Transfer Credits

Are you seeking Barnard College Credit for a course in Chemistry?

Bring the form from the registrar to the ASSISTANT DEPARTMENT CHAIR (currently Dina Merrer ( only when you can answer yes to each question below.

No Exceptions (see below* about Columbia Courses)


  1. Is the school on the American Chemical Society list?
    Only courses from these schools are approved; see list on bulletin board by Chair's office. Also available on-line.
  2. Does the course have at least 35 hours of lecture?
    Show me the calculation. Note: 35 hours means 42 x 50 minute (or 28 x 75 minute) classes.
  3. If taking lab, are there at least 36 hours in lab?
    Same as question number 2.
  4. Do you have the current course announcement?
    Make a copy for the department records of the following:
    • list the dates of instruction
    • list the hours of instruction
    • give the full course description
  5. Is the level of the course equivalent to the corresponding Barnard course?
    Many schools offer special courses for non-scientists, or for preparation for the allied health professions. These are not acceptable.
  6. If this is one semester of a year course, does it articulate well with the other term?
    Year-long courses in general and organic chemistry often cover the material in a different order. If you take the two terms at different schools, you must verify that the two make a good match. (Example: General Chemistry I at CU and BC do not match!) Catalog descriptions are frequently inadequate: you need to learn what book is used, and what chapters are covered in each semester.
  7. If this is not a beginning course, do you have the prerequisite? Is the course sufficiently advanced?
    Example: students who have taken any organic chemistry course may not receive subsequent credit for any first-year chemistry course.
    * Special note re Columbia courses. Questions 1-5 are automatically satisfied. You do not need a signature, but you must still consider 6 and 7.