AP, IB Credit

The University of Michigan encourages prospective students to challenge themselves and welcomes those who have gone above and beyond in their high school academics by taking Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate courses. Typically, the 11th grade is the optimal time to start taking this course work if it is offered at your school. It’s a good idea to study subjects in which you are confident you will do well while at the same time seeking opportunities to challenge yourself.

As a result of having already successfully completed college-level work, some students can be admitted with advanced standing at the university. The larger benefit? By succeeding in rigorous academics before you enroll at the University of Michigan, you demonstrate that you are more than prepared to succeed at one of the most academically challenging institutions in the country. However, in addition to completing your AP/IB course(s), you must also perform successfully on the exam and earn a high score. Advanced Standing is only granted to students who have high exam scores.

Credit Guidelines

The following charts outline the guidelines for the granting of credit and course placement for acceptable achievement on the advanced placement program examinations. Please refer to the guidelines for the University of Michigan school or college you will be applying to:

Note: If at the time you took an AP exam, you did not specify the University of Michigan as the recipient of your score, please refer to the College Board website for information regarding additional score reports (U-M code is 1839).

College of Engineering

Hours awarded according to LSA Guidelines unless specified below
A.P. Examination Score Credit for Course Credit Hours Placement
(Eligible to enroll in)
Chemistry
  4 or 5 Chemistry 125(1)/126(1)
& Chemistry 130(3)
5  
Computer Science
Computer Science A 4 or 5 EECS 285 2  
Math
Calculus AB 4 or 5 Mathematics 120 (115) 4  
Calculus BC 4 Mathematics 120 (115) 4  
  5 Mathematics 120 {115 (4)} & 121 {116 (4)} 8  
The College of Engineering does not award credit for the AB subscore of the BC exam.
Physics
Physics C: Mechanics 5 Physics 140(4) and 141(1) 5  
Physics C: Electricity &
Magnetism
5 Physics 240(4) and 241(1) 5  
 

