Shimer College




Monterey Peninsula 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 MPC 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 MPC 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 History: ARTH 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 14, 15.

One course from Music: MUSI 1, 10A, 10B, 10C, 10D.

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 1A or 111.

One course from English literature: ENGL 1B, 5, 11, 17, 22, 24, 40, 41, 42, 44, 45, 46, 47, 49; Women’s Studies: WOMN 11.



NATURAL SCIENCES ONE: LAWS AND MODELS IN CHEMISTRY: one 5-credit course in Chemistry. 

One course from Chemistry: CHEM 1A, 1B, 10, 12, 12A, 12B.


NATURAL SCIENCES TWO: EVOLUTION, GENETICS, AND ANIMAL BEHAVIOR: one 5- credit course from Biology: BIOL 21, 22; or two 3-credit courses in Biology.  Anatomy: ANAT 5; Anthropology: ANTH 2, 8; BIOL 10, 30; Physiology: PHSO 1.


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 4; Psychology 1; or Sociology 1.  There are three pathways to transfer to Shimer with credit for Social Sciences One.

Pathway One: Take ANTH 4,

THEN, choose one course from the following list: Early Childhood Education: ECED 1;  Psychology: PSYC 1, 3, 6, 25, 35; Sociology: SOCI 1, 2, 3, 11, 12, 13, 14, 17, 40.

Pathway Two: Take PSYC 1,

THEN, choose one course from the following list:  Anthropology: ANTH 4, 15, 20, 30; Sociology: SOCI 1, 2, 3, 11, 12, 13, 14, 17, 40.

Pathway Three: Take SOCI 1,

THEN, choose one course from the following list: Anthropology: ANT 4, 6, 15, 20, 30; Early Childhood Education: ECED 1; Psychology: PSYC 1, 3, 6, 25, 35.


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: POLS 1, 2, 3, 10, 16; History: HIST 17, 18.