Dec 02, 2020  
2019-2020 SUNY Potsdam Academic Catalog 
    
2019-2020 SUNY Potsdam Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Undergraduate Transfer Credit Policy


 

Transfer Credits

Definition: Credits earned for instruction not under the direct control of SUNY Potsdam are transfer credits.

Acceptance of Credit: The Transfer Coordinator, in the Office of Admissions, is responsible for evaluation of transfer credentials. Credits will be accepted for coursework completed with a grade of 1.0/D or higher at a regionally accredited institution of higher education, (i.e., college, junior college, technical institute, seminary, Armed Forces Institute, Service Members Opportunity College or foreign institution). Guidelines issued by the American Association of College Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) will be used where necessary and applicable to assist in evaluation.

An official evaluation of transfer credit will be completed for each transfer student at the time of acceptance to the College. This evaluation constitutes an agreement between the student and SUNY Potsdam and is binding for six years from the catalog date indicated on the evaluation. During that time no changes may be made to the detriment of the student because of subsequent changes in College policy or requirements.

Because of the difficulty in evaluating the equivalence of grading systems among institutions, grades earned elsewhere in courses accepted for transfer credit will not be used in computing the academic average. Therefore, they are not included in eligibility for the President’s List, Dean’s List or honors designations.

Transfer credit from colleges on a different credit/calendar plan necessitates numerical conversion to semester credit hours (for example: quarter hour credits multiplied by 2/3 = semester credit hours).

Upper-Division Credit: Courses taught at the upper-division level at the transfer institution will transfer as upper-division credit. In general, courses taught at the lower-division level at the transfer institution will transfer as lower-division credit. However, a lower-division course may transfer as equivalent in course content to an upper-division SUNY Potsdam course. In this situation, the decision to grant upper-division credit for the course rests with the corresponding academic department in consultation with the Transfer Coordinator in the Office of Admissions.

Major Field Credit: The decision as to whether and how transferred credits apply toward completion of a major at SUNY Potsdam rests with the major academic department. Note: A grade of 2.0/C or better must be earned in each course to be applied toward the major or major cognates. In addition, a minimum of 15 credits in the major at the upper-division level must be completed at SUNY Potsdam.

Liberal Arts Credit: In general, credits earned in a department corresponding to an arts and sciences department at SUNY Potsdam will be considered liberal arts. Should the liberal arts content of a particular course be questioned, the decision will be made by the Transfer Coordinator in consultation with the department concerned. Courses from departments of education, military science or business administration are defined as non-liberal arts. If students question the determination of non-liberal arts credit for courses originating in such departments, they may appeal to the Transfer Coordinator for a reexamination of the decision.

Transfer credits from departments which do not exist at SUNY Potsdam may be given liberal arts credit. In such cases, the decision will be made by the Transfer Coordinator in consultation with related departments.

Transfer Support Services

SUNY Potsdam acknowledges that students transferring from one academic environment to another face special needs and concerns. Any student having questions relating to the transfer of undergraduate credit to SUNY Potsdam is encouraged to stop by the Office of Admissions, 120 Raymond Hall, (315) 267-2180.

SUNY Student Transfer Appeal Processes

The State University of New York has an appeal process pertaining to decisions regarding the transfer of credit from SUNY Community Colleges to baccalaureate programs at a SUNY institution, according to the SUNY guidelines for eligibility.

This process is only for SUNY Community College students who have been accepted or are currently enrolled in baccalaureate programs at a SUNY institution, and who do not agree with the campus decision regarding acceptance or placement of credit earned elsewhere in SUNY.

Coordination of the appeal process will be facilitated by the Transfer Coordinator (120 Raymond Hall). Students wishing to pursue this process should contact the Office of Admissions at (315) 267-2180 or transfer@potsdam.edu. If a concern is not resolved through informal communication between the appropriate program director or academic department chair, the following processes are available.

