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    Fort Lewis College
   
 
  Nov 23, 2017
 
 
    
2015 - 2016 Catalog of Courses [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Transfer, Examination, and Prior Learning Credit Policies


The purpose of the College’s policies on transfer of credit, credit by examination, and assessment of prior learning for credit for undergraduate students is to facilitate degree completion while maintaining the academic integrity of a Fort Lewis College degree.

It is the student’s responsibility to submit official transcripts for any and all previously attempted or earned transfer credit as well as any additional documentation required when a transcript is from an international institution, to request official score reports for all examinations to be sent, and to present the required documents for assessment of prior learning. These documents should be submitted before the first term of attendance to ensure the student and advisors have full knowledge of a student’s progress toward degree completion.

Fort Lewis College only allows demonstration of prior learning for military service and independent study.

Transfer Credit Policies

General Policies

Courses are generally accepted in transfer to Fort Lewis College if they are regular, college-level academic courses completed with grades of C- or better at an institution of higher education accredited by one of the following regional accrediting agencies:

  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges
  • Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association
  • Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Western Association of Schools and Colleges

Courses that will not transfer include those that are not college level, such as remedial and developmental; non-academic courses such as vocational, career exploration, cooperative education, internships, independent study, workshops, and practicums. Courses with grades of D+ or lower or with the grades pass/fail, credit/no credit, or satisfactory/unsatisfactory will not transfer, with the following exceptions: courses with grades of pass, credit, or satisfactory may be accepted if they are physical education (PE) courses or if the student demonstrates that the course could not be taken under the normal A-F grading mode and the sending institution verifies that the grade awarded is equivalent to a C- or better.

Transfer credits more than 10 years old will not be automatically accepted and require special approval to be applied toward general education, major, auxiliary, or minor requirements.

Courses accepted in transfer become part of the credits completed and are not used in grade point average (GPA) calculations. The Fort Lewis College GPA is based on work completed at Fort Lewis College only.

Lower division credits are freshman and sophomore-level credits (courses numbered 100 and 200, respectively, at Fort Lewis College). Upper division credits are junior and senior-level credits (courses numbered 300 or 400, respectively, at Fort Lewis College). Lower and upper division designation is based on the transfer institution’s lower and upper division designation. Course equivalency may be granted for a lower division course from another college that is an upper division course at Fort Lewis College, but the course will not count as upper division credit at Fort Lewis College. Credits earned at a two-year college cannot be used to meet Fort Lewis College’s credit requirement in upper division courses. In cases where a course being transferred does not have a Fort Lewis College equivalent, the course will post with the appropriate departmental prefix and a “T” identifier within the course number (for example, Math T104).

The maximum number of credits that may transfer toward a baccalaureate degree at Fort Lewis College is 90. Within these 90 credits, the maximum number of credits that may transfer from an accredited two-year college is 60.

For academic program purposes, the catalog in effect for graduation requirements for a transfer student is the catalog in effect when the student transfers to Fort Lewis College. Previous catalogs may be used only when specified by a particular articulation.

Colorado Institution Transfer Policies

Students transferring from a Colorado public institution to Fort Lewis College benefit from a system of policies developed by the Colorado Department of Higher Education to facilitate the transfer of credit among the state’s institutions of higher education.

Transfer of General Education Courses

Colorado’s gtPathways program allows students who successfully complete guaranteed lower division general education courses at a two-year or four-year Colorado public institution of higher education to apply that credit toward the lower division general education requirements at another Colorado public institution in all majors unless a specific statewide articulation agreement exists. Students must earn a C- grade or better in each course in order for the course to transfer. Details of the guaranteed general education curriculum may be found on the Colorado Department of Higher Education website.

Transfer of an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science Degree

Students who complete an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree with 60 transferable credits will transfer with junior standing, provided that the student has earned a C- or better in each course, and will be able to complete a baccalaureate degree by taking 60 additional credits, unless the Colorado Commission on Higher Education has approved additional requirements.

State policy facilitates transfer of A.A. and A.S. degrees into specific majors at Colorado public four-year colleges/universities through statewide articulation agreements, other transfer agreements, and institutional transfer guides.

