Please read the following instructions
carefully before completing the
You need the signature of your Psychology Program Advisor for all exceptions to the psychology requirements of the Neuroscience and Behavior major. 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.
Transfer Credit for Psychology Courses taken elsewhere. You should consult your Psychology Program Advisor 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 and the grade received must be B- or better.
How to apply for an exception.
1. In many cases, you will need to see the Dean first before seeing your Program Advisor. If you are seeking credit toward the major for a psychology course taken elsewhere, you must first obtain transfer credit through CC or GS. You also need (conditional) advance approval for a course to be taken outside Columbia University during the summer. See the Dean first and obtain the relevant forms before seeing your Psychology Program Advisor.
2. Assemble all required materials.
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 will result in the loss of eligibility for transfer credit toward the major or concentration.
5. If permission is granted. Once you have received signed permission of the Psychology Program Advisor, you need to make copies of the Major Requirement Substitution form and see that it gets filed in the necessary places:
IMPORTANT! As soon as you declare your major you should complete the above steps to verify that any exception you are counting on has been authorized and is on record in the appropriate offices. Under no circumstances should you wait until your final semester to do this!
This page is maintained by lep1 and asj2124. It was last modified by asj2124 on April 14, 2009