Transferring Credits

Transfer Credit Rules at Georgia Tech

  • Any class already taken at Georgia Tech cannot be transferred into Georgia Tech. This class must be repeated at Georgia Tech.
  • If you took a class at Georgia Tech and you withdrew from the class (W on your transcript) then you can take the class somewhere else and transfer it in to Georgia Tech.
  • With the exception of summer semester, students cannot take classes at Georgia Tech and somewhere else at the same time, unless they Cross Register or petition the faculty to ask for permission for concurrent registration. Click here for the official rules about Cross Registration.  During summer semester students can be enrolled at Georgia Tech and another school simultaneously.
  • The residency rule requires that students must complete their last 36 hours in residency at Georgia Tech. If you are in violation of the 36 hour rule, then you must petition the faculty for permission to take the class BEFORE you take the class.
  • ME will only evaluate/accept transfer credit for 1000 level ME classes, 2000 level ME classes, ME 3322 (thermodynamics) and COE 3001 (deformable bodies).  We will not accept transfer credit for any upper level ME classes beyond this list.  The only exception to this is students who are participating in a GT sponsored exchange program and get their classes approved before attending the program.
  • The ME department will only approve pre-requisite overrides for students who have completed the class and show us a transcript with a final grade. Students who take classes somewhere other than Georgia Tech and are using those classes as pre-requisites to classes the following semester, cannot register for the following semester classes until phase 2 registration. There are no exceptions to this.
  • Many on-line classes cannot be transferred to Georgia Tech (history, HTS, math, any lab science class, economics, psychology, etc). Click here to see Georgia Tech's official policy about transferring on-line classes from other schools.
  • Non-resident credit is not computed as a part of the student's grade point average at Georgia Tech.
  • Students who offer satisfactory evidence that they are qualified to do so but have not received transfer credit at Georgia Tech, may receive credit for a course by examination. This is called an Advanced Standing Exam.
  • Click here for the Registrar's rules about transferring classes into Georgia Tech. You are responsible for knowing these rules.

Class Transfer Procedure

  1. Check the Transfer Equivalency Table - If the class shows up on the list and does not say "Appropriate Department to Evaluate," then you do not need to obtain advanced approval to take the class.
    • Go to OSCAR.
    • Select Transfer Equivalencies and follow the instructions.
    • Choose the course you took and see if there is already transfer credit for the class. Any class that is listed as a direct match (number and hours) to a Georgia Tech class will transfer in for that class. For example, if the class transfers into Georgia Tech as Math 1551 (2 hours), that will satisfy our Math 1551 (2 hours) requirement.
    • If the class has transfer information, then the class has previously been approved to transfer into Georgia Tech.
    • If the class says 'Approp Depart Must Evaluate' or is not on the list, then you need to have the class approved using the Obtain Advanced Approval for Classes section below.
    • It is often more useful to see all of the classes at one time, so you can search for specific classes using the search command, CTRL-F.  To do this, highlight all of the Subjects by selecting the first one, pressing the shift key and holding the shift key while you select the last subject code. 
  2. Obtain Advanced Approval for Classes not on the Transfer Equivalency Table
    • Obtain a syllabus for the class. A course description will not be enough. The syllabus must include detailed information about both the class and the book.
    • Send the syllabus to the Transfer Credit Evaluator in the respective department to obtain approval for the class. The academic advisor in each department can tell you who handles transfer credit. For example, if you are going to take a MATH class, then you need to contact the Transfer Credit Evaluator in the MATH department. 
    • Not all departments will pre-approve classes, so you may not be able to do this. For example, physics will not pre-approve classes for transfer.
    • Make sure that you obtain approval before you take the class so that you are sure it will transfer. Credit is not guaranteed for the class if you do not obtain advanced approval.
    • Be sure to keep all correspondence (e-mails, etc) with the department to include with your transfer credit request.
  3. Apply to the School Where You Want to Take the Class
    • You must apply to the school where you want to take the classes. Just because you are a Georgia Tech student does not automatically mean that you can attend college elsewhere. You need to find out dates and procedures for the respective schools.
    • In-state students who are on the HOPE or ZELL scholarships can fill out the HOPE Scholarship Transient Form to transfer their scholarship to the other school. 
  4. Obtain Transient Letters or Transcripts from Georgia Tech
    • Transient Letters - Some colleges require that you have a letter from Georgia Tech stating that it is okay for you to be a student there. This is a Transient Letter. Click here to request a Transient Letter from the registrar.
    • Transcripts - Transcript requests are made through OSCAR. Click here for instructions to request a transcript from Georgia Tech.
    • Letter of Good Standing - Click here for instructions to request a letter with your current standing at Georgia Tech.
  5. Receiving Transfer Credit at Georgia Tech
    • Transfer credit will not appear on your transcript unless you request it to appear. You must have a transcript mailed to Georgia Tech showing your final grades in the class(es) to obtain the transfer credit on your Georgia Tech transcript.
    • Classes on the Transfer Equivalency Table should automatically show up on your transcript shortly after Georgia Tech receives your transcript from the other school.  This may take several weeks to happen.
    • You must submit syllabi to be evaluated for any classes that are not listed on the transfer equivalency table or is listed as 'Approp Depart Must Evaluate'.  Credit will not be granted automatically.  More information is on the registrar's website
    • Be sure to follow-up with all transfer credit. If your credit does not show up on your Georgia Tech transcript, you may have registration problems if the class is a pre-req for something else.
  6. Verify the Transfer Credit on your Georgia Tech Transcript. You can view your transfer credit using the following procedure:
    • Log into Buzzport and go to Registration-OSCAR.
    • Select Student Services & Financial Aid.
    • Select Student Records.
    • Select Academic Transcript.
    • Under the transcript type drop down box, select External Transcript - WEB and press Submit.
    • Awarded transfer credit and AP/IB scores will be listed on your transcript.

