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2023 Siena Heights University Catalog 
    
2023 Siena Heights University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Alternative Credit


Non-Course Credit Options

 

Advanced Placement

Advanced Placement Credit will be accepted for scores of three (3) or higher. The amount of credit accepted will be determined by the appropriate department/program. All credit accepted will be recorded on the student’s transcript as credit (CR) only. No grade points will be assigned.

Credit earned by means of Advanced Placement will fulfill the Liberal Arts Requirements providing that such credit has been designated by the appropriate department/program chairperson as fulfilling Liberal Arts requirements.

Advanced Placement Test Name    Score Required    Credit Awarded    Course Equivalent
Art 2D Design 3 3 General Elective / Liberal Arts: Fine Performing Arts
Art Drawing 3 3 ART 109  
Art History 3 3 ARH 230  
Biology 4 BIO 101  
Biology 4 or 5 4 BIO 141  
Calculus AB 4 4 MAT 181  
Calculus BC 4 4 MAT 182  
Chemistry 3 or 4 4 CHE 141  
Chemistry 5 4 CHE 141   & CHE 142  
Chinese Language & Culture 3 3 General Elective Credit
Comparative Gov’t & Politics 3 3 PSC 260  
Computer Science A 3 3 General Elective Credit
Computer Science Principles 3 3 General Elective Credit
English Literature & Comp. 3 3 ENG 113  
English Language & Comp 3 3 ENG 101  
Environmental Science 3 4 Liberal Arts Science
European History 3 3 HIS 341  
French Language & Culture 4 3 Two- sessions Language Requirement
German Language 3 6 General Elective Credit
Human Geography 3 3 GEO 301  
Italian Language & Culture 3 3 General Elective Credit
Japanese Language & Culture 3 3 General Elective Credit
Latin: Virgil 3 3 General Elective Credit
Macroeconomics 3 3 ECO 222  
Microeconomics 3 3 ECO 221  
Music Theory 3 2 MMM 110  
Music Theory - Aural Sub 3 2 General Elective Credit
Music Theory - Nonaural Sub 3 2 MMM 110  
Physics I: Algebra based 3 4 Liberal Arts Science
Physics 2: Algebra based 3 4 PHY 142  
Physics 1 & 2 3 (each) 8 PHY 141   & PHY 142  
Physics B 3 4 PHY 141  
Physics C: Mechanics 3 4 PHY 161  
Physics C: Electricity & Magnetism 3 4 PHY 162  
Precalculus 4 or 5 4 MAT 159  
Psychology 3 3 PSY 111  
Research 3 3 ENG 102  
Seminar 3 3 LAS 141  
Spanish Language & Culture 4 4 300 Level SPA Requirement
Spanish Language & Culture 5 4 SPA 240   & SPA 241  
Spanish Literature & Culture 4 4 300 Level SPA Requirement
Spanish Literature & Culture 5 4 SPA 240   & SPA 241  
Statistics 4 3 MAT 174  
Studio Art 3 3 Studio Art Credit
U.S. History 3 3 HIS 210  
U.S. Government & Politics 3 3 PSC 130  
World History 3 3 HIS 111  

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

Siena Heights University awards credit for successful completion of CLEP as established by the University. For information about the CLEP program, please contact the Advising Office.

  1. Siena Heights University allows a maximum of 36 credit hours of CLEP credit toward the baccalaureate degree and 18 toward the associate degree.
  2. Siena Heights University awards three to nine credit hours (see below) for each CLEP subject matter examination passed at a scaled score of 50 or higher.
  3. Students may not receive CLEP credit for subjects for which they have already received college/university credit or for which they are in the process of earning college/university credit.
  4. Siena Heights University records the name of the CLEP examination on the student’s transcript along with the notation “CLEP Examination.” The grade of “CR” (meaning Credit) is also  recorded. No letter grades or honor points are awarded for CLEP credit.
  5. A student who passes a CLEP examination which is analogous to a program requirement may be given a written waiver for that requirement by the program director but may be required to take a substitute course in that program. 
  6. Credit earned by means of CLEP will fulfill the Liberal Arts requirements provided that such credit has been designated by the appropriate department/program chairperson as fulfilling Liberal Arts requirements.
  7. See Liberal Arts requirements for which CLEP exams satisfy Liberal Arts requirements.
  8. Liberal Arts Credit will be granted for successful completion in Calculus and Pre Calculus.
  9. Spanish Language Level I & II with a high score of 69 will receive 16 hours of credit equivalent to SPA 101  SPA 140  SPA 240  & SPA 241 .
  10. CLEP credit will be accepted within an Associate degree with transfer credit.

