Advanced Placement (AP) Exam Equivalencies

All students, freshman and transfer students should have their AP scores sent to Binghamton University. At Orientation you may proceed with registration by estimating the scores you expect to earn, or know you have earned, on your examinations. If your scores are above or below your estimate, you may change your schedule at regular registration prior to the start of the semester.

Advanced Placement Principles:

  • Credit is awarded for scores of 3 to 5. No credit is awarded for scores of 1 or 2.
  • You can receive a maximum of 32 exam credits from all sources.
  • AP credit may not be turned down. If you are awarded credit for a particular course, you will not receive credit if you repeat this course.
  • Advanced Placement credit can be used to fulfill major requirements unless this is specifically prohibited in a department's award policy.
  • AP credit used to satisfy General Education requirements is specified in the chart
  • Elective credits are credits that will be given, but not applied toward a specific requirement or class.
  • AP credit is listed on your Binghamton University transcript under the heading “Exam hours.”
  • AP credits do not carry grades.

  AP Exam Equivalency
(4 credits unless otherwise stated)
General Education 
Requirement Fulfilled
 Art History
  • Score 3 –elective credits
  • Score 4 or 5 – ARTH 110
Aesthetics (A)
  Biology
  • Score 3 – elective credit
  • Score 4 – either BIOL 117 or 118 See the Biology faculty advisor for assistance in deciding.
  • Score 5 – BIOL 117 and BIOL 118 (8 credits)
 Under some circumstances, the GenEd lab requirement may be fulfilled with AP credit. (More Info)

Calculus Equivalents for Students who entered Fall 2015 or earlier:

Calculus AB
  • Score of 3 or 4 - MATH 220
  • Score of 5 - MATH 224 (2 credits) & MATH 225 (2 credits) plus 4 additional credits of unspecified lower level math (Total of 8 credits)
Math / Reasoning(M)
 Calculus BC
  • Score of 3 - MATH 220
  • Score of 4 - MATH 224 (2 credits) & MATH 225 (2 credits)
  • Score of 5 - MATH 224 (2 credits) & MATH 225 (2 credits) plus 4 additional credits of unspecified lower level math (Total of 8 credits)
 Math / Reasoning (M)
 Calculus Equivalents for Students who entered Fall 2016 or later:
Calculus AB
  • Score of 3, 4 or 5 - MATH 224 (2 credits) & MATH 225 (2 credits) 
Math / Reasoning(M)
Calculus BC
  • Score of 3 - MATH 224 (2 credits) & MATH 225 (2 credits)
  • Score of 4 - MATH 223 (2 credits), MATH 224 (2 credits), MATH 225 (2 credits) & MATH 226 (2 credits)
  • Score of 5 - MATH 224 (2 credits), MATH 225 (2 credits), MATH 226 (2 credits) & MATH 227 (2 credits) 
  • Score of 1 or 2 with AB subscore of 3 - MATH 223 (2 credits) & MATH 224 (2 credits)
  • Score of 1 or 2 with AB subscore of 4 or 5 - MATH 224 (2 credits) & 225 (2 credits)
Math / Reasoning(M)
Chemistry
  • Score 3 – CHEM 101
  • Score 4 – CHEM 107 or 111
  • Score 5 – CHEM 107 and CHEM 108 (8 credits)
Under some circumstances, the GenEd lab requirement may be fulfilled with AP credit. (More Info)
 Chinese Language & Culture  Score 3, 4 or 5 - elective credit  Foreign Language (FL3)
Comparative Government and Politics Score 3, 4 or 5 – PLSC 113 Social Science (N)
 Computer Science A  Score 3, 4 or 5 – elective credit  
English: Language 
& Composition
Score 3, 4 or 5 – elective credit  
 English:Literature & Composition  Score 3, 4 or 5 – elective credit  Humanities (H)
Environmental Science Score 3, 4 or 5 – ENVI 101 Under some circumstances, the GenEd lab requirement may be fulfilled with AP credit. (More Info)
 European History  Score 3, 4 or 5 – elective credit  Social Science (N)
French Language and Culture Score 3, 4 or 5 – elective credit--Consult the dept. if you plan to take additional courses Foreign Language (FL3)
 French Literature  Exam discontinued following the May 2009 exam administration  
German Language and Culture
  • Score 3 or 4 - elective credit
  • Score 5 – GERM 203
Foreign Language (FL3)
 Human Geography  Score 3, 4 or 5 – GEOG 101  Social Science (N)
Italian Language & Culture
  • Score of 3 - ITAL 211
  • Score of 4 or 5 - ITAL 215
  • Score of 5 - ITAL 215
Foreign Language (FL3)
 Japanese Language & Culture  Score 3, 4 or 5—elective credit  Foreign Language (FL3)
Latin
  • Score of 3 – elective credit
  • Score of 4 or 5 - LAT 203
 Humanities (H) 
 Foreign Language (FL3)
 Latin: Virgil (Vergil)

 Score 3, 4 or 5 – elective credit

 Exam discontinued following the May 2012  exam administration

 Foreign Language (FL3)
Macroeconomics Score 3, 4 or 5  -- ECON 162 Social Science (N)
 Microeconomics  Score 3, 4 or 5  -- ECON 160  Social Science (N)
Music Theory
  • Score of 3 —elective credit
  • Score of 4 or 5 - elective credit - see department for placement in Music Theory sequence

Aesthetics (A)
 Physics 1: Algebra-based
  • Score of 3 or 4 - elective credit
  • Score of 5 - PHYS 121
 
Physics 2: Algebra-based
  • Score of 3 or 4 - elective credit
  • Score of 5 - PHYS 122
 
 Physics B
  • Score 3 or 4 – elective credit
  • Score 5 – PHYS 121 and PHYS 122 (8 credits)

 Exam discontinued following the May 2014  exam administration

 
Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism
  • Score of 3 or 4 - elective credit
  • Score of 5 - PHYS 132
 
 Physics C: Mechanics
  • Score of 3 or 4 - elective credit
  • Score of 5 - PHYS 131
 
Psychology
  • Score 3 - elective credit
  • Score 4 or 5 – PSYC 111
 
 Research

 Score of 3, 4 or 5 - elective credit LART XXX

 
 Seminar

 Score of 3, 4 or 5 - elective credit LART XXX

 
 Spanish Language and Culture
  • Score of 3 - SPAN 211
  • Score of 4 - SPAN 215
  • Score of 5 - SPAN 215
 Foreign Language (FL3)
Spanish Literature and Culture
  • Score of 3 - SPAN 250
  • Score of 4 or 5 - SPAN 251
Humanities (H) 
Foreign Language (FL3)
 Statistics  Score 3, 4 or 5 – MATH 147A  Math/Reasoning (M)
Studio Art: Drawing Score 3, 4 or 5 – elective credit Aesthetics (A)
 Studio Art: 2-D Design  Score 3, 4 or 5 – elective credit  Aesthetics (A)
Studio Art: 3-D Design

Score 3, 4 or 5 - elective credit

Aesthetics (A)
 United States Government and Politics  Score 3, 4 or 5 – PLSC 111  Social Science (N)
United States History Score 3, 4 or 5 – elective credit Social Science (N)
 World History    Score 3, 4 or 5 – elective credit  Social Science (N)

Last Updated: 4/28/16