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.

Subject Score Test dependency Course Credit GURs
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)
AP Research 3+
  • General Electives: 3 credits
AP Seminar 3+
  • General Electives: 3 credits
Art History 3
  • Art electives (3 credits)
4+
  • Art History 210 (3 credits)
  • Art elective (1 credit)
  • Humanities
Biology 3+
  • Biology 101, 102 (8 credits)
  • Lab Science
Calculus AB 2
3
  • Math electives: 5 credits
  • Quantitative & Symbolic Reasoning
4
  • Math 124 (5 credits)
  • Quantitative & Symbolic Reasoning
5
  • Math 124, 125 (10 credits)
  • Quantitative & Symbolic Reasoning
Calculus BC (for exams taken Spring 2020 without AB subscore) 1
  • No credit
2-3
  • Math 124 (5 credits)
  • Quantitative & Symbolic Reasoning
4+
  • Math 124, 125 (10 credits)
  • Quantitative & Symbolic Reasoning
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 fulfillment dependent on AB subscore
2 With AB subscore of 3 or 4
  • Math 124 (5 credits)
  • Quantitative & Symbolic Reasoning
2 With AB subscore of 5
  • Math 124, 125 (10 credits)
  • Quantitative & Symbolic Reasoning
3 With AB subscore of 1–4
  • Math 124 (5 credits)
  • Quantitative & Symbolic Reasoning
3 With AB subscore of 5
  • Math 124, 125 (10 credits)
  • Quantitative & Symbolic Reasoning
Chemistry 3+
  • Chemistry 161, 162 (10 credits)
  • Lab Science
Chinese Language and Culture 3
  • Chinese 101: 5 credits
4+
  • Chinese 101, 102: 10 credits
Comparitive Government and Politics 3+
  • Political Science 291 (5 credits)
  • Social Sciences
Computer Science A 3+
  • Computer Science 141 (4 credits)
  • Quantitative & Symbolic Reasoning
Computer Science Principles 3+
  • General electives (3 credits)
Drawing 3
  • Art electives (4 credits)
4+
  • Art 110 (5 credits)
English Language and Composition 3
  • English electives (4 credits)
  • Humanities
4+
  • English electives (4 credits)
  • English 101 Communication Block A waived
  • Humanities
English Literature and Composition 3
  • English electives (4 credits)
  • Humanities
4+
  • English electives (4 credits)
  • English 101 Communication Block A waived
  • Humanities
Environmental Science 3+
  • Environmental Science 101 (3 credits)
  • Non-Lab Science
European History 4+
  • History 113 (5 credits)
  • Humanities
French Language and Culture 3
  • French 104 (5 credits)
4
  • French electives (10 credits)
  • Humanities
5
  • French electives (15 credits)
  • Humanities
German Language and Culture 3
  • German 101 (5 credits)
4+
  • German 101, 102 (10 credits)
Human Geography 3+
  • Environmental Studies 204 (4 credits)
  • Social Sciences
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)
Macroeconomics 3+
  • Economics 207 (4 credits)
  • Social Sciences
Microeconomics 3+
  • Economics 206 (4 credits)
  • Social Sciences
Music Theory 3+
  • Music electives (3 credits)
Physics 1 and 2: Algebra-Based 3+
  • Physics 114, 115, 116: 10 credits (lab) and 5 credits (non-lab)
  • Lab Science
  • Non-Lab Science
Physics 1: Algebra-Based 3+
  • Physics 114 (5 credits)
  • Non-Lab Science
Physics 2: Algebra-Based 3+
  • Physics 115 (5 credits)
  • Lab Science
Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism 3+
  • Physics 162 (5 credits)
  • Lab Science
Physics C: Mechanics 3+
  • Physics 161 (5 credits)
  • Lab Science
Psychology 3+
  • Psychology 101 (5 credits)
  • Social Sciences
Spanish 3
  • Spanish 104 (5 credits)
  • Communication Block B
4
  • Spanish electives (10 credits)
  • Humanities
5
  • Spanish electives (15 credits)
  • Humanities
Statistics 3+
  • Math 240 (4 credits)
  • Quantitative & Symbolic Reasoning
United States Government and Politics 3+
  • Political Science 250 (5 credits)
  • Social Sciences
United States History 4+
  • History elective (5 credits)
  • Humanities
World History: Modern 4+
  • History 123 (5 credits)
  • Humanities

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. 

