Transferring non-Bates credits

How to obtain psychology credit for courses taken elsewhere besides Bates College


  1. You may count up to a maximum of three courses taken elsewhere towards the psychology major.
  2. You may only count one course within a focus area (cognition & emotion, biological & health, development & personality, and cultural & social)
  3. Students may receive credit for either statistics (psyc218) or methods (psych 261/262) if taken elsewhere (with prior approval) but students may not receive credit for both of these courses if they are taken elsewhere.
  4. For a course taken elsewhere to count towards the psychology major it must be approved by the department chair.

Approval Process:

  1. It is strongly recommended that you have courses pre-approved by the department chair.
  2. You should obtain a copy of the syllabus. You can do this either by emailing the professor of the course you are considering or for some programs you can find the syllabus online. (A copy of the course description will most likely NOT contain enough information for the chair to make a decision.)
  3. Bring a printed copy of the syllabus to the chair for consideration during office hours. (See below for office hours.) Note: If NONE of the office hours work for you (or if you are off campus) then you may email the syllabus to the chair for approval. You should mention in your email that you are not available during the posted office hours.
  4. Please highlight the following three items on the syllabus (or mention these items in your email message) as these details are essential for determining the level at which a course may count (i.e., 200 or 300 level). If these details are not listed in the syllabus then please find the answers to these questions in some other way (e.g., contacting the professor of the course in question).
    • What are the prerequisites for the course? (Be aware that most of the 300-level courses within the psychology major at Bates have a 200-level prerequisite.)
    • What is the assignment structure like and how are grades determined? (Be aware that most of the 300-level courses within the psychology major at Bates do not solely use in-class exams to assess student learning. Instead most of our 300-level courses require some combination of papers, community-based work, presentations, class projects, etc.)
    • How many primary readings are required? (Be aware that most of the 300-level courses within the psychology major at Bates require that students read at least 6 or more journal articles in addition to other reading materials; in fact, some of our 300-level courses require that students read over 30 journal articles.)
  5. Along with the syllabus please bring this form to your meeting with the chair: This form will need to be completed if you want credit for the course.
  6. If the chair decides that Bates College offers an equivalent course to the one you are considering then the course taken elsewhere will count towards the major at the level of the course we offer at Bates College.
  7. If the chair decides that Bates College does not offer an equivalent course then the chair may still decide to count that course towards the major (at either a 200 or 300 level) as unspecified department credit.

Things to bring to the meeting with the chair:

a. A list of courses you plan to take elsewhere (or have already taken)

b. A syllabus for each course you plan on taking elsewhere

c. Answers to the three bullet-marked questions outlined above (in Step #4).

d. A completed copy of the transfer credit application form:

 The department chair is Amy Bradfield Douglass.  You should plan to meet with her for 15 minutes during her office hours.  You can reserve a specific timeslot during her office hours by using the appointment manager in this link.