Credit for CEEB Advanced Placement Examinations (AP)

College of the Desert grants credit for scores of 3 or higher on the Advanced Placement Examinations of the College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB). Such credit may apply toward requirements for COD degrees and for transfer programs to both the California State University and University of California systems. The CSU and UC campuses determine what courses and credits are awarded on their campus. AP Foreign Language credit may prevent you from earning credits in a lower level foreign language course. Please see a counselor for additional information.

High School students who intend to participate in this program should make the necessary arrangements with their high schools. Students should request that their test scores be sent to College of the Desert at the time they take the Advanced Placement Examinations. To apply for credit for advanced placement, students should contact the Admissions & Records Office at (760) 773-2516.

College Board Advanced Placement Tests (AP) Minimum Semester Credits Earned1 Semester Credits Toward GE Breadth IGETC American Institutions and/or GE Breadth Area2 CCC GE Areas3
Art History 6 3 3A or 3B C1 or C2 Humanities
Biology 6 4 5B + 5C B2+B3 Natural Sciences
Calculus AB4 3 3 2A B4 Language and Rationality
Calculus BC4 6 3 2A B4 Language and Rationality
Calculus BC/ AB Subscore4 3 3 2A B4 Language and Rationality
Chemistry 6 4 5A + 5C B1+B3 Natural Sciences
Chinese Language and Culture 6 3 3B + 6A C2 Humanities
Comparative Government & Politics 3 3 4H D8 Social Science/Behavior
Computer Science A4 3 0 n/a n/a n/a
Computer Science AB4 6 0 n/a n/a n/a
English Language and Composition 6 3 1A A2 Language and Rationality
English Literature and Composition 6 6 1A or 3B A2+C2 Language and Rationality or Humanities
Environmental Science5 4 4 5A + 5C B1+B3 Natural Sciences
European History 6 3 3B or 4F C2 or D6 Social/Behavioral Sciences or Humanities
French Language and Culture 6 3 3B + 6A C2 Humanities
German Language and Culture 6 3 3B + 6A C2 Humanities
Human Geography 3 3 4E D5 Social/Behavioral Sciences
Italian Language and Culture 6 3 3B + 6A C2 Humanities
Japanese Language and Culture 6 3 3B + 6A C2 Humanities
Latin 6 3 3B + 6A C2 Humanities
Macroeconomics 3 3 4B D2 Social/Behavioral Sciences
Microeconomics 3 3 4B D2 Social/Behavioral Sciences
Physics 16 4 4 5A + 5C B1+B3 Natural Sciences
Physics 26 4 4 5A + 5C B1+B3 Natural Sciences
Physics C (electricity/magnetism)5 4 4 5A + 5C B1+B3 Natural Sciences
Physics C (mechanics)5 4 4 5A + 5C B1+B3 Natural Sciences
Psychology 3 3 4I D9 Social/Behavioral Sciences
Seminar 3 0 n/a n/a n/a
Spanish Language and Culture 6 3 3B + 6A C2 Humanities
Spanish Literature and Culture 6 3 3B + 6A C2 Humanities
Statistics 3 3 2A B4 Language and Rationality
Studio Art - 2D Design 3 0 n/a n/a n/a
Studio Art - 3D Design 3 0 n/a n/a n/a
Studio Art - Drawing 3 0 n/a n/a n/a
U.S. Government & Politics 3 3 4H D8+US-2 Social/Behavioral Sciences
U.S. History 6 3 3B or 4F (C2 or D6)+US-1 Social/Behavioral Sciences or Humanities
World History 6 3 3B or 4F C2 or D6 Social/Behavioral Sciences or Humanities

1These units count toward eligibility for admission. The units may not all apply toward certification of the corresponding GE Breadth area. See Executive Orders 1033 and 1036 for details.

2Areas of GE Breadth (A1 through E) are defined in Executive Order 1100. Areas of American Institutions (US-1 through US-3) are set forth in Sections IA and IB of EO 1061, and at assist.org.

3Advanced Placement score of 3, 4, or 5 is required for general education certification.

4If a student passes more than one AP exam in calculus or computer science, only one examination may be applied to the baccalaureate.

5Students who pass AP Environmental Science earn 4 units of credit. Tests prior to Fall 2009 may apply to either B1+B3 or B2+B3 of GE Breadth. Fall of 2009 or later, those credits may only apply to B1+B3.

6If a student passes more than one AP exam in physics, only six units of credit may be applied to the baccalaureate, and only four units of credit may be applied to a certification in GE Breadth.

AP Government & Politics: United States does not satisfy CSU baccalaureate constitution requirement.

Note: College of the Desert does not have comparable courses for all courses listed above