Courses of Study 2020-2021 
    
    Aug 03, 2020  
Courses of Study 2020-2021

Advanced Placement & Advanced Standing


COVID-19 and Advanced Placement

We regret that the global COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted so many learning opportunities, and we want you to know that we will honor your efforts and the success you had earned prior to your school closure or transition to online learning.

For students planning to start studies at Cornell in 2020, 2021, or 2022 who have been enrolled this term in accelerated programs such as Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and Cambridge A-Levels, and who will be unable to take the exams or taking a different form of exam, Cornell will continue its current practices in awarding credit and course placement, using the modified results and reporting that the testing agencies have announced:

AP: https://apcoronavirusupdates.collegeboard.org/students

IB: https://www.ibo.org/news/news-about-the-ib/covid-19-coronavirus-updates/

Cambridge: https://help.cambridgeinternational.org/hc/en-gb/articles/360006532458-Novel-coronavirus-Information-for-schools-about-the-COVID-19-coronavirus-outbreak

While we hope this is reassuring, please note that the faculty and colleges at Cornell also encourage you to seek any reasonable opportunities to complete the academic work you had intended. Consult with your school teachers and advisers now, as well as your Cornell advisers and instructors after you arrive. Although Cornell credit and placement won’t change, some concepts and problems that would have been introduced later in your accelerated high school courses might be important for your success in the associated advanced courses at Cornell.  



Advanced placement credit is college credit that students earn before they matriculate as freshmen and that may count toward the degree and/or degree requirements as specified by the individual college at Cornell. Its primary purpose is to exempt students from introductory courses and to place them in advanced courses. Its value is that it allows students to include more advanced courses in their course of study.

Sources of Advanced Placement Credit


Advanced placement credit may be earned from the following:

  1. The requisite score from the Advanced Placement Examinations (AP exams) from the College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB) in Princeton, N.J. The requisite scores, which vary by subject, are determined by the relevant departments at Cornell and are listed below under CEEB’s AP Exams.

  2. Acceptable performance on a Cornell department exam (offered only in some subjects, usually during orientation).

  3. A regular course taught at an accredited college to college students and approved by the relevant department at Cornell. Some departments accept credit from virtually all accredited colleges; some do not.

  4. International Examinations as listed below under International Credentials.

Note: Cornell University does not accept credit for courses sponsored by colleges but taught in high schools to high school students, even if the college provides a transcript of such work. Students who have taken such courses may, however, earn credit by taking an appropriate examination as described in paragraph 1 or 2 above.

The appropriate department of instruction within the university sets the standards of achievement that must be met for advanced placement in its subject, recommends Advanced Placement credit for those who meet the standards, and determines whether students place out of certain Cornell courses. The final decision for awarding advanced placement credit at Cornell and applying it to degree requirements rests with each individual college (consult the relevant college sections of Courses of Study). Students need not accept advanced placement, although forfeiting the advantage of moving quickly into advanced courses affects one’s overall education. If they take the Cornell course they have placed out of, they relinquish the advanced placement credit.

Advanced placement examinations. Entering first-year students should request that all their scores from CEEB Advanced Placement Examinations received in high school, be sent from the College Board electronically (Cornell’s CEEB code is 2098).

Departmental advanced standing examinations. In certain subjects, students may also qualify for advanced placement or credit, or both on the basis of departmental examinations given on campus during Orientation Week. The departments that award advanced placement and credit on the basis of departmental examinations are shown below under CEEB’s AP Exams. Students need to register for those examinations in the relevant department.

Transfer of credit. Entering first-year students who have completed college courses for which they want to receive credit toward their Cornell degree should contact the college for necessary paperwork and send transcripts and course syllabi to their college or school office.

CEEB’s AP Exams & Department Placement Practices

Subject

Score(s) Advanced Placement (AP) Credit Course Placement
Arabic - -

Department of Near Eastern Studies determines credit and placement based on departmental examination.

Biology - -

See biology.cornell.edu/ap-ib-and-gce-credit-in-biology for credit and placement information.

Chemistry 5  4 credits

a) Placement out of CHEM 2070  or CHEM 2090 .

b) A student taking CHEM 1560 , CHEM 2070 , or 2090  will forfeit AP credit.  Students taking CHEM 2150  will retain AP credit.

c) A student may also receive credit for CHEM 2070  or CHEM 2090  by passing an exam given during Fall orientation.

d) A distinct exam is given before the start of the Spring semester that, if passed, will allow a student to receive credit for CHEM 2080 . See chemistry.cornell.edu for further information.

