Course Requirements for External Transfer Students

The Wharton four-year undergraduate program consists of 37 course units, upon completion of which students earn a bachelor of science in economics. The specific requirements of the Wharton undergraduate curriculum are listed on the curriculum page. Please review the information below for information specific to transfer students.

Wharton 1010: Business and You

Wharton 1010 introduces the School’s various business disciplines and engages students in learning about their personal strengths and leadership potential. This 0.5 CU, gateway class is the first of four modules that comprise the “Leadership Journey,” which is intended to prepare students for leadership roles by providing experiential learning as well as evidence-based content on leadership, communication, teamwork, and diversity. Wharton 101 is graded on a pass/fail basis.

All incoming transfer students MUST enroll in WH1010 in the fall semester.  Available sections for transfer students are 002, 006, 010.

Wharton 2010: Business Communication for Impact

Wharton 2010 is the second step in the “Leadership Journey” at Wharton. This 0.5 CU class prepares students to communicate confidently, effectively, and persuasively in all types of business communication (spoken and written, formal and informal, prepared and spontaneous).

Students must complete WH 2010 by the end of their sophomore year. We encourage you to register for WH 2010 in the fall semester if it fits your schedule.

BEPP 2500: Managerial Economics

All Wharton students are required to complete one semester of introductory microeconomics (ECON 0100) and one semester of introductory macroeconomics (ECON 0200).  Credit for combined micro- and macroeconomics courses (equivalent to BEPP 1000 at Penn) will also be considered.  As external transfer students, you will have already completed this requirement before matriculating at Penn. Once you receive transfer credits (from previous coursework) or advanced standing waivers (from AP, IB, or other approved exams) from the Department of Economics, you will have fulfilled this requirement.  If you have questions about this, please talk with an academic advisor.

Students are encouraged to take the business fundamental requirement BEPP 2500: Managerial Economics as soon as possible.

Please note that transfer credit for ECON 2100: Microeconomic Theory will fulfill the BEPP 2500 requirement.

Critical Writing

Students are strongly encouraged to enroll in a Critical Writing Seminar in their first year at Penn. Besides practicing writing skills, you will have an opportunity to explore a liberal arts subject area in your Critical Writing Seminar. More information about Critical Writing Seminars >>

Please note that AP English does not fulfill and students are unlikely to receive transfer credit for this requirement

Foreign Language

Students must must complete two semesters or the equivalent in a language other than English in order to graduate. If you plan to continue with the language you took in high school or your previous institution, we urge you to do so beginning in the fall semester of your first year. For more detailed information on the language requirement, please go to the Foreign Language Requirement page.


All Wharton students are required to fulfill the equivalent of calculus, part 1 (MATH 1400 or MATH 1070 at Penn).  As external transfer students, you should fulfill this requirement via advance-standing credit (from AP, IB, or other approved exams) or via transfer credit from your previous institution.  You can consult the Department of Mathematics to find out more about the transfer credit, but please speak with your advisor as well.

Students who have fulfilled the math requirement through AP, IB, or transfer credit may enroll in STAT 1010. Students who have received credit for Math 1400 and scored a 5 on the Statistics AP exam (this appears as a STAT 1010 waiver on your transcript) may enroll in STAT 1020.

For more information about AP credit in math, students should refer to the math requirements page.

Business Fundamentals

In the sophomore year, students begin taking the business fundamentals, also known as the “core.” For more information on curricular requirements, click here.