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Awarding Differing Credit Values

Evaluators of articulation requests may feel that, because of their own assessment of the course or because of their institution's own policies on determining course credit hours, a transferring course should have a different amount of course credit than it had at the sending institution. Generally, when a course transfers as a direct equivalent, the transferred course should not receive more credit than the equivalent course at the receiving institution. This appears in the BC Transfer Guide in this format:

Course

Receiver

Transfer Credit

Effective Dates

KWAN BIOL 2321 (4)

UBC

UBC BIOL 200 (3)

Sept/06 to -

KWAN BIOL 2321 (4)

VIU

VIU BIOL 200 (3)

Sept/06 to -

Receiving institutions usually do not award more credits for a course than the number of credits awarded by the sending institution. In the example below from the BC Transfer Guide, Coquitlam College has assigned four credits to its BIOL 104 (Introduction to Biology), and the course transfers to SFU as BISC 100 (Introduction to Biology), with the same four-credit value as that course is worth at SFU. However, College of the Rockies's BIOL 151 (Biology of the Environment) is a three-credit course, so while it also transfers to SFU as BISC 100, SFU gives three credits for the transferred course rather than four.

Course

Receiver

Transfer Credit

Effective Dates

COQU BIOL 104 (4)

SFU

SFU BISC 100 (4) B-Sci

Sept/04 to -

COTR BIOL 151 (3)

SFU

SFU BISC 100 (3) B-Sci

Sept/04 to -

However, other institutions may decide to award the same amount of credit to a transferred course as they do to the equivalent course at their own institution, as in the example below from the BC Transfer Guide. Kwantlen Polytechnic University has decided to award the same amount of credit hours for three different courses transferring as BIOL 2321, regardless of the number of credits the transferred course had at the sending institution.

Course

Receiver

Transfer Credit

Effective Dates

CAMO BIOL 230 (4)

KWAN

KWAN BIOL 2321 (4)

Sept/00 to -

DOUG BIO 2321 (5)

KWAN

KWAN BIOL 2321 (4)

Sept/07 to -

COTR BIOL 201 (3)

KWAN

KWAN BIOL 2321 (4)

Sept/00 to -