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    University of Maryland, Baltimore County
   
 
  Dec 12, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog

Transfer Credit Policies, AP, CLEP, IB, and UMBC Administered Examinations


 

Transfer Credit Policies

"In Maryland, a student may be able to progress from one segment of the public higher education system to another without loss of time or duplication of courses. To help accomplish this, Maryland's public colleges and universities follow certain statewide policies." For detailed information please review the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) Transfer Policies and Student Guide to Transfer among Maryland Colleges and Universities.

Specific to UMBC, the Policy on the Awarding of Undergraduate Transfer Credit articulates the standards for the assessment and awarding of undergraduate transfer credit including academic credit for coursework earned at other institutions, competency-based education, and military training, experience, education and coursework.

Maryland Community College Recommended Transfer Programs

The Recommended Transfer Programs (RTP) provides a list of community college courses that will best prepare students for UMBC's course of study. Transfer students with acceptable grades in courses specified in the UMBC Recommended Transfer Program Guide are assured transfer with no loss of credit. These program guides are available in the transfer advisors' offices at all Maryland community colleges or via the web at ARTSYS. More information can also be found through the Maryland TransPort web site

Credit for Competency-Based Education 

Students may pursue as many as 60 credits of competency-based education toward a baccalaureate degree through the Advanced Placement (AP) Program, College Level Examination Program (CLEP), International Baccalaureate (IB) Program, or through UMBC administered examinations.

 

AP, CLEP, and IB 

Each academic department determines whether credits earned through AP, CLEP, or IB may be applied to major requirements. Please refer to the test score charts below for more information.

Credits earned through AP, CLEP, or IB may be used to fulfill General Education Requirements, when equivalent to a UMBC general education course. 

Credits earned through AP, CLEP, and IB tests have no effect on the calculation of the UMBC grade point average, nor are they applied to the minimum number of credits needed to qualify for honors at graduation. 

 

Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations

UMBC will award credit and/or placement based on the scores indicated below in the approved Advanced Placement (AP) examinations listed. To receive credit for AP exams, students must have an official Advanced Placement score report sent to the UMBC Office of Undergraduate Admissions. They may request an official score report by writing to:

Advanced Placement Service
P.O. Box 6671
Princeton, NJ 08541-6671

Please remember to include UMBC's College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB) code number (5835) in the request.

Credit earned through Advanced Placement examinations may be used to satisfy the General Education Requirements, satisfy course prerequisite, as elective credit or toward major requirements in many instances (please consult the academic department).

Examination Score Credits Course Exemption
Art History 5, 4, 3 6 ART 220  and ART 221  
Art Studio - Drawing 5, 4, 3 3 ART 214  
Art Studio - 2D 5, 4, 3 3 ART lower level elective
Art Studio - 3D 5, 4, 3 3 Art elective
Biology 4 8 BIOL 141  + BIOL lower level elective with Lab
  5 8 BIOL 141 +BIOL 142 +Lab
Chemistry 5, 4 4 CHEM 101  
Chinese 5 7 CHIN 202  and CHIN 301  
  4 4 CHIN 202  
  3 4 CHIN 201  
Computer Science A 5 3 CMSC 201  
  4,3 3 CMSC 104  
Computer Science A 5,4,3, 3 IS 125   (BTA majors) or IS 147  (IS majors)
Computer Science AB 5, 4 7 CMSC 104  and CMSC 201  or IS 147  and IS 247  
Computer Science AB 3 3

