Transfer Credit Approval Versus Course Evaluations
- Transferring credit to Rutgers -New Brunswick requires approval from the student's school.
- Upon transfer, the relevant department at Rutgers must evaluate the content of the course to determine if it is equivalent to one that they offer.
- If you have questions about school transfer requirements, please inquire with your school.
Transfer Evaluations for Life Sciences
- Current SAS Students looking for transfer credit preapproval, please use the SAS Transfer Credit Preapproval Form to submit a syllabus for evaluation by faculty in the Division of Life Sciences .
- Completed forms including syllabi (with lecture schedules and textbook information) may be emailed to
- After evaluation is completed by the biological sciences advisor, the form will be submitted to SAS academic services for final approval.
- For evaluation of previously completed life science coursework, use the SAS Transfer Evalaution Form and submit directly to the
- Please submit non-life science coursework (chemistry, physics, math) to the appropriate department for evaluation.
- Current SEBS Students looking for transfer credit preapproval for life science coursework, please use the SEBS Transfer Course Preapproval Form .
- Please submit form with course syllabi (including lecture schedules and textbook information) by email to
- After evaluation is completed by the biological sciences advisor, the form will be submitted to SEBS academic services for final approval.
- For transfer students looking for equivalency for previously completed coursework, SEBS Transfer Course Evaluation Form and submit via email to
Transfer Requirements for the Division of Life Sciences
- Because every department structures their curriculum differently, mixing first year introductory biology courses between multiple schools results in students missing important content.
- Thus, we require that all semesters of introductory life science coursework be conducted at a single institution.
- All coursework must be evaluated by the Division of Life Sciences before any equivalent course can be determined. Please contact the Director of Advising, Biological Sciences for assistance.
- Any non-Life Sciences course (for example, Chemistry, Physics, or Calculus) must be evaluated by the appropriate department at Rutgers.
- Most courses at the New Jersey County and Community Colleges have been evaluated and their Rutgers transfer status listed on NJ Transfer.
Residency Requirement for Biological Sciences
- Students who plan to major in Biological Sciences must keep in mind that a maximum of 16 credits of course work from among General Biology, Genetics, and the Life Sciences electives may be transferred from any institution outside of Rutgers-New Brunswick.
- Those students who wish to minor in Biological Sciences are limited to 3 courses taken at institutions outside of Rutgers-New Brunswick.
General Biology at Other Rutgers Campuses
General Biology I with lab (50:120:101 and 107) and
General Biology II with lab (50:120:102 and 108)
(Both semesters must be taken at a single campus)
Concepts in Biology (21:120:200 or 28:120:200, 4 cr) and
Foundations in Ecology and Evolution with lab (21:120:205 or 21:216:205 or 28:120:205 and 206, 4 cr) and
Foundations in Molecular and Cellular Bio with lab (21:120:201 and 202, 4 cr)
(all three semesters with labs must be taken for equivalency to General Biology at New Brunswick)
Please note that "General Biology" at Newark, 21:120:101 and 102 is no longer a class for science majors, effective Fall 2011 and later.
Winter and Summer Session Courses
- Winter session courses of greater than 1 credit will not count for the major. All courses towards the Biological Sciences major/minor must run 5 weeks minimum to count.