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Transitional Studies

Program Description

Transitional Studies (or developmental) courses, which are for college credit, are intended to provide the fundamental preparation for college-level work. The Transitional Studies Program is not a degree or certificate program itself, nor do the courses count towards a degree, although they do qualify for federal financial aid for up to 30 credits.

Educational Advancement Opportunities

Transitional Studies credit courses are offered in series. Upon the successful completion of the Transitional English courses, the student will register into ENGL 110 for college credit. Mathematics courses follow a similar pattern beginning with MATH 100 or MATH 021/022 (MATH 021/022 together are equivalent to MATH 100). Depending on the student’s major, the student will register into MATH 101, MATH 120, MATH 115, or MATH 111 after successfully completing MATH 100. In addition, there are academic courses that are co-requisites to the English and mathematics courses. Opportunities are available for acceleration in both Transitional English and Transitional Mathematics courses. Candidates must be motivated and prepared to work at a high level to be successful in any accelerated course.

Program Requirements

Students must successfully complete Transitional MATH and ENGL courses before registering into college-level mathematics and English courses. ENGL 110 is a suggested prerequisite for many college courses, such as Anthropology, Art History, History, and Sociology. This is due to the quality of writing and research skills expected to be successful in the courses. MATH 120 or MATH 102 are prerequisite courses for college-level, transfer courses such as STAT 145 and MATH 121.  Students are placed into these series of courses according to their placement scores on the ACCUPLACER or ACT. The Learning Commons offers tutoring to students who want to improve their ACCUPLACER scores.

Program Learning Goals

Transitional Studies provides students with research-based instruction with an end to provide them with the preparation necessary to be successful in college-level work. All course syllabi include course learning objectives indicating the skills and behaviors the student should know and be able to perform upon successful completion of each course. Upon successful completion of the required Transitional Studies courses, students will demonstrate that they have developed the ability to:

1. Successfully complete MATH 101 and MATH 102 or MATH 120 (Note: MATH 101/102/103 are the equivalent of MATH 120), MATH 115, or MATH 111 and ENGL 110.

2. Apply effective strategies for critical thinking, study skills, mathematical problem solving, college-level writing and reading including the use of Internet and library resources.


Information about the Transitional Studies program is available from the Advisement Center at 505.925.8560 or

Initial Placement Scores for Transitional Studies Courses:

CourseCredit HoursAccuplacer / ACT Minimum Scores
Adult Education Math-Arithmetic 20-34/</=13
MATH 021, 100, 1934 and 2Arithmetic 35-101/16-18
MATH 101, 120, 111, 1153Arithmetic 102-120; Elem. Alg. 41-65/19-21
Accelerated MATH 120/121, 129, STAT 1453+3, 3Elem. Alg. 66-103/22-24
MATH 121, 129, STAT 1453Elem. Alg. 104-120; College-Level Math 37-68/22-24
MATH 123, 1503College-Level Math 69-99/>24
MATH 1803College-Level Math 69-99/>25
MATH 162, PHYC 1514College-Level Math >99/>/=28 (plus credit for MATH 123)

Review for placement-<55
ENGL 100 and UNIV 1014 and 355-68/=/<18
Subject to Combined Reading and Writing369-120/=/<19

Combined Reading and Writing

Review for placement-</=99/</=13
ENGL 1133100-149/14-18
ENGL 1103150+/19+