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International Baccalaureate Credit and Chart

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Students completing the International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma with a score of 30 or above will receive 30 quarter units total toward their UC undergraduate degree. The university grants 8 quarter units for certified IB Higher Level examinations on which a student scores 5, 6, or 7. The university does not grant credit for standard level exams. The application of this credit to the General Education requirements and course equivalents for these exams are listed below.

Note: International Baccalaureate Examination credit earned prior to entering the university will not be counted toward maximum unit limitation either for selection of a major or for graduation.

IB Higher Level Exam With A Score of 5 or Higher Units Awarded GE Credit UCSB Course Equivalent (You may not enroll in these courses for credit at UCSB.)
Biology 8 C: 1 course MCDB 20/EEMB 20
Business and Management 8 None None
Chemistry 8 C: 1 course# Natural Science 1B
Computer Science 8 C: 1 course# Computer Science 5NM
Design Technology 8 None None
Economics 8 D: 2 courses Econ 1, Econ 2
English (A1 level)


Score of 5 8 Entry Level Writing Requirement Writing 1, 1E, 1LK
Score of 6 8 Writing 2 Writing 1, 1E, 1LK, 2, 2E, 2LK
Score of 7 8 Writing 2, 50 Writing 1, 1E, 1LK, 2, 2E, 2LK, 50, 50E, 50LK
Foreign Languages 8 B Levels 1-6
Geography 8 D: 1 course None
History of Africa 8 E: 1 course+ None
History of the Americas 8 E: 1 course None
History of East/South Asia and Oceania 8 E: 1 course+ None
History of Europe 8 E: 1 course^ History 4C
History of South Asia and the Middle East 8 E: 1 course+ None
Islamic History 8 E: 1 course+ None
Math 8 C: 1 course# None
Music 8 F: 1 course None
Philosophy 8 E: 1 course None
Physics 8 C: 1 course# Natural Science 1A, Physics 10
Psychology 8 D: 1 course None
Social and Cultural Anthropology 8 D: 1 course Anthropology 2
Theater 8 F: 1 course None
Visual Arts 8 F: 1 course None


# course also satisfies the Quantitative Relationships Requirement          
+ course also satisfies the World Cultures Requirement
^ course also satisfies the European Traditions Requirement