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Suggested Follow-Up Courses

AP tests and course suggestions

If you are considering further study in the fields below, review the broad course suggestions in the final column.

300-level courses in some departments may be appropriate starting points for interested, well-prepared students with AP credit.

Remember, the department will always be the best source of information for your individual registration plans.

Exam Score Suggested Next Step
Art History 5 Any 200-level Art History course.
Studio Art 5 Art 210, 220, 230, 240, 250
Biology 5 For premeds or Bio Sci majors: Bio 215 in Spring first year. For others, any 100-level Bio course.
Chemistry 3, 4 Chem 171; take chemistry assessment
5 Chem 210-1 or 212-1 (for Chem majors); take chemistry assessment
Chinese Language and Culture 4 Department exam determines placement and completion of Foreign Language Requirement.
5 Department exam determines placement and completion of Foreign Language Requirement.
Computer Science A   4, 5 Comp Sci 111.
Computer Science Principles 4, 5 Comp Sci 111.
Economics-Macro 5 Econ 202. If both 201 and 202 are complete, Math 220-1, Stat 210, or Econ 310-1 Intermediate Micro (not recommended for students in their first term at Northwestern). 
Economics-Micro 5 Econ 201If both 201 and 202 are complete, Math 220,-1 Stat 210, or Econ 310-1 Intermediate Micro (not recommended for students in their first term at Northwestern).  
English (Language) 5 Any 200-level English literature course.
English (Literature) 5 Any 200-level English literature course.
Environmental Science 5 Any 200-level Env Sci course; other prereqs apply.
French Language and Culture 4 Take the placement exam to see if Foreign Language Requirement is complete and to determine next course.
5 Foreign Language Requirement complete. French 210 or 211.
Geography (Human) 5 Any 200-level Geography course.
German Language and Culture 4 Foreign Language Requirement complete. Consult dept. for appropriate 200- or 300-level course.
5 Foreign Language Requirement complete. Consult dept. for appropriate 200- or 300-level course.
Government and Politics (American) 5 Any 200-level Poli Sci course. If you pursue the major, you can place out of 220 and replace it with a 300-level course.
Government and Politics (Comparative) 5 Any 200-level Poli Sci course. If you pursue the major, you can place out of 250 are replace it with a 300-level course.
History (European) 5 Any 200-level History course; 300-levels in AP area; other 300s in consultation with instructor.
History (U.S.) 5 Any 200-level History course; 300-levels in AP area; other 300s in consultation with instructor.
History (World) 5 Any 200-level History course; 300-levels in AP area; other 300s in consultation with instructor.
Italian Language and Culture 4 Foreign Language Requirement complete. Consult dept. to discuss course options.
5 Foreign Language Requirement complete. Consult dept. to discuss course options.
Japanese Language and Culture 4 Department exam determines placement and completion of Foreign Language Requirement.
5 Department exam determines placement and completion of Foreign Language Requirement.
Latin 4 Latin 201-3 (spring only).
5 Foreign Language Requirement complete. Latin 310.
Mathematics (Calculus) AB, or the AB subscore of Calculus BC

1-3

Math 220-0; possibly Math 218-1 after consultation with a departmental adviser.

4 Math 220-2
5 Math 228-1, 230-1, 290-1;  possibly Math 226-0 or 291-1. Consult department for more details.
Mathematics (Calculus) BC 1-3 See AP Subscore of Mathematics AB.
4, 5

Math 228-1, 230-1, or Math 290-1; possibly Math 291-1. Consult department for more details.

Music Theory 5 Consult department.
Physics 1 5 Physics 130-2
Physics 2 5 Physics 130-3
Physics C (Mechanics) 5 Physics 135-2
Physics C (E&M) 5 Physics 135-1 (if not receiving AP credit) or 135-3
Psychology 4, 5 Psych 244 (the Fall section is limited to just first-year students), Psych 201 or any 200-level course (other prereqs may apply). First-year students may NOT take Psych 205 in Fall quarter.
Spanish Language 3 Spanish 125.
4 Foreign Language Requirement complete. Spanish 199 or 197.
5 Foreign Language Requirement complete. Spanish 203 or 207.
Statistics 4, 5 Stat 232 (Math 220-1 is pre-requisite) or 320-1 (Math 234 is co-requisite). 

IB tests and course suggestions

Exam Score Suggested Next Step
Biology 6, 7
For premeds for Bio Sci majors: Bio 215 in Spring of first year. For others, any 100-level Bio course.
Chemistry 5, 6
Chem 171; take chemistry assessment
7
Chem 210-1 or 212-1 (for Chem majors); take chemistry assessment
Computer Science 5, 6, 7 Comp Sci 111.
Economics 6, 7

Math 220-1, Stat 210, or Econ 310-1 Intermediate Micro (not recommended for students in their first term at Northwestern).

English

6, 7 Any 200-level English literature course.

Hindi

5, 6, 7 Foreign Language Requirement complete. To continue in Hindi, see dept. website.  

History (European or American)

6, 7 Any 200-level History course.
Mathematics

1-5

Math 220-1; possibly Math 218-1 after consultation with a departmental adviser.

6-7

For IB HL without the calculus option: Math 220-2 .

6-7

For IB HL with the calculus option: Math 228-1, 230-1, 290-1, or 291-1; consult department for more information.

Physics

6, 7 Physics 130-3.

Psychology

6, 7 Psych 244 (the Fall section is limited to just first-year students), Psych 201 or any 200-level course (other prereqs may apply). First-year students may NOT take Psych 205 in Fall quarter.

Urdu

5, 6, 7 Foreign Language Requirement complete.
NOTE: With the exception of Hindi and Urdu above, students with IB credits in a foreign language need to take a department placement exam to determine whether the Foreign Language Requirement is complete and what the appropriate next course will be. Back to top