Undergraduate Program in
Biology and Medicine

DEPARTMENT OF BIOLOGY at the UNIVERSITY OF ROCHESTER

    Advanced Placement (AP) Biology Credit and International Baccalaureate (IB) Biology Credits

AP and IB Biology Credit Policies for Incoming Students Effective Fall 2005

AP Biology Credit Policy: Students who scored a '4' or '5' on Advanced Placement Biology exams received four (4) general college credits; however, it cannot be used to satisfy any of the requirements for a biology major or minor.

IB Biology Credit Policy: Students who scored a '6' or '7' on the International Bacalaureate exam received 4 general college credits; however, it cannot be used to satisfy any of the requirements for a biology major or minor.

AP and IB Students Eligible to take Concentrated Introductory Course Series: students who took AP Biology and received a '4' or '5' on their exam as well as students who took IB Biology and received a '6' or '7' on their exam are elgible to take a more concentrated introductory course series designed for students with biological experience: BIO 112/113 Perspectives in Biology I & II.

Student with AP or IB credit who intend to major within the biological sciences should take one of two introductory course series: BIO 110/111 Principles of Biology I & II or BIO 112/113 Perspectives in Biology I & II before registering for sophomore-level biology courses, e.g., BIO 198 Principles of Genetics or BIO 190 The Human Genome, and BIO 250 Introduction to Biochemistry. Combined, both introductory course-series are two semesters long ( 1 year) and may be taken out of sequence.

Note: The Biology department does not approve AP or IB Biology credit for use towards majors (biology and non-biology related). Students who do not plan to major within the Biological sciences should contact the department of their intended major for approval to use Biology AP credit towards their prospective concentrations.


Year of Incoming
(Start Date)
AP Course Policy
(Advanced Placement)
IB Bio Score
(International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO))
Fall 2005, 2006…
Incoming students with BIO AP scores of 4 or 5 received 4 general elective university credits that they could NOT use to meet one of the requirements of a BIO major*Note: Check w/ UR Academic Support for possible applications
Incoming students with IB scores of > 6 received 4 general elective university credits that they could NOT use to meet one of the requirements of a BIO major* Note: check w/ UR Academic Support for possible applications

Fall 2004: 

Incoming students with Introduction to Biology AP scores of 4 or 5 received 4 credits that they could use to meet one of the requirements of a BIO major.

Possible:

AP & BIO 112 (2 cr) + BIO 113 (2 cr)  = 8 cr

AP & BIO 111 = 8 credits

AP & BIO 110 = 8 credits

Not Possible / Allowed:

AP + BIO 110 + BIO 111 = 12 credits

*Note:  for this incoming class only their lab associated with AP course = BIO 111L

Incoming students with IB scores > 6 received credits that they could use to meet one of the requirements of a BIO major.

Possible:

IB & BIO 112 (2 cr) + BIO 113 (2 cr)  = 8 cr

IB & BIO 111 = 8 credits

IB & BIO 110 = 8 credits

Not Possible / Allowed:

IB + BIO 110 + BIO 111 = 12 credits

*Note:  for this incoming class only their lab associated with AP course = BIO 111L

Fall 2003: 

Incoming students with Introduction to Biology AP scores of 4 or 5 received 4 credits that they could use to meet one of the requirements of a BIO major.

Possible:

AP & BIO 110 = 8 credits

AP & BIO 111 = 8 credits

AP & BIO 115 = 8 credits

Not Possible / Allowed:

AP + BIO 115 = BIO 111 = 12 credits

Incoming students with IB scores > 6received credits that they could use to meet one of the requirements of a BIO major.

Possible:

IB & BIO 110 = 8 credits

IB & BIO 111 = 8 credits

IB & BIO 115 = 8 credits

Not Possible / Allowed:

IB + BIO 115 = BIO 111 = 12 credits