Credit by Examination

Advanced Placement Program

Students who achieve a minimum score of three (3) on any of the advanced placement examinations will receive at least three credits in the appropriate liberal education category. In addition, some academic departments have approved granting specific credit. (NOTE: Course equivalencies are subject to change. Students receive the course equivalency in effect when they matriculate.) Rather than a letter grade, students receive a mark of “CP.” For prerequisite purposes this is equivalent to “a grade of C or above.” Departments may restrict the total number of credits earned by examination applicable toward their majors and minors. In no case may more than half the requirements for a major or minor be fulfilled by means of examination for credit.

Exam Name Minimum Score Credits Granted
Art History 3 3 crs., LE-K4 (Fine Arts)
Art, Studio:
General Portfolio
3 3 crs., LE-S3 (Creativity)
Drawing
3 3 crs., LE-S3 (Creativity)
Biology: General 3 3 crs., LE-K1 (Natural Sciences)
4 4 crs., Biology elective LE-K1 lab (Natural Sciences)
Chemistry: General 3 3 crs., CHEM 100
4 5 crs., CHEM 105 and CHEM 106
5 6 crs., CHEM 115
Chinese 3, 4, or 5 16 crs., CHIN 101, CHIN 102, CHIN 201, and CHIN 202
Computer Science: A or AB 3 3 crs., CS 163
Economics:
Macroeconomics
3 3 crs., lower division general elective
4 or 5 3 crs., ECON 104
Microeconomics
3 3 crs., lower division general elective
4 or 5 3 crs., ECON 103
English:
Language & Composition
3 3 crs., General Elective*
4 5 crs., WRIT 116
Literature & Composition
3 3 crs., LE K4*
4 5 crs., WRIT 116
Literature & Composition AND Language & Composition (min. score 3)
4 5 crs., WRIT 116 and 3 crs., General Elective
Language & Composition AND Literature & Composition (min. score 3)
4 5 crs., WRIT 116 and 3 crs., LE-K4 (Fine Arts)
Environmental Science 3 3 crs., BIOL 180
French: Language and Culture 3 8 crs., FREN 101 and FREN 102
4 12 crs., FREN 101, FREN 102, FREN 201
5 16 crs., FREN 101, FREN 102, FREN 201 and lower division elective
Geography 3 3 crs., GEOG 111
German: Language and Culture 3 8 crs., GERM 101 and GERM 102
4 12 crs., GERM 101 and GERM 102 and GERM 201
5 16 crs., GERM 101 and GERM 102 and GERM 201 and lower division elective
Government & Politics:
Comparative
3 3 crs., LE-K2 (Social Sciences)
United States
3 3 crs., LE-K2 (Social Sciences)
4 3 crs., POLS 110
History: European 3 3 crs., LE-K3 (Humanities)
4 3 crs., HIST 102 and three credits LE-K3 (Humanities)
History: United States 3 3 crs., LE-K3 (Humanities)
4 3 crs., HIST 115
5 6 crs., HIST 114 and HIST 115
History, World 3 3 crs., LE-K3 (Humanities) and LE-R2 (Global Perspectives)
4 3 crs., HIST 125
5 3 cr., HIST 125, 3 crs., History Elective, K3, R2 (Humanities, Global Perspectives)
Italian:
Language & Culture
3 16 crs., Flg elective LE-K3 (Humanities)
Japanese:
Language & Culture
3 16 crs., JAPN 101, JAPN 102, JAPN 201 and JAPN 202
Latin:
Vergil
3 8 crs., LAT 101 and LAT 102
Literature
3 8 crs., Latin elective LE-K3 (Humanities)
Mathematics:
Calculus AB
3 4 crs., MATH 111^ (see ^ in Notes below)
4 or 5 4 crs., MATH 114^ (see ^ in Notes below)
Calculus BC
3 4 crs., MATH 111~ (see ~ in Notes below)
4 or 5 8 crs., MATH 114 and MATH 215+ (see + in Notes below)
Statistics
3 4 crs., MATH 246
Music Theory 3 3 crs., LE-K4 (Fine Arts)
Physics 1 3 5 crs., PHYS 211
Physics 2 3 4 crs., PHYS 212
Physics C:
Mechanics
3 3 crs., LE-K1 (Natural Sciences)
4 5 crs., PHYS 231 (can be granted upon completion of PHYS 232 with a grade of B or better)
Electricity & Magnetism
3 3 crs., LE-K1 (Natural Sciences)
Psychology: 3 3 crs., PSYC 100
Spanish:
Language or
3 8 crs., SPAN 101, SPAN 102
Literature
4 12 crs., SPAN 101, SPAN 102, SPAN 201
5 16 crs., SPAN 101, SPAN 102, SPAN 201, SPAN 202
Seminar 3 3 crs., general elective
Research 3 3 crs., general elective

