Advanced Placement

Review the charts below to determine the amount of credit you may receive from your AP exam scores. For students admitted to PSU Fall 2019 or after, follow the latest chart regardless of when you took the exams. For those who were admitted to PSU Summer 2019 and before, follow the chart based on what year you took the exam. Credits and course equivalencies are subject to change.

Students cannot earn duplicate credit through CLEP or IB exams in the subjects for which they earned AP credit. To the extent that a student's high school does not offer AP or IB courses, CLEP credit can supplement or substitute for AP credit.

AP Transcripts: Students may request official AP transcripts by following the instructions from the College Board.

 


Credit award for Advanced Placement exams for students admitted Fall 2019 or later

AP Arts

Exam Score

Credit Offered

Courses Awarded

2-D Art & Design 3+ 4 ART LD
3-D Art & Design 3+ 4 ART LD
Art History 3 4 ARH 206
Art History 4 8 ARH 205, 206
Art History 5 12 ARH 204, 205, 206
Drawing 3+ 4 ART 131
Music Theory 3 4 MUS 103
Music Theory 4 4 MUS 111, 114
Music Theory 5 7 MUS 111, 112, 114

AP Capstone

Exam Score

Credit Offered

Courses Awarded

Research 3+ 2 GEN LD
Seminar 3+ 2 GEN LD

AP English

Exam Score

Credit Offered

Courses Awarded

English Language & Composition 3+ 4 WR 121
English Literature & Composition 3+ 4 ENG 100

AP History & Social Sciences

Exam Score

Credit Offered

Courses Awarded

Comparative Government & Politics 3 4 PS LD
Comparative Government & Politics 4+ 4 PS 204
History (European) 3 4 HST 103
History (European) 4+ 8 HST 102, 103
History (US) 3 4 HST 202
History (US) 4+ 8 HST 202, 203
History (World) 3 4 HST 106
History (World) 4+ 8 HST 105, 106
Human Geography 3+ 4 GEOG 230
Macroeconomics 3+ 4 EC 202
Microeconomics 3+ 4 EC 201
Psychology 3+ 4 PSY LD
United States Government & Politics 3 4 PS LD
United States Government & Politics 4+ 4 PS 101

AP Math & Computer Science

Exam Score

Credit Offered

Courses Awarded

Calculus AB 3 4 MTH 251
4+ 8 MTH 251, 252
Calculus BC 3 8 MTH 251, 252
4+ 12 MTH 251, 252, 253
Computer Science A 3+ 4 CS LD

Computer Science AB

(no longer offered by CollegeBoard)

3 4 CS LD
4+ 8 CS LD
Computer Science Principles 3+ 4 CS LD
Statistics 3+ 4 STAT 243

AP Sciences

Exam Score

Credit Offered

Courses Awarded

Biology 3 8 BI LD(includes lab science credit)
Biology 4+ 15 BI 211, 212, 213, 214, 215, 2161
Chemistry 3 5 CH 104, 107
Chemistry 4+ 15 CH 221, 222, 223, 227, 228, 229
Environmental Science 3+ 4 ESM LD
Physics 1: Algebra-based 3 5 PH LD(includes lab science credit)
Physics 1: Algebra-based 4+ 5 PH 201, 214
Physics 2: Algebra-based 3 5 PH LD(includes lab science credit)
Physics 2: Algebra-based 4+ 5 PH 202, 215
Physics 1: Algebra-based AND Physics 2: Algebra-based 4+(on both exams) 15 PH 201, 202, 203, 214, 215, 216

Physics B

(Exam no longer offered by CollegeBoard)

3 1 GEN LD
Physics B 4+ 15 PH 201, 202, 203, 214, 215, 216
Physics C- Electricity & Magnetism 3 4

PH LD(includes lab science credit)

Physics C- Electricity & Magnetism 4+ 4 PH 222, 215
Physics C - Mechanics 3 4

PH LD(includes lab science credit)

Physics C - Mechanics 4+ 4 PH 221, 214

AP World Languages & Cultures

Exam Score

Credit Offered

Courses Awarded

Chinese Language and Culture 3 15

A score of 3 in Chinese confers 15 credits for the first-year sequence (CHN 101, 102, 103).

