AP & IB Credit will increase your flexibility at USC to take courses that are of interest to you.

The partial list below should answer most of your questions. Please see the USC Office of Articulation website for a complete understanding of how your advanced work in high school can help with USC degree requirements.

AP CREDIT

Any AP Exam  with a score of 4 or 5 will get you 4 units of credit at USC. In addition to unit credits, some AP scores can help you complete degree requirements. Most commonly for engineering students, the following exams can satisfy or waive the listed USC requirements for an engineering degree:

  • Calculus AB: GE Category F, MATH 125
  • Calculus BC: GE Category F, MATH 125 (Score of 4), Math 126 (Score of 5)
  • *Chemistry: CHEM 105a, GE Category E
  • *Biology: GE Category D, BISC 120 or 220
  • **Physics (B, C, 1, or 2): GE Category E | ***Computer Science Majors – See Physics Note Below
  • Statistics: GE Category F
  • Economics (Micro or Macro): GE Category F
  • Art History: GE Category A
  • European History: GE Category H
  • US History: GE Category H
  • World History: GE Category H

*Pre-med students: Many medical schools do not accept AP Credit in lieu of College-level course credit to fulfill admission requirements.

**Specific, higher-level USC physics courses (e.g. PHYS 151, 152, 153) are required of most engineering majors.  AP Credit does not cover these courses.

IB CREDIT

IB credit can be granted either from the International Baccalaureate Diploma, or individual Higher Level Exams. You can receive either 20 units of credit from the IB Diploma with a score of 30 or higher, or 6 semester units of credit for each score of 5, 6, or 7 on Higher Level exams, up to the maximum of four exams, whichever is higher.

  • Mathematics (or Further): GE Category F, MATH 125 (Score of 6 or 7)
  • *Chemistry: GE Category E, CHEM 105a, GE Category E (Score of 6 or 7)
  • *Biology: GE Category D, BISC 120 or 220 (Score of 6 or 7)
  • **Physics: GE Category E | ***Computer Science Majors – See Physics Note Below
  • Economics: GE Category F
  • History (Route 1): GE Category H
  • History (Route 2): GE Category G
  • Dance, Film, Music, Theater, or Visual Arts: GE Category A

*Pre-med students: Many medical schools do not accept AP Credit in lieu of College-level course credit to fulfill admission requirements.

**Specific, higher-level USC physics courses (e.g. PHYS 151, 152, 153) are required of most engineering majors.  IB Credit does not cover these courses.

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Physics Note for Computer Science Majors:

AP, IB and A-Level physics exams are not equivalent to PHYS 151. However, AP Physics C (Mechanics and Electricity & Magnetism) with a 4 or 5 score can fulfill basic science requirements for Computer Science (CSCI), Computer Science/Business Administration (CSBA), and Computer Science (Games) (CSGM). Please note the following for these specific majors:

  • CSCI: AP Physics C (Mechanics) + AP Physics C (Electricity & Magnetism) or PHYS 151+ AP PHYS C (Electricity & Magnetism) satisfies the Basic Science I & II requirement.
  • CSBA: AP Physics C (Mechanics) or AP Physics C (Electricity & Magnetism) satisfies the Basic Science requirement.
  • CSGM: AP Physics C (Mechanics) satisfies the PHYS 151 requirement.

A score of 6 or 7 on the IB Higher Level Physics exam and a score of B or better on the A-level Physics exam satisfies the basic science requirement for CSCI, CSBA, and CSGM.

Important Note:

Although every attempt is made to ensure the accuracy of this information, the USC catalogue and the USC articulation website should be considered the documents of authority.