Bachelor of Science Transfer Prerequisites

What courses (prerequisites) are required before I apply?

The first step to applying for BSN transfer admission is to understand the prerequisite requirements. By the time you apply, at least five of the six prerequisites and at least one science course (General Chemistry or General Biology) must be in-progress or completed for an A-F grade. Additionally, at least five of the prerequisites need to be taken for an A-F grade (one can be pass/fail) and all prerequisites need to be completed with a grade of C- or better.

The six prerequisites are:

  • Freshman Writing
  • General Chemistry
  • General Biology (waived if either Microbiology and A&P I, or A&P I and II, are completed before the start of the program)
  • General Psychology
  • Lifespan Growth & Development
  • Human Nutrition

Note: Many students choose to take Anatomy and Physiology I prior to enrollment as this course can help them feel more prepared. It is not a required prerequisite. 

General Chemistry or Principles of Chemistry (minimum 3 credits)

General Chemistry or Principles of Chemistry (minimum 3 credits)

Courses designed to prepare students for college-level chemistry or survey courses are not adequate. Choose a course that is a college-level general chemistry course and covers concepts such as measurements in chemistry; ionic and molecular compounds; chemical reactions and chemical equilibrium; gases, liquids, solids, and solutions; acids and bases.

Accepted courses at the U of M-Twin Cities: CHEM 1015 and CHEM 1017, CHEM 1061 and CHEM 1065 or CHEM 1021
Accepted courses at Rochester Community and Technical College: CHEM 1117, CHEM 1127
*Note: Students must complete both CHEM 1015 and CHEM 1017 in order to fill the U of M Physical Science Liberal Education 

General Biology (minimum 3 credits)

General Biology (minimum 3 credits)

An introduction to the major concepts and principles of modern biology. Topics include: structure/function of biological molecules, cell structure/function, energy recruitment/utilization, cellular reproduction, flow of genetic information through organisms and populations, principles of inheritance, evolution and ecology.

Accepted courses at the U of M-Twin Cities: BIOL 1009 (preferred), BIOL 1010
Accepted courses at Rochester Community and Technical College: BIOL 1220

Freshman Writing (minimum 3 credits)

Freshman Writing (minimum 3 credits)

Covers critical reading, writing, and thinking. Appropriate courses will include practice writing expected in a college career, such as summaries, essays, academic arguments, bibliographies, and papers built on research.

Accepted courses at the U of M-Twin Cities: WRIT 1301, WRIT 1401
Accepted courses at Rochester Community and Technical College: ENG 1117

Lifespan Development or Human Growth & Development (minimum 3 credits)

Lifespan Development or Human Growth & Development (minimum 3 credits)

This is a developmental psychology course and must cover the entire human lifespan (infancy through older adult). Two separate courses may be used to fill this requirement.

Accepted courses at the U of M-Twin Cities: NURS 2001, NURS 3690 and NURS 3691, FSOS 1201
Accepted course at Rochester Community and Technical College: PSY 2626 

Human Nutrition (minimum 2 credits - 3 credits preferred)

Human Nutrition (minimum 2 credits - 3 credits preferred)

A nutrition course that addresses topics such as essential nutrients needed from the diet; major functions of nutrients; digestion, absorption, and metabolism of nutrients; scientific method and nutrition; food safety issues.

Accepted course at the U of M-Twin Cities: FSCN 1112
Accepted course at Rochester Community and Technical College: NUTR 1211

General Psychology (minimum 3 credits)

General Psychology (minimum 3 credits)

Scientific study of human behavior. Problems, methods, findings of modern psychology.

Accepted courses at the U of M-Twin Cities: PSY 1001
Accepted course at Rochester Community and Technical College: PSY 2618

OPTIONAL: Anatomy & Physiology I (minimum 3 credits)

OPTIONAL: Anatomy & Physiology I (minimum 3 credits)

This course must be the first part of a two-part sequence. Part one should cover cell structure and function, tissues, chemistry as it relates to biological sciences, the integumentary, the musculoskeletal systems and the cardiovascular and lymphatic systems. Cannot be more than 10 years old in order to qualify for meeting the prerequisite.

