Credit for Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations

Students who have completed Advanced Placement (AP) examinations of the College Entrance Examination Board with scores of 3, 4, or 5 may receive credit at San Bernardino Valley College as indicated in the table below (in accordance to Assembly Bill (AB) 1985). A grade of pass (P) will be assigned on the transcript. Credit awarded through advanced placement may be used to satisfy graduation requirements toward the associate degree, IGETC and CSU General Education-Breadth requirements. Transfer universities re-evaluate AP. The units earned from AP credit will not apply toward financial aid nor can they be used to satisfy the 12-unit residence requirement for graduation. Students must be enrolled at San Bernardino Valley College to receive credit for Advanced Placement Exams. To request credit for AP examinations, visit the Admissions and Records Office, AD/SS 100 (909) 384-4401.

Advanced Placement Exam with Score of 3, 4, or 5 SBVC Units Awarded SBVC Waiver Course SBVC General Education Graduation Credit CSU General Education Credit IGETC Credit
Art History 3 No equivalent Category III, 1 course Area C1 or C2 Area 3A or 3B
Art: Studio 2D Design 3 ART 120 Category III, Applied, 1 course None None
Art: Studio 3D Design 3 ART 121 Category III, Applied, 1 course None None
Art: Studio Drawing 3 ART 124A Category III, Applied, 1 course None None
Biology 4 BIOL 100 Category I, 1 course Areas B2, B3 Area 5B with lab
Chinese Language and Culture 3 No equivalent Category III, 1 course Area C2 Areas 3B, 6A
Chemistry 4 CHEM 150 Category I, 1 course Areas B1, B3 Area 5A with lab
Computer Science A 3 (CS 110 + (CS 120 or CS 190) None None None
Computer Science Principles 3 CS 190 Category IV, 1 course Area B4 None
Economics: Macroeconomics 3 ECON 200 or 200H Category II, 1 course Area D2 Area 4B
Economics: Microeconomics 3 ECON 201 or 201H Category II, 1 course Area D2 Area 4B
English: Language & Composition 3 ENGL 101 or 101H Category IV, 1 course Area A2 Area 1A
English: Literature & Composition 6 (ENGL 101 or 101H) + ENGL 151 Category III and Category IV Areas A2, C2 Area 1A or 3B
Environmental Science 4 BIOL 104 Category I, 1 course Area B1, B3 Area 5A with lab
French Language and Culture 3 Score 3, 4 or 5 = FRENCH 102 Category III, 1 course Area C2 Areas 3B, 6A
German Language and Culture 3 No equivalent Category III, 1 course Area C2 Areas 3B, 6A
Government and Politics: Comparative 3 No equivalent Category II, 1 course Area D8 Area 4H
Government and Politics: US 3 No equivalent Category II, 1 course Area D8 + US-2 Area 4H and US-2
History: European 3 No equivalent Category II or III, 1 course Area C2 or D6 Area 3B or 4F
History: U.S. 3 HIST 100 or 100H or 101 or 101H Category II or III, 1 course Area (C2 or D6) + US-1 Area (3B or 4F) + US-1
History: World-Modern 3 HIST 171 Category II or III, 1 course Area C2 or D6 Area 3B or 4F
Human Geography 3 No equivalent Category II, 1 course Area D5 Area 4E
Italian Language and Culture 3 No equivalent Category III, 1 course Area C2 Areas 3B, 6A
Japanese Language and Culture 3 No equivalent Category III, 1 course Area C2 Areas 3B, 6A
Latin 3 No equivalent Category III, 1 course Area C2 Areas 3B, 6A
Mathematics - Calculus AB or BC/AB Subscore 3 MATH 250 Category IV, 1 course Area B4 Area 2A
Mathematics - Calculus BC 3 MATH 251 Category IV, 1 course Area B4 Area 2A
Music Theory 3 MUS 101 + MUS 101L + MUS 102 + MUS 102L Category III, 1 course None None
Physics 1 4 PHYSIC 151 Category I, 1 course Areas B1, B3 Area 5A with lab
Physics 2 4 PHYSIC 152 Category I, 1 course Areas B1, B3 Area 5A with lab
Physics C-Mechanics 4 PHYSIC 202 Category I, 1 course Areas B1, B3 Area 5A with lab
Physics C-Electricity and Magnetism 4 PHYSIC 203 Category I, 1 course Areas B1, B3 Area 5A with lab
Psychology 3 PSYCH 100 or 100H Category II, 1 course Area D9 Area 4I
Spanish Language and Culture 3 Score 3=SPAN 102 or 102H Score 4=SPAN 103 or 103H Score 5=SPAN 104 Category III, 1 course Area C2 Area 3B, 6A
Spanish Literature and Culture 3 No equivalent Category III, 1 course Area C2 Areas 3B, 6A
Statistics 3 MATH 108 Category I, 1 course Area B4 Area 2A

CSU GE AP Exam Notes

  • If a student passes more than one AP exam in Calculus or Computer Science, only one exam may be applied to the baccalaureate
  • 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 CSU GE. Fall of 2009 or later, those credits may only apply to B1+B3.
  • If a student passes more than one AP exam in Physics, only six units of credit may be applied to the baccalaureate and only four units of credit may be applied to a certification in GE Breadth
  • For complete CSU AP Policy information, visit: https://www2.calstate.edu/apply/transfer/Pages/advanced-placement-ap.aspx

IGETC AP Exam Notes

  • AP exams in Biology, Chemistry, or Physics 1 allow California community college campuses to apply 4 semester or 5 quarter units to IGETC certification
  • AP exams in Environmental Science, Physics C: Mechanics and Physics C: Electricity/Magnetism, 3 semester or 4 quarter units are applied for IGETC certification; therefore, students who complete these exams will be required to complete at least 4 semester or 5 quarter units to satisfy the minimum required units for Area 5.
  • For complete IGETC AP policy information, visit: http://admission.universityofcalifornia.edu/counselors/exam-credit/ap-credits/index.html