Transfer Credit

If you are an undergraduate student who has completed courses at another institution, we want to make it easy to understand which credits will transfer. It’s always best to speak with the registrar, who can review your transcripts and identify which of your credits will transfer – and which degree requirements they will meet – but you can use the resources below as a starting point in determining which credits you have already earned.

Current students who wish to take undergraduate courses at other institutions — for example, taking a summer class at SAC — please see the Registrar page on Gateway for details on how to make sure your credits transfer smoothly.

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St. Mary’s Core Transfer Equivalents

The St. Mary’s University core curriculum consists of up to 45 credits hours. Some majors will require specific courses to fulfill a core requirement. Students should refer to the St. Mary’s Undergraduate catalog at catalog.stmarytx.edu to review core curriculum requirements for their specific degree.

Information regarding transfer credits:

  • Grades earned must be equivalent to a “C- “or better to transfer.
  • Transfer hours and grades are posted to the St. Mary’s University transcript as transfer courses and are not calculated in the St. Mary’s GPA.
  • The maximum credits transferrable from a junior college, or any combination of junior colleges, is 66 semester hours.
St. Mary’s CoreHoursRequirementsAlamo Courses
Freshman Composition I3Rhetoric and CompositionENGL 1301
Literature3Any 23XX Literature CourseAny ENGL 23XX Literature Course
History3Any History 1XXX, 2XXX, or 3XXX CourseAny HIST 13XX or 23XX
Social Science6Introductory Macroeconomic Theory, Introductory Microeconomic TheoryECON 2301, ECON 2303
Mathematics3Finite MathematicsMATH 1324
Natural or Physical Science3Any science 1XXX Level CourseAny science course from the following: ASTR, ASTRO, BIOL, CHEM, PHYS
Fine Arts3Any Art, Music, or Drama 1XXX, 2XXX, or 3XXX Level CourseAny Fine Arts course from the following: ART(S), MUSI, DRAM courses
Foreign Language – only required for Finance & Risk Management, Management, and Marketing majors6This requirement is satisfied through one of five ways: (1) One 3-hour course in any language at the 3000 level or above, with a grade of B or better; (2) Two courses (1311 and 1312) in a language not previously studied; (3) Two courses (2311 and 2312) in a language previously studied at the high school or college level; (4) Qualifying scores on an AP or CLEP exam, or both the ACTFL OPI and WPT exams; (5) US Business in an Interdependent World (IB 3321) will meet 3 of the 6 hours required. The remaining 3 hours will be met by a foreign language class or through other options.
Philosophy6Intro to Philosophy, Foundation of EthicsPHIL 1301, PHIL 2306
Theology6Theology courses from other Catholic universities may be transferable with the approval of the Theology Department
Greehey School of Business
St. Mary’s CoreHoursRequirementsAlamo Courses
Freshman Composition I3Rhetoric and CompositionENGL 1301
Literature3Any 23XX Literature CourseAny ENGL 23XX Literature Course
History3Any History 1XXX, 2XXX, or 3XXX CourseAny HIST 13XX or 23XX
Social Science6The Social Science requirement is dependent on the major. Visit the St. Mary’s Undergraduate Catalog for more information.Any of the following are acceptable, however, some majors will require a specific social science: BA 1307, ECON 2301, ECON 2302, GOVT 1306, GOVT 1305, GOVT 2304, PSYC 1301, SOCI 1301 or 3 hours of SPCH (SPCH 1306)
Mathematics3The Mathematics requirement is dependent on the major. Visit the St. Mary’s Undergraduate Catalog for more information.Any of the following math courses are acceptable, however, some majors may require a specific math course: MATH 1311, MATH 1316, MATH 1314, MATH 1324, MATH 1325, MATH 1342, MATH 1442, MATH 2412, MATH 2413
Natural or Physical Science3Any science 1XXX Level CourseAny science course from the following: ASTR, BIOL, CHEM, GEOL, PHYS
Fine Arts3Any Art, Music, or Drama 1XXX, 2XXX, or 3XXX Level CourseAny Fine Arts course from the following: ART(S), MUSI, DRAM courses
Foreign Language6This requirement is satisfied through one of four ways: (1) One 3-hour course in any language at the 3000 level or above, with a grade of B or better; (2) Two courses (1311 and 1312) in a language not previously studied; (3) Two courses (2311 and 2312) in a language previously studied at the high school or college level; (4) Qualifying scores on an AP or CLEP exam, or both the ACTFL OPI and WPT exams
Philosophy6Intro to Philosophy, Foundation of EthicsPHIL 1301, PHIL 2306
Theology6Theology courses from other Catholic universities may be transferable with the approval of the Theology Department
College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
St. Mary’s CoreHoursRequirementsAlamo Courses
Freshman Composition I3Rhetoric and Composition (ENGL 1301)ENGL 1301
Literature3Any 23XX Literature CourseAny ENGL 23XX Literature Course
History3Any History 1XXX, 2XXX, or 3XXX CourseAny HIST 13XX or 23XX
Social Science6See list of acceptable social science courses. Engineering majors require specific social science courses.Any of the following are acceptable to fulfill the social science requirement except for Engineering majors: BA 1307, ECON 2301, ECON 2302, GOVT 1306, GOVT 1305, GOVT 2304, PSYC 1301, SOCI 1301 or 3 hours of SPCH (SPE 305 or SPCH 1306)
Mathematics3The Mathematics requirement is dependent on the major. Visit the St. Mary’s Undergraduate Catalog for more information. Additional math courses are required to fulfill major requirements.MATH 2413 (or MATH 1342 depending on the major)
Natural or Physical Science3The Nature or Physical Science requirements is dependent on the major. Visit the St. Mary’s Undergraduate Catalog for more information.The following are acceptable, however, some majors will require a specific science course: BIOL 1406/1407, CHEM 1411/1412, PHYS 1101/1301, 1102/1302, 2425/2426
Fine Arts3Any Art, Music, or Drama 1XXX, 2XXX, or 3XXX course except for Engineering majors.Any of the following Fine Arts course: ART, MUSI, DRAM courses. Engineering majors take ENGR 1304.
Foreign Language6This requirement is satisfied through one of four ways: (1) One 3-hour course in any language at the 3000 level or above, with a grade of B or better; (2) Two courses (1311 and 1312) in a language not previously studied; (3) Two courses (2311 and 2312) in a language previously studied at the high school or college level; (4) Qualifying scores on an AP or CLEP exam, or both the ACTFL OPI and WPT examsForeign language is not required for some engineering majors. Visit the St. Mary’s Undergraduate Catalog for more information.
Philosophy6Intro to Philosophy, Foundation of EthicsPHIL 1301, PHIL 2306
Theology6Theology courses from other Catholic universities may be transferable with the approval of the Theology Department
School of Science, Engineering and Technology

Credit by Exam

You can also earn some undergraduate credits by passing an exam. We accept some AP exam scores which you can take in high school, but you can also take certain exams once you have enrolled at St. Mary’s for additional credit.

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