Undergraduate Student Handbook

Advanced Placement

Most issues regarding advance placement should be taken up with the Office of Transfer Credit and Advanced Placement, College Hall, Philadelphia, PA 19104, Telephone: 215-898-6080.

Note that students with AP credit who take the equivalent course at Penn forfeit the AP credit. This applies to CHEM 091, PHYS 093/094, and MATH 104/114.


The School of Engineering and Applied Science accepts AP credit for BIOL 101 plus BIOL 123 in lieu of requirements for BIOL 121. Advance placement credits earned for BIOL 091 and CHEM 091 may be used as natural science, and, therefore, technical electives. In some curricula, BIOL 091 and CHEM 091 may substitute for BIOL 101 or CHEM 101, respectively, but only by petition with departmental approval.


Some Penn Engineering curricula require CHEM 101, 102 plus the labs. Generally AP credit is given only for the lecture parts of the courses (students must still enroll in Chem 53,54). However, the chemistry department may grant "waivers" if students present evidence of equivalent lab experience in high school. Penn Engineering accepts these waivers in lieu of the requirement for the chemistry labs. The waivers do not carry academic credit, and students typically have to make up the science credits by taking other courses.

Students with AP credit for CHEM 091 are encouraged to take the placement exam(s) for CHEM 101 and 102 offered by the Chemistry Department. Students with CHEM 091 AP credit, who have not taken (or have not passed) the placement exam for CHEM 101, may take CHEM 102. Students with CHEM 091 credit may enroll in Chem 053 as a stand alone course. Students should be aware that there are situations where specific credit for CHEM 101 and 102 is required as for premed students.


Most Penn Engineering curricula require PHYS 150 and/or 151, which consist of lecture and lab, or PHYS 140 and/or 141, which are the lectures only.  AP credit for physics is given by the Physics Department. Detailed information can be found at: https://www.physics.upenn.edu/undergraduate/credit-certification


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