AP & IB Biology Policy

If your AP Biology exam score was a three you should start with the first course in one of the introductory biology sequences. Consult with your Biology Major advisor for the appropriate sequence. These credits will not count toward the 31 credits required in Biology.

If your higher-level International Baccalaureate (IB) examination score was a 4 or your AP Biology exam score was a 4 or 5 you have several options to select from. These credits will count toward the 31 credits required in Biology.

  1. You may take any of the introductory biology sequences and your AP/IB Biology credits will count as electives for graduation.
  2. You may register for Biology/Botany 130 (your AP/IB credit will appear on your DARS as satisfying Biology/Zoology 101-102) or Biology/Botany/Zoology 152 (your AP/IB credit will appear on your DARS as satisfying Biology/Botany/Zoology 151).
  3. If you enroll into Biology/Zoology 101-102 or Biology/Botany/Zoology 151 your AP/IB credit will not count towards the major, it will count as degree-credits required to graduate.
  4. Biocore is an accelerated course sequence and it is not possible to equate AP/IB Biology credit with any particular course. Therefore, if you take Biocore your AP/IB Biology credits can only count as elective credits for graduation.