1 Transfer Credit Evaluation Guide
2 Transfer Credit Evaluation Guide Issued by the Transfer Credit Evaluation Unit of the Queens College Undergraduate Admissions Office.
3 Table of Contents Introduction 3 Things To Do 4 Placement Examinations...5 Understanding the Transfer Credit Process...6 Queens College Degree Requirements...7 How to Register for Classes...12 Special Services 14 Appendix A PLAS Courses 15 Appendix B Location of Departments and Programs 19 Appendix C College Services for Students 21 Appendix D Definition of Terms 24 Rev. 7/1/09 Important Notice of Possible Changes: The City University of New York reserves the right, because of changing conditions, to make modifications of any nature in the academic programs and requirements of the University and its constituent colleges without advance notice. Any tuition and fees set forth in this publication are similarly subject to change by the CUNY Board of Trustees. The University regrets any inconvenience this may cause.
4 Introduction Welcome to Queens College of the City University of New York! This handbook was developed by the transfer credit evaluation unit of the Undergraduate Admissions Office for new transfer students in order to facilitate the process of entering the college. As you read it, jot down questions and ask them at the Transfer Credit Evaluation unit of Undergraduate Admissions, the Academic Advising Center (Kiely Hall, Room 217), or the appro priate academic department office (see pages 19 20). By now, you are probably wondering how many of your prior college credits will be transferred and what policies govern the transfer of credit at Queens College. This and other information regarding degree requirements and registration can be found in this handbook. You should keep this handbook and use it as a reference through out your studies at the college. Here are some helpful hints concerning your transition to Queens College: n Be sure to keep a folder of all important documents. Save all letters, authorizations, bills, paid receipts, grade reports, permission slips, completed evaluation forms, and records of registration. Also read and examine all materials sent to you. You may need to act quickly on something important. n Carefully check the online (or printed) Registration Guide for information about program adjustments and special dates regarding withdrawals and refund periods. n In order to assure that all your credits are evaluated, make sure (if you have not already done so) that the final transcript of your last semester in attendance at your prior institution is sent to the Undergraduate Admissions Office. The Undergraduate Admissions Office would like to wish you a successful and rewarding semester! If you have any questions, feel free to contact us. Our offices are in Jefferson Hall, 1st floor ( ). 3
5 Things To Do Follow these simple steps for a successful transition to Queens College: 1. Make arrangements to have the final transcript (with any degrees awarded noted on the transcript) of your last semester in attendance at your prior institution sent to the Undergraduate Admissions Office, Queens College, CUNY, Kissena Boulevard, Flushing, NY n If you took any Advanced Placement Test(s) from the College Entrance Examination Board in high school, you also will need to have the test score(s) sent to the Admissions Office for evaluation. (See page 11.) Credit granted by another college for advanced placement will not be recognized. 2. Attend a Transfer Student Advising Workshop. The Academic Advising Center conducts New Transfer Advising Workshops in May through August for the Fall semester and in December and January for the Spring semester. A workshop invitation with available dates, times, and RSVP instructions is mailed to every incoming transfer student. Students may sign up in advance for any one of the workshops using the Academic Advising Center s online reservation system. The two-hour workshop program provides information about the transfer credit evaluation process, Queens College s academic degree require ments, and the online registration process. Any questions you may have will be addressed at the end of each session. The workshop provides a general introduction to the Queens College curriculum, registration procedures, and program planning. Attendance is not required for registration, but is strongly recommended. Students wishing to meet with an Academic Advisor must attend a workshop first. 3. Get your credits evaluated: n For courses completed at most U.S.