No equivalent course at the U of MN-Twin Cities
Accepted course at Rochester Community and Technical College: BIO 1217

Microbiology

General Biology prerequisite is waived IF you have Microbiology and A&P I, OR A&P I and A&P II, completed before the start of the BSN program. Please contact the BSN Recruitment and Admissions Coordinator at ProspectiveBSN@umn.edu if you would like to learn more about course equivalencies for Microbiology. 

Transfer Course Guides

We publish a prerequisite course guide for your reference, however, as course numbers and titles change frequently, please note that prerequisite coursework will only be accepted if it transfers to the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, meets the minimum credit requirements, has the same course content as the University of Minnesota Twin Cities prerequisite course equivalent, and meets the timeline requirements.

What if my courses are not on a Prerequisite Course Guide?

If your courses are not listed on one of the Prerequisite Course Guides, please check these other transferability resources:

If you are still unclear on transferability of courses, your next step is to contact the BSN Recruitment and Admission Coordinator at prospectivebsn@umn.edu. The coordinator will be able to help you with your next steps for determining if your course will fulfill one of the BSN prerequisites. Course syllabi are required for the Coordinator to evaluate and determine if your course will meet the requirements.

Minnesota 2-Year Colleges

A-D

A-D

CourseAlexandria TechAnoka-RamseyAnoka TechCentral Lakes CollegeCentury CollegeDakota County Tech
General ChemistryCHEM 1405CHEM 1020, 1061NoneCHEM 1405,1424CHEM 1020, 1041CHEM 1500
General BiologyBIOL 1451BIOL 1106BIOL 1106BIOL 1431BIOL 1041,1020BIOL 1500
Freshman WritingCOMM 1410, ENGL 1410ENGL 1121ENGL 1105ENGL 1410ENGL 1021ENGL 1150
Lifespan DevelopmentPSYC 1405PSYC 2235, PSYC 2215 & 2225PSYC 1405PSYC 2431PSYC 1041, PSYC 2043 & 2044 & 2045PSYC 1350, PSYC 1300 & 1400 & 1450
Human NutritionBIOL 1435HPER 1112HYPER 1112BIOL 1420HLTH 1070EXER 1050
General PsychologyPSYC 1445PSYC 1110PSYC 1505PSYC 2421PSYC 1020PSYC 1100
Human Anat/A&P IBIOL 1417BIOL 2113BIOL 2100BIOL 2467BIOL 2031, 2040BIOL 2000
Human Phys/A&P IIBIOL 1419BIOL 2114BIOL 2200BIOL 2468BIOL 2032, 2045BIOL 2010

F-L

F-L

CourseFond Du Lac Tribal CollegeHennepin TechHibbing CCInver Hills CCItasca CCLake Superior College
General ChemistryCHEM 1001, 1010CHEM 2000CHEM 1610CHEM 1010, 1061CHEM 1101, 1201CHEM 12101
General BiologyBIOL 1102BIOL 2005BIOL 1510BIOL 1154, 1120BIOL 1201BIOL 1120
Freshman WritingENGL 1001ENGL 2121ENGL 1060, 1090ENG 1108ENGL 1101ENGL 1106
Lifespan DevelopmentPSYC 2010PSYC 2310PSYC 1350PSYC 1210, PSYC 1215 & 1220PSYC 1201PSYC 1135
Human NutritionBIOL 2005NoneHLTH 2010HLTH 1110HLTH 1202HPER 1302
General PsychologyPSYC 2001PSYC 2300PSYC 1205PSYC 1101, 1201PSYC 1101PSYC 1120
Human Anat/A&P IBIOL 2020BIOL 2115BIOL 1250, 2140BIOL 2201BIOL 2101BIOL 1140, 1150
Human Phys/A&P IIBIOL 2021BIOL 2215BIOL 1260, 2151BIOL 2202BIOL 2102BIOL 1141,1160

M

M

CourseMesabi Range CTCMCTCMN State CTCMN West CTC
General ChemistryCHEM 1511,1522CHEM 1020, 1151CHEM 1111CHEM 1101, 1150
General BiologyBIOL 1551BIOL 2200BIOL 1111BIOL 1110
Freshman WritingENGL 1511ENGL 1110ENGL 1101ENGL 1101
Lifespan DevelopmentPSYC 2567, PSYC 2565 & 2555PSYC 2240PSYC 2222PSYC 1150
Human NutritionHLTH 2459BIOL 1120BIOL 2202HLTH 2240
General PsychologyPSYC 2551PSYC 1110PSYC 1200PSYC 1101
Human Anat/A&P IBIOL 2551BIOL 2224BIOL 2260 & 2261BIOL 2201
Human Phys/A&P IIBIOL 2552BIOL 2225BIOL 2262 & 2263BIOL 2202

