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CREDIT FOR EXAMINATION PERFORMANCE AND EXPERIENCE

Credit by examination and credit for several types of out-of-class experiences are recognized by The University of Alabama. The maximum credit obtainable through all programs by placement is 45 semester hours, including, but not limited to, Advanced Placement (AP); College Level Examination Program (CLEP) General and Subject Examinations; placement in English; placement/performance in foreign languages; credit for prior military service; United States Armed Forces Institute (USAFI); and Defense Activity for Nontraditional Education Support (DANTES) credit. Applicants must have their test scores sent directly to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions from the appropriate testing agency. No credit is awarded for performance on the American College Test (ACT) or the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). See the following tables for specific information on AP and CLEP credit.

Transfer of credit by exam. All credit by exam presented by transfer students will be evaluated using the same standards that apply to students enrolled at this University. All transfer students who wish to transfer credit by exam must submit official scores to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions for evaluation before the credit may be awarded.

Advanced Placement (AP)

Core Curriculum Designations: SB=social and behavioral sciences; HU=humanities; N=natural science; FC=freshman composition; FL=foreign language; MA=mathematics; HI=history

Examination Minimum Score UA Equivalent Credit Awarded Core Designation
American History 3 HY 203 and HY 204 6 HI
American Government and Politics 3 PSC 101 3 SB
Art History 3 ARH 252 3 FA
4 ARH 252 and ARH 253 6 FA
Art, Studio (General or Drawing Portfolios) 4 ART 110, ART 130, ART 131 and/or ART 210 0-61 -
Biology 3 BSC 114:115; and BSC 116:117 8 N
Calculus AB 3 MATH 125 4 MA
Calculus BC 3 MATH 125 and MATH 126 8 MA
Chemistry 3 CH 101 and CH 102 8 N
Comparative Government and Politics 3 PSC 203 3 SB
Computer Science A 4 CS 114:116 4 -
Computer Science AB 4 CS 124 3 -
Economics (Micro) 4 EC 110 3 SB
Economics (Macro) 4 EC 111 3 SB
English 4 EN 101 and EN 102 with placement in EN 215, EN 216, EN 219, or EN 220 6 FC
European History 3 HY 101 and HY 102 6 HI
French Language4 3 FR 101 4 FL
French Literature4 3 FR 101 and FR 102 8 FL
German4 3 GN 101 and GN 102 8 FL
Human Geography 3 GY 110 3 SB
Latin-Virgil4 3 LA 101 3 FL
Latin-Catullus-Horace4 3 LA 102 3 FL
Music   No credit   -
Physics B 3 PH 101 and PH 102 8 N
Physics C-Mechanics 3 PH 105 4 N
Physics C-Electricity/Magnetism 3 PH 106 4 N
Psychology 3 PY 101 3 SB
Spanish Language4 3 SP 101 4 FL
Spanish Language4 3 SP 101 and SP 102 8 FL

1Decision based on review of portfolio by Department of Art.
2Students scoring 3 must successfully complete the appropriate intermediate economics course (EC 308, EC 309) in order to receive credit for EC 110 and/or EC 111.
3Student's option.
4Students may not receive credit for AP courses and placement credit for language study in high school.

International Baccalaureate (IB)

The University of Alabama recognizes International Baccalaureate credit with a grade of 5, 6, or 7 on the higher-level examinations (HL). Credit will be awarded on a course-by-course basis as approved by the department [some departments will award credit based on the subsidiary examination (SL)]. A list of approved courses and the required IB exam grade follows. The maximum credit obtainable by examination through all programs is 45 semester hours.

