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
Anthropology HL TBD 5.3 TBD TBD
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
Dance HL TBD 5.3 TBD TBD
Economics HL 6.0 5.3 4 D2
Film HL TBD 5.3 TBD TBD
Geography HL 6.0 5.3 4 D5
Global Politics 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 HL 6.0* 5.3 2A B4
Mathematics, Further HL TBD 5.3 TBD TBD
Music HL TBD 5.3 TBD TBD
Philosophy HL TBD 5.3 TBD TBD
Physics HL TBD 5.3 5A (without lab) B1
Psychology HL 3.0 5.3 4 D9
Theatre HL 6.0* 5.3 3A C1
Visual Arts HL TBD 5.3 TBD TBD
World History HL TBD 5.3 TBD TBD