4 15

A score of 4 in Chinese confers 15 credits for the second-year sequence (CHN 201, 202, 203).

5 15

A score of 5 in Chinese confers 15 upper-division elective credits(CHN UD).

French Language and Culture 3 12

A score of 3 confers 12 credits for the first-year sequence (FR 101, 102, 103).

4 12

A score of 4  confers 12 credits for the second-year sequence (FR 201, 202, 203).

5 12

A score of 5  confers 12 upper-division credits as French: FR 301, 302, and 303.

French Literature

(no longer offered by CollegeBoard)

3+ 4 FR LD
German Language and Culture 3 12

A score of 3 confers 12 credits for the first-year sequence (GER 101, 102, 103).

4 12

A score of 4  confers 12 credits for the second-year sequence (GER 201, 202, 203).

5 12

A score of 5 confers 12 upper-division credits as GER 301, 302, and GER UD.

Italian Language and Culture 3 12

A score of 3 confers 12 credits for the first-year sequence (IT 101, 102, 103).

4 12

A score of 4  confers 12 credits for the second-year sequence (IT 201, 202, 203).

5 12

A score of 5 confers 12 upper-division elective credits as IT UD.

Japanese Language and Culture 3 15

A score of 3 in Japanese confers 15 credits for the first-year sequence (JPN 101, 102, 103).

4 15

A score of 4 in Japanese confers 15 credits for the second-year sequence (JPN 201, 202, 203).

5 15

A score of 5 in Japanese confers 15 upper-division elective credits(JPN UD).

Latin 3+ 12 LAT 201, 202, 203

Latin Literature 

(no longer offered by CollegeBoard)

3+ 4 LAT 202
Spanish Language and Culture 3 12

A score of 3 confers 12 credits for the first-year sequence (SPAN 101, 102, 103).

4 12

A score of 4  confers 12 credits for the second-year sequence (SPAN 201, 202, 203).

5 12

A score of 5 confers 12 upper-division credits as SPAN 301, 302, 303.

Spanish Literature and Culture 3 4 SPAN UD
4 8 SPAN UD
5 12 SPAN UD

1If the exam was taken prior to Spring 2020, three credits of BI LD lab science will be awarded instead of BI 214, 215, and 216. 

Credit awarded for Advanced Placement exams taken May 2019 for students admitted Summer 2019 or earlier

World Languages AP Exams

Exam Score

PSU Credit Offered

Courses Satisfied

French, German, Italian, or Spanish

3 12

A score of 3 in French, German, Italian or Spanish confers 12 credits for the first-year sequence (101, 102, 103).

4 12

A score of 4 in each of these exams confers 12 credits for the second-year sequence (201, 202, 203).

5 12

 

A score of 5 in each of these exams confers 12 upper-division credits per exam as follows: French: FR 301, 302, 303; German: GER 301, 302, UD; Italian IT UD; Spanish: SPAN 301, 302, 303.

 

Latin 3+ 12

A score of 3 or higher in Latin confers 12 credits for the second-year Latin sequence (201, 202, 203).

Chinese or Japanese 3 15

A score of 3 in Chinese or Japanese confers 15 credits for the first-year sequence (101, 102, 103).

4 15

A score of 4 in Chinese or Japanese confers 15 credits for the second-year sequence (201, 202, 203).

5 15

A score of 5 in Chinese or Japanese confers 15 upper-division elective credits.

AP History & Social Sciences

Exam Score

PSU Credit Offered

Courses Satisfied                  

Human Geography 3+ 4 GEOG 230
Government & Politics: United States 3 4 PS LD
4+ 4 PS 101

Government & Politics: Comparative

4+ 4 PS 204
History (European) 3 4

HST 103

4+ 8

HST 102, 103

History (US) 3 4 HST 203
4+ 8 HST 202, 203
History (World) 4+ 8

HST 105, 106 (starting May 2017, no longer offering credit for a score of 3)

