Bailey College Transfer Students
We're so glad you're here. The Bailey College of Science and Mathematics Student Services is dedicated to serving you as a transfer student.
To help ease with the transition to Cal Poly, we’ve put together information about registering for your first fall quarter. This is a unique process and we are here to help you. Additionally, we encourage you to explore the general academic advising information for all Cal Poly transfer students and to connect with the Transfer Center for campus wide transfer resources, events and support.
Prospective Transfer Students
If you are a prospective Cal Poly transfer student, please visit Cal Poly Admissions for application criteria and deadlines.
Newly Admitted Fall 2023 Transfer Students
Congratulations on your acceptance to Cal Poly!
We hope to see you at Transfer SLO Days where we will be explaining more about registration and answering individual questions. Before we meet with you, we encourage you to read through and follow these steps.
Step #1: Download your Major Specific Materials
We understand that each major is different, so we have provided you with major specific information and documents to help you determine what you have credit for and what you should register for. Please download your major-specific Curriculum Sheet and Flowchart from the drop down below.
Please Note: New transfer students will be placed on the 20-21 Catalog or the 22-26 Catalog based on eligibility and coursework completed. You can view your catalog after matriculation (usually mid/late July) by going to “My Portal,” selecting the “Academics” tab, then “PolyProfile.” Your catalog will be listed above your major information.
2020-2021 Catalog: Major Specific Documents for Fall 2023 Registration
2022-2026 Catalog: Major Specific Documents for Fall 2023 Registration
Step #2: Understand Your Degree Requirements
The information below will help you understand your degree requirements. It is important you know what you need to earn your degree!
Understanding your Curriculum Sheet
Your Curriculum Sheet displays all of your degree course requirements in a one to two page snapshot.
How to access your Curriculum Sheet
- Go to the Degree Flowcharts and Curriculum Sheets website
- Select your assigned catalog year
- Select your major
- Select your concentration (if applicable)
- Select Curriculum Sheet
The Curriculum Sheet is broken down into four main sections that are described below:
Major courses are the courses that make up your major curriculum. In some majors, this includes technical electives or concentrations.
If your major has Support courses are courses, they are chosen by your department to provide foundational support for your Major Courses. These courses sometimes double count as General Education Courses.
General Education (GE) Courses
General Education courses are broken down into several areas. You may notice some of these areas are completed through your Support Courses. In most cases, transfers still need to complete some GE courses at Cal Poly including the Upper Division GE courses.
If your major has Free Electives, you should have already fulfilled this requirement with transfer credit.
Understanding your Degree Progress Report
Your Degree Progress Report
Your Degree Progress Report (also known as your DPR) is the most important tool to understand as a Cal Poly student. Like the Curriculum Sheet, the Degree Progress Report displays all of your degree requirements to graduate. The Evaluations Unit uses the Degree Progress Report to post your degree so it is important to make sure the courses you have and will be taking are fulfilling the requirements you expected in your DPR.
Your DPR should be ran at least once per quarter to track your progress to degree.
The Degree Progress Report is also broken down into sections that are described below.
As a reminder, your Degree Progress Report will not be accurate until you receive an email from the Office of the Registrar letting you know that your Transfer Evaluation is complete.
How to access your Degree Progress Report
- Log in to my.calpoly.edu
- Go to your Student Center under My Apps on the left hand side
- Click on Degree Progress Report under the drop-down menu and then click on the arrows
How to read your Degree Progress Report
Scrolling through the Degree Progress Report can be a little confusing. It can be helpful to look at the Degree Progress Report with your Curriculum Sheet in hand as it is broken up into sections similarly to your Curriculum Sheet.
The top of your Degree Progress Report will display your Major and current Degree Information.
Near the top, you will find a Key to help you identify what the icons mean next to each requirement. At this time, you should see Requirements Satisfied and Requirements Not Satisfied. Once you register, you will see the In Progress Icon appear.
Next, you will find general degree requirements. These are important, but don't be concerned because these requirements will be met as you complete your courses. The United States Cultural Pluralism Requirement and the Graduation Writing Requirement are also in this section. We will review both of those requirements below.
