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 Inquiry Seminar 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. b. 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. may be eligible to receive credit for some first-year courses. 
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 ARH 220; ARH2: Art History Elective (3 credits)
Biology Biology 3 8 BIO1--D: Laboratory Science
Biology 4-5 8 BIO 120/121 & BIO 122/122D
Chemistry Chemistry 3 8 CHE1--D: Laboratory Science
Chemistry 4 8 CHE 113 & CHE 113D
Chemistry 5 8 CHE 113 & CHE 113D, CHE 214 & CHE 215
Computer Science Computer Science A 3-5 3 COS 100
Computer Science AB* 3-5 max. 6 COS 100
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 GES161; ENW1--A: Artistic Experience
Literature and Composition*** 3 4 ENL 100
Literature and Composition*** 4-5 7 GES161 ; ENL 100
Combination of Language and Composition and Literature and Composition*** 35 13 Combination of the above equivalencies based on score, maximum of 13 credits
Environment Environmental Science 3-5 4 ENS 104, ENS 104D
French French Language 3-5 8 FRE 101, FRE 102S
French Literature 3-5 6 FRE2: French Elective
Geography Human Geography 3-5 3 GEO1: Geography Elective
German German Language 3-5 8 GER 101, GER 102S
Government and Politics Government and Politics-- Comparative 3-5 3 POS1: Political Science Elective
Government and Politics-- U.S. 3-5 3 POS 100
History U.S. History 3 6 HIS2: History Elective
U.S. History 4-5 6 HIS 200L; HIS2: History Elective
European History 3-5 6 HIS2: History Elective
World History 3-5 6 HIS2: History Elective
Latin Virgil 3-5 8 LAT 101 & LAT 102S
Mathematics Calculus AB 3 3 MAT1--M: Mathematics Elective
Calculus AB 4-5 3 MAT 124M
Calculus BC 3 6 MAT 124M, MAT1--M: Mathematics Elective
Calculus BC 4-5 6 MAT 124M; MAT 125
Calculus BC Less than 3, Subscore 3 3 MAT1-M: Mathematics Elective
Calculus BC Less than 3, Subscore 4-5 3 MAT 124M
Statistics 3-5 3 MAT 207M
Music Music Theory 3-5 6 MUS 101; MUS1: Music Elective
Physics Physics 1 3 4 PHY1--D: Physics Elective
Physics 1 4-5 4 PHY 202; PHY 202D
Physics 2 3 4 PHY1--D: Physics Elective
Physics 2 4-5 4 PHY 206; PHY 207
Physics C/Mechanics 3 3 PHY1: Physics Elective
Physics C/Mechanics 4-5 3 PHY 292
Physics C/Elect & Magnetism 3 3 PHY1: Physics Elective
Physics C/Elect & Magnetism 4-5 3 PHY 296
Psychology Psychology 3-5 3 PSY 100
Spanish Spanish Language 3-5 8 SPA 101; SPA 102S
Spanish Literature 3-5 6 SPA2: Spanish Elective
Subject Area CLEP Exam Minimum Score Credits Bethel Equivalent
Composition and Literature American Literature 50 6 ENL 204
Analyzing & Interpreting Literature 50 6 ENL 100
College Composition (with Essay) 50 6 GES161
College Composition Modular 50 3 ENW1--A: Artistic Experience
English Literature 50 6 ENL 102; ENL 202
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 3 MAT 124M
Chemistry 50 6 CHE1: Chemistry Elective
College Math 50 6 MAT 101M
Natural Sciences 50 6 GES1: General Education Elective
Precalculus 50 3 MAT 123M
Trigonometry 50 3 MAT1--M: Mathematics
Foreign Languages Level 1 French 50 6 FRE 101; FRE 102S
Level 2 French 62 12 FRE 101; FRE 102S; FRE201; FRE202
Level 1 German 50 6 GER101; GER102S
Level 2 German 63 12 GER101; GER102S; GER201
Level 1 Spanish 50 6 SPA 101; SPA 102S
Level 2 Spanish 63 12 SPA 101; SPA 102S; SPA 201; SPA202
History & Social Science American Government 50 3 POS 100
ED Psych, Intro 50 3 EDU 240
History of US up to 1877 50 3 HIS2: History Elective
History of US from 1865 to Present 50 3 HIS 200L
Human Growth & Development 50 3 PSY 203
MacroEconomics, Prin 50 3 ECO203: Principles of Macroeconomic*
MicroEconomics, Prin 50 3 ECO202: Principles of Microeconomics*
*ECO202 and ECO203 combined are equivalent to ECO 201: Principles of Microeconomics
Psychology, Intro 50 3 PSY 100
Sociology, Intro 50 3 SOC 101
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 If taken prior to Summer 2018: BUS 210; BUS 313
Accounting, Prin 50 3 If taken in Summer 2018 or after: BUS 210
Business Law, Intro 50 3 BUS2: Business Elective
Info Systems & Comp Applications 50 3 BUS 105
Management, Prin 50 3 BUS 230
Marketing 50 3 BUS 220
Subject Test Title Score Credits Bethel Equivalent
Biology Biology (HL) 4 or Higher 6 BIO1-D: Laboratory Science
Biology (SL) 5 or Higher 3 BIO1-D: Laboratory Science
Business Management Business Management (HL) 4 or Higher 6 BUS1: Business Elective
