AP credits

UC grants credit for College Board Advanced Placement examinations on which a student scores 3 or higher.

Elective units awarded may be applied to UC graduation requirements for specific subjects and/or for general education/breadth requirements, as determined by each campus.

For transfer students, AP exams can also be used to meet the minimum transfer admission subject requirements in English (UC-E), Math (UC-M) and 4 other courses chosen from the humanities (UC- H), behavioral/social sciences (UC-B) and biological/physical sciences (UC-S).

Although the College Board reports all AP tests results to us, students should be aware AP test scores lower than 3 will not adversely affect their chances for admission.

Units granted for AP tests are not counted toward the maximum number of credits required for formal declaration of a major or the maximum number of units a student may accumulate prior to graduation. Students who enter UC with AP credit do not have to declare a major earlier than other students, nor are they required to graduate earlier.

Credit granted for AP exams

(Credit is expressed in quarter units. For Berkeley and Merced, divide total quarter units by 1.5 to convert to semester units.)

Art, Studio

2-D Design: 8
3-D Design: 8
Drawing: 8 

(8-unit maximum for all three exams)

Art History (UC-H)


Biology (UC-S)


Chemistry (UC-S)


Computer Science

Computer Science A: 2 (students entering UC prior to fall 2018)
Computer Science A: 8 (students entering UC fall 2018 and after)

Computer Science Principles: 8

Economics (UC-B)

Microeconomics: 4
Macroeconomics: 4


Language and Composition (UC-E): 8  
Literature and Composition (UC-E/H): 8  

(8-unit maximum for both exams)

Environmental Science (UC-S)

Government and Politics (UC-B)

United States: 4  
Comparative: 4 

History (UC-B/H)

United States History: 8 
European History: 8 
World History: 8 

Human Geography (UC-B)

Language Other than English (UC-H)

Chinese Language and Culture: 8
French Language and Culture: 8
German Language and Culture: 8
Italian Language and Culture: 8
Latin (offered May 2013 and beyond): 8
Japanese Language and Culture: 8
Spanish Language and Culture: 8
Spanish Literature and Culture: 8

(Spanish Language no longer offered)

Mathematics (UC-M)

Calculus AB: 4
Calculus BC: 8

(8-unit maximum for both exams)

Music Theory (UC-H)


(Listening and Literature no longer offered)

Physics (UC-S)

Physics B: 8
Physics 1*: 8
Physics 2*: 8
Physics C Mechanics: 4
Physics C Electricity and Magnetism: 4

(8-unit maximum for all tests)

*Physics B replaced by Physics 1 & 2 – 2015

Psychology (UC-B)


Statistics (UC-M)


AB subscore on Calculus BC examination

Students who take the Calculus BC examination and earn a subscore of 3 or higher on the Calculus AB portion will receive 4 quarter units for the Calculus AB examination, even if they do not receive a score of 3 or higher on the BC examination (note that the maximum credit awarded for both exams is 8 quarter units).

Music Theory subscore

We grant credit for the full Music Theory exam. Students who earn only a subscore will not receive exam credit.

Duplication with college courses

Students should be advised that college courses taken before or after attending UC may duplicate AP, IB and/or A-Level examinations. Additionally, exams may duplicate each other (for example, an AP or IB exam in the same subject area).

If the student does duplicate an exam with another exam of the same subject content, and/or an exam with a college course, we will award credit only once.