Advanced Placement (Class of 2025)

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). 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.

If you receive AP credit for a course, ART 100, for example, and then take ART 100 at Davidson, the credit earned for the AP course will be removed. You cannot receive credit for the same course twice. If you have another eligible AP course, credit for that course will be added to your record. Additional notes regarding credit are below.

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 seven Ways of Knowing requirements needed for graduation. Ways of Knowing requirement or not, your AP scores can assist you in placing into higher-level Davidson College courses.

AP Test Course # Ways of Knowing Requirement
Art: History ART 100 Visual and Performing Arts
Art: Studio – 2-D Design, 3-D Design, or Drawing ART 199C Visual and Performing Arts
Biology BIO 107* (4-5); 
BIO 11x* (5)
Natural Science
Calculus AB (3-5) or BC (3) MAT 111* Mathematical and Quantitative Thought
Calculus AB subset of BC (4-5) MAT 111* Mathematical and Quantitative Thought
Calculus BC (4-5) MAT 111 & 113* Mathematical and Quantitative Thought
Capstone Research UNS 199 No Requirement Satisfied
Capstone Seminar UNS 199 No Requirement Satisfied
Chemistry CHE 115 Natural Science
Chinese CHI 199 See Foreign Language Note
Computer Science A CSC 121 Mathematical and Quantitative Thought
Computer Science Principles CSC 108 Mathematical and Quantitative Thought
Economics - Micro or Macro ECO 199C* Social-Scientific Thought
Economics - Micro and Macro (combined score of 8) ECO 101 Social-Scientific Thought
English - Lang and Comp ENG 199 No Requirement Satisfied
English - Lit and Comp ENG 110 Literary Studies, Creative Writing and Rhetoric
Environmental Science ENV 199C Natural Science
French FRE 199 See Foreign Language Note
German GER 199 See Foreign Language Note
Govt/Politics - American POL 121 Social-Scientific Thought
Govt/Politics - Comparative POL 140 Social-Scientific Thought
History - US (5) HIS 141 Historical Thought
History - European (5) HIS 122 Historical Thought
History - World (5) UNS 199 No Requirement Satisfied
Human Geography UNS 199 No Requirement Satisfied
Italian UNS 199 See Foreign Language Note
Japanese UNS 199 See Foreign Language Note
Latin LAT 199 See Foreign Language Note
Music Theory MUS 101 Visual and Performing Arts
Physics 1 - Algebra Based PHY 118* No Requirement Satisfied
Physics 2 - Algebra Based PHY 119* No Requirement Satisfied
Physics C (Mechanics) PHY 118* No Requirement Satisfied
Physics C (Elec and Mag) PHY 119* No Requirement Satisfied
Psychology PSY 101 Social-Scientific Thought
Spanish Language or Literature SPA 201 See Foreign Language Note
Statistics UNS 199C Mathematical and Quantitative Thought

Foreign Language Note: To use AP credit to satisfy the Foreign Language requirement (a course at or above 201), you may also need to take that language's Placement Exam. See the appropriate departmental webpage for details on their placement process. In addition, AP credit for a foreign language is not part of the two-course distribution limit.

AP Notes

  • Biology: Credit for BIO 107 is awarded to students who scored a 4 or 5 on the AP Biology exam. Students who scored a 5 and plan to continue in the sciences, pre-med, and/or pre-health may receive credit for one of two introductory lab course requirements (BIO 111/113 or BIO 112/114) in place of the exploratory lab course (BIO 107) by consulting the Biology chair.
  • Economics: ECO 199 credit is forfeited if student takes ECO 101 at Davidson.
  • Calculus: Credit for MAT 111 will be forfeited if the student takes MAT 112.
  • 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, 125, or 130; credit for 119 is forfeited by a student who elects to take PHY 220, 225, 230, or 235. PHY 118 and 119 do not satisfy the Natural Science requirement—unless evidence of significant lab work for either course is presented to the Physics Department chair, in which case the credit can be converted to a course that does satisfy the natural science requirement.  In addition, students can only receive credit for PHY 118 and 119 once, even if multiple AP exams were taken.
  • Spanish Language and Culture: If you took the Spanish AP Language and Culture exam and scored a 4 or 5 and wish to continue with your studies of the Spanish language and Hispanic Studies, you should enroll in SPA 260.
  • Spanish Literature: If you took the Spanish AP Literature exam and scored a 4 or 5 and wish to continue your studies of the Spanish language and Hispanic Studies, you should enroll in SPA 271. In addition, during the first week of class, schedule a meeting with the chair of the Hispanic Studies Department to determine if SPA 271 best suits your needs.
  • Students who received a qualifying score on both the Spanish Language and Culture and the Spanish Literature AP exams are only eligible to receive one credit.

