Course Policies


Requesting Transfer Credit

Elective credit can usually be granted by the College Center for Advising Services.

To request transfer credit for chemistry courses, students should provide the course description from either the course catalog or website (preferred) of the course they plan to take, or have already taken elsewhere, to the chemistry Undergraduate Studies Coordinator or to the chemistry faculty member assigned to handle "Approval of Transfer Credit" as listed on the departmental Undergraduate Studies Committee web page. The syllabus may also be requested. Please see our general policies regarding General Chemistry and Organic Chemistry transfer credit. It is recommended that students obtain approval of transfer credit before taking a course elsewhere when possible.

Students must also complete a Course Approval Form, which needs to include the course number and title of the other school's course, and indicate which corresponding course at the University of Rochester transfer credit is being sought for. Course Approval Forms are available at the College Center for Advising Services counter outside Lattimore 312. Upon completion of the course(s), students need to request that the Registrar at the other school send an official transcript to the College Center for Advising Services.
Further information regarding university transfer credit policy is available at: www.rochester.edu/college/CCAS/AdviserHandbook/TransferCrdt.html.

  • General Chemistry Transfer Credit (CHM 131, 132)
  • General Chemistry courses at four year colleges or universities will be accepted for University of Rochester credit providing they are part of a two-semester sequence and also include a laboratory component (or a separate lab course). Completion of the first course plus lab of a two semester sequence will earn transfer credit for CHM 131, while completion of the second course plus lab will earn transfer credit for CHM 132, regardless of the material covered. If the course taken for transfer credit does not include an integral laboratory, and you have not taken a separate lab, then both a lecture course and a lab course must be completed to obtain transfer credit.

    General Chemistry courses at Monroe Community College are on an MCC Approved List of courses receiving transfer credit. The department will consider General Chemistry courses taken at other community colleges for transfer credit. A grade of B or better is required to receive transfer credit for courses taken at a Community College.

  • Organic Chemistry Transfer Credit (CHM 203, 204, 207, 208)

    Organic Chemistry courses at four year colleges or universities will be accepted for University of Rochester credit providing they are part of a two-course sequence. Completion of the first course of a two-course sequence will earn transfer credit for CHM 203 and/or 207, while completion of the second course will earn transfer credit for CHM 204 and/or 208, regardless of the material covered.

    Lecture and laboratory courses in Organic Chemistry are separate courses at the University of Rochester and at many other schools. Some colleges, however, offer Organic Chemistry courses with an integrated laboratory; in these cases, UR credit will be awarded for both lecture and laboratory courses (for example CHM 203 & 207 or CHM 204 & 208). An exception to this occurs if the student has completed the organic laboratory course at Rochester (e.g., CHM 208); the student may then request transfer credit for only a lecture course (e.g., CHM 204) even if the course at another college includes both lecture and laboratory.

    Organic Chemistry courses at Monroe Community College are on an MCC Approved List of courses receiving transfer credit. The department will consider Organic Chemistry courses taken at other community colleges for transfer credit. A grade of B or better is required to receive transfer credit for courses taken at a Community College.

     

Repeating a Course

Use the following table to determine the options available for "repeating" a general chemistry course. Students may wish to consult the College rules at Repeating Courses.

Guidelines for Repeating Chemistry Courses
To repeat: You may take:
CHM 131 CHM 131 (summer or fall semester)
CHM 132 CHM 132 (summer or spring semester)
CHM 171 CHM 203 (summer or fall semester)
CHM 172 CHM 204 (summer or spring semester)
CHM 173 CHM 207 (summer or fall semester)
CHM 203 CHM 203 (summer or fall semester)
CHM 204 CHM 204 (summer or spring semester)
CHM 207 CHM 207 (summer or fall semester)
CHM 208 CHM 208 (summer or spring semester or CHM 210/210W spring only)