Undergraduate Admissions

AP Credit

Western Illinois University participates in College Board's AP (Advanced Placement) program. WIU awards credit to students who complete AP courses with a score of 3 or higher on the exam. 

The below chart outlines how AP scores will transfer to WIU. 

General education abbreviation guide: 

  • Hum = Humanities and Fine Arts
  • Sci/Math = Natural Sciences and Mathematics
  • SoSc = Social Sciences
  • Comm = Communication Skills

Click here to learn more about WIU's general education requirements. 

Art
AP Exam Score Equivalency Semester Hours Gen. Ed.
Studio Art-General 3 Art Elective 1  
4 or 5 Art 101 3  
Studio Art-Drawing 3 Art Elective 1  
4 or 5 Art 140 3  
Art History 3 Arth Elective 3 Hum
4 Art 282 3 Hum
5 Art 282, 283 6 Hum
Biology
AP Exam Score Equivalency Semester Hours Gen. Ed.
Biology 3, 4 or 5 BOT 200 4 Sci/Math
3, 4 or 5 Zool 200 4 Sci/Math
Chemistry
AP Exam Score Equivalency Semester Hours Gen. Ed.
Chemistry 3 Chem 201 4 Sci/Math
4 or 5 Chem 201, 202 8 Sci/Math
Computer Science
AP Exam Score Equivalency Semester Hours Gen. Ed.
Computer Science A 3 CS Elec 3  
4 CS 114 & CS 214 6  Sci/Math
5 CS 114 & CS 214 6  Sci/Math
Computer Science AB 3 CS 114 & CS 214 6  Sci/Math
4 CS 114, CS 214 & CS 250 9  Sci/Math
5 CS 114, CS 214 & CS 250 9  Sci/Math
Computer Science Principles 3 CS Elec 3  
4 CS 114 3  Sci/Math
5 CS 114 3  Sci/Math
Economics
AP Exam Score Equivalency Semester Hours Gen. Ed.
Macro 3, 4 or 5 Econ 231 3 SoSc
Micro 3, 4 or 5 Econ 232 3 SoSc
English Language & Composition
AP Exam Score Equivalency Semester Hours Gen. Ed.
English Language & Composition 3 Gen Elective, may appeal to receive credit for Eng 180, call (309) 298-2136  3  
4 or 5 Eng 180 3 Comm
English Literature & Composition
AP Exam Score Equivalency Semester Hours Gen. Ed.
English Literature & Composition 3 Eng Elective 3  
4 or 5 Eng 195 3 Hum
Environmental Science
AP Exam Score Equivalency Semester Hours Gen. Ed.
Environmental Science 3, 4 or 5 Envr 201 3  
Foreign Language
AP Exam Score Equivalency Semester Hours Gen. Ed.
Fren, Germ, Span, Spanlit 3, 4 or 5 121, 122, 223, 224 language courses 12 Hum
Chin, Ital, Jpn,  Lati, Latinv 3, 4 or 5 121, 122, 223, 224 FL elective courses 12 Hum
History
AP Exam Score Equivalency Semester Hours Gen. Ed.
US History 3, 4 or 5 History 105 3 Hum
3, 4 or 5 History 106 3 Hum
European History 3, 4 or 5 History 115 3 Hum
3, 4 or 5 History 116 3 Hum
World History 3, 4 or 5 History 115 3 Hum
3, 4 or 5 History 116 3 Hum
Human Geography
AP Exam Score Equivalency Semester Hours Gen. Ed.
Human Geography 3, 4 or 5 Geog 100 3 SoSc
Mathematics
AP Exam Score Equivalency Semester Hours Gen. Ed.
Calculus AB Exam 3, 4 or 5 Math 133 & placement in Math 134 4 Sci/Math
Calculus BC Exam 2, 3 w/AB subscore of 3 Math 133 & placement in Math 134 4 Sci/Math
4 or 5 Math 133 and 134 4 each Sci/Math
Statistics 3, 4 or 5 Statistics 171 3 Sci/Math
Music Theory
AP Exam Score Equivalency Semester Hours Gen. Ed.
Music Theory 3 w/subscores 1 or 2 Mus Elec 3  
3 w/subscores 3 or 4 Mus 181 2  
3 w/subscores 3 or 4 Mus 183 1  
4 or 5 w/subscores 3 Mus 181 2  
4 or 5 w/subscores 3 Mus 183 1  
4 or 5 w/subscores 4 or 5 Mus 181 2  
4 or 5 w/subscores 4 or 5 Mus 183 1  
4 or 5 w/subscores 4 or 5 Mus 182 2  
4 or 5 w/subscores 4 or 5  Mus 184 1  
Physics
AP Exam Score Equivalency Semester Hours Gen. Ed.
Physics 1 or 2 3 Physics Elec 3 Sci/Math
Physics 1 4 or 5 Physics 114 4 Student's choice based on curriculum needs
Physics 124 5
Physics 2 4 or 5 Physics 115 4 Student's choice based on curriculum needs
Physics 125 5
Physics C Part 1: Mechanics 3, 4 or 5 Physics 211 4 Sci/Math
Physics C Part 2: Electricity & Magnetism 3, 4 or 5 Physics 213 4  
Political Science
AP Exam Score Equivalency Semester Hours Gen. Ed.
US Gov't & Politics 3, 4, or 5 POLS 122 3 SoSc
Comparative Gov't 3, 4, or 5 POLS 267 3 SoSc
Psychology
AP Exam Score Equivalency Semester Hours Gen. Ed.
Psychology 3, 4 or 5 Psy 100 3 SoSc
Research
AP Exam Score Equivalency Semester Hours Gen. Ed.
Research 3 GEN Elec 3  
4 GEN Elec 3  
5 GEN Elec 3  
Seminar
AP Exam Score Equivalency Semester Hours Gen. Ed.
Seminar 3 GEN Elec 3  
4 GEN Elec 3  
5 GEN Elec 3