External Exam Credit Policies

AP Examination AP Scores CCC Majors & Unit Credit CCC AA GE Approved Credit Approved Score CSU GE Breadth Approved Credit (Includes American Institutions) CSU Unit Earned Toward Transfer IGETC Approved Credit (Includes American Institutions) UC Units Earned Toward Transfer
Art History 3,4,5 ART 111 C and ART 112 C: 6 semester units C1 or C2: 3 semester units C1 or C2: 3 semester units 6 semester units 3A or 3B2: 3 semester units 8 qtr/5.3 semester units
Art (Studio): Drawing 3,4,5 ART 182 C (with portfolio approval): 3 semester units n/a n/a 3 semester units n/a 8 qtr/5.3 semester units
Art (Studio): 2D,3D 3,4,5 3 semester units - elective n/a n/a 3 semester units n/a 8 qtr/5.3 semester units
Biology 3,4,5 BIOL 101 C: 5 semester units B1: 4 semester units B2 and B3: 4 semester units 6 semester units 5B and 5C3: 4 semester units 8 qtr/5.3 semester units
Calculus AB 3,4,5 MATH 150AC: 4 semester units B2: 4 semester units B44: 3 semester units 3 semester units 2A: 3 semester units 4 qtr/2.7 semester units
Calculus BC 3,4,5 MATH 150AC and MATH 150BC: 8 semester units B2: 3 semester units minimum B44: 3 semester units 6 semester units 2A: 3 semester units 8 qtr/5.3 semester units*
Calculus BC/AB Subscore 3,4,5 n/a B2: 3 semester units minimum B44: 3 semester units 3 semester units 2A: 3 semester units 4 qtr/2.7 semester units
AP Calculus Exam Limitations n/a n/a Qualifies student for next level math n/a Qualifies student for next level math Qualifies student for next level math Maximum credit for both exams is 8 qtr/5.3 semester units; 4 quarter/2.7 semester units for both AB and AB Subscore
Chemistry 3,4,5 CHEM 101 C OR CHEM 107 C (score of 3): 5 semester units - CHEM 111AC (score of 4 or 5): 5 semester units B1: 5 semester units B1 and B3: 4 semester units (6 GE units if taken prior to F'09) 6 semester units 5A and 5C3: 4 semester units 8 qtr/5.3 semester units
Chinese Language and Culture 3,4,5 CHIN 101 C and CHIN 102 C: 10 semester units C2: 3 semester units C2: 3 semester units 6 semester units 5A and 5C3: 4 semester units 8 qtr/5.3 semester units
Computer Science A 3,4,5 CIS 211 C and CIS 226 C: 6 semester units n/a n/a 3 semester units n/a 2 qtr/1.3 semester units
Computer Science AB 3,4,5 CIS 211 C and CIS 226 C: 6 semester units n/a n/a 6 semester units n/a 4 qtr; 2.7 semester units
Computer Science Principles 3,4,5 CIS 221 C and CIS 226 C: 6 semester units n/a B4: 3 semester units 6 semester units n/ 8 qtr/5.3 semester units
AP Computer Science Exam Limitations n/a Maximum credit for both exams is 6 semester units Maximum credit for both exams is 6 semester units n/a Maximum one exam may be used toward transfer n/a Maximum credit is 4 qtr/2.7 semester units for both Computer Science A and Computer Science AB Exams
Economics (Macro) 3,4,5 ECON 100 C: 3 semester units D: 3 semester units D: 3 semester units 3 semester units 4: 3 semester units 4 qtr/2.7 semester units
Economics (Micro) 3,4,5 ECON 105 C: 3 semester units D: 3 semester units D: 3 semester units 3 semester units 4: 3 semester units 4 qtr/2.7 semester units
English Language and Composition 3,4,5 ENGL 100 C: 4 semester units A1: 3 semester units A2: 3 semester units 6 semester units 1A: 3 semester units 8 qtr/5.3 semester units
English Literature and Composition 3,4,5 ENGL 100 C or ENGL 102 C: 3-4 semester units A1 or C2: 3 semester units A2 and C2: 6 semester units 6 semester units 1A or 3B2: 3 semester units 8 qtr/5.3 semester units
AP English Exam Limitation n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a Maximum credit for both exams is 8 qtr/5.3 semester units
Environmental Science 3,4,5 No subject credit applies B1: 4 semester units B2 and B3* (CSU removed B2 F'09) OR B1 and B3: 4 semester units 4 semester units 5A and 5C3: 3 semester units 4 qtr/2.7 semester units
French Language 3,4,5 FREN 101 C and FREN 102 C: 10 semester units C2: 5 semester units C2: *(CSU removed B2 F'09) OR B1 and B3: 4 semester units 4 semester units 5A and 5C3: 3 semester units 4 qtr/2.7 semester units
French Language and Culture 3,4,5 FREN 101 C and FREN 102 C: 10 semester units C2: 5 semester units C2: 3 semester units 6 semester units 3B and 6A: 3 semester units 8 qtr/5.3 semester units
