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, but not limited to, 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.

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 Core Designation
Art History 4 ARH 252 & ARH 253 6 FA
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 N
Biology 4 BSC 114, BSC 115, BSC 116 & BSC 117 8 N
Calculus AB 3 MATH 125 4 MA
Calculus BC 3 MATH 125 & MATH 126 8 MA
Calculus BC- AB Subscore 3 MATH 125 4 MA
Chemistry 3 CH 104 4 N
Chemistry 4 CH 101 4 N
Chemistry 5 CH 101 & CH 102 8 N
Chinese Language & Culture2 3 CHI 101 & CHI 102 8 FL/HU
Chinese Language & Culture2 4 CHI 101, CHI 102 & CHI 201 11 FL/HU
Chinese Language & Culture2 5 CHI 101, CHI 102, CHI 201 & CHI 202 14 FL/HU
Computer Science A 4 CS 100 4
Computer Science Principles (New Fall 2016) 3 CS 104 3
English Language & Composition 3 EN 101 3 FC
English Language & Composition 4 EN 101 & EN 102 6 FC
English Literature & Composition 3 EN 101 3 FC
English Literature & Composition 4 EN 101 & EN 102 6 FC
If both English AP tests are completed3 3 EN 101 & EN 102 6 FC
If both English AP tests are completed3 4 EN 101, EN 102 & TRGS HU 9 FC
Environmental Science 3 GEO 105 4 N
European History 4 HY 101 & HY 102 6 HI
French Language & Culture2 3 FR 102 4 FL/HU
French Language & Culture2 4 FR 102 & FR 201 7 FL/HU
French Language & Culture2 5 FR 102, FR 201 & FR 202 10 FL/HU
German Language & Culture2 3 GN 103 4 FL/HU
German Language & Culture2 4 GN 103 & GN 201 7 FL/HU
German Language & Culture2 5 GN 103, GN 201 & GN 202 10 FL/HU
Government & Politics: Comparative 3 PSC 203 3
Government & Politics: U.S. 3 PSC 101 3 SB
Human Geography 3 GY 110 3 SB
Italian Language & Culture2 3 IT 101 & IT 102 8 FL/HU
Italian Language & Culture2 4 IT 101, IT 102 & IT 201 11 FL/HU
Italian Language & Culture2 5 IT 101, IT 102, IT 201 & IT 202 14 FL/HU
Japanese Language & Culture2 3 JA 101 & JA 102 8 FL/HU
Japanese Language & Culture2 4 JA 101, JA 102 & JA 201 11 FL/HU
Japanese Language & Culture2 5 JA 101, JA 102, JA 201 & JA 202 14 FL/HU
Latin2 3 LA 101 & LA 102 6 FL/HU
Latin2 4 LA 101, LA 102 & LA 201 9 FL/HU
Latin2 5 LA 101, LA 102, LA 201 & LA 202 12 FL/HU
Macroeconomics 4 EC 111 3 SB
Microeconomics 4 EC 110 3 SB
Music Theory 3 TRGS HU 3 HU
Physics 1 (New Fall 2014) 3 PH 101 4 N
Physics 2 (New Fall 2014) 3 PH 102 4 N
Physics B 3 PH 101 & PH 102 8 N
Physics C: Mechanics 3 PH 105 4 N
Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism 3 PH 106 4 N
Psychology 3 PY 101 3 SB
Spanish Language & Culture2 3 SP 103 4 FL/HU
Spanish Language & Culture2 4 SP 103 & SP 201 7 FL/HU
Spanish Language & Culture2 5 SP 103, SP 201 & SP 202 10 FL/HU
Spanish Literature & Culture2 3 SP 103 4 FL/HU
Spanish Literature & Culture2 4 SP 103 & SP 201 7 FL/HU
Spanish Literature & Culture2 5 SP 103, SP 201 & SP 202 10 FL/HU
Statistics 3 ST 260 3 C
U.S. History 4 HY 103 & HY 104 6 HI
World History 4 TRGS HI 6 HI
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Decision based on review of portfolio by Department of Art and Art History

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Students may not receive credit for AP courses and placement credit for language study in high school.

3

Students scoring a 3 on both the English Language & English Literature exam will receive credit for EN 101 English Composition and EN 102 English Composition. Students scoring a 4 or better on both the English Language & English Literature exam will receive credit for EN 101 English Composition, EN 102 English Composition and 3 hours of TRGS HU.

College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)

