Within the structures outlined below, Bethel University awards advanced placement in recognition of learning that has been achieved apart from a college classroom situation. A maximum of 30 credits in advanced placement can be applied toward a degree program.

  1. Credit may be awarded to a student who receives a qualifying score on:
     
    1. an Advanced Placement Examination (AP). A minimum score of 3 is required in order for the exam to replace most Bethel requirements. A score of 4 or higher is required to fulfill the College Writing requirement as well as requirements for some majors. The Office of the Registrar maintains information about AP exams and General Education requirements. Students should consult departments for information about AP courses that may be used to fulfill requirements in the major.
    2. either a General Examination or a Subject Examination of the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP). Consult the Office of the Registrar for details.
    3. an International Baccalaureate (IB) exam. Bethel awards 3 credits for Standard Level Examinations with a score of 5 or higher. A student with a score of 4 or higher on a Higher Level Examination is awarded 6 credits. Consult the Office of the Registrar for details.
    4. a DANTES Subject Standardized Test (Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support), which is equivalent to a college course. Consult the Office of the Registrar for details.
  2. Exemption from certain first-level courses may be granted on the basis of an adequate score on special placement examinations devised by the respective departments.
  3. Students who complete high school outside the U.S. and who pass national exams such as the French Baccalauréat or British A-levels may be eligible to receive credit for some first-year courses. See the Office of the Registrar.
Subject Test Title Score Credits Bethel Equivalent
Art Studio Art: Drawing Portfolio 3-5 3 ART1--A: Artistic Experience
Studio Art: 2D Design Portfolio 3-5 3 ART1-- A: Artistic Experience
Studio Art: 3D Design Portfolio 3-5 3 ART1-- A: Artistic Experience
History of Art 3-5 6 ARH220; ARH2: Art History Elective (3 credits)
Biology Biology 3 8 BIO1--D: Laboratory Science
Biology 4-5 8 BIO120/121, BIO122/122D, & BIO126/127
Chemistry Chemistry 3 8 CHE1--D: Laboratory Science
Chemistry 4 8 CHE113 & CHE113D
Chemistry 5 8 CHE113 & CHE113D, CHE214 & CHE215
Computer Science Computer Science A 3-5 3 COS100
Computer Science AB* 3-5 max. 6 COS100
Economics Macroeconomics** 3-5 3 ECO203
Microeconomics** 3-5 3 ECO202
English Language and Composition*** 3 6 ENW1--A: Artistic Experience
Language and Composition*** 4-5 6 GES110; ENW1--A: Artistic Experience
Literature and Composition*** 3 4 ENL100N
Literature and Composition*** 4-5 7 GES110 ; ENL100N
Environment Environmental Science 3-5 4 ENS102D
French French Language 3-5 8 FRE101, FRE102S
French Literature 3-5 6 FRE2: French Elective
Geography Human Geography 3-5 3 GEO1: Geography Elective
Government and Politics Government and Politics-- Comparative 3-5 3 POS1: Political Science Elective
Government and Politics-- U.S. 3-5 3 POS100
History U.S. History 3 6 HIS2: History Elective
U.S. History 4-5 6 HIS200L; HIS2: History Elective
European History 3-5 6 HIS2: History Elective
World History 3-5 6 HIS2: History Elective
Latin Virgil 3-5 8 LAT101 & LAT102S
Mathematics Calculus AB 3 3 MAT1--M: Mathematics Elective
Calculus AB 4-5 3 MAT123M
Calculus BC 3 6 MAT1--M: Mathematics Elective
Calculus BC 4-5 6 MAT123M; MAT125
Calculus BC Less than 3, Subscore 4 3 MAT123M
Statistics 3-4 3 MAT207M Statistics
Music Music Theory 3-5 6 MUS101; MUS1: Music Elective
Physics Physics 1 3 4 PHY1--D: Physics Elective
Physics 1 4-5 4 PHY202; PHY202D
Physics 2 3 4 PHY1--D: Physics Elective
Physics 2 4-5 4 PHY206; PHY207
Physics C/Mechanics 3-5 3 PHY1: Physics Elective
Physics C/Mechanics 4-5 3 PHY292
Physics C/Elect & Magnetism 3 3 PHY1: Physics Elective
Physics C/Elect & Magnetism 4-5 3 PHY296
Psychology Psychology 3-5 3 PSY100
Spanish Spanish Language 3-5 8 SPA101; SPA102S
Spanish Literature 3-5 6 SPA2: Spanish Elective
*

 Computer Science A is a subset of Computer Science AB, so the student can receive a maximum of 6 credits for Computer Science AB.

**

ECO203 and ECO202 combined are equivalent to ECO201: Principles of Economics

***

 If a student takes both of the above English tests, he/she can receive up to 13 credits. 

Subject Area CLEP Exam Minimum Score Credits Bethel Equivalent
Composition and Literature American Literature 50 6 ENL204
Analyzing & Interpreting Literature 50 6 ENDL100N
College Composition (with Essay) 50 6 GES100
College Composition 50 3 ENW1--A: Artistic Experience
English Literature 50 6 ENL102; ENL202
Humanities 50 6 GES1: General Studies Elective
Science and Math Algebra 50 3 MAT1--M: Mathematics
Algebra-Trigonometry 50 3 MAT1--M: Mathematics
Biology 50 6 BIO1: Biology Elective
Calculus 50 6 CHE1: Chemistry Elective
College Math 50 6 MAT101M
Natural Sciences 50 6 GES1: General Education Elective
Precalculus 50 3 MAT123M
Trigonometry 50 3 MAT1--M: Mathematics
Foreign Languages Level 1 French 50 6 FRE101; FRE102S
Level 2 French 62 12 FRE101; FRE102S; FRE201; FRE202
Level 1 German 50 6 GER101; GER102
Level 2 German 63 12 GER101; GER102S; GER201
Level 1 Spanish 50 6 SPA101; SPA102S
Level 2 Spanish 63 12 SPA101; SPA102S; SPA201; SPA202
History & Social Science American Government 50 3 POS100
ED Psych, Intro 50 3 EDU240
History of US up to 1877 50 3 HIS200L
History of US from 1865 to Present 50 3 HIS2--L: Contemporary Western Life & Thought
Human Growth & Development 50 3 PSY203
MacroEconomics, Prin 50 3 ECO203: Principles of Macroeconomic
MicroEconomics, Prin 50 3 ECO202: Principles of Microeconomics
*ECO202 and ECO203 combined are equivalent to ECO201: Principles of Microeconomics
Psychology, Intro 50 3 PSY100
Sociology, Intro 50 3 SOC101
Western Civ 1: Ancient Near East- 1648 50 3 HIS2: History Elective
Western Civ 2: 1648- Present 50 3 HIS2: History Elective
Business Accounting, Prin 50 6 BUS210; BUS313
Business Law, Intro 50 3 BUS2: Business Elective
Info Systems & Comp Applications 50 3 BUS105
Management, Prin 50 3 BUS230
Marketing 50 3 BUS220