AP and IB Credit Recognition

Eligible Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) scores may be used toward a bachelor’s degree. The type and level of test credit awarded is standardized across the undergraduate schools, though each school has separate rules regarding the use of test credit to fulfill degree requirements.

The chart below specifies AP and IB credit recognition for students pursuing the Bachelor of Music degree. Bachelor of Arts in Music and Bachelor of Science in Music degree students may use two AP or IB credits in a single distribution area to fulfill that requirement. Dual degree students use the AP/IB credit recognition guidelines of the non-music school.

Note: Students who entered prior to fall 2018 should review the Registrar's Office AP and IB Credit Recognition Archive 

Distribution Areas:

  • Area I - Natural Sciences 
  • Area II - Formal Studies 
  • Area III - Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Area IV - Historical Studies 
  • Area V – Ethics and Values 
  • Area VI - Literature and Fine Arts 

Advanced Placement Credit Recognition 2018-19

Exam

Score

Course credit authorized

Distribution Credit Authorized 

Art History

5

1 unit (Art Hist 2XX)

1 unit - Area VI  

Studio Art

5

1 unit (Art 2XX)

1 unit - Area VI 

Biology

5

1 unit (Biol Sci 1XX)

1 unit - Area I

Chemistry

3, 4

1 unit (Chem 1X0); placement in Chem 171/181

1 unit - Area I 

Chemistry

5

3.68 units (Chem 1X0, 1X1, 1X2, and lab courses 11X, 12X); placement in Chem 210-1 or 212-1/232-1

1 unit - Area I and 2 non-music electives

Chinese Language and Culture

4

1 unit (Chinese 1LN)

1 non-music elective 

Chinese Language and Culture

5

2 units (Chinese 1LN)

2 non-music electives 

Computer Science A

4, 5

1 unit (EECS 110)

1 unit - Area II

Computer Science Principles

4, 5

1 unit (EECS 1XX)

1 unit – Area II

Economics—Macro

5

1 unit (Econ 201)

1 unit - Area III 

Economics—Micro

5

1 unit (Econ 202)

1 unit - Area III 

English (Language and Composition)

5

2 units (English 1LC)

1 unit English Comp and 1 non-music elective 

English (Literature)

5

2 units (English 1LT)

1 unit - Area IV and  1 non-music elective 

Environmental Science

5

1 unit (Envr Sci 1XX)

1 unit - Area I 

French Language and Culture

4

1 unit (French 1LN)

1 non-music elective 

French Language and Culture

5

2 units (French 2LN)

2 non-music electives 

Geography (Human)

5

1 unit (Geog 1XX)

1 unit - Area I 

German Language and Culture

4

1 unit (German 1LN)

1 non-music elective 

German Language and Culture

5

2 units (German 2LN)

2 non-music electives 

Government and Politics (American)

5

1 unit (Poli Sci 2XX)

1 unit - Area III 

Government and Politics (Comparative)

5

1 unit (Poli Sci 2XX)

1 unit - Area III 

History (European)

5

2 units (History 2EU)

1 unit - Area IV and  1 non-music elective 

History (U.S.)

5

2 units (History 2US)

1 unit - Area IV and  1 non-music elective 

History (World)

5

2 units (History 2WL)

1 unit - Area IV and  1 non-music elective 

Italian Language and Culture

4

1 unit (Italian 2LN)

1 non-music elective 

Italian Language and Culture

5

2 units (Italian 2LN)

2 non-music electives 

Japanese Language and Culture4

1 unit (Japanese 1LN)

1 non-music elective 

Japanese Language and Culture5

2 units (Japanese 1LN)

2 non-music electives 

Latin4

1 unit (Latin 2LN)

1 non-music elective 

Latin5

2 units (Latin 2LN)

2 non-music electives 

Mathematics (Calculus) AB, or the AB subscore of Calculus BC

4, 5

1 unit (Math 220)

1 unit - Area II

Mathematics (Calculus) BC

Below 4

See Mathematics AB

See Mathematics AB

Mathematics (Calculus) BC

4, 5

2 units (Math 220, Math 224)

1 unit - Area II and 1 non-music elective 

Music Theory

5

1 unit (Gen Mus 252)

1 unit music elective 

Physics 1

5

1.34 units (Physics 130-1 and lab course 13X-1)

1 unit - Area I 

Physics 2

5

1.34 units (Physics 130-2 and lab course 13X-2)

1 unit - Area I 

Physics B (replaced by Physics 1 and Physics 2 in 2014-15)

5

2.68 units (Physics 130-1,2 and lab courses 13X-1,2)

1 unit - Area I and 1 non-music elective

Physics C (Mechanics)

5

1.34 units (Physics 135-1 and lab course 136-1)

1 unit - Area I 

Physics C (Electricity & Magnetism)

5

1.34 units (Physics 135-2 and lab course 136-2)

1 unit - Area I 

Psychology

5

1 unit ( Psych 110)

1 unit - Area III 

Spanish Language

4

1 unit (Spanish 2LN)

1 non-music elective 

Spanish Language

5

2 units (Spanish 2LN)

2 non-music electives 

Spanish Literature

4

1 unit (Spanish 2LT)

1 non-music elective 

Spanish Literature

5

2 units (Spanish 2LT)

2 non-music electives 

Statistics

4, 5

1 unit (Stat 202)

1 unit - Area II 

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International Baccalaureate Credit Recognition 2018-19

ExamScoreCourse credit authorizedDistribution Credit Authorized 

Biology

6,7

1 unit (Biology 1XX)

1 unit - Area I 

Chemistry

5,6

1 unit (Chem 1X0); placement in Chem 171/181

1 unit - Area I

Chemistry

7

3.68 units (Chem 1X0, 1X1, 1X2, and lab courses 11X, 12X); placement in Chem 210-1 or 212-1/232-1

Area I and 2 non-music electives

Computer Science

5,6,7

1 unit (EECS 110)

1 unit - Area II 

Economics

6,7

2 units (Econ 201, 202)

1 unit - Area III and 1 non-music elective 

English

6,7

2 units (English 1XX)

1 unit English Comp and 1 unit Area VI

Foreign Language (all languages)

6

1 unit of 1XX in the relevant language

1 non-music elective

Foreign Language (all languages)

7

2 units of 1XX in the relevant language

2 non-music electives

History (American)

6,7

2 units (History 2AM)

1 unit - Area IV and 1 non-music elective 

History (European)

6,7

2 units (History 2EU)

1 unit - Area IV and 1 non-music elective 

Mathematics

6

1 unit (Math 220)

1 unit - Area II

Mathematics

7

2 units (Math 220, Math 224)

1 unit - Area II and 1 non-music elective 

Physics

6,7

2.68 units (Physics 130-1,2 and lab courses 13X-1,2)

1 unit Area I and 1 non-music elective 

Psychology

6,7

1 unit (Psych 110)

1 unit - Area III

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