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Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate Credits

- Physics Credits - Mathematics Credits - Chemistry Credits -

What about Advance Placement Credits?

Students wishing to major in physics at the University of Oregon can reduce their college coursework by scoring sufficiently well on Mathematics or Chemistry Advanced Placement Exams. Students performing well on the higher level International Baccalaureate Chemistry or Math exams may also receive college credit for certain courses. (visit the Alternative Credits web page for more information about general college credits earned through examination.). Prospective physics majors are also encouraged to take AP physics courses as preparation for their first year at the University of Oregon.

Physics Credits by Exam

Physics Advanced Placement Exam scores result in University of Oregon college course credits awarded according to the following table:

Exam
Score
Credit
Course
Group Requirement
Physics B 3 8 hrs PHYS 201, 202 SC
4 or 5 12 hrs PHYS 201, 202, 203 SC
Physics C 3 4 hrs PHYS 201 SC
(Mechanics)
4 or 5 4 hrs PHYS 211 SC
Physics C 3 4 hrs PHYS 203 SC
(Electricity) 4 or 5 4 hrs PHYS 213 SC

Health Sciences majors who score a 4 or 5 on the Physics B AP Exam will most likely need to take the Intro Physics Lab (PHYS 204, 205, 206) sequence to gain entry to a professional school. They are advised to discuss this with their pre-health sciences advisor.

The physics majors course (Foundations of Physics I: PHYS 251, 252, 253) is generally less broad, but covers topics in more depth that Physics with Calculus (PHYS 211, 212, 213). For example, "Foundations" begins with special relativity and includes special laboratory modules. Consequently, incoming students who have scored a 4 or higher on the Physics C AP exams are not automatically exempted from taking the Foundations sequence. Please contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies for more information.

Incoming students who have scored a 5 or above on the higher level International Baccalaureate Physics exam may earn between 4-12 credits in Physics with Algebra (PHYS 201, 202, 203) according to their exam score (see the Registrar's Advanced Credit web page).

Mathematics Credits by Exam

Students wishing to major in physics at the University of Oregon should come prepared to take Calculus (MATH 251, 252, 253) during their first year. Any student (including prospective physics majors) scoring well on the Mathematics Calculus Advanced Placement test(s) (see following table) receives college credit for those courses and need not repeat them at the UO.

Exam
Score
Credit
Course
Group Requirement
Calculus AB 3 4 hrs MATH 251 SC
4 or 5 8 hrs MATH 251, 252 SC
Calculus BC 3 8 hrs MATH 251, 252 SC
4 or 5 12 hrs MATH 251, 252, 253 SC
(Students may also earn Calculus credits according to their scores on the higher level Internation Baccalaureate Math exam. See the Registrar's Advanced Credit web page)

Students who do not take the AP exams will be placed in a mathematics course according to how they perform on the Math Placement Test, administered by the UO Mathematics Department. This is true for students who took calculus in high school but did not take or score high enough on the Calculus AP exams. Consequently these students are advised to:

  1. take the practice Math Placement Tests found on the web at http://testing.uoregon.edu/PlacementTesting/MathPlacement/GeneralInformation/tabid/94/Default.aspx before taking the Math Placement Test.
  2. complete the Math Placement Test as soon as possible after committment to attend the University of Oregon, while their knowledge of mathematics gained from high school coursework is still fresh.

Chemistry Credits by Exam

Either General Chemistry (CH 221, 222) or Honors General Chemistry (CH 224, 225) are requirements for a Bachelor's degree in Physics at the University of Oregon. Students can earn chemistry credits and complete part of their chemistry requirements for physics by:

  1. scoring a 3, 4, or 5 (CH 221, CH 221 + 222, or CH 221-223) on the Chemistry Advanced Placement exam.
  2. scoring well on the Internation Baccalaureate higher level Chemistry exam (see the Registrar's Advanced Credit web page).

In general, students do not automatically receive credit for General Chemistry Lab when receiving AP or IB credit for General Chemistry.

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