Chinese (Mandarin) - No credit.

 

Computer Science A 5 4 credits

Placement out of CS 1110 . Department also offers placement exam during fall orientation.

Computer Science Principles - No credit.

 

Environmental Science - No credit.

 

Economics (Micro)    4,5 3 credits

a) Placement out of ECON 1110 .

b) With a score of 5, Hotel School students will receive credit for HADM 1410 .

Economics (Macro) 4,5 3 credits

Placement out of ECON 1120 .

English Language and Composition - -

Varies by college.

English Literature and Composition - -

Varies by college.

French Language 4,5 3 credits

a) With a score of 4, placement into FREN 2090  or equivalent.

b) With a score of 5, Department of Romance Studies determines placement. Students should take the CASE† to obtain appropriate placement.

French Literature 4,5 3 credits

Department of Romance Studies determines placement. Students should take the CASE† to obtain appropriate placement.

German 4,5 -

Department of German Studies determines credit and/or placement. Students should take the CASE† to obtain appropriate placement. AP credit (0 or 3 credits) based on placement result.

Government & Politics, US - No credit.

 

Government  & Politics, comparative - No credit.

 

Greek, Ancient - -

Department of Classics determines placement based on departmental examination.

Hebrew - -

Department of Near Eastern Studies determines credit and placement based on departmental examination.

History, American - No credit.

 

History, European - No credit.

 

History, World - No credit.

 

History of Art - No credit.

 

Human Geography - No credit.

 

Italian Language 4,5 3 credits

Department of Romance Studies determines placement. Students should take the CASE† to obtain appropriate placement.

Italian Literature 4,5 3 credits

Department of Romance Studies determines placement. Students should take the CASE† to obtain appropriate placement.

Japanese - No credit.

 

Latin - -

Department of Classics determines placement based on departmental examination.

Mathematics BC for non-engineering majors 4,5 8 credits

Placement out of Calculus I (MATH 1110 ) and Calculus II (MATH 1120 ).  Students will forfeit 4 credits if they take MATH 1120 , MATH 1220  or MATH 1910 .  Students will forfeit all 8 credits if they take MATH 1106  or MATH 1110 .

Mathematics BC for engineering majors 5 4 credits

Placement out of MATH 1910 .  Students will forfeit credit if they take MATH 1910 .  (Students with a score of 4 are encouraged to take CASE if they believe the score does not fairly reflect their preparation.)

Mathematics AB or AB subscore of the Mathematics BC exam 4,5 4 credits

Placement out of Calculus I (MATH 1110 ) for non-engineering majors.  Students will forfeit credit if they take MATH 1106  or MATH 1110 .

Music - No credit.

 

Persian - -

Department of Near Eastern Studies determines credit and placement based on departmental examination.

Physics I 5 4 credits

Placement out of PHYS 1101 .  With a score of 5 on Mathematics BC,  placement out of PHYS 2207  OR Forfeit credit and take PHYS 1116 .

Physics II 5 4 credits

Placement out of PHYS 1102 .  With a score of 5 on Mathematics BC, also placement out of PHYS 2208  OR Forfeit credit and take PHYS 1116 .

Physics C-Mechanics 5 4 credits

Placement out of PHYS 1112  or PHYS 2207 .  Students intending to major in physics are recommended to forfeit all credit and take PHYS 1116 .

Physics C-Electricity & Magnetism 5 4 credits

Placement out of PHYS 2213 .  Students intending to major in physics are recommended to forfeit all credit and take PHYS 1116 .

Psychology 4,5 3 credits

Placement out of PSYCH 1101 .

Spanish Language 4,5 3 credits

Students should take the LPS†† and afterward the CASE† to obtain appropriate placement.

Spanish Literature 4,5 3 credits

Department of Romance Studies determines placement. Students should take the LPS†† and afterward the CASE† to obtain appropriate placement.

Statistics (excluding Engineering and Hotel Students) 4,5 4 credits

a) Placement out of AEM 2100 BTRY 3010 BTRY 6010 , ILRST 2100 , ILRST 6100 , MATH 1710 , PAM 2100 PAM 2101 , PSYCH 2500 , SOC 3010 STSCI 2100 , STSCI 2150 STSCI 2200 .

b) Students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences will find credit and placement information on the CALS website.

c) Biological Sciences majors see the biological sciences page for AP, IB, and GCE credit for credit and placement information.

Studio Art - No credit.

 

Turkish - -

Department of Near Eastern Studies determines credit and placement based on departmental examination.

