NMC Transfer Guide - MTA

To: Northern Michigan University - Main Campus

Program: Biology

A major in biology can lead to a career in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, allied health, wildlife biology, waste water management, environmental control, teaching and/or research. Opportunities for employment exist in business and industry, hospitals, universities, the military, and government at the local, state, and federal levels, or for advanced degree preparation.

Admission Criteria

  1. General University Admission criteria.
  2. 2.0 GPA in Science & Math courses.

Basic Requirements

Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA):  Students who transfer to Northern Michigan University from a Michigan community college who have Michigan Transfer Agreement Satisfied posted on their transcript will be considered to have met the requirements of NMU’s Liberal Studies/General Education program.  Students will still be expected to complete all other degree requirements, including graduation requirements (world cultures, health promotions, and lab) and any courses listed as “Other Required Courses” that may also be Liberal Studies/General Education courses. Transfer students who do not complete the entire block of courses required by the MTA will receive credit for courses they do complete on the basis of individual evaluation and established transfer equivalencies. 

If you do not fulfill the MTA agreement, you will need to use 2 transfer guides to fulfill NMU's Division requirements: this guide and General Education Without MTA. For more information on MTA, please contact an advisor at NMC or NMU Representative Cary Vajda at 906-250-3679.

Upon request at the NMC Records and Registration Office, a statement will be placed on your transcript, "MICHIGAN TRANSFER AGREEMENT (MTA) SATISFIED".



ENG 111, 112

English Composition


ENG 220 Technical Writing may be chosen in place of ENG 112 for NMU, but if chosen MTA stamp and ASA will not be earned at NMC.



Choose 2 classes


Select 2 courses representing 2 departments from Group 1 Humanities Division list »

You may choose HST 211 Native American History, HUM 116 World Cultures, or PHL 122 Eastern Religions to fulfill both the World Cultures and 1 Humanities choice. Or, if you fulfill World Cultures with a social science choice, GEO 109 World Regional Geography or ANT 113 Cultural Anthropology, select 2 Humanities classs from the link above.

Natural Science


BIO 115/L

Cell, Plant & Ecosystem Biology


BIO 116/L

Cell and Animal Biology


BIO 208/L



BIO 260/L

General Ecology


CHM 150/L/R

General Chemistry I


CHM 151/L/R

General Chemistry II


Choose one Physics sequence below and required math:

PHY 121/L & 122/L

General Physics I & II (MTH 122 prerequisite) OR


PHY 221/L/R & 222/L/R

Problems & Principles of Physics (MTH 141 prerequisite)


Social Science

Select 2 courses representing 2 departments from Group 1 Social Science list »

You may choose GEO 109 World Regional Geography or ANT 113 Cultural Anthropology to fulfill World Cultures.


If you fulfill World Cultures with one of the Humanities choices: HST 211 Native American History, HUM 116 World Cultures, or PHL 122 Eastern Religions select an additional Social Science from the link above.)



MTH 122

Trigonometry (prerequisite for PHY 121) OR


MTH 141

Calculus I (prerequisite for PHL 221)


Northwestern Michigan College does not assume final responsibility for the accuracy of information on this guide. The final responsibility for the successful transfer of classes suggested on this guide rests with you and the institution you plan to transfer to. It is strongly recommended that you visit the institution as early in your academic career (prior to transfer) as possible.

Updated: Spring 2017

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