French Literature 3,4,5 No subject credit applies C2: 5 semester units C2: (CB discontinued exam S'09): 3 semester units 6 semester units 3B and 6A: 3 semester units 8 qtr/5.3 semester units
German Language 3,4,5 GERM 101 C and GERM 102 C (Cypress no longer offers courses): 10 semester units C2: 5 semester units C2: *(CSU removed area F'11): 3 semester units 6 semester units 3B and 6A: 3 semester units 8 qtr/5.3 semester units
German Language and Culture 3,4,5 GERM 101 C and GERM 102 C (Cypress no longer offers courses): 10 semester units C2: 5 semester units C2: 3 semester units 6 semester units 3B and 6A: 3 semester units 8 qtr/5.3 semester units
Government and Politics: Comparative 3,4,5 POSC 215 C: 3 semester units D: 3 semester units D: 3 semester units 3 semester units 4: 3 semester units 4 qtr/2.7 semester units
Government and Politics: U.S. 3,4,5 POSC 100 C: 3 semester units D: 3 semester units D and US-2: 3 semester units 3 semester units 4: 3 semester units 4 qtr/2.7 semester units
History - European 3,4,5 HIST 110 C and HIST 111 C: 6 semester units D or C2: 3 semester units C2 or D: 3 semester units 6 semester units 3B or 42: 3 semester units 8 qtr/5.3 semester units
History - U.S. 3,4,5 HIST 170 C and HIST 171 C: 6 semester units D or C2: 3 semester units C2 or D and US-1: 3 semester units 6 semester units 3B or 42: 3 semester units 8 qtr/5.3 semester units
History - World 3,4,5 HIST 112 C and HIST 113 C: 6 semester units D or C2: 3 semester units C2 or D: 3 semester units 3 semester units 3B or 42: 3 semester units 8 qtr/5.3 semester units
Human Geography 3,4,5 GEOG 160 C: 3 semester units D: 3 semester units D: 3 semester units 3 semester units 4: 3 semester units 4 qtr/2.7 semester units
Italian Language and Culture 3,4,5 No subject credit applies C2: 3 semester units C2: 3 semester units 6 semester units 3B and 6A: 3 semester units 8 qtr/5.3 semester units
Japanese Language and Culture 3,4,5 JAPN 101 C and JAPN 102 C: 10 semester units C2: 3 semester units C2: 3 semester units 6 semester units 3B and 6A: 3 semester units 8 qtr/5.3 semester units
Latin 3,4,5 No subject credit applies C2: 3 semester units C2: 3 semester units 6 semester units 3B and 6A: 3 semester units 8 qtr/5.3 semester units
Latin Literature 3,4,5 No subject credit applies C2: 3 semester units C2 (CB discontinued exam S'09): 3 semester units 6 semester units 3B and 6A: 3 semester units 4 qtr/2.7 semester units
Latin: Vergil 3,4,5 No subject credit applies C2: 3 semester units C2: *(CSU removed area F'12): 3 semester units 3 semester units 3B and 6A: 3 semester units 4 qtr/2.7 semester units
Music Theory 3,4,5 MUS 103 C and MUS 105 C: 8 semester units C2: 3 semester units C1: *(CSU removed area F'09): 3 semester units 6 semester units n/a 8 qtr/5.3 semester units
Physics B 3,4,5 PHYS 130 C: 4 semester units B1: 4 semester units B1 and 35: *(CSU removed area F'13): 4 semester units 6 semester units 5A and 5C3: 4 semester units 8 qtr/5.3 semester units
Physics 1 or 2 3,4,5 PHYS 130 C: 4 semester units B1: 4 semester units B1 and B35: 4 semester units 4 semester units 5A and 5C3: 4 semester units 8 qtr/5.3 semester units
Physics C Mechanics 3,4,5 PHYS 130 C: 4 semester units B1: 4 semester units B1 and B35: 4 semester units 4 semester units 5A and 5C3: 3 semester units 4 qtr/2.7 semester units
Physics C Electricity and Magnetism 3,4,5 PHYS 130 C: 4 semester units B1: 4 semester units B1 and B35: 4 semester units 4 semester units 5A and 5C3: 3 semester units 4 qtr/2.7 semester units
AP Physics Exam Limitations n/a n/a n/a n/a Maximum 4 semester units toward GE and 6 semester units toward transfer n/a Maximum credit for both exams is 8 qtr/5.3 semester units
Psychology 3,4,5 PSY 101 C: 3 semester units D: 3 semester units D: 3 semester units 3 semester units 4: 3 semester units 4 qtr/2.7 semester units
Spanish Language 3,4,5 SPAN 101 C and SPAN 102 C: 10 semester units C2: 5 semester units C2: *(CSU removed area S'14): 3 semester units 6 semester units 3B and 6A: 3 semester units 8 qtr/5.3 semester units
Spanish Language and Culture 3,4,5 No subject credit applies C2: 5 semester units C2: 3 semester units 6 semester units 3B and 6A: 3 semester units 8 qtr/5.3 semester units
Statistics 3,4,5 MATH 120 C: 4 semester units B2: 4 semester units B4: 3 semester units 3 semester units 2A: 3 semester units 4 qtr/2.7 semester units

