- See: Transfer Credit Form for Economics Courses
- Please note that students may transfer a total of two courses (including AP, IB, summer study abroad, etc.) towards any degree in Economics
- Undergraduate Economics DOES NOT accept courses taken at Community Colleges
- See: Transfer Credit Form for Business Courses
- All business transfer courses require a "B" grade or better in order to transfer.
- NOTE: 70-340, Business Communications, CANNOT be transferred in from another institution.
- The math department does not accept online courses for transfer. Once the transfer credit form is submitted, the Department of Mathematical Sciences may also request additional information, such as the textbook name or course syllabus, in order to complete the evaluation process.
- Any course considered for transfer as 21-120 Differential and Integral Calculus must be taught from an “Early Transcendentals” textbook. This means that topics such as differentiation of exponential, logarithmic, and inverse trigonometric functions must be covered in the course.
- Any course considered for transfer as 21-122 Integration and Approximation must cover topics in separable differential equations and parametric and polar coordinates.
- Any course considered for transfer as 21-259 Calculus in Three Dimensions must cover the vector calculus topics of Curl and Divergence, Parametric Surfaces, Surface Integrals, Stokes’ Theorem, and the Divergence Theorem/Gauss’s Theorem. These topics are always presented at the end of the course, and some courses do not cover all of these. There needs to be evidence that those topics were not omitted from the course.
- Any course considered for transfer as 21-260 Differential Equations must cover the topics of Fourier series and partial differential equations. These topics are not present in almost all ordinary differential equations courses at other institutions, so over 95% of ordinary differential equations courses offered elsewhere will not transfer in as 21-260. These topics are a required part of 21-260 by request of CIT, and are crucial prerequisite knowledge for further engineering courses.
- The Physics course you wish to transfer in must be 4 credits (4 credits = 12 Carnegie Mellon units). If the course is 3 credits, you are required to take the lab (1 credit) that corresponds directly to the lecture you plan to take. If there is no associated lab, the 3 credit course is ineligible for transfer.
- Detailed SYLLABUS of the physics topics and calculus content
- Physics II MUST have a pre-requisite of Physics I
- A course description for each prerequisite and/or co-requisite in calculus
- Must be part of a 2-course sequence (no 3-course sequences are permitted)
- SYLLABI of the other physics course involved in the 2-course sequence
- Courses meant for biology or pre-med students are NOT applicable
It is difficult finding a physics sequence at another school that is the equivalent of ours. We present physics in a two-course sequence, while most other schools teach it in a three-course sequence. If you are seeking approval to substitute a physics course that you intend to take elsewhere, we will need to understand the following characteristics of the course before we can judge whether or not the course is the equivalent of our physics course.
- Is the course calculus-based?
- Is it a physics course for engineering or physics majors?
- Is the course one of a two-course physics sequence?
- Are the topics presented in the course EXACTLY the same topics that are covered in the Carnegie Mellon physics course for which you are seeking a substitute?
- Name of Chemistry textbook
- Indication that the course is required for Chemistry majors
For All Requests:
To determine if the course is indeed equivalent, we need a detailed course description such as a syllabus or an outline of course topics. In the case of
Guidelines for 03-121 Modern Biology
One of the most difficult aspects of finding a comparable course to substitute for Modern Biology is its focus on the micro side of biology (i.e. molecular biology, cell biology, biochemistry).
The CMU course description states: This is an introductory course that provides the basis for further studies in biochemistry, cell biology, genetics and molecular biology. This course emphasizes the chemical principles underlying biological processes and cell structures as well as the analysis of genetics and heredity from a molecular perspective.
General characteristics that should be addressed regarding a possible transfer credit course:
- Is it a course for science majors?
- Is it part of a two-course sequence in intro bio?
- Are the topics presented in the course EXACTLY the same topics that are covered mod bio course? For example, some intro bio courses cover botany and ecology and evolution rather than the emphasis we have on cell and molecular biology.
Guidelines for 03-231/232 Biochemistry
Biochemistry at Carnegie Mellon learns more heavily on the chemistry side, rather than the biology. Organic chemistry is a co-requisite, so the substitution should also require the course.
Central Concepts: The following is a brief list of the central concepts associated with this course.
- Constituent parts: Higher order structures (carbohydrates, proteins, lipids, nucleic acids)
- Protein-ligand interactions:
- Direct function (e.g. oxygen binding, immunoglobulins)
- Regulation (Gene regulation)
- Enzymology (Regulation of metabolism)
- Energy production (glycolysis, TCA cycle, Oxidative Phosphorylation)
- Energy consumption (biosynthetic pathways)
- Template-directed synthesis (DNA, RNA, protein)
- Recombinant DNA methods
The course description of the course you are looking to substitute should match the course description for the course here at CMU:
"This course provides an introduction to the application of biochemistry to biotechnology. The functional properties of amino acids, nucleotides, lipids, and sugars are presented. This is followed by a discussion of the structural and thermodynamic aspects of the organization of these molecules into higher-order structures, such as proteins, nucleic acids, and membranes. The kinetics and thermodynamics of protein-ligand interactions are discussed for non-cooperative, cooperative, and allosteric binding events. The use of mechanistic and kinetic information in enzyme characterization and drug discovery are discussed. Topics pertinent to biotechnology
- Course description and detailed syllabus
- Course descriptions of all the prerequisite courses
The College of Engineering will review online courses for transfer. All online course require a "B" grade or better to transfer. However, the following departments DO NOT accept online transfer courses:
- Any science course w/a lab component
All transfer courses taken at community colleges require a "B" grade or better in order to transfer (unless otherwise specified by the department).
If you've taken college courses while still in high school, we will consider these for transfer credit following the process outlined below. Please note that we do not accept college courses that were used to fulfill high school degree requirements. All students wishing to transfer in college courses taken in high school must submit a verification letter from your high school that confirms they were not used toward graduation requirements. That letter can be faxed or emailed to Kourtney Bandish in the College of Engineering Dean's Office (fax#: 412.268.6421).
Here are the steps to follow:
- Complete the transfer credit form completely. The form is submitted directly to the College of Engineering Dean's Office. There it is reviewed and then sent on to the department in which the course in question is housed for evaluation by faculty. We will respond within about a week regarding your request (including what credit you could get and what grade you'd need).
NOTE: The maximum number of courses you can take outside of CMU during your four years is dictated by the university's Residency Requirement in the catalog and your particular degree requirements. Our submission limit is three requests per summer. So please think carefully about what courses you submit and will be able to enroll in given registration deadlines, etc.
The College of Engineering does not have standing transfer credit articulation agreements with any other institutions.
- If approved, after you take the course, send an official transcript to us at the following address:
College of Engineering Dean's Office, Scaife Hall 110
Carnegie Mellon University, 5000 Forbes Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Please note that ALL courses taken at other institutions must be taken for a letter grade. We will not accept courses taken as Pass/Fail. A grade of "TR" will appear for earned transfer credit (similar to AP for Advanced Placement). This information can be viewed on your SIO account. Although these credits can work toward degree requirements, they will not affect grade point averages.