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Advanced Placement, College Level Examination Program and International Baccalaureate Information

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Advanced Placement (AP)

The Advanced Placement (AP) program offers you the chance to begin college-level studies while you are in high school and get a jump start on your U of M education. 

Many high schools offer college-level classes through the AP program. You may also prepare for an AP exam through individual study. AP exams are graded on a five-point scale. If you’ve scored a three or higher, you can earn credits at the University of Minnesota Rochester (UMR).
Furthermore, you can use your AP exams to fulfill liberal education requirements. Liberal education requirements are courses or categories of courses that all college students must complete for graduation from UMR. (Note: These requirements should not be confused with high school preparation requirements, which are required for admission to UMR, although AP courses can also satisfy high school preparation requirements.) See the chart below for details.

Area/Test

Score

Award

Liberal Education Award

Art History

3, 4, 5

4 credits towards degree

Arts & Humanities Area; Global Perspectives Theme

Biology

3, 4, 5

4 credits in BIOL 2311

Biological Sciences/Lab requirement

Calculus AB

3, 4, 5

4 credits in MATH 1171

Mathematical Thinking Area

Calculus BC

1, 2 and AB subscore of 3, 4, 5

4 credits in MATH 1171

Mathematical Thinking Area

 

3

4 credits in MATH 1171

Mathematical Thinking Area

 

4, 5

8 credits in MATH 1171, 2171

Mathematical Thinking Area

Chemistry

3

4 credits in CHEM elective

Physical Science/Lab requirement

 

4, 5

4 credits in CHEM elective AND 4 credits in CHEM 2333 (General Chemistry II)

Physical Science/Lab requirement

Computer Science A

3, 4, 5

4 credits toward degree

Mathematical Thinking Area

Computer Science AB

3, 4, 5

6 credits towards degree

Mathematical Thinking Area

Economics-Micro

3, 4, 5

4 credits towards degree

Social Science Area

Economics-Macro

3, 4, 5

4 credits towards degree

Social Science Area

English Language and Composition

3, 4, 5

4 credits in WRIT 1520 & 1512

 

English Literature and Composition

3, 4, 5

4 credits in WRIT 1520 & 1512, 3 credits in ENGL 1433

Literature Area

Environmental Science

3, 4, 5

3 credits towards degree

Biological Science/Lab requirement and Environment Theme

French Literature

3, 4, 5

3 credits towards degree

Literature core requirement

Geography-Human

3, 4, 5

4 credits towards degree

Social Science Area; Global Perspectives Theme

Government and Politics-American

3, 4, 5

4 credits towards degree

Social Science Area; Civic Life and Ethics Theme

Government and Politics-Comparative

3, 4, 5

4 credits towards degree

Social Science Area; Global Perspectives Theme

History-European

3, 4, 5

6 credits towards degree

Historical Perspectives Area; Global Perspectives Theme

History-U.S.

3, 4, 5

6 credits towards degree

Historical Perspectives Area

Latin (Vergil)

3, 4, 5

4 credits towards degree

Literature core requirement

Latin Literature

3, 4, 5

4 credits towards degree

Literature core requirement

Music Theory

5

5 credits towards degree

Arts and Humanities Area

Physics 1

3, 4, 5

4 credits towards degree

Physical Sciences/Lab requirement

Physics 2

3, 4, 5

4 credits towards degree

Physical Sciences/Lab requirement

Physics C (Mechanics)

3, 4, 5

4 credits in PHYS 1251 (Physics I)

Physical Sciences/ Lab requirement; Does not include Technology and Society Theme

Physics C (Elec/Magnetism)

3, 4, 5

4 credits in PHYS 2251 (Physics II)

Physical Sciences/Lab Requirement

Psychology

4, 5

3 credits in PSY 1511 (Psychology)

Social Science Area

Spanish Literature

4, 5

3 credits towards degree

Literature core requirement

Statistics

3, 4, 5

3 credits in MATH 1161 (Statistics, Bioinformatics, and Discrete Math)

Mathematical Thinking Area

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

The College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) enables students of any age to take exams on a variety of college-level topics. The University of Minnesota Rochester offers college credit for certain CLEP exams. The guide below tells you which CLEP tests are accepted by UMR, for credit toward. Tests not listed below are not currently accepted for credit or exemption.

Exam

Score

Credit Award

Liberal Education Requirement

College Mathematics

60

3 credits towards degree

Mathematical Thinking Area

Principles of Microeconomics

60

4 credits towards degree

Social Science Area

Principles of Macroeconomics

60

4 credits towards degree

Social Science Area

International Baccalaureate (IB)

Some high schools offer courses through the International Baccalaureate (IB) program. Students in IB programs receive eight semester credits at the University of Minnesota Rochester for each higher-level subject passed with a grade of five or higher. Specific credit awards for each higher-level subject are outlined below.

Higher-Level Subject

Grade

Awards (semester system)

Liberal Education Award

Art/Design

5-7

8 credits towards degree

Arts & Humanities

Biology

5-7

4 credits towards degree, must take BIOL 2310

Biological Sciences/Lab Requirement

Business Management

5-7

4 credits towards degree

 

Chemistry

5-7

8 credits towards degree

Physical Science/Lab Requirement

Computer Science

5-7

8 credits towards degree

 

Economics

5-7

8 credits towards degree

Social Sciences

English A

5-7

2 credits in WRIT 1520, 2 credits in WRIT 1512, 3 credits in ENGL 1433, 1 ENGL elective credit towards degree

Literature Area

History

5-7

8 credits towards degree

Historical Perspectives Area

Information Global Technology

5-7

4 credits towards degree

 

Math

5-7

4 credits in MATH 1171, 4 credits in MATH 2171

Mathematical Thinking Area

Physics

5-7

4 credits in PHYS 1251, 4 credits in PHYS 2251

Physical Sciences Area

Psychology

5-7

3 credits in PSY 1511, 5 credits towards degree

Social Sciences Area

Theatre

5-7

8 credits towards degree

Literature Area & Global Perspectives Theme