Statewide articulation agreements exist between Colorado public two-year colleges and Fort Lewis College in the following majors: Anthropology, Art - Art Option, Biology, Business Administration – Business Administration Option, Chemistry - Chemistry Option, Economics – Economics Option, Early Childhood Teacher Education, Elementary Teacher Education, English - General Option, Geology - Geology Option, History – General Option, Mathematics, Music - General Music Studies Option, Philosophy, Physics - Physics Option, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology/Human Services – General Option, and Spanish – Spanish Option. These agreements are published on the Colorado Department of Higher Education website.

Other transfer agreements exist between Colorado public two-year colleges and Fort Lewis College in Engineering. This agreement is published on the Colorado Department of Higher Education website.

Institutional transfer guides exist between Colorado public community/junior colleges and Fort Lewis College in all majors and options not covered by a statewide articulation or other transfer agreement. These guides are published on the Fort Lewis College website.

Out of State Institution Transfer Policies

Students who transfer to Fort Lewis College with credit from an out-of-state college/university will have their courses evaluated on a course-by-course basis. All out-of-state Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degrees must be approved by the Coordinator of General Education in order to qualify for a waiver of the Liberal Arts Core requirements. A list of institutions which have already been approved/not approved for the waiver may be found here: http://www.fortlewis.edu/registrar/TransferInformationandPolicies/NonColoradoAAASDegreeTransferPolicy.aspx

At the time of transfer, an inquiry may be made to the Registrar’s Office regarding the status of any AA or AS degree not appearing on approved/not approved lists.

International Institution Transfer Policies and Procedures

Students submitting coursework or a degree from an international institution will have that work reviewed on a case-by-case basis to determine transferability.

With the exception of students transferring credit as part of a Fort Lewis College study abroad experience, students submitting transcripts from international institutions must follow these procedures:

  1. Request the international institution to send an official transcript to Fort Lewis College.
  2. If not in English, send copy of transcript and course descriptions to University Language Services (ULS) for translation.
  3. Send ULS translation report to Fort Lewis College.
  4. Apply for credential evaluation by the World Education Services (WES) and submit copies of required documentation as required by WES for the country of the institution. Select “Course by Course” evaluation. Request WES to send the report to the Registrar’s Office at Fort Lewis College.

Transfer Inquiry/Appeals Process

The inquiry/appeals process applies to transfer appeals from Colorado public colleges as well as all other accredited colleges.

The student may appeal:

  • A decision regarding the transferability of a specific course(s);
  • A decision regarding the way in which a specific course(s) transferred;
  • The institution’s failure to provide a transcript evaluation within the designated 30 calendar day period
  1. The appeal must be submitted in writing to the Registrar’s Office. The decisions regarding course transferability and/or placement made in the initial transcript evaluation will be binding if the student fails to file a written letter of appeal within 15 calendar days:
    1. The Registrar’s Office and appropriate department chair will review the written appeal submitted by the student.
    2. The appropriate department chair will have 30 calendar days to review the student’s appeal. The Registrar’s Office will inform the student in writing of the department’s decision on the appeal, including the rationale for that decision. In addition, the student shall be informed in writing about the process for appealing the appeal decision should the student feel that reasonable doubt exists about the validity of the appeal decision.
    3. If the Registrar’s Office fails to inform the student of the available appeal options, the departmental decision shall be null and void. The student’s request prevails and cannot be overturned by any institutional administrator or committee.
  2. An opportunity to appeal the first appeal decision:
    1. The student may appeal the first appeal decision by writing the Vice President for Academic Affairs at Fort Lewis College. The appeal must be filed within 15 calendar days of the postmark date of the letter notifying the student of the departmental decision. If the student fails to file an appeal within this time period, the original decision shall be binding.
    2. Fort Lewis College must hear and reach a decision on the appeal within 15 calendar days after the appeal is filed.
    3. The student will be notified in writing by Fort Lewis College of its decision regarding the transfer appeal and the rationale for the decision. In addition, the institution shall inform the student that the student may appeal the decision by writing the governing board.
  3. An opportunity to appeal the institutional appeal decision:
    1. The student may appeal the institutional decision by writing the Vice President for Academic Affairs. The appeal must be filed within five calendar days of the postmark date of the letter notifying the student of the institutional decision. If the student fails to file an appeal within this time period, the institutional decision shall be binding.
    2. The governing board staff shall review and reach a decision on the appeal within five calendar days after the appeal is filed.
    3. The student will be notified in writing by the governing board of its decision regarding the transfer appeal and the rationale for the decision. In addition, the institution shall inform the student that the student may appeal the decision by writing the Department of Higher Education. The appeal must be filed within five calendar days of the postmark date of letter notifying the student of the governing board’s decision.

