Office of Academic Services

Academic Credit

There is an expectation that once students begin their matriculation at Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences, they will complete the bulk of their work within academic departments on the New Brunswick Campus. There are, however, several other ways that students may earn credit toward the degree requirements. Students may be awarded credits through Advanced Placement examinations, International Baccalaureate, and Rutgers proficiency examinations. Credit may also be earned in transfer. Credits earned through these methods are not computed in the cumulative grade-point average. Academic departments determine if such courses and/or credits are applicable to the major, minor, or the SAS Core Curriculum.

Advanced Placement (AP)

Degree credit is awarded for advanced placement examination scores of 4 and 5 on the College Board Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations. Credit is not given for grades of 3, 2, or 1.

Some students may find that these high school-level courses do not provide the same foundational knowledge that is available through an introductory-level university course.  Students may, after consultation with an adviser, decide to waive the credits from the AP course to enable them to register for the introductory course in a particular academic discipline. This waiver must be requested in writing prior to registering for the introductory course and may not be reversed. If the student accepts the credits and subsequently enrolls in the course, the AP credit equivalent is replaced with the degree credits earned. Advanced Placement exam scores will not be accepted for credit if the exam is completed after the student's graduation from high school.

Students will need to provide an original copy of the scores directly from the Educational Testing Service (ETS) in order for credit to be granted. Rutgers' CEEB code is 002765. ETS can send the scores electronically or students can mail the report to one of the following addresses:

For First Year Students: For Transfer Students:
SAS Office of Academic Services
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
604 Bartholomew Road, Room 172
Piscataway, NJ 08854
SAS Transfer Center
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
54 Joyce Kilmer Avenue, Room A-204
Piscataway, NJ 08854

The following is a list of advanced placement exams and scores, and the Rutgers degree credit that is awarded based on those scores:

AP Exam Score Rutgers Course(s) Granted Total Credits
Art History
4
01:082:105 & 01:082:106
6
5
01:082:105 & 01:082:106
6
Biology
4
01:119:115, 116, 117
10
5
01:119:115, 116, 117
10
Calculus AB
4
01:640:151
4
5
01:640:151
4
Calculus BC
4
01:640:151 & 01:640:152
8
5
01:640:151 & 01:640:152
8
Calculus AB Subscore
4
01:640:151 
4
5
01:640:151
4
Chemistry
4
01:160:161 & 01:160:171
5
5
01:160:161, 162, 171
9
Chinese Language and Culture*
4
01:165:121
for heritage speakers who have some reading and writing skills
3
01:165:108
for heritage speakers who have no reading or writing skills
4
01:165:102
for non-heritage speakers who have studied Chinese in HS
4
5
01:165:121
for heritage speakers who have some reading and writing skills
3
01:165:108
for heritage speakers who have no reading or writing skills
4
01:165:102
for non-heritage speakers who have studied Chinese in HS
4
* No credit granted for native speakers of Chinese.
Computer Science A
4
Elective credit
3
5
01:198:111
4
Computer Science AB
4
01:198:111
4
5
01:198:111 & 01:198:112
8
Computer Science: Principles
4
01:198:110
3
5
01:198:110
3
Economics - Macro
4
01:220:103
3
5
01:220:103
3
Economics - Micro
4
01:220:102
3
5
01:220:102
3
English Language and Composition
4
01:355:101
3
5
01:355:101
3
English Literature and Composition
4
01:355:101 or 01:351:201
(if Lang exam credit)
3
5
01:355:101 or 01:351:201
(if Lang exam credit)
3
Environmental Science
4
11:375:101
3
5
11:375:101
3
European History
4
01:510:101
3
5
01:510:101
3
French Language
4
01:420:210
3
5
01:420:210
3
French Literature
4
01:420:214
3
5
01:420:214
3
German Language
4
01:470:131 & 01:470:132
6
5
01:470:131 & 01:470:132
6
Government and Politics: Comparative
4
01:790:103
3
5
01:790:103
3
Government and Politics: United States
4
01:790:104
3
5
01:790:104
3
Human Geography
4
01:450:103
3
5
01:450:103
3
Italian Language and Culture
4
01:560:131
4
5
01:560:131 & 01:560:132
8
Japanese Language and Culture
4
01:565:102
4
5
01:565:102
4
Jewish History * See note below
Latin Literature
4
Elective credit
3
5
Elective credit
3
Latin: Vergil
4
Elective credit
3
5
Elective credit
3
Music Theory
4
07:700:103
3
5
07:700:103
3
Physics 1
4
01:750:203, 205
4
5
01:750:203, 205
4
Physics 2
4
01:750:204, 206
4
5
01:750:204, 206
4
Physics B
(no longer active)
4
01:750:203, 204, 205, 206
8
5
01:750:203, 204, 205, 206
8
Physics C: E&M
4
01:750:204 & 750:206
4
5
01:750:204 & 750:206
4
Physics C: Mechanics
4
01:750:203 & 750:205
4
5
01:750:203 & 750:205
4
Psychology
4
01:830:101
3
5
01:830:101
3
Spanish Language
4
01:940:203
3
5
01:940:203
3
Spanish Literature
4
01:940:215
3
5
01:940:215
3
Statistics
4
01:960:211
3
5
01:960:211
3
Studio Art: Drawing
4
Elective credit
3
5
Elective credit
3
Studio Art: 2-D Design
4
Elective credit
3
5
Elective credit
3
United States History
4
01:512:103
3
5
01:512:103
3
World History
4
01:506:101
3
5
01:506:101
3

