AP, IB, and Cambridge International Credit

Western Washington University Policies

Western will grant up to a maximum of 45 credits for any combination of credit by examination, Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and Cambridge International examinations. Students must send official documentation in the form of a transcript or score report before credit will be awarded. 

Advanced Placement (AP)

Western generally grants credit for College Board Advanced Placement (AP) exams completed with a score of three (3) or higher, according to the following equivalency chart. Credits are granted upon receipt of official scores (AP Transcript) from the College Board. Tests no longer offered by the College Board are not included on the chart below, but will be granted credit for a score of three (3) or higher; contact the Office of Admissions for more information.

If you did not request a copy of your scores be sent to Western at the time of your examination(s), you will need to order your score report from the College Board. Western's AP code is 4947. To contact AP Services by phone, call (888) 225-5427.

AP Credit Table

AP Capstone

Subject
Score
Credit or higher placement

AP Research

3+

General Electives: 3 credits

AP Seminar

3+

General Electives: 3 credits

Arts

Subject
Score
Credit or higher placement

Art History

3

Art History 210 (3 credits) + Art elective (1 credit)

Humanities GUR

4+

Art History 210 (3 credits) + Art elective (1 credit)

Humanities GUR

Music Theory

3+

Music electives (3 credits)

2-D Art and Design

3

Art electives (4 credits)

4+

Art 120 (5 credits)

3-D Art and Design

3

Art electives (4 credits)

4+

Art 230 (5 credits)

Drawing

3

Art electives (4 credits)

4+

Art 110 (5 credits)

English

Subject
Score
Credit or higher placement

English Language and Composition

English Literature and Composition

3

English electives: 4 credits

Humanities GUR

4+

English electives: 4 credits

Humanities GUR

English 101 Communication Block A waived

History & Social Science

Subject
Score
Credit or higher placement

Comparative Government and Politics

3+

Political Science 291: 5 credits

Social Sciences GUR

European History

4+

History 113: 5 credits

Humanities GUR

Human Geography

3+

Environmental Studies 204 (4 credits)

Social Sciences GUR

Macroeconomics

3+

Economics 207 (4 credits)

Social Sciences GUR

Microeconomics

3+

Economics 206 (4 credits)

Social Sciences GUR

Psychology

3+

Psychology 101 (5 credits)

Social Sciences GUR

United States Government and Politics

3+

Political Science 250 (5 credits)

Social Sciences GUR

United States History

4+

History Elective (5 credits)

Humanities GUR

World History: Modern

4+

History 123 (5 credits)

Humanities GUR

Math & Computer Science

Subject
Score
Credit or higher placement

Calculus AB

2

Registration eligibility for Math 118, 124, or 157

3

Math electives: 5 credits

Registration eligibility for Math 118 or 124 (contact math adviser)

Quantitative & Symbolic Reasoning GUR

4

Math 124 (5 credits)

Registration eligibility for Math 125, 134, or 138 (contact math adviser)

Quantitative & Symbolic Reasoning GUR

5

Math 124, 125 (10 credits)

Registration eligibility for Math 134, 138, or 224 (contact math adviser)

Quantitative & Symbolic Reasoning GUR

Calculus BC
for exams taken Spring 2020 without AB subscore

1

No credit

2–3

Math 124 (5 credits)

Registration eligibility for Math 125 or 138 (contact math adviser)

Quantitative & Symbolic Reasoning GUR

4+

Math 124, 125 (10 credits)

Registration eligibility for Math 139 or 224 (contact math adviser)

Quantitative & Symbolic Reasoning GUR

Calculus BC

1

Credit/placement based on AB subscore

2

With AB subscore of 1 or 2:
Credit/placement based on AB subscore; reference AB Exam above

QSR GUR fulfillment dependent on AB subscore


With AB subscore of 3 or 4:
Math 124 (5 credits); registration eligibility for Math 125 or 138 (contact math adviser)

Quantitative & Symbolic Reasoning GUR


With AB subscore of 5:
Math 124, 125 (10 credits); registration eligibility for Math 138 or 224 (contact math adviser)

Quantitative & Symbolic Reasoning GUR

3

With AB subscore of 1–4:
Math 124 (5 credits); registration eligibility for Math 125 or 138 (contact math adviser)