CMSC 104  

Computer Science Principles 5,4,3 3 CMSC 100  
Economics - Macro 5, 4 3 ECON 102  
Economics - Micro 5, 4 3 ECON 101  
English Language and Composition 5, 4 3 ENGL 100  
English Literature and Composition 5, 4 6 ENGL 100  and ENGL 210  
Environmental Science 5, 4 3 GES 120  
French 5 7 FREN 202  and FREN 301  
  4 4 FREN 202  
  3 4 FREN 201  
French Literature 5, 4 6 Determined by MLLI Department
  3 4 Determined by MLLI Department
German Language 5 7 GERM 202  and GERM 301  
  4 4 GERM 202  
  3 4 GERM 201  
Government and Politics - American 5, 4, 3 3 POLI 100  
Government and Politics - Comparative 5, 4, 3 3 POLI 260  
History - European 5, 4, 3 6 HIST 111  and HIST elective (SS/C)
History - World 5, 4, 3 6 HIST 200  and HIST elective (SS/C)
History - United States 5, 4, 3 6 HIST 101  and HIST 102  
Human Geography 5, 4, 3 3 GES 102  
Italian Language 5, 4 6 Meets 201 Language Proficiency
  3 4 Meets 201 Language Proficiency
Japanese Language 5 7 JPNS 202  and JPNS 301  
  4 4 JPNS 202  
  3 4 JPNS 201  
Latin - Vergil 5, 4 6 LATN 332  
  3 4 Determined by Ancient Studies Department
Latin Literature 5, 4 6 Determined by Ancient Studies Department
  3 3 Determined by Ancient Studies Department
Math - Calculus AB 5, 4 4 MATH 151  
  3 4 MATH 150  
Math - Calculus BC 5, 4 8 MATH 151  and MATH 152  
  3 4 MATH 151  
Music - Theory 5, 4, 3 3 MUSC 101  
Physics B 5, 4, 3 8 PHYS 111  and PHYS 112  
Physics C - Mechanics 5, 4 4 PHYS 121  
Physics C -Electricity & Magnetics 5,4 4 PHYS 122  (no lab)**
Physics 1 5,4 4 PHYS 111  
Physics 2 5,4 4 PHYS 112  
Psychology 5, 4, 3 3 PSYC 100  
Spanish Language 5 7 SPAN 202 SPAN 301  
  4 4 SPAN 202  
  3 4 SPAN 201  
Spanish Literature 5,4 6 Determined by MLLI Department
  3 4 Determined by MLLI Department
Statistics 5,4 4 STAT 121  

*Students who are exempt from BIOL 141  should wait until their sophomore year to take BIOL 302 - Molecular and General Genetics BIOL 142  can be taken during the spring semester of the freshman year.

** Not equivalent to PHYS 122L  

College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) Examinations

UMBC will award credit for successful completion of the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests listed below. CLEP examinations may be used to satisfy General Education Requirements, satisfy course prerequisites, as elective credit or toward a major requirement in many instances (please consult the academic department). To receive credit, official scores must be sent to:

Office of Undergraduate Admissions
UMBC
1000 Hilltop Circle
Baltimore, MD 21250

Students can request that scores be sent to UMBC by writing to:

CEEB
CLEP Transcripts
P.O. Box 6600
Princeton, NJ 08541

Or call: 609-771-7865

Please include UMBC's CODE (5835) in the request.

Acceptability of CLEP examinations and scores required are subject to change based on modifications to exam content by the College Board. For the most recent information on CLEP examinations accepted at UMBC, please visit www.umbc.edu/registrar/CLEP.htm

For more information about CLEP, visit the College Board at www.collegeboard.org.

General Examinations*

Examination Minimum Scaled Score Credits Related Course
Humanities 50 3 Lower‐level elective
Mathematics 50 3 Lower‐level elective
Natural Sciences 50 3 Lower-level elective
Social Sciences and History 50 3 Lower-level Elective

Subject Matter Examinations

Examination Minimum Scaled Score Credits Related Course
American Government 50 3 POLI 100  
American History
(History of US I)
50 3 HIST 101  
American History
(History of US II)
50 3 HIST 102  
American Literature 50 3 ENGL lower level elective
Analyzing and Interpreting Literature 63 3 ENGL 210  
Calculus 51 4 MATH 151  
Chemistry (General) 50 4 CHEM 101  
College Algebra 60 3 Math elective*
College Composition** 67 3 ENGL 100  
Educational Psychology 50 3 EDUC 311  
English Literature 50 3 ENGL 241  
Financial Accounting 50 3 ECON 121  
French Language 50 8 FREN 101 , FREN 102  
  62 12 FREN 101 , FREN 102 , FREN 201  
German Language 50 8 GERM 101 , GERM 102  
  62 12 GERM 101 , GERM 102 , GERM 201  
Human Growth and Development 50 3 PSYC 200  
Information Systems - Computer Applications 59 3 IS 101  
Introductory Business Law 50 3 MGMT lower level elective
Macroeconomics - Introduction 50 3 ECON 102  
Microeconomics - Introduction 50 3 ECON 101  
Precalculus 50 4 MATH 150  
Principles of Management 50 3 MGMT 210  
Principles of Marketing 50 3 MGMT lower level elective
Psychology - General 50 3 PSYC 100  
Sociology -Intro 50 3 SOCY 101  
Spanish Language 50 8 SPAN 101 , SPAN 102  
  62 12 SPAN 101 , SPAN 102 SPAN 201  
Western Civilization I 50 3 HIST 110  
Western Civilization II 50 3 HIST 111  

* General examinations and MATH electives do not satisfy general requirements.