-accredited colleges and universities, the Admissions Office will automatically send you a preliminary transfer credit evaluation. Further evaluation by faculty may be required, especially for courses that apply to your major. Instructions for this process will be included in the mailing with your preliminary evaluation. n For courses completed at an accredited college or university outside the U.S., an evaluation indicating credit totals only, will be sent to you automatically. Further evaluation by faculty will be required, in order to equate the credits to Queens College courses. Instructions for this process will be included in the mailing with your preliminary evaluation. n For courses completed at U.S. or foreign nonaccredited or nondegree-granting institutions, a blank evaluation form will be sent to you with instructions for evaluation of credits. n Student copies of your transcripts are required, and course descriptions are recommended when visiting the appropriate academic department for evaluation. 4. Check the Queens College Undergraduate Bulletin (online at which contains a listing of all undergraduate courses, college policies, and degree requirements. 5. Obtain the Registration Guide (distributed at the Transfer Student Advising Workshop and also available online), which provides an overview of registration procedures, registration dates, program adjustment and refund dates, and, most important, instructions on how to access the online registra tion system the CUNY Portal. (The Registration Guide provides detailed instructions on how to create your CUNY Portal account.) 4
6 6. Plan Your Registration n If you plan to register for precalculus or calculus courses, take the CUNY Mathematics Skills Assessment Test (COMPASS). (See below.) n If you plan to register for Music courses, take the Music Qualifying Examination. (See below.) n If you plan to register for Chemistry & Biochemistry courses, take the Chemistry & Biochemistry Placement Examination. (See page 6.) Placement Examinations Mathematics Placement Examination (COMPASS) The CUNY Mathematics Skills Assessment Test (COMPASS) is strongly recommended for students planning to take a calculus sequence. (Several academic majors require students to take a calculus course: Accounting, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, Mathematics, and Physics.) Students can arrange to take this examination through the Testing Center in Kiely Hall, Room 232 ( ). Students who do not take the CUNY Mathematics Skills Assessment Test will be required to take Precalculus, MATH 122, as a prerequisite prior to registering for a calculus course. The prerequisite of MATH 122 for calculus is waived if the student has: n received a grade of 80 or higher on the New York State Math B or Sequential III Math or Intermediate Algebra & Trigonometry Regents Exam, or n received a score of 600 or higher on the Math SAT I, or n was placed into calculus based on Part 2 of the CUNY Mathematics Skills Assessment Test. Students who have not taken mathematics for one year or more are encouraged to review high school algebra and trigonometry before taking this exam. Music Qualifying Examination If you want to take any music theory or sight-singing/ear-training course, whether or not you plan to major in music, you must take the qualifying examination in order to be admitted to appropriate courses. The examination includes: n Tests in the rudiments of theory, dictation, sight-singing, and playing piano. n An audition on your principal instrument or voice, during which you will play one or more prepared pieces and sight-read. Students who do not play keyboard instruments will have to supply their own instruments. The examination will last approximately 3 hours. Please bring a pencil and eraser as well as your Social Security number (which will be your Student ID number until the college assigns you a permanent ID number). If you want to apply for advanced placement, you may take additional tests in harmony and/or species counterpoint and keyboard harmony. Students interested in taking music appreciation courses (MUSIC 001, 005, or 008) or other non-major courses, such as Music 060, are not required to take the qualifying examination. For additional information concerning the next qualifying examination date, contact the School of Music, located in the Music Building, Room 203 ( ). 5
7 Chemistry & Biochemistry Placement Examination (Optional) The Chemistry & Biochemistry Placement Examination is a test in basic mathematics and reasoning; this test, along with advisement from a Chemistry & Bio chem istry Department representative, will help you decide which introductory course is right for you. For details concerning the test, which takes approximately 1 hour, contact the Chemistry & Biochemistry Department, located in Remsen Hall, Room 206 ( ). If you have already studied college chemistry, you should discuss your placement with a Chemistry & Biochemistry Department representative prior to registration. Understanding the Transfer Credit Process You are probably wondering How will I know which credits have been transferred to Queens College? Queens College will grant liberal arts credit for undergraduate courses (not considered remedial) successfully completed at a U.S.-accredited, degree-granting institution provided that a minimum grade of C was earned, or for courses with a passing grade at a college within CUNY.