Transfer Credit and Alternative Study

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Southern Connecticut State University accepts transfer credit earned from courses taken at regionally accredited institutions and recognizes learning experiences outside the traditional college classroom may be equivalent to those that occur in the classroom in terms of meeting the objectives of established courses and programs. Acceptance of transfer and alternative credit varies depending upon specific degree requirements and relevant departmental, School or College, and/or external accrediting agency standards. 

Transfer Credit


Southern's Transfer Commitment

Transfer students accepted with a previously earned bachelor's degree will be exempt from all general education requirements and two courses will be waived towards the W-Writing Requirement.  All other transfer students with a minimum number of initial transfer credits at the time of acceptance will be exempt from certain requirements as outlined below. 

Transfer Students with 15+ Initial Transfer Credits

  • Tier 1 First Year Experience Waived                  

Transfer Students with 30+ Initial Transfer Credits
(all of the above waivers in 15+, and) 

  • Enter the University with Sophomore Status
  • Tier 1 Critical Thinking *will be waived for incoming transfer students with a 2.5 GPA, and three transfer courses equivalent to Tier 2 courses completed.
  • Tier 1 Multilingual Communication *will be met with at least high school level 3 completion or, college level 2 language.

Transfer Students with 60+ Initial Transfer Credits or an Associate's Degree
(all of the above waivers in 15+  and 30+, and) 

  • Enter the University with Junior Status
  • Tier 1 Multilingual Communication will be waived
  • W-Writing Requirement: one course waived (two courses waived if 90+ Initial Transfer Credits)
  • Tier 1 and Tier 2 will be met if all of the following general education requirements are complete at the time of transfer:
    • 3 credits in MAT 103, 106, 107, 108, 120 or higher
    • 3 credits in ENG 112 or 120
    • 3 credits in Sciences (BIO, CHE, ESC, ENV, MAR, PHY)
    • 3 credits in Social Sciences (ANT, COM, ECO, GEO, JRN, PSC, PSY, SOC)
    • 3 credits in Arts & Humanities (ART, ENG, HIS, JST, LIT, MDS, MUS, PHI, THR, WGS, WLL) excluding ENG 110, 112, 119, 120
    • 24 additional credits in any of the above disciplines, CSC, and/or a world language above the 101 level (SPA, ITA, GER, FRE LAT, CHI, JPN) excluding ENG 110, 112, 119, 120 and MAT 100, 100P, 102.

ConnSCU Transfer Agreements

SCSU has entered into additional transfer agreements with the colleges and universities listed below.  Each agreement outlines a pathway and commitment between institutions for certain academic programs, as well as eligibility criteria for students interested in applying. 

Transfer Credit Policy for Individual Courses

New Transfer Students

Southern evaluates transfer credit from regionally accredited institutions and issues an official transfer credit evaluation at the time of acceptance.  Southern accepts transfer credit for prior courses with grades if "C- "or better.  Transfer grades are not included in Southern's calculation of grade point average (GPA).  Transfer credits are subject to course-by-course evaluation towards program requirements or they may be applied towards free electives in the program.  

Students will be admitted with either freshmen, sophomore, junior or senior level standing based on the overall number of transfer credits and must meet all graduation requirements in order to earn an undergraduate degree from Southern. This includes completing a minimum of 120 credits for a bachelor’s degree and taking at least 30 credits at Southern.   For more information on any transfer credit policy or procedures, please contact Transfer Student Services.

Students who previously completed an associate degree at one of the Connecticut public community colleges will be accepted with a minimum of 60 credits in transfer, including credit for passing grades of ‘D-‘ or higher, subject to course-by-course evaluation towards SCSU program requirements.  SCSU also accepts passing grades of ‘D-’ or higher for courses taken prior to admission from Eastern, Western, and Central Connecticut State University.

Current Students

Current degree-seeking students, who plan to take courses at another institution, must complete a Transfer Credit Request, be in good academic standing with a cumulative GPA of 2.0, and receive prior approval to apply the transfer credit(s) towards their program requirements at Southern.  Students who will not be concurrently registered for any courses at Southern must also submit a Leave of Absence form to maintain matriculation status while attending another institution.

