Credits and Grades

Definition of a Unit of Credit

The standard “unit” represents one hour in class recitation and two hours of outside preparation per week or its equivalent for one semester. By this definition, “unit” is synonymous with “semester lecture hour.” In laboratory work and certain activity courses such as kinesiology, choir, drafting, etc., a greater number of in class hours per week is required for each unit of credit. During intersessions, one unit of credit represents three hours of lecture per week.

Classification of Students

Students at Mt. San Antonio College are classified as follows:

Full-time enrolled in 12 or more units in a fall or spring semester, or 4 or more units during a six-week summer or winter session
Part-time enrolled in less than 12 units during the fall or spring semester or less than 4 units during a six-week session
Freshman a student who has completed less than 30 units of credit
Sophomore a student who has completed 30 units of credit or more

Grading System

Scholastic grades showing the academic achievement of students are issued at the end of each semester. Any student enrolled as of the first day of the fourth week in a full semester course for any semester shall receive one of the designated grading scale marks on his/her permanent records.

Grading Scale

Evaluative Symbol Definition Grade Point Value
A Excellent 4
B Good 3
C Satisfactory 2
D Passing (less than satisfactory) 1
F Failing 0
Pass Passing (at least equivalent to a "C" grade. Units awarded are not counted in determining the student's grade point average.)
NP Not Passing (Equivalent to a "D" or "F" grade. No units awarded, and units are not counted in determining grade point average. No-Credit grades will be considered in probation and dismissal procedures.)


A student may request an Incomplete or the professor may initiate the petition on behalf of the student who is currently passing the class under the following circumstances: verifiable illness or emergency or verifiable work conflict. Incompletes may only be issued for requirements missed commencing the fourteenth (14) week of a regular semester class or after 85% of a short-term or summer or winter intersession class. Re-enrollment in the same course for purposes of making up the Incomplete is prohibited. The petition is subject to the approval of the professor. If granted, the student must complete all outstanding course requirements stipulated by the professor within one year, or the Incomplete will become a letter grade assigned by the professor.

IP - In Progress The “IP” symbol shall be used to denote that the class extends beyond the normal end of an academic term. It indicates that work is “in progress,” but that assignment of a substantive grade must await its completion. The “IP” symbol shall remain on the student’s permanent record in order to satisfy enrollment documentation. The appropriate evaluative grade and unit credit shall be assigned and appear on the student’s record for the term in which the course is completed.
RD - Report Delayed The “RD” symbol may be assigned only by the Admissions and Records Office. It is to be used when there is a delay in reporting the grade of a student due to circumstances beyond the control of the student. It is a temporary notation to be replaced by a permanent symbol as soon as possible. “RD” shall not be used in calculating grade point averages.
W - Withdrawal Withdrawal from a class or classes shall be authorized through the last day of the 10th week of instruction of a regular semester-length class. No notation (“W” or other) shall be made on the academic record of the student who withdraws during the first three weeks of a regular semester-length class. Withdrawal between the first day of the 4th week and the last day of the 10th week of instruction shall be recorded as a “W” on the student’s record. The “W” shall not be used in calculating grade point averages, but excessive “W’s” shall be used as factors in probation and dismissal procedures. Withdrawal from short term classes of less than semester length, but greater than six weeks, is authorized for a period of time through 60% of the course, and a mark of “W” shall be made on the student’s academic record. No notation shall be made on the academic record of a student who withdraws from a short term class of less than semester length, but greater than six weeks, provided the student withdraws no later than the end of the first 20% of the course.
MW - Military Withdrawal The “MW,” military withdrawal, mark shall be assigned only for students who are members of an active or reserve military unit, and who receive orders compelling a withdrawal from courses. Upon verification of such order, this symbol may be assigned at any time after the period established by the governing board during which no notation is made for withdrawals. The “MW” shall not be counted in determining registration priority, progress probation, and dismissal calculations. A “W” previously incurred commencing January 1, 1990, and which meets the definition of “MW” may be changed to “MW.” (AP 5013)

Final Examinations

A final examination shall be administered in all classes in compliance with the Final Exam Schedule prepared each term. If a student is unable to attend a scheduled final examination, he/she must contact his/her instructor to make other arrangements. A student who does not take a final examination and who does not qualify for an “Incomplete” (see Grading System-Incomplete), shall be assigned the grade “F” or “Zero” for the examination, and this grade shall be averaged in determining the final course grade.

