Transfer Credit

We're here to help you transfer your credits so you can finish your undergraduate degree at St. Mary's.

St. Louis Hall at duskIf 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 Gateway for details on how to make sure your credits transfer smoothly.

Alamo Colleges transfer equivalents
St. Mary’s Core transfer equivalents
School-specific transfer equivalents

St. Mary’s University Transfer Equivalency Self-Service

The Transfer Equivalency Self-Service tool is available to prospective undergraduate students to view how academic coursework earned at other  institutions can be used in the transfer admission process and towards completing your degree at St. Mary’s University.

All you have to do is enter the classes and the institution where you took the classes (having access to your unofficial transcript will be helpful with this step). We will share how your course work will apply towards your selected degree, an articulation report, a degree audit and even next step options.

Please note that the Transfer Equivalency Tool works best in Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome.

Launch the Transfer Equivalency Tool

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.

Credit by exam

 

 

Transfer Credits

Transfer Credits

Students who wish to transfer credit from other institutions after matriculating at St. Mary’s University must seek approval from the Registrar’s Office and complete the Permission to Take Courses for Transfer Credit Form prior to registering for a course at another institution. Refer any questions you may have to Registrar’s Office for clarification. For students transferring to St. Mary’s from any of the Alamo Community Colleges, please see Alamo Community College Transfer Information.

  • Request permission by filling out the Permission to Take Courses for Transfer Credit form prior to registering for courses. This form must be filled out and on file at the St. Mary’s Registrar’s Office to assure transferability of credit.
  • Students may take two courses each summer session. A student who takes more than two courses each summer session must present written permission from their dean when submitting form to the Registrar’s Office.
  • The maximum number of transferable hours from a junior/community college is 66.
    If you have already completed 66 transferable hours from a junior/community college you may not transfer additional courses (from a junior/community college). This applies even if courses you wish to take are core or elective credit courses.
  • You may be able to transfer additional courses from a four-year school.
  • Once students reach junior status (completed 60 or more hours) and have not already transferred the 66 hour maximum from a junior/community college, they may take six hours at a junior college. Additional courses may be taken at a four-year school.
  • Matriculated students who go to other college/university during the summer cannot transfer Math, Philosophy,Theology, SMC 1301, 1311, 1314, 2301, 2302, and 4301 courses.
  • Science majors need approval from the department chairperson of the science course you plan to take at other schools.
  • Grades earned must be a equivalent to a “C-” or better to transfer.
  • Advanced level courses (from four-year schools) not specifically listed below will be approved on an individual basis depending on specific degree and major.
  • Transcripts must be provided whether the work was satisfactory, unsatisfactory, or whether you withdrew while work was in progress.
  • Transfer hours and grades are posted to your St. Mary’s University transcript as transfer courses.

Repeat Courses at other schools

If you plan to repeat a course you took here for a higher grade at another school, we recommend you repeat the course here because the lower grade will not count in your St. Mary’s University grade point-average.

If you repeat the course at St. Mary’s University, the lower grade and repeated grade will both show on the transcript, but only the higher grade will be computed in the GPA. This will give you a higher GPA here.

A student can obtain transfer credit for both School Specific Core (SSC) courses and St. Mary’s University (SMC) courses. However, transfer courses will fulfill SSC course requirements before SMC courses. The following St. Mary’s University required courses may transfer from another accredited college/university. Each course can only be used one time towards graduation.

See ACCD transfer details

St. Mary's Core transfer equivalents

The following courses meet each of the St. Mary’s Core credit requirements.