Only courses completed at regionally accredited colleges or universities with grades of "C-" or better can be transferred. Upon completion, students must submit an official transcript to the Registrar's Office showing proof of completion.  Students will not receive duplicate credit for any course in which they have already earned credit.  Transfer grades are not included in Southern's calculation of grade point average (GPA).  Students may search our database of transferable courses for schools within Connecticut.  

For the Spring 2020 Semester Only

In addition, as a result of COVID-19, where credit was earned in a pass-fail or credit-no credit grade option, transfer credit will be awarded for spring 2020 courses depending on the intended major at the time of approval (see exclusions: Courses Not Eligible for Pass-Fail).  Whereas transfer courses normally appear with a grade of T1 (Transfer grade of C or better), T2 (Transfer grade of C-), or T3 (Transfer grade of D+, D, D-), spring 2020 transfer grades for courses taken as pass-fail or credit-no credit will be determined as meeting the minimum grade equivalent of T1, T2, or T3 according to the definitions on the transferring institution’s transcript key. 


Alternative Study


ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP)

The Advanced Placement (AP) Program offers college-level courses and exams that students can take in high school. Students applying for admission to SCSU should have their official score report sent from College Board to the Undergraduate Admissions Office for evaluation.  These credits may count towards the overall 120 credit minimum required for a degree in one of three ways:

  • Major course credit.
  • Liberal Education Program (LEP) course credit (i.e. general education requirements).
  • Elective credit (i.e. course numbers such as 0100 and 0200 are generally elective credits). 

Credit will not be awarded for any AP exam that duplicates the content of a college course for which a student has already received credit.  Below is a chart that lists the minimum score acceptable for academic credit at SCSU for the current catalog year. 

AP Capstone Exams

Topic                             Minimum Score SCSU Course Equivalent LEP Requirement Met
Research 3 ELE 0100 (3 credits)  
Seminar 3 ELE 0100 (3 credits)  

AP Arts Exams

Topic                               Minimum Score SCSU Course Equivalent LEP Requirement Met
Art History 3 ART 104 or ART 105 
(3 credits)
Tier 2, Cultural Expression
2-D Art and Design  3 ART 112 (3 credits)                 

3-D Art and Design 3 ART 113 (3 credits) Tier 2, Creative Drive
Drawing 3 ART 150 (3 credits) Tier 2, Creative Drive
Music Theory 3 MUS 220 and MUS 225 
(5 credits)
 

AP English Exams

Topic                                Minimum Score SCSU Course Equivalent LEP Requirement Met
English Language 
& Composition
3 ENG 110 (3 credits)  
English Language 
& Composition
4 ENG 112 (3 credits) Tier 1, Written Communication

English Language 
& Composition
5 ENG 112 (3 credits) Tier 1, Written Communication
English Literature 
& Composition
3 ELE 0100 (3 credits)  
English Literature 
& Composition
4 ENG 112 (3 credits) Tier 1, Written Communication

English Literature 
& Composition
5 ENG 112 and 217 
(6 credits)
Tier 1, Written Communication 
and Tier 2, Cultural Expression

AP History and Social Sciences Exams

Topic                                Minimum Score SCSU Course Equivalent LEP Requirement Met
Comparative 
Government & 
Politics
3 PSC 200 (3 credits) Tier 2, Social Structure, 
Conflict & Consensus
European History 3 HIS 100 (3 credits) Tier 2, Time & Place
European History HIS 100 and 101 
(6 credits)
Tier 2, Time & Place
Human Geography 3 ELE 0100 (3 credits)  
Human Geography GEO 200 (3 credits) Tier 2, Cultural Expression
Macroeconomics 3 ELE 0100 (3 credits)  
Macroeconomics ECO 100 (3 credits) Tier 2, Social Structure, 
Conflict & Consensus
Microeconomics 3 ELE 0100 (3 credits)  
Microeconomics 4 ECO 101 (3 credits) Tier 2, Global Awareness
Psychology 3 PSY 100 (3 credits) Tier 2, Mind & Body
U.S. Government 
& Politics
3 PSC 260 (3 credits) Tier 2, American Experience
U.S. History 3 HIS 110 (3 credits) Tier 2, American Experience
U.S. History HIS 110 and HIS 111 
(6 credits)
Tier 2, American Experience
World History: Modern 3 HIS 0100 (3 credits) Tier 2, Global Awareness

