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This is an archived copy of the 2011-12 Catalog. To access the most recent version of the catalog, please visit http://bulletin.wustl.edu/.

Admission Procedures

Freshman Admission

The admissions committee reviews and assesses each application personally. Admission to Washington University is both selective and competitive. Students who come to Washington University have challenged themselves academically and personally during their high school years and are required to have earned a high school diploma or equivalent. Your senior-year transcript should show that you continue to take demanding courses. Most applicants take advantage of honors, advanced placement and international baccalaureate courses, if offered by their high schools.

Most candidates’ transcripts include:

  • four years of English
  • four years of mathematics (Architecture, Business and Engineering strongly recommend calculus.)
  • three to four years of history or social science
  • three to four years of laboratory science (Engineering strongly recommends chemistry and physics.)
  • at least two years of a foreign language
  • both chemistry and physics, as well as the most challenging math programs available, for students who plan to do course work in sciences and/or premedicine

Other important parts of your application:

  • grades and class rank (if your school ranks students)
  • counselor and teacher recommendations
  • essay
  • extracurricular and community activities
  • standardized test scores (Either SAT or ACT, writing is not required. SAT Subject tests are not required. Test results from any of your high school years are acceptable, though we encourage senior-year testing. We consider only the highest individual scores, whenever they occurred.)

Applying for Admission

For your application file to be complete, we must receive the following materials by the deadline for the decision plan you select:

  • Pre-application Data Sheet (This is our supplement; there is no supplemental essay. We encourage you to submit the Pre-application Data Sheet as soon as possible; however, you may complete it before, after or with the Common Application.)
  • Common Application OR Universal College Application
  • $55 fee
  • All supporting materials, including the personal essay, a teacher recommendation, high school report and official transcript.

Decision Plans

Washington University offers a binding Early Decision Plan, with a deadline of November 15 and notification by December 15 each year, and a Regular Decision Plan, with a deadline of January 15 and notification by April 1 each year.

If Washington University is your first choice, we encourage you to apply under the Early Decision option. Applying under Early Decision signifies a binding commitment that you will attend Washington University if admitted. This option requires you to submit a nonrefundable enrollment deposit within two weeks of receiving your letter of admission. If admitted, you must withdraw other applications. You may apply only to one school under a binding Early Decision plan.

If English is Not Your Primary Language

Either TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is required of all international students for whom English is a second language and recommended for U.S. citizens whose second language is English. The tests administered in December of each year will be the last ones accepted for that admission year.

Portfolios

In addition to the standard application materials mentioned above, applicants for the College of Architecture or the College of Art are encouraged to submit a portfolio of their work. While the portfolio is optional for admission, it is required if the student wishes to be considered for the Fitzgibbon Scholarship in architecture or the Conway or Proetz Scholarship in art.

Submit a digital portfolio, consisting of 12 to 15 pieces of recent work, which may include drawings, two- and three-dimensional pieces, or photographs. Submit images as a simple, non-timed PowerPoint presentation. Also include all of the work in the presentation in a separate folder as jpegs saved at no higher than 150 dpi resolution. Write your name and high school on the CD/DVD — DO NOT use a stick-on label. Remember to include an accompanying inventory/contact sheet showing thumbnails of all work on the CD/DVD. The inventory sheet also must include your name and high school. If preferred, you may include additional information such as title of work, medium, dimensions and date completed.

Deferred Enrollment

If you are an admitted student who has submitted the enrollment deposit and you wish to begin your studies at a later date, you may defer enrollment at Washington University for a period of one year with an option to extend for one additional year. Deferred enrollment is designed for students who wish to travel or work between high school and college. Courses taken during the deferred period normally will not be accepted for credit. Deferral should be requested in writing from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. The Committee on Admissions will review your case and notify you of its decision. You must reapply for financial assistance during the application cycle immediately preceding the date of desired entry.

Please visit the Admissions website at http://admissions.wustl.edu/Pages/default.aspx.

Transfer Admission

Washington University welcomes the application of eligible transfer students as space and faculty resources permit. Students in college transfer programs at community and junior colleges, as well as students from four-year institutions, are encouraged to apply for admission.

If you are applying as a transfer student, you are expected to present a strong and consistent record of academic achievement. Because requirements for degrees vary from institution to institution, you are advised to consult with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions early in your academic career to minimize problems with the transfer of credits.

If you are admitted from an accredited institution, you will be given full credit for work satisfactorily completed with a grade of C or better, if the work is equivalent to that accepted for graduation at Washington University. You will be advised of the transferability of credits upon admission. Although credits earned in courses may transfer, the grades earned do not.

You should apply for transfer admission one semester in advance of the semester for which you wish to enroll. We encourage first-semester students to complete a full year at the current college. For current application deadlines, please visit http://admissions.wustl.edu/apply/transfer/Pages/default.aspx.

Applicants must submit their high school transcripts, the application, official transcripts of all previous college work, standardized test scores (SAT or ACT), two letters of recommendation, and the nonrefundable application fee to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. For admissions information, please visit the Admissions website at http://admissions.wustl.edu/Pages/default.aspx.

