|Ferris Course Title
|Ferris Credit Hours
|COMM 105 or COMM 121
|Interpersonal Communication or Fundamentals of Public Speaking
|COMM 140 or COMM 131
|ENGL 101 or
Degree Type: Bachelor of Science
Ferris College: College of Arts, Sciences, and Education
Transfer School: Mott Community College
Consortium Eligible: No
Total Credits Required: 142-145
Catalog Year: 2022-2023
General Education Requirements
33-34 Credits RequiredStudents are encouraged to work with an advisor to select appropriate general education courses. Diversity Competency - 2 Courses Required. If not met by courses taken for Culture, Self and Society, or MTA, a student must meet the following: 1 course with the Global Diversity attribute and 1 course with the U.S. Diversity attribute.
Visit the Ferris State general education page for more information.
- Communication Competency
- Quantitative Literacy
Ferris Course Ferris Course Title Ferris Credit Hours Transfer Course MATH 114 or MATH 115 Quantitative Reasoning for Professionals 2 or Intermediate Algebra 4 or 3 No Equivalent or
- Natural Sciences Competency
Two courses are required with a minimum of 6 credits: must have at least one lab course. These courses are met in College Requirements.
- Cultural Competency
Three courses are required with a minimum of 9 credits: must be from two different disciplines and have at least one at FSU 200 level or higher course. The courses depend on the chosen education minor, please see your advisor prior to registering for courses.
Ferris Course Ferris Course Title Ferris Credit Hours Transfer Course Varies Culture Electives (Consult Advisor) 9 Varies
- Self and Society Competency
Three courses are required with a minimum of 9 credits: must be from two different disciplines and have at least one at FSU 200 level or higher course, and at least one Self and Society Foundation course. The courses depend on the chosen education minor, please see your advisor prior to registering for courses.
Ferris Course Ferris Course Title Ferris Credit Hours Transfer Course Varies Self and Society Electives (Consult Advisor) 9 Varies
109-111 Credits RequiredChoose one teaching minor; must not be the same as secondary education major.
- Major Courses
35 Credits Required. These courses are used to calculate the major 2.50 GPA requirement.
Ferris Course Ferris Course Title Ferris Credit Hours Transfer Course CHEM 121 General Chemistry 1 5 CHEM 131 and CHEM 131L and CHEM 131R CHEM 122 General Chemistry 2 5 CHEM 132 and CHEM 132L and CHEM 132R CHEM 231 Quantitative Analysis 4 No Equivalent CHEM 317 Instrumental Analysis 3 No Equivalent CHEM 321 Organic Chemistry 1 5 CHEM 237 CHEM 322 Organic Chemistry 2 5 CHEM 238 CHEM 364 Biochemistry 4 No Equivalent CHEM 451 Introduction to Physical Chemistry 4 No Equivalent
- Additional Requirements
12-14 Credits Required. These courses are used to calculate the major 2.50 GPA requirement.
Ferris Course Ferris Course Title Ferris Credit Hours Transfer Course PHYS 211 and PHYS 212 or
PHYS 241 and
Introductory Physics 1 and Introductory Physics 2 or General Physics 1 and
General Physics 2
8 or 10 PHYS 281 and PHYS 282 or
PHYS 287 and PHYS 288
MATH 220 Analytical Geometry and Calculus 1 4 MATH 170
- Secondary Education
24 Credits Required. These courses are not used to calculate the major 2.50 GPA Requirement. The current secondary education minor choices are: Biology (BIO); English (ENG); Geography (GEO); History (HIED); Mathematics (MTH); Physical Education (PHED); Political Science (PSC); Speech Communication (SPCO).
Ferris Course Ferris Course Title Ferris Credit Hours Transfer Course Varies Secondary Education Subject Area Minor Credits 24 No Equivalent
Secondary Education Professional Sequence
38 Credits Required
- Level 1 Courses
11 Credits Required. Students may only retake two of the four Level 1 courses. Students may not repeat any education course more than once. These courses are used to calculate the professional sequence 2.75 GPA requirement.
Ferris Course Ferris Course Title Ferris Credit Hours Transfer Course EDUC 161 Foundations of Education 3 No Equivalent EDUC 251 Human Growth Development 3 PSYC 291 EDUC 261 Children's Healthy Living 2 No Equivalent EDUC 289 Principles of Teaching and Learning 3 No Equivalent
- Level 2 Courses
15 Credits Required. Prior to enrolling in any Level 2 courses, all students must meet the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) requirements, currently Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP); see advisor for options. Complete all Level 1 courses with a minimum of 2.50 GPA with no grade lower than a C, have a 2.50 cumulative GPA, and complete a Level 2 application. Students may not repeat any education course more than once. These courses are used to calculate the professional sequence 2.75 GPA requirement.
