AP, CLEP, IB, Military

 

▼   English Composition I Exemption

Students who score a minimum ACT English score of 27 or an old SAT verbal score of 610 or a new SAT Reading Test score of at least 33 will be exempt from taking English 101. Official scores should be mailed to the Office of Admissions for exemption to be granted.

▼   Credit by Examination

A student may receive credit for a course by passing a locally prepared examination and by paying appropriate fees. (See “Credit by Examination”.)

▼   Military Service/ROTC Credit

A student may receive Military Science or Aerospace Science placement credit for prior military service or Junior ROTC training. Contact the Department of Military Science or the Department of Aerospace Studies for details.

▼   The Prior Learning Assessment Center

The Prior Learning Assessment Center, housed in the Department of Integrative Studies, will serve as a central location where potential and enrolled USA students can obtain information and advising on the assessment options available for earning USA credit for prior learning. The center will also be the primary academic unit responsible for the coordination and administration of prior learning assessment by portfolio.

▼   Dual Enrollment

If you are a high school student and you are receiving dual enrollment credit while in high school, you must send the Office of Admissions an official transcript from the institution through which you dual enrolled. An evaluation of transfer credits will be completed prior to the semester of entry. You must have earned at least a "C" (2.0) average on all previous collegiate work attempted to satisfy the requirements.

▼   Advanced Placement (AP) Credit

Students participating in the Advanced Placement Program of the College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB) will be granted University credit as indicated below.


AP Course
USA Credit Awarded
Hours Awarded
 Required Score
Art History ARH 100 3 hrs 4
Studio Art: 2-D Design ARS Elective 3 hrs 4
Studio Art: 3-D Design ARS Elective 3 hrs 4
Studio Art-Drawing ARS Elective 3 hrs 4
Biology BLY 121/121L & BLY 122/122L
8 hrs
3
Chemistry CH 131/131L
4 hrs
4
Chemistry CH 131/131L & CH 132/132L
8 hrs
5
Computer Science A CIS 120 4 hrs 4
Computer Science Principles CSC 108
3 hrs
3
Microeconomics ECO 215
3 hrs
3
Macroeconomics ECO 216
3 hrs
3
Language & Composition EH 101
3 hrs
4
Language & Literature EH 101
3 hrs
4
Human Geography GEO 114
3 hrs
3
European History HY 102 3 hrs 4
World History HY 121 3 hrs 4
World History HY 121 & HY 122 6 hrs 5
US History HY 136 3 hrs 4
US History HY 135 & HY 136 6 hrs 5
Calculus AB MA 125
4 hrs
3
Calculus BC MA 125 & MA 126
8 hrs
3
Music Listening & Lit MUL Elective
3 hrs
3
Music Theory MUT Elective
3 hrs
3
Physics 1 PH 114/114L
5 hrs
4
Physics 2 PH 115/115L 5 hrs 4
Physics C Mechanics PH 201/201L
4 hrs
4
Physics C Electricity & Magnetism PH 202/202L
4 hrs
4
American Gov‘t PSC 130 3 hrs 3
Comparative Gov’t PSC 250 3 hrs 3
Psychology PSY 120
3 hrs
3
Statistics ST 210
3 hrs
3
French:  
 
 
French Language and Culture LG 111 & LG 112
6 hrs
3
French Language and Culture LG 111, LG 112, & LG 211 9 hrs 4
French Language and Culture LG 111, LG 112, LG 211, & LG 212 12 hrs 5

German:

     

German Language and Culture

LG 151 & LG 152 6 hrs 3
German Language and Culture LG 151, LG 152, & LG 251 9 hrs 4
German Language and Culture LG 151, LG 152, LG 251, & LG 252 12 hrs 5
Latin:      
Latin LG 101 & LG 102 6 hrs 3
Latin LG 101, LG 102, & LG 201 9 hrs 4
Latin LG 101, LG 102, LG 201 & LG 202 12 hrs 5
Spanish:      
Spanish Language and Culture LG 131 & LG 132 6 hrs 3
Spanish Language and Culture LG 131, LG 132, & LG 231 9 hrs 4
Spanish Language and Culture LG 131, LG 132, LG 231, & LG 232 12 hrs 5
 
▼   CLEP

A student can receive up to 30 semester hours of credit from the General Examinations and certain Subject Examinations of the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) as shown below. Official CLEP scores mailed directly from the CLEP division of the Educational Testing Service are required before credit will be awarded.


