This is a result of legislation enacted with the hope of increasing college completion rates in Tennessee. I think it's a good thing. All academic majors in public colleges and universities would have the same first two years of required courses. Numbered the same, as well.
TN colleges work to ensure that credits transfer
At colleges and universities around the state, plans are in motion to ensure that core classes — at least the two years' worth of course work for the most common majors — will be accepted without question, whether a student earned them at a technology center, a community college or any public university in the state. . . .
By January 2011, the first 10 core transfer majors should begin being taught at schools across the state. Teachers will still have freedom to draw up their lesson plans and choose their own books, but all students taking, say, Accounting 101 at a public institution in the state will be in a class with identical course credits that they know will count toward their degree, no matter where they go.