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Transferring From Another Institution / Transferring Courses from Other Institutions

Transferring into CS From Another Institution

The Office of Admissions makes the decisions on admittance of students transferring into the Computer Science program from other institutions. Admission is based on College standards and New Jersey state guidelines on transfers from community colleges. The Office of Records and Registration is primarily responsible for evaluating courses for transfer credit. New Jersey community college students may utilize the NJ Transfer ( website to determine transfer course equivalencies for most subject areas. See for more details.

Computer Science courses are not transferred automatically but are reviewed and approved by the Department Chair on a case-by-case basis. Courses are reviewed for possible transfer after submission of the course syllabus with list of topics covered and sample assignments with graded student work. An individualized program plan is developed for each transfer student in consultation with the Department Chair and/or the assigned CS academic advisor.

Transferring Courses from Other Institutions

Current students cannot transfer computer science core, advanced core or option courses required for the Computer Science major or minor.

Courses that meet non-computer science requirements for the major and free electives may be transferred with written approval from the Office of Records and Registration prior to taking those courses at other institutions.

A student who wants to transfer a non-CS course taken at a NJ community college should check to see which requirement will be fulfilled by that course. To determine the domain requirement satisfied by the course, look at the “GenEd Area(s)” indicator to see what Liberal Learning domain, if any, is satisfied by the course. If the indicator is blank, the course does not satisfy a Liberal Learning domain. Please note that NJTransfer does not indicate whether or not the course will satisfy a Civic Responsibility. Please contact the Academic Evaluators in the Office of Records and Registration to determine whether a course will meet any Civic Responsibilities.

It is recommended that current TCNJ students who are planning to take a course at another college complete Course Authorization Form and have it signed by the academic advisor and appropriate department chair(s).

Records and Registration cannot accept hand delivered transcripts or transcripts issued to you, the student. Be sure to have them sent directly from the other institution.

Grades awarded for work at other schools are not calculated in the student’s grade point average at The College of New Jersey.

Work transferred to the College must have a minimum grade of C. Transfer work normally is applied either in the semester following the semester of its completion or in the first semester the student enters or returns to the College.

Current TCNJ students are able to take a maximum of 4.5 course units per semester.  This includes any courses that are taken simultaneously at other institutions.

Laboratory Science Requirement
On-line science courses cannot be used to fulfill the laboratory component of the Science correlate requirement.

Statement from the School of Science: Given the COVID-19 pandemic, TCNJ’s School of Science will accept for transfer credit, science courses with an online lab completed during the Summer of 2020. Any course currently identified by NJTransfer as equivalent will be accepted if completed during Summer 2020. Students planning to take a science course at an out-of-state community college or a 4-year institution should first seek approval through the process described on the Liberal Learning page.

In general, the School of Science believes that our students are best served and prepared for their future careers by in-person, hands-on laboratory courses when circumstances allow it.

Second Language Requirement
Students starting as freshmen at TCNJ must complete all second language requirements at TCNJ.