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AP, IB and College Credit

AP, IB, A-Level Exams

Case Western Reserve University grants credit in many fields based on performance on Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) and A-Level scores.

Except as noted, Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) and A-Level credit may be used to replace specific courses for purposes of general education, major or minor requirements. Credit and exemption are granted only for AP, IB or A-Level examinations taken prior to matriculation. Credit will be posted on a student's record upon matriculation and as received by Case Western Reserve University. If, after matriculation at CWRU, a student completes a course for which he or she received credit/exemption on the basis of AP, IB or A-Level examinations, the AP, IB or A-Level credit/exemption for that course will be forfeited and will not count towards graduation requirements. 

The policies regarding the awarding of credit for Advanced Placement Examinations of The College Board and/or International Baccalaureate Examinations are reviewed annually by departments and are subject to change.

The information in the expandable sections below represents the policy regarding AP and IB scores for students who matriculate for the 2016-2017 academic year. Use the charts to estimate how much credit you will receive for qualifying scores or to see from which classes you might claim exemptions.

 

SubjectScoreCredit EarnedCWRU Equivalent/ExemptCWRU Placement
AP Research  

--

CWRU does not award credit for AP Research

 
AP Seminar  

--

CWRU does not award credit for AP Seminar

 

 ART HISTORY

4 or 5

3 hours

ARTH 100-TR* 
*This credit cannot be used to satisfy requirements for a major or minor in Art History.

ARTH 101

ART STUDIO

Drawing
Portfolio

4 or 5

3 hours

ARTS 106 or ARTS 216*
* Final credit awarded to be determined after individual portfolio review by Art Studio Program Director.

 

2-D Design
Portfolio

4 or 5

3 hours

ARTS 101 or ARTS 216*
* Final credit awarded to be determined after individual portfolio review by Art Studio Program Director.

 

3-D Design
Portfolio

4 or 5

3 hours

ARTS 100-TR or ARTS 201, 210 or 214*
* Final credit awarded to be determined after individual portfolio review by Art Studio Program Director.

 

BIOLOGY

4

3 hours

BIOL 114

 
 

5

3 hours

BIOL 200-TR*
*This credit will satisfy the BIOL 114 requirement for the Nursing major.

 

CHEMISTRY

4 or 5

4 hours

CHEM 111*
*This course will meet a requirement of either CHEM 105 or CHEM 111.

CHEM 106 and 113; or ENGR 145

CHINESE

4

6 hours

CHIN 201, 202

CHIN 301

 

5

9 hours

CHIN 201, 202, 301

CHIN 302

COMPUTER
SCIENCE

Computer
Science A

4 or 5

3 hours

EECS 132

EECS 233 or 281

ECONOMICS

Microeconomics

4 or 5

3 hours

ECON 102

 

Macroeconomics

4 or 5

3 hours

ECON 103

 

ENGLISH

Language/Composition

4 or 5

3 hours

ENGL 200-TR*

 

Literature/Composition

4 or 5

3 hours

ENGL 200-TR*

 

A maximum of three credit-hours will be awarded for English AP scores and only after successful completion of a three-credit-hour 300-level ENGL course with a grade of C or better.

ENVIRONMENTAL
SCIENCE

4 or 5

3 hours

EEPS 100-TR

 

FRENCH

4 or 5

6 hours

FRCH 201, 202

300-level FRCH

GERMAN

4 or 5

6 hours

GRMN 201, 202

300-level GRMN

GOVERNMENT & POLITICS

Comparative Politics

4 or 5

3 hours

POSC 160

 

U.S. Government

5

3 hours

POSC 109
*Three credit-hours as POSC 109 will be awarded for U.S. Government AP scores only after successful completion of a 300-level US politics course with a grade of B or better.

 

HISTORY

Eurpoean History

 

--

CWRU does  not award credit for European History

 

United States History

 

--

CWRU does not award credit for United States History

 

World History

 

--

CWRU does not award credit for World History

 

HUMAN GEOGRAPHY

4 or 5

3 hours

ANTH 100-TR*
*This credit cannot be used to satisfy requirements for a major or minor in Anthropology.

 

ITALIAN

4 or 5

6 hours

ITAL 201, 202

300-level ITAL

JAPANESE

4

6 hours

JAPN 201, 202

JAPN 301

 

5

9 hours

JAPN 201, 202, 301

JAPN 302

LATIN

4 or 5

3 hours

LATN 202

300-level LATN

MATHEMATICS

Calculus AB

4 or 5

4 hours

MATH 121*

MATH 122 or 126

Calculus BC

AB
subscore = 4 or 5

4 hours

MATH 121*

MATH 122 or 126

Calculus BC

4 or 5

8 hours

MATH 121, 122*

MATH 223

Credit for MATH 121 will meet a requirement for either MATH 121 or MATH 125. Credit for MATH 122 will meet a requirement for either MATH 122 or MATH 126.

MUSIC THEORY

4 or 5

3 hours

MUTH 103*
*This credit cannot be used to satisfy requirements for any music major program.

 

PHYSICS

Physics 1

4 or 5

4 hours

PHYS 115*

PHYS 116

Physics 2

4 or 5

3 hours

PHYS 100-TR*

 

Physics B

4 or 5

4 hours

PHYS 115*

PHYS 116

Physics C-Mech

4 or 5

4 hours

PHYS 121*

PHYS 122

Physics C-E & M

4 or 5

3 hours

PHYS 100-TR*

 

*Students planning to major in Physics are strongly advised to take a CWRU mechanics course (PHYS 121 or 123). A student may not receive credit for more than one of Physics 1, Physics B, or Physics C-Mechanics (forfeiting the credit if they take PHYS 115, 121, or 123) and may not receive credit for more than one of Physics 2 or Physics C-E&M (forfeiting the credit if they take PHYS 116, 122, or 124). Students who earned a 4 or 5 on their AP Physics exam but who had little or no high school physics laboratory experience should consult with the department about taking PHYS 113A to build their laboratory skills before moving on to PHYS 116 or 122.