Quantitative & Symbolic Reasoning GUR


With AB subscore of 5:
Math 124, 125 (10 credits); registration eligibility for Math 138 (contact math adviser)

Quantitative & Symbolic Reasoning GUR

4+

Math 124, 125 (10 credits)

Registration eligibility for Math 138 or 224 (contact math adviser)

Quantitative & Symbolic Reasoning GUR

Computer Science A

3+

Computer Science 141: 4 credits

Quantitative & Symbolic Reasoning GUR

Computer Science Principles

3+

General electives: 3 credits

Statistics

3+

Math 240 (4 credits)

Quantitative & Symbolic Reasoning GUR

Sciences

Subject
Score
Credit or higher placement

Biology

3+

Biology 101, 102: 8 credits

Lab Science GUR

Chemistry

3+

Chemistry 161, 162 (10 credits)

Lab Science GUR

Environmental Science

3+

Environmental Science 101: 3 credits

Non-Lab Science GUR

Physics 1: Algebra-Based

3+

Physics 114 (5 credits)

Non-Lab Science GUR

Physics 2: Algebra-Based

3+

Physics 115 (5 credits)

Lab Science GUR

Physics 1 and 2: Algebra-Based

3+

Physics 114, 115, 116: 10 credits (lab) and 5 credits (non-lab)

Lab Science GUR
Non-Lab Science GUR

Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism

3+

Physics 162 (5 credits)

Lab Science GUR

Physics C: Mechanics

3+

Physics 161 (5 credits)

Lab Science GUR

World Languages & Cultures

Subject
Score
Credit or higher placement

Chinese Language and Culture

3

Chinese 101: 5 credits

4+

Chinese 101, 102: 10 credits

French Language and Culture

3

French 104 (5 credits)

4

French electives (10 credits)

Humanities GUR

5

French electives (15 credits)

Humanities GUR

German Language and Culture

3

German 101 (5 credits)

4+

German 101, 102 (10 credits)

Italian Language and Culture

3

Italian 101 (5 credits)

4+

Italian 101, 102 (10 credits)

Japanese Language and Culture

3

Japanese 101 (5 credits)

4+

Japanese 101, 102 (10 credits)

Spanish

3

Spanish 104 (5 credits)

Communication Block B GUR

4

Spanish electives (10 credits)

Humanities GUR

5

Spanish electives (15 credits)

Humanities GUR

International Baccalaureate (IB)

Western will grant up to 15 credits for each approved standard level and higher level International Baccalaureate subject examination passed.

To earn credit, students must have an official Transcript of Grades sent directly from International Baccalaureate to Western's Office of Admissions. Students who have passed exams in subjects not listed will need to consult with the Office of Admissions. Such exams will be considered on an individual basis.

To request a transcript, email transcripts.ibna@ibo.org. 

IB Credit Table

Business and Economics

Subject
Score
Credit or higher placement
Business Management (HL)

4+

Management electives (4 credits)

Economics (HL)

4

Economics 101 (4 credits)

Social Sciences GUR
 

5+

Economics 206 and 207 (10 credits)

Social Sciences GUR
 Economics (SL)

4+

Economics 101 (4 credits)

Social Sciences GUR

Computer Science and Mathematics

Subject
Score
Credit or higher placement

Computer Science

4+

Computer Science elective (15 credits)

Mathematics (HL)

4-5

Math 118 (5 credits)

Quantitative & Symbolic Reasoning GUR
 

6+

Math 124 (5 credits)

Registration eligibility for Math 138

Quantitative & Symbolic Reasoning GUR

Further Mathematics (HL)

4+

Contact Math Department for Advising

Mathematics (SL)

4-5

Math 112 (5 credits)

Quantitative & Symbolic Reasoning GUR
 

6+

Math 118 (5 credits)

Quantitative & Symbolic Reasoning GUR

Mathematical Studies (SL)

5+

Math 112 (5 credits)

Quantitative & Symbolic Reasoning GUR

English

Subject
Score
Credit or higher placement

English A (HL)

4+

English 101 (5 credits)

Communication Block A GUR

English electives (10 credits)

Humanities GUR

Language and Literature (SL)

4+

English electives (10 credits)

Humanities GUR

English Literature (SL)

4+

English electives (10 credits)

