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Transfer and Test Credits

Transfer Credit

Undergraduate Transfer Credit

To meet the requirements of your particular degree plan, you may be able to use transfer credit that you earned at another institution. Transfer evaluators in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions & Orientation review your transfer transcript to determine your total number of transfer units and how those units will count toward satisfying Northern Arizona University's Liberal Studies requirements; faculty from the appropriate academic departments evaluate your transfer work to determine how any transfer courses may count toward your major and minor requirements.

We accept undergraduate credit from regionally accredited four-year institutions on a credit-unit-for-credit-unit basis (adjusted for semester/quarter terms) for college-level courses with grades of "P" (credit awarded), "C," 2.0, or better. Course equivalencies are established based on alignment of learning outcomes.

Northern Arizona University accepts only transfer credits, no grade point averages. The university accepts up to 64 transfer credits from accredited two-year colleges. These credits must carry grades of "P" (credit awarded), "C," 2.0, or better. You may transfer courses from a two-year college as equivalent courses but only at the lower-division credit level.

If you transfer from an Arizona public college or university, you may follow the degree requirements in effect at the time you began your college work, provided your attendance has been continuous (as explained under Catalog to Use for Degree Requirements). Please review the requirements of the department in which you plan to enroll for additional information about transferring credits.

If you transfer from an Arizona public or tribal Community College under Northern Arizona University's 1995-97 or other undergraduate catalogs up to and through 2004-2005, and your transcript certifies that you completed the Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC), you have satisfied the Liberal Studies Distribution Blocks and Foundation requirements. You will still need to satisfy the Junior Writing, and Senior Capstone requirements as part of your undergraduate degree.

Students pursuing a Bachelor's Degree at Northern Arizona University who have completed an AGEC from an Arizona public or tribal Community College and are subject to a 2005-2006 or subsequent undergraduate catalog are considered to have also met the US Ethnic and Global Diversity requirements.

If you have completed the California IGETC, you have satisfied the Liberal Studies distribution blocks and foundation requirements. You will still need to satisfy the US Ethnic and Global Diversity, Junior Writing, and Senior Capstone requirements as part of your undergraduate degree.

The Course Equivalency Guide (CEG), which is part of the AZTransfer.com System, indicates how the universities accept transfer course work (numbered 100 or above) from Arizona public and tribal community colleges.

Petitions for acceptance of credit from nationally accredited four-year or two-year institutions and from non-accredited institutions are to be sent to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions & Orientation

Graduate Transfer Credit

If you have been admitted to a graduate program at NAU and have earned resident graduate credit at another institution, you can petition the Graduate College to apply such credit toward your graduate degree. Transferring credits to a graduate degree program is not routinely done. A petition to transfer credit is, by definition, a request for an exception to the rule that all graduate courses must be taken at NAU. Faculty within a graduate program/department assumes the responsibility to ensure transfer courses demonstrate the core learning competencies, expectations, and criteria for the requested transfer.

Transfer credit is not guaranteed in advance. Three levels of approvals (advisor, department, and Graduate College) are required on the petition, making it possible the request may be denied at any of the three levels.

Petitions to transfer credit should be submitted early in your program to avoid the risk of delayed graduation if the petition is not approved.

Doctoral Degrees

For Doctoral students, the transfer credit should be noted on the plan of study. The number of transfer credits allowed for doctoral degrees are specific to the program. Please refer to the program/department handbook for specifics. The Graduate College will finalize the transfer credit at the time of admission to candidacy.

Master’s Degrees and Graduate Certificates: Regulations Governing Transfer Credit

To be considered for transfer credit, the student’s courses must:

  • demonstrate that the course meets and/or contains equivalent core learning competencies for the requested transfer, shown through a course syllabus and/or other official course material
  • have been earned at an accredited or recognized institution;
  • have been earned with a grade of "A" or "B." (The Graduate College will accept a "Pass" grade if the course is graded only on a pass-fail basis.);
  • be applicable to a graduate degree at the institution where the credit was earned;
  • meet the Arizona Board of Regents’ requirement for credit. A minimum of 45 hours of work is required for each unit of credit. (Note: An hour of work is equivalent to 50 minutes of class time, often called a “contact hour,” or 60 minutes of independent study work. NAU requires at least 45 contact hours for each 3-unit course, and assumes at least 90 hours of student homework for that course.);
  • have been earned within the six-year period required for completing the Master's degree or Graduate Certificate at Northern Arizona University.
    and
  • The number of units that may be transferred from other institutions cannot exceed twenty-five percent of the total minimum units of credit required for the Master’s Degree or graduate certificate. Proviso: A student in the M.Ed. in Secondary Education plan may transfer 12 units in the content area.

