International Baccalaureate Examination Program
Visit the Articulation website for the most current information on International Baccalaureate credit.
Santa Barbara City College may grant credit toward the Associate Degree by petition for some high-level International Baccalaureate examinations, where a grade of a 5, 6, or 7 has been earned. Students wishing to receive credit for international baccalaureate examinations should contact the college’s Articulation Officer for petition procedures.
A score of 5, 6 or 7 on Higher Level exams is required to grant credit for IGETC and CSU GE Breadth certification (exception: a score of 4 the following IB subjects is considered a passing score for CSU GE Breadth certification: Language A1 HL, Language A2 HL, Language A Literature HL, Language A Language and Literature HL, Language B HL, Mathematics HL and Theatre HL). An acceptable IB score for IGETC or CSU GE Breadth equates to either 3 semester or 4 quarter units for certification purposes. Students who have earned credit from an IB exam should not take a comparable college course because transfer credit will not be granted for both. Consult each individual UC and CSU campus website for more information on their campus specific IB policy.
|IB Subject||CSU Elective Units1||UC Elective Units2||IGETC Area||CSU GE Area|
|Biology HL||6.0||5.3||5B (without lab)||B2|
|Business Management HL||TBD||5.3||TBD||TBD|
|Chemistry||6.0||5.3||5A (without lab)||B1|
|Computer Science HL||TBD||5.3||TBD||TBD|
|History (any region) HL||6.0||5.3||3B or 4||C2 or D6|
|Language A: Language and Literature (any language) HL||6.0*||5.3||3B||C2|
|Language A: Language and Literature(any language, except English) HL||6.0*||5.3||3B and 6A||C2|
|Language A: Literature (any language) HL||6.0*||5.3||3B||C2|
|Language A: Literature (any language, except English) HL||6.0*||5.3||3B and 6A||C2|
|Language B (any language) HL||6.0*||5.3||6A||N/A|
|Mathematics, Further HL||TBD||5.3||TBD||TBD|
|Physics HL||TBD||5.3||5A (without lab)||B1|
|Visual Arts HL||TBD||5.3||TBD||TBD|
|World History HL||TBD||5.3||TBD||TBD|
Visit the California State University website to find the CSU policy for IB. Each campus in the California State University system determines how it will apply external examinations toward credit in the major. Contact the individual campus for more information.
The International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) awards either a diploma or a certificate for individual IB exams. Students completing the International Baccalaureate diploma with a score of 30 or above will receive 30 quarter (20 semester) units toward their UC degree. The University of California also grants 8 quarter (5.3 semester) units for students who receive IB certificates with scores of 5, 6 or 7 on Higher Level exams. For more information about course credit awarded by the campuses, visit the University of California's Admissions website.
A score of 4 on these IB subjects is considered a passing score by the CSU system to earn CSU elective units and CSU GE Breadth credit.