Advanced Placement in Jewish History exam administered by Yeshiva University

Students must score a 4 or above to earn credit. Each exam is worth 1.5 credits, so students who take all three parts will earn 4.5 credits. If they take parts I and II, they will earn equivalency for Jewish Society & Culture 1 (01:563:201); if they take parts II and III, they will earn equivalence for Jewish Society & Culture 2 (01:563:202) If they take I and III, they will earn elective credit, TR:T01:EC, which means the credits cannot be applied to the Jewish Studies major or minor or to the SAS Core (without exam II, they will not have covered the medieval period in Jewish History). Students who complete all three sections will get the equivalent of either JSC 1 OR 2 as well as the other 1.5 credits as elective credits.

No credit granted for native
speakers of Chinese

A-Level Examinations

Degree credit is awarded for GCE Advanced Level examinations in select subjects with sufficient grades. We do not award credit for Advanced Subsidiary (AS) level or Ordinary (O) level exams or for grades below D.

Students must have an official examination report sent to SAS Office of Academic Services at the address below:

SAS Office of Academic Services
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
604 Bartholomew Road, Room 172
Piscataway, NJ 08854

The following is a list of A-Level exams and grades, and the Rutgers degree credit that is awarded based on those grades. If you do not see your subject represented, please submit your examination report to our office to facilitate faculty review of the work for transferability.

A-Level Exam Grade Rutgers Course(s) Granted Total Credits
Biology A, B, C, D 01:119:115-116, 01:119:117
10
Business A, B, C, D 33:011:100
3
Chemistry A, B, C, D 01:160:161-162 and 01:160:171
9
Economics A, B, C, D 01:220:102-103
6
Geography A, B, C, D Department review
TBD
History A, B, C, D 01:510:101
3
Mathematics A, B, C, D 01:640:151 and 01:960:211
7
Physics A, B, C, D 01:750:203-204, 205-206
8

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

SAS does not award credit for subject tests taken through the College Level Examination Program (CLEP).

International Baccalaureate Examinations (IB)

The School of Arts and Sciences recognizes the rigor of the International Baccalaureate program and grants college credit for students who demonstrate strong performance (scores of 7, 6, and 5) on Higher Level exams. Credit is not given for grades of 4 or lower or for Subsidiary/Standard Level exams.

Higher Level Exam Score Rutgers Course(s) Granted Total Credits
Arabic 7, 6, 5 Department Review
TBD
Biology 7, 6, 5 01:119:115-116, 01:119:117
10
Business 7, 6, 5 33:011:100
3
Chemistry 7, 6, 5 01:160:161-162 and 01:160:171
9
Chinese (Mandarin) 7, 6, 5 Department Review
TBD
Chinese Literature 7, 6, 5 Elective Credit
3
Dance 7, 6, 5 Department Review
TBD
Economics 7, 6, 5 01:220:102-103
6
English 7, 6, 5 Elective Credit
6
European History 7, 6, 5 01:510:101-102
6
Film 7, 6, 5 01:351:308 and 01:354:201
6
French 7, 6, 5 01:420:210
3
Geography 7, 6, 5 01:450:102 and 01:450:103
6
German 7, 6, 5 01:470:131-132
6
Global Politics 7, 6, 5 01:790:102
3
History 7, 6, 5 Student must provide syllabus
TBD
History-Africa 7, 6, 5 TR:T01:HST
6
History of the Americas/US History 7, 6, 5 01:512:103-104
6
Math 7, 6, 5 01:640:151
4
Physics 7, 6, 5 01:750:203-204, 205-206
8
Psychology 7, 6, 5 01:830:101
3
Spanish 7, 6, 5 01:940:203
3
Theatre 7, 6, 5 07:965:211
3
Visual Arts 7, 6, 5 Elective credit
6
World History 7, 6, 5 01:506:114
3

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Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)

The School of Arts and Sciences does not grant degree credit for Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), including those offered through Coursera, even when those courses are offered by units of Rutgers University. SAS students may participate in these courses, but they may not be used to fulfill requirements, prerequisites, or contribute to the Rutgers GPA.

Proficiency Examinations

Students may satisfy prerequisites and sometimes earn credit through individual examinations offered by the academic departments of Rutgers.

Prior approval by the School of Arts and Sciences and the appropriate academic department is required before seeking credit through examination; approval by the major department also is required for credit in the major field. The awarding of credits through these methods is uncommon and decisions are made on a course-by-course basis.

Courses Completed at Other Units of Rutgers University

School of Arts and Sciences students are expected to register for classes offered by the Rutgers-New Brunswick Campus faculties. Interunit registration for classes offered at the Rutgers-Newark and Rutgers-Camden campuses is granted only in unusual circumstances and must be approved by the Office of Academic Services prior to registration. Courses completed at other units of Rutgers University appear directly on the student's transcript and grades are included in the cumulative grade-point average. Because of differences in the structure of academic disciplines and in the details of requirements from unit to unit, there may be instances where specific courses may not be applicable to a School of Arts and Sciences major or minor or core curriculum learning goals.

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