Transfer Credit Policies, Practices, Guidelines and Attribute Flags

Generic

A course equivalency that does not have an exact course match in the UCB course catalog. For example, ENGL1999TC is a "generic" English course and ENGL 1001 is a specific course.

Transferability

Refers to the granting of transfer credit to a course from another institution that meets established UCB guidelines. 

Applicability

The application of a transfer course to a particular requirement in the UCB curriculum. For example, WRTG1999TC may have a flag (WCL) indicating the course is applied toward the A&S Core lower division written communication requirement.

Viewing Transfer Credit in DARS

Please click here to download information on viewing transfer credit in DARS.

Transfer Credit Information Flags

The following flags are used on transfer courses to display further action that might need to be taken. Students should pay special attention to these flags and if they need to provide additional information to UCB for review. Typically this information is submitted to the Admissions Transfer Credit Manager prior to the student’s orientation. For additional information contact TCHelp@colorado.edu.

FLAG Meaning 
AA Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree earned at Colorado CC
AH1 Arts and Expression  (GT-AH1)
AH2 Literature and Humanities  (GT-AH2) 
AH3 Ways of Thinking  (GT-AH3) 
AH4 Foreign Languages  (GT-AH4) 
ANU Course applied toward Anthropology: Upper Division Anthropology elective
ATY Course that are applied toward  College of Arts & Sciences activity hours 
BA Bachelor or Arts or Bachelor of Science degree or higher earned at any institution
CAM Course applied toward  International Affairs Geographic Areas Middle East/Africa Contemp History
CAS Course applied toward  International Affairs Geographic Areas Asia Contemp History
CE Course applied toward  ENVS Climate/Energy Specialization
CEU Course applied toward  International Affairs Geographic Areas Europe Contemp History
CHE Course assigned to Chinese: Chinese additional electives 
CLA Course applied toward  International Affairs Geographic Areas Latin America Contemp History 
CMP Course applied toward Political Science: Comparative Politics
CO1 Intro Writing Course  (GT-CO1) 
CO2 Intermediate Writing Course  (GT-CO2)
CO3 Advanced Writing Course  (GT-CO3) 
CS Course applied toward  CS (Contemporary Societies)  CORE
CT Course applied toward  CT (Critical Thinking)  CORE
EBL Course applied toward  EBIO Lab Elective
EBU Course applied toward  EBIO: 4000 Level Upper Division EBIO Elective
EC4 Course applied toward  Economics: 4000 Level Economics elective 
ECA Course applied toward  Anthropology: Upper Division Ethnographic Cultural Anthropology
EH Course applied toward  History: European History
ENV Course applied toward  new ENVS audit "Additional Area hours" 
EPO Course applied toward  History: European History combined with Post-1800
EPR Course applied toward  History: European History combined with Pre-1800
ETH Course applied toward  Ethnic Studies: Upper Division Ethnic Study electives
EVB Course applied toward  Non-ENVD elective credit 
FA1 Course applied toward  International Affairs Functional Area 1
FA2 Course applied toward  International Affairs Functional Area 2
FA3 Course applied toward  International Affairs Functional Area 3
FA4 Course applied toward  International Affairs Functional Area 4
FAL Course was reviewed and will count as lower-division credit at CU-Boulder, based on its similarity to other CU courses at that level - does not count in upper division hours 
FL Course applied toward  FL (Foreign Language)  CORE
HC Course applied toward  HC (Historical Content)  CORE
HD Course applied toward  HD (Human Diversity)  CORE
HI1 History  (GT-HI1) 
HSS Course applied toward  HSS (Humanities and Social Science) 
IBC Course applied toward  IBC (Global Business Certificate)
INR Course applied toward  Political Science: International Relations
ISP Course applied toward  International Affairs Spanish Language requirement
IV Course applied toward  IV (Ideals and Values)  CORE
JPE Course applied toward  Japanese: Upper Division Japanese Elective credits
LAL Course applied toward  LAL (Literature and the Arts Lower Division)  CORE
LAU Course applied toward  LAU (Literature and the Arts Upper Division)  CORE
LDV Course was taught at the lower level and retains the academic level regardless of CU-Boulder equivalent - does not count in upper division hours
MA1 Mathematics  (GT-MA1) 
MEN Course applied toward  English  MAPS 
MMA Course applied toward  Mathematics  MAPS 
MNC Course applied toward  Chemistry  MAPS 
MNL Course applied toward  Natural Science Lab or Lab Lecture  MAPS 
MNN Course applied toward  Natural Science  MAPS 
MNP Course applied toward  Physics  MAPS 
MR Course that are generic music that need to be reviewed for applicability
MSG Course applied toward  Geography  MAPS 
MSS Course applied toward  Social Science  MAPS 
MSU Course applied toward  Social Science US Context  MAPS 
MSW Course applied toward  Social Science World Context  MAPS 
NR Course that are generic discipline that need to be reviewed for equivalent
NSL Course applied toward  NS Lab (Natural Science Lab)  CORE
NSN Course applied toward  NS Non Sequence (Natural Science Non Sequence)  CORE
NSS Course applied toward  NS Sequence (Natural Science Sequence)  CORE
NTR Course applied toward  ENVS Natural Resources Specialization
PR Course that are generic discipline that have been reviewed but need portfolio for applicability 
QR Course applied toward  QRMS (Quantitative Reasoning and Math Skills)  CORE
RAM Course applied toward  International Affairs Geographic Area Middle East/Africa
RAS Course applied toward  International Affairs Geographic Area Asia
RC Course transfers and does not apply toward CORE. Upon arrival to CU-Boulder, a student can can see their academic advisor for a review toward major requirements
REU Course applied toward  International Affairs Geographic Area Europe
RLA Course applied toward  International Affairs Geographic Area Latin America
RSE Course applied toward Religious Studies Elective credits 
SC1 Natural and Physical Sciences with Required Laboratory  (GT-SC1)
SC2 Natural and Physical Sciences Lecture without Required Laboratory  (GT-SC2) 
SD  Course applied toward  ENVS Sustainable Development 
SDN Course applied toward  ENVS Natural Resources AND Sustainable Development Specialization
SOC Course applied toward  Sociology: Upper Division Sociology Elective
SP4 Course applied toward  Spanish: 4000 Level Upper Division Spanish Elective
SPA Course applied toward  Spanish: SPPR area course 
SPE Course applied toward  Spanish: Upper Division Spanish Elective
SPF Course applied toward  Spanish: Related Field
SPH Course applied toward  Spanish: Hispanic Linguistics
SPL Course applied toward  Spanish: 4000 Level Upper Division Spanish Literature
SR Syllabus Reviewed.  Applicability and transferability decisions are final
SS1 Economic or Political Systems  (GT-SS1) 
SS2 Geography  (GT-SS2) 
SS3 Human Behavior, Culture, or Social Frameworks  (GT-SS3) 
SY Course that are generic discipline that have been reviewed but need syllabus for CORE review
TCA Course applied toward  Anthropology: Upper Division Topical Cultural Anthropology
UDV Course was taught at the upper level and retains the academic level regardless of CU-Boulder equivalent – does count in upper division hours
UHE Course applied toward  History: 4000 level Upper Division History Elective
UPE Course applied toward  Political Science: Upper Division Political Science Elective 
US Course applied toward  US (United States Context)  CORE
WCL Course applied toward  WC LD (Written Communication Lower Division)  CORE
WCU Course applied toward  WC UD (Written Communication Upper Division)  CORE
WH Course applied toward  History: World History
WPO Course applied toward  History: World History combined with Post-1800
WPR Course applied toward  History: World History combined with Pre-1800