Students must have the College Board send AP exam results to the Admissions Office (hand carried copies will not be accepted). Students may earn credit for Advanced Placement (AP) Tests with scores of 3,4, or 5. AP credit can be used to meet IGETC, CSU GE and A.A. general education (GE) and or Cypress College major requirements as indicated in the chart above.

Course credit and units granted at Cypress College may differ from course credit and units granted by a transfer institution towards a student's major/graduation requirements. Information about how External Exam Credit (AP, IB, and CLEP) can be used at individual transfer institutions can be found at individual university websites:

https://ccctransfer.org/campuses/csu
https://ccctransfer.org/campuses/uc

The following resources were used in updating the chart above:

http://www.calstate.edu/acadaff/codedmemos/ASA-2019-03.pdf
http://admission-universityofcalifornia.edu/counselors/files/ap-satisfy-admission-and-igetc-req.pdf

Cypress College (CC) Majors

Students should be aware that AP test credit is evaluated by corresponding it to an equivalent CC course. Example: EON 100 C for Macro AP Exam. A student who receives AP credit and then takes the equivalent CC course will have the unit credit for such duplication deducted prior to being awarded the AA degree.

AA GE

The AP exams will be applied in the respective GE area as noted. GE AP credit may be different than AP credit applied toward a Cypress College associate degree or certificate program major

CSU GE

The AP exams may be incorporated into the certification of CSU General Education-Breadth requirements by any certifying institution. All CSU campuses will accept the minimum units shown and apply them toward fulfillment of the designated General Education-Breadth requirements.