Appeal at the SUNY Potsdam Campus Level

Step One: The student submits a written letter outlining the reasons for the appeal to the appropriate program director or chair. For instance, appeals regarding General Education credit are submitted to the Director of General Education and appeals regarding a major degree program are submitted to the chair of the department in which the degree program is located. The Transfer Coordinator can assist a student in identifying the appropriate person to whom a specific appeal should be submitted. Within five business days of the date of receipt of the appeal, the program director or chair will respond to the student in writing regarding the disposition of the appeal.

Step Two: If the student is not satisfied with the decision rendered in Step One, a Step Two appeal may be submitted to the Office of the Provost outlining the reasons for the appeal and responding to issues raised by the program director or chair in Step One. The Provost or a designee will respond in writing to the student in five business days of receipt of the Step Two appeal.

Note: An appeal at the SUNY System level is available, as outlined below. The Admissions Office can supply the appropriate forms for this level of appeal.

Appeal at the SUNY System Level

If the student has not had a response from the campus within ten business days, or is not satisfied with response at the campus level, they can submit an appeal to the SUNY Provost with supporting materials. The SUNY Provost or designee will gain additional information from the receiving institution as needed. The SUNY Provost will respond to the student within five business days from receipt of completed appeal application.

If the SUNY Provost reverses the campus decision on a course, that reversal will apply only to that student, not to the generalized acceptability of the course. All decisions will be officially communicated to the student and the campus provost or provost’s designee. If appropriate, the SUNY Provost may recommend that the University-wide Transfer Review Committee consider this course during deliberations during the next campus appeal cycle.

Most Common Transfer Credit Sources

College/University Transfer Credit

Credits will be accepted for course work completed with a grade of 1.0/D or higher at regionally accredited institutions of postsecondary education. In order to transfer these credits, students must request official college/university transcripts to be mailed (or emailed from a secure transcript service) directly to the Office of Admissions.

Advanced Placement (AP) Examination Credits

A student who has had advanced work in one or more subjects in high school may be granted college credit on the basis of college Board Advanced Placement (AP) Examination scores. The assignment of college credit will be determined by the Transfer Coordinator (see AP chart).

AP credit may be applied toward General Education requirements, major/minor requirements or electives. Students who have earned such credit should have official score reports forwarded to SUNY Potsdam Office of Admissions. Application forms and a bulletin of information about the AP Examinations may be obtained from the College Board Advanced Placement Examinations, P.O. Box 992, Princeton, New Jersey 08540 or online at https://apstudent.collegeboard.org/home

