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 HistoryART 258 and ART 259
6 units
Area C
3 units
Area C1 or C2
3 units
6 unitsArea 3A or 3B
3 units
5.3 units
Studio Art (any exam)N/A
3 units
No GEN/A3 units
per exam
N/A5.3 units (max credit for Studio Art AP exams)
BiologyBIO 100 or BIO 101 and BIO 101L
6 units
Area B
4 units
Areas B2 and B3
4 units
6 unitsArea 5B (with lab)
4 units
5.3 units
Calculus ABMATH 150/MATH 150H
3 units
Area A2
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 BCMATH 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 SubscoreN/AN/AArea 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)
ChemistryCHEM 110 (only if score of 4 or 5)
6 units
Area B
4 units
Areas B1 and B3
4 units
6 unitsArea 5A (with lab)
4 units
5.3 units
Chinese Language & CultureN/A
6 units
Area C
4 units
Area C2
3 units
6 unitsAreas 3B and 6
3 units
5.3 units
Computer Science ACS 111
3 units
No GEN/A3 units (only one CS AP exam applied to degree)N/A1.3 units
Computer Science AB (discontinued after May 2009)N/A
6 units
No GEN/A6 units (only one CS AP exam applied to degree)N/A2.7 units (max credit for both CS AP exams)
Economics: MacroeconomicsECON 101
3 units
Area D
Area D2
3 units
3 unitsArea 4
3 units
2.7 units
Economics: MicroeconomicsECON 102
3 units
Area D
Area D2
3 units
3 unitsArea 4
3 units
2.7 units
English: Language & CompositionENGL 100
6 units
Area A1
3 units
Area A2
3 units
6 unitsArea 1A
3 units
5.3 units (max credit for English AP exams)
English: Literature & CompositionENGL 100 and LIT elective
6 units
Area A1
3 units
Area C
3 units
Areas A2 and C2
6 units
6 unitsArea 1A or 3B
3 units
5.3 units (max credit for English AP exams)
Environmental ScienceN/A
4 units
Area B
4 units
Areas B1 and B3
4 units
4 unitsArea 5A (with lab)
3 units
2.7 units
French LanguageFREN 201
6 units
Area C
4 units
Area C2
3 units
6 unitsAreas 3B and 6
3 units
5.3 units
French LiteratureFREN 202
6 units
Area C
N/A6 unitsAreas 3B and 6
3 units
5.3 units
German LanguageGERM 201
6 units
Area C
4 units
Area C2
3 units
6 unitsAreas 3B and 6
3 units
5.3 units
Geography (Human)GEOG 102
3 units
Area D
Area D5
3 units
3 unitsArea 4
3 units
2.7 units
Government & Politics: ComparativePLSC 103
3 units
Area D
Area D8
3 units
3 unitsArea 4
3 units
2.7 units
Government & Politics: United States+PLSC 102
3 units
Areas D, F, G
Max 3 units
Areas D8 and US-2
CSU AI requirement
3 units
3 unitsArea 4
3 units
2.7 units
History: EuropeanHIST 104/HIST 104H
6 units
Areas C, F
Max 3 units
Area C2 or D6
3 units
6 unitsArea 3B or 4
3 units
5.3 units
History: United States+HIST 110/HIST 110H
3 units
Areas D, F, G
Max 3 units
Area C2 or D6 and US-1 CSU AI requirement
3 units
6 unitsArea 3B or 4
3 units
5.3 units
History: WorldHIST 100/HIST 100H and HIST 101/HIST 101H
6 units
Areas D, F
Max 3 units
Area C2 or D6
3 units
6 unitsArea 3B or 4
3 units
5.3 units
Italian Language & CultureITAL 201
6 units
Area C
4 units
N/A6 unitsAreas 3B and 6
3 units
5.3 units
Japanese Language & CultureJAPN 201
6 units
Area C
4 units
Area C2
3 units
6 unitsAreas 3B and 6
3 units
5.3 units
Latin: Literature (discontinued after May 2009)N/A
6 units
Area C
3 units
N/A6 unitsAreas 3B and 6
3 units
2.7 units
Latin: VergilN/A
3 units
Area C
Area C2
3 units
3 unitsAreas 3B and 6
3 units
2.7 units
Music TheoryMUS 101
6 units
No GEN/A6 unitsN/A5.3 units
Physics BPHYS 111 and PHYS 112
6 units
Area B
Areas B1 and B3
4 units (until fall '15)
6 unitsArea 5A (with lab)
4 units
5.3 units (max credit for Physics AP exams)
Physics C: Electricity & MagnetismPHYS 152
4 units
Area B
Areas B1 and B3
4 units
4 unitsArea 5A (with lab)
3 units
2.7 units (5.3 units max credit for Physics AP exams)
Physics C: MechanicsPHYS 151
4 units
Area B
Areas B1 and B3
4 units
4 unitsArea 5A (with lab)
3 units
2.7 units (5.3 units max credit for Physics AP exams)
Physics 1PHYS 111
4 units
Area BAreas B1 and B3
4 units (maximum GE credit for Physics AP exams)
4 units (6 units maximum credit for Physics AP exams)N/AN/A
Physics 2PHYS 112
4 units
Area BAreas B1 and B3
4 units
(maximum GE credit for Physics AP exams)
4 units
(6 units maximum credit for Physics AP exams)
N/AN/A
PsychologyPSYC 101/PSYC 101H
3 units
Area D
Area D9
3 units
3 unitsArea 4
3 units
2.7 units
Spanish LanguageSPAN 201
6 units
Areas C, F
4 units
Area C2
3 units
6 unitsAreas 3B and 6
3 units
5.3 units
Spanish LiteratureSPAN 202
6 units
Area C
4 units
Area C2
3 units
6 unitsAreas 3B and 6
3 units
5.3 units
StatisticsMATH 103
4 units
Area A2
Area B4
3 units
3 unitsArea 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.

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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.

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