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International Baccalaureate Higher Level Examinations Credit

How do I get credit for my International Baccalaureate (IB) Higher Level examinations?

Students who have completed International Baccalaureate Higher Level examinations with a score of 5 or higher and submit an official International Baccalaureate Transcript of Grades will receive 4 to 10 units of college credit for each examination. See the table below for a complete list of IB examination credit. Be aware that credit granted by another institution does not ‘transfer’ to CSULB for test credit.

Examination results are only accepted directly from International Baccalaureate. Please visit their web site for information regarding how to request your scores. Once scores are received, you can view them through MyCSULB. Credit will be granted automatically for students that are eligible to register and the results can also be seen through MyCSULB on the Transfer Credit Report. For more information, visit our How-to guide for Viewing Test Scores and refer to the Test Score Summary and Transfer Credit Report sections.

Note: A minimum IB score of 5 is required for credit unless otherwise noted.

IB Exam Name & (Code) CSULB Credit
Arts, Visual (IB1) ART electives - 4 units
Arts, Visual Option A (IB58) ART electives - 4 units
Arabic A: Literature (IB49A), score of 4, 5, 6, or 7 ARAB 101A - 4 units & 4 units ARAB 101B
Arabic A: Lang & Lit (IB49B), score of 4, 5, 6, or 7 ARAB 201A - 4 units & 2 units ARAB electives
Arabic B (IB42), score of 4, 5, 6, or 7 ARAB 201B - 4 units & 2 units ARAB electives
Biology (IB2), score of 5 BIOL 200 - 4 units, & 2 units BIOL electives
Biology (IB2), score of 6 BIOL 200 - 4 units, & 2 units BIOL electives
Biology (IB2), score of 7 BIOL 211 - 3 units, & BIOL 212 - 3 units
Business & Management (IB3), score of 5, 6, or 7 CBA 4 units electives
Chemistry (IB4) CHEM 111A - 5 units, & 1 unit CHEM electives
Chinese A: Literature (IB50A), score of 4, 5, 6, or 7 3 units GE C2c Foreign Language & 3 units CHIN electives
Chinese A: Lang & Lit (IB50B), score of 4, 5, 6, or 7 3 units GE C2c Foreign Language & 3 units CHIN electives
Chinese B, (IB59) score of 4, 5, 6, or 7 CHIN electives - 6 units
Classical Greek (IB5) score of 4, 5, 6, or 7 GK 101A - 4 units, & GK 101B - 4 units
Computing Studies (IB6) CECS electives - 4 units
Economics (IB7) ECON 100 - 3 units, & ECON 101 - 3 units
English A: Literature (IB8A), score of 4, 5, 6, or 7 ENGL 100 - 3 units & ENGL 180 - 3 units
English A: Lang & Lit (IB8B), score of 4, 5, 6, or 7 ENGL 100 - 3 units & ENGL 180 - 3 units
English B (IB10), score of 4, 5, 6, or 7 ENGL 100 - 3 units & ENGL 180 - 3 units
Film in English (IB57) ENGL electives - 4 units
French A: Literature (IB11A), score of 4, 5, 6, or 7 FREN 312A - 3 units & FREN 312B - 3 units & FREN 411 - 3 units
French A: Lang & Lit (IB11B), score of 4, 5, 6, or 7 FREN 312A - 3 units & FREN 312B - 3 units & FREN 411 - 3 units
French B (IB12), score of 4, 5, 6, or 7 FREN 312A - 3 units & FREN 312B - 3 units & FREN 314 - 3 units
Geography (IB13) GEOG 100 - 3 units, & 3 units GEOG electives
German A: Literature (IB14A), score of 4, 5, 6, or 7 GERM 398 - 3 units & GERM 498 - 3 units
