The Astronomy Department allows students to take and transfer courses from other institutions for prerequisite and major/minor credit through the departmental approval process. The use of transfer credit towards any program in Astronomy is subject to advisor approval. Students hoping to use transfer credit to complete either prerequisite or required coursework towards a major or minor should schedule an advising appointment with an Astronomy faculty advisor. This is true for all of our majors and minors, but especially if a student intends to choose the Interdisciplinary Astronomy Minor.
Transfer Credit Evaluation Process
Currently Enrolled UM Students:
Check the Transfer Credit Equivalency (TCE) website to see if the class has already been approved for transfer.
If the class is listed on the TCE website as transferring as equivalent credit (i.e. Astro 101) then no additional steps are required.
If the class is listed on the TCE website as transferring as departmental credit (i.e. Astro Dept.) make an appointment with an Astronomy faculty advisor to have the course evaluated.
If the class is not listed on the TCE website, submit an evaluation request using the UM Transfer Credit Equivalency Request Form. If you are informed that the class transfers as departmental credit, make an appointment with an Astronomy faculty advisor to have the course evaluated.
Prospective Transfer Students
Check the Transfer Credit Equivalency (TCE) website to see if the class has already been approved for transfer. If the website lists a course as approved that is older than 5 years, please submit to the department for review.
If the class is listed on the TCE website as transferring as departmental credit (i.e. Astronomy Dept.) submit the course to the Astronomy Department for evaluation via firstname.lastname@example.org.
If a class is not listed at all on the TCE this means that no student has ever submitted it for evaluation.
Submit the course to the Astronomy Department for evaluation via email@example.com.
Submitting a course to the department for review
In order for a course to be evaluated, students should submit the following to firstname.lastname@example.org:
Syllabus - ideally for the semester in question. If a syllabus from a different semester is given, please describe also the differences between your class and the syllabus that is being provided (required)
Institution where course is taught, and term taken or to be taken (if not indicated on the syllabus)
Sample assignments or any other supporting material that may be helpful in evaluation (encouraged, but optional)
Once submitted, course review can take 2-3 weeks. If a course is approved for credit for a current student, the department will submit a request to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions to award the credit for the coursework taken; the student will be copied on this email as confirmation of approval. If denied credit, the student will receive an explanation as to why from our faculty evaluators.
Transfer credits may be applied to majors and minors in accordance with the rules of the student's U-M college.
Contact email@example.com with any questions you may have about the process.