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2016-2017 Academic Catalog: Transfer Credit

Recognizing that students can acquire some of the prerequisite learning and competency skills outside of Wentworth’s learning environment, applicants and matriculated students may petition the Institute to approve the substitution of equivalent and documented collegiate or professional experiences for specific courses in the published curriculum. In the event that the course equivalencies listed below are not required in the student's program, the student will receive credit for the required lower/prerequisite level course.

Advanced Placement Course Equivalency

Advanced Placement (AP) test scores of 3, 4, and 5 are accepted for credit unless otherwise noted.

AP Exam: WIT Course(s)

  • Art History Exam: HUMN3797 - AP Art History
  • Biology Exam: BIOL1100 - Cell and Molecular Biology - Score 4 or 5 Required
  • Calculus AB: MATH1750 - Engineering Calculus I **
  • Calculus BC: MATH1750 - Engineering Calculus I & MATH1850, Engineering Calculus II **
  • Chemistry Exam: CHEM1100 - Engineering Chemistry I - Score 4 or 5 Required
  • Chinese Language and Culture Exam: GNEL3797 - AP Chinese Language and Culture
  • Comp Government and Politics Exam: POLS3797 - AP Comp Gov't & Politics
  • Computer Science A Exam: COMP1000 - Computer Science I
  • Computer Science Principles: COMP1099 - Computer Science with C or COMP1000 - Computer Science I
  • English Language and Comp Exam: ENGL1100 - English I
  • English Literature and Comp Exam: ENGL1100 - English I and LITR3797 - AP English Literature
  • Environmental Science Exam: CHEM4000 - Environmental Chemistry
  • European History Exam: HIST3797 - AP European History
  • French Language and Culture Exam: GNEL3797 - AP French Language and Culture
  • German Language and Culture Exam: GNEL3797 - AP German Language and Culture
  • Human Geography Exam: SOCL3797 - AP Human Geography
  • Italian Language and Culture Exam: GNEL3797 - AP Italian Language and Culture
  • Japanese Language and Culture Exam: GNEL3797 - AP Japanese Language and Culture
  • Latin Exam: GNEL3797 - AP Latin Language
  • Macroeconomics Exam: ECON4152 - Macroeconomics *
  • Microeconomics Exam: ECON4154 - Microeconomics *
  • Music Theory Exam: HUMN3797 - AP Music Theory
  • Physics 1, Algebra Based Exam: PHYS1000 - College Physics I
  • Physics C, Electricity & Magnetism Exam: PHYS1750 - Engineering Physics II
  • Physics C, Mechanics Exam: PHYS1250 - Engineering Physics I
  • Psychology Exam: PSYC4100 - Introduction to Psychology
  • Spanish Language and Culture Exam: GNEL3797 - AP Spanish Language and Culture
  • Spanish Literature and Culture Exam: GNEL3797 - AP Spanish Literature and Culture
  • Statistics: MATH1030 - Statistics and Applications
  • Studio Art, 2-D Design Exam: GNEL3797 - AP Studio Art: 2-D Design
  • Studio Art, 3-D Design Exam: GNEL3797 - AP Studio Art: 3-D Design
  • Studio Art: Drawing: GNEL3797 - AP Studio Art: Drawing
  • United States History Exam: HIST3797 - AP US History
  • US Government and Politics Exam: POLS4102 - American Government
  • World History Exam: HIST3797 - AP World History

College Level Examination Program Course Equivalency

The following is a list of acceptable examinations. The student must achieve a “C” grade or better as a “Mean Scaled Score.”