AP Math and Computer Science Exams

Topic                               Minimum Score SCSU Course Equivalent LEP Requirement Met
Calculus AB 3 MAT 150 (4 credits) Tier 1, Quantitative Reasoning
Calculus BC 3 MAT 150 (4 credits) Tier 1, Quantitative Reasoning
Calculus BC MAT 150 and MAT 151 
(8 credits)
Tier 1, Quantitative Reasoning
Computer Science A 3 CSC 152 (3 credits)  
Computer Science 
Principles
3 CSC 0100 (3 credits) Tier 1, Technological Fluency
Statistics 3 MAT 107 (3 credits) Tier 1, Quantitative Reasoning

AP Sciences Exams

Topic Minimum Score SCSU Course Equivalent  LEP Requirement Met
Biology 3 BIO 102 and BIO 103 
(8 credits)
Tier 2, Life and Environment
Chemistry 3 CHE 120 and CHE 121 
(8 credits)      
Tier 2, Natural World I:
Physical Realm & Life and Environment
Environmental 
Science
3 ENV 100 (3 credits)  
Physics 1: 
Algebra-Based
3 PHY 0100 (4 credits) Tier 2, Natural World I:
Physical Realm
Physics 1: 
Algebra-Based 
4 PHY 200 (4 credits) Tier 2, Natural World I:
Physical Realm
Physics 2: 
Algebra-Based
3 PHY 0100 (4 credits) Tier 2, Natural World I:
Physical Realm
Physics 2: 
Algebra-Based
PHY 201 (4 credits)  
Physics C: Electricity 
and Magnetism
3 ELE 0100 (4 credits) Tier 2, Natural World I:
Physical Realm
Physics C: Electricity 
and Magnetism  
PHY 231 (4 credits)  
Physics C: Mechanics 3 ELE 0100 (4 credits) Tier 2, Natural World I:
Physical Realm
Physics C: Mechanics PHY 230 (4 credits) Tier 2, Natural World I:
Physical Realm

AP World Languages and Cultures Exams

Topic                               Minimum Score SCSU Course Equivalent LEP Requirement Met
Chinese Language 
and Culture
3 CHI 101 (3 credits)  
Chinese Language 
and Culture
4 CHI 200 and CHI 210 
(6 credits)     
Tier 1, Multilingual Communication 
and Tier 2, Cultural Expression
French Language 
and Culture
3 FRE 101 (3 credits)  
French Language 
and Culture  
FRE 200 and FRE 210 
(6 credits)
Tier 1, Multilingual Communication 
and Tier 2, Global Awareness
German Language 
and Culture
3 GER 101 (3 credits)  
German Language 
and Culture
GER 201 and GER 202 
(6 credits)
Tier 1, Multilingual Communication 
and Tier 2, Cultural Expression
Italian Language 
and Culture
3 ITA 101 (3 credits)  
Italian Language 
and Culture
ITA 200 and ITA 210 
(6 credits)
Tier 1, Multilingual Communication 
and Tier 2, Cultural Expression
Japanese Language 
and Culture
3 JPN 101 (3 credits)  
Japanese Language 
and Culture
JPN 200 and JPN 210 
(6 credits)
Tier 1, Multilingual Communication 
and Tier 2, Cultural Expression
Latin 3 LAT 101 (3 credits)  
Latin 4 LAT 200 and LAT 0200 
(6 credits)
Tier 1, Multilingual Communication
Spanish Language 
and Culture
3 SPA 101 (3 credits)  
Spanish Language 
and Culture
SPA 200 and SPA 210 
(6 credits)
Tier 1, Multilingual Communication 
and Tier 2, American Experience
Spanish Literature
and Culture    
3 SPA 398 (3 credits)  

