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AP Credit

If you have taken Advanced Placement (AP), you may be able to earn Penn State credit.

With appropriate scores, those may apply as general credit, credit for a particular course, or may allow you to advance to the next in a series of courses or take an honors-level course.

AP credit we accept is as follows:

Art: History of Art

For a grade of three, four, or five, credit is awarded for Art History 100 (3 credits).

Art: Studio Drawing

For a grade of three, four, or five, 3 general credits of studio art are awarded.

Art: 2-D Design

For a grade of three, four, or five, 3 general credits of studio art are awarded.

Art: 3-D Design

For a grade of three, four, or five, 3 general credits of studio art are awarded.

Biology

For a grade of three, no credit is awarded.

For a grade of four, credit is awarded for Biology 011 and Biology 012 (4 credits).

For a grade of five, credit is awarded for Biology 110 (4 credits).

Chemistry

For a grade of three, no credit is awarded.

For a grade of four, credit is awarded for Chemistry 110 and 111 (4 credits).

For a grade of five, credit is awarded to Chemistry 110, 111, 112, and 113 (8 credits).

Chinese Language

For a grade of three, credit is awarded for Chinese 001 and Chinese 002 (8 credits).

For a grade of four or five, credit is awarded for Chinese 001, 002, and 003 (12 credits), and the student will be considered as having fulfilled the 12th credit-level foreign language requirement.

Computer Science A

For a grade of three or four, no credit is awarded.

For a grade of five, 3 general credits are awarded for Computer Science.

Computer Science AB

This exam is no longer offered by the testing service. Students who have already completed this exam will receive credit as follows:

For a grade of three, no credit is awarded.

For a grade of four or five, 3 general credits are awarded for Computer Science. (Credit for CSE 121 can be awarded by petitioning the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, if the programming language was C++.)

Economics: Microeconomics

For a grade of three, no credit is awarded.

For a grade of four or five, credit is awarded for Economics 102 (3 credits).

Economics: Macroeconomics

For a grade of three, no credit is awarded.

For a grade of four or five, credit is awarded for Economics 104 (3 credits).

English: Language and Composition

For a grade of three, four, or five, no credit is awarded.

With a grade of four or five, a student is invited by the English Department to schedule English 030--Honors Freshman Composition.

English: Literature and Composition

For a grade of three, no credit is awarded.

For a grade of four or five, credit is awarded for English 001 (3 credits).

Environmental Science

For a grade of three, four, or five, credit is awarded for Earth 100 (3 credits).

French Language

For a grade of 3, credit is awarded for FR 001, 002, 003 (12 credits)

For a grade of four, an additional 3 credits are awarded for FR 201(total of 15 credits).

For a grade of five, an additional 3 credits for French 202 are awarded (total of 18 credits).

For a grade of three or above, the student is considered as having fulfilled the 12th credit-level foreign language requirement.

French Literature

This exam is no longer offered by the testing service. Students who have already completed this exam will receive credit as follows:

For a grade of three, no credit is awarded.

For a grade of four or five, credit is awarded for French 351 (3 credits).

German Language

For a grade of three, credit is awarded for German 001, 002, and 003 (12 credits).

For a grade of four, an additional 4 credits are awarded for German 201 (total of 16 credits).

For a grade of five, an additional 3 credits are awarded for German 302W,(total of 19 credits).

For a grade of three or above, the student is considered as having fulfilled the 12th credit-level foreign language requirement.

Government and Politics: United States

For a grade of three, no credit is awarded.

For a grade of four or five, credit is awarded for Political Science 001 (3 credits).

Government and Politics: Comparative

For a grade of three, no credit is awarded.

For a grade of four or five, credit is awarded for Political Science 003 (3 credits).

History: European

For a grade of three, no credit is awarded.

For a grade of four or five, credit is awarded for History 002 (3 credits).

History: United States

For a grade of three, no credit is awarded.

For a grade of four or five, credit is awarded for History 020 and History 021 (6 credits).

