Faculty of Science

Transfer Information

On this page you will find information on transitioning to Western, degree completion requirements, and answers to frequently asked questions.  Click on each topic below to find more information.

I've been admitted to Science - Undeclared. What does this mean?!

All transfer students with enough transfer credits to be admitted into years 2-3 are admitted this way.  The Admissions Office will not put you into a specific program at Western. You will need to stay as “undeclared” until you complete the requirements to enter the module you are interested in. Please see the Academic Calendar or view our Module Progression Sheets for information on what is required to enter a module. 

I've been admitted as a Science Special Student. What does this mean?!

All students who have completed an undergraduate degree are admitted this way. Once at Western you have 3 options open to you:

  1. Stay as a Special Student and take courses at Western not working toward a degree or module.
  2. Work toward completing a Post Degree Module. You may need to stay as a Special Student until you have completed the requirements to enter the module you are interested in. Information on what is required to complete a Post Degree Module can be found at the bottom of the Degree Structure page in the Academic Calendar.
  3. Work toward completing a second degree. You may need to stay as a Special Student until you have completed the requirements to enter the degree/module you are interested in. Information on what is required to complete a second degree can be found at the bottom of the Degree Structure page in the Academic Calendar.

I applied to Medical Sciences but I've been admitted to Science. What do I do now?

There are 2 pathways into Year 3 of the BMSc program: assured admission from Medical Sciences first-entry and admission from the competitive pool. If you have received enough transfer credits to put you into years 2-3 or you are a Special Student, you cannot enter the Medical Sciences first-entry pathway. Instead, once you have completed the requirements to enter year 3 of the module you are interested in, you will apply to the BMSc program through the competitive pool. Please see the pathways below. All transfer students interested in applying to the BMSc program must meet with an Academic Counsellor.  For additional information on what is required to enter the BMSc program, please see Academic Calendar.

BMSc admission and progression flowchart

I've received an Offer of Admission and accepted the offer through the OUAC. Now what?!

Transfer Credits

If you are a transfer student, you likely received a transfer credit report in your Offer of Admission. If you received credits that end in TRN, these are not exact equivalents to Western courses. It is possible to have these credits assessed and changed if an exact equivalent exists at Western. You will want to do this if you are hoping to use your transfer credits as prerequisites for other courses at Western. To have your courses assessed, please send an email to scibmsac@uwo.ca with your course outlines and your Western student number.

Note: If you did not receive credit for a course and you think you should have, please contact the Admissions Office. You may need to have your course assessed before you will be awarded credit. If that is the case, please follow the instructions above.

Transfer Credits for Special Students

Special Students are those who have already completed an undergraduate degree. Special Students do not receive transfer credits. However, you may still need to have your courses assessed for prerequisite standing to take upper year science courses. Please follow the steps outlined above to do this.

*** The earlier you start the assessment process, the more likely it is that you will be able to get into the courses you want/need. See below for course selection information. ***

Course Selection

Course selection will begin in June or July. Your course selection appointment will be posted on your Student Center and you will receive an email to your Western email account once you have been given an appointment time. Your appointment will be determined based on your year level (see your Offer of Admission). For information on course selection appointment dates, please go to the Registrar’s website.

Attend Summer Academic Orientation

The Faculty of Science offers a special Transfer Student Summer Academic Orientation.  It is strongly recommended that you attend this event as you will get the chance to meet other transfer students who are new to Western just like you.  You will also learn all about the services that are available at Western, what your degree will look like, and you will receive academic advising on degree and course selection.  You can even get help registering for your courses on this day!  Registration for this event will be made available closer to Summer 2017.

Degree Completion Requirements

For information on the degree structure, please see the Academic Calendar.

Once you have completed the requirements to enter the module(s) of your choice, you will then work on completing the module(s) and other requirements as listed on our degree completion checklist. More information on graduation requirements can be found in the Academic Calendar.

Transfer students: you must complete at least 10.0 credits (at least 5.0 senior level) at Western in order to receive a Western degree.  You must also complete at least half of your module(s) at Western.  Transfer credits may be used toward module admission requirements, module(s), electives, and breadth requirements.  However, transfer credits may not be used toward the essay requirements.  Depending on the number of transfer credits you have, you may be required to complete either 1.0 or 2.0 essay courses at Western.  Please see the Academic Calendar for more information.  

Second degree students: your second degree must be at the same level or higher than your first degree.  You must complete at least 10.0 senior credits at Western in order to receive a Western degree.  You must complete at least 1.0 senior essay course at Western.  If not already completed in your previous degree, you must also complete your breadth requirements at Western.  Please see the Academic Calendar for more information.  

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Some of my transfer credits have “EXTR” beside them. What does this mean?

A: There are a few reasons you might have extra transfer credits. The maximum number of transfer credits you can bring with you to Western is 10.0. There are also restrictions on the number of first year credits you receive as well as the number of credits in one subject area that you receive. If you have extra credits, it is because you have exceeded the maximum number of credits in one (or more) of these areas. If you are in this situation, it is recommended that you make an appointment with an Academic Counsellor to determine which credits should be counted as extra.

Q: If I choose to repeat a course that I have already received transfer credit for, will my transfer credit be removed?

A: No. If you repeat a course, your transfer credit will be marked as “RNC”. This stands for Repeated, No Credit. Therefore, your transfer credit will no longer count but it will stay on your record.

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