requirement:

MNTC GOAL 7: Human Diversity. Any course. [#] indicates additional MNTC Goal Area met by this course.

  • ANTH 1105 [5]
  • COMM 1040 [1]
  • ENGL 1600 [6B]
  • ENGL 2300 [6B]
  • ENGL 2390 [6B]
  • HIST 1345 [5]
  • HIST 1355 [5]
  • INDG 1010 [5]
  • INDG 2500 [5]
  • PSYC 2400 [5]
  • PSYC 1020 [5]
  • SOC 2100 [5]
  • SOC 1100 [5]
  • SOC 2200 [5]
  • SOC 2500 [5]

Goal: To increase students' understanding of the growing interdependence of nations and peoples and develop their ability to apply a comparative perspective to cross-cultural social, economic and political experiences.

Students will be able to:

  • Describe and analyze political, economic, and cultural elements which influence relations of states and societies in their historical and contemporary dimensions.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of cultural, social, religious and linguistic differences.
  • Analyze specific international problems, illustrating the cultural, economic, and political differences that affect their solution.
  • Understand the role of a world citizen and the responsibility world citizens share for their common global future.

RRCC Requirement:

MNTC GOAL 8: Global Perspective. Any course. [#] indicates additional MNTC Goal Area met by this course.

  • ANSH 1010 Anishinaabe Language I, 4 cr.
  • ANSH 1020 Anishinaabe Language II, 4 cr.
  • ANTH 1102 [5]
  • ECON 1101 [5]
  • ECON 2101 [5]
  • ENGL 1400 [6B]
  • HIST 1121 [5]
  • HIST 1122 [5]
  • HIST 1245 [5]
  • HIST 1255 [5]
  • HIST 1400 [5]
  • HIST 1500 [5]
  • HIST 1600 [5]
  • HUM 1100 [5]
  • PHIL 1060 [6B]
  • PHIL 1070 [6B]
  • PSCI 2000 [5]
  • SPAN 1015 Beginning Spanish I, 5 cr.
  • SPAN 1025 Beginning Spanish II, 5 cr.
  • SPAN 2020 Intermediate Spanish I, 4 cr.
  • SPAN 2030 Intermediate Spanish II, 4 cr.

Goal: To develop students' capacity to identify, discuss, and reflect upon the ethical dimensions of political, social, and personal life and to understand the ways in which they can exercise responsible and productive citizenship. While there are diverse views of social justice or the common good in a pluralistic society, students should learn that responsible citizenship requires them to develop skills to understand their own and others' positions, be part of the free exchange of ideas, and function as public-minded citizens.

Students will be able to:

  • Examine, articulate, and apply their own ethical views.
  • Understand and apply core concepts (e.g. politics, rights and obligations, justice, liberty) to specific issues.
  • Analyze and reflect on the ethical dimensions of legal, social, and scientific issues.
  • Recognize the diversity of political motivations and interests of others.
  • Identify ways to exercise the rights and responsibilities of citizenship.

RRCC Requirement:

MNTC GOAL 9: Ethical and Civic Responsibility. Any course. [#] indicates additional MNTC Goal Area met by this course.

  • ECON 2102 [5]
  • ENGL 2330 [6B]
  • HIST 2000 [5]
  • PHIL 1020 [6B]
  • PHIL 1050 [6B]
  • PSCI 1310 [5]
  • PSCI 1350 [5]
  • PSYC 2020 [5]
  • SCI 1200 [3]
  • SOC 1200 [5]
  • SOC 2020 [5]
  • SOC 2700 [5]

Goal: To improve students' understanding of today's complex environmental challenges. Students will examine the inter-relatedness of human society and the natural environment. Knowledge of both bio-physical principles and socio-cultural systems is the foundation for integrative and critical thinking about environmental issues.

Students will be able to:

  • Explain the basic structure and function of various natural ecosystems and of human adaptive strategies within those systems.
  • Discern patterns and interrelationships of bio-physical and socio-cultural systems.
  • Describe the basic institutional arrangements (social, legal, political, economic, religious) that are evolving to deal with environmental and natural resource challenges.
  • Evaluate critically environmental and natural resource issues in light of understandings about interrelationships, ecosystems, and institutions.
  • Propose and assess alternative solutions to environmental problems.
  • Articulate and defend the actions they would take on various environmental issues.

RRCC Requirement:

MNTC GOAL 10: People and the Environment. Any course. [#] indicates additional MNTC Goal Area met by this course.

  • BIOL 1085 [3]
  • BIOL 1200 [3]
  • BIOL 1550 [3]
  • BIOL 2040 [3]
  • CHEM 1050 [3]
  • ENGL 1300 [6B]
  • GEOG 2100 [5]
  • PHIL 1040 [6B]
  • SCI 1140 [3]