Shimer College




Highland Community College


Students with 60 or more credits may transfer in courses toward the Shimer College Bachelor of Science degree that count for Shimer College’s lower-level (1- and 2-level) Core courses, except for Integrative Studies 2.  Shimer College’s lower-level Core Courses are five-credit courses.  Typically, this means that 2 3-credit Highland courses that count for the Core Courses designated below will be equivalent to one Shimer Core Course, and the remaining credit will be a lower-level elective credit in the Humanities, Natural Sciences, or Social Sciences as appropriate. Special Topics Courses and Independent Studies courses may be accepted for Shimer credit. 

The Highland courses eligible to transfer in as Shimer Core Course Equivalences are listed below:


HUMANITIES ONE: ART AND MUSIC: two 3-credit courses, one in Art and one in Music.

One course from Fine Arts: ART 110; ART 215; ART 216.

One course from Music: MUS 150; MUS 161; MUS 162; MUS 261; MUS 262; MUS 267.


HUMANITIES TWO: POETRY, DRAMA, AND FICTION: one 3-credit course in Composition and one 3-credit course in Literature.  Two 3-credit literature courses may be accepted if there is a substantial writing component in at least one of them.

One composition course from English: ENGL 122.

One course from English literature: ENGL 222; ENGL 223; ENGL 224; ENGL 225; ENGL 226; ENGL 227; ENGL 228; ENGL 229.




NATURAL SCIENCES ONE: LAWS AND MODELS IN CHEMISTRY: One 5-credit course,  or two 3-credit courses in Chemistry. 

One 5- credit or 2 3-or 4o credit courses of Chemistry from the following list: CHEM 120; CHEM 123; CHEM 124;; CHEM 220; CHEM 221; CHEM 222.



Two courses from the following list: Biology: BIOL 109; BIOL 110; BIOL 111; BIOL 112; BIOL 116; BIOL 120; BIOL 211; BIOL 213; BIOL 214.


SOCIAL SCIENCES ONE: SOCIETY, CULTURE, AND PERSONALITY:  two 3-credit courses in the social sciences: at least one must be introductory; the other must be from a different department.  You must therefore choose one of the following introductory courses: Sociology 177; Psychology 161; or Sociology 171.  There are three pathways to transfer to Shimer with credit for Social Sciences One.

Pathway One: Take SOC 177.

THEN, choose one course from the following list: Early Childhood Education: ECE 122;  Psychology: PSY 161; PSY 162; PSY 260; PSY  261; PSY 262; PSY 264; PSY 268; Sociology: SOC 171; SOC 271; SOC 274; SOC 275; SOC 276.

Pathway Two: Take PSY 161.

THEN, choose one course from the following list:  Sociology: SOC 171; SOC 177; SOC 271; SOC 274; SOC 275; SOC 276.

Pathway Three: Take SOC 171

THEN, choose one course from the following list: Sociology: SOC 177; Early Childhood Education: ECE 122; Psychology: PSY 161; PSY 162; PSY 260; PSY 261; PSY 262 PSY 264; PSY 268.


SOCIAL SCIENCES TWO: THE WESTERN POLITICAL TRADITION:  two 3-credit courses in classical political theory and American politics.

Two courses from the following list, one of which must be a course in Political Science: Political Science: POL 151; POL 152; POL 255; POL 257; History: HIST 143; HIST 144; HIST 145; HIST 233; HIST 247.