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AP, IB Credit and Other Pre-College Credit

Updated March 17, 2014. Please note that credit policy is subject to change. 

Advanced Credit

{Excerpt from the Vanderbilt University Undergraduate Catalog}

Honors courses and other accelerated study in high school are excellent preparation for Vanderbilt. The well-established advanced-placement policy endeavors to recognize exceptional high school preparation, to avoid requiring freshmen to take courses clearly mastered in high school, and to encourage students to begin their college learning experience at the level most appropriate to their preparation. Advanced placement may be granted on the basis of good performance on the College Board Advanced Placement Examinations, on International Baccalaureate tests, or, in some cases, on placement tests given by Vanderbilt. Entering students who have taken the British G.C.E. "A" level examinations, the Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE), the Cambridge Pre-U diploma, or similar tests, such as the French baccalauréat, the German abitur, or the Swiss maturité examinations, may submit copies of the syllabi and an official report which faculty from the relevant departments will evaluate for potential Vanderbilt credit. These documents should be submitted to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions before matriculation at Vanderbilt. To qualify for credit for AICE examinations, students must have achieved an A or B thereon. 

AP Credit

{Excerpt from The Bulletin of Vanderbilt University: Undergraduate Catalog}

At the determination of individual departments, Advanced Placement Examination grades with a score of 4 or 5 may be accepted for credit. The amount of credit that may be awarded corresponds to the course work waived, up to a maximum of 8 hours in any subject area. Advanced Placement credit does not affect the Vanderbilt grade point average. Students of the College of Arts and Science are limited to a total of 18 credit hours earned by any combination of advanced placement, international baccalaureate credit, advanced international credit, and credit by departmental examination, counting toward the minimum number of hours required toward the degree. No form of advanced placement credit can be used in fulfillment of the Achieving Excellence in Liberal Education (AXLE) requirements for students in the College of Arts and Science. 

Advanced Placement Credit Policy

Advanced Placement Examination grades accepted for advanced placement with credit by the various departments at Vanderbilt are listed below.

AP Exam Score Vanderbilt Course or Credit Equivalent Hours

Art

Art History 4 or 5 HART 110: HISTORY OF WESTERN ART I 3
    HART 111: HISTORY OF WESTERN ART II 3
Studio Art: 2-D Design 4 or 5 ARTS NO EQUIVALENT: ART STUDIO 3
Studio Art: 3-D Design 4 or 5 ARTS NO EQUIVALENT: ART STUDIO 3
Studio Art: Drawing 4 or 5 ARTS NO EQUIVALENT: ART STUDIO 3

Computer Science

Computer Science A 5 CS 101: PROGRAMMING & PROBLEM SOLVING 3

Economics

Macroeconomics 4 or 5 ECON 100: PRINCIPLES OF MACROECONOMICS 3
Microeconomics 4 or 5 ECON 101: PRINCIPLES OF MICROECONOMICS 3

English

English Language & Composition 4 or 5 ENGL 120W: INTERMEDIATE COMPOSITION 3
English Literature & Composition 4 or 5 ENGL 102W: LITERATURE & ANALYTICAL THINKING 3
    ENGL 105W: DRAMA: FORMS & TECHNIQUE 3

Government & Politics

Government & Politics: Comparative 4 or 5 PSCI 101: INTRO to COMPARATIVE POLITICS 3
Government & Politics: United States 4 or 5 PSCI 100: INTRO to AMERICAN GOVERNMENT & POLITICS 3

History

European History 4 or 5 HIST NO EQUIVALENT: EUROPEAN HISTORY 3
United States History 4 or 5 HIST NO EQUIVALENT: U.S. HISTORY 3
World History 4 or 5 HIST NO EQUIVALENT: WORLD HISTORY 3

Human Geography

  NO CREDIT    

Languages

Chinese Language and Culture 4 CHIN 211: INTERMEDIATE CHINESE I 5
Chinese Language and Culture 5 CHIN 212: INTERMEDIATE CHINESE II 5
French Language 4 or 5 FREN 103: INTERMEDIATE FRENCH 5
    FREN 201W: FRENCH COMPOSITION and GRAMMAR 3
French Literature 4 or 5 FREN 103: INTERMEDIATE FRENCH 5
    FREN NO EQUIVALENT: FRENCH LITERATURE 3
German Language 4 or 5 GER 103: INTERMEDIATE GERMAN I 3
    GER 104:INTERMEDIATE GERMAN II 3
Italian Language and Culture 4 or 5 ITA 200: ITALIAN JOURNEYS 3
    ITA 201W: GRAMMAR AND COMPOSITION 3
Japanese Language & Culture 4 JAPN 211: SECOND-YEAR MODERN JAPANESE I 5
  5 JAPN 212: SECOND-YEAR MODERN JAPANESE II 5
Latin Literature 4 or 5 LAT 104: INTERMEDIATE LATIN: POETRY 3
Latin: Vergil 4 or 5 LAT 104: INTERMEDIATE LATIN: POETRY 3
Spanish Language or Literature 4 SPAN 104: INTERMEDIATE SPANISH 5
  5 SPAN 104: INTERMEDIATE SPANISH 5
  5 SPAN 202: SPANISH ORAL COMMUNICATION THROUGH CULTURAL TOPICS 3

