Jul 15, 2019  
2019-2020 Catalog 
  
2019-2020 Catalog

Alternative Credit Options



Advanced Placement Tests

High school students who enroll in El Camino College may petition for college credit based on high school Advanced Placement (AP) courses. Credit will be given for the following courses if the student has taken the appropriate Advanced Placement Test and received a score of 3, 4 or 5. (No credit will be given for a score of 1 or 2.) The maximum number of units granted toward the associate degree will be 15.

Students who plan to transfer to a four-year university must check the institution’s AP credit policies in their catalog or the institution’s website, or consult an El Camino College academic counselor for unit and credit information for general education and major preparation.

Course credit and units granted at El Camino College may differ from course and unit credit granted by the transfer institution.

Art Examination (History of Art):

ART 102A  (3 units)
ART 102B  (3 units)

Biology Examination:

BIOL 10  (4 units)

Chemistry Examination:

CHEM 1A  (5 units)

Note: The student must have a score of 4 or 5 and provide a laboratory portfolio to the Dean of Natural Sciences for evaluation for credit.

Computer Science Examination:

CSCI 3   (4 units) - Score 4 or 5 on Computer Science A Examination, or 3 or 4 on AB Examination
CSCI 1  and CSCI 2  (9 units) - Score of 5 on Computer Science AB Examination

Economics Examination (Macroeconomics):

ECON 1  (3 units)

Economics Examination (Microeconomics):

ECON 2  (3 units)

English Examination (Language and Composition):

ENGL 1A   (4 units) - Score of 3 or 4
ENGL 1A  and ENGL 1B  (7 units) - Score of 5

English Examination (Literature and Composition):

ENGL 1A  (4 units) or
ENGL 1B  (3 units) - Score of 3 or 4
ENGL 1A  and ENGL 1B  (7 units) - Score of 5

Foreign Language Examination:

Two consecutive courses for a total of 8 units

Government and Politics Examination (American and California):

POLI 1  (3 units)

Government and Politics Examination (Comparative):

POLI 2  (3 units)

History Examination (American and World History):

HIST 101 -HIST 102  (6 units)
HIST 140  (3 units)

Mathematics Examination:

MATH 150  (4 units) - Score of 4 or 5 on Statistics Examination
MATH 190  (5 units) - Score of 4 or 5 on Calculus AB Examination
MATH 190  (5 units) - Score of 3 on Calculus BC Examination
MATH 190  & MATH 191  (10 units) - Score of 4 or 5 on Calculus BC Examination

Note: Students who score a 3 or better on the Statistics AP exam, the Calculus AB exam, or the Calculus BC exam have met the math competency for the associate degree, IGETC (Area 2) and CSU General Education (Area B4) mathematics requirements.

Physics Examination:

PHYS 2A  (4 units) - Score of 5 on Physics B Examination
PHYS 1A  (4 units) - Score of 5 on Physics C Examination

Psychology Examination:

PSYC 5  (3 units)

For further information about and petitions for advanced placement tests, contact an evaluations specialist in the Admissions Office.

Acceptance of Credit

Credits earned at other colleges, which are accredited by one of the regional accrediting agencies are customarily accepted for transfer to El Camino College on receipt of an official transcript of record.

Students submitting transcripts from other colleges for the purpose of receiving a degree or certificate from El Camino College must submit an official college-to-college transcript. Transcripts delivered by students will not be considered for degree or certificate purposes.

Appropriate college-level United States Armed Forces courses also may be accepted for credit.

Credit for Military Service

The experience of the veteran will be reviewed and any appropriate credit granted. Once El Camino College reviews and awards credit, it will become part of the veteran’s permanent record. Credit will be awarded after completion of one semester of attendance at El Camino College.

A copy of the veteran’s separation document (form DD 214) or discharge paper (including the side showing dates of induction and separation) must be on file. No credit is approved for the six-month Reserve program. Credit for military service is given according to length of service as follows:

  • 90 days to 1 year: CH 1  (3 units); Elective Credit (2 units)
  • 1-2 years: CH 1  (3 units); Elective Credit (4 units)
  • 2 years or more: Contemporary Health 1 (3 units); Elective Credit (6 units)

Note: Veterans enrolling in CH 1  will not be paid educational benefits for this course.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP) credit will be accepted when it is included on the American Council on Education (ACE) transcript.

High School Equivalents

Many courses and curricula offered at El Camino College are based on the supposition that the student has completed the specific high school courses generally included in the college preparatory program. If the student has not met the prerequisite to a course, the individual should complete the equivalent El Camino College course indicated here:

High School Course El Camino College Course
Algebra, first year MATH 40  or MATH 33 and MATH 43
Algebra, second year MATH 73  or MATH 80  
Geometry, one year MATH 60  
Trigonometry, one semester MATH 170  
Physics, one year PHYS 11  and PHYS 12  
Chemistry, one year CHEM 4  
Mechanical Drawing, Computer Aided Design/one year CADD 5  
Language, two years in one First semester language

El Camino College Advanced Placement (AP) Credit

Advanced Placement (AP) Tests with scores of 3, 4, or 5 can be used to meet IGETC, CSU GE, Associate of Arts and Associate of Science General Education (GE), and/or Associate Degree major requirements.

