Advanced Placement (AP) Credit

CSUN grants credit toward its undergraduate degrees for successful completion of examinations of the Advanced Placement Program of the College Board. Students who present scores of three or better will be granted up to six semester units (nine quarter units) of college credit.

Students should have their official AP course transcripts and test scores sent to Admissions and Records as part of their application for university admission. To report test scores, use the CSUN school code 4707.

The following table lists the required AP test scores, units of credit allowed, and CSUN General Education (GE) or Title 5 application. Any CSUN courses considered equivalent to some AP exams are also shown. Note that course equivalencies often cannot be accepted for students majoring in the AP exam subject area.

Examination Score Units Allowed CSUN Course Equivalent
(Do NOT enroll in these courses)
GE Plan R
Application in GE OR Title 5
Art: History 3,4,5 6 units ART 110 6 units in Arts and Humanities
(not ART majors)
Art: Studio Drawing 3,4,5 3 units No Equivalency 3 units in Arts and Humanities
Art: 2D Design Portfolio 3,4,5 3 units No Equivalency 3 units in Arts and Humanities
Art: 3D Design Portfolio 3,4,5 3 units ART 141 3 units in Arts and Humanities
(not ART majors)
Biology 3,4,5 6 units BIOL 106 and 107 6 units in Natural Sciences
(not BIOL majors)
(does not meet Lab requirement)
Chemistry 3 6 units CHEM 100 3 units Natural Sciences
(includes CHEM majors)
(does not meet Lab requirement)
Chemistry 4,5 6 units CHEM 101/101L 5 units Natural Sciences with Lab
(includes CHEM majors)
Chinese Language and Culture 3,4,5 6 units CHIN 201 and 202 6 units Comparative Cultural Studies
Computer Science A1 3 6 units Consult Computer Science Chair 3 units in Lifelong Learning
Computer Science A1 4,5 6 units COMP 110/110L 3 units in Lifelong Learning
(includes COMP majors)
Computer Science AB1 3 6 units COMP 110/110L 3 units in Lifelong Learning
(includes COMP majors)
Computer Science AB1 4,5 6 units COMP 110/110L and 182/182L 3 units in Lifelong Learning
(includes COMP majors)
Economics, Macro 3,4,5 3 units ECON 161 3 units in Social Sciences
(not ECON majors)
Economics, Micro 3,4,5 3 units ECON 160 3 units in Social Sciences
(not ECON majors)
English Language
and Composition
3,4,5 6 units ENGL 115 3 units Basic Skills – Written Composition;
exempt from EPT and Lower Division writing skills requirement
English Literature
and Composition2
3,4,5 6 units ENGL 255 3 units Basic Skills Written Composition and
3 units Arts and Humanities
(includes ENGL majors);
exempt from EPT and Lower Division writing skills requirement
Environmental Science 3,4,5 4 units No equivalency 4 units in Natural Sciences, with Lab
European History 3,4,5 6 units HIST 150 and 151 6 units Arts and Humanities
(not HIST majors)
French Language 3,4,5 6 units Consult MCLL Chair 6 units Comparative Cultural Studies
(includes FREN majors)
French Literature 3,4,5 6 units Consult MCLL Chair 6 units Comparative Cultural Studies
(includes FREN majors)
German Language and Culture 3,4,5 6 units Consult MCLL Chair 6 units Comparative Cultural Studies
Geography 3,4,5 3 units GEOG 107 3 units Social Sciences
(includes GEOG majors)
Italian Language and
Culture
3,4,5 6 units Consult MCLL Chair 6 units Comparative Cultural Studies
Japanese Language and
Culture
3,4,5 6 units JAPN 201 and 202 6 units Comparative Cultural Studies
Latin: Vergil 3,4,5 3 units Consult MCLL Chair 3 units Comparative Cultural Studies
Latin: Literature 3,4,5 6 units Consult MCLL Chair 3 units Comparative Cultural Studies
Government and Politics:
United States
3,4,5 6 units Consult Political Science Chair 2 units Title 5 U.S. Constitution requirement
(Take POLS 490CA to satisfy California
government requirement)
Government and Politics:
Comparative
3,4,5 6 units POLS 156 3 units Social Sciences
(not POLS majors)
Math: Calculus AB3 3 3 units MATH 103 or Consult Math Dept. if
another course is required in major
3 units Basic Skills A.3; exempt from ELM exam
Math: Calculus AB3 4,5 5 units MATH 150A 5 units Basic Skills A.3; exempt from ELM exam
Math: Calculus AB+BC3 4,5 10 units MATH 150A and 150B 5 units Basic Skills A.3; exempt from ELM exam
Math: Calculus BC3 3,4,5 6 units MATH 150A 5 units Basic Skills A.3; exempt from ELM exam
Math: Calculus BC/
AB Subscore3
3 3 units MATH 103 or Consult Math Dept. if
other coursework is required in major
3 units Basic Skills A.3; exempt from ELM exam
Math: Calculus BC/
AB Subscore3
4,5 5 units MATH 150A 5 units Basic Skills A.3; exempt from ELM exam
Music: Theory 3,4,5 6 units No equivalency 6 units Arts and Humanities
(includes MUS majors)
Physics 14 3,4,5 4 units PHYS 100A/100AL 4 units Natural Sciences
(includes PHYS majors)
Physics 24 3,4,5 4 units PHYS 100B/100BL 4 units Natural Sciences
(includes PHYS majors)
Physics B4 3,4,5 8 units PHYS 100A/100AL and
100B/100BL
8 units Natural Sciences
(includes PHYS majors)
Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism4 3,4,5 4 units PHYS 220B/220BL 4 units Natural Sciences
(includes PHYS majors)
Physics C: Mechanics4 3,4,5 4 units PHYS 220A/220AL 4 units Natural Sciences
(includes PHYS majors)
Psychology 3,4,5 3 units PSY 150 3 units Social Sciences
(includes PSY majors)
Spanish Language 3,4,5 6 units Consult MCLL Chair 6 units Comparative Cultural Studies
(includes SPAN majors)
Spanish Literature 3,4,5 6 units Consult MCLL Chair 6 units Comparative Cultural Studies
(includes SPAN majors)
Statistics 3,4,5 4 units MATH 140 4 units Basic Skills A.3; exempt from ELM exam
(includes MATH majors)
U.S. History 3,4,5 6 units HIST 270 and 271 3 units Title 5, U.S. History requirement
(includes HIST majors for HIST 270 or 271)
World History 3,4,5 6 units HIST 110 and 111 6 units Social Sciences
(not HIST majors)

Footnotes:

1Maximum of 6 units allowed for completion of both Computer Science A and Computer Science AB examinations.
2Students with credit for AP English Literature and Comp should not take ENGL 115 or equivalent course.
3Maximum of 10 units allowed for completion of both Mathematics Calculus AB and BC examinations.
4Maximum of 8 units allowed for completion of Physics examinations.