Franklin & Marshall College participates in the Advanced Placement Program of the College Entrance Examination Board. A student who takes an Advanced Placement examination is given college credit if the subject matter of the Advanced Placement course and examination is comparable to that covered in an elementary course taught by a Franklin & Marshall department upon receipt of the student's official grade report sent directly from the College Board to Franklin & Marshall.
The following Franklin & Marshall course credits are currently awarded if a student achieves a test score of 4 or 5 on the Advanced Placement subjects listed:
|AP Subject||Franklin & Marshall Course|
|Studio Art: General||ART Elective|
|Studio Art: Drawing||ART Elective|
|History of Art||ART Elective|
|Biology||BIO 179 (satisfies Natural Science with Lab)|
|Chemistry||CHM 179 (will not satisfy Natural Science; consult with department for additional information)|
|Computer Science||CPS 111|
|Economics (Macro)||General Elective (if credit is awarded for both Macro and Micro, one credit is General Elective and one credit is ECO 100)|
|Economics (Micro)||General Elective (if credit is awarded for both Macro and Micro, one credit is General Elective and one credit is ECO 100)|
|English Literature/Composition||General Elective|
|English Language/Composition||ENG 105|
|Environmental Science||ENV 117 (or ENV 114, consult with department; 117 will not satisfy Natural Science)|
|Human Geography||ENV Elective**|
|American Government||GOV 100|
|Comparative Government||GOV 120|
|U.S. History||HIS 238|
|European History||HIS 221|
|World History||HIS Elective|
|Math Calculus||MAT 109|
|Math Statistics||MAT 116|
|Music Listening/Literature||MUS 101|
|Music Theory||MUS 222|
|Aural Subscore 4-5*||MUS 224 (0.5 credit)|
|Non-Aural Subsc 4*||MUS 100|
|Non-Aural Subsc 5*||MUS 222|
|Physics B||PHY 101|
|Physics C: E&M||PHY 112|
|Physics C: Mech.||PHY 111|
|Spanish Language||SPA 221|
|Spanish Literature||SPA 222|
*Subscores will be awarded credit only if overall score is below 4.
**Will not satisfy Natural Science requirement
When a student is awarded credit and advanced placement, the fact, but no grade, is entered on the student's permanent record, and the number of courses required for graduation is reduced by the number of courses for which credit is given. Such credit will satisfy a major or minor requirement if the course is listed in the Catalog as satisfying that requirement. Whether a student is awarded credit for more than one semester's work in a single subject is determined by the department concerned.
These procedures do not permit the granting of two college credits for the same work (e.g., introductory calculus taken in high school and repeated at Franklin & Marshall). If a student is officially enrolled at the end of the second week of classes for a course at Franklin & Marshall for which Advanced Placement credit has been awarded, the student forfeits the awarding of this credit.
There is no limit on the number of Advanced Placement course credits a student may receive, but these credits cannot count toward the 16 course credits that must be earned at Franklin & Marshall nor toward the 21 course credits that must be earned with standard grades.