Advanced Placement Course Awards

The Advanced Placement (AP) program offers you the chance to begin college-level studies while you are in high school. Through AP, you can get a jump start on your U of M education.

Many high schools offer college-level classes through the Advanced Placement (AP) program. You may also prepare for an AP exam through individual study. AP exams are graded on a five-point scale. If you have scored a three or higher, you may be able to be awarded credits at the University of Minnesota. The University of Minnesota's Advanced Placement practices—including scores accepted, credits awarded, and requirements fulfilled—are subject to change. Because the University is focused on ensuring that entering students are prepared for the rigor of college-level coursework, academic advisers may recommend that students with Advanced Placement credits still register for certain introductory University of Minnesota courses to ensure success in subsequent college courses that build upon that knowledge.

Furthermore, you can use credit awarded for your Advanced Placement exams to fulfill liberal education requirements at the University of Minnesota. Liberal education requirements are courses or categories of courses that all college students must complete for graduation from the U of M. (Note: These requirements should not be confused with high school preparation requirements, which are required for admission to the U of M, although AP courses can also satisfy high school preparation requirements.) See the chart below for details.

Area/Test Score Award 1Liberal Education Award 1
Art History3,4,54 credits in Art History 1001 (Introduction to the History of Art)Arts/Humanities core requirement, Global Perspectives theme
Biology3,4,54 credits in Biology 1009 (General Biology)Biological Science/Lab requirement
Calculus AB3,4,54 credits in Math 1271 (Calculus I)Mathematical Thinking core requirement
Calculus BC1,2 and AB subscore of 3,4,54 Credits in Math 1271Mathematical Thinking core requirement
34 credits in Math 1271Mathematical Thinking core requirement
4,58 credits in Math 1271, 1272 (Calculus I-II)Mathematical Thinking core requirement
Chemistry34 credits in Chemistry 1061, 1065 (Chemical Principles I with Lab)Physical Science/Lab requirement; Does NOT fulfill Environment theme
 4,58 credits in Chemistry 1061, 1062, 1065, 1066 (Chemical Principles I and II with Lab) 
Chinese Language and CultureNo credit granted
Computer Science A3,4,54 credits in Computer Science 1103Mathematical Thinking core requirement
Computer Science AB3,4,54 credits in Computer Science 1103Mathematical Thinking core requirement
Economics-Micro3,4,54 credits in Econ 1101 (Principles of Microeconomics)Social Science core requirement; Does NOT fulfill Global Perspectives theme
Economics-Macro3,4,54 credits in Econ 1102 (Principles of Macroeconomics)Social Science core requirement; Does NOT fulfill Global Perspectives theme
English Language and Composition3,4,54 credits in Writing 1301 (University Writing)Freshman Writing requirement
English Literature and Composition3,4,54 credits in Writing 1301 (University Writing) and 3 credits in English Lit 19994Freshman Writing requirement and Literature core requirement
Environmental Science3,4,53 credits in ESPM 19994Biological Science/Lab requirement and Environment theme
French LanguageNo credit automatically granted3
French Literature3,4,53 credits in French 30994Literature core requirement
Geography - Human3,4,54 credits in Geog 1301 (Intro to Human Geography)Social Science core requirement and Global Perspectives theme; Does NOT fulfill Writing Intensive Requirement
German LanguageNo credit automatically granted3
Government & Politics - American3,4,54 credits in Political Science 1001 (American Democracy in Changing World)Social Science core requirement and Civic Life & Ethics theme
Government & Politics - Comparative3,4,54 credits in Political Science 1054 (Repression and Democracy Around the World) Social Science core requirement and Global Perspectives theme
History-European3,4,53 credits in History 1031W & 1032WHistorical Perspectives core requirement and Global Perspectives theme; Does NOT fulfill Writing Intensive Requirement
History-U.S.3,4,53 credits in History 1301W & 1302WHistorical Perspectives core requirement; Does NOT fulfill Diversity and Social Justice in the United States theme; Does NOT fulfill Writing Intensive Requirement
History-World3,4,53 credits in History 19994Historical Perspectives core requirement and Global Perspectives theme; Does NOT fulfill Writing Intensive Requirement
Italian Language and Culture No credit granted 
Japanese Language and Culture No credit granted 
Latin (Vergil)3,4,54 credits in Latin 33004Literature core requirement
Latin Literature3,4,54 credits in Latin 33004Literature core requirement
Music Theory53 credits in Music 1001 (Fundamentals of Music)Arts/Humanities core requirement
Physics 13,4,54 credits in Physics 1101 (Fundamental Physics I)Physical Science/Lab requirement; Does NOT fulfill Writing Intensive requirement
Physics 23,4,54 credits in Physics 1102 (Fundamental Physics II)Physical Science/Lab requirement; Does NOT fulfill Writing Intensive requirement
Physics C (Mechanics)3,4,54 credits in Physics 1301 (Introduction to Physics I)Physical Science/Lab requirement; Does NOT fulfill Writing Intensive requirement
Physics C (Elec/Magnetism)3,4,54 credits in Physics 1302 (Introduction to Physics II)Physical Science/Lab requirement; Does NOT fulfill Writing Intensive requirement
Psychology4,54 credits in Psychology 1001 (Introduction to Psychology)Social Science core requirement
Spanish LanguageNo credit automatically granted3
Spanish Literature4,53 credits in Spanish 3015Literature core requirement
Statistics3,4,54 credits in Statistics 3011 (Introduction to Statistical Analysis)Mathematical Thinking core requirement
Studio ArtNo credit automatically granted2

Information is current as of January 2015.

1 Students will be granted course credit plus credits toward fulfillment of the University's liberal education requirements for graduation as indicated.

2 Art students may present a portfolio to the Department of Art. Please call 612-625-1848.

3 For information, go to LangTest.umn.edu, send e-mail to LangTest@tc.umn.edu, or call 612-624-0862.

4 Course numbers 1999 and 3099 indicate blanket credit in the subject matter area at the freshman-sophomore and junior-senior levels respectively; other numbers are those of specific courses for which students may be granted credit.

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For more information about Advanced Placement and the University of Minnesota, contact the Office of Admissions at 612-625-2008 or 800-752-1000.

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