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Advanced Placement Credit and Chart

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Students who complete special advanced placement courses in high school and who earn scores of 3, 4, or 5 on the College Board Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate Examination 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 scores are reported to the Office of Admissions.


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 Course Credit UCSB Course Equivalent
Art History 8 F: 1 course Art History 1
*Art Studio 2D Design Portfolio 8 none Art Studio 18
*Art Studio 3D Design Portfolio 8 none
*Art Studio Drawing Portfolio 8 none
Biology 8 C: 1 course EEMB 20, MCDB 20, Natural Science 1C
Chemistry 8 C: 1 course# Natural Science 1B
Chinese Language & Culture


With score of 3
8 B
With score of 4
8 B
With score of 5
8 B
Comparative Government and Politics 4 D: 1 course
+Computer Science A 2 none  
+Computer Science AB 4 C: 1 course# Computer Science 8
Economics – Macroeconomics 4 D: 1 course
Economics – Microeconomics 4 D: 1 course  
*English – Composition and Literature or Language and Composition

With score of 3
8 Entry Level Writing Requirement Writing 1, 1E, 1LK
With score of 4
8 Writing 2 Writing 1, 1E, 1LK, 2, 2E, 2LK
With score of 5
8 Writing 2, 50 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 no equivalent
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


With score of 3
8 B
With score of 4
8 B
With score of 5
8 B
Latin 4 B Latin 1-3
*•Mathematics – Calculus AB 4 (or AB subscore of BC exam) 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 1-5
With score of 5
8 B Spanish 1-6
Spanish Literature


With score of 3
8 B Spanish 1-5
With score of 4 or 5
8 B Spanish 1-6
Statistics 4 C: 1 course# Communication 87, EEMB 30, Geography 17, PSTAT 5AA-ZZ, Psychology 5, Sociology 3
U.S. Government and Politics 4 D: 1 course Political Science 12
U.S. History 8 D: 1 course no equivalent
World History 8 none no equivalent     

*  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 exams is 4 units.
†  Consult the mathematics department about optional higher placement in calculus.