International Baccalaureate (IB)

Please consult with a counselor for questions and up to date information regarding exams.  Units vary depending on the university. 

Southwestern College, on recommendation of the faculty, will award six or more units of credit for each International Baccalaureate (IB) higher-level subject examination passed with a score of four or better. Although 6 (6) or more units may be awarded for a given IB test, only one course (3 semester units) may be used to complete an IGETC requirement. To receive credit, students must request that their IB scores (transcripts) be sent to Southwestern College. Once the scores are on file with the College, the student must petition for the awarding of credit. Petitions are available in online. Credit will not be posted to the student’s permanent record.

Please be aware that each university sets its own criteria for the awarding of International Baccalaureate credit. For instance, the University of California (UC) system will only award credit for a score of five or higher on each higher-level exam.

Examination Score SWC Units SWC GE Area CSU-GE Certification* CSU Units Towards Transfer** IGETC Certification UC Units Towards Transfer
Biology HL 4 4 units Area B N/A N/A N/A N/A
Biology HL 5-7 4 units Area B 3 units, Area B2 6 units 3 units 5B without Lab 5.3 quarter units
Chemistry HL 5-7 5 units Area B 3 units Area B1 6 units 3 units, 5A without Lab 5.3 quarter units
Economics HL 4 3 units Area D N/A N/A N/A
Economics HL 5-7 3 units Area D 3 units, Area D 6 units 3 units, 4B 5.3 quarter units
Geography HL 4 6 units Area D N/A N/A N/A N/A
Geography HL 5-7 6 units Area D 3 units, Area D 6 units 3 units, 4E 5.3 quarter units
History (any region) HL 5-7 6 units Area D 3 units, Area C2 or D 6 units 3 units, 3B or 4F 5.3 quarter units
Language A Literature HL 4 6 units Area C 3 units, Area C2 6 units N/A N/A
Language A Literature HL 5-7 6 units Area C 3 units, Area C2 6 units 3 units, Area 3B 5.3 quarter units
Language A: Literature (any language, except English) HL 5-7 N/A N/A N/A N/A 3 units, Area 3B and 6A 5.3 quarter units
Language A Language and Literature HL 4 6 units Area C 3 units, Area C2 6 units N/A N/A
Language A Language and Literature HL 5-7 6 units Area C 3 units, Area C2 6 units 3 units, Area 3B 5.3 quarter units
Language A: Language and Literature (any language, except
English ) HL
5-7 N/A N/A N/A N/A 3 units, Area 3B and 6A 5.3 quarter units
Language A1 (any language) HL
(Prior to Fall 2013)^
4 6 units Area C 3 units, Area C2 6 units N/A N/A
Language A1 (any language) HL
(Prior to Fall 2013)^
5-7 6 units Area C 3 units, Area C2 6 units 3 units, Area 3B 5.3 quarter units
Language A1 (any language, except English) HL
(Prior to Fall 2013)^
5-7 N/A N/A N/A N/A 3 units, Area 3B and 6A 5.3 quarter units
Language A1 (English) HL
(Prior to Fall 2013)^
4 6 units Area A1 and C N/A N/A N/A N/A
Language A2 (any language) HL
(Prior to Fall 2013)^
4 N/A N/A 3 units, Area C2 6 units N/A N/A
Language A2 (any language) HL
(Prior to Fall 2013)^
5-7 N/A N/A 3 units, Area C2 6 units 3 units, Area 3B 5.3 quarter units
Language A2 (any language, except English) HL
(Prior to Fall 2013)^
5-7 N/A N/A N/A N/A 3 units, Area 3B and 6A 5.3 quarter units
Language A2 (Spanish) HL
(Prior to Fall 2013)^
4-7 6 units Area C N/A N/A N/A N/A
Language B (any language) HL 4 N/A N/A N/A 6 units N/A N/A
Language B (any language) HL 5-7 N/A N/A N/A 6 units 3 units, Area 6A 5.3 quarter units
Language B (Spanish) HL 4 6 units Area C N/A N/A N/A N/A
Mathematics HL 4 N/A N/A 3 units, Area B4 6 units N/A N/A
Mathematics HL 5-7 N/A N/A 3 units, Area B4 6 units 3 units, Area 2A 5.3 quarter units
Mathematics HL 6-7 6 units Area A2 and Mathmatics Competency 3 units, Area B4 6 units 3 units, Area 2A 5.3 quarter units
Physics HL 5-7 N/A N/A 3 units, B1 6 units 3 units, Area 5A (without Lab) 5.3 quarter units
Psychology HL 5-7 3 units Area D 3 units, D 3 units 3 units, Area 4I 5.3 quarter units
Theatre HL 4 6 units N/A 3 units, Area C1 6 units N/A N/A
Theatre HL 5-7 6 units N/A 3 units, Area C1 6 units 3 units, Area 3A 5.3 quarter units
N/A

-Not Applicable

HL

-Higher Level

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Areas of GE Breadth (A1 through E) are defined in EO 1100. Areas of American Institutions (US-1 through US-3) are set forth in Sections IA and IB of EO 1061, and at assist.org.

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These units count toward eligibility for admission. The units may not apply towards Associate Degrees for Transfer (AD-T) or the baccalaureate degree. The units may not all apply toward certification of the corresponding GE-Breadth area. See Executive Orders 1036 and 1100 for details.

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Students seeking certification in GE Breadth prior to transfer must have passed the test before this date. 

Note:
  • Credit may not be awarded for exams which duplicate credit for the same content earned through other means. 
  •  IB tests may be requested from your high school.
  • The IB curriculum offers language at various levels for native and non -native speakers. Language B course are offered at the intermediate level for non-natives. Language A1 and A2 are advanced courses in literature for native and non-native speakers, respectively.