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 credits 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 for advising.

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 credits, correspondingly fewer than 4 courses from other schools may be counted toward the degree.

For example, for a Biological Basis of Behavior major:

18.5 major courses
+ 16 College required courses outside the major
+ maximum of 1.5 non-College courses
_____________

36 c.u. required to graduate

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
  • 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 for advising.

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 academic advisor 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 any credit for ROTC or Preceptorial courses.