AP Exams

Advanced Placement (Class of 2018)

A maximum of four course credits may be achieved through AP, IB, and joint enrollment courses combined (including courses taken in the summer after high school graduation). No more than 2 of the 4 credits may come from joint enrollment courses. If you qualify for more than four such credits, you can change which courses you select later in your career at Davidson. AP credit is awarded for scores of 4 or 5 unless noted below.

Beginning with any student entering Davidson in Fall 2013 (Class of '17) and later, no more than two credits attained prior to matriculation at Davidson (or, for transfer students, as a degree candidate at another college) may be applied to the satisfaction of the eight distribution requirements needed for graduation. If you choose to have the AP course count for a distribution requirement, then the course will appear on your Davidson transcript as the course in the Distribution Course # column. If you choose to have the AP course count as one of your four credits but not for distribution credit, then the course will appear on your Davidson transcript as the course in the Non-Distribution Course # column. Either way, your AP scores can assist you in placing into higher-level Davidson College courses.

AP Test Distribution Course # Distribution Requirement Non-Distribution Course #
Art: History ART 100 Visual & Performing Arts ART 199
Art: Studio - Design or Drawing ART 199C Visual & Performing Arts ART 199
Biology BIO 107 Natural Science BIO 199
Calculus AB (3-5) or BC (3) MAT 111* Mathematical & Quantitative Thought MAT 199
Calculus AB subset of BC (4-5) MAT 111* Mathematical & Quantitative Thought MAT 199
Calculus BC (4-5) MAT 111 & 113* Mathematical & Quantitative Thought MAT 199
Capstone Research UNS 199C Liberal Studies UNS 199
Capstone Seminar UNS 199C Liberal Studies UNS 199
Chemistry CHE 115 Natural Science CHE 199
Chinese CHI 201 See Note Not Applicable
Computer Science A CSC 121 Mathematical & Quantitative Thought CSC 199
Computer Science AB CSC 121 & 221 Mathematical & Quantitative Thought CSC 199
Economics - Micro or Macro ECO 199C* Social-Scientific Thought ECO 199
Economics (3-4) ECO 101 Social-Scientific Thought ECO 199
English - Lang & Comp ENG 199 No Requirement Satisfied ENG 199
English - Lit & Comp ENG 110 Literary Studies, Creative Writing and Rhetoric ENG 199
Environmental Science ENV 199C Natural Science ENV 199
French FRE 201 See Note Not Applicable
German GER 201 See Note Not Applicable
Govt/Politics - American POL 121 Social-Scientific Thought POL 199
Govt/Politics - Comparative POL 140 Social-Scientific Thought POL 199
History - US (5) HIS 141 Historical Thought HIS 199
History - European (5) HIS 122 Historical Thought HIS 199
Latin LAT 199 See Note Not Applicable
Music Theory MUS 101 Visual & Performing Arts MUS 199
Physics B PHY 118* Liberal Studies - See Notes PHY 199
Physics C (Mechanics) PHY 118* Liberal Studies - See Notes PHY 199
Physics C (Elec & Mag) PHY 119* Liberal Studies - See Notes PHY 199
Psychology PSY 101 Social-Scientific Thought PSY 199
Spanish SPA 201 See Note Not Applicable
Statistics UNS 199 No Requirement Satisfied UNS 199


Note: Foreign language is not part of distribution limit.

AP Notes

  • Calculus: Credit for MAT 111 will be forfeited if the student takes MAT 112.
  • Economics: ECO 199C credit is forfeited if student takes ECO 101 at Davidson. A total of 7 on both tests, with neither score below 3, yields credit for ECO 101.
  • Latin: May convert to LAT 201 on basis of the departmental placement test during the summer.
  • Physics: Credit for 118 is forfeited by a student who elects to take PHY 120 or 130; credit for 119 is forfeited by a student who elects to take PHY 220 or 230. PHY 118 and 119 satisfy a liberal studies distribution requirement—not natural science—unless evidence of significant lab work for either course is presented to the Physics Department chair, in which case the course will satisfy the natural science requirement.
  • No credit awarded for AP Human Geography, Italian, or Japanese.

Contact AP to have scores sent, go to the College Board website. Davidson's number (College Board code) is 5150. Scores should be sent to the Registrar's Office.

Advanced Placement (Class of 2017)

A maximum of four course credits may be achieved through AP, IB, and joint enrollment courses combined (including courses taken in the summer after high school graduation). No more than 2 of the 4 credits may come from joint enrollment courses. If you qualify for more than four such credits, you can change which courses you select later in your career at Davidson. AP credit is awarded for scores of 4 or 5 unless noted below.

Beginning with any student entering Davidson in Fall 2013 (Class of '17) and later, no more than two credits attained prior to matriculation at Davidson (or, for transfer students, as a degree candidate at another college) may be applied to the satisfaction of the eight distribution requirements needed for graduation. If you choose to have the AP course count for a distribution requirement, then the course will appear on your Davidson transcript as the course in the Distribution Course # column. If you choose to have the AP course count as one of your four credits but not for distribution credit, then the course will appear on your Davidson transcript as the course in the Non-Distribution Course # column. Either way, your AP scores can assist you in placing into higher-level Davidson College courses.