Subject Score Course Credit GURs
Arabic (HL) 4+
  • Arabic 101, 102, 103 (15 credits)
  • Communication Block B
Art History (SL) 4+
  • Art History 210 (3 credits)
  • Art History elective (1 credit)
  • Humanities
Arts: Visual (HL) 4+
  • Art 110 (5 credits)
Arts: Visual (SL) 4
  • Art electives (4 credits)
5+
  • Art 110 (5 credits)
Biology (HL) 4+
  • Biology 101, 102 (8 credits Lab Science)
  • Biology electives (7 credits Non-Lab Science)
  • Lab Science
  • Non-Lab Science
Biology (SL) 4+
  • Biology 101, 102 (8 credits Lab Science)
  • Lab Science
Business Management (HL) 4+
  • Management electives (4 credits)
Chemistry (HL)
4–5
  • Chemistry 161 (5 credits)
  • Lab Science
6
  • Chemistry 161, 162 (10 credits)
  • Lab Science
7
  • Chemistry 161, 162, 163 (15 credits)
  • Lab Science
Chemistry (SL) 4+
  • Chemistry elective (3 credits)
Chinese A (HL)
  • No credit
Chinese B (HL) 4
  • Chinese 103, 201 (10 credits)
  • Chinese 202 (5 credits)
  • Communication Block B
  • Comparative, Gender, and Multicultural Studies Block A
5
  • Chinese 201 (5 credits)
  • Chinese 202, 203 (10 credits)
  • Communication Block B
  • Comparative, Gender, and Multicultural Studies Block A
6+
  • Chinese 301, 302, 303 (15 credits)
  • Comparative, Gender, and Multicultural Studies Block A
Chinese B (SL) 4-5
  • Chinese 103, 201 (10 credits)
  • Chinese 202 (5 credits)
  • Communication Block B
  • Comparative, Gender, and Multicultural Studies Block A
6+
  • Chinese 201 (5 credits)
  • Chinese 202, 203 (10 credits)
  • Communication Block B
  • Comparative, Gender, and Multicultural Studies Block A
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
Computer Science 4+
  • Computer Science elective (15 credits)
Dance (HL) 4+
  • Dance 231, 232, 242, 257, 342 (14 credits)
Dance (SL) 4+
  • Dance 231, 232 (6 credits)
Economics (HL) 4
  • Economics 101 (4 credits)
  • Social Sciences
5+
  • Economics 206 and 207 (10 credits)
  • Social Sciences
Economics (SL) 4+
  • Economics 101 (4 credits)
  • Social Sciences
English A (HL) 4+
  • English 101 (5 credits)
  • English electives (10 credits)
  • Communication Block A
  • Humanities
English Literature (SL) 4+
  • English electives (10 credits)
  • Humanities
Environmental Systems and Societies (SL) 4+
  • Environmental Science 101: 3 credits
  • Non-Lab Science
French A (HL)
  • No credit
French A (SL)
  • No credit
French AB (SL) 4-5
  • French 102 (5 credits)
6+
  • French 103 (5 credits)
  • Communication Block B
5
  • French 201 (5 credits)
  • French 202 (5 credits)
  • Communication Block B
  • Humanities
6+
  • French 201 (5 credits)
  • French 202, 203 (10 credits)
  • Communication Block B
  • Humanities
French B (HL) 4
  • French 201 (5 credits)
  • Communication Block B
French B (SL) 4-5
  • French 103 (5 credits)
  • Communication Block B
6+
  • French 201 (5 credits)
  • Communication Block B
Further Mathematics (HL) 4+
  • Contact Math Department for Advising
Geography (HL) 4+
  • Environmental Studies 204 (4 credits)
  • Social Sciences
Geography (SL) 4+
  • Environmental Studies 204 (4 credits)
  • Social Sciences
German AB (SL) 4-5
  • German 102 (5 credits)
6+
  • German 103 (5 credits)
  • Communication Block B
Germanics A (HL)
  • No credit
Germanics A (SL)
  • No credit
Germanics B (HL) 4
  • German 201 (5 credits)
  • Communication Block B
5
  • German 201 (5 credits)
