This is the preliminary (or launch) version of the 2020-21 VCU Bulletin. This edition includes all programs and courses approved by the publication deadline; however we may receive notification of additional program approvals after the launch. The final edition and full PDF version will include these updates and will be available in August prior to the beginning of the fall semester.

VCU awards advanced standing and credit, with qualifying scores or grades, for additional sources of academic credit. These additional sources include: Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, Cambridge Advanced, College Level Examination Program, military service credit recommended by the American Council on Education and the DANTES Subject Standardized Test Program. Students should consult the charts below for academic credit guidelines.

The awarding of credit is determined by the faculty. Faculty members from the relevant academic departments review the subject curricula, subject examinations, grade distributions and marking schemes provided by these examination agencies. After reviewing such materials, faculty members make informed judgments about what credit, if any, is to be awarded. Faculty members verify such judgments through feedback provided from student performance in more advanced courses at VCU. Once the faculty review is complete, the University Undergraduate Curriculum Committee provides a secondary review and then publishes the results by means of transfer tables in the VCU Undergraduate Bulletin indicating the examination, test score, VCU course equivalent and number of credits awarded.

In order to be eligible for academic credit, new students must submit transcripts and/or scores to the VCU Transfer Center before the end of the first semester of enrollment. Official transcripts may be sent to VCU Transfer Center, Box 842532, Richmond, VA 23284-2532. For more information, contact the Transfer Center at (804) 827-1349.

Note: The Virginia Commonwealth University Board of Visitors gives the University Undergraduate Curriculum Committee the authority to review these sources of academic credit as needed. The UUCC will report substantial changes to the board for further approval. (Approved by VCU Board of Visitors, Nov. 10, 2011.)

Credit for Advanced Placement tests of the College Board

AP tests passed with scores of 3, 4 or 5 will, depending on the test, be considered for advanced standing and credit for the corresponding courses at VCU. The chart below provides information about the VCU equivalent credit for the various AP tests.

To ensure consistency, the VCU Transfer Center is the official credit notification point for AP credit for all university programs. Final determination of credit will be made after test results have been received and evaluated by the Transfer Center. Credits awarded are counted as credits earned toward the degree, but are not used in the computation of the student’s VCU grade-point average.

For more information, contact the Transfer Center at (804) 827-1349.

VCU credit awarded for AP tests

AP test
AP examinationAP scoreVCU equivalentVCU credit
Art History3,4,5ARTH 103, ARTH 1046
Art: Studio Art – Drawing4,5ARTF 1391
Art: Studio Art – 2-D-Design4,5ARTF 1391
Art: Studio Art – 3-D-Design4,5ARTF 1391
Biology3BIOL 101, BIOZ 1014
Biology4BIOL 152, BIOZ 1524
Biology5BIOL 151, BIOZ 151, BIOL 152, BIOZ 1528
Calculus AB3,4,5MATH 2004
Calculus BC3,4MATH 2004
Calculus BC5MATH 200, MATH 2018
Chemistry3,4CHEM 101, CHEZ 1014
Chemistry5CHEM 101, CHEZ 101, CHEM 102, CHEZ 1028
Chinese Language & Culture3FRLG 1014
Chinese Language & Culture4,5CHIN 201, CHIN 2026
Computer Science A3,4,5CMSC 2554
Computer Science Principles3,4,5CMSC 1XX3
Economics – Macro3,4,5ECON 2113
Economics – Micro3,4,5ECON 2103
English Language and Composition or English Literature and Composition3,4,5UNIV 1113
English Language and Composition and English Literature and Composition3,4,5UNIV 111, ENGL 2156
Environmental Science3,4,5BIOL 1034
European History3,4,5HIST 101, HIST 1026
French, German, Spanish Language & Culture3FREN 202, GRMN 202, SPAN 2023
French, German, Spanish Language & Culture4FREN 300, GRMN 300, SPAN 3003
French, German, Spanish Language & Culture5FREN 300, GRMN 300, SPAN 300, FREN 301, GRMN 301, SPAN 3016
Govt. & Politics: Comparative3,4,5POLI 1093
Govt. & Politics: United States3,4,5POLI 1033
Human Geography3,4,5URSP 1023
Italian Language & Culture3ITAL 1024
Italian Language & Culture4ITAL 201, ITAL 2026
Italian Language & Culture5ITAL 202, ITAL 3XX6
Japanese Language & Culture3FRLG 1014
Japanese Language & Culture4,5FRLG 201, FRLG 2026
Latin3,4,5LATN 2013
Music Theory3,4,5MHIS 1103
Physics 13,4,5PHYS 2014
Physics 23,4,5PHYS 2024
Physics C – Electricity & Magnetism3,4,5PHYS 2085
Physics C – Mechanics3,4,5PHYS 2075
Psychology3,4,5PSYC 1014
Spanish Literature & Culture3SPAN 2023
Spanish Literature & Culture4SPAN 3303
Spanish Literature & Culture5SPAN 330, SPAN 3316
Statistics3STAT 2103
Statistics4,5STAT 210 or STAT 2123
U.S. History3,4,5HIST 103, HIST 1046
World History3,4,5HIST 1XX (History elective)6
Research (Capstone)4,5UNIV 2003
Seminar (Capstone)3UNIV 1113
Seminar (Capstone)4,5Waive UNIV 111 and award credit for UNIV 1123