 

 

†Cornell Advanced Standing Examination. Contact Callean Hile, K165 Klarman Hall, for French, Italian, and Spanish. Contact Cierra Cain, 183 Goldwin Smith Hall, for German.

††Language Placement Spanish Test. Contact Callean Hile, K165 Klarman Hall.

International Credentials


The policies currently in effect for General Certificate of Education “A” Level Examinations, International Baccalaureate Higher Level Examinations, and the Cambridge Pre-University Examinations are summarized in the table below. Students may submit results of the French Baccalauréat or German Abitur for possible credit depending on the stream or specialization followed. Accepted students holding any other secondary school credentials are urged to sit for the Advanced Placement Examinations of the College Entrance Examination Board or for the departmental examinations offered during Orientation Week.

The tables below list subjects and the marks for which credit will be awarded.

International Baccalaureate (IB) Higher-Level Examinations are awarded advanced standing and credit on receipt of the examination results from the I.B. Office.

Subject Marks Credit
Anthropology - Subject to departmental review.
Biology - See biology.cornell.edu/ap-ib-and-gce-credit-in-biology.
Chemical and Physical Systems 6 or 7 8 credits (PHYS 1101  and PHYS 1102 )
Chemistry 6 or 7 4 credits (CHEM 2070  or CHEM 2090 )
Computer Science 6 or 7 4 credits (CS 1110 )
Economics 6 or 7 6 credits (ECON 1110  and ECON 1120 ). For Hotel Administration students, 3 credits (HADM 1410 ) and 3 free electives.
English Literature - Varies by college.
English Language and Literature - Varies by college.
History - No credit.
Mathematics 6 or 7 4 credits and placement out of Calculus I (MATH 1106  or MATH 1110 ). More credit may be obtained by passing a placement exam during Orientation.
Music - No credit.
Philosophy - No credit.
Physical Science 6 or 7 8 credits (4 credits, CHEM 2070  ; 4 credits, PHYS 1101 )
Physics 6 or 7 4 credits (PHYS 1101 , PHYS 1112 , or PHYS 2207 ).

 

French Baccalauréat Examination grades of 14/20 or higher are awarded advanced standing and/or credit according to the following chart. Students must present the original or a certified copy of their examination certificate to receive credit.

Subject Marks Credit
Francais écrit
(Séries ES, L, S)
14/20 or higher 4 credits (FREN 2210)
16/20 or higher 4 credits (FREN 2210) + 3 credits for CASE
Histoire et Géographie (Séries) - No credit.
Philosophie 14/20 or higher (Séries ES and L) 3 credits (PHIL 1100)

Mathématiques, Sciences Physiques,
Biologie, Sciences Economiques

- No credit.

 

General Certificate of Education Advanced (“A”) Level Examinations are awarded advanced standing and credit. Students must present the original or a certified copy of their examination certificate to receive credit.

Subject Marks Credit
Biology - See biology.cornell.edu/academics/ap-ib-gce-credit.
Chemistry A* or A 8 credits (CHEM 2070  or CHEM 2090  and CHEM 2080 )
B 4 credits (CHEM 2070  or CHEM 2090 )
Economics A* or A 6 credits (ECON 1110  and ECON 1120 )
3 credits (HADM 1410 ) and 3 free electives
English Literature - Varies by college.
Further Mathematics - Credit and placement determined by taking the MATH 1120  placement exam during orientation.
Mathematics A*, A, B, or C

4 credits and placement out of Calculus I (MATH 1106  or MATH 1110 ).

Students who take the A level exam in Singapore will receive an additional 4 credits and placement out of Calculus II (MATH 1120 , MATH 1220 , or MATH 1910 ).

Engineering students who take the A level exam in Singapore only receive 4 credits and placement out of MATH 1910 .

More credit may be obtained by passing a placement exam during Orientation.

Music - No credit.
Philosophy A*, A, or B Subject to department review.
Physics A*, A, or B

4 credits for PHYS 1101 , PHYS 1112 PHYS 2207 , or PHYS 2213 .

4 additional credits for PHYS 2208  are granted for a combination of grades of A or B and a minimum of 8 advanced placement or advanced standing credits in mathematics.

Students planning to major in physics are recommended to forfeit all credit and enroll in PHYS 1116 .

Students in the College of Engineering should refer to the engineering registrar for credit and placement information.