Macroeconomics 3 4 EC 202
Microeconomics 3+ 4 EC 201
Psychology 3+ 4 PSY LD

Science and Mathematics AP Exam

Exam Score

PSU Credit Offered

Courses Satisfied 

Biology 4+ 12 BI LD
Calculus AB 3 4 MTH 251
4 8

MTH 251, 252

Calculus BC 3 8

MTH 251, 252

4+ 12

MTH 251, 252, 253

Chemistry 4+ 15 CH 221, 222, 223, 227, 228, 229
Computer Science A 4+ 4 CS LD
Computer Science Principles 4+ 4 CS LD
Environmental Science 3+ 4 ESM LD
Physics 1: Algebra-based 4+ 5 PH 201, 214

Physics 2: Algebra-based

4+ 5 PH 202, 215

Physics 1: Algebra-based AND Physics 2: Algebra-based

4+ (on both exams) 15 PH 201, 202, 203, 214, 215, 216
Physics C - Electricity & Magnetism 4+ 4 PH 222, 215
Physics C - Mechanics 4+ 4 PH 221, 214
Statistics 4+ 4 STAT 243

Humanities

Exam Score PSU Credit Offered Courses Satisfied
Art History 4+ 8 ARH 205, 206
Music Theory 4+ 8 MUS 111, 112, 114, 115
Studio Art: 2-D Design 4+ 4 ART 115
Studio Art: 3-D Design 4+ 4 ART 199
Studio Art: Drawing 4+ 4 ART 131

English AP Exams

Exam Score

PSU Credit Offered

Courses Satisfied

English Language & Composition 3+ 4 WR 121
English Literature & Composition 3+ 4 ENG100

Credit awarded for Advanced Placement May 2016-May 2018

World Language AP Exam

Exam Score

PSU Credit Offered

Courses Satisfied

French, German, Italian, or Spanish 3 12 A score of 3 in French, German, Italian or Spanish confers 12 credits for the first year sequence (101, 102, 103).
French, German, Italian, or Spanish 4 12 A score of 4 in each of these exams confers 12 credits for the second-year sequence (201, 202, 203).
French, German, Italian, or Spanish 5 12 score of 5 in each of these exams confers 12 upper-division credits per exam as follows: French: FR 301, 302, 303; German: GER 301, 302, UD; Italian IT UD; Spanish: SPAN 301, 302, 303.
Latin 3+ 12 A score of 3 or higher in Latin confers 12 credits for the second-year Latin sequence (201, 202, 203).
Chinese or Japanese 3 15 A score of 3 in Chinese or Japanese confers 15 credits for the first-year sequence (101, 102, 103).
Chinese or Japanese 4 15 A score of 4 in Chinese or Japanese confers 15 credits for the second-year sequence (201, 202, 203
Chinese or Japanese 5 15 A score of 5 in Chinese or Japanese confers 15 upper-division elective credits.

History and Social Sciences AP Exam

Exam Score

PSU Credit Offered

Courses Satisfied                  

Human Geography 3+ 4 GEOG 230
Government & Politics: United States 4+ 4 PS 101

Government & Politics: Comparative

4+ 4 PS 204
History (European) 3 4

HST 103

4+ 8

HST 102, 103

History (US) 3 4 HST 203
4+ 8 HST 202, 203
History (World) 4+ 8

HST 105, 106 (starting May 2017, no longer offering credit for a score of 3)

Macroeconomics 3 4 EC 202
Microeconomics 3+ 4 EC 201
Psychology 3+ 4 PSY LD

Science and Mathematics AP Exam

Exam Score

PSU Credit Offered

Courses Satisfied 

Biology 4+ 12 BI LD
Calculus AB 3 4 MTH 251
4 8

MTH 251, 252

Calculus BC 3 8

MTH 251, 252

4+ 12

MTH 251, 252, 253

Chemistry 4+ 15 CH 221, 222, 223, 227, 228, 229
Computer Science A 4+ 4 CS LD
Computer Science Principles 4+ 4 CS LD
Computer Science AB (no longer offered) 3 4 CS LD
4+ 8 CS LD
Environmental Science 3+ 4 ESM LD
Physics 1: Algebra-based 4+ 5 PH 201, 214

Physics 2: Algebra-based

4+ 5 PH 202, 215

Physics 1: Algebra-based AND Physics 2: Algebra-based

4+ (on both exams) 15 PH 201, 202, 203, 214, 215, 216
Physics B (no longer offered) 4+ 15

