Credit by Examination (AP, CLEP, IB)

The University of Southern Mississippi will allow students to earn credit by examination through Advanced Placement (AP) testing, the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), or International Baccalaureate (IB) examination.

Submit your AP, CLEP, or IB scores to Admissions for credit evaluation:

Mail | 118 College Drive, #5166, Hattiesburg, MS 39406
Fax | 601.266.5148

Advanced Placement Program (AP)

For AP scores earned 2018-forward: An Advanced Placement (AP) score of 3 will earn three (3) semester hours of credit. Students scoring a 4-5 on an AP exam typically are awarded six (6) semester hours of credit, unless denoted. Different policies exist for AP scores earned 2017 and prior; please contact the Office of Admissions for additional information.

Listed below are the Advanced Placement (AP) examinations accepted by the university and the Southern Miss credits to be awarded.

Click to expand

AP Examinations

Southern Miss Course Equivalent

Credit

**AP Research

IDS 101

3

**AP Seminar

IDS 101

3

**Art, 2-D Design

ART 111

3

**Art, 3-D Design

ART 112

3

Art, Drawing

ART 101, 102

3/6

**Art, History

ART 130

3

Biology

BSC 110, 110L; 111, 111L

4/8

Chemistry

CHE 106, 106L; 107, 107L

4/8

Chinese Language or Culture

CHI 101, CHI 102

3/6

***Computer Science, A

CSC 101, 101L

4

**Computer Science, Principles

CSC Elective

3

**Economics, Macro

ECO 201

3

**Economics, Micro

ECO 202

3

English Language

ENG 101, 102

3/6

**English Literature

ENG 203

3

**Environmental Science

BSC Elective

3

French Language or Literature

FRE 101, 102

3/6

**Geography, Human

GHY 101

3

German

GER 101, 102

3/6

**Gov't. & Politics U.S.

PS 101

3

**Gov't. & Politics Comparative

PS Elective

3

History, American or U.S.

HIS 201, 202

3/6

History, European

HIS 101, 102

3/6

**History, World

HIS 101

3

Italian Language or Culture

ITA 101, ITA 102

3/6

Japanese Language or Culture

JPN 101, JPN 101

3/6

Latin

LAT 101, 102

3/6

Math, Calculus, AB or BC

MAT 167, 168

3/6

*Music Theory

MUS 101, 101L

3

***Physics 1

PHY 111, 111L,

4

***Physics 2

PHY 112, 112L,

4

***Physics C: Mechanics

PHY 201, 201L

4

***Physics C: Electricity & Magnetism

PHY 202, 202L

4

**Psychology

PSY 110

3

**Statistics

MAT 115

3

Spanish Language or Literature

SPA 101, 102

3/6

  • *Credit will be given if student passes placement test. An audition is required.
  • **Scores of 3-5 will receive three (3) hours' credit.
  • ***Scores of 3-5 will receive four (4) hours' credit.

College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)

The University of Southern Mississippi will allow credit by examination to those students who have participated in the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) and have achieved a level acceptable to the university.   Different academic policies govern the application of CLEP credit for students who earned CLEP scores prior to June 2001.  Please contact the Office of Admissions for additional information.

To find a CLEP test center near you, please visit the College Board website.       

Students can receive up to (but not more than) 30 semester hours through CLEP examination credit.

Below is a list of CLEP subject-area examinations that Southern Miss will consider:

Click to expand

Subject Area ExaminationSouthern Miss Course EquivalentSemester Hours
American GovernmentPS 1013
*American History I and/or IIHIS 201, 2023/6
BiologyBSC 110, 110L4
Business Law, IntroductoryBA 2003
Calculus, with Elementary FunctionsMAT 167, MAT 1683/6
Chemistry, GeneralCHE 106, 106L; CHE 107, 107L8
College AlgebraMAT 1013
*Freshman EnglishENG 1013
**Foreign LanguagesAll languages3-12
Information Systems & Computer ApplicationsCSC 1003
Introductory Macro-economicsECO 2013
Introductory Micro-economicsECO 2023
Sociology, IntroductorySOC 1013
TrigonometryMAT 1033
Western Civilization I and/or IIHIS 101, 1023/6

*The essay is required for all English examinations. CLEP examinations in English can be, with required scores, substituted for ENG 101. The Department of English cannot accept CLEP examinations as substitutes for ENG 102. The appropriate academic department at Southern Miss will have final determination in the amount of credit to be awarded, based on the essay.

**Credit for all foreign languages will vary within a range score of 40-80 and may allow up to 12 semester hours’ credit.

International Baccalaureate (IB)

Student receiving an International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma may receive up to thirty (30) semester hours of credit for scores of 4 or better on both higher-level and standard-level examinations. Specific policies are determined by the academic unit for which the credit is awarded.

Click to expand

IB Exam
Exam Score of 4
Exam Score of 5-7
Advanced MathMAT 167MAT 167/MAT 168
English A1ENG 101ENG 101/ENG 102
History of EuropeHIS 101HIS 101/HIS 102
History of AmericasHIS 201HIS 201/HIS 202
HistoryHIS 101HIS 101/HIS 102
Spanish BSPA 101SPA 101/SPA 102
PsychologyPSY 110PSY 110
FrenchFRE 101FRE 101/FRE 102
GermanGER 101GER 101/GER 102