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Advanced Placement (AP) and 
International Baccalaureate (IB) Programs

The University of Arizona offers strong Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB) credit programs.   Taking Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate courses in high school can accelerate your college career.  At the UA, you can earn up to 60 credits towards your degree simply by taking examinations at the end of AP or IB classes.  Credits you earn based on your exam performance may be counted toward your major or minor fields of study, or General Education requirements, see the AP and IB credit tables below.  Contact a UA academic advisor to confirm course credit towards specific programs.

Advanced Placement classes are offered in select high schools.  Exams are administered through the College Board each May.  Some students take AP exams after taking honors or accelerated courses in their schools. For more information about the AP program visit the External Link College Board Advanced Placement Program Web site.

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program is also offered in select high schools.   This rigorous 2-year course of pre-university studies leads to exams which can be used to qualify for college credit.  The UA accepts certain higher-level (HL) IB exams for credit, plus one standard-level (SL) exam in computer science.  See the IB table below.  For more information about the IB Program visit the main Web site External Link IB Diploma Programme.

For further information regarding AP or IB at the University of Arizona, contact:

Office of Admissions and New Student Enrollment
Nugent Building
1212 E. University Blvd.
The University of Arizona
PO Box 210040
Tucson, AZ 85721-0040

Phone: (520) 621-3237
Email: appinfo@arizona.edu

External Link Office Home Page: http://admissions.arizona.edu/

2000-01 ADVANCED PLACEMENT TABLE
Revised each March by the UA External Link Testing Office

(Table updated 12/18/06:  added the option for Mathematics BC exam, AB sub-score)

   

APPLICATION TO UA DEGREE

 

Exam name

Score

General Education #

*

Course Credit

AP Credit

American History 4 or 5 TRAD 103/Humanities and INDV 103/Individuals & Societies OR* Departmental elective credit 6 units
Art History 3, 4 or 5 Satisfies Arts requirement   ARH 201 & 202 6 units
Art: Studio Art - Drawing Portfolio **

Art: Studio Art - General Portfolio **

3, 4 or 5


3, 4 or 5

    Lower division departmental elective credit

Lower division departmental elective credit

6 units


6 units

Biology

 

4 or 5


3

Satisfies NATS requirement

Satisfies NATS requirement

OR*


OR*

ECOL 181R/L & ECOL 182


Lower division departmental elective credit

8 units


4 units

Chemistry 4 or 5


3

Satisfies NATS requirement

Natural Science/NATS

OR*


OR*

CHEM 103A,103B,104A & 104B


CHEM 103A & 104A

8 units


4 units

Computer Science

A exam

A/B exam

A/B exam

 

4 or 5

5

3 or 4

 

None

None

None

   

C SC 127A

C SC 127A & 127B

C SC 127A

 

4 units

8 units

4 units

Economics

Microeconomics


Macroeconomics

Micro-Macro

 

4 or 5


4 or 5

4 or 5

 

Individuals & Societies/INDV

None

Individuals & Societies/INDV

   

ECON 201A


ECON 201B

ECON 200

 

3 units


3 units

3 units

English

Literature/Composition

 



Language/Composition

 

4 or 5

 



4 or 5

 

A combination of AP credit and completion of English 109H with a grade of C or better satisfies the University’s General Education Composition requirement

A combination of AP credit and completion of English 109H with a grade of C or better satisfies the University’s General Education Composition requirement

   

ENGL 267 & eligibility for ENGL 109H

 


Eligibility for ENGL 109H

 

3 units

 



None

Environmental Science 4 or 5 Natural Science/NATS   None 3 units
European History 4 or 5 TRAD 102/Humanities and  INDV 103/Individuals & Societies OR* Departmental elective credit 6 units
French Language 5



4



3



2

Satisfies Foreign Language requirement for all students

Satisfies Foreign Language requirement for all students

Satisfies Foreign Language requirement for all students

Satisfies Foreign Language requirement for all students

  FREN 201,202,305A & 305B



FREN 201,202 & 305A



FREN 201 & 202



None-proficiency met at 16-unit level

14 units



11 units



8 units



None

French Literature

 

