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AP, IB and CLEP Policies

The Office of the Registrar evaluates and awards credit or exemption for certain scores on Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) and the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP). You should apply for admission and be sure to have your scores sent directly to the Office of the Registrar (102 O'Dowd Hall, 2200 North Squirrel Road, Rochester, MI 48309-4401) for evaluation. 
AP
CLEP
IB CERTIFICATE
IB DIPLOMA

Oakland University rewards students who went above and beyond in high school by granting credit and/or exemptions from certain courses for scores of 3, 4 or 5 on advanced placement examinations.

Some departments require evaluation of the exam booklet to determine how credit or exemptions will be awarded for a specific exam.

ART
SUBJECT/EXAMSCOREPLACEMENT/EXEMPTIONGEN EDCREDITS
2-D Design 5 SA 102 No 4
2-D Design 4 None No 4
2-D Design 3 None No 0
3-D Design 5 SA 103 No 4
3-D Design 4 None No 4
3-D Design 3 None No 0
Art History 4 & 5 Determined by Department No 4
Art History 3 None No 0
Studio Art-Drawing 5 SA 201 No 4
Studio Art-Drawing 4 None No 4
Studio Art-Drawing 3 None No 0

BIOLOGY
SUBJECT/EXAMSCOREPLACEMENT/EXEMPTIONGEN EDCREDITS
Biology 5 BIO 111 and BIO 113 NSTN 8
Biology 4 BIO 111 NSTN 4
Biology 3 None No 0

CHEMISTRY
SUBJECT/EXAMSCOREPLACEMENT/EXEMPTIONGEN EDCREDITS
Chemistry 5 CHM 157 and 158 NSTN 10
Chemistry 3 & 4 CHM 157 NSTN 5

COMPUTER SCIENCE
SUBJECT/EXAMSCOREPLACEMENT/EXEMPTIONGEN EDCREDITS
Computer Science A 4 & 5 CIT/CSE 230 No 4
Computer Science A 3 Exempt from CIT/CSE 230 No 0
Computer Science B 4 & 5 Determined by Department No 4
Computer Science B 3 Determined by Department No 0

ECONOMICS
SUBJECT/EXAMSCOREPLACEMENT/EXEMPTIONGEN EDCREDITS
Macroeconomics 4 & 5 ECN 200 SS 4
Macroeconomics 3 None No 0
Microeconomics 4 & 5 ECN 201 SS 4
Microeconomics 3 None No 0

ENGLISH
SUBJECT/EXAMSCOREPLACEMENT/EXEMPTIONGEN EDCREDITS
English Language & Composition 4 & 5 WRT 160 WF 4
English Language & Composition 3 Placement into WRT 160 No 0
English Literature & Composition 4 & 5 English Elective Credit No 4
English Literature & Composition 3 None No 0

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE
SUBJECT/EXAMSCOREPLACEMENT/EXEMPTIONGEN EDCREDITS
Environmental Science 4 & 5 None No 4
Environmental Science 3 Determined by Department No

HISTORY
SUBJECT/EXAMSCOREPLACEMENT/EXEMPTIONGEN EDCREDITS
European History 4 & 5 HST 102 WCIV 4
European History 3 None No 0
U.S. History 4 & 5 HST 114 WCIV and DIV 4
U.S. History 3 None No 0
World History 4 & 5 None No 4
World History 3 None No 0

HUMAN GEOGRAPHY
SUBJECT/EXAMSCOREPLACEMENT/EXEMPTIONGEN EDCREDITS
Human Geography 4 & 5 AN 200/IS 200/GEO 200 GP 4
Human Geography 3 None No 0

LATIN
SUBJECT/EXAMSCOREPLACEMENT/EXEMPTIONGEN EDCREDITS
Latin 5 Placement by OU Language Placement Test LG 8
Latin 4 Placement by OU Language Placement Test LG 4
Latin 3 Placement by OU Language Placement Test LG 2

MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES
SUBJECT/EXAMSCOREPLACEMENT/EXEMPTIONGEN EDCREDITS
AB Subscore 3, 4 & 5 MTH 154 FR 4
Calculus AB 3, 4 & 5 MTH 154 FR 4
Calculus BC 3, 4 & 5 MTH 154 and 155 FR 8
Statistics 3, 4 & 5 STA 225 FR 4

