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Academic Information

Advanced Placement Policies

In order to receive A.P. credit, a student must take a departmentally approved Hamilton course and pass with the minimum grade stipulated by the department. Students must take one of the courses listed below as their first course in the department, unless otherwise designated. A student may not receive credit toward a degree solely on the basis of a score on an Advanced Placement Test.

Art

General, Drawing and Art 2D Design: Students having obtained a 5 on the AP exam will receive 1 credit upon completion of Art 104 or 160 with a minimum grade of a B in the course.


Art History

Students having obtained a 4 or 5 on the AP exam will receive 1 credit upon completion of any 200-level Art History course with a minimum grade of B in the course.

 

Biology

Students having obtained a 4 or 5 on the Biology AP exam may receive 1 college credit after completion of Biology 101, 102 or 115 with a minimum grade of B– or better. The credit is for exemption from one semester of introductory college-level biology and to allow students to proceed in our curriculum (AP credit may not be applied to the concentration requirements). Students will not receive a college AP credit if they choose to take both Biology 101 and 102.


Chinese

Students having passed the beginners placement exam in Chinese will be placed in Chinese 130. Students having passed the advanced Chinese placement exam will be placed in Chinese 200. There is also an oral exam to make sure the students can be placed at higher levels.


Chemistry

Students having obtained a 4 or 5 on the AP exam will receive 1 credit upon completion of Chemistry 125 or 190 as their first course in Chemistry with a minimum grade of C-.


Comparative Literature

Students having obtained a 5 on the English Literature and Composition AP exam will receive 1 semester credit (not toward the concentration) for completing any Comparative Literature course with a B- or better, with the following limitation: Students who receive an AP credit in English or who take a 100-level course in English may not also receive an AP credit in Comparative Literature.


Computer Science

Students having obtained a 4 or 5 on the AP Computer Science exam will be eligible for enrollment in Computer Science 111.


Economics and Public Policy

Issues in Macro: Students having obtained a 5 on the AP exam will receive 1 credit upon completion of Economics 285 with a minimum grade of B- in the course.

Issues in Micro: Students having obtained a 5 on the AP exam will receive 1 credit upon completion of Economics 275 with a minimum grade of B- in the course.


English and Creative Writing

Students earning a score of 4 or 5 on either or both of the AP examinations in English may place directly into one of several 200-level courses. This fall, the 200-level courses include 204, 218, 222 and 267.

Starting with the Class of 2017, students earning scores of 5 on the AP exam and who earn a final grade of B- or higher in a 100-level or 200-level course will receive 1 additional course credit. Students in previous class years earning scores of 5 on the AP exam and who earn a final grade of B- or higher in a 200-level course will receive 1 additional course credit.

Students earning scores of 4 or 5 on the AP exam who do not take a 100-level English class must take 204 before they enroll in 215.

Students can only receive a total of one unit of credit for both AP English Literature and Language.


Environmental Studies

Environmental Studies does not give credit for AP courses.


French Literature and Language

Students having obtained a 4 or 5 on the AP exam will receive 1 credit upon completion of a 200-level French course with a minimum grade of B- in the course. Students can only receive one credit for both AP French Literature and Language.


German

Students having obtained a 4 or 5 on the AP exam will receive 1 credit upon completion of a 200-level German course with a minimum grade of B- in the course.


Government and World Politics

United States: Students with scores of 5 on the AP exam may enter any 200-level American Politics course without taking the prerequisite. Upon completion of the 200-level course with a grade of B or better, the student will receive 1 credit for Government 116.

Comparative: Students with scores of 5 on the AP exam may enter any 200-level Comparative Politics course without taking the prerequisite. Upon completion of the 200-level course with a grade of B or better, the student will receive 1 credit for Government 112.

Alternatively, students may take 116 and/or 112 if they so choose, but they thereby forfeit the potential credit from their AP score; to be eligible for these courses, such students must contact the Registrar’s Office and request the removal of the AP scores from their records.


History

Students who receive a 4 or 5 on a European, American and/or World History AP examination will receive 1 credit toward general graduation requirements upon completion of a 100-level History course with a minimum grade of C-. However, 200- and 300-level History courses do not meet this requirement. AP credits do not count toward the History concentration or minor. Students can only receive a total of one unit of credit for AP European, American and World History.


Human Geography

Students having obtained a 4 or 5 on the AP exam will receive 1 credit upon successful completion of Anthropology 113 or 114 with a minimum grade of B- in the course.


Italian

Students having obtained a 4 or 5 on the AP exam will receive 1 credit upon successful completion of Critical Languages 130 with a minimum grade of B- in the course.

 

Japanese

Students having obtained a 4 or 5 on the AP exam will take the placement test and be enrolled in Japanese 130. Students will receive 1 credit upon completion of Japanese 140 with a minimum grade of a B- in the course.


Latin

Students having obtained a 4 or 5 in AP Latin will receive 1 credit upon completion of Latin 390 with a minimum grade of B- in the course. Students having obtained a 3 will receive 1 credit upon completion of Latin 210 with a minimum grade of B- in the course.


Mathematics

Students are placed by the department on the basis of AP scores and a departmental placement exam.  Students who complete Math 116 with a grade of C- or better without having taken Math 113 will receive credit for Math 113.  Students who complete Math 216 with a grade of C- or better without having taken Math 116 will receive credit for Math 116.  The Math Department does not award credit for AP Statistics.


Music Theory

Students who receive a 5 on the AP exam in Music Theory are placed in Music 209 and will receive 1 advanced placement credit upon completion of Music 209 with a minimum grade of B in the course.


Physics

Physics B (non-calculus): Students having obtained a 4 in AP Physics B will receive no credit or placement. Students having obtained a 5 in AP Physics B will receive 1 credit upon successful completion of a Physics course and should consult with the department about placement. Such students will normally take Physics 190 or 200. A minimum grade of B- required is required for AP credit.

Physics C (calculus based): Students having obtained a 5 in both Mechanics and E&M will receive 2 credits upon successful completion of Physics 290. Students having obtained a 4 in Mechanics and either a 4 or 5 E&M will receive 1 credit upon successful completion of Physics 190 or 200 or higher. Minimum grade of B- required. Students having obtained a 5 in Mechanics and a 4 in E&M will receive 1 credit upon successful completion of Physics 290. Minimum grade of B- required.

In all cases, a minimum grade of B- is required for AP credit.


Psychology

Students having obtained a 4 or 5 in AP Psychology may elect any 200-level course that has Introductory Psychology as a prerequisite. AP credits do not count toward the Psychology concentration or minor.


Spanish Literature and Language

Students having obtained a 4 or 5 in AP Spanish Literature or Language exam will receive 1 credit upon completion of a 200-level Hispanic Studies course with a minimum grade of B- in the course. Placement is based on placement exam. Students may choose to begin with 140 with the consent of the department chair and still receive AP credit upon completion of a 200-level course. Students can only receive one credit for both AP Spanish Literature and Language.

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