Advanced Placement Credit

Definition:This policy governs the awarding of credit to students who have taken Advanced Placement examinations.
Authority:Executive Order 1036; Executive Order 665 (Determination of Competence in English and Mathematics); Chancellor's Office Memorandum of September 25, 1997 (Inclusion of Advanced Placement Examinations in General Education-Breadth Certification); Chancellor's Office Memorandum AA-2008-28, 2008-52, 2009-11(CSU Systemwide Credit for External Examinations)
Scope:The undergraduate curriculum of CSU San Marcos.
Responsible Division:Academic Affairs
Approval Date:04/15/2010
Implementation Date:04/15/2010
Originally Implemented:03/08/1995
Signature Page/PDF:View Signatures for Advanced Placement Credit Policy


Notes

I. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY 

California State University San Marcos awards graduation credit to students who have received a score of 3, 4, or 5 on a College Board Advanced Placement (AP) examination in accordance with CSU Executive Order 1036 (Systemwide Credit by Evaluation), and as described below.

When a student receives a score of 3, 4 or 5 on an AP examination[1], s/he

  • Receives credit toward graduation which is recorded on the student's transcript,

and, depending on the course, s/he may also

  • Satisfy certain requirements for a major or minor,
  • Satisfy prerequisite requirements for a more advanced course,
  • May be exempt from certain placement examinations, and
  • Satisfy certain General Education and other general graduation requirements.

When a student passes an AP exam (i.e., receives a score of 3, 4 or 5), s/he may not also receive graduation credit for taking a course articulated with the AP exam, or a course which is a prerequisite thereto.

II. GRADUATION CREDIT

Students receive credit toward graduation as described in the table below. Generally, 3 units of credit are awarded for passing AP exams corresponding to courses described by College Board as the equivalent of one-semester college courses and 6 units of credit for passing AP exams corresponding to courses described by College Board as equivalent to year-long courses with reductions in awarded credit when students successfully pass overlapping AP exams with scores of 3 or higher. 

AP Examination passed with a score of 3, 4, or 5

Units of Graduation Credit

Art History

6

Biology

6

Calculus AB

5 (but 0 if the Calculus BC exam is also passed)

Calculus BC

 9

Chemistry

6

Chinese Language & Culture

6

Computer Science A

3 (but 0 if the Computer Science AB exam is also passed)

Computer Science AB

6

Economics: Macro

3

Economics: Micro

3

English Language and Composition

6

English Literature and Composition

6

Environmental Science

4

European History

6

French Language

6

French Literature

6

German Language

6

Government and Politics: Comparative

3  

Government and Politics: United States

3  

Human Geography

3

Italian Language & Culture

6

Japanese Language & Culture

6

Latin Literature

6

Latin: Vergil

3

Music Theory

6

Physics B

8 (but 4 if one Physics C exam is passed, and 0 if both Physics C exams are passed)

Physics C: Mechanics

4

Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism

4

Psychology

3

Spanish Language

6

Spanish Literature

6

Statistics

3

Studio Art - Drawing Portfolio

3

Studio Art - 2-D Design Portfolio

3

Studio Art - 3-D Design Portfolio

3

United States History

6

World History

6

III.  APPLICATION TOWARD SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS  

A. Every AP exam will be articulated with CSUSM courses (to the extent possible) in a manner similar to articulation of courses taken at another institution for the purpose of satisfying the requirements for a major or minor.  The College Board Course Descriptions will form the basis of these articulation "agreements."

B. The articulation agreements may differentiate between the different AP score levels and assign different course articulations to different scores.

C. The course(s) articulated with a level of performance on an AP exam may have a different number of total units than the units of graduation credit as described in the preceding table.

  1. If more units are awarded for successful completion of an AP exam than for the articulated course, then the excess units are "free elective" units which can be applied to the minimum number (usually, 120) of units required for a bachelor's degree.
  2. If fewer units are awarded for successful completion of an AP exam than for the articulated course, then the student need not make up the difference provided that s/he still meets the minimum unit requirements for a bachelor's degree and for the number of units in the major exclusive of units used to meet General Education requirements.

D. A student may not receive graduation credit for subsequently taking a course which is articulated with the AP credit that s/he has received, nor for a course which is a prerequisite to such a course.

IV. PLACEMENT EXAMINATION EXEMPTIONS

A. Students receiving a score of 3, 4, or 5 on either the English Language and Composition or the English Literature and Composition AP examinations are exempt from the requirement of taking the CSU English Placement Test (EPT).

B. Students receiving a score of 3, 4, or 5 on either the Calculus AB, Calculus BC, or Statistics AP examinations are exempt from the requirement of taking the CSU Entry Level Mathematics (ELM) Examination.

V. USE IN GENERAL EDUCATION AND OTHER GENERAL GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS   

The General Education Committee shall determine which General Education requirements - if any - are satisfied by sufficiently high scores on AP exams.

The General Education Committee shall determine which of the other specific graduation requirements over which it has jurisdiction (the U.S. History, Constitution and American Ideals Requirement, the Language Other Than English Requirement, the Computer Competency Requirement, and the Graduate Writing Assessment Requirement) - if any - are satisfied by sufficiently high scores on AP exams.



Procedure

I. IMPLEMENTATION

If approved in the 2009-10 Academic Year,

  • Graduation credit will be awarded as in Section II of the Policy for all AP exams taken July 1, 2010, or later;
  • AP credit for exams taken prior to July 1, 2010, will be awarded as currently posted on the Undergraduate Advising Services website (http://www.csusm.edu/Academic_Advising/ap/index.htm); and
  • New course articulations take effect as they are received from academic departments by the campus Articulation Coordinator (See Section III of the policy).

II. RECORDING OF CREDIT

Credit earned by examination will be identified as such on the student's permanent record. The name of the examination and the score earned will be included as well.

III. PUBLICATION IN UNIVERSITY NOTICES  

The Curriculum and Scheduling Office will publish in the General Catalog a comprehensive table of all Advanced Placement exams indicating:

  • Units of credit awarded (as stipulated in the policy);
  • Any course articulations which have been approved;
  • Any placement examination requirements that are waived through AP exam scores;
  • Any General Education requirements satisfied through AP exam scores; and
  • Any other general graduation requirements satisfied through AP exam scores.


[1] For simplicity, the policy refers throughout to Advanced Placement examinations, but in Studio Art, students submit portfolios of completed work in place of sitting for an examination. The Studio Art portfolios are scored on the same scale as the examinations.