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Advanced Credit Options for Undergraduate Students

Credit by Advanced Placement

The University awards credit that high school students may earn through the College Board Advanced Placement Examinations. Advanced Placement exams should be taken before graduating from high school. Details concerning test dates, registration procedures, and fees are available through the high school counselor. It is the student's responsibility to arrange that official test results be sent to the University of San Francisco Office of Admission.

Please see Advanced Placement Options.

This chart provides information about the specific Advanced Placement examinations that may be taken and the corresponding equivalent USF courses. A minimum score of 3 is required for most of the Advanced Placement examinations in order to receive full course credit (a minimum score of 4 is required on the English Language and Composition, Calculus, Biology, Chemistry, American History, European History, and World History AP examinations). Grades are not awarded for Advanced Placement credit. Advanced Placement credit is not reflected in the cumulative USF grade point average. Advanced placement credit is awarded after the student has been accepted at the University of San Francisco.

Credit by Assessment

Undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Management (BSM) students may petition for credit for college-level learning that has taken place outside the traditional college classroom. Students begin to prepare essays during writing workshops for INTD 310 “Interdisciplinary Research and Writing” (the first course in the BSM curriculum).

Since credits granted through the portfolio are ungraded, they are not computed into the grade point average. The credits earned are entered on the student's transcript in the semester in which they are earned. Credits earned through the evaluation process are not counted when determining a student's full or part-time status. The credits do, however, count towards graduation and can be utilized to fulfill Core Curriculum and elective requirements.

Experiential learning is limited to a maximum of 21  undergraduate semester credits.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

The University recognizes academic credits that students may earn through the College Level Examination Program of the College Board.

USF follows the American Council of Education (ACE) recommendation that a student achieve a minimum raw score of 50 to earn lower division credit for a particular test. CLEP credit will not be awarded where a student has previously been awarded credit for a course corresponding to the CLEP Examination.

Credits earned through CLEP Examinations may be counted towards fulfilling Core Curriculum, Major, and elective requirements. The chart "CLEP Examinations" (found in this section) provides information about the specific CLEP Examinations and the equivalent USF courses.

The CLEP Examinations may be taken while enrolled at USF subject to Dean's approval.

It is the student's responsibility to arrange for official test results to be sent to the University of San Francisco Office of Admission.

Grades are not awarded for CLEP Examinations. Credit for CLEP Examinations is not reflected in the USF grade point average. Credit for CLEP Examinations is awarded after the student has been accepted and is registered at the University of San Francisco. Credit gained by CLEP Examinations will not satisfy the residency requirement.

International Baccalaureate Program

The University of San Francisco recognizes the academic challenge and motivation inherent in the International Baccalaureate Program. Such a program, satisfactorily completed, will virtually guarantee an applicant admission to USF. In addition, the University will grant advanced placement of ten (10) semester credits for each higher level result of 4, 5, 6, or 7. Thus a student with three such results will automatically be placed in the second (sophomore) year of the Bachelor's Degree Program. Where applicable, these credits will be applied to the Core Curriculum requirements. Excess credits will be counted as electives towards the Bachelor's Degree requirements.

CLEP Examinations


       

CLEP Examination

Minimum Score

Credits

Core Curriculum

American Government

50

3

Social Science

American Literature

50

6

Literature

Biology

50

6

Applied Science

Business Law, Introductory

50

3

 

Calculus

50

6

Math

Chemistry

50

6

Applied Science

College Algebra

50

3

 

College Composition Modular (no essay)

 

3

Rhetoric & Composition ++

College Composition (w/ essay)

 

6

Rhetoric & Composition +++

College Mathematics

50

6

 

Education Psychology, Introduction to

50

3

Social Science

English Literature (w/ or without essay)

50

6

Literature

Financial Accounting

50

3

 

French Language

50-59

6-12

 

German Language

50-60

6-12

 

History of the United States I (Early Colonization to 1877

50

3

History

History of the United States II (1865 to the Present)

50

3

History

Human Growth and Development

50

3

Social Science

Humanities

50

6

Literature & Visual/Performing Arts

Information Systems and Computer Applications

50

3

*

Literature, Analyzing and Interpreting

50

6

Literature

Macroeconomics, Principles of

50

3

Social Science

Management, Principles of

50

3

 

Marketing, Principles of

50

3

 

Microeconomics, Principles of

50

3

Social Science

Natural Sciences

50

6

Applied Science

Pre-Calculus

50

3

Math

Psychology, Introductory

50

3

Social Science

Social Sciences & History

50

6

History & Social Science

Sociology, Introductory

50

3

Social Science

Spanish Language

50-63

6-12

 

Western Civilization (Ancient Near East to 1648)

50

3

History

Western Civilization II (1648 to the Present)

50

3

History

Advanced Placement Options


       

Advanced Placement Exam

Minimum Score

Total Credits

USF Course

Art History

3

8

Visual and Performing Arts Core

Art: Studio Drawing

3

8

elective

Art: Studio General

3

8

elective

Art: 2D Design

3

8

elective

Art: 3D Design

3

8

elective

Biology*

4

8

BIOL 100 and 103

Chemistry

4

8

CHEM 111 and 113

Chinese Language and Culture

3

8

Level to be determined by department

Computer Science A

3

4

CS 110

Computer Science AB

3

8

CS 110 and 112

Economics, Micro

3

4

ECON 101

Economics, Macro

3

4

ECON 102

English Language and Composition

4

8

elective

English Literature and Composition

3

8

Literature Core

Environmental Science

3

4

Science Core

European History**

4

4

HIST 110

French Language

3

8

Level to be determined by department

Government & Politics, U.S.

3

4

POLS 101

Government & Politics, Comparative

3

4

POLS 102

German Language

3

8

Level to be determined by department

Human Geography

3

4

elective

Italian Language and Culture

3

8

Level to be determined by department

Japanese Language and Culture

3

8

Level to be determined by department

Latin

3

8

Level to be determined by department

Math: Calculus AB

4

4

MATH 109

Math: Calculus BC

4

8

MATH 109 and 110

Math: Calculus AB Subgrade

4

4

MATH 109

Music: Listening and Literature

3

8

elective

Music: Theory

3

8

elective

Physics B

3

8

PHYS 100 and 101

Physics C - Mech

3

4

PHYS 110

Physics C - E&M

3

4

PHYS 210

Psychology

3

4

PSYC 101

Spanish Language

3

8

Level to be determined by department

Spanish Literature

3

8

Core Literature

Statistics

3

4

MATH 101

US History**

4

4

HIST 120

World History**                              4

4

HIST 220

*Students who score 5 on the Advancement Placement Test in Biology can petition the Biology Chair to receive credit for BIOL 105-General Biology I (4 credits) and BIOL 106-General Biology II (4 credits) in place of credit for BIOL 100 and BIOL 103. This policy is effective for students entering USF in the fall 2012 semester or later.
**The History Department accepts up to 8 units of AP History credits to count towards the major.