Department of Biology Transfer Credit Policy
The Biology Department will normally accept transfer credit from other institutions of learning if 1) the institution is a 4 year accredited institution and 2) the course taken is offered through a Biology Department at the other institution as a part of a bachelor degree program.
Transfer credit for non-science majors and introductory students is usually awarded in one of two forms:
Four credits in Topics in Biology (Bio 104) or Topics in Biology with Labratory (Bio 105) – Typically awarded for topics classes at other institutions or classes designed for students who are not planning on majoring in the sciences. One semester classes on Human Anatomy and Physiology are currently considered topics courses.
Four - five credits in one introductory sequence course and its lab (Bio 130/131 or Bio 140/141). Transfer courses that would be credited in this way would include introductory courses for science majors that have an accompanying lab attached to them.
Note that College policy does not allow transfer credit to satisfy Foundation Requirements.
Transfer credit for upper-level courses will generally be awarded if the course meets the general criteria listed above and is similar in scope and content to a course that is offered by the Rhodes Department of Biology. On occasion, courses which address specific interests of the student or which provide a special opportunity such as in foreign study will be accepted. Normally four of the six courses used to satifsy upper levelcourse requirements musts be taken within the Biology Department at Rhodes. This policy limits the number of courses students may transfer.
When you have identified the course(s) you are seeking to take for transfer credit, obtain a transfer credit approval form from the registrar and complete the form (do not fill out how the course may be credited in Biology). Email the Chair of the Department of Biology to make an appointment to consider approval for the course(s). You must provide the Chair a description of the course and/or a course syllabus. Obtain the remaining signatures on the form and turn it in to the registrar. YOU MUST COMPLETE THE APPROVAL PROCESS PRIOR TO TAKING THE CLASS!