Credit Transfers

The Best Advice: Get Approval Before Taking the Course!

Applications are generally reviewed on a monthly basis during the academic year as long as time permits. Please allow up to six weeks of review time. 

Students seeking approval for Summer 2023 courses:  applications should be submitted before May 5th,  2023, to assure enough time for review.

Students seeking approval for Fall 2023 courses:  applications should be submitted before  August 1st,  2023, to assure enough time for review.

1. Before You Take the Course, assure that:

  • The course  is offered at a 4-year institution.
  • The host institution resides within the United States (If the institution resides outside of the United States, you must answer all "optional" questions in the department's transfer credit application).
  • The course is hosted by an ACS-Certified institution.
  • The course can be applied towards the ACS-accredited degree at the host institution.
  • For CHEM 1560, 2070, 2080, 2090 or 2510 credit: the course must have a lab component. All labs must be taken in person. No exceptions.
  • Beginning July 1st, 2023, the department will no longer grant transfer equivalency for any online course, including lecture and discussion components. No exceptions.

    Applying for transfer credit:

    After receiving an approval from the department:

  •  Click your home college link for further guidance on finalizing the transfer credit process: A&S students, CALS students, EN students, HE students.

  • Remember to include the CHEM department approval email with the college's form or application.
  • A minimum grade of a “C” is required to receive transfer credit.

2. Special Circumstances:

  • We do not grant transfer credit for Cornell honors courses: CHEM 2150, 3590, or 3600.
  • Chemistry majors seeking transfer credit for courses outside of chemistry for distribution or pre-requisite requirements should contact the specific department at Cornell for approval.
  • If you would like to take a course at a foreign institution, you must review the checklist in the Cornell. Chemistry Department's Memorandum: Receiving Cornell chemistry course credit for a chemistry course taken elsewhere and submit an application before taking the course.

Direct all questions regarding credit transfer to: chemdus@cornell.edu.

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