Transfer Credits

Taking Introductory Physics Courses at Another Institution

You may satisfy introductory calculus-based physics (Phys 117A/Phys 118A) requirements at Washington University by taking comparable physics courses at another institution. To do so you must:

  1. Identify a school that teaches an introductory calculus-based physics course sequence with a lab (preferably a two semester sequence).
  2. Obtain syllabi that includes the name of the school and a detailed list of topics covered, description of the labs, textbook name and author.
  3. Complete the Non-WUSTL Course Credit Approval form.
  4. Send the completed form and the associated syllabi to Dr. Hynes or bring it to her office (Crow 214). In addition to the above, provide all of the following information:
    • Your name, major, email address, and phone number
    • The course number(s) of the Washington University course(s) [Phys 117A, Phys 118A, or both] that you wish to take elsewhere
    • If possible, include a web address that provides detailed information about the courses you wish to take

After reviewing the material, Dr. Hynes will contact you to let you know whether or not the course is comparable to one offered at Washington University. If the course is appropriate, Dr. Hynes will sign the form and submit it to the College Office on your behalf.

Once you’ve completed the course, you must send an official transcript to the College Office (Campus Box 1117) to certify that you have successfully completed the course. The course equivalence will appear on your WU transcript, but the grade will not. The grade will not be used in your WU GPA calculation.

You should obtain confirmation of course equivalence from the Physics department prior to enrolling in a course at another institution. Note: To ensure you have course approval prior to summer school registration periods, your request should be submitted to Dr. Hynes prior to Spring Break. Approval may be granted after you have already taken the course, but there is no guarantee that you will receive the transfer credit unless you have the courses approved ahead of time.

If you have questions about receiving transfer credit for introductory physics taken at another institution, contact Dr. Hynes by email or phone (935-4495).