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Transfer from within the University of Minnesota

Are you currently (or have you ever been) enrolled* as a degree seeking student within the University of Minnesota system? Explore admission requirements for students transferring to the College of Biological Sciences.

*Enrollment includes the Twin Cities, Duluth, Rochester, Morris, and Crookston campuses, but excludes Post Secondary Enrollment Option (PSEO) and non degree seeking students taking coursework through the College of Continuing and Professional Studies. 

Transfer Information Sessions

Students interested in transferring from within the U of M to the College of Biological Sciences are highly encouraged to attend an information session. Information sessions will focus on admissions requirements and suggestions for future registration, with time to ask questions. Students are required to attend an information session before meeting individually with a CBS advisor during drop-in advising.

Upcoming information session dates:

  • Thursday, January 19, 9:30-10am (online)
  • Tuesday, January 24, 10-11am (online)
  • Monday, January 30, 1-2pm (in person)
  • Tuesday, February 21, 10-11am (in person)
  • Tuesday, February 28, 1-2pm (online)
  • Thursday, March 16, 10-11am (online)
  • Tuesday, March 21, 1-2pm (online)
  • Tuesday, April 4, 10-11am (online)

>>Sign up for an info session here! 
Sessions are virtual unless noted. An email reminder will be sent 24 hours prior to the event, including a link for the virtual sessions. 

Watch this video for additional information about the transfer process. 

Admissions Requirements

Students will be considered for admission to the College of Biological Sciences simply by meeting all of the following criteria prior to applying: 

  • Good academic standing with their current UMN college.
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher based on completion of 26 semester credits. A minimum of 12 credits must be completed at the University of Minnesota.
  • Science GPA of 2.5 or higher based on completion of at least three science courses at the time of application. See Additional Information section below for more information.

Application Timeline

Spring 2023 Admissions
Deadline: October 1, 2022  |  Decisions announced: October 21, 2022

Fall 2023 Admissions
Deadline: February 1, 2023  |  Decisions announced: February 22, 2023

Applicants will receive their admission decision via U of M email approximately three weeks after the deadline. Late applications will not be considered. 

How to Apply to CBS


Additional Information

What are science courses?
Science courses are all math and science-based courses applicable to CBS major requirements as found in the most current University Catalog. Degree requirements are subject to change prior to the student's admission to CBS. 

Courses listed below fulfill requirements in most CBS majors and can be helpful to take prior to admission into CBS.

  • Chemistry: CHEM 1061+1065, 1062+1066, 2301, 2302, 2311 or CHEM 1081+1065, CHEM 1082+1086, CHEM 2081+2085
  • Quantitative I Requirement (calculus): MATH 1241, 1271, or 1371
  • Quantitative II Requirement: STAT 3011, MATH 1272 or 1372, MATH 2241, CSCI 1133
  • Physics (calculus-based): PHYS 1201W/1221, 1202W/1222, 1301W, 1302W
  • Other Biology: BIOL 1951+1961, 2003+3004, 3211; PMB 3002, 3005W, 3007W; EEB 3407/3408W, 3409, 3411/3412W

What should I know about science courses and science GPA?

  • Science GPA is calculated using all grades of completed science courses applicable to CBS major requirements as found in the most current University Catalog, including original and repeated attempted (referred to as an "unbracketed science GPA")
  • Applicants must have a minimum of three completed courses applicable to CBS major requirements (grades A-F) with at least one science GPA course (3 credits minimum) completed at the University of Minnesota at the time of application. 
  • Although N grades do not normally factor into a student's science GPA, multiple N grades may be considered when reviewing an applicant's record to determine likelihood of progress towards a degree. 
  • Transfer courses that satisfy CBS major requirements will be included in the science GPA for admission.
  • If a CBS major requirement requires a lecture and lab to fulfill the requirement, students must take both lecture and lab to be factored into the science GPA for admission and both lecture and lab only count as one course towards the minimum of three completed courses (e.g. CHEM 1061+1065, BIOL 1951+1961, etc).
  • GCC, PHAR, and PSY designator courses count for some CBS major requirements, but will not count towards the science GPA for admission. 
  • AP/IB courses may fulfill major requirements, but will not count towards the science GPA for admission. 

BIOL 1951+1961 enrollment for non-CBS students
Beginning Spring 2020, students planning for transfer within the U to CBS are able to register for Foundations of Biology when registration opens to non-degree and visiting students (see dates and deadlines). CBS will no longer review applications for Foundations of Biology access.

S Grades
CBS will accept S grades for courses taken in Spring 2020 and Summer 2020. For ICT/IUT students, a GPA of 2.5 or higher is required in at least three science courses so at least one course needs to be graded. 

Want to add a CBS major as your second major or degree?
Students will still need to be admitted to CBS through the transfer admission process. Please make sure you meet the admission requirements and complete the Additional Undergraduate Degree Program Application

Contact Us!

If you have additional questions about transferring from another college within the University of Minnesota system, you must first attend an information session

CBS Transfer Coordinators  |  |  612-624-9717