Credit Awarded for CLEP Examinations 

   Scaled Session                                   ACE Recommended  
General Examinations Score Hours Equivalency
College Composition 50 6 ENG 101   and ENG 102  
College Composition Modular 50 3 ENG 102  
Humanities 50 3 Elective Credit
Natural Sciences 50 6 Elective Credit
Social Sciences and History 50 6 Elective Credit

Subject Examinations
American Government 50 3 Elective Credit
American Literature 50 3 Elective Credit
Analysis and Interpreting of Literature 50 3 Elective Credit
Biology 50 6 Liberal Arts Science Credit
Calculus  50 4 MAT 181  
Chemistry 50 6 Liberal Arts Science Credit 
College Algebra 50 3 MAT 102 
College Mathematics 50 6 Elective Credit
English Literature 50 3 Elective Credit
Financial Accounting 50 3 Elective Credit
French Language Level I 50 6 Elective Credit
French Language Level II 59 9 Elective Credit
German Language Level I 50 6 Elective Credit
German Language Level II 60 9 Elective Credit
History of the United States I: Early Colonization to 1877 50 3 Elective Credit
History of the United States II: 1865 to Present 50 3 Elective Credit
Human Growth and Development 50 3 Elective Credit
Information Systems 50 3 Elective Credit
Introductory Business Law 50 3 Elective Credit
Introduction to Educational Psychology 50 3 Elective Credit
Introductory Psychology 50 3 PSY 111  
Introductory Sociology 50 3 SOC 111  
Pre Calculus 50 3 Liberal Arts Credit
Principles of Macroeconomics 50 3 ECO 222  
Principles of Management 50 3 Elective Credit
Principles of Marketing 50 3 Elective Credit
Principles of Microeconomics 50 3 ECO 221  
Spanish Language Level I 50 6 Elective Credit
Spanish Language Level II 63 9 Elective Credit
Western Civilization I: Ancient Near East to 1648 50 3 Elective Credit
Western Civilization II: 1648 to the Present  50 3 Elective Credit

International Baccalaureate Program (IB)

Siena Heights University awards 24 credits to students who earn the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma. Alternatively, the University awards credit for IB Higher Level (HL) examinations or IB Standard Level (SL) examinations in some subject areas. These transfer credits are evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Below is a list of IB classes that have been reviewed and will be accepted as credits for applicants who have applied.

IB Course Level Score Required SHU Equivalency
Biology HL 5-7 BIO 101  
Biology SL X Not Accepted
Chemistry HL 5 CHE 110  
Chemistry HL 6 or 7 CHE 141  and CHE 142  
Chemistry SL X Not Accepted
Economics SL X Not Accepted
Economics HL 5 or 6 ECO 221  
Economics HL 7 ECO 221   and ECO 222  
English A HL 5-7 ENG 101   
English A SL X Not Accepted
History HL 5-7 History Elective Credit
ITGS HL 5-7 General Elective Credit
Math HL 5-7 Three hours of Liberal Arts Math Requirements: through 2022 Fall Semester
Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches HL 6 or 7 MAT 181   and MAT 182  
Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches HL 5 MAT 181  
Mathematics: Applications and Interpretation HL 6 or 7 MAT 174   and MAT 181  
Mathematics: Applications and Interpretation HL 5 MAT 174  
Physics HL 5-7 PHY 141   and PHY 142   
Physics SL X Not Accepted
Psychology HL 5-7 PSY 111   
Psychology SL x Not Accepted
Spanish HL A 5 Three hours of 300+ Spanish literature classes
Spanish HL A 6 Three hours of 300+ Spanish literature classes
Spanish HL A 7 Six hours of 300+ Spanish literature classes
Spanish HL B 5 SPA 101 and SPA 140 
Spanish HL B 6 or 7 SPA 240 and SPA 241 
Spanish SL X Not Accepted

 

Prior Learning Credit

Prior to beginning a formal education at Siena Heights, students may have had significant learning experiences through work, non-university courses or training, community service, or other accomplishments. These learning experiences may be worth academic credit if (1) the learning is university-level, (2) the experience can be documented by a third party, and (3) the student can present documentation which gives evidence of the learning experience and thereby persuades the University of its value. Academic credit is awarded for university-level learning, not for the experience itself. The appropriate site director will provide assistance with guidelines and procedures for developing the petition. The final petition is evaluated by University faculty.

Credit earned by a Prior Learning Credit petition (1) counts as elective credit, (2) does not count toward residency, (3) may be awarded at a junior/senior level, (4) may fulfill a liberal arts requirement if approved by the appropriate department. There is a maximum of 9 credit hours for an Associate Degree and 18 credit hours for a Baccalaureate Degree.

Graduate College Credit for Prior Learning Experience

The graduate student who has prior learning experiences through work, non-college courses or training, community service, or other accomplishments, may be eligible for prior learning experience credit. The experiences must have provided graduate level equivalent learning outside the university classroom, with documentation to demonstrate the learning. The documentation for the petition for prior learning experience credit is evaluated by graduate faculty with expertise in the field or discipline in which credit is sought. All prior learning experience credit is noted as “CR” (credit) on the Siena Heights University transcript. No grade points are awarded. Due to state licensing restrictions in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, credit for prior learning experience can only be granted for electives.

Prior learning experience credit is typically added to the Siena Heights University transcript after the graduate student has completed a minimum of nine (9) credit-hours in a planned program at the university. Prior learning experience credit forms can be found on the Registrar’s Office site.