Students may be exempted from any of the studies required for the degree, except the required First-Year Writing course, provided they can demonstrate to the department concerned a reasonable competence in the elements of the course. Exemption from any of the studies required does not affect the general requirement for completion of 32 units of credit. It does, however, make it possible for some students to select more advanced courses earlier in their college careers.
Arrangements for exemption must be made with the chair of the department concerned. In addition to presenting credentials from earlier studies, some departments may require the student to take an examination, or present a paper or an acceptable laboratory notebook. See department listings in the catalog for specific policies.