PH 201, 202, 203, 214, 215, 216

Physics C - Electricity & Magnetism 4+ 4 PH 222, 215
Physics C - Mechanics 4+ 4 PH 221, 214
Statistics 4+ 4 STAT 243

Humanities AP Exam

Exam Score

PSU Credit Offered

Courses Satisfied

Art History 4+ 8 ARH 205, 206
Music Theory 4+ 8 MUS 111, 112, 114, 115
Studio Art: 2-D Design 4+ 4 ART 115
Studio Art: 3-D Design 4+ 4 ART 199
Studio Art: Drawing 4+ 4 ART 131

English AP Exams

Exam Score

PSU Credit Offered

Courses Satisfied

English Language & Composition 3+ 4 WR 121
English Literature & Composition 3+ 4 ENG100

Credits available for exams taken in 2015 or earlier

World Languages and Literature AP Exam

Exam Score

PSU Credit Offered

Courses Satisfied

French, German, Italian, or Spanish

3 12

A score of 3 in French, German, Italian or Spanish confers 12 credits for the first year sequence (101,102,103); a score of 4 in French, German, Italian or Spanish confers 12 credits for the second-year sequence (201,202,203); and a score of 5 in French, German, Italian or Spanish confers 12 credits of upper division credit, as either the third year sequence (301,302,303) or as upper division elective credit.

4 12

 

5 12

 

Latin: Vergil

3+ 12

A score of 3 or higher in Latin: Vergil confers 12 credits for the second- year Latin sequence (201,202,203).

Chinese or Japanese

3 15

A score of 3 in Chinese or Japanese confers 15 credits for the first-years sequence (101,102,103); a score of 4 in Chinese or Japanese confers 15 credits for the second year sequence (201,202,203); and a score of 5 in Chinese or Japanese confers 15 upper division elective credits.

4 15

 

5 15

 

French Literature 3+ 4 FR UD

Latin Literature

3+ 4 LAT 202
Spanish Literature - Effective through fall 2014 3+ 4 SPAN UD
Spanish Literature & Culture - Effective starting spring 2015 3 4 SPAN UD
4 8 SPAN UD
5 12 SPAN UD

History and Social Sciences AP Exam

Exam Score

PSU Credit Offered

Courses Satisfied                 

Human Geography 3+ 4 GEOG 230
Government & Politics: United States 4+ 4 PS 101

Government & Politics: Comparative

4+ 4 PS 204
History (European) 3+ 8

HST 101, 102

History (US) - Effective through fall 2014 3+ 8

HST 201, 202

History (US) - Effective spring 2015 - fall 2015 3+ 8 HST 202, 203
History (World) 3+ 8

HST LD

Macroeconomics 3+ 4 EC 202
Microeconomics 3+ 4 EC 201
Psychology 3+ 4 PSY LD

Science and Mathematics AP Exam

Exam Score

PSU Credit Offered

Courses Satisfied

Biology 4+ 12 BI LD
Calculus AB 3 4 MTH 251
4+ 8

MTH 251, 252

Calculus BC 3 8

MTH 251, 252

4+ 12

MTH 251, 252, 253

Chemistry 4+ 15 CH 221, 222, 223, 227, 228, 229
Computer Science A 4+ 4 CS LD
Computer Science AB (no longer offered) 3 4 CS LD
4+ 8 CS LD
Environmental Science 3+ 4 ESM LD
Physics B (no longer offered) 4+ 15

PH 201, 202, 203, 214, 215, 216

Physics C - Electricity & Magnetism 4+ 4 PH 222, 215
Physics C - Mechanics 4+ 4 PH 221, 214
Statistics 4+ 4 STAT 243

Humanities AP Exam

Exam Score

PSU Credit Offered

Courses Satisfied

Art History 4+ 8 ARH 205, 206
Music Theory 4+ 8 MUS 111, 112, 114, 115
Studio Art: 2-D Design 4+ 4 ART 115
Studio Art: 3-D Design 4+ 4 ART 199
Studio Art: Drawing 4+ 4 ART 131

English AP Exam

Exam Score

PSU Credit Offered

Courses Satisfied

English Language & Composition 3+ 4 WR 121
English Literature & Composition 3+ 4 ENG100