Policies Governing Non-College Courses

Non-College courses are those offered by departments or programs that are in Penn schools other than the School of Arts and Sciences.

Since the College confers a Bachelor of Arts degree, 16 of the 20 c.u. outside the major must be Arts and Sciences courses, including:

  • Courses offered by a department or program in the School of Arts and Sciences or the Communication Program in the Annenberg School
  • Advanced placement credits given by College departments
  • Transfer and away credits given by College departments
  • Courses offered in the College of Liberal and Professional Studies.

Students who are unclear as to whether a given course is in the College should consult with an assistant dean in the College Office.

Credits Toward the Degree
 

Most students may count as many as 4 c.u. from schools outside Arts and Sciences toward the degree. Students who wish to take more than the minimum number of credits for graduation may take more than 4 c.u. from other schools. If a major requires more than 16 c.u., correspondingly fewer than 4 c.u. from other schools may be counted toward the degree.

For example, for a Biological Basis of Behavior major:

   18.5 course units in the major
+ 16 College required course units outside the major
+ maximum of 1.5 non-College course units
_____________
36 course units required to graduate

Courses taken in the following Penn schools are non-College.

Non-College courses that are used to fulfill a General Education Requirement are counted as College courses in calculating total credits needed for graduation.

Students considering a minor that includes non-College coursework should consult with an assistant dean in the College Office to confirm that they have will have enough College credits to graduate.

Transfer and Credit Away credits awarded by non-College departments are considered non-College courses.

The College does not award  credit for ROTC or Preceptorial courses.

The following are considered College courses:

  • Courses offered by a department or program in the School of Arts and Sciences or the Communication Program in the Annenberg School.
  • Advanced placement credits given by College departments
  • Transfer and credit away credits given by College departments
  • Those courses offered by the College of Liberal and Professional Studies which College of Arts and Sciences students may take.

Students who are unclear as to whether a given course is in the College should consult with an assistant dean in the College Office.