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:

Test Name   AP Score 3 AP Score 4 AP Score 5
Art 2D Design   ARTS A103  ARTS A103 ARTS A103
Art 3D Design   ARTS A103  ARTS A103 ARTS A103
Art Drawing   ARTS A111  ARTS A111 ARTS A111
Art History   ARTH A105 ARTH A105 ARTH A105
Biology    BIOL A121 or A122  BIOL A121 and A122  BIOL A121 and A122 
Calculus AB   MATH A141 MATH A141  MATH A141
Calculus AB Subscore   MATH A141  MATH A141  MATH A141
Calculus BC   MATH A141 and A142  MATH A141 and A142 MATH A141 and A142
Chemistry   CHEM A111  CHEM A111 and A112  CHEM A111 and A112
Computer Science A   CSCI A145 CSCI A145  CSCI A145
Computer Science Principles   CSCI A101  CSCI A101  CSCI A101
English Lang/Comp   ENGL A101  ENGL A101 ENGL A101 and A102
English Lit/Comp*   ENGL A101  ENGL A101  ENGL A101 and A102
Environmental Science   BIOL A106 BIOL A106  and GEOL A103  BIOL A106  and GEOL A103
European History   HIST A102  HIST A102 HIST A101 and A102
French Language   FREN A101  FREN A101 and A102 FREN A101 and A102
German Language   GERM A101 GERM A101 and A102 GERM A101 and A102
Govern & Poli-Comparative        
Govern & Poli-US   POLI A201 POLI A201 POLI A201
Human Geography   GEOG A103 GEOG A103 GEOG A103
Italian Language   ITAL A101 ITAL A101 and ITAL A102 ITAL A101 and ITAL A102
Latin    LATN A101 LATN A101 and A102 LATN A101 and A102
Macroeconomics   ECON A221 ECON A221 ECON A221
Microeconomics   ECON A222 ECON A222 ECON A222
Music Aural Subscore        
Music Nonaural Subscore        
Music Theory   MUSC A196 MUSC A196 and MUSC A198 MUSC A196, A198 and A296
Physics C-E&M   PHYS A202  PHYS A212 PHYS A212 
Physics C-Mech   PHYS A201  PHYS A211  PHYS A211 
Physics I   PHYS A201  PHYS A201 PHYS A201
Physics II   PHYS A202  PHYS A202  PHYS A202 
Psychology   PSYC  A101  PSYC  A101  PSYC  A101 
Spanish Language   SPAN A101  SPAN A101 and A102 SPAN A101 and A102
Statistics   STAT A201  STAT A201  STAT A201 
United States History   HIST A201  HIST A201  HIST A201 and A202
World History   HIST A101  HIST A101  HIST A101 and A102 

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:

Test Name   IB Score 4 IB Score 5 IB Score 6 or 7
IB Biology    BIOL A121  BIOL A121 and A122  BIOL A121 and A122 
IB Business and Mgmt.   BADM A371 BADM 371 and MGMT 376 BADM 371 and MGMT 376
IB Chemistry   CHEM A111  CHEM A111 and A112  CHEM A111 and A112
IB Computing Studies   CSCI A145 CSCI A145 and A146 CSCI A145 and A146
IB Economics   ECON A221 ECON A221 ECON A221
IB English 1A   ENGL A101  ENGL A101 and A102 ENGL A101 and A102
IB European History   HIST A102  HIST A102 HIST A102
IB French B   FREN A101  and A102 FREN A101 and A102 FREN A210
IB Geography    GEOG A103 GEOG A103 GEOG A103
IB German B   GERM A101 and A102 GERM A101 and A102 GERM A210
IB History of Africa/ME   No Equivalent  HSSI A002T (Non-West) HSSI A002T (Non-West)
IB History of Asia   No Equivalent HSSI A002T (Non-West) HSSI A002T (Non-West)
IB Latin B   LATN A101 and A102 LATN A101 and A102 LATN 210
IB Math   MATH A141 MATH A141 and A142 MATH A141 and A142
IB Music   MUSC A173 MUSC A173 MUSC A173
IB Physics    PHYS A201  PHYS A201 and A202 PHYS A201 and A202
IB Psychology   PSYC  A101  PSYC  A101  PSYC  A101 
IB Social Anthropology   ANTH A102 ANTH A102 ANTH A102
IB Spanish B   SPAN A101 and A102 SPAN A101 and A102 SPAN A210
Visual Arts   No Equivalent ARTS A103 ARTS A103

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:

Test Name Equivalent Course Minimum Score
CLEP Financial Accounting BADM A225 Financial Accounting 55
CLEP Business Law BADM A324 Commercial Law 50
CLEP Information Systems BADM A390 Business Information Mgmt 50
CLEP Macroeconomics ECON A221 Principles of Macroeconomics 50
CLEP Microeconomics ECON A222 Principles of Microeconomics 50
CLEP Management BADM A371 Principles of Management 50
CLEP Marketing BADM A350 Principles of Marketing 50
CLEP American Government POLI A201 American National Government 50
CLEP US History I HIST A201 History of the US TO 1865 50
CLEP US History II HIST A202 History of the US Since 1865 50
CLEP Western Civilizations I HIST A101 World Civilization up to 1750 50
CLEP Western Civilizations II HIST A102 World Civilization Since 1750 50
CLEP Analyz & Interp Lit ENGL A102 Composition and Literature 57 + essay
CLEP College Composition ENGL A101 Composition 51 + essay
CLEP American Literature ENGL A285 Survey of American Literature II 57 + essay
CLEP English Literature ENGL A289 Survey of British Literature II 57 + essay
CLEP Biology BIOL A121 50
CLEP Biology BIOL A121 and BIOL A122 56
CLEP Chemistry CHEM A111 General Chemistry I 50
CLEP College Algebra MATH A108 Applied College Algebra 50
CLEP Precalculus MATH A111 Precalculus Math I 50
CLEP Calculus MATH A141 Calculus I 47
CLEP Psychology PSYC A101 Introductory Psychology 50
CLEP Sociology SOCY A101 Introductory Sociology 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.


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 website). Any questions are welcome so please feel free to contact the USC Aiken Office of Admissions.

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