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Natural Sciences Departmental Policy on Gaining Credit for Prior Learning (Prior)

The conditions under which credit for prior learning in the natural sciences can be earned are as follows:

  • The course for which credit is being sought must correspond in its content to a course that is currently offered by the Natural Sciences department or one that is normally offered within a college of liberal arts. Credit for prior learning cannot be earned for subjects that are normally taught only within specialized degree or certificate program in applied fields such as engineering or the health professions.
  • Competence is demonstrated by passing the final examination of the corresponding course. If there is a laboratory component to the course, laboratory competence will evaluated by practical examination.
  • The student must be an admitted Metropolitan State student.
  • The Prior proposal must be approved by department head before the student registers.
  • The Prior evaluator must be member of Natural Sciences Department faculty, resident or community; or hold a Ph.D. and have college-level teaching experience in the subject being evaluated and be approved by the department head

Note also that:

  • Credit for Prior Learning cannot be used to meet the General Education Goal III Natural Sciences requirement.


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