Pass/No Pass Grades

Some courses offered at Mt. San Antonio College are available to students on two different grading options: letter grade (A, B, C, D, F) or Pass/No Pass (Pass = A, B, or C; NP = D, F). A few classes are offered for Pass/No Pass only. These courses are designed to encourage students to explore areas outside their major field of study in order to broaden and enrich their collegiate experience, and to afford an opportunity for departments to offer courses in which there is diminished emphasis on grades. The Pass/No Pass grading option is not available for General Education courses or for courses used to meet major requirements. In courses offering the grading option, students are automatically registered on a letter grade basis at the time of registration. If a change is desired, the student can make the change on their student portal or in person with a picture ID at the Admissions and Records Office in the Student Services Center. The grading option may not be changed at a later date. Students enrolled in short-term courses of less than semester length, but greater than six weeks, must determine their grading option no later than the end of the first 30% of the course or 30% of the required hours of instruction listed in the description for an open-entry/open-exit course. In any short-term course of less than six weeks, students must determine their grading option at the time of registration.

Credit toward graduation by using Pass/No Pass classes is limited to a maximum of 16 units (AP 4232). Courses taken for Pass/No Pass are not counted in calculating grade point average, or in determining eligibility for the Dean’s List or President’s List, but such courses are considered in progress probation and dismissal procedures.

Students are cautioned that upon transfer to baccalaureate institutions, “NP” grades typically are considered to be “F” grades. (BP 4230, AP 4232)

Credit for Extra Institutional Learning

Philosophical Basis

This policy of granting credit for extra-institutional learning is provided for students under special conditions in recognition of learning that has been attained outside the sponsorship of legally authorized and accredited post-secondary institutions. (AP 4285)

General Policy Statement

Credit for extra-institutional learning will be awarded to those students who have attained competency of subject matter through experiences outside of the sponsorship of legally authorized and accredited post-secondary institutions.

The College will accept the recommendations of the American Council on Education in reference to the Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services and the National Guide to College Credit for Workforce Training; The College Board in reference to its recommendation of Advanced Placement Examinations, and credit recommendations from other similar nationally recognized academic institutions, including Mt. San Antonio College’s policy for comprehensive examinations.

Policy Regulations
  • Of the 60 units required for the Associate Degree, at least twenty-four (24) units must be earned in courses that contribute to the grade point average.
  • Extra-institutional learning credit will normally not be evaluated unless the credit is necessary for graduation.
  • Credit for non-collegiate courses will be awarded only for work applicable toward the Associate Degree. Credit may be granted for upper division courses provided the student has earned less than 60 units at the time the upper division work is attempted.
  • To petition for extra-institutional learning credit, a student must have at least a 2.0 grade point average, not be on probation, and be in good standing.
  • The permanent academic record shall be annotated in such a manner to insure that a true and complete history of extra-institutional learning credit has been granted.
  • In cases where a student is seeking a degree/certificate from the College, all standard graduation and residency requirements apply and must be met by completing a minimum of 12 units earned from Mt. SAC courses.

Credit for Current License Holders

Mt. San Antonio College may grant units of credit toward an associate’s degree to current license holders in the following areas: Emergency Medical Technology (Paramedics), Psychiatric Technology, and Radiologic Technology. The total number of units granted will be equal to the current total unit requirement for the equivalent program certificate. License holders must meet the college’s residency requirements and complete an application to the college before the request for extra-institutional learning credit may be made. The application date will determine the catalog year.

The Department Chair from the appropriate program will validate the license and its currency. Admissions and Records will certify that the requirements have been met, grant the appropriate number of units, and apply extra-institutional learning credit toward the degree. (AP 4285)

Credit for Military Training

Mt. San Antonio College will grant four units of Baccalaureate level elective credits for military experience without regard to the field of service. Additional credit may be allowed for specific programs of training and credits earned through the United States Armed Forces Institute. (AP 4285)

Advanced Placement Credit for Mt. SAC General Education Requirements for the Associate Degree

Students who have a qualifying Advanced Placement (AP) test score (3 or above) may petition to utilize the results of their AP examinations to meet Mt SAC general education requirements in the areas identified in the Credit by Examination tab above.

