AP Guidelines

The following charts outline the guidelines for the granting of credit and course placement for acceptable achievement on the advanced placement program examinations. Please refer to the guidelines for the University of Michigan school or college you will be applying to:

Note: If at the time you took an AP exam, you did not specify the University of Michigan as the recipient of your score, please refer to the College Board website for information regarding additional score reports (U-M code is 1839).


College of Engineering
 

Hours awarded according to LSA Guidelines unless specified below
A.P. ExaminationScoreCredit for CourseCredit HoursPlacement
(Eligible to enroll in)
Chemistry
 4 or 5Chemistry 125(1)/126(1)
& Chemistry 130(3)
5 
Computer Science
Computer Science A4 or 5EECS 2852 
Math
Calculus AB4 or 5Mathematics 120 (115)4 
Calculus BC4Mathematics 120 (115)4 
 5Mathematics 120 {115 (4)} & 121 {116 (4)}8 
The College of Engineering does not award credit for the AB subscore of the BC exam.
Physics
Physics C: Mechanics5Physics 140(4) and 141(1)5 
Physics C: Electricity &
Magnetism
5Physics 240(4) and 241(1)5 
 



College of Literature, Science & the Arts
 

A.P. ExaminationScoreCredit for CourseCredit HoursPlacement
(Eligible to enroll in)
Biology
 3Biology 1004Eligible to enroll in
Bio 171 or 172
 4 or 5Biology 1955Eligible to enroll in any
Biology course having
Bio 171 or 172 as a prerequisite
Contact: Program in Biology, 734-764-2446, Biology, 1111 Kraus Nat Sci, 1048, www.lsa.umich.edu/biology
Chemistry
 33 hours for Chemistry 130 and 2 hours for Chemistry 125(1)/126(1) if placed into Chem 210, 211 by taking placement exam during orientation5Chem 210, 211
 3No credit if not placed into Chem 210,211 by taking placement exam during orientation0Chem 125/126 (if prehealth profession) + 130
 4 or 5Chemistry 125(1)/126(1) & Chemistry 130 (3)5All students with an AP score of 4 or 5 are eligible to elect Chem 210,211.
Contact: Undergraduate Program Coordinator, 734-647-2858, Chemistry, 1500K Chem, 1055, chemundergrad@umich.edu
Chinese
Chinese Language and Culture   Following existing practice: Orientation placement test to be placed into a Chinese course or taking the UM Chinese Language Program proficiency test to be placed out of the 4-semester language requirement
Contact: Asian Languages and Cultures (ALC) department, 734-764-8286, 6111 Thayer Academic Building, 1608, um-alc@umich.edu
Computer Science
Computer Science A4 or 5EECS 2852 
Contact: CS-Engin. Chief Program Advisor, 734-763-6563, Computer Science & Engineering Division, 2808 CSE Bldg., csengadvisor@umich.edu
Economics
Microeconomics4 or 5Economics 101 x (2)2Student is eligible to enroll in Econ 101
Macroeconomics4 or 5Economics 102 x (2)2Student is eligible to enroll in Econ 101
Contact: Olga Mustata, Student Services Associate, 734-763-9242, Economics, 238 Lorch Hall, 1220, econundergradoffice@umich.edu
English
Language and Composition4 or 5English Comp. Departmental*3 
Literature and Composition4 or 5English Departmental*3 
* Does not satisfy the English Composition or distribution requirements in English.
Contact: Katherine Teasdale, Undergraduate Administrator, 734-764-0409, English Lang & Lit, 3187D Angell Hall, 1003, kjteas@umich.edu
Environmental Science
Environmental Science4 or 5ENVIRON 2014 
Contact: Jaime Langdon, Academic Advisor, 734-764-6372, Program in the Environment, 1120 USB, 2215, jlangdon@umich.edu
French
Language4 or 5French 250X*3French 235
* Course credits satisfy the LSA language requirement.
Contact: Carissa Van Heest, Undergraduate Student Services Coordinator, 734-615-3198, Romance Languages & Literatures, 812 E. Washington St., 1275, cmvanhe@umich.edu
Geography
Human Geography4 or 5Geography Departmental3 
German
Language3German 2314232*
 4**German 231(4)4German 300
    German 325
    German 326
    German 332
    German 336
    German 350
    RCLANG 321***
 5German 232*(4)4German 300
    German 325
    German 326
    German 332
    German 336
    German 350
    German 380
    German 383
    German 385
    RCLANG 321***
* Course credits satisfy the language requirement.
** Students with an AP score of 4 are strongly advised to enroll in German 300
*** See undergraduate concentration advisor, Kalli Federhofer (kallimz@umich.edu) or Andrew Mills (ajmills@umich.edu)
† 4 additional retroactive credits for German 232* will be awarded for completing German 300, 325, 326, 332, 336, 350 or RCLANG 321 with a grade of "B" or better.
†† 4 additional retroactive credits for German 301X will be awarded for completing German 300, 325, 326, 332, 336, 350, 380, 383, 385, or RCLANG 321 with a grade of "B" or better.
NOTE: Students may receive retroactive credits either via their AP Test scores, as outlined above, or via the departmental placement test, but not both.
Contact: Hartmut Rastalsky, Language Program Director, 734-764-8018, Germanic Langs & Lits 3110 MLB, 1275, hmr@umich.edu
History of Art
History of Art4 or 5History of Art 101 or History of Art 102*3Contact Departmental Concentration Advisor**
* Students planning a History of Art Concentration or Minor should consult with a Departmental Concentration Advisor, who will then determine whether the particular AP course to be offered as a prerequisite to the Concentration or Minor is more appropriately designated History of Art 101 or History of Art 102.
