Advanced Placement at MSJC

MSJC participates in the Advanced Placement Program (AP) offered by the College Board. Advanced Placement Courses are posted to the student’s permanent record and annotated as earned credit. Students will be granted semester unit credit as listed below. Advanced Placement credit shall be granted at MSJC according to the following policies:

  1. AP test scores of 3, 4 or 5 are considered satisfactory for earning college credit. No credit will be given for scores of 1 or 2 (exception: see Calculus subscore).
  2. AP credit can be used to certify general education requirements for transfer to the University of California and California State University under the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the CSU General Education Breadth pattern where UC and CSU faculty recognize the equivalency with the AP exam (as listed on the following pages).
  3. AP credit units granted at MSJC do not necessarily transfer to other colleges and universities unless noted below. The transferability of AP credit outside of MSJC is determined by each four-year College or university according to their policies. For further information, please refer to each college or university catalog.
  4. Students will not be given duplicate credit for college courses and exams deemed equivalent.
  5. Students can petition to obtain AP credit by completing the Student Petition Form and submitting it with a copy of their AP test scores to the Enrollment Services Office. Exams and courses for which AP credit is granted will be posted on the student’s transcript when they have completed 12 units of MSJC course work with a 2.0 GPA or higher.
  6. AP credit can be used to meet MSJC graduation requirements for AA and AS degrees (as listed on the following pages).

Advanced Placement Examinations for California State University General Education-Breadth Certification

Per CSU General Education Advisory Committee: Beginning Fall 1997 term and beyond, all institutions participating in General Education-Breadth Certification may treat the AP examinations on the list below as though they were incorporated in the institutions’ own General Education-Breadth Certification list.

The following Advanced Placement examinations may be incorporated into certification of completion of CSU General Education-Breadth requirements by any participating institution. Students must have scored 3, 4, or 5 on an Advanced Placement examination listed below to receive the credit indicated. All CSU campuses will accept the minimum units shown below toward fulfillment of the designated General Education-Breadth area if the examination is included in a full or subject-area certification; individual CSU campuses may choose to accept more units than those specified below towards completion of General Education-Breadth requirements. The CSU campus to which the student is transferring determines the total number of units awarded for successful completion of an Advanced Placement examination and the applicability of the examination to other graduation requirements or major preparation.

CSU NOTES: Individual CSU campuses may grant more credit for AP exams.

AP Studio Art examination is not approved for CSU GE Breadth certification.

AP examination will not be accepted to fulfill the Area A3 (Critical Thinking) requirement.

AP Government & Politics: U.S. does not meet the CSU California State and Local Government requirement for graduation.

AP U. S. History will meet the CSU U.S. History requirement for graduation.

Course Title Credits
Art, Studio
2-D Design Portfolio3 semester units
3-D Design Portfolio3 semester units
Drawing Portfolio3 semester units
Art, History of6 semester units
Biology6 semester units
Chemistry6 semester units
Computer Science
Computer Science A3 semester units
Computer Science AB6 semester units
Macroeconomics3 semester units
Microeconomics3 semester units
Language and Composition6 semester units
Literature and Composition6 semester units
Environmental Science 4 semester units
Government and Politics
Comparative3 semester units
United States3 semester units
European History6 semester units
United States History6 semester units
World History6 semester units
Human Geography 3 semester units
Language Other Than English
Chinese Language and Culture6 semester units
French Language6 semester units
French Literature6 semester units
German Language6 semester units
Italian Language and Culture6 semester units
Japanese Language and Culture6 semester units
Latin Literature6 semester units
Latin Vergil3 semester units
Spanish Language and Literature 6 semester units
Spanish Literature and Culture6 semester units
Calculus AB3 semester units
Calculus BC6 semester units
Music Theory6 semester units
Physics B 6 semester units
Physics C: Mechanics 4 semester units
Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism4 semester units
Psychology3 semester units
Statistics3 semester units

For information on how AP exams can be applied to CSU–GE or IGETC requirements see following pages.

Advanced Placement Examinations for the University of California System

The University of California grants credit for all College Board Advanced Placement Tests in which a student scores 3, 4 or 5. The credit may be subject credit, graduation credit or credit toward general education or breadth requirements, as determined by evaluators at each UC campus.

The units granted for AP tests are not counted toward the maximum number of credits required for formal declaration of an undergraduate major or the maximum number of units a student may accumulate prior to graduation from the University.

Students who enter the University with AP credit do not have to declare a major earlier than other students, nor are they required to graduate earlier.

Counselors should advise students that the College Board reports all AP test results to the University and students may not choose which test scores they wish reported.