Credit for International Baccalaureate diplomas and courses

IB Higher Level tests passed with scores of 3-7 and Standard Level tests passed with scores of 4-7 will, depending on the test, be considered for advanced standing and credit for the corresponding courses at VCU. The chart below provides information about the VCU equivalent credit for IB scores. Contact the VCU Transfer Center if an examination is not included in the chart.

To ensure consistency, the VCU Transfer Center is the official credit notification point for IB credit for all university programs. Final determination of credit will be made after test results have been received and evaluated by the Transfer Center. Credits awarded are counted as credits earned toward the degree, but are not used in the computation of the student’s VCU grade-point average.

For more information, contact the Transfer Center at (804) 827-1349.

VCU credit awarded for IB diplomas and courses

IBD
IB examinationHLSLVCU equivalentVCU credit
Arabic B, French B, German B, Italian B, Portuguese B, Russian B, Spanish B4ARBC 102, FREN 102, GRMN 102, ITAL 102, PORT 102, RUSS 102, SPAN 1024
Arabic B, French B, German B, Italian B, Portuguese B, Russian B, Spanish B45ARBC 202, FREN 202, GRMN 202, ITAL 202, PORT 202, RUSS 202, SPAN 2023
Arabic B, French B, German B, Italian B, Portuguese B, Russian B, Spanish B56ARBC 3XX, FREN 300, GRMN 300, ITAL 300, PORT 3XX, RUSS 3XX, SPAN 3003
Arabic B, French B, German B, Italian B, Portuguese B, Russian B, Spanish B6,77ARBC 3XX, FREN 300-301, GRMN 300-301, ITAL 300 and ITAL 3XX, PORT 3XX, RUSS 3XX, SPAN 300-3016
Biology4,55,6BIOL 101, BIOZ 1014
Biology67BIOL 152, BIOZ 1524
Biology7BIOL 151, BIOZ 151, BIOL 152, BIOZ 1528
Business & Management4,5,6,75,6,7BUSN 2013
Chemistry4,55,6CHEM 101, CHEZ 1014
Chemistry6,77CHEM 101, CHEZ 101, CHEM 102, CHEZ 1028
Computer Science4,55,6CMSC 2554
Computer Science6,77CMSC 255, CMSC 2567
Economics4,5,6,75,6,7ECON 2033
English Lang & Lit A4,5,6,75,6,7UNIV 1113
English B4,5,6,75,6,7UNIV 1113
Environmental Systems5,6,7URSP 203, URSZ 2034
Film4,5,6,75,6,7ENGL 2503
Further Mathematics4,5,6MATH 200, MATH 2018
Further Mathematics7MATH 200, MATH 201, MATH 31011
Geography4,5,6,75,6,7URSP 1023
Global Politics4,5,6,75,6,7POLI 3XX3
Greek B, Japanese B, Korean B4FRLG 1024
Greek B, Japanese B, Korean B45FRLG 2023
Greek B, Japanese B, Korean B56FRLG 3XX3
Greek B, Japanese B, Korean B6,77FRLG 3XX6
History5,6,7HIST 1XX (History elective)6
History Americas4,5,6,7HIST 103, HIST 1046
History Asia & Oceania4,5,6,7HIST 107, HIST 1086
History Europe4,5,6,7HIST 101, HIST 1026
Information Technology in Global Societynone0
Language A: Literature4,5,6,75,6,7ENGL 2153
Language A: Literature and Performance5,6,7ENGL 2913
Latin34LATN 1014
Latin45LATN 1024
Latin5,6,76,7LATN 2023
Mandarin Chinese B4CHIN 1024
Mandarin Chinese B45CHIN 2023
Mandarin Chinese B56CHIN 3003
Mandarin Chinese B6,77CHIN 300 and CHIN 3XX6
Mathematics5,6,7MATH 1514
Mathematics4,5,6MATH 2004
Mathematics7MATH 200, MATH 2018
Mathematical Studies4,5,6,7MATH 1414
Music4,5,6,75,6,7MHIS 1053
Philosophy4,5,6,75,6,7PHIL 1013
Physics4,55,6PHYS 2014
Physics6,77PHYS 201, PHYS 2028
Psychology4,5,6,75,6,7PSYC 1014
Social & Cultural Anthropology4,5,6,75,6,7ANTH 1033
Theatre Arts4,5,6,75,6,7THEA 1073
Theory of Knowledge4,5,6,75,6,7UNIV 1XX3
Visual Arts4,5,6,75,6,7ARTF 1391
World Religions5,6,7RELS 1083

