The Washington State University Catalog

Washington State University and its various colleges reserve the right to change the rules regulating admission to, instruction in, and graduation from Washington State University and any other regulations affecting the student body. Such regulations shall go into effect whenever the proper authorities may determine and shall apply to prospective students and to those who may at that time be enrolled.


Advanced Standing (Transfer Applicants)

6. TRANSFER CREDIT

(See Rule 114)

  1. Colleges and universities must be regionally accredited for transfer credit to be awarded.
  2. Ninety semester hours shall be the maximum allowed by transfer toward a baccalaureate degree.
  3. The maximum combined lower-division transfer credit allowed [from regionally accredited institutions, CLEP (College Level Examination Program), AP (Advanced Placement), IB (International Baccalaureate), Cambridge International, military credit, and any other source] shall be 73 semester credit hours toward a baccalaureate degree irrespective of when those hours were earned.
  4. Junior status, 60 semester credit hours, and completion of lower-division University Common Requirements (UCOREs) normally will be granted to students who have been awarded the Direct Transfer Associate (DTA) degree from a Washington community college. Additional courses, up to the 73 semester hour limit, will be reviewed for transfer on a course-by-course basis.  The Associate of Arts—Oregon Transfer (AAOT) degree from an Oregon community college guarantees completion of the lower-division University Common Requirements (UCOREs), but does not guarantee junior status or 60 semester credit hours. Certain approved associate degrees from Arizona, California, Hawaii, and Idaho may also be considered to have fulfilled the lower-division University Common Requirements (UCOREs) for graduation, but do not guarantee junior status or 60 semester credit hours. For details on specific degrees consult the Office of Admissions.
  5. Students who enter WSU with at least 60 transferable quarter credit hours and later complete one of the associate degrees listed in Rule 6 (d) or (f) will receive the benefits described in Rule 6 (d) or (f).
  6. Students who have completed the Associate of Science Transfer (AST) degree from a Washington community college normally will receive the same priority consideration for admission as they would for completing the Direct Transfer Associate (DTA) and will be given junior status and 60 semester credit hours.   Up to four additional courses that meet the University Common Requirements (UCOREs) must be met prior to the completion of a baccalaureate degree.  Additional courses, up to the 73 semester hour limit, will be reviewed for transfer on a course-by-course basis.
  7. Completion of lower-division University Common Requirements (UCOREs) will be granted to students who have been certified by their institution as having completed the lower-division general education curriculum at another regionally accredited Washington baccalaureate institution.
  8. Completion of lower-division University Common Requirements (UCOREs) will be granted to students who have been certified by their institution as having completed the University of California Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education Breadth Curriculum.
  9. Completion of all University Common Requirements (UCOREs) will be granted to students who have completed a baccalaureate degree from another regionally accredited institution, provided that the general education program approximates that at WSU. 
  10. Other degrees, including international degrees, will be evaluated on a course-by-course basis for fulfillment of requirements, in the absence of an approved articulation.  Higher degrees do not necessarily fulfill baccalaureate degree requirements.

 

15. CREDIT BY EXAMINATIONS

CREDIT BY EXAMINATIONS. Subject to standards established in consultation with academic departments concerned, credit may be granted to entering or enrolled undergraduate or professional students via various means including external examinations, institutional examinations, approved military service schools, and prior learning assessment.  

 

Prior learning is defined as the knowledge and skills gained through work and life experience; through military training and experience; and through formal and informal education and training from in-state and out-of-state institutions, including foreign institutions.  Prior learning assessment is the process used to evaluate such experience for academic credit.

 

WSU does not accept credit by examination as transcripted by other institutions.   Students must provide official score reports to WSU.

 

Credits by examination shall yield no grade points. Such credits may partially fulfill University Common Requirements (UCOREs) for graduation. External examinations will include but not be limited to:  Advanced Placement (AP) Program examinations of the College Entrance Examinations Board; general and subject College Level Examination Program (CLEP); the International Baccalaureate (IB) Examinations; and Cambridge International Examinations.  

 

Students may request to take a course at WSU for which they have been awarded AP, IB, CLEP, or Cambridge International credit.  Prompted by the request, the AP, IB, CLEP, or Cambridge International credit is removed from the overall credits awarded by WSU.  Only the subsequent enrollment in the WSU course will contribute to the total hours earned and grade point average; the AP, IB, CLEP, or Cambridge International credit cannot be reconsidered for credit for the same course.  Students submit the request to ask for the WSU course to be allowed and for the AP, IB, CLEP, or Cambridge International credit to be omitted to the Registrar's Office.

 

(a)  Advanced Placement Program.  Credit for AP examinations will be granted in an amount equal to the lower-division course or courses in the particular discipline tested, as determined in consultation with the specific academic department. The acceptable score for receiving credit is published online at wsu.edu/advancedcredit.

 

(b)  College Level Examination Program (CLEP).  General and Subject Examinations:  Credit for CLEP will be granted if the examination is passed with scores established in consultation with the academic department concerned.  Credit will be granted for scores of 50 or above. Credit will be granted for the comparable Washington State University course, or elective credit may be granted. Not more than 6 semester hours of credit will be granted for each examination.

 

(c) Challenge Examinations.  Matriculated students currently registered at Washington State University, with permission of their advisor or department chairperson and of the chairperson of the department offering the course, may take challenge examinations for university credit in courses in which they are not registered.  Students may not take challenge examinations in courses which they have audited, or in which they have received a final grade.  Upper-division students may not receive credit by challenge examination in lower-division courses in their major field.  Undergraduate students may not receive credit by challenge examination in any course prerequisite to a course in which they are enrolled or have received a final grade.  The maximum credit for challenge examinations is 30 semester hours unless permission is obtained from the student’s academic dean.  Consult the Registrar’s Office for challenge exam fees.

