AP and IB Credit Policy

Information about the AP and IB credits can also be found in the current Student Handbook listed in the Academics section, Registration and Student Records.

Advanced Placement Program (AP)

The University participates in the College Board’s AP Program. Credit may be awarded for scores on AP examinations that meet the minimum acceptable score and content as determined by the teaching department. An individual major program may impose additional credit acceptance criteria for students enrolled in its program. When credit is awarded, a student’s university record will carry notation of credit and the comparable USciences course, but no grade will be recorded. The teaching department will determine the comparable USciences course. Credit awarded will not affect a student’s grade point average at USciences. Only official grade reports from the College Board sent directly to the Office of Admission and Enrollment will be used to document AP examination results. No AP credit will be awarded after the last day of the drop/add period of the first semester of enrollment at USciences.

Students who qualify for AP credit as a substitute for the comparable course at USciences must submit to the Registrar’s Office a completed AP/IB Action form that includes the signatures of the students and their academic advisors. This form indicates whether or not the student accepts or declines the AP credit. If, after consultation with their academic advisors, the students choose to accept the AP credit, they must submit a Drop/Add form to the Registrar’s Office to remove their registration in the comparable course (if pre-registered for the course). If, after consultation with their academic advisors, the students choose to decline the AP credit they must so indicate on the AP/IB Action form, and their registration for the comparable course (if any) will remain in force. The AP/IB Action form must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office by the student prior to the last day of the drop/add period of the first semester of enrollment at USciences. The Registrar’s Office will then permanently adjust the student’s record accordingly. If students fail to submit an AP/IB Action form by the deadline, the AP credit for which they may be qualified will not be awarded, and they will need to register (unless already pre-registered) for and complete the comparable course in order to receive credit. Once declined, AP credits cannot be re-awarded. AP credits awarded for two-semester sequenced courses or courses with a separate laboratory component are awarded for both courses and the corresponding laboratory only and will not be awarded for only one part of the course sequence. For example, AP credit for Chemistry would be awarded for CH 101 - General Chemistry I, CH 102 - General Chemistry II, CH 103 - General Chemistry Lab I, and CH 104 - General Chemistry Lab II. After discussion with their advisors, students may audit courses for which they receive AP credit.

Implementation: Students entering the University in fall 2010

International Baccalaureate Organization (IB)

The University participates in the IB Organization’s Diploma Programme. Credit may be awarded for scores on IB examinations that meet the minimum acceptable score and content as determined by the teaching department. An individual major program may impose additional credit acceptance criteria for students enrolled in its program. When credit is awarded, a student’s university record will carry notation of credit and the comparable USciences course, but no grade will be recorded. The teaching department will determine the comparable USciences course. Credit awarded will not affect a student’s grade point average at USciences. Only official grade reports from the IB Organization’s Diploma Programme sent directly to the Office of Admission and Enrollment will be used to document IB examination results. No IB credit will be awarded after the last day of the drop/add period of the first semester of enrollment at USciences.

Students who qualify for IB credit as a substitute for the comparable course at USciences must submit to the Registrar’s Office a completed AP/IB Action form that includes the signatures of the students and their academic advisors. This form indicates whether or not the student accepts or declines the IB credit. If, after consultation with their academic advisors, the students choose to accept the IB credit, they must submit a Drop/Add form to the Registrar’s Office to remove their registration in the comparable course (if pre-registered for the course). If, after consultation with their academic advisors, the students choose to decline the IB credit they must so indicate on the AP/IB Action form, and their registration for the comparable course (if any) will remain in force. The AP/IB Action form must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office by the student prior to the last day of the drop/add period of the first semester of enrollment at USciences. The Registrar’s Office will then permanently adjust the student’s record accordingly. If students fail to submit an AP/IB Action form by the deadline, the IB credit for which they may be qualified will not be awarded, and they will need to register (unless already pre-registered) for and complete the comparable course in order to receive credit. Once declined, IB credits cannot be re-awarded. IB credits awarded for two-semester sequenced courses or courses with a separate laboratory component are awarded for both courses and the corresponding laboratory only and will not be awarded for only one part of the course sequence. For example, IB credit for Chemistry would be awarded for CH 101 - General Chemistry I, CH 102 - General Chemistry II, CH 103 - General Chemistry Lab I, and CH 104 - General Chemistry Lab II. After discussion with their advisors, students may audit courses for which they receive IB credit.

Implementation: Students entering the University in fall 2010


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