Academic Catalogs

Advanced Placement Credit (AP)

Students can earn AP credit with a minimum score of 3 unless otherwise indicated.

The AP Chart is based on the most current information available. Although every attempt has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information provided, make
sure to use the following links to verify the information.

AP Courses and Exams College Board — https://apcentral.collegeboard.org
CSU Systemwide Credit for External Examinations Policy — https://calstate.policystat.com/policy/7800250/latest/
2020 IGETC Standards, Policies, and Procedures — https://icas-ca.org/igetc/standards-policies-and-procedures-manual/

AP Examination OCC AA/AS (Subject Credit and/or GE) Units & Area CSU GE Area for Certification Total CSU Semester Transfer Units IGETC Area for Certification Total UC Semester Transfer Units
Art History Art A100 & A101 / 6 units / Area C C1 or C2, 3 semester units 6 3A or 3B, 3 semester units 5.3
Biology Biol A100 / 4 units / Area B B2 & B3, 4 semester units 6 5B with Lab, 4 semester units 5.3
Calculus AB Math A180 / 4 units / Area A2 B4, 3 semester units 3 2A, 3 semester units 2.6*
Calculus BC * Math A180 / 4 units / Area A2 B4, 3 semester units 6 2A, 3 semester units 5.3*
AP Calculus Exam Limitations * *score 5 for A180 + A185 / 8 units max *Max 1 exam toward transfer *5.3 semester units for both
Chemistry Chem A110 / 5 units / Area B B1 & B3, 4 semester units 6 5A with Lab, 4 semester units 5.3
Chinese Language & Culture N/A / 5 units / Area C C2, 3 semester units 6 3B & 6A, 3 semester units 5.3
Computer Science: A N/A / N/A / N/A N/A 3* N/A 1.3*
Computer Science: AB N/A / N/A / N/A N/A 6* N/A 2.6*
Computer Science Principles N/A / N/A / N/A B4, 3 semester units 6 N/A 5.3
AP CS Exam Limitations* *Max 1 exam toward transfer 2.7 semester units for both; AB always supersedes A
English Language & Composition Engl A100 / 3 units / Area A1 A2, 3 semester units 6 1A, 3 semester units 5.3*
English Literature & Composition Engl A100 / 6 units / Area A1 & C1 (AA) / C2 (AS) A2 & C2, 6 semester units 6 1A or 3B *, 3 semester units 5.3*
AP English Exam Limitations* *Max. 8 quart./5.3 semester units for both
Environmental Science N/A / 4 units / Area B B1 & B3*, 4 semester units 4 5A with Lab, 3 semester units 2.6
AP ES Limitations* *If taken prior to Fall 2009 B1 & B3 or B2 & B3
European History Hist A180 & A185 / 6 units / Area C1 or D2 (AA) / C2 or D (AS) C2 or D6, 3 semester units 6 3B or 4F, 3 semester units 5.3
French Language & Culture Fren A185 / 5 units / Area C1 (AA) / C2 (AS) C2, 3 semester units 6 3B & 6A, 3 semester units 5.3
French Literature & Culture N/A / 3 units / Area C1 (AA) / C2 (AS) C2*, 3 semester units 6 3B & 6A, 3 semester units 5.3
AP French Literature Exam Limitations* *If taken prior to Fall 2009
German Language German A185 / 5 units / Area C1 (AA) / C2 (AS) C2, 3 semester units 6 3B & 6A, 3 semester units 5.3
Government & Politics: Comparative PSCI A185 / 3 units / Area D1 (AA) / D (AS) D8, 3 semester units 3 4H, 3 semester units 2.6
Government & Politics: United States 3 units / Area D1 (AA) / D (AS) D8 + US-2*, 3 semester units 3 4H, 3 semester units 2.6
AP Government Exam Limitations* *Doesn’t fulfill CA Govt. requirement *Doesn’t fulfill CA Govt. requirement *Doesn’t fulfill CA Govt. requirement
Human Geography N/A / 3 units / Area D1 (AA) / D (AS) D5, 3 semester units 3 4E, 3 semester units 2.6
Italian Language and Culture N/A / 5 units / Area C1 (AA) / C2 (AS) C2, 3 semester units 6 3B & 6A, 3 semester units 5.3
Japanese Language and Culture N/A / 5 units / Area C1 (AA) / C2 (AS) C2, 3 semester units 6 3B & 6A, 3 semester units 5.3
Latin Literature N/A / 3 units / Area C1 (AA) / C2 (AS) C2*, 3 semester units 6 3B & 6A, 3 semester units 2.6
AP Latin Literature Exam Limitations* *If taken prior to Fall 2009
Latin: Vergil *If taken prior to Fall 2012
Latin N/A / 3 units / Area C1 (AA) / C2 (AS) C2*, 3 semester units 6 3B & 6A, 3 semester units 2.6
Macro Economics Econ A175 / 3 units / Area D2 (AA) / D (AS) D2, 3 semester units 3 4B, 3 semester units 2.6
Micro Economics Econ A170 / 3 units / Area D2 (AA) / D (AS) D2, 3 semester units 3 4B, 3 semester units 2.6
Music Theory Mus A115 / 3 units / Area C1 C1*, 3 semester units 6 N/A 5.3
AP Music Theory Exam Limitations* *If taken prior to Fall 2009
Physics 1 Phys A120 / 4 units / Area B B1 & B3, 4 semester units 4 5A with Lab, 3 semester. units 2.7
Physics 2 Phys A125 / 4 units / Area B B1 & B3, 4 semester units 4 5A with Lab, 3 semester. units 2.7
Physics B Phys A110 & A111 / 4 units / Area B B1 & B3*, 4 semester units prior to Fall 2013 6 5A with Lab, 4 semester units 5.3*
Physics C: Mechanics Phys A120 / 4 units / Area B B1 & B3*, 4 semester units 4 5A with Lab, 3 semester units 2.6*
Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism Phys A125 / 4 units / Area B B1 & B3*, 4 semester units 4 5A with Lab, 3 semester units 2.6*
AP Physics Exam Limitations* 5.3 semester units for all 3
Psychology Psyc A100 / 3 units / Area D3 (AA) / D (AS) D9, 3 semester units 3 4I, 3 semester units 2.6
Spanish Language and Culture Span A185 / 5 units / Area C1 (AA) / C2 (AS) C2, 3* semester units 6 3B & 6A, 3 semester units 5.3
AP Spanish Language Exam Limitations* *6 semester units if taken prior to Spring 2014
Spanish Literature and Culture N/A / 3 units / Area C1 (AA) / C2 (AS) C2, 3* semester units 6 3B & 6A, 3 semester units 5.3
AP Spanish Literature Exam Limitations* *6 semester units if taken prior to Spring 2013
Statistics Math A160 / 3 units / Area A2 B4, 3 semester units 3 2A, 3 semester units 2.6
Studio Art: 2D Design Art A110 / 3 units / Area C1 N/A 3 N/A 5.3*
Studio Art: 3D Design N/A / N/A / N/A N/A N/A N/A 5.3*
Studio Art: Drawing N/A / N/A / N/A N/A N/A N/A 5.3*
AP Studio Art Exam Limitations* *Only 5.3 UC semester units max. for all 3 exams
United States History Hist A170 & A175 / 6 units / Area D1 (AA) / C2 or D (AS) C2 or D6, 3 semester units 6 3B or 4F, 3 semester units 5.3
World History: Modern Hist A61 & A162 / 6 units / Area D1 (AA) / C2 or D (AS) C2 or D6, 3 semester units 3 3B or 4F, 3 semester units 5.3