 

5



4



3



2

Satisfies Foreign Language requirement for all students

Satisfies Foreign Language requirement for all

Satisfies Foreign Language requirement for all

Satisfies Foreign Language requirement for all

  FREN 201,202,350 & 401



FREN 201,202 & 350



FREN 201 & 202



None-proficiency met at 16-unit level

14 units



11 units



8 units



None

German 5



4



3

Satisfies Foreign Language requirement for all students

Satisfies Foreign Language requirement for all students

Satisfies Foreign Language requirement for all students

  GER 201,202 & 300



GER 201,202 & 301



GER 201 & 202

14 units



11 units



8 units

Latin-Vergil 5


4



3

Satisfies Foreign Language requirement for all students


Satisfies Foreign Language requirement for non-BA students

Satisfies Foreign Language requirement for non-BA students

  LAT 101,102,201 & 202. Students who plan to continue to study Latin may substitute LAT 101 for LAT 400.

LAT 101,102 & 201



LAT 101 & 102

16 units

 


12 units


8 units

Latin-Literature

 

 

 

 

5

 


4



3

Satisfies Foreign Language requirement for all students


Satisfies Foreign Language requirement for non-BA students

Satisfies Foreign Language requirement for non-BA students

  LAT 101,102,201 & 202. Students who plan to continue to study Latin may substitute LAT 101 for LAT 400

LAT 101,102 & 201



LAT 101 & 102

16 units

 


12 units



8 units

Math Statistics 4 or 5

3

None

None

  MATH 263

MATH 160

3 units

3 units

Mathematics AB 3, 4 or 5 Satisfies Math requirement for all students   MATH 125 3 units
Mathematics BC 3, 4 or 5



2

Satisfies Math requirement for all students

Satisfies Math requirement for all students

  MATH 125 & 129



MATH 125

6 units



3 units

Music Theory 5


3 or 4


2

Satisfies Arts requirement

Satisfies Arts requirement

Satisfies Arts requirement

OR*


OR*


OR*

MUS 120A & 120B (course numbers corrected 6/25/01)

MUS 120A


MUS 100

6 units


3 units


3 units

Physics B


Physics CE

Physics CM

3, 4 or 5


4 or 5

4 or 5

Satisfies NATS requirement

Natural Science/NATS

Natural Science/NATS

OR*


OR*

OR*

PHYS 102 &103


PHYS 241

PHYS 141

6 units

4 units

4 units

Political Science

Am. Government & Politics

Comp. Government & Politics

 

3, 4 or 5


3, 4 or 5

 

Individuals & Societies/INDV

Individuals & Societies/INDV

   

POL 201


POL 204

 

3 units


3 units

Psychology

4 or 5 Individuals & Societies/INDV OR* PSYC 101 3 units
Spanish Language 5



4



3



2

Satisfies Foreign Language requirement for all students

Satisfies Foreign Language requirement for all students

Satisfies Foreign Language requirement for all students

Satisfies Foreign Language requirement for all students

  SPAN 201,202,251 & 325



SPAN 201,202 & 251



SPAN 201 & 202



Proficiency met at 16 unit level

14 units



11 units



8 units



None

Spanish Language & Literature If you earn 5 in both Spanish language and literature.

If you earn 5 in language and 4 in literature.

If you earn 4 in both Spanish language and literature.

If you earn 3 in Spanish language and literature or any compilation of 4 and 3 in two Spanish exams.