College of Literature, Science & the Arts

A.P. Examination Score Credit for Course Credit Hours Placement
(Eligible to enroll in)
Biology
  3 Biology 100 4 Eligible to enroll in
Bio 171 or 172
  4 or 5 Biology 195 5 Eligible to enroll in any
Biology course having
Bio 171 or 172 as a prerequisite
Contact: Program in Biology, 734-764-2446, Biology, 1111 Kraus Nat Sci, 1048, www.lsa.umich.edu/biology
Chemistry
  3 3 hours for Chemistry 130 and 2 hours for Chemistry 125(1)/126(1) if placed into Chem 210, 211 by taking placement exam during orientation 5 Chem 210, 211
  3 No credit if not placed into Chem 210,211 by taking placement exam during orientation 0 Chem 125/126 (if prehealth profession) + 130
  4 or 5 Chemistry 125(1)/126(1) & Chemistry 130 (3) 5 All students with an AP score of 4 or 5 are eligible to elect Chem 210,211.
Contact: Undergraduate Program Coordinator, 734-647-2858, Chemistry, 1500K Chem, 1055, chemundergrad@umich.edu
Chinese
Chinese Language and Culture       Following existing practice: Orientation placement test to be placed into a Chinese course or taking the UM Chinese Language Program proficiency test to be placed out of the 4-semester language requirement
Contact: Asian Languages and Cultures (ALC) department, 734-764-8286, 6111 Thayer Academic Building, 1608, um-alc@umich.edu
Computer Science
Computer Science A 4 or 5 EECS 285 2  
Contact: CS-Engin. Chief Program Advisor, 734-763-6563, Computer Science & Engineering Division, 2808 CSE Bldg., csengadvisor@umich.edu
Economics
Microeconomics 4 or 5 Economics 101 x (2) 2 Student is eligible to enroll in Econ 101
Macroeconomics 4 or 5 Economics 102 x (2) 2 Student is eligible to enroll in Econ 101
Contact: Olga Mustata, Student Services Associate, 734-763-9242, Economics, 238 Lorch Hall, 1220, econundergradoffice@umich.edu
English
Language and Composition 4 or 5 English Comp. Departmental* 3  
Literature and Composition 4 or 5 English Departmental* 3  
* Does not satisfy the English Composition or distribution requirements in English.
Contact: Katherine Teasdale, Undergraduate Administrator, 734-764-0409, English Lang & Lit, 3187D Angell Hall, 1003, kjteas@umich.edu
Environmental Science
Environmental Science 4 or 5 ENVIRON 201 4  
Contact: Jaime Langdon, Academic Advisor, 734-764-6372, Program in the Environment, 1120 USB, 2215, jlangdon@umich.edu
French
Language 4 or 5 French 250X* 3 French 235
* Course credits satisfy the LSA language requirement.
Contact: Carissa Van Heest, Undergraduate Student Services Coordinator, 734-615-3198, Romance Languages & Literatures, 812 E. Washington St., 1275, cmvanhe@umich.edu
Geography
Human Geography 4 or 5 Geography Departmental 3  
German
Language 3 German 231 4 232*
  4** German 231(4) 4 German 300
        German 325
        German 326
        German 332
        German 336
        German 350
        RCLANG 321***
  5 German 232*(4) 4 German 300
        German 325
        German 326
        German 332
        German 336
        German 350
        German 380
        German 383
        German 385
        RCLANG 321***
* Course credits satisfy the language requirement.
** Students with an AP score of 4 are strongly advised to enroll in German 300
*** See undergraduate concentration advisor, Kalli Federhofer (kallimz@umich.edu) or Andrew Mills (ajmills@umich.edu)
† 4 additional retroactive credits for German 232* will be awarded for completing German 300, 325, 326, 332, 336, 350 or RCLANG 321 with a grade of "B" or better.
†† 4 additional retroactive credits for German 301X will be awarded for completing German 300, 325, 326, 332, 336, 350, 380, 383, 385, or RCLANG 321 with a grade of "B" or better.
NOTE: Students may receive retroactive credits either via their AP Test scores, as outlined above, or via the departmental placement test, but not both.
Contact: Hartmut Rastalsky, Language Program Director, 734-764-8018, Germanic Langs & Lits 3110 MLB, 1275, hmr@umich.edu
History of Art
History of Art 4 or 5 History of Art 101 or History of Art 102* 3 Contact Departmental Concentration Advisor**
* Students planning a History of Art Concentration or Minor should consult with a Departmental Concentration Advisor, who will then determine whether the particular AP course to be offered as a prerequisite to the Concentration or Minor is more appropriately designated History of Art 101 or History of Art 102.
** Students planning a History of Art Concentration or Minor should consult with a Departmental Concentration Advisor, who will advise the student as to a suitable course of further study in the field
Contact: Prof. Howard Lay, Director of Undergraduate Studies, 734-763-3236, History of Art 150D Tappan Hall, 1357, hglay@umich.edu