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 2024, updated August 2021)

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). 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.

If you receive AP credit for a course, ART 100, for example, and then take ART 100 at Davidson, the credit earned for the AP course will be removed. You cannot receive credit for the same course twice. If you have another eligible AP course, credit for that course will be added to your record. Additional notes regarding credit are below.

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 seven Ways of Knowing requirements needed for graduation. Ways of Knowing requirement or not, your AP scores can assist you in placing into higher-level Davidson College courses.

AP Test Course # Ways of Knowing Requirement
Art: History ART 100 Visual and Performing Arts
Art: Studio – 2-D Design, 3-D Design, or Drawing ART 199C Visual and Performing Arts
Biology BIO 107* (4-5); 
BIO 11x* (5)
Natural Science
Calculus AB (3-5) or BC (3) MAT 111* Mathematical and Quantitative Thought
Calculus AB subset of BC (4-5) MAT 111* Mathematical and Quantitative Thought
Calculus BC (4-5) MAT 111 & 113* Mathematical and Quantitative Thought
Capstone Research UNS 199 No Requirement Satisfied
Capstone Seminar UNS 199 No Requirement Satisfied
Chemistry CHE 115 Natural Science
Chinese CHI 199 See Foreign Language Note
Computer Science A CSC 121 Mathematical and Quantitative Thought
Computer Science Principles CSC 108 Mathematical and Quantitative Thought
Economics - Micro or Macro ECO 199C Social-Scientific Thought
English - Lang and Comp ENG 199 No Requirement Satisfied
English - Lit and Comp ENG 110 Literary Studies, Creative Writing and Rhetoric
Environmental Science ENV 199C Natural Science
French FRE 199 See Foreign Language Note
German GER 199 See Foreign Language Note
Govt/Politics - American POL 121 Social-Scientific Thought
Govt/Politics - Comparative POL 140 Social-Scientific Thought
History - US (5) HIS 141 Historical Thought
History - European (5) HIS 122 Historical Thought
History - World (5) UNS 199 No Requirement Satisfied
Human Geography UNS 199 No Requirement Satisfied
Italian UNS 199 See Foreign Language Note
Japanese UNS 199 See Foreign Language Note
Latin LAT 199 See Foreign Language Note
Music Theory MUS 101 Visual and Performing Arts
Physics 1 - Algebra Based PHY 118* No Requirement Satisfied
Physics 2 - Algebra Based PHY 119* No Requirement Satisfied
Physics C (Mechanics) PHY 118* No Requirement Satisfied
Physics C (Elec and Mag) PHY 119* No Requirement Satisfied
Psychology PSY 101 Social-Scientific Thought
Spanish Language or Literature SPA 201 See Foreign Language Note
Statistics UNS 199C Mathematical and Quantitative Thought

Foreign Language Note: To use AP credit to satisfy the Foreign Language requirement (a course at or above 201), you may also need to take that language's Placement Exam. See the appropriate departmental webpage for details on their placement process. In addition, AP credit for a foreign language is not part of the two-course distribution limit.

