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2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog 
2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Transfer Credit

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Transfer Credit


Equivalency Guides and Policies

Central Washington University accepts a maximum of 135 total transfer credits from regionally accredited four-year schools, including a maximum of 105 total credits from regionally accredited community colleges. Credits are evaluated by Registrar Services based on official transcripts. Credits earned in courses numbered 100 and above are generally accepted toward total transfer credits provided the courses require university-level study.

Transfer courses equivalent to CWU courses will apply toward the baccalaureate degree exactly as do the CWU courses for which they are being substituted. Equivalency is established by a course review from the appropriate academic department. Other transfer courses that have not been established as exact equivalents may transfer as general electives and may also be allowed in the degree program with approval from the appropriate academic department chair and, as appropriate, college dean.

Credits earned at institutions which are not fully accredited by a regional accrediting association are not accepted. Consideration for exception to this policy may be made by written petition to the dean of the appropriate college after earning a minimum of 45 credits at Central with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5.

The university recognizes college credit from a number of sources, including Advanced Placement (AP), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and military educational experience or correspondence credit. Up to 45 quarter credits from these programs may be counted toward graduation.

The university endorses the Policy on Inter-College Transfer and Articulation among Washington public colleges and universities published by the Washington Student Achievement Council. The policy deals with the rights and responsibilities of transfer students, and the review and appeal process in transfer credit disputes. Contact Registrar Services for more detailed information.

Academic associate degrees which are part of the Direct Transfer Agreements (DTA) between the university and Washington community colleges will meet the general education requirement of a bachelor’s degree. Community colleges offer several kinds of associate degrees, therefore, students who plan to transfer to the university should check with their counselors to make sure they are enrolled in the appropriate direct transfer degree program.

Associate of science degrees with transfer agreements between the university and Washington community colleges will meet the general education requirements of a bachelor’s degree when students complete additional courses at CWU. Transfer students without a transferable associate degree from a Washington community college wishing to complete such a degree must complete it by the time they have completed 45 credits or within one calendar year, whichever comes later, after initial enrollment at Central in order for the AA degree to satisfy the general education requirements at Central. A student cannot earn an associate degree and bachelor’s degree in the same quarter.

Academic associate of art degrees from a public community college outside of Washington State, accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), will meet the general education requirements of a bachelor’s degree. Approved degrees are noted on the Registrar website (

Students transferring to CWU from another Washington State public baccalaureate institution, whose General University Requirements or General Education Requirements were complete at the sending institution, will also satisfy all of the CWU General Education Requirements, provided official documentation is received from the sending institute and certified by CWU.

Advanced Placement Credit


Students may receive credit for advanced placement with a grade of S, depending upon the scores achieved on the College Entrance Examination Board Advanced Placement Test (AP). Students must request that their AP test scores be sent to the Registrar Services at Central. Scores of 3 or better on Advanced Placement Examination will be awarded as free electives for departments without specific policy.

Department   AP Score   CWU Credit
Art 2D   3, 4, 5   Department Electives.
Art 3D   3, 4, 5   Department Electives.
Art History   3, 4, 5   Credit for Aesthetic Experience.
Biology   3   Credit for BIOL 101.
    4, 5   Credit for any two of BIOL 101, 181, 182, 183.
Chemistry   3   Exempt from CHEM 181, 181LAB; credit awarded upon successful completion of CHEM 182.
    4   Exempt from CHEM 181, 181LAB, 182, 182LAB credit for both courses awarded upon successful completion of CHEM 183 and CHEM 183LAB.
    5   Credit for CHEM 181, 181LAB, 182, 182LAB, 183, 183LAB.
Computer Science A   3, 4   Credit for CS 110.
Computer Science A   5   Credit for CS 110, 111.
Computer Science AB   3, 4   Credit for CS 110, 111.
Computer Science AB   5   Credit for CS 110, 111, 301.
  Micro Economics   3   Credit for ECON 201.
  Macro Economics   3   Credit for ECON 202.
  Lang and Comp   3, 4, 5   Credit for ENG 101.
  Lit and Comp   3, 4, 5   Credit for ENG 105.
Environmental Science   3, 4   Credit for ENST 201.
    5   Credit for both ENST 201 and ENST 202.
World   3   Credit for 251.
Languages (all)   4   Credit for 251, 252.
  Maximum 15 total cr.   5   Credit for 251, 252, 253.
Human Geography   3, 4, 5   Credit for GEOG 108
U.S. History   3   Credit for either HIST 143 or 144.
    4   Credit for either HIST 143 or HIST 144, with exemption for majors in the other. (Majors will be required to take an additional 5 credits of upper-division U.S. History.)
    5   Credit for HIST 143 and HIST 144.
World History   3   Credit for either HIST 102 or 103.
    4, 5   Credit for either HIST 102 or HIST 103 with exemption for majors in the other. (Majors will be required to take 5 additional credits in upper division non-Western history.)
 European History    3, 4, 5   Credit for Perspectives on World Cultures.
Calculus AB   3, 4, 5   Credit for MATH 172.
Calculus BC   3, 4, 5   Credit for MATH 172 and 173.
Math Statistics   3, 4, 5   Credit for MATH 311.
Music Theory   3, 4, 5   Department Electives.
Physics B        
        Physics 1   4, 5   Exemption from PHYS 111, 111LAB.
        Physics 2   4, 5   Exemption from PHYS 112, 112LAB, 113, 113LAB.
Physics C  
  Mechanics   4, 5   Exemption from PHYS 181, 181LAB, 182, 182LAB.
  Electricity & Magnetism   4, 5   Exemption from PHYS 183, 183LAB.
Political Science
      3   Political Science elective.
   American Govt or Comparative Politics   4   Credit for POSC 101.
  American Govt   5   Credit for POSC 210.
  Comparative Politics   5   Credit for POSC 260.
Psychology   4   Credit for PSY 101.

