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AP Course Equivalencies

Kalamazoo College AP policy is that a score of 4 or 5 on any AP exam earns a unit of credit toward graduation. 

The table below shows how AP scores of 4 or 5 may apply toward placement or credit toward a major, minor, or concentration. 

The table also indicates how HL IB scores of 5, 6, or 7 will be equated when received by the College. Many IB policies regarding placement or application toward the major have not yet been determined. Students are encouraged to discuss their IB credits with their department.

 

Subject Area Equivalent to...
AP Art (Art History or any Studio Art) Elective in Art
AP Biology Elective in Biology
AP Chemistry CHEM 110
AP Chinese Language & Culture CHIN 103
AP Computer Science A COMP 110
AP Computer Science AB COMP 210
AP Economics (Macro or Microeconomics) Non-major ECON course
AP English (Lang. & Comp., or Lit. & Comp.) Non-major ENGL course
AP Environmental Science Elective in Env. Science
AP French (Language or Literature) FREN 201 (or higher)*
AP German Language GERM 201 (or higher)*
AP History (US, European, or World History) Elective in HIST (does not fulfill field req.)
AP Human Geography General education elective
AP Italian To be determined*
AP Japanese Lang. & Culture JAPN 103 (or higher)*
AP Latin (Literature or Vergil) To be determined*
AP Mathematics AB (or AB subscore on the BC exam) MATH 112*
AP Mathematics BC MATH 113*
AP Music Theory MUSC 105 (prereq. course for major)
AP Physics B Non-major Physics course
AP Physics C - Mechanics PHYS 150
AP Physics C - Electricity and Magnetism PHYS 152
AP Political Science (Comparative) Non-major Political Science course
AP Political Science (US Government) Non-major Political Science course
AP Psychology PSYC 101
AP Spanish (Language or Literature) SPAN 201 (or higher)*
AP Statistics MATH 260
IB Biology Non-major Biology course
IB Chemistry CHEM-110
IB Economics Non-major Economics course
IB Business and Management Non-major Economics course
IB English A1 Non-major English course
IB English A2 Non-major English course
IB English B Non-major English course
IB Geography General Elective course
IB German B Non-major German course
IB History - Africa Elective in history with department approval
IB History - Americas Elective in history with department approval
IB History - Europe Elective in history with department approval
IB ITGS General Elective course
IB Math Non-major Math course
IB Music Non-major Music course
IB Philosophy Non-major Philosophy course
IB Physics PHYS-152
IB Psychology PSYC-101
IB Spanish Elective in Spanish with departmental approval
IB Spanish B Elective in Spanish with departmental approval
IB Theatre Non-major Theatre elective
IB Visual Arts General Elective course

*Students with language or mathematics AP credit should still take the appropriate Kalamazoo College placement exam to determine their actual placement.  A student may not receive a unit of graduation credit for both an AP exam and the equivalent course.  Since there is no placement exam for Italian, students should speak to a Romance Languages professor.

NOTE: Many departments have a limit on how many AP, IB, dual enrollment, transfer, or study abroad courses may count toward a major, minor, or concentration.  For example, at least 8 of the 9 courses required for a Biology or History major must be taken at Kalamazoo College.