Humanities GUR

Literature and Performance (SL)

4+

English electives (10 credits)

Humanities GUR

Humanities

Subject
Score
Credit or higher placement
Geography (HL)

4+

Environmental Studies 204 (4 credits)

Social Sciences GUR
Geography (SL)

4+

Environmental Studies 204 (4 credits)

Social Sciences GUR
Global Politics (HL)

4+

Political Science 101, 271 (10 credits Social Sciences), 390 (5 credits)

Social Sciences GUR
Global Politics (SL)

4+

Political Science 101, 271 (6 credits Social Sciences), 390 (3 credits)

Social Sciences GUR
History: The Americas (HL)

4+

History elective (10 credits)

Humanities GUR

History elective (5 credits)

Comparative, Gender, and Multicultural Studies Block B GUR
History: European (HL)

4+

History elective (10 credits)

Humanities GUR

History elective (5 credits)

Comparative, Gender, and Multicultural Studies Block A GUR
History: World (HL)

4+

History elective (10 credits)

Humanities GUR

History elective (5 credits)

Comparative, Gender, and Multicultural Studies Block A GUR

History (SL)

No credit

Philosophy (HL)

4+

Philosophy electives (15 credits)

Humanities GUR
Philosophy (SL)

4+

Philosophy electives (9 credits)

Humanities GUR
Psychology (HL)

4+

Psychology 101 (5 credits)

Social Sciences GUR
Psychology (SL)

4+

Psychology 101 (5 credits)

Social Sciences GUR
World Religions (SL)

4+

Religion 332 (5 credits)

Humanities GUR

Sciences

Subject
Score
Credit or higher placement
Biology (HL)

4+

Biology 101, 102 (8 credits Lab Science)

Lab Science GUR

Biology electives (7 credits Non Lab Science)

Non Lab Science GUR
Biology (SL)

4+

Biology 101, 102 (8 credits Lab Science)

Lab Science GUR
Chemistry (HL)

4–5

Chemistry 161 (5 credits)

Lab Science GUR
 

6

Chemistry 161, 162 (10 credits)

Lab Science GUR
 

7

Chemistry 161, 162, 163 (15 credits)

Lab Science GUR
Chemistry (SL)

4+

Chemistry elective (3 credits)

Environmental Systems and Societies (SL)

4+

Environmental Science 101: 3 credits

Non Lab Science GUR
Marine Science (SL)

4+

Environmental Science 204: 4 credits

Non Lab Science GUR
Physics (HL)

4+

Physics 115, 116 (10 credits Lab Science)

Lab Science GUR

Physics 114 (5 credits Non-Lab Science)

Non Lab Science GUR
Physics (SL)

4+

Physics 115 (5 credits Lab Science)

Lab Science GUR

Physics 114 (5 credits Non-Lab Science)

Non Lab Science GUR

Visual and Performing Arts

Subject
Score
Credit or higher placement

Art History (SL)

4+

Art History 210 (3 credits), Art History elective (1 credit)

Humanities GUR

Arts: Visual (HL)

4+

Art 110 (5 credits)

Arts: Visual (SL)

4

Art electives (4 credits)

 

5+

Art 110 (5 credits)

Dance (HL)

4+

Dance 231, 232, 242, 257, 342 (14 credits)

Dance (SL)

4+

Dance 231, 232 (6 credits)

Theatre (HL)

4+

Theatre 101, 160, 210, 228, 370 (15 credits)

Theatre (SL)

4+

Theatre 101, 160, 210 (9 credits)

World Languages

Subject
Score
Credit or higher placement
Arabic (HL)

4+

Arabic 101, 102, 103 (15 credits)

Communication Block B GUR
Chinese A (HL)

No credit

Chinese B (HL)

4

Chinese 103, 201 (10 credits)

Communication Block B GUR

Chinese 202 (5 credits)

Comparative, Gender, and Multicultural Studies Block A GUR
 

5

Chinese 201 (5 credits)

Communication Block B GUR

Chinese 202, 203 (10 credits)

Comparative, Gender, and Multicultural Studies Block A GUR
 

6+

Chinese 301, 302, 303 (15 credits)

Comparative, Gender, and Multicultural Studies Block A GUR
Chinese B (SL)

4-5

Chinese 103, 201 (10 credits)