Advanced Placement Examinations

AP Examination Score Needed/GE/Equivalency Mt.SAC GE Area GE Units Equivalent Mt.SAC Course Degree Units
Art History 3 C1 or C2 3 AHIS 4 & AHIS 5 6
Biology 3 B2 3 BIOL 1 6
Calculus AB1 3/41 Math Competency N/A MATH 180 3
Calculus BC 3/3/4 Math Competency N/A MATH 180 or MATH 181 6
Chemistry 3 B1 3 None 6
Chinese Language and Culture 3 C2 3 CHIN 1 & CHIN 2 6
Computer Science A 3 N/A N/A CSCI 145 3
Computer Science AB 3 N/A N/A None 6
English Language and Composition 3 A2 3 ENGL 1A 6
English Literature and Composition 3 A2 & C2 6 ENGL 1A & ENGL 1B 6
Environmental Science 3 B1 3 None 4
European History 3 C2 or D2 3 None 6
French Language and Culture 3 C2 3 FRCH 1 & FRCH 2 6
French Literature 3 C2 3 FRCH 3 6
German Language and Culture 3 C2 3 GERM 1 & GERM 2 6
Government and Politics: Comparative 3 D2 3 None 3
Government and Politics: US 3 D1 3 None 3
Human Geography 3 D2 3 GEOG 2 3
Italian Language and Culture 3 C2 3 ITAL 1 & ITAL 2 6
Japanese Language and Culture 3 C2 3 JAPN 1 & JAPN 2 6
Latin: Literature 3 C2 3 None 6
Latin: Vergil 3 C2 3 None 3
Macroeconomics 3/4 D2 3 BUSC 1A 3
Microeconomics 3/4 D2 3 BUSC 1B 3
Music Theory 3 C1 3 MUS 7 6
Physics B 3 B1 3 None 6
Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism 3 B1 3 None 4
Physics C: Mechanics 3 B1 3 None 4
Psychology 3 D2 3 PSYC 1A 3
Spanish Language 3 C2 3 SPAN 1 & SPAN 2 6
Spanish Literature 3 C2 3 SPAN 3 6
Statistics 3 Math Competency N/A MATH 110 3
Studio Art - 2D 3 General education and course equivalency credit based on portfolio review 3
Studio Art - 3D 3 General education and course equivalency credit based on portfolio review 3
Studio Art - Drawing 3 General education and course equivalency credit based on portfolio review 3
United States History 3 C2 or D1 3 HIST 1 6
World History 3 C2 or D2 3 None 6

A score of 3 on the Calculus AB Advanced Placement Exam will earn a student three (3) degree applicable units, Math Competency and Eligibility for MATH 180.

Credit by Examination

The general philosophy of Mt. San Antonio College is that the interaction which takes place between the student and professor is of critical importance to the learning process. However, quality instruction places a premium on meeting individual student needs. Therefore, Mt. San Antonio College provides for Credit by Examination enabling the student to accelerate his/her educational program by providing opportunity to obtain credit in those fields in which he/she has already achieved proficiency independently or by informal means. (BP 4235, AP 4235)

Arts Division
Commercial & Entertainment Arts
Graphic Design I
Web Design
Basic Digital and Film Photography
Color Photography
Fine Arts
Principles of Animation
Music Theory
Musicianship - Ear Training and Sight Singing
Fundamentals of Music
Elementary Piano
Intermediate Piano
Business Division
Accounting and Management
Fundamentals of Accounting
Business Mathematics
Bookkeeping - Accounting
Principles of Business
Human Relations in Business
Business Organization and Management
Small Business Management
Business Administration
Business English
Real Estate Principles
Child Development
Principles and Practices in Child Development Programs
Language Arts and Art Media for Young Children
Health, Safety and Nutrition of Children
Computer Information Systems
Computer Information Systems
Microcomputer Applications
Consumer Science & Design Technologies
Clothing Construction I
Life Management
Nutrition for Personal Health and Wellness
Introduction to Hospitality
Food Safety and Sanitation
Dining Room Service Management
Basic Cooking Techniques
Hospitality Supervision
Hospitality Cost Control
Menu Planning
Event Planning and Catering
Hospitality Financial Accounting
Hospitality Law
Introduction to Lodging
Garde Manger
Baking and Pastry
International Cuisines
Hospitality Work Experience
Continuing Education
Adult Basic Education
HS Algebra 1
High School Biology
HS United States History
HS World History
Humanities & Social Sciences Division
Sign Language/Interpreting
American Sign Language 1
American Sign Language 2
American Sign Language 3
American Sign Language 4
American Sign Language 5
Physical Education Division
Physical Education & Wellness Programs
Introduction to Care/Prevention of Activity/Sports -Related Injuries
Natural Sciences Division
Agricultural Sciences
Animal Science
Horse Production and Management
Horticultural Science
Landscape Design
Biological Sciences
General Biology
Technology and Health Division
Aeronautics, Transportation
Primary Pilot Ground School
Aviation Weather
Federal Aviation Regulations
Commercial Pilot Ground School
Air Transportation
Instrument Ground School
Air Conditioning, Welding, and Water Technology
Technical Mathematics in Air Conditioning and Refrigeration
Welding for Air Conditioning and Refrigeration
Refrigeration Fundamentals
Electrical Fundamentals for Air Conditioning and Refrigeration
Introduction to Welding
Oxyacetylene Welding
Basic Electric Arc Welding
Welding Metallurgy
Beginning Arc Welding
Intermediate Arc Welding
Certification for Welders
Aircraft Maintenance Technician and Manufacturing Technology
Manufacturing Processes I
Manufacturing Processes II
MasterCAM I
MasterCAM II
Manual Computerized Numerical Control (CNC) Programming
Architecture & Engineering Design Technology
Design I - Elements of Design
CADD and Digital Design Media Level I
Design Drawing and Communication
Architectural Drawings and Fabrications
Basic CAD and Computer Applications
Legal Aspects of Construction
Reading Construction Drawings
Elements of Construction
Construction Estimating
Electronics & Computer Technology
PC Servicing
PC Operating Systems
PC Troubleshooting
A+ Certification Preparation
Network+ Certification Preparation
Technical Applications in Microcomputers
Electronic Circuits - Direct Current (DC)
and Electronic Circuits (AC)
Semiconductor Devices and Circuits
Digital Electronics
Electronic Assembly and Fabrication
FCC General Radiotelephone Operator License Preparation
Fire Technology
Fire Protection Organization
Fire Prevention Technology
Fire Protection Equipment and Systems
Building Construction for Fire Protection
Fire Behavior and Combustion
Hazardous Materials/ICS
Fire Fighting Tactics and Strategy
Fire Company Organization and Management
Fire Hydraulics
Arson and Fire Investigation
Fire Apparatus and Equipment
Industrial Design Engineering
Introduction to CAD
Shop Processes
Advanced CAD
Introduction to Mechanical Principles
Public Services
Alcohol/Drug Dependency
The Administration of Justice System
Principles and Procedures of the Justice System
Concepts of Criminal Law
Legal Aspects of Evidence
Community Relations
Concepts of Enforcement Services
Concepts of Traffic Services
Principles of Investigation
Narcotics Investigation
Gangs and Corrections
Administration of Justice Report Writing
Vice Control
Health Sciences Division
Respiratory Therapy
Theory and Principles of Respiratory Therapy
Pulmonary Anatomy and Physiology
Cardiopulmonary Pathophysiology
Adult Respiratory Intensive Care
RESD 57BSpecial Procedures for Respiratory Care 1.5
Neonatal Intensive Care
Respiratory Therapeutic Modalities
Comprehensive Pulmonary Assessment
Medical Terminology

