WSU awards a minimum of three semester credits for each higher level (HL) International Baccalaureate (IB) exam passed with a grade of 4 or better. Standard level (SL) exams are not evaluated for credit.
The Office of Admissions determines whether IB credits apply to University Common Requirements (UCORE), while each academic department determines whether credits apply to specific major or supporting course requirements. When no specific course number is listed, there is no direct WSU course equivalent for all or part of that exam. The most appropriate course equivalent is determined case by case.
Washington State University awards 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 4 or better, subject to maximum credit limits. This policy applies to students entering fall 2017 and is subject to change.
|IB Exam||Score||WSU Transfer Equivalency||Number of Credits (semester)||UCORE Fulfillment|
|Arabic A and B||See "Language"|
|Art/Design||4+||Fine Arts Elective||3||ARTS|
|Biology||4+||Biology 106, 107 (2 labs granted) (Sequence for Science/Health majors)||8||BSCI|
|Business Management||4+||Management Elective||6|
|Business & Organization||4+||Management 101, Management Elective||6|
|Chemistry||4||Chemistry Elective (1 lab granted)||4||PSCI|
|5||Chemistry 101 (1 lab granted)||4||PSCI|
|6||Chemistry 105 (1 lab granted) (For Science/Engineering majors)||4||PSCI|
|7||Chemistry 105, 106 (2 labs granted) (For Science/Engineering majors)||8||PSCI|
|Classical Languages||4+||Counts toward College of Arts and Sciences language requirement)||8|
|Chinese A and B||See "Language"|
|Computer Science||4+||Computer Science||6|
|Design Technology||4+||School of Design and Construction 100, Elective||6||ARTS|
|Economics||4+||Economics 101, 102||6||SSCI|
|English A: Literature||4+||English 101, English Elective||6||WRTG|
|English A: Language & Literature||4+||English 101, English Elective||6||WRTG|
|Film||4+||Fine Arts Elective||6||ARTS|
|French A and B||See "Language"|
|German A and B||See "Language"|
|History of the Americas||4+||History Elective||3|
|History of Europe||4+||History 101||3||HUM|
|History of the Islamic World||4+||History 273||3||DIVR|
|Information Technology in a Global Society||4+||Elective||6|
|Italian A and B||See "Language"|
|Japanese A and B||See "Language"|
|Language A: Literature||4+||Foreign Languages (Counts toward College of Arts and Sciences language requirement||8|
|Language A: Language & Literature||4+||Foreign Languages (Counts toward College of Arts and Sciences language requirement)||8|
|Language B||4+||Foreign Languages (Counts toward College of Arts and Sciences language requirement)||8|
|Mathematics||4+||Mathematics 106, 108 (Precalculus Sequence)||5|
|Music||4+||Music 160, Music Elective||6||ARTS|
|Philosophy||4+||Philosophy 101, Philosophy Elective||6||HUM|
|Physics||4+||Physics Elective (2 labs granted)||8||PSCI|
|Psychology||4+||Psychology 105, Psychology Elective||6||SSCI|
|Russian A and B||See "Language"|
|Social Anthropology||4+||Anthropology 101, 203||6||DIVR|
|Spanish A and B||See "Language"|
|Swahili A and B||See "Language"|
|Theatre Arts||4+||Music 161, Music Elective||6||ARTS|
* See the WSU Catalog for more information on University Common Requirements (UCORE).
International Baccalaureate credit policy is subject to change. The Office of Admissions will assess your IB credit when you’re admitted to WSU.
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.
Updated August 2016