* A maximum of 12 non-liberal arts credits may be granted (students hold ing associate degrees from a CUNY community college may be permitted to exceed this limit). Up to 75 total credits are transferable. There are five degree-requirement areas where your transfer credits can be applied: 1. College Competencies: English Composition, Mathematics, Foreign Language. 2. Perspectives on the Liberal Arts & Sciences (PLAS). 3. Writing-Intensive Coursework: 3 W courses, at least 1 of which must be taken in residence at Queens College. 4. Major Requirements (number of credits depends on the major). 5. Electives (2nd major, minor, internships, Study Abroad, etc.). Note: After you have matriculated (enrolled) at Queens College, if you wish to take courses at another college (within CUNY or elsewhere) and transfer those credits to Queens, you must first obtain a permit (permission) to do so from the Office of the Registrar. The Registrar s website ( and the Registration Guide both provide information on permit procedures. Permits to take courses at another CUNY college are filed online through your CUNY Portal account. For permission to take courses at a non-cuny college, you will have to complete a downloadable form, have it signed by the appropriate academic department advisor, and return it to the Office of the Registrar prior to taking the courses. This policy applies to regular semester courses as well as Summer and Winter Session courses. The college will not issue retroactive permits. * The CUNY Transfer Information and Program Planning System, called CUNY TIPPS for short, is a website designed to provide students with the information they need to successfully transfer from a CUNY associate degree program to a bachelor s degree program. You may access the site at Information is provided on how senior colleges evaluate associate degree courses for transfer and, where applicable, on programto-program articulation agreements that provide for a smooth transfer of courses and credits from associate to bachelor degree programs. Please note that while every reasonable effort is made to keep the course information in the University Course Guide accurate and up-to-date, neither the individual colleges nor the CUNY Central Administration can be held liable for errors in, or omissions from, this online service. All final decisions regarding the transferability of courses remain with the institutions involved. 6
8 Queens College Degree Requirements Queens College students are responsible for meeting degree requirements in these five areas:* 1. College Competencies A. English Composition ENGL 110 (3 credits) B. Mathematics Basic Skills Math (see page 9) C. Foreign Language (three semesters in one foreign language) Level I Level II Level III 2. Perspectives on the LIBERAL ARTS & SCIENCES (PLAS) A. Areas of Knowledge and Inquiry Reading Literature (2 courses) Appreciating & Participating in the Arts (1 course) Cultures & Values (1 course) Analyzing Social Structures (2 courses, in 2 disciplines) Natural Sciences (2 courses, at least one with lab) B. Contexts of Experience (may be a course taken in Section A, above) United States (1 course) European Traditions (1 course) World Cultures (1 course) Completed Exemption C. Extended Requirements (may be a course taken in Section A, above) Pre-Industrial Society (1 course) Abstract & Quantitative Reasoning (1 course) 3. OTHER GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS A. Three writing-intensive courses (ENGL 120W counts as one) ENGL 120W (3 credits) Two other writing-intensive courses or First writing-intensive course Second writing-intensive course Third writing-intensive course B. CUNY Proficiency Examination (must be passed before completing the 60th credit) 4. Completion of a MAJOR (see major department for individual requirements) 5. electives (additional courses to obtain a total of 120 credits except for Art, Music, and Elementary Education majors, who may require additional credits to complete their required coursework) * Transfer students who matriculated after February 1, 2003, with an AA or AS in Liberal Arts and Sciences from a CUNY community college are considered to have fulfilled the College Competencies and PLAS. If these students have less than one year of a foreign language at the col lege level, however, they will be requested to gain or demonstrate proficiency at that level. At least one writing-intensive course must be taken in residence at Queens College. 7