Next your General Education Requirements appear. You may have transferred in a majority of these courses.
After GE Courses, your Major Requirements are listed.
Followed by your Support Course Requirements.
Finally, you will see your concentration requirements or technical elective, depending on your major.
It is so important that you READ all the notes for each section in the DPR. Not reading the notes may mean you miss important information and take a class that is not necessary. If you have any questions, let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are here to help!
Your Transfer Credit
While reviewing your Curriculum Sheet or Degree Progress Report, you may ask how certain courses transferred to Cal Poly. You can see further details about your transfer credit in your Poly Profile under "Higher Ed Credits Detail."
Transfer credit will continue to be evaluated and processed by Cal Poly until registration on Aug 14th. When your transfer evaluation is complete, you will receive an email from the Office of the Registrar - Evaluations Unit. At that time, you will be able to view your transfer credit transcripts in PolyProfile, and how those classes apply towards your degree in your Degree Progress Report.
Steps on how to find your transfer credit
- Access PolyProfile through your Cal Poly Portal under your Academics Tab.
- Click on the Higher Ed Credits Detail link located on the right side of the page.
- Under Additional Higher Education Credits Detail, you will find the transcripts we received from you.
- On the right side, you will find the courses you took and on the left side, you will see how they transferred over to Cal Poly.
- After reviewing your courses, you can access your Degree Progress Report to view your overall degree requirements. You can then see what you have completed and what you still need to graduate.
IF YOU BELIEVE YOU SHOULD HAVE RECEIVED CREDIT FOR A COURSE AND DID NOT:
You may petition for it to count toward your degree.
Please note: Advisors are also submitting petitions on your behalf if we have noticed that your credit did not fully articulate. You may receive a notice that a form was completed for you.
Depending on the type of course you want credit for, you will complete one of the two forms below. Please email us at email@example.com if you have any questions.
- Major or Support Course Substitution Form
- General Education (GE) Course Substitution/Petition Form - please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to request the form.
Graduate Writing Requirement (GWR) & United States Cultural Pluralism Requirement (USCP)
There are two requirements that are important for you to know about. Since you may be transferring in a majority of your General Education (GE) courses, you will want to review both requirements below so you are not adding extra work while completing your degree.
Graduation Writing Requirement (GWR)
The Graduation Writing Requirement (GWR) is a CSU-mandated program designed to ensure that student can write proficiently before they enter the professional workforce. All Cal Poly students who are seeking a degree must fulfill the GWR before a diploma can be awarded.
- Undergraduate students with 90 or more completed units should attempt to fulfill the GWR before their senior year.
There are two ways to fulfill the GWR:
- Pass a GWR-certified upper-division course with a C or better on a major writing assignment and a final course grade of C or better with at least 35% of the final grade based on the cumulative grade of all writing projects; OR,
- Earn a passing score on a GWR Portfolio (*Note: the GWR Portfolio has replaced the Writing Proficiency Exam in response to the March 2020 CSU suspension of in-person GWR testing).
GWR Information for Transfer Students
IF YOU TRANSFERRED TO CAL POLY FROM A COMMUNITY COLLEGE:
You will need to fulfill the GWR at Cal Poly even if you were GE-certified at your community college because the GWR is an upper-division University degree requirement and students must complete the requirement at the CSU campus at which they are matriculated.
IF YOU TRANSFERRED TO CAL POLY FROM ANOTHER CSU CAMPUS:
You may receive GWR credit if you fulfilled the requirement while enrolled at another CSU campus. Ask a representative from the GWR office at your former CSU campus to send to the Writing and Learning Initiatives office (email@example.com) an official letter verifying GWR completion.
IF YOU TRANSFERRED TO CAL POLY FROM A 4-YEAR INSTITUTION OUTSIDE OF THE CSU SYSTEM:
You will need to fulfill the GWR at Cal Poly because students must earn GWR credit from the CSU campus at which they matriculate.
For more information about the GWR, please visit the GWR website.
