The Course Search and Mock Schedule tools allow students to develop potential schedules, searching for courses by criteria such as course number, department, keyword, time of day, instructor, or College requirement. Students still need to register using Penn InTouch.
The Course Timetable is updated every semester before the start of Advance Registration. It lists those courses that will be offered during the upcoming semester. The same listing of courses can be found through the Course Search function on Penn In Touch.
The Course and Room Roster is available before the start of classes each semester, and is an updated version of the Course Timetable. It lists courses to be offered in the upcoming semester including their room assignments.
Academically Based Community Service Courses (ABCS) are service courses rooted in, and intrinsically linked to, teaching and research. With an emphasis on student and faculty reflection, ABCS is committed to linking theory and practice through activities that make a significant difference in the community of West Philadelphia and at Penn.
Supported by the Netter Center for Community Partnerships, Academically Based Community Service (ABCS) courses involve hands-on, real-world problem solving and work to build a sustained engagement that transforms students into active community members and citizens. Through their work with West Philadelphia public schools, communities of faith and community organizations, ABCS faculty and students work to solve critical community issues in a variety of areas, such as the environment, health, arts and education. Over 160 ABCS courses from diverse schools and disciplines across the University have engaged in work in West Philadelphia through the Netter Center for Community Partnerships.
While primarily intended for graduate students, courses numbered 500-599 are also open to undergraduate students. Registration for courses numbered 600 and above requires permission of the instructor, a letter from the chair of the department in which the course is offered, and the endorsement of the Dean of the College.
Preceptorials are short, small, non-credit seminars coordinated by the Preceptorials Committeeand led by distinguished faculty, outstanding graduate students, lauded external educators and exceptional undergraduate students during New Student Orientation (NSO). The program is designed to foster an interactive and educative environment that
values learning for learning's sake. Preceptorials are not graded, so that students are given the opportunity to have a guided learning experience outside the traditional setting of a classroom.
Courses affiliated with Communication Within the Curriculum (CWiC) offer a variety of speaking assignments and are housed in a number of departments. Every affiliated course requires students to work with the CWiC advisor assigned to the course to improve their classroom presentations.
The Creative Writing Program offers workshops in fiction, non-fiction, poetry, journalistic writing, screenwriting and playwriting. It also offers minors in Creative Writing and Journalistic Writing; publishes a literary journal highlighting the work of students, faculty and eminent alumni writers; and provides qualified English majors the opportunity to earn honors in English by submitting a creative thesis. Throughout the year, the program invites visiting writers to Penn for readings and talks and sponsors a University-wide writing contest each spring.
The University of Pennsylvania offers students direct access to some of the finest collections of art, artifacts, and rare books and manuscripts in the world. The incorporation of these objects into course instruction exposes students to these collections and enhances the learning environment of the classroom.
Here is a list of courses that plan to have at least two class sessions at the Penn Museum, Kislak Center for Rare Books and Manuscripts, or another cultural institution. Note that this list is not comprehensive.
The first few semesters are an excellent opportunity to be adventurous and request courses that engage your intellectual curiosity. It is also wise to keep potential major interests in mind, but not limit yourself to a single field of study. Browse the list of entry courses to majors recommended by the College's departments and programs. The Course Search and Mock Schedule functions on Penn InTouch can help you search for courses using a variety of criteria.
While not required, freshman seminars are an excellent introduction to academic life in the College and are highly recommended for first- or second-semester students. The primary goal of the freshman seminar program is to provide every freshman with the opportunity for a direct personal encounter with a faculty member in a small class setting devoted to a significant intellectual endeavor. Freshman seminars also fulfill College General Education Requirements.
At the time they first enroll in a beginning- or intermediate-level language course, all students who have previously studied that language must have a placement score. The only students exempt from having a placement score are those who have never studied the language before. Credit will not be given for a language course taken at a lower level than a student's placement score indicates.
French and Spanish offer online exams. Written exams for Arabic, Chinese, Italian, Hebrew, Russian, Latin and German are offered at the beginning of each semester. The schedule and location of these exams in the fall will appear on the New Student Orientation website during the preceding summer.
Students wishing to be evaluated in a modern language other than those taught by the language departments should consult the Penn Language Center.
Students who feel their placement scores do not accurately reflect their language level, or students who have other questions about their language study, should make an appointment to speak with the coordinator of their particular language program. Read more >>
Check back in early June for a link to the Penn Diagnostic Placement Exam on June 8th.
Math Diagnostic Placement Exam
Students should first complete the Math Diagnostic Placement Exam available through the Canvas system and work with their academic advisor to determine which math course is appropriate, given their previous math exposure and the results of the exam.
Departmental Exams for Credit
All students are eligible to take the Mathematics Department's internal
exams for credit, which are offered at the beginning of the fall
semester. Near the end of the summer, the times and dates of the exams
will be posted near the top of the department's undergraduate web page.
Anyone who has studied calculus should consider taking these exams.
The department keeps no record of those who do not pass; thus, students
who take the exams and fail have lost nothing. The exams are open to all
without charge. More information is available on the Mathematics Department
A student may receive credit for MATH 104 (1 c.u.) by earning:
A score of 5 on the Advanced Placement (AP) Calculus BC exam
A score of 7 on the International Baccalaureate (Mathematics [Higher Level] plus Further Mathematics).
No credit is given for the AP Calculus AB exam regardless of score.
The Mathematics Department does not give credit for foreign examinations,
such as the German Abitur, the French Baccalaureat, and the English
MATH 101 is a half-credit online course that provides students with the necessary foundation in algebra and trigonometry. Students whose high school curriculum and score on the math placement diagnostic exam that indicates Math 101 as an appropriate placement should consult with the Mathematics Department before enrolling.
MATH 103 prepares students with little or no calculus in high school or need to strengthen the foundations of their calculus skills.
MATH 104 is the next course in the calculus sequence. Students may receive credit for MATH 104 with a 5 on the BC Math AP exam or a 7 on the Math with Higher Math IB exam. Students with MATH 104 credit may choose to continue in the calculus sequence for their major or intellectual interest. Some majors (such as Biochemistry, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics) specifically require MATH 104 and 114; otherwise students who need a second semester of calculus may take either 114 or 115. Not all students will need to take a second semester of calculus; when in doubt, consult a pre-major or department advisor.
MATH 114 and more advanced math courses will be appropriate for students with MATH 104 credit and placement through the diagnostic exam. Students who are interested in math or science might also want to consider a more challenging honors version of Calculus, Math 116 and Math 260 (the analogues of MATH 114 and MATH 240). These courses will cover the material more in depth and involve discussion of theory as well as computations.
Note: Students who request a math course may not get the exact lecture or recitation section they want. It may take some persistence to get into the course. The department never turns a student away because a course is full. The student can always be fit in somewhere, although not necessarily in the section or at the time the student prefers. Students who need help getting into a course should contact the Mathematics Department.
Students may be able to determine placement at a particular level in a variety of different subjects, either by means of an exam taken before matriculation (A.P., I.B.) or by taking a placement exam offered by a Penn department at the beginning of the semester.
In either case, students should consider the issue of placement very carefully. Determining the proper level at which to begin the study of a subject gives a student the best chance of success in that course. Placement exams are offered at Penn by language, science and the Mathematics Departments. Browse the sections below for more detailed information on these exams.