AP Notes

  • Biology: Credit for BIO 107 is awarded to students who scored a 4 or 5 on the AP Biology exam. Students who scored a 5 and plan to continue in the sciences, pre-med, and/or pre-health may receive credit for one of two introductory lab course requirements (BIO 111/113 or BIO 112/114) in place of the exploratory lab course (BIO 107) by consulting the Biology chair.
  • Economics: ECO 199 credit is forfeited if student takes ECO 101 at Davidson.
  • Calculus: Credit for MAT 111 will be forfeited if the student takes MAT 112.
  • Latin: May convert to LAT 201 on basis of the departmental placement test during the summer.
  • Physics: [Updated August 24, 2021] Credit for 118 is forfeited by a student who elects to take PHY 120, 125, or 130; credit for 119 is forfeited by a student who elects to take PHY 220, 225, 230, or 235. PHY 118 and 119 do not satisfy the Natural Science requirement—unless evidence of significant lab work for either course is presented to the Physics Department chair, in which case the credit can be converted to a course that does satisfy the natural science requirement.  In addition, students can only receive credit for PHY 118 and 119 once, even if multiple AP exams were taken.
  • Spanish Language and Culture: If you took the Spanish AP Language and Culture exam and scored a 4 or 5 and wish to continue with your studies of the Spanish language and Hispanic Studies, you should enroll in SPA 260.
  • Spanish Literature: If you took the Spanish AP Literature exam and scored a 4 or 5 and wish to continue your studies of the Spanish language and Hispanic Studies, you should enroll in SPA 271. In addition, during the first week of class, schedule a meeting with the chair of the Hispanic Studies Department to determine if SPA 271 best suits your needs.
  • Students who received a qualifying score on both the Spanish Language and Culture and the Spanish Literature AP exams are only eligible to receive one credit.

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 (Classes of 2022, 2023)

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). 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.

If you receive AP credit for a course, ART 100, for example, and then take ART 100 at Davidson, the credit earned for the AP course will be removed. You cannot receive credit for the same course twice. If you have another eligible AP course, credit for that course will be added to your record. Additional notes regarding credit are below.

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 seven Ways of Knowing requirements needed for graduation. Ways of Knowing requirement or not, your AP scores can assist you in placing into higher-level Davidson College courses.

AP Test Course # Ways of Knowing Requirement
Art: History ART 100 Visual and Performing Arts
Art: Studio – 2-D Design, 3-D Design, or Drawing ART 199C Visual and Performing Arts
Biology BIO 107* (4-5); 
BIO 11x* (5)
Natural Science
Calculus AB (3-5) or BC (3) MAT 111* Mathematical and Quantitative Thought
Calculus AB subset of BC (4-5) MAT 111* Mathematical and Quantitative Thought
Calculus BC (4-5) MAT 111 & 113* Mathematical and Quantitative Thought
Capstone Research UNS 199 No Requirement Satisfied
Capstone Seminar UNS 199 No Requirement Satisfied
Chemistry CHE 115 Natural Science
Chinese CHI 199 See Foreign Language Note
Computer Science A CSC 121 Mathematical and Quantitative Thought
Computer Science Principles CSC 108 Mathematical and Quantitative Thought
Economics - Micro or Macro ECO 199C* Social-Scientific Thought
Economics - Micro and Macro (combined score of 7) ECO 101 Social-Scientific Thought
English - Lang and Comp ENG 199 No Requirement Satisfied
English - Lit and Comp ENG 110 Literary Studies, Creative Writing and Rhetoric
Environmental Science ENV 199C Natural Science
French FRE 199 See Foreign Language Note
German GER 199 See Foreign Language Note
Govt/Politics - American POL 121 Social-Scientific Thought
Govt/Politics - Comparative POL 140 Social-Scientific Thought
History - US (5) HIS 141 Historical Thought
History - European (5) HIS 122 Historical Thought
History - World (5) UNS 199 No Requirement Satisfied
Human Geography UNS 199 No Requirement Satisfied
Italian UNS 199 See Foreign Language Note
Japanese UNS 199 See Foreign Language Note
Latin LAT 199 See Foreign Language Note
Music Theory MUS 101 Visual and Performing Arts
Physics 1 - Algebra Based PHY 118* No Requirement Satisfied
Physics 2 - Algebra Based PHY 119* No Requirement Satisfied
Physics C (Mechanics) PHY 118* No Requirement Satisfied
Physics C (Elec and Mag) PHY 119* No Requirement Satisfied
Psychology PSY 101 Social-Scientific Thought
Spanish Language or Literature SPA 201 See Foreign Language Note
Statistics UNS 199C Mathematical and Quantitative Thought

Foreign Language Note: To use AP credit to satisfy the Foreign Language requirement (a course at or above 201), you may also need to take that language's Placement Exam. See the appropriate departmental webpage for details on their placement process. In addition, AP credit for a foreign language is not part of the two-course distribution limit.