Credit for Cambridge International Examinations

The university may grant credit for Cambridge International Examinations comprising levels Advanced and Advanced Subsidiary offered through the University of Cambridge in England. These courses and examinations are administered through registered CIE Centers in public high schools throughout the United States. A-level syllabuses and exams cover approximately two years of college-level curriculum in a subject and the AS-level syllabus and exam covers the first year of the two-year A-level curriculum.

Cambridge tests passed with final grades of A, B or C will, depending on the test, be considered for advanced standing and credit for the corresponding courses at VCU. The applicability of such credit toward the student’s degree program is interpreted by the department or school in which the student seeks a degree.

To ensure consistency, the VCU Transfer Center is the official credit notification point for Cambridge A/AS credit for all university programs. Final determination of credit will be made after test results have been received and evaluated by the Transfer Center. Credits awarded are counted as credits earned toward the degree, but are not used in the computation of the student’s VCU grade-point average.

Students requesting evaluation of their Cambridge credits are to request an official copy of their transcript from the CIE coordinators at the student’s specific high school. Official transcripts may be sent to VCU Transfer Center, Box 842532, Richmond, VA 23284-2532.

The chart below provides information about the VCU equivalent for various Cambridge examinations. Contact the Transfer Center if an examination is not included in the chart.

For more information regarding Cambridge International Examinations, please contact the VCU Transfer Center at (804) 827-1349.

VCU credit awarded for Cambridge International Examinations

Cambridge IE
Cambridge examA-level VCU equivalentAS-level VCU equivalentVCU credit
AccountingACCT 203ACCT 2033
BiologyBIOL 101/BIOZ 101BIOL 101/BIOZ 1014
BusinessBUSN 201BUSN 2013
ChemistryCHEM 101/CHEZ 101CHEM 101/CHEZ 1014
English1UNIV 1113
English literatureENGL 215ENGL 2153
Environmental management1ENVS 1013
FrenchFREN 202FREN 2023
GermanGRMN 202GRMN 2023
SpanishSPAN 202SPAN 2023
MathematicsMATH 200MATH 2004
PhysicsPHYS 201PHYS 101/PHYZ 1014
DivinityRELS/HIST 32723
PsychologyPSYC 101PSYC 1014
MusicMHIS 1XXMHIS 1XX3
ComputingCMSC 101CMSC 1013
EconomicsECON 210-211 (6 credits)ECON 2033
Art and designARTS 1XXARTS 1XX3
1

Class/exam exclusively offered at AS-level.

