Prior to entering Columbia, students may have taken Advanced Placement examinations through the College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB) in a number of technical and nontechnical areas. Students may be assigned to an advanced-level course in mathematics, chemistry, or physics. A maximum of 16 points may be applied.

In the required pure science areas, the number of advanced placement academic credits awarded to students of engineering and applied science varies from the levels awarded for liberal arts programs, notably in mathematics, physics, chemistry, and computer science. The benefit of advanced placement is acceleration through certain First Year–Sophomore Program requirements and thus the opportunity of taking specialized courses earlier.

Each year the school reviews the CEEB advanced placement curriculum and makes determinations as to appropriate placements, credit, and/or exemption.

Advanced Placement Credit Chart

In order to receive AP credit, students must be in possession of appropriate transcripts or scores.

Subject AP Score Advanced Placement Credit Requirements or Status
Art history 5 3* No exemption from HUMA W1121
Biology 4 or 5 3 No exemption
Chemistry 4 or 5
4 or 5
3
6
Requires completion of CHEM C1604 with grade of C or better
Requires completion of CHEM C3045-C3046 with grade of C or better
Computer science A or AB 4 or 5 3* Exemption from COMS W1004
English
   Language and composition
   Literature and composition

5
5

3*
3*

No exemption
No exemption
Economics
   Micro and macro

5 and 4

4*

Exemption from ECON W1105
(Test must be in both with a score of 5 in one and at least 4 in the other)
French
   Language
   Literature

4 or 5
4 or 5

3*
3*
 
German
   Language

4 or 5

3*
 
Government and politics
   United States
   Comparative

5
5

3*
3*
 
History
   European
   United States

5
5

3*
3*
 
Italian language 4 or 5 3*  
Latin literature 5 3*  
Mathematics
  
   Calculus AB
   Calculus BC
   Calculus BC
4 or 5
4
5
3**
3**
6
Requires completion of MATH V1102 with grade of C or better
Requires completion of MATH V1102 with grade of C or better
Requires completion of MATH V1201 (or V1207) with grade of C or better
Music theory
5
3*
Exemption from MUSI V1002
MUSI V2318-V2319 determined by department
Physics
   C-E&M
   C-MECH
   Physics B

4 or 5
4 or 5
4 or 5

3
3
3*

Requires beginning with PHYS C2801 and earning grade of C or better
Requires beginning with PHYS C2801 and earning grade of C or better
No exemption
Spanish
   Language
   Literature

4 or 5
4 or 5

3*
3*
 
* Up to 3 AP credits may be applied toward minor requirements.
** SEAS students with a 4 or 5 on Calculus AB or a 4 on Calculus BC must begin with Calculus II.
If a SEAS student with these scores goes directly into Calculus III, he or she will not be awarded credit and may have to go back and complete Calculus II.
Students with A-level or IB Calculus credit must start with Calculus II.