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Policy STUA-ADM-001

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Responsible University Administrator: Vice President for Student Affairs
Responsible Officer: Director of Admissions for Operations
Origination Date: N/A
Current Revision Date: 02/21/13
Next Review Date: 02/21/17
End of Policy Date: N/A
Policy Number: STUA-ADM-001
Status: Effective




Policy Statement


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. 

Reason for Policy/Purpose

This policy is required for the effective communication of university policies regarding credit by examination. 

Who Needs to Know This Policy


All members of The University of Southern Mississippi community. 

Website Address for this Policy





Students desiring to have their examination scores considered for credit must submit their AP, CLEP, or IB scores to Admissions for credit evaluation:

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

Fax | 601.266.5148




For AP scores earned 2005-forward: Unless otherwise noted, 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. Different policies exist for AP scores earned 2004 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.


AP Examinations Southern Miss Course Equivalent Credit
Art, Drawing ART 101, 102 3/6
*Biology (4-5) BSC 110, 110L; BSC 111, 111L 8
Chemistry CHE 106, 106L; 107, 107L 4/8
***Computer Science, A CSC Elec., CSC 101 3
Computer Science, AB CSC Elec., CSC 101 3/6
**Economics, Macro ECO 201 3
**Economics, Micro ECO 202 3
English Language or Literature ENG 101, 102 3/6
French Language or Literature FRE 101, 102 3/6
German GER 101, 102 3/6
**Gov’t. & Politics U.S. or Comp. PS 101 3
History, American or U.S. HIS 201, 202 3/6
History, European HIS 101, 102 3/6
Latin LAT 101, 102 3/6
Math, Calculus, AB or BC MAT 167, 168 3/6
Spanish Language or Literature SPA 101, 102 3/6
Physics B or C PHY 111, 111L, 112, 112L 4/8
Psychology PSY 110 3


*Beginning in 1990, biology scores of 4-5 will receive eight (8) hours’ credit; scores of 1-3 will receive no credit.

**Scores of 3-5 will receive three (3) hours’ credit.

***Scores of 3-CSC Elec.; 4 or 5-CSC 101




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.


There are two CLEP testing locations in Hattiesburg:

  • The University of Southern Mississippi (Testing Center): 601.266.6123
  • William Carey University: 601.318.6188                 

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:


Subject Area Examination Southern Miss Course Equivalent Semester Hours
American Government PS 101 3
*American History I and/or II HIS 201, 202 3/6
Biology BSC 110, 110L 4
Business Law, Introductory BA 200 3
Calculus, with Elementary Functions MAT 167, MAT 168 3/6
Chemistry, General CHE 106, 106L; CHE 107, 107L 8
College Algebra MAT 101 3
*Freshman English ENG 101 3
**Foreign Languages All languages 3-12
Information Systems & Computer Applications CSC 100 3
Introductory Macro-economics ECO 201 3
Introductory Micro-economics ECO 202 3
Sociology, Introductory SOC 101 3
Trigonometry MAT 103 3
Western Civilization I and/or II HIS 101, 102 3/6


 *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.


Students 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.

IB Exam Exam Score of 4 Exam Score of 5-7
Advanced Math MAT 167 MAT 167/MAT 168
English A1 ENG 101 ENG 101/ENG 102
History of Europe HIS 101 HIS 101/HIS 102
History of Americas HIS 201 HIS 201/HIS 202
History HIS 101 HIS 101/HIS 102
Spanish B SPA 101 SPA 101/SPA 102
Psychology PSY 110 PSY 110
French FRE 101 FRE 101/FRE 102
German GER 101 GER 101/GER 102



The Director of Admissions for Operations is responsible for the review of this policy every four years (or whenever circumstances require immediate review). 







Related Information




Amendments: Month, Day, Year – summary of changes

11/1/11: Formatted for Institutional Policies website.

02/21/13: Formatted for template. Minor editing throughout. 





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