If you wish to be considered for financial assistance, you must file the Financial Aid Profile or Washington University’s FFP-EZ (https://sfsweb.wustl.edu/sfs/applications/ffp_app.aspx?option=ua). Detailed information on financial support can be found in this Bulletin.

Transfer admission information for individual schools is listed as follows.

Transferring into Arts & Sciences

Each year, in both fall and spring semesters, a number of students from other colleges and universities transfer into the College of Arts & Sciences. Upon their admission the transfer student adviser reviews and evaluates their previous academic work. Full credit is normally granted for courses taken at accredited institutions provided that the university offers comparable courses and the student has completed the courses with a grade of C or better (please note: online course work does not transfer). In addition, transfer credit may be counted where applicable and upon approval toward major or minor requirements. Transfer students must be enrolled for at least four consecutive full-time semesters to satisfy the residency requirement. They must earn no fewer than 60 units during that time.

All transfer students are assigned an academic adviser. When they declare a major, they also meet with an adviser in the major department. The full range of curricular opportunities offered through the College is open to transfer students when prerequisites are satisfied. You should direct specific questions about transfer credit and course sequences at Washington University to the College of Arts & Sciences.

Transferring into Architecture

Places for transfer students are extremely limited and require strong performance in an arts and sciences curriculum, and preferably preparation in the visual arts — in particular freehand drawing and 3-D design. If you have taken studio courses (design, drawing and others) at other schools, your application is best accompanied by a portfolio with samples of that work. Placement into the design studio sequence is determined by portfolio review.

A transfer applicant into the College of Architecture should consult with the associate dean of students of the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts as early as possible to assist in appropriate placement. It is advisable that the transfer applicant have demonstrated experience in 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional design. Your previous work should parallel as closely as possible the course work outlined on the Architecture Degree Requirements page.

Transferring into Art

The number of studio art credits you already have earned, combined with an evaluation of your portfolio, determines the year and semester level at which you are admitted. You must have a minimum number of appropriate studio art credit units to be placed at a particular level in the program, as follows:

2nd semester, 1st year = 6 units

1st semester, 2nd year = 15 units

2nd semester, 2nd year = 21 units

1st semester, 3rd year = 30 units

As much as possible, the studio art courses taken at other institutions should correspond to the core drawing and design program at Washington University.

Portfolio Requirements

  1. Submit a digital portfolio, consisting of 12 to 15 pieces of recent work, which may include drawings, two- and three-dimensional pieces, or photographs. Submit images as a simple, non-timed PowerPoint presentation. Also include all of the work in the presentation in a separate folder as jpegs saved at no higher than 150 dpi resolution. Write your name and high school on the CD/DVD — DO NOT use a stick-on label. Remember to include an accompanying inventory/contact sheet showing thumbnails of all work on the CD/DVD. The inventory sheet also must include your name and high school. If preferred, you may include additional information such as title of work, medium, dimension and date completed.

    Include examples of work from basic drawing and design classes that indicate your technical and conceptual level of accomplishment — some drawing should be from direct observation. If possible, submit good examples of work in different media to demonstrate a range of art experiences. If applying to the third-year level, one-half of the work should be in the area of your intended major.

Portfolio Instructions

  1. Portfolios should be mailed to the Art liaison in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Portfolios will not be returned. 
  2. Original work can be presented only during a meeting with the associate dean of students in the Sam Fox School.   
  3. To assist in appropriate placement, an interview with the associate dean of students, while not required, is strongly recommended. You should plan to bring a transcript to the meeting.

Transferring into Business

The Olin Business School offers transfer enrollment in both fall and spring semesters. The strongest candidates for admission present a strong academic performance from a two-year or four-year college that mirrors most of our academic requirements that our students take during their freshman and sophomore level. For a sophomore transfer candidate, this would include microeconomics and an equivalent to Calculus II at the college level. For a junior-level transfer candidate, this also would include financial accounting, macroeconomics and perhaps managerial accounting. All transfers to Olin must have completed an equivalent to Calculus II at the college level. Students who are admitted to the Olin Business School should expect a written course evaluation from the transfer student adviser, within two weeks of receiving their acceptance letter, indicating which courses will be accepted by Olin. A maximum of 60 credits will be accepted toward our undergraduate degree. Students must earn at least a C grade in the course for the units to transfer to Washington University. Courses taken online are not accepted as transfer credit. Grades will not transfer to Washington University.

All transfer students are assigned an academic adviser. Transfer students must be enrolled for at least four consecutive full-time semesters to satisfy the residency requirement.

Please see the degree requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree.

Transferring into Engineering

You may apply for admission for either the fall or the spring semester if you have completed a minimum of one year of college work elsewhere. You must demonstrate academic achievement (grade average of B+ or better) with strength in mathematics (calculus) and science (chemistry/physics). Transfer applicants to the School of Engineering & Applied Science should have completed one semester of an English composition course, two semesters of calculus-based physics and sufficient calculus (typically three semesters) to be prepared to take differential equations. Applicants interested in biomedical or chemical engineering also should have completed sufficient chemistry to be prepared to take organic chemistry. Applicants interested in biomedical engineering should have completed an introductory biology sequence on cellular, molecular and developmental biology and genetics. An evaluation of your record will be made to determine the transferability of college credit. Grades earned do not transfer, and you must earn a letter grade of C or better for the course credit to transfer. For English composition, a letter grade of B or better is required for the course credit to transfer. Courses taken pass/fail do not transfer.