 

(d) Peace Corps and Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) Credit for training in the Peace Corps or VISTA will be granted for having completed specific courses, under regular catalog course numbers, as shown on a regular transcript from a regionally accredited college or university.

 

(e) WSU Placement Examinations. Credit for WSU departmental placement examinations will be granted in accordance with policies established by the university and academic departments.

 

(f) International Baccalaureate (IB) Examinations.  Credit is awarded for higher-level examinations with a score of 4 or higher.  See wsu.edu/advancedcredit.   Upon completion of the IB diploma, 30 lower-division semester credit hours are awarded, in partial fulfillment of University Common Requirements (UCOREs).

 

(g)  Cambridge International Examinations.   Credit is awarded for A-level examinations.

 

Enrollment, Registration, Dropping Courses, and Withdrawals

50. PASS, FAIL GRADING OPTIONS

Pass, fail options are available for undergraduate and graduate students. The advisor’s approval is required for undergraduates. No courses designated as meeting University Common Requirements (UCOREs) may be taken pass, fail by any undergraduate. No more than two courses may be taken on a pass, fail basis during any given semester. Two courses is the limit for summer session.

 

A total of six courses may be taken on a pass, fail basis by students initiating and completing work for a baccalaureate degree at Washington State University. Students in the College of Veterinary Medicine with advisor approval may enroll for a total of six courses in the professional curriculum on a pass, fail basis, subject to the regulations listed above. University Honors College courses may be taken on a pass, fail basis only with the permission of the Honors College Dean.

 

Class 5 (except those working on second baccalaureate degree) and Class 6 (graduate) students are eligible to take courses on a pass, fail basis, but such work cannot be in the student’s official degree program or used for removal of a specific undergraduate deficiency. Credit hours earned under pass, fail are counted toward assistantship minimum hour requirements. There is no limit on the number of hours a graduate student may take on a pass, fail basis.

 

Allowances for transfer students are as follows:

Transfer status upon entering WSU   Pass/Fail Allotment
1-44 credits   six courses allowed pass, fail
45-59 credits   five courses allowed pass, fail
60-74 credits   four courses allowed pass, fail
75-89 credits   three courses allowed pass, fail
90 and above credits   two courses allowed pass, fail

 

A student may change a pass, fail enrollment to a regular letter-graded enrollment, or vice versa, during the first three weeks of classes in a semester. After the third week and through the last day of instruction in a semester (end of the 15th week), only a pass, fail enrollment can be changed to a letter-graded enrollment.

 

The P (pass) grades earned by pass, fail enrollees will not be included in computing the grade point average; however, F grades earned by pass, fail enrollees will be included in grade point average computations. Departments and programs may deny their majors permission to take, on a pass, fail basis, courses in their major field or courses needed to meet departmental requirements. Departments have the prerogative of requesting, from the Office of the Registrar, the letter grade for courses a prospective major has taken on a pass, fail basis. Departments and programs may refuse to accept courses needed to meet the above requirements if the courses were completed on a pass, fail basis before the student was accepted into the department or program.

 

Graduation

114. REQUIREMENTS FOR BACCALAUREATE DEGREES

a. The award of a baccalaureate degree requires the student’s satisfaction of all University graduation requirements.  The degree grade point average will be posted at the time that the baccalaureate degree is conferred.

b. The award of a baccalaureate degree requires the completion of and posting to the official transcript of all outstanding incomplete work (including grades of I, X, and no/blank grades).

c. The award of a baccalaureate degree and/or diploma requires the student’s good standing in the university and satisfaction of all University graduation requirements.  “Good standing” means the student has resolved any acts of academic or behavioral misconduct, and complied with all sanctions imposed as a result of the misconduct.  The University shall have the sole authority in determining whether to withhold the degree and/or diploma in cases where the student is not in good standing due to acts of misconduct, has not resolved any acts of academic or behavior misconduct, or has not complied with all sanctions imposed as a result of misconduct.  The University shall deny the award of a degree if the student is dismissed from the University based on his or her misconduct.  Neither diplomas nor transcripts will be sent until students have resolved any unpaid fees and resolved any acts of academic or behavioral misconduct and complied with all sanctions imposed as a result of misconduct.  (See Rule 45 and the Standards of Conduct for Students.)

d.  To complete a baccalaureate degree, students shall:

1) Earn a 2.0 cumulative grade point average or better in graded course work, in this or any institution for which a grade has been received.

2) Earn a 2.0 cumulative grade point average or better in graded course work in the major.

3) Complete the departmental and college requirements for an active baccalaureate degree.  Baccalaureate degrees remain active for the purpose of degree completion for eight years following the last inclusion in the WSU catalog.

4) Earn a minimum of 120 semester hours of credit.  At least 30 must be WSU hours; see Rule 6.

5) Earn a minimum of 40 semester hours of credit in 300-400-level courses; 500-level courses will count toward the 300-400-level requirement, but an undergraduate may not be required to complete a 500-level course as a requirement for the baccalaureate degree.

6) Complete the University Common Requirements (UCOREs) for Graduation.

7) Complete the university writing requirements, including two Writing in the Major courses and the Writing Portfolio.

 

118. TWO OR MORE BACCALAUREATE DEGREES FROM WSU

One baccalaureate degree from WSU requires a minimum of 120 semester hours.  For each additional baccalaureate degree, the student must complete an additional 30 semester hours, as well as satisfy all requirements of the college and the second degree program.  For a second or subsequent baccalaureate degree, the first baccalaureate degree from WSU is understood to fulfill all University requirements for graduation, including the upper-division requirements, University Writing Portfolio, the minimum hours for the first degree (120), as well as the University Common Requirements (UCOREs).

 

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