Thomas H. Gosnell School of Life Sciences AP/CLEP Credit

1. Advanced Placement Credit

Many students complete AP courses during their high school careers and take AP examinations when the courses are completed.  These courses are supposed to be the equivalent of college courses and it is the practice at some universities, RIT included, to award credit for college courses in the same subject area.  However, students are not required to accept college credit for the completion of AP courses and, in some cases, it may be a good idea to NOT accept the credit.

College courses are often quite different from the AP courses.  They are typically more difficult, they approach the information in a more detailed fashion, and they carry higher expectations of the students.  If a college course provides a critical foundation for other advanced courses that follow, students who accept AP credit for those courses may find themselves at a distinct disadvantage. Furthermore, students with AP credit often find themselves in intermediate or advanced courses with students who are older and more experienced with college life and the expectations of college professors.  The result is often that these students earn grades that are lower than might be expected based on high school performance.  This could be a problem for students who are thinking ../about medical school or other professional schools that require a high level of academic achievement for acceptance. Further, some medical schools do not accept AP credits toward the completion of the basic admissions requirements.

We advise that you accept AP credit for college courses only after consulting with a Department Head or an academic advisor. It may be in your best interest to take time to settle into college life before making a decision about AP credit.

Here is a general idea of the AP test scores required for college credit:

  • AP Biology exam score must be a 4 or 5 to receive Institute Elective credits.  Students are not exempted from the first year sequence of biology courses.
  • AP Chemistry exam score: An exam score of 3, 4 or 5 gives credit for the first two quarters of General and Analytic Chemistry.
  • AP Calculus AB exam score of 3 gives credit for Elementary Calculus I (214).
  • AP Calculus AB exam 4 or 5 gives credit for Elementary Calculus I (214) or Calc I (281).
  • AP Calculus BC exam score of 3 earns credit for Elementary Calculus I (214) or Calc I (281).
  • AP Calculus BC exam score of 4 earns credit for Calculus I & II (281 & 282).
  • AP Calculus BC exam score of 5 earns credit for Calculus I, II, & III (281, 282, 283).
  • AP Statistics exam score of 3, 4 or 5 gives credit for 1016-319.
  • AP Physics B exam scores of 4 or 5 gives credit for one year of College Physics and lab.
  • AP Environmental Science (for ES majors) – no credit given.
  • AP Environmental Science (non-majors) score of 1 or 2 earns no credit.
  • AP Environmental Science (non-majors) score of 3 earns credit for 1001-203.
  • AP Environmental Science (non-majors) score of 4 or 5 earns credit for 1001-203 & 1006-202.
  • AP Liberal Arts and Humanities exam scores of 3, 4, or 5 gives credit for Liberal Arts equivalent courses.


Exam scores of 46 or greater give credit for General Biology (lecture only)  1001-201, 202, 203

3. College Transfer Credit

You may transfer any courses with grades of  C or better that appear on a college transcript, even if those credits were earned while you were still in high school.

If you have any questions about transfer credit or AP credit, consult with your Department Head or academic advisor before making any decisions.