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Is it possible to skip General Ed Course?

Bolt0612Bolt0612 19 replies18 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 37 Junior Member
edited June 6 in College Life
Hi! I am going to list what AP classes/college classes I took and I was wondering if I can skip general ed course in college. (Assuming I passed all of my AP exams)

AP classes I took/taking:

AP Chemistry
AP Statistics
AP Biology
AP United States History
AP Computer Science A
AP Japanese Language and Culture
AP Macroeconomics
AP Microeconomics

AP classes I'm taking next year:

AP Physics C: Mechanics
AP Calculus BC
AP United States Government and Politics
AP Human Geography
(AP Environmental Science) (Maybe)
AP English Literature and Composition

College classes I'm taking/planning to take at local community college:

Physics Mechanics
Introduction to Computer Systems
Java Programming
Comparative Government and Politics
Western Art History I
History of Western Civilization I
General Psychology






edited June 6
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  • momofsenior1momofsenior1 5898 replies29 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 5,927 Senior Member
    If you are talking about general ed courses in college, that is highly dependent on the school in terms of which AP tests/scores they will accept, how many, etc.....
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  • happymomof1happymomof1 29305 replies169 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 29,474 Senior Member
    Each college and university that awards credit and/or advanced placement and/or waives specific degree requirements for specific AP exam scores posts that information right on its website.

    The greneral education requirements vary between colleges and universities, and even within a given college or university depending on your major. There is no one master list for this sort of thing.
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  • RichInPittRichInPitt 486 replies7 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 493 Member
    Depends on what the general ed requireemtns for your school are, and how AP exams can be counted against them. Every school has their own policies, so you're not going to get any definitive answer.

    Many of your courses - math, science, etc. - are not typically considered general ed, at least at the schools my kids have dealt with.
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  • ProfessorPlum168ProfessorPlum168 3460 replies70 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 3,530 Senior Member
    It not only depends on each university, but even the policy within a school/college at the university can differ wrt general ed/breadth classes.

    For example, at UC-Berkeley, for the L&S division, no APs can be used for breadth classes, but a 5 on AP Lit fulfills both English R&C classes. A 5 on AP Calc BC fulfills the 2 Calc 1 and 2 classes.

    In CoE, 2 of the 6 required breadths can be fulfilled by AP, but a 5 on AP Lit only fulfills one out of the 2 English R&C classes. A 4+ in AP Calc BC fulfills the 2 Calc 1 and 2 classes.
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  • bjkmombjkmom 7837 replies153 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 7,990 Senior Member
    General Education courses are typically a list of courses, or groups of courses, necessary for graduation from the college. They want you to be well rounded, so they require Gen Eds. So, for example, everyone typically has to take a basic writing course, sometimes a math, a social science, and so on.

    The particulars of what they will and won't allow you to count based on APs will depend entirely on the college.
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  • TQfromtheUTQfromtheU 1538 replies17 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 1,555 Senior Member
    To get an idea of what is possible in your case, look at the website for a state four-year college near where you live. Check the requirements for one or two potential majors.
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  • mommdcmommdc 11239 replies29 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 11,268 Senior Member
    It depends on school and major.

    For example my D's school might give course credit for a 4 or 5 on the AP exam.

    But for science courses, if your major requires you to take several higher level classes, you probably should take the introductory classes first instead of using AP credit. Same with Calc.

    In her case she only needed Calc 1 for her major, so took AP credit. She would have been able to use history, econ, statistics and psychology of your list as AP credit.

    The first thing to do is look up the AP credit policy for your college. Then see the required courses for your major.

    Once you talk to your advisor about course registration, they should help you figure out how to best use your AP credits.
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  • ProfessorPlum168ProfessorPlum168 3460 replies70 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 3,530 Senior Member
    The OP topic is about GE courses and credits. Major-specific subject credits gets into a whole new complex ballgame.
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  • momtogirls2momtogirls2 737 replies4 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 741 Member
    You need to look at each college individually to see if they give credit for AP/DE and how the credits are utilized. Some colleges have info on their website which specify which Ap exams they accept based on what score and have a section under transfers which may show what classes from a specific college may transfer in there
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  • scmom12scmom12 3058 replies21 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 3,079 Senior Member
    edited June 7
    Schools sometimes have other general requirements besides what you’ve taken . At D’s school with very generous AP policy, she didn’t have to take English 101, but did have to taken literature course in certain number range, needed a history class beyond US or European, and had to take an arts class. Also, if you are STEM major, often those were advised to retake the science/math courses since often harder than AP and AP are not enough rigor to go on to higher course in the sequence. So....it depends.
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  • MYOS1634MYOS1634 41142 replies445 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 41,587 Senior Member
    Also, credit depends on the level of the university: at many Top 20 universities/LACs, the classes you describe would get you very little college credit because they're assumed to be the default preparation. For instance, at Harvard (or Yale) well over half the freshman class has taken calculus (including MVC); the remainer is split beyond those who have not taken calculus and those who took higher than Calculus classes.
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  • 1NJParent1NJParent 1017 replies27 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 1,044 Senior Member
    edited June 8
    The policies on AP credits vary greatly among universities (and even among colleges/schools/departments within each university) from zero credit (or higher placement) for any score on any AP exam at Caltech to full credits for minimum passing scores on almost any AP exam at some public universities. On top of that, universities also constantly tweak their policies on AP credits. For most up-to-date policies, just google "<your college of interest> AP credit policy", and check to see if any credits can be used to satisfy the college's general education/distribution requirements (or even some major requirements at a few colleges).
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  • monicablanch19monicablanch19 1 replies0 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 1 New Member
    Depends on what the general ed requireemtns
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  • skieuropeskieurope 37373 replies6486 discussionsSuper Moderator Posts: 43,859 Super Moderator
    MODERATOR'S NOTE:
    Closing thread. The definitive answer has been given; there are only so many ways of saying "It depends on the college."
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