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 101: Business and You

Wharton 101 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.

Wharton 201: Business Communication for Impact

Wharton 201 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 201 by the end of their sophomore year. We encourage you to register for WH 201 in the fall semester if it fits your schedule.

BEPP 250 (or ECON 101)

All Wharton students are required to complete one semester of introductory microeconomics (ECON 001) and one semester of introductory macroeconomics (ECON 002).  Credit for combined micro- and macroeconomics courses (equivalent to ECON 010 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 250: Managerial Economics or ECON 101: Microeconomic Theory as soon as possible.

If you have received credit for Math 114, then you are eligible to take ECON 101 in lieu of the BEPP 250. For enrollment in ECON 101, please contact the Department of Economics for a permit.

Incoming junior transfers, please talk with an academic advisor for information on these requirements and whether they pertain to you.

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 this requirement.
  • Incoming juniors may be able to transfer WRIT credit. Click here for more information.

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 104 or MATH 110 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 101. Students who have received credit for Math 104 and scored a 5 on the Statistics AP exam (this appears as STAT 101 WVD on your transcript) may enroll in STAT 102.

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.