  • German 202 (5 credits)
  • Communication Block B
  • Humanities
6+
  • German 201 (5 credits)
  • German 202, 203 (10 credits)
  • Communication Block B
  • Humanities
Germanics B (SL) 4-5
  • German 103 (5 credits)
  • Communication Block B
6+
  • German 201 (5 credits)
  • Communication Block B
Global Politics (HL) 4+
  • Political Science 101, 271 (10 credits Social Sciences), 390 (5 credits)
  • Social Sciences
Global Politics (SL) 4+
  • Political Science 101, 271 (6 credits Social Sciences), 390 (3 credits)
  • Social Sciences
History (SL)
  • No credit
History: European (HL) 4+
  • History elective (10 credits)
  • History elective (5 credits)
  • Humanities
  • Comparative, Gender, and Multicultural Studies Block B
History: The Americas (HL) 4+
  • History elective (10 credits)
  • History elective (5 credits)
  • Humanities
  • Comparative, Gender, and Multicultural Studies Block B
History: World (HL) 4+
  • History elective (10 credits)
  • History elective (5 credits)
  • Humanities
  • Comparative, Gender, and Multicultural Studies Block B
Italian A (HL)
  • No credit
Italian A (SL)
  • No credit
Italian B (HL) 5
  • Italian electives (5 credits)
6
  • Italian electives (5 credits)
  • Italian electives (5 credits)
  • Communication Block B
  • Humanities
7
  • Italian electives (5 credits)
  • Italian electives (10 credits)
  • Communication Block B
  • Humanities
Italian B (SL) 4+
  • Italian electives (10 credits)
Japanese A (HL)
  • No credit
Japanese A (SL)
  • No credit
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
Japanese B (HL) 4
  • Japanese 103, 201 (10 credits)
  • Japanese 202 (5 credits)
  • Communication Block B
  • Comparative, Gender, and Multicultural Studies Block A
5
  • Japanese 201 (5 credits)
  • Japanese 202, 203 (10 credits)
  • Communication Block B
  • Comparative, Gender, and Multicultural Studies Block A
6+
  • Japanese 301, 302, 303 (15 credits)
  • Comparative, Gender, and Multicultural Studies Block A
Japanese B (SL) 4-5
  • Japanese 103, 201 (10 credits)
  • Japanese 202 (5 credits)
  • Communication Block B
  • Comparative, Gender, and Multicultural Studies Block A
6+
  • Japanese 201 (5 credits)
  • Japanese 202, 203 (10 credits)
  • Communication Block B
  • Comparative, Gender, and Multicultural Studies Block A
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
Korean B (SL) 4+
  • General electives (15 credits)
Language and Literature (SL) 4+
  • English electives (10 credits)
  • Humanities
Latin (HL) 4
  • Latin 201 (5 credits)
  • Latin 202 (5 credits Humanities)
  • Communication Block B
  • Humanities
5+
  • Latin 201 (5 credits)
  • Latin 202, 203 (10 credits)
  • Communication Block B
  • Humanities
Latin (SL) 4+
  • Latin 201 (5 credits)
  • Communication Block B
Literature and Performance (SL) 4+
  • English electives (10 credits)
  • Humanities
Marine Science (SL) 4+
  • Environmental Science 204: 4 credits
  • Non-Lab Science
Mathematical Studies (SL) 5+
  • Math 112 (5 credits)
  • Quantitative & Symbolic Reasoning
Mathematics (HL) 4-5
  • Math 118 (5 credits)
  • Quantitative & Symbolic Reasoning
6+
  • Math 124 (5 credits)
  • Quantitative & Symbolic Reasoning
Mathematics (SL) 4-5
  • Math 112 (5 credits)
  • Quantitative & Symbolic Reasoning
6+
  • Math 118 (5 credits)
  • Quantitative & Symbolic Reasoning
Mathematics: analysis and approaches (HL) 4-5
