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USC Credit for Advanced Placement Examinations

As of Spring 2009, AP exams in most subjects with scores of 4 or 5 will be granted 4 elective units towards the total number of units required for graduation; no credit is given for scores of 1, 2, or 3. (Before Spring 2009, credit was given for scores of 3, 4 or 5.)

A maximum of 32 units will be granted for AP exam credit. Students may not receive credit for both an AP exam and a college course taken before high school graduation covering the same subject matter, nor for an AP and an IB exam covering the same subject matter. AP exams do not earn course equivalence.

 

 

Note: To have your AP scores sent to USC, please contact College Board at (888) CALL-4-AP or go to www.collegeboard.org and have your scores sent to the University of Southern California. To avoid possible delays, please be sure that College Board includes your Social Security Number when sending your scores.

Name of AP Examination G. E. Credit or Three Semester Language Requirement
(with scores of 4 or 5)
Units Granted
Art (History) Western Cultures & Traditions  
(Category I)
4 sem. units
Art (Studio: Drawing) None 4 sem. units
Art (Studio: 2D) None 4 sem. units
Art (Studio: 3D) None 4 sem. units
Biology Scientific Inquiry 
(Category III)
4 sem. units
Chemistry  Scientific Inquiry 
(Category III)
4 sem. units
Chinese Language & Culture Foreign language requirement 4 sem. units
Computer Science (A) or (AB)
No credit if taken before Spring 1999.
Score of 4 or 5 required before Spring 2009.
Maximum of 4 units for Computer Science A and AB.
None 4 sem. units
Economics (Micro) None 4 sem. units
Economics (Macro) None 4 sem. units
English (Lang. & Comp.) None 4 sem. units
English (Lit. & Comp) None 4 sem. units
Environmental Science None 4 sem. units
French (Language) Foreign language requirement 4 sem. units
French (Literature) Foreign language requirement 4 sem. units
German (Language) Foreign language requirement 4 sem. units
Govt. & Pol. (United States) None 4 sem. units
Govt. & Pol. (Comparative) None 4 sem. units
History (United States) None 4 sem. units
History (European) Western Cultures & Traditions
(Category I)
4 sem. units
History (World) None 4 sem. units
Human Geography None 4 sem. units
Italian (Language & Culture) Foreign language requirement 4 sem. units
Japanese Language & Culture Foreign language requirement 4 sem. units
Latin Literature None 4 sem. units
Latin (Vergil) None 4 sem. units
Mathematics (AB) *not AB subscore* None 4 sem. units
Mathematics (BC) None 4 sem. units
Music (Literature) None 4 sem. units
Music (Theory) None 4 sem. units
Physics (B) Scientific Inquiry
(Category III)
4 sem. units
Physics (C-Mechanics) Scientific Inquiry
(Category III)
4 sem. units
Physics (C-Electricity/Magnet) Scientific Inquiry
(Category III)
4 sem. units
Psychology None 4 sem. units
Spanish (Language) Foreign language requirement 4 sem. units
Spanish (Literature) Foreign language requirement 4 sem. units
Statistics None 4 sem. units