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Course Substitution

Requesting a Course Substitution for Program Requirement

Before initiating a form to request substitution, the student must first discuss the requested substitution with their faculty advisor. If the advisor agrees that the substitution is warranted, the student should then seek approval from the appropriate program coordinator for their major via email (see list below). Any supporting documentation should be attached to the email.

Course Transfers

For transfer course credit, refer to the Clemson Transfer Course Equivalency List (TCEL) to see if the course has previously been evaluated. For coursework not listed in the TCEL, include a detailed syllabus (textbook used, topics, reading calendar) when contacting the responsible department. Once approval has been granted by both the faculty advisor and program coordinator, the student should contact the student services coordinator, Janet Lee, to initiate a form for approval of credits to be earned at another school. If the student does not follow this procedure, approval for the course will be delayed or denied by Dr. David Freedman, the department chair.

Step-by-step Procedure - Course Substitution

  1. Contact your faculty advisor by email or in-person meeting to get approval for your course substitution.
  2. Email the program coordinator for your major or minor (listed below) to get their approval.
  3. Meet with Janet Lee to submit the online course substitution form through iROAR.

Bachelor's Degree Program Coordinators

Minors Program Coordinators

Student Services Coordinator


Beth is an Environmental Engineering major who would like to use PHYS 4170 - Introduction to Biophysics to meet her engineering or science elective requirement. Since the course is not currently approved as an elective, Beth must fill out a course substitution form in iROAR.

  1. Beth meets with Dr. Martinez and they agree that course meets the requirement.
  2. Beth emails Dr. Ladner, the program coordinator for Environmental Engineering, stating that she has spoken with Dr. Martinez. Beth includes her justification (written with help from Dr. Martinez) as well as a copy of the syllabus in her email to Dr. Ladner.
  3. If Dr. Ladner approves, Beth forwards Dr. Ladner's email to Spencer Davenport and makes an appointment with Spencer to fill out the course substitution form.
  4. Beth and Spencer meet to submit the form through iROAR.