AP for Engineering Majors

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Advanced Placement (AP) credits apply toward both the university 180-unit requirement and the School of Engineering requirements in Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, and Computer Science (see the SoE-approval process below). AP credits can be applied only if the parallel Stanford courses are skipped. For example, a student cannot receive 10 units of AP mathematics credit and then enroll in MATH 41 or 42; to apply these AP units at Stanford, the first mathematics course taken must be beyond the MATH 40 series, typically MATH 51 or CME 100. AP credits in Chemistry and Physics are accepted as satisfying the School of Engineering Science requirement. Note that AP Physics C counts toward the Physics 40 series, whereas AP Physics B applies only to the non-calculus-based Physics 20 series (only CS and MS&E programs accept AP Physics B credit toward satisfying the science requirement). See the Stanford Bulletin AP Chart for further detail on AP policy.

For Stanford policy on A-Levels, French Baccalaureate, German Abitur see the Stanford Bulletin General Certification page.

[edit] Approval Process

To receive approval for math, science, and/or CS AP credits toward your School of Engineering major, take your Program Sheet and a copy of your unofficial SU transcript to 135 Huang. Approval of Advanced Placement will be checked against what the Registrar's Office has recorded on your SU transcript, and will be indicated by OSA staff initials and date on the Program Sheet (bring in your current PS on file in your major department, not a copy) in the Transfer/AP Approval column (please do not write in these columns yourself). If your transcript does not reflect the AP or other credit you think you should have, visit the Student Services Center in Tresidder or file a HelpSU ticket.

Advanced Placement (AP) Credit can be applied toward requirements in your School of Engineering major program as follows:

[edit] AP Scores and Placement 2016-17

  Subject  Score Placement
Calculus AB
5
MATH 21, or MATH 51 OR CME 100 if placement exam allows
         7-8
Calculus BC
5
MATH 51 OR CME 100
10
Calculus BC
4
MATH 21, or MATH 51 OR CME 100 if placement exam allows
         7-8
Chemistry
5
CHEM 33 or above
5
Computer Science A
4,5
CS 106B or X
5
Physics B
5
PHYSICS 25
8
Physics B
4
PHYSICS 23 AND 25
4
Physics C Mechanics only
       4,5
PHYSICS 43/45 OR 23/25
5
Physics C Mechanics only
3
PHYSICS 41/43/45 OR 23/25
4
Physics C E&M only
4,5
PHYSICS 41/45 OR 21/25
5
Physics C E&M only
3
PHYSICS 41/43/45 OR 21/25
4
Physics C Mech or E&M only
3
PHYSICS 41,43 and 45
4
Physics C Both Parts
4,5
PHYSICS 45
          10
Physics C Both Parts
3
PHYSICS 41,43 and 45
  8
Physics 1 & 2* Both parts
9, 10 PHYSICS 25 10
Physics 1 & 2* Both parts
8 PHYSICS 23 5

Note: *Starting for freshmen entering Stanford in 2016-17, Stanford accepts PHYSICS 1 and 2; this rule is not retroactive to previous years. Students must have taken both PHYSICS 1 and 2 to receive credit along with scoring a minimum of 4 on each exam. The standard rules apply such that students cannot receive credit for multiple exams taken within the same subject. The best score and or unit rate is applied to the transcript for Physics. If a student wants to have a certain Physics exam reflected on the transcript, s/he should contact the Student Services Center.

[edit] IB Scores and Placement 2016-17

Stanford also awards advanced placement credit for certain International Baccalaureate (IB) and international advanced placement subject exams. Note that IB, GCE and A-Level Physics is equivalent to the 20-series, not to the calculus-based 40-series that is required for most School of Engineering majors (only CS and MS&E programs accept the 20-series as satisfying the physics science requirement). However, if you have taken a Math examination that includes mechanics with calculus, you may request the Physics Department grant you equivalence for Physics 41.

To request Physics 41 equivalence, you must provide
• your Stanford transcript showing the units granted by the Stanford Registrar;
• transcript from your international examination indicating the course and score;
• the examination syllabus, or the URL for the syllabus.
Email this information to Elva Carbajal, Student Services Officer in the Physics Department. You will be notified by email either of a decision, or if an in-person meeting is required.

For detail and Stanford policy on IB, see the IB Chart in Explore Degrees

Test Subject      Score Placement Qtr Units
Chemistry          5 CHEM 35 or 135     10
Computer Science          4,5 CS 106B or X      5
Mathematics          6 or higher MATH 51 or CME 100     10
Physics          6 or higher PHYSICS 25      8
Physics          5 PHYSICS 23/25      4
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