Advanced Placement (AP)

Please consult with a counselor for questions and up to date information regarding exams.  Units vary depending on the university.   

Students will be granted college credit for advanced placement courses provide they have attained satisfactory scores on appropriate examinations conducted by the College Entrance Examination Board. Credit will be granted for Advanced Placement scores of three (3) and above.

Note: Although six (6) units may be awarded for a given AP test, only one course (3 semester units) may be used to complete an IGETC requirement.

Students planning to transfer without a CSU or IGETC certification should consult with a counselor and check the catalog of the four-year institution to see how AP credits are awarded, since awards can vary. Additional units may count for elective units toward eligibility for admission to a CSU or UC.

Students will not receive duplicate credit for coursework completed at Southwestern College.  AP credit will not be posted to the student’s permanent record.

CSU Advanced Placement Policies

The AP exams may be incorporated into certification of CSU General Education Breadth Requirements. All CSU campuses will accept the minimum units shown if the examination is included in full or subject area certification; individual CSU campuses may choose to accept more than those specified towards completion of general education breadth requirements. The CSU Minimum Semester Admission unit column reflects what each campus system wide with minimally accept toward CSU Admission.

UC Advanced Placement Policies

Each AP exam may be applied to one IGETC area, as satisfying one course requirement, with the exception of Language Other Than English. The final column reflects what the University of California will award per AP exam for admission to any UC campus.

To obtain official AP transcripts, go to www.collegeboard.org or contact AP services toll free at (888) 225-5427.