  • Math 118 (5 credits)
  • Quantitative & Symbolic Reasoning
6+
  • Math 124 (5 credits)
  • Quantitative & Symbolic Reasoning
Mathematics: analysis and approaches (SL) 4+
  • Math 112 (5 credits)
  • Quantitative & Symbolic Reasoning
Mathematics: applications and interpretations (HL) 4-5
  • Math 112 (5 credits)
  • Quantitative & Symbolic Reasoning
6+
  • Math 118 (5 credits)
  • Quantitative & Symbolic Reasoning
Mathematics: applications and interpretations (SL) 5+
  • Math 112 (5 credits)
  • Quantitative & Symbolic Reasoning
Philosophy (HL) 4+
  • Philosophy electives (15 credits)
  • Humanities
Philosophy (SL) 4+
  • Philosophy electives (9 credits)
  • Humanities
Physics (HL) 4+
  • Physics 115, 116 (10 credits Lab Science)
  • Physics 114 (5 credits Non-Lab Science)
  • Lab Science
  • Non-Lab Science
Physics (SL) 4+
  • Physics 115 (5 credits Lab Science)
  • Physics 114 (5 credits Non-Lab Science)
  • Lab Science
  • Non-Lab Science
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
Portuguese B (SL) 4+
  • General electives (5 credits)
Psychology (HL) 4+
  • Psychology 101 (5 credits)
  • Social Sciences
Psychology (SL) 4+
  • Psychology 101 (5 credits)
  • Social Sciences
Russian A (HL)
  • No credit
Russian A (SL)
  • No credit
Russian AB (SL) 4-5
  • Russian 120 (5 credits)
  • Communication Block B
6+
  • Russian 201 (5 credits)
  • Communication Block B
5
  • Russian 201 (5 credits)
  • Communication Block B
6
  • Russian 201 (5 credits)
  • Russian 202 (5 credits)
  • Communication Block B
  • Humanities
7
  • Russian 201 (5 credits)
  • Russian 202, 203 (10 credits)
  • Communication Block B
  • Humanities
Russian B (HL) 4
  • Russian 120 (5 credits)
  • Communication Block B
Russian B (SL) 4-5
  • Russian 110 (5 credits)
6+
  • Russian 120 (5 credits)
  • Communication Block B
Spanish A (HL)
  • No credit
Spanish A (SL)
  • No credit
Spanish AB (SL)
4-5
  • Spanish 102 (5 credits)
6+
  • Spanish 103 (5 credits)
  • Communication Block B
Spanish B (HL) 4
  • Spanish 201 (5 credits)
5
  • Spanish 201 (5 credits)
  • Spanish 202 (5 credits Humanities)
  • Communication Block B
  • Humanities
6+
  • Spanish 201 (5 credits)
  • Spanish 202, 203 (10 credits Humanities)
  • Communication Block B
  • Humanities
Spanish B (SL) 4-5
  • Spanish 103 (5 credits)
  • Communication Block B
6+
  • Spanish 201 (5 credits)
  • Communication Block B
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
Swahili B (SL) 4+
  • General electives (5 credits)
Theatre (HL) 4+
  • Theatre 101, 160, 210, 228, 370 (15 credits)
Theatre (SL) 4+
  • Theatre 101, 160, 210 (9 credits)
World Religions (SL) 4+
  • Religion 332 (5 credits)
  • Humanities

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 Grade dependency Course Credit GURs
Accounting A
  • ACCT 240, 245, ACCT electives (15 credits)
AS
  • ACCT electives (7.5 credits)
Principles of Accounting A
  • ACCT 240, 245, ACCT electives (15 credits)
Principles of Accounting 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 A
  • 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 A or B
  • MATH 124, 125 (10 credits)
  • Quantitative & Symbolic Reasoning
A C or D
  • MATH 124 (5 credits)
  • Quantitative & Symbolic Reasoning
A lower than D
  • MATH electives (5 credits)
  • 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)
  • 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)