Mathematics

Calculus AB 5 MATH 155A: ACCEL SINGLE-VARIABLE CALCULUS I 4
Calculus BC & AB Subscore 3 & 5 MATH 155A: ACCEL SINGLE-VARIABLE CALCULUS I 4
Calculus BC 4 or 5 MATH 155A: ACCEL SINGLE-VARIABLE CALCULUS I 4
    MATH 155B: ACCEL SINGLE VARIABLE CALCULUS II 4

Music

Music Theory 5 MUSC 120A: SURVEY OF MUSIC THEORY 3

(No course credit awarded for music majors)

Psychology

Psychology 5 PSY 101: GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY 3

Sciences

Biology 4 or 5 BSCI 100: BIOLOGY TODAY 3
    BSCI 101A: BIOLOGY TODAY LAB 1
Chemistry 5 CHEM 102A: GENERAL CHEMISTRY 3
    CHEM 104A: GENERAL CHEMISTRY LAB 1
    CHEM 102B: GENERAL CHEMISTRY 3
    CHEM 104B: GENERAL CHEMISTRY LAB 1
Environmental Science   NO CREDIT  
Physics B 5 PHYS 110: INTRODUCTORY PHYSICS 3
    PHYS 111: INTRODUCTORY PHYSICS LAB  1

(No credit awarded for engineering students; not to be awarded if student also has credit for PHYS 116A/118A or PHYS 116B/118B)

Physics C: Electricity & Magnetism 5 PHYS 116B: GENERAL PHYSICS II 3
    PHYS 118B: GENERAL PHYSICS LAB II 1
Physics C: Mechanics 5 PHYS 116A: GENERAL PHYSICS I 3
    PHYS 118A: GENERAL PHYSICS LAB I 1

Statistics

Statistics 4 or 5 MATH 127A: PROBABILITY & STATISTICAL INFERENCE 3

(No credit awarded for engineering students)

IB Credit

{Excerpt from The Bulletin of Vanderbilt University: Undergraduate Catalog}

International Baccalaureate test scores accepted for advanced credit by the various departments at Vanderbilt are listed below. Students who have taken tests in other areas may submit their scores to the Dean's Office for evaluation by the appropriate departments. The amount of credit that may be awarded is subject to the same limitations as credit for Advanced Placement. 

IB Certificate Subject Score      Student Record Posting 08-09 Hours
Biology (standard/higher) 6 or 7 BSCI 100: BIOLOGY TODAY 3
    BSCI 101A: BIOLOGY TODAY LAB 1
Chemistry (standard) 6 or 7 CHEM 101A: INTRODUCTORY CHEMISTRY 3
    CHEM 100A: INTRODUCTORY CHEMISTRY LAB 1
    CHEM 101B: INTRODUCTORY CHEMISTRY 3
    CHEM 100B: INTRODUCTORY CHEMISTRY LAB 1

(No credit awarded for engineering students.
Not to be awarded if student also earns credit for CHEM 102AB/104AB)

Chemistry (higher) 6 or 7 CHEM 102A: GENERAL CHEMISTRY 3
    CHEM 104A: GENERAL CHEMISTRY LAB 1
    CHEM 102B: GENERAL CHEMISTRY 3
    CHEM 104B: GENERAL CHEMISTRY LAB 1
Economics (higher) 6 or 7 ECON 100: PRINCIPLES OF MACROECONOMICS 3
    ECON 101: PRINCIPLES OF MICROECONOMICS 3
English (standard) 6 or 7 ENGL 100: COMPOSITION 3
English (higher) 6 or 7 ENGL 102W: LITERATURE AND ANALYTICAL THINKING 3
    ENGL 105W: DRAMA: FORMS & TECHNIQUES 3
French (standard) 6 or 7 FREN 103: INTERMEDIATE FRENCH 5
French (higher) 6 or 7 FREN 103: INTERMEDIATE FRENCH 5
    FREN NO EQUIVALENT: ELECTIVE CREDIT 3
History (higher) 6 or 7 HIST NO EQUIVALENT: HISTORY ELECTIVE 3
Japanese (standard) 6 or 7 JAPN 211: SECOND-YEAR MODERN JAPANESE I 5
    JAPN 212: SECOND-YEAR MODERN JAPANESE II 5
Japanese (higher) 6 or 7 JAPN 241: THIRD-YEAR JAPANESE I 3
    JAPN 242: THIRD-YEAR JAPANESE II 3
Latin (standard) 6 or 7 LAT 103: INTERMEDIATE LATIN: PROSE 3
Latin (higher) 6 or 7 LAT 103: INTERMEDIATE LATIN: PROSE 3
    LAT 104: INTERMEDIATE LATIN: POETRY 3
Mathematics (standard) 6 or 7 MATH 140: SURVEY OF CALCULUS 4
    MATH 127A: PROBABILITY AND STATISTICAL INFERENCE 3

(No credit awarded for engineering students.
No credit will be awarded for MATH 140 if credit for 155A is also awarded.)