9 The Queens College Degree Electives PLAS: Perspectives on the Liberal Arts & Sciences Major: Number of Credits Required Depends on Major College Competencies: English Composition Math Foreign Language Writing-Intensive Coursework CUNY Proficiency Exam (carries no credit) Degree Requirements In order to graduate from Queens College, you must satisfy requirements set by the college, the City Uni versity, and the New York State Board of Regents. The degree requirements are as follows: n Complete at least 120 credits of college-level coursework.* n Satisfy requirements in the College Competencies. n Satisfy requirements for Writing-Intensive coursework. n Complete a series of PLAS courses (Perspectives on the Liberal Arts and Sciences) that promote intellectual breadth. n Complete at least one approved major. n Maintain an overall average of 2.0 or better. n Pass the CUNY Proficiency Examination (CPE) in writing to advance to the upper division (beyond 60 credits). n All CUNY students who graduated from high school after June 1993 must also satisfy a series of subject matter requirements under the College Preparatory Initiative (CPI) requirements. Every student at Queens College is responsible for the completion of the general college requirements.* These include both the College Competencies and PLAS courses (Perspectives on the Liberal Arts and Sciences) detailed on the following pages. * Students majoring in Art, Music, or Elementary & Early Childhood Education should consult the department listings in their major in the college s online Undergraduate Bulletin or the Academic Advising Center (Kiely Hall, Room 217) for special curriculum and PLAS requirements. 8
10 College Competencies* 1. English Composition Requirement (3 credits) ENGL 110 College Writing (or a score of 4 or higher on either the English Language & Composition or English Literature & Composition Advanced Placement exam) College Competencies 2. Mathematics Requirement (3 credits) All students are required to successfully complete MATH 110 (Mathematical Literacy: An Introduction to College Mathematics) or a course beyond that level, or to place into a course beyond the level of MATH 122 based on the CUNY COMPASS exam. You are considered to have already met the Basic Skills Math Requirement if: n you have taken and passed a transferred course in Math Statistics, Intermediate Algebra, Precalculus, or Calculus, or n you received a score of 3 or higher on the Calculus Advanced Placement exam, or n you were placed into Calculus based on Part 2 of the CUNY COMPASS Assessment Test. 3. Foreign Language (0 11 credits) Three semesters of the same foreign language are required.* You are exempt from the requirement if: n you have taken and passed three years of the same foreign language in high school, or n you have completed the 11th grade or higher at a school in which the language of instruction is a language other than English, or n you have taken and passed the NYS Regents Comprehensive Language Exam, Level 3 with a score of 80 or higher, or n you have taken and passed a transferred foreign language course equivalent to Intermediate Level 1, or n you are fluent in a language other than English and are able to pass a proficiency exam given by the appropriate language department at Queens College or an approved external placement exam. (Consult the Queens College Division of Arts & Humanities website for a list of approved exams.) PLAS Perspectives on the Liberal Arts & Sciences* PLAS All students must fulfill coursework in ten different categories, as noted below. PLAS categories provide students with the opportunity to experience courses from many different academic areas, guaranteeing a well-rounded educational experience. (Note: Many courses will fulfill more than one category or overlap with a student s major or minor.) 1. Areas of Knowledge and Inquiry n Reading Literature (RL) 2 courses (ENGL 110 or exemption is a prerequisite) n Appreciating and Participating in the Arts (AP) 1 course n Cultures & Values (CV) 1 course n Analyzing Social Structures (SS) 2 courses from two different disciplines n Natural Sciences (NS/NS-L) 2 courses, at least one course with a lab * Students transferring to Queens College with an AA or AS degree from a City University of New York (CUNY) community college or Nassau Community College are considered to have fulfilled the College Competencies and PLAS requirements with the exception of the foreign language requirement. Students who do not meet any of the exemptions listed above must complete at least one year of foreign language at the college level. Fluency in American Sign Language (or successful completion of a course at the third semester level or higher) will satisfy the Foreign Language Requirement; a com petency exam will be arranged through the Department of Linguistics & Communication Disorders (Kissena Hall, Room 349; ). 9
11 2. Contexts of Experience (may be a course taken in Section A, above) n United States (US) 1 course n European Traditions (ET) 1 course n World Cultures (WC) 1 course 3. Extended Requirements (may be a course taken in Section A, above) n Pre-Industrial Society (PI) 1 course n Abstract/Quantitative Reasoning (QR) 1 course See Appendix A (page 15) for a list of the courses that fulfill PLAS categories. Updated lists also will be found on the QC website ( Writing-Intensive Coursework Three units of writing-intensive coursework (3 9 credits) (ENGL 120W Writing, Literature, Culture is equivalent to one of the three required writing units, and may be recommended for some students.) Note: Regardless of exemptions or transfer credit, at least one writing-intensive course must be taken in