A student's undergraduate school (Arts & Sciences, Engineering, Business, Architecture, Art) may place a limit on the total number of AP or other prematriculation credits allowed. Within those credit limits, it is possible to receive AP Credit for Calculus I (Math 131), Calculus II (Math 132) and Elementary Probability and Statistics (Math 2200).
Credit based on AP Calculus Tests
AP Test Version | Score | Interpretation |
BC | 5 | 6 units credit for Math 131-132 (Calculus I and II). Recommended placement in Math 233 (Calculus III) or possibly Math 203 (Freshman Honors Mathematics I) |
BC | 4 | Student is probably qualified to enter Math 233 (Calculus III). No credit is awarded for AP Calculus Test scores less than 5. However, completion of Math 233 (at W.U.) with a grade of C+ or better earns retroactive AP credit for Math 131-132. See "alternate route" note below this table. |
BC | 3 | Student is possibly qualified to enter Math 233 (Calculus III) but Math 132 (Calculus II) might be more suitable. |
AB or AB subscore on BC exam | 5 | 3 units credit for Math 131 (Calculus I). Recommended placement in Math 132 (Calculus II) |
AB | 4 | Student is probably qualified to enter Math 132 (Calculus II). No credit is awarded for AP Calculus Test scores less than 5. However, completion of Math 132 (at W.U.) with a grade of C+ or better earns retroactive AP credit for Math 131. See "alternate route" note below this table. |
AB | 3 | Student is possibly qualified to enter Math 132 (Calculus II) but Math 131 (Calculus I) might be more suitable. |
Credit based on International Baccalaureate and British A-Level Credit
Alternate Route to Calculus I, II AP Credit
Any student (with any AP score, or no AP score at all) can receive AP credit for
- Math 131 (3 units) by completing Math 132 with a grade of C+ or better
- Math 131 and 132 (total: 6 units) by completing Math 233 with a grade of C+ or better
Math 131, 132 are the only courses which can receive "retroactive AP credit," and this policy applies only when the more advanced course in the calculus sequence is taken at Washington University.
If a student becomes eligible for this "retroactive" AP calculus credit, it should be awarded automatically sometime after the more advanced course is completed. If the credits do not appear in the "Other Credits" section of the student record by the end of the following semester, contact Professor Blake Thornton.
Note: if a student takes Math 132 or 233, receives a grade less than C+, and then later retakes the course and earns a grade of C+ or better, AP credit will not be awarded for earlier courses in the calculus sequence.
AP Statistics
Students with an AP Statistics score of 5 receive 3 units of credit for Math 2200 (Elementary Probability & Statistics). If these students wish to continue studying statistics they should consult with Professor Ed Spitznagel about course selection. If they are also interested in studying mathematics (and not just taking another statistics course), then usually they should complete at least Calculus III (Math 233) before going on in statistics.
No credit is awarded for an AP Statistics score less than 5. Such students could consider Math 2200 (a course similar to the AP statistics syllabus) or first taking Calculus III (Math 233) followed by Math 3200 (Elementary to Intermediate Statistics with Data Analysis).
Questions about A.P. credit? Contact Professor Blake Thornton
Transfer of Calculus III credit
Course Description for Mathematics 233 (Calculus III): Differential and integral calculus of functions of two and three variables. Vectors, curves and surfaces in space, partial derivatives, multiple integrals, line integrals, vector calculus through Green's Theorem.
There is no way to earn AP credit for Calculus III (Math 233). However, if a student has taken a multivariable course equivalent to Math 233 at another college or university, then it might be possible to transfer those credits to Washington University. In the case of the College of Arts & Sciences, you must submit the Prematriculation Credit form, a transcript, and a course description. For course work completed prior to matriculation, the following standards must be met:
- The course’s enrollment primarily is made up of matriculated college students.
- The course is taught by college faculty.
- The course is taught on a college campus.
- The course is taken after your junior year of high school.
- The course is not on your high school transcript.
- The course was taken at a fully accredited college.
For the other undergraduate divisions at WU (such as Engineering or Business), contact the appropriate undergraduate office for more information.
Placement Beyond Calculus III
Even if credits for Calculus III or other more advanced courses do not transfer, it may still be possible to be "placed out" of such courses without credit. Questions should be directed to Dr. Blake Thornton.