Many Honors students enter DU with a lot of AP or IB credit, and they often ask about the relation between Honors requirements and the credit they are bringing as incoming students. The Registrar's office can give students up to 45 hours depending on their scores. Once the Registrar has determined which courses apply for DU credit, we can work with you regarding Honors requirements. While AP courses cannot substitute for the Honors sequence of courses, there are a variety of ways you can get your AP credit and meet your Honors requirements.
For the natural sciences (NATS) we can apply up to 8 hours of accepted AP credit to the 12-hour Honors sequence. You can then take one or two of our Honors NATS courses to finish that University and Honors requirement. Alternatively, you may be able to use your AP credit towards a departmental introductory course sequence in biology, chemistry, or physics to meet the Honors requirement. In this case, if you earn 12 hours in one subject, your Honors requirements would be met.
For the arts and humanities, a 4 on English Literature can count for a university AHUM (only one of your two required AHUMs need be Honors). If you get a 5, the four additional hours can allow you to skip the middle quarter of the university writing requirement (for Honors students that is 1622, or the advanced seminar); you would then complete your writing sequence with Honors Writing. A 4 or 5 on English Language also allows you to skip to the middle of the University Writing Requirement.
If you earn more than four arts and humanities credits, the hours beyond four can be applied to elective credit, which you also need to graduate, or can allow you to meet the Honors AHUM requirement by taking an approved upper level humanities course or pursuing an honors "contract" instead of an honors AHUM.
AP credit in social science works the same way. Only one of the two courses needs to be an Honors section. If you earn 8 hours of social science credit in two different subjects, then the additional four can be applied to elective credit, or can allow you to meet the Honors SOCS requirement by taking an approved upper level social science course or pursuing an honors "contract" instead of an honors SOCS.
In these ways you can get an honors experience in the breadth component of your undergraduate work and have the credit and course advantages high AP scores can make possible.