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Academic Information and Regulations

Academic Credit and Regulations

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Advanced Placement Examination Credit Table


California State University, Long Beach grants credit toward its undergraduate degrees for successful completion of Advanced Placement (AP) examinations of the College Board. Students who present scores of three or better will be granted up to six semester units (nine quarter units) of college credit for each AP course. Refer to the Advanced Placement Examination Credit table that follows for transfer credit awarded. For the most up-to-date AP credit information, click the "Admission" icon on the CSULB Enrollment Services Web page, and follow the links under "Freshmen" or "Transfer".

ADVANCED PLACEMENT EXAMINATIONS CREDIT


AP Exam
AP Score
GE Designation Credit
Art History
3-5
C.1 Fine Arts ART - 6 units electives
Art Studio:
2D Design
3D Design
Drawing Portfolio

3-5
3-5
3-5

No GE Credit
No GE Credit
No GE Credit

ART - 3 units electives
ART - 3 units electives
ART - 6 units electives
Biology
3
4
5
B.1a Life Science w/lab
B.1a Life Science w/lab
B.1a Life Science w/lab
BIOL 200 - 4 units, & 2 units BIOL electives
BIOL 200 - 4 units, & 2 units BIOL electives
BIOL 111 - 3 units, & BIOL 212 (not GE) 3 units
Chemistry
3
4-5
B.1b Physical Science w/lab
B.1b Physical Science w/lab
CHEM 100 - 4 units, & 2 units CHEM electives
CHEM 111A - 5 units, & 1 unit CHEM elective
Chinese Language and Culture
3
4-5
C.2c Foreign Language
C.2c Foreign Language
CHIN 201 - 4 units
CHIN 202 - 4 units, & CHIN 490 - 2 units
Computer Science A
Computer Science AB
3-5
3-5
No GE credit
No GE credit
3 units elective
6 units elective
Economics:
Macro
Micro

3-5
3-5

D.2 Social & Behavioral Science
D.2 Social & Behavioral Science

ECON 100 - 3 units
ECON 101 - 3 units
English:
Language & Composition

Literature & Composition

3-5


3-5

A.1


A.1 & C.2a

ENGL 100 - 3 units, & 3 units ENGL electives


ENGL 100 - 3 units, & ENGL 180 - 3 units
Environmental Science
3-5
No GE credit
3 units lower division electives
French:
Language


French:
Literature

3

4, 5

3-5

C.2c Foreign Language

C.2c Foreign Language

C.2c Foreign Language

FREN 201A - 4 units, & FREN 101B - 2 units

FREN 201B, 4units, & FREN 201A - 2 units

FREN 490 - 3 units
German:
Language

3-5

C.2c Foreign Language

GERM 301 - 4 units, & 2 units GERM electives
Geography:
Human Geography

3-5

D.2

GEOG 160 - 3 units, & 3 units GEOG electives
History:
United States
European
World History

3-5
3-5
3-5

D.1a (HIST 172) & D.2 (HIST 173)
D.2 (HIST 131) & D.2 (HIST 132)
D.2 Global

HIST 172 - 3 units, & HIST 173 - 3 units
HIST 131 - 3 units, & HIST 132 - 3 units
HIST 212 - 3 units, & 3 units electives
Italian
3
4-5
C.2c Foreign Language
C.2c Foreign Language
ITAL 201A - 4 units
ITAL 201B - 4 units
Japanese Language and Culture
3

4

5
C.2c Foreign Language

C.2c Foreign Language

C.2c Foreign Language
JAPN 102 - 4 units,
& JAPN 101 - 2 units
JAPN 201 - 4 units,
& JAPN 102 - 2 units
JAPN 202 - 4 units,
& JAPN 201 - 2 units
Latin:
Vergil



Literature

3

4-5

3

4-5

C.2c Foreign Language

C.2c Foreign Language
 
C.2c Foreign Language

C.2c Foreign Language

LAT 101B - 2 units, & LAT 301 - 2 units, & LAT 401 2 units
LAT 301 - 3 units, & LAT 401 - 3 units
 
LAT 101B - 2 units, & LAT 301 - 2 units, & LAT 403 - 2 units
LAT 301 - 3 units, & LAT 403 - 2 units, & 1 unit upper division LAT electives
Mathematics:
Calculus AB*
Calculus BC

3-5
3-5

B.2
B.2

MATH 117 - 2 units, & MATH 122 - 4 units
MATH 122 - 3 units, & MATH 123 - 3 units
Music:
Theory

3-5

No GE Credit

MUS - 6 units electives
Physics:
Physics B

Physics C (Mechanics)

Physics C (Electricity & Magnetism)