Department of Higher Education Procedures for Resolution of Student Transfer Disputes

The appeals process is to be initiated by the student after all remedies have been exhausted without resolution of the issue at the institutional level.

An appeal is initiated by the student informing the Colorado Department of Higher Education in writing of the situation and the reason for the appeal. Complete instructions regarding this level of appeal may be found on the Colorado Department of Higher Education website.

Credit by Examination

Institutional Credit by Examination

Credit for some courses may be earned through institutional examinations. This procedure is limited to regular catalog courses and may not apply to such courses as special topics, independent study, practicums, or internships.

The student should apply to the appropriate department chair, who may assign a faculty member to administer the exam. The chair will ensure that the reason(s) for the examination is legitimate, and, if the course is an advanced one, that the student has the necessary prerequisites.

A student may not take a special exam for a course that he has already taken in the regular fashion, regardless of the grade earned previously unless it was an audit grade. Additionally, a student may not take a special exam for a course for which he/she is currently registered.

The fee for credit by examination is listed in the current year Tuition and Fee schedule and must be paid before the exam is given. A proctoring fee may also be assessed.

External Credit by Examination

College credit is also awarded for exceptional performance on tests administered by the following external testing agencies. To qualify for college credit based on test performance, the test must be completed prior to taking any collegiate coursework at Fort Lewis College in the same area.

Advanced Placement

Fort Lewis College participates in the Advanced Placement Program of the College Entrance Examination Board. Under this program, outstanding secondary school students may take certain college-level courses in their own high schools. Satisfactory scores on an examination administered and graded by the College Board are forwarded to Fort Lewis College and may serve as a basis for credit and/or advanced placement. For additional information, students should consult their high school counselor or write to the College Entrance Examination Board, Box 592, Princeton, NJ 08550.

Advanced Placement Test Minimum
Score
Required
for Credit
 
Fort Lewis College Equivalency
Course Title Credits
Art-2D Design 4 ART 190 - 2D Design 4
Art-3D Design 4 ART 190 - 3D Design 4
Art-Drawing 4 ART 190 - Drawing 4
Art-History 4 Art 190 - Art History 6
Biology 3 BIO 112 - Introduction to Organismic and Evolutionary Biology  (SC2)
BIO 190 - Biology
4

2
Chemistry 3 CHEM 150 - Fundamentals of Chemistry I: Atoms/Molecules  (SC1)
CHEM 151 - Fundamentals of Chemistry II: Chemical Reaction  (SC1)
4

