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International Baccalaureate® (IB) Credit Policy

International Baccalaureate® (IB) Credit Policy

Each college and university has its own IB course matches and cut off scores. Consult the schools you are considering to discuss IB subjects, levels and scores; and their transferability.

SL is Standard Level; HL is Higher Level.

IB Diploma Programme Subject IB level Score PSC course equivalent
Language A: literature (Any language) SL 4-5 Electives (3)
Language A: literature (Any language) SL 6-7 Humanities General Education (3)
Language A: literature (Any language) HL 4-7 Humanities General Education (3)
Language A: language and literature (English)  SL or HL 4-5 Electives (3)
Language A: language and literature (English)  SL or HL 6-7 ENG 101 (3)
Language A: language and literature (Spanish)  SL or HL 4-7 SPAN 101, SPAN 102, SPAN 201 and SPAN 202 (16)
Language A: language and literature (languages other than English and Spanish)  SL or HL 4-7 Humanities General Education (3) and Electives (13)
Literature and performance SL 4-7 Humanities General Education (3)
Classical languages  SL 4-5 Electives (4)
Classical languages SL 6-7 Electives (8)
Classical languages  HL 4-5 Electives (8)
Classical languages HL 6-7 Electives (8)
Language B (English) SL or HL 4 Electives (3)
Language B (English) SL or HL 5-7 Humanities General Education (3)
Language B (Spanish) SL 4-5 SPAN 101 (4)
Language B (Spanish) SL 6-7 SPAN 101 and SPAN 102 (8)
Language B (Spanish) HL 4-5 SPAN 101 and SPAN 102 (8)
Language B (Spanish) HL 6-7 SPAN 101, SPAN 102 and SPAN 201 (12)
Language B (languages other than English and Spanish) SL 4-5 Electives (4)
Language B (languages other than English and Spanish) SL 6-7 Electives (8)
Language B (languages other than English and Spanish) HL 4-5 Electives (8)
Language B (languages other than English and Spanish) HL 6-7 Electives (12)
Language ab initio (Spanish) SL 4-5 SPAN 101 and SPAN 102 (8)
Language ab initio (Spanish) SL 6-7 SPAN 101, SPAN 102 and SPAN 201 (12)
Language ab initio (languages other than Spanish) SL 4-5 Electives (8)
Language ab initio (language other than Spanish) SL 6-7 Electives (12)
Business management SL or HL 4-7 BUS 241 (3)
Economics SL or HL 4 Electives (3)
Economics SL or HL 5 ECON 201 (3)
Economics SL or HL 6-7 ECON 201 and ECON 202 (6)
Geography SL or HL 4-5 Electives (3)
Geography SL 6-7 GEOG 101 (3)
Geography HL 6-7 GEOG 101 and Electives (6)
Global Politics SL or HL 4-5 Electives (3)
Global Politics SL or HL 6-7 POLSC 240 (3)
History SL 4-7 Electives (3)
History: Africa/Middle East option HL 4 Electives (3)
History: Africa/Middle East option HL 5-7 Social/Behavioral Sciences General Education (3)
History: Americas option HL 4 Electives (3)
History: Americas option HL 5-7 HIST 202 (3)
History: Asia/Oceania option HL 4 Electives (3)
History: Asia/Oceania option HL 5-7 Social/Behavioral Sciences General Education (3)
History: Europe option HL 4 Electives (3)
History: Europe option HL 5-7 HIST 152 (3)
Information technology in a global society SL or HL 4-7 ITAPP 101 (3)
Philosophy SL or HL 4-5 Electives (3)
Philosophy SL or HL 6-7 PHILO 101 (3)
Psychology SL or HL 4-7 PSYCH 101 (3)
Social and cultural anthropology SL or HL 4-5 Electives (3)
Social and cultural anthropology SL or HL 6-7 ANTHR 215 (3)
World religions SL 4-7 HUMAN 101 (3)
Biology SL or HL 4 BIOL 100 (4)
Biology SL or HL 5-7 BIOL 111 and BIOL 112 (8)
Chemistry SL 4-5 CHEM 105 (4)
Chemistry SL 6 CHEM 110 (5)
Chemistry SL 7 CHEM 110 and CHEM 130 (10)
Chemistry HL 4 CHEM 105 (4)
Chemistry HL 5 CHEM 110 (5)
Chemistry HL 6-7 CHEM 110 and CHEM 130 (10)
Computer Science  SL or HL 4-5  
Computer Science  SL 6-7  
Computer Science HL 6-7  
Design technology SL or HL 4-7 Electives (3)
Environmental systems and societies SL 4-5 Physical Science General Education (3)
Environmental systems and societies SL 6-7 Physical Science General Education (4)
Physics SL 4 Electives (3)
Physics SL 5-7 PHYSI 101 (4)
Physics HL 4 Electives (3)
Physics HL 5-7 PHYSI 120 and PHYSI 130 (8)
Sports, exercise and health science SL 4-7 Electives (3)
Further mathematics HL 4 MATH 153 and MATH 171 (9)
Further mathematics HL 5-7 MATH 153, MATH 171 and MATH 172 (14)
Mathematical studies SL 4-7 MATH 153 and MATH 171 (9)
Mathematics SL 4-7 MATH 153 and MATH 171 (9)
Mathematics HL 4-5 MATH 153 and MATH 171 (9)
Mathematics HL 6-7 MATH 153, MATH 171 and MATH 172 (14)
Dance SL or HL 4-7 Electives (3)
Film SL or HL 4 Electives (3)
Film SL or HL 5-7 COMM 113 (3)
Music: Creating option SL 4-7 MUSIC 100, MUSIC 101 and MUSIC 130 (9)
Music: Performing option SL 4-7 MUSIC 100, MUSIC 101 and MUSIC 130 (9)
Music HL 4-7 MUSIC 100, MUSIC 101 and MUSIC 130 (9)
Theatre SL or HL 4-7 Electives (3)
Visual arts SL or HL 4-7 ART 129 (3)