Master’s and Graduate Certificate students must complete the Petition for Transfer Credit form.

Students can appeal or petition for exception

Graduate students may petition for an exception to any academic, non-grade-related, graduate regulation for which no specific appeal or petition process exists. Petitions should be submitted, in writing, to the Associate Dean of the Graduate College. When applicable, the student’s advisor and department chair may endorse the petition letter. In some specific instances, utilizing the Graduate Academic Appeal Policy is more appropriate.

Students should contact the Associate Dean of the Graduate College for clarification on which process to initiate.

Credit-by-Exam

You may be able to use the credit-by-exam option to gain credit for college courses in which you have already acquired proficiency.

You can only use credit-by-exam for courses that your college or department has approved for this option. (Some colleges and departments do not permit credit-by-exam, and those that do may limit the availability of courses to be challenged by exam.)

Where exams for credit are allowed, they are governed by the general requirements that follow and by the policies of your college or department.

General Requirements

The following requirements apply to all exams for credit.

  • You may earn up to 60 units by exam, whether these units are earned at Northern Arizona University or transferred from another accredited institution. Credit-by-exam earned at another institution is re-evaluated using Northern Arizona University standards.
  • You may not repeat a particular exam within a year of your first attempt. Under no circumstances will you be permitted to take an exam for the same course more than twice.
  • Credit earned through an exam must not duplicate credit you have already earned for the same course.
  • You may not earn credit-by-exam in a course that is equivalent to, more elementary than, or substantially overlaps another course in which you have already obtained credit.

    Courses in Progress: If you are currently enrolled in a language course other than English and want credit for a more introductory course(s), you must take the exam for that course before the midterm of the course in which you are currently enrolled.

  • Credit earned by exam becomes part of your academic record.

The credit-by-exam program includes four categories of exams, which are discussed in the sections that follow:

Advanced Placement

If you took a College Entrance Exam Board Advanced Placement course in your secondary school and received a score of 5 or 4 on it, you receive credit as well as advanced placement. For some exams, you can receive credit with a score of 3.

The following table shows how much credit we give for specific advanced placement exams.

Credit for Advanced Placement Exams

AP Exam and ScoresNorthern Arizona University
Course(s) Credited
Units of Credit
Granted
Art History
 4-5 ARH 141 and 142 6
3 ARH 141 OR ARH 142 3
Biology
4-5 BIO 181, 181L, 182 and 182L 8
3 BIO 100 and 100L 4
Chemistry
5 CHM 151, 151L, 152 and 152L
(It is recommended that Chemistry majors still take CHM 152 and 152L)
9
4 CHM 151(4) and 151L(1). 5
Chinese Language and Culture
4-5 CHI 101, 102, 201, 202 16
3 CHI 101, 102 8
Computer Science A
4-5 CS 126 3
Computer Science AB
4-5 CS 126 and 136 6
Economics
4-5- Micro ECO 284 3
4-5 - Macro ECO 285 3
English—Language and Composition
5 ENG 105 4
4 Eng Dept. Elective Credit 3 (composition credit-2, elective-1)

partially satisfies foundation requirement

English—Literature and Composition
5 ENG 105 4
4 ENG Dept. Elective Credit 3 (composition credit-2, elective-1)