Communication Block B GUR

Chinese 202 (5 credits)

Comparative, Gender, and Multicultural Studies Block A GUR
 

6+

Chinese 201 (5 credits)

Communication Block B GUR

Chinese 202, 203 (10 credits)

Comparative, Gender, and Multicultural Studies Block A GUR
Chinese, Mandarin AB (SL)

4

Chinese 101 (5 credits)

 

5

Chinese 101, 102 (10 credits)

 

6+

Chinese 101, 102, (10 credits)

 

Chinese 103 (5 credits)

Communication Block B GUR
French A (HL)

No credit

French A (SL)

No credit

French B (HL)

4

French 201 (5 credits)

Communication Block B GUR
 

5

French 201 (5 credits)

Communication Block B GUR

French 202 (5 credits)

Humanities GUR
 

6+

French 201 (5 credits)

Communication Block B GUR

French 202, 203 (10 credits)

Humanities GUR
French B (SL)

4-5

French 103 (5 credits)

Communication Block B GUR
 

6+

French 201 (5 credits)

Communication Block B GUR
French AB (SL)

4-5

French 102 (5 credits)

 

6+

French 103 (5 credits)

Communication Block B GUR
Germanics A (HL)

No credit

Germanics A (SL)

No credit

Germanics B (HL)

4

German 201 (5 credits)

Communication Block B GUR
 

5

German 201 (5 credits)

Communication Block B GUR

German 202 (5 credits)

Humanities GUR
 

6+

German 201 (5 credits)

Communication Block B GUR

German 202, 203 (10 credits)

Humanities GUR
Germanics B (SL)

4-5

German 103 (5 credits)

Communication Block B GUR
 

6+

German 201 (5 credits)

Communication Block B GUR
German AB (SL)

4-5

German 102 (5 credits)

 

6+

German 103 (5 credits)

Communication Block B GUR
Italian A (HL)

No credit

Italian A (SL)

No credit

Italian B (HL)

5

Italian electives (5 credits)

 

6

Italian electives (5 credits)

Communication Block B GUR

Italian electives (5 credits)

Humanities GUR
 

7

Italian electives (5 credits)

Communication Block B GUR

Italian electives (10 credits)

Humanities GUR

Italian B (SL)

4+

Italian electives (10 credits)

Japanese A (HL)

No credit

Japanese A (SL)

No credit

Japanese B (HL)

4

Japanese 103, 201 (10 credits)

Communication Block B GUR

Japanese 202 (5 credits)

Comparative, Gender, and Multicultural Studies Block A GUR
 

5

Japanese 201 (5 credits)

Communication Block B GUR

Japanese 202, 203 (10 credits)

Comparative, Gender, and Multicultural Studies Block A GUR
 

6+

Japanese 301, 302, 303 (15 credits)

Comparative, Gender, and Multicultural Studies Block A GUR
Japanese B (SL)

4-5

Japanese 103, 201 (10 credits)

Communication Block B GUR

Japanese 202 (5 credits)

Comparative, Gender, and Multicultural Studies Block A GUR
 

6+

Japanese 201 (5 credits)

Communication Block B GUR

Japanese 202, 203 (10 credits)

Comparative, Gender, and Multicultural Studies Block A GUR
Japanese AB (SL)

4

Japanese 101 (5 credits)

 

5

Japanese 101, 102 (10 credits)

 

6+

Japanese 101, 102, (10 credits)

 

Japanese 103 (5 credits)

Communication Block B GUR
Korean A (HL)

No credit

Korean A (SL)

No credit

Korean B (HL)

4-5

General electives (15 credits)

 
 

6+

General electives (10 credits)

 

General electives (5 credits)

Communication Block B GUR
Korean B (SL)

4+

General electives (15 credits)

Latin (HL)

4

Latin 201 (5 credits)

Communication Block B GUR

Latin 202 (5 credits Humanities)

Humanities GUR
 

5+

Latin 201 (5 credits)

Communication Block B GUR

Latin 202, 203 (10 credits)

Humanities GUR
Latin (SL)

4+

Latin 201 (5 credits)

Communication Block B GUR
Portuguese B (HL)

4

General electives (5 credits)

 

5

General electives (10 credits)

 

6+

General electives (10 credits)

