Advanced Placement Guide

Advanced Placement (AP) exams with a minimum score of 3 can be used toward associate degree requirements, CSU admission and GE certification requirements, and UC admission and IGETC certification requirements.

Advanced Placement Exam MCC Course(s)
Maximum
AA/AS Units*
MiraCosta
GE Area
CSU
GE Certification
Area/Semester Units**
CSU
Minimum Admission
Semester Units**
IGETC
Certification Area/Semester Units***
UC
Admission Semester Units***
Art History ART 258 and ART 259
6 units
Area C
3 units
Area C1 or C2
3 units
6 units Area 3A or 3B
3 units
5.3 units
Studio Art (any exam) N/A
3 units
No GE N/A 3 units
per exam
N/A 5.3 units
Biology BIO 110 or BIO 111 and BIO 111L
6 units
Area B
4 units
Areas B2 and B3
4 units
6 units Area 5B/5C
4 units
5.3 units
Calculus AB MATH 150/MATH 150H
3 units
Area A2
3 units
Area B4
3 units
3 units (only one Calculus AP exam applied to degree) Area 2A
3 units
2.7 units (5.3 units max credit for Calculus AP exams)
Calculus BC MATH 150/MATH 150H and MATH 155
6 units
Area A2
3 units
Area B4
3 units
6 units (only one Calculus AP exam applied to degree) Area 2A
3 units
5.3 units (max credit for Calculus AP exams)
Calculus AB Subscore N/A
3 units
Area A2
3 units
Area B4
3 units
3 units (only one Calculus AP exam applied to degree) Area 2A
3 units
2.7 units (5.3 unit max credit for Calculus AP exams)
Chemistry CHEM 110 (only if score of 4 or 5)
6 units
Area B
4 units
Areas B1 and B3
4 units
6 units Area 5A/5C
4 units
5.3 units
Chinese Language & Culture N/A
6 units
Area C
3 units
Area C2
3 units
6 units Areas 3B and 6
3 units
5.3 units
Computer Science A CS 111
3 units
No GE N/A 3 units (only one CS AP exam applied to degree) N/A 1.3 units
Computer Science Principles N/A
6 units
No GE N/A 6 units N/A 5.3 units
Economics: Macroeconomics ECON 101
3 units
Area D
3 units
Area D
3 units
3 units Area 4
3 units
2.7 units
Economics: Microeconomics ECON 102
3 units
Area D
3 units
Area D
3 units
3 units Area 4
3 units
2.7 units
English: Language & Composition ENGL 100
6 units
Area A1
3 units
Area A2
3 units
6 units Area 1A
3 units
5.3 units (max credit for English AP exams)
English: Literature & Composition ENGL 100 and LIT elective
6 units
Area A1
3 units
Area C
3 units
Areas A2 and C2
6 units
6 units Area 1A or 3B
3 units
5.3 units (max credit for English AP exams)
Environmental Science N/A
4 units
Area B
4 units
Areas B1 and B3
4 units
4 units Area 5A/5C
3 units
2.7 units
French Language and Culture FREN 201
6 units
Area C
3 units
Area C2
3 units
6 units Areas 3B and 6
3 units
5.3 units
French Literature FREN 202
6 units
Area C
3 units
N/A 6 units Areas 3B and 6
3 units
5.3 units
German Language and Culture GRMN 201
6 units
Area C
3 units
Area C2
3 units
6 units Areas 3B and 6
3 units
5.3 units
Geography (Human) GEOG 102
3 units
Area D
3 units
Area D
3 units
3 units Area 4
3 units
2.7 units
Government & Politics: Comparative PLSC 103
3 units
Area D
3 units
Area D
3 units
3 units Area 4
3 units
2.7 units
Government & Politics: United States+ PLSC 102
3 units
Areas D, F, G
Max 3 units
Areas D and US-2
CSU AI requirement
3 units
3 units Area 4
3 units
2.7 units
History: European HIST 104/HIST 104H
6 units
Areas C, F
Max 3 units
Area C2 or D
3 units
6 units Area 3B or 4
3 units
5.3 units
History: United States+ HIST 110/HIST 110H
6 units
Areas D, F, G
Max 3 units
Area C2 or D and US-1 CSU AI requirement
3 units
6 units Area 3B or 4
3 units
5.3 units
History: World HIST 100/HIST 100H and HIST 101/HIST 101H
6 units
Areas D, F
Max 3 units
Area C2 or D
3 units
6 units Area 3B or 4
3 units
5.3 units
Italian Language & Culture ITAL 201
6 units
Area C
3 units
N/A 6 units Areas 3B and 6
3 units
5.3 units
Japanese Language & Culture JAPN 201
6 units
Area C
3 units
Area C2
3 units
6 units Areas 3B and 6
3 units
5.3 units
Latin N/A
6 units
Area C
3 units
Area C2
3 units
6 units Areas 3B and 6A
3 units
5.3 units
Music Theory MUS 101
6 units
No GE N/A 6 units N/A 5.3 units
Physics C: Electricity & Magnetism PHYS 152
4 units
Area B
4 units
Areas B1 and B3
4 units
4 units Area 5A/5C
3 units
2.7 units (5.3 units max credit for Physics AP exams)
Physics C: Mechanics PHYS 151
4 units
Area B
4 units
Areas B1 and B3
4 units
4 units Area 5A/5C
3 units
2.7 units (5.3 units max credit for Physics AP exams)
Physics 1 PHYS 111
4 units
Area B
4 units
Areas B1 and B3
4 units (maximum GE credit for Physics AP exams)
4 units (6 units maximum credit for Physics AP exams) Aresa 5A/5C
4 units
5.3 units (5.3 units max credit for Physics AP exams)
Physics 2 PHYS 112
4 units
Area B
4 units
Areas B1 and B3
4 units
(maximum GE credit for Physics AP exams)
4 units
(6 units maximum credit for Physics AP exams)
Areas 5A/5C
4 units
5.3 units (5.3 units max credit for Physics AP exams)
Psychology PSYC 101/PSYC 101H
3 units
Area D
3 units
Area D
3 units
3 units Area 4
3 units
2.7 units
Spanish Language and Culture SPAN 201
6 units
Areas C, F
3 units
Area C2
3 units
6 units Areas 3B and 6
3 units
5.3 units
Spanish Literature SPAN 202
6 units
Area C
3 units
Area C2
3 units
6 units Areas 3B and 6
3 units
5.3 units
Statistics MATH 103
3 units
Area A2
3 units
Area B4
3 units
3 units Area 2A
3 units
2.7 units
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MCC Advanced Placement Policies

The AP exams listed above may be applied for course and unit credit toward the MiraCosta College associate degree requirements.

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CSU Advanced Placement Policies

The AP exams listed above 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 units than those specified towards completion of general education breadth requirements. The CSU Minimum Admission Semester Units column reflects the minimum number of units all CSU campuses will accept toward CSU admission. Each campus in the California State University system determines how it will apply credits earned by external examinations toward the degree major.

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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 (LOTE). The last column reflects the minimum number of units all University of California campuses will accept toward UC admission.  Each campus in the California State University system determines how it will apply credits earned by external examinations toward the degree major.

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This examination only partially fulfills the CSU American Institutions graduation requirement but can be used toward the requirement.

NOTE:

This chart reflects the current exams offered by the College Board that have been designated as accepted by UC/CSU at the time of this publication. If a student submits scores from exams not listed on this chart, MiraCosta will apply the UC/CSU credit that was awarded at the time the exam was taken toward general education and associate degree requirements.