Advanced Placement (AP)

Students may earn credit for College Board Advanced Placement (AP) exams with scores of 3, 4, or 5. AP may be used to meet IGETC, CSU GE, and AA/AS general education requirements.

For credit to be applied, students must have the College Board send their official AP exam results to the Monterey Peninsula College Admissions and Records Office; only official, sealed copies will be accepted.

Students planning to use AP credit for transfer should check with the transfer institution regarding its AP credit policies.

AP:  MPC AA/AS Credit

All units denote semester.

AP Exam AP Score MPC Course Equivalent MPC AA/AS Degree GE Area MPC AA/AS Degree Units
AP Art History 3, 4, or 5 ARTH 3 & ARTH 4 Humanities 6
AP Biology 3, 4, or 5 BIOL 10 Natural Sciences with Lab 6
AP Calculus AB 1 3, 4, or 5 MATH 20A Communication/Analytical Thinking 3 (6 units max for all Calculus exams)
AP Calculus BC 1 3, 4, or 5 MATH 20A (score of 3); MATH 20B (score of 4 or 5) Communication/Analytical Thinking 6 (6 units max for all Calculus exams)
AP Calculus BC/AB Subscore 1 3, 4, or 5 MATH 20A Communication/Analytical Thinking 3 (6 units max for all Calculus exams)
AP Chemistry 3, 4, or 5 CHEM 2 Natural Sciences w/lab 6
AP Chinese Language and Culture 3, 4, or 5 No equivalent Humanities 6
AP Comparative Government and Politics 3, 4, or 5 POLS 2 Social Sciences 3
AP Computer Science A 1 3, 4, or 5 CSIS 10A Communication/Analytical Thinking 3 (6 units max for both Computer Science exams)
AP Computer Science AB (only if taken before F09) 1 3, 4, or 5 No equivalent N/A 6 (6 units max for both Computer Science exams)
AP Computer Science Principles 1 3, 4, or 5 CSIS 9 Communication/Analytical Thinking 6
AP English Language and Composition 3, 4, or 5 ENGL 1A English Composition 6
AP English Literature and Composition 3, 4, or 5 ENGL 1A & ENGL 1B English Composition (3 units); and Humanities (3 units) 6
AP Environmental Science 3, 4, or 5 BIOL 31 & BIOL 32 Natural Sciences w/lab 4
AP European History 3, 4, or 5 HIST 4 & HIST 5 Social Sciences 6
AP French Language (only if taken before F11) 3, 4, or 5 FREN 2A Humanities 6
AP French Language and Culture 3, 4, or 5 FREN 2A Humanities 6
AP French Literature (only if taken before F09) 3, 4, or 5 No equivalent Humanities 6
AP German Language (only if taken before F11) 3, 4, or 5 No equivalent Humanities 6
AP German Language and Culture 3, 4, or 5 No equivalent Humanities 6
AP Human Geography 3, 4, or 5 GEOG 4 Social Sciences 3
AP Italian Language and Culture 3, 4, or 5 No equivalent Humanities 6
AP Japanese Language and Culture 3, 4, or 5 JPNS 2A Humanities 6
AP Latin 3, 4, or 5 No equivalent Humanities 6
AP Latin Literature (only if taken before F09) 3, 4, or 5 No equivalent Humanities 6
AP Latin: Virgil (only if taken before F12) 3, 4, or 5 No equivalent Humanities 3
AP Macroeconomics 3, 4, or 5 ECON 2 Social Sciences 3
AP Microeconomics 3, 4, or 5 ECON 4 Social Sciences 3
AP Music Theory 3, 4, or 5 MUSI 10A Humanities 6
AP Physics 1 3, 4, or 5 PHYS 2A Natural Sciences w/lab 4 (6 units max for all Physics exams)
AP Physics 2 3, 4, or 5 PHYS 2B Natural Sciences w/lab 4 (6 units max for all Physics exams)
AP Physics B (only if taken before F15) 3, 4, or 5 PHYS 2A Natural Sciences w/lab 6 (6 units max for all Physics exams)
AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism 3, 4, or 5 No equivalent Natural Sciences w/lab 4 (6 units max for all Physics exams)
AP Physics C: Mechanics 3, 4, or 5 No equivalent Natural Sciences w/lab 4 (6 units max for all Physics exams)
AP Psychology 3, 4, or 5 PSYC 1 Social Sciences 3
AP Seminar 3, 4, or 5 No equivalent N/A 0
AP Spanish Language (only if taken before Spr14) 3, 4, or 5 SPAN 3 Humanities 6
AP Spanish Language and Culture 3, 4, or 5 SPAN 3 Humanities 6
AP Spanish Literature (only if taken before Spr13) 3, 4, or 5 No equivalent Humanities 6
AP Spanish Literature and Culture 3, 4, or 5 SPAN 3 Humanities 6
AP Statistics 3, 4, or 5 MATH 16 Communication/Analytical Thinking 3
AP Studio Art: 2D Design 3, 4, or 5 ARTB 2 Humanities 3
AP Studio Art: 3D Design 3, 4, or 5 ARTB 3 Humanities 3
AP Studio Art: Drawing 3, 4, or 5 ARTS 10A Humanities 3
AP U.S. Government and Politics 3, 4, or 5 POLS 1 Social Sciences 3
AP U.S. History 3, 4, or 5 HIST 17 & HIST 18 Social Sciences 6
AP World History - Modern (formerly World History before F20) 3, 4, or 5 HIST 8 (HIST 7 & HIST 8 before F20) Social Sciences 3 (6 if taken before F20)
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If a student passes more than one AP exam in calculus or computer science, only one examination may be applied toward associate degree.