 

General electives (5 credits)

Communication Block B GUR
Portuguese B (SL)

4+

General electives (5 credits)

Russian A (HL)

No credit

Russian A (SL)

No credit

Russian B (HL)

4

Russian 120 (5 credits)

Communication Block B GUR
 

5

Russian 201 (5 credits)

Communication Block B GUR
 

6

Russian 201 (5 credits)

Communication Block B GUR

Russian 202 (5 credits)

Humanities GUR
 

7

Russian 201 (5 credits)

Communication Block B GUR

Russian 202, 203 (10 credits)

Humanities GUR
Russian B (SL)

4-5

Russian 110 (5 credits)

 

6+

Russian 120 (5 credits)

Communication Block B GUR
Russian AB (SL)

4-5

Russian 120 (5 credits)

Communication Block B GUR
 

6+

Russian 201 (5 credits)

Communication Block B GUR
Spanish A (HL)

No credit

Spanish A (SL)

No credit

Spanish B (HL)

4

Spanish 201 (5 credits)

Communication Block B GUR
 

5

Spanish 201 (5 credits)

Communication Block B GUR

Spanish 202 (5 credits Humanities)

Humanities GUR
 

6+

Spanish 201 (5 credits)

Communication Block B GUR

Spanish 202, 203 (10 credits Humanities)

Humanities GUR
Spanish B (SL)

4-5

Spanish 103 (5 credits)

Communication Block B GUR
 

6+

Spanish 201 (5 credits)

Communication Block B GUR
Spanish AB (SL)

4-5

Spanish 102 (5 credits)

 

6+

Spanish 103 (5 credits)

Communication Block B GUR
Swahili A (HL)

No credit

Swahili A (SL)

No credit

Swahili B (HL)

4-5

General electives (5 credits)

 

6+

General electives (10 credits)

 

7

 

General electives (10 credits)

 

General electives (5 credits)

Communication Block B GUR
Swahili B (SL)

4+

General electives (5 credits)

Cambridge International Exams

Western Washington University will generally grant 15 credits for approved A-level examinations and 7.5 credits for approved AS-level examinations with passing grades of A-E, subject to the 45 credit maximum. Approved exams will be given a Satisfactory, "S", grade. Credit will not be granted for both an A-level and an AS-level exam in the same subject area. Some exams may also apply to GUR. Students should submit official results of the Cambridge International Exams to the Office of Admissions for determination of transfer credit. If your exams were completed within the U.S., please complete the Cambridge Examination Results Transcript Request Form [pdf] to request scores. For exams completed outside the U.S., visit the Results Services website to request scores. 