AP Examination AP Score Potsdam Equivalent Course Transfer Credit Gen Ed Satisfied
Art
Art History 3, 4 or 5 ARTH 101 - Survey of Art: Ancient to Renaissance  and
ARTH 102 - Survey of Art: Renaissance to Modern  
3
3
WC
WC
Art Studio: Drawing 3, 4 or 5 ARTS 110 - Foundations of Drawing I   4 AE
Art Studio: 2-D Design 3, 4 or 5 ARTS 120 - Color and Design   4 AE
Art Studio: 3-D Design 3, 4 or 5 ARTS 130 - Three-Dimensional Design   4 AE
Biology
Biology 3 BIOL 100 - Principles of Biology   4 SB+LB
Biology 4 BIOL major course (BIOL 151  or BIOL 152  - see dept) 4 SB+LB
Biology 5 BIOL 151 - General Biology I  and 
BIOL 152 - General Biology II  
4 SB+LB
Chemistry
Chemistry 3 or 4 CHEM 105 - General Chemistry 1    4 SP+LB
Chemistry 5 CHEM 105 - General Chemistry 1  and
CHEM 106 - General Chemistry 2  
4 SP+LB
Computer Science
Computer Science A 3, 4 or 5 CIS 201 - Computer Science I   3 SP+LB
Economics
Macroeconomics 3, 4 or 5 ECON 110 - Principles of Macroeconomics   3 SA
Microeconomics 3, 4 or 5 ECON 105 - Principles of Microeconomics   3 SA
English
English Language or Literature and Composition 3 LITR elective 6 AC
English Language or Literature and Composition 4 or 5 COMP 101 - Writing and Critical Thinking  and LITR elective 4
3
FW
AC
Environmental Science
Environmental Science 3, 4 or 5 Physical Science elective 3 SP
Geography
Human Geography 3, 4 or 5 GEOG 350 - World and U.S. Geography 3 XC
Government and Politics
United States Government/Politics 3 POLS elective 3 SA
United States Government/Politics 4 or 5 POLS 110 - Introduction to U.S. Politics    4 SA
Comparative Government/Politics 3, 4 or 5 POLS 130 - Introduction to Comparative Politics   3 XC
History
United States History 3, 4 or 5 HIST 201 - United States to 1877  and 
HIST 202 - United States Since 1877  
3
3
AH
AH
European History 3, 4 or 5 HIST 101 - Europe from 1500 to 1815  and 
HIST 102 - Europe since 1815  
3
​3
WC
WC
World History 3, 4 or 5 HIST 100 - World History   3 XC
Mathematics
Calculus AB 3 MATH 110 - Pre-Calculus Mathematics    4 FM
Calculus AB 4 or 5 MATH 151 - Calculus I   4 FM
Calculus BC 3 MATH 151 - Calculus I   4 FM
Calculus BC 4 or 5 MATH 151 - Calculus I  and
MATH 152 - Calculus II  
4
4
FM
FM
Modern Language
Chinese Language and Culture 3 CHIN elective 3 ML
Chinese Language and Culture 4 or 5 CHIN elective 6 ML
French Language and Culture 3 FREN elective 3 ML
French Language and Culture 4 or 5 FREN elective 6 ML
Spanish Language and Culture 3 SPAN elective 3 ML
Spanish Language and Culture 4 or 5 SPAN elective 6 ML
German Language and Culture 3 Modern Language elective 3 ML
German Language and Culture 4 or 5 Modern Language elective 6 ML
Italian Language and Culture 3 ITAL elective 3 ML
Italian Language and Culture 4 or 5 ITAL elective 6 ML
Japanese Language and Culture 3 Modern Language elective 3 ML
Japanese Language and Culture 4 or 5 Modern Language elective 6 ML
Latin   LATN elective 3 ML
Latin 4 or 5 LATN elective 6 ML
Music
Music Theory 3, 4 or 5 MULT 101 - Music Theory for Non-Majors   3 AE
Physics
Physics I 3, 4 or 5 PHYS 101 - College Physics I     4 SP+LB
Physics II 3, 4 or 5 PHYS 202 - College Physics II   4 SP+LB
Physics C: Electricity & Magnetism 3, 4 or 5 PHYS 104 - University Physics II   4 SP+LB
Physics C: Mechanics 3, 4 or 5 PHYS 103 - University Physics I   4 SP+LB
Psychology
Psychology 3, 4 or 5 PSYC 100 - Introduction to Psychology   3 SA
Statistics
Statistics 3, 4 or 5 MATH 125 - Probability and Statistics I   3 FM

College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) Credit

The College-Level Examination Program provides the opportunity for students to earn college credit by examination.

CLEP credit may be applied toward General Education requirements, major/minor requirements or electives.

Credit for CLEP subject exams is granted for students earning the minimum score (equivalent to a C/2.0 grade) or higher as recommended by the American Council on Education (ACE). The assignment of college credit will be determined by the Transfer Coordinator. Students must have an official score report sent directly to the SUNY Potsdam Office of Admissions in order to gain transfer credit.

Information regarding CLEP examinations and requests for official score reports can be obtained from the College-Level Examination Program, P.O. Box 6600, Princeton, NJ 08541-6600 or online at https://clep.collegeboard.org. The closest CLEP Test Center to Potsdam is located at Jefferson Community College, 1220 Coffeen Street, Watertown, NY 13601, (315) 786-2288.

