Academic Catalog

Alternative Credit Options

American Council on Education’s College Credit Recommendation

The University of Akron accepts the American Council on Education's College Credit Recommendation Service (CREDIT). CREDIT evaluates and makes credit recommendations for formal educational programs and courses offered by organizations including business and industry, labor unions, professional and voluntary associations, schools, training suppliers, and government agencies. The program is based on the idea that it is sound educational practice for colleges and universities to grant academic credit for high-quality educational programs conducted by a variety of organizations provided that the courses are appropriate to an individual's degree program.

Advanced Placement Credit

Many high schools offer Advanced Placement courses through the auspices of the College Board for possible college credit. By enrolling in such courses during high school and taking Advanced Placement Tests at the end of each course, high school students may earn undergraduate credits in a number of different academic areas. The test score required to receive credit for a specific course is determined by the Ohio Board of Regents and the Academic Department in which the course resides. Credits earned in this manner are included in the total credits completed, but are not assigned a grade and do not count in the quality point ratio, class standing, or graduation with honors calculations. Students must take the tests while they are in high school. It is not possible to take the tests once a student is enrolled at The University of Akron. The State of Ohio, working through the University System of Ohio, has initiated policies to facilitate the ease of transition from high school to college as well as between and among Ohio’s public colleges and universities.

Beginning in the Fall term 2009

  • Students obtaining an Advanced Placement (AP) exam score of 3 or above will be awarded the aligned course(s) and credits for the AP exam area(s) successfully completed
  • Credits received will be applied toward graduation and may also satisfy a General Education or Honor’s Distribution requirement if the course(s), to which the AP area is equivalent, fulfill those requirements
  • If an equivalent course is not available for the AP exam area completed, elective or area credit will be awarded in the appropriate academic discipline and will be applied toward graduation where such elective credit options exist within the academic major
  • Additional courses or credits may be available when a score of 4 or 5 is obtained. Award of credit for higher score values varies depending on the institution and academic discipline
  • In academic disciplines containing highly dependent sequences (Sciences, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics –STEM) students are strongly advised to confer with their academic advisor to ensure they have the appropriate foundation to be successful in advanced coursework within the sequence. The advanced placement table lists disciplines available for Advanced Placement Testing, scores required for accruing credit and courses at The University of Akron for which credit may be earned For questions concerning Advanced Placement Credit call 330-972-7066 or 330-972-7425.

Bypassed Credit

Certain courses designated in this bulletin by each academic department enable a student to earn "bypassed" credit.  A student who completes such a course with a grade of "C" or better is entitled to credit for designated prerequisite courses which carry the same departmental code number. Credit for such bypassed prerequisite shall be included in the total credits earned, but shall not count in the quality point ratio, or class standing, or hours required for graduation with honors. Bypassed credit is not awarded on the basis of completing a course either by credit-by-examination or credit/noncredit.

College of Applied Science and Technology

Discipline Course Prerequisite Approved for Bypass Credit
Computer Information Systems 2440:202 2440:201 2440:201
2440:203 2440:201 2440:201
2440:204 2440:202 & 2440:203 2440:201, 2440:202, & 2440:203
2440:400 2440:201 & 2440:204 2440:201, 2440:202, 2440:203, & 2440:204
English 2020:222 2020:121 2020:121
Mathematics 2030:152 2030:151 2030:151
2030:153 2030:152 2030:151 & 2030:152
2030:154 2030:153 2030:152 & 2030:153
2030:161 2030:151 2030:151
2030:255 2030:154 2030:152, 2030:153 & 2030:154
2030:356 2030:255 2030:154 & 2030:255

Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences

Discipline Course Prerequisite Approved for Bypass Credit
Economics 3250:400 3250:201 3250:201
3250:410 3250:200 3250:200
English 3300:112 3300:111 3300:111
Geography and Planning 3350:314 3350:310 3350:310
3350:442 3350:305 3350:305
3350:444 3350:305 3350:305
Theoretical and Applied Mathematics 3450:210 3450:145 3450:145
3450:215 3450:145 or 3450:149 3450:145
3450:221 3450:149 3450:149
3450:222 3450:221 3450:149 & 3450:221
3450:223 3450:222 3450:221 & 3450:222
Computer Science 3460:210 3460:209 & 3450:208 3460:209
Modern Languages 3500:102 3500:101 3500:101
3500:201 3500:102 3500:101 & 3500:102
3500:202 3500:201 3500:101, 3500:102 & 3500:201
3500:422 3500:202 3500:101, 3500:102, 3500:201 & 3500:202
3500:497 3500:202 3500:101, 3500:102, 3500:201 & 3500:202
3501:102 3501:101 3501:101
3501:201 3501:102 3501:101 & 3501:102
3501:202 3501:201 3501:101, 3501:102 & 3501:201
3501:301, 3501:302, 3501:303 or 3501:304 3501:202 3501:101, 3501:102, 3501:201 & 3501:202
3502:102 3502:101 3502:101
3502:201 3502:102 3502:101 & 3502:102
3502:202 3502:201 3502:101, 3502:102 & 3502:201
3502:301, 3502:302, 3502:303 or 3502:304 3502:202 3502:101, 3502:102, 3502:201 & 3502:202
3510:102 3510:101 3510:101
3510:201 3510:102 3510:101 & 3510:102
3510:202 3510:201 3510:101, 3510:102 & 3510:201
3510:303 or 3510:304 3510:202 3510:101, 3510:102, 3510:201, & 3510:202
3520:102 3520:101 3520:101
3520:201 3520:102 3520:101 & 3520:102
3520:202 3520:201 3520:101, 3520:102 & 3520:201
3520:301, 3520:302, 3520:303, 3520:304, 3520:305, 3520:306, 3520:311, 3520:312, 3520:351, 3520:402, 3520:403, 3520:422 3520:202 3520:101, 3520:102, 3520:201 & 3520:202
3520:352 3520:351 3520:101, 3520:102, 3520:201 & 3520:202
3520:413 3520:301 or 3520:302 3520:101, 3520:102, 3520:201 & 3520:202
3520:427 3520:305 or 3520:306 3520:101, 3520:102, 3520:201 & 3520:202
3530:102 3530:101 3530:101
3530:201 3530:102 3530:101 & 3530:102
3530:201 or 3530:202 3530:102 3530:101, 3530:102 & 3530:201
3530:301, 3530:302 or 3530:422 3530:202 3530:101, 3530:102, 3530:201 & 3530:202
3530:403 or 3530:404 3530:302 3530:101, 3530:102, 3530:201 & 3530:202
3530:406 or 3530:407 3530:302 or 3530:306 3530:101, 3530:102, 3530:201 & 3530:202
3550:102 3550:101 3550:101
3550:201 3550:102 3550:101 & 3550:102
3550:202 3550:201 3550:101,3550:102 & 3550:201
3550:301 or 3550:302 3550:202 3550:101, 3550:102, 3550:201 & 3550:202
3560:102 3560:101 3560:101
3560:201 3560:102 3560:101 & 3560:102
3560:202 3560:201 3560:101, 3560:102 & 3560:201
3560:422 3560:202 3560:101, 3560:102, 3560:201 & 3560:202
3570:102 3570:101 3570:101
3570:201 3570:102 3570:101 & 3570:102
3570:202 3570:201 3570:101, 3570:102 & 3570:201
3580:102 3580:101 3580:101
3580:112 3580:101 or 3580:111 3580:101
3580:201 3580:102 3580:101 & 3580:102
3580:202 3580:201 3580:101, 3580:102 & 3580:201
3580:211 3580:102 or 3580:112 3580:101 & 3580:102
3580:212 3580:201 or 3580:211 3580:101, 3580:102 & 3580:201
3580:301, 3580:302, 3580:303, 3580:307 or 3580:308 3580:202 3580:101, 3580:102, 3580:201 & 3580:202
3580:340 two of 3580:301, 3850:302 & 3580:303 3580:101, 3580:102, 3580:201 & 3580:202
3580:351 3580:301, 3850:302 and 3580:303 3580:101, 3580:102, 3580:201 & 3580:202
3580:401, 3580:402 or 3580:403 3580:301 & {3580:302 or 3580:303} 3580:101, 3580:102, 3580:201 & 3580:202
3580:404, 3580:405, 3580:406 or 3580:410 3580:340 and two of 3580:401, 3580:402 & 3580:403 3580:101, 3580:102, 3580:201 & 3580:202
3580:409, 3580:411, 3580:412, 3580:416, 3580:418, 3580:419, 3580:422, 3580:425, 3580:427 or 3580:430 3580:407 or 3580:408 3580:101, 3580:102, 3580:201 & 3580:202
3580:431 or 3580:432 two of 3580:401, 3580:402 & 3580:403 3580:101, 3580:102, 3580:201 & 3580:202
Statistics 3470:262 3470:261 3470:261