COLLEGE LEVEL EXAMINATION PROGRAM (CLEP)

The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) provides an opportunity for students to obtain academic credit by obtaining a satisfactory score on nationally standardized examinations prepared by the Educational Testing Service.  Students applying for admission to SCSU should have their official results sent to the Undergraduate Admissions Office for evaluation. Current degree-seeking students should have their official results sent to the Registrar's Office.  These credits may count towards the overall 120 credit minimum required for a degree in one of three ways:

  • Major course credit.
  • Liberal Education Program (LEP) course credit (i.e.general education requirements).
  • Elective credit (i.e. course numbers such as 0100 and 0200 are generally elective credits).

Credit will not be awarded for any CLEP exam that duplicates the content of a college course for which a student has already received credit. Below is a chart that lists the minimum score acceptable for academic credit at SCSU for the current catalog year. 

Note: The SCSU Code for CLEP exam registration is 3662.

CLEP Business Exams

Topic                                                Minimum Score SCSU Course Equivalent            LEP Requirement Met
Financial Accounting 50 ACC 200 (3 credits)  
Information Systems 50 CSC 200 (3 credits) Tier 1, Technological Fluency
Introductory Business Law 50 MGT 240 (3 credits)  
Principles of Management 50 MGT 300 (3 credits)  
Principles of Marketing 50 MKT 200 (3 credits)  

CLEP Composition and Literature Exams

Topic                                               Minimum Score SCSU Course Equivalent             LEP Requirement Met
American Literature 50 ENG 217 (3 credits) Tier 2, Cultural Expression
Analyzing and 
Interpreting Literature  
N/A Not Accepted  
College Composition N/A Not Accepted  
College Composition 
Modular
50 ENG 111 (3 credits)  
English Literature 50 ENG 217 (3 credits) Tier 2, Cultural Expression
Humanities 50 ART/LIT/MUS/THR 
0100 (3 credits)
Tier 2, Cultural Expression

CLEP History and Social Sciences Exams

Topic                                               Minimum Score SCSU Course Equivalent             LEP Requirement Met
American Government 50 PSC 260 (3 credits) Tier 2, American Experience
History of the United    
States I
50 HIS 110 (3 credits) Tier 2, American Experience
History of the United    
States II
50 HIS 111 (3 credits) Tier 2, American Experience
Human Growth and Development  50 PSY 219 (3 credits)  
Introduction to 
Educational Psychology
50 PSY 370 (3 credits)  
Introductory Psychology 50 PSY 100 (3 credits) Tier 2, Mind and Body
Introductory Sociology 54 SOC 100 (3 credits)  
Principles of Macroeconomics 50 ECO 100 (3 credits) Tier 2, Social Structure, 
Conflict & Consensus
Principles of Microeconomics 50 ECO 101 (3 credits) Tier 2, Global Awareness
Social Sciences and History 50 ECO/GEO/HIS/PSC 
0100 (6 credits)
Tier 2, Time and Place
Western Civilization I 50 HIS 100 (3 credits) Tier 2, Time and Place
Western Civilization II 50 HIS 101 (3 credits) Tier 2, Time and Place

CLEP Science and Mathematics Exams

Topic                                               Minimum Score SCSU Course Equivalent             LEP Requirement Met
Biology 50 BIO 100 and 101 
(6 credits)
Tier 2, Natural World II: 
Life and Environment 
Calculus 50 MAT 150 (4 credits) Tier 1, Quantitative Reasoning
Chemistry 50 CHE 120 (4 credits) Tier 2, Natural World I: 
Physical Realm
College Algebra 50 MAT 120 (3 credits) Tier 1, Quantitative Reasoning
College Mathematics  50 MAT 103 (3 credits) Tier 1, Quantitative Reasoning
Natural Sciences 50 BIO/CHE/ESC/PHY 
0100 (6 credits)
 
