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  • AP/IB/CLEP credit

    Advanced Placement (AP) credit

    Students who have participated in the Advanced Placement Program (AP) in high school and have received scores of 3, 4, or 5 will receive academic credit. Official transcripts of AP work must be submitted to the Admissions Office for evaluation to determine how academic credit will be awarded. UW-La Crosse's AP School Code is 1914. You can contact the AP Testing Center at: www.apcentral.collegeboard.com or by phone at (888) 225-5427.  Students may receive credit for passing the following AP exams:

     

    AP Equivalencies at UW-La Crosse

    AP Exam

    Passing Score

    UW-L Course

    Credit

    Art History

    3,4,5

    Elective Credit

    3

    Biology

    3

    Elective Credit

    4

    Biology

    4, 5

    Biology 103

    4

    Calculus AB

    3

    Math 175

    4

    Calculus AB 4, 5 Math 207 5

    Calculus BC

    3

    Math 207

    5

    Calculus BC

    4,5

    Math 207 & 208

    9

    Chemistry

    3

    Elective Credit

    4

    Chemistry

    4,5

    Chemistry 103

    5

    Chinese Language and Culture

    3

    Chinese 202

    4

    Chinese Language and Culture

    4,5

    Chinese 202, 398

    7

    Computer Science A

    3

    Elective Credit

    3

    Computer Science A

    4,5

    Comp. Science 120

    4

    Economics: Macro

    3,4,5

    Economics 120

    3

    Economics: Micro

    3,4,5

    Economics 110

    3

    English: Language & Composition

    3,4

    Elective Credit and placement into ENG 112

    3

    English: Language & Composition

    5

    English 110

    3

    English: Literature & Composition

    3,4

    Elective Credit and placement into ENG 112

    3

    English: Literature & Composition

    5

    English 110

    3

    Environmental Science

    3

    Elective Credit

    3

    Environmental Science

    4,5

    Geography 200

    3

    European History

    3,4,5

    History 240

    3

    French Language

    3

    French 202;  Placement in 303 course*

    4

    French Language

    4,5

    French 202, 303;  Placement in course above 303*

    7

    German Language

    3

    German 202;  Placement in 300+ course*

    4

    German Language

    4,5

    German 202, 300;  Placement in 300+ course*

    7

    Gov't & Politics: Comparative 3 Elective Credit 3

    Gov't & Politics: Comparative

    4,5

    Political Science 234

    3

    Gov't & Politics: United States 3 Elective Credit 3

    Gov't & Politics: United States

    4,5

    Political Science 101

    3

    Human Geography

    3,4,5

    Geography 110

    3

    Japanese Language and Culture

    3

    Modern Languages 202

    4

    Japanese Language and Culture

    4,5

    Modern Languages 202, 398

    7

    Latin: Vergil

    3,4,5

    Elective Credit

    4

    Music: Theory

    3,4,5

    Music 235

    3

    Physics B

    3

    Elective Credit

    4

    Physics B

    4,5

    Elective Credit

    8

    Physics C: Electricity & Magnetism

    3

    Elective Credit

    4

    Physics C: Electricity & Magnetism

    4,5

    Physics 204

    4

    Physics C: Mechanics

    3

    Elective Credit

    4

    Physics C: Mechanics

    4,5

    Physics 203

    4

    Psychology

    3,4,5

    Psychology 100

    3

    Spanish Language

    3

    Spanish 202;  Placement in 303 course*

    4

    Spanish Language

    4,5

    Spanish 202, 303;  Placement in 304 course*

    8

    Spanish Literature

    3

    Spanish 202;  Placement in 303*

    4

    Spanish Literature

    4,5

    Spanish 202, 305;  Placement in 303 course*

    7

    Statistics

    3,4,5

    Math 145

    4

    Studio Art: 2-D Design Portfolio**

    3,4,5

    Elective Credit

    3

    Studio Art: 3-D Design Portfolio**

    3,4,5

    Elective Credit

    3

    Studio Art: Drawing Portfolio**

    3,4,5

    Elective Credit

    3

    United States History

    3,4,5

    History 210

    3

    World History

    3,4,5

    History 101, 102

    6

    *Retroactive credits for 101, 102, and 201 (12 credits) would be granted upon completion of the appropriate 300-level course at UW-La Crosse with a grade of "B" or higher. Refer to Retroactive Credits for more information. 

