Credit for College Board Advanced Placement (AP)
Credit: AP, IPC, and PCM
summarizes what course credit
can be received for students who took an an AP exam or an
international standardized exam. Since all introductory
physics courses at Duke are calculus based, no credit is
given for an algebra-based physics course, even if a student
got a 5 on the AP Physics B exam (which
corresponds to an algebra-based physics course). A score of
4 or 5 on the Physics C exam for Mechanics or for Electricy
and Magnetism will lead to credit equivalent to the Duke
courses Physics 61 and Physics 62 respectively.
It is important that you have
Board testing agency send your AP test scores to the
Office of the
University Registrar no later than the first day of
classes of the fall semester, with sooner being preferable.
Note that Trinity College students may be granted up to two
elective course credits toward the degree requirements
of 34 course credits, and up to six additional credits
may be awarded for accelerated graduation. This limitation
on the number of AP credits does not currently apply to
students in the School of Engineering.
What will automatically appear on your transcript with AP credit?
On the basis of the AP exam alone, you will have one entry for each AP
- PHY 61 AP for the Mechanics Exam
- PHY 62 AP for the Electricity and Magnetism Exam
These are AP course credits only
and do not count toward safisfying the curriculum
requirements of Area of Knowledge and Modes of Inquiry.
What will appear on your transcript if you take
introductory physics at Duke?
If you decide to take the PHY 61L or PHY 62L courses, then
the corresponding AP course credit will be dropped from your
If you decide to the take PHY 41L/53L and/or PHY 42L/54L,
then the AP course credits on your transcript will be
- PHY 61 AP will be replaced by either PHY 41L or PHY 53L
- PHY 62 AP will be replaced by either PHY 42L or PHY 54L
Suggestions for Trinity College students who have AP
The three introductory physics course sequences currently
offered are designed for particular groups of students
according to their academic concentration (see table
below). While a student may take any of the
introductory courses for which he or she meets the
prerequisite requirements, it is recommended that students
take the course sequence that best matches their academic
|Physics and math majors
|Science majors and premeds
Trinity College students with AP course credit for PHY 61 or 62
must decide on the next course to take to complete their major
requirements. Some guidance is given below.
||AP Course Credit
|Physics and Math Majors
||PHY 61 and/or 62
|PHY 41L and PHY 42L
Majors and Premeds
||PHY 61 and 62
|PHY 63L or PHY 54L
Majors and Premeds
||PHY 61 only
| Sciences Majors and
||PHY 62 only
Premeds and Biological Science majors should consult
with their DUS before registering for PHY 63L.
Prospective Physics Majors
Students considering a major in physics are strongly
encouraged to take the PHY 41L and PHY 42L courses
even if they have AP physics course credit. These students
should also meet with
the Director of Undergraduate
as early as possible
to get advice about physics course placement and other
courses that are useful for a physics major to take.