residence at Queens College. ENGL 110 is a prerequisite for all writing-intensive courses. Writing-Intensive Coursework Declaration of a Major When should I declare my major? All Queens College students should declare their major by the completion of the 60th credit. Note: Some forms of financial aid require that the major be declared prior to the completion of the 60th credit. Major Students in their first or second semester should allow themselves an opportunity to explore the Queens College curriculum by completing coursework in the College Competencies and PLAS areas before deciding upon a major. Note: Several majors require detailed planning of coursework prior to the completion of the 60th credit: Business Administration, Elementary Education, Graphic Design, Music, Neuroscience, and Studio Art (BFA); students considering these majors should consult the appropriate department upon acceptance to Queens College. Students who need assistance in choosing a major should make plans to visit the Academic Advising Center (Kiely Hall, Room 217; ); the College Counseling & Resource Center (Frese Hall, 1st floor; ); the Career Development & Internships Office (Frese Hall, Room 213; ); and/or a faculty member in the department(s) you are considering. How do I declare a major? 1. Pick up a Declaration of Major form from the appropriate academic department or the Office of the Registrar in Jefferson Hall, 1st floor. 2. Have a representative from the academic department sign the form. If declaring more than one major, you must obtain signatures from each department. 3. Return the signed form to the Office of the Registrar. Once you have declared a major, it is important to meet regularly with a faculty member in your department. YOU are responsible for making sure you are aware of all department requirements. 10
12 Majors Available at Queens College Program degree Accounting Africana Studies American Studies Anthropology Applied Social Sciences BS Art Studio, BFA (including Art Education) Art History Biology Business Administration B (including Actuarial Studies, Finance, and International) Byzantine & Modern Greek Studies Chemistry & Biochemistry, /MA Comparative Literature Computer Science, BS, /MA Drama & Theatre East Asian Studies Economics Elementary & Early Childhood Education Program degree English Environmental Sciences, BS Biology, Chemistry, and Geology) Environmental Studies Family & Consumer Sci (including Dietetics, Family & Consumer Studies, Food & Nutrition, Teacher Education, and Textiles & Apparel) Film Studies French Geology, BS Graphic Design BS Greek (Ancient) Hebrew History Interdisciplinary Studies Italian Jewish Studies Labor Studies Latin Latin American & Latino Studies Program degree Linguistics (including General Linguistics, TESOL, and Communication Sciences & Disorders) Mathematics Media Studies Music (including Music,, BMus Music Ed, and Performance) /MA Neuroscience (Biology and Psychology) Nutrition & Exercise Sci BS Philosophy, / MA Physical Education BS Physics, BS /MA Political Science Psychology Religious Studies Russian Sociology Spanish Theatre-Dance Urban Studies Women s Studies Electives Electives The remaining area of the degree is reserved for electives. Electives are courses taken to bring your total num ber of credits up to the required minimum of 120 credits but do not fulfill specific major/minor, College Competencies, or PLAS requirements. The number of credits you have available for electives depends on the num ber of credits required to fulfill the other parts of your degree. If your College Competencies and PLAS courses plus your major do not total the required 120-credit minimum, you need to complete elective credits until you reach that minimum total. You may choose to use your elective credits to fulfill requirements for a second major, a minor, credit-bearing internships, to participate in a study-abroad program, or to take a sampling of courses geared to your interests. Advanced Placement and College Credit for Prior Coursework A student can be awarded up to 24 college credits for college-level work completed in high school. Such credits might include coursework taken through College Now, Townsend Harris High School, the QC High Jump Program, pre-college work taken at other accredited institutions and listed on a college transcript, AP work certified through the College Board, and International Baccalaureate credit. AP test scores should be forwarded directly to the Undergraduate Admissions Office from the Educational Testing Service as soon as possible. You will be notified of the transferability of your courses after our evaluation. Queens College s ETS code number is Be sure to inform your academic advisor if you took AP courses in high school. Do not register for any courses you think you might get credit for, because the college cannot grant credit for duplicated courses. Please note that a student must complete a minimum of 45 credits in residence to be awarded a degree from Queens College. 11
