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Advanced Placement Credits, International Placement Credit

If you took an AP exam in: And Scored: You will receive Duke Credit for: Are Eligible to take*:
Arts: Art History 5 ARTHIST 20 200-400 level courses
Arts: Studio Art:  2-D Design 5 ARTSVIS 21 Advanced Level Courses
Arts: Studio Art:  3-D Design 5 ARTSVIS 21 Advanced Level Courses
Arts: Studion Art:  Drawing 5 ARTSVIS 21 Advanced Level Courses
Biology 4 BIOLOGY 20 (a) Biology 201L or 202L (Fall or Spring)
Biology 5 BIOLOGY 21 Biology 203L (Spring only), or 201L (Fall or Spring)
Chemistry 4 CHEM 20 (b) CHEM 110DL (Fall Only) or 101 DL (Fall/Spr/Smr)
Chemistry 5 CHEM 21 (b) CHEM 201DL.002 or 110DL (Fall Only); 201DL (Fall/Spr/Smr)
Chinese: Language and Culture 4/5 CHINESE 203 204 or 305 depending on placement results
Computer Science: Principles 5 COMPSCI 20 Any Computer Science Course
Computer Science: A 4/5 COMPSCI 101L (c) COMPSCI 201
Economics: Microeconomics 4/5 ECON 21 ECON 101; ECON 201D if a student has credit for both ECON 21 and 22
Economics: Macroeconomics 4/5 ECON 22 ECON 101; ECON 201D if a student has credit for both ECON 21 and 22
English: Literature and Composition 4/5 ENGLISH 20 Any course except English 20
English: Language and Composition 4/5 ENGLISH 22 Any course except English 22
Environmental Science 4/5 ENVIRON 20 Environ 201
French: Language and Culture 5 FRENCH 204 300-level course, Except French 302
German: Language & Culture 4 GERMAN 29 GERMAN 204 or 305S
German: Language & Culture 5 GERMAN 29 GERMAN 305S or above
History: World 4/5 HIST 21 Any course
History: United States 4/5 HIST 23 and 24 Any course
History: European 4/5 HIST 25 and 26 Any course
Human Geography No Credit N/A N/A
Italian: Language and Culture 4 ITALIAN 203 Italian 204
Italian: Language and Culture 5 ITALIAN 204 300-level courses
Japanese: Language and Culture 4/5 Japanese 203 Japanese 204 or 305 depending on placement score
Latin 4 LATIN 25 LATIN 204
Latin 5 LATIN 25 300-Level Courses
Math: Calculus AB 5 MATH 21 Math 122L (Fall) or 112L (Spring)
Math: Calculus BC 4 MATH 21 (d) Math 122L (Fall) or 112L (Spring)
Math: Calculus BC 5 MATH 21 and 22 (d) Math 221, 218, 212, or 202
Music: Theory 4/5 MUSIC 161-1 Any course except MUSIC 161-1
Physics C:  Mechanics 4/5 PHYSICS 25 (e) Consult department
Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism 4/5 PHYSICS 26 (e) Consult department
Physics 1:  Algebra-based No Credit N/A Consult department

Physics 2:  Algebra-based

No Credit N/A Consult department

PolSci:  United States Gov't and Politics

4/5 POLSCI 20 200-400 level courses

PolSci:  Comparative Govt and Politics

4/5 POLSCI 21 200-400 level courses
Psychology 5 PSY 11 Any course/AP cannot be used toward major requirements
Spanish: Language and Culture 5 SPANISH 204 300-level courses
Spanish: Literature and Culture 4/5 SPANISH 204 300-level courses
Statistics 5 STA 20 (f) STA 101, 102, 104 or 199

*A few notes:  Some courses (e.g., BIO 201L, ECON 201D, MATH 202, 212, 221, and PHYSICS) have additional pre-requisites that you will need to have before you can enroll.  Pre-requisites are listed on Class Detail page for each course.  AP credit in English does not exempt any student from WRITING 101.  History majors may count one AP credit in History toward the major.

(a)BIOLOGY:Must have earned Chem 21, 101DL or 110DL credit in order to enroll in BIO 201L.

(c)COMPSCI: AP credit only applies to students in Trinity College.  No credit is awarded for Engineering students and will not count toward the Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree.  Credit may be used for placement. 

(d)MATHEMATICS: Students who are interested in economics and social sciences and who are confident they will not pursue math, physics, chemistry, or engineering may take Math 202 instead of Math 212.  See for discussion of placement.  Note:  AP credit in MATH was changed for the class entering in Fall 2016 (a score of 3 on BC exam no longer provides credit and a score of 4 gives credit for only Math 21).

(e)PHYSICS:  In Trinity College, prospective Physics and Biophysics majors are strongly encouraged to take at least PHYSICS 162L independent of their AP course credit. In the Pratt School of Engineering, at least ONE Physics course must be taken post-matriculation to satisfy the Physics requirement in the Engineering curriculum.  Students receiving the AP credits for PHY 25 and 26 must:  a)take a Duke Physics course at or above PHY 153L; b) decline the AP credit for PHY 26 and take PHY 152L; or c) decline both AP credits and take PHY 151L and 152L.

(f)STATISTICS: AP credit only applies to students in Trinity College.  No credit is awarded for Engineering students and will not count toward the Bachelor of Science degree.

In order to have your AP credits placed on your Duke record/transcript, you must have the AP Service send your scores to the Office of the Registrar at Duke. To send scores to Duke, contact AP Exams, CN6671, Princeton, NJ 08541-6671;; 609-771-7300 or 888-225-5427. Duke's CEEB number is 5156.

International Placement Credit

Duke also recognizes international standardized examinations and confers a limited amount of elective credit and placement into advanced courses at Duke for students whose performance in these examinations meets certain standards established by the University.  If you completed one of the exams below, the required score for the credit is listed. 

Examination Score
International Baccalaureate 6 or 7 on the higher level*
Cambridge Pre-U M3 or higher
Caribbean Advance Proficiency Exam (CAPE) 1 or 2
British, Hong Kong or Singapore A-level (GCE) A or B
French Baccalaureate 14 or higher
Swiss Maturite 4 or 5
German Abitur 10 or higher
All India/Delhi Senior School Certificate Exam (Class 12) 84 or higher
Indian School Certificate Exam (12th year) 84 or higher
Higher Secondary Certificate Exam (India, 12th year) 84 or higher
Israeli Matriculation Certificate (5 units only) 75 or higher
International Advanced Level (IAL) Exam A or B

*Duke no longer accepts IB Higher Level Physics or Spanish credit due to a change in the IB curriculum for both of those exams.  The content no longer meets the minimum standards. 

Duke credits can be awarded only in those subject areas for which there is an AP exam offered domestically (see previous table of this section. Have the scores of your examinations sent directly to the Office of the University Registrar (Box 10484, Durham, NC 27708) as soon as you can, so that credit can be posted to your Duke record. If you have any difficulties with this, contact Harry Nelson in the Registrar's Office to ask for clarification or further instructions. If you have questions about the use of IPC for placement into Duke courses, contact an academic dean or the appropriate department.

Last updated: August 2, 2019