3-5

3-5


3-5

B.1b Physical Science w/lab

B.1b Physical Science w/lab


B.1b Physical Science w/lab

PHYS 100A - 3 units, & PHYS 100B - 3 units

PHYS 151 - 3 units


PHYS 152 - 3 units
Political Science:
United States Government & Politics (1 semester)

Comparative Government & Politics (1 semester)

3-5



3-5

D.1b (Must take POSC 326)



D.2 Global

POSC 100 - 3 units (does not include California State and local government)


POSC 215 - 3 units
Psychology (1 semester)
3-5
D.2
PSY 100 - 3 units
Spanish:
Language

Literature

3-4
5
3-5

C.2c Foreign Language
C.2c Foreign Language
No GE Credit

SPAN 101B - 2 units, & SPAN 201A - 4 units
SPAN 201A - 2 units, & SPAN 201B - 4 units
SPAN 310 - 3 units, & 3 units SPAN electives
Statistics (1 semester)
3-5
B.2 effective Spring 2006 MATH 180 - 3 units

Notes for Advanced placement: *Credit is awarded for a 3-5 on the AB exam score or the AB subscore on the BC exam. A maximum of 6 units will be granted for each exam. If the number of units per course equivalency exceeds 6, credit for 6 units will be awarded and the course waived. Credit can only be awarded once per course. Example: if a student takes Calculus AB & BC, only nine units can be awarded.

International Baccalaureate Credit


Students with scores of 5 or higher in International Baccalaureate Higher Level courses will be awarded baccalaureate credit of 4 to 10 units, depending on course equivalency. Applicants to CSULB who wish to obtain lower-division course credit for completed International Baccalaureate Higher Level examinations must submit an official IB transcript. Course equivalency for Higher Level examinations completed with a grade of 5 or higher is listed in the International Baccaluareate Examination Credit table that follows. For the most up-to-date IB credit information, click the "Admission" icon on the CSULB Enrollment Services Web page, and follow the links under "Freshmen" and "Transfer".

INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE HIGHER LEVEL EXAMINATIONS CREDIT


IB Exam IB Score Credit
Arts, Visual
5, 6, or 7 ART electives - 4 units
Arabic A2
Arabic B
5, 6, or 7
5, 6, or 7
4 units ARAB electives
ARAB 201B - 4 units
Biology
5
6
7
BIOL 200 - 4 units, & 2 units BIOL electives
BIOL 200 - 4 units, & 2 unit BIOL elective
BIOL 111 - 3 units, & BIOL 212 - 3 units
Business & Management 5, 6, or 7 CBA 130 - 3 units, & 1 unit CBA elective
Chemistry
5, 6, or 7 CHEM 111A - 5 units, & 1 unit CHEM elective
Chinese A2
5, 6, or 7 CHIN 451 - 3 units, & 1 unit upper division CHIN elective.
Classical Greek
5, 6, or 7 GK 101A - 4 units, & GK 101B - 4 units
Computing Studies
5, 6, or 7 CECS electives - 4 units
Economics
5, 6, or 7 ECON 100 - 3 units, & ECON 101 - 3 units
English A1
English A1
English B
5 or 6
7
5, 6, or 7
ENGL 100 - 3 units & ENGL 180 - 3 units
ENGL 100 - 3 units & ENGL 184 - 3 units
ENGL 100 - 3 units & ENGL 180 - 3 units
French A2
French B
5, 6, or 7
5, 6, or 7
FREN 312A - 3 units, & FREN 312B - 3 units & FREN 411 - 3 units
FREN 312A - 3 units, & FREN 312B - 3 units & FREN 314 - 3 units
Geography
5, 6, or 7 GEOG 100 - 3 units, & 1 unit GEOG elective
German A2


German B
5, 6, or 7


5, 6, or 7
GERM 301 - 4 units, & GERM 302 - 4 units, & 2 units upper division GERM electives

GERM 301 - 4 units, & GERM 302 - 4 units
History of Africa
5, 6, or 7 4 units HIST electives
History of the Americas 5, 6, or 7 6 units HIST electives
History of Asia:
East & Southeast Asia & Oceania


