AP and IB Credit
For a listing of all the courses and scores for which the University of Maryland awards AP/IB credit, click here.
Grid of Pre-Requisites (Including AP Acceptance)
Professional schools are not entirely consistent as to how they treat Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) credit. Students are advised to check the MSAR and individual school web pages for the most accurate information regarding their policies about these credits.
Most frequently, professional schools subscribe to the following policies:
In our experience, the schools that require mathematics DO accept AP/IB credit for that requirement. We do not recommend that students who have received credit for AP/IB math repeat those courses. If you love math, you should feel free to go forward with additional and new courses in math, but repeating courses you have received credit for is generally not necessary.
Nearly all medical schools require at least two biology courses with formal laboratories and we have found that they are generally strict about the laboratory requirement. Medical schools typically do not specify which biology courses with a lab they require. Students who have received credit for BSCI 160/161 and/or BSCI 170/171 (formerly BSCI 106 and/or BSCI 105) should NOT elect to repeat these courses. Instead, they should plan to move forward into new biology content. The list of recommended courses is available on the planning sheets. The suggestions are slightly different for medical, dental or optometry students, so be sure to review the appropriate planning sheet. In general, BSCI 223 and 330 are good choices to start with as both have a lab. Additional courses in genetics, biochemistry and physiology are also strongly encouraged.
Most professional schools will expect you to complete 4-5 semesters of chemistry in college, through Biochemistry. Students who receive an AP score of 4 or 5 should plan to take CHEM 231 and 32, CHEM 241 and 42, CHEM 271 and 72 (only 272 is required with a score of 5) and BCHM. It is NOT necessary for students to start with CHEM 131 and 32.
AP/ IB English
Nearly all professional schools require 2 semesters of writing intensive English or Literature. We have found that most medical schools will accept an AP/IB credit in English for the second semester of English that is required. All students will complete a 300-level professional writing course as a general education requirement.