AP Notes

  • Biology: Credit for BIO 107 is awarded to students who scored a 4 or 5 on the AP Biology exam. Students who scored a 5 and plan to continue in the sciences, pre-med, and/or pre-health may receive credit for one of two introductory lab course requirements (BIO 111/113 or BIO 112/114) in place of the exploratory lab course (BIO 107) by consulting the Biology chair.
  • 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 do not satisfy the Natural Science requirement—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.  In addition, students can only receive credit for PHY 118 and 119 once, even if multiple AP exams were taken.
  • Spanish Language and Culture: If you took the Spanish AP Language and Culture exam and scored a 4 or 5 and wish to continue with your studies of the Spanish language and Hispanic Studies, you should enroll in SPA 260.
  • Spanish Literature: If you took the Spanish AP Literature exam and scored a 4 or 5 and wish to continue your studies of the Spanish language and Hispanic Studies, you should enroll in SPA 271. In addition, during the first week of class, schedule a meeting with the chair of the Hispanic Studies Department to determine if SPA 271 best suits your needs.
  • Students who received a qualifying score on both the Spanish Language and Culture and the Spanish Literature AP exams are only eligible to receive one credit.

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 2021)

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). 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.

If you receive AP credit for a course, ART 100, for example, and then take ART 100 at Davidson, the credit earned for the AP course will be removed. You cannot receive credit for the same course twice. If you have another eligible AP course, credit for that course will be added to your record. Additional notes regarding credit are below.

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 seven Ways of Knowing requirements needed for graduation. Ways of Knowing requirement or not, your AP scores can assist you in placing into higher-level Davidson College courses.

AP Test Course # Ways of Knowing Requirement
Art: History ART 100 Visual and Performing Arts
Art: Studio – 2-D Design, 3-D Design, or Drawing ART 199C Visual and Performing Arts
Biology BIO 107 Natural Science
Calculus AB (3-5) or BC (3) MAT 111* Mathematical and Quantitative Thought
Calculus AB subset of BC (4-5) MAT 111* Mathematical and Quantitative Thought
Calculus BC (4-5) MAT 111 & 113* Mathematical and Quantitative Thought
Capstone Research UNS 199 No Requirement Satisfied
Capstone Seminar UNS 199 No Requirement Satisfied
Chemistry CHE 115 Natural Science
Chinese CHI 199 See Foreign Language Note
Computer Science A CSC 121 Mathematical and Quantitative Thought
Computer Science Principles CSC 108 Mathematical and Quantitative Thought
Economics - Micro or Macro ECO 199C* Social-Scientific Thought
Economics - Micro and Macro (combined score of 7) ECO 101 Social-Scientific Thought
English - Lang and Comp ENG 199 No Requirement Satisfied
English - Lit and Comp ENG 110 Literary Studies, Creative Writing and Rhetoric
Environmental Science ENV 199C Natural Science
French FRE 199 See Foreign Language Note
German GER 199 See Foreign Language Note
Govt/Politics - American POL 121 Social-Scientific Thought
Govt/Politics - Comparative POL 140 Social-Scientific Thought
History - US (5) HIS 141 Historical Thought
History - European (5) HIS 122 Historical Thought
History - World (5) UNS 199 No Requirement Satisfied
Human Geography UNS 199 No Requirement Satisfied
Italian UNS 199 See Foreign Language Note
Japanese UNS 199 See Foreign Language Note
Latin LAT 199 See Foreign Language Note
Music Theory MUS 101 Visual and Performing Arts
Physics 1 - Algebra Based PHY 118* No Requirement Satisfied
Physics 2 - Algebra Based PHY 119* No Requirement Satisfied
Physics C (Mechanics) PHY 118* No Requirement Satisfied
Physics C (Elec and Mag) PHY 119* No Requirement Satisfied
Psychology PSY 101 Social-Scientific Thought
Spanish Language or Literature SPA 201 See Foreign Language Note
Statistics UNS 199C Mathematical and Quantitative Thought

