2017-18 AP/IB Policies

 


2017-18 Advanced Placement Credit Policies

The policies listed below are for Georgetown College only. Please see the full policy listing for the Walsh School of Foreign Service, the McDonough School of Business, and the School of Nursing and Health Studies.

AP Capstone: Research & Seminar: No credit is awarded for this coursework and examination.

Art History: For a score of 4 or 5, students will receive three credits (one course) and be excused from taking ARTH-101 and ARTH-102. Students with AP credit in Art History would be required to take an additional nine courses to complete the major, or an additional five courses to complete the minor. Only in unusual circumstances and with the approval of the department may an Art History major or minor with AP credit be permitted to take ARTH-101 or 102 for credit toward the major or minor. AP credit in Art History will not fulfill the core Humanities: Art, Literature and Culture requirement.

Art Studio Portfolios

Art Studio Drawing: For a score of 5, the student will receive three credits for ARTS-110 Drawing I; however, this credit will not fulfill the student's core Humanities: Arts, Literature and Culture requirement. For a score of 4, the student will not receive credit but will receive a waiver for ARTS-110 Drawing I.

Art Studio 2 D Design: For a score of 5, the student will receive three credits for ARTS-100 Exploring Art: Form & Meaning; however, this credit will not fulfill the student's core Humanities: Arts, Literature and Culture requirement. For a score of 4, the student will not receive credit but will receive a waiver for ARTS-100 Exploring Art: Form & Meaning.

Art Studio 3 D Design: For a score of 5, the student will receive three credits for ARTS-100 Exploring Art: Form & Meaning; however, this credit will not fulfill the student's core Humanities: Arts, Literature and Culture requirement.  For a score of 4, the student will not receive credit but will receive a waiver for ARTS-100 Exploring Art: Form & Meaning.

For students who receive 5’s on all three studio exams, a maximum of six credits will be awarded for ARTS-110 and ARTS-100; however, these credits will not fulfill the student's core Humanities: Arts, Literature and Culture requirement.

Biology: For students who are not majoring in any of the majors from the Department of Biology, a score of 4 or 5 will earn three or four credits, respectively, at the level of a one-semester course for non-majors. These credits will count toward half of the core requirement in math/science and will complete the requirement if used in proper combination with a math or computer science course.

Majors in the Department of Biology (including Biology, Biology of Global Health, Neurobiology, and Environmental Biology) with an AP score of 5 will earn the equivalent of a one-semester four-credit non-majors course and will receive two credits applied to the total credits required for the major. Majors with an AP score of 4 will earn the equivalent of a one-semester three-credit non-majors course and will receive one credit applied to the total credits required for the major. Regardless of AP score, all majors are required to take BIOL-103/113 (Foundations in Biology I with laboratory) and BIOL-104/114 (Foundations in Biology II with laboratory).

For students who score a 4 or 5 on both the AP Biology exam and the AP Environmental Science exam, credit will only be awarded once. Students may apply credit from one of the AP exams or the IB exam but not both. (Note that majors in Neurobiology are not eligible to receive credit towards the major for the Environmental Science exam).

Chemistry: All students with a score of 4 receive three credits at the level of an introductory one-semester course for non-majors. This credit counts toward half of the math/science core requirement and will complete the requirement if used in proper combination with a math or computer science course. These credits do not count toward a science major/minor or pre-med requirements. If the student is a Chemistry or Biochemistry major, they will take CHEM-055 (General Chemistry Lecture I for Majors) and CHEM-057 (Gen Chem Lab for Majors) in the fall term. All other science and pre-med students who plan to continue their study of chemistry should take CHEM-001/009 (General Chemistry Lecture and Lab I) in the fall term.

Students with a score of 5 will receive three credits for CHEM-001 (General Chemistry Lecture I). This credit counts toward half of the math/science core requirement and will complete the requirement if used in proper combination with a math or computer science course or CHEM-002 (General Chemistry Lecture II) in the spring term. Chemistry or Biochemistry majors (who are not also pre-med students) with these credits MUST enroll in CHEM-057 (Gen Chem Lab for Majors) in the fall or in CHEM-064 (Intro Research Experimentation). If the student takes CHEM-001 or CHEM-055 (General Chemistry Lecture I) in the fall, they will forfeit the AP credit.

