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University Transfer Programs

These two-year curricula are for students planning to transfer to four-year colleges or universities to earn bachelor’s degrees after planning to transfer upuon graduation from Morton College. Since requirements of four-year colleges and universities widely vary, students are responsible for selecting courses that transfer to their chosen four-year college or university. Morton College maintains articulation with colleges and universities throughout Illinois. Students should consult with their advisors to plan appropriate courses of study.

Examples of Degree Curricula

Examples of liberal arts and science curricula that can be designed include:

Associate in Arts

Accounting, Anthropology, Art, Art Education, Business, Business Records Administration, Music, Office Administration, Philosophy, Physical Education, Political Science, Pre-Journalism, Pre-Law, Psychology, Public Administration, Social Work, Sociology, Spanish, Speech & Theatre

Associate in Science

Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering Geography, Health and Physical Fitness, Mathematics, Physical Science & Physics

Illinois Articulation Initiative

Morton College participates in the Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI), a statewide system for articulating courses and programs. The IAI features a common General Education Core Curriculum (IAI GECC)--a package of general education courses that are accepted by all participating schools. Completion of the IAI GECC at a community college assures transferring students that lower-division, campus-wide general education requirements for a bachelor’s degree will be satisfied at any participating institution. A receiving college or university may require institution-wide and/or mission-related graduation requirements that do not fall within the scope of the general education core. If students transfer with anything less than the full IAI GECC, the general education requirements of the receiving school may have to be completed, and these may be different from the IAI GECC.

The IAI GECC consists of 12 to 13 courses—or 37-41 semester credits-- chosen from five different categories. No more than two courses from any one discipline can be used to fulfill the requirements. The IAI GECC requirements are listed below:


  • 3 courses (9 semester credits)
  • The 3 courses must include a two-course sequence in writing completed with grades of C or better (6 semester credits) and one course in oral communications (3 semester credits) – a C being at least two quality points on a four-point scale.


  • 1 or 2 courses (3-6 semester credits)

Physical & Life Sciences

  • 2 courses (7-8 semester credits)
  • These two courses will include one course selected from the physical sciences and one course selected from the life sciences, with at least one course that includes a lab.

Humanities & Fine Arts

  • 3 courses (9 semester credits)
  • These will include at least one course selected from the humanities and at least one course selected from the fine arts.

Social and Behavioral Sciences

  • 3 courses (9 semester credits)
  • These will include courses from at least two different disciplines.

The IAI GECC is included in Morton College’s AA and AS degrees. For specific Morton College courses that fulfill IAI GECC requirements, refer to AA and AS degree course requirements.

Note that the IAI also includes recommendations for appropriate lower-division coursework in specific baccalaureate majors. The Illinois Baccalaureate Majors’ Recommendations describe courses ordinarily taken by freshmen and sophomores for a specific major. These course recommendations are meant for students who are undecided about a four year college or university. All of the course selections should be made with guidance from an academic advisor.

For more information about the IAI and the benefits of transferring after meeting the IAI GECC requirements, check with an academic advisor and visit the IAI website at

Note that Morton College will recognize courses on the approved list of IAI courses taken at any participating college or university and apply the credit toward fulfilling IAI GECC requirements at Morton College.

Morton College offers a wide variety of courses to help students achieve academic, professional and personal goals. Morton College’s University Transfer Program includes the following degrees:

  • Associate in Arts (A.A.)
  • Associate in Science (A.S.)
  • Associate in Fine Arts in Art (A.F.A.)

Each degree requires at least 62 credit hours for completion and fulfills the first two years of study for students pursuing a bachelor’s degree at a four-year college or university. Students are encouraged to meet with a Morton College Academic Advisor and to consult the catalog of the college or university they expect to attend for information about transferable courses. To meet with an advisor, call (708) 656-8000, Ext. 2250.