Last updated - July 2014

CORE Curriculum Flags: The mainstay of the general education requirements is the College of Arts and Sciences core curriculum. Other colleges and schools on the UCB campus have variations of this curriculum but often honor or follow the guidelines of the College of Arts and Sciences core curriculum. The core curriculum requirements are divided into two parts: skills acquisition and content areas of study.

GT Pathways (GT-***) is a set of general education courses that the state guarantees to transfer. Receiving institutions shall apply guaranteed general education courses to a student's general education or major requirements. Approved courses in GT Pathways are not based on course equivalencies but meet content and competency criteria. Students must complete the entire category at the community college in order to fulfill the UCB area degree requirements.

MAPS Flags: Minimum Academic Preparation Standards (MAPS) is based on high school course work. Students graduating from high school in 1988 or later are subject to completion of MAPS requirements. While students can be admitted to CU Boulder with deficiencies in this area, they will be required to complete the appropriate courses once enrolled.

***The UCB course equivalent of NEED SYLLABUS is different than this SY course attribute flag. Courses listed with the NEED SYLLABUS course equivalents are not awarded credit at the initial evaluation. The course syllabus is required for review of the course for possible transferability and/or applicability toward degree requirements.***

The schools and colleges at the University of Colorado are the primary source of requirements for the degree and curriculum policies applicable to students. Below are policies and practices specific to the University.

Policies and Guidelines of Transfer Credit:

The University of Colorado works to recognize previous work by transfer students that meet the expectations of the faculty for academic content and rigor.

Admissions Transfer Credit Information

College/School Transfer Credit Information:

Identifying Transfer Credit in your Degree Audit Report:

A complete listing of your transfer credit evaluation can be found at the bottom of the audit in the section "Transfer Credit." How to Read A Degree Audit.

Transferology - Transfer Credit Equivalencies:

In partnership with CollegeSource, Transferology is an online planning tool for transfer credit equivalencies. View transferable credits by course, by school or compare multiple schools at once visit the Admissions Office.

Course Attribute Flags:

Transfer credit, for students who entered the University of Colorado in Fall 2010 or later, will be viewable through DARSweb by using the Courses then View Courses icon. (Click here for instructions to access DARSweb.) Transfer credit from before Fall 2010 appears within the degree audit but will not have the course attribute flags described below.

Course attributes, also known as flags, may appear on transfer and/or UCB campus courses. These flags can be used in the evaluation of transfer courses to indicate fulfillment of major or degree requirements or that additional information needed for the transfer course.

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