Credit for AP Scores

Students may earn credit for AP Exams with a score of 3, 4, or 5.  AP credit will be awarded towards A.A./A.S. General Education requirements and/or course credit and/or elective units for the A.A./A.S. degree as shown in the chart below. A student who receives AP credit and takes the equivalent De Anza course will have the unit credit for such duplication deducted prior to being awarded the A.A./A.S. degree.

Students must submit official College Board AP exam results (sent directly from College Board or submit official sealed report) to Admissions & Records to be awarded credit. Students may provide a COPY of AP exam results to Admissions & Records for prerequisite clearance.

View De Anza's Meeting Prerequisites page to download the Prerequisite Clearance Form.

View the CSU System Level AP Policy

View the UC System Level AP Policy

WARNING

AP policies, including course placement and course credit awarded, vary by college and/or university. When selecting courses for transfer, students are advised to consult with a counselor or academic adviser to review AP policies for transfer institutions as they may differ from De Anza's AP policy. Course planning solely based on De Anza's AP policy may negatively impact transfer readiness and eligibility.

AP Exam De Anza College A.A./A.S. Credit
(GE and/or course)
De Anza Minimum Units Awarded towards A.A./A.S.*
Art History Satisfies De Anza GE Area C1
Course credit - ARTS 1A
4.5 quarter / 3 semester
Biology Satisfies De Anza GE Area B
Course credit - BIOL 10
6 quarter / 4 semester
Calculus AB1 Satisfies De Anza GE Area A3**
Course credit - MATH 1A
4.5 quarter / 3 semester
Calculus BC1 Satisfies De Anza GE Area A3**
Course credit - MATH 1A and 1B
4.5 quarter / 3 semester
Calculus BC/AB Subscore1 Satisfies De Anza GE Area A3**
Course credit - MATH 1A
4.5 quarter / 3 semester
Chemistry Satisfies De Anza GE Area B
Course credit 
Score 3: CHEM 25
Score 4 or 5: CHEM 1A
6 quarter / 4 semester
Chinese Language and Culture Satisfies De Anza GE Area C2 
Course credit 
Score 3: MAND 4
Score 4: MAND 5
Score 5: MAND 6
4.5 quarter / 3 semester
Comparative Government and Politics Satisfies one requirement in De Anza GE Area D
Course credit - POLI 2
4.5 quarter / 3 semester
Computer Science A2 No GE credit awarded
Course credit 
Score 3: no course credit
Score 4 or 5: CIS 22A^ or 35A^ or 36A^

^ By petition only - consult with the Computer Information Systems Dept. Chair for more information.
4.5 quarter / 3 semester
Computer Science Principles2 No GE credit awarded     
No course credit
4.5 quarter / 3 semester
English Language & Composition3 Satisfies De Anza GE Area A1
Course credit EWRT 1A
4.5 quarter / 3 semester
English Literature and Composition3 Satisfies De Anza GE Area A1 OR Area C2 OR both depending on score
Course credit 
Score 3: EWRT 1A
Score 4 or 5: EWRT 1A and 1B
4.5 quarter / 3 semester
Environmental Science Satisfies De Anza GE Area B
Course credit - Under review
6 quarter / 4 semester
European History Satisfies De Anza GE Area C2 OR one requirement in Area D
Course credit HIST 6C
4.5 quarter / 3 semester
French Language and Culture Satisfies De Anza GE Area C2
Course credit 
Score 3: FREN 4
Score 4: FREN 5
Score 5: FREN 6
4.5 quarter / 3 semester
German Language and Culture Satisfies De Anza GE Area C2
Course credit 
Score 3: GERM 4
Score 4: GERM 5
Score 5: GERM 6
4.5 quarter / 3 semester
Human Geography Satisfies one requirement in De Anza GE Area D
Course credit - GEO 4
4.5 quarter / 3 semester
Italian Language and Culture Satisfies De Anza GE Area C2
No course credit
4.5 quarter / 3 semester
Japanese Language and Culture Satisfies De Anza GE Area C2
No course credit
4.5 quarter / 3 semester
Latin Satisfies De Anza GE Area C2
No course credit
4.5 quarter / 3 semester
Macroeconomics Satisfies one requirement in De Anza GE Area D
Course credit 
Score 3: no course credit
Score 4 or 5: ECON 1
4.5 quarter / 3 semester
Microeconomics Satisfies one requirement in De Anza GE Area D
Course credit 
Score 3: no course credit
Score 4 or 5: ECON 2
4.5 quarter / 3 semester
Music Satisfies De Anza GE Area C1**
Course credit - MUSI 10A
4.5 quarter / 3 semester
Physics 14 Satisfies De Anza GE Area B
No course credit
6 quarter / 4 semester
Physics 24 Satisfies De Anza GE Area B
Course credit 
Score 3 or 4: no course credit
Score 5: PHYS 2A#

# By petition only - consult with the Physics Dept. Chair for more information.
6 quarter / 4 semester
Physics C Mechanics4 Satisfies De Anza GE Area B
No course credit
6 quarter / 4 semester
Physics C Electricity/Magnetism4 Satisfies De Anza GE Area B
No course credit
6 quarter / 4 semester
Psychology Satisfies one requirement in De Anza GE Area D
Course credit - PSYC 1
4.5 quarter / 3 semester
Spanish Language and Culture Satisfies De Anza GE Area C2
Course credit 
Score 3: SPAN 4
Score 4: SPAN 5
Score 5: SPAN 6
4.5 quarter / 3 semester
Spanish Literature and Culture Satisfies De Anza GE Area C2
Score 3: SPAN 5
Score 4 or 5: SPAN 6
4.5 quarter/3 semester
Statistics Satisfies De Anza GE Area A3
Course credit - MATH 10
4.5 quarter/3 semester
Studio Art - 2D Design No GE credit awarded
Course credit 
Score 3: no course credit
Score 4 or 5: ARTS 8
4.5 quarter/3 semester
Studio Art - 3D Design No GE credit awarded
Course credit 
Score 3: no course credit
Score 4 or 5: ARTS 10A
4.5 quarter/3 semester
Studio Art - Drawing No GE credit awarded
Course credit - ARTS 4A
4.5 quarter/3 semester
U.S. Government and Politics Satisfies one requirement in De Anza GE Area D
No course credit
4.5 quarter/3 semester
U.S. History Satisfies De Anza GE Area C2** OR one requirement in Area D
Course credit - HIST 17C
4.5 quarter/3 semester
World History Satisfies De Anza GE Area C2** OR one requirement in Area D
Course credit - HIST 3C
4.5 quarter/3 semester

1 If a student passes more than one AP exam in Calculus, only one exam may be applied towards the A.A./A.S. degree.

2 If a student passes more than one AP exam in Computer Science, only one exam may be applied towards the A.A./A.S. degree.

3 If a student passes more than one AP exam in English, only one exam may be applied towards the A.A./A.S. degree.

4  If a student passes more than one AP exam in Physics, only nine (9) quarter units of credit may be applied towards the A.A./A.S. degree.

* Minimum units awarded is based on the CCCCO Policy Change for Advanced Placement Credit Memo (AB 1985).

** A.A./A.S. GE Area credit is based on the CCCCO Policy Change for Advanced Placement Credit Memo (AB 1985), but corresponding De Anza course does not fulfill the A.A./A.S. GE Area requirement in the same manner.

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