Washington University
McKelvey School of Engineering
Outside Course Evaluations

The course equivalencies outlined in this database are specific to the McKelvey school of Engineering and are only approved for undergraduate programs. Undergraduate students who are prime to other schools or undergraduate students pursuing programs in other schools should discuss transfer work with the appropriate department or school.


McKelvey graduate students may still utilize this database if concurrently pursuing an undergraduate degree, but again, these equivalencies are only approved for undergraduate programs. If you have questions about transfer coursework to be counted towards a graduate program, please speak with the appropriate department.

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Some important comments:
  1. When we evaluate a course with technical content (e.g. Physics, Math, engineering) we attempt to match the outside course to a Washington University course. If the outside course appears not to have technical content, we usually do not attempt to match its content with a specific WU course; we evaluate the course only as to its level (freshman, Junior, etc) and use the "ELEn" course number, where "ELE" is short for "elective," and "n" is an integer in the range 1-5 (1 for freshman level, 5 for graduate level). The exceptions to this practice are the few non-technical courses (e.g. ECMP 100) required for engineering students.
  2. Schools use different calendars. If the outside school is on the quarter system, and its courses are measured with quarter hours, we multiply the quarter hours by 2/3 to determine the equivalent WU units (semester hours.) For example:
    Outside Course Washington University Equivalent
    Chem 1234 Chemistry I, 5.0 qt hrs Chem 111A, 3.3 units
    Other calendars and course measures also exist.
  3. Some outside courses have pieces of more than one WU course. A common example is freshman chemistry. Some schools combine the lecture and lab portions into one course; we have separate courses for the lecture and lab. This would show as:
    Outside Course Washington University Equivalent
    Chem 1234, 5.0 Chem 111A, 3.0
      Chem 115, 2.0
    The opposite also happens: it takes more than one outside course to equal one WU course. In this situation, the WU course is show on more than one line, with the units split. This commonly happens when converting a one year sequence (3 quarters course sequence to our two semesters course sequence). For Example:
    Outside Course Washington University Equivalent
    Phys 1234, 5.0 qt. Hrs Phys 117A, 3.3
    Phys 1235, 5.0 Phys 117A, 1.7
      Phys 118A, 1.7
    Phys 1236, 5.0 Phys 118A, 3.3
  4. This database only shows courses we have evaluated. If a course is not shown, that means we have not evaluated it; it does NOT mean we do not accept the course. If a course is not applicable, it will have the tag "NA".
  5. These evaluations have been collected over a long time period. The evaluation may have been made years ago, and that course may no longer be offered by the outside school. This database also lists a few WU equivalent courses no longer offered at WU.

    Tags: At the end of each line, a courses "tag" may be shown. The tags, and their meanings:

    H Humanity: This course may be used to partially satisfy Engineering's humanity/social science requirement.
    S Social Science: see above
    N Natural Science.
    NA Not Applicable towards any Engineering bachelor's degree.

Courses Last Updated on: 3/17/2021 1:17:06 AM

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