Understanding the Codes in Our Systems
Biola University, in its mission of, “Biblically centered education, scholarship and service — equipping men and women in mind and character to impact the world for the Lord Jesus Christ,” commits to serving transfer students. To accomplish this, the University has developed coding schemes to honor transfer students' prior academic work. The sections below provide context and examples of what transfer course codes you will see throughout our systems like the Transfer Evaluation System (TES) tool, Degree Audit, Planner, and transcript.
Some courses are evaluated as non-directly equivalent for a variety of reasons that include: (1) Biola does not offer an equivalent course, (2) there is not enough information in the course description to make an equivalency determination, (3) there is a difference in course leveling (e.g. lower division versus upper division), and (4) it is against institutional policies (e.g. incoming students and current students have different course transfer policies).
Class Based Transfer Course Codes
Although these codes represent that the classes are not directly equivalent to the Biola course, they are treated as if they are equivalent on Degree Audit and fulfill prerequisites because they clear enough content/learning outcomes.
L codes (beginning with an L)
These are lower division classes taken at the transfer institution that are not equivalent but meet content/learning outcomes of a Biola course. The “L” represents the level of the course at the transfer institution and indicates it does not meet upper division course requirements here at Biola.
|Trinity Lake Community College:||PSY 250 - Developmental Psychology|
|Biola Equivalent Course:||PYSC L320 - Developmental Psychology|
U codes (beginning with a U)
These are upper division classes taken at the transfer institution that are not equivalent but meet Biola course learning outcomes and course requirements (e.g. see below). The U represents the level of the course at the transfer institution. These classes will count towards upper division requirements.
|Trinity Lake University:||BUS 350 - Principles of Microeconomics|
|Biola Equivalent Course:||BUSN U202 - Principles of Microeconomics|
Generic Transfer Course Codes
These codes are for electives. They are not equivalent to a specific Biola course.
T codes (beginning with a T)
These courses are not equivalent to any Biola course (Generic codes). They will show up under General Electives on Degree Audit (e.g. PSYC T100, T200). These classes will not meet prerequisite requirements.
|Trinity Lake Community College:||ART 125 - Underwater Basket Weaving|
|Biola Equivalent Course:||ARTS T100 - General Elective|
X codes (beginning with an X)
These courses are not equivalent to any specific Biola course, however, they are accepted to meet major or minor elective requirements. They are also accepted to meet prerequisite requirements. See below for example:
|Trinity Mountain University:||BUS 102 - International Business Law|
|Biola Equivalent Course:||BUSN - X1MJ (Counts towards major elective coursework)|
UNIV codes (subject code of UNIV)
These courses will show up under General Electives on Degree Audit.
These courses are not accepted towards meeting prerequisite requirements and represent subjects not offered at Biola.
|Trinity Lake Community College:||AGRI 105 (Agritourism) Fun at the Farm|
|Biola Equivalent Course Code:||UNIV T100 - General Elective|
General Student Non-Directly Equivalent Core Transfer Codes
These transfer course number codes are used for non-directly equivalent courses that fulfill (through learning outcomes and content) the requirements of Biola University’s Core/GE requirements. These courses are designated by a “C” at the beginning of the course numbers and followed by a two-character designation (e.g. PSYCH C1V; C = Core; 1V = Behavioral Science Core Requirement). These designated transfer courses are available for new students and currently enrolled students. Below are the codes you may find on the Transfer Evaluation System (TES) tool, Degree Audit, or Planner.
General Student Core Transfer Key
Biblical and Theological Studies
First Year Seminar
English (e.g. ENGL 100 or ENGL 112)
Writing in the Disciplines (e.g. ENGL 313)
Fine Arts (e.g. ARTS 100, MUSC 101, CNMA 110, etc.)
100 Level - Foreign Language
200 Level - Foreign Language
201 Level - Foreign Language
History (e.g. HIST 200, HIST 201, POSC 225)
HIST C1HW: World Civilizations
History (e.g. HIST 100 or HIST 101)
KNES C1K: Kinesiology Activity
Kinesiology and Health Science Activity (e.g. KNES 110)
Kinesiology and Health Science Activity (e.g. KNES 107)
Literature (e.g. ENGL 220, ENGL 230, etc.)
Mathematics (e.g. MATH 120, CSCI 104, PSYC 209 & PSYC 211, etc.)
Philosophy (e.g. PHIL 214, PHIL 210, PHIL 215, etc.)
Science (e.g. ANTH 222, BIOS 100, CHEM 120, etc.)
New Student Transfer Core Codes
These codes are specific to new incoming transfer students. As noted in the Undergraduate Transfer Policy section, if a course taken at a transferring institution meets that institution's General Education (GE) requirement the course will transfer into a comparable GE required course at Biola University. Exceptions include Bible, upper-division, ENGL 313, and major-specific requirements. These courses are designated with the subject code, “NEW” and the corresponding course number (e.g. N1A for Fine Arts requirement - see key above) to indicate the specific Biola GE requirement it fulfills. Note, courses designated with the “NEW” subject code are not available for transfer for current or previously enrolled students.
“NEW N1A” represents a course taken at another university that fulfills the Fine Arts Biola GE/Core requirement under the new student transfer policy.
New Student Transfer Code Key
First Year Seminar Requirement (e.g. GNST 102)
Behavioral Science Requirement (e.g. PSYC 200)
Communication Requirement (e.g. COMM 200)
English Requirement (e.g. ENGL 100 or 112)
Fine Arts Requirement (e.g. ARTS 100)
Foreign Language Requirement (e.g. SPAN 100)
Foreign Language Requirement (e.g. SPAN 200)
Foreign Language Requirement (e.g. SPAN 201)
History Requirement (e.g. HIST 200)
History Requirement (e.g. HIST 100)
Kinesiology Requirement (e.g. KNES 107)
Kinesiology Requirement (e.g. KNES 110)
Literature Requirement (e.g. ENGL 220)
Mathematics Requirement (e.g. MATH 120)
Philosophy Requirement (e.g. PHIL 214)
Science Requirement (e.g. PHSC 101 & PHSC 102)