International Baccalaureate Credit

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The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program sponsored by the International Baccalaureate Organization is a comprehensive and challenging two-year course of study for students of senior high school age leading to final examinations in six subject areas.  The Higher Level (HL) courses represent a recommended 240 teaching hours.  Students who do not satisfy the requirements of the full Diploma Program or who have elected to take fewer than six subjects are awarded a certificate for the examinations completed.

SIUC awards proficiency credit to students, who have passed the Higher Level (HL) exams with a minimum score of 5 and in some cases a 6 or 7, as indicated in the following chart.  Upon receipt of test scores, the appropriate number of credit hours will be entered on the student’s record.  If test scores for new freshmen are received after orientation/registration, the student will need to work with their academic advisor to ensure duplicate courses are not taken.

Transfer students who have IB credit transcripted as college courses from their previous institution will receive that course credit at SIUC as transfer credit.

The maximum credit granted through IB examinations is thirty hours (fifteen for an associate degree).  It is nonresident credit, does not carry a grade, and is not used in computing the student’s grade point average.  The thirty-hour limit includes any college level proficiency credit that has been earned.  The credit to be granted at SIUC is determined by the appropriate academic department.  The credit will be validated after the student has earned 12 hours of credit with a minimum grade average of C or above in residence at SIUC. 

For more information, please see the International Baccalaureate Organization’s website: http://www.ibo.org.

IB Transcripts may be ordered from the following address:

ATTN:  Transcript Officer, International Baccalaureate
American Global Centre
7501 Wisconsin Ave., Suite 200 West
Bethesda, MD 20814

The transcript scores should be sent to:

Transfer Student Services
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Woody Hall A006, Mailcode 4725
900 South Normal Avenue
Carbondale, IL 62901 

International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program Equivalency Credit

Course (HL - Higher Level) Score Course Equivalent Hours
Gr. 1

Study in language and literature

Language A: Literature

5-7

ENGL 121 The Western Literary Tradition

3

Language A: Language and Literature*

5-7

Humanities Sub2

3

*Additional language credit may be available through departmental evaluation

Gr. 2

Language acquisition

Language AB

5-7

FR 123A, B Elementary French,
SPAN140A, B Elementary Spanish or
GER 126A, B Elementary German

8

Language B

6-7

FR 201A, B Intermediate French,
SPAN 201A, B Intermediate Spanish, or
GER 201A, B Intermediate German

8

Latin or Classical Greek

5-7

CLAS 130A Elementary Classical Greek or 
CLAS 133A Elementary Latin

4

*Additional language credit may be available through departmental evaluation

Gr. 3

Individuals and Societies

Economics

5

ECON 113 Introduction to Economics or
ECON 114 Introduction to Economics Classroom Simulations

3

Economics

6-7

ECON 240 Introduction to Microeconomics and
ECON 241 Introduction to Macroeconomics

6

Geography

5-7

GEOG 103 World Geography

3

History

5-7

HIST 112 The Twentieth Century World

3

History of the Americas

5-7

SOCS SUB 1

3

Information Technology (ITGS)

5-7

CS 200B; Computer Concepts or
ISAT 229 Computing for Business Administration

3

Philosophy

5-7

PHIL 102 Introduction to Philosophy

3

Psychology

5-7

PSYC 102 Introduction to Psychology

3

Social and Cultural Anthropology

5-7

ANTH 104 The Human Experience: Anthropology

3

Gr. 4

Experimental Sciences

Biology

5

PLB 115 General Biology

3

6-7

BIOL 200A Cell and Molecular Biology, Genetics and Evolution, and BIOL 200B Organismal and Ecological Biology

8

Chemistry

5

CHEM 106 Introduction to Chemistry

3

6-7

CHEM 200/201 Intro to Chemical Principles and
CHEM 210/211 General and Inorganic Chemistry

8

Design Technology

5-7

IT 208 Fundamentals of Manufacturing Processes

3

Physics

5

PHYS 101 Physics that Changed the World

3

6-7

PHYS 203A,Band 253A,B College Physics

8

Environmental Systems and Society

5-7

GEOG 100 Environmental Conservation

3

Gr. 5

Mathematics and Computer Sciences

Mathematics

5-7

MATH 150 Calculus I

4

Further Mathematics

5-7

MATH 250 Calculus II

4

Computer Science

5

CS 202 Introduction to Computer Science

4

6-7

CS 202 Introduction to Computer Science and
CS 220 Programming with Data Structures

8

Gr. 6

The Arts

Film

5-7

CP 101 Film History and Analysis

3

Music

5-7

MUS 103 Music Understanding

3

Theater

5-7

THEA 101 Theater Insight

3

Visual Arts

5-7

AD 101 Introduction to Visual Culture

3