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 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?
Business Communication 3 COM-202 Introduction to Business Communications BUS 222 Business Comm PCJ-215 Business Communication 13 4 4 N
Business Ethics 3 PHI-285 Ethics in Business BUS-353 Legal & Ethical Issues in Bus 12 4 2 Y
Business Law 3 LAW-201 Business Law BUS 230 Business Law BUS-350 Business Law I 11 3 1 Y
Financial Accounting 3 ACC-101 Principles of Financial Accounting ACC 211 Financial Accounting Free Elective BUS-150 Intro to Financial Accounting 9 4 0 Y
Introduction to Business 3 BUS-101 Introduction to Business Free Elective Free Elective BUS-101 Introduction to Business 12 4 0 Y
Managerial Accounting 3 ACC-1020 Managerial Accounting BUS-2XX Business Elective 14 5 0 Y
Personal Finance
Previously: Taking Charge of Your Economic Future
3 BUE-101 Personal Finance Applied Professional/Free Elective ECO-1XX Economics Elective 12 4 2 N
Principles of Finance 3 FIN-200 Principles of Finance BUS 350 Principles of Finance BUS-1XX Business Elective 15 4 0 Y
Principles of Management 3 MAN-2100 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 Free Elective MGT750 Project Management (LL) BUS-141 Intro to Project Mgmt/MS Projects 8 4 0 N

Career Success[edit]

Sophia Course Credits TESU Equivalent Excelsior Charter Oak UMPI Challenges Milestones Touchstones Final counts?
Career Readiness 3 Lower Level Applied Professional/Free Elective (can only award credit for this or Introduction to Career Readiness) GEL-1XX General Elective 13 3 4 Y
College Readiness 3 Development course, no credits actually awarded Duplicates Cornerstone Course/Cannot be accepted for credit N/A No 8 4 1 Y
Conflict Resolution 3 COM-299 Special Topics Communication COMM 324 Conflict Management (Lower Level Credit) Free Elective BUS-210 Organizational Communication 17 6 0 N
Developing Effective Teams 1 HRM-215 Leadership or HRM-299 Special Topics in HRM Humanities Elective Accepted: Free Elective BUS-1XX Business Elective 3 1 0 N
IT Career Exploration 1 N/A Applied Professional/Free Elective COS-1XX CS Elective or General Elective 7 1 2 Y
Introduction to Career Readiness 1 General Elective/Applied Professional Credit (can only award credit for this or Career Readiness) GEL-1XX General Elective 4 1 2 N
The Essentials of Managing Conflict 1 SOS-240 Conflict Resolution Humanities Elective. *Essentials of Managing Conflict duplicates Excelsior's COMM 324 and Sophia's Conflict Resolution course. Students can only have (1) course on file. N/A BUS-1XX Business Elective 3 1 0 N
Preparing for the Future of Work 3 FEL-199 Special Topics Free Electives BUS-1XX Business Elective 12 4 2 N
Workplace Writing I 3 ENG-1XX English Elective 12 0 5 N
Workplace Writing II 3 ENG-121 College Composition II 10 0 6 N

Computer Science and IT[edit]

Sophia Course Credits TESU Equivalent Excelsior Charter Oak UMPI Challenges Milestones Touchstones Final counts?
Introduction to Information Technology 3 CIS-1070 Computer Concepts and Applications IT 221 Introduction to Computers COS-103 Intro to Information Tech 12 5 0 N
Introduction to Java Programming 3 COS-1110 Introduction to Programming Technology Elective (AAT, BCY, BNX, BPT, and BEL degrees) COS-1XX Computer Science Elective 11 3 1 N
Introduction to Networking 3 ITS-1400 Introduction to Networking COS-1XX Computer Science Elective 18 4 6* Y
Introduction to Programming in Python 3 ITS-1500 Computer Programming I (get this pre-planned to confirm) Free Elective COS-1XX Computer Science Elective 11 3 1 N
Introduction to Relational Databases 3 ITS-1300 Database Fundamentals Free Elective COS-1XX Computer Science Elective 19 5 0† Y
Introduction to Web Development 3 N/A Free Elective Free Elective COS-2000 Introduction to Web Design or COS-1000 Comp Sci Elective 9 3 3 N
  • Only the final Touchstone of Introduction to Networking is graded. The other 5 Touchstones build up to/combine to create the final Touchstone. When considering grading time, this can be seen as a course with a single Touchstone.

