All credit earned at institutions of higher education other than the University of Georgia is evaluated by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Only credit earned at regionally accredited institutions will be considered for transfer credit.

Types of Credit

Courses may transfer into the University in the following ways: direct equivalent, general education core elective, transfer elective, or nontransferable credit.

Direct Equivalent

Definition: Source course is equivalent to UGA course


ENGL 1101 @ University of North Georgia = ENGL 1101 @ UGA

BIOL 1101K @ Georgia Gwinnett College = BIOL 1103/L @ UGA

Uses: Can apply to degree requirements just as UGA courses would

General Education Core Elective

Definition: Source course is not equivalent to UGA course, but is approved for use in the core


MATH 1111 @ Dalton State College = MATH 1GXX (Area I) @ UGA

STAT 121 @ Brigham Young University = STAT 1GXX (Area III) @ UGA

Uses: Can satisfy core areas for which they are approved or count as general electives

Transfer Elective

Definition: Source course is not equivalent to UGA course and not approved for use in the core


PSYC 2107 @ Georgia Perimeter College = PSYC 2TXX @ UGA

EDEC 3331 @ Piedmont College = EDEC 3TXX @ UGA

Uses: Can count as general electives

Nontransferable Credit

Definition: Source course is not approved for any UGA credit


REL 107 @ Berry College = NTFR 0TXX @ UGA

MKTG 1100 @ Athens Technical College = NTFR 0TXX @ UGA

Uses: None

FACS Guidelines:

  1. Courses must have satisfied the core at the transfer institution.
    1. Courses with a “G” have already been approved for core credit, but not all courses we can use will have a “G”.
    2. If you are not sure if a course you took satisfied the core at your previous institution, check that institution’s course catalog or send an inquiry to Melissa Garber.
    3. If the course is not listed, but you are sure it satisfied the core at your previous institution, contact Melissa Garber. We will need documentation from your previous institution.
  2. Individual core courses are accepted, even if the core area was not completed at your previous institution. However, you must still meet general educational outcomes.
    1. Example: A student who took only one science at their previous institution must still take another science here, even if they have more than enough core credits from other areas. In other words, we can’t move just any core credit to any core area.
    2. Acceptable moves:

      Transfer Core

      UGA Core

      Area A

      Area I

      Area B

      Area IV or V

      Area C

      Area IV or V

      Area D Science

      Area II

      Area D Math/Tech

      Area III

      Area E

      Area IV or V

  3. Area II may be met by any combination of life, physical, interdisciplinary, or unclassified sciences, as long as the courses satisfied the Area D science requirements at your previous institution.
  4. Courses with less than the required number of hours may be used to satisfy UGA core if they satisfied the core at your transfer institution and no other courses are available; the remaining hour(s) may be waived.
    1. Example: We can move a 2-hour Area B course to Area IV WLC and waive 1 hour.
  5. The USG core-to-core policy also applies to dual enrollment credit.
    1. Example: A first-year student with dual enrollment credit in BIOL 1104/L and ECOL 1000 from South Georgia State College has completed Area II.

Complete College Georgia Articulation Agreement

According to the Board of Regents, the Complete College Georgia Articulation Agreement between the University System of Georgia (USG) and the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) is “based on the principles of serving student needs, avoiding duplication of mission, using state resources efficiently, and expanding opportunities for post-secondary attainment in Georgia.”

Courses on the Complete College Georgia list can be applied to UGA’s core as if they were USG transfer credit.

University-wide Requirements

Transfer courses can also satisfy the Environmental Literacy and Cultural Diversity requirements. These must be approved at the college level. If you believe a course you took at your previous institution should satisfy one of these requirements, send an inquiry to Melissa Garber.

Please note:

In order to be approved for Environmental Literacy, courses must cover basic scientific principles which govern natural systems and the consequences of human activity on local, regional, and global natural systems.

In order to be approved for Cultural Diversity, courses must enable students to develop their understanding of issues of race, religion, ethnicity, gender, and class, not only within the cultures they are studying, but also as applied to their own cultures.