Core Curriculum Designations: SB=social and behavioral sciences; HU=humanities; N=natural science; FC=freshman composition; FL=foreign language; MA=mathematics; HI=history

IB Course Grade UA Course Equivalent Credit Core Designation
Art, Studio 5 ART 110, ART 210 3, 3 -
Art, General—portfolio 5 ART 130, ART 131 3, 3 -
Biology (SL) 5 BSC 114:115, BSC 116:117 4, 4 N
General Chemistry 5 CH 101 and CH 102 8 N
Computing Studies 5 CS 114, CS 116 3, 1 -
Economics 5 EC 110 and EC 111 6 SB
English 5 EN 101 and EN 102 with placement in EN 215, EN 216, EN 219, or EN 220 6 FC
Appropriate World History Exam (HL/SL) 5 HY 101 3 HI
Appropriate World History Exam (HL/SL) 5 HY 102 3 HI
Appropriate U.S.History Exam (HL/SL) 5 HY 203 3 HI
Appropriate U.S. History Exam (HL/SL) 5 HY 204 3 HI
Mathematics 5 MATH 115 and MATH 125 8 MA
Philosophy 5 PHL 100 3 HU
Physics 5 PH 105 and PH 106 8 N
Psychology 5 PY 101 3 SB

College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)

Beginning July 2001, CLEP examinations changed from a pencil-and-paper (P&P) format to a computer-based (CBT) format. The content of the exams was also changed; therefore, approved exams and their UA equivalents have been modified to reflect those changes. UA equivalents for both formats are listed.

CLEP scores must be available before the beginning of the semester in which the student wants them to be applied. A student may not have been enrolled in a comparable course for more than 30 days. In certain instances, a student may be permitted to take one or more of the examinations after an initial semester of enrollment in college. Applicability toward a degree is determined by the school or college in which the student is registered.

The University recognizes CLEP examinations taken at any national CLEP test center. Examinations are administered on campus at Testing and Data Management Services, 205 Student Services Center, (205) 348-6760.

Pencil-and-Paper CLEP Examinations

P&P CLEP General Examinations. Students may, prior to or during the first term of enrollment, obtain academic credit by examination. A score of 520 is required on the P&P CLEP General Examinations. Six semester hours of credit may be awarded in each of four general areas: humanities, mathematics1, natural sciences, and social sciences/history. The Department of English does not award CLEP credit. All credit is elective credit, with the exception of mathematics, which for Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration students satisfies the MATH 112 requirement and 3 hours of elective credit. A maximum of 24 hours of elective credit is allowed for students enrolled in the Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration. A maximum of 24 hours (18 hours in the College of Engineering) can be granted under the pencil-and-paper CLEP General Examination Program2.

P&P CLEP Subject Examinations. All divisions of the University may grant credit for P&P CLEP Subject Examinations (minimum score of 52) in lieu of enrollment in an equivalent course, provided that such credit is applicable to the degree program in which the student is enrolled. Students may take P&P CLEP Subject Examinations at any time during their college careers, provided they have not been enrolled in equivalent courses for more than 30 days. Credit may not be received for both the subject examination and its equivalent (either another examination or a course taken for credit). Approved P&P subject examinations and their University of Alabama course equivalents appear in the table below.


1The College of Engineering does not award credit for the mathematics section of the pencil-and-paper CLEP General Examination.
2Students enrolled in New College should check with the New College registrar for CLEP requirements. Students enrolled in the Capstone College of Nursing should check with that college for CLEP requirements.

Core Curriculum Designations: SB=social science; HU=humanities; N=natural science; FL=foreign language; MA=mathematics; HI=history

P&P CLEP Subject Examination Min. Score UA Course Equivalent Credit Awarded Core Designation
History and Social Sciences
American Government 52 PSC 101 3 SB
History of the United States I: Early Colonizations to 1877 52 HY 203 3 HI
History of the United States II: 1865 to the Present 52 HY 204 3 HI
Introductory Psychology 52 PY 101 3 SB
Human Growth & Development 52 HD 101 3 SB
Principles of Macroeconomics 52 EC 111 3 SB
Principles of Microeconomics 52 EC 110 3 SB
Introductory Sociology 52 SOC 101 3 SB
Western Civilization I 52 HY 101 3 HI
Western Civilization II 52 HY 102 3 HI
Foreign Languages
French, Level 1 and Level 2        
  Score of 43-48   FR 101 and FR 102* 8 FL
  Score of 49-55   FR 201 11 -
  Score of 56-80   FR 202 14 -
 
German, Level 1 and Level 2        
  Score of 44-49   GN 101 and GN 102* 8 FL
  Score of 50-54   GN 201 11 -
  Score of 55-80   GN 202 14 -
 