Course credit and units granted at El Camino College may differ from course credit and units granted by a transfer institution.

Please check with the four-year transfer institution’s AP credit policies in their catalog or on their website, or consult an El Camino College academic counselor for unit and course credit for major preparation.

AP Exam

ECC Associate Degree CSU UC
Type of Exam ECC GE Area ECC Course Equivalent for Major Requirements CSU GE

Units Earned Toward Transfer

IGETC

Units Earned Toward Transfer

Art History

Humanities
3 semester units

ART 102A , ART 102B 
3 units

Area C1 or C2
3 semester units

6 semester units Area 3A or 3B 8 quarter/5.3 semester units

Art (Studio)

    N/A 3 semester units N/A 8 quarter/5.3 semester units

Biology

Natural Sciences
4 semester units

BIOL 10 
4 units

Area B2 and B3
4 semester units

6 semester units

Area 5B
(with lab)

8 quarter/5.3 semester units

Calculus AB

Language and Rationality
3 semester units

MATH 190  - Score of 4 or 5
5 units
Score of 3 meets AA/AS math competency requirement

Area B4
3 semester units

3 semester units* Area 2A 4 quarter/2.7 semester units**

Calculus BC

Language and Rationality
3 semester units

MATH 190 
Score of 3
5 semester units
MATH 190  and MATH 191 
Score of 4 or 5
9 semester units

 

Area B4
3 semester units

6 semester units*

Area 2A

8 quarter/5.3 semester units**

Calculus BC with AB subscore

   

Area B4
3 semester units

3 semester units    

AP CALCULUS EXAM LIMITATIONS

      *Only one exam may be used toward transfer  

**Maximum credit 8 quarter/5.3 semester units for both

Chemistry

Natural Sciences
4 semester units

CHEM 1A 
5 semester units
The student must have a score of 4 or 5 and provide a laboratory portfolio to the Dean of Natural Sciences for evaluation before credit is earned

 

Areas B1 and B3
4 semester units

6 semester units

Area 5A (with lab) 8 quarter/5.3 semester units

Chinese Language & Culture

Humanities
3 semester units

No course equivalency established;
two consecutive semesters

Area C2
3 semester units

6 semester units

Area 3B and 6A

8 quarter/5.3 semester units

Computer Science A

 

CSCI 3 
4 semester units
The student must have a score of 4 or 5

 
N/A

3 semester units**

N/A 2 quarter/1.3 semester units***

AP CS EXAM LIMITATIONS

     

**Maximum
One exam toward transfer

 

***Maximum credit 4 quarter/2.7 semester units for both CS exams

Economics - Macroeconomics

Social/Behavioral Sciences
3 semester units

ECON 1 
3 semester units

Area D2
3 semester units

3 semester units Area 4 4 quarter/2.7 semester units

Economics - Microeconomics

Social/Behavioral Sciences
3 semester units

ECON 2 
3 semester units

Area D2
3 semester units

3 semester units Area 4 4 quarter/2.7 semester units

English - Language & Composition

Language and Rationality
3 semester units

ENGL 1A 
Score of 3 or 4
4 semester units
ENGL 1A  and ENGL 1B 
Score of 5
7 semester units

 

Area A2
3 semester units

6 semester units Area 1A 8 quarter/5.3 semester units*

English - Literature & Composition

Language and Rationality or Humanities
3 semester units

ENGL 1A 
4 semester units
or ENGL 1B 
3 units
Score of 3 or 4
ENGL 1A  and ENGL 1B 
Score of 5
7 units

 

Area A2 and C2
6 semester units

6 semester units Area 1A or 3B 8 quarter/5.3 semester units*

AP ENGLISH EXAM LIMITATIONS

         

*8 quarter/5.3 semester units maximum for both exams

Environmental Science

Natural Sciences
3 semester units

GEOG 1 
or
GEOL 1  

Area B2 and B3 (if taken prior to Fall 2009)
or
Area B1 and B3 (regardless of when taken)
4 semester units

4 semester units

Area 5A
(with lab)

4 quarter/2.7 semester units

French Language & Culture

Humanities
3 semester units

No course equivalency established;
two consecutive semesters

Area C2
3 semester units

6 semester units

Area 3B
and 6A

8 quarter/5.3 semester units

French Literature

Humanities
3 semester units

No course equivalency established;
two consecutive semesters

Area C2
3 semester units
(if taken prior to Fall 2009)

6 semester units

Area 3B and 6A

8 quarter/5.3 semester units

German Language & Culture

Humanities
3 semester units

No course equivalency established;
two consecutive semesters

Area C2
3 semester units

6 semester units

Area 3B and 6A

8 quarter/5.3 semester units

Government & Politics - Comparative

Social/Behavioral Sciences
3 semester units

POLI 2 
3 semester units

Area D
3 semester units

3 semester units Area 4

4 quarter/2.7 semester units

Government and Politics - U.S.