Examination Score SWC (Semester Units) Southwestern College Courses CSU-GE Certification (Semester Units) * CSU Semester Units Toward Transfer** IGETC Certification (Semester Units) UC Units Towards Transfer
Art History 3, 4, 5 6 units ART 150, ART 151 3 units
Area C1 or C2
6 units 3 units
Area 3A or 3B
8 quarter/5.3 semester units
Biology 3, 4, 5 4 units BIOL 100, BIOL 101 4 units
Area B2 and B3
6 units 4 units
Area 5B and 5C w/ Lab
8 quarter/5.3 semester units
Calculus AB1 or
BC/AB Subscore1
3 4 units MATH 120 3 units
Area B4
3 units 3 units
Area 2A
4 quarter/2.7 semester units
Calculus AB1 or
BC/AB Subscore1
4, 5 5 units MATH 250 3 units
Area B4
3 units 3 units
Area 2A
4 quarter/2.7 semester units
Calculus BC1 3 5 units MATH 250 3 units
Area B4
6 units 3 units
Area 2A
8 quarter/5.3 semester units
Calculus BC1 4, 5 9 units MATH 250 and MATH 251 3 units
Area B4
6 units 3 units
Area 2A
8 quarter/5.3 semester units
Chemistry
(CSU: Prior to Fall 2009)^
3 5 units CHEM 200 6 units
Area B1 and B3
6 units 4 units
Area 5A and 5C w/Lab
8 quarter/5.3 semester units
Chemistry
(CSU: Prior to Fall 2009)^
4 or 5 10 units CHEM 200, CHEM 210 6 units
Area B1 and B3
6 units 4 units
Area 5A and 5C w/Lab
8 quarter/5.3 semester units
Chemistry
(CSU: On or after Fall 2009)^
3 5 units CHEM 200 4 units
Area B1 and B3
6 units 4 units
Area 5A and 5C w/ Lab
8 quarter/5.3 semester units
Chemistry
(CSU: On or after Fall 2009)^
4 or 5 10 units CHEM 200, CHEM 210 4 units
Area B1 and B3
6 units 4 units
Area 5A and 5C w/ Lab
8 quarter/5.3 semester units
Chinese Language and Culture 3, 4, 5 5 units
5 units
CHIN 120
CHIN 130
3 units
Area C2
6 units 3 units
Area 3B and 6A
8 quarter/5.3 semester units
Comparative Government and Politics 3, 4, 5 3 units PS 103 3 units
Area D
3 units 3 units
Area 4H
4 quarter/2.7 semester units
Computer Science A1 3
4,5
3 units
3 units
N/E
MATH 130
N/A 3 units N/A 2 quarter/1.3 semester units
Computer Science AB1 3
4,5
3 units
6 units
MATH 130
MATH 130, MATH 140
N/A 6 units N/A 4 quarter/2.7 semester units
Computer Science Principles 3 N/E N/E N/A 6 units N/A N/A
English Language and Composition 3, 4, 5 4 units ENGL 115 3 units
Area A2
6 units 3 units
Area A1
8quarter/5.3 semester units
English Literature and Composition 3, 4, 5 7 units ENGL 114, ENGL 220, or ENGL 270 6 units
Area A2 and C2
6 units 3 units
Area 1A or 3B
8 quarter/5.3 semester units
Environmental Science2
(CSU: Prior to Fall 2009)^
3, 4, 5 N/A N/E 4 units
Area B1+B3 or B2+B3
4 units 3 units
Area 5A and 5C w/Lab
4 quarter/2.7 semester units
Environmental Science2
(CSU: On or after Fall 2009)^
3, 4, 5 N/A N/E 4 units
Area B1+B3
4 units 3 units
Area 5A and 5C w/ Lab
4 quarter/2.7 semester units
European History 3, 4, 5 6 units HIST 104 and HIST 105 3 units
Area C2 or D
6 units 3 units
Area 3B or 4F
8 quarter/5.3 semester units
French Language
(CSU: Prior to Fall 2009)^
3, 4, 5 6 units FREN 220 6 units
Area C2
6 units 3 units
Area 3B and 6A
8 quarter/5.3 semester units
French Language
(CSU: On or after Fall 2009 or prior to Fall 2011)^
3, 4, 5 5 units FREN 201 3 units
Area C2
6 units 3 units
Area 3B and 6A
8 quarter/5.3 semester units
French Language and Culture 3, 4, 5 6 units FREN 201 3 units
Area C2
6 units 3 units
Area 3B and 6A
8 quarter/5.3 semester units
French Literature
(CSU: Prior to Fall 2009)^
3, 4, 5 6 units FREN 230 3 units
Area C2
6 units 3 units
Area 3B and 6A
8 quarter/5.3 semester units
German Language
(CSU: Prior to Fall 2009)^
3, 4, 5 6 units N/E 6 units
Area C2
6 units 3 units
Area 3B and 6A
8 quarter/5.3 semester units
German Language
(CSU: On or after Fall 2009 or prior to Fall 2011)^
3, 4, 5 5 units N/E 3 units
Area C2
6 units 3 units
Area 3B and 6A
8 quarter/5.3 semester units
German Language and Culture 3, 4, 5 6 units N/E 3 units
Area C2
6 units 3 units
Area 3B and 6A
8 quarter/5.3 semester units
Human Geography 3, 4, 5 3 units GEOG 120 3 units
Area D
3 units 3 units
Area 4E
4 quarter/2.7 semester units
Italian Language and Culture 3, 4, 5 5 units ITAL 201 3 units
Area C2
6 units 3 units
Area 3B and 6A
8 quarter/5.3 semester units
Japanese Language and Culture 3, 4, 5 5 units JPN 201 3 units
Area C2
6 units 3 units
Area 3B and 6A
8 quarter/5.3 semester units
Latin Literature
(CSU: Prior to Fall 2009)^
3, 4, 5 5 units N/E 3 units
Area C2
6 units 3 units
Area 3B and 6A
4 quarter/2.7 semester units
Latin 3, 4, 5 5 units N/E 3 units
Area C2
6 units 3 units
Area 3B and 6A
4 quarter/2.7 semester units
Latin: Vergil
(CSU: Prior to Fall 2012)^
3, 4, 5 5 units N/E 3 units/Area C2 3 units 3 units
Area 3B and 6A
4 quarter/2.7 semester units
Macroeconomics 3, 4, 5 3 units ECON 101 3 units
Area D
3 units 3 units
Area 4B
4 quarter/2.7 semester units
Microeconomics 3, 4, 5 3 units ECON 102 3 units
Area D
3 units 3 units
Area 4B
4 quarter/2.7 semester units
Music Theory (CSU: Prior to Fall 2009)^ 3, 4, 5 4 units MUS 101, MUS 102 3 units
Area C1
6 units N/A 8 quarter/5.3 semester units
Physics 13 3, 4, 5 N/A N/E 4 units
Areas B1 and B3
4 units N/A N/A
Physics 23 3, 4, 5 N/A N/E 4 units
Areas B1 and B3
4 units N/A N/A
Physics B
(CSU: Prior to Fall 2009)^
3, 4, 5 N/A N/E 6 units
Areas B1 and B3
6 units 4 units
Area 5A w/Lab
8 quarter/5.3 semester units
Physics B3
(CSU: On or after Fall 2009 and prior to Fall 2013)^
3, 4, 5 N/A N/E 4 units
Areas B1 and B3
6 units 4 units
Area 5A w/ Lab
8 quarter/5.3 semester units
Physics C (Mechanics)3 3, 4, 5 3 units
3 units
PHYS 170
PHYS 270
4 units
Areas B1 and B3
4 units 3 units
Area 5A and 5C w/Lab
4 quarter/2.7 semester units
Physics C (Electricity and Magnetism)3 3, 4, 5 3 units
3 units
PHYS 172
PHYS 272
4 units
Areas B1 and B3
4 units 3 units
Area 5A and 5C w/Lab
4 quarter/2.7 semester units
Psychology 3, 4, 5 3 units PSYC 101 3 units
Area D
3 units 3 units
Area 4I
4 quarter/2.7 semester units
Seminar 3, 4, 5 3 units N/E N/A 3 units
Spanish Language
(CSU: Prior to Spring 2014)^
3 5 units
SPAN 201 6 units
Area C2
6 units 3 units
Area 3B and 6A
8 quarter/5.3 semester units
Spanish Language
(CSU: Prior to Spring 2014)^
4 5 units SPAN 202 6 units
Area C2
6 units 3 units
Area 3B and 6A
8 quarter/5.3 semester units
Spanish Language
(CSU: Prior to Spring 2014)^
5 5 units SPAN 215 6 units
Area C2
6 units 3 units
Area 3B and 6A
8 quarter/5.3 semester units
Spanish Language and Culture
(CSU: Effective Spring 2014)
3 5 units
SPAN 201 3 units
Area C2
6 units 3 units
Area 3B and 6A
8 quarter/5.3 semester units
Spanish Language and Culture
(CSU: Effective Spring 2014)
4 5 units SPAN 202 3 units
Area C2
6 units 3 units
Area 3B and 6A
8 quarter/5.3 semester units
Spanish Language and Culture (CSU: Effective Spring 2014) 5 5 units SPAN 215 3 units
Area C2
6 units 3 units
Area 3B and 6A
8 quarter/5.3 semester units
Spanish Literature
(CSU: Prior to Spring 2013)^
3 5 units SPAN 216 6 units
Area C2
6 units 3 units
Area 3B and 6A
8 quarter/5.3 semester units
Spanish Literature
(CSU: Prior to Spring 2013)^
4, 5 5 units SPAN 221 6 units
Area C2
6 units 3 units
Area 3B and 6A
8 quarter/5.3 semester units
Spanish Literature and Culture
(CSU: Effective Spring 2013)
3 5 units SPAN 225
or
SPAN 226
3 units
Area C2
6 units 3 units
Area 3B and 6A
8 quarter/5.3 semester units
Spanish Literature and Culture
(CSU: Effective Spring 2013)
4 5 units SPAN 216 3 units
Area C2
6 units 3 units
Area 3B and 6A
8 quarter/5.3 semester units
Spanish Literature and Culture
(CSU: Effective Spring 2013)
5 5 units SPAN 221 3 units
Area C2
6 units 3 units
Area 3B and 6A
8 quarter/5.3 semester units
Statistics 3, 4, 5 3 units MATH 119 3 units
Area B4
3 units 3 units
Area 2A
4 quarter/2.7 semester units
Studio Art - 2D Design 3, 4, 5 6 units ART 100, ART 101 N/A 3 units N/A 8 quarter/5.3 semester units
Studio Art - 3D Design 3, 4, 5 6 units ART 100, ART 101 N/A 3 units N/A 8 quarter/5.3 semester units
Studio Arts - Drawing 3, 4, 5 12 units ART 100, ART 101, ART 102, ART 103 N/A 3 units N/A 8 quarter/5.3 semester units
+U.S. Government and Politics 3, 4, 5 3 units PS 102 3 units
Area D and US-2
3 units 3 units
Area 4H and US-2
4 quarter/2.7 semester units
+U.S. History