College of Health Professions 

Discipline Course Prerequisite Approved for Bypass Credit
American Sign Language 7700:102 7700:101 7700:101
7700:201 7700:101 & 7700:102 7700:101 & 7700:102
RN-BSN Sequence (Limited to Licensed Registered Nurses) 8200:336 8200:211, 8200:217, 8200:230, 8200:350, 8200:360, 8200:370, 8200:380 & 8200:410

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) is a national program that offers the opportunity to obtain college credit by examination. A variety of experiences may have prepared a person to earn college credit. The qualifying score required to receive credit for a specific course is determined by the Ohio Board of Regents and the Academic Department in which the course resides. Credits earned in this manner are included in the total credits completed but are not assigned a grade and do not count in the quality-point ratio, class standing, or graduation with honors calculations. Credit by CLEP may not be used to repeat for change of grade. CLEP tests are administered Monday through Friday. Contact the Counseling Center at 330-972-7084 to make a reservation and/or obtain more information.

The following guidelines outline the terms under which The University of Akron will accept the results of specified CLEP tests for college credit. Students may also refer to their academic advisor to determine whether CLEP and other prior learning exams (ie. DSST) apply toward University of Akron transcripts.

Business

CLEP Test Qualifying Score Course(s) Awarded Credit Awarded
Financial Accounting 65 and above 6200:201 Principles of Accounting I 3
Introduction to Business Law 60 and above 6400:220 Legal and Social Environment of Business 3
Principles of Management 50 and above 2420:103 Essentials of Management Technology 3
Principles of Marketing 65 and above 6600:205 Marketing Principles 3

 Composition and Literature

CLEP Test Qualifying Score Course(s) Awarded Credit Awarded
American Literature 53 and above OTM Arts and Humanities Credit 3
Analyzing and Interpreting Literature 59 and above OTM Arts and Humanities Credit 3
College Composition/College Composition Modular 50 and above Remediation Free (Ready to Enroll in 2020:121 or 3300:111) 0
English Literature 62 and above OTM Arts and Humanities Credit 3

History and Social Sciences

CLEP Test Qualifying Score Course(s) Awarded Credit Awarded
American Government 56-62 OTM Social Sciences Credit 4
63 and above 3700:100 Government and Politics in the United States 4
History of the United States I 56 and above 3400:250 U.S. History to 1877 4
History of the United States II 57 and above 3400:251 U.S. History since 1877 4
Human Growth and Development 58 and above 3750:230 Developmental Psychology 4
Humanities 55 and above OTM Arts and Humanities Credit 3
Introduction to Educational Psychology 62 and above OTM Social Sciences Credit 3
Introductory Psychology 59 and above 3750:100 Introduction to Psychology 3
Introductory Sociology 56 and above 3850:100 Introduction to Sociology 3
Principles of Macroeconomics 56 and above 3250:201 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
Principles of Microeconomics 57 and above 3250:200 Principles of Microeconomics 3
Social Sciences and History 62 and above OTM Social Science Credit 3
Western Civilizations I 55 and above 3400:210 Humanities in Western Traditions I 4
Western Civilizations II 54 and above OTM Arts and Humanities Credit 3

