Transferring Credit and Substitution Request

It may be possible for students to satisfy a major requirement with a course taken at another institution.  Prior to enrolling in an outside course, make sure the course you plan to take articulates (ie, is equivalent to a course at UCSC or is an approved elective for your major).

NOTE: To transfer any credit, a course MUST be completed with a grade of C or better.  Grades of C- are not accepted.

For more information on transferring credit:

If you are taking a course at another institution that is a prerequisite for a course you plan to take in any academic quarter at UCSC, you will not be able to enroll until you have submitted your unofficial transcript (showing the name of the school, your name, the date, the name of the course and the grade you earned) to mcdadvising@ucsc.edu

Course Substitution & Transfer Credit Policy
At least half of the upper-division courses (numbered 100–190) required for each major must be taken through the biological sciences at UCSC, not as transfer credits from another department or institution. Students are advised to contact their major advisor before enrolling in numerous upper-division courses at other institutions. 

A maximum of one upper-division course requirement may be met with a research-based independent study or graduate-level UCSC biology course or a course offered by another UCSC department.