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Trinity Placement

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There are no placement tests at Duke; instead, many departments offer placement guidelines. In general, placement issues for first-semester students are most important for mathematics, chemistry and foreign language. Students who place themselves in a course that is above or below their level may be required to withdraw from the class during the first week.

You can find links to all departmental placement pages at

Links to all language department websites can be found at Starting language study in your first semester is not necessary to fulfill the FL requirement and many students delay their study of a language.

If you have completed college-level work before enrolling at Duke be sure to go to to ensure you are placed in the correct courses.

To determine your placement for many Duke classes—particularly science, math, economics and language classes—Duke considers coursework and examinations completed prior to matriculation. There are three types of pre-college work that are recognized:

  • Advanced Placement exams (AP)
  • International Placement Credit exams (IPC)
  • Pre-matriculation courses (PMC, i.e., college courses taken during high school)

Each of these is handled a little differently. While each type of credit earned prior to Duke may count towards the 34 credit requirement, and can be used for placement purposes, pre-college work does not receive AOK or MOI course codes, or fulfill Trinity general education requirements.


If Duke has received notification from the college board, all course equivalents for your Duke recognized AP exams will be listed in DukeHub under Academics/ Test Scores, and on your Duke transcript. Depending on the academic department, these Duke course equivalents can fulfill prerequisites or place you out of lower-level courses.

The most important thing to remember about AP credit is that your AP scores must be transmitted directly from AP Services/College Board to the Office of the University Registrar; you should request that all your scores be sent, regardless of when you took the course. AP scores included with your admissions application are not official score reports and will not result in any credit. To send your AP scores to Duke, visit and use Duke’s CEEB code of 5156.

Your AP scores and credits should be posted in DukeHub by the end of the first week of July, before registration begins. Look to see if your AP scores have been added to your record. If they are not there, the most likely reason is that Duke didn’t receive your score report from the College Board, and you will need to have it sent. Until scores are posted, you will not be able to enroll in a course for which the AP credit is an enforced prerequisite.

The table on the following page lists the AP exams Duke recognizes, scores required for corresponding Duke course equivalents, and placement guidelines.

Arts: Art History5ARTHIST 20200-400 level courses
Arts: Studio Art: 2-D Design5ARTSVIS 21Advanced level courses
Arts: Studio Art: 3-D Design5ARTSVIS 21Advanced level courses
Arts: Studio Art: Drawing5ARTSVIS 21Advanced level courses
Biology4BIOLOGY 20 (a)BIOLOGY 201L or 202L
(Fall and Spring)
Biology5BIOLOGY 21BIOLOGY 203L (Spring only) or
(Fall and Spring)
Chemistry4CHEM 20 (b)CHEM 110DL (Fall Term Only) or
101DL (All Terms)
Chemistry5CHEM 21 (b)CHEM 201DL.002 or 110DL
(Fall Term Only),
201DL or 101DL (All Terms)
Language and Culture
4 / 5CHINESE 203 204 or 200-400 level courses
depending on placement score
Computer Science: Principles5COMPSCI 20Any Computer Science Course
Computer Science: A4 / 5 COMPSCI 101LCOMPSCI 201
(A&S only, No Pratt Credit)
4 / 5ECON 21ECON 101; ECOND 201D
if a student has
credit for both ECON 21 and 22
4 / 5ECON 22ECON 101; ECOND 201D
if a student has
credit for both ECON 21 and 22
Literature & Composition
4 / 5ENGLISH 20Any course except English 20
Language & Composition
4 / 5ENGLISH 22Any course except ENGLISH 22
Environmental Science4 / 5ENVIRON 20ENVIRON 201
Language & Culture
5FRENCH 204Any 300 level FL course
Language & Culture
4GERMAN 29GERMAN 204 or 305S
Language & Culture
5GERMAN 29GERMAN 305S or above
History: World4 / 5HISTORY 21 Any course.
One AP History Credit may count
towards the major requirement.
History: United States4 / 5HISTORY
23 & 24
Any course.
One AP History Credit may count
towards the major requirement.
History: European4 / 5HISTORY
25 & 26
Any course.
One AP History Credit may count
towards the major requirement.
Human GeographyNo CreditN/AN/A
Language & Culture
Language & Culture
5ITALIAN 204Any 300 level course
Language & Culture
4 / 5JAPANESE 203JAPANESE 204 or 305
depending on placement score
Latin4/5LATIN 25LATIN 204 or 300 level course
Math: Calculus AB5Math 21MATH 122L (Fall) of 112L (Spring)
Math: Calculus BC4MATH 21 (c)MATH 122L (Fall) or 112L (Spring)
Math: Calculus BC5MATH 21 & 22 (c)MATH 221, 212 or 202
Music: Theory4 / 5MUSIC 161-1Any course except MUSIC 161-1
Physics C: Mechanics4 / 5PHYSICS 25 (d)Consult department
Physics C:
Electricity & Magnetism
4 / 5PHYSICS 26 (d)Consult department
Physics 1 & 2:
No CreditN/AConsult department
Pol Sci: United States Government & Politics4 / 5POLSCI 20Any 200-400 level course
Pol Sci: Comparative
Government & Politics
4 / 5POLSCI 21Any 200-400 level course
Psychology5PSY 11Any course.
AP cannot be used towards major requirements
Language & Culture
5SPANISH 204Any 300 level course
Literature & Culture
4 / 5SPANISH 204Any 300 level course
Statistics5STA 20 (e)STA 101, 102, or 199
(A&S only, No Pratt Credit)


