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Advanced Placement Credit and Chart

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Students who earn scores of 3, 4, or 5 on College Board Advanced Placement Examinations taken before high school graduation will receive 2, 4, or 8 units of credit toward graduation at UCSB for each such test completed with the required scores, provided official scores are submitted to the Office of Admissions. 

Students should be advised that college courses taken before or after attending UC may duplicate AP, IB and/or A Level examinations.  Additionally, exams may duplicate each other (for example, and AP or IB exam in the same subject area). If the student does duplicate an exam with another exam of the same subject content, and/or an exam with a college course, we will award credit only once.

Note: Advanced Placement credit earned prior to entering the university will not be counted toward maximum unit limitations either for selection of a major or for graduation.


Advanced Placement Exam with score of 3, 4, or 5 Units Awarded General Education Credit UCSB Course Equivalent
(You may not enroll in these courses for credit at UCSB.)
Art History 8 F: 1 course Art History 1
*Art Studio 2D Design 8 none none
*Art Studio 3D Design 8 none none
*Art Studio Drawing 8 none Art 18

Biology 8 C: 1 course MCDB 20, Natural Science 1C
Chemistry 8 C: 1 course# Natural Science 1B
Chinese Language & Culture 8 B none
Comparative Government and Politics 4 D: 1 course none
+Computer Science A 2 none none
Economics – Macroeconomics 4 D: 1 course none
Economics – Microeconomics 4 D: 1 course none
*English – Language and Composition or Literature and Composition

With score of 3
8 Entry Level Writing Requirement Writing 1, 1E, 1LK
With score of 4
8 A1
Writing 1, 1E, 1LK, 2, 2E, 2LK
With score of 5
8 A1, A2
Writing 1, 1E, 1LK, 2, 2E, 2LK, 50, 50E, 50LK
Environmental Science 4 C: 1 course Environmental Studies 2
European History 8 E: 1 course none
French Language and Culture


With score of 3
8 B French 1-3
With score of 4
8 B French 1-4
With score of 5
8 B French 1-5
German Language and Culture


With score of 3
8 B German 1-3
With score of 4
8 B German 1-4
With score of 5
8 B German 1-5
Human Geography 4 D Geography 5
Italian Language & Culture


With score of 3
8 B Italian 1-3
With score of 4
8 B Italian 1-5
With score of 5
8 B Italian 1-6
Japanese Language & Culture 8 B none
Latin 4 B Latin 1-3
*•Mathematics – Calculus AB
(or AB subscore of BC exam)
4 C: 1 course# Mathematics 3A, 15, 34A, or equivalent
*†Mathematics – Calculus BC 8 C: 2 courses# Mathematics 3A, 3B, 15, 34A, 34B, or equivalent
Music – Theory 8 F: 1 course Music 11
*Physics – B 8 C: 1 course# Physics 10, Natural Science 1A
*Physics – C (Mechanics) 4 C: 1 course# Physics 6A + 6AL
*Physics – C (Electricity & Magnetism) 4 C: 1 course# Physics 6B + 6BL
Psychology 4 D: 1 course Psychology 1
Spanish Language & Culture


With score of 3
8 B Spanish 1-3
With score of 4
8 B Spanish 1-4
With score of 5
8 B Spanish 1-5
Spanish Literature & Culture


With score of 3
8 B Spanish 1-4
With score of 4
8 B Spanish 1-5
With score of 5
8 B Spanish 1-6
Statistics 4 C: 1 course# Communication 87, PSTAT 5AA-ZZ, Psychology 5
U.S. Government and Politics 4 D: 1 course Political Science 12
U.S. History 8 D: 1 course none
World History 8 none none

*  A maximum of 8 units EACH in art studio, English, mathematics, and physics is allowed.
#  Also satisfies the quantitative relationship requirement in Area C.
+ Maximum credit for Computer Science A and AB exams is 4 units. (The AB exam is no longer offered.)
†  Consult the mathematics department about optional higher placement in calculus.