Ferris Course Ferris Course Title Ferris Credit Hours Transfer Course EDUC 338 Secondary General Methods 1 4 No Equivalent EDUC 415 Teaching Special Needs 3 No Equivalent EDUC 438 Secondary General Methods 2 5 No Equivalent EDUC 443 Teaching Reading in Secondary Areas 3 No Equivalent
- Level 3 Courses
12 Credits Required. Prior to enrolling in Level 3 courses, all students must pass the Michigan test for teacher certification in their subject area. Students must obtain the appropriate GPA for their major/minor as established by each department. A 2.75 GPA is required in the professional education course sequence. A 2.50 cumulative GPA is also required before student teaching. Students may not repeat any education course more than once. These courses are used to calculate the professional sequence 2.75 GPA requirement.
Ferris Course Ferris Course Title Ferris Credit Hours Transfer Course EDUC 499 Student Teaching 12 No Equivalent
Program Contact Information
New Student Admission Requirements
- 2.50 High School GPA (on a 4.00 scale)
- Minimum Composite ACT Score of 17/SAT 900
Transfer Student Admission Requirements
- 2.00 Overall GPA (on a 4.00 scale)
- Students transferring with completed majors or minors in Education must meet GPA requirements as established by each program at Ferris to be presented to the Michigan Department of Education for certification.
Select courses may be delivered online and/or in a mixed delivery format (i.e. a mix of online and face-to-face instruction at the Ferris Main Campus or at a statewide location).
To fulfill the residency requirement for a bachelor’s degree a student must earn a minimum of 30 credits from Ferris State University.
Steps to Apply
- Complete your free application.
- Submit official transcripts
- Submit official transcripts from every school attended to [email protected]
- Or mail to:
Ferris State University Admissions Office
1201 S. State St., CSS 201
Big Rapids, MI 49307
- Submit test scores (if required)
It is recommended that potential applicants meet with an advisor to review the degree, course schedule, transfer policies and have any questions answered prior to completing an application. Ferris accepts transfer courses in which the student earned a letter grade of "C" or better. Additional policies such as the Ferris Sunset and Residency Requirement should be discussed with a Ferris advisor. Students who are completing the MTA may have different general education course requirements for the particular degree selected.
Meeting with a Ferris advisor prior to the selection of general education or elective coursework may reduce the chance of completing a course that will not apply toward the selected degree. Students must work with their Ferris advisor to declare a Minor or Concentration and for the selection of Directed Electives.
Once admitted, students are required to complete an orientation and should continue to meet with an advisor as they work toward graduation.
To schedule an appointment or for additional transfer resources and policies see our Transfer Resource page.
*Indicates an approved Ferris course substitution
Reverse Transfer Agreement
Ferris has reverse transfer agreements with several Michigan Community Colleges. Under such agreement, Ferris will provide your official University transcript to a partner school you have attended, so that they may grant you an associate or bachelor's degree upon completion of sufficient and appropriate credit hours from both institutions. In turn, the degree-granting institution will provide Ferris with an updated transcript reflecting the newly earned credential.
Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA)
Ferris participates in the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA). This agreement will facilitate the transfer of general education requirements from one Michigan institution to another. Students may complete the MTA as part of a degree program or as a stand-alone package. The MTA consists of a minimum of 30 general education credit hours as identified by the college or university.
Students transferring to Ferris with the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) and entering a degree program will have met a 30-hour block of lower-level general education courses. However, this does not exempt students from completing program-specific prerequisites or higher-level general education course requirements. Students should contact their advisor regarding classes that meet the MTA.
Transfer Equivalencies Tools
The transfer equivalencies link is located in the Transfer Resources section at transfer.ferris.edu.
Transfer guides are not intended to be a contract with Ferris. The information in
this guide is subject to change and is aligned with the catalog year listed above.
Students should contact their community college and/or Ferris to keep informed of
changes. Students' final responsibility for verifying all transfer information lies
with the student. Please refer to the Ferris catalog for the most current curriculum.
Partners may contact the Office of Transfer and Secondary School Partnerships with questions or updates at [email protected].