2

Class/exam exclusively offered at A-level.

College Level Examination Program

The College Level Examination Program is designed to allow people who have gained knowledge outside the classroom to take examinations and receive college credit for what they have learned. CLEP scores of 50 or higher will, depending on the test, be considered for advanced standing and credit for the corresponding courses at VCU. The chart below provides information about the VCU equivalent credit for CLEP scores. Contact the VCU Transfer Center if an examination is not included in the chart.

To ensure consistency, the VCU Transfer Center is the official credit notification point for CLEP credit for all university programs. Final determination of credit will be made after test results have been received and evaluated by the Transfer Center. Credits awarded are counted as credits earned toward the degree, but are not used in the computation of the student’s VCU grade-point average.

Procedures for new students

Students who took CLEP examinations prior to enrollment at VCU must submit transcripts and/or score sheets to the VCU Transfer Center, 900 Park Ave., Box 842532, Richmond, VA 23284-2532.

Procedures for continuing VCU students

  1. Students should obtain CLEP approval forms, information about CLEP general and/or subject examinations, VCU course equivalency information, optional essay requirements and CLEP applications from the Testing Center in Hibbs Hall, First Floor, Box 842500, Richmond, VA 23284-2500; (804) 827-8108.
  2. Students should discuss the examination(s) to be taken with an adviser.
  3. Students should schedule a CLEP exam at the Testing Center or at another site of their choosing. Proctoring fees vary by site and students are responsible for the proctor and exam fees. The exam fee is paid on the CLEP website.

Regulations for continuing VCU students

  1. CLEP credit is officially awarded only to students who are fully accepted into a VCU degree program.
  2. A student may not attempt a subject or general examination if it duplicates in part, or full, any VCU course or combination of courses that the student has already completed or enrolled in for credit. This includes courses for which a student enrolls but subsequently withdraws and receives a grade of W.
  3. If a student has earned CLEP subject examination credit, the student may not take a VCU course for credit that would duplicate the CLEP credits already earned.
  4. A maximum of 54 semester credits can be earned through CLEP examinations.

The chart below provides information about the VCU equivalent for various CLEP examinations. Contact the VCU Transfer Center if an examination is not included in the chart.

For more information regarding CLEP, please contact the VCU Transfer Center at (804) 827-1349.

VCU credit awarded for subject tests taken through the CLEP1

CLEP
Subject examScoreVCU equivalentVCU credits
French (2 semesters)50FREN 101-FREN 1028
French (4 semesters)62FREN 101-FREN 102, FREN 201-FREN 20214
German (2 semesters)50GRMN 101-GRMN 1028
German (4 semesters)63GRMN 101-GRMN 102, GRMN 201-GRMN 20214
Spanish (2 semesters)50SPAN 101-SPAN 1028
Spanish (4 semesters)66SPAN 101-SPAN 102, SPAN 201-SPAN 20214
Spanish with writing63SPAN 2013
American government50POLI 1033
Educational psychology50PSYC 3053
History of the U.S. 150HIST 1033
History of the U.S. 250HIST 1043
Human growth & development50EDUS 3013
Intro to psychology50PSYC 1013
Intro to sociology50SOCY 1013
Western civilization 150HIST 1013
Western civilization 250HIST 1023
College algebra50MATH 1414
Calculus50MATH 2003
Chemistry50CHEM 101-CHEM 1026
College mathematics50MATH 1313
Pre-calculus50MATH 1513
General biology50BIOL 101 OR BIOL 1513
General biology70BIOL 151-BIOL 1526
Financial accounting50ACCT 2033
Info systems & computer apps50INFO 3603
Intro to business law50SCMA 3233
Principles of marketing50MKTG 3013
Microeconomics50ECON 2103
Macroeconomics50ECON 2113
College composition50UNIV 1113
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Decisions regarding VCU equivalents were made in consultation with the VCU departments.

