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Transfer from outside the University of Minnesota

Learn about transferring to the College of Biological Sciences for students who have never registered for classes as a degree-seeking student at any of the University of Minnesota campuses.

CBS Admission Requirements

The College of Biological Sciences (CBS) admits qualified students to all of its majors. Admission is competitive and based on an overall assessment of the applicant’s academic record and potential for success as presented in the application materials. Courses listed below are required for entry.

  • Calculus I (equivalent to MATH 1271)
  • General Chemistry I with lab (equivalent to CHEM 1061/1065)
  • General Chemistry II with lab (equivalent to CHEM 1062/1066)

Please Note:

  • Applicants with less than two semesters of General Chemistry may still be considered for admission based on the overall strength of their record. However, Chemistry is a prerequisite for many Biology courses. Thus, applicants who transfer before completing two semesters of Chemistry are likely to delay their expected graduation date.
  • Most successful applicants to the College of Biological Sciences have a 3.0 or higher science grade point average (science GPA). This GPA consists of courses in Math, Physics, Biology and Chemistry as well as any upper division science courses.
  • High school grades, class rank, and ACT or SAT scores may also be factored into the admission decision for students who have completed fewer than 26 transferable credits.
  • Priority may be given to first time bachelor’s degree students.  Students who have previously completed bachelor’s degrees and wish to complete prerequisites for professional or graduate schools should consider completing coursework through the College of Continuing and Professional Studies. If a student has earned a degree in the biological sciences or closely related field from another four-year institution, they may not earn a second bachelor’s degree from the College of Biological Sciences.

CBS Admission Deadlines

Completed applications must be received by February 1 (priority) to guarantee review. The College will continue accepting applications until all spaces are filled but no later than June 1. CBS only admits students transferring from outside of the University of Minnesota for the Fall semester.

How to Apply

Review and complete all items on the Transfer Application Checklist, located on the University of Minnesota Office of Admissions website.

If you have any questions, connect with CBS Transfer Team.  

Once Admitted

If admitted, students will need to confirm their enrollment and attend Transfer Student Orientation.  During Orientation, transfer students will meet with an academic advisor to review their transfer credits and degree progress.  

Transfer Credit

Learn more about how previously earned credits will transfer to CBS through the University of Minnesota’s Office of Admissions website.  

Please Note:

  • The College of Biological Sciences requires two semesters of Foundations of Biology with lab (BIOL 1951, 1961, 2003 and 3004).  Due to the specific content and sequencing of the Foundations courses, it is not guaranteed that Biology courses from a student’s current institution will fulfill the CBS Foundations course requirements.  Students should work with CBS Transfer Support (cbs-tsfr@umn.edu) as they consider whether to complete the general Biology sequence at their current institution and/or if they believe their previous biology courses may fulfill a portion of the CBS Foundations sequence.  Students may be asked to complete the Transfer Course Evaluation form to determine if previous general Biology courses can satisfy Foundations of Biology requirements. 
    • Effective for transfer to CBS in Fall 2021, we are changing the evaluation of introductory biology courses for transfer to ensure that students are prepared for success in our introductory biology labs. Effective Fall 2021, students will be granted credit for BIOL 1951 and BIOL 2003, but not the BIOL 1961 lab course. We will continue to review requests where an individual’s coursework or experience may match that provided by BIOL 1961 (and BIOL 3004) for possible exception from one or both courses.
  • The University of Minnesota teaches similarly named courses at multiple levels. Some courses may transfer as lower level courses that do not cover enough depth to fulfill CBS major requirements.  Students may email CBS Transfer Support (cbs-tsfr@umn.edu) with questions about how science courses at their current institution may transfer towards a CBS major and to confirm whether courses will fulfill major requirements.