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Advanced Placement (AP)

Advanced Placement (AP) standardized exams are designed to measure how well a student has mastered the content and skills of AP courses. A student must score three or higher on the AP exams to earn college credit. Each campus in the CSU system determines how it will apply external examinations toward credit in the major. For students not already certified in GE (​​General Education) and/or ​​American Institutions, the campus also determines how to apply credit from such exams toward the local degree requirement.​​

College Board Advanced ​Placement TestsPassing ScoreMinimum Semester Credits Earned1​Semester Credits Toward GE Breadth CertificationAmerican Institutions and/or GE Breadth Area2​Removal Date for GE Breadth3
AP Art History363C1 or C2
AP Biology364B​​2+B3
AP Calculus AB4333B4
AP Calculus BC4363B4​
AP Calculu​s BC/ AB Subscore4333B4
AP Chemistry366B1+B3F09
AP Chemistry364B1+B3
AP Chinese Language and Culture363C2
AP Comparative Government & Politics333​D8
AP Computer Science A4330n/a
AP Computer Science AB4360n/a
AP English Language and Composition363A2
AP English Literature and Composition366A2+C2
AP Environmental Science5344B2+B3F09
AP Environmental Science5344B1+B3
AP European History363C2 or D6
AP French Language366C2F09
AP French Language363C2F11
AP French Language and Culture363C2
AP French Literature363C2F09
AP German Language366C2F09
AP German Language363C2F11
AP German Language and Culture363C2
AP Human Geography333D5
AP Italian Language and Culture363C2
AP Japanese Language and Culture363C2
AP Latin Literature363C2F09
AP Latin363C2
AP Latin: Vergil333C2F12
AP Macroeconomics333D2
AP Microeconomics333D2
AP Music Theory363C1F09
AP Physics 16344B1+B3
AP Physics 26344B1+B3
AP Physics B6366B1+B3F09
AP Physics B6364B1+B3F13
AP Physics C (electricity/magnetism)6344B1+B3
AP Physics C (mechanics)6344B1+B3
AP Psychology333D9
AP Seminar330n/a
AP Spanish Language366C2S14
AP Spanish Language and Culture363C2
AP Spanish Literature366C2S13
AP Spanish Literature and Culture363C2
AP Statistics333B4
AP Studio Art - 2D Design330n/a
AP Studio Art - 3D Design330n/a
AP Studio Art - Drawing330n/a
AP U.S. Government & Politics333D8+US-2
AP U.S. History363(C2 or D6)+US-1
AP World History363C2 or D6

For more information on the CSU External Exams Policy download a copy of the C​​SU Coded Memorandum AA-2015-19 External Exams​.


1These units count toward eligibility for admission. The units may not all apply toward certificati​on of the corresponding GE-Breadth area. See Executive Orders 1036 and 1100 for details.

2Areas of GE Breadth (A1 through E) are defined in EO 1100. Areas of American Institutions (US-1 through US-3) are set forth in Sections IA and IB of EO 1061, and at assist.org.

3Students seeking certification in GE Breadth prior to transfer must have passed the test before this date.

4If a student passes more than one AP exam in calculus or computer science, only one exa​​mination may be applied to the baccalaureate.

5Students who pass AP Environmental Science earn 4 units of credit. Tests prior to Fall 2009 may apply to either B1+B3 or B2+B3 of GE Breadth. Fall of 2009 or later, those credits may only apply to B1+B3.

6If a student passes more than one AP exam in physics, only six units of credit may be applied to the baccalaureate, and only four units of credit may be applied to a certification in GE Brea​dth.​​