CLEP Subject Exam: Wentworth Course

  • American Government: POLS4102 - Intro to American Government
  • American Literature: LITR3797 - CLEP American Literature
  • Analysis & Interpretation of Literature: LITR3797 - CLEP Interpretation of Literature
  • Calculus: MATH1750 - Engineering Calculus I **
  • College Composition: ENGL1100 - English I
  • English Literature: LITR3797 - CLEP English Literature
  • Financial Accounting: MGMT2700 - Financial Management
  • French Language, Levels 1 and 2: GNEL3797 - French Level 1 and 2
  • German Language Levels 1 and 2: GNEL3797 - German Level 1 and 2
  • History of the United States I, Early Colonization to 1877: HIST4123 - US History to 1877
  • History of the United States II, 1865 to the Present: HIST4175 - Modern American History
  • Human Growth and Development: PSYC3797 - CLEP Human Development
  • Humanities: HUMN3797 - CLEP Humanities Elective
  • Introduction to Educational Psychology: PSYC3797 - CLEP Educational Psychology
  • Introductory Business Law: MGMT3650 - Business Law
  • Introductory Psychology: PSYC4100 - Introduction to Psychology
  • Introductory Sociology: SOCL4102 - Sociology
  • Natural Sciences: SCEL3797 - Natural Science Elective
  • Precalculus: MATH1500 - Precalculus **
  • Principles of Microeconomics : ECON4154 - Microeconomics
  • Principles of Macroeconomics: ECON4152 - Macroeconomics
  • Principles of Marketing: MGMT2850 - Principles of Marketing
  • Social Sciences and History: GNEL3797 - CLEP Social Science and History
  • Spanish Language, Levels 1 and 2: GNEL3797 - Spanish Level 1 and 2
  • Western Civilization I, Ancient Near East to 1648: HIST3797 - CLEP Western Civilization I
  • Western Civilization II, 1648 To Present: HIST3797 - CLEP Western Civilization II

International Baccalaureate Exams Course Equivalency

The following is a list of acceptable examinations and Wentworth courses for which credit may be obtained. Scores of 5, 6, and 7 are acceptable for credit.

  • Mathematics Standard Level: MATH1750 - Engineering Calculus I
  • Mathematics Higher Level: TBD
  • Physics: PHYS1000 - College Physics I

IB Humanity/Social Science courses will be considered equivalent if the incoming student places into ENGL1100.

* Regarding ECON4102 Directed HSS requirements: If a student transfers both Microeconomics (ECON4154) and Macroeconomics (ECON4102) the Directed ECON4102 is completed plus four additional ECON credits. If a student transfers only ECON4152 or ECON4154 and requires ECON4102, then that student must still complete ECON4102.

External Course Credit

Wentworth Institute of Technology allows the transfer of credit for courses completed at other accredited colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, provided the student achieved a “C” or better and the courses correspond in time and content to courses offered at WIT. Grades do not transfer in and are not calculated into the WIT grade point average (GPA). Coursework completed at colleges and universities outside of the United States and Canada will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Incoming students wishing to transfer credits to WIT must submit official transcripts to the Office of the Registrar before the Institute can evaluate and award credit. Course descriptions and, in most cases, syllabi, for each course should also be submitted. In some cases, the course will transfer as elective credit and those credits will count towards the overall hours required for graduation, but not satisfy a program requirement. It is recommended that students consult with their academic advisor before taking courses off-campus to ensure the transferability and applicability toward their degree program.

Matriculated students who wish to transfer courses from another institution must seek approval from the department which offers the required Wentworth course. Generally, for an off-course substitution to be considered the student must be unable to satisfy the requirement as needed on campus and not be currently registered for Wentworth courses full-time. To ensure that a course is transferable, prior to taking a course at another institution the student must request course substitution approval for the off-campus course. A Course Substitution Form and current catalog information, including course number, course title, course description and credit hours, from the institution where the course is to be taken must be submitted to the department that offers the Wentworth course. In some instances, a syllabus or additional information may also be required for off-campus course review. The curricular department chair determines if the course content and credit hours are equivalent to the Wentworth course and then approves or denies the petition. In cases which the course is required by a department other than the department offering the course, the student may also need approval from the department which requires the course. After completing the course, the student must arrange for an official transcript to be sent to the Registrar’s Office. The course must be taken at a regionally accredited institution and in some cases from an accredited program.

Students may not use an external course to replace a failed Wentworth course. Courses failed at Wentworth must be repeated at Wentworth.

Military Service

To qualify for advanced standing credit, students must provide their DD214, and any other official documentation of military service.

Professional or Industrial Work Experience

To qualify for advanced standing credit or a course waiver based on professional or industrial work experience, a student must be admitted into the Institute for a specific program of study and submit the following in the form of a portfolio:

  • a written narrative detailing how the work experience has met course objectives
  • documentation detailing the years, type, location, and skills and competencies gained from that experience
  • a letter of verification from the applicant’s immediate supervisor or another person qualified by training and experience to comment on the applicant’s acquired skills and competencies for which they have petitioned to receive a course waiver or advanced standing credit
  • other supporting documents as necessary

Copies of professional licenses may also be submitted. The student may also be required to take an examination. Students should present all documentation to their academic department chair.