St. Olaf College is the School of Record for BSME and provides the transcripts of the program.
BSME courses are designed so that credits will be transferable to American and Canadian colleges and universities. Typically, a 1-credit BSME course transfers as either 3 or 4 semester hours, depending on an evaluation of course material done by the home institution. You should seek advice in this regard from the Registrar’s Office at your college or university.
Upon completion of work at BSME, the BSME North American Office will send an official transcript to the Registrar’s Office at your home institution (unless you direct us differently). Transcripts will be issued by St. Olaf College.
BSME courses may be taken as Graded or Audit, and transcripts will reflect either letter grades A–F or Audit. There are two exceptions to this rule:
- BSME internships are offered either as P/N (Pass / No-Pass) or for no credit, depending on the internship site. See the internship syllabi for more details.
- Directed Research courses are offered as P/N for Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 semesters. Starting in Fall 2018, they will be offered as Graded (A–F) courses.
You may find, at a later date, that you need additional transcripts (if you apply to graduate school, for instance). St. Olaf College can provide official transcripts for a fee. Visit the St. Olaf Registrar’s website for details on how to request additional transcripts.
Additional Remarks About Credit Transfer
BSME uses course units to describe its courses rather than “credit hours” or “semester hours.” This is in concert with the St. Olaf system of counting courses toward graduation. We encourage each home institution to make its own evaluation of our courses relative to local requirements and credit levels. That being said, some description of what is done at other institutions might be useful. Most schools on a semester system give 3 or 4 semester hours per 1-credit BSME course. Those on a quarter system give 4 or 5 quarter hours per 1-credit BSME course. Those schools that use the course unit system (like St. Olaf) give 1 semester course unit for each 1-credit BSME course. At St. Olaf, for reference, 35 courses are required to graduate, and a 1-credit BSME course transfers as exactly one St. Olaf course.