International Baccalaureate Program Credit Policies

March 2017 to February 2018

The chart below lists the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program subject areas, the scores required to earn University of Iowa credit, the UI course equivalencies, and information about how earned credit can be applied. Exam results are reported on a seven-point scale, with seven being the highest. The University of Iowa offers credit only for the Higher Level (HL) exams as listed below with the exception of Mathematics, in which credit is offered for the Standard Level (SL) exam as well.

In addition, a score of 5-7 on any Higher Level (HL) "Language A: literature", "Language A: language and literature" or "Language B" exam not listed below may be used to fulfill the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences General Education Program World Languages component; however, no credit is awarded.

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IB Exam Title

Score

Credit Awarded

Other Information

Anthropology (Social & Cultural)

5-7

3 s.h.

Duplicates ANTH:1101 Cultural Anthropology. May be applied to General Education Program: Social Sciences hours or General Education Program: Values and Culture hours; or applied to requirements for the Anthropology major or minor; or used as elective hours.

Arabic A: literature

5-7

6 s.h.

May be used to complete the General Education Program World Languages component, or used as elective hours.

Arabic A: language and literature

5-7

6 s.h.

May be used to complete the General Education Program World Languages component, or used as elective hours.

Arabic B

5-7

3 s.h.

May be used to complete the General Education Program World Languages component, or used as elective hours.

Biology

5-7

4 s.h.

Duplicates BIOL:1140 Human Biology. Duplicates CLEP Subject Test:  Biology. Duplicates AP Test: Biology. May be applied to General Education Program: Natural Sciences (nonlab) hours; or used as elective hours.

Chemistry

5

3 s.h.

Duplicates CHEM:1070 General Chemistry I. May be applied to General Education Program: Natural Sciences (nonlab) hours; or used as elective hours.

6

4 s.h.

Duplicates CHEM:1110 Principles of Chemistry I. May be applied to General Education Program: Natural Sciences (lab) hours; or used as elective hours.

7

8 s.h.

Duplicates CHEM:1110-1120 Principles of Chemistry I-II. May be applied to General Education Program: Natural Sciences (lab) hours; or used as elective hours.

Chinese A: literature

5-7

6 s.h.

May be used to complete the General Education Program World Languages component, or used as elective hours.

Chinese A: language and literature

5-7

6 s.h.

May be used to complete the General Education Program World Languages component, or used as elective hours.

Czech A: literature

5-7

6 s.h.

May be used to complete the General Education Program World Languages component, or used as elective hours.

Economics

5-7

6 s.h.

Duplicates ECON:1100 Principles of Microeconomics and ECON:1200 Principles of Macroeconomics. Duplicates CLEP Subject Test: Macroeconomics (Principles of). May be applied to General Education Program:  Social Sciences hours; or used as elective hours.

English A: literature
 

5-7

3 s.h.

Duplicates ENGL:1200 Interpretation of Literature. Duplicates CLEP Subject Test: Analyzing & Interpreting Literature. Duplicates AP Test: English Literature & Composition. Duplicates Cambridge International Examination: English Literature. May be applied to the General Education Program Interpretation of Literature requirement; or used as elective hours.

English A: language and literature 5-7 3 s.h. May be used as elective hours.
English B 5-7 N/A No credit awarded.

French A: literature

5-7

6 s.h.

May be used to complete the General Education Program World Languages component; and applied to requirements for the French major or minor; or used as elective hours.

French A: language and literature

5-7

6 s.h.

May be used to complete the General Education Program World Languages component, and applied to requirements for the French major or minor; or used as elective hours.

French B
 

5-7

3 s.h.

May be used to complete the General Education Program World Languages component; and applied to requirements for the French major or minor; or used as elective hours.

Geography

  5-7

3 s.h.

May be used as elective hours, or may be applied to the Geography major requirements as a course “in addition to any course required to fulfill a track requirement.”

German A: literature

5-7

6 s.h.

May be used to complete the General Education Program World Languages component, and applied to requirements for the German major or minor; or used as elective hours.

German A: language and literature

5-7

6 s.h.

May be used to complete the General Education Program World Languages component, and applied to requirements for the German major or minor; or used as elective hours.

German B

5-7

3 s.h.

May be used to complete the General Education Program World Languages component, and applied to requirements for the German major or minor; or used as elective hours.

History

5-7

3 s.h.

Duplicates HIST:2403 Western Civilization III. May be applied to General Education Program: Historical Perspectives hours, or General Education Program: International and Global Issues hours; or used as elective hours.

