Department of Chemistry Biochemistry

Undergraduate Advising

Transfer Students

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry works with many transfer students. We know that transfer students have concerns about transitioning to ASU and questions about how their credits will transfer. This page details the step-by-step process students should follow to insure an easy transition.

  • STEP 1: Investigate ASU opportunities

  • STEP 2: Apply to ASU

  • STEP 3: Plan for registration and orientation

  • STEP 4: Learn about the transfer credit evaluation process

  • STEP 5: Complete steps in MyASU

  • STEP 6: Finish the Advising/Registration Process

    • STEP 2: Apply to ASU. Be sure to request that all of your official transcripts from high school (s) and college(s) be sent to the ASU Admissions Office. Students are also responsible for sending their official test scores to the ASU Admissions Office (College Board-Advanced Placement (AP) exam scores, International Baccalaureate (IB) exams scores and CLEP exam scores). Only credit on official documents are appended to the official ASU record.
    Action 1: To register for classes, transfer students need to do at least one of the following:
      • Option A: Attend a Transfer Orientation. Once admitted to ASU you will receive information from the ASU Orientation Office about attending a Transfer Orientation. The Orientation includes information about ASU services and about transitioning to ASU. If you come to a Transfer Orientation, one of the sessions you will attend is an individual meeting with your academic advisor (there is no need to schedule a separate appointment with an advisor as the day includes this session). During this session your advisor will review your academic history, will recommend courses you should register for in the upcoming semester and will provide instruction on the registration process. You will also learn more about majors in Chemistry and Biochemistry and how they relate to pre-health professional schools (like Medical School, Pharmacy School, etc.), as well as about careers in Chemistry and Biochemistry. It is helpful to review your MyASU page before coming and take action to remove all HOLDS that impact registration.
    OR
      • Option B: Schedule a private advising appointment with your academic advisor. Transfer students may schedule an appointment with their advisor: Make an Appointment
    During this session your advisor will review your academic history, will recommend courses you should register for in the upcoming semester and will provide instruction on the registration process. You will also learn more about majors in Chemistry and Biochemistry and how they relate to pre-health professional schools (like Medical School, Pharmacy School, etc.), as well as about careers in Chemistry and Biochemistry. Please bring your unofficial college transcripts with you to the advising appointment. It is helpful to review your MyASU page before coming and take action to remove all HOLDS that impact registration.

    Tips in choosing an appointment time:
    Be aware that the appointment will likely take more than the allotted 30 minutes.Note: Dates may be two weeks in the future. Check daily for an appointment time that works for you to meet one-on-one with your advisor.



    Action 2: Take tests.

      • Students who have not completed a college mathematics course should take the math placement exam before meeting with their academic advisor. Students who want to take a language course should take the language placement exam before meeting with their advisor.

        How do I take the math placement test?

        Answer: You may take the math placement test online. Be aware that your scores will take 72 hours to process in the system. You should not delay in taking your math placement test or taking your requisite math course.

        You may take the test two times and the score is good for one year. To access the exam, please go to the Math Placement Test. To take Calculus I (MAT 270) you must score a 60 on the general test AND score a 38 or higher on the Advanced Math Placement Test. To enroll in Precalculus (MAT 170) you must score a 50 on the general test. We recommend you print a copy of your scores should you need to access them later. New students should bring a copy of their test score to orientation or to their first meeting with their academic advisor.

        How do I take the language placement test?

        Answer: You may take the language test online. This test is self-diagnostic and should be used as a recommendation for which section you will have greatest success. The results of the test are not reported elsewhere. We recommend you print a copy of your scores should you need to access them later. New students should bring a copy of their test score to orientation or to their first meeting with their academic advisor.

      • Information for ALL Transfer Students:
        While most courses taken at a regionally accredited college or university are transferable, many issues impact how courses apply to a given degree program. ASU accepts college-level (not remedial) courses in which you have earned a grade of C or better (on a scale where an A=4.0) from regionally accredited institutions. It is up to the college of your major to determine how transferable courses fulfill your degree requirements. You may transfer up to 64 credits from a regionally accredited two-year college. While there is no limit to the number of courses that you may transfer from a regionally accredited four-year institution, university policies determine the number and type of ASU credits you need to earn your ASU degree. Every candidate for a baccalaureate degree is required to earn a minimum of 30 semester hours in resident credit courses at the ASU campus from which the student will graduate.
      • Arizona Public Community Colleges
        All of the Arizona Public Community Colleges have articulation agreements with Arizona State University. This means that all of your courses from these institutions have pre-determined equivalencies or fulfill pre-determined requirements. You can see the equivalencies on this Course Equivalency Guide (CEG)

    If you are only transferring credit from these institutions, you do not need to request further evaluation of your credits and you should proceed to STEP FIVE - Complete steps in MyASU below.

      • Arizona Public Universities
        Only some of the courses from University of Arizona and Northern Arizona University have been articulated with ASU. This means that some of your courses have pre-determined equivalencies or fulfill pre-determined requirements but others may not. You can see the equivalencies on this Course Equivalency Guide (CEG)

    For courses you have completed at these institutions that you do not see on the Course Equivalency Guide you will need to treat them like Out-of -State and Private Colleges & Universities (see below).

      • Out-of- State and Private Colleges & Universities
        Each of the courses that you present for transfer from schools other than Arizona Public Community Colleges or Arizona Public Universities that are accepted by ASU will transfer initially as elective credit. You will need to follow the below actions to have your transfer courses evaluated to meet specific degree requirements.
        • Action 2: Find the school (s) where you completed credit on the Transfer Credit Guide to learn if the credits you have completed with a grade of C or better have already been evaluated. You do not need to do anything if the credits you completed are already on the Transfer Credit Guide. Make sure you pay attention to the Effective Date column as the equivalency stated is only for courses completed within the Effective Date range. These credits will be placed into your degree program automatically. You also do not need to request an evaluation of courses in which you earned a grade below a C.
        • Action 3: Request an evaluation (upper right hand corner of the Transfer Guide page-Submit Course for Evaluation) for each course that has not yet been evaluated. Your advisor can help you identify which courses to submit for evaluation. Students must provide a course syllabus for English Composition, Math, Science and Computer Science courses.
        • Action 4: Students will receive an email notification from the Transfer Credit Guide team stating the result of each course evaluation. We recommend you keep these emails to present to your advisor should it be necessary to do so in the future.
      • NOTE: Students may request an evaluation of credits that they plan to take in the future at a non-Arizona school and/or private college or university. Students, however, will only receive the credit for courses once they are admitted to ASU and have provided an official transcript from the college where the credit was completed.
      • NOTE: If you are presenting credits that are more than 15 years old, you should contact your academic advisor before submitting courses to the Transfer Credit Guide for evaluation.
      • International Credit: If you are presenting credits that you earned at an institution outside the United States, you should contact your academic advisor rather than submit courses to the Transfer Credit Guide.
      • Log in to MyASU using your ASURite login and password. If you need help with this, contact the Help Desk. Activate both aliases of your Gmail. Click on any holds you have and complete the processes to have them removed. Your Advising Hold will be removed once you have met with an advisor.
        In MyASU, click on Finances>Sun Card>Get a Sun Card to find out how to get your student ID card.
    • STEP 6: Finish the Advising/Registration Process.

      • Students cannot register for classes until they interact with their academic advisor. Students who attend a Transfer Orientation or meet with their academic advisor via an appointment will gain the knowledge they need to register for their courses.
      • Students must remove all holds that impact registration before they will be permitted to register for classes. Your advisor will remove your ADVISING HOLD once you have met with them.
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