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College Board Advanced Placement Program (AP)

AP (Advanced Placement) Exams

SJSU 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 for each exam (no duplicate credit granted). The number of units granted, course equivalence, and satisfaction of requirements vary.

Requires scores of 3-5 for credit to be granted

ExamUnitsCourseGE Credit and Comments
Art History6ARTH 070A & 070BAreas C1 or C2 (3 units)
Biology6BIOL 010Area B2 & B3 (4 units)
Calculus AB*3MATH 030Area B4 (3 units)
Calculus BC*7MATH 030 & 031Area B4 (3 units)
Calculus BC/AB Subscore*3MATH 030Area B4 (3 units)
Chemistry6CHEM 030AArea B1 & B3 (4 units)
Chinese Language & Culture6CHIN 001AArea C2 (4 units)
Comparative Govt & Politics3POLS 002Area D (3 units)
Computer Science A3CS 046ANo GE
Computer Science Principles [beginning Fall 2018]3Elective CreditArea B4 (3 units)
English Language and Composition6ENGL 001AScore 3 = Area A2 (3 units)
English Language and Composition6ENGL 001A & 001BScore 4-5 = Areas A2 & C2 (6 units)
English Literature and Composition6ENGL 001A & 010Score 3 = Area A2 & C2 (6 units)
English Literature and Composition6ENGL 001A & 001BScore 4-5 = Areas A2 & C2 (6 units)
English Literature and Composition6ENGL 001A & 010Score 4-5 = Areas A2 & C2 (6 units), at student's request
Environmental Science4Elective creditArea B1 & B3 (4 units)
European History6HIST 010A & 010BAreas C2 or D (3 units)
French Language & Culture6FREN 001AArea C2 (5 units)
German Language & Culture6GERM 001AArea C2 (4 units)
Human Geography3GEOG 010Area D (3 units)
Italian Language & Culture6ITAL 001AArea C2 (3 units)
Japanese Language & Culture6JPN 001AArea C2 (5 units)
Latin6LATN 001AArea C2 (3 units)
Macroeconomics4ECON 001AArea D (4 units)
Microeconomics4ECON 001BArea D (4 units)
Music Theory6Elective creditNo GE
Music Theory - Aural Subscore0No CreditNo GE
Music Theory - NonAural Subscore0No CreditNo GE
Physics 1**4PHYS 002AAreas B1 & B3 (4 units)
Physics 2**4PHYS 002BAreas B1 & B3 (4 units)
Physics C, Elec & Mag**4PHYS 051Areas B1 & B3 (4 units)
Physics C, Mechanics**4PHYS 050Areas B1 & B3 (4 units)
Psychology3PSYC 001Area D (3 units)
Research0No CreditNo GE
Seminar3Elective CreditNo GE
Spanish Language and Culture6SPAN 001AArea C2 (4 units)
Spanish Literature and Culture6SPAN 001BArea C2 (4 units)
Statistics3STAT 095 or SOCI 015Area B4 (3 units);
Studio Art, 2D Design3ART 012No GE
Studio Art, 3D Design3Elective creditNo GE
Studio Art, Drawing3ART 024No GE
U.S. Govt & Politics3Elective CreditArea D & US 2 (3 units)
U.S. History6HIST 020A & 020BAreas C2 or D; & US 1 (3 units)
World History3Elective creditAreas C2 or D (3 units) [beginning Fall 2019]

*Students may receive credit for only one calculus exam.

**If more than one AP Physics exam is taken then the total units granted will be 6 units, of which 4 units will apply to PHYS 2A satisfying GE Areas B1+B3, and 2 units to elective credit.

For historical AP credit by exam information, please visit the TES website and type the College Board in the institution search field.