Pre-med students, regardless of major, with a score of 5 will receive three credits at the level of an introductory one-semester course for non-majors. These credits do not count toward a science major/minor or pre-med requirements. These students will take CHEM-001 (General Chemistry Lecture I) or CHEM-055 (General Chemistry Lecture I for Majors) in the fall with the appropriate lab.

Chinese: For a score of 4 or 5 and placement beyond CHIN-112 Intensive Second Level Chinese II on the Chinese placement test (Parts I and II), the student will receive six credits for CHIN-112 and be exempted from Intensive First Level and Intensive Second Level Chinese. This credit will satisfy the core requirement in language. Students who place into CHIN-112 or below will not receive credit.

Computer Science A: For a score of 4 or 5, the student will receive three credits for COSC-010 Intro to Information Technology. For BS Computer Science majors, this credit is not applied to the major and will count only as a free elective toward graduation requirements. For AB Computer Science majors, this credit can be applied to the major. These credits will count toward half of the core requirement in math/science and will complete the requirement if used in proper combination with a course in the Biology, Chemistry, or Physics department.

Computer Science Principles: No credit is awarded for this examination.

Economics: For a score of 5 on the Microeconomics exam, the student will receive three credits for ECON-001 Principles of Microeconomics. For a score of 5 on the Macroeconomics exam, the student will receive three credits for ECON-002 Principles of Macroeconomics. Students with a score of 5 on both of the AP exams may proceed to upper level courses and cannot take any of the principle courses (ECON-001, 002 and 003). Students with a score of 5 on only one of the AP exams normally take the opposite principles course. If the student takes ECON-003 Principles of Economics: Macro and Micro, they will forfeit the AP credit in economics and take one additional ECON elective. Students with a strong high school background in micro and macro economics and/or who have taken both AP economics but did not score a 5 on either of the AP exams are encouraged to take ECON-003 and take one additional ECON elective.

English (either exam): If a student takes both exams, then the higher score is used because credit is awarded only once for both exams. Students with a score of 5 receive three credits for WRIT-015 Writing and Culture Seminar, which satisfies the core requirement in writing.

Environmental Science: For students who are not majoring in any of the majors from the Department of Biology, a score of 4 or 5 will earn three or four credits, respectively, at the level of a one-semester course for non-majors. These credits will count towards half of the core requirement in math/science and will complete the requirement if used in proper combination with a math or computer science course.

Majors in the Department of Biology (including Biology, Biology of Global Health, and Environmental Biology) with an AP score of 5 will earn the equivalent of a one-semester four-credit non-majors course and will receive two credits applied to the total credits required for the major. Majors with an AP score of 4 will earn the equivalent of a one-semester three-credit non-majors course and will receive one credit applied to the total credits required for the major. Majors in Neurobiology will not be granted credit towards the major for the Environmental Science AP exam, although they will receive college credit. All majors are required to take BIOL-103/113 (Foundations in Biology I with laboratory) and BIOL-104/114 (Foundations in Biology II with laboratory).

For students who score a 4 or 5 on both the AP Biology exam and the AP Environmental exam, credit will only be awarded once. Students may apply credit from one of the AP exams or the IB exam but not both.

French: Non-language majors with a score of 4 or 5 are eligible to receive up to six credits for FREN 101 and 102 (Advanced French I and II) pending confirmation of their French level through one of the following: (a) an SAT II score (b) the proctored departmental exam administered during New Student Orientation, or (c) successful completion of FREN 102 (Advanced French II) or FREN 151 (Advanced French Grammar and Writing), in which cases students will earn 3 credits or 6 credits respectively. Students who plan to enroll in FREN 102 or FREN 151 must take the online placement exam to confirm that they are enrolling in the correct course. Students who place into FREN 101 or below will not receive credit. Further details can be found in this chart.
 
