Advanced Placement Credit and Credit by Examination

The School of Engineering may grant credit for high school work in Advanced Placement courses in mathematics, chemistry and physics, according to the following results on the Advanced Placement examinations:

AP Exam Score Course Waived Credits
Calculus B.C. 4, 5* Ma 111 4
Chemistry 4, 5 Ch 110 3
Physics, Mechanics (c) 5* Ph 112 4
Physics, Electro (c) 5* Ph 213 4


* Students who earn a grade of 5 must take a Department of Physics examination in order to receive the 4 credits. In addition, students receiving a 4 or 5 on the AP Calculus BC exam must take a Department of Mathematics placement exam to receive credit for Ma III.

All students seeking credit for high school work in mathematics, chemistry and physics will be required to successfully place out in placement exams administered by those departments.

No student is required to accept Advanced Placement credit from the School of Engineering.

All students who score 5 on Advanced Placement examinations in European history may be eligible for three credits for the examination. In some cases, instead of receiving credit, students may be permitted to fulfill part of the humanities or social sciences requirement with an appropriate elective course. Those who wish to be considered either for AP credit or for advanced placement in an elective course should notify the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences before the first week of classes.

The Cooper Union will consider granting credit for study in the Armed Forces, verified by U.S.A.F.I.


  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.