To be recommended for any bachelor’s degree, you must satisfy applicable requirements of the School of Engineering & Applied Science shown under Degree Requirements. Please note that all students earning an undergraduate engineering degree are required to complete a minimum of 60 course units taken at Washington University.

Pre-Matriculation Units

Pre-matriculation units are units of credit earned before you enroll as a first-year student at Washington University, which can be applied toward a Washington University degree. Sources for pre-matriculation units include Advanced Placement (AP) examinations, International Baccalaureate (IB), British Advanced (A) Levels and college credit.

A student in the College of Arts & Sciences may be awarded up to 15 units of credit from all sources — standardized placement tests and college course work — that were completed prior to enrollment as a first-year student at Washington University. The units of credit awarded from these sources do not apply toward the distribution requirements.

A student earning the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (B.S.B.A.) in the Class of 2015 and beyond may apply a maximum of 15 pre-matriculation units to the B.S.B.A. degree. The units of credit awarded from these sources do not apply toward the distribution requirements. A transcript notation is made of all pre-matriculation units earned before enrollment in Washington University.

A student should submit official score reports from AP examinations, College Board Achievement and Aptitude Tests, the International Baccalaureate (higher-level scores) and British A-Level examinations. All appropriate test scores will have course equivalents assigned to them and noted on the transcript. However, a maximum of 15 units of credit will be awarded provided credit has not been already designated as the result of college course work having been transferred as well.

Grades for courses taken at another college or university do not transfer. A maximum of 15 units of credit may be awarded for college course work done prior to matriculation provided no other pre-matriculation credits have been awarded. In the College of Arts & Sciences and Olin Business School, course work completed at another college or university prior to matriculation must meet the following standards:

  1. Enrolled in primarily by matriculated college students
  2. Taught by college faculty
  3. Taught on a college campus
  4. Taken after the junior year in high school
  5. The course is not on the high school transcript and did not count toward the high school diploma.
  6. The course was taken at a fully accredited college or university.

The 15-unit cap does not apply to the other undergraduate schools. See below for more information about AP examinations and International Baccalaureate.

Secondary School Course Work

Washington University does not recognize credit for courses taken in high schools and taught by secondary instructors, even when offered under the aegis of a university. The university accepts credit for courses taken at and taught by faculty of a college or university, provided the course has not been credited toward the high school diploma.

The College of Arts & Sciences accepts credit only for college course work taken after the junior year of high school.

Proficiency and Placement Examinations

Students will have all accepted pre-matriculation work noted on their transcript so they may go directly into advanced courses. A maximum of 15 units of pre-matriculation credit may be counted toward any undergraduate degree. These units will count toward graduation but will not meet general education requirements. Sources for pre-matriculation units are Advanced Placement exams, International Baccalaureate exams, British A-Level grades and college credit.

Superior results on proficiency and placement examinations allow you to enter advanced courses at the beginning of your college career, to fulfill some requirements for a major or a minor by examination rather than by course work, and to earn credit toward your degree.

Four types of examinations are recognized:

Washington University Placement Examinations. These placement examinations are administered by various departments and have different requirements for advanced placement.

International Baccalaureate. If you have earned the International Baccalaureate diploma, or you have successfully passed examinations in the program, you should consult a dean in your undergraduate division of the university about advanced placement and credit. Scores may be used for placement or granting of degree credit, according to the recommendations of the various departments. Subsidiary-level scores are not recognized.

British Advanced (A) Levels. These grades may be used for placement or granting of degree credit, according to the recommendations of the various departments.

Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations. These are used for placement, partial fulfillment of major or minor requirements, and the granting of degree credit, according to the recommendations of the various departments. Examinations are given by the College Board in May of each year for secondary school students who have been enrolled in a college-level course in the same subject or subjects of the exam. For the most current policy information, visit the website: college.artsci.wustl.edu/placement_credit.

You may obtain information about these exams from the College Board Advanced Placement Examinations, Box 592, Princeton, NJ 08540 or by calling 1-888/225-5427.

SAT Subject Tests. These examinations in modern languages are administered by the College Board. They are required for study in certain languages.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP) scores are not accepted for credit or placement.

Washington University Placement Examinations (Back Credit)

East Asian Languages: Credit is typically awarded for completing the following courses with a grade of B– or better. Native speakers are not eligible for back credit, so evidence of secondary or post-secondary study of the language is required.

