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Advanced Placement Curriculum

General Requirement

Students completing the AP curriculum must present the five required subjects for their program, which can consist of all AP courses or a combination of AP and alternate curricula. When a second curriculum is studied in conjunction with AP, the higher of either the AP or high school grade will be used.

Search our Undergraduate Programs to determine the five required admission subjects for your program. AP subject equivalencies are included in the tool.

English Proficiency

If English is not your first language, you can meet UAlberta’s English language requirement by obtaining a grade of 4 or better on the AP English College Board examination. For details, see English Proficiency.

Am I Competitive?

Each undergraduate program has its own competitive admissions average, and this average varies from year to year. Your average will be calculated on the five subject requirements after you have applied and submitted your transcripts and documentation.

Generally, grades of 4 and 5 are considered competitive. See International Competitive Average Equivalencies.

The AP Advantage

The University of Alberta recognizes the academic rigors of the AP program in a number of ways:

  • Exclusive AP-dedicated scholarships of up to $1,000 CAD
  • Special AP advisors to assist you
  • Advanced standing in UAlberta courses (see below)

Download the AP Booklet for everything you need to know about AP & UAlberta!

Advanced Standing/Transfer Credit

If you achieve a final grade of 4 or 5 in AP courses in the chart below, you will be considered either for transfer credit or advanced standing in first-year courses.

Advanced standing can be declined, should you choose to complete the first-year course. See Declining Transfer Credit.

Advanced Placement Courses

University of Alberta Equivalents (*=units of course weight)


Art History ART H 101 (*3) and 102 (*3)
Biology BIOL 100-level (*3) (not to take BIOL 107)
Calculus AB MATH 113 (*3)
Calculus BC MATH 113 (*3) [or MATH 100 (*4) for Engineering only]
Chemistry Eligible to apply for a Credit by Special Assessment examination for CHEM 101 (*3) [or CHEM 103 (*4.3) for Engineering only]
Chinese Language and Culture CHINA 200-level (*3)
Comparative Government and Politics POL S 100-level (*3) (not to take POL S 101)
Computer Science A CMPUT 174 (*3)
English Language and Composition ENGL 100-level (*3) (not to take WRS 100)
English Literature and Composition ENGL 100-level (*3)
Environmental Science 100-level Science Option (*3)
European History HIST 100-level (*6) (not to take HIST 111 or 112)
French Language & Culture Advanced Placement (see note 3)
French Literature Advanced Placement (see note 3)
German Language & Culture Advanced Placement (see note 3)
Human Geography HGP 100 (*3)
Italian Language and Culture Advanced Placement (see note 3)
Japanese Language and Culture JAPAN 201 (*3) and 202 (*3)
Latin (Literature) LATIN 300-level (*3)
Latin (Vergil) LATIN 300-level (*3)
Macroeconomics ECON 102 (*3)
Microeconomics ECON 101 (*3)
Music Theory MUSIC 155 (*3)
Physics 1 plus Physics 2 PHYS 124 (*3) 
Physics C (Electricity & Magnetism plus Mechanics)
Taken Sept 2014 onwards
PHYS 144 (*3) (See note 4)
Psychology PSYCO 100-level (*3) (not to take PSYCO 104 or 105)
Spanish Language Advanced Placement (see note 3)
Spanish Literature & Culture SPAN 200-level (*6)
Statistics STAT 151 (*3)
Studio Art: 2-D Design ART 134 (*3) and DES 135 (*3)
Studio Art: 3-D Design ART 134 (*3) and DES 135 (*3)
Studio Art: Drawing ART 140 (*3)
United States History HIST 100-level (*6)
US Government and Politics POL S 100-level (*3)
World History CLASS 100-level (*3) and HIST 100-level (*3) (not to take CLASS 110, or HIST 110, 111, or 112)

 Notes

1. For students entering the Faculty of Engineering: Transfer credit for the first (qualifying) year courses does not reduce the minimum load requirement of 37.0 units. 

2. Credit by Special Assessment (CSA): To earn credit, students are able to challenge the university-level class, often through a special exam. There are no fees for CSA exams; however, the results from CSA exams appear on your UAlberta transcript. 

3. Advanced placement: While no transfer credit is offered, students are permitted to register in a senior course. In the case of Language other than English courses, students with Advanced Placement will be permitted to register in a senior course after determination of their background qualifications for that course (interview, placement test, etc.). Students may also challenge a junior or senior course for credit via the CSA route if they are eligible and have appropriate qualifications. 

4. Students who have not taken Physics C: (Electricity and Magnetism) and wish to take further physics courses should consult the Department of Physics. 

5. When students are instructed “not to take” a specific course and a generic 100-level credit is granted, this credit may be used to meet the prerequisite for any higher-level course requiring the specific course in question.

6. Augustana Faculty course equivalents for transfer credit are in the UAlberta Calendar (section 16, Admissions Chart 7).