The University of Pittsburgh encourages students to challenge themselves while in high school through such opportunities as Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) courses.
We reward student motivation in the case of AP and IB courses by granting University credit for high achievement on these exams. Students, however, must check with their professional school to verify credit acceptance.
AP and IB credits can benefit students in several ways. First, these credits can help students avoid repetition of previously mastered course work. Students also can advance their academic status, possibly leading to early graduation and/or early admission to graduate or professional school. Finally, students accepting credit offered for high exam scores will be well prepared to explore some of the unique academic opportunities available at the University, including honors courses, double or triple majors, interdisciplinary majors, double degrees (graduating with both a BS and a BA), and/or honors degrees.
Students may choose whether or not to accept credit offered by the University for AP and IB scores. For example, a student majoring in chemistry may want a stronger foundation in that field and may, therefore, decide to decline credit received for the chemistry exam and to enroll instead in honors chemistry.
During a summer advising session prior to the beginning of the freshman year, all students discuss their unique educational plans with academic advisors. These advisors assist students with determining the best utilization of credits granted for AP and IB scores.
For more information about honors courses or other opportunities available through the University Honors College (UHC), please contact UHC directly at 412 624-6880.
All AP and IB exam score reports and questions about AP or IB credit or majors at the University of Pittsburgh should be directed to the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid.
Below are the credits and course equivalencies currently granted by the University of Pittsburgh for Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate examinations. Keep in mind that the credit you receive may depend on your major.
Advanced Placement Examinations
|AP Examination||Test Score||Credits Given for||No. of Credits|
|Art History||3, 4, 5||HA&A 0000 (Elective HA&A)||3|
|Biology||4||BIOSC 0050, 0150||4|
|Biology||5||BIOSC 0050, 0150, 0060, 0160||8|
|Calculus AB||4, 5||MATH 0220||4|
|Calculus AB-Subscore/BC||4, 5||MATH 0220||4|
|Calculus BC||4, 5||MATH 0220, 0230||8|
|Chemistry||3, 4||CHEM 0110||4|
|Chemistry||5||CHEM 0110, 0120||8|
|Chinese Language||4, 5||CHIN 0001, 0002||10|
|Comparative Government and Politics||4, 5||PS 0300||3|
|Computer Science AB||4, 5||CS 0401||4|
|Computer Science A||4, 5||CS 0401||4|
|Computer Science Principles||4 or 5||CS 0000 (elective)||3|
|Economics: Macro||4, 5||ECON 0110||3|
|Economics: Micro||4, 5||ECON 0100||3|
|English: Language and Composition||4, 5||ENGLIT 0000||3|
|English: Language and Composition||5||ENGCMP 0200 and ENGLIT 0000 (with a 660 or above Evidence-Based Reading and Writing SAT score or an ACT high English score of 27)||6|
|English: Literature and Composition||4, 5||ENGLIT 0000||3|
|English: Literature and Composition||5||ENGCMP 0200 and ENGLIT 0000 (with a 660 or above Evidence-Based Reading and Writing SAT score or an ACT high English score of 27)||6|
|Environmental Science||4, 5||GEOL 0840||3|
|European History||4, 5||HIST 0100 or HIST 0101||3|
|French Language||4||FR 0055||3|
|French Language||5||FR 0055, 0056||6|
|French Literature||4||FR 0021||3|
|French Literature||5||FR 0021, 0055||6|
|German Language||4||GER 1490||3|
|German Language||5||GER 1490||5|
|Human Geography||4, 5||GEOL 1030||3|
|Italian Language||4||ITAL 0004||3|
|Italian Language||5||ITAL 0004 and either ITAL 0055 or ITAL 0061 (subject to faculty interview)||6|
|Japanese Culture and Language||4||JPNSE 1901||3|
|Japanese Culture and Language||5||JPNSE 1901||5|
|Latin||4, 5||LATIN 0210 and LATIN 0220||6|
|Music: Listening and Literature||3, 4, 5||MUSIC 0211||3|
|Music: Theory||3, 4, 5||MUSIC 0100||3|
|Physics 1 & Physics 2*||5 and 5||PHYS 0110 & PHYS 0111||6|
|Physics 1 & Physics 2*||4 and 5||PHYS 0110||3|
|Physics 1 & Physics 2*||5 and 4||PHYS 0110||3|
|Physics C Mechanics||5||PHYS 0174||4|
|Psychology||4, 5||PSY 0010||3|
|Spanish Language||4, 5||**|
|Spanish Literature||4, 5||SPAN 1600 or elective||3|
|Statistics||4, 5||STAT 1000||4|
|Studio Art—Drawing||4, 5||SA 0130||3|
|Studio Art—2D||4, 5||SA 0110||3|
|U.S. History||4, 5||HIST 0600 or HIST 0601||3|
|U.S. Government and Politics||4, 5||PS 0200||3|
|World History||4, 5||HIST 0700||3|
|* Students must have completed both Physics 1 & 2. Students need a 5 on both exams to receive credit for both PHYS 0110 and PHYS 0111. A score of 4 on one exam and 5 on the other receives credit for only PHYS 0110.
** Students will have to check with the department to determine credit or waiver.
International Baccalaureate Examinations
|IB Examination||Test Score||Credits Given for||No. of Credits|
|Biology HL (B grade)||5||BIOSC 0050, 0150||4|
|Biology HL (A grade)||6, 7||BIOSC 0050, 0150, 0060, 0160||8|
|Chemistry HL||5||CHEM 0110||4|
|Chemistry HL||6, 7||CHEM 0110, 0120||8|
|Economics HL||6, 7||ECON 0100, 0110||6|
|English A1 HL||5, 6||ENGLIT 0590||3|
|English A1 HL||7||ENGCMP 0200 and ENGLIT 0590 (with a 660 or above Evidence-Based Reading and Writing SAT score or an ACT high English score of 27)||6|
|Film HL||5, 6, 7||ENGFLM 0400||3|
|French HL||5, 6, 7||*||*|
|German HL||5, 6, 7||GER 0000||3|
|History American HL||5||HIST 0600||3|
|History American HL||6, 7||HIST 0600, 0601||6|
|History Europe HL||5||HIST 0100||3|
|History Europe HL||6, 7||HIST 0100, 0101||6|
|Math HL||5, 6, 7||MATH 0220||4|
|Music HL||5, 6, 7||MUSIC 0000||3|
|Physics HL||5||PHYS 0110||3|
|Physics HL||6, 7||PHYS 0110 and 0111||6|
|Psychology HL||5, 6, 7||PSY 0010||3|
|Social & Cultural Anthropology HL||5, 6, or 7||ANTH 0780||3|
|Theatre Arts HL||5, 6, 7||THEA 0505||3|
|Visual Arts HL (art/design)||5, 6, 7||SA 0000||3|
|HL (higher level) tests a score of 5 or better.
SPANISH HL test – must see SPAN Dept for evaluation.
* Students will have to check with the department to determine credit or waiver.
|Description||Test Score||Credits Given for||No. of Credits|
|Chemistry||A or B||CHEM 0110||4|
|Economics||A or B||ECON 0100, ECON 0110||3, 3|
|English*||A or B||ENCMP 0200, ENGLIT 0580||3, 3|
|History||A or B||HIST 1121, HIST 0000||3, 3|
|Math: Calculus||A or B||MATH 0220||4|
|Political Science||A or B||PS 0200, PS 1312||3, 3|
|Thinking Skills||A or B||PHIL 0080||3|
|* In order to receive credit for English Composition 0200, you must also earn a 660 or above Evidence-Based Reading and Writing SAT score or an ACT high English score of 27.|