Sophia.org Equivalency List

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Sophia.org and Thomas Edison State University both used to prominently display equivalencies for Sophia courses. For unknown reasons, these practices were stopped. The information below should give you a rough idea in regard to transfers as of June 2020. This does not guarantee that a particular course will transfer into a particular slot.

Sophia courses each have a number of quizzes, tests, and submitted assignments.

  • Challenges are quizzes that you complete as you go through the a unit.
  • Milestones are tests that cover all the material in a unit, usually 2-4 challenges' worth of material (each milestone typically has 12-25 questions). With some courses, the final milestone counts towards your score; with other courses, you have to pass the final milestone but it does not count towards your score. Courses with just one milestone do not also have a final milestone.
  • Milestone counts do NOT include the final milestone unless it is the only milestone.
  • Touchstones are written or recorded assignments that you must submit to receive a grade.
  • The total number of challenges, touchstones, and milestones is not necessarily indicative of the difficulty of a course but it can be relevant when deciding whether to choose Sophia or another provider.

Sophia still provides equivalencies for Excelsior College and Charter Oak but that information is also provided here for the sake of comparison

UMPI Information[edit]

Basic information is provided here to allow comparison/contrast with other schools. More detailed information (allowing for better planning) is available on this page.

When a when a course is listed as having 2 or more equivalents at UMPI, this is because UMPI's transfer database shows both options as past transfers. There is no guarantee that courses will continue to transfer the same as listed here or in the transfer database.

WGU Information[edit]

WGU's acceptance of courses is not universal. It depends heavily on the degree. A student will have different requirements depending on whether they want a degree in teaching, business, healthcare, or technology. Students must decide what degree they want before deciding what Sophia classes they'll be taking.

For more detailed information on which Sophia courses are accepted for what WGU degrees, check out WGU's Sophia partnership page.

Business[edit]

Sophia Course Credits TESU Equivalent Excelsior Charter Oak UMPI Challenges Milestones Touchstones Final counts?
Accounting 3 ACC-101 Principles of Financial Accounting LD - Accounting/Finance Core Free Elective BUS-150 Intro to Financial Accounting 9 4 0 Y
Business Communication 3 BUS*222 Business Comm PCJ-215 Business Communication 13 4 4 N
Business Law 3 LAW-201 Business Law BUS*230 Business Law BUS-350 Business Law I 11 3 1 Y
Developing Effective Teams 1 HRM-215 Leadership or HRM-299 Special Topics in HRM Applied professional credit Accepted: Free Elective BUS-1XX Business Elective 3 1 0 N
Introduction to Business 3 BUS-101 Introduction to Business Lower Division - Elective Free Elective BUS-101 Introduction to Business 12 4 0 Y
Principles of Finance 3 FIN-200 Principles of Finance BUS-1XX Business Elective 15 4 0 Y
Principles of Management 3 MAN-301 Principles of Management BUS*341 Management Concepts & Applications BUS-101 Introduction to Business
Introduction to Business + Principles of Management = BUS-101 & BUS-1XX Business Elective
16 4 1 N
Project Management 3 MAN-235 Intro to Project Management Lower Division - Business/Project Management MGT750 Project Management (LL) BUS-141 Intro to Project Mgmt/MS Projects 8 4 0 N

Computer Science and IT[edit]

Sophia Course Credits TESU Equivalent Excelsior Charter Oak UMPI Challenges Milestones Touchstones Final counts?
IT Career Exploration 1 N/A Free Elective COS-1XX CS Elective or General Elective 7 1 2 Y
Introduction to Information Technology 3 CIS-107 Computer Concepts and Applications Applied Professional Elective N/A COS-103 Intro to Information Tech 12 4 0 Y
Introduction to Programming in Python 3 IT*211 Fundamentals of Programming COS-1XX Computer Science Elective 11 3 1 N
Introduction to Relational Databases 3 ITS-130 Database Fundamentals IT*370 Database Management Systems COS-1XX Computer Science Elective 19 5 0† Y
Introduction to Web Development 3 N/A IT*371 Web Design and Development COS-200 Introduction to Web Design or COS-100 Comp Sci Elective 9 3 0 N

† Introduction to Relational Databases does not have a Touchstone because the entire course can be considered to be a Touchstone. Almost every question requires students to query the sample database. While not especially difficult, this can be tedious and time-consuming. Students who are searching for a quick and easy class may want to consider a different source.

Introduction to Web Development is accepted by WGU as C779. The WGU version of this course has historically been reported to be more difficult than the Sophia version.

English and Communication[edit]

Sophia Course Credits TESU Equivalent Excelsior Charter Oak UMPI Challenges Milestones Touchstones Final counts?
Communication at Work 3 COM-199 Special Topics in Communications BUS 210 Organizational Communication 12 3 1 N
Conflict Resolution 3 COM-299 Special Topics Communication Communication (GEN ED) Free Elective BUS-210 Organizational Communication 17 6 0 N
Discover the Writer in You 3 12 0 5 N
English Composition I 3 ENC-101 English Composition I Language Arts (GEN ED) ENG 101 English Composition 1 ENG-101 College Composition 15 5 5 N
English Composition II 3 ENC-102 English Composition II Language Arts (GEN ED) Reportedly accepted, even though it's not on the official Sophia.org page ENG-121 College Composition II 9 0 7 N
Foundations of English Composition 3 Developmental course, no credits actually awarded Lower Division (GEN ED) N/A ENG-1XX English Elective 8 2 2 N
Public Speaking 3 COM-209 Public Speaking Communication (GEN ED) Oral Communication Requirement COM-210 Organizational Communication 12 4 4 N
The Essentials of Managing Conflict 1 SOS-240 Conflict Resolution Communication (GEN ED) N/A BUS-1XX Business Elective 3 1 0 N
The Power of Persuasion 3 10 0 6 N
Visual Communications 3 COM-231 Two-Dimensional Design Communication (GEN ED) Fine Art Elective COM-1XX General Elective 9 4 0 N

