USF grants college credit for AP examination scores of 3, 4 or 5 in:
– biology. A score of 3 earns six credit hours as BIOL 121 & 122 (General Biology, courses for non-science majors). A 4 or 5 earns eight credits as BIOL 190 & 191 (Principles of Biology, courses for science majors). However, even with a 4 or 5 we usually recommend taking Principles of Biology for the following reasons. First year college students usually do not do well in sophomore biology courses. They haven’t had a chance to form study groups and lab partnerships with peers, experience the college schedule, meet their professors, use college-level instruments, or take part in service projects. In short, students in the first-year Principles of Biology are learning the culture of college and the department, not just the content.
– environmental science. This earns 3 credit hours as ENVS 232 (Introduction to Environmental Science).
– chemistry. This earns 8 credit hours as CHEM 141 & 142 (Principles of Chemistry).
– calculus AB. This earns 3 credit hours as MATH 223 (Calculus I).
– calculus BC. This earns 6 credit hours as MATH 223 & 224 (Calculus II).
– statistics. This earns 3 credit hours as MATH 302 (Statistics).
– physics B or C. This earns 8 credit hours as SCIE 257 & 258 (Physics I, Physics II).
– psychology. This earns 3 credit hours as PSYC 121(General Psychology).
If you would like to seek AP credits, you are responsible for requesting that the College Board send your official AP examination score report to the Registrar‘s Office. A grade will not be assigned for courses in which you are awarded AP credit and these courses will not be included in your grade point average. You will have the option to decline all or part of the AP credit awards. In some cases, credit may be awarded for a course included in the curriculum of your major area of study. In other cases, credit is awarded for either a course in the general education curriculum or a general elective course.