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Credit By Examination

Students may challenge courses by taking examinations developed at CSU, Chico. Credit shall be awarded to those who pass them successfully.

Credit for Non-Collegiate Instruction

CSU, Chico grants undergraduate degree credit for successful completion of non-collegiate instruction, either military or civilian, appropriate to the baccalaureate degree, which has been recommended by the Commission on Educational Credit and Credentials of the American Council on Education. The number of units allowed are those recommended in the Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services and the National Guide to Educational Credit for Training Programs.

Credit for Prior Learning

CSU, Chico grants up to 30 units of credit for learning, knowledge, or skills-based experience that has been documented and evaluated according to campus policy. Please see the chapter on Academic Policies and Regulations subsection on "Course Credit Policies" in the catalog for complete information.

Advanced Placement

CSU, Chico grants credit toward its undergraduate degrees for successful completion of examinations of the Advanced Placement Program of the College Board. Students who present scores of three or better will be granted up to eight semester units of college credit. The number of units and how they meet specific academic content requirements are specified in the Advanced Placement Examinations Chart below.

Advanced Placement Examinations Chart
(Minimum Score of 3 Required)
AP ExamCredit 
(semester units)
Meets this GE area 
or course equivalent
Art—Studio Art/2D 3 Area C1
Art—Studio Art/3D 3 Area C1
Art—Studio Art/Drawing 6 -
Art—History 6 Area C1: ARTS 101, ARTS 102
Biology (includes lab) 8 Area B2 and GE lab requirement: BIOL 101, BIOL 151, or NSCI 102, plus additional life science
Calculus AB 4 Area A4: MATH 120
Calculus BC 8 Area A4: MATH 120 and MATH 121
Calculus AB Subscore on BC Exam 4 Area A4: MATH 120
Chemistry (includes lab) 8 Area B1 and GE Lab Requirement, plus additional physical science
Chinese Language and Literature 6 Area C2*
Computer Science A (A only) 3 CSCI 111
Computer Science A and B 6 CSCI 111 and CSCI 112
Economics—Macro 3 Area D2: ECON 102
Economics—Micro 3 Area D1: ECON 103
English—Language and Composition 6 Area A2: ENGL 130***
English—Literature and Composition 6 Area A2: ENGL 130 & Area C2: ENGL 240***
Environmental Science 4 Area B1 and GE lab requirement
French—Language 6 Area C2*
French—Literature 6 Area C2*
German—Language 6 Area C2*
Government and Politics—U.S. 3 U.S. Constitution or any Area D objective**
Government and Politics—Comparative 3 Area D1 or D2
History—European 6 Area D3 or C3
History—U.S. 6 HIST 130 and GE Area D3 or C3
History—World 6 HIST 101 and 102 or GE Area D3 or C3
Human Geography 3 Area D3
Italian Language and Culture 6 Area C2*
Japanese Language and Literature 6 Area C2*
Latin—Vergil 6 Area C2
Latin—Latin Literature 6 Area C2
Music—Theory 6 Area C1*
Physics B (includes lab) 8 Area B1 and GE Lab Requirement: PHYS 202A and PHYS 202B
Physics C—Mechanics 4 Area B1 and GE Lab Requirement: PHYS 204A
Physics C—Electricity & Magnetism 4 Area B1 and GE Lab Requirement: PHYS 204B
Psychology 3 Area E or D1: PSYC 101
Spanish—Language 6 Area C2*
Spanish—Literature 6 Area C2*
Statistics 3 Area A4: MATH 105
Either 3 or 6 units of credit will be allowed for all other exams and applied to meet lower-division breadth requirements as appropriate.
*Department requires formal assessment for placement into appropriate courses.
**Does not meet California State and Local content requirement.
***If both AP English Exams are passed, a maximum of 9 units will be awarded.