History: World

For a grade of three, no credit is awarded.

For a grade of four or five, credit is awarded for History 011 (3 credits).

Human Geography

For a grade of three, four, or five, credit is awarded for Geography 020 (3 credits).

Italian: Language and Culture

This exam is no longer offered by the testing service. Students who have already completed this exam will receive credit as follows:

For a grade of three, credit is awarded for Italian 001 and Italian 002 (8 credits).

For a grade of four or five, credit is awarded for Italian 001, 002, and 003 (12 credits), and the student will be considered as having fulfilled the 12th credit-level foreign language requirement

Japanese Language

For a grade of three, credit is awarded for Japanese 001 and Japanese 002 (8 credits).

For a grade of four or five, credit is awarded for Japanese 001, 002, and 003 (12 credits), and the student will be considered as having fulfilled the 12th credit-level foreign language requirement.

Latin: Literature

This exam is no longer offered by the testing service. Students who have already completed this exam will receive credit as follows:

For a grade of three, four, or five, 4 general credits of Latin are awarded.

Latin:

For a grade of three, no credit is awarded.

For a grade of four, credit is awarded for LATIN 101 (4 credits).

For a grade of five, credit is awarded for LATIN 101 and 102 (8 credits).

Mathematics: Calculus AB

For a grade of three, no credit is awarded.

For a grade of four or five, credit is awarded for Mathematics 140 (4 credits).

Mathematics: Calculus BC

For a grade of three, credit is awarded for Mathematics 140 (4 credits).

For a grade of four or five, credit is awarded for Mathematics 140 (4 credits) and Mathematics 141 (4 credits).

Music: Theory

For a grade of three, four, or five, credit is awarded for Music 008 (3 credits).

Physics B

For a grade of three, no credit is awarded.

For a grade of four or five, credit is awarded for Physics 250 and Physics 251 (8 credits).

Physics C: Mechanics

For a grade of three, no credit is awarded.

For a grade of four or five, credit is awarded for Physics 211 (4 credits).

Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism

For a grade of three, no credit is awarded.

For a grade of four or five, credit is awarded for Physics 212 (4 credits).

Psychology

For a grade of three or four, no credit is awarded.

For a grade of five, credit is awarded for Psychology 100 (3 credits).

Spanish Language

For a grade of three, credit is awarded for Spanish 001, 002  and 003  (12 credits).

For a grade of four or five, credit is awarded for Spanish 001, 002, 003 and 100 (15 credits), and the student will be considered as having fulfilled the 12th credit-level foreign language requirement.

Spanish Literature

For a grade of three, no credit is awarded.

For a grade of four or five, credit is awarded for Spanish 253 (3 credits).

Statistics

For a grade of three, credit is awarded for Statistics 100 (3 credits).

For a grade of four or five, credit is awarded for Statistics 200 (4 credits).

More credit information:

This evaluation of the credits awarded for Advanced Placement Examinations is subject to change and may be reviewed and revised periodically by faculty.

If credit is awarded, a student’s university record will carry notation of credit, but no grade will be recorded. Credit awarded will not affect a student’s grade-point average at Penn State.

Limitations on credit earned through the Advanced Placement Examinations are as follows: 
(1) the credit must be useful in a student's program of study; 
(2) duplicate credit in the same subject is not awarded in any case.

Undergraduate students interested in receiving credit for Advanced Placement Examinations should arrange for their official grade reports to be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to us. Our ETS code is 2660.

General credits may be awarded for a AP examination that covers material that is not the substantial equivalent of material covered in a specific University course. General credits may be used to fulfill degree requirements in any area; such use is not necessarily limited to General Education or elective requirements. General credits are applied to a student’s program of study in accordance with the procedures established by the college of enrollment. Information on the use of general credits or specific course credits earned by the Advanced Placement Examinations in individual programs of study may be obtained from a student’s academic adviser or from the office of the dean of a student’s college.