Credit for Prior Learning Available Subjects

Credit for Prior Learning Available Subjects

Environmental Science & Management 

ESM 220: INTRO TO ENVIRONMENTAL SYSTEMS

Credits: 4 
Prerequisites: STAT 243 (may be taken concurrently)
Type of CPL: Exam
Course Description: Introduction to the structure and function of terrestrial, aquatic, and atmospheric systems, including the human actions that affect them. Includes a lab section that introduces basic quantitative techniques for collecting and analyzing data from environmental systems.

ESM 231: ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMISTRY I

Credits: 4
Prerequisites: -
Type of CPL: Exam
Course Description: Basic concepts and principles of chemistry as it applies to environmental problems. This will include: the nature of matter and chemical reactions, water chemistry, water pollution, atmospheric chemistry, soil chemistry, toxicological chemistry and industrial ecology. Examples will be used that illustrate the social and economic importance of environmental chemistry. This is the first course in a sequence of two: ESM 230 and ESM 231 and must be taken in sequence.


Geography

GEOG 210: PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY

Credits: 4 
Prerequisites: -
Type of CPL: Exam
Course Description: An introduction to the physical elements of geography and the environment in which people live. The focus is on natural processes that create physical diversity on the earth. Major topics are weather and climate, vegetation and soils, landforms, ecosystems, their distribution and significance.

GEOG 230: ENVIRONMENT & SOCIETY

Credits: 4 
Prerequisites: -
Type of CPL: Exam
Course Description: An introduction to the ways in which humans, acting through social constraints and structures, have lived in and modified their environment. The spatial patterns produced from human activities (such as population growth, transportation systems, urban structure, economic development, resource use and management, and the evolution of political patterns) are considered in a global context. Case studies from several world regions illustrate the processes by which humans modify their world to create distinctive cultural landscapes.

GEOG 313U: BIOGEOGRAPHY

Credits: 4 
Prerequisites: -
Type of CPL: Exam
Course Description: This course examines current and historical distributions of organisms as explained by environmental and biological factors. The goal of the course is to improve student understanding of how multiple factors such as soil properties, natural selection, climate change, and human activities shape the geography of organisms at local to global scales.

GEOG 488: GIS I – GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS I: INTRODUCTION

Credits: 4 
Prerequisites: -
Type of CPL: Exam
Course Description: Introduces the general principles and application of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Topics include geographic data models, the nature of geographic data, databases, data collection, mapmaking, and spatial analysis techniques. Students taking this course for CPL credit will be expected to demonstrate a variety of approaches to the analysis and display of spatial data using GIS software.


Mathematics & Statistics

All exam arrangements must be made by contacting the undergraduate advisor, Dr. Beatriz Lafferriere at mstatadv@pdx.edu.

MTH 251: CALCULUS I

  • Credits: 4
  • Prerequisites: Completion of Mth 112 with a grade of C- or above within the last year, or passing at the necessary level on the mathematics placement test within the last year (see Math Department webpage for information).
  • Type of CPL: Exam
  • Course Description: Differential and integral calculus of functions of a single variable, analytic geometry, infinite series, and applications. This is the first course in a sequence of three: Mth 251, Mth 252 and Mth 253 which must be taken in sequence.

MTH 252: CALCULUS II

  • Credits: 4
  • Prerequisites: Completion of Mth 112 with a grade of C- or above within the last year, or passing at the necessary level on the mathematics placement test within the last year (see Math Department webpage for information).
  • Type of CPL: Exam
  • Course Description: Differential and integral calculus of functions of a single variable, analytic geometry, infinite series, and applications. This is the second course in a sequence of three: Mth 251, Mth 252 and Mth 253 which must be taken in sequence. 

MTH 253: CALCULUS III

  • Credits: 4
  • Prerequisites: Completion of Mth 112 with a grade of C- or above within the last year, or passing at the necessary level on the mathematics placement test within the last year (see Math Department webpage for information).
  • Type of CPL: Exam
  • Course Description: Differential and integral calculus of functions of a single variable, analytic geometry, infinite series, and applications. This is the third course in a sequence of three: Mth 251, Mth 252 and Mth 253 which must be taken in sequence.

MTH 254: CALCULUS IV

  • Credits: 4
  • Prerequisites: Mth 253 or (Mth 252 and Mth 261).
  • Type of CPL: Exam
  • Course Description:  An introduction to differential and integral calculus of functions of several variables and applications.

MTH 261: INTRODUCTION TO LINEAR ALGEBRA

  • Credits: 4
  • Prerequisites: Mth 251 or passing at the necessary level of the mathematics placement test within the last year (see Math Department webpage for information).
  • Type of CPL: Exam
  • Course Description: Systems of linear equations, linear transformations, matrix algebra, vector spaces, and determinants.

STAT 243: INTRODUCTION TO PROBABILITY & STATISTICS I

  • Credits: 4
  • Prerequisites: Completion of Mth 95 with a grade of C- or above within the last year, or passing at the necessary level on the mathematics placement test within the last year (see Math Department webpage for information).
  • Type of CPL: Exam
  • Course Description: A basic course in statistical analysis including presentation of data probability, probability distributions, sampling distributions, estimation, tests of significance, experimental design and analysis of variance, regression and correlation, nonparametric statistics, selected topics, applications, and use of statistical computer packages. A broad nontechnical survey designed primarily for non-math students who need to utilize the subject in their own fields. Not approved for major credit. This is the first course in a sequence of two: Stat 243 and Stat 244 which must be taken in sequence. 

