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AP, CLEP and IB Credit

Ouachita grants degree credit on the basis of examinations offered through Advanced Placement (AP), the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), and the International Baccalaureate Program (IB).

No more than 30 hours of credit by examination may be counted toward a degree, and no more than 9 of these may be counted in the major, nor 6 in the minor.  For courses passed by examination, credit is recorded, but not a grade.

A student may not receive credit by examination in a course if more advanced work has been taken in that subject, or if a grade below C has been recorded in a course which is prerequisite to the course in which credit is sought.

AP Credit

The University accepts credits established by a grade of 4 or higher on the Advanced Placement program of Educational Testing Service.  Tests are given by the high schools in May of each year.  Inquiry should be made directly to the teacher of the course or the principal of the high school.  Scores should be reported to the Office of Academic Affairs at Ouachita.  The chart below lists specific score requirements.

Applies to students entering Fall 2019 or later

Exam Minimum Score Number of Credit Hours OBU Equivalent Course/requirement
Art 2D Design 4 3 Art 1003, Design I (requires portfolio review)
ART – Drawing 4 3 ART 1013: Drawing I (requires portfolio review)
Art History 3

 

4

5

3

 

3

6

FINA 3113, Fine Arts: Art (non-majors only)

 

ART 3043 OR 3053, Art History I or II

ART 3043 AND 3053, Art History I and II

Biology* 3

 

4

4

 

4

CORE 2334, Scientific Inquiry (non-majors only)

 

BIOL 1014 or 1024, General Biology I or II

Calculus AB 4 4 MATH 2014, Calculus I

 

See also note below for Calculus BC

Calculus BC 4 8 MATH 2014 & 2024, Calculus I and II

 

Note: Credit for MATH 2014, Calculus I will be granted for an AB subscore of 4 on the BC exam

Chemistry* 3

 

4

4

 

4

CORE 2334, Scientific Inquiry (non-majors only)

 

CHEM 1004, General Chemistry I

Computer Science A 4 4 CSCI 1044, Programming I
COMPUTER SCIENCE PRINCIPLES 0 No corresponding Ouachita course
English Language/Comp 4 3 CORE 1043, Composition I
English Literature/Comp 4 3 CORE 2053, Composition II
Environmental Science 3

 

4

3

 

3

CORE 3023, Scientific Connections (non-majors) BIOL 3023, Environmental Science
European History 5 3 CORE 2243, History of World Societies
French LangUAGE 4

 

5

6

 

12

FREN 1013 & 1023

 

FREN 1013, 1023, 2033, & 2043

German LangUAGE 4

 

5

6

 

12

GERM 1013 & 1023

 

GERM 1013, 1023, 2033, & 2043

Human Geography 4 3 GEOG 1003, Human Geography
Macroeconomics 4 3 ECON 3013, Intermediate Macroeconomics
microeconomics 3 3 ECON 2023, Principles of Microeconomics

 

 

Exam Minimum Score Number of Credit Hours OBU Equivalent Course/requirement
Music Theory     See subscore information below
Music Theory-Aural Subscore 4 2 MUTH 1002, Aural Skills 1 OR

 

MUTH 1102, Aural Skills for Musical Theatre & Music Industry 1

Music Theory-Non-aural Subscore 4 2 MUTH 1022, Theory 1 OR

 

MUTH 1122, Theory 1 for Musical Theatre & Music Industry 1

Physics 1* 3

 

4 or 5

4

 

4

CORE 2334, Scientific Inquiry (non-majors)

 

PHYS 2024, College Physics I

Physics 2* 4 or 5 4 PHYS 2034, College Physics II
Physics C-E&M* 4 or 5 4 PHYS 2064, University Physics II
Physics C-Mech* 3

 

4 or 5

4

 

4

CORE 2334, Scientific Inquiry

 

PHYS 2054, University Physics I

Psychology 5 3 PSYC 1013, General Psychology
Spanish Language 3

 

4

5

3

 

6

12

SPAN 1013, Elementary Spanish I

 

SPAN 1013 & 1023, Elementary Span I & II

SPAN 1013, 1023, 2033 & 2043, Elementary Spanish I&II and Intermediate Spanish I & II

Statistics 3 3 MATH 2063, Elementary Statistics
United states gov & POL 4 3 PSCI 2013, American National Government
United States History 4

 

 

5

3

 

 

6

HIST 2003, United States History to 1877 OR

 

HIST 2013, United States History Since 1877

HIST 2003, United States History to 1877 AND

HIST 2013, United States History Since 1877

World History 4 3 CORE 2243, History of World Societies

 

* A qualifying score on any of the designated science exams earns four hours of credit which substitutes for CORE 2334: Scientific Inquiry for non-majors. A qualifying score on a second exam in a different scientific domain (i.e., Biology, Chemistry, Physics) earns an additional three hours of credit which substitutes for CORE 3023: Scientific Connections.

