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International Baccalaureate Credit and Chart

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Students who earn scores of 5, 6, or 7 on International Baccalaureate (IB) Higher Level (HL) Examinations taken before high school graduation will receive 8 units of credit toward graduation at UCSB for each such test completed with the required scores, provided official scores are submitted to the Office of Admissions. Students who complete the IB diploma with a score of 30 or above will receive 30 quarter units total. The university does not grant credit for Standard Level (SL) exams. The application of this credit to the General Education requirements and course equivalents for these exams are listed below.

Students should be advised that college courses taken before or after attending UC may duplicate AP, IB and/or A Level examinations. Additionally, exams may duplicate each other (for example, an AP or IB exam in the same subject area). If the student does duplicate an exam with another exam of the same subject content, and/or an exam with a college course, we will award credit only once.

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


IB Higher Level (HL) Exam with score of 5, 6, or 7
Units Awarded General Education Credit
UCSB Course Equivalent (You may not enroll in these courses for credit at UCSB.)
Biology 8 C: 1 course MCDB 20
Chemistry 8 C: 1 course# Natural Science 1B
Computer Science 8 C: 1 course# None
Dance 8 None None
Economics 8 D: 2 courses Economics 1, 2
English A: Literature



Score of 5 8 Entry Level Writing Requirement Writing 1, 1E, 1LK
Score of 6 8 A1
Writing 1, 1E, 1LK, 2, 2E, 2LK
Score of 7 8 A1, A2
Writing 1, 1E, 1LK, 2, 2E, 2LK, 50, 50E, 50LK
English A: Language and LiteraturePendingEntry Level Writing Requirement Writing 1, 1E, 1LK
Film 8 None None
Geography 8 D: 1 course None
History8E: 1 course^ 
None
History of Africa 8 D: 1 course+ 
None
History of the Americas 8 D: 1 course 
None
History of Asia and Oceania 8 D: 1 course+ 
None
History of Europe and the Middle East
8 D: 1 course^ 
None
Languages Other Than English
8 B Pending
Mathematics
8 C: 2 courses#
Mathematics 3A, 3B, 15, 34A, 34B, or equivalent
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
Theatre 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