Modern Languages

CLEP Test Qualifying Score Course(s) Awarded Credit Awarded
French Language 55 to 64 3520:101 Beginning French I 4
3520:102 Beginning French II 4
65 and above 3520:101 Beginning French I 4
3520:102 Beginning French II 4
3520:201 Intermediate French I 3
3520:202 Intermediate French II 3
German Language 59 to 66 3530:101 Beginning German I 4
3530:102 Beginning German II 4
67 and above 3530:101 Beginning German I 4
3530:102 Beginning German II 4
3530:201 Intermediate German I 3
3530:202 Intermediate German II 3
Spanish Language 56 to 62 3580:101 Beginning Spanish I 4
3580:102 Beginning Spanish II 4
63 to 67 3580:101 Beginning Spanish I 4
3580:102 Beginning Spanish II 4
3580:201 Intermediate Spanish I 3
68 and above 3580:101 Beginning Spanish I 4
3580:102 Beginning Spanish II 4
3580:201 Intermediate Spanish I 3
3580:202 Intermediate Spanish II 3

Science and Mathematics

CLEP Test Qualifying Score Course(s) Awarded Credit Awarded
Biology 50 and above OTM Natural Sciences without Labs Credit 3
Calculus 64 and above 3450:221 Analytic Geometry-Calculus 4
Chemistry 50 to 64 OTM Natural Sciences without Labs Credit 3
65 and above 3150:151 Principles of Chemistry I 3
College Algebra 63 and above 3450:145 Algebra for Calculus 4
College Mathematics 57 and above OTM Mathematics, Statistics, and Logic Credit 3
Information Systems 50 and above General Elective 3

Credit by Examination

A student interested in earning credits by special examination may do so with the permission of the dean of the student's college and the dean of the college in which a particular course is offered and by payment of the special examination fee. The grade obtained in such an examination is recorded on the student's permanent academic record. Credit by examination is not permitted in the semester before graduation. Credit by examination may not be used to repeat for change of grade.

International Baccalaureate

The University of Akron recognizes the academic quality of the International Baccalaureate (IB) program and the efforts of students enrolled in IB coursework by awarding advanced-standing credit for the completion of the IB Diploma. Higher level examination scores are considered for departmental credit in the areas of French, Spanish, German, Geography, Latin, Greek, Economics, Chemistry, History, English, Social Anthropology, Mathematics, Music and Physics. Although minimum scores for the awarding of credit may vary by subject area, generally scores of four or five are sufficient. No credit is awarded for IB Subsidiary examinations, with the exception of some foreign languages.

IB Test IB Score Course No Title Hours
Biology HL 4 3100:103 Natural Science: Biology 4
HL 5 3100:111 Principles of Biology I 4
HL 6 or 7 3100:111 & 3100:112 Principles of Biology I & II 8
HL 6 or 7 3100:100 & 3100:103 Introduction of Botany & Natural Science: Biology (for non-science majors) 8
Mathematics HL 4 3450:145 College Algebra 4
Chemistry HL 4 3150:101 or 3150:152 Chemistry for Everyone or Principles of Chemistry I Lab 4 or 1
HL 5 3150:110 & 3150:111 Introduction to General, Organic & Biochemistry I & Lab 4
HL 6 3150:151 & 3150:152 Principles of Chemistry I & Lab 4
HL 7 3150:151, 3150:152 & 3150:153 Principles of Chemistry I & Lab and Principles of Chemistry II 7
Economics HL 4 or higher 3250:244 Introduction to Economic Analysis 3
English A1 Hl 4 or 5 3300:111 English English Composition I 3
HL 6 or 7 3300:111 & 3300:112 English Composition I & II 6
English A: Language & Literature HL 4 or 5 3300:111 English Composition I 3
HL 6 or 7 3300:111 & 3300:112 English Composition I & II 6
English A: Literature HL 4 or 5 3300:111 English Composition I 3
HL 6 or 7 3300:111 & 3300:112 English Composition I & II 6
French SL 4 3520:101 Beginning French I 4
SL 5 3520:101 & 3520:102 Beginning French I & II 8
SL 6 3520:101, 3520:102 & 3520:201 Beginning French I & II and Intermediate French I 11
SL 7 3520:101, 3520:102, 3520:201 & 3520:202 Beginning French I & II and Intermediate French I & II 14
German SL 4 3530:101 Beginning German I 4
SL 5 3530:101 & 3530:102 Beginning German I & II 8
SL 6 3530:101, 3530:102 & 3530:201 Beginning German I & II and Intermediate German I 11
SL 7 3530:101, 3530:102, 3530:201 & 3530:202 Beginning German I & II and Intermediate German I & II 14
History of the Americas HL 4 or 5 3400:250 United States History to 1877 4
HL 6 or 7 3400:250 & 3400:251 United States History to 1877 & United States History since 1877 8
History of Europe/ME HL 4 or higher 3400:289 World Civilization: Middle East 2
Physics HL 5 3650:291 Elementary Classical Physics I 4
HL 6 or 7 3650:291 & 3650:292 Elementary Classical Physics I & II 8
Psychology HL 4 or higher 3750:100 Introduction to Psychology 3
Spanish SL 4 3580:101 Beginning Spanish I 4
SL 5 3580:101 & 3580:102 Beginning Spanish I & II 8
SL 6 3580:101, 3580:102 & 3580:201 Beginning Spanish I & II and Intermediate Spanish I 11
SL 7 3580:101, 3580:102, 3580:201 & 3580:202 Beginning Spanish I & II and Intermediate Spanish I & II 14