Foreign Language Note: To use AP credit to satisfy the Foreign Language requirement (a course at or above 201), you may also need to take that language's Placement Exam. See the appropriate departmental webpage for details on their placement process. In addition, AP credit for a foreign language is not part of the two-course 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 do not satisfy the Natural Science requirement—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.  In addition, students can only receive credit for PHY 118 and 119 once, even if multiple AP exams were taken.
  • Spanish Language and Culture: If you took the Spanish AP Language and Culture exam and scored a 4 or 5 and wish to continue with your studies of the Spanish language and Hispanic Studies, you should enroll in SPA 260.
  • Spanish Literature: If you took the Spanish AP Literature exam and scored a 4 or 5 and wish to continue your studies of the Spanish language and Hispanic Studies, you should enroll in SPA 270. In addition, during the first week of class, schedule a meeting with the chair of the Hispanic Studies Department to determine if SPA 270 best suits your needs.
  • Students who received a qualifying score on both the Spanish Language and Culture and the Spanish Literature AP exams are only eligible to receive one credit.

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 2020)

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). 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.

If you receive AP credit for a course, ART 100, for example, and then take ART 100 at Davidson, the credit earned for the AP course will be removed. You cannot receive credit for the same course twice. If you have another eligible AP course, credit for that course will be added to your record. Additional notes regarding credit are below.

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. Distribution course not not, your AP scores can assist you in placing into higher-level Davidson College courses.

AP Test Course # Distribution Requirement
Art: History ART 100 Visual and Performing Arts
Art: Studio – 2-D Design, 3-D Design, or Drawing ART 199C Visual and Performing Arts
Biology BIO 107 Natural Science
Calculus AB (3-5) or BC (3) MAT 111* Mathematical and Quantitative Thought
Calculus AB subset of BC (4-5) MAT 111* Mathematical and Quantitative Thought
Calculus BC (4-5) MAT 111 & 113* Mathematical and Quantitative Thought
Capstone Research UNS 199C Liberal Studies
Capstone Seminar UNS 199C Liberal Studies
Chemistry CHE 115 Natural Science
Chinese CHI 199 See Foreign Language Note
Computer Science A CSC 121 Mathematical and Quantitative Thought
Computer Science Principles CSC 108 Mathematical and Quantitative Thought
Economics - Micro or Macro ECO 199C* Social-Scientific Thought
Economics -  Micro and Macro (combined score of 7) ECO 101 Social-Scientific Thought
English - Lang & Comp ENG 199 No Requirement Satisfied
English - Lit & Comp ENG 110 Literary Studies, Creative Writing and Rhetoric
Environmental Science ENV 199C Natural Science
French FRE 199 See Foreign Language Note
German GER 199 See Foreign Language Note
Govt/Politics - American POL 121 Social-Scientific Thought
Govt/Politics - Comparative POL 140 Social-Scientific Thought
History - US (5) HIS 141 Historical Thought
History - European (5) HIS 122 Historical Thought
History - World (5) UNS 199C Liberal Studies
Human Geography UNS 199C Liberal Studies
Italian UNS 199 See Foreign Language Note
Japanese UNS 199 See Foreign Language Note
Latin LAT 199 See Foreign Language Note
Music Theory MUS 101 Visual and Performing Arts
Physics 1 - Algebra Based PHY 118* Liberal Studies - See Notes
Physics 2 - Algebra Based PHY 119* Liberal Studies - See Notes
Physics C (Mechanics) PHY 118* Liberal Studies - See Notes
Physics C (Elec and Mag) PHY 119* Liberal Studies - See Notes
Psychology PSY 101 Social-Scientific Thought
Spanish Language or Literature SPA 199 See Foreign Language Note
Statistics UNS 199C Mathematical and Quantitative Thought

Foreign Language Note: To use AP credit to satisfy the Foreign Language requirement (a course at or above 201), you must also take that language's Placement Exam. See the appropriate departmental webpage for details on their placement process. In addition, AP credit for a foreign language is not part of the two-course 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.  In addition, students can only receive credit for PHY 118 and 119 once, even if multiple AP exams were taken.

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.