partially satisfies foundation requirement

(If you score a 4 on both the English-Language and Composition and the English-Literature and Composition exams, you will be granted 3 units of ENG Departmental Elective credit (which consists of 2 units of composition credit and 1 unit of elective credit)(partially satisfies foundation requirement)
Environmental Science
4-5 ENV 101 and 101L 4
European History
4-5 HIS 240 and 241 6
Human Geography
4-5 GSP Dept. Elective Credit 3
Italian Language and Culture
4-5 ITA 101, 102, 201, 202 16
3 ITA 101, 102 8
Japanese Language and Culture
5 JPN 101, 102, 201, 202 16
4 JPN 101, 102, and 201 12
3 JPN 101 and 102 8
Latin
5 LAT 101, 102, 201, and 202 16
4 LAT 101, 102, and 201 12
3 LAT 101 and 102 8
Latin—Literature
5 LAT 101, 102, 201, and 202 16
4 LAT 101, 102, and 201 12
3 LAT 101 and 102 8
Mathematics—Calculus AB
3-5 MAT 136 4
Mathematics—Calculus BC
4-5 MAT 136 and 137 8
3 MAT 136 4
1-2 with AB subscore of 3-5 MAT 136 4
Students who take the Calculus BC exam, and receive a score or 1 or 2, may still get credit for MAT 136 if the AB subscore is 3 or higher.
Music Theory
5 (Nonaural) MUS 121  2
5 (Aural) MUS 131  2
4 (Nonaural) MUS 121  2
4 (Aural) MUS 131  2
Physics B
4 PHY 111 4
5 PHY 111 and 112 8
Physics C—Mechanics
3-5 PHY 111 4
Physics C—Electricity and Magnetism
3-5 PHY 112 4
Political Science—U.S. Government and Politics
4-5 POS 110 3
Political Science—Comparative Government and Politics
4-5 POS 201 3
Psychology
4-5 PSY 101 3
Spanish, French, or German Language and Culture
3 201 and 202 8
4 201, 202 and 303 11
5 201, 202, 303 and 304W 14
Spanish, French, or German Literature
4-5* 304W and 321 6
Spanish ONLY - 3 321 3
(*Additional credit may be given by the department for a score of 5.)
Statistics
3-5 STA 270 3
Studio Art - Drawing
4-5 ART 135 3
Studio Art - 2D
4-5 ART 150 3
Studio Art - 3D
4-5 ART 151 3
United States History
4-5 HIS 291 and 292 6
World History
4-5 HIS 100 and HIS 102 6

Cambridge International Exam

Students who have completed advanced Cambridge coursework and who have taken a Cambridge International AS-Level or A-Level exam, may receive university credit.  After the scores are received by the university, credit will be awarded according to the Cambridge International Exam table below.

Cambridge Exam and Scores

Northern Arizona University
Course(s) Credited

Units of Credit
Granted

Accounting

AS-Level  (E or Better)

Elective Credit

3

A-Level  (E or Better)

Elective Credit

6

Art & Design

AS-Level  (E or Better)

ART 135

3

A-Level  (E or Better)

ART 135 & ART 150

6

Biology

AS-Level  (D or Better)

BIO 100 and 100L

4

A-Level  (D or Better)

BIO 181, 181L, 182 and 182L

8

Business Studies

AS-Level  (E or Better)

Elective Credit

3

A-Level  (E or Better)

Elective Credit

6

Computer Science

AS-Level  (E or Better)

CS 126 & CS 126L

4

A-Level  (E or Better)

CS 126 & CS 126L

4

Computing

AS-Level  (E or Better)

CS 126 & CS 126L

4

A-Level  (E or Better)

CS 126 & CS 126L

4

Economics

AS-Level  (E or Better)

Elective Credit

3

A-Level  (E or Better)

ECO 284 & ECO 285

6

English Language

AS-Level  (E or Better)

ENG Dept. Elective - Placement into ENG 205 (one composition credit and two elective credits) – partially satisfies foundation requirement 3

A-Level (E or Better)

ENG Dept. Elective - Placement into ENG 205 (two composition credits and four elective credits) partially satisfies foundation requirement 6

English Language and Literature

AS-Level  (E or Better)

ENG Dept. Elective - Placement into ENG 205 (one composition credit and two elective credits) partially satisfies foundation requirement

3

Food Studies

AS-Level  (E or Better)

NTS 135

3

A-Level  (E or Better)

NTS 135 (3) & NTS Dept. Elective (3)

6

General Paper

AS-Level  (E or Better)

Elective 3

Geography

AS-Level  (E or Better)

GSP Dept. Elective

3

A-Level  (E or Better)

GSP Dept. Elective

6

Global Perspectives (Final 2015)

AS-Level  (E or Better) Elective 3

Global Perspectives and Research (2015 and beyond)

AS-Level  (E or Better) Elective 3
A-Level  (E or Better) Elective  6

History

AS-Level  (E or Better)

Elective

3

A-Level  (E or Better)

Elective

6

Literature in English

AS-Level  (E or Better) ENG Dept. Elective - Placement into ENG 205 (one composition credit and two elective credits) partially satisfies foundation requirement 3
A-Level  (E or Better) ENG Dept. Elective - Placement into ENG 205 (two composition credits and four elective credits) partially satisfies foundation requirement 6

Marine Science

AS-Level  (D or Better)

BIO 100 & BIO 100L

4

A-Level  (D or Better)

BIO 100 & BIO100L

4  

Mathematics

AS-Level  (D or Better)

Non Transferable

0

A-Level  (D or Better)

MAT 125  & MAT 136

8

Mathematics Further

A-Level  (D or Better)

MAT 136 (4) & STA 270 (3)

& MAT Dept. Elective (2)

9

Music

AS-Level  (E or Better)

MUS 293

3

A-Level  (E or Better)

MUS 293 (3) &

MUS Dept. Elective (200-Level) (3)

6

Physics

AS-Level  (E or Better)

PHY 111 & PHY 111L

4

A-Level  (E or Better)

PHY 111 & PHY 111L

PHY 112 & PHY 112L

8

Physical Science

AS-Level  (E or Better)

PHY 111 & PHY 111L

3

Psychology

AS-Level  (E or Better)

PSY 101

3

A-Level  (E or Better)

PSY 101 & PSY 299

6

Sociology

AS-Level  (E or Better)

SOC 101

3

A-Level  (E or Better)

SOC 101 & SOC 199

6

Travel & Tourism

AS-Level  (E or Better)

HA 284

3

A-Level  (E or Better)

HA 284 (3) & HA Dept. Elective (3)

6

College Level Exam Program (CLEP)

You may also earn credit by successfully completing CLEP general and subject exams. (CLEP scores are reported directly to you and to Northern Arizona University's Office of Undergraduate Admissions, if you request.) CLEP scores are not transferred to Northern Arizona University from another school's transcript. Your CLEP score must be sent directly to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, where it is entered on your Northern Arizona University transcript. Please be aware the CLEP credits awarded by Northern Arizona University do not count toward Northern Arizona University's 30-unit residency requirement.

CLEP General Exams

You can earn liberal studies credit from CLEP general exams. To determine how much credit you can earn, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions considers the courses in which you are currently enrolled and those in which you have previously earned credit. You must consult with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions to determine how much credit you can potentially earn from each CLEP general exam and how it will count toward satisfying Northern Arizona University's liberal studies requirements. For more information about liberal studies requirements, see Liberal Studies Program.

You can meet the English foundation requirement in liberal studies by successfully completing the CLEP exam in College Composition. To obtain credit for ENG 105, you must achieve a score of 60 or higher.

You can obtain credit in the other liberal studies areas on the CLEP general exams in natural sciences, social sciences and history, and humanities, as shown in the table that follows. 

CLEP General Exam and ScoresNorthern Arizona University CreditUnits of Credit Granted
Humanities
49 or higher
Humanities Elective Credit 3 units in Aesthetic and Humanistic Inquiry [AHI]
Natural Science
50 or higher
Natural Sciences Elective Credit 3 units in Science and Applied Science [SAS]
Social Sciences and History
50 or higher
Social Sciences and History Elective Credit 3 units in Social and Political Worlds [SPW]

CLEP Subject Exams

Just as Northern Arizona University evaluates CLEP general exams for liberal studies credit, we evaluate CLEP subject exams for specific course equivalency credit. If you have taken a CLEP subject exam, we apply the earned credit to the appropriate course as listed in the table below. Please note that for language exams, credit is not awarded for 101-202 in the primary language of the high school you attended.

College-Level Exam Program

CLEP Exam and ScoresNorthern Arizona University Course(s) CreditedUnits of Credit Granted
Algebra, College
50 or higher MAT 110 3
American History—Early Colonial to 1877
50 or higher HIS 291 3
American History—1865 to Present
50 or higher HIS 292 3
American Government
50 or higher POS 110 3
American Literature
55 or higher ENG Dept. Elective Credit 3 units in Aesthetic and Humanistic Inquiry [AHI]
Analyzing & Interpreting Literature
50 or higher ENG Dept. Elective Credit 3 units in Aesthetic and Humanistic Inquiry [AHI]
Biology
50 or higher BIO 100 3
Calculus
50 or higher MAT 136 4
Chemistry
50 or higher CHM 151 and 151L 5
College Composition
60 or higher ENG 105
Note: We do not accept the CLEP "College Composition Modular" test
4
English Literature
55 or higher ENG Dept. Elective Credit 3 units in Aesthetic and Humanistic Inquiry [AHI]
Financial Accounting
50 or higher ACC Dept. Elective Credit 3
French Language
66-80 FRE 101, 102, 201, 202 16
62-65 FRE 101, 102, 201 12
55-61 FRE 101, 102 8
50-54 FRE 101 4
German Language
60-80 GER 101, 102, 201, 202 16
51-59 GER 101, 102, 201 12
46-50 GER 101, 102 8
39-45 GER 101 4
Human Growth and Development
50 or higher PSY 240 3
Introductory Business Law
50 or higher ACC 205 3
Macroeconomics, Principles
50 or higher ECO 285 3
Microeconomics, Principles
50 or higher ECO 284 3
Precalculus
50 or higher MAT 125 4
Psychology, Introduction
50 or higher PSY 101 3
Sociology, Introduction
50 or higher SOC 101 3
Spanish Language
68-80 SPA 101, 102, 201, 202 16
66-67 SPA 101, 102, 201 12
55-65 SPA 101, 102 8
50-54 SPA 101 4
Western Civ—Ancient East to 1648
50 or higher HIS 240 3
Western Civ—1648 to Present
50 or higher HIS 241 3

DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST)

DSST Exams

Credit for DSST (formerly known as the DANTES Subject Standardized Tests) exams is based on the same criteria as the CLEP general and subject exams. At this time, Northern Arizona University accepts only those DSST Exams and Scores listed in the first box below.

DSST Exam and ScoresNorthern Arizona University Course(s) CreditedUnits of Credit Granted
Geology, Physical
46 GLG Dept. Elective Credit 3 units of Science and Applied Science [SAS]
Art of the Western World    
48 ARH 141 OR ARH 142 3

NAU Does NOT accept:

  • Fundamentals of College Algebra
  • Principles of Statistics
  • Introduction to Business

Challenge & Supplemental Exams

College and Departmental Challenge Exams

Individual colleges and departments offer challenge exams for some of the courses described in this catalog. If you feel you have knowledge about a particular subject area and wish to take an exam to demonstrate that knowledge rather than enrolling in the course, you may take a challenge exam and potentially receive credit that way, instead.

If you wish to take a challenge exam, contact your college or department for information about eligibility, course syllabi, fee, and application forms. Departments and colleges may set limits on the number of units that may be earned through Challenge Exams.

Supplemental Exams

Certain departments offer supplemental exams in specified courses to students who wish to improve their grade after earning grades of "B" or "C" in the prior term. Contact your department to learn about the availability of supplemental exams.

International Baccalaureate Diploma and Certificate Credit

If you present an International Baccalaureate Diploma and Certificate, you may qualify for transfer credit, depending on the level of the exam and the grade you received. We grant credit for higher-level courses only.

We award credit according to the table that follows. (Please note that we do not award credit for the English-as-a-Second-Language exam.)

IB Exam and ScoresNorthern Arizona University Course(s) CreditedUnits of Credit Granted
Biology
4 BIO 100 3
5-7 BIO 181, 181L, 182 and 182L 8
Business & Management
5 or higher Elective 3
Chemistry
4 CHM 151 and CHM 151L 5
5-7 CHM 151, 151L, 152 and 152L 9
Computer Science
5-7 CS 126 3
Economics
5-7 Standard ECO 285 3
5-7 High ECO 284 & 285 6
English A
4 ENG Dept. Elective Credit

2 (composition credit)

partially satisfies foundation requirement

5-7 ENG 105 4
Environmental Systems
5-7 ENV 101 3
Geography
4-7 GSP Dept. Elective Credit 3 units of Social and Political Worlds [SPW]
History, American
4 HIS 291 3
5-7 HIS 291 and 292 6
History, European
4 HIS 240 3
5-7 HIS 240 and 241 6
History, East, Southeast, and Oceana
5-7 HIS Dept. Elective Credit 3
History, Islamic
5-7 HIS 230 & 231 6
Language—Latin, Spanish
4 LAT 101
SPA 101
4
5-7 LAT 101, 102
SPA 101, 102
8
Language—French, German
4 FRE 101, 102
GER 101, 102
8
5 FRE 101, 102, 201, 202
GER 101, 102, 201, 202
16
6 FRE 101, 102, 201, 202, 303
GER 101, 102, 201, 202, 303
19
7 FRE 101, 102, 201, 202, 303, 304W
GER 101, 102, 201, 202, 303, 304W
22
Language—A & B (French, German, Latin, Spanish)
4 LAN 101, 102 8
5-7 LAN 201, 202 8
Mathematics High-Level
5-7 MAT 136 4
Music
5-7 MUS 293 3
Physics
5 PHY 111 4
6-7 PHY 111 and 112 8
Psychology
5-7 PSY 101 3
Social and Cultural Anthropology
4-7 ANT Dept. Elective Credit 3 units of Cultural Understanding [CU]
Theatre
5-7 TH 101 3
Visual Arts
5-7 ART 135 and ART 150 6
4 ART 150 3