AP, IB, CLEP Credit (For Students Entering Fall 2005)

For Students Entering Fall 2005 or Later

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Drake University awards advanced standing credit through several programs. In consultation with faculty advisers, all credits accepted are applied toward completion of Drake Curriculum, 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.

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 preprofessional 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.

Advanced Placement Program (AP)

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.

DU equivalent
Art History43ART 75
Art General43Elective
Art Drawing43Elective
Biology48BIO 1, 18
Calculus AB*34MATH 50
Calculus AB subgrade34MATH 50
Calculus BC*38MATH 50, 70
Chemistry48CHEM 1, 2, 3, 4
Comparative Govt.43POLS 65
Computer Science, A33CS elective
Computer Science, AB33CS 65
Economics, Macro43ECON 1
Economics, Micro43ECON 2
English Literature**6ENG 1 + Elective
English Composition**6ENG 1 + Elective
Environmental Science43ENV 35
European History46HIST elective
French Language8Elective
French Literature8Elective
German Language8Elective
Human Geography43GEOG 2
Latin8Elective language
Music Theory44Evaluated on an individual basis
Physics B38PHY 11, 12
Physics C Mechanics34PHY 1
Physics C Elect & Magn34PHY 2
Psychology34PSY 1
Spanish Language8Elective
Spanish Literature8Elective
Statistics33STAT 71
U.S. Govt. & Politics43POLS 1
U.S. History46HIST 75, 76
World HistoryHIST 1, 2

* Not more than 8 semester hours of Advanced Placement credit for calculus will be granted.
** Not more than a total of 6 semester hours of Advanced Placement English credit will be granted.

International Baccalaureate Program (IB)

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 Courseworkrequired
DU equivalent
Art higher5Art elective
Art standard3Art elective
Biology higher8BIO 1, 18
Biology standard54BIO 1
Business & Mgt higher46Elective
Business & Mgt standard43Elective
Chemistry higher48CHEM 1, 2, 3, 4
Chemistry standard54CHEM 1, 3
Comp Science higher46CS 65 + CS elective
Comp Science standard53CS 65
Cultural Anthropology higherNOT YET EVALUATED
Cultural Anthropology standardNOT YET EVALUATED
Design Technology higher47Physical Science + lab + elective
Design Technology standard43Physical Science + lab
Economics higher6ECON 1, 2
Economics standard53ECON 1
Eng Lang A1 & A2 higher6Elective
Eng Lang A1 & A2 std53Elective
Eng. Lang B higher5Elective
Eng. Lang B standard53Elective
French higherElective
French standardElective
Geography higher48SCSG 1 no lab + GEOG elective
Geography standard53SCSG 3
German higher36Elective
German standard36Elective
History higher43HIST elective
History standard3HIST elective
Information Technology higher43Elective
Information Technology standardNo credit
Islamic History higher43HIST elective
Islamic History standard43HIST elective
Latin higher46Elective
Latin standard53Elective
Math Studies standard54MATH 20
Math Methods standard54MATH 20
Math higher level48MATH 50 + elective
Advanced Math standard54MATH 54
Music higher53MUS 5
Music standard43MUS 80
Philosophy higherNOT YET EVALUATED
Philosophy standardNOT YET EVALUATED
Physics higher48PHY 11
Physics standardPHY 11
Psychology higher4PSY 1
Psychology standard4PSY 1
Social Anthro higher46ANTH 2 + ANTH elective
Social Anthro standard53ANTH 2
Spanish higherElective
Spanish standardElective
Theatre higher4Elective
Theatre standard43Elective
World Religions higherNOT YET EVALUATED
World Religions standardNOT YET EVALUATED

College-Level Education Program (CLEP)

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.

DU equivalent
American Government50503POLS 1
Biology50504BIO 1
Chemistry50504CHEM 1, 3
Chemistry768CHEM 1, 3 & 2, 4
Calculus w/ Elementary Functions50504MATH 50
Algebra/Trigonometry50503MATH 20
Trigonometry50501MATH 21
Pre-Calculus50504MATH 20
Sociology, Introductory50503SOC 1
Psychology, Introduction50504PSY 1
Accounting, Principles55506ACCT 41, 42
Macroeconomics, Principles50503ECON 1
Microeconomics, Principles50503ECON 2

Des Moines Area Community College serves as a computer-based examination site for CLEP in the Des Moines area. Students may contact the DMACC Assessment Center at 515-964-6595 to schedule testing.

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