History
American 4 or 5 100 level History 4  
European 4 or 5 100 level History 4    
World 4 or 5 100 level History 4  
Contact: Anne Berg, Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies, akberg@umich.edu.
Italian
Language 4 or 5 Italian 235* 3 Any Italian course above Italian 235
* Course credits satisfy the language requirement.
Contact: Carissa Van Heest, Undergraduate Student Services Coordinator, 734-615-3198, Romance Languages & Literatures, 812 E. Washington St., 1275, cmvanhe@umich.edu
Japanese
Japanese Language and Culture       Following existing practice: Orientation placement test to be placed into a Japanese course.
Contact: Asian Languages and Cultures (ALC) department, 734-764-8286, 6111 Thayer Academic Building, 1608, um-alc@umich.edu
Latin
Vergil 4 or 5 200 level Latin 4 Contact Department  
Contact: Deborah Pennell Ross, Elementary Latin Coordinator, 734-764-0357, Classical Studies, 2147 Angell Hall, 1003, dpross@umich.edu
Mathematics
Calculus AB 5 Mathematics 120(2) 2* Math 116**
        Math 156**
        Math 174**
        Math 175**
        Math 185**
        Math 186**
        Math 295**
Calculus BC 4 Mathematics 120(2) 2* Math 116**
        Math 156**
        Math 174**
        Math 175**
        Math 185**
        Math 186**
        Math 295**
Calculus BC 5 Mathematics 120(2) & Mathematics 121 (2) 4* Math 116
        Math 156
        Math 174***
        Math 175***
        Math 176***
        Math 185***
        Math 186***
        Math 215***
        Math 216***
        Math 285***
        Math 255***
        Math 256***
        Math 295***
* No credit for either Math 120 or Math 121 if Math 105 or 115 is elected.
** 2 additional credits for Math 120 granted after successful completion of this course with grade of C or better.
*** 2 additional credits for each of Math 120 and Math 121 granted upon successful completion of this course with grade of C or better.
The Mathematics Department does not award credit for the AB subscore of the BC exam.
Math 120 and 121 are designated to represent AP credit only (AB and BC respectively). They are not representative of any specific U-M mathematics course.
The Department strongly encourages students with AP credit to elect one of the honors courses, Math 156, 174,175, 185, or 295. All such elections require permission of the Math Honors Advisor and placement may depend on factors other than AP score.
Contact: Student services staff, 734-763-4223, Mathematics, 2084 East Hall, 1043, math-undergrad-office@umich.edu
Physics
Physics B 4 Physics 125 (4) & 127 (1) 5  
  5 Physics 125(4), 127(1), 126(4) & 128(1) 10  
Physics C: Mechanics 5 5 credit hours for Physics 139 (Lecture/Discussion 4, Lab 1) will be granted following meeting with Physics concentration advisor (signature required for credit. 5*  
Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism 5 5 credit hours for Physics 239 (Lecture/Discussion 4, Lab 1) will be granted following meeting with Physics concentration advisor (signature required for credit. 5*  
* The Physics department requests that students meet with a concentration advisor to receive a signature for credit.
You may make an advising appointment by visiting or contacting the Student Services Office, 1440 Randall Lab, 734-764-5539, physics.sso@umich.edu
Contact: Physics Student Services Office, 734-764-5539, 1440 Randall Lab, 1040, physics.sso@umich.edu
Political Science
U.S. Government & Politics 3 or above Political Science 111 4  
Comparative Government & Politics 3 or above Political Science 140 4  
Contact: Lili Kivisto, Student Services Associate, 734-764-9598, Political Science, 5705 Haven Hall, 1045, lkivisto@umich.edu
Psychology
  4 or 5 Psychology 111 4 Any 200 level Psychology course
Contact: Brian Wallace, Administration Manager, 734-764-2580, Psychology, 1343 East Hall, 530 Church Street, 1043, bwallace@umich.edu
Spanish
Language 4 Spanish 277* 4 Any Spanish course numbered between 279 to 399
  5 Spanish 277* 4 Any Spanish course numbered between 279 to 399
Literature 4 or 5 Spanish 373* 3 Any Spanish course numbered between 279 to 399 (Note: Spanish 277 prerequiste is waived)
* Course credits satisfy the language requirement.
Contact: Carissa Van Heest, Undergraduate Student Services Coordinator, 734-615-3198, Romance Languages & Literatures, 812 E. Washington St., 1275, cmvanhe@umich.edu
Statistics
  4 or 5 Statistics Departmental 4  
Contact: 734-763-3519, Statistics, 439 West Hall, 1107, stat-ugrad-ad@umich.edu
 

