Shimer College

Los Medanos College Transfer Guide



Los Medanos 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 Los Medanos 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 Los Medanos 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 Art: ART-007; ART-008; ART-009; ART-017.

One course from Music: MUSIC-010; MUSIC-015; MUSIC-016; MUSIC-017; MUSIC- 018.

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-100; ENGL-221.

One course from English literature: ENGL-140; ENGL-145; ENGL-230; Humanities: HUMAN-024.


NATURAL SCIENCES ONE: LAWS AND MODELS IN CHEMISTRY: one 5-credit course; or two 3 or 4-credit courses in Chemistry. 

One 5-credit course in Chemistry: CHEM-025; CHEM-026; CHEM-028; CHEM-029.

NATURAL SCIENCES TWO: EVOLUTION, GENETICS, AND ANIMAL BEHAVIOR One 5-credit course in biology, or, two 3- or 4-credit courses in Biology. 

One 5-credit course in Biology:  Biological Sciences: BIOSC-020; BIOSC -021; BIOSC-045.

Two courses from the following list: Anthropology: ANTHR-001; Biological Sciences: BIOSC-007; BIOSC-008; BIOSC-010; BIOSC-030; BIOSC-050.

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: Anthropology 006; Psychology 011; or Sociology 015.  There are three pathways to transfer to Shimer with credit for Social Sciences One.

Pathway One: Take ANTHR-006.

THEN, choose one course from the following list: Child Development: CHDEV-010; Psychology: PSYCH-010; PSYCH-011; PSYCH-014; Sociology: SOCIO-012; SOCIO-015; SOCIO-016.

Pathway Two: Take PSYCH 011.

THEN, choose one course from the following list:  Anthropology: ANTHR-005; ANTHR-006; ANTHR-007;  Sociology: SOCIO-012; SOCIO-015; SOCIO 016.

Pathway Three: Take SOCIO-015.

THEN, choose one course from the following list: Anthropology: ANTHR-005; ANTHR-006; ANTHR-007; Child Development: CHDEV-010; Psychology: PSYCH-010; PSYCH-011; PSYCH-014.

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: POLSC-010; POLSC-020; POLSC-033 or Philosophy: PHIL-033; History: HIST-029; HIST-030.