Chinese:

Chinese 211 = 3 units for Chinese 102D

Chinese 360 = 3 units for Chinese 102D and 3 units for Chinese 212

Japanese:

Japan 213 = 3 units for Japan 104

Japan 412 = 3 units for Japan 104 and 3 units for Japan 214

Korean:

Korean 217 = 3 units for Korean 118D

Korean 417 = 3 units for Korean 118D and 3 units for Korean 218

Germanic Languages and Literatures: Students receive the following back credit after successfully completing these courses with a grade of B– or better:

German 210D = 3 units for German 102D

German 301D = 3 units for German 102D and 3 units for German 210D

German 302D = 3 units for German 102D and 3 units for German 210D

Jewish, Islamic and Near Eastern Languages: Credit is typically awarded for completing the following courses with a grade of B– or better. Native speakers are not eligible for back credit. Evidence of secondary or post-secondary study of the language is required.

Arabic:

Arabic 207D = 3 units for Arabic 108D

Arabic 307D = 3 units for Arabic 108D and 3 units for Arabic 208D

Biblical Hebrew:

BHBR 384 = 3 units for MHBR 106D and 3 units for MHBR 214D

Modern Hebrew:

MHBR 213D = 3 units for MHBR 106D

MHBR 214D = 3 units for MHBR 106D

MHBR 320D = 3 units for MHBR 106D and 3 units for MHBR 214D

MBHR 4010 = 3 units for MHBR 214D and 3 units for MHBR 322D

Mathematics: If a student completes one of the following courses with a grade of C+ or better at Washington University, then they are eligible for back credit. Credit is not awarded twice for transfer or AP scores.

Math 233 = 3 units for Math 131 and 3 units for Math 132

Math 132 = 3 units for Math 131

Math 128 = 3 units for Math 127

Math 3200 = no credit, not in calculus sequence

Romance Languages: No back credit is awarded for French, Ital, Span 102 or 301. Credit is awarded for the following courses with a grade B or better.

French, Ital, Span  201D = 3 units for 102D

French, Ital, Span 307D = 3 units for 201D and 3 units for 102D

French, Ital, Span 308D = 3 units for 307D and 3 units for 201D (credit awarded for placement; completion of the course is not required)

Russian: Students can receive back credit for up to 6 credits contingent on their successfully completing (C+ or higher) the next level.

Russ 404, 405 or 431, 432 = 3 units for Russ 322 and 3 units for Russ 324

Russ 322, 324 = 3 units for Russ 211 and 3 units for Russ 212

Russ 211, 212 = 5 credits for Russ 102

Russ 102 = 5 credits for Russ 101

International Baccalaureate

Biology: A grade of 7 or 6 on the IB test will be given 6 units of credit for Biol 100A (elective credit). Students who plan to major in biology or who are premed normally will enroll in Biol 2960 in the spring of freshman year and Biol 2970 in the fall of sophomore year.

Grades of 5, 4, 3, 2 1: No credit given.

Business/Organization: No credit given.

Chemistry: Students who receive a 7 or 6 on the IB test in chemistry will receive 3 units each of Chem 103 and 104. Receipt of these credits has no bearing on fulfillment of chemistry requirements for premedicine or any science major and cannot be used to satisfy prerequisites for Organic Chemistry. All students who wish to pursue a major or a preprofessional preparatory curriculum requiring general chemistry, must take Chem 111A and Chem 112A and the associated labs, Chem 151 and Chem 152. Students who wish to exempt either the first or second semester of general chemistry, including the labs, must pass a placement exam administered by the Department of Chemistry during the first week of classes in the fall.

A grade of 7 or 6 on the IB test will receive 6 units of credit: 3 units each of Chem 103 and Chem 104. These units do not replace Chem 111A or Chem 112A. Chem 112A must be completed prior to registration in Chem 261 or Chem 401 or any advanced courses in Chemistry.

Grades of 5, 4, 3, 2, 1: No credit given. 

Classical Greek: No credit awarded. Placement determined by departmental examination. Students who place into Greek 317 may be awarded 6 back credits upon completion of Greek 317 with a grade of B or better.

Design Technology: No credit given but a student can take the CSE 131 (formerly CS 101G) placement exam. Contact the CSE office at 314/935-6160 for more information.

Economics: Grades of 7 and 6 ensure placement in Econ 4011 or in any 300-level elective class, so long as the prerequisites — such as calculus — are met; no units of credit. Bypassing introductory courses may be disadvantageous, particularly with a score of 6. If Econ 1011 and/or Econ 1021 are bypassed, additional elective(s) are required. See department’s Academic Coordinator.

Grades of 5, 4, 3, 2, 1: No credit given. Not recommended to bypass Econ 1011 or Econ 1021.

English Composition and Literature: A grade of 7 is given 3 units of elective credit (E Comp 0001) contingent upon completing E Comp 100 with a grade of B or better. Please note, no credit is given for Writing or Literature courses. on completion of 100 with a B or better.

Grade 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1: No credit given.

French: No credit awarded. Students need to take the departmental placement exam. Students who place into and complete higher-level courses can earn up to 6 units of back credit for preceding courses.

Geography: No credit awarded

German A1, German B (Modern Foreign Languages):

Student should take the departmental placement exam. Students who place into and complete these courses with a B– or better will receive the following credit:

German 210D = 3 units for German 102D

German 301D = 3 units for German 102D, and 3 units for German 210D

German 302D = 3 units for German 102D, and 3 units for German 210D.

