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 one or more Southwestern College courses provided they have a satisfactory score on an appropriate Advanced Placement Examination conducted by the College Board. It is not necessary for a student to have taken or successfully completed the Advanced Placement class in high school to receive credit for a class based on the examination score. Credit will be granted for Advanced Placement Exam scores of three (3) and above for California Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum, California State University General Education Breadth, or a general education requirement for a Southwestern College degree, as appropriate for a student’s needs.

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.

**NOTE:  SWC will award the greater of the value in the CSU units towards transfer or the SWC college course unit value for each individual AP exam used.  See CCCCO Memo AA 17-20 (March 30, 2017).   

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 Semester Units Toward Admission unit column reflects what each campus system wide will 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 Towards Admission** IGETC Certification (Semester Units) UC Units Towards Admission
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
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/2.6 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/2.6 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
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
8 quarter/5.3 semester units
Chemistry
(CSU: Effective Fall 2009)^
3 5 units CHEM 200 4 units
Area B1 and B3
6 units 4 units
Area 5A and 5C
8 quarter/5.3 semester units
Chemistry
(CSU: Effective 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
8 quarter/5.3 semester units
Chinese Language and Culture 3, 4, 5 5 units
CHIN 101
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 4
4 quarter/2.6 semester units
Computer Science A1
(UC: Prior to Fall 2018)^
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 A1
(UC: Effective Fall 2018)^
3
4,5
3 units
3 units
N/E
MATH 130
N/A 3 units N/A 8 quarter/5.3 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/2.6 semester units
Computer Science Principles1
(CSU: Prior to Fall 2019)^
3 6 units N/E N/A 6 Units N/A N/A
Computer Science Principles1
(CSU: Effective Fall 2019)^
3 6 units N/E 3 Units
Area B4
6 units N/A 8 quarter/5.3 semester units
English Language and Composition 3, 4, 5 4 units ENGL 115 3 units
Area A2
6 units 3 units
Area A1
8 quarter/5.3 semester units
English Literature and Composition 3, 4, 5 7 units ENGL 115, 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 4 units Area B 4 units
Area B1+B3 or B2+B3
4 units 4 units
Area 5A and 5C
4 quarter/2.6 semester units
Environmental Science2
(CSU: Effective Fall 2009)^
3, 4, 5 4 units EHMT 100 or
Area B
4 units
Area B1+B3
4 units 4 units
Area 5A and 5C
4 quarter/2.6 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 4
8 quarter/5.3 semester units
French Language
(CSU: Prior to Fall 2009)^
3, 4, 5 5 units FREN 201 6 units
Area C2
6 units 3 units
Area 3B and 6A
8 quarter/5.3 semester units
French Language
(CSU: Effective 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 5 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 5 units FREN 202 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 5 units Area C 6 units
Area C2
6 units 3 units
Area 3B and 6A
8 quarter/5.3 semester units
German Language
(CSU: Effective Fall 2009 or prior to Fall 2011)^
3, 4, 5 5 units Area C 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 5 units Area C 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 4
4 quarter/2.6 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 Area C 3 units
Area C2
6 units 3 units
Area 3B and 6A
4 quarter/2.6 semester units
Latin 3, 4, 5 5 units Area C 3 units
Area C2
6 units 3 units
Area 3B and 6A
4 quarter/2.6 semester units
Latin: Vergil
(CSU: Prior to Fall 2012)^
3, 4, 5 5 units Area C 3 units
Area C2
3 units 3 units
Area 3B and 6A
4 quarter/2.6 semester units
Macroeconomics 3, 4, 5 3 units ECON 101 3 units
Area D
3 units 3 units
Area 4
4 quarter/2.6 semester units
Microeconomics 3, 4, 5 3 units ECON 102 3 units
Area D
3 units 3 units
Area 4
4 quarter/2.6 semester units
Music Theory 3, 4, 5 3 units MUS 131 N/A N/A N/A 8 quarter/5.3 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
(Replaced Physics B-May 2015)
3, 4, 5 4 units Area B 4 units
Areas B1 and B3
4 units 4 units
Area 5A and 5C
8 quarter/5.3 semester units
Physics 23
(Replaced Physics B-May 2015)
3, 4, 5 4 units Area B 4 units
Areas B1 and B3
4 units 4 units
Area 5A and 5C
8 quarter/5.3 semester units
Physics B3
(CSU: Prior to Fall 2009)^
3, 4, 5 3 units Area B 6 units
Areas B1 and B3
6 units 4 units
Area 5A and 5C
8 quarter/5.3 semester units
Physics B3
(CSU: Effective Fall 2009 and prior to Fall 2015)^
3, 4, 5 3 units Area B 4 units
Areas B1 and B3
6 units 4 units
Area 5A and 5C
8 quarter/5.3 semester units
Physics C (Mechanics)3 3, 4, 5 4 units PHYS 270
PHYS 271
4 units
Areas B1 and B3
4 units 4 units
Area 5A and 5C
4 quarter/2.6 semester units
Physics C (Electricity and Magnetism)3 3, 4, 5 4 units
PHYS 272
PHYS 273
4 units
Areas B1 and B3
4 units 4 units
Area 5A and 5C
4 quarter/2.6 semester units
Psychology 3, 4, 5 3 units PSYC 101 3 units
Area D
3 units 3 units
Area 4
4 quarter/2.6 semester units
Seminar 3, 4, 5 3 units N/E N/A 3 units N/A N/A
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, 4, 5 5 units SPAN 225
or
SPAN 226
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, 4, 5 3 units SPAN 225
or
SPAN 226
3 units
Area C2
6 units 3 units
Area 3B and 6A
8 quarter/5.3 semester units
Statistics 3, 4, 5 4 units MATH 119 3 units
Area B4
3 units 3 units
Area 2A
4 quarter/2.6 semester units
Studio Arts
(CSU: Prior to Fall 2010)^
3, 4, 5 6 units ART 100, ART 101 N/A 3 units N/A N/A
Studio Art - 2D Design 3, 4, 5 3 units ART 101 N/A 3 units N/A 8 quarter/5.3 semester units
Studio Art - 3D Design 3, 4, 5 3 units ART 103 N/A 3 units N/A 8 quarter/5.3 semester units
Studio Arts - Drawing 3, 4, 5 3 units ART 100 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 4 and US-2
4 quarter/2.6 semester units
U.S. History + 3, 4, 5 6 units HIST 100 and HIST 101 3 units
Area C2 or D and US-1
6 units 3 units
Area 3B or 4 and US-1
8 quarter/5.3 semester units
World History 3, 4, 5 3 units HIST 106 3 units
Area C2 or D
3 units 3 units
Area 3B or 4
8 quarter/5.3 semester units
World History: Modern
(CSU: Effective Fall 2019)
3, 4, 5 3 units HIST 107 3 units
Area C2 or D
3 units 3 units
Area 3B or 4
8 quarter/5.3 semester units