Retroactive Credit

Degree seeking students who enter the university with advanced preparation in Calculus, Music Keyboard Musicianship or German, French or Spanish, may receive retroactive credit as indicated below.

Institutional Policy Regarding the Awarding of Retroactive Credit:

French, German, or Spanish Languages

Math (Math 203 Calculus & Geometry II)

Music Keyboard Musicianship

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French, German, or Spanish Languages

Degree seeking students may earn up to 14 credits as identified below for their previous foreign language study in French, German or Spanish by completing courses beyond the 101 level. With a grade of “B” or better, credit will be given for all foreign language courses preceding the one in which the student has enrolled (of the eligible courses listed below), to a maximum of 14 credits. With a grade of “BC” or “C,” half credit will be given for the courses preceding the one in which the student has enrolled, to a maximum of seven credits.

For example, with four years of high school French, students who complete FRENCH 225 Conversation and Composition, with a grade of “B” will receive 14 retroactive credits for FRENCH 101, 102, 201, and 202 in addition to the three earned credits for FRENCH 225; students who complete the course with a “C” will receive seven retroactive credits for FRENCH 101 (2 of the total 4 credits), FRENCH 102 (2 of the total 4 credits), FRENCH 201 (1.5 of the total 3 credits), and FRENCH 202 (1.5 of the total 3 credits).

Students with previous foreign language study should select appropriate courses by either (1) counting a year of high school work as roughly equivalent to a semester of college work; or (2) taking the Wisconsin Foreign Language Placement Test. If a student has studied French for three years in high school, he or she should probably enroll in the fourth course in college (i.e., FRENCH 202). If more than two years have elapsed since the last language study, students should consult with a language faculty program coordinator to determine proper placement. Native speakers are generally not eligible to receive retroactive credit.

To determine eligibility for retroactive credit students must consult with the appropriate language program chair or course instructor who will advise them regarding which foreign language course they should take. If a student meets the criteria above, the course instructor must complete the Retroactive Credit Form and submit it to the Registrar’s Office. The appropriate courses and corresponding credits will then be recorded on the student’s transcript.

Students enrolled in FRENCH 202, GERMAN 202, or SPANISH 202 through the College Credit in High School (CCHS) program may be eligible to receive retroactive credit. This is the only retroactive credit option available to CCHS program students.

Complete with B or better

French 202

German 202

Spanish 202

Receive 11 retroactive credits for

French 101 – 4 crs.
French 102 – 4 crs.
French 201 – 3 crs.

German 101 – 4 crs.
German 102 – 4 crs.
German 201 – 3 crs.

Spanish 101 – 4 crs.
Spanish 102 – 4 crs.
Spanish 201 – 3 crs.

Complete with BC or C

French 202

German 202

Spanish 202

Receive 5.5 retroactive credits for

French 101 – 2 crs.
French 102 – 2 crs.
French 201 – 1.5 crs.

German 101 – 2 crs.
German 102 – 2 crs.
German 201 – 1.5 crs.

Spanish 101 – 2 crs.
Spanish 102 – 2 crs.
Spanish 201 – 1.5 crs.

Retroactive credit will not be awarded based on a student’s performance on any sort of test.  This includes, but is not limited to, AP, CLEP, or Challenge exams.  Retroactive foreign language credits may only be earned by satisfactorily passing a course at UW-Green Bay or through an approved CCHS program as described above.

Retroactive credits earned at any UW System institution or from Saint Norbert College courses will be honored and granted to transfer students.  Retroactive foreign language credits awarded by other institutions will not be granted to students who transfer to UW-Green Bay.  Students may request an exception to this policy by submitting a written appeal to the language coordinator of the department they wish to receive credit from.

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Math (Math 203 Calculus & Geometry II)

Students coming with a background in Calculus can be placed in MATH 203 Calculus & Geometry II and may receive retroactive credit for MATH 202: Calculus & Geometry I. If a student receives a grade of “C “or better then retroactive credit can be awarded for MATH 202 Calculus & Geometry. Credits for calculus at UW-Green Bay may also be awarded for satisfactory performance on an AP exam.  More details are available at http://www.uwgb.edu/oira/cfpl/ap/.

Retroactive credit for MATH 202 is not awarded to students who transfer to UW-Green Bay and have completed coursework deemed to be equivalent to MATH 203.  If the student completes Math 209 or 305 at UW-Green Bay, they may submit an approved Retroactive Credit Form to the Registrar’s Office to be awarded credit for MATH 202 only.

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Music Keyboard Musicianship

Students successfully completing MUS APP 21 Keyboard Musicianship II, MUS APP 31 Keyboard Musicianship III, or MUS APP 41 Keyboard Musicianship IV may be eligible to receive retroactive credit for preceding courses in this sequence.

In order to receive retroactive credit for one or more Keyboard Musicianship courses a student is required to earn a grade of “BC” or better; courses taken on a Pass/No Credit basis will not be eligible for retroactive credit. Retroactive credit will be given in Keyboard Musicianship for all of the courses in the sequence preceding the one in which the student has enrolled, to a maximum of 3 credits.

To determine eligibility for retroactive credit students must consult with a member of the Music faculty who will advise them regarding which Keyboard Musicianship course they should take. If a student meets the criteria above, the instructor must complete the Retroactive Credit Form and submit it to the Registrar’s Office. The appropriate courses and corresponding credits will then be recorded on the student’s transcript.

The awarding of retroactive credit for Keyboard Musicianship courses began in fall 2012.

Below is a chart depicting how retroactive credit would be awarded.

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Course Successfully Completed Cr Retroactive Credit Received Cr
MUS APP 21 Keyboard Musicianship II 1 MUS APP 11 Keyboard Musicianship I 1
MUS APP 31 Keyboard Musicianship III 1 MUS APP 11 & 21 Keyboard Musicianship I & II 2
MUS APP 41 Keyboard Musicianship IV 1 MUS APP 11, 21 & 31 Keyboard Musicianship I, II & III 3

Transfer students who have completed coursework deemed to be equivalent to any of the classes listed above must meet with a member of the Music faculty to determine if they are eligible for retroactive credit.

Last updated: October 17, 2013