UNIVERSITY CATALOG: 2019-2020

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) 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 Application
Art: History 3,4,5 6 units ART 110 6 units in C1 Arts
Art: Studio Drawing 3,4,5 3 units No Equivalency 3 units in C1 Arts
Art: 2D Design Portfolio 3,4,5 3 units No Equivalency 3 units in C1 Arts
Art: 3D Design Portfolio 3,4,5 3 units ART 141 3 units in C1 Arts
Biology 3,4,5 6 units BIOL 106 and 107 6 units in B2 Life Science
(does not meet Lab requirement)
Chemistry 3 6 units CHEM 100 3 units B1 Physical Science
(does not meet Lab requirement)
Chemistry 4,5 6 units CHEM 101/101L 5 units B1 Physical Science and B3 Science Laboratory Activity
Chinese Language and Culture 3,4,5 6 units CHIN 201 and 202 6 units F Comparative Cultural Studies
Computer Science A 3 6 units Consult Computer Science Chair 3 units in E Lifelong Learning
Computer Science A 4,5 6 units COMP 110/110L 3 units in E Lifelong Learning
Computer Science Principles 3,4,5 6 units No Equivalency 3 units in Basic Skills B4 Mathematics
Economics, Macro 3,4,5 3 units ECON 161 3 units in D1 Social Sciences
Economics, Micro 3,4,5 3 units ECON 160 3 units in D1 Social Sciences
English Language
and Composition
3,4,5 6 units ENGL 115 3 units Basic Skills A2 Written Communication;
exempt from lower division writing skills requirement
English Literature
and Composition1
3,4,5 6 units ENGL 255 3 units Basic Skills A2 Written Communication and
3 units C2 Humanities;
exempt from lower division writing skills requirement
Environmental Science 3,4,5 4 units No Equivalency 4 units in B1 Physical Science and B3 Science Laboratory Activity
European History 3,4,5 6 units HIST 150 and 151 6 units C2 Humanities
French Language and Culture 3,4,5 6 units Consult MCLL Chair 6 units F Comparative Cultural Studies
German Language and Culture 3,4,5 6 units Consult MCLL Chair 6 units F Comparative Cultural Studies
Human Geography 3,4,5 3 units GEOG 107 3 units D1 Social Sciences
Italian Language and
Culture
3,4,5 6 units Consult MCLL Chair 6 units F Comparative Cultural Studies
Japanese Language and
Culture
3,4,5 6 units JAPN 201 and 202 6 units F Comparative Cultural Studies
Latin 3,4,5 6 units Consult MCLL Chair 6 units F Comparative Cultural Studies
Government and Politics:
United States
3,4,5 6 units Consult Political Science Chair 2 units D3 U.S. Constitution requirement
(Take POLS 490CA to satisfy D4 California government requirement)
Government and Politics:
Comparative
3,4,5 6 units POLS 156 3 units D1 Social Sciences
Math: Calculus AB2 3 3 units MATH 103 or Consult Math Dept. if
another course is required in major
3 units Basic Skills B4 Mathematics
Math: Calculus AB2 4,5 5 units MATH 150A 5 units Basic Skills B4 Mathematics
Math: Calculus AB+BC2 4,5 10 units MATH 150A and 150B 5 units Basic Skills B4 Mathematics
Math: Calculus BC2 3,4,5 6 units MATH 150A 5 units Basic Skills B4 Mathematics
Math: Calculus BC/
AB Subscore2
3 3 units MATH 103 or Consult Math Dept. if
other coursework is required in major
3 units Basic Skills B4 Mathematics
Math: Calculus BC/
AB Subscore2
4,5 5 units MATH 150A 5 units Basic Skills B4 Mathematics
Music: Theory 3,4,5 6 units No Equivalency 6 units C1 Arts
Physics 13 3,4,5 4 units PHYS 100A/100AL 4 units B1 Physical Science and B3 Science Laboratory Activity
Physics 23 3,4,5 4 units PHYS 100B/100BL 4 units B1 Physical Science and B3 Science Laboratory Activity
Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism3 3,4,5 4 units PHYS 220B/220BL 4 units B1 Physical Science and B3 Science Laboratory Activity
Physics C: Mechanics3 3,4,5 4 units PHYS 220A/220AL 4 units B1 Physical Science and B3 Science Laboratory Activity
Psychology 3,4,5 3 units PSY 150 3 units D1 Social Sciences
AP Seminar 3,4,5 3 units  No Equivalency No GE Placement
Spanish Language and Culture 3,4,5 6 units Consult MCLL Chair 6 units F Comparative Cultural Studies
Spanish Literature and Culture 3,4,5 6 units Consult MCLL Chair 6 units F Comparative Cultural Studies
Statistics 3,4,5 4 units MATH 140 4 units Basic Skills B4 Mathematics
U.S. History 3,4,5 6 units HIST 270 and 271 3 units D2 U.S. History requirement
World History 3,4,5 6 units HIST 110 and 111 6 units D1 Social Sciences

Footnotes:
1Students with credit for AP English Literature and Composition should not take ENGL 115 or equivalent course.
2Maximum of 10 units allowed for completion of both Mathematics Calculus AB and BC examinations.
3Maximum of 8 units allowed for completion of Physics examinations.