4
Economics (Microeconomics) 3 ECON 262 - Principles of Microeconomics   (SS1) 4
Economics (Macroeconomics) 3 ECON 272 - Principles of Macroeconomics  (SS1) 4
English (Lang and Comp) 3 ENGL 190 - Language and Composition
ENGL 191 - Language and Composition
3
3
English (Lang and Comp) 4 COMP 150 - Rhetoric and Research  (CO1)
ENGL 190 - Language and Composition
4
2
English (Literature/Comp) 3 ENGL 190 - Language and Composition
ENGL 191 - Language and Composition
3
3
English (Literature/Comp) 4 COMP 150 - Rhetoric and Research  (CO1)
ENGL 190 - Language and Composition
4
2
Environmental Science 3 BIO 190 - Environmental Science 6
French 3 ML 147 - Elementary French I  
ML 148 - Elementary French II  
4
4
Government and Politics (Comp) 3 PS 190 - Government and Politics (Comp) 6
Government and Politics (United States) 3 PS 110 - U.S. National Government  
PS 190 - Government and Politics
4
2
History (European) 4 HIST 160 - Survey of Western Civilization I  (HI1)
HIST 261 - Western Civilization II: 1350 to Present  (HI1)
4
4
History (United States) 4 HIST 280 - Survey of US History: 1600-1877  (HI1)
HIST 281 - Survey of US History: 1877-Present  (HI1)
4
4
History (World) 4 HIST 150 - World Civilization I  (HI1)
HIST 151 - World Civilization II  (HI1)
4
4
Human Geography 3 GEOG 190 - Human Geography 6
Italian 3 ML 190 - Elementary Italian I
ML 190 - Elementary Italian II
4
4
Latin 3 ML 109 - Introductory Latin I  
ML 110 - Introductory Latin II  
4
4
Mathematics (Calculus AB) 3 MATH 121 - Pre-Calculus  (MA1)
MATH 190 - Calculus
4
2
Mathematics (Calculus AB) 4 MATH 221 - Calculus I   (MA1)
MATH 190 - Calculus
4
2
Mathematics (Calculus BC) 3 MATH 221 - Calculus I  (MA1)
MATH 190 - Calculus
4
2
Mathematics (Calculus BC) 4 MATH 221 - Calculus I  (MA1)
MATH 222 - Calculus II   (MA1)
4
4
Music Theory 3 MU 128 - Theory and Musicianship I  
MU 190 - Music Theory
5
1
Physics B 3 PHYS 201 - Physics - Non-Calculus I  
PHYS 202 - Physics - Non-Calculus II  
4
4
Physics C 3 PHYS 217 - Physics - Science and Engineering I  (SC1)
PHYS 218 - Physics - Science and Engineering II  
4

4
Physics 1 3 PHYS 201 - Physics - Non-Calculus I   4
Physics 2 3 PHYS 202 - Physics - Non-Calculus II   4
Psychology 3 PSYC 157 - Introduction to Psychology  (SS3)
PSYC 190 - Psychology
4
2
Spanish Language 3 ML 115 - Elementary Spanish I  
ML 116 - Elementary Spanish II  
4
4
Spanish Literature 3 ML 215 - Intermediate Spanish I  (AH4)
ML 216 - Intermediate Spanish II  (AH4)
4
4
Statistics 3 MATH 201 - Elementary Statistics  (MA1)
MATH 190 - Statistics
4
2

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

Fort Lewis College has adopted a policy whereby up to a maximum of 24 credits may be granted on the basis of appropriate scores on the general examinations of the College Level Examination Program (CLEP). Here is a complete listing of Fort Lewis College’s CLEP policies.

CLEP Test Minimum
Score
Required
for Credit
 
Fort Lewis College Equivalency
Course Title Credits
American Government 50 PS 110 - U.S. National Government  (SS1) 4
American Literature 50 ENGL 240 - Survey of American Literature  (AH2) 4
Biology 50 BIO 112 - Introduction to Organismic and Evolutionary Biology  (SC2)
BIO 190 - Special Topics
4