A few notes: Some courses (for example Biology 201L, Econ 201D, Math 202, 212, 218, 221 and Physics) have additional pre-requisites that you will need to have before you can enroll; pre-requisites are listed on the class detail page for each course. AP credit in English does not exempt any student from WRITING 101. History majors may count one AP credit in History toward the major.

Must have earned Chem 21, 101DL or 110DL credit in order to enroll in Biology 201L.

CHEM 110DL is only offered in the fall. There is a section of CHEM 201DL (002) that is for first-year students and that is offered only in the fall. In the Pratt School of Engineering, CHEM 20 will not satisfy the Biomedical Engineering chemistry requirement. Biomedical Engineering students are required to take CHEM 110DL and 210DL, or CHEM 110DL and CHEM 201DL. For discussion of placement, see

Students who are interested in economics and social sciences and who are confident they will not pursue math, physics, chemistry, or engineering may take MATH 202 instead of MATH 212. See for discussion of placement.

In Trinity College, AP credits for PHYSICS 25 and 26 are not accepted for Physics and Biophysics majors. Any of the introductory physics course sequences are accepted for Physics and Biophysics majors, but PHYSICS 161 and 162 are strongly encouraged. The introductory physics requirement for Physic and Biophysics majors with AP credits for PHYSICS 25 and 26 can be satisfied with PHYSICS 163. In Pratt School of Engineering, at least ONE Physics course must be taken post-matriculation to satisfy the Physics requirement in the Engineering curriculum. Students receiving AP credits for PHY 25 and 26, must: a) take a Duke Physics course at or above PHY 153L; b) decline the AP credit for PHY 26 and take PHY 152L; or c) decline both AP credits and take PHY 151L and 152L.

AP credit only applies to students in Trinity College. No credit is awarded for Engineering students and will not count toward the Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree.


Duke University also recognizes various international standardized examinations and grants a limited amount of elective credit and placement in advanced courses for students whose performance in these examinations meets required standards. These credits can be awarded only in those subject areas for which there is an AP exam offered domestically. Only original documents, not copies, are accepted. Have the scores of your examinations sent directly to the Office of the University Registrar or bring your official certificates with you and present them to the Registrar’s office when you arrive. For questions or concerns, contact If you have questions about the use of IPC for placement into Duke courses, contact the Academic Advising Center. Scores needed to earn Duke credit for International Placement exams are listed below.

International Baccalaureate6 or 7 on the higher level
Austria Matura Certificate Exam1 or 2
British, Hong Kong, Scottish, Singapore or Zimbabwe A-level (GCE)A or B
Cambridge Pre-UD3 thru M3 or higher
Caribbean Advance Proficiency Examination (CAPE)1 or 2
French Baccalauréat14 or higher
Swiss Maturité4 or 5
German Abitur10 or higher
All India/Delhi Senior School Certificate Exams (Class 12)84 or higher
Indian School Certificate Exam (12th year)84 or higher
International Advanced Level (IAL) ExamA or B
Higher Secondary Certificate Exam (India, 12th year)84 or higher
Israeli Matriculation Certificate (5 units only)75 or higher
Austria Matura Certificate Exam1 or 2 (Math Exam Only)
Scottish or Zimbabwe Advance Level GCE ExamA or B
Victorian Certificate of Education38 or higher


The third type of recognized pre-Duke coursework are courses taken at another college or university, including classes taken in a dual-enrollment program; however, these courses must meet a number of specific conditions. You can learn more at The Registrar’s office will evaluate your credit upon request and consult with faculty in the relevant Duke academic department. If approved, your PMC placement will be recorded in DukeHub.