Guidelines For Choosing Non UW–Madison Courses

Determining an Equivalency

To determine how a course will transfer, compare the course description(s) to UW–Madison’s course description(s) and prerequisites and ask yourself these questions:

  1. Breadth: What is the breadth of the course? Breadth designations encompass natural (computational, biological, and physical) sciences, social and behavioral sciences, as well as in the arts and humanities.
  2. Level: What is the level of the course? Is it a foundational, elementary-level course or does the course build on foundational knowledge gained from earlier studies?
  3. Prerequisites: Must you have attained a certain class standing (e.g., junior level) or completed certain courses before you can enroll in the course?
  4. Sequence: Is the course part of a yearlong sequence? If it is part of a sequence, it may cover only part of the comparable UW–Madison course, especially if it is offered at a quarter-system school. Avoid these courses at quarter schools if you are seeking a direct equivalent.
  5. Direct Equivalent: Does the course cover the content and learning outcomes of a UW–Madison course? Is it offered at the same level with similar prerequisites? If so, the course may transfer as a direct equivalent.
  6. Elective Credits: Is the course unlike any UW–Madison course, but similar in the type of content and level? If it is, it will likely transfer as elective credits in the appropriate department with a designated breadth and level (e.g., history electives with social studies breadth at the intermediate level).

See Your Advisor

Make an appointment with your academic advisor to determine how coursework may satisfy specific degree, major, or certificate requirements.