CLEP Subject Examination Min. Score UA Course Equivalent Credit Core Designation
History and Social Sciences
History of the United States I: Early Colonization to 1877 52 HY 103 3 HI
History of the United States II: 1865 to the Present 52 HY 104 3 HI
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 52 HY 101 3 HI
Western Civilization II: 1648 to Present 52 HY 102 3 HI
Foreign Languages
French, Level 1 and Level 2 Score of 50–55 FR 101 & FR 102 8 FL/HU
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 FL/HU
German, Level 1 and Level 2 Score of 56–62 GN 201 11
German, Level 1 and Level 2 Score of 63–80 GN 202 14
Spanish, Level 1 and Level 2 Score of 48–51 SP 101 & SP 102 8 FL/HU
Spanish, Level 1 and Level 2 Score of 52–55 SP 201 11
Spanish, Level 1 and Level 2 Score of 56–80 SP 202 14
Science and Mathematics
Biology (non-majors) 50 BSC 108 4 N
Biology (non-majors) 57 BSC 108 & BSC 109 8 N
Biology 60 BSC 114, BSC 115, BSC 116 & BSC 117 8 N
Chemistry 52 CH 101 & CH 102 8 N
Calculus with Elementary Functions 52 MATH 125 4 MA
Business
Information Systems and Computer Applications 50 CS 102 3
Introductory Business Law 50 LGS 200 3
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FR 101 Elementary French I/FR 102 Elementary French II, GN 101 Elementary German I/GN 102 Elementary German II, and SP 101 Introductory Spanish I/SP 102 Introductory Spanish II must be considered units. No credit is given for FR 101 Elementary French I, GN 101 Elementary German I, or SP 101 Introductory Spanish I alone, or for scores less than those listed above.

International Baccalaureate (IB)

The University of Alabama awards credit for higher level (HL) examinations only.

Examination Minimum Score UA Course Equivalent Credit Core Designation
GROUP 1
Language A: Literature 5 EN 101 & EN 102 6 FC
Language A: Language & Literature 5 EN 101 & EN 102 6 FC
If both IB Language A tests are completed2 5 on both EN 101, EN 102, and 3 hours of TRGS HU 9 FC, HU
GROUP 2: LANGUAGE B COURSES
Arabic 5 ARB 101 & ARB 102 8 FL
Chinese 5 CHI 101 & CHI 102 8 FL/HU
French 5 FR 101 & FR 102 8 FL/HU
German 5 GN 101 & GN 102 8 FL/HU
Greek 5 GR 101 & GR 102 8 FL/HU
Italian 5 IT 101 & IT 102 8 FL/HU
Japanese 5 JA 101 & JA 102 8 FL/HU
Latin 5 LA 101 & LA 102 6 FL/HU
Portuguese 5 POR 101 & POR 102 8 FL
Russian 5 RUS 101 & RUS 102 8 FL/HU
Spanish 5 SP 101 & SP 102 8 FL/HU
GROUP 3
Economics 5 EC 110 & EC 111 6 SB
Geography 5 GY 102 4 N
Global Politics 5 TRGS SB 3 SB
History: World 5 HY 101 & HY 102 6 HI
History: U.S. 5 HY 103 & HY 104 6 HI
Philosophy 5 PHL 100 3 HU
Psychology 5 PY 101 3 SB
Social & Cultural Anthropology 5 ANT 102 3 SB
GROUP 4
Biology 5 BSC 114, BSC 115, BSC 116 & BSC 117 8 N
Chemistry 5 CH 101 & CH 102 8 N
Computer Science 5 CS 100 4
Physics 5 PH 105 & PH 106 8 N
GROUP 5
Mathematics 5 MATH 115 & MATH 125 7 MA
GROUP 6
Theatre 5 TH 114 3 FA
Visual Arts 5 ART 110, ART 130, ART 131, and/or ART 197 3-61
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Decision based on review of portfolio by Department of Art and Art History

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Students scoring a 5 or better on both the Language A: Literature and Language A: Language & Literature exam will receive credit for EN 101 English Composition, EN 102 English Composition, and 3 hours of TRGS HU.

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.

Exam Subject Grade UA Course Equivalent Credit Core Designation
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 N
Biology (A-Level) A - E BSC 114, BSC 115, BSC 116 & BSC 117 8 N
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 N
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 SB
English Language (AS-Level) A - E EN 101 3 FC
Environmental Management (AS-Level) A - E GY 197 3
French Language (AS-Level) A - E FR 101 4 FL
French Language (A-Level) A - E FR 101 & FR 102 8 FL
French Literature (AS-Level) A - E FR 197 3
Further Mathematics (A-Level) A - E MATH 125 & MATH 126 8 M
General Paper (AS-Level) A - E NEW 197 3
Geography (AS-Level) A - E GY 105 3 SB
Geography (A-Level) A - E GY 102 & GY 197 7 N
German Language (AS-Level) A - E GN 101 4 FL
German Language (A-Level) A - E GN 101 & GN 102 8 FL
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 FC
Latin (AS-Level) A - E LA 101 3 FL
Literature in English (AS-Level) A - E EN 101 & EN 102 6 FC
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 M
Mathematics (A-Level) A - E MATH 125 & MATH 197 7 M
Music (AS-Level) A - E MUS 197 3
Music (A-Level) A - E MUS 121 & MUS 197 6 FA
Physics (AS-Level) A - E PH 197 4
Physics (A-Level) A - E PH 101 & PH 102 8 N
Psychology (AS-Level) A - E PY 101 3 SB
Psychology (A-Level) A - E PY 101 & PY 197 6 SB
Sociology (AS-Level) A - E SOC 101 3 SB
Sociology (A-Level) A - E SOC 101 & SOC 197 6 SB
Spanish Language (AS-Level) A - E SP 101 4 FL
Spanish Language (A-Level) A - E SP 101 & SP 102 8 FL
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
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Decision based on review of portfolio by Department of Art and Art History