Many colleges or universities may apply AP test credit toward satisfaction of subject or specific requirements (e.g., major). AP policies vary by institution. Students should see a counselor to discuss how AP is applied based on the transfer institution’s application of AP major credit.
UC AP major credit information can be found at http://admission.universityofcalifornia.edu/counselors/exam-credit/ap-credits/index.html

OCC Associate Degrees – Students should be aware that AP test credit is evaluated by corresponding it to an equivalent OCC course (e.g. History A170). A student
who receives AP Credit and then takes the equivalent OCC course will have the unit credit for such duplication deducted prior to being awarded the A.A. or A.S. degree.
Credit by Advanced Placement exam is noted and listed first on a student’s transcript, with units assigned and no grade.
Course credit and units grated to the OCC Associate Degree may differ from course credit and units granted by a transfer institution. For more information, please see
a counselor. 

CSU GE – The Advanced Placement examinations may be incorporated into the certification of California State University General Education-Breadth requirements
by any certifying institution. All CSU campuses will accept the minimum units shown and apply them toward fulfillment of the designated General Education-Breadth
area if the examination is included as part of a full or subject-area certification. Please note that individual CSU campuses may choose to grant more units than those
specified toward completion of General Education-Breadth requirements. 

IGETC – AP Exams must be used in an area indicated regardless of where the certifying California Community College’s discipline is located. Many colleges or
universities may apply AP credit toward satisfaction of subject or specific requirements (e.g. major). AP policies vary by institution. For policy information regarding
individual institutions, visit apstudent.collegeboard.org/creditandplacement