N

N

CourseNormandaleNorth Hennepin Northland CTCNorthwest Tech
General ChemistryCHEM 1020, 1061CHEM 1010, 1061CHEM 1121, 2205CHEM 1100
General BiologyBIOL 1105, 1501BIOL 1001BIOL 1111None
Freshman WritingCOMP 1101, ENGC 1101ENGL 1111, 1200, 1201ENGL 1111ENGL 1111
Lifespan DevelopmentPSYC 2210, PSYC 1109 & 1220PSYC 1210 & 1220 or PSYC 1250PSYC 2201PSYC 2201
Human NutritionHLTH 1107HLTH 1070BIOL 2131BIOL 1131, 2131
General PsychologyPSYC 1110PSYC 1150PSYC 1105PSYC 1105
Human Anat/A&P IBIOL 2041BIOL 2111BIOL 2252BIOL 2252
Human Phys/A&P IIBIOL 2042BIOL 2112BIOL 2254BIOL 2254

P-R

P-R

CoursePine TechRainy River CCRidgewater CollegeRiverland CCRCTC
General ChemistryCHEM 1250CHEM 1090CHEM 102, 151CHEM 1201CHEM 1117, 1127
General BiologyBIOL 1250BIOL 1015BIOL 200BIOL 1091BIOL 1220
Freshman WritingENGL 1275, 1276ENGL 1010ENGL 224, 0121, 121ENGL 1101ENG 1117, 1917
Lifespan DevelopmentPSYC 1250PSYC 2400PSYC 263PSYC 1240PSYC 2626
Human NutritionBIOL 1217HLTH 1850, 2100PUBH 107BIOL 2020BIOL 1211
General PsychologyPSYC 1200PSYC 1020PSYC 313PSYC 1105PSYC 2618
Human Anat/A&P IBIOL 1260BIOL 2000, 2100BIOL 210, 212BIOL 2021BIOL 1217
Human Phys/A&P IIBIOL 1260BIOL 2200, 2010BIOL 211, 213BIOL 2022BIOL 1218

S-Z

S-Z

CourseSouth Central CollegeSoutheast TechSt. Cloud TechSt. Paul CollegeVermilion CC
General ChemistryCHEM 108, 120CHEM 1510, 2530CHEM 1340CHEM 1700, 1711CHEM 1511, 1551
General BiologyBIOL 106BIOL 2501BLGY 1351BIOL 1740BIOL 1541
Freshman WritingENGL 100ENGL 1101, 2515ENGL 1302ENGL 1711ENGL 1511, 1512
Lifespan DevelopmentPSYC 110PSYC 2515PSYC 1304PSYC 1720PSYC 2567
Human NutritionFCS 105BIOL 2526BLGY 1325BIOL 1760HLTH 1460
General PsychologyPSYC 100PSYC 2510PSYC 1300PSYC 1710HLTH 1460
Human Anat/A&P IBIOL 220, 225BIOL 2511 or 2515BLGY 2310BIOL 2721BIOL 2551
Human Phys/A&P IIBIOL 230, 235BIOL 2512 or 2516BLGY 2320BIOL 2722None

Minnesota 4-Year Colleges and Universities

University of Minnesota System

University of Minnesota System

CourseTwin CitiesCrookstonDuluthMorrisRochester
General ChemistryCHEM 1015/17, 1061/65CHEM 1001, 1061CHEM 1113, 1153, 1173CHEM 1101CHEM 2331 or CHEM 1331 & 1333
General BiologyBIOL 1009, 1010BIOL 1009BIOL 1011BIOL 1111 & 2111BIOL 2311
Freshman WritingWRIT 1301, 1401COMP 1011, 1001HWRIT 1120ENGL 1601WRIT 1511 & 1512 & 1513
Lifespan DevelopmentNURSE 2001, FSOS 1201, NURS 3690 & 3691PSY 1093PSY 2021PSY 2411, PSY 3401 & 3402 & 3403PSY 3510
Human NutritionFSCN 1112HSCI 1123HLTH 1470BIOL 1002None
General PsychologyPSYC 1001PSY 1001PSY 1003PSY 1051PSY 1511
Human Anat/A&P IANAT 3001, 3301, 3061, 3611, KIN 3027BIOL 2103BIOL 3771, BIOL 2769, HLTH 2030BIOL 2102BIOL 2331
Human Phys/A&P IIPHSL 3051, 3050, 3061, KIN 3385, PHAR 3601BIOL 2104BIOL 3772, HLTH 2040BIOL 2103BIOL 2332