AP Test Distribution Course # Distribution Requirement Non-Distribution Course #
Art: History ART 100 Visual & Performing Arts ART 199
Art: Studio - Design or Drawing ART 199C Visual & Performing Arts ART 199
Biology BIO 107 Natural Science BIO 199
Calculus AB (3-5) or BC (3) MAT 111* Mathematical & Quantitative Thought MAT 199
Calculus AB subset of BC (4-5) MAT 111* Mathematical & Quantitative Thought MAT 199
Calculus BC (4-5) MAT 111 & 113* Mathematical & Quantitative Thought MAT 199
Chemistry CHE 115 Natural Science CHE 199
Chinese CHI 201 See Note Not Applicable
Computer Science A CSC 121 Mathematical & Quantitative Thought CSC 199
Computer Science AB CSC 121 & 221 Mathematical & Quantitative Thought CSC 199
Economics - Micro or Macro ECO 199C* Social-Scientific Thought ECO 199
Economics (3+4 or better) ECO 101 Social-Scientific Thought ECO 199
English - Lang & Comp ENG 199 No Requirement Satisfied ENG 199
English - Lit & Comp ENG 110 Literary Studies, Creative Writing and Rhetoric ENG 199
Environmental Science ENV 199C Natural Science ENV 199
French - Lang and/or Lit FRE 201 See Note Not Applicable
German Language GER 201 See Note Not Applicable
Gov't & Politics - American POL 121 (formerly POL 111) Social-Scientific Thought POL 199
Gov't & Politics - Comparative POL 130 Social-Scientific Thought POL 199
History - American (5) HIS 141 or 142 Historical Thought HIS 199
History - European (5) HIS 122 Historical Thought HIS 199
Latin LAT 199 See Note Not Applicable
Music Theory MUS 101 Visual & Performing Arts MUS 199
Physics B PHY 118* Liberal Studies - See Notes PHY 199
Physics C (Mechanics) PHY 118* Liberal Studies - See Notes PHY 199
Physics C (E & M) PHY 119* Liberal Studies - See Notes PHY 199
Psychology PSY 101 Social-Scientific Thought PSY 199
Spanish - Lang and/or Lit SPA 201 See Note Not Applicable
Statistics UNS 199 No Requirement Satisfied UNS 199


Note: Foreign language is not part of distribution limit.

AP Notes

  • Calculus: Credit for MAT 111 will be forfeited if the student takes MAT 112 (Calculus I and Modeling).
  • Economics: ECO 199C credit is forfeited if student takes ECO 101 at Davidson. A total of 7 on both tests, with neither score below 3, yields credit for ECO 101. Student may earn only 1 credit total via ECO AP.
  • Latin: May convert to LAT 201 on basis of the departmental placement test during the summer. Credit awarded for Vergil or Lit, but not both.
  • Physics: PHY 118 and 119 are listings specifically for AP or IB credits. Credit for 118 is forfeited by a student who takes PHY 120 or 130; credit for 119, by a student who takes PHY 220 or 230. PHY 118 and 119 satisfy the liberal studies requirement unless evidence of significant lab work for either course is presented to the Physics Department chair, in which case the course fulfills the science requirement.
  • No credit awarded for AP Human Geography, Italian, or Japanese.

TO CONTACT AP to have scores sent, go to
http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/ap/exgrd_rep.html.
Davidson's number (College Board code) is 5150. Scores should be sent to the Registrar's Office.

Advanced Placement (Class of 2016)

A maximum of four course credits may be achieved through AP, IB, and joint enrollment courses combined (including courses taken in the summer after high school graduation). No more than 2 of the 4 credits may come from joint enrollment courses. If you qualify for more than four such credits, you can change which courses you select later in your career at Davidson. AP credit is awarded for scores of 4 or 5 unless noted below.

AP Test Distribution Course # Distribution Requirement Non-Distribution Course #
Art: History ART 100 Visual & Performing Arts ART 199
Art: Studio - Design or Drawing ART 199C Visual & Performing Arts ART 199
Biology BIO 107 Natural Science BIO 199
Calculus AB (3-5) or BC (3) MAT 111* Mathematical & Quantitative Thought MAT 199
Calculus AB subset of BC (4-5) MAT 111* Mathematical & Quantitative Thought MAT 199
Calculus BC (4-5) MAT 111 & 113* Mathematical & Quantitative Thought MAT 199
Chemistry CHE 115 Natural Science CHE 199
Chinese CHI 201 See Note Not Applicable
Computer Science A CSC 121 Mathematical & Quantitative Thought CSC 199
Computer Science AB CSC 121 & 221 Mathematical & Quantitative Thought CSC 199
Economics - Micro or Macro ECO 199C* Social-Scientific Thought ECO 199
Economics (3+4 or better) ECO 101 Social-Scientific Thought ECO 199
English - Lang & Comp ENG 199 No Requirement Satisfied ENG 199
English - Lit & Comp ENG 110 Literary Studies, Creative Writing and Rhetoric ENG 199
Environmental Science ENV 199C Liberal Studies ENV 199
French - Lang and/or Lit FRE 201 See Note Not Applicable
German Language GER 201 See Note Not Applicable
Gov't & Politics - American POL 121 (formerly POL 111) Social-Scientific Thought POL 199
Gov't & Politics - Comparative POL 130 Social-Scientific Thought POL 199
History - American (5) HIS 141 or 142 Historical Thought HIS 199
History - European (5) HIS 122 Historical Thought HIS 199
Latin LAT 199 See Note Not Applicable
Music Theory MUS 101 Visual & Performing Arts MUS 199
Physics B PHY 118* Liberal Studies - See Notes PHY 199
Physics C (Mechanics) PHY 118* Liberal Studies - See Notes PHY 199
Physics C (E & M) PHY 119* Liberal Studies - See Notes PHY 199
Psychology PSY 101 Social-Scientific Thought PSY 199
Spanish - Lang and/or Lit SPA 201 See Note Not Applicable
Statistics UNS 199 No Requirement Satisfied UNS 199


