AP/IB Credit Equivalencies

Advanced Placement (AP) Course Equivalencies for 2019-2020 Academic Year

Advanced Placement credit may be used to replace specific courses for purposes of general education/core curricula, major, or minor requirements. Credit and exemption will be given only for AP examinations taken prior to matriculation. Credit will be posted on a student’s record during the first semester of enrollment. If, after matriculation at Case, a student completes a course for which they received credit/exemption on the basis of AP, the AP credit/exemption for that course will be forfeited and will not count toward graduation requirements.

The policies regarding the awarding of credit for Advanced Placement Examinations of The College Board are reviewed annually by departments and are subject to change. 

Subject and Exam Score Credit Earned CWRU Equivalent/Exempt Placement
AP RESEARCH --- --- CWRU does not award credit for AP Research. ---
AP SEMINAR --- --- CWRU does not award credit for AP Seminar ---
ART HISTORY 4 or 5 3 hours ARTH 100-TR This credit cannot be used to satisfy requirements for a major or minor in art history. ARTH 101
ART STUDIO (Drawing Portfolio) 4 or 5 3 hours ARTS 106 or ARTS 216 Final credit awarded to be determined after individual portfolio review by art studio program director.
ART STUDIO (2-D Design Portfolio) 4 or 5 3 hours ARTS 101 or ARTS 216 Final credit awarded to be determined after individual portfolio review by art studio program director.
ART STUDIO (3-D Design Portfolio) 4 or 5 3 hours ARTS 100-TR, ARTS 201, ARTS 210, or ARTS 214 Final credit awarded to be determined after individual portfolio review by art studio program director.
BIOLOGY 4 3 hours BIOL 114
BIOLOGY 5 3 hours BIOL 200-TR This credit will satisfy the BIOL 114 requirement for the nursing major.
CHEMISTRY 4 or 5 4 hours CHEM 111 This course will meet a requirement of either CHEM 105 or CHEM 111. CHEM 106 and CHEM 113; or ENGR 145
CHINESE 4 6 hours CHIN 201 and CHIN 202 CHIN 301
CHINESE 5 9 hours CHIN 201, CHIN 202, and CHIN 301 CHIN 302
COMPUTER SCIENCE (Computer Science A) 4 or 5 3 hours EECS 132 EECS 233 or EECS 281
COMPUTER SCIENCE (Computer Science Principles) --- --- CWRU does not award credit for AP Computer Science Principles. ---
ECONOMICS (Macroeconmics) 4 or 5 3 hours ECON 103
ECONOMICS (Microecnomics) 4 or 5 3 hours ECON 102
ENGLISH (Language/Composition) 4 or 5 3 hours ENGL100-TR A maximum of three-credit hours will be awarded for AP English scores and only after successful completion of a three-credit-hour 300-level ENGL course with a grade of C or better.
ENGLISH (Literature/Composition) 4 or 5 3 hours ENGL100-TR A maximum of three-credit hours will be awarded for AP English scores and only after successful completion of a three-credit-hour 300-level ENGL course with a grade of C or better.
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE 4 or 5 3 hours EEPS 100-TR
FRENCH 4 or 5 6 hours FRCH 201 and FRCH 202 300-level FRCH
GERMAN 4 or 5 6 hours GRMN 201 and GRMN 202 300-level GRMN
GOV & POLITICS (Comparative Politics) 4 or 5 3 hours POSC 160
GOV & POLITICS (U.S. Government) 5 3 hours POSC 109 Three credit-hours as POSC 109 will be awarded for AP U.S. Governments scores only after successful completion of a 300-level US Politics course with a grade of B or better.
HISTORY (European History) 5 3 hours HSTY100-TR A maximum of three credit hours will be awarded for History AP scores and only after successful completion of the one-credit-hour HSTY 100
HISTORY (U.S. History) 5 3 hours HSTY100-TR A maximum of three credit hours will be awarded for History AP scores and only after successful completion of the one-credit-hour HSTY 100
HISTORY (World History) 5 3 hours HSTY100-TR A maximum of three credit hours will be awarded for History AP scores and only after successful completion of the one-credit-hour HSTY 100
HUMAN GEOGRAPHY 4 or 5 3 hours ANTH 100-TR
ITALIAN 4 or 5 6 hours ITAL 201 and ITAL 202 300-level ITAL
JAPANESE 4 6 hours JAPN 201 and JAPN 202 JAPN 301
JAPANESE 5 9 hours JAPN 201, JAPN 202, and JAPN 301 JAPN 302
LATIN 4 or 5 6 hours LATN 201 and LATN 202 300-level LATN
MATHEMATICS (Calculus AB) 5 4 hours MATH 121 Credit for MATH 121 will meet a requirement for MATH 121 or MATH 125. MATH 122 or MATH 126
MATHEMATICS (Calculus BC) AB subscore = 5 4 hours MATH 121 Credit for MATH 121 will meet a requirement for either MATH 121 or MATH 125. MATH 122 or MATH 126
MATHEMATICS (Calculus BC) 5 8 hours MATH 121 and MATH 122 Credit for MATH 121 will meet a requirement for either MATH 121 or MATH 125. Credit for MATH 122 will meet a requirement for either MATH 122 or MATH 126. MATH 223
MUSIC THEORY 4 or 5 3 hours MUTH 103 This credit cannot be used to satisfy requirements for any music major program.
PHYSICS (Physics 1) 4 or 5 4 hours PHYS 115 * PHYS 116
PHYSICS (Physics 2) 4 or 5 3 hours PHYS 100-TR *
PHYSICS (Physics B 4 or 5 4 hours PHYS 115 * PHYS 116
PHYSICS (Physics C-Mech) 4 or 5 4 hours PHYS 121 * PHYS 122
PHYSICS (Physics C-E&M) 4 or 5 3 hours PHYS 100-TR *
PSYCHOLOGY 4 or 5 3 hours PSCL 101
SPANISH (Spanish Language) 4 or 5 6 hours SPAN 201 and SPAN 202 300-level SPAN
SPANISH (Spanish Literature) 4 or 5 6 hours SPAN 202 and SPAN 300-TR 300-level SPAN
STATISTICS 5 3 hours STAT 201

