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
3 units (only one Calculus AP exam applied to degree)
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 and MATH 155
6 units (only one Calculus AP exam applied to degree)
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 (only one Calculus AP exam applied to degree)
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 150 (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 CS 101
3 units and 3 units elective credit
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
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 and HIST 111
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 and HIST 101
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
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 BTEC 180, BUS 204, MATH 103, PSYC 104, or SOC 104
3 units
Area A2
3 units
Area B4
3 units
3 units Area 2A
3 units
2.7 units