Military Credit

Ohio GI promise, created through Executive Order 2008-17S in July 2008, calls for all University System of Ohio institutions to participate in the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) Consortium. This membership guarantees that The University of Akron will work with veterans to award military credit towards degree completion.

Veteran students should request a copy of their credit from The American Council on Education (ACE) and send this transcript to the Transfer Student Services Center, Akron, Ohio 44325-2001. The credit will be evaluated and posted to the student's record upon enrollment at The University of Akron. Students should consult with academic advisors to determine how military training, experience and coursework credits can be used most effectively in meeting degree requirements.

The College Credit Plus Program (CCP)

The College Credit Plus Program was created by the Ohio Legislature to allow secondary school (7-12) students in Ohio to enroll in a college or university. The program is available to qualified students in grades 7-12 who are enrolled in any public, private, parochial, or home school.

Through the College Credit Plus Program, students are eligible to enroll in The University of Akron classes for the summer, fall and spring semesters. Itis recommended that prospective students work with their school counselors to discuss specific school policies.

College Credit Plus is not intended to be a substitute for the academic programs, social growth or maturing experience provided by Ohio’s schools. It is not intended to interfere with or replace advanced placement courses nor the school’s college preparatory curriculum available to students within their school system.

About the program

Advantages for college-level learning during 7th through 12th grade:

  • Strengthening the middle and high school curriculum and raising expectations for high school students.
  • Reducing the total number of credits needed to be earned in college. 
  • Potentially reducing the time required for the baccalaureate and costs to parents, students and taxpayers.
  • Enriching the undergraduate college curriculum by lessening the need to take introductory courses, consequently allowing earlier entry into advanced courses, facilitation of double majors, or permitting additional electives.

CCP pays the following for students receiving dual credit: 

  • All tuition and fees applied to the bill at the time of registration. 
  • Registration fees including changes in a UA course schedule if changes are due to secondary school schedule conflicts initiated by a UA administrator. 
  • All required textbooks and non-consumable items. Please note: All required textbooks and non-consumable items must be returned at the end of the term.

Admission Requirements

Eligibility

Preferred Requirements for 7th through 12th grade applicants:

  • 3.0 cumulative GPA and a 21 ACT composite or 1060 SAT math and Evidenced-based Reading & Writing combined score.
  • The Office of Admissions will evaluate the cumulative GPA and ACT or SAT scores to determine college readiness for applicants.
  • All applicants MUST meet at least one of the minimum College Readiness Standards in Writing, Reading or Mathematics as determined by the Ohio Department of Higher Education.