Social/Behavioral Sciences
3 semester units

POLI 1 
3 semester units

Area D and US 2*
3 semester units

3 semester units Area 4 4 quarter/2.7 semester units

AP GOVERNMENT EXAM LIMITATIONS

   

*Does not fulfill AHI California Government requirement

Student can satisfy the AHI requirement after transfer    

History - European

Social/Behavioral Sciences or Humanities
3 semester units

HIST 141  
3 semester units

Area C2 or D
3 semester units

6 semester units Area 3B or 4 8 quarter/5.3 semester units

History - U.S.

Social/Behavioral Sciences or Humanities
3 semester units

HIST 101  HIST 102 
6 semester units

Area C2 or D
3 semester units

6 semester units Area 3B or 4F 8 quarter/5.3 semester units

History - World

Social/Behavioral Sciences or Humanities
3 semester units

HIST 140 
3 semester units

Area C2 or D6
3 semester units

6 semester units Area 3B or 4 8 quarter/5.3 semester units

Human Geography

Social/Behavioral
Sciences
3 semester units

No course equivalency established

Area D5
3 semester units

3 semester units

Area 4E

4 quarter/2.7 semester units

Italian Language & Culture

Humanities
3 semester units

No course equivalency established;
two consecutive semesters

Area C2

3 semester units

6 semester units

Area 3B and 6A

3 semester units

8 quarter/5.3 semester units

 Japanese Language & Culture

Humanities
3 semester units

No course equivalency established;
two consecutive semesters

Area C2
3 semester units

6 semester units Area 3B and 6A 8 quarter/5.3 semester units

Latin - Vergil

Humanities
3 semester units

No course equivalency

Area C2
3 semester units

3 semester units Area 3B and 6A 4 quarter/2.7 semester units

Latin - Literature

Humanities
3 semester units

No course equivalency

Area C2
3 semester units (if taken prior to Fall 2009)

6 semester units Area 3B and 6A 4 quarter/2.7 semester units

Music Theory

 

No course equivalency established

    N/A 8 quarter/5.3 semester units

Physics B

Natural Sciences
4 semester units

PHYS 2A 
Score of 5
3 semester units

 

B1 and B3
4 semester units*

4 semester units* Area 5A (with lab) 8 quarter/5.3 semester units**

Physics C - Electricity/ Mechanics

Natural Sciences
3 semester units

PHYS 1A 
Score of 5
4 semester units

 

Area B1 and B3
4 semester units*

4 semester units* Area 5A (with lab) 4 quarter/2.7 semester units**

Physics C - Electricity/ Magnetism

Natural Sciences
3 semester units

PHYS 1A 
Score of 5
4 semester units

 

Area B1 and B3
4 semester units*

4 semester units* Area 5A (with lab) 4 quarter/2.7 semester units**

AP PHYSICS EXAM LIMITATIONS

     

*Maximum 4 semester units toward GE and 6 semester units toward transfer

 

**Maximum 8 quarter/5.3 semester units for both exams

Psychology

Social/Behavioral Sciences
3 semester units

PSYC 5 
3 semester units

Area D9
3 semester units

3 semester units Area 4I 4 quarter/2.7 semester units

Spanish Language

Humanities
3 semester units

No course equivalency established;
two consecutive semesters

Area C2
3 semester units

6 semester units Area 3B and 6A 8 quarter/5.3 semester units

Spanish Literature

Humanities
3 semester units

No course equivalency established;
two consecutive semesters

Area C2
3 semester units

6 semester units Area 3B and 6A 8 quarter/5.3 semester units

Statistics

Language and Rationality
3 semester units

MATH 150 
Score of 4 or 5
4 semester units
Score of 3 meets AA/AS math competency requirement

 

Area B4
3 semester units

3 semester units Area 2 4 quarter/2.7 semester units

AA/AS: Students with a score of 3 or better may use the AP exam for general education credit in the appropriate area; however, credit for a specific course to meet major requirements for the AA or AS degree, will need to follow the course equivalent outlined by the academic department.  A student who receives AP credit and then takes the equivalent ECC course will have the unit credit for such duplication deducted prior to being awarded the AA/AS degree. Credit by Advanced Placement exam is noted and listed on a student’s transcript, with units assigned and no grade. A maximum of 15 units of AP credit can be applied to the associate degree.

CSU GE: The Advanced Placement examinations may be incorporated into the certification of CSU General Education-Breath requirements by any certifying institution. All CSU campuses will accept the minimum units shown and apply them toward fulfillment of the designated General Education-Breath area if the examination is included as part of a full or subject-area certification.  Please note that individual CSU campuses may choose to grant more units than those specified toward completion of General Education- Breath and major requirements.

IGETC: AP exams must be used in area indicated regardless of where the certifying CCC’s discipline is located.

TRANSFER: Students may use AP exams for transfer units and major requirements; however, the student must consult with a counselor and the four year institution’s college catalog or AP credit policies. Course credit varies by campus.