Caltech does not have a list of course requirements that prospective transfer students must have completed. Successful transfer students have taken the appropriate STEM courses such that they can succeed on the transfer entrance exams. These include courses covered in Caltech's Core Curriculum. The examinations measure preparation in:
- Calculus of One and Several Variables
- Linear Algebra
- Differential Equations
- Probability and Statistics
- Classical Mechanics and Electromagnetism
- Waves, Quantum Mechanics, and Statistical Physics
The courses for which students will receive credit, and the corresponding class standing, will be determined after a student is admitted. Faculty members review each course submitted for credit on an individual basis. It is not possible, therefore, to answer questions regarding the acceptability of course work taken elsewhere. If the standard of work taken elsewhere is uncertain, additional examinations may be required before the question of credit is finally determined.