2012 - 2013 Transfer Credit

AP | CLEP | Challenge Exam | IB

A maximum of 72 credit hours may be awarded from two-year institutions. A maximum of 88 credit hours transferred from all collegiate institutions (two-year and four-year) attended may be applied toward meeting the total number of hours required for graduation.

Courses transferred from other academic institutions count for credit hours and requirements only; grades from transfer course work are not calculated into the Westminster College GPA.

Note: It is not possible to earn upper division hours from a two-year school.

External Credit

Only 88 credit hours may be earned from non-institutional credit. External credit is defined as any credits applied to a degree that are earned by external means, such as transfer, CLEP, AP, or other sources.

Criteria for the Acceptance of Transfer Credit

Westminster College awards transfer credit for coursework that meets the following criteria:

Foreign Transfer Credit

All foreign transcripts are evaluated by external services such as Academic Credentials Evaluation Institute (ACEI) or World Education Services (WES), which determines the level of coursework taken and the semester hour and grade equivalents. Only coursework that is determined to be equivalent to college-level academic work that meets the criteria noted above will be considered for transfer. Equivalencies to Westminster courses will be determined as outlined below. Transfer acceptance of hours from foreign institutions does not guarantee fulfillment of like courses in majors and minors at Westminster unless approved by the faculty.

Determination of Liberal Education and Major Course Equivalencies

Liberal Education Requirements

Transfer courses fulfill Westminster liberal education course requirements on a course-by-course basis when the transfer courses are deemed equivalent to the corresponding Westminster courses. The Transfer Coordinator makes this determination in accordance with guidelines established by faculty.

Major and Minor Course Requirements

An advisor in the major or minor program of study determines whether transfer credit fulfills specific requirements in the major or minor. A student who receives elective transfer credit for a course may not necessarily be able to apply that course to the major or minor. In addition, some programs have minimum grade requirements.

Transfer Credit and Prerequisite Knowledge

Although the college accepts transfer credit for courses with a C- grade or higher, individual programs may require verification of prerequisite knowledge and may require students to repeat coursework.

Upper Division Transfer Credit

By definition, it is not possible to earn upper division credit from a two-year institution. In certain cases, lower division coursework will be accepted as meeting upper division program requirements; however, these hours will not count toward the 30 upper division hours required for graduation.

Converting Quarter Credit Hours to Semester Credit Hours

A quarter hour is equal to two-thirds of a semester hour, so one quarter hour transfers as 0.67 credit hours. Students transferring from institutions using the quarter system do not lose credit, because semesters are longer than quarters.

Quarter Hours and Westminster Hour Requirements

To be accepted as meeting Westminster College requirements, courses must not only have equivalent academic content, they must also equal at least two-thirds of the Westminster required hours, e.g., a language class must be 2.68 credit hours or more.

Waiver of Liberal Education Requirements

Associate Degrees--Utah and Out-of-State Institutions and Letters of Completion (Utah Schools only)

Students who have Associate of Arts (A.A.) or Associate of Science (A.S.) degrees from regionally accredited institutions or have official letters verifying completion of liberal education requirements from a Utah institution are considered to have completed the following LE requirements:

The A.A. or A.S. degree does not exempt students from completing the following liberal education requirements:

Students who have Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degrees are not eligible for waivers.

Students should note that certain liberal education courses also serve as prerequisites or are required courses in their academic programs and would not be waived, even if a previous A.A. or A.S. degree has been attained. All students are advised to check the catalog for individual program requirements.

Credit by Examination

Students may earn a maximum of 40 credit hours under credit by examination programs: Advanced Placement (AP), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), Challenge Examinations, Nursing Examinations, and International Baccalaureate. Credit by examination is not counted as in-residence credit.

