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Policies: Advanced Placement

Academic Policies and Procedures » Advanced Placement

The Advanced Placement program is administered by The College Board. The program consists of a series of college-level courses taught in selected high schools throughout the country. All are full-year courses, which culminate in the administration of a nationwide Advanced Placement Examination. Quality and standards are established by college faculty who serve as consultants in each program. The State University of New York's policy requires that a student achieving a score of 3, 4 or 5 on any Advanced Placement Test receive credit at its institutions.

If a student desires to take a course for which A.P. credit has been granted he/she may do so but will lose the A.P. credit that might have been given.

The following Advanced Placement subjects have been assigned equivalency at New Paltz:

Art History
For a score of 3, 4 or 5 in A.P. Art History, a student will be given 3 credits in Art of the Western World I (ARH201) and 3 credits in Art of the Western World II (ARH202).

Art Studio
For a score of 3, 4 or 5 a student will be given six elective credits in Art Studio (ARS193). Three credits of ARS193 will satisfy GE ART.  At the discretion of the Art Studio Chair, all six may be applied to the studio elective requirement for Art Studio and/or Visual Art Education majors.

Biology
For a score of 3, the student receives 3 elective credits in Biology (BIO293). For a 4 or 5 in A.P. Biology, a student will be given 4 credits in General Biology I (BIO202 and BIO212).

Chemistry
For a score of 3, the student receives 3 elective credits in Chemistry (CHE293). For a score of 4 the student receives 4 credits in General Chemistry I (CHE201 and CHE211). For a score of 5 the student receives 4 credits in General Chemistry I (CHE201 an CHE211) and 4 credits in General Chemistry II (CHE202 and CHE212). Students whose degree programs require General Chemistry should contact the Chemistry Chair as soon as possible.

Comparative Government and Politics
For a score of 3 the student receives 3 elective credits in Political Science (POL293).  For a score of 4 or 5 the student receives 4 credits for Intro to Comparative Politics (POL229).  Elective credits in Political Science not taken at New Paltz may or may not be counted for credit in the Political Science major or  minor.  Determination of credit towards the major or minor is at the discretion of the chair. 

Computer Science
For a score of 3, 4 or 5 the student receives 4 credits, to be recorded as CPS210 (Foundations). The student may register for CPS310 (Data Structures).

English
For a score of 3, 4 or 5 in A.P. English Language & Composition or English Literature & Composition a student will receive 3 credits in Composition I (ENG160). Students who take both exams and earn scores of 4 or 5 on both should contact the Office of Undergraduate Admission to receive credit for ENG193 or ENG293 for the second exam.

European History
For a score of 3 in A.P. European History, a student will receive 4 credits for Modern Europe (HIS214). For a score of 4 or 5, a student will receive seven credits, 4 for HIS214 and 3 for 20th-Century Europe (HIS353).

Environmental Science
For a score of 3 in A.P. Environmental Science, the student receives 4 credits in Weather and Environment (GLG120). For a score of 4 or 5 the student receives 4 credits in Weather and Environment (GLG120) and 4 credits in Environmental Geology (GLG205). Students whose degree programs require these courses should contact the chair of the Department of Geology as soon as possible.

Foreign Language
A.P. Language 3 or 4:
  Three (3) credits for Composition/Conversation I in all languages, currently French, German, Italian, Japanese and Spanish, in most cases 301.

A.P. Language 5:  Six (6) credits for Composition/Conversation I and II for all languages: French (FRN 301/302); German (GER311/312); Spanish (SPA301/361), Italian (ITA) and Japanese (JPN) 301 and 393.       

A.P. Literature 3, 4, 5:  French exams yield four (4) credits for French (FRN) 313.  Spanish exams yield four (4) credits, but student must consult with the chair of Department of Languages, Literatures & Cultures to assign credits to 375 (if course is predominately Peninsular literature) or 376 (if predominately Latin American literature). 

Geography
For a score of 3, 4 or 5 on the A.P. Geography exam, the student receives 3 credits in Environment and Culture (GEO274).

Microeconomics
For a score of 3, 4 or 5 in A.P. Microeconomics a student will receive 3 credits for Microeconomics (ECO206) and has met this requirement for the major.

Macroeconomics
For a score of 3, 4 or 5 in A.P. Macroeconomics a student will receive 3 credits for Macroeconomics (ECO207) and has met this requirement for the major.

Mathematics
For a score of 3 on the AB form of the Mathematics-Calculus examination, the student receives 4 credits, to be recorded as MAT181 (Precalculus). For a score of 4 or 5, the student receives 4 credits for MAT251 (Calculus I). For the BC Form, a score of 3 yields 4 credits for MAT251 (by advisement a student may register for Calculus II); a score of 4 or 5 yields 8 credits for MAT251 and MAT252 (Calculus I and II).

Music Theory
Any student requesting credit for A.P. Music Theory is required to take the Music Department's theory placement test.  If the student places into Theory 2 he/she would receive three credits for Theory 1.

Physics
For a score of 3 or 4 the student receives 3 elective credits in Physics (PHY293).

For a score 5 in A.P. Physics B, the student will receive 4 credits for Fundamental Physics I (PHY221 and PHY211) and 4 credits for Fundamental Physics II (PHY222 and PHY232).

For a score of 5 in Physics C (Mechanics) the student receives 4 credits for General Physics I (PHY201 and PHY211).

For a score of 5 in Physics C (Electricity and Magnetism) the student receives 4 credits for General Physics II (PHY202 and PHY212).

Psychology
For a score of 3, 4 or 5 in A.P Psychology, a student will receive 3 credits for General Psychology (PSY272) and has met this requirement for the major.

Statistics
For a score of 3, 4 or 5 in A.P. Statistics, a student will be given 3 credits in Introduction to Statistics (MAT241). 

United States Government and Politics
For a score of 3 the student receives 3 elective credits in Political Science (POL193).  For a score of 4 or 5 the student receives 4 credits for American Government and Politics (POL216).  Elective credits in Political Science not taken at New Paltz may or may not be counted for credit in the Political Science major or minor.  Determination of credit towards the major or minor is at the discretion of the chair.   

United States History
For a score of 3 in A.P. United States History, a student will receive 4 credits in either U.S. History to 1865 (HIS221) or U.S. History Since 1865 (HIS222).  For a score of 4 or 5, a student will receive 4 credits for HIS221 and 4 credits for HIS222.

World History
For a score of 3 or higher in A.P. World History a student will earn 4 credits in Ancient World (HIS200).

Note: Students who receive a 3 or better on an A.P. exam not included in the above list, should see the chair of the relevant department for credit and course equivalents.