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Principles of Physical Science I

If you have taken DSST exams, you may be able to earn Penn State credit.

Score must be equivalent to the American Council on Education (ACE) recommended score to receive credit as indicated in the schedule below.

  • DSST Exam: Principles of Physical Science I
  • Penn State Credit Evaluation:

    PHYS--Principles of Physical Science: 3 General Credits

More Information about Credit for DSST Exams

This evaluation of the credits awarded for DSST examinations is subject to change and may be reviewed and revised periodically by Penn State faculty.

Undergraduate students interested in receiving credit for DSST exams should arrange to have their official grade reports sent to Undergraduate Admissions directly from DSST

If credit is awarded, a student’s University record will carry notation of credit, but no grade will be recorded. Credit awarded will not affect a student’s grade-point average at Penn State.

Limitations on credit earned through the DSST exams are as follows: 

  • The credit must be useful in a student's program of study.
  • Duplicate credit in the same subject is not awarded in any case.

General credits may be awarded for a DSST exam that covers material that is not the substantial equivalent of material covered in a specific University course. General credits may be used to fulfill degree requirements in any area; such use is not necessarily limited to General Education or elective requirements. General credits are applied to a student’s program of study in accordance with the procedures established by the college of enrollment. Information on the use of general credits or specific course credits earned by DSST exams in individual programs of study may be obtained from a student’s academic adviser or from the office of the dean of a student’s college.