Advanced Placement

Advanced Placement (AP) examinations in most subjects cover a full-year college course equivalent to eight credit hours. Some subject areas such as Computer Science A, Economics (Macro and Micro), Environmental Science, Comparative Government and Politics, U.S. Government and Politics, Physics C, Psychology, Statistics, and Human Geography, are equivalent to one semester of college-level coursework and are awarded credit based on the credit hours for the equivalent course at Westminster.

A score of 3 is the minimum score accepted by the college; however, individual departments may require a minimum score of 4 to award credit for the equivalent course and/or liberal education requirement. Individual departments determine how they will apply AP credits toward specific major or minor requirements. Students may receive a maximum of 40 hours of Advanced Placement credit. Listed below are the AP tests that fulfill Westminster LE requirements and the required scores.

LE Requirement AP Examination Required Score
English Composition/Research English Language/Comp
English Literature/Comp
Humanities I: History U. S. History
European History
World History
3, 4, or 5
3, 4, or 5
3, 4, or 5
Humanities II: Literature English Literature/Comp 5
Humanities III: Philosophy/Religion None .
Arts I: Creative Arts Art-General
Art-2D Design
Art-3D Design
3, 4, or 5
3, 4, or 5
3, 4, or 5
3, 4, or 5
3, 4, or 5
Arts II: Arts Survey Art History 3, 4, or 5
Science/Mathematics I: Mathematics Statistics*
Calculus AB
Calculus BC
3, 4, or 5
3, 4, or 5
3, 4, or 5
Science/Mathematics II: Physical Sciences Chemistry 5
Science/Mathematics III: Life Sciences Biology
Environmental Science*
4 or 5
3, 4, or 5
Social Sciences I Government/Polit. U. S.*
Government/Polit. Comp*
Economics: Macro*
3, 4, or 5
3, 4, or 5
4 or 5
Social Sciences II Psychology* 3, 4 or 5
Foreign Language **

French, German, Latin, and Spanish Examinations

3, 4, or 5

*Designates AP examinations equivalent to only one semester of college-level work.
**Part of Major. For application of Foreign Language AP credit, please refer to the information description given under the Spanish Program of this Catalog, section entitled Additional Academic Requirements and Procedure for the Spanish Program ("Advanced Placement (AP) Credit").

For a complete listing of the AP examinations, the required scores, and equivalent courses at Westminster, contact the START Center or the Registrar's Office.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

CLEP is a national program of examination to evaluate, confirm, and assess the academic achievement of individuals who have reached a college level of education through either traditional or non-traditional means of study.

Note: The CLEP program is currently under review by Westminster College faculty. Acceptance of CLEP testing for specific Westminster courses as listed below is subject to change. For a complete listing of currently honored CLEP examinations, please contact the START Center or the Registrar's Office.

CLEP includes General Examinations in threcae basic liberal arts areas and Subject Examinations in widely-taught undergraduate courses.

Credit is not awarded if duplicated by previous coursework.

Important Note: The College Level Examination Program prohibits candidates from repeating a CLEP exam of the same title within six months. Scores of exams repeated earlier than six months will be cancelled and test fees forfeited.

CLEP candidates are awarded credit as follows:

General Examination (limit 25 credit hours):
Examination Credit LE Area Waived
Humanities II: Literature
Arts II: Arts Survey
Natural Science
Science/Mathematics III: Life Sciences
Science/Mathematics II: Physical Sciences

Subject Examinations

For CLEP exams taken since June 2001, a minimum score of 50 is required. A higher score is required for the full 12 hours of Language credit. For more information about CLEP, contact the START Center at 832–2282.

