Start your degree in business here, and then transfer to the university of your choice.

If your goal is to get a four-year degree in business, start with this program at TCL. You’ll save tens of thousands of dollars. That’s a smart business decision.

The General Education & Business Transfer Block Associate in Arts degree program prepares you to transfer to a four-year college or university to earn a baccalaureate degree in business or other related field. TCL’s 60-credit-hour program can be completed in as little as two years and focuses on the general education and introductory-level business courses you’ll need regardless of where you transfer.

All of the courses required to complete this program may be transferred to any four-year public university or college in South Carolina as well as selected out-of-state universities.

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What Transfers?

It’s best to check with the your future college/university (and preferably the specific program) to verify the transferability of any TCL course.

Want to know exactly what transfers? Visit the Student Records page and use the SCTrac tool to find a complete list of courses that transfer.

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    Program courses transfer to many four-year colleges and universities in and out of state.


    Save tens of thousands of dollars by completing your first two years at TCL.


    Continue your studies in business and other related fields.


    Technical College of the Lowcountry is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate degrees. Degree-granting institutions also may offer credentials such as certificates and diplomas at approved degree levels. Questions about the accreditation of Technical College of the Lowcountry may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (www.sacscoc.org). 


    Tuition: 60 credits x $214 per credit = $12,840.

    Remember, this is before S.C. Lottery Tuition Assistance and other financial aid, which could drop your costs by more than half. In fact, after financial aid, many students attend for free. See more about paying for TCL.

    *Based on Fall 2022 in-state, in-service-area tuition. Your actual cost may differ. Does not include fees, books and other costs. Qualifications vary.

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    Important Additional Requirements

    Students applying to the Associate in Arts (AA) degree program must supply the following documentation before registering for courses:

    • An official copy of high school transcripts or Graduation Equivalency Diploma (GED) transcripts. A certificate of completion will not be accepted as a substitute for a high school diploma or GED.
    • All candidates for the AA degree must take the COMPASS/ASSET placement evaluation unless they have official college transcripts with a “C” or better in College Algebra (MAT 110) and English Composition I (ENG 101), or have qualifying SAT/ACT scores.
    • Official transcripts must be sent from the issuing college/school directly to the Admissions Office at TCL via the mail.
    • A copy of the high school or GED transcripts, COMPASS/ASSET placement evaluation, SAT and/or ACT scores, and/or college transcript must be at the TCL Admissions Office before a student can register.
    • Students lacking these requirements may register as career development students and will not be admitted into the AA program until all requirements are met.

    Articulation and Transfer

    Articulation and Transfer:

    TCL participates in a statewide articulation agreement with South Carolina’s publicly supported colleges and universities. In addition to the courses included in the statewide agreement, many courses transfer from TCL to senior institutions both in and out-of-state. Students should check with institutions to which they are seeking admission to determine the particular courses and the exact number of credits that college/university may accept in transfer.

    Publicly supported colleges/universities in South Carolina include but are not limited to The Citadel, Clemson University, Coastal Carolina University, College of Charleston, Francis Marion University, Lander University, Medical University of South Carolina, South Carolina State University, University of South Carolina – Columbia, University of South Carolina – Beaufort, University of South Carolina – Aiken, University of South Carolina – Upstate, Winthrop University. The most up-to-date information is available at www.sctrac.org.

    Program Dean

    Frederick Cooper

    Dean, Arts & Sciences


    Beaufort Mather Campus, Bldg. 9, Rm. 105


    Lakesha Allen

    Biology Instructor


    Beaufort Mather Campus, Bldg. 10, Rm. 103

    James Daniels

    Math Instructor


    Beaufort Mather Campus, Bldg. 2, Rm. 241

    Christa Guicherit

    Psychology Instructor


    Beaufort Mather Campus, Bldg. 10, Rm. 115

    Daniel Herrin

    English Instructor


    Beaufort Mather Campus, Bldg. 2, Rm. 242

    Shana Hirsch

    English Instructor


    Beaufort Mather Campus, Bldg. 9, Rm. 118

    Rosemary Hunt

    Spanish Instructor


    Beaufort Mather Campus, Bldg. 9, Rm. 109

    Russell Keevy

    English Instructor


    New River Campus, Bldg. 50, Rm. 207

    Joy Locke

    Speech Instructor


    Beaufort Mather Campus, Bldg. 9, Rm. 110

    Greg Mauriocourt

    History Instructor


    Beaufort Mather Campus, Bldg. 10, Rm. 230

    John Mills

    Biology Instrucor


    New River Campus, Bldg. 50, Rm. 211

    Tom Mullins

    Psychology Instructor


    Beaufort Mather Campus, Bldg. 10, Rm. 229

    Andrew Passarello

    Math Instructor


    Beaufort Mather Campus, Bldg. 10, Rm. 230

    Stacee Phillips

    Biology Instructor


    Beaufort Mather Campus, Bldg. 10, Rm. 110

    Robert Rusnak

    History Instructor


    Beaufort Mather Campus, Bldg. 10, Rm. 115

    Heather Weiss

    English Instructor


    Beaufort Mather Campus, Bldg. 9, Rm. 119