Please read the following instructions
carefully before completing the
You need the signature of your Psychology Program Advisor (also known as a Director of Undergraduate Studies, or DUS) for all exceptions to the departmental major or concentration requirements. In the case of a psychology course taken at another institution prior to your admission to Columbia, the fact that you were given transfer credit upon entrance does not imply that the course is approved for credit toward the major or concentration.
Transfer Credit for Psychology Courses taken elsewhere. You should consult your Psychology Program Advisor (DUS) before registering for psychology courses offered outside the Department. With your advisor's signed approval, one Barnard psychology course, but not more than one, may be applied toward the 1st, 3rd, 4th, or 5th psychology requirement. Alternatively, you may apply to the advisor to have one course from another institution applied toward the psychology portion of the Neuroscience and Behavior major. To be approved for transfer credit, a course taken at another institution should be substantially similar to one offered by the department, it must have been taken within the last eight years, and the grade received must be B- or better.
IMPORTANT! As soon as you decide to pursue a major in Neuroscience & Behavior, you should complete the steps below to verify that any exception you are counting on has been authorized and is on record in the appropriate offices. It is not necessary to wait until after you have declared your major to start this process. Under no circumstances should you wait until your final semester to submit your transfer credit requests! Starting this process too late could prevent you from graduating on time.
How to apply for an exception.
1. Before you apply:
2. Assemble all required materials for each course you want us to consider.
3. Take assembled materials to 406 Schermerhorn where the Undergraduate Curriculum Assistant will check them for completeness. IMPORTANT: If you are a GS Student, you must submit all required paperwork in the same semester in which you declare a major; failure to meet this deadline may result in the loss of eligibility for transfer credit toward the major or concentration.
4. Answer any questions from your Program Advisor. The UCA will pass your submission on to your advisor, who will contact you if he or she has any questions or requires additional materials in order to review your request. You may also request to meet with your Program Advisor at this point if you have an unusual transfer situation or any other issues you’d like to discuss (e.g., if you have taken several courses you could potentially transfer, and need help deciding which of those courses would be most advantageous to apply toward your total of nine transfer credits).
5. If permission is granted. Once your Program Advisor has reviewed your request, the UCA will let you know whether or not permission has been granted. If it has, you will need to visit the Psychology Department Office to pick up a copy of the signed form.
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