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Advanced Placement (AP) credit

International Baccalaureate (IB) Policy


Advanced Placement (AP) credit

How do I receive consideration for Advanced Placement (AP) credit?

You must have an official grade report transcript of your AP exam scores sent to WMU, college code 1902. After this report is received and evaluated, you will be mailed notification of your credit eligibility. Student copies and other copies of the AP grade report are not considered official and cannot be used for granting credit.

What equivalent course credit is awarded?

The table on this page lists score requirements, along with the equivalent course(s) awarded for each exam. WMU requires a minimum score of 3 (4 in the case of physics) for credit eligibility.

How can I have AP send my grade report to WMU?

Use this link to Advanced Placement's information on the Web, or call AP toll-free at 888 225-5427.

How does the AP credit awarding process work at WMU?

If your AP grade report is received here before you start classes, we will send you a letter indicating your credit eligibility and when credit will be granted (after you begin classes). Read this letter carefully! If you are not entering WMU in the semester/year you reported to AP, then you must notify us after you start classes here in order to receive credit.

If your AP report is received after you have started classes at WMU, any AP credit for which you are eligible will be posted on your record.

What does “Departmental Recommendation” mean?

This notation means that you must first meet with the corresponding department at WMU before credit can be awarded. The department will determine what specific course credit is appropriate and then direct us to process that award. We recommend that you contact the department as soon as you come to campus.

Will I have a choice of English credit?

As the equivalency table indicates, some students who receive a score of 4 or 5 on the English Literature and Composition examination may have a choice of course credit at WMU. Read our letter about credit eligibility carefully and please complete and return its enclosed form promptly.

Western Michigan University Advanced Placement Equivalents
The following information is subject to change without notice.
Exam
Required score
Credit Award
Semester hours
Art History
3 - 5
ART 2200
3
Biology
3 - 4
BIOS 1510
4
5
BIOS 1500, 1510
8
Calculus AB
3 - 5
MATH 1220
4
Calculus BC
3 - 5
MATH 1220, 1230
8
Chemistry
3 - 4
CHEM 1100, 1110
4
5
CHEM 1100, 1110, 1120, 1130
8
Chinese Language and Culture
3-5
Departmental recommendation
4
Computer Science A
3 - 5
CS 1110
4
Computer Science AB
3 - 4
CS 1110
4
5
CS 1110 (if not awarded above), 1120
8
Economics: Macro
3 - 5
ECON 2020
3
Economics: Micro
3 - 5
ECON 2010
3
English Language & Composition
3 - 5
ENGL 1050 (composition)
4
English Literature & Composition
3
ENGL 1050 (composition)
4
4 - 5
ENGL 1050 or ENGL 1100 (lit.) with college level writing exemption
4
Environmental Science
3 - 5
GEOS 1290, 1440
4
European History
3 - 5
HIST 1010
3
French (lang. or lit.)
3 - 5
Departmental recommendation
4
German
3 - 5
Departmental recommendation
4
Government & Politics: Comparative
3 - 5
PSCI 2400
3
Government & Politics: United States
3 - 5
PSCI 2000
3
Human Geography
3 - 5
GEOG 2050
3
Italian Language and Culture
3 - 5
Departmental recommendation
4
Japanese Language and Culture
3 - 5
Departmental recommendation
4
Latin (Literature or Vergil)
3 - 5
LAT 1000, 1010
8
Music Theory
3 - 5
MUS 1590
2
Physics B
4 - 5
PHYS 1130, 1140, 1150, 1160
10
Physics C: Electricity & Magnetism
4 - 5
PHYS 2070, 2080
5
Physics C: Mechanics
4 - 5
PHYS 2050, 2060
5
Psychology
3 - 5
PSY 1000
3
Spanish (lang. or lit.)
3 - 5
Departmental recommendation
4
Statistics
3 - 5
STAT 1600
3
Studio Art (Drawing, 2D or 3D Design)
3 - 5
Departmental recommendation
3
U. S. History
3 - 5
HIST 2100, 2110
6
World History
3 - 5
HIST 3030
3

What if I have other questions about AP credit?

Please call the Office of Admissions at (269) 387-2000.

International Baccalaureate (IB) Policy


It is the policy of Western Michigan University to award college credit for Higher Level (HL) exam scores of 5 and higher, according to the information below. An official IB transcript must be released to WMU Admissions for credit consideration.

IB HL Exam
WMU credit (with minimum score of 5)
Hours
English HL ENGL 1050 (with score of 5)
4
  ENGL 1050 or 1100 (with 6 or 7 score)
4
History of Americas HL HIST 2000
3
History of Europe HL HIST 1010
3
Business and Organization HL No equivalence
0
Biology HL BIOS 1510
4
French HL FREN 2000, 2010
8
Music HL MUS 1500 and 1590
6
Physics HL PHYS 1130, 1140, 1150, 1160
10
Chemistry HL CHEM 1900 and 1910
4
Mathematics HL MATH 1220 and STAT 2600
8
Psychology HL PSY 1000
3
Philosophy HL PHIL 2000
4
Spanish HL SPAN 2000
4


Instructions for ordering IB transcripts: http://www.ibo.org/iba/transcripts/electronic.cfm
The above information is subject to change without notice.

 

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