** Students planning a History of Art Concentration or Minor should consult with a Departmental Concentration Advisor, who will advise the student as to a suitable course of further study in the field
Contact: Prof. Howard Lay, Director of Undergraduate Studies, 734-763-3236, History of Art 150D Tappan Hall, 1357, hglay@umich.edu
History
American4 or 5100 level History4 
European4 or 5100 level History4  
World4 or 5100 level History4 
Contact: Anne Berg, Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies, akberg@umich.edu.
Italian
Language4 or 5Italian 235*3Any Italian course above Italian 235
* Course credits satisfy the language requirement.
Contact: Carissa Van Heest, Undergraduate Student Services Coordinator, 734-615-3198, Romance Languages & Literatures, 812 E. Washington St., 1275, cmvanhe@umich.edu
Japanese
Japanese Language and Culture   Following existing practice: Orientation placement test to be placed into a Japanese course.
Contact: Asian Languages and Cultures (ALC) department, 734-764-8286, 6111 Thayer Academic Building, 1608, um-alc@umich.edu
Latin
Vergil4 or 5200 level Latin4Contact Department 
Contact: Deborah Pennell Ross, Elementary Latin Coordinator, 734-764-0357, Classical Studies, 2147 Angell Hall, 1003, dpross@umich.edu
Mathematics
Calculus AB5Mathematics 120(2)2*Math 116**
    Math 156**
    Math 174**
    Math 175**
    Math 185**
    Math 186**
    Math 295**
Calculus BC4Mathematics 120(2)2*Math 116**
    Math 156**
    Math 174**
    Math 175**
    Math 185**
    Math 186**
    Math 295**
Calculus BC5Mathematics 120(2) & Mathematics 121 (2)4*Math 116
    Math 156
    Math 174***
    Math 175***
    Math 176***
    Math 185***
    Math 186***
    Math 215***
    Math 216***
    Math 285***
    Math 255***
    Math 256***
    Math 295***
* No credit for either Math 120 or Math 121 if Math 105 or 115 is elected.
** 2 additional credits for Math 120 granted after successful completion of this course with grade of C or better.
*** 2 additional credits for each of Math 120 and Math 121 granted upon successful completion of this course with grade of C or better.
The Mathematics Department does not award credit for the AB subscore of the BC exam.
Math 120 and 121 are designated to represent AP credit only (AB and BC respectively). They are not representative of any specific U-M mathematics course.
The Department strongly encourages students with AP credit to elect one of the honors courses, Math 156, 174,175, 185, or 295. All such elections require permission of the Math Honors Advisor and placement may depend on factors other than AP score.
Contact: Student services staff, 734-763-4223, Mathematics, 2084 East Hall, 1043, math-undergrad-office@umich.edu
Physics
Physics B4Physics 125 (4) & 127 (1)5 
 5Physics 125(4), 127(1), 126(4) & 128(1)10 
Physics C: Mechanics55 credit hours for Physics 139 (Lecture/Discussion 4, Lab 1) will be granted following meeting with Physics concentration advisor (signature required for credit.5* 
Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism55 credit hours for Physics 239 (Lecture/Discussion 4, Lab 1) will be granted following meeting with Physics concentration advisor (signature required for credit.5* 
* The Physics department requests that students meet with a concentration advisor to receive a signature for credit.
You may make an advising appointment by visiting or contacting the Student Services Office, 1440 Randall Lab, 734-764-5539, physics.sso@umich.edu
Contact: Physics Student Services Office, 734-764-5539, 1440 Randall Lab, 1040, physics.sso@umich.edu
Political Science
U.S. Government & Politics3 or abovePolitical Science 1114 
Comparative Government & Politics3 or abovePolitical Science 1404 
Contact: Lili Kivisto, Student Services Associate, 734-764-9598, Political Science, 5705 Haven Hall, 1045, lkivisto@umich.edu
Psychology
 4 or 5Psychology 1114Any 200 level Psychology course
Contact: Brian Wallace, Administration Manager, 734-764-2580, Psychology, 1343 East Hall, 530 Church Street, 1043, bwallace@umich.edu
Spanish
Language4Spanish 277*4Any Spanish course numbered between 279 to 399
 5Spanish 277*4Any Spanish course numbered between 279 to 399
Literature4 or 5Spanish 373*3Any Spanish course numbered between 279 to 399 (Note: Spanish 277 prerequiste is waived)
* Course credits satisfy the language requirement.
Contact: Carissa Van Heest, Undergraduate Student Services Coordinator, 734-615-3198, Romance Languages & Literatures, 812 E. Washington St., 1275, cmvanhe@umich.edu
Statistics
 4 or 5Statistics Departmental4 
Contact: 734-763-3519, Statistics, 439 West Hall, 1107, stat-ugrad-ad@umich.edu
 

 

School of Music, Theatre & Dance
 

Hours awarded according to LSA Guidelines unless specified below
A.P. ExaminationScoreCredit for CourseCredit HoursPlacement
(Eligible to enroll in)
Music Theory5Theory 139 (1) and Theory 149 (2)3Theory 140 and Theory 150
Contact: Laura Hoffman, Assistant Dean, Enrollment Management and Student Services, 734-764-0593, School of Music, Theatre & Dance, 2290A Moore, 2085, lauras@umich.edu
 

 

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