MODERN LANGUAGES
SUBJECT/EXAMSCOREPLACEMENT/EXEMPTIONGEN EDCREDITS
Chinese Language and Culture 5 Placement by OU Language Placement Test LG 8
Chinese Language and Culture 4 Placement by OU Language Placement Test LG 4
Chinese Language and Culture 3 Placement by OU Language Placement Test LG 2
French Language and Culture 5 Placement by OU Language Placement Test LG 8
French Language and Culture 4 Placement by OU Language Placement Test LG 4
French Language and Culture 3 Placement by OU Language Placement Test LG 2
German Language and Culture 5 Placement by OU Language Placement Test LG 8
German Language and Culture 4 Placement by OU Language Placement Test LG 4
German Language and Culture 3 Placement by OU Language Placement Test LG 2
Italian Language and Culture 5 Placement by OU Language Placement Test LG 8
Italian Language and Culture 4 Placement by OU Language Placement Test LG 4
Italian Language and Culture 3 Placement by OU Language Placement Test LG 2
Japanese Language and Culture 5 Placement by OU Language Placement Test LG 8
Japanese Language and Culture 4 Placement by OU Language Placement Test LG 4
Japanese Language and Culture 3 Placement by OU Language Placement Test LG 2
Spanish Language and Culture 5 Placement by OU Language Placement Test LG 8
Spanish Language and Culture 4 Placement by OU Language Placement Test LG 4
Spanish Language and Culture 3 Placement by OU Language Placement Test LG 2
Spanish Literature and Culture 5 Placement by OU Language Placement Test LG 8
Spanish Literature and Culture 4 Placement by OU Language Placement Test LG 4
Spanish Literature and Culture 3 Placement by OU Language Placement Test LG 2

MUSIC THEORY
SUBJECT/EXAMSCOREPLACEMENT/EXEMPTIONGEN EDCREDITS
Aural Subscore 3, 4 & 5 None No 0
Music Theory 5 Determined by Department No 8
Music Theory 3 & 4 Determined by Department No 4
Nonaural Subscore 3, 4 & 5 None No 0

PHYSICS
SUBJECT/EXAMSCOREPLACEMENT/EXEMPTIONGEN EDCREDITS
Physics B 3, 4 & 5 PHY 101 and 102 NSTN 10
Physics C - E & M 3, 4 & 5 PHY 152 No 5
Physics C -Mechanical 3, 4 & 5 PHY 151 NSTN 5

POLITICAL SCIENCE
SUBJECT/EXAMSCOREPLACEMENT/EXEMPTIONGEN EDCREDITS
Government & Politics 4 & 5 PS 100 SS and DIV 4
Government & Politics 3 None No 0
Government & Politics-Comparative 4 & 5 PS 131 GP or SS 4
Government & Politics-Comparative 3 None No 0

PSYCHOLOGY
SUBJECT/EXAMSCOREPLACEMENT/EXEMPTIONGEN EDCREDITS
Psychology 4 & 5 PSY 100 SS 4
Psychology 3 None No 0


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College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) credits may be used to satisfy Oakland University requirements for majors within that specific department. OU awards college credit for subject examinations passed with a score of 55 or above. When you take a CLEP exam, you can select the institution that should receive your scores. Select Oakland University (college code: 1497) to have your scores sent here. If you don't indicate where you would like your score sent on the day of the test, you can request a transcript (for a fee).


