Students that earned a 4 or 5 on their AP Psychology exam will receive 3 generic 1000-level PSYC credits to use as electives toward the minimum credits needed for graduation. This credit is not the same as our introductory psychology courses; students still must take PSYC 1100 (General Psychology I) and PSYC 1101 or PSYC 1103 (General Psychology II). Our courses are qualitatively different from high school AP courses and are better preparation for our upper-level courses.
Transfer students may have received AP credit for an introductory psychology course at their previous institution. Transfer credit is evaluated from the source, so UConn will give credit based on the scores earned irrespective of how any previous institution may have evaluated the AP credit.
For more information about transferring AP credits, refer to the Office of Undergraduate Transfer Admissions.
Though education abroad (formerly study abroad) credit is resident credit, the course accreditation process is very similar to the equivalency evaluation process for transfer credit. Students are encouraged to participate in education abroad. However, courses taken abroad often do not count toward the psychological sciences major requirements. Students should plan well in advance and opt to take elective courses in their education abroad program. You may have an education abroad course evaluated for UConn PSYC credit by submitting a form via the Education Abroad Course Accreditation System; you will need to submit syllabus with your request. Please refer to Education Abroad for more information about getting academic credit while abroad.
Any courses taken at a campus not affiliated with UConn is considered “transfer” credit
Types of Credit
All credit from other institutions must be given a UConn catalog number. When an eligible course is initially transferred to UConn, transfer admissions will consult its growing database of transfer courses and give it a UConn equivalent:
- Direct equivalency (e.g., PSYC 1101, General Psychology II). For the most part, these courses can be used to fulfill requirements just like any course taken at UConn. Up to 7 transfer credits at the 2000-level or above can be used toward the psychological sciences major requirements. There is no limit on transfer credits for the psychological sciences minor.
- Generic credit (e.g., PSYC 91000, PSYC 1000 Level). These courses sometimes fulfill requirements like general education, relateds, and prerequisites, and they will count as electives toward the minimum number of credits needed for graduation. Generic credit at the 2000-level or above can also be used toward the 45 credit rule. Please keep in mind that generic courses cannot be used on psychological sciences plans of study.
The Office of Undergraduate Transfer Admissions has a list of transfer credit equivalencies from Connecticut institutions. Courses not on the list have likely not been evaluated yet and will be evaluated upon transfer. All courses not on the list, including out-of-state courses can be evaluated with the prior course approval form in the Student Administration System [View Tutorial].
Courses that have never been evaluated before are given generic UConn equivalent based on the departments and courses we have at UConn.
Student may opt to have courses given generic credit reevaluated for direct equivalency. Each department has an evaluator that determines if the course in question is directly equivalent to a course we offer at UConn. Upon evaluation, the course may remain a generic or be given direct equivalency. If a course remains generic credit it is usually because (a) we don’t offer any course like it here (e.g., Music Psychology), or (b) the course is not taught at the same rigor or structure as its comparable course at UConn (e.g. doesn’t include a topic we cover). Remember, the evaluation is only of course content; the prestige of the institution, program, or instructor does not play any role.
Some courses offered as psychology courses at other institutions come in as HDFS (Human Development and Family Studies), EPSY (Educational Psychology), STAT (Statistics), or SOCI (Sociology) courses. Always contact the evaluator from the department listed on the transfer credit report or transfer admissions website. Depending on the outcome of reevaluation, these courses may be able to be used as related courses.
For reevaluation of PSYC transfer courses, complete a Transfer Credit Reevaluation form; submission of a syllabus is required. Please be aware that, even if reevaluated, online psychology courses will be given generic credit equivalency (rather than direct UConn equivalency).
Lastly, transfer students often transfer in an introductory psychology course and receive credit for PSYC 1101 (General Psychology II). Please keep in mind that UConn has 2 introductory psychological sciences courses:
General Psychology I
General Psychology II
General Psychology II Enhanced
|Credits||3 credits||3 credits||4 credits|
|Format||Lecture + Lab||Lecture||Lecture + Discussion|
|Material Covered||General Psychology I:
Psychology as a natural (or biological) science (Area II)
|General Psychology II:
Psychology as a social science (Area I)
|General Psychology II:
Psychology as a social science (Area I)
|General Education Area||CA 3 – non-lab||CA 2||CA 2|
|Offerings||Offered at all campuses.||Regularly offered at Storrs during the summer and the regional campuses. Also offered at Storrs during the academic year for non-majors.||Offered at Storrs during the academic year for majors (some reserved seats) and non-majors.|
|Other Information||Rare to see transfer credit, though a few community colleges in Connecticut have an equivalent.||Transfer credit for most introductory psychology courses.|
Transfer students receiving credit for PSYC 1101 (General Psychology II) or 2000-level or above PSYC courses still must take the introductory PSYC course(s), as PSYC 1100 (General Psychology I) and PSYC 1101 or PSYC 1103 (General Psychology II) are both required for the major plan of study and prerequisites of almost every upper-level PSYC course. This is not a step backwards, though. General Psychology I and II are more of a pairing of introductory psychological concepts, as they cover the biological and social spheres of psychological sciences, respectively. When registering for PSYC 1100 after having credit for PSYC 1101 (or 1103), students will not receive an out-of sequence error.
Please refer to the Office of Undergraduate Transfer Admissions for more information on transfer credit, including information for current UConn students.
Transferring credit between institutions often requires a course syllabus. Only instructors have course syllabi; the department does not keep a central repository of course syllabi.
Students seeking a course syllabus need to contact the instructor of the course:
- Course numbers and titles can be found in the Undergraduate Catalog.
- Instructors currently teaching the course can be found by conducting a Class Search. The Class Search page can be found by navigating to the Student Administration System (i.e., PeopleSoft) login page, clicking “Welcome Guests” in the upper right corner, and clicking the left “Search for a Class” option.