The University of South Carolina Aiken awards credit for:

  • AP (Advanced Placement courses - offered through the College Board)
  • IB Program (International Baccalaureate)
  • CLEP (College Level Examination Program - offered through the College Board)
  • Institutional Challenge Exams
  • Educational Experiences in the Military.

For additional information about any of these programs, contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, University of South Carolina Aiken, Aiken SC, 29801. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Additionally, Transfer students can be given credit for their previous college work.

Advanced Placement

The University of South Carolina Aiken supports the College Board’s Advanced Placement Program, which allows high school students the opportunity to pursue college-level courses in their own schools and to be taught the material by their own teachers. After completion of the AP courses, students take the appropriate AP test to determine their level of achievement.

Credit is awarded for AP scores in the following areas:

American Government
A score of 3,4 or 5 earns credit for  POLI 201.

Art History
A score of 3,4 or 5 earns credit of  ARTH 105.

Art Studio: Drawing
A score of 3,4 or 5 earns credit for  ARTS 111.

Art Studio: General
A score of 3,4 or 5 earns credit for  ARTS 104.

Biology
A score of 3 earns credit for BIOL 121 or BIOL 122; a score of 4 or 5 earns credit for  BIOL 121 and 122.

Chemistry
A score of 3 earns credit for  CHEM 111; a score of 4 or 5 earns credit for  CHEM 111 and 112.

Computer Science A
A score of 3, 4 or 5 earns credit for  CSCI 145.

Computer Science AB
A score of 3 or 4 earns credit for  CSCI 145; a score of 5 earns credit for  CSCI 145 and 146.

English Language and Composition
A score of 3 or 4 earns credit for  ENGL 101; a score of 5 earns credit for ENGL 101 and 102. *

English Literature and Composition
A score of 3 or 4 earns credit for ENGL 101; a score of 5 earns credit for ENGL 101 and 102. *

Environmental Science
A score of 3 earns credit for BIOL 106; a score of 4 or 5 earns credit for BIOL 270 and GEOL 103.

European History
A score of 3 or 4 earns credit for  HIST 102; a score of 5 earns credit for  HIST 101 and 102.

French Language
A score of 3 earns credit for  FREN 101; a score of 4 or 5 earns credit for  FREN 101 and 102.

German Language
A score of 3 earns credit for  GERM 101; a score of 4 or 5 earns credit for  GERM 101 and 102.

Government & Politics
A score of 3 or 4 earns credit for  POLI 101 or 102; a score of 5 earns credit for  APLS 101 and 102.

Latin:  Vergil
A score of 3 earns credit for  LATN 101; a score of 4 or 5 earns credit for  LATN 101 and 102.

Latin: Catullus, Horace
A score of 3 earns credit for  LATN 101; a score of 4 or 5 earns credit for  LATN 101 and 102.

Math: Calculus AB
A score of 3,4 or 5 earns credit for  MATH 141.

Math:  Calculus BC
A score of 3,4 or 5 earns credit for  MATH 141 and 142.

Microeconomics
A score of 3,4, or 5 earns credit for  ECON 222.

Macroeconomics
A score of 3,4 or 5 earns credit for  ECON 221.

Music Listening and Lit.
A score of 3,4 or 5 earns credit for  MUSC 173.

Music Theory
A score of 3,4 or 5 earns credit for  MUSC 190.

Physics B
A score of 3 earns credit for  PHYS 201 and 201L;  a score of 4 or 5 earns credit for  PHYS 201 and 201L and PHYS 202 and 202L.

Physics C Mechanics
A score of 3 earns credit for  PHYS 201 and 201L; a score of 4 or 5 earns credit for  PHYS 211.

Physics C: Elec & Mag.
A score of 3 earns credit for PHYS 202 and 202L; a score of 4 or 5 earns credit for  PHYS 212, however the student must exempt MATH 141.

Psychology
A score of 3,4 or 5 earns credit for  PSYC 101.

Spanish Language
A score of 3 earns credit for  SPAN 101; a score of 4 or 5 earns credit for  SPAN 101 and 102 .

Statistics
A score of 3, 4 or 5 earns credit for  STAT 201.

U.S. History
A score of 3 or 4 earns credit for  HIST 201 or 202; a score of 5 earns credit for  HIST 201 and 202.

World History
A score of 3 or 4 earns credit for HIST 101 or 102; a score of 5 earns credit for HIST 101 and 102.


* With scores of 3 or 4 on both the English Language and English Literature exams or a score of 3 on one and 4 on the other, credit will be awarded for ENGL 101 and 102. 

IB (International Baccalaureate) Credit

The University of South Carolina Aiken recognizes the academic challenge inherent in the IB Program and encourages students who have completed the IB diploma to apply.  IB graduates who score well (4-7) on their Higher Level exams will be awarded college credit as determined by the academic departments. No credit is awarded for subjects passed at the Subsidiary level of IB, nor for scores below 4 on the higher level exams.

IB credit is awarded for IB higher-level examination scores in the following areas:

ENGLISH
A score of 4 earns credit for  ENGL 101; a score of 5,6, or 7 earns credit for  ENGL 101 and 102.

BIOLOGY
A score of 4 earns credit for BIOL 121; a score of 5,6, or 7 earns credit for BIOL 121 and 122.

BUSINESS AND ORAGANIZATION
A score of 4 earns credit for BADM 371; a score of 5,6, or 7 earns credit for  BADM 371 and MGMT 376.

CHEMISTRY
A score of 4 earns credit for   CHEM 111; a score of 5,6, or 7 earns credit for CHEM 111 and 112.

COMPUTING STUDIES
A score of 4 earns credit for  CSCI 145; a score of 5,6, or 7 earns credit for  CSCI 145 and 146.