History:

American HIstory: No credit awarded.

European History:  No credit awarded.

African History: No credit awarded.

Islamic World History: No credit awarded.

South and Southeast Asia History: No credit awarded.

South Asia and Middle East History:  No credit awarded.

Italian: No credit awarded. Students need to take the departmental placement exam. Students who place into and complete higher-level courses can earn up to 6 units of back credit for preceding courses.

Latin: No credit awarded. Placement determined by departmental examination. Students who place into Latin 301 or above may be awarded 6 back credits upon completion of Latin 301 or above with a grade of B or better.

Mathematics: Grades of 7 and 6 receive 3 units of credit for Math 131.

Grades 5, 4, 3, 2, 1:  No credit awarded. 

Music: Grades of 7 and 6 receive 3 units of elective credit for students who do not major or minor in music.

Grades of 5, 4, 3, 2, 1: No credit awarded.

Norwegian: No credit awarded.

Philosophy: Grades of 7 and 6 receive 3 units of credit for Phil 125C.

Grades of 5, 4, 3, 2, 1: No credit awarded.

Physics: A Grade of 7 on the IB test receives 6 units of credit for Physics 101A and Physics 102A.

Grades of 6, 5: 3 units of credit for Physics 101A.

Grades of 4, 3, 2, 1: No credit awarded.

Psychology: Grades of 7 and 6 waive the Psych 100B Introduction to Psychology requirement, but no college credit given.

Social Anthropology: Credit is evaluated on an individual basis by the Anthropology department.

Spanish: No credit awarded. Students need to take the departmental placement exam. Students who place into and complete higher-level courses can earn up to 6 units of back credit for preceding courses.

Visual/Studio Arts: A grade of 7 receives 3 units of elective credit.

Grades 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1: No credit given.

British A-Level

Accounting: Advanced-level grades of A, B, C and D to be awarded 3 units of credit for ACCT 2610.

Arabic: Please see departmental advanced placement policy (Arabic) for more information.  

Biology: Grades of A or B to be awarded 3 units of credit equivalent to Biol 100A.

Business Studies: Advanced-level grades of A, B, C and D to be awarded 3 units of management elective credit (MGT 0001).

Chemistry: A grade of A is awarded 3 units each for the following courses: Chem 103 and Chem 104. A grade of B to be awarded 3 units for Chem 103.

Computer Science: No credit given but a student may take the CSE 131 (formerly, CS 101G) placement exam. Contact the CSE office at 314/935-6160 for more information.

Economics: For students entering spring 2009 or earlier:

Grade of A is awarded 3 units of credit for Econ 1011 (Econ 103B) OR Econ 1021 (Econ 104B) contingent upon successful completion, with a grade of B– or better, of Econ 4011 (Econ 401) or Econ 4021 (Econ 402), respectively. Students may earn only 3 units of credit for the British A-Level exam (with a grade of A); but a student may elect to bypass Econ 1011 (103B) or Econ 1021 (104B) and enter Econ 4011 (Econ 401) or Econ 4021 (Econ 402), respectively, so long as the other course prerequisites are met. If both Econ 1011 (103B) and Econ 1021 (104B) are bypassed, additional selective is required. See department’s Academic Coordinator.

For students entering summer 2009 or later:

No credit given. Students with a grade of A may elect to bypass Econ 1011 and/or Econ 1021 and proceed to Econ 4011, so long as the prerequisites — such as calculus — are met. Bypassing introductory courses may be disadvantageous. If Econ 1011 and/or Econ 1021 are bypassed, additional elective(s) are required. See department’s Academic Coordinator.

English: No credit or placement given.

French: A grade of A to be awarded 3 units for French 102D and 3 units of French 201D with 3 additional units being granted upon completion of a 300-level course (other than conversation). A grade of B to be awarded 3 units upon successful completion of a 300-level course.  

German: Students should take the departmental placement exam. Students who place into and complete these courses with a B– or better will receive the following credit:

German 210D = 3 units for German 102D

German 301D = 3 units for German 102D and 3 units for German 210D

German 302D = 3 units for German 102D and 3 units for German 210D

History: Grades of A or B to be awarded 3 units of elective credit.

Mathematics: Advanced-level grades of A&B to be awarded 3 units of credit for Math 131 automatically.

An advanced-level grade of C will receive credit only for Math 131 upon successful completion of Math 132 with a grade of C+ or better at Washington University.

Advanced-level grades of A & B to be awarded 6 units of credit for Math 131 and Math 132 automatically. An advanced-level grade of C will receive credit only for Math 131-132 upon successful completion of Math 233, with a grade of C+ or better at Washington University (or credit for Math 131 will be given for completion of Math 132). This course essentially covers all the material in Math 131-132 together with some extra physics and probability statistics.

Music: A grade of A to be awarded 3 units each for the following courses: Music 102E, Music 103E, Music 104E.

A grade of B to be awarded 3 units each for the following courses: Music 101E and Music 102E.  

Physics: A grade of A on the physics A-level exam will earn 3 units of credit for Physics 113A and 3 units of credit for Physics 114A.