Precalculus 61 MAT 122 (4 credits) Tier 1, Quantitative Reasoning

CLEP World Languages Exams

Topic                                               Minimum Score SCSU Course Equivalent             LEP Requirement Met
French Language 
Level 1 Proficiency
50 FRE 100, 101 (6 credits)  
French Language 
Level 2 Proficiency
59 FRE 100, 101, and 200 
(9 credits)     
Tier 1, Multilingual Communication
German Language 
Level 1 Proficiency  
50 GER 100, 101 (6 credits)  
German Language 
Level 2 Proficiency
60 GER 100, 101, and 201 
(9 credits)
Tier 1, Multilingual Communication
Spanish Language 
Level 1 Proficiency
50 SPA 100, 101 (6 credits)  
Spanish Language 
Level 2 Proficiency
63 SPA 100, 101, and 200 
(9 credits)
Tier 1, Multilingual Communication

For each of the world languages, there is only one exam, and it covers both Level 1 and 2 content.  SCSU awards 6 semester hours of credit for mastery of Level 1 content (a score of 50) and 9 semester hours of credit for mastery of both Levels 1 and 2 (a score of 59 on French Language, 60 on German Language, and 63 on Spanish Language.)

COOPERATIVE EDUCATION

Cooperative Education provides firsthand working experience for students while they are studying for their degrees. In their junior or senior years, students may spend a semester or a six-month period working full-time or part-time in business, industry, or government as part of their undergraduate programs.

The employing firm or agency works closely with the University in guiding the student through a practical learning experience. Students earn a wage from the employer, and are awarded from 1 to 12 academic credits by the University upon the successful completion of the employment period. These credits are applied to the student's academic program as free electives. For Interdisciplinary Studies, credit may be applied toward the 300-400 upper level requirement.

Junior or senior students who have completed 60 credits and have earned at least a 2.0 GPA are eligible to apply and participate in this program. Applications are available in the Center for Career Services. The student must receive written permission from his or her academic adviser, department chairperson, and dean as indicated on the application form. Employment periods are typically January 1-June 30 and July 1-December 31. Application deadlines are November 1 for January and April 1 for July.

The decision to recommend a student for participation in the program is based on academic and personal qualifications, on the nature of the work sought, on the number of cooperative employment opportunities available, and on the number of applicants. The final decision on the selection of candidates rests with the employer. The University does not guarantee the placement of students in Cooperative Education.  For more information, contact Academic Advisement at (203) 392-8888.

DANTES SUBJECT STANDARDIZED TESTS (DSST)

This credit by exam program offers students the opportunity to use their knowledge acquired outside of the classroom to accomplish their educational goals. While the exams are funded for active-duty military, DSST exams are not just for those in the military. Adult learners, homeschooled students, and military veterans are also eligible to earn college credits through DSST.  Students can visit DSST exams to review offered exams, test prep, and locate a test center. 

Students applying for admission to SCSU should have their official results sent to the Undergraduate Admissions Office for evaluation. Current degree-seeking students should have their official results sent to the Registrar's Office.  These credits may count towards the overall 120 credit minimum required for a degree in one of three ways:

  • Major course credit.
  • Liberal Education Program (LEP) course credit (i.e.general education requirements).
  • Elective credit (i.e. course numbers such as 0100 and 0200 are generally elective credits).

Credit will not be awarded for any DSST exam that duplicates the content of a college course for which a student has already received credit. Below is a chart that lists the minimum score acceptable for academic credit at SCSU for the current catalog year. 

