Transfer of Undergraduate Credit from US Institutions

University Policy

Faculty of Computing & Data Sciences Policy

BU’s policies allow currently enrolled students to take classes at another institution (usually over the summer or in a non-BU study abroad program) if approval is received in advance; not all classes will be approved.

Credits and coursework of incoming transfer students are evaluated by CDS faculty or other BU academic departments and programs. The transfer credit evaluation is initiated and coordinated by the Office of the University Registrar.

Only courses comparable to those offered by the undergraduate schools and colleges of Boston University will be accepted for transfer. Courses taken at other institutions must carry at least 2.5 Boston University credits in order to count as full courses toward fulfillment of specific requirements for the CDS BS in Data Science. A total of 128 credits are required for graduation. First-year undergraduate students entering BU’s full-time on-campus schools/colleges can apply a maximum of 60 external or transfer credits toward their degree requirements at Boston University. For undergraduate students transferring into one of BU’s full-time on-campus schools/colleges, a maximum of 68 external or transfer credits can be applied toward degree requirements.

Except under cooperative arrangement, no matriculated student may carry courses concurrently in another institution. Grades from courses taken at external colleges and universities (except coursework undertaken as part of the college’s consortium agreement) will not be included in the student’s grade point average (GPA) or appear on the student’s Boston University transcript.

See also Summer Study at Other Universities and the University Policy on BU Residency Requirement and Transfer of Undergraduate Credits.

Please note: Students considering taking a non-BU course abroad for transfer credit must consult with the BU Study Abroad Program Manager for External Programs prior to applying for an international study program.