Satisfies Foreign Language requirement for all students

 


Satisfies Foreign Language requirement for all students

 

Satisfies Foreign Language requirement for all students

 

Satisfies Foreign Language requirement for all students

  SPAN 201,202,251,325,350 & 3 units of upper division literature

 


SPAN 201,202,251,325 & 350

 



SPAN 201,202,251 & 325

 

 

SPAN 201,202 & 251

20 units

 

 


17 units

 



14 units

 

 

11 units

Spanish Literature 5



4



3



2

Satisfies Foreign Language requirement for all students

Satisfies Foreign Language requirement for all students

Satisfies Foreign Language requirement for all students

Satisfies Foreign Language requirement for all students

  SPAN 20l, 202,251 & 325



SPAN 201,202 & 251



SPAN 201 & 202



Proficiency met at 16 units level

14 units



11 units



8 units



None

# AP credit is considered transfer credit; therefore, the first three credits in a subject area should be applied to Tier Two. If there are 6 units (2 courses) in a subject area, they should be applied to Tier One. If there is a third course in a subject area, then both Tier One and Tier Two requirements are fulfilled for that subject area.

* Students have the option of using exam score for Gen Ed or for specific non-Gen Ed course credit. This option should be exercised with the assistance of a college advisor.

**  Students may receive credit for one Studio Art Portfolio OR the other, but not both.

2000-01 INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE TABLE
Revised each March by the UA External Link Testing Office

   

APPLICATION TO UA DEGREE

 

Exam name

Score

General Education #

*

Course Credit

Credit

Chemistry   None   None None
Computer Science

  Standard level exam

  Higher level exam

  Higher level exam

 


5, 6 or 7

4 or 5

6 or 7

     


C SC 127A

C SC 127A

C SC 127A & C SC 127B

 


4 units

4 units

8 units

Biology 5

4

Satisfies NATS requirement

Natural Science/ NATS

OR*

OR*

ECOL 181 & 182

ECOL-lower division

8 units

4 units

Economics 5 Individuals & Societies/INDV   ECON 200 3 units
English 5, 6 or 7 A combination of IB credit and completion of English 109H with a grade of C or better satisfies the University’s General Education Composition requirement   ENGL 267 & eligibility for ENGL 109H 3 units
French 5 Satisfies Foreign Language requirement for non-BA students   FREN 101 & 102 8 units
Geography 5 Natural Science/NATS or Individuals & Societies/INDV OR* GEOG-lower division, consult department for more information 3 units
German 6


5


4

Satisfies Foreign Language requirement for all students

Satisfies Foreign Language requirement for all students

Satisfies Foreign Language requirement for all students

  GER 201,202,300 & 301


GER 201,202 & 300


GER 201 & 202

17 units


14 units


8 units

History 5, 6 or 7 Satisfies TRAD 103/Humanities and INDV 103/Individuals & Societies requirement OR* Departmental elective credit 6 units
Latin 7


6


5



4

Satisfies Foreign Language requirement for all students

Satisfies Foreign Language requirement for all students

Satisfies Foreign Language requirement for non-BA students

Satisfies Foreign Language requirement for non-BA students

  LAT 101,102,201,202 & 400


LAT 101,102,201 & 202


LAT 101,102 & 201



LAT 101 & 102

19 units


16 units


12 units



8 units

Mathematics 5 Satisfies ‘G’ & ‘M’ Math strand requirement   MATH 110 & 2 credits of lower division Math 6 units
Music 5 Satisfies Arts requirement   MUS 130a & 130B 4 units
Physics 5 Satisfies all Natural Science & NATS requirements OR* PHYS 141,142,241 & 242 14 units
Psychology 5 Individuals & Societies/INDV OR* PSYC 101 3 units
Spanish 5


4

Satisfies F. L. requirement for all students

Satisfies F. L. req. for non-BA students

  SPAN 101,102,201 & 202


SPAN 101 & 102

16 units


8 units

# IB credit is considered transfer credit; therefore, the first three credits in a subject area should be applied to Tier Two. If there are 6 units (2 courses) in a subject area, they should be applied to Tier One. If there is a third course in a subject area, then both Tier One and Tier Two requirements are fulfilled for that subject area.

* Students have the option of using exam score for Gen Ed or for specific non-Gen Ed course credit. This option should be exercised with the assistance of a college advisor.

 

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