Public Institutions

Public Institutions

CourseBemidji StateMSU-Mankato MSU-MoorheadMetro StateSt. Cloud StateSW MN StateWinona State
General ChemistryCHEM 1100 & 1110 & 1111 & 1112CHEM 104, 201CHEM 110, 150CHEM 102, 111CHEM 160, 210, 131CHEM 121, 231CHEM 212
General BiologyBIOL 1211BIOL 105NoneBIOL 111BIOL 151, 102BIOL 100, 200BIOL 118
Freshman WritingENGL 1001, 1002, 1101, 1151ENG 101, 104CCGE 111, ENGL 101WRIT 121, 131ENGL 190, 191, HONS 100 & 106, HONS 163, 180, 183, TH 198ENG 102, 151ENGL 111
Lifespan DevelopmentPSY 3237KSP 235, PSYC 433 & 436 & 466PSY 202PSYC 311CEEP 262, PSY 240PSYC 340, PSYC 341/HLTH 410 & PSYC 343PSY 250
Human NutritionHLTH 3300FCS 140, 242NoneNoneHLTH 210BIOL 377BIO 206
General PsychologyPSY 1100PSYC 101PSY 113PSYC 100PSY 115PSYC 101PSY 210
Human Anat/A&P IBIOL 2110BIOL 220BIOL 323HBIO 201BIOL 202BIOL 305/LBIOL 211, 322
Human Phys/A&P IINoneBIOL 330BIOL 349HBIO 202BIOL 204BIOL 306/LBIOL 212, 323

Private Institutions A-C

Private Institutions A-C

CourseAugsburgBethelCarletonConcordia Univ (St. Paul)Concordia College Moorhead
General ChemistryCHM 115CHE 113CHEM 122, 123, 128CHE 115CHEM 111, 125, 127, 129
General BiologyBIOL 151 & 152BIOL 118 & 118D, BIOL 125BIOL 125, 126BIO 120BIOL 121
Freshman WritingENL 111, HON 111GES 110, 131, 132, HON 100ENGL 109ENG 120IWC 100
Lifespan DevelopmentPSY 250 & 252 & 253PSY 203, PSY 206 & 211NonePSY 230PSYC 206S
Human NutritionNoneCHE 106NoneNoneFND 321
General PsychologyPSY 105PSY 100PSYC 110PSY 101PSYC 111S
Human Anat/A&P IBIOL 103/LBIO 214NoneBIO 315BIOL 306
Human Phys/A&P IINoneBIO 216BIOL 332BIO 316None

Private Institutions G-N

Private Institutions G-N

CourseGustavus AdolphusHamlineMacalesterUniv of Northwestern
General ChemistryCHE 107CHEM 1130CHEM 111, 115CHE 1006, 1021
General BiologyBIO 101BIOL 1120BIOL 255 & 260BIOL 1011
Freshman WritingFTS 100ENG 1110, FSEM 1020ENGL 101ENG 1105, 1825
Lifespan DevelopmentPSY 234 & 334PSY 1440PSYC 250PSY 2108
Human NutritionNUR 239NoneNoneNone
General PsychologyPSY 100PSY 1330PSYC 100PSY 1005
Human Anat/A&P IHES 234BIOL 3200NoneBIO 3157
Human Phys/A&P IIHES 235BIOL 3250BIOL 367BIO 3158

