2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog


Course Credit

Transfer Credit Policy

Students transferring to TCU must present a record of all transfer work for evaluation to the Office of Admission for approval by the appropriate academic dean prior to their enrollment in the University. Transfer coursework not presented prior to enrollment may not be counted toward a degree.

After enrolling at TCU:

  1. All students must receive prior approval by the appropriate academic dean if they wish to take courses at another institution and have those courses count toward a degree at TCU. Coursework taken without prior written approval may not be applied to a degree.
  2. Once a student is enrolled at TCU, no more than 12 total semester hours, except those earned in an approved study abroad program, may be transferred from other schools.
  3. No credit may be transferred from a community college once 54 cumulative semester hours have been earned.

Transcripts of coursework taken elsewhere must reach the Office of the Registrar within 30 days of completion of the coursework.

Study Abroad Credit

TCU supports two types of study abroad programs: programs administered by the Center for International Studies, called "TCU in" programs; and programs administered by select providers and universities with which the TCU has an agreement, called "Partner" programs.

For TCU in programs and; Partner programs not utilizing a U.S. transcript, courses count as residency credit, in which case the course grades are computed in the official TCU GPA and students can elect to take individual courses P/NC following TCU policy. 

The Center for International Studies: TCU Abroad assists students in making arrangement for international study.

Credit by Examination

Students may earn academic credit for university-level learning by taking an examination in the appropriate area. Credit granted usually can be used to satisfy specific and general degree requirements. Credit by examination will not be awarded after the student has completed 66 hours of college credit.

For the currently enrolled student, the following conditions apply:

  1. The approval of the academic dean must be obtained before taking CLEP or other recognized examinations for credit.
  2. Credit by examination will not be awarded for a prerequisite course if credit has been earned in an upper-division course.
  3. Credit earned by examination is not assigned a letter grade and is not counted toward special recognition or honors.
  4. Duplicate credit is not allowed by enrolling in and completing a course for which credit was earned by examination.
  5. Credit may be earned through selected CLEP General and Subject examinations, College Board Achievement Test in Foreign Languages and through locally constructed examinations.

For the entering student, the following conditions apply:

  1. TCU grants credit in some subject areas through the following standardized examination programs: College Board Advanced Placement (AP), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), College Board Achievement Tests in Foreign Languages (ACH) and International Baccalaureate (IB).
  2. Credit may be obtained through the following institutional examinations: locally constructed examinations in nursing, conference examinations in music, audition examination in ballet and/or modern dance, and certain non-U.S. advance-level national examinations.
  3. Credit in English Composition earned by examination will be honored if it appears on an official college transcript.
  4. Students may demonstrate competency in a language other than English by meeting the TCU non-English language undergraduate requirement (and earn credit for this requirement) in a variety of ways. First, the student may meet the requirement by successful completion of coursework at TCU, or by approved transfer credit from another institution, as specified in each academic major and receive the number of credit hours earned in those courses. Additionally, a student may provide evidence of competency in the non-English language by 1) scores on standardized tests approved by the University, for which the student will receive three to 12 hours of credit depending on the examination score, or 2) successful completion of one academic year in a secondary or post-secondary institution in which the language of instruction is other than English, for which the student will receive 12 hours of credit.

The credit by examination procedures are reviewed and updated annually. The current Credit by Exam information is available on the Office of Admission's website.

Military Service Credit

The University follows, with limitations, the recommendations of the American Council on Education as published in the Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Forces in granting credit for military service schools. See Military Service Credit in the Admissions section of this catalog for specific requirements.

Nonresidential Coursework Credit

As a general rule, TCU does not accept nonresidential courses taken prior to enrollment at TCU. However, a student may petition the appropriate academic dean to grant credit. Nonresidential courses taken while a student is in residence at TCU require prior permission of the appropriate dean if the courses are to be applied toward a TCU degree.

Independent Study Credit

Some departments at TCU offer an opportunity for independent study, usually pursued late in a student’s major. It has a broad range of purposes. Perhaps most important is exposure of the undergraduate student to methods and techniques usually reserved for graduate students. Seminars, reading and reviews, and independent research characterize this phase of a student's work, which normally is optional. Independent study courses are also available to exceptional students with exceptional needs. A student, for example, may want a more intensive exposure to a specific subject than a standard course provides. With faculty approval, an independent study course can provide the opportunity to go as far as interest and capability allow.