CLEP Exam 
USA Credit Awarded
Hours Awarded Required Score 
Financial Accounting  ACC 211 3 hrs 50
General Biology  BLY 121/121L &
BLY 122/122L
8 hrs 50
Natural Sciences-General  Biology & Natural Science Electives 8 hrs 50
Intro to Business Law BUS 265 3 hrs

50

General Chemistry  CH 131/131L &
CH 132/132L
8 hrs 50
Intro to Microeconomics  ECO 215 3 hrs 50
Intro to Macroeconomics  ECO 216 3 hrs 50
College Composition  EH 101 & EH 102 6 hrs 50
English Literature with Essay   EH 215 & EH 216
6 hrs
50
American Literature with Essay  EH 225 & EH 226
6 hrs
50
Humanities-General  Fine Arts & Literature Electives 6 hrs 50
Western Civilization I:
Ancient Near East to 1648 - 
HY 101
3 hrs
50
Western Civilization II:
1648 to Present 
HY 102
3 hrs
50
World History HY 121
3 hrs
50
U.S. History I:
Early Colonizations to 1877 
HY 135
3 hrs
50
US History II:
1865 to Present - 
HY 136
3 hrs
50
Precalculus MA 115 4 hrs 50
Calculus MA 125 4 hrs 60
College Mathematics  Math Electives 8 hrs 50
Intro to Marketing  MKT 320 3 hrs 50
American Government  PSC 130 3 hrs 50
Into to Psychology  PSY 120 3 hrs 50
Human Growth and
Development 
PSY 250
3 hrs
50
Intro to Sociology  SY 109 3 hrs 50
Social Science & History  Social Science & History Electives 6 hrs 50
French  LG 111 & LG 112 6 hrs 50-59
French  LG 111, LG 112, and
LG 211
9 hrs 60
German  LG 151 & LG 152 6 hrs 50-59
German  LG 151, LG 152, and
LG 251
9 hrs 60
Spanish  LG 131 & LG 132 6 hrs 50-59
Spanish  LG 131, LG 132, and
LG 231
9 hrs 60

 

Computer Science CLEP credit are awarded based on USA departmental recommendations. The University reserves the right to change the CLEP minimum scores and credit awarded based on recommendations by the College Board and University research.

▼   International Baccalaureate Program (IB)

Students participating in the International Baccalaureate Program (IB) will be granted University credit as indicated below:

