Credit by examination and credit for several types of out-of-class experiences are recognized by The University of Alabama. Credits can be earned through satisfactory completion of one of the standardized national exams including the Advanced Placement (AP) program, the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), the International Baccalaureate (IB) program, as well as the General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced and Advanced Subsidiary Level exams. The credit awards listed below are subject to revisions due to changes in the testing programs and/or changes in the University of Alabama course offerings.

Credit hours earned by examination and/or out-of-class experiences are not considered University of Alabama institutional coursework, and therefore may not be applied towards fulfillment of:

  • the minimum of 50 percent of the coursework required to earn a bachelor’s degree at The University of Alabama that must be earned at a bachelor’s degree-granting institution (four-year college or university)
  • the minimum of 25 percent of the coursework required for the degree that must be earned at The University of Alabama

Courses numbered 197 indicate lower-level elective credit. Some colleges or degree programs may not allow 197 elective credit to complete degree requirements. Students should contact their college of enrollment for details.

Courses determined not to have a direct University of Alabama equivalent but deemed worthy of core credit will be indicated as TRGS followed by the corresponding core designation. The student's college of enrollment will have to grant an exception or substitution if the course should be applied to the major and/or minor.

Advanced Placement (AP)

Examination Minimum Score UA Course Equivalent Credit
Art History 4 ARH 252 & ARH 253 6
Art, Studio (2-D Design, 3-D Design or Drawing Portfolio) 4 ART 110, ART 130, ART 131, and/or ART 197 3-61
Biology 3 BSC 108 & BSC 109 8
Biology 4 BSC 114, BSC 115, BSC 116 & BSC 117 8
Calculus AB 3 MATH 125 4
Calculus BC 3 MATH 125 & MATH 126 8
Calculus BC- AB Subscore 3 MATH 125 4
Chemistry 3 CH 104 4
Chemistry 4 CH 101 4
Chemistry 5 CH 101 & CH 102 8
Chinese Language & Culture2 3 CHI 101 & CHI 102 8
Chinese Language & Culture2 4 CHI 101, CHI 102 & CHI 201 11
Chinese Language & Culture2 5 CHI 101, CHI 102, CHI 201 & CHI 202 14
Computer Science A 4 CS 100 4
Computer Science Principles 3 CS 104 3
English Language & Composition 3 EN 101 3
English Language & Composition 4 EN 101 & EN 102 6
English Literature & Composition 3 EN 101 3
English Literature & Composition 4 EN 101 & EN 102 6
If both English AP tests are completed3 3 EN 101 & EN 102 6
If both English AP tests are completed3 4 EN 101, EN 102 & TRGS HU 9
Environmental Science 3 GEO 105 4
European History 4 HY 101 & HY 102 6
French Language & Culture2 3 FR 102 4
French Language & Culture2 4 FR 102 & FR 201 7
French Language & Culture2 5 FR 102, FR 201 & FR 202 10
German Language & Culture2 3 GN 103 4
German Language & Culture2 4 GN 103 & GN 201 7
German Language & Culture2 5 GN 103, GN 201 & GN 202 10
Government & Politics: Comparative 3 PSC 203 3
Government & Politics: U.S. 3 PSC 101 3
Human Geography 3 GY 110 3
Italian Language & Culture2 3 IT 101 & IT 102 8
Italian Language & Culture2 4 IT 101, IT 102 & IT 201 11
Italian Language & Culture2 5 IT 101, IT 102, IT 201 & IT 202 14
Japanese Language & Culture2 3 JA 101 & JA 102 8
Japanese Language & Culture2 4 JA 101, JA 102 & JA 201 11
Japanese Language & Culture2 5 JA 101, JA 102, JA 201 & JA 202 14
Latin2 3 LA 101 & LA 102 6
Latin2 4 LA 101, LA 102 & LA 201 9
Latin2 5 LA 101, LA 102, LA 201 & LA 202 12
Macroeconomics 3 EC 111 3
Microeconomics 3 EC 110 3
Music Theory 3 TRGS HU 3
Physics 1 3 PH 101 4
Physics 2 3 PH 102 4
Physics C: Mechanics 3 PH 105 4
Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism 3 PH 106 4
Psychology 3 PY 101 3
Seminar 3 PHL 104 3
Spanish Language & Culture2 3 SP 102 4
Spanish Language & Culture2 4 SP 102 & SP 201 7
Spanish Language & Culture2 5 SP 102, SP 201 & SP 202 10
Spanish Literature & Culture2 3 SP 102 4
Spanish Literature & Culture2 4 SP 102 & SP 201 7
Spanish Literature & Culture2 5 SP 102, SP 201 & SP 202 10
Statistics 3 ST 260 3
U.S. History 4 HY 103 & HY 104 6
World History 4 HY 117 & HY 118 6

College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)