Students should be aware that college courses taken prior to or after enrolling at the University may duplicate the content of AP examinations. In these cases, the University may not award credit for both the course and the AP exam.

Credit awarded for Advanced Placement tests is described by campus (see appropriate UC catalog). Even if subject credit or credit toward specific requirements is not mentioned in the campus lists, students receive University credit as described above for all AP tests on which they score 3 or higher. The unit maximums noted in the box for subjects with more than one examination applies in all schools and colleges at all campuses.

UC NOTES: All AP exams are reevaluated by the UC at time of application for acceptance into majors.

A maximum of 8 quarter/5.3 semester units is allowed in each of the following combined areas:

Art (Studio), English, Mathematics, Music and Physics.

A maximum of 4 quarter/2.67 semester units is allowed for A and AB Computer Science exams.

Asterisks (*) denotes a maximum number of elective units per exam at the UC.

LOTE Area 6A = “Language Other Than English” on the IGETC

AB subscore on Calculus BC examination

Students who take the Calculus BC examination and earn a subscore of 3 or higher on the Calculus AB portion will receive credit for the Calculus AB examination, even if they do not receive a score of 3 or higher on the BC examination (note that the maximum credit awarded is 5.33 semester or 8 quarter units).

Music Theory subscore

We grant credit for the full Music Theory exam. Students who earn only a subscore will not receive exam credit.

Duplication with college courses

Students should be advised that college courses taken before or after attending UC may duplicate AP, IB and/or A-Level examinations. Additionally, exams may duplicate each other (for example, an AP or IB exam in the same subject area).

If the student does duplicate an exam with another exam of the same subject content, and/or an exam with a college course, we will award credit only once.

Credit granted for AP exams

(Credit is expressed in quarter units in table below). For Berkeley and Merced, divide total quarter units by 1.5 to convert to semester units.


2 quarter units = 1.3 semester units

4 quarter units = 2.7 semester units

8 quarter units = 5.3 semester units

Subject Score
Art, Studio 2-D Design: 81
3-D Design: 81
Drawing: 81
Art History (UC-H) 8
Biology (UC-S) 8
Chemistry (UC-S) 8
Computer Science Computer Science A: 22
Computer Science Principles: 8
Economics (UC-B) Microeconomics: 4
Macroeconomics: 4
English Language and Composition (UC-E): 8 1
Literature and Composition (UC-E/H): 8 1
Environmental Science (UC-S) 4
Government and Politics (UC-B) United States: 4
Comparative: 4
History (UC-B/H) United States History: 8
European History: 8
World History: 8
Human Geography (UC-B) 4
Language Other than English (UC-H)3 Chinese Language and Culture: 8
French Language and Culture: 8
German Language and Culture: 8
Italian Language and Culture: 8
Latin 4: 8
Japanese Language and Culture: 8
Spanish Language and Culture: 8
Spanish Literature and Culture: 8
Mathematics (UC-M) Calculus AB: 41
Calculus BC: 81
Music Theory (UC-H) 8 85
Physics (UC-S) Physics B: 81
Physics 1: 81,6
Physics 2: 81,6
Physics C Mechanics: 41
Physics C Electricity and Magnetism: 41
Psychology (UC-B) 4
Statistics (UC-M) 4
International Baccalaureate (IB) Exam Passing Minimum Score MSJC General Education Area and semester units CSU GE Breadth Area for Certification and semester units IGETC Area for Certification and semester units
IB Biology HL 5 A (3) B2 (3) 5B - without lab credit (3)
IB Chemistry HL 5 A (3) B1 (3) 5A - without lab credit (3)
IB Economics HL 5 B2 (3) D2 (3) 4B (3)
IB Geography HL 5 B2 (3) D5 (3) 4E (3)
IB History (any region) HL 5 B2 (3) C2 or D6 (3) 3B or 4F1 (3)
IB Language A1 (any language) HL 4-CSU 5-UC C (3) C2 (3) 3B (3)
IB Language A2 (any language) HL 4-CSU 5-UC C (3) C2 (3) 3B (3)
IB Language B (any language) HL2 4-CSU 5-UC C (3) N/A 6A (3)
IB Mathematics HL 4-CSU 5-UC G (3) B4 (3) 2A (3)
IB Physics HL 5 A (3) B1 (3) 5A - without lab credit (3)
IB Psychology HL 5 B2 (3) D9 (3) 4I (3)
IB Theatre HL 4-CSU 5-UC C (3) C1 (3) 3A (3)

Actual IB Higher Level transfer credit awarded for admission is determined by the CSU and UC. The UC Policy for IB credit can be found at: UC Admissions

The CSU also has a systemwide policy for awarding transfer credit for admission. The CSU policy for IB can be found at: CSU IB Policy