Statistics (excluding engineering students) A*, A, or B 4 credits. Placement out of AEM 2100 BTRY 3010 BTRY 6010 , ILRST 2100 , ILRST 6100 , MATH 1710 , PAM 2100 PAM 2101 , PSYCH 2500 , SOC 3010 STSCI 2100 , STSCI 2150 STSCI 2200 . Students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences will find credit and placement information at cals.cornell.edu/academics/registrar. Students in Hotel Administration will find credit and placement information in the SHA Student Handbook.

 

Cambridge Pre-University Examinations are considered equivalent to A-level examinations and awarded advanced standing and credit. Students must present the original or a certified copy of their examination certificate to receive credit.

Subject Marks Credit
Biology                       M3 or higher See biology.cornell.edu/ap-ib-and-gce-credit-in-biology.
Economics D1, D2, D3 6 credits. Placement out of ECON 1110  and ECON 1120 .
English - Varies by college.
History - No credit.
Mathematics - No credit.
Physics D1, D2, D3 (on parts A and B) 4 credits. Placement of either PHYS 1101  or PHYS 2207 , but not PHYS 1112 .

 

Supplementary Information


Chemistry and Chemical Biology

The Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology offers two tracks in introductory chemistry that satisfy prerequisites for further work in the department: CHEM 2070 CHEM 2080  (CHEM 2090 CHEM 2080  for engineering students) and CHEM 2150 . CHEM 2150  is an accelerated single-semester general chemistry course intended for students with a score of 5 on the AP Chemistry exam, or comparable preparation.  Students completing CHEM 2150  may begin CHEM 3590  in their second semester.

Freshmen may qualify for advanced placement and advanced standing credits in chemistry by satisfactory performance on the CEEB Advanced Placement Examination or an international examination, or by passing an advanced standing examination offered by the department. A score of 5 on the CEEB examination entitles a student to 4 credits. A student may earn 4 or 8 credits by suitable performance on the departmental examinations. See chemistry.cornell.edu for further information.

Computer Science

Students who receive a score of 5 on the A version exam of the CEEB Advanced Placement Examination in computer science, or a score of 6 or 7 on the IB exam will receive 4 advanced placement credits and may take CS 2110 . These credits may be used to satisfy the requirement in computer programming for students in the College of Engineering.

Freshmen may also earn 4 credits by suitable performance on a departmental examination, given during fall Orientation Week. To take the departmental examination, students need only show up at the time and location indicated on the Orientation Week Schedule; advanced sign-up is not necessary.

Mathematics (Calculus)

The Mathematics Department offers a variety of courses suitable for students with advanced placement credit.  For guidance in selecting an appropriate course, including how to factor advanced placement or transfer credit into that decision, please consult First Steps in Math.  New students will also have an opportunity to speak with a math advisor one-on-one at the Arts & Sciences Open House during fall orientation.

The calculus courses MATH 1110 , MATH 1120 , and MATH 1910  cover substantially the same topics as calculus courses given in many high schools, and it is best to avoid repeating material that has already been covered at an appropriate level. Secondary-school students who have had the equivalent of at least one semester of calculus should, if possible, take a placement test during their senior year.

The Department of Mathematics offers an optional placement examination during Orientation Week that covers the material of the AP Calculus program. (No advance registration necessary.)  The department exam should be taken by (1.) students who have had at least a semester of calculus but did not take a CEEB, GCE, or IB Exam; (2.) students who believe that their placement is incorrect; (3.) students who feel that their grasp of the material is uncertain.

Students who have 4 AP credits for calculus will forfeit those credits if they take MATH 1106  or MATH 1110 . Students who have 8 AP credits for calculus will forfeit 4 credits if they take MATH 1120 , MATH 1220 , or MATH 1910  and all 8 credits if they take MATH 1106  or MATH 1110 .

Engineering students will take the engineering calculus sequence, which assumes one semester of calculus experience before entering Cornell. Engineering students receive no AP credit for Calculus I and may receive 4 AP credits for Calculus II, which they will forfeit if they take MATH 1910 , the first course in the engineering calculus sequence. A placement exam specifically for engineering students will be announced during Orientation Week.

Modern Foreign Languages

Students who have studied a language for two or more years and want to continue study in that language at Cornell must present the results of a placement test. See “Placement Tests and Advanced Placement Credit ” under “Foreign Language Requirements ” in the College of Arts and Sciences section of this catalog. Students whose SAT II or AP scores are two years old or more, or who have had a year of formal study or substantial informal study since they last took a placement test should take the Cornell placement test again during Orientation Week if they plan to continue course work.