Notes:

*WRIT 118 Also Required (2 crs.)
^No more than 8 credits can be earned through AP Calculus. In particular, credit is not awarded for Math 111 in addition to Math 114 and 215.
~A Calculus AB subscore is reported for the Calculus BC examination. For a subscore of 3 or for a BC score of 3, students will be awarded 4 credits Math 111. No more than 8 credits can be earned through AP Calculus. In particular, credit is not awarded for Math 111 in addition to Math 114 and 215.
+A Calculus AB subscore is reported for the Calculus BC examination. For a subscore of 4 or 5, students will be awarded 4 credits Math 114. If additionally, the BC score is 4 or 5, then 4 additional credits will be awarded for Math 215. Credit for Math 215 will NOT be awarded unless an AB score or subscore of 4 or 5 is reported. No more than 8 credits can be earned through AP Calculus. In particular, credit is not awarded for Math 111 in addition to Math 114 and 215.

International Baccalaureate Examinations

The University grants credit for a score of four (4) or higher on all Higher Level International Baccalaureate examinations. Students receive the course equivalency in effect when they matriculate. Rather than a letter grade, students receive a mark of “CP.” For prerequisite purposes this is equivalent to “a grade of C or above.” For current equivalencies see the Academic Testing webpage: http://www.uwec.edu/Testing/creditbyexam/baccalaureate.htm or contact the Academic Testing Office.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

The University grants credit for certain examinations offered by the College Level Examination Program (CLEP). These examinations are administered nationwide. At UW-Eau Claire, they are administered by the Academic Testing Office. Students receive the course equivalency in effect when they matriculate. Rather than a letter grade, students receive a mark of “CP.” For prerequisite purposes this is equivalent to “a grade of C or above.” For current equivalencies see the Academic Testing webpage.  CLEP exams fall into the following two categories.

CLEP General Examinations

The University awards credit for a satisfactory/passing score on the general examinations in Humanities, Natural Sciences, and Social Science/History, which will satisfy one experience in the appropriate LE outcome.

General Examinations should be taken before the student has completed initial enrollment in the University. They must be taken by the time the student has completed 15 semester credits of college work and before enrollment in any courses in the area to be tested. Exceptions to this rule may be made for older students with unique backgrounds. Requests for these exceptions should be directed to the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

CLEP Subject Examinations

The University accepts certain subject examinations.  Subject (course equivalent) examinations should be taken before a student has enrolled in the equivalent course or in any higher level course for which it is a prerequisite. With departmental permission, however, the student may take an examination for a course in which he/she is enrolled provided it is taken before the end of the first week of classes. Examinations for credit may not be used to repeat courses already attempted at or transferred to UW-Eau Claire.

DANTES

The University accepts certain DANTES examinations. A score calculated as a "B-Grade Equivalent" or better on the exam will be awarded credit.  Students receive the course equivalency in effect when they matriculate. Rather than a letter grade, students receive a mark of “CP.” For prerequisite purposes this is equivalent to “a grade of C or above.”  Course equivalent examinations should be taken before a student has enrolled in the equivalent course or in any higher level course for which it is a prerequisite. Examinations for credit may not be used to repeat courses already attempted at or transferred to UW-Eau Claire.  For current equivalencies see the Academic Testing webpage: http://www.uwec.edu/Testing/creditbyexam/DANTES.htm.

Departmental Examinations

Certain departments offer departmentally based examinations for credit. Departments may limit the courses available for credit by examination. Departmental examinations may be taken for a grade or S/U. Departmental examinations should be taken before the student has enrolled in the equivalent course or in any higher level course for which it is a prerequisite. With departmental permission, however, the student may take an examination for a course in which he/she is enrolled provided it is taken before the end of the first week of classes. Examinations for credit may not be used to repeat courses already attempted at or transferred to UW-Eau Claire.

For information about application procedures and fees, the student should consult with the chair of the department offering the course.