Language majors with a score of 4 or 5 are eligible to receive up to ten credits for FREN 111 and 112 (Intensive Advanced French I and II) pending confirmation of their French level through one of the following: (a) an SAT II score (b) the proctored departmental exam administered during New Student Orientation, or (c) successful completion of FREN-112 (Intensive Advanced French II) or FREN-250/251, in which cases students will earn 5 credits or 10 credits respectively. Students who plan to enroll in FREN-112 or FREN-250/251 must take the online placement exam to confirm that they are enrolling in the correct course. Students who place into FREN 111 or below will not receive credit. Further details can be found in this chart

German: For an AP score of 4 or 5, students are eligible to receive up to six credits, depending on placement. Placement is determined by departmental placement exam. Incoming students are strongly encouraged to take the exam online during the summer.  Please note the following exception: students who are interested in placing out of the language requirement need to take the second part of the placement exam during New Student Orientation. Students who place at the high end of Level IV (combined Placement Test Score of 150 or higher) will receive six credits for GERM-101 and 102 (equivalent to GERM-111) and, if they are German majors, a course waiver for one Level IV course. Students who place into Level IV courses will receive six credits for GERM-101 and 102 (equivalent to GERM-111). Students who place into GERM-102 will receive three credits for GERM-101. Students who place into GERM-101 or GERM-111 or below will not receive credit.

Government—American Government: For a score of 4 or 5, students will receive three credits for GOVT-020 U.S. Political Systems (formerly GOVT-008). Students may satisfy the social science requirement by taking one additional course in government.

Government—Comparative Politics: No credit is awarded for this examination.

History—European and World History: Students who receive a score of 4 on the AP exam in European history or World history receive no credit, but are entitled to fulfill the core requirement with any two HIST courses of their choice, numbered 100 or above. Students who receive a score of 5 on the AP exam in European history or World history receive three credits and they still need to take one HIST course of their choice, numbered 100 or above. Students with this AP credit may not take HIST-007, 008, 099, or they will forfeit the AP credit. Students who receive a score of 5 on both the European history and the World history AP exams receive six credits and have no further history requirements.

History—United States: No credit is awarded for this examination.

Human Geography: No credit is awarded for this examination.

Italian: Students with a score of 4 or 5 on the AP exam and an SAT II score of 680-730 will receive 5 credits for ITAL-111. Students with a score of 4 or 5 on the AP exam and a score of 740 or higher will receive 10 credits for ITAL-111 and 112. These students are not required to take either the online placement exam or a confirmation exam during NSO.

Students seeking to confirm AP credit in Italian who have NOT taken the SAT II should take the online placement exam over the summer. Students who place into Advanced Italian II or higher on the online exam will be required to sit for a follow-up exam during NSO in order to confirm their AP credit.

Japanese: For a score of 4 or 5 and placement beyond JAPN-112 Intensive Second Level Japanese II on the Japanese placement test administered during New Student Orientation, the student will receive six credits for JAPN-112 and be exempted from Intensive First Level and Intensive Second Level Japanese. This credit will satisfy the core requirement in language. Students who place into JAPN-112 or below will not receive credit.

Latin: For a score of 4 or 5 and placement above CLSL-101 Intermediate Latin on the Latin online placement exam available over the summer, the student will receive four credits for CLSL-101 Intermediate Latin. Students who place above CLSL-101 (Intermediate Latin) on the online placement exam will be required to sit for a proctored placement exam during New Student Orientation in order to place out of the language requirement and receive credit. This credit will satisfy the core requirement in language.

Mathematics—Calculus AB: A student who scores a 4 or 5 on the Calculus AB exam will receive four credits for MATH-035 Calculus I unless the student took the Calculus BC exam and received a 4 or a 5 on the latter. These credits will count towards half of the core requirement in math/science and will complete the requirement if used in combination with a biology, chemistry, or physics course or MATH-036 Calculus II or MATH-040 Probability and Statistics.

Mathematics—Calculus BC: A student who scores a 4 or 5 on the Calculus BC exam will receive eight credits for MATH-035 and 036 Calculus I & II. These eight credits fulfill the core requirement in math/science.