Or
3, 4, 5 6 units



6 units
HIST 100 and HIST 101


N/A
3 units
Area C2 or D and US-1

3 units
Areas C2 or D and US-1
6 units



6 units
3 units
Area 4F and US-1

3 units
Area 3B and US-1 or Areas 4F and US-1
8 quarter/5.3 semester units

8 quarter/5.3 semester units
World History 3, 4, 5 6 units HIST 106 and HIST 107 3 units
Area C2 or D
6 units 3 units
Area 3B or 4F
8 quarter/5.3 semester units
N/A

 Not Applicable

N/E

 No Equivalency

*

 Areas 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.

**

These units count toward eligibility for admission. The units may not apply towards Associate Degrees for Transfer (AD-T) or the baccalaureate degree. The units may not all apply toward certification of the corresponding GE-Breadth area. See Executive Orders 1036 & 1100 and CSU coded memo ASA-2017-13 for details.

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Students seeking certification in GE Breadth prior to transfer must have passed the test before this date.  Note "on" and "prior" dates.  

English Language/Literature - UC 8 quarter units maximum for both test. 

Mathematics/Calculus - UC 8 quarter units  maximum for both tests.

Physics - UC 8 quarter units maximum for all three test. 

Studio Arts - UC 8 quarter units maximum for all three test. 

Computer Science - UC 4 quarter unit maximum for both tests. 

Physics – UC 3 semester or 4 quarter unit maximum for are applied for IGETC certification; students who complete these exams will be required to complete at least 4 semesters or 5 quarter units to satisfy the minimum required units for IGETC Area 5.

+

These exams only partially fulfill the CSU U.S. History, Constitution and American Ideals graduation requirements but can be used toward the requirement.

US-1 = U.S. History, Constitution and American Ideals/Area 1             

US-2 = U.S. History, Constitution and American Ideals/Area 2

1

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

2

Students 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 be only apply to B1+B3.

3

If a student passes more than one AP exam in Physics, only 6 units of credit may be applied to the baccalaureate, and only 4 units of credit may be applied to a certification in GE Breadth.