DSST Exams

Topic                             Minimum Score SCSU Course Equivalent LEP Requirement Met
A History of the Vietnam War 400 HIS 300 (3 credits) Tier 2, Time and Place
Art of the Western World 400 ART 0100 (3 credits) Tier 2, Cultural Expression
Astronomy 400 ESC 0100 (3 credits)  
Business Ethics and Society 400 ELE 0100 (3 credits)  
Criminal Justice 400 SCO 162 (3 credits)  
Computer and Information 
Technology
400 CSC 101 (3 credits) Tier 1, Technological Fluency
Environmental Science 400 ENV 100 (3 credits)  
Ethics in America 400 PHI 220 (3 credits) Tier 2, Mind and Body
Foundations of Education 400 EDU 0200 (3 credits) Tier 2, Social Structure, 
Conflict & Consensus
Fundamentals of College Algebra 434 MAT 100 (3 credits)  
Fundamentals of Counseling 400 PSY 0100 (3 credits)  
Fundamentals of Cybersecurity 400 ELE 0100 (3 credits)  
General Anthropology 400 ANT 101 (3 credits) Tier 2, Social Structure, 
Conflict & Consensus
Health and Human Development 400 PCH 201 (3 credits) Tier 2, Mind and Body
Human Resources Management 400 ELE 0100 (3 credits)  
History of the Soviet Union 400 HIS 242 (3 credits) Tier 2, Time and Place
Introduction to Business 400 ELE 0100 (3 credits)  
Introduction to Geography 400 GEO 100 (3 credits) Tier 2, Time and Place
Introduction to Geology 400 ESC 0100 (3 credits)  
Introduction to Law Enforcement N/A Not Accepted  
Introduction to World Religions 400 PHI 207 (3 credits) Tier 2, Mind and Body
Lifespan Developmental Psychology 400 PSY 0100 (3 credits)  
Management Information Systems 400 ELE 0100 (3 credits)  
Math for Liberal Arts 434 MAT 103 (3 credits) Tier 1: Quantitative Reasoning
Money and Banking 400 ELE 0100 (3 credits)  
Organizational Behavior 400 ELE 0100 (3 credits)  
Personal Finance 400 ELE 0100 (3 credits)  
Principles of Advanced English 
Composition
400 ENG 112 (3 credits) Tier 1: Written Communication
Principles of Finance 400 ELE 0100 (3 credits)  
Principles of Public Speaking 400 COM 101 (3 credits)  
Principles of Statistics 434 MAT 107 (3 credits) Tier 1: Quantitative Reasoning
Principles of Supervision 400 ELE 0100 (3 credits)  
Substance Abuse  400 ELE 0100 (3 credits)  
Technical Writing 400 ENG 304 (3 credits)  
The Civil War and Reconstruction 400 HIS 0200 (3 credits) Tier 2, American Experience

INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE (IB)

Students who completed the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme or took individual International Baccalaureate (IB) exams at the Higher Level (HL) at their high school/secondary school should submit official score reports to the Undergraduate Admissions Office for evaluation.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

Students who completed the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme with a total score of 30 or higher and a score of 4 or higher on each exam will have the following Liberal Education Program (general education) requirements waived:

  • Multicultural Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Written Communication
  • Cultural Expression

In addition, students will be awarded up to 30 credits for scores of 4 or higher on Higher Level exams as outlined below.

Individual International Baccalaureate (IB) exams

Students will be awarded up to 18 credits for individual International Baccalaureate (IB) exams taken at the Higher Level (HL) with a score of 4 or higher. These credits may count towards the overall 120 credit minimum required for a degree in one of three ways:

  • Major course credit.
  • Liberal Education Program (LEP) course credit (i.e. general education requirements). 
  • Elective credit (i.e. course numbers such as 0100 and 0200 are generally elective credits).

Credit will not be awarded for any IB exam that duplicates the content of a college course for which a student has already received credit.  Below is a chart that lists the minimum score acceptable for academic credit at SCSU for the current catalog year. 

IB Exams

IB Minimum 
HL Exam Score

SCSU Course Equivalent

LEP Requirement Met

Biology 4 BIO 102 (4 credits)  
Business Management 4 ELE 0100 (3 credits)  
Chemistry 4 CHE 120 (4 credits) Tier 2, Natural World I: 
Physical Realm
Classical Languages 4 LAT 200 (3 credits) Tier 1, Multilingual Communication
Computer Science 4 CSC 101 (3 credits) Tier 1, Technological Fluency
Dance 4 ELE 0100 (3 credits)  
Design Technology N/A Not Accepted  
Economics 4 ECO 100 (3 credits) Tier 2, Social Structure, 
Conflict, and Consensus
Film 4 COM 258 and 360 
(6 credits)
 