Undergraduate credit by examination

Recognizing that VCU enrolls students of varying backgrounds and experiences, the university provides its students the opportunity to accelerate their education through credit by examination. The following outline describes conditions under which credit by examination may be given and the procedure for doing so.

  1. With the approval of the dean, each department or program shall:
    1. Determine which, if any, courses shall be available for credit by examination. The student should check with the department offering course work in the area in which he or she wishes to take credit by examination for a list of the courses so designated.
    2. Determine the types of examinations, standards of evaluation and evaluators for the courses so designated.
    3. Determine the qualifications for students to be eligible to take the examinations.
  2. The examinations, if available, may be taken by any enrolled student during the fall and spring semesters and during the summer session.
  3. The student wishing to take credit by examination must meet the following requirements:
    1. Not have received a grade listed in this bulletin, including AU or W for the course for which credit by examination is sought. Also, the student should not have been granted transfer credit for a similar course taken elsewhere.
    2. Be a currently enrolled student as certified by the examining department.
    3. Meet departmental and school eligibility requirements as evidenced by the written approval of the chair of the examining department.
  4. After consultation with the major adviser and within the first four weeks of a semester or the first week of a summer session, the student must complete the Credit by Examination Approval Form with the department chair. The form, available from the department, should be left with the chair when it is completed.
  5. Within two weeks, the student is notified by the dean’s office of the time and place of examination.
  6. After notification, but before taking the exam, the student must pay the university cashier the fee established by VCU for each credit being sought. As verification of payment, the student presents the receipt to the department chair before the examination is taken.
  7. After the examination is taken, the results and the examination are sent to the dean’s office, which notifies the student of the results. If the student passes the examination, the course title, credits earned and the grade CR are recorded on the student’s permanent academic record. Credits so earned are applied toward the graduation requirement for total credits. However, these credits are not included in the computation of the student’s GPA.

Military service and ROTC courses

The university may grant credit for formal military service school courses offered by the various branches of the U.S. armed forces. The guidelines for granting such credits include:

  1. The positive recommendation of the Commission on Accreditation of Service Experiences of the American Council on Education as stated in the most recent edition of “A Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services” (acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Military-Guide-Online.aspx)
  2. Acceptable scores earned on subject tests taken through Defense Activity for Non-traditional Education Support, a college-credit-by-exam-agency. The DANTES Subject Standardized Tests program is an extensive series of examinations in college subject areas that are comparable to the final or end-of-course examinations in undergraduate courses (DANTES examinations used to be scored on a scale from 20 to 88. They are now scored on a scale from 200 to 500. The table below includes the minimum scores needed for credit at VCU for both scales.)
  3. Acceptable scores earned on subject tests taken through the College Level Examination Program, a college-credit-by-exam program

NOTE: Credit is not awarded for experiential learning.

The applicability of such credit toward the student’s degree program is interpreted by the department or school in which the student seeks a degree. Credits accepted are counted as credits earned toward the degree, but are not used in the computation of the student’s GPA. Students should consult with the assistant or associate dean for undergraduate affairs of the school or college for further details about the procedures for awarding credit for military service school courses.

Credit is accepted directly from each of the above agencies. Students in all branches of the military may request their military transcripts from the Joint Service Transcript System online at https://jst.doded.mil/smart/welcome.do.

Military students may request their score sheets from the following website:

Transcripts and/or score sheets may be sent to VCU Transfer Center, 900 Park Ave., Box 842532, Richmond, VA 23284-2532.

Army ROTC is open to any VCU student. Advanced standing may be granted to veterans, Junior ROTC graduates or members of the Reserves/National Guard after the department chair’s review of academic records and verification of ROTC academic alignment. The number of credits accepted toward graduation requirements is determined by each school. See Military Science and Leadership in the College of Humanities and Sciences section of this bulletin.