Application Deadlines

Application deadline for the summer and fall semesters is April 15.  The application deadline for the spring semester is October 15.

Steps to apply for admission

  1. Complete the Undergraduate Admission Application; select College Credit Plus as the type of student.
  2. Complete the Signature Page. Signatures are required by the student, parent or guardian, and the school counselor.
  3. Submit an official school transcript. For applicants in the 7th grade, the transcript should include 6th and 5th grades. For applicants in the8th grade, transcripts should include 7th and 6th grades.
  4. Submit ACT or SAT test score results (testing must be completed prior to the application deadline).

Tech Prep

College Tech Prep is value-added education. This program integrates technical training and college preparatory academics beginning in high school and continuing through a minimum of an associate degree. College Tech Prep prepares students for highly skilled occupations supported by regional business and industry in the areas of business, information, health and engineering technologies. The College Tech Prep pathway is a skill-building curriculum jointly designed by business, high schools and colleges. The is pathway links the high school experience with a college degree program.

For additional information regarding the College Tech Prep programs, contact Kelly Herold at 330-972-8832.

Transfer Credit

The Transfer Credit policy is subject to the appropriate approval process and as such may be subject to change.

The University of Akron awards transfer credit for non-remedial, non-developmental college-level coursework completed with earned grades of "D-" or better at an institution of higher learning in the United States which is fully accredited or has been granted candidacy status by one of the following regional institutional accrediting agencies: Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Higher Education; New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education; North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Higher Learning Commission; Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities; Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges; Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges; Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities. A summary of the number of credits accepted will be listed on the official academic transcript along with the name of the institution and dates of attendance.

No grade point value will appear on the record, and no grade point average will be calculated for the coursework listed. Transfer students shall be accorded the same class standing and other privileges as all other students on the basis of the number of credits earned. All residency requirements must be completed successfully at the receiving institution prior to the granting of a degree.

CLEP or Advanced Placement Credit posted on transcripts from previously attended regionally accredited Ohio colleges and universities is eligible for credit at The University of Akron. CLEP or Advanced Placement credit posted on transcripts from previously attended regionally accredited non-Ohio colleges and universities is not eligible for credit at The University of Akron. Students must present original documentation attesting to scores earned prior to receiving alternative credit considerations.

The University of Akron does not guarantee that a transfer student automatically will be admitted to all majors, minors or fields of concentration at the institution. For courses that have been taken at an institution of higher education noted in the reference above, the dean of the college in which the student intends to obtain a degree will specify which courses, other than General Education courses, will apply toward the degree requirements of the University. The office responsible for transfer student services will specify which courses listed will apply toward the General Education program requirements.

Transfer students must meet all University of Akron residency requirements.

For other types of transferable credit, please see the section on Alternative Credit Options.

Note: Official transcripts and/or documentation for alternative credit can be obtained from the following web sites:

Credit Appeals

Appeals Regarding Transfer Credit:  Following the evaluation of the student’s transcript from another higher education institution or from ACE, the student will meet with an adviser or the Assistant Director of the Transfer & Adult Students Enrollment Center, to discuss how the credits apply.  Should the student not be satisfied with the way the credits articulate to UA graduation requirements, the student may submit an appeal in writing to the Director of the Transfer and Adult Student Enrollment Center.  The appeal should include a statement of why the appeal is being made, and should provide a syllabus of the course that the student completed, or the material that was covered in the course, including the amount of time devoted to various topics. The learning objectives of the course of study should also be provided.

If the appeal concerns transfer credit related to discipline requirements, the written appeal will be reviewed by the Chair/Director of the relevant department/school, or dean, as appropriate.  If the appeal concerns transfer credit related to General Education requirements, the appeal will be directed to the appropriate individual at the University responsible for the General Education program.

Appeals Regarding UA Credit:  In the event that a student seeks redress for the way in which a UA course is applied to General Education or degree requirements, students should first speak with their adviser.  Any subsequent appeal would then be directed to the appropriate individual at the University (e.g. the person responsible for the General Education program, or the relevant Chair/Director/Dean).

Final appeals in all cases will be handled by the Office of Academic Affairs