This form is for preapproval of courses with Arts and Sciences content from institutions other than CU Boulder for review for MAPS, core, general electives or major ancillary requirements prior to taking the course. Courses for Major or Minor requirements should be taken to your academic advisor for preapproval by the department. Your advisor can also help you with course selection for MAPS, core, General Education and ancillary requirements. Please read through all of the following information before filling out and submitting the form.
You may submit up to 4 courses at a time from a single institution using this online form. If you are considering taking courses at more than one institution, please submit a separate online form for each institution.
Please allow 3-5 weeks for processing of your transfer credit pre-approval.
Very Important! Prior to filling out this form, please verify that the evaluations for the courses are NOT already available on the website www.transferology.com (right click on the link to make it open in a new window). If a course is listed on Transferology, it will automatically transfer as it is listed there, so there is no need to submit the course for review again.
"I know exactly which course(s) I need at CU Boulder and I want to find classes from other schools that are equivalent to the CU course(s)."
- Click on "Find a Replacement Course" in the upper right. Type the four-letter code of the department of the CU course (e.g. EBIO, PSYC, MATH, etc.).
- Then click on the + symbol to add the CU Boulder courses you are looking for. You may add as many courses from as many different departments as you wish.
- Once you’ve added all your courses, click on "Search for Matches" above the list of courses.
- Schools that have classes equivalent to one or more of the CU courses you picked will be listed. You can use the filters on the righthand side to narrow the list of schools.
"I know which school(s) I may attend and I want to research whether classes there can fulfill requirements for my CU Boulder degree."
- Click on "Will My Courses transfer" in the upper right.
- Type the School Name of the institution where you plan to take classes, the term (semester or quarter) you plan to attend, and the department(s) of the course(s) you may be taking.
- Then click on the + symbol by the course(s) you are planning to take.
- You may add as many courses from as many institutions as you wish.
- Once you’ve added all courses you are considering, click on "Search for Matches" above the list of courses.
- The University of Colorado Boulder should appear at the top of the list of schools. Click on the "%Match" button next to “University of Colorado Boulder.”
- Courses appearing in the “Matches” tab have been previously evaluated and will transfer as indicated. Where available, click on the symbol for additional information about what requirements that course may apply toward. Courses appearing in the “Misses” tab do not transfer to CU Boulder. If you have further questions about how these courses might apply to your degree requirements, please consult your advisor.
- Courses in “Maybe” tab have not been evaluated for transferability to CU and may be entered on the Transfer Credit Preapproval form below.
Note: Credits generally transfer as indicated on the final official transcript. Upper/lower division and number of quarter/semester credits completed are usually determined by the official transcript from the transfer institution. 1 quarter hour = .67 semester hour
Though courses from other institutions may be fully transferable, use of transfer work in a degree program is subject to all limitations on course work specified in the Arts & Sciences section of the CU catalog and subject to final approval by the Dean's Office in consultation with faculty in the appropriate disciplines. Information about policies regarding transfer credit can be found in the University Catalog.
We will NOT accept:
• Remedial courses or those courses that are necessary to correct academic deficiencies in English, Math (includes some business math courses), Reading, Science or
• Vocational-technical courses that are offered at two-year institutions and proprietary institutions.
• Religion courses that constitute specialized religious training or are of a doctrinal nature.
• Credit earned through work experience or through a cooperative education program.
• Outdoor leadership and related courses through Outward Bound, NOLS or similar programs.
• Physical education activity courses.
Arts and Sciences students must complete a minimum of 45 credit hours in University of Colorado courses on the Boulder campus. Of these 45 credits, a minimum of 30 credits must be Arts and Sciences upper-division credit hours completed as a matriculated student in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
At least 12 of these upper-division hours must be in the major. A maximum of 6 credit hours taken at other University of Colorado campuses (CU-Denver and CU-Colorado Springs) can be counted toward the minimum 45 credits required on the Boulder campus. Courses taken while on CU-Boulder study abroad programs, through CU-Boulder continuing education, or CU-Boulder correspondence courses are considered to be in residence.
Student athletes- Check with Athletic Academic Coordinator for NCAA verification.
*Although we will not preapprove courses for most international institutions, we have thoroughly reviewed the following courses taught by American professors during the summer session at certain institutions in China through the Lion Global Educational Consortium (https://www.lioneducation.org/en/index.html). If taken at one of the Lion Global Educational Consortium institutions, these courses will transfer with the course equivalencies listed below, so there is no need to submit these courses for preapproval. If a particular Arts and Sciences course you would like to take through this program is not listed, please submit it to our website for preapproval before taking the course. Non-Arts and Sciences courses should be submitted to TCHelp@colorado.edu for preapproval.
You must earn a grade of C- or higher to receive credit for transfer courses. The courses must transfer as 2.7 semester credits or more to receive exact equivalents and to meet a Core or General Education requirement. Courses that are listed as exact equivalents to a CU course will apply to all degree requirements that the equivalent CU course applies to and for all courses without a direct CU equivalent (courses ending in 999TC), the degree requirements they will apply to have been posted below.
Lion Global Educational Consortium Preapproved Courses:
Course Course Title CU Equivalent Applies to:
ANT115 Cultural Diversity in the United States ANTH1999TC General Education Social Science & U.S. Diversity
ART105 Intro to Photography ARTS1999TC General Education Arts & Humanities
ART110 History of Western Art 1 ARTH1999TC Core Literature & Arts, General Education Arts & Humanities
ART115 History of Western Art 2 ARTH1999TC General Education Arts & Humanities
ART116 History of Asian Art ARTH1999TC General Education Arts & Humanities
BIO101 Intro Biology for Non-Majors EBIO1999TC Core and General Education Natural Sciences
BIO102 Intro Biology Lab for Non-Majors EBIO1999TC Core and General Education Natural Sciences Lab
CHI101 Elementary Mandarin CHIN1999TC General Education Arts & Humanities (If Foreign Language requirement has been met)
CHM101 Intro to Chemistry CHEM1999TC Core and General Education Natural Sciences
ECO201 Intro to Microeconomics ECON2010
ECO202 Into to Macroeconomics ECON2020
ECO301 Money & Banking ECON3999TC General Education Social Sciences
ENG276 American Literature After 1900 ENGL2999TC General Education Arts & Humanities
ENV101 Intro to Environmental Studies ENVS1000
FMS101 Intro to Film/Media Studies FILM1999TC General Education Arts & Humanities
GEO101 Intro to Geology GEOL1010
HST107 Development of China HIST1999TC General Education Arts & Humanities
HST116 World History Since 1500 HIST1999TC General Education Arts & Humanities
HST216 American History 1865-Present HIST1025
MTH111 Calculus 1 MATH1300
MTH201 Intro to Linear Algebra MATH2130
MTH211 Calculus 2 MATH2300
MTH212 Calculus 3 MATH2400
PHI101 Intro to Philosophy PHIL1000
PHY101 Physics Fundamentals PHYS1010
POL215 Intro to International Relations PSCI2223
PSY101 Intro to Psychology PSYC1001
REL101 World Religions RLST1620
SOC215 Intro to Sociology SOCY1001
STA201 Intro to Statistics MATH2510
WMS101 Intro Women/Gender Studies WGST1016
WRT101 College Composition 1 WRTG1150
WRT110 Intro to Creative Writing ENGL1191