German A: Lang & Lit (IB14B), score of 4, 5, 6, or 7 GERM 398 - 3 units & GERM 498 - 3 units
German B (IB15), score of 4, 5, 6, or 7 GERM 201A - 4 units & GERM 201B - 4 units
History of Africa (IB19) 3 units GE area D2 & 3 units HIST electives
History of the Americas (IB16) 3 units GE area D2 & 3 units HIST electives
History of Asia: East & SE Asia & Oceania (IB20) 3 units GE area D2 & 3 units HIST electives
History of Asia: South Asia & Middle East (IB36) 3 units GE area D2 & 3 units HIST electives
History of Europe (IB17) HIST 132 - 3 units, & 3 units HIST electives
History of Europe and the Middle East (IB23) HIST 132 – 3 units & 3 units HIST electives
History & Culture Islamic World (IB18) 3 units GE area D2 & 3 units HIST electives
Information Technology in a Global Society (IB48), score of 5, 6, or 7 4 units electives
Italian A: Literature (IB32A), score of 4, 5, 6, or 7 3 units C2c GE Foreign Language & 3 units ITAL electives
Italian A: Lang & Lit (IB32B), score of 4, 5, 6, or 7 ITAL 312A - 3 units & ITAL 312B - 3 units & ITAL 411 - 3 units
Italian B (IB34), score of 4, 5, 6, or 7 ITAL 312A - 3 units & ITAL 312B - 3 units & ITAL 314 - 3 units
Japanese A: Literature (IB46A), score of 4, 5, 6, or 7 JAPN 371 - 3 units & JAPN 421 - 3 units & JAPN 471 - 3 units
Japanese A: Lang & Lit (IB46B), score of 4, 5, 6, or 7 JAPN 371 - 3 units & JAPN 421 - 3 units & JAPN 471 - 3 units
Japanese B (IB39), score of 4, 5, 6, or 7 JAPN 201 - 4 units & JAPN 202 - 4 units
Korean A: Literature (IB56A), score of 4, 5, 6, or 7 KOR 102 - 4 units & 2 units KOR electives
Korean A: Lang & Lit (IB56B), score of 4, 5, 6, or 7 KOR 102 - 4 units & 2 units KOR electives
Korean B (IB37), score of 4, 5, 6, or 7 KOR 102 - 4 units & 2 units KOR electives
Latin (IB21), score of 4, 5, 6 or 7 LAT 301 - 4 units, & 2 units of upper division Latin electives
Math – Higher Level (IB22), score of 4, 5, 6 or 7 MATH 114 - 3 units, & MATH 122 - 4 units
Music (IB24) MUS 160 - 3 units & MUS 490 - 3 units
Philosophy (IB25) PHIL 100 - 3 units, & 1 unit PHIL electives
Physics (IB26) PHYS 100A - 4 units, & PHYS 100B - 4 units
Portuguese A: Literature (IB53A), score of 4, 5, 6, or 7 PORT 100 - 6 units
Portuguese A: Lang & Lit (IB53B), score of 4, 5, 6, or 7 PORT 200 - 6 units
Portuguese B (IB44), score of 4, 5, 6 or 7 PORT 201B - 4 units & 2 units PORT electives
Psychology (IB27) PSY 100 - 3 units, & 1 unit PSY electives
Russian A: Literature (IB54A), score of 4, 5, 6, or 7 3 units C2c GE Foreign Language & 3 units RUSS electives
Russian A: Lang & Lit (IB54B), score of 4, 5, 6, or 7 RUSS 312 - 3 units & RUSS 314 - 3 units & 3 units upper division RUSS electives
Russian B (IB41), score of 4, 5, 6, or 7 RUSS 201A - 4 units & RUSS 201B - 4 units
Social & Cultural Anthropology (IB28) 4 units ANTH electives
Spanish A: Literature (IB29A), score of 4, 5, 6, or 7 3 units C2c GE Foreign Language & 3 units SPAN electives
Spanish A: Lang & Lit (IB29B), score of 4, 5, 6, or 7 SPAN 300 - 6 units & SPAN 314 - 3 units
Spanish B (IB30), score of 4, 5, 6, or 7 SPAN 300 - 6 units
Theatre Arts (IB31), score of 4, 5, 6 or 7 THEA 122 - 3 units, and 3 unit THEA electives

rev. 09/02/2014