 

CLEP Credit

The Subject Tests may yield equivalent credit when evaluated by the appropriate department chair.  Credit will be awarded only for CLEP Subject Examinations.  Please refer to the chart below for a list of appropriate Subject Tests and specific score requirements.
 

In order for CLEP credit to be accepted for degree requirements, the student must submit test scores for review prior to achieving senior standing (i.e., earning 89 or more credit hours).

Tests may be scheduled and taken at any CLEP Center.  Official score reports should be sent to the Office of Academic Affairs at Ouachita, center number 6549.

Credit by CLEP examination will not be given for a course in which more advanced work has been taken.

Many professional schools (for example, College of Medicine, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences) do not accept CLEP credit for their required pre-matriculation courses:  English, math, biology, chemistry, or physics.

Exam Minimum Score Number of Credit Hours OBU Equivalent Course/requirement
American Government 50 3 PSCI 2013, American National Government
American Literature 55 3 ENGL 3103 or 3113, American Literature I or II
Biology* 50 4 CORE 2334, Scientific Inquiry
Calculus 50 4 MATH 2014, Calculus I
Chemistry* 57 4 CORE 2334, Scientific Inquiry
College Algebra 50 3 MATH 1003, College Algebra
College Composition 55 3 CORE 1043, Composition I
College Composition Modular 55 3 CORE 1043, Composition I
College Mathematics 50 3 MATH 1033, Mathematics for the Liberal Arts
English Literature 55 3 ENGL 3633, 3643, or 3653

 

English Literature I, II, or III

Financial Accounting 53 3 ACCT 2013, Principles of Accounting
French Language 50

 

59

6

 

12

FREN 1013 & 1023

 

FREN 1013, 1023, 2033, & 2043

German Language 50

 

60

6

 

12

GERM 1013 & 1023

 

GERM 1013, 1023, 2033, & 2043

History of the United States I 54 3 HIST 2003, United States History to 1877
History of the United States II 54 3 HIST 2013, United States History Since 1877
Human Growth and Development 50 3 PSYC 2033, Human Development
Information Systems and Computer Applications 60 3 BUAD 1033, Microcomputer Applications
Introductory Business Law 60 3 MGMT 3003, Legal Environment of Business
Introductory Psychology 50 3 PSYC 1013, General Psychology
Introductory Sociology 50 3 SOCI 1013, Introduction to Sociology
Natural Sciences* 50 4 CORE 2334, Scientific Inquiry
Precalculus 50 4 MATH 1034, Precalculus
Principles of Macroeconomics 56 3 ECON 2013, Principles of Macroeconomics
Principles of Marketing 62 3 MKTG 3033, Principles of Marketing
Principles of Microeconomics 55 3 ECON 2023, Principles of Microeconomics
Spanish Language 50

 

63

6

 

12

SPAN 1013 & 1023

 

SPAN 1013, 1023, 2033 & 2043

Western Civilization I 50 3 CORE 2243, History of World Societies
Western Civilization II 50 3 CORE 2243, History of World Societies

 

*A qualifying score on the Biology, Chemistry, or Natural Sciences exams earns four hours of credit, which substitutes for CORE 2334: Scientific Inquiry. If a qualifying score is earned on a second science exam, an additional three hours of credit is granted to substitute for CORE 3023: Scientific Connections.

 

*Current CLEP Exams with no equivalent OBU course credit:

  • Analyzing and Interpreting Literature
  • Humanities
  • Introduction to Educational Psychology
  • Principles of Management
  • Social Sciences and History
 

IB Credit

 

Credit may be granted for a score of 5 or higher on the higher level examinations. The Department of Math and Computer Science and the Department of Biblical Languages may consider awarding credit for a score of 5 or higher on the standard level examinations.  Scores should be reported to the Office of Academic Affairs at Ouachita.

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