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 2020-21

Exam

Score

Course credit authorized

Distribution Credit Authorized

Art History

5

1 unit (Art Hist 2XX)

Area VI

Studio Art

5

1 unit (Art 2XX)

Area VI

Biology

5

1 unit (Biol Sci 1XX)

Area I

Chemistry

4

1 unit (Chem 1X0)

Area I

5

3.68 units (Chem 1X0, 1X1, 1X2, and lab courses 11X, 12X)

Area I

Chinese Language and Culture

4

1 unit (Chinese 1LN)

Elective

5

2 units (Chinese 1LN)

Elective

Computer Science A

4, 5

1 unit (Comp Sci 150)

Area II

Computer Science Principles

4, 5

1 unit (Comp Sci 1XX)

Area II

Economics—Macro

5

1 unit (Econ 201)

Area III

Economics—Micro

5

1 unit (Econ 202)

Area III

English (Language and Composition)

5

2 units (English 1LC)

English Composition

English (Literature and Composition)

5

2 units (English 1LT)

Area VI

Environmental Science

5

1 unit (Envr Sci 1XX)

Area I

French Language and Culture

4

1 unit (French 1LN)

Elective

5

2 units (French 2LN)

Elective

Geography (Human)

5

1 unit (Geog 1XX)

Area I

German Language and Culture

4

1 unit (German 1LN)

Elective

5

2 units (German 2LN)

Elective

Government and Politics (United States)

5

1 unit (Poli Sci 2XX)

Area III

Government and Politics (Comparative)

5

1 unit (Poli Sci 2XX)

Area III

History (European)

5

2 units (History 2EU)

Area IV

History (United States)

5

2 units (History 2US)

Area IV

History (World)

5

2 units (History 2WL)

Area IV

Italian Language and Culture

4

1 unit (Italian 2LN)

Elective

5

2 units (Italian 2LN)

Elective

Japanese Language and Culture

4

1 unit (Japanese 1LN)

Elective

5

2 units (Japanese 1LN)

Elective

Latin

4

1 unit (Latin 2LN)

Elective

5

2 units (Latin 2LN)

Elective

Mathematics (Calculus) AB, or the AB subscore of Calculus BC, for exams taken in 2019 or prior year

4

1 unit (Math 220-1)

Area II

5

2 units (Math 220-1,2)

Area II

Mathematics (Calculus) BC

Below 4

See Mathematics AB

See Mathematics AB

4

2 units (Math 220-1,2

Area II

5

3 units (Math 220-1,2 & Math 226-0)

Area II

Mathematics (Calculus) AB, for exams taken in 2020

4

1 unit (Math 220-1)

Area II

5

2 units (Math 220-1,2)

Area II

Mathematics (Calculus) BC, for exams taken in 2020

4

2 units (Math 220-1,2)

Area II

5

3 units (Math 220-1,2 & Math 2XX)

Area II

Music Theory

5

1 unit (Gen Mus 252)

Elective

Physics 1

5

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

Area I

Physics 2

5

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

Area I

Physics C (Mechanics)

5

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

Area I

Physics C (Electricity & Magnetism), for exams taken in 2019 or prior year

5

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

Area I

Physics C (Electricity & Magnetism), for exams taken in 2020

5

1.34 units (Physics 1XX and 1XL)

Area I

Psychology

5

1 unit (Psych 110)

Area III

Spanish Language and Culture

4

1 unit (Spanish 2LN)

Elective

5

2 units (Spanish 2LN)

Elective

Spanish Literature and Culture

4

1 unit (Spanish 2LT)

Elective

5

2 units (Spanish 2LT)

Elective

Statistics, for exams taken in 2019 or prior year

4, 5

1 unit (Stat 202)

Area II

Statistics, for exams taken in 2020

4

1 unit (Stat 1XX)

Area II

5

1 unit (Stat 202)

Area II

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International Baccalaureate Credit Recognition 2020-21

ExamScoreCourse credit authorizedDistribution Credit Authorized 

Biology

6,7

1 unit (Biol Sci 1XX)

Area I 

Chemistry

5,6

1 unit (Chem 1X0)

Area I

7

3.68 units (Chem 1X0, 1X1, 1X2, and lab courses 11X, 12X)

Area I

Computer Science

5,6,7

1 unit (Comp Sci 110)

Area II 

Economics

6,7

2 units (Econ 201, 202)

Area III

English

6,7

2 units (English 1XX)

English Composition; Area VI

Foreign Language (all languages)

6

1 unit of 1XX in the relevant language

Elective

7

2 units of 1XX in the relevant language

Elective

History (Americas)

6,7

2 units (History 2AM)

Area IV

History (European)

6,7

2 units (History 2EU)

Area IV 

History (Asia and Oceania, or Africa & Middle East)

6,7

2 units (History 2XX)

Area IV

Mathematics

6, 7

1 unit (Math 220-1)*

Area II

Philosophy

7

1 unit (Phil 1XX)

Area V

Physics

6,7

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

Area I

Psychology

6,7

1 unit (Psych 110)

Area III

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