Credit for Advanced Placement (AP) Exams

The Advanced Placement Program, sponsored by the College Board and administered by Educational Testing Service (ETS), offers secondary school students the opportunity to participate in challenging college-level coursework while still in high school. The exams are two or three hours long and cover one or two semesters of college-level work.

Recent changes to the General Education program may affect your Advanced Placement testing. Check with your admissions counselor for more information.

Exam Subject AP Score Units Class Equivalent Awarded
Art, Studio Art, Drawing 3, 4, 5 3 Non-General Education Elective (credit for ART 145 with portfolio approval)
Art, Studio Art, 2D Design 3, 4, 5 3 Non-General Education Elective (credit for ART 130 with portfolio approval)
Art, Studio Art, 3D Design 3, 4, 5 3 Non-General Education Elective (credit for ART 135 with portfolio approval)
Art, History 3, 4, 5 3 Humanities: Fine Arts
Biology1 3 4 BIOL 101 Natural Sciences
4, 5 8 BIOL 101 Natural Science and Non-General Education Elective
Calculus AB 3, 4, 5 3 MATH 165
Calculus BC 3 6 MATH 165 and MATH 166
4, 5 7 MATH 165, MATH 166, and MATH 167
Chemistry 3 4 CHEM 151 Natural Science
4, 5 8 CHEM 151 and CHEM 152 Natural Science
Chinese Language and Culture 3, 4, 5 3 Non-General Education Elective
Computer Science A 3, 4 4 CS 120
5 8 CS 120 and CS 125
English Language and Composition 3, 4 3 WRIT 110
5 6 WRIT 110 and Non-General Education Elective
If score is a 5 in both English Language and English Literature, the student receives 9 units: WRIT 110, ENGL 111, and 3 units Non-General Education Elective.
English Literature and Composition 3, 4 3 ENGL 111 Humanities: Language and Literature
5 6 WRIT 110 and ENGL 111 Humanities: Language and Literature
If score is a 5 in both English Language and English Literature, the student receives 9 units: WRIT 110, ENGL 111, and 3 units Non-General Education Elective.
Environmental Science 4, 5 4 Natural Science
European History 3, 4, 5 3 Humanities: History (3 units of lower-division history)
French Language 3 4 FREN 101
4, 5 8 FREN 101 and FREN 102 Fullfills Foreign Language Proficiency
German Language 3 4 GERM 101
4, 5 8 GERM 101 and GERM 102 Fulfills Foreign Language Proficiency
Government/Politics/Comparative 3, 4, 5 3 Non-General Education Elective
Government/Politics/U.S. 3, 4, 5 3 POLI 150 Civic Engagement
Human Geography 3, 4, 5 3 Non-General Education Elective
Italian Language/Culture 3, 4, 5 3 Non-General Education Elective
Japanese Language/Culture 3, 4, 5 3 Non-General Education Elective
Latin: Vergil 3 4 Non-General Education Elective
4, 5 8 Fulfills Foreign Language Proficiency
Macroeconomics 3, 4, 5 3 ECON 250
Microeconomics 3, 4, 5 3 ECON 251
Music Theory 3, 4, 5 4 Humanities: Fine Arts
Physics 1 3, 4, 5 4 PHYC 151 Natural Science
Physics 2 3, 4, 5 4 PHYC 152
Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism 4, 5 5 PHYC 162
Physics C: Mechanics 4, 5 5 PHYC 161 Natural Science
Psychology 3, 4, 5 3 PSYC 110 Social Science; PSYC 110 for Psychology majors
Spanish Language 3 4 SPAN 101
4, 5 8 SPAN 101 and SPAN 102 Fulfills Foreign Language Proficiency
Spanish Literature 3, 4, 5 3 Non-General Education Elective
Statistics 3, 4, 5 3 MATH 130, Quantitative Literacy
U.S. History 3, 4 3 HIST 152 Humanities: History
5 6 HIST 151 and HIST 152 Humanities: History
World History 3, 4 3 HIST 121 Humanities: History
5 6 HIST 120 and HIST 121 Humanities: History

Note: If a student takes a college course for which he or she has already received AP credit, the student forfeits the AP credit.