Advanced Placement Credit

The following table lists Advanced Placement 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.

Advanced Placement Equivalents
The following information is subject to change without notice.
ExamRequired
score
Credit awardSemester
hours
Art History 3 to 5 ART 2200 3
Biology 3 to 5 BIOS 1600 3
Calculus AB 3 to 5 MATH 1220 4
Calculus BC 3 to 5 MATH 1220, 1230 8
Chemistry 3 to 4 CHEM 1100, 1110 4
5 CHEM 1100, 1110, 1120, 1130 8
Chinese Language and Culture 3 to 5 Departmental recommendation 4
Computer Science A 3 to 5 CS 1110 4
Computer Science AB 3 to 4 CS 1110 4
5 CS 1110 (if not awarded above), 1120 8
Computer Science Principles 3 to 5 CS 1106 3
Economics: Macro 3 to 5 ECON 2020 3
Economics: Micro 3 to 5 ECON 2010 3
English Language and Composition 3 to 5 ENGL 1050 (composition) 4
English Literature and Composition 3 ENGL 1050 (composition) 4
4 to 5 ENGL 1050 or ENGL 1100 (lit.) with college level writing exemption 4
Environmental Science 3 to 5 GEOS 1290, 1440 4
European History 3 to 5 HIST 1010 3
French (lang. or lit.) 3 to 5 Departmental recommendation 4
German 3 to 5 Departmental recommendation 4
Government and Politics: Comparative 3 to 5 PSCI 2400 3
Government and Politics: United States 3 to 5 PSCI 2000 3
Human Geography 3 to 5 GEOG 2050 3
Italian Language and Culture 3 to 5 Departmental recommendation 4
Japanese Language and Culture 3 to 5 Departmental recommendation 4
Latin (Literature or Vergil) 3 to 5 LAT 1000, 1010 8
Music Theory 3 to 5 MUS 1590 2
Physics 1 3 to 5 PHYS 1070, 1080, 1130, 1140 10
Physics 2 3 to 5 PHYS 1150, 1160 5
Physics B 4 to 5 PHYS 1130, 1140, 1150, 1160 10
Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism 4 to 5 PHYS 2070, 2080 5
Physics C: Mechanics 4 to 5 PHYS 2050, 2060 5
Psychology 3 to 5 PSY 1000 3
Spanish (lang. or lit.) 3 to 4 SPAN 2000 4
Spanish (lang. or lit.) 5 SPAN 2010 4
Statistics 3 to 5 STAT 1600 3
Studio Art (Drawing, 2D or 3D Design) 3 to 5 Departmental recommendation 3
U.S. History 4 to 5 HIST 2100, 2110 6
World History 3 to 5 HIST 3030 3

TO RECEIVE AP CREDIT

Students who wish to receive course credit for AP exam scores from WMU should request that an official grade report transcript of their AP exam scores be sent to WMU. WMU’s college code is 1902. After this report is received and evaluated, students will be emailed notification of receipt of their scores. 

To learn more about requesting official AP scores, visit College Board or call toll-free at (888) 225-5427.

AP CREDIT AWARDING PROCESS 

AP scores will not be applied until after the start of your first semester at WMU. If an AP grade report is received here before a student starts classes, we will send an email indicating receipt and credit will be granted after courses begin and before the next course registration period. Fall entering students can expect to see their credits applied to their WMU record by October 15 and spring entering students can expect to see their credits applied by March 15. If an AP report is received after a student has started classes at WMU, any AP credit for which the student is eligible will be posted on the transcript.

ACADEMIC ADVISING

Students are advised to consult with their academic advisor if they have concerns about their course schedule conflicting with credits they may receive. Advisors can see test scores that have been received prior to them being applied to student records. 

DEPARTMENTAL RECOMMENDATION

This notation means that a student 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 the Office of the Registrar to process that award. We recommend that students contact the department as soon as they come to campus.

ENGLISH CREDIT

As the equivalency table indicates, students who receive a score of 4 or 5 on the English Literature and Composition examination will have a choice of course credit at WMU. Students will be emailed a form that allows them to choose which course to be given credit for, but they are encouraged to consult with their academic advisor first to determine which course best meets the needs of their academic program.