From the NIU Undergraduate Catalog 2012-13
All students must satisfy core competency requirements in English, oral communication, and mathematics for 0-12 semester hours of general education credit.
The requirements in the core competencies may be met by successfully completing the designated course, by transfer credit, by passing a competency examination, or, for some core competencies, through credit by examination. (See “Credit by Examination.”) Although passing a competency examination fulfills the requirement for the core competency, it does not result in the awarding of NIU course credit (i.e., it reduces the required number of general education hours but does not reduce the number of hours required for a degree.) Students with strong academic credentials are encouraged to attempt the competency examinations. Information on competency examinations is available from the Office of Testing Services.
The specific ways to satisfy the core competency requirements are listed below.
The English core competency requirement can be satisfied by
NOTE: For students who have earned a D in either ENGL 103 or 104, or both, equivalent courses in which the student earned a grade of C or better at institutions participating in the Illinois Articulation Initiative will be accepted to satisfy the English core competency requirement, but do not earn transfer credit. Equivalent courses in which the student earned a grade of C or better at other institutions may be accepted to satisfy the English core competency requirement, but do not earn transfer credit.
The oral communication core competency requirement can be satisfied by
The mathematics core competency requirement can be satisfied by
Enrollment in courses offered at NIU which fulfill NIU’s core competency requirement in mathematics requires an entry-skill level, determined through placement testing and/or explicit prerequisites, at least equal to that expected from the successful completion of an intermediate algebra course. Such a course is not offered by NIU. However, an intermediate algebra course offered by Kishwaukee College can be taken on the NIU campus.
MATH 229 may count toward both the mathematics core competency requirement and the sciences and mathematics area requirement in distributive studies if a grade of C or better is earned. If a grade of D is earned, the course will count only toward the sciences and mathematics area requirement.