United States Cultural Pluralism (USCP) Requirement
Students are required to complete one USCP course. This course also fulfills a requirement for Major, Support, General Education, or Free Elective category.
What are USCP courses?
USCP courses must fulfill all of the criteria according to AS-836-17 and they must also address the Diversity Learning Objectives (DLOs). You can explore what courses count for the USCP requirement on the Catalog website.
How this will look in your DPR:
Step #3: Check off Completed Coursework on Your Flowchart
Now that you have reviewed your degree requirements, you will cross off any courses on the Flowchart that are marked as complete.
Understanding your Flowchart
Your Flowchart is one example of a path towards graduation. All transfer students enter Cal Poly at different places in their curriculum.
In Step # 1, you were asked to download your flowchart, which we will review in detail below and in this Flowchart video.
4-Year Standard Flowchart
This flowchart displays the most efficient path towards graduation in 4 years. All transfer students enter at different places in their curriculum. Please note that some introductory major courses may differ for a transfer student in some majors. The Suggested Course List (described below) will further explain what transfer students should take to fulfill these requirements.
How to read your Flowchart
Your flowchart displays your Degree Requirements in different colors.
- Orange Courses = Support Courses
- Green Courses = General Education Courses
- Yellow Courses = Major Courses
- Pink Courses = Concentration Courses, if you major has a concentration option
A course that is stretched across 2 or more quarters just means that you can take that course during any one of those quarters. It does not mean you must take this course multiple times.
Each course that is listed has courses in smaller green text listed below. These courses are the pre-requisites required in order to take that course. For example, a student must take MATH 206 and MATH 241 in order to register for Differential Equations I: MATH 242.
Check off Your Completed Coursework
Now it's your turn!
We have reviewed your Flowchart options. Take a moment to pull up your Flowchart and check off coursework you have already completed.
You can use your Degree Progress Report (DPR) to identify courses you have credit for. If your evaluation is not complete and you are unable to view your transfer credit in your DPR, do your best to read the course titles and check off courses you believe you have completed. You will want to refer back to your DPR prior to registration.
For example, we have checked off the courses in the image below.
Step #4: Select Courses to Take in Fall
Using your updated flowchart, identify courses for which you meet prerequisites and circle them on your flowchart.
Refer to the Fall Suggested Course List (see step #1) for major-specific course suggestions and requirements to come up with your ideal courses and back-up courses.
Understanding your Suggested Course list
Your Suggested Course List
Your Suggested Course List is just that - courses that we suggest transfers take during their first quarter at Cal Poly. There are specific notes about introductory courses and sections that may be relevant to consider for registration. Please make sure you read this document in its entirety. This document has essential information for you to be able to successfully register for the correct courses in fall quarter.
Every major will be slightly different, but in general they will include the following sections:
Major Course Suggestions
Concentration Course Suggestions
Support Course Suggestions
General Education and Degree Requirements
Additional and Contact Information
Step #5: Create and Save Schedules in Schedule Builder
Schedule Builder lives within the Student Center and is one of the tools you may use to prepare for registration. This tool allows you to view available courses and seats for an upcoming term, organize a schedule of courses in a calendar view, save favorite schedules, and enroll.
Understanding Schedule Builder
Check out this video to learn how to use Schedule Builder as a student.
We encourage you to practice using Schedule Builder and explore the schedule builder FAQs.
- Practice searching for upper level GE courses (Upper Division B,Upper Division C and Upper Division D).
- Practice using the filters by searching for classes with a face-to-face mode of instruction.
- Below is a table that further describes the different class modalities:
|Synchronous courses are fully online with established meeting days/times.
|Asynchronous courses are fully online with NO established meeting days/times. Course requirements are completed in a self-guided manner.
|Synchronous/asynchronous hybrid courses are fully online, but the meeting pattern is a combination of established days/times (for the synchronous online component) and student self-guided work (for the asynchronous online component).
|In person courses are offered at on-campus or off-campus physical locations with established meeting days/times.
|In Person/Sync Hybrid
|In person/synchronous hybrid courses include in-person and online course content. These courses have established meeting days/times.
|In Person/Async Hybrid
|In person/asynchronous hybrid courses include in-person and online course content. The meeting pattern is a combination of established days/times (for the in-person component) and student self-guided work (for the asynchronous online component).
