Advanced Placement

NGSS Related Updates: Course numbering throughout the Undergraduate Student Handbook reflect transition to the new NGSS system.  3-digit course numbers that remain reflect a now inactive course that did not transition to the 4-digit course number.  Other updates include edits to processes and additional links to resources. 


Most issues regarding advance placement should be taken up with the Office of the Registrar, 150 Franklin Building, 3451 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104.

Note that students with AP credit who take the equivalent course at Penn forfeit the AP credit. This applies to EAS 0091 (CHEM 091), PHYS 093/094, PHYS 0050/0051, PHYS 0150/0151, CIS 1100 and MATH 1400.


Some Penn Engineering curricula require CHEM 1012, 1022 plus the labs. Generally AP credit is given only for the lecture parts of the courses (students must still enroll in CHEM 1101,1102). However, the chemistry department may grant “waivers” if students present evidence of equivalent lab experience in high school. Penn Engineering accepts these waivers in lieu of the requirement for the chemistry labs. The waivers do not carry academic credit, and students typically have to make up the science credits by taking other courses.

Students with AP credit for EAS 0091* (CHEM 091) are encouraged to take the placement exam(s) for CHEM 1012 and 1022 offered by the Chemistry Department. Students with EAS 0091* (CHEM 091) AP credit, who have not taken (or have not passed) the placement exam for CHEM 1012, may take CHEM 1022. Students with EAS 0091* (CHEM 091) credit may enroll in CHEM 1101 as a stand alone course. Students should be aware that there are situations where specific credit for CHEM 1012 and 1022 is required as for premed students.

Students with a Chemistry score of 6 or 7 on the Higher Level IB exam can be counted toward EAS 091. Please note the Standard Level exam is insufficient.

Please note: *EAS 0091 is for engineering students only.


Most Penn Engineering curricula require PHYS 0150 and/or 0151, which consist of lecture and lab, or PHYS 0140 and/or 0141, which are the lectures only. AP credit for physics is given by the Physics Department. Detailed information can be found at:

MEAM 1100/1470 offered by the Mechanical Engineering Department is the equivalent of PHYS 0150. Students with AP credit in PHYS 0150 should not enroll in MEAM 1100/1470.

ESE 1120 offered by the Electrical and Systems Engineering Department is the equivalent of PHYS 0151. Students with AP credit in PHYS 0151 should not enroll in ESE 1120.

For additional AP information, please visit the Office of Admissions website (

*Please note: Red, bolded courses are not currently active. Check with the primary department to confirm course status.