CLEP Examination Minimum Score Potsdam Equivalent Course Transfer Credit *Gen Ed Satisfied 
BUSINESS
Financial Accounting 50 @ACCT 201 - Principles of Accounting I   3  
Information Systems 50 CMPT elective 3  
Introductory Business Law 50 MGMT 330 - Legal Environment of Business   3  
Principles of Management 50 @MGMT 301 - Principles of Management   3  
Principles of Marketing 50 @MKTG 301 - Principles of Marketing   3  
COMPOSITION and LITERATURE
American Literature 50 LITR elective 3 AC
Analyzing & Interpreting Literature 50 LITR 100 - Introduction to Literature   3 AC
College Composition 50 COMP 101 - Writing and Critical Thinking   3 FW
College Composition Modular with Essay 50 COMP 101 - Writing and Critical Thinking   3 FW
English Literature 50 LITR elective 3 AC
FOREIGN LANGUAGE
French Language 50 FREN elective 6 ML
  59 FREN elective 12 ML
German Language 50 Language elective 6 ML
  60 Language elective 12 ML
Spanish Language 50 SPAN elective 6 ML
  63 SPAN elective 12 ML
HISTORY and SOCIAL SCIENCES
American Government 50 POLS 110 - Introduction to U.S. Politics   3 SA
History of the United States I 50 HIST 201 - United States to 1877    3 AH
History of the United States II 50 HIST 202 - United States Since 1877   3 AH
Human Growth and Development 50 PSYC elective 3  
Principles of Macroeconomics 50 ECON 110 - Principles of Macroeconomics   3 SA
Principles of Microeconomics 50 ECON 105 - Principles of Microeconomics   3 SA
Introductory Psychology 50 PSYC 100 - Introduction to Psychology   3 SA
Introductory Sociology 50 SOCI 101 - Introduction to Sociology   3 SA
Western Civilization I 50 HIST 101 - Europe from 1500 to 1815    3 WC
Western Civilization II 50 HIST 102 - Europe since 1815   3 WC
SCIENCE and MATHEMATICS
Biology 50 BIOL elective 3 SB
Calculus 50 MATH 151 - Calculus I   3 FM
Chemistry 50 CHEM 100 - Chemistry   3 SP
College Algebra 50 MATH elective 3 FM
College Mathematics 50 MATH 100 - Excursions in Mathematics   3 FM
Precalculus 50 MATH 110 - Pre-Calculus Mathematics   3 FM

International Baccalaureate Program (IB)

With its origins in Europe, the International Baccalaureate Program is a rigorous pre-university course of study leading to examinations, being offered by a number of high schools in the United States. SUNY Potsdam welcomes applications from IB students.

College credit for Standard and Higher level IB subjects will be granted on a course-by-course evaluation for each subject in which a student earns a score of four (satisfactory) to seven (excellent). In order to gain credit, students must have both a final high school transcript and official IB score report/transcript sent directly to the Office of Admissions. In most cases, a one-year IB course will transfer for three to four semester hours of credit and a two-year IB course will transfer for six to eight semester hours of credit in the course discipline. IB credit may be applied toward General Education requirements, major/minor requirements or electives.

Information regarding the International Baccalaureate Program can be found at www.ibo.org.

Military Credit

College credit for military education will be granted on a case-by-case basis for students who provide official educational documentation. The Transfer Coordinator grants college credit for military education based on recommendations from the American Council on Education (ACE) as noted on each transcript. Military credit typically transfers as elective credit, in some cases however, it may transfer to satisfy specific Potsdam course work. It also satisfies the College’s physical education requirement.

Students who served in the Air Force should contact www.au.af.mil/au/barnes/ccaf/transcripts.asp and have an official transcript sent to the Office of Admissions. Students who served in the Army, National Guard, Coast Guard, Marine Corps or Navy should contact https://jst.doded.mil/official.html and have an official Joint Services Transcript (JST) sent electronically to the Office of Admissions.

Credit by Examination in The Crane School of Music

See The Crane School of Music Student Handbook available at www.potsdam.edu/academics/crane/current/upload/CSH.pdf.