IB Examination USA Credited Awarded Hours Awarded SL/HL Required Score
Social and Cultural Anthropology AN 100 3 hrs SL and HL 5
Biology BLY 101/101L &
BLY 102/102L
8 hrs SL 5
Biology  BLY 121/121, &
BLY 122/122L
8 hrs HL 5
Chemistry  CH101/101L or
CH131/31L
4 hrs SL 5
Chemistry CH131/131L &
CH132/132L
8 hrs HL 5
Theatre DRA 110 3 hrs SL and HL 4
Economics ECO 215 & ECO 216 6 hrs SL 6
Economics ECO 215 3 hrs HL 4
Economics  ECO 215 & ECO 216 6 hrs HL 5
Language A: Language and Literature  EH 101 3 hrs HL 5-6
Language A: Language and Literature EH 101 & EH 102 6 hrs HL 7
Geography GEO 114 3 hrs SL and HL 4
History of the Americas  HY 135   3 hrs HL 5
History of Asia and Oceania HY 104  3 hrs HL 5
History of Europe HY 102  3 hrs HL 5
Information Technology in a global society ISC 245 or ITE 271 3 hrs SL and HL 5
Arabic LGS 106 3 hrs ab initio SL/HL 4
Arabic LGS 106 3 hrs SL and HL 3
Arabic LGS 106 & LGS 107 6 hrs SL and HL 4
Arabic LGS 106, LGS 107,
LGS 206, LGS 207
12 hrs SL and HL 5
Chinese LG 121 3 hrs ab initio SL/HL 4
Chinese LG 121 3 hrs SL and HL 3
Chinese LG 121, LG 122 6 hrs SL and HL 4
Chinese LG 121, LG 122,
LG 221, LG 222
12 hrs SL and HL 5
Classical Languages LG 101 3 hrs ab initio SL/HL 4
Classical Languages LG 101 3 hrs SL and HL 4
Classical Languages LG 101 & LG 102 6 hrs SL and HL 5
Classical Languages LG 101, LG 102,
LG 201
9 hrs SL and HL 6
Classical Languages LG 101, LG 102,
LG 201, LG 202
12 hrs SL and HL 7
French LG 111 3 hrs ab initio SL/HL 4
French LG 111 3 hrs SL and HL 4
French LG 111 & LG 112 6 hrs SL and HL 5
French LG 111, LG 112,
LG 211
9 hrs SL and HL 6
French LG 111, LG 112,
LG 211, LG 212
12 hrs SL and HL 7
German LG 151 3 hrs ab initio SL/HL 4
German LG 151 3 hrs SL and HL 4
German LG 151, LG 152 6 hrs SL and HL 5
German LG 151, LG 152,
LG 251
9 hrs SL and HL 6
German LG 151, LG 152,
LG 251, LG 252
12 hrs SL and HL 7
Hindi LGS 131 3 hrs ab initio SL/HL 4
Hindi LGS 131 3 hrs SL and HL 3
Italian LGS 161 3 hrs ab initio SL/HL 4
Italian LGS 161 3 hrs SL and HL 4
Italian LGS 161 & LGS 162 6 hrs SL and HL 5
Italian LGS 161, LGS 162,
LGS 261
9 hrs SL and HL 6
Italian LGS 161, LGS 162,
LGS 261, LGS 262
12 hrs SL and HL 7
Japanese LGS 101 3 hrs ab initio SL/HL 4
Japanese LGS 101 3 hrs SL and HL 3
Japanese LGS 101 & LGS 102 6 hrs SL and HL 4
Japanese LGS 101, LGS 102,
LGS 201, LGS 202
12 hrs SL and HL 5
Korean LGS 171 3 hrs ab initio SL/HL 4
Korean LGS 171 3 hrs SL and HL 3
Korean LGS 171& LGS 172 6 hrs SL and HL 4
Korean LGS 171, LGS 172,
LGS 271, LGS 272
12 hrs SL and HL 5
Modern Greek LGS 141 3 hrs ab initio SL/HL 4
Modern Greek LGS 141 3 hrs SL and HL 4
Modern Greek LGS 141 & LGS 142 6 hrs SL and HL 5
Modern Greek LGS 141, LGS 142,
LGS 241
9 hrs SL and HL 6
Modern Greek LGS 141, LGS 142,
LGS 241, LGS 242
12 hrs SL and HL 7
Portuguese LGS 181 3 hrs ab initio SL/HL 4
Portuguese LGS 181 3 hrs SL and HL 4
Portuguese LGS 181 & LGS 182 6 hrs SL and HL 5
Portuguese LGS 181, LGS 182,
LGS 281
9 hrs SL and HL 6
Portuguese LGS 181, LGS 182,
LGS 281, LGS 282
12 hrs SL and HL 7
Russian LG 171 3 hrs ab initio SL/HL, SL and HL 4
Russian LG 171 & LG 172 6 hrs ab initio SL/HL, SL and HL 5
Russian LG 171, LG 172,
LG 271
9 hrs ab initio SL/HL, SL and HL 6
Russian LG 171, LG 172,
LG 271, LG 272
12 hrs ab initio SL/HL, SL and HL 7
Spanish LG 131 3 hrs ab initio SL/HL 4
Spanish LG 131 3 hrs SL 4
Spanish LG 131 & LG 132 6 hrs SL 5
Spanish LG 131, LG 132,
LG 231
9 hrs SL 6
Spanish LG 131 & LG 132 6 hrs HL 5
Spanish LG 131, LG 132,
LG 231
9 hrs HL 6
Spanish LG 131, LG 132,
LG 231, LG 232
12 hrs HL 7
Mathematical Studies MA 110 3 hrs SL 4
Mathematics MA 115 4 hrs SL and HL 4-5
Mathematics MA 125 4 hrs SL and HL 6
Music  MUL 101 3 hrs SL 5
Music MUL 235 2 hrs HL 5
Physics PH 104 4 hrs SL and HL 5
Philosophy PHL 110 3 hrs SL and HL 5
Psychology  PSY 120 3 hrs SL and HL 5

 

 

▼   General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced and Advanced Subsidiary Level Exams 

Credit will be awarded as outlined for examinations completed through an A/AS Level Examining Board.

