General Education for Transfer Degrees (MTA)

Should I choose MTA or Applied Degrees?

Your goals will determine this choice. Please talk to your HFC Advisor to make sure your program will lead you to your goals.


  • If you want to transfer to a 4-year university to earn a bachelor's degree, you should choose MTA.
  • If you want to earn your Associate Degree and go into the workforce, you should choose Applied Degrees.

The following are Michigan Transfer Agreement categories for Henry Ford College transfer degrees:

  • AA - Associate in Arts
  • AB - Associate in Business
  • AFA - Associate in Fine Arts
  • AS - Associate in Science

Some AB programs that include 2+2 or 3+1 agreements with 4-year universities may require thirty (30) credit hours of general education coursework to fulfill requirements of the Michigan Transfer Agreement.

Many programs have required courses that fulfill these categories. However, some programs give students the choice to select courses from the below categories. Check your program of study prior to selecting any classes and work with your Academic Advisor to craft an educational plan to fit your specific needs.

Category Three: 1 course in Mathematics

Please note that one course is chosen from the following Mathematics list and groupings, including the College Algebra, Quantitative Literacy, and Statistics Tracks. One course from any of these areas will fulfill HFC's General Education Requirements.

Choose 1 course from the following:

Category Four: 2 courses in Social Sciences

Choose 2 courses on Social Sciences from 2 different disciplines (subjects):

Category Five: 2 courses in Humanities and Fine Arts

Choose 2 courses in Humanities and Fine Arts from 2 different disciplines (subjects), excluding studio and performance courses:

Category Six: 2 courses in Natural Sciences

Complete 2 courses in Natural Sciences, including one with laboratory experience, from 2 different disciplines (subjects). See additional notes below for exceptions.

Choose 2 courses from the following:


  • ASTR-131 is only eligible as an MTA natural science laboratory course if both ASTR-131 and ASTR-133 are completed.
  • BIO-138 is only eligible as an MTA natural science laboratory course if both BIO-138 and BIO-139 are completed.

Category Seven: General Education

Some programs require additional general education credits, such as "Complete additional courses from the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) list, if needed, to reach 30 total credits." These courses are representative from course options listed in category 1 through category 6. Students should work with an Academic Advisor before selecting additional general education or MTA courses.

Computer Technology

Students will demonstrate skills for computer technology, including Internet, network and advanced file operations. Skills will include organizing, managing, and presenting data using office productivity software. Students will also identify security and integrity threats and identify unethical actions within their social or professional environments. HFC courses that fulfill this requirement: