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Transfer Credit and Credit by Exam

Policy Number: 100224

Current Policy

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Policy

Transfer Credit

  • ACE Alternative Course Credit
  • Military Credit
    • Credit for Military Service
    • ACE Military Credits
    • Graduate Transfer Credit - See the Transfer Credit - Graduate policy for more information.

 Credit by Exam

  • Advanced Placement (AP)
  • Cambridge International Exam (CIE)
  • Challenge Exams
  • College Level Exam Program (CLEP)
  • DSST (formerly DANTES Subject Standardized Tests)
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma & Certificate Credit (IB) 

Undergraduate Transfer Credit

To meet the requirements of a particular degree plan, students may use transfer credit from other institutions.  Transcripts are reviewed to determine the number of units accepted and how they will apply toward satisfying NAU Liberal Studies, Diversity, major, minor and/or certificate requirements.  Course equivalencies are established based on the alignment of learning outcomes.

Northern Arizona University accepts transfer credits, not grades.

Undergraduate credit, from regionally accredited four-year institutions, will be accepted 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.

The university will accept up to 64 transfer credits from a combination of regionally accredited two-year institutions and the American Council on Education (ACE) Alternative Credit Project™. These credits must be college-level with grades of "P" (credit awarded), "C," 2.0, or better.  NAU has ABOR approval to accept more than 64 units from two-year colleges for specific degree programs.  Prior to making a request to transfer more than 64 units, a specific degree program should be reviewed carefully to see if it may apply. 

Students who transfer from Arizona higher education public institutions will follow the degree requirements in effect at the time the coursework began provided that attendance was continuous (as explained under Catalog to Use for Degree Requirements, Policy #100304).

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 higher education public institutions.

Students pursuing a baccalaureate degree at Northern Arizona University who have completed the Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC) from an Arizona public or tribal community college and are subject to the NAU's 1995-97 or subsequent undergraduate catalogs are considered to have satisfied the Liberal Studies Distribution Blocks and Foundation requirements.   Students who have completed the AGEC and are subject to the 2005-2006 or subsequent undergraduate catalog are considered to have satisfied Liberal Studies Distribution Blocks and Foundation requirements and the US Ethnic and Global Diversity requirements.  Completion of the AGEC does not satisfy the Junior Writing and Senior Capstone requirements. Students will still need to complete these requirements as part of their undergraduate degree. 

Students who have completed the California IGETC are considered to have satisfied the Liberal Studies Distribution Blocks and Foundation requirements.  Students will still need to satisfy the US Ethnic, Global Diversity, Junior Writing, and Senior Capstone requirements as part of the undergraduate degree.

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

ACE Alternative Course Credit

Northern Arizona University will accept up to 64 transfer credits from a combination of regionally accredited two-year colleges and the American Council on Education (ACE) Alternative Credit Project™. These credits must carry grades of "P" (credit awarded), "C," 2.0, or better. For more information, visit the Alternative Credit Project.

Military Credit

Credit for Military Service

Students who have completed eighteen months of consecutive active duty may be awarded four (4) units of elective credit toward graduation. Students who have earned a commission in the U.S. Armed Forces may petition the Office of Undergraduate Admissions & Orientation for an additional 12 units. Northern Arizona University will evaluate military credit upon admission after all required documentation has been submitted.

ACE Military Credits

Northern Arizona University may accept up to 35 units of ACE military credit from veterans as transfer credit.  The specific credits Northern Arizona University accepts are those offered by different branches of the U.S. Armed Forces and certified by the American Council on Education (ACE). At the lower-division level, ACE credit is accepted in block form with generic equivalencies. For more information about receiving transfer credit for these units, contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions & Orientation.

Credit-by-Exam

Students can use the credit-by-exam option to gain credit for college courses in which proficiency has already been acquired. Students can only use credit-by-exam for courses that the 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 the college or department.

The following requirements apply to all exams for credit.

  • Students may earn up to 60 units by exam either at NAU or transferred to NAU from another accredited institution. Credit by exam earned at another institution may be re-evaluated using NAU standards.
  • The same exam may not be repeated within a year of the first attempt.
  • Under no circumstances will students be permitted to take an exam for the same course more than twice.
  • Credit earned by an exam must not duplicate credit already earned for the same course.
  • Credit will not be given for a course that is equivalent to, more elementary than, or substantially overlaps another course where credit has already been received. 
    • Courses in Progress: Students who are currently enrolled in a language course, other than English, and want credit for a more introductory course(s), must take the exam for that course before the midterm of the course currently enrolled.
    • Credit earned by exam becomes part of a student’s academic record.

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

Advanced Placement (AP)

Northern Arizona University offers credit to students who have taken a qualifying College Board Advanced Placement Exam. Credit is awarded according to the table below. 

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
Calculus AB
3-5 MAT 136 4
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.
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 & CS 126L 4
Computer Science Principles
3 CS 110 3
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 - Placement into ENG 205 (two composition credits and one elective credit).

Partially satisfies foundation requirement.

3
English—Literature and Composition
5 ENG 105 4
4

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

Partially satisfies foundation requirement.
3
(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 260 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 (CIE)

Students who have completed advanced Cambridge coursework and who have taken a Cambridge International AS-Level or A-Level exam, may receive university credit.  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 181 & 181L

4

A-level (D or better)

BIO 181, 181L 182, & 182L

8

Business Studies

AS-Level  (E or Better)

Elective Credit

3

A-Level  (E or Better)

Elective Credit

6

Chemistry

AS-Level (D or Better) CHM 130 & CHM 130L 5
A-Level (A)

CHM 151 & CHM 151L and

CHM 152 & CHM 152L

9

A-level (B or C)

CHM 151 & CHM 151L 5
A-Level (D or E) CHM 130 & CHM 130L 5

Chinese

AS-Level (C or Better)

CHI 101, CHI 102, & CHI 201 12

A-Level (C or Better)

CHI 101, CHI 102, CHI 201, & CHI 202

16

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

AS-Level  (D or Better) effective Fall 2017

Elective Credit 

3

A-level (D or Better) effective Fall 2017 ECO 284 & ECO 285 6

English Language

AS-level (E or Better)

Non Transferable 0
A-Level (E or Better)  ENG Dept. Elective - Placement into ENG 205 (two composition credits and one elective credit). Partially satisfies foundation requirement 3

English Language and Literature

AS-Level (E or Better) 

Non Transferable

0

Environmental Management
AS-Level (D or better) ENV 101 (3) & ENV 101L (1) 4
Food Studies
AS-Level (E or Better) NTS 135 3
A-Level (E or Better) NTS 135 (3) & NTS Dept. Elective (3) 6

French

AS-Level (C or Better)

FRE 101

4

A-Level (C or Better)

FRE 101 & FRE 102

8

General Paper

AS-Level (E or Better)

Non Transferable 0

Geography

AS-Level (E or Better)

GSP Dept. Elective

3

A-Level (E or Better)

GSP Dept. Elective

6

German

AS-Level (C or Better)

GER 101 4

A-Level (C or Better)

GER 101 & GER 102 8

Global Perspectives and Research

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

Japanese

AS-Level (C or Better)

JPN 101, JPN 102, JPN 201 12

Literature in English

AS-Level  (E or Better)  Non Transferable 0
A-Level  (E or Better) ENG Dept. Elective - Placement into ENG 205 (two composition credits and one elective credit). Partially satisfies foundation requirement 3

Marine Science

AS-Level  (D or Better)

BIO 100 & BIO 100L

4

A-Level  (D or Better) 

BIO 100(3) & BIO100L(1) & BIO Dept. Elective (4)

8

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

Media Studies

AS-Level (E or Better)

Non Transferable 0

A-Level (E or Better)

CMF 122 3

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) 

Non Transferable

0

A-Level  (E or Better)

Non Transferable

0

Physical Science

AS-Level  (E or Better) 