AP:  CSU Credit

All units denote semester.

AP Exam AP Score CSU GE Area CSU GE Units Credit Earned Toward Admission
AP Art History 3, 4, or 5 C1 or C2 (C1 if taken before F09) 3 6
AP Biology 3, 4, or 5 B2 & B3 4 6
AP Calculus AB 1 3, 4, or 5 B4 3 3
AP Calculus BC 1 3, 4, or 5 B4 3 6
AP Calculus BC/AB Subscore 1 3, 4, or 5 B4 3 3
AP Chemistry 3, 4, or 5 B1 & B3 4 (6 if taken before F09) 6
AP Chinese Language and Culture 3, 4, or 5 C2 3 6
AP Comparative Government and Politics 3, 4, or 5 D 3 3
AP Computer Science A 1 3, 4, or 5 N/A 0 3
AP Computer Science AB (only if taken before F09) 1 3, 4, or 5 N/A 0 6
AP Computer Science principles 1 3, 4, or 5 B4 (N/A if taken before F18) 3 (0 if taken before F18) 6
AP English Language and Composition 3, 4, or 5 A2 3 6
AP English Literature and Composition 3, 4, or 5 A2 & C2 6 6
AP Environmental Science 3, 4, or 5 B1 & B3 (either B1 & B3, or B2 & B3, if taken before F09) 4 4
AP European History 3, 4, or 5 C2 or D (D if taken before Spr09) 3 6
AP French Language (only if taken before F11) 3, 4, or 5 C2 3 (6 if taken before F09) 6
AP French Language and Culture 3, 4, or 5 C2 3 6
AP French Literature (only if taken before F09) 3, 4, or 5 C2 3 6
AP German Language (only if taken before F11) 3, 4, or 5 C2 3 (6 if taken before F09) 6
AP German Language and Culture 3, 4, or 5 C2 3 6
AP Human Geography 3, 4, or 5 D 3 3
AP Italian Language and Culture 3, 4, or 5 C2 3 6
AP Japanese Language and Culture 3, 4, or 5 C2 3 6
AP Latin 3, 4, or 5 C2 3 6
AP Latin Literature (only if taken before F09) 3, 4, or 5 C2 3 6
AP Latin: Virgil (only if taken before F12) 3, 4, or 5 C2 3 3
AP Macroeconomics 3, 4, or 5 D 3 3
AP Microeconomics 3, 4, or 5 D 3 3
AP Music Theory 3, 4, or 5 C1 3 6
AP Physics 1 2 3, 4, or 5 B1 & B3 4 4
AP Physics 2 2 3, 4, or 5 B1 & B3 4 4
AP Physics B (only if taken before F15) 2 3, 4, or 5 B1 & B3 4 (6 if taken before F09) 6
AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism 2 3, 4, or 5 B1 & B3 4 4
AP Physics C: Mechanics 2 3, 4, or 5 B1 & B3 4 4
AP Psychology 3, 4, or 5 D 3 3
AP Seminar 3, 4, or 5 N/A 0 3
AP Spanish Language (only if taken before Spr14) 3, 4, or 5 C2 6 6
AP Spanish Language and Culture 3, 4, or 5 C2 3 6
AP Spanish Literature (only if taken before Spr13) 3, 4, or 5 C2 6 6
AP Spanish Literature and Culture 3, 4, or 5 C2 3 6
AP Statistics 3, 4, or 5 B4 3 3
AP Studio Art: 2D Design 3, 4, or 5 N/A 0 3
AP Studio Art: 3D Design 3, 4, or 5 N/A 0 3
AP Studio Art: Drawing 3, 4, or 5 N/A 0 3
AP U.S. Government and Politics 3, 4, or 5 D & US-2 3 3
AP U.S. History 3, 4, or 5 C2 or D; & US-1 3 6
AP World History - Modern (formerly World History before F20) 3, 4, or 5 C2 or D 3 3 (6 if taken before F20)
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If a student passes more than one AP exam in calculus or computer science, only one examination may be applied toward CSU degree.

