Students who wish to receive credit for academic work completed elsewhere during the summer or during a term when the student is not enrolled at Kalamazoo College should contact the Registrar’s Office in advance to see whether the course(s) they are interested in will transfer to Kalamazoo. Courses must be taken at a regionally accredited college or university (or appropriately accredited international institution) and must have a focus and be at a level appropriate for an undergraduate liberal arts program. Students should supply the Registrar with the name of the institution and the name and course description for any course they wish to transfer. In some cases, a course syllabus may also be required. The Registrar’s Office will work with appropriate departments to determine the appropriateness of the course. To receive transfer credit for the course, the student must receive a grade of C or better (C- is not acceptable).
The course numbers, titles, and grades from the transfer institution will not appear on the Kalamazoo College transcript, although the number of units transferred in will. Credit transferred in from other institutions does not figure into the calculation of the Kalamazoo College cumulative grade point average (GPA). A student may not transfer in credit for a repeated course if the student earned credit for the original course. A student may repeat and transfer in credit for a course in which the student originally earned a grade of F, W, WF, or NC, but the grade will not replace the grade earned at Kalamazoo College, nor will it figure into the calculation of the Kalamazoo College GPA. Students may not repeat a course, either at Kalamazoo College or at another institution, to replace a D or F once they have taken a higher level course.
Transfer units may be used to satisfy the language and physical education requirements. Transfer students who have, prior to admission, already taken a first-year seminar or English composition course similar in content to the first-year seminar at Kalamazoo College may apply that course toward the first-year seminar requirement. Transfer units may not be used to satisfy the sophomore or senior Shared Passage Seminar or cultures requirements. Transfer units may be used toward majors, minors, and concentrations at the discretion of the faculty in the associated department or program.
All work to be considered for transfer credit must be submitted on an official transcript sent directly from the transfer institution to Kalamazoo College or in a sealed envelope with the registrar’s signature across the seal.
Course Equivalency Guide can be found here. This is a list of classes we have accepted in the past.
AP and IB Credits
Upon enrollment at Kalamazoo College, students will be granted one unit of credit toward graduation for each subject area in which they earn a score of 4 or 5 on the College Board Advancement Placement Examination or a score of 5 or higher on the Higher Level examinations of the International Baccalaureate. Credit may also be granted by the Registrar at the time of enrollment for General Certification of Education, Advanced Level (A-Level) examinations with grades of C or better. Placement or credit toward a major, minor, or concentration may also be granted at the discretion of the department or program. No placement or transfer credits may be used to satisfy sophomore or senior Shared Passage Seminar requirements.
|Subject Area||Equivalent to…|
|AP Art (Art History or any Studio Art)||Elective in Art|
|AP Biology||Elective in Biology|
|AP Chemistry||CHEM 110|
|AP Chinese Language & Culture||CHIN 103|
|AP Computer Science A||COMP 110|
|AP Computer Science AB||COMP 210|
|AP Computer Science Principles||COMP 105|
|AP Economics (Macro or Microeconomics)||Non-major ECON course|
|AP English (Lang. & Comp., or Lit. & Comp.)||Non-major ENGL course|
|AP Environmental Science||Elective in Env. Science|
|AP French (Language or Literature)||FREN 201 (or higher)*|
|AP German Language||GERM 201 (or higher)*|
|AP History (US, European, or World History)||Elective in HIST (does not fulfill field req.)|
|AP Human Geography||General education elective|
|AP Italian||To be determined*|
|AP Japanese Lang. & Culture||JAPN 103 (or higher)*|
|AP Latin (Literature or Vergil)||To be determined*|
|AP Mathematics AB (or AB subscore on the BC exam)||MATH 112*|
|AP Mathematics BC||MATH 113*|
|AP Music Theory||MUSC 105 (prereq. course for major)|
|AP Physics B or AP Physics 2||Non-major Physics course|
|AP Physics C – Mechanics||PHYS 150|
|AP Physics C – Electricity and Magnetism||PHYS 152|
|AP Political Science (Comparative)||Non-major Political Science course|
|AP Political Science (US Government)||Non-major Political Science course|
|AP Psychology||PSYC 101|
|AP Spanish (Language or Literature)||SPAN 201 (or higher)*|
|AP Statistics||MATH 260|
|IB Biology||Elective in Biology|
|IB Economics||Non-major Economics course|
|IB Business and Management||Non-major Economics course|
|IB English A1||Non-major English course|
|IB English A2||Non-major English course|
|IB English B||Non-major English course|
|IB Geography||General Elective course|
|IB German B||Non-major German course|
|IB History – Africa||Elective in history with department approval|
|IB History – Americas||Elective in history with department approval|
|IB History-Europe||Elective in history with department approval|
|IB ITGS||General Elective course|
|IB Math||Non-major Math course|
|IB Music||Non-major Music course|
|IB Philosophy||Non-major Philosophy course|
|IB Spanish||Elective in Spanish with departmental approval|
|IB Spanish B||Elective in Spanish with departmental approval|
|IB Theatre||Non-major Theatre elective|
|IB Visual Arts||General Elective course|
NOTE: Many departments have a limit on how many AP, IB, dual enrollment, transfer, or study abroad courses may count toward a major, minor, or concentration. For example, at least 8 of the 9 courses required for a Biology or History major must be taken at Kalamazoo College.