ECONOMICS
A score of 4 or higher earns credit for  ECON 221.

LANGUAGES, LITERATURES AND CULTURES
French B: A score of 4 or 5 earns credit for FREN 101 and 102, a score of 6 or 7 earns credit for FREN 210.
German B: A score of 4 or 5 earns credit for GERM 101 and 102, a score of 6   or 7 earns credit for GERM 210.
Latin B: A score of 4 or 5 earns credit for LATN 101 and 102, a score of 6 or 7 earns credit for LATN 210.
Spanish B: A score of 4 or 5 earns credit for SPAN 101 and 102; a score of 6 or 7 earns credit for SPAN 210.

GEOGRAPHY
A score of 4 or higher earns credit for GEOG 103.

HISTORY
A score of 4 or higher earns credit for HIST 102.

MATHEMATICS
A score of 4 earns credit for MATH 141; a score of 5,6, or 7 earns credit for MATH 141 and 142.

MUSIC
A score of 4 or higher earns credit for MUSC 173.

PHYSICS
A score of 4 earns credit for PHYS 201; a score of 5,6, or 7 earns credit for PHYS 201 and 202.

PSYCHOLOGY
A score of 4 or higher earns credit for PSYC 101.

SOCIAL ANTHROPOLOGY
A score of 4 or higher earns credit for ANTH 102.

CLEP Credit

The University awards credit by examination for CLEP SUBJECT exams only. By attaining an acceptable score, a student may receive credit equal to that normally earned in the comparable University course.

CLEP credit is awarded for CLEP Subject examination scores in the following areas:

BUSINESS
Introductory Accounting:
Six semester hours for BADM 225 and 226. Minimum score of 55. (Calculator permitted.)
Introductory Business Law:
Three semester hours for BADM 324. Minimum score of 51.
Principles of Management:
Three semester hours for BADM 371. Minimum score of 47.
Principles of Marketing:
Three semester hours for BADM 350. Minimum score of 48.

ENGLISH
Freshman College Composition:  (Essay Required)
Three semester hours for ENGL 101. Minimum score of 51 plus satisfactory essay evaluation.
Analysis and Interpretation of Literature: (Essay Required)
Three semester hours for ENGL 102. Minimum score of 57 plus satisfactory essay evaluation.
American Literature: (Essay required)
Three semester hours for literature at the sophomore level. Minimum score of 57, plus satisfactory essay section evaluation.
English Literature: (Essay required)
Three semester hours for English Literature at the sophomore level. Minimum score of 57, plus satisfactory essay evaluation.

HISTORY
American History I: Early Colonization to 1877:
Three semester hours for HIST 201. Minimum score of 50.
American History II: 1865 to the Present:
Three semester hours for HIST 202. Minimum score of 50.
Western Civilization I: Ancient Near East to 1648:
Three semester hours for HIST 101. Minimum score of 50.
Western Civilization II: 1648 to Present:
Three semester hours for HIST 102. Minimum score of 50.

MATHEMATICS
College Algebra:
Three semester hours for MATH 108. Minimum score of 50.
College Algebra and Trigonometry:
Four semester hours for MATH 111. Minimum of 49.
Calculus with Elementary Functions:
Four semester hours for MATH 141. Minimum score of 47.
Trigonometry:
Three semester hours for MATH 112. Minimum score of 50.
Note: Students are not permitted to earn CLEP credit for both
MATH 108 and MATH 111 as test content overlaps.


SCIENCES
General Biology:
Four semester hours for BIOL 121 with a minimum score of 50-55.
Eight semester hours for BIOL 121 and 122 with a minimum score of 56.
General Chemistry:
Four semester hours for CHEM 111. Minimum score of 50.
(Calculator permitted.)

SOCIAL SCIENCES
American Government:
Three semester hours for POLI 201. Minimum score of 50.
General Psychology:
Three semester hours for POLI 101. Minimum score of 50.
Introductory Sociology:
Three semester hours for POLI 101. Minimum score of 50.

Institutional Challenge Exams

In some disciplines students may receive credit for a course by requesting and earning a B or better on a challenge exam. Departments and Schools determine which of their courses may be challenged and the number of challenge exams that may be applied to major course requirements.  Department chairs/school heads should be consulted concerning individual unit guidelines.

Educational Experiences in the Military

USC Aiken recognizes the educational experiences and training that members of the armed forces receive during their time of enlistment. Academic credit may be awarded for educational experiences in the military if they are in accordance with recommendations published by the American Council on Education (ACE) and are consistent with University policy on transfer of credit. Credit will be applied to a degree program upon the approval of the Department Chair or School Head from which the degree is to be awarded.

Transferable Credit from Other Colleges

Transfer students are given credit for their previous college work by means of a Transfer Credit Summary, prepared by the Office of Admissions. Students can expect to receive their Transfer Credit Summary 2-4 weeks after they have been admitted.

Each course will be evaluated by the appropriate department chair/dean to determine whether to award credit towards the student's major. In general, transfer credit is awarded when:

  • earned at a school accredited by a regional accrediting association;
  • a grade of C or higher is earned;
  • course content is similar to the corresponding course at USC Aiken
  • the course completes requirements in the general education or elective areas.

Although a course may be transferable, it may not necessarily apply to all majors, programs, or degrees. For additional information, please contact the Office of Admissions.

Visit sctrac.org to create your student account and obtain comprehensive information about transferring to or from participating South Carolina colleges and universities.

Transfer from Technical Colleges

USC Aiken subscribes fully to the statewide policy on Transfer from Technical College (a copy of this policy can be found on the USC Aiken webpage). Any questions are welcome so please feel free to contact the USC Aiken Office of Admissions.

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