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Credit By Examination

Under Executive Order 1036, 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 numbers of units allowed are those recommended in the "Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experience" 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. Students should be aware, however, that policies for earning credit for prior learning vary from campus to campus in the CSU.
NOTE: The Chancellor's Office Academic Affairs Memorandum 2014-21 announces the passing scores for external examinations that may receive university credit. Please see the subsection "Course Credit Policies" in the Academic Policies and Regulations section of the catalog for complete information.

Advanced Placement (AP)

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 six semester units (nine quarter 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 Chico GE area 
or course equivalent
Art—Studio Art/2D 3 ---
Art—Studio Art/3D 3 ---
Art—Studio Art/Drawing 3 ---
Art—Art History 6 Arts (C1) or Humanities (C2): ARTH 110, ARTH 120
Biology (includes lab) 8 Life Sciences (B2 with lab): BIOL 151 and BIOL 152 or NSCI 102
Calculus AB 4 Quantitative Reasoning (A4):+***
Calculus BC 8 Quantitative Reasoning:(A4):+***
Calculus AB Subscore on BC Exam 4 Quantitative Reasoning (A4):+***
Chemistry (includes lab) 8 Physical Sciences (B1 with lab)
Chinese Language and Culture 6 Humanities (C2)+
Computer Science A (A only) 3 +
Computer Science A and B 6 +
Economics—Macro 3 Societal Institutions (D2): ECON 102
Economics—Micro 3 Individual & Society (D1): ECON 103
English—Language and Composition 6 Written Communication (A2): ENGL 130**
English—Literature and Composition 6 Written Communication (A2) and Humanities (C2): ENGL 130**
Environmental Science 4 Physical Sciences (B1 with lab)
French—Language and Culture 6 Humanities (C2)+
German—Language and Culture 6 Humanities (C2)+
Government and Politics—U.S. 3 Societal Institutions (D2) or U.S. Constitution (US-2 only)*
Government and Politics—Comparative 3 Individual & Society (D1) or Societal Institutions (D2)
History—European 6 Humanities (C2) or Societal Institutions (D2)
History—U.S. 6 Humanities (C2) or Societal Institutions (D2), U.S. History (US-1): HIST 130
History—World 6 HIST 101 and HIST 102 or Humanities (C2) or Societal Institutions (D2)
Human Geography 3 Individual & Society (D1)
Italian—Language and Culture 6 Humanities (C2)+
Japanese—Language and Literature 6 Humanities (C2)+
Latin 6 Humanities (C2)+
Music—Theory 6 +
Physics 1 (includes lab) 4 Physical Sciences (B1 with lab): PHYS 202A
Physics 2 (includes lab) 4 Physical Sciences (B1 with lab): PHYS 202B
Physics C—Mechanics 4 Physical Sciences (B1 with lab): PHYS 204A
Physics C—Electricity & Magnetism 4 Physical Sciences (B1 with lab): PHYS 204B
Psychology 3 Individual & Society (D1) or Learning for Life (E): PSYC 101
Seminar 3 ---
Spanish—Language and Culture 6 Humanities (C2)+
Spanish—Literature and Culture 6 Humanities (C2)+
Statistics 3 Quantitative Reasoning (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.
***If both AP Calculus AB and BC Exams are passed, a maximum of 8 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 the following passing scores will be granted up to six semester units of credit for each exam applied to the appropriate General Education requirements. Please consult the IB Chart for specific details.

International Baccalaureate Examinations Chart
(Higher Level Exams only)
IB Exam 
(July 2001 Version)
Passing 
Score
Credit 
(semester units)
Meets this Chico GE area 
or course equivalent
Biology HL 5 6 Life Sciences (B2 with lab)
Chemistry HL 5 6 Physical Sciences (B1 with lab)
Economics HL 5 6 Individual & Society (D1) 
Geography HL 5 6 Societal Institutions (D2)
History (any region) HL 5 6 Humanities (C2) or Societal Institutions (D2)
Language (any) A: Literature HL 4 6 Humanities (C2)
Language (any) A: Language and Literature HL 4 6 Humanities (C2)
Mathematics HL 4 6 Quantitative Reasoning (A4)
Physics HL 5 6 Physical Sciences (B1 with lab)
Psychology HL 5 3 Individual & Society (D1) or Learning for Life (E) 
Theatre HL 4 6 Arts (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.

For more information about the CLEP please visit the College Level Examination Program website.

College Level Examination Programs (CLEP) Chart
CLEP Exam 
(July 2001 Version)
Passing 
Score
Credit 
(semester units)
Meets this Chico GE area 
or course equivalent
Accounting, Principles of 50 3 *
American Government 50 3 Societal Institutions (D2) or U.S. Constitution (US-2 only)**
American Literature 50 3 Humanities (C2)
Analyzing/Interpreting Literature 50 3 Humanities (C2)
Biology 50 3 Life Sciences (B2 no lab)
Business Law, Intro 50 3 ---
Calculus 50 3 Quantitative Reasoning (A4)
Chemistry 50 3 Physical Sciences (B1 no lab)
College Algebra 50 3 Quantitative Reasoning (A4)
College Algebra/Trigonometry 50 3 Quantitative Reasoning (A4)
College Composition 50 0 ---
College Composition - Modular 50 0 ---
College Mathematics 50 0 ---
Educational Psychology, Intro 50 3 ---
English Literature 50 3 ---
Financial Accounting 50 3 ---
French, Level I 50 6 ---
French, Level II 59 9 Humanities (C2)
Freshman College Composition 50 0 ---
German, Level I 50 6 ---
German, Level II 60 9 Humanities (C2)
History, United States I 50 3 HIST 130 or Societal Institutions (D2)
History, United States II 50 3 HIST 130 or Societal Institutions (D2)
Human Growth and Development 50 3 Learning for Life (E)
Humanities 50 3 Humanities (C2)
Info System/Computer Apps 50 3 ---
Macroeconomics, Principles of 50 3 Societal Institutions (D2)
Management, Principles of 50 3 ---
Marketing, Principles of 50 3 ---
Microeconomics, Principles of 50 3 Individual & Society (D1)
Natural Sciences 50 3 Physical Sciences (B1 no lab) or Life Sciences (B2 no lab)
Pre-Calculus 50 3 Quantitative Reasoning (A4)
Psychology, Intro 50 3 Individual & Society (D1) or Learning for Life (E)
Social Sciences and History 50 0 ---
Sociology, Intro 50 3 Societal Institutions (D2)
Spanish, Level I 50 6 ---
Spanish, Level II 63 9 Humanities (C2)
Western Civilization I 50 3 Humanities (C2) or Societal Institutions (D2)
Western Civilization II 50 3 Societal Institutions (D2): HIST 110
*Contact the Accounting Department for course equivalents.
**Does not meet California State and Local content requirement.

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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