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CALCULUS: Math 103, 104, 114, 115, 240, 241 are regarded as Calculus courses. Here are the various possible ways to obtain credit for a Calculus course at Penn:
- Take and pass the course here at Penn
- External AP Exam
You can receive Advanced Placement (AP) credit for Math 104 by taking the external AP exam administered by the College Entrance Examination Board and receiving a score of BC 5. Credit is possible in this way only for Math 104. Although we do not give credit for any foreign exams, such as the German Abitur, French Bacc or English A-levels, students are invited to take our internal AP Exam to receive the equivalent appropriate advanced placement and credit.
Note: in the new curriculum students MAY NOT place out of the Sector or Formal Reasoning & Analysis requirements with AP credit but must rather take an appropriate course here. In particular: Students with AP in Math MAY fulfill the requirement if they take a course that has that course as a prerequisite or corequisite. That is, they need not limit themselves to courses on the Sector or Formal Reasoning lists. So, for instance, someone who has AP credit in Calculus (BC) and who takes any course at Penn that has calculus as a prerequisite or corequisite (for instance, PHYS 150) may use the Penn course to fulfill the Formal Reasoning and Analysis Requirement.
If you qualify for advanced placement credit, you must have the Educational Testing Service send official score reports to the Office of Advanced Placement and Transfer Credit at 215-898-7507, or email transfer AT admissions.ugao.upenn.edu.
You can use Penn in Touch to check if the transfer credit has been awarded. If the credit has not been awarded by 6 weeks after ETS sent your scores, please call the Transfer Credit Office at (215) 898-7507.
- Our Departmental Internal Placement Exam (open to all Penn students, not just freshmen.)
In the first week of each Fall and Spring semester we offer exams in all Calculus courses -- except for Math 103 [credit for Math 103 can be obtained only by taking the course as in Item 1 (above) or item 5 (below)].
By passing this exam, you receive credit even if you learned the material on your own rather than in a standard course.
Old Exams One way to evaluate yourself is simply by looking at old Final Exams: Math 103 Math 104 Math 114 Math 115 Math 240 Math 241
See the web page exam schedule for the date, time and room of these exams. Sign up in the Math Department office (DRL 4W1) by noon the day the exams are given; if you do not register, you may not be allowed to take the exam.
The content and level of difficulty of these exams are similar to the final exams given for the corresponding courses here at Penn. Syllabi and old exams for these courses can be downloaded from the Calculus Homepage of these courses.
No calculators are allowed, but you may bring a two-sided 8.5 × 11 inch sheet with notes. If you pass one of these exams you will receive credit for the corresponding course, just as if you took and passed the course.
- Retroactive Credit
If you get a grade of C or better in Math 114, Math 115, Math 116 (or a higher calculus course) at Penn, you may come to the math office and receive retroactive credit for Math 104. You cannot receive retroactive credit for Math 104 by only passing our AP exam for Math 114 or Math 115. You can receive Math 104 AP credit by passing the AP exam for Math 104.
If you pass Math 240 or Math 260 at Penn, with at least a grade of C, you may come to the math office and receive retroactive credit for 114.
- Transfer Credit----Please read this carefully before submitting your request
Take a Calculus course, during the regular academic year (Fall or Spring semester) at another College or University, and receive a grade of C+ or better (Math 103) or C or better for any other Calculus course. Instructions for submitting requests for transfer credit are here.
Important Note: We do not give credit for any course taken during high school, or for any course given at or by a College or University which is specifically designed for high-school students. We do not give transfer credit for Calculus courses taken at other Colleges or Universities during the summer, nor do we give transfer credit for Calculus courses taken elsewhere over the web (even if they are taken during the regular academic year). Taking such courses, however, may well be useful in preparing for the Departmental Internal Placement Exam (see above)
No credit can be awarded for Math 101-type courses (i.e., any precalculus course) under any circumstances.
MATH 170 and MATH 180Here are the various possible ways to obtain credit for Math 170 and Math 180 at Penn:
- Take and pass the course here at Penn.
- Take an equivalent course, during the regular academic year (Fall or Spring semester) at another College or University, and receive a grade of C+ or better and request review for transfer credit.. Instructions for submitting requests for transfer credit are here.
Important Note: We do not give transfer credit for the equivalent of a Math 170 taken at another College or University during the summer, nor do we give transfer credit for courses taken elsewhere over the web (even if they are taken during the regular academic year). There is no Internal Placement Test for Math 170 or Math 180.
ADVANCED COURSESWe define an advanced Math course to be any course numbered 300 or higher. Here are the various possible ways to obtain credit for an advanced course at Penn:
- Take and pass the course here at Penn.
- Take an equivalent course (during the regular academic year or during summer session) at another College or University, and receive a grade of C or better and request review for transfer credit.. Instructions for submitting requests for transfer credit are here.
"Free" CreditIn some cases courses taken elsewhere which do not correspond to any particular course given here at Penn may be awarded a "free credit", which means they may be used to fulfill general credit requirements for graduation even though credit is not given for any specific Penn course. Free credit is never given for any course below Calculus (for example College Algebra or Pre-Calculus).
To request a review for transfer credit:1) Submit your request for transfer credit through the XCAT system of the College of Arts and Sciences. A transfer credit committee member will review your submission. Individual appointments with a committee member are no longer required in general and will only be scheduled under unusual circumstances.
2) Your submission must include
a) the college catalog course description from the catalog of the school where you took the course, valid for the semester you took the course;
b) a detailed syllabus listing the topics actually covered in the class; reference to specific sections in a particular text without section titles/topics is insufficient as the evaluator will likely not have a copy of that text at hand. You can include copies of the relevent parts of the index from the text you used in case the topics are not listed. FAILURE TO SUBMIT AN ADEQUATE SYLLABUS IS THE MOST COMMON CAUSE OF EITHER HAVING YOUR REQUEST REJECTED OR RETURNED TO YOU FOR FURTHER INFORMATION.
3) Please submit all requests for courses in Statistics (even if listed as Math courses at your previous college) to the Statistics Dept. in the Wharton School.
4) Links to the required information are acceptable, but they must lead to information that is correct for the semester in which you took the course to be evaluated. A copy of the syllabus of the course as it was taught when you took it is required.
5) If you have difficulty uploading your documents to XCAT, be sure to convert all documents to .pdf format before uploading. If, after converting, you are still unable to upload your documents, you should enter your request through XCAT and note in the comments field that you will provide hard copy of your documents to the Math. Department. Deliver your documents to the Math Office, room 4W1 in Rittenhouse Laboratory (33rd and Walnut Sts.)
Failure to provide sufficient, accurate information may result in your request being returned to you for further information or your request may be rejected. Your request cannot be processed without complete and accurate information. If the syllabus of the course you took covers all the topics covered in the syllabus for a course here at Penn you will normally be given credit for it. If the courses are taken at a College or University on the quarter system, transfer credit is evaluated on a case by case basis.
Courses whose content is below the level of Math 103-Introduction to Calculus will be given no credit, so please do not submit courses such as "College Algebra" or "Precalculus."
If you are not sure if a particular course should or shouldn't be submitted, compare its syllabus to the appropriate Penn Calculus course or to our Math 170 or 180; if the syllabus is similar, submit your course. If you are still not sure, please contact the Undergrad Chair (UGradChair AT math.upenn.edu) for advice..