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Credit and Placement

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College of Arts and Sciences, Liberal Arts at Cornell University

2015-2016 Credit and Placement for Students in the A&S College

The tables below summarize how credit and placement are determined for most subjects. For more information, also see Courses of Study.

CEEB's AP Exams

Subject Score AP Credit Placement
Arabic Department of Near Eastern Studies determines credit and placement based on departmental examination.
Biology See AP credit in Biology for credit and placement information.
Please note: Students planning to major in Biological Sciences may not use AP, IB, or GCE credit to place out of any requirements for the major. However, Biological Sciences majors may apply earned AP, IB, or CGE credit toward the 120 credits required for graduation in accordance with the policies of the College of Arts and Sciences.



Chemistry


Chinese
5  

 

4 credits

 

no credit

Placement out of 2070 or 2090; Students taking Chem 2070 or 2090 will forfeit AP credit.  Students taking Chem 2150 will retain AP credit. Students may also receive credit for Chem 2070 or Chem 2090 by passing an exam given during Fall orientation. See here for further information.

 

Computer science A 5 4 credits Placement out of CS 1110. Department also offers placement exam during fall orientation.
Economics, micro 4,5 3 credits Placement out of ECON 1110 and HADM 1410.

 

Economics, macro 4,5 3 credits Placement out of ECON 1120.

 

English literature and composition or English language and composition 5 3 credits maximum Placement out of one FWS maximum.

 

 

Environmental science 5 3 credits Placement out of EAS 1101 and NTRES 2010.
French language 4,5 3 credits Department of Romance Studies determines placement. Students should take the CASE to obtain appropriate placement.
French literature 4,5 3 credits Department of Romance Studies determines placement. Students should take the CASE to obtain appropriate placement.
German 4,5 3 credits Department of German Studies determines credit and/or placement. Students should take the CASE.
Government and politics, U.S.   no credit  
Government and politics, comparative   no credit  
Greek
Department of Classics determines credit and placement based on departmental examination.
Hebrew Department of Near Eastern Studies determines credit and placement based on departmental examination.
American history 4,5 4 credits  
European history 4,5 4 credits Placement out of HIST 1510 and HIST 1511.
Human Geography

Japanese

no credit

no credit

Italian language 4,5 3 credits Department of Romance Studies determines placement. Students should take the CASE to obtain appropriate placement.
Italian literature 4,5 3 credits Department of Romance Studies determines placement. Students should take the CASE to obtain appropriate placement.
Latin Department of Classics determines credit and placement based on departmental examination.
Mathematics BC 4,5 8 credits Placement out of MATH 1106, 1110, 1120, 1220, and 1910.

Permission to take MATH 2210, 2230, 2130, or 2310. Students wishing to take engineering calculus will place into MATH 1920.
Mathematics BC 3 4 credits Placement out of MATH 1106 and 1110. Permission to take MATH 1120, 1220, 1910, or 2310.
Mathematics AB or AB subscore of BC exam 3,4,5 4 credits Placement out of MATH 1106 and 1110. Permission to take MATH 1120, 1220, 1910, or 2310.
Music no credit
Persian Department of Near Eastern Studies determines credit and placement based on departmental examination.
Physics I 5 4 credits Placement out of PHYS 1101. With a score of 5 on the Mathematics BC, placement out of PHYS 2207. Students who take PHYS 1116 will forfeit credit.
Physics II
5 4 credits Placement out of PHYS 1102. With a score of 5 on the Mathematics BC, placement out of PHYS 2208. Students who take PHYS 1116 will forfeit credit.
Physics C-Mechanics 5 4 credits Placement out of PHYS 1112 or 2207. (Students may choose instead to forfeit all credit and take PHYS 1116.)
Physics C-Electricity/Magnetism 5 4 credits Placement out of PHYS 2213.
Psychology 4,5 3 credits Placement out of PSYCH 1101.
Spanish language 4,5 3 credits A score of 4 places students out of SPAN 1220 and SPAN 1230. Students with a score of 5 should take the CASE to obtain appropriate placement.
Spanish literature 4,5 3 credits Department of Romance Studies determines placement. Students should take the CASE to obtain appropriate placement.
Statistics

4,5 4 credits Placement out of AEM 2100, ILRST/STSCI 2100, MATH 1710, PAM 2100, PAM 2101, PSYCH 3500, SOC 3010, STSCI 2150.
Studio Art
no credit
Turkish Department of Near Eastern Studies determines credit and placement based on departmental examination.
World History 4,5 4 credits

International Baccalaureate (IB)

Subject Marks Credit
International Baccalaureate (IB) Higher-Level Examinations are awarded advanced standing and credit on receipt of the examination results from the IB office.
Anthropology
subject to departmental review
Biology
see IB credit in Biology for credit and placement information.
Chemical and Physical Systems 6 or 7 8 credits (PHYS 1101 and 1102)
Chemistry 6 or 7 4 credits (CHEM 2070 or 2090)
Computer Science 6 or 7 4 credits (CS 1110)
Economics 6 or 7 6 credits (ECON 1101 and 1120)
3 credits (HADM 1410)
English Literature 7 3 credits and placement out of one first-year writing seminar
History 6 or 7 4 credits
Mathematics 6 or 7 4 credits and placement out of MATH 1106 and 1110. More credit may be obtained by passing a placement exam during orientation.
Music
no credit
Philosophy   no credit
Physical Science 6 or 7 8 credits (4 credits, CHEM 2070; 4 credits, PHYS 1101)
Physics 6 or 7 4 credits (PHYS 1101, 1112, or 2207)

French Baccalauréat

French Baccalauréat Examination grades of 14/20 or higher are awarded advanced standing and/or credit according to the following chart. Students must present the original or a certified copy of their examination certificate to receive credit.

Subject Grade  
Francais écrit
(Séries ES, L, S)
14/20 or higher 16/20 or higher 4 credits (FREN 2210) 4 credits (FREN 2210) + 3 credits for CASE
Histoire et Géographie
(Séries)
14/20 or higher (Série S) 4 credits (HIST 1510) (Séries ES, L) 8 credits (HIST 1510 and HIST 1511)
Philosophie 14/20 or higher (Séries ES and L) 3 credits (PHIL 1000)
Mathématiques, Sciences Physiques, Biologie, Sciences Economiques

 

No credit

GCE A-Level Exams

Subject Marks Credit
General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced (A) Level Examinations are awarded advanced standing and credit. Students must present the original or a certified copy of their examination certificate to receive credit.
Biology
see GCE credit in Biology for credit and placement information.
Chemistry A 8 credits (CHEM 2070 or 2090 and 2080)

B 4 credits (CHEM 2070 or 2090)
Economics A 6 credits (ECON 1110 and 1120)
3 credits (HADM 1410)
English literature A or B
varies by college

   
Mathematics A, B, or C 4 credits and placement out of MATH 1106 and 1110.  Students who take the A level exam in Singapore will receive an additional 4 credits and placement out of MATH 1120, 1220, and 1910. (Engineering and BEE students receive a total of 4 credits if the exam is taken in Singapore. No credit otherwise.) Students may obtain more credit by passing a placement exam during orientation.
Music
no credit
Philosophy A or B subject to departmental review
Physics A or B 4 credits for PHYS 1101, 1112, or 2207

4 additional credits for PHYS 2208 are granted for a combination of grades of A or B and a minimum of 8 advanced placement or advanced standing credits in mathematics. Students planning to major in physics are encouraged to enroll in PHYS 1116.