2018-19 Exams

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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(5)

Art History

3 or higher
5.3
One lower division Humanities/Social Sciences(5)
Biology 
4 or 5
5.3
BIOLOGY 1A+1AL and BIOLOGY 1B(2)
Chemistry
3 or higher
5.3
CHEM 1A+1AL(3)
Chinese Language and Culture 
3 or higher
5.3
One lower division Humanities/Social Sciences(5)
Computer Science A
3 or higher
1.3
None
Computer Science Principles 3 or higher 5.3 COMPSCI 10
Economics (Macro or Micro)
3 or higher
2.7(4)
One lower division Humanities/Social Sciences(5)
English Literature/Language and Composition
3
5.3(1)
Entry Level Writing Requirement only
English Literature/Language and Composition
4 or 5
5.3(1)
Reading and Writing Composition A(5)
Environmental Science
3 or higher
2.7
None
French Language and Culture 
3 or higher
5.3
One lower division Humanities/Social Sciences(5)
German Language and Culture 
3 or higher
5.3
One lower division Humanities/Social Sciences(5)
Government and Politics (U.S. or Comparative)
3 or higher
2.7(4)
One lower division Humanities/Social Sciences(5)
History (U.S., European, or World)
3 or higher
5.3(4)
One lower division Humanities/Social Sciences(5)
Human Geography 
3 or higher
2.7
One lower division Humanities/Social Sciences(5)
Italian Language and Culture 
3 or higher
5.3
One lower division Humanities/Social Sciences(5)
Japanese Language and Culture 
3 or higher
5.3
One lower division Humanities/Social Sciences(5)
Latin 
3 or higher
5.3
One lower division Humanities/Social Sciences(5)
Mathematics: Calculus AB
3 or higher
2.7(1)
MATH 1A(6)
Mathematics: Calculus BC
3
5.3(1)
MATH 1A
Mathematics (BC Exam)
4 or 5
5.3(1)
MATH 1A and MATH 1B(7)
Music Theory 
3 or higher
5.3
One lower division Humanities/Social Sciences(5)
Physics C: Mechanics
5
2.7(1)
PHYSICS 7A
Physics C: Mechanics
3 or 4
2.7(1)
None
Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism 3 or higher 2.7(1) None
Physics B(8)
3 or higher
5.3(1)
None
Physics 1(8)
3 or higher
5.3(1)
None
Physics 2(8)
3 or higher
5.3(1)
None
Psychology 
3 or higher
2.7
One lower division Humanities/Social Sciences(5)
Spanish Language and Culture 3 or higher 5.3 One lower division Humanities/Social Sciences(5)

Spanish Literature and Culture

3 or higher
5.3
One lower division Humanities/Social Sciences(5)
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.

2Will not fulfill the Basic Science Elective for Civil Engineering majors.

3If your major requires CHEM 1B, CHEM 1A is strongly recommended before taking CHEM 1B.

4For each exam.

5Up to the maximum allowance of two exams toward the Humanities/Social Sciences requirement.

6Students with a score of 3 should take MATH 1A.

7Students with a score of 4 should take MATH 1B.

8Physics B is being replaced with PHYSICS 1 and 2.

International Baccalaureate Higher Level exams

Exam name Requirements fulfilled
Anthropology One lower division Humanities/Social Sciences(1)
Biology BIOLOGY 1A+1AL and BIOLOGY 1B(2)
Chemistry CHEM 1A+1AL
Computer Science COMPSCI 61B, if student completes COMPSCI 47B at UCB
Dance One lower division Humanities/Social Sciences(1)
Economics One lower division Humanities/Social Sciences(1)
English Literature Entry Level Writing/Reading and Composition part A(1)
English Language and Literature Entry Level Writing/Reading and Composition part A(1)
European History One lower division Humanities/Social Sciences(1)
Film One lower division Humanities/Social Sciences(1)
Geography One lower division Humanities/Social Sciences(1)
Global Politics One lower division Humanities/Social Sciences(1)
History One lower division Humanities/Social Sciences(1)
Language other than English One lower division Humanities/Social Sciences(1)
Math MATH 1A and MATH 1B
Music One lower division Humanities/Social Sciences(1)
Philosophy One lower division Humanities/Social Sciences(1)
Physics None
Psychology One lower division Humanities/Social Sciences(1)
Theater One lower division Humanities/Social Sciences(1)
Visual Arts One lower division Humanities/Social Sciences(1)

 

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

1Up to the maximum allowance of two exams toward the Humanities/Social Sciences requirement.

2Will not fulfill the Basic Science Elective for Civil Engineering majors.

A-Level exams

Exam name UCB units Requirements fulfilled
Accounting 8 None
Art & Design 8 One lower division Humanities/Social Sciences(1)
Biology 8 BIOLOGY 1A+1AL and BIOLOGY 1B(2)
Chemistry 8 CHEM 1A+1AL (score of A satisfies 1A/1AL & 1B)(2)
Classical Studies 8 One lower division Humanities/Social Sciences(1)
Computer Science 8 COMPSCI 61B if programming language is C or C++(3)
Economics 8 One lower division Humanities/Social Sciences(1)
English Literature 8 None
History 8 One lower division Humanities/Social Sciences(1)
Language other than English 8 One lower division Humanities/Social Sciences(1)
Math 8 MATH 1A and MATH 1B
Media Studies 8 One lower division Humanities/Social Sciences(1)
Music 8 One lower division Humanities/Social Sciences(1)
Physics 8 None
Psychology 8 One lower division Humanities/Social Sciences(1)
Religious Studies (Divinity, Hinduism, Islamic Studies) 8 One lower division Humanities/Social Sciences(1)
Sociology 8 One lower division Humanities/Social Sciences(1)

 

Note: UC grants credit for GCE, Singapore-Cambridge and Hong Kong Advanced Level examinations in 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, A-Level exams. 

1Up to the maximum allowance of two exams toward the Humanities/Social Sciences requirement.

2Will not fulfill the Basic Science Elective for Civil Engineering majors.

3This exam does not exempt a student from completing COMPSCI 61A.