Course Equivalencies

Transferring Courses to BVU

This guide is designed to help prospective students see how courses at your community college may equate to courses and requirements at BVU. Transferred coursework may be used to satisfy institutional course requirements in the major, minor, concentration, general education or elective categories. Degree requirements and course descriptions do change and these documents are subject to periodical updates. Therefore this guide is based only upon the catalog year noted and is unofficial. Official evaluations will be performed upon receipt of all official college transcripts and/or upon enrollment at BVU.

Current BVU students may also utilize this guide. However, be reminded that students desiring to enroll in another post-secondary institution with the intent of applying credits earned to a BVU degree program must secure written approval in advance of taking the course.

Buena Vista University accepts a maximum of 68 semester hours of credit from 2 year institutions. Depending on programs of study and degrees awarded, we may accept less than 68 hours. A maximum of 16 hours of vocational/technical credit will be accepted.

Course Equation Listings

Notes on BVU Department/Number Coding

BVU Department Codes

  • 0BVU GENERAL STUDIES
  • ACCT ACCOUNTING
  • AHIS AMERICAN HISTORY
  • ALIT AMERICAN LITERATURE
  • ART ART
  • BBBB BLANKET CREDIT FOR V0-TECH PROGRAMS SUBJECT TO 16 MAX
  • BIOL BIOLOGY
  • BUED BUSINESS EDUCATION
  • CHEM CHEMISTRY
  • CHIN CHINESE
  • CMSC COMPUTER SCIENCE
  • COCH COACHING ELECTIVE
  • COMM COMMUNICATION STUDIES
  • CRIM CRIMINAL JUSTICE
  • DIGI DIGITAL MEDIA
  • ECON ECONOMICS
  • EDCO EDUCATION CORE
  • EDUC ELEMENTARY EDUCATION
  • ENGL ENGLISH
  • ENVS ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE
  • EXSC EXERCISE SCIENCE
  • FINA FINE ARTS - ART
  • FINC FINE ARTS - COMM & PERF STUDIES
  • FINE FINE ARTS
  • FINM FINE ARTS - MUSIC
  • FNBK FINANCE & BANKING
  • FORN FOREIGN LANGUAGE
  • FREN FRENCH
  • GWST GENDER & WOMEN'S STUDIES
  • GENS GENERAL SCIENCE
  • GEOG GEOGRAPHY
  • GERN GERMAN
  • GDES GRAPHIC DESIGN/VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS
  • HIST HISTORY
  • HUMN HUMANITIES TOWARD GEN ED
  • ITAL ITALIAN
  • JAPN JAPANESE
  • LITR LITERATURE
  • MATH MATH
  • MGMT MANAGEMENT
  • MRKT MARKETING
  • MDST MEDIA STUDIES
  • MUSC MUSIC
  • NSMA MATH TOWARDS GEN ED
  • PHIL PHILOSOPHY
  • PHYS PHYSICS
  • PSCN POLITICAL SCIENCE
  • PSPA PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION
  • PSYC PSYCHOLOGY
  • RELI RELIGION
  • RUSN RUSSIAN
  • SCIO SCIENCE TOWARD GEN ED
  • SCWK SOCIAL WORK
  • SEDU SECONDARY EDUCATION
  • SOCI SOCIOLOGY
  • SOCS SOCIAL SCIENCE TOWARD GEN ED
  • SPAN SPANISH
  • SSEC SOCIAL SCIENCE GEN ED ECONOMICS
  • THEA THEATRE
  • WHIS WORLD HISTORY
  • WLIT WORLD LITERATURE

Department followed by 1XX,2XX is an elective within that department. Elective without department attached is hours toward graduation only.

Number Codes

  • 1XX - 100 LEVEL ELECTIVE
  • 2XX - 200 LEVEL ELECTIVE
  • 100-499 - COURSE EQUATION
  • XXX - VO-TECH CREDITS SUBJECT TO 16 MAX