2
Calculus 50 MATH 221 - Calculus I  (MA1) 4
Chemistry 50 CHEM 150 - Fundamentals of Chemistry I: Atoms/Molecules  (SC1) 4
College Algebra 50 MATH 113 - Algebra for Calculus  (MA1) 4
College Composition 50 COMP 150 - Rhetoric and Research  (CO1) 4
College Math 50 MATH 105 - College Mathematics  (MA1) 3
English Literature 50 ENGL 230 - Survey of British Literature  (AH2) 4
French Language 45-49 ML 147 - Elementary French I   4
French Language 50-54 ML 147 - Elementary French I  
ML 148 - Elementary French II  
4
4
French Language 55-58 ML 147 - Elementary French I  
ML 148 - Elementary French II  
ML 247 - Intermediate French I  (AH4)
4
4
4
French Language 59 ML 147 - Elementary French I  
ML 148 - Elementary French II   
ML 247 - Intermediate French I  (AH4)
ML 248 - Intermediate French II  (AH4)
4
4
4
4
Human Growth and Development 50 PSYC 254 - Life Span Human Development   4
Humanities 50 GS 190 - Special Topics 6
Intro. to Educational Psychology 50 PSYC 190 - Special Topics 4
Introductory Business Law 50 BA 260 - Business Law and Ethics   4
Introductory Psychology 50 PSYC 157 - Introduction to Psychology   (SS3) 4
Introductory Sociology 50 SOC 190 - Special Topics 3
Natural Sciences 50 BIO 112 - Introduction to Organismic and Evolutionary Biology  (SC2) 4
Pre-Calculus 50 MATH 121 - Pre-Calculus   (MA1) 4
Principles of Microeconomics 50 ECON 262 - Principles of Microeconomics  (SS1) 4
Principles of Macroeconomics 50 ECON 272 - Principles of Macroeconomics  (SS1) 4
Spanish Language 45-49 ML 115 - Elementary Spanish I   4
Spanish Language 50-56 ML 115 - Elementary Spanish I  
ML 116 - Elementary Spanish II  
4
4
Spanish Language 57-62 ML 115 - Elementary Spanish I  
ML 116 - Elementary Spanish II  
ML 215 - Intermediate Spanish I  (AH4)
4
4
4
Spanish Language 63 ML 115 - Elementary Spanish I  
ML 116 - Elementary Spanish II  
ML 215 - Intermediate Spanish I  (AH4)
ML 216 - Intermediate Spanish II  (AH4)
4
4
4
4
U.S. History I: Early Colonizations to 1877 50 HIST 280 - Survey of US History: 1600-1877  (HI1) 4
U.S. History II: 1865 to the Present 50 HIST 281 - Survey of US History: 1877-Present  (HI1) 4
Western Civilization I: Ancient Near East to 1648 50 HIST 160 - Survey of Western Civilization I  (HI1) 4
Western Civilization II; 1648 to the Present 50 HIST 261 - Western Civilization II: 1350 to Present  (HI1) 4

International Baccalaureate

The International Baccalaureate is a comprehensive course of study for academically talented high school students in select high schools throughout the world. The number of credits awarded for successful completion of an IB diploma program will be a minimum of 24 semester credits. Questions about the IB program should be directed to International Baccalaureate North America, 475 Riverside Dr, 16th Floor, New York, NY 10115, (212) 696-4464.

IB Subject Exam Title Level of Evaluation Exam Score Fort Lewis College Course Title Semester Hours
Anthropology Higher

Standard
4

 
ANTH 210 - Introduction to Sociocultural Anthropology   (SS3) (4), ANTH 190 (2) 
No Credit
6
Art Higher
Standard
4
4
ART 190
ART 101 - Drawing I  
6
4
Biology Higher



Standard
4



4
BIO 112 - Introduction to Organismic and Evolutionary Biology  (SC2) (4), BIO 113 - Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Biology   (4)

BIO 190 (3)
8



3
Chemistry Higher



Higher


Standard
5



4


4
CHEM 150 - Fundamentals of Chemistry I: Atoms/Molecules  (SC1) (4),
CHEM 151 - Fundamentals of Chemistry II: Chemical Reaction  (SC1) (4)
CHEM 150 - Fundamentals of Chemistry I: Atoms/Molecules  (SC1) (4),
CHEM 190 (2)
CHEM 190 (3)
8



6


3
Computer Science Higher
Standard
4
 
GS 190 (4)
No Credit
4
Design Technology Higher
Standard

 
No Credit
No Credit
 
Economics Higher
Standard
4
4
ECON 190 (6)
ECON 190 (3)
6
3
English (A-1) Higher

Standard
4

 
COMP 150 - Rhetoric and Research  (CO1) (4), ENGL 190 (2)

No Credit
6
French (A-1) Higher
Standard
4
4
ML 390 (6)
ML 147 - Elementary French I  (4), ML 148 - Elementary French II  (4)
6
8
French (B) Higher

Higher

Standard
 
7,6

5,4

4
 
ML 247 - Intermediate French I  (AH4) (4), ML 248 - Intermediate French II  (AH4) (4), ML 390 (3)
ML 247 - Intermediate French I  (AH4) (4), ML 248 - Intermediate French II  (AH4) (4)
ML 147 - Elementary French I  (AH4) (4), ML 148 - Elementary French II   (AH4) (4)
11