A grade of B on the physics A-level exam will earn 3 units of credit for Physics 113A.

Psychology: No credit given.

Spanish: A grade of A to be awarded 3 units for Spanish 102D and 3 units of Spanish 201D with 3 additional units being granted upon completion of a 300-level course (other than conversation).

A grade of B to be awarded 3 units upon successful completion of a 300-level course.

Advanced Placement

Art History: Test: AHS

A grade of 5 to be awarded 3 units of credit for Art-Arch 112 or 113 contingent upon the completion of a 300- or 400-level Art History course with a grade of B or better.

Grade of 4 to be awarded 3 units of credit for Art-Arch 112 or Art-Arch 113 contingent upon the completion of a 300- or 400-level Art History course with a grade of B or better.

Grades of 3, 2, 1: No credit given.  

Biology: Test: BIO

Grades of 5 and 4 to be awarded 6 units of credit for Biol 100A (elective credit). Students who plan to major in Biology or who are premed normally will enroll in Biol 2960 in the spring of freshman year and Biol 2970 in the fall of sophomore year.

Grades of 3, 2, 1: No credit given.

Chemistry: Test: CHE

Students who receive a 5 on the AP test in Chemistry will receive 3 units each of Chem 103 and 104. Students who receive a 4 receive 3 units of Chem 103. Receipt of these credits has no bearing on fulfillment of chemistry requirements for premedicine or any science major and cannot be used to satisfy prerequisites for Organic Chemistry. All students who wish to pursue a major or a preprofessional preparatory curriculum requiring general chemistry, must take Chem 111A and 112A and the associated labs, Chem 151 and Chem 152. Students who wish to exempt either the first or second semester of general chemistry, including the labs, must pass a placement exam administered by the Department of Chemistry during the first week of classes in the fall.

Grade of 5 to be awarded 6 units of credit: 3 units each of Chem 103 and Chem 104. These units do not replace Chem 111A or Chem 112A. Chem 112A must be completed prior to registration in Chem 261 or Chem 401 or any advanced courses in Chemistry.

Grade of 4 to be awarded 3 units of Chem 103. These units do not replace Chem 111A or Chem 112A.

Grade of 3, 2, 1: No credit given.

Computer Science: A test

Grades of 5 and 4 to be awarded 3 units of credit for CSE 131, only if the student passes the CSE 131 placement exam.

Grades of 3, 2, 1: No credit given but a student can take the CSE 131 placement exam.

Computer Science: AB Test

Grades of 5 and 4 to be awarded 3 units of credit for CSE 131.

Grades of 3, 2, 1: No credit given, but a student can take the CSE 131 placement exam.

Economics — Micro: Test: EMI

Grades of 5 and 4 to be given placement in Econ 4011 or in any 300-level class with an Econ 1011 (Econ 103B) prerequisite, so long as the other prerequisites — such as calculus — are met; no units of credit. Bypassing introductory courses may be disadvantageous, particularly with a score of 4. If Econ 1011 is bypassed, additional elective is required. See department’s Academic Coordinator.

Grades of 3, 2, 1: No credit given. Not recommended to bypass Econ 1011.

Economics — Macro: Test: EMA

Grades of 5 and 4 to be given placement in Econ 4021 or in any 300-level class with an Econ 1021 (Econ 104B) prerequisite, so long as the prerequisites — such as Econ 4011 and calculus — are met; no units of credit. Bypassing introductory courses may be disadvantageous, particularly with a score of 4. If Econ 1021 is bypassed, additional elective is required. See department’s Academic Coordinator.

Grades of 3, 2, 1: No credit given. Not recommended to bypass Econ 1021.

English Composition and Literature: Test: ENG

Grade of 5 to be awarded 3 credits of elective credit (E Comp 0001) contingent upon completing E Comp 100 with a grade of B or better. Please note, no credit is given for writing or literature courses.

Grades of 4, 3, 2, 1: No credit given.

Environmental Studies: Test: ENV

Grades of 5 and 4 to be awarded 3 units of elective credit (EnSt 0001) contingent upon completion of a 300- or 400-level Environmental Studies course with a grade of B or better.

Grades of 3, 2, 1: No credit given.

French Language: Test: LNF

To receive Advanced Placement credit in French for a score of 3 or 4 you must complete a 300-level course with a grade of B or better.

Grade of 5 to be awarded 6 units of credit equivalent to French 102D and French 201D. Students may enroll in a 300-level course conducted in the language.

Grade of 4 automatically grants 3 credits for French 102D, and gives another 3 extra credits for French 201D contingent upon satisfactory completion of a 300-level course with a B or better — other than conversation — conducted in the language.

Grade of 3 to be awarded 6 units of credit equivalent to French 102D and French 201D, contingent upon completion of a 300-level course with a grade of B or better — other than conversation — conducted in the language.

Grades of 2, 1: No credit given.

French Literature: Test: LNF

To receive Advanced Placement credit in French for a score of 3 or 4 you must complete a 300-level course with a grade of B or better.