Business Management (SL) 5 or Higher 3 BUS1: Business Elective
Chemistry Chemistry (HL) 4 or Higher 6 CHE1-D: Laboratory Science
Chemistry (SL) 5 or Higher 3 CHE1-D: Laboratory Science
Classical Languages Classical Languages (HL) 4 or Higher 6 LAN1-S: Second Language
Classical Languages (SL) 5 or Higher 3 LAN1: Language Elective
Computer Science Computer Science (HL) 4 or Higher 6 COS1: Computer Science Elective
Computer Science (SL) 5 or Higher 3 COS1: Computer Science Elective
Dance Dance (HL) 4 or Higher 6 PEA1-QA: Leisure and Lifetime Sport
Dance (SL) 5 or Higher 3 PEA1-QA: Leisure and Lifetime Sport
Design Technology Design Technology (HL) 4 or Higher 6 GES1: General Elective
Design Technology (SL) 5 or Higher 3 GES1: General Elective
Economics Economics (HL) 4 or Higher 6 ECO1: Economics Elective
Economics (SL) 5 or Higher 3 ECO1: Economics Elective
Envronmental Systems Environmental Systems (HL) 4 or Higher 6 ENS 104D: Environment and Humanity
Environmental Systems (SL) 5 or Higher 3 ENS 104D: Environment and Humanty
Geography Geography (HL) 4 or Higher 6 GEO 120: Introduction to Geography
Geography (SL) 5 or Higher 3 GEO 120: Introduction to Geography
History History (SL) 5 or Higher 3 HIS1: History Elective
History of Africa (HL) 4 or Higher 6 Contact Department Chair
History of the Americas (HL) 4 or Higher 6 HIS1-L: Contemporary Western Life & Thought
History of Asia and the NE (HL) 4 or Higher 6 Contact Department Chair
History of Europe (HL) 4 or Higher 6 Contact Department Chair
History of the Islamic World (HL) 4 or Higher 6 Contact Department Chair
Info Tech Info Tech in Global Society (HL) 4 or Higher 6 GES1: General Elective
Info Tech in Global Society (SL) 5 or Higher 3 GES1: General Elective
Language A English A1 (HL) 4 or Higher 6 ENW1-A: Artistic Experience (2cr) and ENL 100: Great Writers: Intro Lit (4 cr)
English A1 (SL) 5 or Higher 3 ENL 100: Great Writers: Intro to Lit
Spanish A2 (SL) 5 or Higher 3 SPA2: Spanish Elective
Language B English (SL) 5 or Higher 3 GES1: General Elective
French (HL) 4 or Higher 6 FRE 102S: Introductory French II
French (SL) 5 or Higher 3 FRE 102S: Introductory French II
German (HL) 4 or Higher 6 GER102S: Introductory German II
German (SL) 5 or Higher 3 GER102S: Introductory German II
Hebrew (SL) 5 or Higher 3 LAN102S: Intro to Second Language II
Japanese (HL) 4 or Higher 6 LAN102S: Intro to Second Language II
Japanese (SL) 5 or Higher 3 LAN102S: Intro to Second Language II
Mandarin (HL) 4 or Higher 6 CHI 102S: Introductory Chinese II
Mandarin (SL) 5 or Higher 3 CHI 102S: Introductory Chinese II
Russian (HL) 4 or Higher 6 LAN102S: Intro to Second Language II
Russian (SL) 5 or Higher 3 LAN102S: Intro to Second Language II
Spanish (HL) 4 or Higher 6 SPA 102S
Spanish (SL) 5 or Higher 3 SPA 102S: Introductory Spanish II
Language Ab Initio- French (SL) 5 or Higher 3 FRE 101: Introductory French I
German (SL) 5 or Higher 3 GER 101
Hebrew (SL) 5 or Higher 3 LAN1: Second Language Elective
Japanese (SL) 5 or Higher 3 LAN1: Second Language Elective
Spanish (SL) 5 or Higher 3 SPA 101: Introductory Spanish I
Mathematics Mathematics (HL) 4 or Higher 6 MAT1-M: Mathematics
Mathematics (SL) 5 or Higher 3 MAT1-M: Mathematics
Further Mathematics (SL) 5 or Higher 3 MAT1-M: Mathematics
Mathematics Studies (SL) 5 or Higher 3 MAT1-M: Mathematics
Music Music (HL) 4 or Higher 6 MUS1: Music Elective
Music Composition (SL) 5 or Higher 3 MUS1: Music Elective
Music Solo Performance (SL) 5 or Higher 3 MUS1: Music Elective
Music Group Performance (SL) 5 or Higher 3 MUS1: Music Elective
Philosophy Philosophy (HL) 4 or Higher 6 PHI1: Philosophy Elective
Philosophy (SL) 5 or Higher 3 PHI1: Philosophy Elective
Physics Physics (HL) 4 or Higher 6 PHY1-D: Laboratory Science
Physics (SL) 5 or Higher 3 PHY1-D: Laboratory Science
Psychology Psychology (HL) 4 or Higher 6 PSY 100: Introduction to Psychology (3 credits) and PSY2: Psychology Elective (3 credits)
Psychology (SL) 5 or Higher 3 PSY 100: Introduction to Psychology
Social Anthropology Social Anthropology (HL) 4 or Higher 6 ANT200: Introduction to Anthropology
Social Anthropology (SL) 5 or Higher 3 ANT200: Introduction to Anthropology
Theory of Knowledge Theatre Arts (HL) 4 or Higher 6 Contact Department Chair
Theatre Arts (SL) 5 or Higher 3 Contact Department Chair
Visual Arts (HL) 4 or Higher 6 GES 125: Intro to the Creative Arts
Visual Arts A,B, (SL) 5 or Higher 3 ART1-A: Artistic Experience