8

8
 
Geography Higher

Standard
4

4
GEOG 110 - World Regional Geography  (SS2) (4), GEOG 190 (2)

GEOG 110 - World Regional Geography  (SS2) (4)
6

4
History of Europe Higher


Standard
4


4
HIST 160 - Survey of Western Civilization I  (HI1) (4), HIST 261 - Western Civilization II: 1350 to Present  (HI1) (4)

HIST 190 (3)
8


3
History of the Americas Higher

Standard
4

4
HIST 281 - Survey of US History: 1877-Present  (HI1) (4), HIST 190 (3)
HIST 190 (3)
7

3
World History Higher

Standard
4

4
HIST 150 - World Civilization I  (HI1) (4), HIST 151 - World Civilization II  (HI1) (4)
HIST 190 (3)
8

3
Latin Higher

Standard
4

4
ML 109 - Introductory Latin I (4), ML 110 - Introductory Latin II   (4)
ML 109 - Introductory Latin I (4)
8

4
Mathematics Higher and
Further
Higher
Higher
Standard
5

5
4
 
MATH 221 - Calculus I   (MA1) (4), MATH 222 - Calculus II  (MA1) (4)
MATH 221 - Calculus I  (MA1) (4), MATH 190 (2)
MATH 113 - Algebra for Calculus  (MA1) (4), MATH 190 (2)
No Credit
8

6
6
Music Higher
Standard
4
 
MU 190 (6)
No Credit
6
Philosophy Higher

Standard
4

4
PHIL 141 - Introduction to Philosophy   (AH3) (4), PHIL 190 (2)

PHIL 190 (3)
6

3
Physics Higher

Standard
4

4
PHYS 217 - Physics - Science and Engineering I  (SC1) (4), PHYS 218 - Physics - Science and Engineering II  (4)
PHYS 190 (3)
8

3
Psychology Higher

Standard
4

4
PSYC 157 - Introduction to Psychology  (SS3) (4), PSYC 190 (2)

PSYC 157 - Introduction to Psychology  (SS3) (4)
6

4
Russian (B) Higher
Standard
4
5
ML 190 (6)
ML 190 (4)
6
4
Spanish (A-1) Higher

Standard
4

4
ML 319 - Advanced Spanish Conversation and Composition I  (4), ML 390 (2)
ML 319 - Advanced Spanish Conversation and Composition I  (4)
6

4
Spanish B Higher


Higher

Standard
7,6


5,4

4
ML 215 - Intermediate Spanish I  (AH4) (4), ML 216 - Intermediate Spanish II  (AH4) (4), ML 319 ML 319 - Advanced Spanish Conversation and Composition I  (4)
ML 215 - Intermediate Spanish I  (AH4) (4), ML 216 - Intermediate Spanish II  (AH4) (4)
ML 115 - Elementary Spanish I  (4), ML 116 - Elementary Spanish II  (4)
12


8

8
 
Theatre Higher
Standard
4
4
THEA 190 (6)
THEA 190 (3)
6
3

DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST)

The DSST exams were developed to enable schools to award credit to students for knowledge equivalent to that which is learned by students taking the course. The exams have been approved by the American Council on Education (ACE). The ACE provides both a recommended passing score and a recommended number of credits that could be awarded to successful students. With these recommendations in mind, Fort Lewis College awards the following credit for selected DSST exams.

DANTES Subject Standardized Test Minimum
Score
Required
for Credit
 
Fort Lewis College Equivalency
Course Title Credits
Art 48 ART 190 - Art 3
Criminal Justice 49 PS 241 - Introduction to Criminal Justice Systems  (SS1) 4
General Anthropology 47 ANTH 151 - Introduction to Anthropology  (SS3) 4
Introduction to Business 46 BA 190 - Introduction to Business 4
Physical Geology 45 GEOL 190 - Physical Geology 4

Credit for Prior Learning

 

Prior learning is defined as academic knowledge gained through work experience, military service, community involvement, or independent study.

Fort Lewis College only allows demonstration of prior learning for military service and independent study.

Learning through independent study can be demonstrated through credit by examination.

Learning through military service can be demonstrated by submitting a written request for an evaluation of credits for military service to the Registrar’s Office.  The DD 214 form, military transcript, and the credit recommendation from the American Council on Education must be attached to the request.