Hindi A: literature 5-7 6 s.h. May be used to complete the General Education Program World Languages component, or used as elective hours.
Hindi B 5-7 3 s.h. May be used to complete the General Education Program World Languages component, or used as elective hours.

History of the Americas

5-7

3 s.h.

May be applied to General Education Program: Historical Perspectives hours; or used as elective hours.

Islamic History

5-7

3 s.h.

May be applied to General Education Program:  Historical Perspectives hours; or used as elective hours.

Italian A: literature

5-7

6 s.h.

May be used to complete the General Education Program World Languages component, and applied to requirements for the Italian major or minor; or used as elective hours.

Italian A: language and literature

5-7

6 s.h.

May be used to complete the General Education Program World Languages component, and applied to requirements for the Italian major or minor; or used as elective hours.

Italian B

5-7

3 s.h.

May be used to complete the General Education Program World Languages component, and applied to requirements for the Italian major or minor; or used as elective hours.

Japanese A: literature

5-7

6 s.h.

May be used to complete the General Education Program World Languages component, or used as elective hours.

Japanese A: language and literature

5-7

6 s.h.

May be used to complete the General Education Program World Languages component, or used as elective hours.

Japanese B

5-7

3 s.h.

May be used to complete the General Education Program World Languages component, or used as elective hours.

Korean A: literature

5-7

6 s.h.

May be used to complete the General Education Program World Languages component, or used as elective hours.

Korean A: language and literature

5-7

6 s.h.

May be used to complete the General Education Program World Languages component, or used as elective hours.

Korean B

5-7

3 s.h.

May be used to complete the General Education Program World Languages component, or used as elective hours.

Latin

4-7

6 s.h.

Duplicates CLSL:2001 World of Cicero and CLSL:2002 Golden Age of Roman Poetry. May be used to complete the General Education Program World Languages component; or used as elective hours.

Mandarin B

5-7

3 s.h.

May be used to complete the General Education Program World Languages component, or used as elective hours.

Mathematics
(HL)

5-7

8 s.h.

Duplicates MATH:1020 Elementary Functions and MATH:1850 Calculus I.

Mathematics
(SL)

6-7

8 s.h.

Duplicates MATH:1020 Elementary Functions and MATH:1850 Calculus I.

Philosophy

5-7

3 s.h.

May be applied to General Education Program: Values and Culture hours; or used as elective hours. 

Physics

5-7

8 s.h.

Duplicates the sequence PHYS:1511-1512 College Physics. May be applied to General Education Program: Natural Sciences (including lab) hours; or used as elective hours.

Portuguese A: literature

5-7

6 s.h.

May be used to complete the General Education Program World Languages component, and applied to requirements for the Portuguese major or minor; or used as elective hours.

Portuguese A: language and literature

5-7

6 s.h.

May be used to complete the General Education Program World Languages component, and applied to requirements for the Portuguese major or minor; or used as elective hours.

Portuguese B

5-7

3 s.h.

May be used to complete the General Education Program World Languages component, and applied to requirements for the Portuguese major or minor; or used as elective hours.

Psychology

5-7

3 s.h.

Duplicates PSY:1001 Elementary Psychology. Duplicates AP Test:  Psychology. Duplicates CLEP Subject Test: Introductory Psychology. May be applied to General Education Program: Social Sciences hours; to requirements for the Psychology major or minor; or used as elective hours.

Russian A: literature

5-7

6 s.h.

May be used to complete the General Education Program World Languages component, and applied to requirements for the Russian major or minor; or used as elective hours.

Russian A: language and literature

5-7

6 s.h.

May be used to complete the General Education Program World Languages component, and applied to requirements for the Russian major or minor; or used as elective hours.

Russian B

5-7

3 s.h

May be used to complete the General Education Program World Languages component, and applied to requirements for the Russian major or minor; or used as elective hours.

Spanish A: literature

5-7

6 s.h.

May be used to complete the General Education Program World Languages component; and applied to requirements for the Spanish major or minor; or used as elective hours.

Spanish A: language and literature

5-7

6 s.h.

May be used to complete the General Education Program World Languages component, and applied to requirements for the Spanish major or minor; or used as elective hours.

Spanish B

5-7

3 s.h.

May be used to complete the General Education Program World Languages component; and applied to requirements for the Spanish major or minor; or used as elective hours.

Swahili A: literature

5-7

6 s.h.

May be used to complete the General Education Program World Languages component, or used as elective hours.

Swahili B

5-7

3 s.h.

May be used to complete the General Education Program World Languages component, or used as elective hours.

Theatre Arts

5-7

3 s.h.

May be applied to General Education Program:  Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts hours; or used as elective hours.