Advanced Placement

Departmental criteria are established each year to determine how credit or placement may be granted to students who take the Advanced Placement tests which are usually given during the student’s senior year in high school.  Such course credit may be used toward meeting degree requirements.

Students are notified of Advanced Placement credit by the College Center for Advising Services. Those wishing to discuss Advanced Placement credit should contact that office. Students may request reports from: AP Program, PO Box 6671, Princeton, NJ  08541-6671; phone 1-888-225-5427.

Policy for the Class of 2018
CourseScoreCredit and/or Placement
ART & ART HISTORY:
Art History 4 or 5 Credit awarded after consultation with department.
Studio Arts 4 or 5 A maximum of four credits in Studio Arts awarded upon completion of 100-level course with "B" or better.
CourseScoreCredit and/or Placement
BIOLOGY 4 or 5 Four credits of elective Biology awarded. Not for major.  Students are eligible for placement in BIO 112.
CourseScoreCredit and/or Placement
CHEMISTRY 4 or 5 Four credits for CHM 131. Eligible to apply for CHM 171 (Organic Chemistry). Placement in CHM 132 in the Spring. Students taking 131 will forfeit AP credit.
CourseScoreCredit and/or Placement
COMPUTER SCIENCE A or AB 4 or 5 Students should bring a Course Approval Form to the Computer Science Department for consultation and determination of course credit and placement.
CourseScoreCredit and/or Placement
EARTH &
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE
4 or 5 Credit for EES 103.
CourseScoreCredit and/or Placement
ECONOMICS:
Microeconomics 4 or 5 Credit for ECO 108 for 4 or 5 in Microeconomics plus 3, 4, 5 in Macroeconomics
PLUS
Macroeconomics 3, 4 or 5 (See above)
CourseScoreCredit and/or Placement
ENGLISH:
Language and Composition 4 or 5 No credit. See Primary Writing Requirement.
English Literature 4 or 5 Upon completion of a literature course offered by the English Department with a grade of “C” or better, four hours of elective English credit will be awarded (not for major).  Students with questions should consult the Director of Undergraduate Studies in English.
CourseScoreCredit and/or Placement
HISTORY (American, European or World History) 4 or 5 A total of four credits of elective history granted.
CourseScoreCredit and/or Placement
MATHEMATICS:
Calculus AB 2 or 3 No credit. Placement in MTH 161 or 162 determined by department. If placed in MTH 162 and earns "C-" or better, credit given for MTH 161
4 or 5 Credit granted for MTH 161. Placement in MTH 162 or 171.
Calculus BC 2 No credit. Placement in MTH 161 or 162 determined by department. If placed in MTH 162 and earns "C-" or better, credit granted for MTH 161.
3 Credit for MTH 161. Placement in MTH 162 or 171 by department.
4 or 5 Credit for MTH 161 and 162.  Placement in MTH 163, 164, 165, 171 or, in exceptional cases, in 173.  A student completing MTH 171 will receive one semester of advanced placement credit (they keep credit for MTH 161 but forfeit credit for MTH 162).  Otherwise, the student will receive two semesters of advanced placement credit (for both MTH 161 and MTH 162).
NOTE: An AB subscore is reported along with the BC score.  Placement and credit should be the more generous of the two resulting from using both the AB subscore and the BC score in these guidelines.  However, if the difference between the AB subscore and the BC score is greater than or equal to two, the student should be referred to the Mathematics Department for further guidance.
CourseScoreCredit and/or Placement
MODERN LANGUAGES & CULTURES:
German or Spanish (Literature and Languages) 4 Placement by department in 152 or  200.  Credit granted for 151 upon completion of 152 with grade of “B+” or better.  Credit granted for 151 and 152 upon completion of 200 with “B+” or better.
French (Literature and Languages) 5 Placement in 200. Credit granted for 151 and 152 upon completion of 200 with “B” or better.
CourseScoreCredit and/or Placement
MUSIC THEORY 4 or 5 Credit for MUR 110. See department for placement.
CourseScoreCredit and/or Placement
PHYSICS:
C-Mechanics 4 Placement into PHY 114, 122 or 142.  Credit for 113 or 121 upon completion of course with “B-” or better.
5 Credit granted for PHY 113 or 121.  Placement into PHY 114, 122 or 142.
C-Electricity and Magnetism 4 Placement into PHY 123 or 143.  Credit for PHY 122 upon completion of course with “B-“ or better.
5 Credit for PHY 114, plus credit for PHY 122 or 142 upon completion of 123 or 143 with “B-“ or better.  Placement into PHY 123 or 143.
B-General 5 Placement into PHY 114 or 122.  Credit for 113 or 121 upon completion of course with “B-” or better.
NOTE: placement into honors sequence courses (PHY 142 and 143) requires permission of the instructor.  Additionally, students who will be pursuing a physics or physics and astronomy degree, and who receive AP credit for PHY 121, are still strongly encouraged to take PHY 141 regardless of their AP score.  Students with questions about AP credit should consult the department’s web page or the Director of Undergraduate Studies.
CourseScoreCredit and/or Placement
POLITICAL SCIENCE:
Comparative Government and Politics or U. S. Government and Politics 4 or 5 A maximum of four credits of political science granted.  (In Comparative Government, these credits may be used as one of the three elective courses for International Relations major.)
CourseScoreCredit and/or Placement
PSYCHOLOGY 3 PSY 101 waived as a prerequisite for the major and minors in Psychology.
4 or 5 Credit for PSY 101.
CourseScoreCredit and/or Placement
RELIGION & CLASSICS:
Latin 4 or 5 Credit for LAT 102
NOTE: Students who complete a second Latin exam with a score of 4 or 5 earn credit for LAT 208 upon completion of a Latin course numbered 103 or above with a “B” or better grade.
CourseScoreCredit and/or Placement
STATISTICS 4 or 5 Four credits in Statistics. (May be used as STT 211 or 212.)
NOTE: Students intending to pursue an Economics major are advised to enroll in ECO 230 or MTH 203 to fulfill the statistics requirement for the major.
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