    **Student's portfolio will need to be reviewed by the department. 

    ELECTIVE CREDITS are university electives that count toward the degree, but NOT as departmental electives toward the major.

    College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

    The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) is a national program administered through the College Board. The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse will follow The American Council on Education (ACE) guidelines and recommendations for minimum scores for awarding credit in all subject examinations. Students should contact the Counseling and Testing Center (608) 785-8073 for information about CLEP, and to order the exam. Students who have taken exams at other sites, may submit the results to the Admissions Office for evaluation to determine if academic credit will be awarded. Students may receive credit for passing the following CLEP subject level exams:

     

    CLEP Equivalencies at UW-La Crosse

    CLEP Exam
    Subject Level

    Passing
    Score

    UW-L
    Course

    Credit

    Composition & Literature

    American Literature

    50

    English Elective

    6

    Analyzing & Interpreting Literature 

    50

    English Elective

    6

    English Literature

    50

    English Elective

    6

    College Composition

    50

    English Elective

    6

    Foreign Literature

    College French

         

       Level 1 (2 semesters)

    50

    French 101, 102

    8

       Level 2 (4 semesters)

    62

    French 101, 102, 201, 202

    16

    College German

         

      Level 1 (2 semesters)

    50

    German 101, 102

    8

      Level 2 (4 semesters)

    63

    German 101, 102, 201, 202

    16

    College Spanish

         

      Level 1 (2 semesters)

    50

    Spanish 101, 102

    8

      Level 2 (4 semesters)

    66

    Spanish 101, 102, 201, 202

    16

    History & Social Sciences

    American Government

    50

    Pol. Science 101

    3

    History of the US I

    50

    History 210

    3

    History of the US II

    50

    History Elective

    3

    Human Growth & Development

    50

    Psychology 310

    3

    Intro. to Educational Psychology

    50

    Psychology 370

    3

    Introductory Psychology

    50

    Psychology 100

    3

    Introductory Sociology

    50

    Sociology 110

    3

    Principles of Macroeconomics

    50

    Economics 120

    3

    Principles of Microeconomics

    50

    Economics 110

    3

    Western Civilization I

    50

    History Elective

    3

    Western Civilization II

    50

    History Elective

    3

    Science & Mathematics

    Calculus 

    50

    Math Elective

    5

    College Algebra

    50

    Math Elective

    4

    Precalculus

    50

    Math Elective

    3

    Biology

    50

    Biology 103

    4

    Chemistry

    50

    Chemistry 103

    5

    Natural Sciences    50 Science Elective   4

    Business

    Information Systems & Computer Applications

    50

    Elective Credit

    3

    Introductory Business Law

    50

    Elective Credit

    3

    Financial Accounting

    50

    Accounting 221

    3

    Principles of Management

    50

    Elective Credit

    3

    Principles of Marketing

    50

    Marketing 309

    3

    Department credit by examination

    Each academic department will have on file an examination for credit for each course the department determines to be introductory, including courses applicable to the Skills Component of the General Education Program. Interested students should check with the department and their Dean's office to make arrangements for taking the test on this campus. A small non-refundable fee will be charged for each examination and is payable to the Cashiers Office. The following departments offer Credit by Examination:

     

    Department

    Location

    Phone

    Course*

    Accountancy

    223 Wimberly Hall

    (608)785-8090

    Accountancy 221
    Accountancy 222

    Chemistry

    4004 Cowley Hall

    (608)785-8268

    Chemistry 103

    Computer Science

    221 Wing

    (608)785-6805


    Computer Science 120

    Economics

    223 Wimberly Hall

    (608)785-8090

    Economics 110
    Economics 120

    Exercise and Sport Science  124 Mitchell  (608) 785-8173   ESS 201

    Mathematics

    (Available for new freshmen only)

    1020 Cowley Hall

    (608)785-8382

    Math 150
    Math 151
    Math 207
    Math 208

    Philosophy

    245 Graff Main Hall

    (608)785-8424

    Philosophy 101

    *Course titles may be found in the UW-La Crosse Undergraduate Catalog

    International Baccalaureate (IB)

