Credit and Placement for Students in the A&S College
The tables below summarize how credit and placement are determined for most subjects. Supplementary information for some subjects follows immediately.
CEEB's AP Exams
|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 toward fulfilling any requirements for the major. However, students may apply the credit toward the 120 credits required for graduation in accordance with the policies of the College of Arts and Sciences.
|Chemistry||5||4 credits||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 chemistry.cornell.edu 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(Formerly 1141).|
|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 placement. Students should take the CASE to obtain appropriate placement.|
|Government and politics, U.S.||4,5||3 credits||Placement out of GOVT 1111.|
|Government and politics, comparative||4,5||3 credits||Placement out of GOVT 1313.|
||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||Placement out of HIST 1530 (also AM ST 1530) and 1531 (also AM ST 1531).|
|European history||4,5||4 credits||Placement out of HIST 1510 and 1511.|
|Human Geography||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|
|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||Department of Music determines credit and placement based on departmental examination.|
|Persian||Department of Near Eastern Studies determines credit and placement based on departmental examination.|
|Physics B||5||8 credits||Placement out of PHYS 1101-1102. Students who also have a score of 4 or 5 on Mathematics BC may choose to instead accept 4 AP credits for 2207 or 1112 and then take 2208 or 2213.|
|Physics B||4||4 credits||Placement out of PHYS 1101. (Students may choose instead to forfeit all credit and, with appropriate mathematics prerequisites, take a more advanced introductory course, such as PHYS 2201, 1112, or 1116)|
|Physics C-Mechanics||4,5||4 credits||Placement out of PHYS 1112 or 2207, or placement into PHYS 1116 with no AP credit.
|Physics C-Electricity/Magnetism||5||4 credits||Placement out of PHYS 2213. (Students may choose instead to forfeit all credit and take PHYS 2217. Students are advised to take PHYS 1116 before PHYS 2217.)|
|Psychology||4,5||3 credits||Placement out of PSYCH 1101.|
|Spanish language||4,5||3 credits|
|Spanish literature||4,5||3 credits|
(excluding Engineering and Hotel students)
|4,5||4 credits||Placement out of AEM 2100, BTRY 3010, PAM 2100, ILRST/STSCI 2100, or MATH 1710 (not HADM 2201).|
|Studio Art||no credit|
|World History||no credit|
International Baccalaureate (IB)
|International Baccalaureate (IB) Higher-Level Examination passes 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 - Formerly 1141)
|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. (Engineering and BEE students receive no credit.) More credit may be obtained by taking a placement exam during Fall Orientation.
|Music||by departmental examination|
|Philosophy||7||Subject to departmental review|
|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).
GCE A-Level Exams
|General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced (A) Level Examination passes 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, formerly 1141)
|English literature||A||3 credits and placement out of one first-year writing seminar|
|B||No credit for Arts and Sciences students|
|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 taking the Mathematics Department placement exam during orientation week.|
|Music||by departmental examination|
|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 2213 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.