Military credits awarded (from AARTS/SMARTS transcripts) based on ACE recommendations

(Additional credit may be awarded on a case-by-case basis.1)

ACE
CourseRecommended creditVCU equivalentCredit
Physical conditioning/fitness1-3HPEX 1XX1-3
First aid1-3HPEX 1XX1-3
Military science/leadership1-3MILS 1011-3
Personal/community health1-3HPEX 1XX1-3
Oral communications1-3SPCH 1211-3
Personnel supervision/management1-3MGMT 1XX1-3
Basic math1-3MATH 1XX1-3
Computer technology1-3INFO 1XX1-3
Technical writing1-3ENGL 1XX1-3
Human resources management1-3MGMT 1XX1-3
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Decisions regarding VCU equivalents were made in consultation with the VCU departments.

VCU credit awarded for DSST subject exams through DANTES1

DSST exam
DSST examScoreVCU equivalentVCU credit
Technical writingNo equivalent0
Intro to computingNo equivalent0
Contemporary Western Europe, 1946-199048 or 400HIST 1XX3
Intro to modern Middle East44 or 400HIST 1XX3
Human/cultural geography48 or 400URSP 1023
Ethics in America46 or 400PHIL 2XX3
Criminal justiceNo equivalent0
Fundamentals of college algebraNo equivalent0
General anthropology47 or 400ANTH 1033
Intro to law enforcementNo equivalent0
Lifespan development psychology46 or 400PSYC 3043
Physical geology46 or 400ENVS 1053
Principles of physical science I47 or 400PHYS 1013
Principles of statistics48 or 400STAT 2083
Management information systems46 or 400INFO 3603
Human resource management46 or 400MGMT 2XX3
Introduction to business46 or 400BUSN 2013
World religions46 or 400RELS 1083
1

Decisions regarding VCU equivalents were made in consultation with the VCU departments.

VCU credit awarded for subject tests taken through the CLEP1

CLEP
Subject examScoreVCU equivalentVCU credits
French (2 semesters)50FREN 101-FREN 1028
French (4 semesters)62FREN 101-FREN 102, FREN 201-FREN 20214
German (2 semesters)50GRMN 101-GRMN 1028
German (4 semesters)63GRMN 101-GRMN 102, GRMN 201-GRMN 20214
Spanish (2 semesters)50SPAN 101-SPAN 1028
Spanish (4 semesters)66SPAN 101-SPAN 102, SPAN 201-SPAN 20214
American government50POLI 1033
Educational psychology50PSYC 3053
History of the U.S. 150HIST 1033
History of the U.S. 250HIST 1043
Human growth & development50EDUS 3013
Intro to psychology50PSYC 1013
Intro to sociology50SOCY 1013
Western civilization 150HIST 1013
Western civilization 250HIST 1023
College algebra50MATH 1414
Calculus50MATH 2003
Chemistry50CHEM 101-CHEM 1026
College mathematics50MATH 1313
Pre-calculus50MATH 1513
General biology50BIOL 101 OR BIOL 1513
General biology70BIOL 151-BIOL 1526
Financial accounting50ACCT 2033
Info systems & computer apps50INFO 3603
Intro to business law50SCMA 3233
Principles of marketing50MKTG 3013
Microeconomics50ECON 2103
Macroeconomics50ECON 2113
College composition50UNIV 1113
1

Decisions regarding VCU equivalents were made in consultation with the VCU departments.

Credits earned through the International Student Exchange Program

Credits earned by a VCU student through ISEP appear on the student’s transcript, but are not included in the computation of the student’s cumulative GPA. See the Education Abroad section of this bulletin. This policy became effective July 1990.

Credits for dual-enrollment courses

Qualified students who have taken college-level work while still enrolled in a secondary school may receive academic credit. Courses taken as dual enrollment will be treated as VCU courses or transfer credits according to the evaluation guidelines.

Approved by VCU Board of Visitors, Nov. 10, 2011. The Virginia Commonwealth University Board of Visitors gives the University Undergraduate Curriculum Committee the authority to review these sources of academic credit as needed. The UUCC will report substantial changes to the board for further approval.