SUBJECT/EXAMSCOREPLACEMENT/EXEMPTIONGEN EDCREDITS
American Government PS 100 SS and DIV 4
American Literature* None No 4
Analyzing and Interpreting Literature None No 4
Biology BIO 111 NSTN 3
Biology BIO 113 NSTN 3
Calculus MTH 154 FR 4
Chemistry CHM 157 NSTN 5
Chemistry CHM 158 No 5
College Algebra None No 3
College Composition WRT 150 No 4
College Composition Modular WRT 150 No 4
College Mathematics None No 4
English Literature None No 4
Financial Accounting None No 6
French Language (Levels 1 and 2) FRH 114, 115, 214, 215 LG 6
German Language (Levels 1 and 2) GRM 114, 115, 214, 215 LG 6
History of the United States I: Early Colonization to 1877 HST 114 WCIV and DIV 4
History of the United States II: 1865 to the Present HST 115 WCIV and DIV 4
Human Growth and Development PSY 225 No 3
Humanities None No 6
Information Systems and Computer Applications CIT/CSE 130 FR 4
Introduction to Educational Psychology None No 3
Introductory Business Law None No 3
Introductory Psychology PSY 100 SS 4
Introductory Sociology SOC 100 SS and DIV 4
Natural Sciences None No 6
Precalculus MTH 141 No 4
Principles of Macroeconomics ECN 200 SS 4
Principles of Management None No 3
Principles of Marketing None No 3
Principles of Microeconomics ECN 201 SS 4
Social Sciences and History None No 6
Spanish Language (Levels 1 and 2) SPN 114, 115, 214, 215 LG 6
Western Civilization I: Ancient Near East to 1648 HST 101 WCIV 4
Western Civilization II: 1648 to the Present HST 102 WCIV 4


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Oakland University values the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme and its engaging and challenging curriculum that encourages critical thinking, intercultural understanding and respect. If you hold an IB certificate, credit will be awarded based on the score received in each higher level IB exam that may count toward a specific course required for graduation, general education requirements, or total credits required for graduation.

SUBJECT/EXAMSCOREPLACEMENT/EXEMPTIONGEN EDCREDITS
American History HL 5 or above None WCIV 4
Biology HL 5 and above BIO 111 and 113 NSTN 8
Biology HL 4 None NSTN 4
Chemistry HL 6 or above CHM 157 NSTN 8
Chemistry HL 5 CHM 157 NSTN 5
Cinema HL 4 or above CIN 150 ART and DIV 4
Cinema SL 5 or above CIN 150 ART and DIV 4
Computer Science HL 4 or above None FR 4
Dance HL 4 or above DAN 175 ART and DIV 4
Dance SL 5 or above DAN 175 ART and DIV 4
Economics HL 5 or above ECN 200 and 201 SS 8
Economics SL 5 or above ECN 150 SS 4
English HL 5 or above ENG 2XX (exempt from WRT 150) NO 4
English SL 5 or above ENG 1XX NO 4
Environmental Systems and Societies SL 5 or above None NSTN 4
European History HL 5 or above HST 102 WCIV 4
Further Mathematics SL 5 or above MTH 155, STA 225 and APM 263 FR 12
Geography HL 5 or above None NO 4
Global Politics HL 4 or above PS 114 SS or GP 4
Global Politics SL 5 or above PS 114 SS or GP 4
Information Technology in a Global Society HL 4 or above None NO 4
Islamic History HL 4 or above REL 101 GP 4
Islamic History SL 5 or above REL 101 GP 4
Language A2 or B HL 6 or above 214 & 215 LG 8
Language A2 or B HL 5 214 LG 4
Language A2 or B HL 4 114 LG 4
Mathematics HL 5 or above MATH 154 and one of the following: STA 225 or MTH 155 FR 8
Music HL 5 or above MUS 100 ART 4
Music SL 5 or above MUS 100 ART 4
Philosophy HL 5 or above None WCIV 4
Physics HL 5 or above PHY 151, 152 NSTN 10
Physics HL 4 PHY 101, 102 NSTN 10
Psychology HL 5 or above PSY 100 SS 8
Psychology SL 6 or above None SS 4
Social and Cultural Anthropology HL 5 or above None NO 4
Theatre HL 5 or above THA 100 ART 4
Theatre SL 5 or above THA 100 ART 4
Visual Arts HL 4 or above None NO 4
World Cultures HL 4 or above None NO 4
World Cultures SL 5 or above None NO 4
World Religions HL 4 or above REL 150 GP 4
World Religions SL 5 or above REL 150 GP 4


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Oakland University values the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme and its engaging and challenging curriculum that encourages critical thinking, intercultural understanding and respect.

If you have earned the IB diploma, Oakland University will award general education credits according to the following rules:
  1. To gain credit for a general education category, you must achieve:
    • A grade of 5 or higher for Standard Level (SL) classes
    • A grade of 4 or higher for Higher Level (HL) classes
  2. You will be awarded 4 general education credits for each accepted subject area.
  3. You will be awarded credit for WRT 160 for a grade of B or better on the extended essay.
If applicable, you will receive credit on a course-by-course basis according to department evaluations of IB subject areas. Otherwise, your scores will be evaluated according to the table below.

