100.0 III-7.20 UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND SYSTEM POLICY ON UNDERGRADUATE 
  GENERAL EDUCATION TRANSFERABILITY BETWEEN UMS INSTITUTIONS
 
 
  (Approved by the Board of Regents June 10, 1994)
 
  Among the benefits to students inherent in attending a University of
  Maryland System institution is the opportunity to move beyond the walls of
  the original admitting institution to take advantage of the full resources
  of the UMS.  In some instances, students may elect to transfer to another
  institution within the System.  Such transfer should be possible without
  loss of credit, redundant course work and consequent unnecessary cost.
 
  In recognition of the principle that the appropriate application of general
  education course credit towards degree completion enhances the efficiency
  of the transfer process, UMS institutions will facilitate students' inter-
  institutional transfer by allowing them to use completed general education
  requirements at one System institution to meet general education
  requirements at any System degree-granting institution, as specified
  below.
 
        I.    Students who complete general education requirements which
              include course work in each of the areas of a) arts and
              humanities, b) English composition, c) social and behavioral
              sciences, d) mathematics and e) biological or physical sciences
              at a University of Maryland System degree-granting institution
              shall be considered to have completed general education
              requirements at any University of Maryland System degree-
              granting institution to which they transfer.  For the purposes
              of this policy, the distribution of general education may be
              covered using interdisciplinary courses.
 
        II.   Students who do not complete their general education
              requirements at a University of Maryland System degree-
              granting institution before transferring to another degree-
              granting institution in the System, shall be required to
              complete the general education requirements of the System
              institution to which they transfer.
 
              A.    Transferable courses defined as meeting the general
                    education requirements at the sending institution shall
                    be applicable to the general education requirements of
                    the receiving institution according to the distribution
                    requirements of the receiving institution.
 
              B.    The student will be notified in writing at or before
                    transfer which courses are transferable, and which of
                    the receiving institution's general education
                    requirements are satisfied by specific transferable
                    courses.
 
        III.  System institutions may require as a condition of graduation
              completion of special courses beyond those designated as
              general graduation requirements and major program
              requirements.  A student transferring from another System
              institution may be required to complete no more than twelve
              hours of such course work.  Examples of such courses are new
              student orientation, speech, foreign language, physical
              education, health, upper-division writing, culture and diversity,
              and social/ethical/historical foundations.  A student
              transferring from another System institution must complete
              such requirements regardless of whether or not the student
              has completed the general education requirements prior to
              transfer.
 
        IV.   The determination of the major program requirements for a
              baccalaureate degree, including courses in the major taken in
              the lower division, shall be the responsibility of the faculty of
              the institution awarding the degree.  The receiving institution
              may set major requirements which fulfill general education
              requirements simultaneously.