Mathematics—Calculus AB Subscore: A student who receives an AB subscore of 4 or 5 on the BC Calculus exam is eligible to receive four credits for MATH-035 Calculus I if the student has not already received this credit as a result of other Calculus exam scores.

Mathematics—Statistics: For a score of 5, the student will receive four credits for MATH-040 Probability and Statistics. These credits will count towards half of the core requirement in math/science and will complete the requirement if used in combination with a biology, chemistry, or physics course or MATH-035 Calculus I. Psychology majors who receive a 5 on the Statistics AP exam are exempt from the Statistics requirement MATH-040 in the Psychology major but must substitute an additional psychology elective. Government majors who receive a 5 on the Statistics AP exam will be able to apply MATH-040 as a Government elective.

Music Theory: For a score of 5, the student will receive three credits for MUSC-141 (Advanced Harmony; Theory 2) and will be eligible to enroll in courses requiring MUSC-141 as a prerequisite.

Physics 1: No credit is awarded for this examination.

Physics 2: No credit is awarded for this examination.

Physics C: Mechanics and Electricity & Magnetism: The two Physics C exams are considered separately. For a score of 5 on the Mechanics exam, the student will receive four credits for PHYS-101 Principles of Physics I. For a score of 5 on the Electricity and Magnetism exam, the student will receive four credits for PHYS-102 Principles of Physics II. Physics majors with AP credit should consult with the director of undergraduate studies in physics for appropriate placement in PHYS-151 Mechanics or PHYS-153 Relativity and Quantum Physics. Pre-med students (other than Physics majors) should be aware that most medical schools do not consider AP credit as acceptable for the pre-med physics requirement. To fulfill that requirement, most pre-med students forfeit their AP credits and take PHYS-101 Principles of Physics I and PHYS-102 Principles of Physics II. They may instead choose to take PHYS-151 Mechanics and PHYS-152 Electromagnetic Phenomena, but should note that first years and sophomores have enrollment priority for PHYS-151 and 152.

Psychology: For a score of 5, the student will be awarded three credits for PSYC-001 General Psychology. Psychology majors and minors must substitute an additional psychology elective.

Spanish (either exam): For a score of 4 or 5, students are eligible to receive up to six credits for Advanced Spanish I and II (SPAN-103 and 104) depending on placement. Placement is determined by SAT II score or departmental placement exam administered during New Student Orientation. Students who place in SPAN-103, SPAN-110 or below will not receive credit.

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2017-18 International Baccalaureate Credit Policies

NOTE: For any IB subjects that receive credit (see subjects below), credit is only awarded for a score of 6 or 7 on the IB higher level exams. No credit is awarded for IB Standard Level exams. If a student has both AP scores and IB scores eligible for credit in the same subject, the student may apply credit from the AP exam or the IB exam, but not both.

Biology: For students who are not majoring in any of the majors from the Department of Biology, a score of 6 or 7 on the higher level exam will earn four credits at the level of a one-semester course for non-majors. These credits will count toward half of the core requirement in math/science and will complete the requirement if used in proper combination with a math or computer science course.

Majors in the Department of Biology with a score of 6 or 7 on the higher level exam will earn the equivalent of a one-semester four-credit non-majors course and will receive two credits applied to the total credits required for the major. Regardless of IB score, all majors are required to take BIOL-103/113 (Foundations in Biology I with laboratory) and BIOL-104/114 (Foundations in Biology II with laboratory).

Students may apply credit from the AP exam or the IB exam, but not both.

Business Management: No credit is awarded for this examination.

Chemistry: Students with a score of 6 or 7 on the higher level exam will receive three credits for CHEM-001 General Chemistry Lecture I. This credit counts toward half of the math/science core requirement and will complete the requirement if used in proper combination with a math or computer science course or CHEM-002 (General Chemistry Lecture II) in the spring term. Chemistry or Biochemistry majors (who are not also pre-med students) with these credits MUST enroll in CHEM-057 Gen Chem Lab for Majors in the fall or in CHEM-064 Intro Research Experimentation. If the student takes CHEM-001 in the fall, they will forfeit the IB credit.