Pursuant to Section 55050 of Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations, students at Mt. San Antonio College may apply for Credit by Examination and such unit credit may be granted subject to the following rules and regulations:

Rules and Regulations

  1. Credit by Examination will be granted only for those courses which have been so designated by the departments.
  2. Any grade received for Credit by Examination will be entered on the student’s permanent record with a notation of “Credit by Comprehensive Exam.”
  3. A student may petition for Credit by Examination provided:
    1. The student has been registered at Mt. San Antonio College.
    2. The student has not already received credit nor is currently enrolled beyond six weeks in the same course or in a more advanced course (except for Advanced Placement Course Credit).
    3. The student has at least a 2.0 grade point average. This includes transfer/new students.
  4. The student may obtain the petition for Credit by Examination from the Division Office.
  5. The department will establish written guidelines by which the eligibility of a student to take such an examination is determined.
  6. The Department will assign a grade depending on the results of the examination and submit the form “Petition for Credit by Examination” to Admissions and Records.
  7. The student may not use Credit by Examination to satisfy the residency requirement for the degree.

A list of courses for Credit by Examination is available at each Division Office, the Instruction Office, and the Counseling Center.

International Baccalaureate Credit for Mt. SAC General Education Requirements for the Associate Degree

Students completing all or portions of the International Baccalaureate (IB) program at their high school may petition to utilize the results of their IB examinations to meet Mt SAC general education requirements in the areas identified in the table. Only IB Higher Level (HL) certificate examinations with scores of 5, 6 or 7 will be honored.

Students who have both a qualifying Advanced Placement (AP) test score (3 or above) and a qualifying IB certificate exam score (5 or above) in the same examination area, or who have completed a college level course for credit, will only have the first completion counted for credit.

IB Higher Level Exam Score Needed for Equivalency Mt.SAC GE Area Units of GE Equivalent Mt.SAC Course Degree Units
IB Biology 5 B2 3 BIOL 1 6
IB Chemistry 5 B1 3 None 6
IB Economics 5 D2 3 BUSC 1A 6
IB Geography 5 D2 3 GEOG 2 6
IB History (any region) 5 C2 or D2 3 None 6
IB Language A1 (English) 5 C2 3 None 6
IB Language A2 5 C2 3 None 6
IB Language A2 (Classical Languages) 5 C2 3 LATN 1 6
IB Mathematics 4/5 Math Competency N/A MATH 160/MATH 180 6
IB Physics 5 B1 3 None 6
IB Psychology 5 D2 3 PSYC 1A 3
IB Theatre Arts 5 C1 3 THTR 9 6
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