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International Baccalaureate Higher-Level Exams

How higher-level International Baccalaureate exams transfer

If you are interested in receiving credit for International Baccalaureate higher-level exams, you should have an official score report sent to Undergraduate Admissions at SPU.

The chart below indicates how International Baccalaureate higher-level subject exam scores presented on an official score report are accepted at SPU. The numbers in parentheses indicate the score(s) required in order to receive credit. No score below 5 will result in credit. 

SPU does not award credit for Standard-level exams nor for the IB Diploma.

If you believe an exam for which you receive SPU credit may fulfill major requirements, contact the appropriate department for a review.

IB exam subject Credits Exploratory Curriculum SPU acceptance
Biology 5 (for 6, 7) WKFS** Fundamental Science
Business and
Management
5 (for 5, 6, or 7)   Elective
Chemistry 5 (for 5) WKFS** CHM 1211
  10 (for 6)  WKFS** CHM 1211 and 1212
  15 (for 7) WKFS** CHM 1211, 1212, 1213 and 2213
Classical Languages 5 (for 5)   *
  10 (for 6)    *
  15 (for 7)   *
Computer Science 5 (for 5, 6, or 7) WKAS Applied Science
Dance 5 (for 5, 6, or 7) WKA Arts
Design Technology 5 (for 5, 6, or 7)   Elective
Economics 5 (for 5, 6, or 7) WKSS ECN 2101
English A-1 5 (for 5, 6, or 7) WKH Humanities
Film 0   No credit awarded
Geography 5 (for 5, 6, or 7) WKSS Social Sciences
Global Politics 5 (for 5, 6, or 7) WKSS Political Science Elective
History 5 (for 5, 6, or 7) WKSS History Elective*
Info Tech Global Society 5 (for 5, 6, or 7)   Elective Only
Language A 5 (for 5)   *
  10 (for 6)   *
  15 (for 7)   *
Language B 5 (for 5)   *
  10 (for 6)   *
  15 (for 7)   *
Mathematics 5 (for 6, 7) WKQR Quantitative Reasoning
Music 5 (for 5, 6, or 7)   Elective
Philosophy 5 (for 5, 6, or 7)   Elective
Physics 5 (for 6, 7) WKFS**  Fundamental Science
Psychology 5 (for 5, 6, or 7) WKSS PSY 1180
Social and Cultural Anthropology 5 (for 5, 6, or 7) WKSS, CUE ANT 2250
Sports, Exercise, &
Health Sciences
    Review Pending
Theatre 5 (for 5, 6, or 7) WKA Arts
Visual Arts 5 (for 5, 6, or 7) WKA Arts *

*Consult with the academic department regarding placement or major requirements.

**Students in the University Scholars Program may not use credit earned through an AP exam to fulfill the Ways of Knowing in the Fundamental Sciences (WKFS) requirement.