Grade of 5 to be awarded 6 units of credit equivalent to French 102D and French 201D. Students may enroll in a 300-level course conducted in the language.

Grade of 4 automatically grants 3 credits for French 102D, and gives another 3 extra credits for French 201D contingent upon satisfactory completion of a 300-level course with a B or better — other than conversation — conducted in the language.

Grade of 3 to be awarded 6 units of credit equivalent to French 102D and French 201D, contingent upon completion of a 300-level course with a grade of B or better — other than conversation — conducted in the language.

Grades of 2, 1: No credit given.

German: Test: LNG

Grade of 5 to be awarded 3 units of credit for German 102D and 3 units for German 210D awarded automatically; students may enroll in a 300-level course: German 301D, 302D, 313, 340C (German Literature and the Modern Era and German Tutorial).

Grade of 4 to be awarded 3 units of credit for German 102D awarded automatically; an additional 3 units of credit* for German 210D awarded upon satisfactory completion of German 301D (B– or better). *Please note: Students may receive this credit only if they start their language study at the 300-level.

Grade of 3 to be awarded 3 units of credit for German 102D* and 3 units for German 210D, awarded upon satisfactory completion of German 301D (B– or better). *Please note: Students may receive this credit only if they start their language study at the 300-level.

Grades of 2, 1: No credit given. Should take departmental placement exam.

History, American: Test: HSA

(A grade of 5 on the AP exam can fulfill Introductory course requirements for the History Major and Minor.) 

Grade of 5 to be awarded 3 units of credit for History 163.

Grade of 4 to be awarded 3 units of elective credit for History 0001.

Grades of 3, 2, 1: No credit given.  

History, European: Test: HSE

(A grade of 5 on the AP exam can fulfill introductory course requirements for the History Major and Minor.)

Grade of 5 to be awarded 3 units of credit for History 102.

Grade of 4 to be awarded 3 units of elective credit for History 0001.

Grades of 3, 2, 1: No credit given.

History, World: Test: HSW

(A grade of 5 on the AP exam can fulfill Introductory course requirements for the history major and minor.)

Grade of 5 to be awarded 3 units of credit for History 164.

Grade of 4 to be awarded 3 units of elective credit for History 0001.

Grades of 3, 2, 1: No credit given.

Latin: Test: LNL

Grades of 5 and 4 to be awarded 6 units (total) of credit for Latin 101 and 102, upon completion of Latin 317C with a grade of B or better.

Grades of  3, 2, 1: No credit given.

Mathematics: Test: MAB

The Mathematics Department gives a placement exam, available online and also during the fall orientation period. We ask that all entering students planning to enroll in a calculus course (except those with an AP score of 5) take the placement exam. This gives us one more piece of information to try to ensure correct placement into the calculus sequence. Only an AP score of 5 receives automatic credit and placement into the calculus sequence.

Grade of 5 to be awarded 3 units of credit for Math 131. You will be placed into Math 132.

Grade of 4: Take Math Placement test. You will probably be placed into Math 132.

Grades of 3, 2, 1: Students with scores of less than 4 should consult with their advisers about placement based on the Math Department Placement Test, SAT scores and high school record. It will be helpful to your adviser if you bring with you the title and the author’s name of the calculus book you used in high school and a photocopy of its table of contents, indicating which chapters you covered.

Mathematics: Test: MBC

The Mathematics Department gives a placement exam, available online and also during the fall orientation period. We ask that all entering students planning to enroll in a calculus course (except those with an AP score of 5) take the placement exam. This gives us one more piece of information to try to ensure correct placement into the calculus sequence. Only an AP score of 5 receives automatic credit and placement into the calculus sequence.

Grade of 5 to be awarded 6 units of credit for Math 131 and Math 132. You will be placed into Math 233. An AB subscore of 5 will earn 3 units of credit for Math 131.

Grade of 4: Take Math Placement test. You will probably be placed into Math 233.

Grades of 3, 2 ,1: Students with scores of less than 4 should consult with their advisers about placement based on the Math Department Placement Test, SAT scores and high school record. It will be helpful to your adviser if you bring with you the title and the author's name of the calculus book you used in high school and a photocopy of its table of contents, indicating which chapters you covered.

Any student entering the Calculus 131-132-233 sequence can receive AP credit for earlier courses in this sequence by successful completion, with a grade of C+ or better at Washington University, of the next course in the sequence. Students who successfully complete Math 128, with a grade of C+ or better at Washington University, can receive AP credit for Math 127. In all cases, this assumes that the student does not already have credit for the preceding courses (for example: by transfer from another college or university). Students who already have received credit for Math 131 (132) cannot also receive credit for Math 127 (128).

Music LIterature/Listening: Test: MUL

Grade of 5 to be awarded 3 units of elective credit for Music 0001.

Grade of 4 to be awarded 3 units of elective credit for Music 0001.

Grades of 3, 2, 1: No credit given.

Music Theory: Test: MUT

Grade of 5 to be awarded 3 units of elective credit for Music 0001.

Grade of 4 to be awarded 3 units of elective credit for Music 0001.

Grades of 3, 2, 1: No credit given.