Download a flier of IB diploma equivalencies here

SUBJECT/EXAMSCOREPLACEMENT/EXEMPTIONGEN EDCREDITS
American History HL 4 or above None WCIV 4
American History SL 5 or above None WCIV 4
Biology HL 5 or above BIO 111 and 113 NSTN 8
Biology HL 4 None NSTN 4
Biology SL 5 or above None NSTN 4
Business and Management HL 4 or above None GP 4
Business and Management SL 5 or above None GP 4
Chemistry HL 6 or above CHM 157 NSTN 8
Chemistry HL 5 CHM 157 NSTN 5
Chemistry HL 4 None NSTN 4
Chemistry SL 5 or above None NSTN 4
Cinema HL 4 or above CIN 150 ART and DIV 4
Cinema SL 5 or above CIN 150 ART and DIV 4
Computer Science HL 4 or above None FR 4
Computer Science SL 5 or above None FR 4
Dance HL 4 or above DAN 175 ART and DIV 4
Dance SL 5 or above DAN 175 ART and DIV 4
Design Technology HL 4 or above None NSTN 4
Design Technology SL 5 or above None NSTN 4
Economics HL 5 or above ECN 200 and 201 SS 8
Economics HL 4 None SS 4
Economics SL 5 or above ECN 150 SS 4
English HL 5 or above ENG 2XX (exempt from WRT 150) LIT 4
English HL 4 None LIT 4
English SL 5 or above ENG 1XX LIT 4
Environmental Systems and Societies SL 5 or above ENV 308 NSTN 4
European History HL 5 or above HST 102 WCIV 4
European History HL 4 None WCIV 4
European History SL 5 or above None WCIV 4
Extended Essay A or B WRT 160 WF 4
Film HL 4 or above None ART 4
Film SL 5 or above None ART 4
Further Mathematics SL 5 or above MTH 155, STA 225 and APM 263 FR 12
Geography HL 4 or above None GP 4
Geography SL 5 or above None GP 4
Global Politics HL 4 or above PS 114 SS or GP 4
Global Politics SL 5 or above PS 114 SS or GP 4
History SL 5 or above None WCIV 4
Information Technology in a Global Society HL 4 or above None SS 4
Information Technology in a Global Society SL 5 or above None SS 4
Islamic History HL 4 or above REL 101 GP 4
Islamic History SL 5 or above REL 101 GP 4
Language A2 or B HL 6 or above 214 & 215 LG 8
Language A2 or B HL 5 214 LG 4
Language A2 or B HL 4 114 LG 4
Language A2 or B SL 5 or above None LG 4
Language ab initio SL 5 or above None LG 4
Mathematics HL 5 or above MATH 154 and one of the following: STA 225 or MTH 155 FR 8
Mathematics HL 4 None FR 4
Music HL 5 or above MUS 100 ART 4
Music HL 4 None ART 4
Music SL 5 or above MUS 100 ART 4
Philosophy HL 4 or above None WCIV 4
Philosophy SL 5 or above None WCIV 4
Physics HL 5 or above PHY 151, 152 NSTN 10
Physics HL 4 PHY 101, 102 NSTN 10
Physics SL 5 or above None NSTN 4
Psychology HL 5 or above PSY 100 SS 8
Psychology HL 4 None SS 4
Psychology SL 5 or above None SS 4
Social and Cultural Anthropology HL 4 or above None SS 4
Social and Cultural Anthropology SL 5 or above None SS 4
Sports, Exercise & Health Science HL 4 or above None NSTN 4
Sports, Exercise & Health Science SL 5 or above None NSTN 4
Theatre HL 5 or above THA 100 ART 4
Theatre HL 4 None ART 4
Theatre SL 5 or above THA 100 ART 4
Visual Arts HL 4 or above None ART 4
Visual Arts SL 5 or above None ART 4
World Cultures HL 4 or above None NO 4
World Cultures SL 5 or above None NO 4
World Religions HL 4 or above REL 150 GP 4
World Religions SL 5 or above REL 150 GP 4


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