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English Composition I Exemption:

Students who score a minimum ACT English score of 27 or an old SAT verbal score of 610 or a new SAT Reading Test score of at least 33 will be exempt from taking English 101. Official scores should be mailed to the Office of Admissions for exemption to be granted.

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 Air Force Studies for details.

The Prior Learning Assessment Center:

The Prior Learning Assessment Center, housed in the Department of Integrative Studies, will serve as a central location where potential and enrolled USA students can obtain information and advising on the assessment options available for earning USA credit for prior learning. The center will also be the primary academic unit responsible for the coordination and administration of prior learning assessment by portfolio.

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 Hours
Art History ARH 100 4 3 hrs
Studio Art: 2-D Design  ARS Elective 4 3 hrs
Studio Art: 3-D Design ARS Elective 4 3 hrs
Studio Art-Drawing ARS Elective 4 3 hrs
Art History ARH 100 4 3 hrs
Biology BLY 121/BLY 121L & BLY 122/BLY 122L 3 8 hrs
Chemistry CH 131/CH 131L 4 4 hrs
Chemistry CH 131/CH 131L & CH 132/CH 132L 5 8 hrs
Computer Science A CIS 120 4 4 hrs
Computer Science Principles CSC 108 3 3 hrs
Microeconomics ECO 215 3 3 hrs
Macroeconomics ECO 216 3 3 hrs
Language & Composition EH 101 4 3 hrs
Language & Literature EH 101 4 3 hrs
Human Geography GEO 114 3 3 hrs
World History HY 101 4 3 hrs
World History HY 101/HY 102 4 6 hrs
European History HY 102 4 3 hrs
US History HY 136 4 3 hrs
US History HY 135/HY 136 5 6 hrs
Calculus AB MA 125 3 4 hrs
Calculus BC MA 125 and MA 126 3 8 hrs
Music Listen & Lit MUL Elective 3 3 hrs
Music Theory MUT Elective 3 3 hrs
Physics 1 PH 114/PH 114L 4 5 hrs
Physics 2 PH 115/PH 115L 5 5 hrs
Physics C Mechanics PH 201/PH 201L 4 4 hrs
Physics C Electricity & Magnetism PH 202/PH 202L 4 4 hrs
American Gov't PSC 130 3 3 hrs
Comparative Gov't PSC 250 3 3 hrs
Psychology PSY 120 3 3 hrs
Statistics ST 210 3 3 hrs
French:
French Language and Culture LG 111 & LG 112 3 6 hrs
French Language and Culture LG 111, LG 112, & LG 211 4 9 hrs
French Language and Culture LG 111, LG 112, LG 211, & LG 212 5 12 hrs
German:
German Language and Culture LG 151 & LG 152 3 6 hrs
German Language and Culture LG 151, LG 152, & LG 251 4 9 hrs
German Language and Culture LG 151, LG 152, LG 251, & LG 252 5 12 hrs
Latin:
Latin LG 101 & LG 102 3 6 hrs
Latin LG 101, LG 102, LG 201  4 9 hrs
Latin LG 101, LG 102, LG 201 & LG 202 5 12 hrs
Spanish:
Spanish Language and Culture LG 131 & LG 132 3 6 hrs
Spanish Language and Culture LG 131, LG 132, & LG 231 4 9 hrs
Spanish Language and Culture LG 131, LG 132, LG 231, & LG 232 5 12 hrs
   

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:

Title SL/HL Passing
Score
USA Course Equivalent Credit
Hours
Biology SL 5 BLY 101, BLY 101L
BLY 102, BLY 102L
8
Biology HL 5 BLY 121, BLY 121L
BLY 122, BLY 122L
8
Chemistry SL 5