Three schedule builder tips we have learned:
- Filters don't actually filter until you try to build a schedule.
- Class Status filter: If you get an error when you try to build a schedule, it probably means you are filtering for "open" classes and that class is currently full. You can just remove that class and build a schedule without it. If you still want to look at the class and maybe get on the waitlist, then you need to uncheck "open".
- If you filter for both Area C GEs and Graduation Writing Requirement (GWR) classes it gives you BOTH Area C GEs and GWR courses, NOT classes that fulfill both. Be careful. Read course descriptions to confirm GE credit and/or GWR credit.
Saving Schedules in Schedule Builder
Below we have provided tips and screenshots to help you save schedules in Schedule Builder
Step 1: Select the term and use the Expanded Filters to Add Courses
Step 2: View more information by Selecting Sections and reviewing the Class Notes for details on Reserved Seats for new transfer students
Step 3: Once you have Added Courses, select Build Schedule
Step 4: View Different Schedules
Step 5: Click the Heart icon to Add Favorite Schedules which you can access later or add to your Enrollment Shopping Cart (remember to create back-up schedules)
Fall 2023 Registration
Registration for new Fall 2023 Transfers will be on Monday, August 14th. Your registration time is in your student center on the right hand side.
We want to make sure you you feel prepared to register. Below is what you can expect:
- August 9th Transfer SLO Days: We hope you will be able to attend Transfer SLO Days. This important session will be led by a representative from your major department. This is where we will be able to explain more major specific information, answer individual student questions, and guide you through the registration process. There will be time during Transfer SLO Days and the days following to meet individually with a representative from your major department and an academic advisor to plan for registration.
- If you are unable to attend Transfer SLO Days, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- August 10th & 11th - Post-Transfer SLO Days Support: We are available to support you with individual question after Transfer SLO Days. Click on the date-time links below to join a Zoom drop-in advising session. Or enter the Meeting ID: 817 9104 0703
- Virtual Drop-Ins will be available on:
- Virtual Appointments can be scheduled here.
- Have a quick question? Email us at email@example.com or call us at (805) 756-2615.
August 14th - Registration: Your registration time is in your student center, on the right hand side.
Students can enroll in courses using the options below:
- Student Center: allows you to search for classes, add/enroll in classes, swap classes (exchange one class for another), edit classes (change a lab or grading style), drop classes, and view your waitlist position.
- Schedule Builder: allows you to search for classes, see all sections and open seat capacity, arrange a variety of classes into possible schedules, and add/enroll in classes.
Frequently Asked Questions
We wanted to highlight some frequently asked questions that may come up during this time. Please do not hesitate to connect with us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have additional questions!
1. Can I meet with an advisor before registration?
Yes, you can meet with an advisor before registration, however, we do want you to know that all of the information you will need for registration will be reviewed during our Live Transfer SLO Days Session.
2. What should I do if I am wait listed for my classes?
The two reasons you may have ended up on a waitlist are:
- There are no more open seats available in the course.
- Another transfer student tried to enroll in the course, but since they have enrolled past 18 units or did not meet the course pre-requisites, the waitlist system has been "turned on" and every student after them has been placed on the waitlist.
OUR SUGGESTIONS AT THIS TIME
3. How do I get a permission number?
Refer to "Your Transfer Credit" in Step #2 Permission number instructions will differ depending on your major. Your Suggested Course List document will outline how to obtain a permission number.
4. If I have transfer credit that did not count for a Cal Poly course can I request to substitute the class?
Refer to "Your Transfer Credit" in Step #2
5. How many units should I enroll in for my first quarter at Cal Poly?
Since Cal Poly is on the quarter system, our courses move quicker than the typical semester system and could be more challenging during your first quarter here. We recommend staying between 12-16 units keeping in mind important prerequisites you will need to complete to stay on track for graduation.