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If a student passes more than one AP exam in physics, only six units of credit may be applied toward CSU degree; and only four units of credit may be applied to a certification in GE Breadth.

AP:  IGETC Credit

Each AP exam may be applied to one IGETC area as satisfying one course requirement, with the exception of Language Other Than English (Area 6A). 

Students who have earned credit from an AP exam should not take a comparable college course because transfer credit will not be granted for both.  AP credit may not meet specific UC campus or UC major requirements; consult a counselor for information.

For IGETC certification:

  • AP exams in Biology, Chemistry, Physics 1, Physics 2, Physics B:  Apply 4 units.
  • AP exams in Environmental Science, Physics C (Mechanics), Physics C (Electricity/Magnetism):  Apply 3 units. Therefore, students who complete these exams will be required to complete at least 4 semester units to satisfy the minimum 7 units required for Area 5.

All units denote semester.

AP Exam AP Score IGETC Area IGETC Units UC Credit Earned Toward Admission UC Limitations Toward Credit
AP Art History 3, 4, or 5 3A or 3B 3 5.3
AP Biology 3, 4, or 5 5B & 5C 4 5.3
AP Calculus AB 3, 4, or 5 2A 3 2.6 5.3 units max for both AB and BC exams; 2.6 units max for both AB and AB Subscore
AP Calculus BC 3, 4, or 5 2A 3 5.3 5.3 units max for both AB and BC exams
AP Calculus BC/AB Subscore 3, 4, or 5 2A 3 2.6 2.6 units max for both AB and AB Subscore. AB Subscore on Calc BC exam: Students who take the BC exam and earn a subscore of 3 or higher on AB portion will receive credit for the AB exam, even if they do not receive a score of 3 or higher on the BC exam (note that the max credit awarded is 5.3).
AP Chemistry 3, 4, or 5 5A & 5C 4 5.3
AP Chinese Language and Culture 3, 4, or 5 3B & 6A 3 5.3
AP Comparative Government and Politics 3, 4, or 5 4 3 2.6
AP Computer Science A 3, 4, or 5 N/A 0 5.3 (1.3 prior to F18) 2.6 units max for both Computer Science A and AB exams
AP Computer Science AB (only if taken before F09) 3, 4, or 5 N/A 0 2.6 2.6 units max for both Computer Science A and AB exams
AP Computer Science Principles 3, 4, or 5 N/A 0 5.3
AP English Language and Composition 3, 4, or 5 1A 3 5.3 5.3 units max for both English Language/Composition and English Literature/Composition exams
