Advanced Placement

Advanced Placement (AP) examinations in most subjects cover a full-year college course equivalent to eight credit hours. Some subject areas such as Computer Science A, Economics (Macro and Micro), Environmental Science, Comparative Government and Politics, U.S. Government and Politics, Physics C, Psychology, Statistics, and Human Geography, are equivalent to one semester of college-level coursework and are awarded credit based on the credit hours for the equivalent course at Westminster.

A score of 3 is the minimum score accepted by the college; however, individual departments may require a minimum score of 4 to award credit for the equivalent course and/or liberal education requirement. Individual departments determine how they will apply AP credits toward specific major or minor requirements. Students may receive a maximum of 40 hours of Advanced Placement credit. Listed below are the AP tests that fulfill Westminster LE requirements and the required scores.

LE Requirement AP Examination Required Score
English Composition/ English Language/Comp 5
Research English Literature/Comp 5
Humanities I: U. S. History 3, 4, or 5
History European History 3, 4, or 5
  World History 3, 4, or 5
Humanities II: English Literature/Comp 5
Humanities III: None  
Arts I Art-General 3, 4, or 5
Creative Arts Art-Studio 3, 4, or 5
  Art-Drawing 3, 4, or 5
  Art-2D Design 3, 4, or 5
  Art-3D Design 3, 4, or 5
Arts II Art History 3, 4, or 5
Arts Survey    
Science/Mathematics I Statistics* 3, 4, or 5
Mathematics Calculus AB 3, 4, or 5
  Calculus BC 3, 4, or 5
Science/Mathematics II Chemistry 5
  Physical Sciences  
Science/Mathematics III Biology 4 or 5
Life Sciences Environmental Science* 3, 4, or 5
Social Sciences I Government/Polit. U. S.* 3, 4, or 5
  Government/Polit. Comp* 3, 4, or 5
  Economics: Macro* 4 or 5
Social Sciences II Psychology* 3, 4 or 5
Foreign Language ** French, German, Latin, 3, 4, or 5
  and Spanish Examinations  

*Designates AP examinations equivalent to only one semester of college-level work.

**Part of Major. For application of Foreign Language AP credit, please refer to the information description given under the Spanish Program of this Catalog, section entitled Additional Academic Requirements and Procedure for the Spanish Program (“Advanced Placement (AP) Credit”).

For a complete listing of the AP examinations, the required scores, and equivalent courses at Westminster, contact the START Center or the Registrar’s Office.