Tacoma

Advanced Placement (AP) credits

Advanced Placement (AP) courses are challenging and demanding, and we believe they provide excellent preparation for university study.

Although AP scores range from 1 to 5, all departments at UW Tacoma require a minimum score of 3 or 4 to earn credit. In some cases, you must consult an advisor for evaluation after being admitted to the university.

AP scores may be submitted only for exams taken while in high school. UW Tacoma will not accept higher scores should students retake the exam after enrolling in college. 

Submitting your scores

 

Contact the College Board and request that scores be sent to the UW Tacoma Office of Admissions. UW Tacoma's institutional code is 4445. To ensure that your AP scores match up with your student record, be sure to identify your name and Social Security number with the College Board in the exact same way you identify yourself on your admission application.

When you are admitted to UW Tacoma, information about courses and credit awards will be accessible to you via MyUW, if your scores are eligible for college credit.

Advanced Placement (AP) Score Translations

  AP Score Credit/Placement Awarded Additional Information
Art: History of Art 4,5 ART H 100 (5 or 10 cr., respectively).

Art history elective credit. Counts toward Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts general education requirement for graduation.

 

Art: Studio Art - Placement Only See Art Adviser.
Biology 4,5 BIOL 161-162 (10 cr.) First two quarters of general biology. Counts toward Natural World general education requirement for graduation.
Calculus AB 5 MATH 124,125 (10 cr.) First two quarters of calculus. Counts toward Natural World general education requirement for graduation. Also satisfies Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning graduation requirement.
3,4 MATH 124 (5 cr.) First quarter of calculus. Counts toward Natural World general education requirement for graduation. Also satisfies Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning graduation requirement.
2 Placement only into MATH 124 Placement into first quarter of calculus.
Calculus BC 4,5 MATH 124,125 (10 cr.) First two quarters of calculus. Counts toward Natural World general education requirement for graduation. Also satisfies Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning graduation requirement.
3 MATH 124 (5 cr.) First quarter of calculus. Counts toward Natural World general education requirement for graduation. Also satisfies Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning graduation requirement.
2(Subgrade 3,4,5) MATH 124 (5 cr.) First quarter of calculus. Counts toward Natural World general education requirement for graduation. Also satisfies Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning graduation requirement.
Chemistry 5 CHEM 142, 152, 162 (5, 5, 5) General chemistry for science and engineering majors. Counts toward Natural World general education requirement for graduation. CHEM 142 also satisfies Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning graduation requirement.
4 CHEM 142, 152 (5, 5) General chemistry for science and engineering majors. Counts toward Natural World general education requirement for graduation. CHEM 142 also satisfies Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning graduation requirement.
3 CHEM 142 (5) General chemistry for science and engineering majors. Counts toward Natural World general education requirement for graduation. CHEM 142 also satisfies Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning graduation requirement.
Chinese Language 3,4,5

CHIN 133,231,232

(5, 10, 15 cr., respectively)

