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Restricted Applicability

Institutions can designate a course as appropriate for credit only in certain faculties or toward certain programs (e.g., 'only for credit towards a BSW,' 'not for credit towards a BSc'). Sometimes institutions will offer unassigned credit but, due to the course content, want it to be used as an elective only. Restricted applicability is often used to regulate transfer credit in specialized, professional, or applied programs. The listing in the BC Transfer Guide looks like this:



Transfer Credit

Effective Dates

CAMO CHEM 110 (4)


UBC CHEM 1XX (4) Not for credit in Science

Sept/00 to -

CCC LAST 100 (3)


SFU LAS 1XX (3). Cannot be counted toward the requirements for the LAS major/minor

Sept/09 to -

In the first example, UBC has awarded unassigned Chemistry credit but has added the 'Not for credit in Science' notation. This means that students who are enrolled in the Science faculty cannot use it as credit towards a BSc degree. Many of the Science or Applied Science faculties have requirements for their students to complete a certain number of science-based credits. This transfer credit would not be able to be used towards meeting this requirement but might be used as elective credit. Students enrolled in other faculties may use it as elective credit towards their degrees. This type of credit is fairly rare and mostly a UBC/UBCO notation.

In the second example, Corpus Christi College's LAST 100 (Latin American Studies) will transfer to SFU as three unassigned Latin American Studies first-year credits. However, credit for the transferred course will not fulfill the credit requirements of SFU's major or minor in Latin American Studies.

Credit with restricted applicability is usually awarded when the receiving institution wants to ensure that some or all of the coursework leading to a credential is delivered by the receiving institution itself. In some cases, this decision may be motivated by external regulation (e.g., licensing requirements of a professional regulatory body).