† 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?
English Composition I 3 ENC-101 English Composition I ENG 101 English Composition ENG 101 English Composition 1 ENG-101 College Composition 15 5 5 N
English Composition II 3 ENC-102 English Composition II ENG 102- English Composition II (not applicable for BUS or TECH degrees) 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 N/A N/A Not Accepted 8 2 2 N
Public Speaking 3 COM-209 Public Speaking COMM 125 Public Speaking Oral Communication Requirement COM-210 Organizational Communication 12 4 4 N
Visual Communications 3 COM-231 Two-Dimensional Design Free Elective Fine Art Elective COM-1XX General Elective 9 4 0 N
Workplace Communication 3 COM-199 Special Topics in Communications Lower Level Humanities Credit BUS 210 Organizational Communication 12 3 2 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 PHIL 200 Introduction to Philosophy 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 Elective World Religion (Global Elective) ANT-1XX Anthropology Elective 15 3 3 N
Art History I 3 ART-166 History of Western Art I ART 101 History of West Art: Ancient through 14th Century FAR112 Art History I Fine Art (GenEd/Elective) ART-211 Art History I 15 3 1 ?
Art History II 3 ART-167 History of Western Art II ART 102- Since the 15th Century Fine Art General Education ART-212 Art History II 11 3 0 N
Critical Thinking 3 HUM-103 Creative Decision Making 13 4 1 Y
Introduction to Ethics 3 PHI-180 Introduction to Ethics Ethics Requirement 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?
French I 3 FRE-101 Elementary French I 12 3 5 Y
Spanish I 3 Lower Level Humanities Credit SPA-101 Elementary Spanish I 9 3 5 Y
Spanish II 3 Lower Level Humanities Credit SPA-102 Elementary Spanish II 9 3 5 Y

Math[edit]

Sophia Course Credits TESU Equivalent Excelsior Charter Oak UMPI Challenges Milestones Touchstones Final counts?
Calculus I 4 MAT-2310 Calculus I MAT 220 Calculus I MAT-131 Calculus I 21 6 0 Y
College Algebra 3 MAT-121 College Algebra MAT 114 Intermediate Algebra MAT 103 College Algebra MAT-117 College Algebra 18 5 0 N
Foundations of College Algebra (no longer offered) 0 Developmental course, no credits actually awarded Natural Science/Math Elective N/A Not Accepted 6 2 0 N
Foundation of Statistics 2 Developmental course, no credits actually awarded N/A N/A Not Accepted 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 MAT 201 Statistics MAT 105 Principles of Statistics MAT-101 Basic Statistics 18 6 0 Y
Introductory Applied Math (no longer offered) 1 Developmental course, no credits actually awarded MAT-1XX Math Elective 13 4 0 Y
Precalculus 3 MAT-1290 Precalculus Math Requirement MAT 121 Pre-Calculus 17 6 0 Y

Science[edit]

Sophia Course Credits TESU Equivalent Excelsior Charter Oak UMPI Challenges Milestones Touchstones Final counts?
Anatomy and Physiology I 3 BIO-2100 Anatomy and Physiology I w/out Lab BIO-1XX Biology Elective 17 4 0 Y
Anatomy and Physiology I Lab 1 BIO-1XX Biology Elective 10 0 2 N
Anatomy and Physiology II 3 BIO-2130 Anatomy and Physiology II w/out Lab BIO-1XX Biology Elective 13 4 0 Y
Anatomy and Physiology II Lab 1 BIO-1XX Biology Elective 15 0 2 N
Environmental Science 3 ENS-2000 Environmental Science Natural Sciences Elective ENV-110 Environmental Science SCI 201 Environmental Science 10 5 0 Y
Human Biology 3 BIO-1010 Introduction to Biology BIO 105 Anatomy & Physiology I Biology Elective (No Lab) BIO-103 Human Biology 19 6 0 N
Human Biology Lab 1 N/A BIO-1XX Biology Elective 14* 0 2 N
Introduction to Chemistry 3 CHE-1999 Special Topics in Chemistry CHE 101 General Chemistry CHY-1XX Chemistry Elective 12 5 0 Y
Introduction to Chemistry Lab 1 N/A CHY-1XX Chemistry Elective 15* 0 2 N
Introduction to Nutrition 3 NUT-1010 Human Nutrition Natural Science Elective BIO-104 Intro to Human Nutrition 17 4 0 Y
Microbiology 3 BIO-2520 Introduction to Microbiology w/o Lab *may require appeal if initially brought in as BIO-1999 BIO-316 General Microbiology 19 5 0 Y
Microbiology Lab 1 BIO-3XX Biology Elective 15 0 2 N

(*) The science labs have Labster activities, rather than traditional Sophia challenges. The Labster activities are included at no additional cost to the student.

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 PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology 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-1100
Should meet diversity/intercultural literacy requirements. May require an appeal.
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology SOC-100 Introduction to Sociology 12 6 2 Y
Lifespan Development 3 PSY-1999 Special Topics in Psychology

Note: Will meet the social science requirement in GE.

PSY-205 Lifespan Development 20 6 0 Y
Macroeconomics 3 ECO-111 Macroeconomics ECO 262 Macroeconomics ECO 103 Macroeconomics ECO-1XX Economics Elective
Must also take Microeconomics
10 5 0 Y
Microeconomics 3 ECO-112 Microeconomics ECO 260 Microeconomics ECO 104 Microeconomics ECO-207 Macro & Micro Economics
Must also take Macroeconomics
12 4 0 Y
Topics in US History (Learn from the Past, Prepare for the Future) 3 HIS-199 Special Topics in History Social Sciences/History Elective HTY-1XX History Elective 10 3 3 N
U.S. Government 3 POS-110 American Government POS-101 American Government 17 4 2 Y
US History I 3 HIS-113 American History I HIS 101 US History I HIS101 US History I General Education Requirement HTY-161 United States History I 12 4 1 N
US History II 3 HIS-114 American History II HIS 102 US History II HIS102 US History II General Education Requirement HTY-162 United States History II 16 4 1 N