International Baccalaureate (IB)

As recommended by the California State University Chancellor’s Office, CSU, Chico grants credit toward its undergraduate degrees for successful completion of specific Higher Level International Baccalaureate examinations.  Students who present scores of four or better will be granted up to six semester units of credit applied to the appropriate General Education requirements.  Please consult the IB Chart for specific details.

International Baccalaureate Examinations Chart
(Higher Level Exams only; minimum score of 4 required)
IB Exam 
(July 2001 Version)
Credit 
(semester units)
Meets this GE area 
or course equivalent
Biology HL 6 B2 plus lab
Chemistry HL 6 B1 plus lab
Economics HL 6 D2
English A1 HL 6 C2, GC
Georgraphy HL 6 D3
History of the Americas HL 6 D3, HIST 130, GC
History (any other region) HL 6 C3 or D3
Language (any) A1 HL 6 C2
Language (any) A2 HL 6 C2
Mathematics HL 6 A4
Physics HL 6 B1 plus lab
Psychology HL 3 E or D1
Theatre HL 6 C1


College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

CSU, Chico grants credit and/or fulfills requirements for certain CLEP Exams taken July 2001 or later as indicated in the chart below. For CLEP Exams taken prior to July 2001, please consult an Academic Evaluator at 530-898-5957.

There are some limits to the amount of credit that will be granted for results on external examinations. First, no more than 30 semester units of such credit may count towards degree requirements. Credit for Advanced Placement examinations is not included in this limit. Where credit has already been awarded at the equivalent or at a more advanced level, additional credit by examination shall not be awarded. Where partial overlap exists, credit in the amounts indicated above will be reduced accordingly.

Credit by examination is not considered residence credit for purposes of residency requirements for the bachelor's degree.

College Level Examination Programs (CLEP) Chart
CLEP Exam 
(July 2001 Version)
Passing 
Score
Credit 
(semester units)
Meets this GE area 
or course equivalent
Accounting, Principles of 50 3 *ACCT 201 and 202
American Government 50 3 U.S. Constitution/Any D
American Literature 50 3 C2
Analyzing/Interpreting Literature 50 3 C2
Biology 50 3 B2 (no lab)
Business Law, Intro 50 3 ----
Calculus 50 3 A4
Chemistry 50 3 B1 (no lab)
College Algebra 50 3 A4
College Algebra/Trigonometry 50 3 A4
College Mathematics 50 3 A4
Educational Psychology, Intro 50 3 ----
English Literature 50 3 C2
Financial Accounting 50 3 ----
French, Level 1 50 6 C2
French, Level 2 59 12 C2
German, Level 1 50 6 C2
German, Level 2 60 12 C2
History, United States I 50 3 HIST 130/D3
History, United States II 50 3 HIST 130/D3
Human Growth and Development 50 3 E
Humanities 50 3 C3
Info System/Computer Apps 50 3 ----
Macroeconomics, Principles of 50 3 D2
Management, Principles of 50 3 ----
Marketing, Principles of 50 3 ----
Microeconomics, Principles of 50 3 D1
Natural Sciences 50 3 B1 or B2 (no lab)
Pre-Calculus 50 3 A4
Psychology, Intro 50 3 D1 or E
Social Sciences and History 50 3 ----
Sociology, Intro 50 3 D3
Spanish, Level 1 50 6 C2
Spanish, Level 2 63 12 C2
Trigonometry 50 3 A4
Western Civilization I 50 3 D3 or C3
Western Civilization II 50 3 D3: HIST 110
*Fulfills content requirement only, no units earned.

There are some limits to the amount of credit that will be granted for results on external examinations. First, no more than 30 semester units of such credit may count toward degree requirements. Credit for Advanced Placement examinations is not included in this limit. Where credit has already been awarded at the equivalent or at a more advanced level, additional credit shall not be awarded. Where partial overlap exists, credit in the amounts indicated above will be reduced accordingly.

Credit by examination is not considered residence credit for purposes of residency requirements for the bachelor's degree.

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