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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.
Professional schools are not entirely consistent as to how they treat Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) credit. Students are advised to check individual school web pages for the most current information regarding their policies regarding these credits. Most frequently, professional schools subscribe to the following policies:
Only a minority of medical schools and even fewer dental schools state a specific requirement for mathematics or calculus courses. However, some do and the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) Official Guide to Dental Schools is the best source to find the requirements of specific schools.
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 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 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 3-4 semesters of chemistry in college. Students who receive an AP score of 4 should plan to take CHEM 231 and 32, CHEM 241 and 42, CHEM 271 and 72. For schools that require 3 semesters, this is sufficient; for schools that require 4 semesters, an additional course in chemistry will be needed. Most students will opt for that additional chemistry course to be biochemistry, BCHM 461 or 463. It is NOT necessary for students to start with CHEM 131 and 32.
Students who receive an AP score of 5 should plan to take CHEM 231 and 32, CHEM 241 and 42, CHEM 272 and an additional course in chemistry. Most students will opt for that additional chemistry course to be biochemistry, BCHM 461 or 463. It is NOT necessary for students to start with CHEM 131 and 32.
A few medical schools require biochemistry, but many more strongly recommend biochemistry. Most dental schools require biochemistry and some optometry schools require biochemistry. You should check to see if schools to which you may want to apply require or strongly recommend biochemistry.
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. Remember that the SAT exemption is not a course and will not satisfy the ENGL requirement. Remember also that, if you are exempt from junior ENGL because you received an A in ENGL 101, you are still required by the professional schools to have 6 credits of ENGL or literature on your transcript.