Transfer Credit Substitutions

  • Lab Classes - If you are transferring a lab based class into Georgia Tech, you must take both the lecture and lab at the other school to receive Georgia Tech credit.
  • Classes with Missing Content - If a class transfers back to Georgia Tech with an X in it, then some content is missing from the transfer class. This class may or may not count for credit.
  • Humanities Electives - Click here to see all classes that count for humanities electives. Humanities electives may be combined to create 3 hours, they do not have to be 3 hour classes.
  • Social Science Electives - Click here to see all classes that count for social science electives. Social science electives may be combined to create 3 hours, they do not have to be 3 hour classes.
  • Free Electives - Free electives must meet the level requirements for each degree.
    • If a class comes into Georgia Tech as 2XXX, 3XXX or 4XXX then you can count the hours towards 2000 level or above free electives as long as they do not duplicate anything else used towards the BSME degree.
    • Free electives may be combined to create 3 hours, they do not have to be 3 hour classes.
  • Class Substitutions - The following substitutions list contains general substitutions in the ME Curriculum or NRE Curriculum.
Georgia Tech Transfer Class
(credit hours)
2012-2013 ME Curriculum & Later
Class Counts As...
AE 2010 (4)No Credit
AE 2220 (3)ME 2202
AE 2120 (3)No Credit
 NOTE: This class is usually approved to be COE 2001.  The class must be evaluated.
AE 3450 (3)No Credit
BIOL 1XXX (4 - with lab)Free Elective (1000 level)
BIOL 1XXX Non-Science Elective (4)Free Elective (1000 level)
BIOL 2XXX (4 - with lab)Free Elective (2000 level)
CHEM 1211K (4 - with lab)CHEM 1310
CHEM 1212K (4 - with lab)Free Elective (2000 level)
CHEM 12X1 (4 - with lab)CHEM 1310
CHEM 1XXX (4 - with lab)Needs to be evaluated for CHEM 1211K, no credit as CHEM 1XXX
 NOTE: Any student who takes CHEM 1310 at Georgia Tech can not use CHEM 1XXX as a lab science elective.  International Baccalaureate (IB) credit for CHEM 1XXX does not give any credit in the BSME curriculum.
CEE 1770 (3) or AE 1770 (3)No credit
 NOTE: Students can ask for these classes to be evaluated as ME 1770.
CEE 2040 (2) + ME 2801 (1)ME 2202
CEE 2040 (2)No Credit
 NOTE: Students can ask for this class to be evaluated as ME 2202.  This is rarely approved, but students are encouraged to request the credit to know if will satisfy ME 2202.  Additionally, students can take ME 2801 to combine with CEE 2040 to receive credit for ME 2202. 
CEE 3770 (3)No Credit
CS 1301 (3) + CS 1171 (1)CS 1371 (3) + Free Elective (1)
 NOTE: It is STRONGLY recommended that you take CS 1371 at Georgia Tech only. Georgia Tech's CS 1371 is all Matlab. Matlab is generally not taught in C 1301. CS 1171 is a 1 hour self-study Matlab class offered at Georgia Tech.
ECE 2040 (3)ECE 3710 (2) + Free Elective (1)
ECE 3041 (2)ECE 3741 (1) + Free Elective (1)
ECE 3043 (2)ECE 3741 (1) + Free Elective (1)
EAS 1XXX (4 - with lab)Free Elective (1000 level)
EAS 2XXX (4 - with lab)Free Elective (2000 level)
HPS 1040APPH 1040
HPS 1XXXFree Elective (1000 level)
HPS 11XX (1)Free Elective (1000 level)
HPS 11XX (2 credits or more)APPH 1040
ISYE 3770 (3)No credit
 NOTES: 1) Students with transfer credit for ISYE 3770 can ask it to be evaluated as MATH 3670 instead.
MATH 1501 (4)MATH 1551 (2) + FREE 1XXX (2)
MATH 15X1 (3) + 1 hour of math or science elective *MATH 1501
MATH 15X1 (3)MATH 1551
MATH 1550 (3)MATH 1551
MATH 1522 (2)MATH 1553
MATH 1554 (4)MATH 1553 + Free Elective (1000 level)
MATH 1564 (4)MATH 1553 + Free Elective (1000 level)
MATH 15X2 (4)MATH 1552
MATH 15X2 (2) + MATH 1553 (2)MATH 1502
 NOTE: Calculus 2, Math 1502 (4), at Georgia Tech contains linear algebra. If Calculus 2 transfers into Georgia Tech as Math 15X2 (4), you must also take linear algebra, MATH 1553 (2). If you do not take linear algebra before coming to Georgia Tech, you will be required to take it here.
MATH 2401 (4)MATH 2551
MATH 24X1 (3) + 1 hour of math or science elective *MATH 2551 (formerly MATH 2401)
MATH 2403 (4)MATH 2552
MATH 24X3 (3) + 1 hour of math or science elective *MATH 2552 (formerly MATH 2403)
MATH 2561MATH 2551
MATH 2562MATH 2552
MATH 2X51 (3) + 1 hour of math or science elective *MATH 2551
MATH 2X52 (3) + 1 hour of math or science elective *MATH 2552
MATH 3215 (3)Free Elective (2000 level)
ME 2211 (3)No Credit
 NOTE: This class is usually approved to be COE 2001.  The class must be evaluated.
MGT 2250 (3)No Credit
MSE 3001 (3)No Credit
PHYS 2XXXNo Credit

* The math or science elective must be a lecture or lab class.  Research, special problems, special topics and seminar classes are not accepted for this requirement.