Drake University awards advanced standing credit through several programs. In consultation with faculty advisers, all credits accepted are applied toward completion of the Drake Curriculum, your major or elective requirements. Course equivalencies shown are used as guidelines in the process and are subject to change.
During orientation and registration, students are encouraged to register for classes according to the guidelines for advanced credit and the scores they expect to achieve. If actual scores are different from those anticipated, class schedules may be adjusted accordingly after arrival on campus. Official transcripts must be provided to the Office of Student Records and Academic Information directly from the issuing organizations prior to the beginning of a student's first semester at Drake.
Advanced Credit Limitations
Duplication: Credit will not be granted for any AP, IB, or CLEP exam for which college credit has already been earned. Students will not be granted credit for a lower-level course in a sequence of courses after credit in a higher-level course has been earned.
Science Majors: Students majoring in a science, a pre-professional science-related field, or pharmacy should contact the appropriate department or college to verify how science credits earned through these programs will be applied to the major.
Language Students: Although you may be awarded credit for foreign language, all students interested in pursuing language studies at Drake University should contact the World Languages and Cultures Program by calling 1-800-44-DRAKE (37253), x2511 to schedule a placement exam.
Faculty advisers will determine whether acceptable AP coursework will be applied toward Drake Curriculum, major, or elective requirements. Credit for other AP examinations will be reviewed as needed.
|Exam||Minimum Required Score||Hours Earned||DU Equivalent|
|Art History||4||3||ART 075|
|Biology||4||8||BIO 001, 001L, Bio Elective|
|Calculus AB*||4||4||MATH 050|
|Calculus AB subgrade||4||4||MATH 050|
|Calculus BC*||4||8||MATH 050, 070|
|Chinese Language and Culture||4||6||CHIN 001,002|
|Chemistry||4||8||CHEM 006, 007, CHEM elective|
|Comparative Govt.||4||3||POLS 065|
|Computer Science, A||4||3||CS elective|
|Computer Science, AB||4||3||CS 065|
|Economics, Macro||4||3||ECON 001|
|Economics, Micro||4||3||ECON 002|
|English Literature**||4||6||ENG 001 + Elective|
|English Language**||4||6||ENG 001 + Elective|
|Environmental Science||4||3||ENV 035|
|European History||4||6||HIST Elective|
|French Language||4||6||FREN 001, FREN 002|
|French Literature||4||9||FREN 001, FREN 002, FREN 051***|
|German Language||4||6||GERM 001, GERM 002|
|Human Geography||4||3||SCSG 002|
|Itailian Language and Culture||4||6||General Elective|
|Japanese Lang. and Culture||4||6||JAPN 001, JAPN 002|
|Latin: Vergil||4||6||General Elective|
|Latin Literature||4||6||Elective Language|
|Music Theory||4||4||Evaluated on an individual basis|
|Physics B||4||8||PHY 011, 012|
|Physics C Mechanics||4||4||PHY 001|
|Physics C Elect & Magn||4||4||PHY 002|
|Spanish Language||4||6||SPAN 001, SPAN 002***|
|Spanish Literature||4||9||SPAN 001, 002, 051***|
|Studio Art||4||3||Art Elective|
|Studio Art:2-D Design||4||3||Art 013|
|Studio Art: 3-D Design||4||3||Art 014|
|U.S. Govt. & Politics||4||3||POLS 001|
|U.S. History||4||6||HIST 075, 076|
|World History||4||6||HIST 001, 002|
* Not more than eight semester hours of Advanced Placement credit for calculus will be granted.
** Not more than a total of six semester hours of Advanced Placement English credit will be granted.
***Students who complete both Language and Literature classes in French and Spanish will receive only three additional credits for the literature exam.
Students who have completed the International Baccalaureate Program and receive a diploma will receive approximately one year of credit toward graduation. Partial completion of the IB requires a course-by-course evaluation. Faculty advisers will determine how IB coursework will be applied toward Drake Curriculum, major or elective requirements. Credit for other IB examinations will be reviewed as needed.
