TAURUS (Transfer Articulation and University Requirements at UB System) is the University at Buffalo’s (UB) articulation website that outlines the articulation process and includes the Course Equivalency Guide (CEG). The Course Equivalency Guide displays course articulation approved by UB faculty. Click below to search the Course Equivalency Guide (CEG) by school or course.

Transfer students can see what University at Buffalo courses will satisfy SUNY General Education Requirements by selecting the following link:

SUNY General Education Courses – Sort by Subject or Category

Users are responsible for these Cautions and Important Notes.

Articulation Request Process

If a student has course work from a previous institution that does not appear in the TAURUS Course Equivalency Guide and will work towards their major degree or general education requirements, then they should submit a course articulation request. Newly-admitted students should follow the course articulation instructions included with their offer of admission or follow these instructions:

  1. Select an Articulation Form: PDF or MS WORD
  2. Fill out a separate form for each different UB department.
  3. A syllabus is required and must be submitted for each course you wish to have reviewed for articulation.* Send electronic files in PDF or MS Word only. JPG format is only acceptable if image is of high quality and legible.
    * Students looking to receive credit for ENG105 or any CL2 course must also supply writing samples (i.e. research paper, topics essays, etc.) from the course they took at their previous institution. First-year-second-semester writing courses will not be reviewed for the CL2 requirement.
  4. Send the request (with syllabi) by one of the methods listed:
    • Email: TAURUS@buffalo.edu
    • Fax: 716-645-7762
    • Mail: ATTN: TAURUS
      University at Buffalo
      Registrar at 1Capen **
      Capen Hall
      Buffalo, NY 14260
    • ** This is a mailing address / drop-off location for articulation requests. Students with questions about better understanding their transfer credits/articulations should contact their academic advisor.

NOTE: Articulation requests are managed by the Office of the Registrar in the order they are received. Once all required materials have been received, the request is sent to the appropriate academic department at the University at Buffalo (UB). The department personnel will then review and match the course to an equivalent course at UB, if it is found to have one, then return it to TAURUS so it may be applied to the Course Equivalency Guide and student records.

We allow a processing time of 10 business days from when the request is sent to the academic department, until we ask that it be returned to TAURUS with a decision. This processing time may vary depending on the time of year it is during the semester and intersessions. The whole process may take up to 15 business days before a student will see any changes to their UB student record. Students can always get updates on their request by viewing their UB record or the Course Equivalency Guide.

TAURUS does not send requests for courses that already have a UB equivalency for a specific department, unless the student is looking for an equivalency from a different department for the same course. If there is a discrepancy with an articulation that appears, please see the appropriate department here at the university.

It is advised that students speak with an academic advisor prior to placing any course articulation request.

Approved course articulation decisions are processed and distributed to the public in the TAURUS Course Equivalency Guide.

TAURUS holds the right to deny any request if it does not follow the proper guidelines mentioned above.

Course Articulation Cautions

  • TAURUS course articulation is relative to the year and term a course is taken. Course credits transferred to UB from institutions with other academic calendar systems will be converted to semester credits. The Course Equivalency Guide (CEG) cannot guarantee course articulation for future academic year terms. You MUST note the starting and ending dates of any articulation rule to determine whether it includes your course/s.
  • Articulation compares course content NOT credit. Articulated courses may carry different amounts of credit even though they are matched to each other. See the Transfer Credit Policy for information on UB’s evaluation of transfer credit.
  • UB reserves the right to change articulations at any time. UB also reserves the right to deny articulation on student records if there are errors found within the equivalency guide.
  • Articulation course equivalencies on this website DO NOT guarantee transfer credit which is calculated for each individual student.
  • TAURUS is the repository of articulation rules for the University of Buffalo. The Course Equivalency Guide (CEG) published in TAURUS is NOT an official document.
  • Students transferring from SUNY institutions may be provided with a General Education Transcript Addendum (GETA) that provides information about the SUNY General Education Requirements (GERs) the student has completed. When students transfer from one SUNY institution to another, the new campus honors any SUNY GERs that were fulfilled at other SUNY institutions. UB applies incoming GETAs to the appropriate general education requirement for any transfer student who provides them. If a UB student earns a GETA from another SUNY institution after while they have matriculated at UB, the GETA will not be applied to the SUNY GERS and only the direct course articulation will meet the student’s UB Curriculum (general education) requirements. This includes (but is not limited to) GETAs earned at other institutions via cross registration or during summer or winter sessions of an academic year during which the student is an active UB student.

Important Notes

  1. Students are responsible for UB’s Transfer Credit Policy, published each year in the University at Buffalo Undergraduate Catalog.
  2. Students with SUNY transfer courses may use the SUNY Transfer Credit Appeal Process to petition the UB credit and course equivalencies awarded for these courses.
  3. Please visit our Repeat Policy located in the Undergraduate Catalog regarding course repetition application to transfer courses.

UB’s Office of the Registrar maintains TAURUS. Hours of support are Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.