Courses are parallel to CHIN 103, 201, 202; cannot earn credit for both sequences. Credit for 133,231,232 does not imply placement into specific CHIN courses. No credit awarded for native speakers of Chinese. CHIN 133 satisfies foreign language graduation requirement of the College of Arts and Sciences. CHIN 231, 232 counts toward Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts general education requirement for graduation. Also satisfies foreign language graduation requirement of the College of Arts and Sciences.
Computer Science A 4,5 CSE 142 (4 cr.) Computer programming for science/engineering students. Counts toward Natural World general education requirement for graduation. Also satisfies Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning graduation requirement.
Computer Science AB 5 CSE 142, 143 (4, 5 cr.) Computer programming for engineering and science students. This exam is no longer offered. Counts toward Natural World general education requirements for graduation. Also satisfies Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning graduation requirement.
3,4 CSE 142 (4 cr.) Computer programming for engineering and science students. This exam is no longer offered. Counts toward Natural World general education requirements for graduation. Also satisfies Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning graduation requirement.
Computer Science Principles 3,4,5 CSE 120 (5 cr.) Fundamental concepts of computer science. Counts toward Natural World general education requirement for graduation. Also satisfies Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning graduation requirement.
Economics: Micro 4,5 ECON 200 (5 cr.) Introduction to Microeconomics. Counts toward Individuals & Societies general education requirement for graduation. Also satisfies Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning graduation requirement.
Economics: Macro 4,5 ECON 201 (5 cr.) Introduction to Macroeconomics. Counts toward Individuals & Societies general education requirement for graduation. Also satisfies Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning graduation requirement.
English: Language & Composition 4,5 ENGL 190 (5 cr.) AP English. Counts toward Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts general education requirement for graduation.
English: Literature & Composition 4,5 ENGLISH 190 (5 cr.) AP English. Counts toward Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts general education requirement for graduation.
Environmental Science 3,4,5 ESRM 100 (5 cr.) Introduction to environmental science. Counts toward Natural World general education requirement for graduation.
European History 4,5 HSTEU 113 (5 cr.) Western Civilization history survey (modern). Counts toward Individuals & Societies general education requirement for graduation.
French Language 3,4,5 FRENCH 201,202,203 (5,10,15 cr., respectively) Intermediate French. Counts toward Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts general education requirement for graduation. Also satisfies foreign language graduation requirement.
French Literature 3,4,5 FRENCH 298 (5,10,15 cr., respectively) Does not imply a particular placement. French credit at the second-year college level. Counts toward Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts general education requirement for graduation. Also satisfies foreign language graduation requirement.
German Language 3,4,5 GERMAN 201,202,203 (5,10,15 cr., respectively) Intermediate German. Counts toward Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts general education requirement for graduation. Also satisfies foreign language graduation requirement.
Government and Politics: American 4,5 POL S 202 (5 cr.) American politics. Counts toward Individuals & Societies general education requirement for graduation. Government and Politics: Comparative
Government and Politics: Comparative 4,5 POL S 204 (5 cr.) Comparative politics. Counts toward Individuals & Societies general education requirement for graduation.
Human Geography 3,4,5 GEOG 100 (5 cr.) Introduction to geography.Counts toward Individuals and Societies general education requirement for graduation.
Italian Language & Culture 3,4,5 ITAL 201,202,203 (5,10,15 cr., respectively). Intermediate Italian. Counts toward Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts general education requirement for graduation. Also satisfies foreign language graduation requirement of the College of Arts and Sciences. No credit awarded for native speakers of Italian.
Japanese Language 3,4,5 JAPAN 133,231,232 (5,10,15 cr., respectively) Courses are parallel to JAPAN 113, 211, 212; cannot earn credit for both sequences. JAPAN 133 satisfies foreign language graduation requirement of the College of Arts and Sciences. JAPAN 231, 232 counts toward Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts general education requirement for graduation. Also satisfies foreign language graduation requirement of the College of Arts and Sciences. Credit for 133,231,232 does not imply placement into specific JAPAN courses. No credit awarded for native speakers of Japanese.
Latin Literature 4,5 LATIN 305,306 (10 cr.) Latin literature courses. Counts toward Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts general education requirement for graduation. Also satisfies foreign language graduation requirement.
3 LATIN 103 (5 cr.) Third quarter of elementary Latin. Also satisfies foreign language graduation requirement.
Latin: Vergil 4,5 LATIN 305,307 (10 cr.) Latin literature courses. Counts toward Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts general education requirement for graduation. Also satisfies foreign language graduation requirement.
3 LATIN 103 (5 cr.) Third quarter of elementary Latin. Also satisfies foreign language graduation requirement.
Latin Literature and Latin: Vergil 4,5 LATIN 305,306,307 (15 cr.) Latin literature courses. Counts toward Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts general education requirement for graduation. Also satisfies foreign language graduation requirement.
3 LATIN 103 (5 cr.) Third quarter of elementary Latin. Also satisfies foreign language graduation requirement.
Music Theory - None awarded. See Music advisor for placement.
Physics 1 4,5 PHYS 114/117 (5 cr.) First quarter of 1st year general physics sequence. Also satisfies Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning graduation requirement.
Physics 2 4,5 Phys 115/118 (5 cr.) Second quarter of 1st year general physics sequence. Also satisfies Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning graduation requirement.
Physics 1 AND Physics 2 4,5 on BOTH exams Phys 114/117, 115/118, 116/119 (15 cr.) First year general physics sequence.
Also satisfies Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning graduation requirement.
Physics B 4,5 PHYS 114/117, 115/118, 116/119 (15 cr.) First-year general physics sequence. Also satisfies Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning graduation requirement.
Physics C: Mechanics 4,5 PHYS 121 (5 cr.) First quarter of engineering physics sequence. Also satisfies Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning graduation requirement.
Physics C: Electricity & Magnetism 4,5 PHYS 122 (5 cr.) Second quarter of engineering physics sequence. Also satisfies Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning graduation requirement.
Psychology 4,5 PSYCH 101 (5 cr.) Introductory psychology. Counts toward Individuals & Societies general education requirement for graduation.
Spanish Language 3,4,5 SPAN 201,202,203 (5,10,15 cr., respectively). Does not imply a particular placement. Intermediate Spanish. Counts toward Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts general education requirement for graduation. Also satisfies foreign language graduation requirement.
Spanish Literature 3,4,5 SPAN 298 (5,10,15 cr., respectively). Does not imply a particular placement. Spanish credit at the second-year college level. Counts toward Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts general education requirement for graduation. Also satisfies foreign language graduation requirement.
Statistics 3,4,5 STAT 311 (5 cr.) Statistical Methods. Counts toward Natural World general education requirement for graduation. Also satisfies Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning graduation requirement.
U.S. History 4,5 HSTAA 101 (5 cr.) American history survey. Counts toward Individuals & Societies general education requirement for graduation.
World History 4,5 HIST 100 (5 cr.) AP World History. Counts toward Individuals & Societies general education requirement for graduation.