Advanced Placement (AP)

Students requesting Credit for Prior Learning using Advanced Placement (AP) shall receive credit for completing a satisfactory score on an advanced placement exam offered by the College Board per the following policy:

  • 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.
  • AP credit can be used to certify general education requirements for transfer to the California State University and University of California under the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) where faculty recognize the equivalency between the AP exam and CSU General Education Breadth pattern approved by CSU faculty, and our IGETC approved courses (as listed on the AP Table in the MSJC catalog).
  • AP credit units granted at MSJC do not necessarily transfer to other colleges and universities. 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’s own catalog.
  • Students will not be given duplicate credit for college courses and exams.
  • Students must submit 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.
  • AP credit can be used to meet MSJC graduation requirements for AA and AS degrees.
  • MSJC enforces the completion of a 12 units of credit minimum for residency and these 12 units of credit must be taken at MSJC and must be on the transcript prior to any other credit being posted. Evaluation of other transcripts can occur without residency at MSJC.

Detailed CSU and UC acceptance and charts are updated yearly and added to the MSJC catalog.

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.

If a student passes more than one AP Calculus exam or AP Computer Science exam, only one may be applied to the degree.  

If a student passes more than one AP Physics exam, only six units can be applied to the degree, and only four units may be applied to general education certification. 

Course Title Credits
Art History
Art History6 semester units
Biology6 semester units
Chemistry6 semester units
Computer Science
Computer Science A3 semester units
Computer Science AB6 semester units
Computer Science Principles6 semester units
Macroeconomics3 semester units
Microeconomics3 semester units
Language and Composition6 semester units
Literature and Composition6 semester units
Environmental Science
Environmental Science 4 semester units
Government and Politics
Comparative3 semester units
United States Government and Politics3 semester units
European History6 semester units
United States History6 semester units
World History- Modern3 semester units
Human Geography 3 semester units
Language Other Than English
Chinese Language and Culture6 semester units
French Language and Culture6 semester units
German Language and Culture6 semester units
Italian Language and Culture6 semester units
Japanese Language and Culture6 semester units
Latin 6 semester units
Spanish Language and Literature 6 semester units
Spanish Literature and Culture6 semester units
Calculus AB3 semester units
Calculus BC6 semester units
Statistics3 semester units
Physics 14 semester units
Physics 24 semester units
Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism4 semester units
Physics C: Mechanics
Psychology3 semester units
Studio Arts
2-D Design Portfolio3 semester units
3-D Design Portfolio3 semester units
Drawing 3 semester units

For information on how AP exams can be applied to CSUGE or IGETC requirements see the MSJC Advanced Placement Exam Table.

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 5.3 semester/8 quarter units is allowed in each of the following Art (Studio) Exams: 2-D Design; 3-D Design; Drawing. 

A maximum of 5.3 semester/8 quarter units is allowed in each of the following English Exams: Language and Composition; Literature and Composition. 

A maximum of 5.3 semester/8 quarter units is allowed in each of the following Mathematics Exams: Calculus AB; Calculus BC. 

A maximum of 5.3 semester/8 quarter units is allowed in each of the following Physics Exams: Physics 1; Physics 2; Physics C Mechanics; Physics C Electricity and Magnetism 

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).

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.
Subject Score
Art, Studio 2-D Design: 81
3-D Design: 81
Drawing: 81
Art History (UC-H) 5.3 semester 8 quarter
Biology (UC-S) 5.3 semester 8 quarter
Chemistry (UC-S) 5.3 semester 8 quarter
Computer Science Computer Science A: 1.3 semester 2 quarter 3
Computer Science: 5.3 semester 8 quarter 3
Computer Science Principles: 5.3 semester 8 quarter 3
Economics (UC-B) Microeconomics: 2.6 semester 4 quarter
Macroeconomics: 2.6 semester 4 quarter
English Language and Composition (UC-E): 5.3 semester 8 quarter 4
Literature and Composition (UC-E/H): 5.3 semester 8 quarter 4
Environmental Science (UC-S) 2.6 semester 4 quarter
Government and Politics (UC-B) United States: 2.6 semester 4 quarter
Comparative: 2.6 semester 4 quarter
History (UC-B/H) United States History: 5.3 semester 8 quarter
European History: 5.3 semester 8 quarter
World History: 5.3 semester 8 quarter
Human Geography (UC-B) 2.6 semester 4 quarter
Language Other than English (UC-H) Chinese Language and Culture: 5.3 semester 8 quarter
French Language and Culture: 5.3 semester 8 quarter
German Language and Culture: 5.3 semester 8 quarter
Italian Language and Culture: 5.3 semester 8 quarter
Latin: 5.3 semester 8 quarter
Japanese Language and Culture: 5.3 semester 8 quarter
Spanish Language and Culture: 5.3 semester 8 quarter
Spanish Literature and Culture: 5.3 semester 8 quarter
Mathematics (UC-M) Calculus AB: 42
Calculus BC: 5.3 semester 8 quarter2
Music Theory (UC-H) 5.3 semester 8 quarter
Physics (UC-S) Physics B: 5.3 semester 8 quarter5,6
Physics 1: 5.3 semester 8 quarter 5,6
Physics 2: 5.3 semester 8 quarter 5,6
Physics C Mechanics: 2.6 semester 4 quarter 5,6
Physics C Electricity and Magnetism: 2.6 semester 4 quarter5,6
Psychology (UC-B) 2.6 semester 4 quarter
Statistics (UC-M) 2.6 semester 4 quarter