Transfer and AP Credit

Psychology and Neuroscience majors and minors are permitted to take no more than two of their eight required courses at other universities. Psychology courses must be approved in advance by the Chair of the Undergraduate Committee, and Neuroscience courses must be approved in advance by the Chair of the Neuroscience Steering Committee. In addition, the courses must satisfy all of the College regulations about transfer credits as found in the ORC. It is wise to seek approval for more than the number of desired courses because a particular course may end up being filled or canceled at the other university.

Transfer courses in certain cases can provide a good way of pursuing an interest that cannot be satisfied easily in our department. To take maximum advantage of such opportunities, however, they should be planned well in advance. Approval of courses for transfer credit is subject to the nature of the courses and the institution at which they are taken. Transfer courses may not be used to satisfy the upper level (50, 60, or 80) requirements for the major or minor.

Advanced Placement

AP Psychology

The department does not offer credit for Advanced Placement.  Students who wish to be considered for exemption from Psychology may take a placement test during Orientation.  Our recent experience with high school-based AP Psychology indicates that fewer than 10% of students with scores of 5 on the AP exam have mastered material equivalent to a passing grade in Psychology 1 at Dartmouth.

Required Materials

Psychology Transfer Credit

Decisions regarding transfer credit in psychology are made by the Chair of the Undergraduate Committee, Prof. Catherine Cramer. Use the checklist for requesting transfers of credit with the other required materials:

  1. Full syllabus for each course in Psychology being requested from the institution including the reading assignments (text), evaluation methods (exams and homework), schedule of class meetings, and Professor name and title. Syllabi can generally be obtained on request from the psychology department at the school to which you are applying. You may obtain telephone, fax, and (sometimes) e-mail addresses from Internet or the reference desk at Baker Library. No application will be considered without this information. The syllabus will not be returned to the student after review.
  2. Appropriate completed paperwork from the registrar's office or pre-matriculation request from the first-year office.

Requests for transfer credit that do not include all the required information will not be considered. A course description from a course catalog is not sufficient, and requests that do not provide course syllabi will be denied. The complete package of materials should be delivered together, during regular business hours, to the PBS office during regular business hours (Room 103 Moore Hall, M-F 8-12:30 and 1-4:00 pm).  The Chair of the Undergraduate Committee will then review the paperwork (approved or not approved).  Paperwork received after the deadline will be returned to the student.

There is no guarantee that requests for transfer credit will be approved. Requests for transfer credit in psychology will not be considered after the Registrar's deadline.  This deadline is the last day of the 5th week of the term before the transfer term.  The week in which the first day of the term occurs is considered the first week of the term.  The weeks of the term are calendar weeks, not groups of seven days. Retroactive approval or approval after a course has begun will not be granted, except in the case of pre-matriculation.

Advanced Placement

AP Statistics

Students who have received Advanced Placement credit for Statistics (Math 10) and who are considering becoming Psychology majors should take the Methods in Psychological Science placement test during Orientation, which will be used to determine whether or not the student is exempted from Psychology 10 (Statistical Methods) and placed into Psychology 11 (Laboratory in Psychological Science).

Required Materials

Neuroscience Transfer Credit

Decisions regarding transfer credit in neuroscience are made by the Chair of the Neuroscience Steering Committee, Prof. Paul Whalen. Students requesting transfer credit must have the following materials:

  1. Full syllabus for each course in neuroscience being requested from the institution including the reading assignments (text), evaluation methods (exams and homework), schedule of class meetings, and Professor name and title. Syllabi can generally be obtained on request from the psychology department at the school to which you are applying. You may obtain telephone, fax, and (sometimes) e-mail addresses from Internet or the reference desk at Baker Library. No application will be considered without this information. The syllabus will not be returned to the student after review.
  2. Appropriate completed paperwork from the registrar's office.

Requests for transfer credit that do not include all the required information will not be considered. A course description from a course catalog is not sufficient, and requests that do not provide course syllabi will be denied. Both items should be delivered together, during regular business hours, to the Chair of the Neuroscience Steering Committee’s mailbox in the PBS office (Room 103 Moore Hall). The Chair of the Neuroscience Steering Committee will then contact the student to pick-up the paperwork (approved or not approved) usually within 2-3 business days. Paperwork received after the deadline will be returned to the student.

There is no guarantee that requests for transfer credit will be approved. Requests for transfer credit in neuroscience will not be considered after the Registrar's deadline.