SMC 1312 – Foundations of Reflection: Nature

  • General Biology I with Lab (BL 1401)
  • General Biology II with Lab (BL 1402)
  • Introduction Astronomy (PY 1310)
  • General Chemistry I with Lab (CH 1401)
  • General Chemistry II with Lab (CH 1402)
  • Physical Geology (ES 1301)
  • General Physics I (PY 1401)
  • General Physics II (PY 1402)
  • University Physics I (PY 1404)
  • University Physics II (PY 2404)
  • Perspective and Themes in Science (ST 2300/2400)

SMC 2303 – Foundations of Practice: Fine Arts

  • Design I (AR 1311)
  • Design II (AR 2301)
  • Acting I (DM 2321)
  • Drawing I (AR 1301)
  • Stagecraft I(DM 2352)
  • Painting I (AR 2321)
  • Perspective and Themes in Fine Arts (HU 2305)

SMC 1313 – Foundations of Reflections: Others

  • Introduction to Business (BA 1310)
  • Introduction to Criminal Justice (CJ 2300)
  • Macroeconomics (EC 2301)
  • Microeconomics (EC 2303)
  • State National Government (PO 1312)
  • National Government (PO 1311)
  • History of the U.S. Part I (HS 1301)
  • History of the U.S. Part II (HS 1302)
  • Western Civilization I and II (HS 1351 and 1352)
  • Introduction to Psychology (PS 1301)
  • Introduction to Sociology (SC 1311)
  • Perspective and Themes in Social Science (HU 2303)
  • Perspective and Themes in History (HU 2300)

SMC 2304 – Foundations of Practice: Literature

  • 2000 level English Literature

School Specific Core Course Equivalents

English Composition

  • Freshman Composition I or Rhetoric & Composition I (EN1311)

Sophomore Literature

  • British Literature I and II
  • American Literature I and II
  • World Literature I and II (same as International Literature)

Foreign Language

Conversational foreign language (or Sign Language) cannot be used to fulfill this requirement. If a student has taken the same foreign language in high school, or has prior knowledge of the language, he/she must fulfill the requirement in that language at the Intermediate level (6 hours).

  • Elementary French I and II (FR 1311 and 1312)
  • Intermediate French I and II (FR 2311 and 2312)
  • Elementary German I and II (GR 1311 and 1312)
  • Intermediate German I and II (GR  2311 and 2312)
  • Elementary Spanish I and II (SP 1311 and 1312)
  • Intermediate Spanish I and II (SP 2311 and 2312)

Foreign Language is not required for Accounting, or Computer, Electrical, Industrial and Mechanical Engineering majors.

Fine Arts

  • Design I (AR 1311)
  • Design II (AR 2301)
  • Acting I (DM 2321)
  • Drawing I(AR 1301)
  • Stagecraft I(DM 2352)
  • Painting I (AR 2321)
  • Perspective and Themes in Fine Arts (HU 2305)

Social Sciences

  • Introduction to Business (BA 1310)
  • Introduction to Criminal Justice (CJ 2300)
  • Principles of Macroeconomics (EC 2301)
  • Principles of Microeconomics (EC 2303)
  • American Texas Government, National, State & Local (PO 1312)
  • American Government: Problems & Policies (PO 1311)
  • History of the U S, Part I (HS 1301)
  • History of the U S, Part II (HS 1302)
  • Western Civilization to 17th Century (HS 1351)
  • Western Civilization since 17th Century (HS 1352)
  • Perspective and Themes in Social Science (HU 2303)
  • Perspective and Themes in History (HU 2300)

Speech

  • Fundamentals of Speech (CM 1341)
  • Oral Communication (CM 1341)
  • Business and Professional Communication (CM 2333)

Sciences

  • General Biology I (with Lab) (BL 1401)
  • General Biology II (with Lab) (BL 1402)
  • Introductory Astronomy (no equivalent course but will satisfy Science requirement)
  • Principles of Astronomy (no equivalent course but will satisfy Science requirement)
  • General Chemistry I (with lab) (CH 1401)
  • General Chemistry II (with lab) (CH 1402)
  • Physical Geology (ES 1300)
  • General Physics I (PY 1401)
  • General Physics II (PY 1402)
  • University Physics I (PY l404)
  • University Physics II (PY 2404)
  • Perspective and Themes in Science (ST 2300/2400)

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