Private Institutions S

Private Institutions S

CourseSt. Bens/St. JohnsSt. KatesSt. Mary'sSt. OlafSt. ScholasticaSt. Thomas
General ChemistryCHEM 125CHEM 101, 1010, 1110C 131CHEM 121, 123, 125CHM 1110CHEM 111, 115
General BiologyBIOL 110, 121NoneNoneBIOL 125 & 126BIO 1110None
Freshman WritingFYS 100, HONR 100ENG 111H, 101M, 1100 & 1110, ENGL 1005E 120, SNGE 320GE 110, WRIT 107, 111ENG 1110ENGL 110, 121
Lifespan DevelopmentPYSC 360PSYC 2025PY 221PSYC 241PSY 2208PSYC 202, PSYC 200 & 203 & 204
Human NutritionNUTR 125FSNU 4300NoneESTH 110HSC 2201HLTH 345
General PsychologyPSYC 111PSYC 1001PSYC 111PSYC 121PSY 1105PSYC 111
Human Anat/A&P IBIOL 325BIOL 2510B 305BIOL 243BIO 2110BIOL 349, EXSC 213
Human Phys/A&P IIBIOL 326BIOL 2520B 313NoneBIO 2120BIOL 350, EXSC 214

University of Wisconsin System

E-L

E-L

CourseEau ClaireGreen BayLa Crosse
General ChemistryCHEM 103, 115CHEM 108, 211CHEM 103
General BiologyBIOL 100BIOL 202BIO 101, 103, 105
Freshman WritingHNRS 101, WRITE 114, 116, 118ENG COMP 100, 104, ENGLISH 105ENG 110, 112, 321
Lifespan DevelopmentPSYC 230HUM DEV 210, HUM DEV 331 & 332 & 343 & 344PSY 212
Human NutritionBIOL 196NUT SCI 300NUT 200
General PsychologyPSYC 100PSYCH 102PSY 100
Human Anat/A&P IBIOL 214HUM BIOL 204BIO 312
Human Phys/A&P IIBIOL 314HUM BIOL 402 & 403BIO 313

M

M

CourseMadisonMilwaukee
General ChemistryCHEM 103, 109, 115CHEM 101, 102
General BiologyBIOL 151BIO SCI 150
Freshman WritingCOM ARTS 100, 181, EPD 155, ENGL 100, 102, 118, L SC COM 100ENGLISH 101, 192, 201, ESL 118
Lifespan DevelopmentED PSYCH 320 & 121/321 & HDFS 363 (3 required) or ED PSYCH 331 & ED HDFS 363 or HDFS 362 & 363HCA 203, NURS 203
Human NutritionNUTR SCI 332CL SCI 332
General PsychologyPSYCH 201, 281, 202CL SCI 332
Human Anat/A&P IANT 328BIO SCI 202
Human Phys/A&P IIPHYSIOL 335, 435BIO SCI 203

O-R

O-R

CourseOshkoshParksidePlattevilleRiver Falls
General ChemistryCHEM 105CHEM 101CHEM 1050, 1140CHEM 121
General BiologyBIOL 105BIOS 104BIOL 1150BIO 150
Freshman WritingENGLISH 101, 110, WBIS 188ENGL 100, 101ENGLISH 1130ENGL 100, 101, 102, 111, 115
Lifespan DevelopmentPSYCH 331 & 338PSYC 210PSYCH 3130 & 3230 & 3990PSYC 245, PSYC 335 & 336
Human NutritionNoneNoneNoneNUTR 125
General PsychologyPSYCH 101, 104PSYC 101PSYCH 1130PSYC 101
Human Anat/A&P IBIOl 211BIOS 105BIOL 2140BIOL 341
Human Phys/A&P IIBIOL 212BIOS 106BIOL 2240BIOL 342

S-W

S-W

CourseStevens PointStoutSuperiorWhitewater
General ChemistryCHEM 105CHEM 115, 135CHEM 105CHEM 102
General BiologyNoneBIO 101BIOL 130BIOL 141
Freshman WritingENGL 101, 150ENGL 101, 111ENGL 101, WRIT 101, FYS 116ENGLISH 101, 102, 105
Lifespan DevelopmentPSYC 260HDFS 255, 195, HDFS 124 & 325 & 330 & 340PSYC 372 & 373EDFOUND 230
Human NutritionFN 253NoneHLTH 366None
General PsychologyPSYC 110PSYC 110PSYC 101PSYCH 211
Human Anat/A&P IBIOL 387BIO 234BIOL 270BIOL 361
Human Phys/A&P IIBIOL 385NoneBIOL 280BIOL 362