We recognize that some students have already reached a portion of their educational objectives through prior schooling. Therefore, students can sometimes be exempted from a course requirement, or they can receive units of elective credit for their prior learning. We offer several alternatives to course credit.
In some cases, students are allowed to use courses other than the ones listed in order to meet the general education requirement for the associate degree. For more information about course substitutions, contact a counselor.
Alternate course credit
DVC offers four options for students to receive alternate course credit: advanced placement, CLEP, DVC credit by exam, and military service credit.
Units awarded under any of these four categories may not be used to meet the residency requirement for the associate degrees.
Advanced placement (AP)-for the associate degree
Students who have earned a score of 3, 4,or 5 on certain college board advanced placement examinations, may receive credit towards an associate degree, and some examinations may be used in lieu of specific course requirements. An official copy of your test score(s) must be sent to the Admissions Office and a request made for this examination credit to be included in your associate degree evaluation. Associate degree requirements may be met through AP exams. The number of units awarded for each exam are as follows:
Area I-A. English composition
A score of 3 on either the English Language and Composition or English Literature and Composition examinations meet the requirement: “Prerequisite:Eligibility for English 122.”
With a score of 4 on either the English Language and Composition or the English Literature and Composition exam, the “course requirement ” will be met.
Area I-B. Communication and analytical thinking With a score of 3, 4,or 5 on either the Mathematics AB or BC exam, the “course requirement ” will be met.
Area I-C. Mathematics proficiency
With a score of 3, 4,or 5 on either the Mathematics AB or BC exam, the proficiency requirement will be met.
Area II. Natural sciences
With a score of 3, 4,or 5 on the Biology or Physics B or Physics C exams, the “course requirement” will be met.
Units awarded toward a DVC associate degree:
Biology: Score of 3, 4,or 5 (3 units)
Chemistry: Score of 3, 4 or 5 (5 units)
English Language and Composition: Score of 3 or 4, (3 units); score of 5 (6 units).
English Literature and Composition: Score of 3 or 4, (3 units); score of 5 (6 units).
Mathematics AB: Score of 3, 4,or 5 (4 units)
Mathematics BC: Score of 3, 4,or 5 (8 units)
Physics B: Score of 3, 4,or 5 (3 units)
Physics C: Score of 3, 4,or 5 (3 units)
Statistics: Score of 3, 4 or 5 (4 units)
Units awarded for AP exams may not be used to meet the residency requirement for the associate degrees.
Advanced placement -for transfer requirements
Each four-year college or university determines the amount of credit that will be given for AP examinations and how that credit may be used. Students planning to transfer should consult the catalog of the college to which they plan to transfer for information on how these examinations can be used to meet admission, general education, and major requirements.
For students planning to transfer to a University of California or California State University campus, refer to the “CSU G.E.-Breadth ” and “IGETC ” student handouts for use of AP exam credit towards meeting these general education requirements.
Students may petition the Admissions Office for six units of ungraded elective credit for each general examination including: humanities, mathematics, natural science, and social science-history passed with a score of 500 or better in the college level examination program (CLEP). CLEP subject examinations in dental auxiliary education are available in selected areas. Students may also petition for a course substitute of appropriate associate degree general education requirements; these petitions must be approved by a faculty committee.
To take the CLEP, students must contact the Educational Testing Service in Princeton, N.J., and ask for a bulletin of test dates and locations. Since use of CLEP is limited, students should consult with a counselor before pursuing this option.
Note: Credit is not granted in the same field for both the AP and CLEP exams.
Credit by Exam
Students may earn credit through examinations available through DVC academic departments. These examinations are usually more comprehensive than the typical final examination for a course, and they may be prepared by national organizations. For additional information and a current list of courses for which credit by examination is an option, please see the section on Credit by Exam in the DVC Catalog.
Military service credit
Veterans may apply for evaluation of military service for credit through the Admissions Office. Credit may be granted toward an associate degree for the following training and examinations:
Six units of elective credit for the completion of basic training and one year or more of active duty in the military service upon submission of DD-214 (separation papers) to the Admissions Office.
Units for training taken in armed service schools. The guidance for evaluation of military service school training will be the publication, Armed Services Experiences, prepared by the American Council of Education.