Undergraduate Transfer Credit
This page contains the normal transfers that are given for students coming to ISU for CS. The information is given for the most common schools that students transfer from. Note that undergraduate courses require a C or higher to transfer while graduate courses require a B or higher.
See also ISU Course Equivalency to look up what courses have been transferred into ISU as in the past. You can look up based on ISU course (find which courses from other institutions transfer in as a particular ISU course), or you can look up based on courses at a particular institution.
Other schools For schools other than those listed here, the a CS faculty member will need to evaluate the courses to determine what makes sense. You can start the process by sending the following to the the CS faculty member who handles undergrad transfer credit (see https://cs.indstate.edu/contact) by email: transcripts (must include course numbers and names, unofficial transcript is fine), link to the CS major at the school (or whichever major you were, so we can see how the courses fit into the major). The CS faculty member will make a recommendation to the dean's office on how the courses will transfer, and this will be officially approved once you have completed an application to ISU and have had your official transcripts sent.
Criterion The normal criterion for granting transfer credit are - (a) course has similar content as ISU course, (b) course plays a similar role in the CS major at the other university. Examples of courses that would NOT transfer - (i) A course with title Operating Systems but that focuses on using operating systems would NOT transfer as CS 471/571 Operating Systems because CS 471/571 entails the study of the internals of operating systems, including programming them. (ii) A course with title Computer Science II that is a key course in an Information Systems major would likely not transfer as CS 202 Computer Science II because it is very likely the learning outcomes are different for the course in the IS major versus a CS major. (iii) A course with title Web Programming that is a first course in web programming would not transfer as CS 479/579 Web Programming II because CS 479/579 is a second course in web programming that is more involved than is typical in a one semester course. (iv) A course with title Object Oriented Programming that is a 1 credit course would not transfer as CS 260 Object Oriented Programming because CS 260 is a 3 credit course.
For the College Board Advanced Placement (AP) tests, the following credit is given for computer courses.
- AP Computer Science A - score of 4 or 5 gives credit for CS 151, score of 3 gives credit for CS 001.
- AP Computer Science Principles - score of 4 or 5 gives credit for CS 101, score of 3 gives credit for CS 001.
Note - see the Ivy Tech Course Catalog for the courses normally taken for different majors at Ivy Tech. For those transferring from Ivy Tech with an associates degree in CS or an associates degree in Software Development, the following is how courses are normally transferred for the CS major.
|Ivy Tech Course||Transfers as ISU Course|
|CSCI 101 Computer Science I||CS 151 Intro to Computer Science|
|CSCI 201 Computer Science II||CS 201 Computer Science I|
|CSCI 105 Discrete Logic for Computers||CS 303 (Ivy Tech course only covers half of 303)|
|CSCI 202 Computer Science III||CS 202 Computer Science II|
|CSCI 210 Database Systems||CS 457 Database Processing|
|SDEV 120 Computing Logic
SDEV 140 Intro to Software Development
|SDEV 200||Java CS 220 Java Programming|
|SDEV 210 Visual Basic||CS 256 Structured Design|
|SDEV 220 Python
SDEV 230 C++
|CS 260 Object-Oriented Programming or CS 001|
|SDEV 250 Client-side scripting||CS 170 Web Programming|
A student completing the CS associates degree at Ivy Tech will have taken Ivy Tech CSCI 101, 102, 105, 202, 210, one of the SDEV 200-240 courses, and will also have transfer credit for ISU's Calculus I and II. Such a student would have credit for ISU's CS 151, 201, 202, 303, 457, Math 131, 132, and two CS 001 electives. A two-year plan for how this student could finish the CS requirements is on the undergraduate advising page.
The following is how the older CINS courses that used to be used were transferred.
Ivy Tech CINS 101 or 102 -> ISU CS 101
Ivy Tech CINS 121/129/135/136/137 -> ISU CS 256
Ivy Tech CINS 221 -> ISU CS 151
Ivy Tech CINS 229/233/237 -> ISU CS 260
Ivy Tech CINS 236 -> ISU CS 220
Ivy Tech CINS 257 or 258 -> ISU CS 170
Other Ivy Tech courses do not have ISU CS equivalents and transfer as CS 001 Because ISU CS 151, 201, 202 are the foundation of the CS major, we are conservative in granting transfer credit for these courses. A student earning an A in Ivy Tech CINS 121 can be given credit for ISU CS 151. A student earning an A in Ivy Tech CINS 221 can be given credit for ISU CS 201.
For those transferring from Ivy Tech with an associates degree in Computer Programming Technology , the following is how courses are normally transferred for the CS major.
|Vincennes Course||Transfers as ISU Course|
|COMP 113 Advanced Web Page Design||CS 170 Web Programming I or CS 001|
|COMP 203 Object Oriented Programming||CS 151 Introduction to Computer Science|
|COMP 215 Database Management/SQL||CS 457 Databases|
|COMP 252 Introduction to Java Programming||CS 260 Object Oriented Programming|
|COMP 107 Web Page Design
COMP 146 Computer Configuration and Management I
|CWEB 220 Web Application Development||CS 170 Web Programming I or CS 001|
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
For those transferring from RHIT from their Computer Science program , the following is how the RHIT courses are normally transferred for the CS major at ISU.
|RHIT Course||Transfers as ISU Course|
|CSSE 120 Intro to Software Development||CS 151|
|CSSE 132 Introduction to Computer Systems
CSSE 374 Software Design
|CSSE 220 Object-Oriented Software Development||CS 201|
|CSSE 232 Computer Architecture I||CS 451|
|CSSE 230 Data Structures & Algorithm Analysis||CS 202|
|CSSE 333 Database Systems||CS 457|
|CSSE 371 Software Requirements Engineering||CS 452|
|CSSE 304 Programing Language Con.||CS 470|
|CSSE 473 Design & Analysis of Algorithms||CS 458|
|CSSE 474 Theory of Computation||CS 420|