Note - Baylor University will accept the 2020 AP abbreviated exam scores for credit as indicated in the table below with the exception of Music Theory. Since AP will only be providing a Total Score for Music Theory, students scoring a 5 on the exam will be given credit for MUS 1301 (Music Theory I). Students wishing to pursue credit for MUS 1101 (Musicianship I) should contact the School of Music.
The Advanced Placement (AP) examinations are offered once a year in May by participating high schools that offer college-level courses based on AP course descriptions. Check with your high school for registration deadlines and fees. Reports of AP examination results are mailed by The College Board in mid-July to institutions listed as recipients by students.
Students should list Baylor as the score recipient (Code 6032). If you did not list Baylor as the score recipient, please contact AP to have your scores sent to Baylor -- phone 888-225-5427.
The table below lists the AP exams that have been approved for receiving credit at Baylor. Baylor offers credit as listed below and does not offer "elective" credit for scores below the required score. Note that the number of credit hours for each Baylor course is denoted by the second digit of the course number. Therefore, English 1302 is a 3-hour course, while Biology 1401 is a 4-hour course. Baylor's Credit by Exam policies are available at CBE Policies.
If an exam is not listed below, then we do not offer credit for that exam. Baylor does not issue "elective credit" for credit by exam.
|Advanced Placement Test||Required Scores||Baylor Course|
|Art History||4 or 5||Art 1300 or 2302|
|Biology* (Summer 2021 and after)||3||Biology 1401|
|Biology* (prior to Summer 2021)||4||Biology 1401|
|Biology* (Summer 2021 and after)||4||Biology 1305-1105|
|Biology* (all students)||5||Biology 1305-1105 & 1306-1106|
|Calculus AB||4 or 5||Math 1321|
|Calculus BC||3, 4 or 5||Math 1321 & 1322|
|Chemistry||3||Chemistry 1300 & 1100|
|Chemistry||4||Chemistry 1301 & 1101|
|Chemistry||5||Chemistry 1301, 1101, 1302, & 1102|
|Chinese Language & Culture||3 or 4||Chinese 2310|
|Chinese Language & Culture||5||Chinese 2310 & 2320|
|English Language & Composition or
English Literature & Composition*
|4 or 5||English 1302|
|Environmental Science||4 or 5||Environmental Studies 1301|
|European History||4 or 5||History 1307|
|French Language & Culture||3 or 4||French 2310|
|French Language & Culture||5||French 2310 & 2320|
|German Language & Culture||3 or 4||German 2310|
|German Language & Culture||5||German 2310 & 2320|
|Government & Politics: United States||3, 4 or 5||Political Science 1305|
|Human Geography||3, 4 or 5||Geography 1310 or Anthropology 1310|
|Italian Language & Culture||3 or 4||Italian 2310|
|Italian Language & Culture||5||Italian 2310 & 2320|
|Japanese Language & Culture||3 or 4||Japanese 2310|
|Japanese Language & Culture||5||Japanese 2310 & 2320|
|Latin||4 or 5||Latin 2310|
|Macroeconomics||4 or 5||Economics 2307|
|Microeconomics||4 or 5||Economics 2306|
|Music Theory - 2020 exam only||Total Score 5||Music 1301 (Students wishing to pursue credit for MUS 1101 should contact the School of Music.)|
|Music Theory||Non-Aural 4 or 5 and Aural 4 or 5||Music 1301 & 1101|
|Music Theory||Non-Aural score 4 or 5||Music 1301 (Students with Aural score of 3 may take a Baylor departmental exam for Music 1101.)|
|Music Theory||Aural score 4 or 5||Music 1101 (Students with Non-Aural score of 3 may take a Baylor departmental exam for Music 1301.)|
|Physics C: Mechanics, Physics C: Electricity & Magnetism,
Physics 1, and/or Physics 2
|Physics 1 AND Physics 2||4 on both exams||Physics 1408|
|Physics 1 AND Physics 2||5 on both exams||Physics 1408 & 1409|
|Physics 1 AND Physics 2
AND Physics C: Mechanics**
|4 on all 3 exams||Physics 1420|
|Psychology* (Summer 2020 and after)||4||Psychology 1305||Psychology* (prior to Summer 2020)||5||Psychology 1305|
|Spanish Language & Culture||3 or 4||Spanish 2310|
|Spanish Language & Culture||5||Spanish 2310 & 2320|
|Spanish Literature & Culture||3, 4 or 5||Spanish 2310 & 2320|
|Statistics||4 or 5||Statistics 1380|
|U.S. History||4 or 5||History 2365 & 2366|
|World History||4 or 5||History 1305 & 1307|
(1) AP English: if you have received a score of 4 or 5 on the English Language & Composition exam, you are not eligible for any additional credit if you also score a 4 or 5 on the English Composition & Literature exam. AP Literature students may be interested in taking the CLEP exams for American Literature and/or English Literature.
(2) AP Physics C credit: Click on this link (AP Physics) to see more information on receiving Physics 1420 credit if you only have Physics C: Mechanics exam score.
(3) AP Psychology credit: For students entering Baylor in Summer 2020 and after, a minimum score of 4 is required. For students who entered Baylor prior to Summer 2020, a minimum score of 5 is required.
(4) AP Biology credit: For students entering Baylor in Summer 2021 and after, a minimum score of 3 is required. For students who entered Baylor prior to Summer 2021, a minimum score of 4 is required. No change in credit awarded for scores of 5.