Spanish, Level 1 and Level 2        
  Score of 43-47   SP 101 and SP 102* 8 FL
  Score of 48-52   SP 201 11 -
  Score of 53-80   SP 202 14 -
Science and Mathematics
Calculus with Elementary Functions 52 MATH 125 4 MA
College Algebra 52 MATH 100 3 -
General Biology 52 BSC 114 and BSC 117 8 N
General Chemistry 52 CH 101 and CH 102 8 N
Business
Information Systems and Computer Applications 52 CS 102 3 -
Introduction to Management 52 MGT 300 3 -
Introductory Business Law 52 LGS 200 3 -
Principles of Marketing 52 MKT 300 3 -

*FR 101/102, GN 101/102, and SP 101/102 must be considered as units. No credit is given for FR 101, GN 101, or SP 101 alone. A student scoring less than 43 (44 for German) receives no credit.

Computer-Based CLEP Examinations

CBT CLEP General Examinations. The CLEP General Examination is no longer offered.

CBT CLEP Subject Examinations. All divisions of the University may grant credit for CLEP Subject Examinations in lieu of enrollment in an equivalent course, provided that such credit is applicable to the degree program in which the student is enrolled. Students may take CBT CLEP Subject Examinations at any time during their college careers, provided they have not been enrolled in the equivalent courses for more than 30 days. Credit may not be received for both the subject examination and its equivalent (either another examination or a course taken for credit). Approved CBT subject examinations and their UA course equivalents appear in the table below.

Core Curriculum Designations: SB=social science; HU=humanities; N=natural science; FL=foreign language; MA=mathematics; HI=history

CBT CLEP Subject Examination Min. Score UA Course Equivalent Credit Awarded Core Designation
History and Social Sciences
History of the United States I: Early Colonizations to 1877 52 HY 203 3 HI
History of the United States II: 1865 to the Present 52 HY 204 3 HI
Human Growth & Development 52 HD 101 3 SB
Principles of Macroeconomics 50 EC 111 3 SB
Principles of Microeconomics 50 EC 110 3 SB
Introductory Psychology 54 PY 101 3 SB
Introductory Sociology 52 SOC 101 3 SB
Western Civilization I: Ancient Near East to 1648 52 HY 101 3 HI
Western Civilization II: 1648 to Present 52 HY 102 3 HI
Foreign Languages
French, Level 1 and Level 2        
  Score of 50-55   FR 101 and FR 102* 8 FL
  Score of 56-61   FR 201 11 -
  Score of 62-80   FR 202 14 -
 
German, Level 1 and Level 2        
  Score of 50-55   GN 101 and GN 102* 8 FL
  Score of 56-62   GN 201 11 -
  Score of 63-80   GN 202 14 -
 
Spanish, Level 1 and Level 2        
  Score of 48-51   SP 101 and SP 102* 8 FL
  Score of 52-55   SP 201 11 -
  Score of 56-80   SP 202 14 -
Science and Mathematics
Algebra 52 MATH 100 3 -
Biology 57 BSC 108 and 109 or BSC 114, BSC 115, BSC 116, and BSC 117 8 N
Chemistry 52 CH 101 and CH 102 8 N
Calculus with Elementary Functions 52 MATH 125 4 MA
Business
Information Systems and Computer Applications 50 CS 102 3 -
Introductory Business Law 50 LGS 200 3 -

*FR 101/102, GN 101/102, and SP 101/102 must be considered as units. No credit is given for FR 101, GN 101, or SP 101 alone, or for scores less than those listed above.

Transfer Credit for Service Experiences

A variety of educational opportunities available through formal military service, school training programs, and off-duty educational activities are recognized as sources of college credit. Academic divisions of The University of Alabama may accept such credit for transfer, subject to any restrictions established by each division.

The United States Armed Forces Institute (USAFI), the Defense Activity for Nontraditional Education Support (DANTES), and other agencies report activities that may provide college credit. The Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services (American Council on Education) is an additional guide to determining whether a service-related activity may provide college credit.

Credit for Prior Learning

Students enrolled in the External Degree Program of New College in the College of Arts and Sciences may be eligible for a limited amount of credit for prior learning. See p. 102.

Foreign Language Credit

Students may receive credit or higher placement for prior foreign language experience. Detailed explanations are available from the Department of Modern Languages and Classics.

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