13 Second Baccalaureate Degree Transfer students who already hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited U.S. college or uni ver sity, or from a foreign institution of equivalent level, will not be permitted to matriculate unless and until a com pleted Second Baccalaureate Degree Authorization Form is received in the Undergraduate Admissions Office (Jefferson Hall, 1st floor). With the exception of those students who earned their bache lor s degree at a CUNY college, all second baccalaureate degree candidates must follow the procedures for getting credits evaluated as described in this handbook. For details, students should refer to the section entitled Curriculum Requirements for the Second Baccalaureate Degree in the college s Undergraduate Bulletin. Second baccalaureate degree students are not required to take the CUNY Proficiency Examination. How To Register for Classes The college s Registration Guide, issued each semester, provides detailed instructions for registration. Students register for classes online via the CUNY Portal ( according to the schedule shown in the Registration Guide. Help with program planning and registration is always available from the Academic Advising Center, especially for new transfer students. In order to plan your program, you will need to do the following: n Read the material in this handbook. n Have your prior college work evaluated (unless the Admissions Office has already done so). n Review the results of your placement examinations, if you were required to take any. n Have access to an Internet-connected computer (terminals are available all over the campus). n Have ready your Registration Guide (which includes a schedule worksheet) and a copy of any information pertinent to the classes you will be registering for ( Note that course descriptions can be accessed on the CUNY Portal s Schedule of Classes by clicking on the name of the course in each department. If you have been admitted to one of the following programs, you will plan your program with the appropriate program officer: n If you are enrolled in Adult Collegiate Education (ACE), please contact the ACE Office in Kiely Hall, Room 134A ( ). n If you are enrolled through the Murphy Institute for Worker Education, formerly the Labor Education and Advancement Project (LEAP), please contact the Murphy Institute/LEAP Office in Kissena Hall, Room 217 ( ). n If you are placed in College English as a Second Language (CESL), please contact the CESL Office in Kiely Hall, Room 227 ( ). n If you are enrolled in SEEK (Search for Education, Elevation & Knowledge), please contact the SEEK Office in Delany Hall, Room 128 ( ). 12
14 Advisement for Professional and Pre-Professional Programs The following professional and pre-professional areas of study are offered at Queens College: Pre-Health: The Office of Health Professions Advisory Services (Science Building, Room B338; ), offers assistance to students planning careers in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, vet eri nary medicine, and other health professions. Pre-Law: The Pre-Law Advisor is available through the Department of Political Science (Powdermaker Hall, Room 200; ), to assist students who plan to study law. Pre-Engineering: Information about the pre-engineering program is available from the Department of Physics (Science Building, Room B334; ). Education: For information, you should consult with one of the following departments within the Division of Education: n Educational & Com munity Programs (Powdermaker Hall, Room 033; ). n Elementary & Early Childhood Educa tion (Powdermaker Hall, Room 054; ). n Secondary Education & Youth Services (Powdermaker Hall, Room 150; ). Minority Students: The pre-professional advisor for minority students is available for consulta tion in Frese Hall, Room 112. To arrange for an appointment, please telephone Information about professional and pre-professional programs can be found in the college s online Bulletin and at the appropriate academic department office. Since many of these programs offer special meetings prior to registration, contact your specific department of interest for details. Declaring a Major If you are entering with 60 credits or more, you will be required to declare a major at registration. If you are entering as an upper sophomore (45 credits or more), you must file a concentration form with your major department during your first semester in attendance at Queens College. Forms are available in the department offices. An approved concentration form is a graduation require ment. See page 11 for a list of majors and pages 19 and 20 for the location of department and program offices. If you have not yet decided on a major and would like some assistance in making a choice, contact any of the following offices: n Academic Advising Center (Kiely Hall, Room 217; ) n College Counseling & Resource Center (Frese Hall, 1st floor; ) n Career Development & Internships Office (Frese Hall, Room 213; ) n A faculty member in the department(s) you are considering. 13