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WSU IB Credit Chart

WSU is in the process of conducting a comprehensive review of all International Baccalaureate (IB) examinations, including Higher Level (HL) exams with grades of 4 and Standard Level (SL) subjects with grades of 4 or higher, to determine appropriate credit awarding policies. This is a continuous review process and credit equivalencies are subject to change as exams are evaluated for appropriate credit.

WSU awards up to 30 semester credits to students who successfully complete the IB Diploma. Upon receipt of a diploma, credit will be awarded for at least 3 courses (10 semester credits) and distributed evenly among three general education areas (natural sciences, social sciences, arts or humanities). An additional 20 semester credits will be awarded in the areas of the student’s higher-level subject exams with a score of 5 or better, for a maximum of 30 total credits.

Please see the equivalency chart below for the current IB equivalencies and see the WSU Catalog for more information about University Common Requirements (UCORE). This policy applies to students entering fall 2018 and is subject to change.

IB ExamScoreWSU Transfer EquivalencyNumber of Credits (semester)UCORE Fulfillment
Arabic A and BSee "Language"
Art/Design5+Fine Arts Elective3ARTS
Biology5+Biology 106, 107 (2 labs granted) (Sequence for Science/Health majors) 8BSCI
Business Management5+Management Elective6
Business & Organization5+Management 101, Management Elective6
Chemistry5Chemistry 101 (1 lab granted)4PSCI
6Chemistry 105 (1 lab granted) (For Science/Engineering majors)4PSCI
7Chemistry 105, 106 (2 labs granted) (For Science/Engineering majors) 8PSCI
Classical Languages5+Counts toward College of Arts and Sciences language requirement)8
Chinese A and B5+See "Language"
Computer Science5+Computer Science6
Design Technology5+School of Design and Construction 100, Elective6ARTS
Economics5+Economics 101, 1026SSCI
English A: Literature5+English 101, English Elective6WRTG
English A: Language & Literature5+English 101, English Elective6WRTG
Film5+Fine Arts Elective6ARTS
French A and BSee "Language"
Geography5+Elective6SSCI
German A and BSee "Language"
History of the Americas5+History Elective3HUM
History of Europe5+History 1013HUM
History of the Islamic World5+History 2733DIVR
Information Technology in a Global Society5+Elective6
Italian A and BSee "Language"
Japanese A and BSee "Language"
Language A: Literature5+Foreign Languages (Counts toward College of Arts and Sciences language requirement8
Language A: Language & Literature5+Foreign Languages (Counts toward College of Arts and Sciences language requirement)8
Language B5+Foreign Languages (Counts toward College of Arts and Sciences language requirement)8
Mathematics5+Mathematics 106, 108 (Precalculus Sequence) 5
Music5+Music 160, Music Elective6ARTS
Philosophy5+Philosophy 101, Philosophy Elective6HUM
Physics5+Physics Elective (2 labs granted)8PSCI
Psychology5+Psychology 105, Psychology Elective 6SSCI
Russian A and BSee "Language"
Social Anthropology5+Anthropology 101, 203 6DIVR
Spanish A and BSee "Language"
Swahili A and BSee "Language"
Theatre Arts5+Music 161, Music Elective6ARTS
Visual Arts5+Elective6ARTS

*The maximum combined lower-division transfer credit allowed from regionally accredited institutions, CLEP (College Level Examination Program), AP (Advanced Placement), IB (International Baccalaureate), and military credit shall be 73 semester hours toward a baccalaureate degree irrespective of when those hours were earned. Please contact the Transfer Clearinghouse with any questions you may have.

Updated September 2018

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