Note: Foreign language is not part of distribution limit.

AP Notes

  • Calculus: Credit for MAT 111 will be forfeited if the student takes MAT 112 (Calculus I and Modeling).
  • Economics: ECO 199C credit is forfeited if student takes ECO 101 at Davidson. A total of 7 on both tests, with neither score below 3, yields credit for ECO 101. Student may earn only 1 credit total via ECO AP.
  • Environmental science: Distribution requirement in liberal studies, not natural science.
  • Latin: May convert to LAT 201 on basis of the departmental placement test during the summer. Credit awarded for Vergil or Lit, but not both.
  • Physics: PHY 118 and 119 are listings specifically for AP or IB credits. Credit for 118 is forfeited by a student who takes PHY 120 or 130; credit for 119, by a student who takes PHY 220 or 230. PHY 118 and 119 satisfy the liberal studies requirement unless evidence of significant lab work for either course is presented to the Physics Department chair, in which case the course fulfills the science requirement.
  • No credit awarded for AP Human Geography, Italian, or Japanese.

TO CONTACT AP to have scores sent, go to
http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/ap/exgrd_rep.html.
Davidson's number (College Board code) is 5150. Scores should be sent to the Registrar's Office.

Advanced Placement (Class of 2015)

Credits for score of 4 or 5 unless otherwise noted (HIS, ECO, MAT)
"199C" or a specific course number indicates distribution credit; "199" alone does not.

AP Test Distribution Course # Distribution Requirement
Art: History ART 100 Fine Arts
Biology BIO 107 Lab Science
Calculus AB (3-5) or BC (3) MAT 111 Math
Calculus AB subset of BC (4-5) MAT 111 Math
Calculus BC (4-5) MAT 111 & 113 Math
Chemistry CHE 115 Lab Science
Chinese CHI 201 Foreign Language
Computer Science A CSC 121 Math
Computer Science AB CSC 121 & 231 Math
Economics - Micro or Macro ECO 199C* Social Science
Economics - both (3+4 or better) ECO 101 Social Science
English - Lang & Comp ENG 199* No Distribution Requirement
English - Lit & Comp ENG 110 Literature
Environmental Science ENV 199C Science, non-lab
French - Lang and/or Lit FRE 201 Foreign Language
German Language GER 201 Foreign Language
Gov't & Politics - American POL 121 (formerly POL 111) Social Science
Gov't & Politics - Comparative POL 130 Social Science
History - American (5) HIS 141 History
History - European (5) HIS 122 History
Human Geography UNS 199 No Distribution Requirement
Latin - Vergil and/or Latin Lit LAT 199* See Notes
Music Theory MUS 101 Fine Arts
Physics B PHY 118* Science, non-lab, See Notes
Physics C (Mechanics) PHY 118* Science, non-lab, See Notes
Physics C (E & M) PHY 119* Science, non-lab, See Notes
Psychology PSY 101 Social Science
Spanish - Lang and/or Lit SPA 201 Foreign Language
Statistics UNS 199* No Distribution Requirement


Note: Foreign language is not part of distribution limit.

AP Notes

  • Economics: ECO 199C credit is forfeited if student takes ECO 101 at Davidson. A total of 7 on both tests, with neither score below 3, yields credit for ECO 101.
  • English: AP credit does not satisfy the composition requirement, which must be met by a Davidson course (WRI 101 or the Humanities Program). ENG 110 satisfies the literature requirement.
  • Latin: May convert to LAT 201 on basis of the departmental placement test during the summer.
  • Physics: PHY 118 and 119 are listings specifically for AP or IB credits. Credit for 118 is lost by a student who elects to take PHY 120 or 130; credit for 119 is lost by a student who elects to take PHY 220 or 230. PHY 118 and 119 satisfy the science distribution requirement without lab unless evidence of significant lab work for either course is presented to the Physics Department chair, in which case the course will satisfy the lab science requirement.
  • Statistics: Satisfies neither mathematics nor any other distribution requirement.

TO CONTACT AP to have scores sent, go to
http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/ap/exgrd_rep.html.
Davidson's number (College Board code) is 5150. Scores should be sent to the Registrar's Office.