Shimer College

Sauk Valley

imageSauk Valley Community College Transfer Guide


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 Sauk Valley 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 Sauk Valley 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 119; ART 121; ART 122.

One course from Music: MUS 101; MUS 111, MUS 112, MUS 150; MUS 201; MUS 211; MUS 212.


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: ENG 101; ENG 103.

One course from English literature: ENG 160; ENG; 201; ENG 203; ENG 212; ENG 225; ENG 226; ENG 227; ENG 228.




NATURAL SCIENCES ONE: LAWS AND MODELS IN CHEMISTRY: one 5-credit course in Chemistry: CHE 105; CHE 106; CHE 201; CHE 202.


NATURAL SCIENCES TWO: EVOLUTION, GENETICS, AND ANIMAL BEHAVIOR: one 5-credit course in Biology: BIO 105,or two or more 3-4 credit courses in Biology from the following list: BIO 109, BIO 110, BIO 111, BIO 131.


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 115; Psychology 103; or Sociology 111.  There are three pathways to transfer to Shimer with credit for Social Sciences One.

Pathway One: Take SOC 115,

THEN, choose one course from the following list: Psychology: PSY 103; PSY 200; PSY 214; PSY 215; PSY 217; Sociology: SOC 111; SOC 112 ; SOC 251.

Pathway Two: Take PSY 103,

THEN, choose one course from the following list:  Sociology: SOC 111; SOC 112; SOC 115; SOC 116; SOC 251.

Pathway Three: Take SOC 111,

THEN, choose one course from the following list: Psychology: PSY 103; PSY 200; PSY 214; PSY 215; PSY 217; SOC 115; SOC 116.


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 Government:  GOV 163; GOV 164; HIS 221; HIS 222.