South Asia and the Middle East

5, 6, or 7


5, 6, or 7

4 units HIST electives


4 units HIST electives
History of Europe
5, 6, or 7 HIST 132 - 3 units, & 3 units HIST electives
History and Culture Isla­mic World 5, 6, or 7 4 units HIST electives
Italian A2
Italian B
5, 6, or 7
5, 6, or 7
ITAL 312A - 3 units, & ITAL 312B - 3 units, & ITAL 411 - 3 units
ITAL 312A - 3 units, & ITAL 312B - 3 units, & ITAL 314 - 3 units
Japanese A2
Japanese B
5, 6, or 7
5, 6, or 7
JAPN 421 - 3 units, & JAPN 302 - 3 units, & JAPN 301 - 3 units
JAPN 201 - 4 units, & JAPN 202 - 4 units.
Korean B 5, 6, or 7 KOR 102 - 4 units
Latin
5, 6, or 7 LAT 301 - 3 units, & 3 units of upper division Latin electives
Math - Higher Level
5, 6, or 7 MATH 114 - 3 units, & MATH 122 - 4 units
Music
5, 6, or 7 MUS 160 - 3 units & MUS 490 - 3 units
Philosophy
5, 6, or 7 PHIL 100 - 3 units, & 1 unit PHIL elective
Physics
5, 6, or 7 PHYS 100A - 4 units, & PHYS 100B - 4 units
Portuguese A2
Portuguese B
5, 6, or 7
5, 6, or 7
4 units PORT electives
PORT 201B - 4 units
Psychology
5, 6, or 7 PSY 100 - 3 units, & 1 unit PSY elective
Russian A2


Russian B
5, 6, or 7


5, 6, or 7
RUSS 312 - 3 units, & RUSS 314 - 3 units, & 3 units upper division RUSS electives

RUSS 312 - 3 units, & RUSS 314 - 3 units
Social and Cultural Anthropology 5, 6, or 7 4 units ANTH electives
Spanish A2
Spanish B
5, 6, or 7
5, 6, or7
SPAN 300 - 6 units, & SPAN 310 - 3 units
SPAN 300 - 6 units, & SPAN 314 - 3 units
Theatre Arts
5, 6, or 7 THEA 122 - 3 units, & 1 unit THEA elective

Credit for Other External Examinations


In addition to the Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate Examinations, California State University, Long Beach grants unit credit to those students who pass the following examinations that have been approved for credit by the CSU system: the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) examinations in College Algebra - Trigonometry, Calculus/Elementary Functions, French, General Chemistry, German, and Spanish; and the American Chemical Society Cooperative Examination. (PS 87-04)

Unit Credit by Examination

Students may also challenge some courses by taking examinations developed at the campus. Credit will be awarded to those who pass them successfully. Credits earned in this manner will be recorded as test credit on the student's transcript and will be counted toward the total number of units required for the degree although they will not be included in calculation of the grade-point average. Credit by examination may not be used to fulfill the minimum residence requirement. Students must be enrolled in the University and in the course for which they wish to receive credit by examination. Enrollment is by permission of the department and is only available during the academic semester in which the course is being offered. Students must secure a signed and dated approval form from the department PRIOR to enrolling in the course. Students must provide the instructor with a copy of the signed and dated approval form at the first class meeting. The instructor will ensure that the examination is conducted, scored, and the results reported prior to the end of the third week of classes. Students who pass the examination will receive academic credit for the course work. Students who do not pass the examination have two options: 1. continue in the course as a regular student; or
2. withdraw from the course. The University sets no maximum on the number of credits a student may receive by examination. Not all courses, however, are available for credit by examination. Information about courses for which credit by examination is not permitted is available in the Department Office, in the College Office, and the Office of Enrollment services. A student may NOT receive credit by examination: 1. for an activity course,
2. for any course which is a prerequisite to one for which credit has been received, (see department for possibility of course waiver),
3. to remove a grade of "F," "U," "NC,"
4. to satisfy the courses required for a major in a master's degree.
5. for any course in which the content or methodology is such that an examination does not appropriately measure competence. Application forms to apply for credit by examination are available in the Office of Enrollment Services. Procedures and criteria for requesting unit credit by examination in a given course are available in the appropriate department office. (PS 87-04)

Substitution of Courses

Students who believe that a course they have taken (or intend to take) may be appropriate to their program and that this course could substitute for a specified course requirement may request that the department submit an official authorization for substitution. Course substitutions are normally limited to cases where the required course cannot be offered or where the student has taken a similar but not identical course elsewhere. (PS 87-04)

Waiver of Course Requirement

In addition, students who believe that previous training has sufficiently prepared them in a certain area may request a waiver of a specific course requirement (subject credit only). The student will be required to justify the request in a way acceptable to the department. A waiver of specific course requirements does not reduce the total number of credits required for the major or the degree. (PS 87-04)

International Program Credit

Course credits earned in universities abroad may be accepted for degree credit at CSULB subject to evaluation by the cognizant department or program upon admission of the student to the University. CSULB students who desire, subsequent to admission, to take courses at a foreign university for degree credit must have each such course approved in advance in writing by the Chair of the appropriate department or program.
The Center for International Education administers many international education and exchange programs. Students fully accepted into one of these programs may, in most cases, continue CSULB residency while studying in the approved foreign institution. Some courses taken through these programs do not have to be approved in advance.