Information about how courses from other schools will articulate to OSU can be found in OSU articulation tables or single course search or the LD1 and LD2 articulations website. If a course is not found in the tables or single course search, or students have a concern about a course articulation they find there, they should consult with their academic advisor and review the information below. Advisors can work with students to decide if a petition is necessary or if they can simply count the course toward degree requirements. Petitions will be necessary if the course in question is needed as a prerequisite for other courses in Biology or Zoology (and some other units). More detailed  information about specific series of courses and petitions is listed below.

If a petition is warranted, please consult the appropriate section below. Petitions will only be considered for currently enrolled OSU students. Final approval is at the discretion of the Department of Integrative Biology.

BI 101, 102 and 103 or Baccalaureate Core Biology Science petitions

10x courses reviewed by OSU Admissions will appear as one of the following:

LDT or LDT*: Any courses listed with a * on OSU transcripts or on the OSU Advanced Standing Report count for the Baccalaureate Core Biological Science with Laboratory requirement. Transfer courses do not need to be listed as a specific course in the Baccalaureate Core Biological Science with Laboratory to count for Baccalaureate Core requirements. Courses without a * will not count for the Baccalaureate Core, and these courses generally do not count because their content is too specialized or they did not have a laboratory with the course.

LD1*: If a series of courses is listed in the OSU articulation tables or single course search as LD1 it is taught at the same level as the non-majors BI 101, 102 and 103 series here at OSU, but it is not equivalent to any of those courses. If LD1 courses have a * they count for the Baccalaureate Core Biological Science with Laboratory requirement.

Students wishing to petition courses should complete the Course Equivalency Petition after consulting with their advisor.

BI 211, 212 and 213 Principles of Biology series petitions

Some important criteria for approval of courses as being equivalent to the BI 21x include:

21x courses reviewed by OSU Admissions will appear as one of the following:

LDT or LDT*: Any courses listed with a * on OSU transcripts or on the OSU Advanced Standing Report count for the Baccalaureate Core Biological Science with Laboratory requirement. Transfer courses do not need to be listed as a specific course in the Baccalaureate Core Biological Science with Laboratory to count for Baccalaureate Core requirements. Courses without a * will not count for the Baccalaureate Core, and these courses generally do not count because their content is too specialized or they did not have a laboratory with the course.

LD1*: If a series of courses is listed in the OSU articulation tables or single course search as LD1 it is taught at the same level as the non-majors BI 101, 102 and 103 series here at OSU, but it is not equivalent to any of those courses. If LD1 courses have a * they count for the Baccalaureate Core Biological Science with Laboratory requirement.

LD2*: If a series of courses is listed in the OSU articulation tables or single course search as LD2 it is equivalent to the BI 211, 212 and 213 (21x) series if the entire listed LD2 series (and labs) are taken before transferring to OSU. It is rare that terms match up perfectly between other schools and OSU, and students who switch schools before completing a series frequently need to take all or most of the BI 21x series at OSU.

Part of the 21x series (but not all): If a series is listed as part of the 211, 212, 213 series (e.g. 211 and 213 for two semesters) in the OSU articulation tables or single course search but they appear to be similar to the series, students should consult with their advisor about petitioning if they need the 21x series approved for their program or other course prequisites.

Students wishing to petition a series of courses should complete one Course Equivalency Petition for the series after consulting with their advisor.

Other Biology (BI) or Zoology (Z) course/requirement petitions

Students seeking approval for courses offered by other departments in the life sciences at OSU such as Biochemistry Biophysics (BB) or Microbiology (MB) need to contact those departments directly to discuss course equivalencies.

Students wishing to approve other Biology or Zoology courses should talk to their advisor and look at the OSU articulation tables or single course search to see how they are listed and if they can count the course for their degree requirements. If a course is not listed or there are concerns about the articulation of the course, and the advisor indicates they should petition the course, students can use the Course Equivalency Petition.