Mathematics (higher) 6 or 7 MATH 155A: ACCEL SINGLE VARIABLE CALCULUS I 4
    MATH 127A: PROBABILITY AND STATISTICAL INFERENCE 3
    MATH NO EQUIVALENT: MATH ELECTIVE CREDIT 1

(No credit for MATH 127A for engineering students.
No credit will be awarded for MATH 140 if credit for 155A is also awarded.)

Music (standard) 6 or 7 MUSL 140: INTRO MUSIC LITERATURE 3

(MUSL 140 does not count toward a music major)

Music (higher) 6 or 7 MUSL NO EQUIVALENT (may count toward a music major) 3
Physics (standard) 7 PHYS 110: INTRODUCTORY PHYSICS 3

(No credit awarded for engineering students.
No credit if student also has credit for PHYS 116A/118A or PHYS 116B/118B)

Physics (higher) 7 PHYS 116A: GENERAL PHYSICS I 3
    PHYS 118A: GENERAL PHYSICS LAB I 1
    PHYS 116B: GENERAL PHYSICS II 3
    PHYS 118B: GENERAL PHYSICS LAB II 1
Psychology (standard/higher) 6 or 7 PSY 101: GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY 3
Russian (standard) 6 or 7 RUSS 102: FIRST-YEAR RUSSIAN 5
Russian (higher) 6 or 7 RUSS 203: SECOND-YEAR RUSSIAN 3
    RUSS 204: SECOND-YEAR RUSSIAN 3
Spanish (standard) 6 or 7 SPAN 104: INTERMEDIATE SPANISH 5
Spanish (higher) 6 or 7 SPAN 104: INTERMEDIATE SPANISH 5
    SPAN 202: SPANISH FOR ORAL COMMUNICATION THROUGH CULTURAL TOPICS 3
Visual Arts (standard) 6 or 7 ARTS NO EQUIVALENT: VISUAL ARTS 3
Visual Arts (higher) 6 or 7 ARTS NO EQUIVALENT: VISUAL ARTS 3
    ARTS NO EQUIVALENT: VISUAL ARTS 3

International Course Credit

High performance on some nationally sponsored or administered secondary school examinations may improve a student's academic profile for admission to the university, and may entitle a student to advanced standing at Vanderbilt. These exams include the A- and AS-levels, Advanced Placement (AP), French Baccalaureat, Abitur,
International Baccalaureate (IB), Italian Maturita, Federal Swiss Maturity Certificate, Denmark's Studentereksamen, Iceland's Studentsprof, Finland's Matriculation Certificate, and many others. The registrar of the Vanderbilt school to which the student has been admitted makes all course credit decisions. The Office of Undergraduate Admissions does not make decisions related to advanced standing.

Credit for Previous College Work

{Excerpt from the Vanderbilt University Undergraduate Catalog, pages 29-32.}

Entering first-year students who have taken college work during their junior or senior year in high school through dual enrollment or concurrent enrollment programs, or during summers prior to their offer of admission to Vanderbilt, must report such work to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions if they wish it to be reviewed for credit. At the student's request, the dean of the appropriate undergraduate school will determine whether such work may be credited toward the Vanderbilt degree. Vanderbilt credit will not be rewarded for college courses taken to meet the minimum entrance requirements of 15 high school units.

The question of credit at Vanderbilt must be settled in advance of the student's final registration.

Credit will be awarded only if:

  1. A course is regularly offered by an accredited two-year or four-year college or university;
  2. The teacher was a regular faculty member of that college or university; and
  3. A majority of the students in the course were candidates for a degree at that college or university. 

The College of Arts and Science and Peabody College usually do not award credit for work at other colleges in the summer immediately preceding the student's first semester at Vanderbilt. Summer work elsewhere will be accepted for credit only if an unusual educational opportunity can be demonstrated and if the courses sought are as rigorous as courses offered at Vanderbilt. Approval for work to be taken elsewhere must be obtained in advance from the appropriate dean.

College of Arts and Science. In no case may credits completed elsewhere after the student has been offered admission by the College of Arts and Science satisfy AXLE requirements.