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Faculty or Program Credit

Transfer credit applicable to a faculty or program, such as 'Arts (3)' or 'Science (3)' or 'Humanities (3)', may be used if the receiving institution does not have a corresponding discipline, but the course is considered appropriate to fulfill elective credit requirements within a faculty or program. The entry in the BC Transfer Guide looks like this: 



Transfer Credit

Effective Dates

UFV RLST 201 (3)


SFU HUM 1XX (3); UFV RLST 201 & UFV RLST 202 = SFU HUM 130 (3) - B-Hum & SFU HUM 1XX (3)

Sept/07 to -

UFV RLST 201 (3)



Sept/95 to -

UFV RLST 201 (3)


UVIC HUM 100 lev (1.5)

Sept/97 to -

UFV RLST 201 (3)


VIU RELI 112 (3)

Sept/01 to -



TWU POLS 100 lev or TWU SOCS 100 lev (3)

Sept/96 to -

The first four examples show how the University of the Fraser Valley's Religious Studies 201 (Religions of the West) transfers. Its equivalents are:

  • Three unassigned first-year Humanities credits at Simon Fraser University; if a student has taken both UFV's RLST 201 and RLST 202 (Religions of the East), the two courses together will transfer to SFU as SFU's HUM 130 (Introduction to Religious Studies), which also fulfills a Breadth requirement for Humanities credit in a degree program, and three unassigned first-year Humanities credits.

  • Three unassigned second-year Humanities credits at the University of Northern British Columbia;

  • One-and-a-half unassigned 100-level Humanities units (three credits) at the University of Victoria; and,

  • Religious Studies 112 (World Religions: The Western Traditions) at Vancouver Island University.

 In the fifth example, Capilano University's Women's Studies 113 (Women in Politics) will transfer to Trinity Western University as either three credits of unassigned 100-level Political Science credits, or three credits of unassigned 100-level Sociology credits. The transferring student can select the transfer credit award that is most appropriate for their educational plans.

This diverse set of transfer equivalencies demonstrates how each institution evaluates the course and awards the most appropriate credit according to its own programming. The main determinant of whether the course receives unassigned program, faculty transfer credit, or assigned transfer credit may be whether or not the institution has its own courses in the same discipline or subject.

If the receiving institution has no discipline, program, or faculty similar to that of the sending institution, but determines that the course for which transfer credit is being requested is at an appropriate academic level to receive credit, it can award unassigned credit for the transferred course as a 'general elective.' In rare cases, a receiving institution may award general elective credit for a course for which it has a corresponding discipline if the course appears to fall outside the norm for how courses in that discipline are delivered or organized at the institution. When an institution assigns faculty level credit, it is highly advised that they include a year level.

Institution Course


Transfer Credit

Effective Dates

CAPU WMST 100 (3)


UFV GE 1XX (3)

Sept/97 to -

CAMO EXW 121 (3)


SFU GE 1XX (3)

Jan/07 to -

The first example shows the credit awarded for Capilano University's WMST 100 (Introduction to Women's Studies) at the University of the Fraser Valley. Since UFV has no Women's Studies program, it has assigned a transfer value of three first-year general elective credits. In the second example, Camosun College's Exercise and Wellness 121 (Lifetime Sports II) is a credit course which is only open to students in two specific programs. SFU has no directly equivalent programs and so has assigned it a transfer value of three first-year general elective credits.