PSYCHOLOGY

4 or 5

3 hours

PSCL 101

 

SPANISH

Spanish Language

4 or 5

6 hours

SPAN 201, 202

300-level SPAN

Spanish Literature

4 or 5

6 hours

SPAN 202, 300-TR

300-level SPAN

STATISTICS

5

3 hours

STAT 201

 

International Baccalaureate (IB) Subject/ExamScoreCredit EarnedCWRU Equivalent/ExemptPlacement

BIOLOGY

HL 5, 6 or 7

3 hours

BIOL 200-TR

 

CHEMISTRY

HL 5, 6 or 7

4 hours

CHEM 111*

*This course will meet a requirement of either CHEM 105 or CHEM 111.

CHEM 106 and 113; or ENGR 145

COMPUTER SCIENCE

HL 5, 6 or
HL 7

3 hours

EECS 132

EECS 233 or 281

*CWRU does not award credit for Computer Science Principles

DANCE

HL 5, 6 or 7

6 hours

DANC 121

DANC 122

ECONOMICS

HL 5, 6 or 7

6 hours

ECON 102, 103

 

ENGLISH LANGUAGE A

HL 5, 6 or 7

3 hours

WLIT 290

 

FOREIGN LANGUAGE

       

Chinese

HL 6 6 hours CHIN 201, 202 300-level CHIN
  HL 7 9 hours CHIN 201, 202, 300-TR 300-level CHIN

French B

HL 6

6 hours

FRCH 201,202

300-level FRCH

 

HL 7

9 hours

FRCH 201, 202, 300-TR

300-level FRCH

German B

HL 6

6 hours

GRMN 201, 202

300-level GRMN

 

HL 7

9 hours

GRMN 201, 202, 300-TR

300-level GRMN

Italian

HL 6

6 hours

ITAL 201, 202

300-level ITAL

 

HL 7

9 hours

ITAL 201, 202, 300-TR

300-level ITAL

Japanese

HL 6

6 hours

JAPN 201, 202

300-level JAPN

 

HL 7

9 hours

JAPN 201, 202, 300-TR

300-level JAPN

Spanish B

HL 6

6 hours

SPAN 201, 202

300-level SPAN

 

HL 7

9 hours

SPAN 201, 202, 300-TR

300-level SPAN

MATHEMATICS

HL 5, 6 or 7

7 hours

MATH 121* and 100-TR
*Credit for MATH 121 will meet a requirement for either MATH 121 or MATH 125.

MATH 122 or 126

MUSIC

HL 5, 6 or 7

6 hours

MUTH 103 and MUGN 201*
*Credit for these courses cannot be used to satisfy requirements for any music major program.

 

PHYSICS

HL 5, 6 or 7

7 hours

PHYS 121, PHYS 100-TR*

PHYS 122

*Students with a deep interest in or planning to major in physics should consider forfeiting their IB credit and taking PHYS 123. A student who enrolls in PHYS 115, 121, or 123 will forfeit IB credit for PHYS 121, and a student who enrolls in PHYS 116, 122, or 124 will forfeit IB credit for PHYS 100-TR. Students who earned a 5, 6, or 7 on their IB Physics exam but who had little or no high school physics laboratory experience should consult with the department about taking PHYS 113A to build their laboratory skills before moving on to PHYS 116 or 122.

PSYCHOLOGY

HL 5, 6 or 7

3 hours

PSCL 101

 

SOCIAL AND CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY

HL 5, 6 or 7

3 hours

ANTH 102

 

THEATER STUDIES

HL 5, 6 or 7

3 hours

THTR 228

THTR 229

VISUAL ARTS

HL 6 or 7

3 hours

ARTS 101

 

College Credit

Once you've been admitted to Case Western Reserve University and we've received your final transcript and course descriptions of the college-level work you have successfully completed, the Office of Undergraduate Studies will evaluate your transfer credits.

Credit can be awarded for courses:

  • Equivalent to courses offered by CWRU
  • Completed with a grade of C or better
  • Taken at an accredited two-year or four-year college, university or technical institute

CWRU does not grant credit for college courses that were used to meet high school graduation requirements or that repeat courses completed in high school.

English Competency Credit

Transfer students who have completed the English Composition/Expository Writing requirement with a grade of C or higher at their previous institution will receive transfer credit for SAGES First Seminar. Students will be required to complete a supplemental one semester hour SAGES introductory seminar, FSTS 100, in the first semester of enrollment at CWRU.

Nursing Credit

Students may apply for transfer admission for any term (fall, spring or summer). Students transferring into the second year of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program must be able to transfer a minimum of 20 credit hours, including equivalents to the following CWRU courses:

  • BIOL 114
  • CHEM 119
  • BIOL 116 and BIOL 117 (Anatomy & Physiology I and II)
  • SAGES First Seminar

Nursing transfer students also require additional credits beyond the courses listed above to attain second-year status. Equivalents to the following CWRU courses are recommended but not required:

  • SOCI 203 (Human Growth and Development Across the Lifespan)
  • NURS 342 (Medical Microbiology)
  • NURS 201(Nutrition)
  • STAT 201 (Basic Statistics)

Cleveland-Area Community College Credit

Students applying for transfer admission from Cleveland-area community colleges should review the appropriate transfer credit guides.