Undergraduate Catalog

Advanced Standing

Lewis & Clark College grants semester credit for Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) examinations as listed below.

Lewis & Clark College will also consider the following types of advanced standing coursework for evaluation and potential credit award: British A Level (GCE-A), Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE), French Baccalauréat, or other similar international examination. Official documentation should be submitted to the Office of the Registrar for review.

The following criteria govern the awarding and application of Advanced Standing credit of any type:

  • The maximum number of Advanced Standing credits (of any type) that can be applied to the degree is limited to 32. Preference will be given to those examinations with LC course equivalencies. 
  • Credit granted for Advanced Standing examinations cannot be used to fulfill any General Education requirement.
  • Credit may be applied to a departmental major only as specified in the AP and IB charts below. For GCE-A, CAPE, French Baccalauréat, or other international examination, application to the major will be determined on a case by case basis.
  • Official advanced standing results must be received in the Office of the Registrar within one year from the date of initial matriculation in order to be eligible for credit.

Advanced Placement (AP)

Lewis & Clark grants 4 semester credits for Advanced Placement (AP) scores of 4 or 5 for the examinations listed below, except for Calculus BC, which is granted 8 semester credits. No more than 8 credits for Calculus AB and BC will be awarded.

AP Course Equivalencies

May be used to satisfy major/minor degree requirements; students are not eligible to earn credit for both the AP exam and the corresponding equivalent LC course.

EXAM EXAM SCORE EQUIVALENCY
AP Biology5Equivalent to BIO 151; only 4 credits awarded.
AP Chemistry4Equivalent to CHEM 110; only 4 credits awarded; placement into CHEM 120.
AP Chemistry5Equivalent to CHEM 120; only 4 credits awarded; placement into CHEM 210.
AP Calculus AB4 or 5Equivalent to MATH 131; math placement exam waived.
AP Calculus BC4 or 5Equivalent to MATH 131 and 132; math placement exam waived.
AP Calculus BC, AB sub score4 or 5Equivalent to MATH 131; math placement exam waived.
AP Computer Science A4 or 5Consult Mathematical Sciences Department chair for equivalency and placement.
AP Environmental Science5Equivalent to BIO 141; only 4 credits awarded.
AP Music Theory4 or 5Equivalent to MUS 100; no equivalencies for aural or nonaural sub scores.
AP Physics C: Mechanics5Equivalent to PHYS 151; only 4 credits awarded.
AP Psychology4 or 5Equivalent to PSY 100.
AP Statistics4 or 5May be equivalent to either ECON 103 or PSY 200; Students are not eligible to earn credit for AP Statistics and MATH 105, PSY 200, or ECON 103.
AP Elective Credit

Applies toward the total 128 credits required for graduation; may not be used to satisfy major/minor requirement.

EXAM EXAM SCORE NOTES
AP Art History4 or 5
AP Studio Art: 2-D Design4 or 5
AP Studio Art: 3-D Design4 or 5
AP Studio Art: Drawing4 or 5
AP Biology4
AP Comparative Government and Politics4 or 5
AP English Language and Composition4 or 5
AP English Literature and Composition4 or 5
AP Environmental Science4
AP European History4 or 5
AP Human Geography4 or 5
AP Language and Culture (Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish)4 or 5Students with AP credit in a foreign language are required to take a placement exam.
AP Latin4 or 5Students with AP credit in a foreign language are required to take a placement exam.
AP Literature and Culture (Spanish)4 or 5Students with AP credit in a foreign language are required to take a placement exam.
AP Macroeconomics4 or 5
AP Microeconomics4 or 5
AP Physics 14 or 5
AP Physics 24 or 5
AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism4 or 5
AP Physics C: Mechanics4
AP United States Government and Politics4 or 5
AP United States History4 or 5
AP World History4 or 5

International Baccalaureate (IB)

Lewis & Clark College grants 4 semester credits for International Baccalaureate HL (Higher Level) scores of 5 and 8 semester credits for scores of 6 or 7 earned on the examinations listed below.

IB Course Equivalencies

May be used to satisfy major/minor degree requirements; students are not eligible to earn credit for both the IB exam and the corresponding equivalent LC course.

EXAM EXAM SCORE EQUIVALENCY
IB Biology7Consult Biology Department chair for equivalency and placement.
IB Chemistry5Equivalent to CHEM 110; only 4 credits awarded; placement into CHEM 120.
IB Chemistry6 or 7Equivalent to CHEM 110 and 120; only 8 credits awarded; placement into CHEM 210.
IB Computer Science5, 6, or 7Consult Mathematical Sciences Department chair for equivalency and placement.
IB Mathematics HL5, 6, or 7Equivalent to MATH 131; math placement exam waived.
IB Physics7Consult Physics Department chair for equivalency and placement.
IB Psychology5, 6, or 7Equivalent to PSY 100.
IB Elective Credit

Applies toward the total 128 credits required for graduation; may not be used to satisfy major/minor requirement.

EXAM EXAM SCORE NOTES
IB Art History5, 6, or 7
IB Biology5 or 6
IB Classical Greek5, 6, or 7Students with IB credit in a foreign language are required to take a placement exam.
IB Dance5, 6, or 7
IB Economics5, 6, or 7
IB Film5, 6, or 7
IB Further Mathematics5, 6, or 7
IB Geography5, 6, or 7
IB History5, 6, or 7
IB Language A5, 6, or 7Students with IB credit in a foreign language are required to take a placement exam.
IB Language B5, 6, or 7Students with IB credit in a foreign language are required to take a placement exam.
IB Latin5, 6, or 7Students with IB credit in a foreign language are required to take a placement exam.
IB Music5, 6, or 7
IB Philosophy5, 6, or 7
IB Physics5 or 6
IB Social & Cultural Anthropology5, 6, or 7
IB Theatre5, 6, or 7
IB Visual Arts5, 6, or 7

Credit by Examination

Lewis & Clark College does not offer credit by examination. Credit is not granted for College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), life experience, or credit by examination from other colleges.