Students who want to take biology courses at other institutions or have already taken and wish to transfer credit to the UR need to get the syllabus approved by the Biology department for equivalency to UR courses. They can do this by filling out the form located below. After faculty evaluation, the department will email documentation to the student. Should students plan to apply the transfer credit to their major, they will also need to obtain their major advisor's approval on this documentation before submitting to UR Records.
1.) Departmental Approval: involves the evaluation of a course that was taken at another institution for possible equivalency to UR classes or level if an exact equivalent does not exist at the UR. This step is necessary for "Major Approval," so faculty advisors can determine if it is suitable for the intended field study.
To get biology department approval for BIO courses taken elsewhere, students need to upload a copy of the course syllabus from the relevant semester to the form below. If the syllabus of the course is not written yet then request a copy from the semester the course was last offered.
Please note that departmental approval is not necessary for MCC courses noted on the College's Monroe Community College's Master List Website.
If a syllabus is not available online, contact the instructor or the host institution's biology department to request a copy. The course and lab curriculum's full schedule is necessary as course descriptions do not contain enough information for proper assessment. The department will not accept forms without a complete syllabus.
2.) Major Approval: Once the evaluation is complete, the department will send students a form indicating the approved UR course equivalent or level. It is then the student's responsibility to contact the track coordinator of their intended major of study to obtain approval should they want to use it in their major. Contact information for biology track coordinators is available on the Undergraduate Program in Biology and Medicine (UPBM) Advisor's webpage.
3.) Final Submission : Once deparmental and major approvals are received students will need to email the forms to the College Center for Advising Services (CCAS) email@example.com.
Students intending on pursuing a major within the Undergraduate Program in Biology and Medicine (UPBM) except for Neuroscience should also send a copy to UPBM Program Manager. Neuroscience majors should copy in the NSC Undergraduate Coordinator.
Turnaround: Course evaluation can take-up to two weeks depending the volume of requests received. Be sure to build in plenty of extra time for approvals.
*Non-Biology Transfer Credit Course Approval Process: Use the form on the College College's Advising Handbook to get non-biology courses approved (CHEM, MATH, PHYS, STAT...). See College Course Approval Form for further instructions on how to obtain departmental approval from other departments. Students intending to major within the biological sciences should use the final submission instructions noted above.