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Academic Information

Advanced Placement Policies

In order to receive AP 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. If a department does not state explicitly that it gives credit, a student cannot get credit for the AP test in that field.

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 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 either Biology 101, 102 or 115 with a minimum grade of B– in the course. 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 obtained a 4 or 5 in AP Chinese Language and Culture will receive 1 credit upon completion of Chinese 140 or a higher-level Chinese language course with a minimum grade of B- in the course. Placement is based on the placement exam. The AP credit will be awarded after completion of 140, regardless of what level a student initially places into.


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-.


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.


Environmental Studies

Students who complete Environmental Studies 210 (taken during the second semester of the sophomore year) with a minimum grade of B+ can apply their Environmental Science AP toward college credit if they receive a 4 or 5 on the AP exam. However, AP scores do not count as one of the courses toward completion of the Environmental Studies concentration. 


French Literature and Language

Students having obtained a 4 or 5 on the AP French Language and Culture exam will receive 1 credit upon completion of French 200 with a minimum grade of B in the course. 


German

Students having obtained a 4 or 5 on the AP exam will receive 1 credit upon completion of German 200W or another 200-level German course taught in German with a minimum grade of B- in the course. Students must complete the 200-level course in their first year at Hamilton to receive the AP credit.


Government and World Politics

United States: Students with a score 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 a score 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 writing-intensive 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 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 Italian 130 with a minimum grade of B- in the course. The AP credit will be awarded after completion of 130, regardless of what level a student initially places in to.

 

Japanese

Students having obtained a 4 or 5 on the Japanese AP exam will receive one credit upon completion of Japanese 140 with a minimum grade of B- in the course. The initial placement is based on a placement exam given by the Japanese Program. Students may be placed into Japanese 130 and still receive AP credit upon completion of 140.


Latin

Students having obtained a 4 or 5 in AP Latin will receive 1 credit upon completion of a 300-level Latin course 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.


Literature and Creative Writing

Students earning a score of 4 or 5 on either or both of the AP examinations in Literature and/or Language may place directly into one of several 200-level courses. 

Students earning a score of 5 on the AP exam and who earn a minimum grade of B- in a 100-level or 200-level writing-intensive 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 Literature class must take 204 before they enroll in 215.

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


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 minimum grade of C- without having taken Math 113 will receive credit for Math 113.  Students who complete Math 216 with a minimum grade of C- 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 into the second half of Music 210 and will receive 1 full credit for the course upon its successful completion.  Students who receive a 4 on the AP exam in Music Theory should consult with the department about placement and credit.


Physics

Physics 1 and Physics 2 (algebra based): Students with scores for AP 1 or 2 should consult with the department about placement but will not receive course 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, assuming that they have not completed any courses in an introductory sequence. Students having obtained a 5 in Mechanics, independent of their score in E&M, will receive 1 credit upon successful completion of Physics 195 or 205, assuming that they have not completed any of the first-semester courses of the introductory sequence.

In all cases, successful completion requires a minimum grade of B.


Psychology

Students having obtained a 4 or 5 on the AP Psychology exam will not receive course credit for Introductory Psychology but may elect any 200-level course for which Introductory Psychology is a prerequisite.


Spanish Literature and Language

Students having obtained a 4 or 5 on the 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-. Placement is based on a 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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