Further Math 5 MAT 107, 150, and 178 
(10 credits)
Tier 1, Quantitative Reasoning
Further Math 6 MAT 107, 150, 178, 372, 
and 375 (16 credits)
Tier 1, Quantitative Reasoning
Geography 4 GEO 100 (3 credits) Tier 2, Time and Place
Global Politics 4 PSC 270 (3 credits) Tier 2, Global Awareness
History HIS 200 (3 credits)  
Information Technology CSC 101 (3 credits) Tier 1, Technological Fluency
Language and Literature ENG 112 (3 credits) Tier 1, Written Communication
Language B, 
Language ab initio
FLA 200 
(3 credits)
Tier 1, Multilingual Communication
Literature ENG 217 (3 credits) Tier 2, Cultural Expression
Math-Analysis and Approaches MAT 150 (4 credits) Tier 1, Quantitative Reasoning
Math-Analysis and Approaches 5 MAT 150 and 151 
(8 credits)
Tier 1, Quantitative Reasoning
Math-Applications 
and Interpretation
MAT 150 and 221 
(8 credits)
Tier 1, Quantitative Reasoning
Math-Higher Level: Statistics 
and Probability
5 MAT 107 (3 credits) Tier 1, Quantitative Reasoning
Math-Higher Level: Discrete 
Mathematics
5 MAT 178 (3 credits) Tier 1, Quantitative Reasoning
Math-Higher Level: Calculus 5 MAT 150 (4 credits) Tier 1, Quantitative Reasoning
Math-Higher Level: Calculus 6 MAT 150 and 151 
(8 credits)
Tier 1, Quantitative Reasoning
Music ELE 0100 (3 credits)  
Philosophy ELE 0100 (3 credits)  
Physics PHY 200 and 201 
(8 credits)
 Tier 2, Natural World I: 
Physical Realm
Psychology PSY 100 (3 credits) Tier 2, Mind and Body
Social and Cultural 
Anthropology
4 ANT 100 (3 credits) Tier 1, Critical Thinking
Sports, Exercise, and 
Health Science
4 ELE 0100 (3 credits)  
Theater 4 ELE 0100 (3 credits)  
Visual Arts 4 ART 0100 (3 credits)  

INDEPENDENT STUDY

Students who wish to pursue special research or other projects may request Independent Study in any department in the University. Forms for application for Independent Study are available in the offices of the academic deans.

LIFE/WORK EXPERIENCE

Charter Oak State College has been designated as a Portfolio Assessment Center for State institutions that do not have internal portfolio assessment processes. Many SCSU departments and programs accept credits based on Portfolio Assessment awarded by Charter Oak State College and other regionally accredited colleges and universities when such credits are applicable to the student's degree program. Matriculated students may obtain further information about the Charter Oak State College Program from the Academic Advisement Center, located in Wintergreen 154.

MILITARY EXPERIENCE

Credit for military experience is determined according to American Council on Education (ACE) guidelines. These credit recommendations appear on the service member’s Joint Services Transcript.  Students with military experience, who are applying for Admission to SCSU, should have their official transcript sent to the Undergraduate Admissions Office for evaluation. 

NON-COLLEGIATE TRAINING PROGRAMS

Many businesses, industries, and other non-accredited institutions provide formal training opportunities for which some academic credit may be awarded. Application of credit as it relates to the student's degree requirements is determined by the Undergraduate Admissions Office in conjunction with the student's major department in accordance with American Council on Education (ACE) recommendations as published in the National Guide to Educational Credit for Training Programs. Official transcripts, diplomas or certificates are required. SCSU also accepts credits for programs conducted by non-collegiate organizations not evaluated by ACE in accordance with specific local agreements which comply with regulations of the Connecticut Board of Regents (BOR) for Higher Education.

RESERVE OFFICER TRAINING CORPS-ROTC

Students may earn a commission in the United States Air Force or in the United States Army by completing requirements of the Reserve Officer Training Corp (ROTC) program as part of their studies at the University.

AIR FORCE ROTC (AFROTC)

Students are able to take AFROTC classes at Yale University and receive commissions as second lieutenants.