    The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse will accept all International Baccalaureate (IB) "HIGHER LEVEL" examinations with a score of 4 or greater. IB Standard Level (SL) examinations will receive credit if listed in the table below. Official IB transcripts should be submitted to the Admissions Office for evaluation. Students may receive credit for passing the following IB exams:

     

    IB Exam

    Passing Score

    UW-L Course

    Credit

    Biology

    4, 5, 6, 7

    Biology 103

    4

    Business & Management

    4, 5, 6, 7

    Management Elective

    3

    Chemistry

    4

    Chemistry 100

    4

    Chemistry

    5

    Chemistry 103

    5

    Chemistry

    6, 7

    Chemistry 103, 104

    10

    Classical Languages (Greek & Latin)

    4, 5, 6, 7

    Humanities Elective

    3

    Computer Science (HL)

    4, 5, 6, 7

    Computer Science 120

    4

    Computer Science (SL)

    5, 6, 7

    Computer Science 224

    3

    Economics

    4, 5, 6, 7

    Economics 110, 120

    6

    English (A1)

    4, 5, 6, 7

    English 200

    3

    Any Foreign Language   (A2 or B)

    4, 5, 6, 7

    Foreign Language Elective (Literature)

    6

    Geography

    4, 5, 6, 7

    Geography Elective

    3

    History

    4, 5, 6, 7

    History Elective

    3

    Mathematics

    4, 5, 6, 7

    Math Elective

    3

    Music

    4, 5, 6, 7

    Music Elective

    3

    Philosophy

    4, 5, 6, 7

    Philosophy 100

    3

    Physics

    4, 5, 6, 7

    Physics 103

    4

    Psychology (HL)

    4, 5, 6, 7

    Psychology 100

    3

    Psychology (SL)

    5, 6, 7

    Psychology 100

    3

    Social & Cultural Anthropology

    4, 5, 6, 7

    Anthropology/ Sociology 202

    3

    Theatre Arts

    4, 5, 6, 7

    Theatre Elective

    3

    Visual Arts **

    4, 5, 6, 7

    Elective Credit

    3

    Full Diploma

    28 or Above

     

    3

    ** Student's portfolio will need to be reviewed by the department.

    Retroactive credit

    Students who enter the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse with advanced preparation in foreign languages and mathematics may receive credit for that preparation by passing an advanced-level UW-La Crosse course with a grade of "B" or better.

    Retroactive Credit in the Department of Modern Language

    All students who plan to continue a language already studied in high school must take the UW System Placement Test in order to determine the appropriate class level. The UW-La Crosse Admissions Office will send Placement Test information to all accepted new freshmen.

    A student may receive retroactive credit provided a grade of "B" or better is earned in the student's first university course above the 101 level in a particular language. 

    Retroactive credit may be given in one or more languages. No retroactive credit is given for any phonetics course.

    • Elementary Language II (102)
      earns 4 retroactive credits plus 4 course credits for a total of 8 credits
    • Intermediate Language I (201)
      earns 8 retroactive credits plus 4 course credits for a total of 12 credits
    • Intermediate Language II (202)
      earns 12 retroactive credits plus 4 course credits for a total of 16 credits
    • Any Advanced Course
      earns 16 retroactive credits plus 2-3 course credits for a total of 18-19 credits

    Retroactive credit in the Department of Mathematics:

    Students taking Calculus I (MTH 207), Calculus II (MTH 208), or Calculus III (MTH 310):  and earning a grade of "B" or better, will be given retroactive credit for Precalculus (MTH 151) provided the student's transcript shows no record of prior or concurrent enrollment in MTH 151, 207, 208, or 309. 

    Precalculus (MTH 151) is a course on properties, graphs, and applications of elementary transcendental functions. Topics include concepts from analytic geometry; theory of equations; the logarithmic, exponential, trigonometric, and inverse trigonometric functions; and analytic trigonometry.


    For additional information about these opportunities, newly admitted students should contact the Director of Admissions at (608) 785-8939. Continuing students should contact the Dean of the college or school in which they are enrolled.

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