|IB Coursework||Required Score||Hours Earned||DU Equivalent|
|Arabic Language (A1) higher level||5-7||9||ARAB 001, ARAB 002, ARAB 051|
|Arabic Language (A1) standard level||5-7||6||ARAB 001, ARAB 002|
|Art higher||5||3||Art elective|
|Art standard||5||3||Art elective|
|Biology higher||5||8||BIO 001, BIO 001L, BIO Elective|
|Biology standard||5||4||BIO 001, BIO 001L|
|Business & Management higher||4||6||BUS Elective|
|Business & Management standard||4||3||BUS Elective|
|Chemistry higher||4||8||CHEM 006, CHEM 007, CHEM elective|
|Chemistry standard||5||4||CHEM elective|
|Computer Science higher||4||6||CS 065, CS elective|
|Computer Science standard||5||3||CS 065|
|Design Technology higher||4||7||PHSC 001 (+ lab), elective|
|Design Technology standard||4||3||PHSC 001 (+ lab)|
|Economics higher||5||6||ECON 001, 002|
|Economics standard||5||3||ECON 001|
|English Language (A1& A2) higher||5||6||ENG elective|
|English Language (A1& A2) standard||5||3||ENG elective|
|English Language (B) higher||5||6||ENG elective|
|English Language (B) standard||5||3||ENG elective|
|French Language (A1) higher||5-7||9||FREN 001, 002, FREN 051|
|French Language (A1) standard||5-7||6||FREN 001, FREN 002|
|French Language (B) higher||5-7||12||FREN 001, FREN 002, FREN 051, FREN 052|
|French Language (B) standard||5-7||9||FREN 001, 002, FREN 051|
|Geography higher||4||8||SCSG 001 (no lab), SCSG elective|
|Geography standard||5||3||SCSG 003|
|German Language (A1) higher||5-7||12||GERM 001, GERM 002, GERM 051, GERM 052|
|German Language (A1) standard||5-7||9||GERM 001, GERM 002, GERM 051|
|History higher (including sub-categories)||5||3||HIST elective|
|History standard||5||3||HIST elective|
|Information Technology higher||4||3||IS Elective|
|Information Technology standard||No credit|
|Islamic History higher||4||3||HIST elective|
|Islamic History standard||4||3||HIST elective|
|Latin higher||4||6||General Elective|
|Latin standard||5||3||General Elective|
|Math Studies standard||5||4||MATH 020|
|Math Methods standard||5||4||MATH 020|
|Mathematics higher||4||8||MATH 050, elective|
|Mathematics standard||5||8||MATH 050, elective|
|Advanced Math standard||5||4||MATH 054|
|Music higher||5||3||MUS 005|
|Music standard (including sub-categories)||4||3||MUS 080|
|Physics higher||4||8||PHY 011|
|Physics standard||4||4||PHY 011|
|Psychology higher||4||4||PSY 001|
|Psychology standard||4||3||PSY 001|
|Social Anthropology higher||4||6||SCSA 002, SCSA elective|
|Social Anthropology standard||5||3||SCSA 002|
|Spanish Language (A1) higher||5-7||9||SPAN 001, SPAN 002, SPAN 051|
|Spanish Language (A1)standard||5 -7||6||SPAN 001, SPAN 002|
|Spanish Language (B) higher||5-7||12||SPAN 001, SPAN 002, SPAN 051, SPAN 052|
|Spanish Language (B) standard||5-7||9||SPAN 001, SPAN 002, SPAN 051|
|Visual Arts higher||5||3||Art Elective|
|Visual Arts standard||5||3||Art Elective|
Any undergraduate student may qualify to earn credit toward graduation through the CLEP Subject Examinations listed below. The subject exams are essentially end-of-term tests designed to measure achievement in specific college courses.
For any subject exam, the required score may change from year to year. Students are not eligible to earn credit through an examination if they have withdrawn from an equivalent course after the midpoint of the semester. Students who have taken either semester of introductory accounting are not eligible to earn credit by exam for the remaining semester. The maximum possible credit granted through CLEP is 39 hours.
Students with strong backgrounds in any of the following subjects are advised to take the corresponding subject examination. Students must achieve the Drake required score to earn credit in the subject area.
|Exam||Minimum Required Score||ACE Std||Hours Earned||DU Equivalent|
|American Government||65||50||3||POLS 001|
|Biology*||50||50||4||BIO 01, 001L|
|Business Law||50||50||3||BLAW 060|
|Calculus w/ Elementary Functions||61||50||4||MATH 050|
|College Mathematics||61||50||3||MATH 017|
|Financial Accounting||50||50||3||ACCT 041|
|Human Growth and Development||50||50||3||EDUC 105 or EDUC 106|
|Sociology, Introductory||56||50||3||SCSS 001|
|Psychology, Introduction||59||50||3||PSY 001|
|Macroeconomics, Principles||50||50||3||ECON 001|
|Microeconomics, Principles||50||50||3||ECON 002|
Credit will not be granted for the following exams: Chemistry, College Composition, College Composition Modular, Information Systems, Algebra/Trigonometry, Trigonometry, College Algebra, Principles of Marketing, and Intro to Educational Psychology.
*None of these apply to the 32 BIO credits and six BIO lab courses required for the biology major. For biology majors, CLEP can count towards the 124 credits required for graduation. BIO 001 and 001L fulfills the life science AOI, with lab.