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Advising Handbook

Advanced Placement

Departmental criteria are established each year to determine how credit or placement can be granted to students who take the Advanced Placement (AP) tests, which are usually given during the student’s senior year in high school.

Such course credit can be used toward meeting degree requirements when permitted by the major or minor department.  AP credit cannot be used toward fulfillment of the primary writing requirement, toward any of the College’s clusters, or to waive the College’s enrollment policy.

Students are notified of Advanced Placement credit by the College Center for Advising Services (CCAS). Those wishing to discuss AP credit should contact CCAS. Students can also request reports online.


Policy for the Class of 2022
CourseScoreCredit and/or Placement
Art and Art History
Art History4 or 5Credit awarded after consultation with department.
Studio Arts4 or 5A maximum of four credits in studio arts awarded upon completion of 100-level course with "B" or better.
Biology4 or 5Four credits of elective biology awarded. Not for major. Students are eligible for placement in BIO 112/113.
Chemistry4 or 5Four credits for CHM 131. Eligible to apply for CHM 171. Placement in CHM 132 in the spring. Students taking 131 will forfeit AP credit.
Computer Science
Computer Science A4 or 5Placement in CSC 172. Four credits of advanced placement credit granted.
Earth and Environmental Science
Earth and Environmental Science4 or 5Credit for EES 103.
Microeconomics4 or 5Credit for ECO 108 for 4 or 5 in Microeconomics plus 3, 4, 5 in Macroeconomics.
Macroeconomics3, 4, or 5See above.
Language and Composition4 or 5No credit. See primary writing requirement.
English Literature4 or 5Upon 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.
American, European, or World History5Elective credit granted for score of 5 on the American History, European History, or World History exams. A maximum of four credits in History will be awarded. Credit cannot be used to satisfy the geographical, chronological, or area of focus requirements in major/minor.
Calculus AB3No AP credit awarded. Student will be placed in MTH 161.
4 or 5AP credit for MTH 161. Student will be placed in MTH 162 or 171. 
Calculus BC3AP credit for MTH 161. Student will be placed in MTH162 or 171.
4 or 5AP credit for MTH 161 and 162. Student will be placed in MTH 164, 165, or, in exceptional cases, in MTH 173. A student who chooses to register for MTH 171 will receive one semester of advanced placement credit. Otherwise, the student will receive two semesters of advanced placement credit.

NOTE: Students who receive AP credit for MTH 161 can register for MTH 162 or 171. MTH 171 is particularly recommended for students interested in mathematics, physics, or theoretical engineering who would like to gain a deeper knowledge of how and why calculus works so effectively.

Advanced placement is only into courses of the 160 sequences or on rare occasions for extraordinarily well-prepared students into the 170 sequences. There is no advanced placement in the 140 sequence.

For more information on math placement policies, visit the Department of Mathematics website. 

Modern Languages And Cultures
French (Literature and Languages)5Placement by department in FR 200. Credit granted for FR 153 upon completion of FR 200 with grade of “B+” or better.
German (Literature and Languages)4 or 5Placement 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.
Spanish (Literature and Languages)4Placement by department in SP 152. Credit granted for SP 151 upon completion of SP 152 with grade of “B+” or better. 
5Placement by department in SP 200. Credit granted for SP 151 and SP 152 upon completion of SP 200 with grade of “B+” or better.
Music Theory4 or 5Credit for MUR 110. See department for placement.
C (Mechanics)4Conditional credit granted for PHY 113 or PHY 121. Can be placed into PHY 114, PHY 122, or PHY 1421.
5Credit granted for PHY 113 or PHY 121, and students can be placed into PHY 114, PHY 122 or PHY 1421.
C (Electromagnetism)4Conditional credit2 granted for PHY 122. Can be placed into PHY 123 or PHY 1431.
5Credit for PHY 114, conditional credit for PHY 122, and students can be placed into PHY 123 or PHY 1431.
Test B (General)5Conditional credit2 granted for PHY 113 or PHY 121. Can be placed into PHY 114 or PHY 122.
Physics 1 (Mechanics)5Four general college hour credits; these credits cannot be used to satisfy any of the requirements for the PHY/PAS major or minor.
Physics 2 (Electromagnetism)5Four general college hour credits; these credits cannot be used to satisfy any of the requirements for the PHY/PAS major or minor.
1 Placement into honors sequence courses PHY 141, PHY 142, and PHY 143 requires permission of the instructor.
2 Conditional credit means that credit will be granted if at least a grade of B- is received in the course into which the student is placed.
NOTE: 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 see the department’s website or the director of undergraduate studies.
Political Science
Comparative Government and Politics or US Government and Politics4 or 5Four credits in political science for either exam. No additional credit if both exams are taken. For details, see the international relations and political science major pages.
Psychology3PSY 101 no longer waived for a score of 3.
4 or 5Credit for PSY 101.
Religion and Classics
Latin4 or 5Credit 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.
Statistics4 or 5Credit awarded for STT 212.

NOTE: Students can earn credit for only one of the following courses: STT 211, STT 212, STT 213, and BIO/STT 214. Students wishing to receive credit for STT213 should arrange to take the statistics equivalency exam by making arrangements with Program in Statistics. 

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.