Receiving College Credit

English Composition I Exemption

Students who score a minimum ACT English score of 27 or SAT verbal score of 550 will be exempt from taking English 101. Official scores should be mailed to the Office of Admissions for exemption to be granted.  In some major programs, the hours must be replaced with another course.

Dual Enrollment

If you are a high school student and you are receiving dual enrollment credit while in high school, you must send the Office of Admissions an official transcript from the institution through which you dual enrolled.  An evaluation of transfer credits will be completed and mailed to students prior to the semester of entry.  You must have earned at least a "C" (2.0) average on all previous collegiate work attempted to satisfy the requirements.

Advanced Placement (AP) Credit
 
Students participating in the Advanced Placement Program of the College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB) will be granted University credit as indicated below.
 
AP Course
USA Course
Score
Credit Hrs.
Studio Art: 2-D Design ARS Elective
3
3 hrs
Studio Art: 3-D Design ARS Elective
3
3 hrs
Studio Art-Drawing ARS Elective
3
3 hrs
Art History ARH 100
3
3 hrs
Biology BLY 121/121L & BLY 122/122L
3
8 hrs
Chemistry CH 131/131L
4
4 hrs
Chemistry CH 131/131L & CH 132/132L
5
8 hrs
Microeconomics ECO 215
3
3 hrs
Macroeconomics ECO 216
3
3 hrs
Language & Composition EH 101
4
3 hrs
Human Geography GEO 114
3
3 hrs
American Gov‘t PSC 130
4
3 hrs
Comparative Gov’t PSC 250
4
3 hrs
US History HY 135/136
3
6 hrs
European History HY 101/102
3
6 hrs
Calculus AB MA 125
3
4 hrs
Calculus BC MA 126
3
4 hrs
Statistics ST 210
3
3 hrs
Music Theory MUT Elective
3
3 hrs
Music Listening & Lit MUL Elective
3
3 hrs
Physics B PH 114/114L
4
5 hrs
Physics B PH 114/114L & PH 115/115L
5
10 hrs
Physics C Mechanics PH 201/201L
4
4 hrs
Physics C Electricity & Magnetism PH 202/202L
4
4 hrs
Computer Science A CIS 120/121
3
8 hrs
Psychology PSY 120
3
3 hrs
Foreign Language AP is reviewed by the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature.
 

International Baccalaureate Program (IB)

Students participating in the International Baccalaureate Program (IB) will be granted credit by the University of South Alabama to those who have achieved a score of "5" or higher on the International Baccalaureate Program examinations. Individual academic disciplines will determine if a higher score is required in a particular course(s). IB Credit with a grade of at least "5" will be awarded as follows:

IB Discipline*
IB Exam Score
USA Credit
Art    
Social Anthropology
5
AN 100 (3 Semester Hours)
Biology
5
BLY 101 and BLY 102, or BLY 121 and BLY 122 (8 Semester Hours)
Chemistry
(Standard Level)
5
CH 101 (4 Semester Hours)
Chemistry
(Higher Level)
5
CH 131, CH 131L, CH 132, and CH 132L (8 Semester Hours)
Computer Science
5
Credit determined by the School of
Computer & Information Sciences
Drama
5
DRA 110 (3 Semester Hours)
Economics
5
ECO 300 (3 Semester Hours)
English
5
If student completes IB degree: EH 101 and EH 102 (6 Semester Hours)
If student fails to complete IB degree: EH 101 (3 Semester Hours)
Foreign Languages
5









6 Semester Hours of credit in corresponding Freshman Language Sequence:

French: LG 111 and LG 112
German: LG 151 and LG 152
Latin: LG 101 and LG 102
Russian: LG 171 and LG 172
Spanish: LG 131 and LG 132
Chinese: LGS 121 and LGS 122
Arabic: LGS 106 and LGS 107
Modern Greek: LGS 141 and LGS 142
Japanese: LGS 101 and LGS 102

Geography
5
GEO 114 and GEO 115 (6 Semester Hours)
History
(Higher Level only)
5
HY 102 (3 Semester Hours)
Information Technology in a Global Society (Standard Level)
5
(3 Semester Hours Credit)
Accept credit for CIS 110 or CIS 150 according to major.
Mathematics
(Standard Level)
5
MA 115 (4 Semester Hours)
Mathematics
(Standard Level)
6-7
MA 115 and MA 125 (8 Semester Hours)
Mathematics
(Higher Level)
5
MA 125 and ST 210 (7 Semester Hours)
Mathematics
(Higher Level)
6-7
MA 125 and MA 126 (8 Semester Hours)
Music
5
MUL 235 (2 Semester Hours)
Music
6-7



MUL 235 (2 Semester Hours) and will be considered for additional credit in MUL 236 (2 Semester Hours). Students scoring 6 or 7 on this IB exam should contact Department Chair to request credit for MUL 236.
Philosophy
5
PHL 110 (3 Semester Hours)
Physics
5
PH 104 (4 semester Hours)
Psychology
5
PSY 120 (3 Semester Hours)
 
* All exams Standard Level unless indicated otherwise.
 

CLEP

A student can receive up to 30 semester hours of credit from the General Examinations and certain Subject Examinations of the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) as shown below. Official CLEP scores mailed directly from the CLEP division of the Educational Testing Service are required before credit will be awarded.

CLEP Exam
Hours CLEP Score
USA Credit Awarded
Awarded Required
American Government 3 hrs 50
PSC 130    
General Biology 8 hrs 50
BLY 121/BLY 122    
Calculus 8 hrs 50
MA 125/MA 126    
Precalculus 4 hrs 50
MA 115    
General Chemistry 8 hrs 50
CH 131/CH 132    
Into to Psychology 3 hrs 50
PSY 120    
Intro to Accounting 3 hrs 50
ACC 211    
Intro to Business Law 3 hrs 50
MGT 310    
Intro to Macroeconomics 3 hrs 50
ECO 216    
Intro to Microeconomics 3 hrs 50
ECO 215    
Intro to Marketing 3 hrs 50
MKT 320    
Intro to Sociology 3 hrs 50
SY 109    
Human Growth and
Development
3 hrs
50
PSY 250    
U.S. History I:
Early Colonizations to 1877
3 hrs
50
HY 135    
US History II:
1865 to Present
3 hrs
50
HY 136    
Western Civilization I:
Ancient Near East to 1648
3 hrs
50
HY 101    
Western Civilization II:
1648 to Present
3 hrs
50
HY 102    
College Composition 6 hrs 50
EH 101/EH 102    
American Literature with Essay
6 hrs
50
EH 225 and EH 226    
English Literature with Essay
6 hrs
50
EH 215 and EH 216    
Humanities-General 6 hrs 50
Fine Arts and Lit Elect    
College Mathematics 8 hrs 50
Math Electives    
Natural Sciences-General 8 hrs 50
Bio & Nat Science Elect    
Social Science & History 6 hrs 50
Soc Science & Hist Elect    
Computer Science and Foreign Language CLEP credit are awarded based on USA departmental recommendations. The University reserves the right to change the CLEP minimum scores and credit awarded based on recommendations by the College Board and University research.
 

Credit by Examination

A student may receive credit for a course by passing a locally prepared examination and by paying appropriate fees. (See “Credit by Examination”.)

 

Military Service/ROTC Credit

A student may receive Military Science or Aerospace Science placement credit for prior military service or Junior ROTC training. Contact the Department of Military Science or the Department of Aerospace Studies for details.