Pre-med students, regardless of major, with a score of 6 or 7 on the higher level exam will receive three credits at the level of an introductory one-semester course for non-majors. These credits do not count toward a science major/minor or pre-med requirements. These students will take CHEM-001 General Chemistry Lecture I or CHEM-055 General Chemistry Lecture I for Majors in the fall with the appropriate lab.

Classical Languages: For a score of 6 or 7 on the Higher Level exam and placement above CLSL-101 (Intermediate Latin) on the Latin online placement exam available over the summer, the student will receive four credits for CLSL-101 (Intermediate Latin). For COL students, this credit will satisfy the core requirement in language

Computer Science: For a score of 6 or 7 on the higher level exam, the student will receive three credits for COSC-010 Intro to Information Technology. For BS Computer Science majors, this credit is not applied to the major and will count only as a free elective toward graduation requirements. For AB Computer Science majors, this credit can be applied to the major. These credits will count toward half of the core requirement in math/science and will complete the requirement if used in proper combination with a course in the Biology, Chemistry, or Physics department.

Design Technology: No credit is awarded for this examination.

Economics: For a score of 6 or 7 on the higher level exam, the student will receive three credits for ECON-001 Principles of Microeconomics and three credits for ECON-002 Principles of Macroeconomics. Students with this IB credit should proceed with upper level ECON courses. If the student takes ECON-003 Principles of Economics: Micro and Macro, they will forfeit the IB credit and take one additional ECON elective. Students with a strong high school background in economics and/or who have taken IB economics but did not score a 6 or 7 on the higher level exam are encouraged to take ECON-003 Principles of Economics: Macro and Micro and one additional ECON elective.

English A: Students with a score of 6 or 7 on the higher level exam receive three credits for WRIT-015 Writing and Culture Seminar, which satisfies the core requirement in writing.

English B: No credit is awarded for these examinations.

Film: No credit is awarded for this examination.

Geography: No credit is awarded for this examination.

History—Europe/Islamic World and Twentieth Century/Regional Topics: Students with a score of 7 on the higher level exam in History of Europe and the Islamic World receive credit for HIST-007. Students with a score of 7 on the higher level exam in History of the Twentieth Century/Regional Topics receive credit for HIST-008. In either case, students complete the core history requirement by taking any HIST course numbered 100 or above. Students with this credit may not take HIST-007, 008, or 099, or they will forfeit the IB credit.

Students with scores of 7 on both these higher level exams receive six credits and they have no further history requirements.

Students with a score of 6 on either of these IB tests receive no credit but place out of the 000-level courses, which they replace with any history courses, numbered 100 or above.

Information Technology in a Global Society: No credit is awarded for this examination.

Language A: Students with a score of 6 or 7 on the higher level exams in languages other than English (see above for English A credit) may receive credit pending the results of a language placement exam or SAT II scores for Spanish and French.

Language B: No credit is awarded for these examinations.

Mathematics: A student with a score of 6 or 7 on the higher level exam will receive four credits for MATH-035 Calculus I. These credits will count towards half of the core requirement in math/science and will complete the requirement if used in combination with a biology, chemistry, or physics course, or MATH-036 Calculus II, or MATH-040 Probability and Statistics.

Music: No credit is awarded for this examination.

Philosophy: Students with a score of 6 or 7 on the higher level exam will receive three credits for PHIL-020 Introduction to Philosophy. These credits satisfy half of the core requirement in philosophy. Students must take a “bridge” ethics philosophy course (PHIL-100–149) or PHIL-010 or PHIL-098 to fulfill the core philosophy requirement.

Physics: No credit is awarded for this examination.

Psychology: For a score of 6 or 7 on the higher level exam, the student will be awarded three credits for PSYC-001 General Psychology. Psychology majors and minors must substitute an additional psychology elective.

Social Anthropology: No credit is awarded for this examination.

Theater: No credit is awarded for this examination.

Theory of Knowledge:  No credit is awarded for this subject.

Visual Arts: Students with a score of 6 or 7 on the higher level exam will receive three credits for ARTS-100 Exploring Art: Form & Meaning; however, this credit will not fulfill the student's core Humanities: Arts, Literature, and Culture requirement.

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