 

School of Music, Theatre & Dance

Hours awarded according to LSA Guidelines unless specified below
A.P. Examination Score Credit for Course Credit Hours Placement
(Eligible to enroll in)
Music Theory 5 Theory 139 (1) and Theory 149 (2) 3 Theory 140 and Theory 150
Contact: Laura Hoffman, Assistant Dean, Enrollment Management and Student Services, 734-764-0593, School of Music, Theatre & Dance, 2290A Moore, 2085, lauras@umich.edu
 

To receive credit for International Baccalaureate (IB) examinations, an official transcript of examination grades must be officially sent by the IB Office (Maryland, Geneva, or London) directly to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. The Office of Undergraduate Admissions only awards credit for IB Higher Level examinations. The University does not give credit for standard/subsidiary-level examinations. Please note: guidelines are subject to change. 

I.B. Subject Level I.B. Grade Course Equivalent (Credit Hours) Total
 Hours
Biology
  HL 4 Biology 100 (4) 4
  HL 5 or above Biology 195 (5) 5
Chemistry
  HL 4 Chemistry 130 (3), 125 (1), 126 (1) 5
  HL 5 or above Chemistry 130 (3), 125 (1), 126 (1), Dept. (3) 8
Computer Science
  HL 4 EECS 101 (4)  4
  HL 5 or above EECS 101 and EECS Dept. (2) 6
Design Technology
  HL 5 or above Interdepartmental (3)
Interdisciplinary (Interid) Dept. (3)
6
Economics
  HL 5 or above Economics 101 (4) and
Economics 102 (4)
8
English A: Language and Literature
  HL 5 Lit. Dept (3) 3
  HL 6 or 7 Lit. Dept (6) 6
Film
  HL 5 or above Screen Arts and Cultures Dept. (4) 4
Foreign Languages (B)
Chinese HL 4 or above Asian Languages Dept. (8) 8
Danish HL 4 or above Danish Dept. (8) 8
French HL 4 or above

French 235(3), French 270 (3), Dept. (2)
Eligible to enroll at the French 270-level

8
German HL 4 or above German 232 (4)* 4*
Hindi HL 4 or above SSEA 105 (4) and SSEA 106 (4) 8
Italian HL 4 or above

Italian 231 (4) and Italian 232 (4)
Eligible to enroll in Italian 235 or above

8
Japanese HL 4 or above Asian Languages Dept. (8) 8
Latin HL 4 or above Latin 231 (4) and Latin 232 (4) 8
Modern Greek HL 4 or above Greek Dept. (8) 8
Mandarin HL 4 or above Asian Languages Dept. (8) 8
Norwegian HL 4 or above Norw. Dept. (8) 8
Portuguese HL 4 or above

Port. 232 (4) and Port. Dept. (3)
Eligible to enroll above Portuguese 232

7
Russian HL 4 or above Russian Dept. (7) 7
Spanish HL 4 or above

Spanish 277 (4) and Spanish 373 (3)
Eligible to enroll at the Spanish 279-399 level

7
Others HL 4 or above Dept. (8) 8
Geography
  HL 5 or above Geography Dept. (4) 4
History
Africa HL 5 or above History Dept. - 100 Level (4) 4
History of the Americas HL 5 or above History Dept. - 100 Level (4) 4
Asia/Middle East HL 5 or above History Dept. - 100 Level (4) 4
European HL 5 or above History Dept. - 100 Level (4) 4
Other HL 5 or above History Dept. - 100 Level (4) 4
ITGS (Information Technology in a Global Society)
  HL 5 or above 4 credits of interdepartmental social science 4
Math

Engineering & other units

 

LSA

 

HL

 

HL

 

 

ENGIN: 6

ENGIN: 7

LSA: 6

LSA: 7

 

 

ENGIN Math 120 (115) 4

ENGIN Math: 120 (115) 4 and 121 (116) 4

LSA Math: 120 (115) 2**

LSA Math: 120 (115) 2*** and 121 (116) 2***

 

 

ENGIN: 4

ENGIN: 8

LSA: 2**

LSA: 4***

 

Music
  HL 5 or above Music Theory Dept. (4) 4
Music History
  HL 5 or above Music History Dept. (4) 4
Philosophy
  HL 5 or above Philosophy Dept. (4) 4
Physics
  HL 4 or above Physics 140 (4), 141 (1), 240 (4), 241 (1) 10
Political Thought
  HL 5 or above Political Science Dept. 101 (3) 3
Psychology
  HL 5 or above Psychology 111 (4) Dept. (4) 8
Soc. Anthro.
  HL 5 or above Anthro Dept. (4) 4
Theatre Arts
  HL 5 or above Theatre and Drama Dept. (4) 4
Visual Arts
  HL 5 or above Art Dept. (4) 4
World Religion
  HL 5 or above Religion Dept. (4) 4