Subject Level Courses and Credits GURs
Accounting A
  • ACCT 240, 245 + ACCT electives (15 credits)
AS
  • ACCT electives (7.5 credits)
Accounting, Principles of A
  • ACCT 240, 245 + ACCT electives (15 credits)
Arabic A
  • ARAB electives (15 credits)
Arabic - Language AS
  • ARAB electives (15 credits)
Art & Design A
  • ART 110, 120 + ART electives (15 credits)
AS
  • ART 120 + ART electives (7.5 credits)
Biology A
  • BIOL 204, 205 + BIOL electives (15 credits)
  • Lab Science
AS
  • BIOL 204 + BIOL electives (7.5 credits)
  • Lab Science
Business A
  • MGMT electives (15 credits)
AS
  • MGMT electives (7.5 credits)
Chemistry A
  • CHEM 161, 162, 163 (15 credits)
  • Lab Science
AS
  • CHEM electives (7.5 credits)
  • Lab Science
Chinese A
  • CHIN 201, 202, 203 (15 credits)
  • Communication Block B
  • Comparative, Gender, and Multicultural Studies Block A
Chinese - Language AS
  • CHIN 201 + CHIN electives (7.5 credits)
  • Communication Block B
Classical Studies A
  • CLST electives (15 credits)
  • Humanities
AS
  • CLST electives (7.5 credits)
  • Humanities
Computer Science
  • CSCI 101, CSCI 120 + CSCI electives (15 credits)
AS
  • CSCI 120 + CSCI electives (7.5 credits)
Digital Media and Design A
  • DSGN electives (15 credits)
  • Humanities
AS
  • DSGN electives (7.5 credits)
  • Humanities
Drama A
  • THTR electives (15 credits)
  • Humanities
Economics A
  • ECON electives (15 credits)
  • Social Sciences
AS
  • ECON electives (7.5 credits)
  • Social Sciences
English - Language A
  • ENGL electives (15 credits)
  • Humanities
AS
  • ENGL electives (7.5 credits)
  • Humanities
English - Language and Literature AS
  • ENGL electives (7.5 credits)
  • Humanities
English - Literature A
  • ENGL electives (15 credits)
  • Humanities
AS
  • ENGL electives (7.5 credits)
  • Humanities
English General Paper AS
  • ENGL electives (7.5 credits)
Environmental Management AS
  • ENVS electives (7.5 credits)
  • Social Sciences
French A
  • FREN 201, 202, 203 (15 credits)
  • Communication Block B
  • Humanities
French - Language AS
  • FREN 201 + FREN electives (7.5 credits)
  • Communication Block B
Geography A
  • ENVS electives (15 credits)
  • Non-Lab Science
  • Social Sciences
AS
  • ENVS electives (7.5 credits)
  • Social Sciences
German A
  • GERM 201, 202, 203 (15 credits)
  • Communication Block B
  • Humanities
German - Language A
  • GERM 201 + GERM electives (7.5 credits)
  • Communication Block B
Global Perspectives and Research A
  • INTL electives (15 credits)
AS
  • INTL electives (7.5 credits)
History A
  • HIST electives (15 credits)
  • Humanities
AS
  • HIST electives (7.5 credits)
  • Humanities
Islamic Studies A
  • General electives (15 credits)
Japanese - Language AS
  • JAPN 201 + JAPN electives (7.5 credits)
  • Communication Block B
Marine Science A
  • ESCI 204 + ESCI electives (15 credits)
  • Non-Lab Science
AS
  • ESCI 204 + ESCI electives (7.5 credits)
  • Non-Lab Science
Mathematics A
  • If grade is A or B: MATH 124, 125 (10 credits)
  • Eligibility for Math 134, 138 or 224 (contact math advisor)
  • Quantitative & Symbolic Reasoning
A
  • If grade is C or D: MATH 124 (5 credits)
  • Eligibility for Math 125, 134 or 138 (contact math advisor)
  • Quantitative & Symbolic Reasoning
A
  • If grade lower than D: MATH electives (5 credits)
  • Eligibility for Math 118 or 124 (contact math advisor)
  • Quantitative & Symbolic Reasoning
AS
  • MATH electives (5 credits)
  • Quantitative & Symbolic Reasoning
Mathematics - Further A
  • MATH 124, 125 + 204 + MATH electives (20 credits)
  • Quantitative & Symbolic Reasoning
AS
  • MATH 124, 125 and MATH electives (15 credits)
  • Eligibility for Math 134, 138 or 224 (contact math advisor)
  • Quantitative & Symbolic Reasoning
Media Studies A
  • General electives (15 credits)
AS
  • General electives (7.5 credits)
Music A
  • MUS electives (15 credits)
AS
  • MUS electives (7.5 credits)
Physical Education A
  • PE electives (15 credits)
AS
  • PE electives (7.5 credits)
Physics A
  • PHYS 161, 162 + PHYS electives (15 credits)
  • Lab Science
AS
  • PHYS 101 + PHYS electives (7.5 credits)
  • Lab Science
Portuguese A
  • PORT electives (15 credits)
Portuguese - Language AS
  • PORT electives (7.5 credits)
Psychology A
  • PSYCH 101 + PSYCH electives (15 credits)
  • Social Sciences
AS
  • PSYCH electives (7.5 credits)
  • Social Sciences
Sociology A
  • SOC electives (15 credits)
  • Social Sciences
AS
  • SOC electives (7.5 credits)
  • Social Sciences
Spanish A
  • SPAN 101, 102, 103 (15 credits)
  • Communication Block B
Spanish - Language AS
  • SPAN 101 + SPAN electives (7.5 credits)
Spanish - Literature AS
  • SPAN Elective (7.5 credits)
  • Comparative, Gender, and Multicultural Studies Block B
Thinking Skills A
  • PHIL electives (15 credits)
AS
  • PHIL electives (7.5 credits)