AICE Subject Grade USA Credit Awarded Hours Awarded
Accounting (AS-Level) A - E BUS 100 Level Elective 3 hrs
Accounting (A-Level) A - E BUS 100 Level Elective 3-6 hrs
Art and Design (AS-Level) A - E ARS121, ARS 123, ARS 124, ARS 100 Level Elective 3 hrs
Art and Design (A-Level) A - E ARS121, ARS 123, ARS 124, ARS 100 Level Elective 3-6 hrs
Biology (AS-Level) A - E BLY 101 3 hrs
Biology (A-Level) A - E BLY 121/121L & BLY122/122L 8 hrs
Business Studies (AS-Level) A - E GNRL 100 Level Elective 3 hrs
Business Studies (A-Level) A - E GNRL 100 Level Elective 6 hrs
Chemistry (AS-Level) A - E  CH 100 Level Elective 4 hrs
Chemistry (A-Level) A - E  CH 131 & CH 100 Level Elective 8 hrs
Classical Studies (AS-Level) A - E  GNRL 100 Level Elective 3 hrs
Computing (AS-Level) A - E CSC 100 Level Elective 3 hrs
Computing (A-Level) A - E CSC 100 Level Elective 6 hrs
Design and Technology (AS-Level) A - E GNRL 100 Level Elective 3 hrs
Design and Technology (A-Level) A - E GNRL 100 Level Elective 6 hrs
Economics (AS-Level) A - E BUS 100 Level Elective 3 hrs
Economics (A-Level) A - E ECO 215 & ECO 216 6 hrs
English Language (AS-Level) A - E EH 101 3 hrs
Environmental Management (AS-Level) A - E GEO 100 Level Elective 3 hrs
French Language (AS-Level) A - E   LG 111 3 hrs
French Language (A-Level) A - E   LG 111 & LG 112 6 hrs
French Literature (AS-Level) A - E   LG 100 Level Elective 3 hrs
Further Mathematics (A-Level) A - E   MA 125 & MA 126 8 hrs
General Paper (AS-Level) A - E   GNRL 100 Level Elective 3 hrs
Geography (AS-Level) A - E   GEO 115 3 hrs
Geography (A-Level) A - E   GEO 102, GEO 102L, GEO 100 Level Elective 7 hrs
German Language (AS-Level) A - E   LG 151 3 hrs
German Language (A-Level) A - E   LG 151 & LG 152 6 hrs
History (AS-Level) A - E   HY 100 Level Elective 3 hrs
History (A-Level) A - E   HY 100 Level Elective 6 hrs
Language and Literature in English (AS-Level) A - E   EH 101 3 hrs
Latin (AS-Level) A - E   LG 101 3 hrs
Literature in English (AS-Level) A - E   EH 101 3 hrs
Literature in English (A-Level) A - E  EH 101 & EH 102 6 hrs
Marine Science (AS-Level) A - E   GNRL 100 Level Elective 3 hrs
Marine Science (A-Level) A - E   GNRL 100 Level Elective 6 hrs
Mathematics (AS-Level) A - E   MA 115 4 hrs
Mathematics (A-Level) A - E   MA 125 4 hrs
Music (AS-Level) A - E   MUL 100 Level Elective 3 hrs
Music (A-Level) A - E   MUL 101 & MUL 100 Level Elective 6 hrs
Physics (AS-Level) A - E   PH 100 Level Elective 4 hrs
Physics (A-Level) A - E   PH 114 & PH 115 10 hrs
Psychology (AS-Level) A - E PSY 120 3 hrs
Psychology (A-Level) A - E PSY 120 & PSY 100 Level Elective 6 hrs
Sociology (AS-Level) A - E SY 109 3 hrs
Sociology (A-Level) A - E SY 109 & SY 100 Level Elective 6 hrs
Spanish Language (AS-Level) A - E LG 131 3 hrs
Spanish Language (A-Level) A - E LG 131 & LG 132 6 hrs
Spanish Literature (AS-Level) A - E   LG 100 Level Elective 3 hrs
Thinking Skills (AS-Level) A - E PHL 100 Level Elective 3 hrs
Thinking Skills (A-Level) A - E PHL 100 Level Elective 3 hrs

 

▼     A Level Exam Credit Award  

A Level Exam Credit Award Policy:

This policy is in effect for all undergraduate students entering USA. Tests taken after a student matriculates are not eligible for credit.

For incoming new undergraduate students, Cambridge A-Level and AICE scores on file at USA are evaluated for credit at the point the student has an offer of admission. Additional scores that are received for incoming new undergraduate students will be evaluated at the time of receipt.

For continuing undergraduate students who did not send their scores prior to matriculating at USA, A-Level and AICE scores received by the university are evaluated for credit based on the AP credit equivalencies in effect at time of receipt.

Transfer students will receive the A-Level and AICE credit for college-level courses when official scores are received by the university.

Credit will be awarded only once for the same subject, whether the credit is earned by examination, Dual Enrollment, transfer credit, or course credit. If duplicate credit exists among A-Level, AP, IB, the source yielding the most credit will be awarded. Credit earned through testing will not replace graded credit in that same course.

Students may opt out of test credit if they see that acceptance of credit may disadvantage them. Students should make this request within their first year of attendance at USA.

Additional Information:

Cambridge International does not release scores on A-Level taken in June until after September of that same test year. This may impact incoming undergraduate students attending orientation sessions in summer. Students should speak to their academic advisor during orientation about potential A-Level credit that is not yet on their USA record.

For sequence courses such as foreign language, English, Math, plan to take the next course after the one for which you have received course credit. Please consult with your academic advisor for additional information.

Appeals:

If you believe that the assessment of your work and subsequent awarding of credits for such is in error, please contact the Registrar’s Office.


Feel free to email records@southalabama.edu with questions regarding transfer credit to The University of South Alabama.

 

revised 04/29/2021