Examination Minimum Score UA Course Equivalent Credit
History and Social Sciences
American Government 50 PSC 101 3
History of the United States I: Early Colonization to 1877 52 HY 103 3
History of the United States II: 1865 to the Present 52 HY 104 3
Human Growth & Development 52 HD 101 3
Principles of Macroeconomics 50 EC 111 3
Principles of Microeconomics 50 EC 110 3
Introductory Psychology 54 PY 101 3
Introductory Sociology 52 SOC 101 3
Western Civilization I: Ancient Near East to 1648 52 HY 101 3
Western Civilization II: 1648 to Present 52 HY 102 3
Foreign Languages
French, Level 1 and Level 2 Score of 50–55 FR 101 & FR 102 8
French, Level 1 and Level 2 Score of 56–61 FR 201 11
French, Level 1 and Level 2 Score of 62–80 FR 202 14
German, Level 1 and Level 2 Score of 50–55 GN 101 & GN 102 8
German, Level 1 and Level 2 Score of 56–61 GN 201 11
German, Level 1 and Level 2 Score of 62–80 GN 202 14
Spanish, Level 1 and Level 2 Score of 50-55 SP 101 & SP 102 8
Spanish, Level 1 and Level 2 Score of 56-61 SP 201 11
Spanish, Level 1 and Level 2 Score of 62–80 SP 202 14
Science and Mathematics
Biology (non-majors) 50 BSC 108 4
Biology (non-majors) 57 BSC 108 & BSC 109 8
Biology 60 BSC 114, BSC 115, BSC 116 & BSC 117 8
Chemistry 52 CH 101 & CH 102 8
Calculus with Elementary Functions 52 MATH 125 4
College Algebra 50 MATH 112 3
Business
Information Systems and Computer Applications 50 CS 102 3
Introductory Business Law 50 LGS 200 3

International Baccalaureate (IB)

Examination Minimum Score UA Course Equivalent Credit
GROUP 1
Language A: Literature (SL & HL) 4 EN 101 3
Language A: Literature (SL & HL) 5 EN 101 & EN 102 6
Language A: Language & Literature (SL & HL) 4 EN 101 3
Language A: Language & Literature (SL & HL) 5 EN 101 & EN 102 6
If both IB Language A tests are completed1 5 on both EN 101, EN 102, and 3 hours of TRGS HU 9
GROUP 2: LANGUAGE B COURSES
Arabic (SL & HL) 4 ARB 101 4
Arabic (SL & HL) 5 ARB 101 & ARB 102 8
Arabic (SL & HL) 6 ARB 101, ARB 102, & ARB 201 11
Arabic (SL & HL) 7 ARB 101, ARB 102, ARB 201, & ARB 202 14
Chinese (SL & HL) 4 CHI 101 4
Chinese (SL & HL) 5 CHI 101 & CHI 102 8
Chinese (SL & HL) 6 CHI 101, CHI 102, & CHI 201 11
Chinese (SL & HL) 7 CHI 101, CHI 102, CHI 201, & CHI 202 14
French (SL & HL) 4 FR 101 4
French (SL & HL) 5 FR 101 & FR 102 8
French (SL & HL) 6 FR 101, FR 102, & FR 201 11
French (SL & HL) 7 FR 101, FR 102, FR 201, & FR 202 14
German (SL & HL) 4 GN 101 4
German (SL & HL) 5 GN 101 & GN 102 8
German (SL & HL) 6 GN 101, GN 102, & GN 201 11
German (SL & HL) 7 GN 101, GN 102, GN 201, & GN 202 14
Greek (SL & HL) 4 GR 101 3
Greek (SL & HL) 5 GR 101 & GR 102 8
Greek (SL & HL) 6 GR 101, GR 102, & GR 201 9
Greek (SL & HL) 7 GR 101, GR 102, GR 201, & GR 202 12
Italian (SL & HL) 4 IT 101 4
Italian (SL & HL) 5 IT 101 & IT 102 8
Italian (SL & HL) 6 IT 101, IT 102, & IT 201 11
Italian (SL & HL) 7 IT 101, IT 102, IT 201, & IT 202 14
Japanese (SL & HL) 4 JA 101 4
Japanese (SL & HL) 5 JA 101 & JA 102 8
Japanese (SL & HL) 6 JA 101, JA 102, & JA 201 11
Japanese (SL & HL) 7 JA 101, JA 102, JA 201, & JA 202 14
Latin (SL & HL) 4 LA 101 3
Latin (SL & HL) 5 LA 101 & LA 102 6
Latin (SL & HL) 6 LA 101, LA 102 , & LA 201 9
Latin (SL & HL) 7 LA 101, LA 102, LA 201, & LA 202 12
Portuguese (SL & HL) 4 POR 101 3
Portuguese (SL & HL) 5 POR 101 & POR 102 8
Portuguese (SL & HL) 6 POR 101, POR 102, & POR 201 9
Portuguese (SL & HL) 7 POR 101, POR 102, POR 201, & POR 202 12
Russian (SL & HL) 4 RUS 101 4
Russian (SL & HL) 5 RUS 101 & RUS 102 8
Russian (SL & HL) 6 RUS 101, RUS 102, & RUS 201 11
Russian (SL & HL) 7 RUS 101, RUS 102, RUS 201, & RUS 202 14
Spanish (SL & HL) 4 SP 101 4
Spanish (SL & HL) 5 SP 101 & SP 102 8
Spanish (SL & HL) 6 SP 101, SP 102, & SP 201 11
Spanish (SL & HL) 7 SP 101, SP 102, SP 201, & SP 202 14
GROUP 3
Economics (SL & HL) 4 EC 110 & EC 111 6
Geography (SL & HL) 4 GY 110 3
Global Politics (SL & HL) 4 TRGS SB 3
History of the Americas (HL only) 4 HY 103 & HY 104 6
History of Asia & Oceania (HL only) 4 HY 113 & HY 114 6
History of Europe (HL only) 4 HY 101 & HY 102 6
World Religions (SL only) 4 REL 102 3
Philosophy (SL & HL) 4 PHL 100 3
Psychology (SL & HL) 4 PY 101 3
Social & Cultural Anthropology (SL & HL) 4 ANT 102 3
GROUP 4
Biology (SL & HL) 4 BSC 114, BSC 115, BSC 116 & BSC 117 8
Chemistry (SL & HL) 4 CH 101 & CH 102 8
Computer Science (SL & HL) 4 CS 100 4
Physics (SL & HL) 4 PH 101 & PH 102 8
GROUP 5
Mathematical Studies (SL only) 4 MATH 110 3
Mathematics (SL & HL) 4 MATH 115 3
Mathematics (SL & HL) 6 MATH 125 4
Mathematics: Applications & Interpretation (SL & HL) 4 MATH 112 3
Mathematics: Analysis & Approaches (SL & HL) 4 MATH 115 3
Mathematics: Analysis & Approaches (SL & HL) 6 MATH 125 4
GROUP 6
Theatre (SL & HL) 5 TH 114 3
Visual Arts (SL & HL) 5 ART 110, ART 130, ART 131, and/or ART 197 3-62