Non Transferable

0

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

Spanish

AS-Level (C or Better)

SPA 101 4

A-Level (C or Better)

SPA 101 & 102 8

Travel & Tourism

AS-Level  (E or Better)

HA 284

3

A-Level  (E or Better)

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

6

Challenge Exams

Individual departments offer challenge exams for some courses described in the catalog.  Students who believe they have knowledge about a particular subject area may take an exam rather than enrolling in that course.  Credit may be received in this way, if the exam is available and permitted by the department.  Contact the department for information about eligibility, course syllabi, fees and application forms. Departments and colleges may set limits on the number of units that may be earned through Challenge Exams.

College Level Exam Program (CLEP)

Credit may be earned by successfully completing a CLEP exam according to the table below.  Students must request CLEP scores be sent directly to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions & Orientation. Northern Arizona University does not transcribe CLEP scores based on transcripts from other institutions.  Note: For language exams, credit is not awarded for 101-202 in the primary language of the high school that a student attended. 

CLEP Exam and ScoresNorthern Arizona University Course(s) CreditedUnits of Credit Granted
Algebra, College
50 or higher MAT 110 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
50-59 ENG Dept. Elective Credit 3 (partially satisfies foundation requirement)
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
50-54 FRE 101 4
55-61 FRE 101, 102 8
62-65 FRE 101, 102, 201 12
66-80 FRE 101, 102, 201, 202 16
German Language
39-45 GER 101 4
46-50 GER 101, 102 8
51-59 GER 101, 102, 201 12
60-80 GER 101,102, 201 202 16
History of the United States I: Early Colonization to 1877
56 or higher
HIS 291 3
History of the United States II: 1865 to the Present
56 or higher HIS 292 3
Human Growth and Development
50 or higher PSY 240 3
Information Systems
50 ISM Departmental Elective 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
Natural Science
53-55  Elective Credit 3 units in Science and Applied Science [SAS]
56 or higher  Elective Credit 6 units (includes 3 units of Science and Applied Science [SAS]
Precalculus
50 or higher MAT 125 4
Psychology, Introduction
50 or higher PSY 101 3
Social Sciences and History
56 or higher Elective Credit 3 units in Social and Political Worlds [SPW]
Sociology, Introduction
50 or higher SOC 101 3
Spanish Language
50-54 SPA 101 4
55-65 SPA 101, 102 8
66-67 SPA 101, 102, 201 12
68-80 SPA 101, 102, 201, 202 16
Western Civilization I: Ancient Near East to 1648
56 or higher HIS 240 3
Western Civilization II: 1648 to the Present
56 or higher HIS 241 3

DSST (formerly DANTES Subject Standardized Tests)

Credit for the DSST exam is based on the same criteria as the CLEP exam. At this time, Northern Arizona University accepts only those DSST Exams and Scores listed in the box below.

DSST Exam and ScoresNorthern Arizona University Course(s) CreditedUnits of Credit Granted
Art of the Western World
400 ARH 141 or ARH 142 3
Environment and Humanity  
400 Elective Credit 3
Foundations of Education
400 Elective Credit 3

 International Baccalaureate Diploma and Certificate Credit (IB)

Students who present an International Baccalaureate Diploma and Certificate may qualify for transfer credit, depending on the level of the exam and the grade received.  Northern Arizona University grants credit for higher-level courses only (Exception: Economics).  Credit will be awarded according to the table that follows. (Please note that credit is not awarded for the English-as-a-Second-Language exam.)

IB Exam and ScoresNorthern Arizona University Course(s) CreditedUnits of Credit Granted
Biology
4-5  BIO 100 and BIO 100L 4
6-7  BIO 181, 181L, 182 and 182L 8
Business & Management
5-7 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 & CS 126L 4
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
English B
 5-7 Non Transferable 0
Environmental Systems
5-7 ENV 101 3
Film
4 CMF 122 3
5-7 CMF 122 and CMF 135 6
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