Physics: B Test. Test: PB

Grade of 5 to be awarded 3 units of elective credit for Physics 113A. This corresponds to the first semester in a two-semester, algebra-based introductory physics sequence. Students who require calculus-based physics for course or major requirements should enroll in Physics 117 or Physics 197 in the fall semester. Students who plan to major in physics or who have a strong interest in physics are encouraged to enroll in Physics 197.

Grades of 4, 3, 2, 1: No credit given.

Physics: C Test (Mechanics). Test: PCM

Grade of 5 to be awarded 4 units of credit for Physics 117. This corresponds to the first semester in a two-semester, calculus-based introductory physics sequence. Students may enroll in Physics 118, the second semester of this introductory calculus-based physics sequence, in the spring semester. Physics majors and students interested in an advanced treatment of introductory physics should enroll in Physics 197 in the fall semester, followed by Physics 198 in the spring semester. Students may not enroll in Physics 198 without first taking Physics 197.

Grade of 4 to be awarded 3 units of elective credit for Physics 113A. This corresponds to the first semester in a two-semester, algebra-based introductory physics sequence. Students who require calculus-based physics for course or major requirements should enroll in Physics 117 or Physics 197 in the fall semester. Students who plan to major in physics or who have a strong interest in physics are encouraged to enroll in Physics 197.

Grade of 3, 2, 1:  No credit given.

Physics: C Test (Electricity and Magnetism). Test: PCE

Grade of 5 to be awarded 4 units of credit for Physics 118. This corresponds to the second semester in a two-semester, calculus-based introductory physics sequence. Physics majors and students interested in an advanced treatment of introductory physics should enroll in Physics 197 in the fall semester, followed by Physics 198 in the spring semester.

Grade of 4 to be awarded 3 units of elective credit for Physics 114A. This corresponds to the second semester in a two-semester, algebra-based introductory physics sequence. Students who require calculus-based physics for course or major requirements should enroll in Physics 117 or Physics 197 in the fall semester. Students who plan to major in physics or who have a strong interest in physics are encouraged to enroll in Physics 197.

Grades of 3, 2, 1: No credit given.

Politics, American: Test: POA

Grades of 5, 4 to be awarded 3 units of undergraduate credit, contingent upon completion of an advanced course (300/400 level) in American politics with a grade of B or better. The credit will not count toward the Political Science major/minor, but waives the Political Science 101B requirement.

Grades of 3, 2, 1: No credit given.

Politics, Comparative: Test: POC

Grades of 5 and 4 to be awarded 3 units of undergraduate credit, contingent upon completion of an advanced course (300/400 level) in comparative politics with a grade of B or better. The credit will not count toward the political science major/minor, but waives the Political Science 102B requirement.

Grades of 3, 2, 1: No credit given.

Psychology:

Grade of 5 waives the Psych 100B Introduction to psychology requirement, but no college credit given.

Grades of 4, 3, 2, 1: No credit or placement given.

Spanish Language: Test: LNS

To receive Advanced Placement credit in Spanish for a score of 3 or 4 you must complete a 300-level course with a grade of B or better.

Grade of 5 to be awarded 6 units of credit equivalent to Span 102D and Span 201D; students may enroll in a 300-level course conducted in the language.

Grade of 4 automatically grants 3 credits for Span 102D, and gives another 3 extra credits for Span 201D contingent upon satisfactory completion of a 300-level course with a B or better — other than conversation — conducted in the language.

Grade of 3 to be awarded 6 units of credit equivalent to Span 102D and 201D, contingent upon satisfactory completion of a 300-level course with a B or better— other than conversation — conducted in the language.

Grades of 2 and 1: No credit given. Credit given for scores of 4 or 5.

Spanish Literature: Test: LNS

To receive Advanced Placement credit in Spanish for a score of 3 or 4 you must complete a 300-level course with a grade of B or better.

Grade of 5 to be awarded 6 units of credit equivalent to Span 102D and Span 201D; students may enroll in a 300-level course conducted in the language.

Grade of 4 automatically grants 3 credits for Span 102D and gives another 3 extra credits for Span 201D contingent upon satisfactory completion of a 300-level course with a B or better — other than conversation — conducted in the language.

Grade of 3 to be awarded 6 units of credit equivalent to Span 102D and Span 201D, contingent upon satisfactory completion of a 300-level course with a B or better — other than conversation — conducted in the language.

Grades of 2, 1: No credit given. Credit given for scores of 4 or 5.

Statistics: Test: STA

Grade of 5: Students with a 5 on the AP Statistics Exam will receive 3 units of credit for Math 2200

Studio 2-D Design: Test: A2D

Grade of 5 to be awarded 3 units of elective credit for Fine Arts 0001.

Grades of 4, 3, 2, 1: No credit given.

Studio 3-D Design: Test: A3D

Grade of 5 to be awarded 3 units of elective credit for Fine Arts 0001.

Grades of 4, 3, 2, 1: No credit given.

Studio Drawing: Test: DRW

Grade of 5 to be awarded 3 units of elective credit for Fine Arts 0001.

Grades of 4, 3, 2, 1: No credit given.

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