Academic Advisement

Transfer 101 - Transfer Vocabulary


TMCC is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and/or the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education. The NWCCU is one of six regional organizations recognized by the U.S. Department of Education to accredit postsecondary institutions within the United States. The mission of the NWCCU is to assure educational quality, enhance institutional effectiveness, and foster continuous improvement of colleges and universities.

AP (Advanced Placement)

The AP program provides motivated high school students the opportunity to take college-level courses during high school. Upon receipt of an official score report from the College Board and a satisfactory essay when required, the Admissions and Records Office grants credit as specified and assigns a grade of “S” for scores of 3,4 or 5. The students will have satisfied requirements where appropriate. Please see the TMCC College Catalog for specific examination equivalencies.


The agreement between colleges and universities that courses have essentially the same goals; similar content, rigor, standards, names; common course numbers where possible; and equal amount of credits for transfer.  Schools review standards of skills and content to assure that students who complete the coursework are prepared to successfully complete upper-division coursework. 

Bachelor's Degree

A diploma awarded to a student upon successful completion of the 4-year degree requirements. Typically a Bachelor's Degree requires about 122 credits comprised of General Education, lower division, upper division, major, and elective requirements. TMCC currently does not offer Bachelor's degrees, however with planning your Associate Degree can equal your freshman and sophomore year of your Bachelor's Degree at the time of transfer.


The TMCC College Catalog provides general information, policies and procedures, general education information, degree program information, and course descriptions to assist students.

Developmental Courses

Pre-college level courses designed to improve basic skills for academic success such as reading, writing, and math below 100-level. Developmental courses typically do not count toward an associate degree or transfer.

General Education

General Education at TMCC provides a coherent curriculum that consists of a rigorous foundation of interrelated academic and applied experiences that introduce students to diverse ways of thinking and of understanding the world. General education objectives include communications, critical thinking, quantitative reasoning, information literacy, and personal/cultural awareness. All of TMCC’s degrees and certificates require general education. 

Lower Division

Courses numbered 100 and 200 that are typically taught during the freshman and sophomore years.


A term which includes 15 weeks each for Fall and Spring. TMCC's summer term is a "semester' condensed into 11 or fewer weeks. Departments may opt to offer condensed semesters offering 15 weeks of curriculum at a more rapid pace. 


A copy of a student's permanent academic record. "Official" copies are required for transcript evaluation and transfer of credits. "Unofficial" copies may be used for advising while the official evaluation is pending.

Transfer Student

A transfer student to a NSHE 4-year institution typically has 24 transferable credits and a minimum GPA of 2.0. Students who transfer with less than 24 credits will be required to submit high school information as part of the admissions process.

Upper Division

Courses numbered 300 and higher, typically taught during junior and senior years. TMCC does not offer upper division courses.

College News

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Trellis to Remember Licata

The shade structure that a TMCC professor envisioned is completed after his death.

Calendar of Events

SGA Finance Committee Meeting

Friday, October 24
RDMT 122, Dandini Campus

DRC Disability Awareness Coalition Event

Friday, October 24
Idlewild Park, 1900 Idlewild Dr., Reno