Advanced Placement (AP) transfer credits

Effective for students starting at Waterloo in September 2019


The University of Waterloo recognizes AP (Advanced Placement) examination results and will consider awarding transfer credits for AP courses in which normally a minimum final grade of 4 is attained.

Official final AP results must be sent from the College Board directly to the Admissions Office at Waterloo before transfer credit can be considered. Your final AP results must be received by August 3rd.

You have the option to decline your transfer credits. Further details will be emailed to you in August, once your transfer credits have been assessed.

Maximum number of transfer credits and additional notes

Faculty of Applied Health Sciences

  • The Recreation and Leisure Studies degree program will consider up to a maximum of 4.0 units (equivalent to eight term courses).
  • The Health Studies, Kinesiology, and Public Health programs will consider up to a maximum of 3.0 units (equivalent to six term courses).

Faculty of Arts

  • Transfer credits will be considered up to a maximum of 2.0 units(equivalent to four term courses).

Faculty of Engineering, Software Engineering, and Architecture

  • Architecture
    • Transfer credit will be considered for an elective credit up to a maximum of 0.5 units (equivalent to one term course).
  • All other Engineering programs, including Software Engineering
    • We consider AP courses to be a good challenge and good preparation for our programs. You may find that you have covered some of the material in our first term courses but, in most cases, not enough for you to be exempted from the entire course without potentially running into academic difficulties later. The depth and level of problem-solving is very different in our Engineering programs than in AP courses. As a result, we don't grant first-year course exemptions for AP courses.

Faculty of Environment

  • Planning
    • Transfer credits will be considered up to a maximum of 1.0 units (equivalent to two term courses).
  • For all programs except Planning
    • Transfer credits will be considered up to a maximum of 4.0 units (equivalent to eight term courses).

Faculty of Mathematics, including Computing and Financial Management

Faculty of Science

  • Transfer credits will be considered up to a maximum of 3.0 units (equivalent to six term courses).
  • Transfer credit of 0.5 units for MATH 127 will be allowed for AP Calculus (AB or BC) with a grade of 5, excluding the Mathematical Physics program which does not award transfer credit for AP Calculus AB.
  • Transfer credit of 0.5 units for STAT 202 will be allowed for AP Statistics with a grade of 4 or 5.
  • Faculty of Science does not award transfer credit for any AP Physics if a program requires PHYS 121, PHYS 121L, or PHYS 131L.

Course equivalencies

"1XX" means that you'll receive first-year credit for an elective in that subject. For example, AFM 1XX means that you'll receive a general credit for a first-year course in Accounting and Financial Management.

Most courses at Waterloo are 0.5 units.

AP course Waterloo equivalent (0.5 units unless otherwise specified)
Art History FINE 1XX
Biology BIOL 239 & 130L (0.75 units)
Calculus AB

Students in the Faculty of Mathematics, including Computing and Financial Management: No transfer credit

All other students: MATH 127

Calculus BC

Students in the Faculty of Mathematics, includingComputing and Financial Management: MATH 137

All other students: MATH 127

Chemistry CHEM 120 & 120 Lab & CHEM 123 & 123 Lab (1.5 units)
Chinese Language and Culture CHINA 1XX
Computer Science A

Students in the Faculty of Mathematics, includingComputing and Financial Management: No transfer credit

All other students:CS 1XX

Computer Science B

Students in the Faculty of Mathematics, includingComputing and Financial Management: No transfer credit

All other students:CS 1XX

Computer Science Principals

Students in the Faculty of Mathematics, including Computing and Financial Management: No transfer credit

All other students: CS 1XX

English Language and Composition ENGL 1XX
English Literature and Composition ENGL 1XX
Environmental Science GEOG 102 or ENVS 1XX
European History HIST 1XX
French Language FR 1XX
French Literature FR 1XX
German Language GER 1XX
Government and Politics: Comparative PSCI 1XX
Government and Politics: United States PSCI 1XX
Human Geography GEOG 101 or ENVS 1XX
Italian Language and Culture ITAL 1XX
Japanese Language and Culture JAPAN 1XX
Latin Literature LAT 1XX
Latin: Vergil LAT 1XX
Macroeconomics ECON 1XX
Microeconomics ECON 1XX
Music Listening/Literature MUSIC 1XX
Music Theory MUSIC 1XX
Physics 1 PHYS 111 & 111L (0.75 units)
Physics 2 PHYS 111 & 111L (0.75 units)
Physics B PHYS 111 & 111L (0.75 units)
Physics C PHYS 111 & 111L (0.75 units)
Psychology PSYCH 101
Spanish Language SPAN 1XX
Spanish Literature SPAN 1XX
Statistics

Students in the Faculty of Mathematics, including Computing and Financial Management: No transfer credit

All other students: STAT 202

Studio Art: 2-D Design FINE 1XX
Studio Art: 3-D Design FINE 1XX
Studio Art: Drawing FINE 1XX
United States History HIST 1XX
World History HIST 1XX

Notes:

  1. For the Business Administration (Laurier) and Computer Science (Waterloo) Double Degree, and Business Administration (Laurier) and Mathematics (Waterloo) Double Degree programs, please refer to the program-specific transfer credit chart.
  2. If you have taken an AP language course that is not listed, please submit the grade from College Board as it may qualify for a first-year language transfer credit, e.g., LANG 1XX.