CH 101, CH 101L
or

CH 131, CH 131L

4
Chemistry HL 5

CH 131, CH 131L
CH 132, CH 132L

8
Economics SL 6

ECO 215, ECO 216

6
Economics HL HL 4

ECO 215

3
Economics HL HL 5

ECO 215, ECO 216

6
Language A:  Language and Literature HL 5-6

EH 101

3
Language A:  Language and Literature HL 7

EH 101, EH 102

6
Geography SL and HL 4

GEO 114

3
History of the Americas HL 5

HY 135 

3
History of Asia and Oceania HL 5

HY 104

3
History of Europe HL 5

HY 102

3
Information Technology in a global society SL and HL 5

ISC 245
or
ITE 271

3
Arabic ab initio SL/HL 4

LGS 106

3
Arabic SL and HL 3

LGS 106

3
Arabic SL and HL 4

LGS 106, LGS 107

6
Arabic SL and HL 5

LGS 106, LGS 107
LGS 206, LGS 207

12
Chinese ab initio SL/HL 4

LG 121

3
Chinese SL and HL 3

LG 121

3
Chinese SL and HL 4

LG 121, LG 122

6
Chinese SL and HL 5

LG 121, LG 122
LG 221, LG 222

12
Classical Languages ab initio SL/HL 4

LG 101

3
Classical languages SL and HL 4

LG 101

3
Classical Languages SL and HL 5

LG 101, LG 102

6
Classical Languages SL and HL  6

LG 101, LG 102
LG 201

9
Classical Languages SL and HL 7

LG 101, LG 102
LG 201, LG 202

12
French ab initio SL/HL 4

LG 111

3
French SL and HL 4

LG 111

3
French SL and HL 5

LG 111, LG 112

6
French SL and HL 6

LG 111, LG 112
LG 211

9
French SL and HL 7

LG 111, LG 112
LG 211, LG 212

12
German ab initio SL/HL 4

LG 151

3
German SL and HL 4

LG 151

3
German SL and HL 5

LG 151, LG 152

6
German SL and HL 6

LG 151, LG 152
LG 251

9
German SL and HL 7

LG 151, LG 152
LG 251, LG 252

12
Hindi ab initio SL/HL 4

LGS 131

3
Hindi SL and HL 3

LGS 131

3
Italian ab initio SL/HL 4

LGS 161

3
Italian SL and HL 4

LGS 161

3
Italian SL and HL 5

LGS 161, LGS 162

6
Italian SL and HL 6

LGS 161, LGS 162
LGS 261

9
Italian SL and HL 7

LGS 161, LGS 162
LGS 261, LGS 262

12
Japanese ab initio SL/HL 4

LGS 101

3
Japanese SL and HL 3

LGS 101

3
Japanese SL and HL 4

LGS 101, LGS 102

6
Japanese SL and HL 5

LGS 101, LGS 102
LGS 201, LGS 202

12
Korean ab initio SL/HL 4

LGS 171

3
Korean SL and HL 3

LGS 171

3
Korean SL and HL 4

LGS 171, LGS 172 

6
Korean SL and HL 5

LGS 171, LGS 172
LGS 271, LGS 272

12
Modern Greek ab initio SL/HL 4

LGS 141

3
Modern Greek SL and HL 4

LGS 141

3
Modern Greek SL and HL 5

LGS 141, LGS 142

6
Modern Greek SL and HL 6

LGS 141, LGS 142
LGS 241

9
Modern Greek SL and HL 7

LGS 141, LGS 142
LGS 241, LGS 242

12
Portuguese ab initio SL/HL 4

LGS 181

3
Portuguese SL and HL 4

LGS 181

3
Portuguese SL and HL 5

LGS 181, LGS 182

6
Portuguese SL and HL 6

LGS 181, LGS 182
LGS 281

9
Portuguese SL and HL 7

LGS 181, LGS 182
LGS 281 LGS 282

12
Russian ab initio SL/HL,
SL and HL
4

LG 171

3
Russian ab initio SL/HL,
SL and HL
5

LG 171, LG 172

6
Russian ab initio SL/HL,
SL and HL
6

LG 171, LG 172,
LG 271

9
Russian ab initio SL/HL,
SL and HL
7

LG 171, LG 172
LG 271 LG 272

12
Spanish ab initio SL/HL 4

LG 131

3
Spanish SL  4

LG 131

3
Spanish SL  5

LG 131, LG 132

6
Spanish  SL  6

LG 131, LG 132
LG 231

9
Spanish HL 5

LG 131, LG 132

6
Spanish HL 6

LG 131, LG 132
LG 231

9
Spanish HL 7

LG 131, LG 132
LG 231, LG 232

12
Mathematical Studies SL 4

MA 110

3
Mathematics SL and HL  4-5

MA 115

4
Mathematics SL and HL 6

MA 125

4
Music SL 5

MUL 101

3
Music HL 5

MUL 235

2
Philosophy SL and HL 5

PHL 110

3
Physics SL and HL 5

PH 104

4
Psychology SL and HL 5

PSY 120

3
Social and Cultural Anthropology SL and HL 5

AN 100

3
Theatre SL and HL 4

DRA 110

3

CLEP

A student can receive up to 25% of the total credits required for the degree 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 USA Credit Awarded Hours Awarded CLEP Score Required
American Government
PSC 130
3 hrs 50
General Biology
BLY 121/BLY 122
8 hrs 50
Calculus
MA 125
4 hrs  60
Precalculus
MA 115
4 hrs 50
General Chemistry
CH 131/CH 132
8 hrs 50
Into to Psychology
PSY 120
3 hrs 50
Financial Accounting
ACC 211
3 hrs 50
Intro to Business Law
BUS 265
3 hrs 50
Intro to Macroeconomics
ECO 216
3 hrs 50
Intro to Microeconomics
ECO 215
3 hrs 50
Intro to Marketing
MKT 320
3 hrs 50
Intro to Sociology
SY 109
3 hrs 50
Human Growth and Development
PSY 250
3 hrs 50
U.S. History I: Early Colonizations to 1877
HY 135
3 hrs 50
US History II: 1865 to Present
HY 136
3 hrs 50
Western Civilization I:  Ancient Near East to 1648
HY 101
3 hrs 50
Western Civilization II: 1648 to Present
HY 102
3 hrs 50
College Composition
EH 101/EH 102
6 hrs 50
American Literature with Essay
EH 225 and EH 226
6 hrs 50
English Literature with Essay
EH 215 and EH 216
6 hrs 50
Humanities-General
Fine Arts and Lit Elect
6 hrs 50
College Mathematics
Math Electives
8 hrs 50
Natural Sciences-General
Bio & Nat Science Elect
8 hrs 50
Social Science & History
Soc Science & Hist Elect
6 hrs 50
French
LG 111 and LG 112
LG 111, LG 112, and LG 211 

6 hrs
9 hrs

50-58
59+
German
LG 151 and LG 152
LG 111, LG 112, and LG 211 

6 hrs
9 hrs

50-59
Spanish
LG 131 and LG 132
LG 131, LG 132, and LG 231 

6 hrs
9 hrs

50-62
63+

Computer Science CLEP credit is 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.