AP, IB, and Cambridge International Credit

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.

Advanced Placement

Western grants credit for College Board Advanced Placement (AP) exams completed with a score of three (3) or higher. Credits are granted upon receipt of official scores (AP Transcript) from the College Board according to the following equivalency chart. 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.

NOTE: Unless otherwise indicated, credit awarded is considered elective, contributing to the total number of credits required for graduation (180 quarter credits). For more information on General University Requirements (GUR), see Western's GUR worksheet [pdf].

Department Subject Examination Minimum Score WWU Courses - GUR
(# of credits)
Art Studio Art: Drawing 3 Art electives
(4 credits)
Studio Art: 2D or 3D Design 3 Art electives
(4 credits)
Art History 3 Art electives - Humanities GUR
(4 credits)
Biology Biology 3 Biology 101, 102 - Lab Science GUR
(8 credits)
Chemistry Chemistry 3 Chemistry 121, 122 - Lab Science GUR
(10 credits)
Computer Science Computer Science A/AB 3 Computer Science 141 - Quantitative & Symbolic Reasoning (Math) GUR
(4 credits)
Economics Microeconomics 3 Economics 206 - Social Sciences GUR
(4 credits)
Macroeconomics 3 Economics 207 - Social Sciences GUR
(4 credits)
English English Literature & Composition 3 English electives - Humanities GUR
(4 credits)
English Literature & Composition 4 English electives - Humanities GUR
(4 credits) and
English 101 Communication Block A waived
English Language & Composition 3 English electives - Humanities GUR
(4 credits)
English Language & Composition 4 English electives - Humanities GUR
(4 credits) and
English 101 Communication Block A waived
Environmental Science Environmental Science 3 Environmental Science 101 - Non-Lab Science GUR
(3 credits)
Geography Human Geography 3 Environmental Studies 204 - Social Sciences GUR
(4 credits)
History U.S. History 3 History 103, 104 - Humanities GUR
(10 credits)
European History 3 History 113 - Humanities GUR
(5 credits)
World History 3 History electives - Humanities GUR
(5 credits)
Mathematics Calculus AB or BC* 3 Math electives - Quantitative & Symbolic Reasoning (Math) GUR
(5 credits)
Statistics 3 Math 240 - Quantitative & Symbolic Reasoning (Math) GUR
(4 credits)
*Students may receive credit for either AB or BC, but not both unless recommended by Mathematics Department after placement
Languages Language or Literature exam in Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Spanish* 3 101
(5 credits)
Same as above, minus Italian* 4 101, 102
(10 credits)
Italian Language & Culture 4 101 (5 credits) and
electives (5 credits)
*Students may receive credit for either language or literature, but not both
Music Music Theory 3 Music electives
(3 credits)
Physics Physics B 3 Physics 114 - Non-Lab Science GUR
(5 credits)
Physics C: Mechanics 3 Physics 161 - Lab Science GUR
(5 credits)
Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism 3 Physics 162 - Lab Science GUR
(5 credits)
Political Science U.S. Government & Politics 3 Political Science 250 - Social Sciences GUR
(5 credits)
Comparative Government & Politics 3 Political Science 291 - Social Sciences GUR
(5 credits)
Psychology Psychology 3 Psychology 101 - Social Sciences GUR
(5 credits)

International Baccalaureate

Western Washington University will grant credit for appropriate higher level International Baccalaureate (IB) subject examinations passed with a score of four (4) or above according to the chart below. A student may earn up to 15 credits per exam for a maximum of 45 total credits. Higher level subject exams may earn a student General University Requirement (GUR) credit or elective credit, according to the following chart. Not all subject exams earn credit. The departments of Art and Modern and Classical Language do not grant credit for IB exams, but may use the exam results for purposes of program placement and/or course waivers. Students who have passed higher level exams in subjects not listed on the chart will need to consult with the Registrar's Office, such exams will be considered on an individual basis to determine eligibility for elective or GUR credit.

To earn credit, students must have an official Transcript of Grades sent directly from International Baccalaureate to Western's Office of Admissions. Email transcripts.ibna@ibo.org and provide your name, birthdate or candidate reference number, high school, and the year the exams were taken, and ask that your scores be sent directly to Western's Office of Admissions.

Subject Exam Score WWU Credits
Biology 4 or higher

BIOL 101 - Lab Science (4 credits) and
BIOL elective (11 credits) Satisfies Natural Science GUR

Chemistry 4 or higher

CHEM elective (15 credits)
Satisfies Natural Science GUR

Economics

4 or higher

ECON elective (10 credits) Social Science GUR and
ECON elective (5 credits)

English

4 or higher

ENG 101 - Communication Block A GUR (5 credits) and
ENG elective Humanities GUR (10 credits)

Geography

4 or higher

ENVS elective (5 credits) Natural Science non-lab GUR and
ENVS elective (10 credits) Social Science GUR

History
The Americas

4 or higher

HIST elective (10 credits) Humanities GUR and
HIST elective (5 credits) CGM Block B GUR

History
European

4 or higher

HIST elective (10 credits) Humanities GUR and
HIST elective (5 credits) CGM Block A GUR

History
World

4 or higher

HIST elective (10 credits) Humanities GUR and
HIST elective (5 credits) CGM Block A GUR

Mathematics

4 or higher

Math elective (5 credits)
Quantitative & Symbolic Reasoning GUR

Physics

4 or higher

PHYS elective (15 credits)
Satisfies Natural Science GUR

Psychology

4 or higher

PSY elective (5 credits) Social Science GUR

Cambridge International Exams

Western Washington University will 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. 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.