CREDIT FOR EXAMINATION PERFORMANCE AND EXPERIENCECredit by examination and credit for several types of out-of-class experiences are recognized by The University of Alabama. The maximum credit obtainable through all programs by placement is 45 semester hours, including, but not limited to, Advanced Placement (AP); College Level Examination Program (CLEP) General and Subject Examinations; placement in English; placement/performance in foreign languages; credit for prior military service; United States Armed Forces Institute (USAFI); and Defense Activity for Nontraditional Education Support (DANTES) credit. Applicants must have their test scores sent directly to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions from the appropriate testing agency. No credit is awarded for performance on the American College Test (ACT) or the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). See the following tables for specific information on AP and CLEP credit.
Transfer of credit by exam. All credit by exam presented by transfer students will be evaluated using the same standards that apply to students enrolled at this University. All transfer students who wish to transfer credit by exam must submit official scores to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions for evaluation before the credit may be awarded.
Advanced Placement (AP)
Core Curriculum Designations: SB=social and behavioral sciences; HU=humanities; N=natural science; FC=freshman composition; FL=foreign language; MA=mathematics; HI=history; FA=fine arts
|American History||3||HY 203 and HY 204||6||HI|
ARH 252 and
(General or Drawing
|4||ART 110, ART 130,|
ART 131, and/or
|Biology||3||BSC 108 & 109||8||N|
|Biology||4||BSC 114, 115, 116 & 117||8||N|
|Calculus AB||3||MATH 125||4||MA|
|Calculus BC||3||MATH 125 and|
|Chemistry||5||CH 101 & 102||8||N|
|Economics (Micro)||42||EC 110||3||SB|
|Economics (Macro)||42||EC 111||3||SB|
EN 101 and EN 102
|European History||3||HY 101 and HY 102||6||HI|
|French Language3||3||FR 101||4||FL|
|French Literature||3||FR 101 and FR 102||8||FL|
|German3||4||GN 103 & GN 201||7||FL|
|German3||5||GN 103, GN 201|
& GN 202
|Human Geography||3||GY 110||3||SB|
|Physics B||3||PH 101 and PH 102||8||N|
|Spanish Language3||3||SP 101||4||FL|
|Spanish Literature||3||SP 101 and SP 102||8||FL|
|World History||3||HY 101 and 102||6||HI|
2Students scoring 3 must successfully complete the appropriate intermediate economics course (EC 308, EC 309) in order to receive credit for EC 110 and/or EC 111.
3Students may not receive credit for AP courses and placement credit for language study in high school.
The University of Alabama recognizes International Baccalaureate credit with a grade of 5, 6, or 7 on the higher-level examinations (HL). Credit will be awarded on a course-by-course basis as approved by the department [some departments will award credit based on the subsidiary examination (SL)]. A list of approved courses and the required IB exam grade follows. The maximum credit obtainable by examination through all programs is 45 semester hours.
Core Curriculum Designations: SB=social and behavioral sciences; HU=humanities; N=natural science; FC=freshman composition; FL=foreign language; MA=mathematics; HI=history
|Art, Studio||5||ART 110, ART 210||3, 3||—|
|5||ART 130, ART 131||3, 3||—|
|Biology (SL)||5||BSC 114:115,|
|General Chemistry||5||CH 101 and CH 102||8||N|
|5||CS 114, CS 116||3, 1||—|
|Economics||5||EC 110, EC 111||6||SB|
|English||5||EN 101 and EN 102||6||FC|
|Mathematics||5||MATH 115 and |
|Physics||5||PH 105 and PH 106||8||N|
Beginning July 2001, CLEP examinations changed from a pencil-and-paper (P&P) format to a computer-based (CBT) format. The content of the exams was also changed; therefore, approved exams and their UA equivalents have been modified to reflect those changes.
CLEP scores must be available before the beginning of the semester in which the student wants them to be applied. A student may not have been enrolled in a comparable course for more than 30 days. In certain instances, a student may be permitted to take one or more of the examinations after an initial semester of enrollment in college. Applicability toward a degree is determined by the school or college in which the student is registered.
The University recognizes CLEP examinations taken at any national CLEP test center. Examinations are administered on campus at Testing Services, 205 Student Services Center, (205) 348-6760.
CBT CLEP Subject Examinations. All divisions of the University may grant credit for CLEP Subject Examinations in lieu of enrollment in an equivalent course, provided that such credit is applicable to the degree program in which the student is enrolled. Students may take CBT CLEP Subject Examinations at any time during their college careers, provided they have not been enrolled in the equivalent courses for more than 30 days. Credit may not be received for both the subject examination and its equivalent (either another examination or a course taken for credit). Approved CBT subject examinations and their UA course equivalents appear in the table below.
Core Curriculum Designations: SB=social science; HU=humanities; N=natural science; FL=foreign language; MA=mathematics; HI=history
|History and Social Sciences|
|History of the United States I:|
Early Colonizations to 1865
|History of the United States II:|
1865 to the Present
|Human Growth & Development||52||HD 101||3||SB|
|Principles of Macroeconomics||50||EC 111||3||SB|
|Principles of Microeconomics||50||EC 110||3||SB|
|Introductory Psychology||54||PY 101||3||SB|
|Introductory Sociology||52||SOC 101||3||SB|
|Western Civilization I:|
Ancient Near East to 1648
|Western Civilization II:|
1648 to Present
|French, Level 1 and Level 2|
|Score of 50–55||FR 101 and FR 102*||8||FL|
|Score of 56–61||FR 201||11||–|
|Score of 62–80||FR 202||14||–|
|German, Level 1 and Level 2|
|Score of 50–55||GN 101 and GN 102*||8||FL|
|Score of 56–62||GN 201||11||–|
|Score of 63–80||GN 202||14||–|
|Spanish, Level 1 and Level 2|
|Score of 48–51||SP 101 and SP 102*||8||FL|
|Score of 52–55||SP 201||11||–|
|Score of 56–80||SP 202||14||–|
|Science and Mathematics|
|Biology||57||BSC 108 and 109 or|
BSC 114, BSC 115,
BSC 116, and BSC 117
|Chemistry||52||CH 101 and CH 102||8||N|
|Calculus with Elementaryy||52||MATH 125||4||MA|
|Information Systems and|
|Introductory Business Law||50||LGS 200||3||–|
A variety of educational opportunities available through formal military service, school training programs, and off-duty educational activities are recognized as sources of college credit. Academic divisions of The University of Alabama may accept such credit for transfer, subject to any restrictions established by each division.
The United States Armed Forces Institute (USAFI), the Defense Activity for Nontraditional Education Support (DANTES), and other agencies report activities that may provide college credit. The Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services (American Council on Education) is an additional guide to determining whether a service-related activity may provide college credit.
Students enrolled in the External Degree Program of New College in the College of Arts and Sciences may be eligible for a limited amount of credit for prior learning.
Students may receive credit or higher placement for prior foreign language experience. Detailed explanations are available from the Department of Modern Languages and Classics.