Students who have qualifying Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), or A-Level credit in Physics may receive exemption from one or more UCSD Physics courses. Follow these steps to receive your credit.

For AP/IB Credit:

Physics course exemptions are based on the AP/IB Chart from the General Catalog during the academic year in which you took the physics exam.

Step 1: Submit a copy of your test scores to the Office of Admissions. After test scores are received it takes approximately 8-10 weeks for the courses to be added to the student's UCSD record. If you do not see your AP/IB work posted after 10 weeks, contact the Office of Admissions.

Step 2: Once your AP/IB work is posted to your UCSD record, check the “UCSD Approx” column of your Academic History Report to confirm that you received the appropriate physics course exemptions. Contact us through VAC if you have any questions/concerns about your physics course exemptions.

For A-Level Credit:

Physics course exemptions are based on the syllabus code(s) for your physics exams.

Step 1: Submit a copy of your test scores to the UCSD Office of Admissions. After test scores are received it takes approximately 8 weeks for the courses to be added to the student's UCSD record.

Step 2: Once your A-Level physics work is posted to your UCSD record, you will need to petition for the course exemptions you are eligible for (see chart below). Click here for petition instructions.

Exemptions by Syllabus Code
Syllabus Code Exempts from
9702 PHYS 1A, 1AL, 1B, 1BL, 1C, 1CL
9PH07 PHYS 2A
9646 PHYS 10
2450+2451 PHYS 10