Advanced standing credit may be earned as follows:

  1. Students with a score of 4 or 5 on the language Advanced Placement Examination of the CEEB earn 3 credits and are eligible to take the Cornell Advanced Standing Examination (CASE).

  2. Students who achieve a minimum score of 65 on the Cornell language placement test given during Orientation Week are eligible to take the CASE. Outstanding performance on this examination can result in a maximum of 3 credits.

  3. For formal language work done after high school at an accredited college, credit is considered by the relevant department on submission of a syllabus and transcript. Note that credit transfer and placement are the result of different processes. Students wishing to enroll in a language course at Cornell are required to take the placement test.

  4. Native speakers of languages other than English may, if an examination by the appropriate department is available, be granted a maximum of 3 credits in a foreign language.

Information about times and places of placement tests is available in the orientation booklet. For more information, see “Foreign Language Requirement ” on the Graduation Requirements page in the College of Arts and Sciences, or contact:

  • Arabic, Munther Younes, 409 White Hall
  • Chinese (Mandarin), Erin Kotmel, 350 Rockefeller Hall (placement test available at collt.lrc.cornell.edu)
  • French, Callean Hile, K165 Klarman Hall (placement test available at collt.lrc.cornell.edu)
  • German, Anne Chen, 183 Goldwin Smith Hall
  • Hebrew, Shalom Shoer, 409 White Hall
  • Italian, Callean Hile, K165 Klarman Hall (placement test available at collt.lrc.cornell.edu)
  • Japanese, Erin Kotmel, 350 Rockefeller Hall (placement test available at collt.lrc.cornell.edu)
  • Korean, Erin Kotmel, 350 Rockefeller Hall (placement test available at collt.lrc.cornell.edu)
  • Persian, Iago Gocheleishvili, 409 White Hall
  • Russian, Slava Paperno, 211 Klarman Hall (sp27@cornell.edu/russian.cornell.edu)
  • Spanish, Callean Hile, K165 Klarman Hall (placement test available at collt.lrc.cornell.edu)
  • Turkish, Chris Capalongo, 409 White Hall

Physics

Advanced placement and credit are awarded on the basis of the CEEB Advanced Placement Examination in physics (Physics I, Physics II or Physics C), certain international examinations, or the departmental examination (offered during Orientation Week; appointment required). For information about the departmental examination, see physics.cornell.edu/advanced-standing.

Students in the College of Engineering should refer to engineering.cornell.edu/engr.registrar/ap-and-transfer-credit.

Physics I—Students earning a score of 5 may receive 4 credits for PHYS 1101 . Those earning in addition a score of 5 in Calculus BC may choose to take 4 credits for PHYS 2207 .

Physics II—Students earning a score of 5 may receive 4 credits for PHYS 1102 . Those earning in addition a score of 5 in Calculus BC may choose to take 4 credits for PHYS 2208 .

Physics C—Mechanics: Students earning a score of 5 may receive 4 credits for PHYS 1112  or PHYS 2207 

Physics C—Electricity and Magnetism: Students earning a score of 5 may receive 4 credits for PHYS 2213 .

Students will not receive credit for an advanced placement course if they receive credit for a Cornell course with similar content. Students may receive credit for only one of the courses in each group:

PHYS 1101 , PHYS 1112 , PHYS 1116 , PHYS 2207  

PHYS 1102 , PHYS 2208 , PHYS 2213 , PHYS 2217  

Students planning to major in physics or applied and engineering physics are strongly recommended to forfeit all AP credit and take PHYS 1116 . Students should not take PHYS 2217  without first taking PHYS 1116 .

Advanced placement into a next-in-sequence course depends on the completion of the appropriate mathematics prerequisites before enrolling. To qualify for advanced placement credit, it is not necessary to continue the study of physics.

General information and advice may be obtained from the director of undergraduate studies, 115 Clark Hall, or from the Department of Physics, 109 Clark Hall.

Statistics

Students, excluding engineering students, who have been awarded advanced placement credit for statistics may not also receive academic credit for similar courses taken at Cornell. In particular, they will forfeit those credits if they take AEM 2100 BTRY 3010 BTRY 6010 , ILRST 2100 ILRST 6100 , MATH 1710 , PAM 2100 PAM 2101 , PSYCH 2500 , SOC 3010 STSCI 2100 , STSCI 2150 , STSCI 2200 .

Students in the School of Hotel Administration should refer to the SHA Student Handbook for credit and placement information.

Students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences should refer to the CALS website for credit and placement information.  

Students in the Charles H Dyson School of Applied Economics & Management should refer to the Dyson website for credit and placement information.