Humanities[edit]

Sophia Course Credits TESU Equivalent Excelsior Charter Oak UMPI Challenges Milestones Touchstones Final counts?
Ancient Greek Philosophers 3 PHI-226 Ancient Greek Philosophy Philosopy or Humanities (GEN ED) PHL230 Ancient Greek Philosophers (LA Elective) PHI-1XX Philosophy Elective 4 1 1 N
Approaches to Studying Religions 3 REL-100 Introduction to Religion Humanities (GEN ED) World Religion (Global Elective) ANT-1XX Anthropology Elective 15 3 3 N
Art History I 3 ART-166 History of Western Art I Humanities (GEN ED) FAR112 Art History I Fine Art (GenEd/Elective) ART-211 Art History I 15 3 0 N
Art History II 3 ART-167 History of Western Art II Humanities (GEN ED) Fine Art General Education ART-212 Art History II 11 3 0 N
College Readiness 3 Development course, no credits actually awarded Elective N/A No 8 3 1 Y
Introduction to Ethics 3 PHI-180 Introduction to Ethics Humanities (GEN ED) PHL201 Introduction to Ethics (Liberal Arts Ethics) PHI-152 Introduction to Ethics 11 4 0 N

Language[edit]

Sophia Course Credits TESU Equivalent Excelsior Charter Oak UMPI Challenges Milestones Touchstones Final counts?
Spanish I 3 SPA-101 Elementary Spanish I 9 3 5 Y


Math[edit]

Sophia Course Credits TESU Equivalent Excelsior Charter Oak UMPI Challenges Milestones Touchstones Final counts?
Calculus I 4 MAT-231 Calculus I MAT*220 Calculus I 21 6 0 Y
College Algebra 3 MAT-121 College Algebra Natural Science/Math (GEN ED) MAT 103 College Algebra MAT-117 College Algebra 18 5 0 N
Foundations of College Algebra 0 Developmental course, no credits actually awarded N/A N/A MAT-1XX Math Elective 6 2 0 N
Foundation of Statistics 2 Developmental course, no credits actually awarded Natural Science/Math (GEN ED) N/A MAT-1XX Math Elective 5 2 0 N
Introduction to College Mathematics 3 MAT-105 Applied Liberal Arts Mathematics MAT*101 Math for Everyday Life MAT-1XX Math Elective 15 5 0 Y
Introduction to Statistics 3 STA-201 Principles of Statistics Natural Science/Math (GEN ED) MAT 105 Principles of Statistics MAT-101 Basic Statistics 18 6 0 Y
Introductory Applied Math 1 Developmental course, no credits actually awarded MAT-1XX Math Elective 13 4 0 Y

Science[edit]

Sophia Course Credits TESU Equivalent Excelsior Charter Oak UMPI Challenges Milestones Touchstones Final counts?
Environmental Science 3 ENS-200 Environmental Science Natural Science/Math (GEN ED) ENV-110 Environmental Science SCI 201 Environmental Science 10 4 0 Y
Human Biology 3 BIO-101 Introduction to Biology Natural Science/Math (GEN ED) Biology Elective (No Lab) BIO-103 Human Biology 19 6 0 N
Introduction to Chemistry 3 CHE-199 Special Topics in Chemistry CHEM*1001 Natural Science CHY-1XX Chemistry Elective 12 5 0 Y

Social Science[edit]

Sophia Course Credits TESU Equivalent Excelsior Charter Oak UMPI Challenges Milestones Touchstones Final counts?
Introduction to Psychology (no longer offered) 3 PSY-101 Introduction to Psychology Social Sciences (GEN ED) PSY 101 Psychology PSY-100 General Psychology 18 6 0 N
Introduction to Psychology: Smarter Decisions Through Psychology 3 FEL-199 Special Topics Free Elective Social Sciences (GEN ED) PSY-1XX Psychology Elective 13 4 3 N
Introduction to Sociology (no longer offered) 3 SOC-101 Introduction to Sociology Social Sciences (GEN ED) SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology SOC-100 Introduction to Sociology 15 5 0 Y
Introduction to Sociology: Embracing Diversity and Collaboration 3 SOC-101 Introduction to Sociology Social Sciences (GEN ED) SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology SOC-100 Introduction to Sociology 12 6 2 Y
Macroeconomics 3 ECO-111 Macroeconomics Social Sciences (GEN ED) ECO 103 Macroeconomics ECO-1XX Economics Elective
Must also take Microeconomics
9 4 0 Y
Microeconomics 3 ECO-112 Microeconomics Social Sciences (GEN ED) ECO 104 Microeconomics ECO-207 Macro & Micro Economics
Must also take Macroeconomics
9 4 0 Y
Preparing for the Future of Work 3 FEL-199 Special Topics Free Electives BUS-1XX Business Elective 12 4 2 N
Taking Charge of Your Economic Future 3 BUE-101 Personal Finance Free elective ECO-1XX Economics Elective 12 4 2 N
US History I 3 HIS-113 American History I Social Sciences (GEN ED) HIS101 US History I General Education Requirement HTY-161 United States History I 12 4 0 N
U.S. History: Learn from the Past, Prepare for the Future 3 HIS-199 Special Topics in History HTY-1XX History Elective 10 3 3 N
US History II 3 HIS-114 American History II Social Sciences (GEN ED) HIS102 US History II General Education Requirement HTY-162 United States History II 16 4 0 N