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High school students can earn transcripted college credit

Students who complete all four courses in the Project Lead the Way Biomedical Sciences program at a PLTW certified high school can apply to receive credit for Stevenson University’s BIO 113 General Biology I: Cell Biology and Genetics lecture and laboratory course (see course descriptions below). For those students who meet the requirements, four (4) credits are awarded for BIO 113 and BIO 113L from Stevenson University.

BIO 113 General Biology I: Cell Biology and Genetics (3 credits). Emphasizes the molecular nature of biology and biological principles that are common to all life. Topics covered relate to the physical and biochemical structure and function of cells and cell processes and genetics. 

BIO 113L: General Biology I Laboratory: Cell Biology and Genetics (1 credit). Introduces experimental methods and techniques used in the biology laboratory.  Topics relate to cell structure and function, and skills covered include the scientific method and experimental design, microscope and micropipette use, and aseptic technique.

In order to earn 4 credits for BIO 113 General Biology I and BIO 113L General Biology I Laboratory, students must:

  • Complete all four (4) courses in the PLTW Biomedical Sciences program at a PLTW certified high school. These include Principles of the Biomedical Sciences, Human Body Systems, Medical Interventions, and Biomedical Innovation.

  • Earn a GPA of 3.0 or higher in all PLTW Biomedical Sciences courses, with no more than one grade of “C” in a PLTW course.

  • Earn a score of 7 or higher on the end of course exams for the Principles of the Biomedical Sciences, Human Body Systems and Medical Interventions courses. 

How do I apply for credit for my PLTW courses?

In order to apply for Stevenson University credit for PLTW courses, students must follow the steps below:

  • When you are starting the PLTW Biomedical Innovation course, complete the Intent to Apply Form. After you complete all of your PLTW courses, including Biomedical Innovation, print and complete the “Special Student Application – Project Lead the Way”.
  • Mail the completed Special Student Application, your official high school transcript showing the PLTW courses, and a $175 fee to the address below. Checks should be made out to Stevenson University.

Meredith C. Durmowicz, Ph.D.
Dean, Beverly K. Fine School of the Sciences
Stevenson University
Kevin J. Manning Academic Center
11200 Ted Herget Way
Owings Mills, MD 21117

The application, transcript, and fee must be postmarked no later than August 1 of the year in which you complete the PLTW courses.

If you are asking your high school to send your transcript directly to SU, please ensure that they use the address above and not the general university address.

Upon receipt of all necessary forms and verification of all eligibility criteria, students will be registered for BIO 113 and BIO 113L, and given a grade of “P” for passing. This grade is equivalent to a C or better. Students may request an official Stevenson University transcript by submitting a Transcript Request Form to the Stevenson University Registrar’s Office.

Please Note: Stevenson University cannot guarantee whether or how any other institution will accept the credits that are offered for PLTW courses. Students planning to transfer their Stevenson University credits to another institution are advised to first check with their intended institution to confirm that the credits will be accepted. Syllabi for BIO 113 and BIO 113L can be provided upon request, if needed. Please contact Dr. Durmowicz at

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