IGETC

AP exams must be used in the area indicated regardless of where the certifying institution's discipline is located. Credit by AP exam is noted and listed first on a student's transcript, with units and credit (CR) assigned. Example: AP History: World History 3.00 CR.

  1. There is no equivalent AP exam for the Area 1B, Critical Thinking/Composition requirement.
  2. AP exams may be used in either area regardless of where the certifying CCC's discipline is located.
  3. AP exams in Biology, Chemistry, or Physics B earn 4 semester or 5 quarter units towards IGETC certification. For Environmental Science, Physics C: Mechanics and Physics C: Electricity/Magnetism, 3 semester or 4 quarter units area applied for IGETC certification.
  4. If a student passes more than one AP exam in calculus or computer science, only one examination may be applied toward the CSU baccalaureate degree.
  5. If a student passes more than one AP exam in Physics, only 6 units of credit may be applied to the baccalaureate, and only 4 units of credit may be applied to a certification in GE Breadth.
  6. *Refer to the CSU AP List if exam was taken before the removal date.
CLEP Examination CLEP Approved Scores CCC GE Approved Credit (3 units) CSU GE Breadth Approved Credit (includes American Institutions) CSU Units Earned Towards Transfer IGETC Approved Credit (includes American Institutions)(No UC Units Earned)
American Government 50 or above D D 3 semester units n/a
American Literature 50 or above C2 C2 3 semester units n/a
Analyzing and Interpreting Literature 50 or above C2 C2 3 semester units n/a
Biology 50 or above B1 B2 3 semester units n/a
Calculus 50 or above B2 B4 3 semester units n/a
Chemistry 50 or above B1 B1 3 semester units n/a
College Algebra 50 or above B2 B4 3 semester units n/a
College Algebra - Trigonometry 50 or above B2 B4 3 semester units n/a
College Composition 50 or above A1 n/a n/a n/a
English Literature 50 or above C2 C2 (prior to F'11 only) 3 semester units n/a
French Level II 59 or above C2 C2 3 semester units n/a
Freshmen College Composition n/a A1 n/a n/a n/a
German Level II 60 or above C2 C2 3 semester units n/a
History, United States I 50 or above D D and US-1 3 semester units n/a
History, United States II 50 or above D D and US-1 3 semester units n/a
Human Growth and Development 50 or above D E 3 semester units n/a
Humanities 50 or above n/a C2 3 semester units n/a
Introductory Psychology 50 or above D D 3 semester units n/a
Introductory Sociology 50 or above D D 3 semester units n/a
Natural Sciences 50 or above B1 B1 or B2 3 semester units n/a
Pre-Calculus 50 or above B2 B4 3 semester units n/a
Principles of Macroeconomics 50 or above D D 3 semester units n/a
Principles of Microeconomics 50 or above D D 3 semester units n/a
Spanish Level II 63 or above C2 C2 3 semester units n/a
Trigonometry 50 or above B2 B4 (prior to F'06 only) 3 semester units n/a
Western Civilization I 50 or above C2 or D Cd or D 3 semester units n/a
Western Civilization II 50 or above C2 or D D 3 semester units n/a

Course credit and units granted at Cypress College may differ from course credit and units granted by a transfer institution towards a student's major/graduation requirements. Information about how External Exam Credit (AP, IB, CLEP) can be used at individual transfer institutions can be found at individual university websites:

http://ccctransfer.org/csu-campuses
http://ccctransfer.org/uc-campuses

The following resource was used in updating the chart above: https://www.calstate.edu/AcadAff/codedMemos/AA-2015-19.pdf