College Level Examination Program


Students will be awarded college-level quarter credits with a grade of S for each score at the 50th percentile on the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) humanities, social science/history and natural sciences examinations. These credits will meet the general education requirements in the appropriate areas. Students may also be awarded credit for subject examinations as determined by appropriate academic departments at the time of application for credit.

No more than 45 total quarter credits through CLEP or other sources of nontraditional credit may apply to graduation requirements. CLEP credit is not awarded for English.

College Level Examination Program

CLEP Test Scores for Central Washington University at the 50th Percentile or Above.

    Percentile   Score   CWU Area of Credits Awarded
Calculus w/Elem. Funct.   50th   50   Math 172 and Math 173
Chemistry   80th   63   Chemistry 181, 181LAB
College Mathematics   50th   50   Basic Skills Math
Economics   50th   50   Economics Lower Division
    or Macroeconomics            
    or Microeconomics            
Human Growth  and Development   50th   50   Psychology 314
Humanities   50th   50   Literature and the Humanities
Info Systems and Computer Applications   50th   54   Computer Science 101
Intro to Psychology   50th   50   Psychology 101
Intro Ed. Psychology   50th   50   Psychology 315
Intro to Sociology   50th   50   Sociology 107
Natural Sciences   50th   50   Fundamental Disciplines of Physical and Biological Sciences
Social Science and History   50th   50   Perspectives on the Cultures and Experiences of the US
Western Civilization I   50th   50   History 101
Western Civilization II   50th   50   History 102 or 103
US History I   50th   57   History 143
US History II   50th   54   History 144
World Languages    

Level I


Level II

French Language     50 151, 152 & 153   62 French 251, 252 & 253
German Language     50 151, 152 & 153   63 German 251, 252 & 253
Spanish Language     50 151, 152 & 153   63 Spanish 251, 252 & 253

International Baccalaureate


Central recognizes the International Baccalaureate (IB) program as a coherent, challenging course of study and responds individually to each participant’s IB transcript for award of college credit. Students may be awarded credit for completing individual areas of study within the program. IB students should submit official transcripts to Registrar Services, which will review the program of study and examination scores with the appropriate department chair.

 IB Department   Exam   Score   CWU Equivalent
Biology   HL   5 or 6   BIOL 101
    HL   6+   BIOL 181, 182, and 183
Chemistry   SL   4+   CHEM Elective
    HL   4+   CHEM Elective
    HL    5   CHEM 181 and 182
    HL    6+   CHEM 181, 182, and 183
English   HL   3+   English 101
World Language   SL   3 or 4   World Language 151
    SL   5+   World Language 151 and 152
    HL   5   World Language 251
    HL   6   World Language 251 and 252
    HL   7   World Language 251, 252 and 253
History:   HL   5+   History 101 and (see below)
  Americas       5+   History 386
  Africa       5+   History Elective/SB-A or SB-B
  W. South Asia       5+   History Elective/SB-A or SB-B
  E. Southeast Asia       5+   History Elective/SB-A or SB-B
  Europe       5+   History Elective/SB-A or SB-B
Philosophy   Theory    Essay   PHIL 201
Physics   HL   5+   PHSY 111, 111L, 112, 112L, 113, 113L
Psychology   HL   5+   PSY 101
SL= Standard Level            
HL= High Level            
Must have High School certificate or degree posted on transcript for credits to be accepted.


Credit for Military Service


Upon submission of Official Military Transcripts, matriculated students may receive up to 30 lower division elective credits, not to exceed 105 credits, for completion of military educational experience as recommended by the American Council on Education.

Non-U.S. College/University Credit


Credit will be accepted from non-U.S. institutions of higher education when (1) it has been earned at an institution linked to CWU either by a bilateral or consortial (e.g., International Student Exchange Program (ISEP) agreement, or when an institution has been certified by the CWU Office of International Studies and Programs as a legitimate, recognized institution of higher education (tertiary level) within a particular country; (2) the student has received a passing grade recognized by the institution; and (3) an official record or transcript has been received by the university.

Degrees Offered


Central Washington University offers the following undergraduate degrees:

Bachelor of Applied Science
Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Arts in Education
Bachelor of Fine Arts
Bachelor of Music
Bachelor of Science

Students wishing to earn a BA, BAS, BEd, BFA, BM, or BS degree must complete (1) the general education program; (2) a concentration of at least 60 credits which may be satisfied by a specified major, or a specified major and minor, or a specified major and courses in other fields as prescribed by the major department; (3) electives in sufficient quantity to include 60 upper-division credits to bring the total quarter credits to 180; and (4) other degree requirements as specified in the catalog under Graduation Requirements. Department fields of study are listed by major, minor, or specialization by college on the undergraduate programs offered. Minor concentrations are offered in many fields.

Students wishing to earn a BAEd degree must complete (1) the general education program; (2) a major in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education or Special Education and minors, when appropriate; (3) the professional education foundation courses; (4) 180 total quarter credits (including 60 upper-division credits); and (5) other general degree requirements as listed under the College of Education and Professional Studies and Graduation Requirements sections in this catalog. Students may select any university minor; however, students are strongly encouraged to select an endorsable teaching minor.