General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced and Advanced Subsidiary Level Exams 

Credit will be awarded as outlined for examinations completed through an A/AS Level Examination Board.

Examination Minimum Score UA Course Equivalent Credit
Accounting (AS-Level) A - E AC 197 3
Accounting (A-Level) A - E AC 197 3-6
Art and Design (AS-Level) A - E ART 110, ART 130, ART 131, and/or ART 197 31
Art and Design (A-Level) A - E ART 110, ART 130, ART 131, and/or ART 197 3-61
Biology (AS-Level) A - E BSC 108 4
Biology (A-Level) A - E BSC 114, BSC 115, BSC 116 & BSC 117 8
Business Studies (AS-Level) A - E GBA 197 3
Business Studies (A-Level) A - E GBA 197 6
Chemistry (AS-Level) A - E CH 197 4
Chemistry (A-Level) A - E CH 101 & CH 197 8
Classical Studies (AS-Level) A - E CL 197 3
Computing (AS-Level) A - E CS 197 3
Computing (A-Level) A - E CS 197 6
Design and Technology (AS-Level) A - E CTD 197 3
Design and Technology (A-Level) A - E CTD 197 6
Economics (AS-Level) A - E EC 197 3
Economics (A-Level) A - E EC 110 & EC 111 6
English Language (AS-Level) A - E EN 101 3
Environmental Management (AS-Level) A - E GY 197 3
French Language (AS-Level) A - E FR 101 4
French Language (A-Level) A - E FR 101 & FR 102 8
French Literature (AS-Level) A - E FR 197 3
Further Mathematics (A-Level) A - E MATH 125 & MATH 126 8
General Paper (AS-Level) A - E NEW 197 3
Geography (AS-Level) A - E GY 105 3
Geography (A-Level) A - E GY 102 & GY 197 7
German Language (AS-Level) A - E GN 101 4
German Language (A-Level) A - E GN 101 & GN 102 8
Global Perspectives (AS-Level) A - E NEW 197 3
Global Perspectives (A-Level) A - E NEW 197 6
History (AS-Level) A - E HY 197 3
History (A-Level) A - E HY 197 6
Language and Literature in English (AS-Level) A - E EN 101 3
Latin (AS-Level) A - E LA 101 3
Literature in English (AS-Level) A - E EN 101 3
Literature in English (A-Level) A - E EN 101 & EN 102 6
Marine Science (AS-Level) A - E BSC 197 3
Marine Science (A-Level) A - E BSC 197 6
Mathematics (AS-Level) A - E MATH 115 3
Mathematics (A-Level) A - E MATH 125 & MATH 197 7
Music (AS-Level) A - E MUS 197 3
Music (A-Level) A - E MUS 121 & MUS 197 6
Physics (AS-Level) A - E PH 197 4
Physics (A-Level) A - E PH 101 & PH 102 8
Psychology (AS-Level) A - E PY 101 3
Psychology (A-Level) A - E PY 101 & PY 197 6
Sociology (AS-Level) A - E SOC 101 3
Sociology (A-Level) A - E SOC 101 & SOC 197 6
Spanish Language (AS-Level) A - E SP 101 4
Spanish Language (A-Level) A - E SP 101 & SP 102 8
Spanish Literature (AS-Level) A - E SP 197 3
Thinking Skills (AS-Level) A - E PHL 197 3
Thinking Skills (A-Level) A - E PHL 197 3