IB Examination IB Exam Approved Scores CCC GE Approved Credit (3 units) CSU GE Breadth Approved Credit (includes American Institutions) CSU Units Earned Towards Transfer IGETC Approved Credit (includes American Institutions) UC Units Earned Towards Transfer
Biology HL 5,6,7 B1 3 units B2 3 semester units 5B (without lab) 8 qtr/5.3 sem units
Chemistry HL 5,6,7 B1: 3 units B1 3 semester units 5A (without lab) 8 qtr/5.3 sem units
Economics HL 5,6,7 D: 3 units D 3 semester units 4 8qtr/5.3 sem units
Geography HL 5,6,7 D: 3 units D 3 semester units 4 8 qtr/5.3 sem units
History (any region) HL 5,6,7 D: 3 units C2 or D 3 semester units 3B or 4 8 qtr/5.3 sem units
Language A Literature HL 5,6,7 C2: 3 units C2* 3 semester units 3B and 6 A 8 qtr/5.3 sem units
Language A Language and Literature HL 5,6,7 C2: 3 units C2* 3 semester units 3B and 6A 8 qtr/5.3 sem units
Language A1 (any language) HL** 5.6.7 C2: 3 units C2 (prior to F'13 only)* 3 semester units 3B 8 qtr/5.3 sem units
Language A2 (any language) HL** 5,6,7 C2: 3 units C2 (prior to F'13 only)* 3 semester units 3B 8 qtr/5.3 sem units
Language B (any language) HL** 5,6,7 C2: 3 units n/a n/a 6A 8 qtr/5.3 sem units
Mathematics HL 5,6,7 B2: 3 units B4* 3 semester units 2A 8 qtr/5.3 sem units
Physics HL 5.6.7 B1: 3 units B1 3 semester units 5A (without lab) 8 qtr/5.3 sem units
Psychology HL 5,6,7 D: 3 units D 3 semester units 4 8 qtr/5.3 sem units
Theatre HL 5,6,7 C1: 3 units C1* 3 semester units 3A 8 qtr/5.3 sem units

* A score of 4 earns credit for these CSU GE areas.
**The IB Curriculum offers language at various levels for the native and non-native speakers. Language A 1 and A2 are advanced courses in literature for native and non-native speakers, respectively and therefore, satisfy Humanities GE areas, not English Composition. Language B courses are offered at the intermediate level for non-natives. Policies may differ for CSU and UC systems as noted.

UC - Units Earned Toward Transfer (last column from above chart)
The University of California awards 8 qtr/5.3 sem units of credit for each of the International Baccalaureate Individual Certificate subject HL with a score of 5,6 or 7. Additional HL IB exams may earn UC unit credit beyond those included in this list for IGETC credit. Students should reference the UC counselors website for a complete list of IB exam unit credit for admission purposes: http://admission.universityofcalifornia.edu/counselors/exam-credit/ib-credits/index.html.

Course credit and units granted at Cypress College may differ from course credit and units granted by a transfer institution towards a student's major/graduation requirements. Information about how External Exam Credit (AP, IB, CLEP) can be used at individual transfer institutions can be found at individual university websites:

http://ccctransfer.org/csu-campuses
http://ccctransfer.org/uc-campuses

The following resource was used in updating the chart above: https://www.calstate.edu/AcadAff/codedMemos/AA-2015-19.pdf

Guidance for Assigning Academic Credit for the Defense Language Proficiency Test (DLPT) Pass Scores

Utilizing the American Council on Education (ACE) recommendations as described above, three lower division semester hours for language shall equate to three semester units (or their quarter equivalent) in CSU GE Breadth Subarea C2. When assigning academic credit using the DLPT, campus articulation officers and credit transfer evaluators should refer to the ACE National Guide to College Credit for Workforce Training. This ACE online guide organizes foreign language test scores and credit recommendations by language, version of test and modality of language. The Guide then provides lower and upper division credit recommendations based on the DLPT test score in the following modalities: listening, reading, and oral. Campuses may continue to award additional AGE and/or major course credit as they have done in the past.

The following documents may be accepted to award DLPT Ge or course credit:

  • Official Defense Language Institute Foreign Language (DLIFLC) Transcripts
  • Official Joint Services Transcripts (JST)
  • Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC) DLPT Examinee Results
  • DA Form 330 Language Proficiency Questionnaire