College Board Advanced Placement (AP) Program Exams

“Courses designed to accompany the College Board’s Advanced Placement Program demand college-level work, and the Pitzer faculty may grant credit for superior performance on an AP examination.  Criteria may vary by field group, but no score lower than four will be considered for credit.”  Pitzer College Catalogue

  • AP credits are applied toward the 32 course graduation requirement, but may not be used to satisfy an Educational Objective requirement.
  • In general, AP credits do not apply to field of major requirements.  Consultation with the appropriate advisor/field group is required for possible exceptions.
  • In all cases when credit has been awarded for AP exams, that credit may be rescinded if courses are taken which duplicate or significantly overlap the AP courses. Please consult with the appropriate field group.
  • Students may count no more than four AP and IB credits (combined) toward graduation.
  • A list of AP subjects and course descriptions is available on the College Board web site at http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/ap/subjects.html

2019-2020 General Guidelines

Guidelines apply to entrance year of student

Pitzer awards course credit in all AP subjects/courses. One course credit is granted for each test score result of 4 or 5 with some exceptions made by individual field groups. Exceptions are noted below.

 

Subject

Score of 4

Score of 5

Required Courses before granting credit

**Calculus AB

  1.00 credit for MATH030 after completing MATH031 Calculus II

**Calculus BC

  2.00 credits for MATH030 & MATH031 after completing MATH032 Calculus III

–OR- 1.00 credit for MATH030 after completing MATH031 Calculus II

Statistics

  Score of 4 or 5 earns 1.00 credit for MATH 52 only after passing a college statistics course for which Introductory Statistics is a prerequisite, such as MATH 157,158, or 159 at Pomona College.

English Language

0.5

1

 

English Literature

0.51 

French Language

0.5

1

 

*European History

0

1

 

*US History

0

1

 
*World History0

 

1.00 credit after completing “the World Since 1492’

Spanish Language

0.51 

Spanish Literature

0.5

1

 

Macroeconomics

0.5

1

 

Microeconomics

0.5

1

 

Comparative Gov’t & Politics

0

1

 

US Gov’t & Politics

0

1

 
—–All other subjects—–1

1

 

* Only 1.0 course in the field of History may be awarded.

** May only receive credit for either AP score or class taken. Please consult registrar’s office.