Credit for advanced placement

The advanced placement program of the college entrance examination board was developed to give recognition to applicants who take college-level courses in secondary school. Thus, students may earn college credit and may be excused from certain college requirements by satisfactorily passing advanced placement examinations.

Credit and possible course waiver will be issued to applicants who earn a score of four or five on any of these examinations. Credit and/or course waiver may be issued for a score of three upon recommendation of the department concerned and/or the dean of academic affairs. 

Bluffton University AP exam policy

 AP EXAM
 Bluffton University course met by exam
 Score Required
 Credit   Awarded  
 Art History One Art history course  4 or 5 3
 Biology Fills the non-lab natural science general education requirement. Does not count toward the biology major.                                                      4 or 5
 Calculus AB MAT 135 Calculus 1                                                                                   4 or 5
Students who receive scores of 3 who wish to pursue credit must meet with department chair for further assessment. For scores of 3, department may decide to award credit for MAT 115.


 Calculus BC Mat 135 Calculus 1 and MAT 136 Calculus 2 4 or 5
Students who receive scores of 3 who wish to pursue credit must meet with department chair for further assessment. For scores of 3, department may decide to award credit for MAT 115.

 Chemistry Fills the non-lab natural science general education requirement. Does not count toward the chemistry major.   4 or 5 
 Chinese   Language &   Culture Counts toward foreign language entrance requirement. does not count toward cross-cultural requirement.  4 or 5    3
 Comparative   Government 
 and Politics
PLS 100 Introduction to Politics
Fills one social science requirement for general education.
 4 or 5

Students who receive scores of 3 who wish to pursue credit must meet with department chair for further assessment.

 Computer   Science A CPS 108 Computer Programming   4 or 5
 Computer   Science   Principles CPS 108 Computer Programming   4 or 5 
 English   Language and 
 Composition
Counts as general elective Credit. Does not fill College English requirement.   3, 4, or 5 
 English   Literature and 
 Composition
ENG 160 Approaches to Literature 
General elective credit
 4, or 5 - Must have a score of 4 or 5 to fill ENG 160, which fills one humanities/history/literature requirement.
3 - With score of 3, counts as general elective credit.
 Environmental   Science

NSC 192 Earth/Space Science transfer course
Fills the non-lab natural science general education requirement. Does not count toward the biology major.

 4 or 5
 European   History

HIS 245 Regional and
National Studies
General elective credit

 4, or 5 - Must have a score of 4 or 5 to fill HIS 245, which fills one humanities/history/literature requirement.
3 - With score of 3, counts as general elective credit.
 French   Language and   Culture Counts toward foreign language entrance requirement.
Does not count toward cross-
cultural requirement. 
 4 or 5
 German   Language and   Culture Counts toward foreign language entrance requirement. Does not count toward cross-cultural requirement.  4 or 5  
 Human   Geography

GEO 111 Principles of Geography
Fills one social science requirement for general education. 

4 or 5  
 Italian   Language and   Culture Counts toward foreign language entrance requirement. Does not count toward cross-cultural requirement.   4 or 5
 Japanese   Language and 
 Culture
Counts toward foreign language entrance requirement. Does not count toward cross-cultural requirement.   4 or 5 
 Latin Counts toward foreign language entrance requirement. Does not count toward cross-cultural requirement.   4 or 5 
 Macroeconomics  ECn 141 Principles of Macroeconomics
fills one social science requirement for general education. 
 3, 4, or 5 
 Microeconomics ECN 142 Principles of Microeconomics  3, 4, or 5
 Music Theory MUS 135 Intro to Music
Fills fine arts requirement for general education.
 4 or 5
 Physics 1 Fills the non-lab natural science general education requirement. Does not count toward
any science major. 
 4 or 5 
 Physics 2 Fills the non-lab natural science general education requirement. Does not count toward
any science major. 
 4 or 5  
 Physics C:   Electricity and 
 Magnetism 
Fills the non-lab natural science general education requirement. Does not count toward
any science major. 
 4 or 5 
 Physics C:   Mechanics Fills the non-lab natural science general education requirement. Does not count toward
any science major. 
 4 or 5  
 Psychology PSY 110 Introduction to Psychology
Fills one social science requirement for general education. 
 4 or 5  
 Research    4 or 5 
 Seminar    4 or 5 
 Spanish   Language and   Culture SPA 111 Beginning Spanish 1
Counts toward foreign language entrance requirement. Does not count toward cross-
cultural requirement. 
 3, 4, or 5
 Spanish   Literature and   Culture Counts toward foreign language entrance requirement. Does not count toward cross-
cultural requirement. 
 3, 4, or 5  
 Statistics BUS/PSY 284 General Statistics
Fills the critical thinking general education requirement
(COM 185/MAT 105). 
  3, 4, or 5
 Studio Art: 2-D   Design Portfolio ART 202 Design 1
Can be counted toward any of the Art Department majors or minors. 
 4 or 5
 Studio Art: 3-D   Design Portfolio ART 207 Design 2
Can be counted toward any of the Art Department majors or minors. 
 4 or 5
 Studio Art:   Drawing   Portfolio  ART 204 Drawing
Can be counted toward any of the Art Department majors or minors. 
 4 or 5
 United States   Government   and Politics  PLS 251 American Political Process
Fills one social science requirement for general education.
 4 or 5
Students who receive scores of 3 who wish to pursue credit must meet with department chair for further assessment.
 United States   History  HIS 200 Foundations of American Civilization 
OR HIS 201 Making of Contemporary America
General elective credit
 4, or 5 - Must have a score of 4 or 5 to fill HIS 200 or 201, which fills one humanities/history/literature requirement.
3 - With score of 3, counts as general elective credit.
 World History HIS 205 World Civilizations 
General elective credit
 4, or 5 - Must have a score of 4 or 5 to fill HIS 205, which fills one humanities/history/literature requirement.
3 - With score of 3, counts as general elective credit.