Advanced Placement (AP) transfer credits

Effective for students starting at Waterloo in September 2020


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 3.

  • The maximum number of transfer credits varies by program.
  • Transfer credits will normally be weighted as 0.5 units each (equivalent to one term course at Waterloo).
  • The transfer credits you receive will be different if you change to a program that requires you to transfer from one faculty to another faculty. Please note that in such a situation, a faculty admissions committee reserves the right to refuse transfer credits.
  • 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

 Not sure which faculty offers your program of interest? View a list of programs by faculty.

Course equivalencies

"1XX" means that you'll receive first-year credit for an elective in that subject. For example, FINE 1XX means that you'll receive a transfer credit for a general first-year course in Fine Arts. Most courses at Waterloo are worth 0.5 units.

You'll have a mix of courses you're required to take as part of your degree and elective courses you can choose. A "1XX" course can be used as an elective. Once you start your course selection as a Waterloo student, your academic advisor can help with any questions about choosing courses and transfer credits.

AP course Waterloo equivalent (0.5 units unless otherwise specified)
Art History FINE 1XX
Biology BIOL 239 and 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, including Computing and Financial Management: MATH 137

All other students: MATH 127

Chemistry CHEM 120, CHEM 120L, CHEM 123, and CHEM 123L (1.5 units)
Chinese Language and Culture CHINA 1XX
Computer Science A Students in the Faculty of Mathematics, including Computing and Financial Management: No transfer credit
All other students: CS 1XX
Computer Science Principles 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 1XX
European History HIST 1XX
French Language FR 1XX
German Language GER 1XX
Government and Politics: Comparative PSCI 1XX
Government and Politics: United States PSCI 1XX
Human Geography GEOG 101
Italian Language and Culture ITAL 1XX
Japanese Language and Culture JAPAN 1XX
Latin LAT 101
Macroeconomics ECON 1XX
Microeconomics ECON 1XX
Music Theory No transfer credit
Physics 1 PHYS 1XX
Physics 2 PHYS 1XX
Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism PHYS 1XX
Physics C: Mechanics PHYS 111
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. 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.