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Summer School Course Approval

Approval Process for Transfer of Chemistry Courses from Another Institution

Some students will desire to take summer courses in order to transfer chemistry course credits for a variety of reasons.  The Chemistry Department uses a number of criteria to determine if chemistry courses may be approved for transfer to Franklin & Marshall College.  Each year these criteria are applied in order to assure that the transferred courses are as similar as possible to those offered by the Chemistry Department.  The criteria to be met for approval are:
the course must be part of the chemistry major offered by a Chemistry Department that is approved by the American Chemical Society.
the content of the course as described by lecture and laboratory syllabi must match the content of the corresponding F&M course.
lecture and laboratory hours as determined by the course syllabi and the official course schedule must be a least 80% of the lecture and laboratory hours of the corresponding F&M course; e.g., general chemistry and organic chemistry courses have 52 laboratory hours, so corresponding transfer courses must have at least 42 laboratory hours.
the course must have similar prerequisites as the corresponding F&M course; e.g., an organic chemistry course must have general chemistry as its prerequisite.
Because courses change from time to time, the review of summer courses is done each year.  Thus, courses that were approved in a previous year may not meet the criteria for approval in the current year and, conversely, courses that had not been previously approved now may meet the criteria for approval.
Students should note that by College policy any courses originally taken at F&M with a grade of NP, F, D-, D or D+ may only be repeated at F&M.  (See “Repeat of a Course” in the College Catalog.)
The following documentation is required in order to determine if any summer school chemistry course meets the approval criteria for transfer to Franklin & Marshall College.  Before gathering the necessary documentation for any courses at specific institutions, students should check with Professor Thomsen to determine if current year courses already have been reviewed.
1)  Name and address of the institution. If the institution has more than one campus, the information must be related to the appropriate campus. Note: Only courses offered by a chemistry department with a program approved by the American Chemical Society will be considered for possible transfer to F&M. Approved programs are listed at the American Chemical Society web site (
2)  An official document from the institution that provides descriptions of each course and their place in the chemistry major; e.g., a course catalog.  A printed copy, a copy in pdf format, or the institution’s official URL for the catalog are normally acceptable.
3)  An official copy of the pending summer school course schedule that indicates the duration of the summer sessions and the meeting times for lecture and laboratory sessions for each course. A printed version, a copy in pdf format, or the institution’s official web site with the information are normally acceptable. (Small excerpts of any document will probably not be sufficient.)  
4)  The summer course syllabi for lectures with topics and textbook information and summer syllabi for the laboratory with lists of experiments and associated schedule. If such documents are not available for the upcoming summer sessions, then documents from the previous year’s summer session courses might be sufficient.  Syllabi from the academic year are normally not acceptable.
5)  An F&M Department Approval Form for courses taken at accredited institutions other than F&M, which is available in the Registrar's Office.
When a student has all of the required information, he or she should contact Professor Thomsen (Hackman Room 415, ) to make an appointment for review of the information.  Although a course review can be made any time before a summer course begins, the best circumstances are to have the course reviewed prior to the end of the spring semester.