Undergraduate Admissions

AP Courses & Equivalencies

Western Illinois participates in the Advanced Placement (AP) program sponsored by College Board. The AP program is a cooperative education endeavor of secondary schools and universities. Through AP courses, high-school students engage in university-level study where they participate in classes that are more rigorous than most other high school offerings. In AP classes, students acquire skills that help them succeed academically. Successful students may earn university credits, advanced placement, or both.

There are 37 courses and exams across 22 subject areas that students may participate in as high school students. These courses help prepare high school students for college through earning college credit while in high school, improvement of writing skills, sharpening of problem solving skills, and development of the study habits necessary for the rigors of college.

Completion of AP course work may help a student stand out during the admissions process. When a student enrolls in AP courses they are demonstrating a readiness for college level work, a willingness to push themselves academically, and showing a commitment to academic excellence.

For more information, contact the Office of Admissions at admissions@wiu.edu, (309) 298-3157, or toll-free at 877/PICK WIU.

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
Zool 200 4 Sci/Math

Chemistry

AP Exam Score Equivalency Semester Hours Gen. Ed.
Chemistry 3 Chem 201 4 Sci/Math
4 and 5 Chem 201, 202 8 Sci/Math

Computer Science

Note: After May 2009, AP Computer Science exams will no longer be offered.

AP Exam Score Equivalency Semester Hours Gen. Ed.
Computer Science 2 and 3 on "AB" CS 211 2  
CS 212 1  
CS 214 3  
4 and 5 on "AB" CS 211 2  
CS 212 1  
CS 214 3  
CS 350 3  
2 and 3 on "A" CS 211 2  
CS 212 1  
4 and 5 on "A" CS 211 2  
CS 212 1  
CS 214 3  

Economics

AP Exam Score Equivalency Semester Hours Gen. Ed.
Macro 4 and 5 Econ 231 3 SoSc
Micro 4 and 5 Econ 232 3 SoSc

English Language & Composition

AP Exam Score Equivalency Semester Hours Gen. Ed.
English Language & Composition 3 May appeal to receive credit for Eng 180, call (309) 298-2136    
4 and 5 Eng 180 3 Comm

English Literature & Composition

AP Exam Score Equivalency Semester Hours Gen. Ed.
English Literature & Composition 4 and 5 Eng 195 3 Hum

Environmental Science

AP Exam Score Equivalency Semester Hours Gen. Ed.
Environmental Science 4 or 5 Envr 201 3  

Foreign Language

AP Exam Score Equivalency Semester Hours Gen. Ed.
Chin,Fren, Germ, Jpn, Span, Spanlit 3, 4 and 5 121, 122, 223, 224 language courses 12 Hum
Ital, Lati, Latinv 3, 4 and 5 121, 122, 223, 224 language courses 12 Hum

History

AP Exam Score Equivalency Semester Hours Gen. Ed.
US History 3, 4 and 5 History 105 3 Hum
History 106 3 Hum
European History 3, 4 and 5 History 125 3 Hum
History 126 3 Hum
World History 3, 4 and 5 History 125 3 Hum
History 126 3 Hum

Human Geography

AP Exam Score Equivalency Semester Hours Gen. Ed.
Human Geography 3, 4 and 5 Geog 100 3 SoSc

Mathematics

AP Exam Score Equivalency Semester Hours Gen. Ed.
Calculus AB Exam 3, 4, 5 Math 133 4 Sci/Math
Calculus BC Exam 2, 3 w/AB subscore of 3 Math 133 4 Sci/Math
4, 5 Math 133 and 134 4 each Sci/Math
Statistics 3, 4, 5 Statistics 171 3 Sci/Math

Music Theory

AP Exam Score Equivalency Semester Hours Gen. Ed.
Music Theory 3 w/subscores 2 & 1,2 Mus 180 3  
3 w/subscores 3 & 3,4 Mus 181 2  
Mus 183 1  
4 & 5 w/subscores 3 & 3 Mus 181 2  
Mus 183 1  
4 & 5 w/subscores 4 & 4,5 Mus 181 2  
Mus 183 1  
Mus 182 2  
 Mus 184 1  

Physics

AP Exam Score Equivalency Semester Hours Gen. Ed.
  3 Physics Elec 3 Sci/Math
Physics B 4 and 5 Physics 124 5  
Physics 125 5  
Physics C Part 1: Mechanics 4 and 5 Physics 211 4 Sci/Math
Physics C Part 2: Electricity & Magnetism 4 and 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 4 or 5 Psy 100 3 SoSc