Undergraduate Catalog 2019-2020 
    
    Oct 16, 2019  
Undergraduate Catalog 2019-2020

Undergraduate Academic Policies



 

Academic Calendar

The University of West Georgia is on a semester system, with academic credit being awarded at the end of each semester. The fall and spring semesters are approximately 16 weeks and include a final exam period.  The summer semester is approximately 10 weeks and is composed of four short sessions:  one two week, two four-week, and one seven week.  Each session includes a separate final exam period.  A student may take up to 18 total hours per semester.   For information regarding exceptions granted to complete above 18 hours in a semester, please refer to Academic Load.

Academic Credit by Examination

The Advanced Placement (AP) Program is available through many high schools and enables a high school student to earn credit toward college in a variety of subjects. Usually these courses are equivalent to college freshmen/sophomore-level courses such as American Government, American History, Composition, and so forth. College credit will be awarded based on standardized exams administered at the high schools in mid to late May.

High school students who earn AP exam scores of 3 or higher (on a scale of 1-5) on most exams and who submit official score reports to West Georgia’s Admissions Office will automatically receive credit for coursework. Scores of 4 or higher are required to receive credit for history exams.

The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) is offered at West Georgia by appointment and allows persons to earn college credit by achieving appropriate cutoff scores on nationally standardized exams. Exams available cover a range of courses including math, history, government, literature, and sciences. Test registration information is available through the Testing Office (678-839-6435).

As with AP testing, CLEP is a great way to earn college credit. Not only will a person save time by not having to take a course containing material he or she already knows, but the student will also save money by not having to pay for a college class. Thus, CLEP enables a student to move through his or her freshman and sophomore years at a faster pace.

Departmental Exams. A few of the academic departments at West Georgia also offer the opportunity for credit by examination. The English Department, for example, allows per-sons who feel confident about their writing skills to write an essay evaluated by a depart-mental committee. If a passing credential is earned, the person will be allowed to exempt English 1101 and/or 1102, depending on the score. The Department of International Languages and Cultures also allows students to exempt certain introductory foreign language courses. To receive credit by examination, the student must pay a fee of $6/credit hour fee.

Test dates vary, so interested persons should contact the departments (English 678-839-6512; International Languages and Cultures 678-839-6515) for details.

Advanced Placement Policy (AP)

Advanced Placement (AP) scores must be reported to the University of West Georgia directly from the College Board. The UWG college code is 5900. More information can be found by visiting the College Board’s website at https://apscore.collegeboard.org/scores.

Please refer to the chart below to determine course equivalency, credit earned, and exemption information.

Scores of 4 or 5 on AP exams are granted “Honors credit” for the UWG course equivalents. These courses count toward the 10 honors classes required for Honors College graduation.

Questions concerning the policy should be directed to the Registrar’s Office Transfer Team by emailing transfer@westga.edu or calling (678) 839-6438.

Subject AP Exam Score UWG Course Equivalent UWG Hours
Art Art History
Art History
Art History
Studio Art - 2D/3D Design
Studio Art - 2D/3D Design
Studio Art - Drawing or General Portfolio
Studio Art - Drawing or General Portfolio
3
4
5
4
5
4
5
ART 1201 
ART 2201  or ART 2202 
ART 2201  and ART 2202 
ART 1006  or ART 1009 
ART 1006  and ART 1009 
ART 1007  or ART 1008 
ART 1007  and ART 1008  

3
3
6
3
6
3
6

Biology Biology
Biology
4
5
BIOL 1107  and BIOL 1107L 
BIOL 1107  and BIOL 1107L 
and
BIOL 1108  and BIOL 1108L  
4
8
Chemistry Chemistry
Chemistry
Chemistry
2
3
4-5
CHEM 1151K 
CHEM 1211  and CHEM 1211L 
CHEM 1211  and CHEM 1211L 
and CHEM 1212  and CHEM 1212L  
4
4
8
Computer Science Computer Science A or B 4-5 CS 1301   4
Economics Economics Macro
Economics Micro
3-5
3-5
ECON 2105 
ECON 2106  
3
3
English* English Literature and Composition
English Literature and Composition
English Literature and Composition
English Literature and Composition
3-4
5
3-4
5
ENGL 1101 
ENGL 1101  and ENGL 1102 
ENGL 1101 
ENGL 1101  and ENGL 1102  

3
6
3
6

Environmental Science Environmental Science 3-5 XIDS 2202   3
Foreign Languages French, German, and Spanish
French, German, and Spanish
French, German, and Spanish
French, German, and Spanish
2
3
4
5
Exemption of 1001 and
1002
2001
2001 and 2002
2001 and 2002 and Humanities Elective
0
3
6
9
Geography Human Geography 3-5 GEOG 1013   3
History World History
World History
United States History
United States History
European History**
European History**
4
5
4
5
4
5
HIST 1111  or HIST 1112 
HIST 1111  and HIST 1112 
HIST 2111  or HIST 2112