The AFROTC program is available to Southern Connecticut State University students at Yale University's main campus in New Haven. Through the AFROTC program, Southern Connecticut State University students, without paying extra tuition, can pursue a commission as an officer in the United States Air Force. The freshman and sophomore courses carry no military obligation and are open to all students. Scholarships are also available for qualified students. These scholarships pay up to full tuition and fees, as well as money for books and a monthly tax-free stipend.

Students enroll in a four-year or three-year (if joining in their sophomore year) AFROTC sequence. Students commute to New Haven for AFROTC-specific classes and events. Up to 18 credits may be transferred to Southern and counted toward degree requirements as free electives.

Qualified students should contact the AFROTC office at (203) 432-9431 or visit our website at AFROTC.yalecollege.yale.edu/.


ARMY ROTC - MILITARY SCIENCE

The University of New Haven Army ROTC Program welcomes and challenges students to join "The UNH Corps of Cadets." Students will learn the foundational skills of overall leadership and management, while potentially earning benefits through tuition assistance and monthly stipends based on their performance. The instructors teach dynamic tactical environments or civilian careers.

Prior service and veteran students are particularly welcome in the UNH Corps of Cadets. The experience gained through service is priceless. It will only further develop peers in the ROTC program while refocusing knowledge through the prism of leadership. The UNH Corps of Cadets strongly supports the Yellow Ribbon Program, as well. For any questions, please contact Captain Sean Ritchie (University of New Haven) at (203) 931-2997 or visit the website at NewHaven.edu/31702/.

STUDY ABROAD

The University is proud to offer a wide range of study-abroad opportunities to undergraduate students in all majors. Semester and year-long programs are offered annually, as well as short-term summer, spring recess, and winter session study abroad programs led by SCSU faculty are offered annually, as well as semester- and year-long programs.  All students who study abroad for the span of a semester or year shall have the opportunity to waive two Tier 2 general education requirements. Students, however, may not waive departmental degree requirements, unless authorized by the department, nor may they waive both of the Natural World science requirements.  

The University has a vast number of exchange partnerships in locations throughout the world including: Liverpool, England; Baden Wuettemberg, Germany; Nice and Lille, France; Salamanca and Valencia, Spain; Yerevan, Armenia; Beijing, China; and many more. These exchange partnerships allow students to attend foreign universities while paying SCSU tuition and other fees. Additionally, there are study abroad opportunities in over 52 additional countries at or below the cost of attending SCSU.  For further information, students should contact the Office of International Education, EN A-220, at (203) 392-6756, or visit the website at: www.SouthernCT.edu/oie.

All courses under a study abroad consortium agreement must be pre-approved through the Office of International Education and the Office of Financial Aid to maintain financial aid eligibility; therefore, it is necessary to allow several months of preparation time prior to departure. Grades earned abroad are evaluated in accordance with World Education Services recommendations and recorded as transfer credits on the Southern transcript (T1: C or better, T2: C-, T3: D+,D, or D-, and T4: F.) Transfer credits do not factor in to the grade point average; however, the transfer grade equivalent will appear on the student's transcript as attempted credit for the purpose of evaluating satisfactory academic progress. It is the student's responsibility to issue an official transcript of grades earned abroad to Southern's Office of International Education no later than 30 days into the next semester; otherwise, a failing grade will be issued.

WAIVER EXAMINATIONS

Waiver examinations may be available for students who, as a result of prior experience, have proficiency in subject areas equivalent to that of a student who successfully completes a course. Students should see the department chairperson of the appropriate subject area to see if a waiver examination is available.

Some departments offer waiver examinations in the fall and spring of each year. A student who receives an "A" or "B" on the waiver examination earns three credits and waives the course. A student who receives "C" on the waiver examination waives the course without credit. Any lower grade indicates a need to take the course.

Waiver credits are not considered when tabulating a student's GPA. An "E" is recorded on the student's transcript to indicate the course requirement is met by successful completion of a waiver examination without credit being awarded. An "EP" is recorded to indicate the same with credit being awarded.  A waiver examination may be taken only once.