STAT 244: INTRODUCTION TO PROBABILITY & STATISTICS II

  • Credits: 4
  • Prerequisites: Completion of Mth 95 with a grade of C- or above within the last year, or passing at the necessary level on the mathematics placement test within the last year (see Math Department webpage for information).
  • Type of CPL: Exam
  • Course Description: A basic course in statistical analysis including presentation of data probability, probability distributions, sampling distributions, estimation, tests of significance, experimental design and analysis of variance, regression and correlation, nonparametric statistics, selected topics, applications, and use of statistical computer packages. A broad nontechnical survey designed primarily for non-math students who need to utilize the subject in their own fields. Not approved for major credit. This is the second course in a sequence of two: Stat 243 and Stat 244 which must be taken in sequence. 

Philosophy

PHL 308: ELEMENTARY ETHICS

Credits: 4
Prerequisites: -
Type of CPL: Exam
Course Description: General introduction to ethical theory. Attention will be given to such questions as whether there are objective moral distinctions, what makes right acts right and wrong acts wrong, and how we know (if we do) that actions are right or wrong. Among the theories to be considered are relativism, egoism, utilitarianism, and Kantianism.

PHL 310: ENVIRONMENTAL ETHICS

Credits: 4
Prerequisites: -
Type of CPL: Exam
Course Description: Critical study of issues raised by the attempt to formulate an adequate environmental ethic. Some of these issues deal with how our treatment of the environment affects other human beings, i.e., future generations. Others have to do with how non-human beings are to be treated. Do animals have rights? Do species have rights? Do our proper moral concerns extend to such things as trees, rivers, and possibly the planet itself? A number of current problems will be considered, such as population control, limits to growth, global warming, and endangered species.

PHL 324U: INTRO TO FORMAL LOGIC I

Credits: 4
Prerequisites: -
Type of CPL: Exam
Course Description: A course in basic formal logic. Major topics include the method of deduction for showing propositional arguments valid and the method of counter-example for showing such arguments invalid. Truth table methods, tests for consistency, and syllogistic arguments are optional topics.

PHL 325U: INTRO TO FORMAL LOGIC II

Credits: 4
Prerequisites: -
Type of CPL: Exam
Course Description: Continuation of Phl 324 Introduction to Formal Logic. Primary emphasis will be on formal methods for dealing with arguments involving the terms "all" and "some." Major topics include the method of deduction for showing predicate logic arguments valid, and the method of counter- example for showing such arguments invalid.

PHL 350: MORALITY & WORLD POLITICS

Credits: 4
Prerequisites: -
Type of CPL: Exam
Course Description: Introduction to central moral principles relevant for international relations. Topics include military, humanitarian, and covert intervention, economic sanctions, development assistance and human rights.


Physics

Physics offers exam credit only for the General Physics sequence. There are separate exams for each part of the sequence.

PH 201/202/203: GENERAL PHYSICS

  • Credits: 4 each
  • Prerequisites: Mth 112 OR a minimum of 75% on the ALEKS math placement test
  • Type of CPL: Exam
  • Course Description: Introductory physics for science majors. The student will explore topics in physics including Newtonian mechanics, electricity, and magnetism, thermal physics, optics, and modern physics.

PH 211/212/213: GENERAL PHYSICS (WITH CALCULUS)

  • Credits: 4 each
  • Prerequisites: Mth 251 or higher
  • Type of CPL: Exam
  • Course Description: Introductory physics for students majoring in science and engineering. The student will explore topics in physics including statics, dynamics, electromagnetism, thermodynamics, and optics using the methods of calculus.

PH 221/222/223: GENERAL PHYSICS (WITH CALCULUS)

  • Credits: 3 each
  • Prerequisites: Mth 251 (recommended)
  • Type of CPL: Exam
  • Course Description: Introductory physics for students majoring in engineering. The student will explore topics in physics including statics, dynamics, electromagnetism, thermodynamics, and optics using the methods of calculus. 

Urban Studies

USP 311U: INTRO TO URBAN PLANNING

Credits: 4
Prerequisites: upper division standing recommended
Type of CPL: Exam
Course Description: An interdisciplinary perspective on planning theories, principles, and practice. Focuses on the planning process, particularly at the local level. Explores the political, economic, social, and legal forces that influence the planning function and the roles of planners. Changing concepts in practice are also considered.


World Languages & Literatures

LOWER DIVISION COURSES

Find out about testing options for a wide variety of languages

Department of WLL at 503.725.3522, world@pdx.edu

UPPER DIVISION COURSES

FR 326: FRENCH CONVERSATION

Credits: 4
Prerequisites: FR 203
Type of CPL: Exam
Course Description: Developing speaking and listening skills in French with grammar review and readings.  FR 326 is 100% focused on oral communication in French. Students learn about French culture while performing everyday French: greeting, describing, explaining, telling, debating, and hypothesizing. The general objective is to develop language and communicative skills in speaking and listening primarily, at the intermediate ACTFL level. In general terms, students should be able to perform effectively with people with a French cultural background on their terms. Vocabulary tested is based on the textbook Tu sais quoi?!.