AP English Literature and Composition 3, 4, or 5 1A or 3B 3 5.3 5.3 units max for both English Language/Composition and English Literature/Composition exams
AP Environmental Science 3, 4, or 5 5A & 5C 3 2.6
AP European History 3, 4, or 5 3B or 4 3 5.3
AP French Language (only if taken before F11) 3, 4, or 5 3B & 6A 3 5.3
AP French Language and Culture 3, 4, or 5 3B & 6A 3 5.3
AP French Literature (only if taken before F09) 3, 4, or 5 3B & 6A 3 5.3
AP German Language (only if taken before F11) 3, 4, or 5 3B & 6A 3 5.3
AP German Language and Culture 3, 4, or 5 3B & 6A 3 5.3
AP Human Geography 3, 4, or 5 4 3 2.6
AP Italian Language and Culture 3, 4, or 5 3B & 6A 3 5.3
AP Japanese Language and Culture 3, 4, or 5 3B & 6A 3 5.3
AP Latin 3, 4, or 5 3B & 6A 3 5.3 (offered May 2013 onward)
AP Latin Literature (only if taken before F09) 3, 4, or 5 3B & 6A 3 2.6
AP Latin: Virgil (only if taken before F12) 3, 4, or 5 3B & 6A 3 2.6
AP Macroeconomics 3, 4, or 5 4 3 2.6
AP Microeconomics 3, 4, or 5 4 3 2.6
AP Music Theory 3, 4, or 5 N/A 0 5.3 Credit for full Music Theory exam only; no exam credit for a subscore.
AP Physics 1 3, 4, or 5 5A & 5C 4 5.3 5.3 units max for all Physics exams
AP Physics 2 3, 4, or 5 5A & 5C 4 5.3 5.3 units max for all Physics exams
AP Physics B (only if taken before F15) 3, 4, or 5 5A & 5C 4 5.3 5.3 units max for all Physics exams
AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism 3, 4, or 5 5A & 5C 3 2.6 5.3 units max for all Physics exams
AP Physics C: Mechanics 3, 4, or 5 5A & 5C 3 2.6 5.3 units max for all Physics exams
AP Psychology 3, 4, or 5 4 3 2.6
AP Seminar 3, 4, or 5 N/A 0 0
AP Spanish Language (only if taken before Spr14) 3, 4, or 5 3B & 6A 3 5.3
AP Spanish Language and Culture 3, 4, or 5 3B & 6A 3 5.3
AP Spanish Literature (only if taken before Spr13) 3, 4, or 5 3B & 6A 3 5.3
AP Spanish Literature and Culture 3, 4, or 5 3B & 6A 3 5.3
AP Statistics 3, 4, or 5 2A 3 2.6
AP Studio Art: 2D Design 3, 4, or 5 N/A 0 5.3 5.3 units max for all Studio Art exams
AP Studio Art: 3D Design 3, 4, or 5 N/A 0 5.3 5.3 units max for all Studio Art exams
AP Studio Art: Drawing 3, 4, or 5 N/A 0 5.3 5.3 units max for all Studio Art exams
AP U.S. Government and Politics 3, 4, or 5 4 & US-2 3 2.6
AP U.S. History 3, 4, or 5 3B or 4; & US-1 3 5.3
AP World History - Modern (formerly World History before F20) 3, 4, or 5 3B or 4 3 5.3