International Baccalaureate (IB) Course Equivalencies for 2019-2020 Academic Year

International Baccalaureate (IB) credit may be used to replace specific courses for purposes of general education/core curricula, major, or minor requirements. Credit and exemption will be given only for IB examinations taken prior to matriculation. Case Western Reserve University offers course credit for scores of 5, 6, and 7 for most Higher Level (HL) examinations. Credit will be posted on a student’s record during the first semester of enrollment. If, after matriculation at CWRU, a student completes a course for which they received credit/exemption on the basis of IB, the IB credit/exemption for that course will be forfeited and will not count toward graduation requirements.

The policies regarding the awarding of credit for International Baccalaureate Examinations are reviewed annually by departments and are subject to change.  

Subject/Exam Score Credit Earned CWRU Equivalent/Exempt Placement
Biology HL 5, 6, or 7 3 hours BIOL 200-TR --
Chemistry HL 5, 6, or 7 4 hours CHEM 111 This course will meet a requirement of either CHEM 105 or CHEM 111. CHEM 106 and CHEM 113; or ENGR 145
Chinese HL 6 6 hours CHIN 201 and CHIN 202 300-level CHIN
Chinese HL 7 9 hours CHIN 201, CHIN 202, and CHIN 300-TR 300-level CHIN
Computer Science HL 5, 6 or 7 3 hours EECS 132 EECS 233 or EECS 281
Dance HL 5, 6, or 7 6 hours DANC 121 DANC 122
Economics HL 5, 6, or 7 6 hours ECON 102 and ECON 103
English Language A HL 5, 6, or 7 3 hours WLIT 290
French B HL 6 6 hours FRCH 201 and FRCH 202 300-level FRCH
French B HL 7 9 hours FRCH 201, FRCH 202, FRCH 300-TR 300-level FRCH
German B HL 6 6 hours GRMN 201 and GRMN 202 300-level GRMN
German B HL 7 9 hours GRMN 201, GRMN 202, and GRMN 300-TR 300-level GRMN
History of Europe HL 6 or 7 3 hours HSTY100-TR A maximum of three credit hours will be awarded for History IB scores and only after successful completion of the one-credit-hour HSTY 100.
History of the Americas HL 6 or 7 3 hours HSTY100-TR A maximum of three credit hours will be awarded for History IB scores and only afer successful completion of the one-credit-hour HSTY 100.
Italian HL 6 6 hours ITAL 201 and ITAL 202 300-level ITAL
Italian HL 7 9 hours ITAL 201, ITAL 202, and ITAL 300-TR 300-level ITAL
Japanese HL 6 6 hours JAPN 201 and JAPN 202 300-level JAPN
Japanese HL 7 9 hours JAPN 201, JAPN 202, and JAPN 300-TR 300 -level JAPN
Mathematics HL 5, 6, or 7 7 hours MATH 121 and MATH 100-TR Credit for MATH 121 will meet a requirement for either MATH 121 or MATH 125 MATH 122 or MATH 126
Music HL 5, 6, or 7 6 hours MUTH 103 and MUGN 201 Credit for these courses cannot be used to satisfy requirements for any music major program.
Physics HL 5, 6, or 7 7 hours PHYS 121 and PHYS 100-TR A student who subsequently earns credit for PHYS 115, PHYS 122, or PHYS 123 will forfeit IB credit for PHYS 121, and a student who subsequently earns credit for PHYS 116, PHYS 122, or PHYS 124 will forfeit IB credit for PHYS 100-TR. Students who earned a 5, 6, or 7 on their IB Physics exam but who had little or no high school physics laboratory experience should consult with the department about taking PHYS 113A to build their laboratory skills before moving on to PHYS 116 or PHYS 122.
Psychology HL 5, 6, or 7 3 hours PSCL 101
Social and Cultural Anthropology HL 5, 6, or 7 3 hours ANTH 102
Spanish B HL 6 6 hours SPAN 201 and SPAN 202 300-level SPAN
Spanish B HL 7 9 hours SPAN 201, SPAN 202, and SPAN 300-TR 300-level SPAN
Theater Studies HL 5, 6, or 7 3 hours THTR 110
Visual Arts HL 6 or 7 3 hours ARTS 101