**The following inactive exams are also equivalent to ENGL100: English Comp with Essay, Freshman Comp with Essay, or College Comp Modular (must include essay).

International Baccalaureate (IB) Examinations

UMBC will award credit according to the listing below to students who sit for International Baccalaureate (IB) examinations. To receive credit for IB exams, students must have official examination results sent to the UMBC Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Credit earned through IB examinations may be used to satisfy General Education Requirements, satisfy course prerequisites, as elective credit or toward major requirements in many instances (please consult academic department).

Examination Level Scores Credit Course Equivalency
Art/Design Higher/ SL 5,6,7 3 ART lower level elective
Biology Higher 6,7 4 BIOL 141 +Lab
Chemistry Higher 6,7 4 CHEM 101  
Chinese Literature A Higher 6,7 3 MLL 328  
Computer Science       Non-transferable
Economics Higher 5,6,7 6 ECON 101 ECON 102  
English A Higher 5,6,7 6 ENGL 206  
        and ENGL 210  (or ENGL 231  or ENGL 233 )
English B Higher 5,6,7 6 ENGL 206  and ENGL 210  (or ENGL 231  or ENGL 233 )
Environmental Science Higher/SL 5,6,7 3 GES 120  
French A Higher 6,7 9 FREN 301 ,FREN 302  and upper level FREN elective
    5  6 FREN 301 FREN 302  
  SL 6,7 6 FREN 301 FREN 302  
    5  3  FREN 301  
French B Higher 6,7 7 FREN 202 FREN 301  
    5  4 FREN 202  
  SL 6.7 4 FREN 202  
German A Higher 6,7 9 GERM 301 GERM 302 GERM 303  
    5  6  GERM 301 GERM 302  
  SL 6,7 6 GERM 301 GERM 302  
    5  3  GERM 301  
German B Higher 6,7 7 GERM 202 GERM 301  
    5  4 GERM 202  
  SL 6,7 4 GERM 202  
Geography Higher/ SL 5,6,7 3 GES 102  
Greek Higher 6,7 7 GREK 201 ,one 300-level Greek course
  SL 6,7 4 GREK 201  
History Higher 5,6,7 3 HIST lower level elective
History of Africa Higher 5,6,7 3 HIST lower level elective
History of the Americas Higher 5,6,7 3 HIST lower level elective
History of East and Southeast Asia Higher 5,6,7 3 HIST lower level elective
History of Europe Higher 5,6,7 3 HIST lower level elective
History/Culture of the
Islamic World
Higher 5,6,7 3 HIST lower level elective
Latin Higher 6,7 7 LATN 201 , one 300-level Latin course
  SL 6,7 4 LATN 201  
Math with Further Math Higher 5,6,7 8 MATH 151 STAT 121  
Math Higher 5,6,7 8 MATH 151 STAT 121  
Mathematical Studies SL 5,6,7 3 MATH elective (MATH)
Music Performance SL 5,6,7 3 MUSC 100  
Philosophy Higher 6,7 3 PHIL 100  
Physics Higher 6,7 8 PHYS 121 ,PHYS 122  
Psychology Higher/ SL 6,7 4 PSYC 100  
Social and Cultural Anthropology SL 6,7 3 ANTH lower level elective
Spanish A Higher 6,7 6 SPAN 301 SPAN 302  
    5  6  SPAN 301 SPAN 202  
  SL 6,7 6 SPAN 301 SPAN 302  
    5  3  SPAN 301  
Spanish B Higher 6,7 7 SPAN 202 SPAN 301  
    5  4 SPAN 202  
  SL 6,7 4 SPAN 202  
Theatre SL 6,7 3 THTR lower level elective; equivalency determined by the Theatre Department
Visual Arts Higher/SL 4,5,6,7 3 ART lower level elective

* Students who have taken the IB SL Computer Science exam will not receive course credit, but with a score of 5 or higher on the exam, appropriate placement would be CMSC 201 .

SL = Standard Level

 

UMBC Administered Examinations 

Students may request consideration for competency-based education credit through UMBC administered examinataions. UMBC administered examinations are subject to availability as determined by the appropriate academic department.  To request consideration, students must submit a UMBC administered examination request form

UMBC administered examinations may be available once a student has completed at least 12 UMBC credits with an average of 2.0 or better. Students must earn a grade of "C" or higher to establish credit through a UMBC administered examination. P/F is permissible within regulations applying to P/F courses at UMBC. Grades of "D" or "F" are posted, even though no credit is earned. UMBC administered examinations may not be used to repeat a course nor do they apply toward general education requirements.