If you have any college specific questions please reach out to our office by emailing email@example.com.
We wanted to highlight some upcoming summer opportunities offered by our campus partners:
- The Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Student Participation in STEM (LSAMP Program is designed to support undergraduate students who face or have faced social, education, and/or economic barriers to careers in STEM fields. The LSAMP Flyer has more information about how to apply and upcoming events.
- The Office for Student Research Flyer provides summer workshops to help you get involved with research at Cal Poly.
- Academic Coaches are a great resource to connect with other students about academic topics and ways to prepare for the quarter.
First Quarter at Cal Poly
Here are some important things to do during your first fall quarter at Cal Poly.
Registration (Plan for Winter)
From now on, you'll register as a continuing student. The overall process remains the same, but the details will be different from when you registered for fall quarter.
Each quarter you will be given a date/time for registration, which is listed on the right side of the Student Center. This date and time is based on your actual academic progress level (how many degree applicable units you have completed), which is found on your academic progress gauge in PolyProfile. It will be updated during week 4 of each quarter.
If you have questions about what to plan or how to use the tools, contact us.
Focusing on Academics
All new transfer students in CSM will be added to a Canvas site (similar to Moodle or Blackboard) in August. In the Canvas you'll find info about our college and your department, as well as discussion boards that you can use to arrange carpools or study groups, learn of upcoming events, and find great tips for settling in at Cal Poly.
Dr. Elena Keeling in Biological Sciences hosts a Fall Study Strategies Workshop specifically for all new transfer students in our college. The event announcement will be sent out via the Canvas.
To find other academic support resources, including tutoring, check out the Academic Skills Center.
College of Science and Mathematics Peer Mentoring Program
The College of Science and Mathematics offers a peer mentoring program called COSAM Connections for students. Students are paired with someone invested in their success — a person ready to listen, inspire, help navigate challenges and recognize opportunities. Students will learn what to expect in school, how to approach challenges, gain career advice and valuable insights, while mentors will build their networks and develop skills to become better professionals and leaders.
Faculty and Staff
People to Introduce yourself to
- Obviously, we're biased, but we think it's important to get to know us!
- We highly recommend connecting with your faculty mentor right away.
- Your major department's administrative staff is a great resource.
- Schedule an appointment with our career counselor, Jordan .
- Chat with our college librarian, Jeanine.
Transfer Center Events & Programs
Connecting with the transfer community
The Transfer Center is a great resource and physical space to connect with current transfer students, find community, study, and more.
- Stop by their space – Bldg 52 Rm E 30 – for coffee, a place to study or heat up your lunch, to connect with a transfer student assistant, and more.
- Attend a Transfer Center Program or Event – bowling, study breaks, dialogues, and more!
- During October we celebrate National Transfer Student Week!
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions you may have or for support in connecting to resources across campus.
Second Quarter and Beyond
Here are some wise things to do once you're starting to feel settled at Cal Poly.
Research and Department Involvement
This is just a sampling of the research opportunities in our college. Also talk with the LSAMP Program and your faculty advisor/mentor to find the right project for you!
- College of Science and Mathematics Research Institutes, Centers, and Programs
- Biological Sciences Research Opportunities
- Chemistry/Biochemistry Research Opportunities
- Kinesiology and Public Health Research Opportunities
- Liberal Studies Involvement Opportunities
- Mathematics Research Opportunities
- Physics Research Opportunities
- Statistics Faculty Research Interests (contact faculty to find out how to get involved in their projects)
Graduate School and Career Planning
- If you are a pre-health student, please visit us in the BCSM Advising Center. We would love to discuss your health career plans and support your journey to becoming a competitive applicant.
- If you're not considering a career in the health professions, your best resource for graduate school planning will be your faculty mentor. They've been through it, they love to talk about it, and they have connections!
- In addition to your mentor, CSU-LSAMP is a fantastic resource for graduate school preparation. All CSM majors except Liberal Studies are eligible.
- For additional career support, don't forget about Career Services!