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Some requirements can be satisfied with Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, A-Level and Transfer Credit. Below are the tests and scores needed to fulfill College of Engineering and major requirements. Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate or A-Level exams can satisfy no more than two of the required six courses for the Humanities/Social Sciences requirement. There is no limit on the number of exams that can be used to satisfy technical requirements.

Advanced Placement exams

Exam name
Score
UCB units
Requirements fulfilled

Art, Studio (2-D Design, 3-D Design, Drawing(1)

3 or higher
5.3
One lower division Humanities/Social Sciences

Art History

3 or higher
5.3
One lower division Humanities/Social Sciences
Biology 
4 or 5
5.3
Biology 1A/1AL and Biology 1B
Chemistry
3 or higher
5.3
Chemistry 1A/1AL(2)
Chinese Language and Culture 
3 or higher
5.3
One lower division Humanities/Social Sciences
Computer Science A
3 or higher
1.3
None
Computer Science Principles 3 or higher 5.3 Computer Science 10
Economics (Macro or Micro)
3 or higher
2.7(3)
One lower division Humanities/Social Sciences(3)
English 
3
5.3(1)
Entry Level Writing Requirement only
 
4 or 5
5.3(1)
Reading and Writing Composition A
Environmental Science
3 or higher
2.7
None
French Language and Culture 
3 or higher
5.3
One lower division Humanities/Social Sciences
German Language and Culture 
3 or higher
5.3
One lower division Humanities/Social Sciences
Government and Politics (U.S. or Comparative)
3 or higher
2.7(3)
One lower division Humanities/Social Sciences
History (U.S., European or World)
3 or higher
5.3(3)
One lower division Humanities/Social Sciences(3, 4)
Human Geography 
3 or higher
2.7
One lower division Humanities/Social Sciences
Italian Language and Culture 
3 or higher
5.3
One lower division Humanities/Social Sciences
Japanese Language and Culture 
3 or higher
5.3
One lower division Humanities/Social Sciences
Latin 
3 or higher
5.3
One lower division Humanities/Social Sciences
Mathematics: Calculus AB
3 or higher
2.7(1)
Math 1A(5)
Mathematics: Calculus BC
3
5.3(1)
Math 1A
Mathematics (BC Exam)
4 or 5
5.3(1)
Math 1A and Math 1B(6)
Music Theory 
3 or higher
5.3
One lower division Humanities/Social Sciences
Physics C Mechanics
5
2.7(1)
Physics 7A
Physics C Mechanics
3 or 4
5.3(1)
None
Physics B(7)
3 or higher
5.3(1)
None
Physics 1(7)
3 or higher
5.3(1)
None
Physics 2(7)
3 or higher
5.3(1)
None
Political Science  (American or Comp)
3 or higher
2.7
One lower division Humanities/Social Sciences(3)
Psychology 
3 or higher
2.7
One lower division Humanities/Social Sciences
Spanish Language and Culture 3 or higher 5.3 One lower division Humanities/Social Sciences

Spanish Literature and Culture

3 or higher
5.3
One lower division Humanities/Social Sciences
Statistics
3 or higher
2.7
None

 

Note: AP credit will not be awarded if the test is taken after enrolling at UC Berkeley. No duplication of credit will be given for IB, AP, A-Level exams. 

1The maximum units award for all exams in this area is 5.3.

2If your major requires Chemistry 1B, Chemistry 1A is strongly recommended before taking Chemistry 1B.

3For each exam.

4Up to the maximum allowable of two AP exams toward the Humanities/Social Sciences requirement.

5Students with a score of 3 should take Math 1A.

6Students with a score of 4 should take Math 1B.

7Physics B is being replaced with Physics 1 and 2.

International Baccalaureate exams

Exam name Requirements fulfilled
Art/Design One lower division Humanities/Social Sciences
Biology Biology 1A/1AL and Biology 1B
Chemistry Chemistry 1A/1AL
Computer Science CompSci 61B, if student completes CS47B at UCB
Economics One lower division Humanities/Social Sciences
English Literature Entry Level Writing/Reading and Composition A
English Language and Literature One lower division Humanities/Social Sciences
French A1, A2 or B One lower division Humanities/Social Sciences
Geography One lower division Humanities/Social Sciences
German A1, A2 or B One lower division Humanities/Social Sciences
Classical Greek One lower division Humanities/Social Sciences
History of the Americas One lower division Humanities/Social Sciences
European History One lower division Humanities/Social Sciences
Latin One lower division Humanities/Social Sciences
Math Math 1A and Math 1B
Mandarin One lower division Humanities/Social Sciences
Music One lower division Humanities/Social Sciences
Philosophy One lower division Humanities/Social Sciences
Physics None
Portuguese A1, A2 or B One lower division Humanities/Social Sciences
Spanish A1, A2 or B One lower division Humanities/Social Sciences
Theater One lower division Humanities/Social Sciences

 

Notes:

  • IB credit will not be awarded if the test is taken after enrolling at UC Berkeley.
  • No duplication of credit will be given for IB, AP, A-Level exams. 
  • No credit is given for IB Subsidiary or Standard Level exams.
  • IB Higher Level exams completed with a grade of 5, 6 or 7 are awarded 5.3 semester units of work, unless completed as part of the diploma, whereby a maximum 20 units is awarded. 

A-Level exams

Exam name UCB units Requirements fulfilled
Accounting 8 None
Biology 8 Biology 1A/1AL and Biology 1B
Chemistry 8 Chemistry 1A/1AL Score of A satisfies 1A/1AL & 1B
Computer Science(1) 8 61B if programming language is C or C++
Economics 8 One lower division Humanities/Social Sciences
English Literature 8 Reading and Composition A
Math H1 8 Math 1A
Math H2 8 Math 1A and Math 1B
Math H3 8 Math 1A and Math 1B
Pure Math 8 Math 1A and Math 1B
Further Math 8 Math 1A and Math 1B
Physics 8 None
Religious Studies 8 One lower division Humanities/Social Sciences

 

Notes:

  • Maximum allowable credit for all math exams combined is 8 units.
  • UC grants credit for GCE, Singapore-Cambridge and Hong Kong Advanced Level examinations on which a student earns a grade of A, B or C.  
  • A-Level credit will not be awarded if the test is taken after enrolling at UC Berkeley.
  • No duplication of credit will be given for IB, AP and A-Level exams.

1This exam does not exempt a student from completing CS 61A.