CLEP Subject Examination Westminster Equivalent
American Government PLSC 121
American Literature English elective - lower division
American History I Humanities I: History
American History II Humanities I: History
Analysis and Interpretation of Literature ENGL 220
Calculus with Elementary Functions MATH 201 and 202
College Algebra MATH 141
College Algebra/Trigonometry MATH 141 and 142
College French I and II FREN 110, 111 and 220
College German I and II LANG 100 (12 hours)
College Spanish I and II SPAN 110, 111 & 220
English Literature English elective - lower division
General Chemistry CHEM 111 and 112
General Biology Science/Mathematics III
Introductory Accounting ACCT 213
Introductory Psychology PSYC 105
Introductory Sociology SOC 105
Principles of Macroeconomics ECON 253
Principles of Management MGMT 305
Principles of Marketing MKTG 300
Principles of Microeconomics ECON 263
Trigonometry MATH 142
Western Civilization I HIST 112
Western Civilization II HIST 113

Challenge Examinations

Students may earn credit for independent learning in certain academic areas by means of the Challenge Examination. This is a comprehensive examination covering a given course according to the following conditions:

  1. The course challenged must be offered by Westminster College, and the student requesting the examination must be currently enrolled as a degree-seeking student in the college.
  2. The student must pay a non-refundable fee of $50 per credit hour prior to taking the examination.
  3. Permission to take the Challenge Examination must be secured from the dean of the school under which the course falls and the instructor who teaches the course. The instructor prepares, administers, and grades the examination. Permission to take the examination must be secured 30 days prior to examination, and reasonable assurance of the student's ability to pass the examination must be provided when the request is made.
  4. The course being challenged must not be a course for which the student has previously received credit, a course in which the student is enrolled, or a course in which the student was previously enrolled and dropped later than the first week of class.
  5. When students successfully pass the Challenge Examination, they receive a letter grade of A, B, C, or D and the appropriate number of credit hours. Students not passing their examinations receive no grade or credit.
  6. A course may be challenged only once.
  7. Seminars, directed studies, laboratory portions of a course, or activity courses may not be challenged.
  8. No more than 30 credit hours by Challenge Examination may be offered toward graduation. Credit received through Challenge Examination is not counted as in-residence credit.
  9. The Challenge Examination for the basic speech requirement must be taken at least one semester prior to the semester in which the student plans to graduate.

International Baccalaureate

Credit may be given for selected higher level (HL) and standard level (SL) International Baccalaureate examinations. Students are required to submit official transcripts from the International Baccalaureate Organization upon admission to the college. International Baccalaureate examinations currently accepted at Westminster, along with the minimum required score and examination level, appear below.

IB Examination Min. Score Required Westminster Equivalency
Biology (HL) 5 BIOL 106
Business and Management (SL)(HL) 5 MGMT 110
Chemistry (HL) 5 CHEM 111
Computer Sciences (HL) 6 CMPT 201
English A1 (HL Only) 5 ENGL 220
Environmental Systems (HL) 5 BIOL 102
Film (SL)(HL) 5 FILM 110
French (SL)
French (HL)
FREN 110
FREN 110 and FREN 111
Further Mathematics (SL) 5 MATH 210
Latin (SL)
Latin (HL)
LATN 110
LATN 110 and LATN 111
Mathematical Studies (SL) 5 MATH 120
Mathematics (SL)
Mathematics (HL)
MATH 141 and MATH 142
MATH 150, 201 and 202
Music (SL) (HL) 5 MUSC 110
Philosophy (SL)
Philosophy (HL)
PHIL 100
PHIL 102
Physics (SL)(HL) 5 PHYS 104
Psychology (HL) 5 PSYC 105
Spanish (SL)
Spanish (HL)
SPAN 110
SPAN 110 and SPAN 111
Theatre Arts (HL) 6 THTR 180
Visual Arts * (SL) 6 Students who complete SL Option A earn credit for the Creative Arts LE. Students who complete SL Option B earn credit for ART 110.
Visual Arts * (HL) 6 Creative Arts LE and ART 110

Credit for Experiential Learning (Prior Learning Assessment)

The Prior Learning Assessment program is under review for the 2012–2013 academic year. Westminster College is currently exploring a variety of degree completion programs that will be announced in the future. Any changes will be posted to the Registrar's Office website.