Students entering the university as freshmen or as transfer students may elect to challenge required courses through established procedures cited below. University departments reserve the right to refuse the granting of credit for those examinations which are presented by a student for his or her major(s). Equivalency credit is granted for laboratory components of science courses only through examinations of university departments. Accordingly, science credits which are granted through the College Level Examination Program and Advanced Placement Examinations of the College Entrance Examination Board do not waive any specified laboratory requirement, including those of the university core curriculum.
College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
Entering freshmen and transfer students may be granted university credit for subject examinations of the College Level Examination Program when they have achieved scores which are on or above the 'C' grade level. Once matriculated, a student must obtain permission from his/her department chair of program coordinator and submit an academic petition to have CLEP credits awarded. A complete listing of subject examinations of CLEP for which the University grants credits is noted below:
*Please note: students may receive credit for taking ONE Spanish CLEP exam.
International Baccalaureate (IB) Program
Advanced Placement Examinations of the College Entrance Examination Board
Entering freshmen who have demonstrated college level proficiency through Advanced Placement examinations of the College Entrance Examination Board may be granted university credit for scores of 5, 4, and 3. Credit will not be given for scores of 2 or 1.
The following is a listing of Advanced Placement Examinations for which the university grants course credit:
Foreign Language Achievement Tests of the College Entrance Examination Board
University credit is granted on the recommendation of the Department of Languages to entering freshmen who have demonstrated satisfactory language competency through the Language Achievement tests of the College Entrance Examination Board. University credit on the intermediate course level will be given to students achieving scores of 550 or better. Such credit will satisfy any language proficiency requirement specified for students by their major departments.
Course Credit Limits Through Advanced Placement with Credit
The maximum number of credits that may be granted to any student through advanced placement procedures, including departmental equivalency examinations, is 30 semester credits. Under no circumstances will duplicate examination credit be granted to students who present formal course work for transfer. Nor will examination credit be granted to transferring students for the purposes of reducing either the major field residency requirement of 15 credits or the general residency requirement of 30 credits in university courses.