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International Baccalaureate Program

What is the International Baccalaureate Program?

The International baccalaureate (IB) Program is for students aged 16 to 19 and is an internationally recognize curriculum, culminating with a set of examinations that are used in many countries as a qualification for going to university. To earn the IB diploma, students complete and test in six main areas of study: language and literature, language acquisition, individuals and societies, experimental sciences, mathematics and computer science, and the arts. Normally three of the IB program areas are studied at the "higher level". Three additional elements round out the program: a theory of knowledge course, learning outside the classroom, and a 4,000-word essay. IB classes and assessments tend to involve more research, writing, and hands-on evaluation. Students who take IB courses without completing the entire program may earn IB certificates by testing in selected IB courses.

California University of Pennsylvania recognizes excellence demonstrated by students on the International Baccalaureate (IB) examinations. Cal U will grant credits only for “higher” level subjects (not standard). Credits are awarded upon receipt of an official IB transcript from the IB Americas’ office.  

International Baccalaureate Transfer Equivalencies

IB Examination - High Level (HL) Minimum Score Credits Course Equivalencies
Anthropology 4 3 ANT 100
Art (Visual) 4 3 ART 162
Biology 5 3 BIO   162               
Business Management 4 3 BUS 100
Chemistry 5 4 CHE 101
Chemistry 7 8 CHE 101 & 102
Computer Science 4 3 CSC  120
Design Technology 4 3 TLC 162
Economics 4 3 ECO 201
Economics 7 6 ECO 201&202
Environmental Systems 4 3 ENS 101
Film 4 3 COM 275
Geography 4 3 GEO 100
History 4 3 HIS 111
Information Technology 4 4 CIS 162
Language A: Literature 4 3 ENG 162
Language A: English and Literature 7 6 ENG 101 & ENG 162
Language Acquissition B: Other 4 3 Foreign Language 101 or  HLC 162
Language Acquissition B: Other 7 6 Foreign Language 101 & 102  or  HLC 162
Mathematics 4 3 MAT   199
Mathematics 5-7 6 MAT 199 & 281
Music 4 3 MUS 100
Philosophy 4 3 PHI 100
Physics 5 4 PHY 121
Physics 7 8 PHY 121 & 122
Psychology 4 3 PSY 100
Theatre Arts 4 3 THE 100
Course equivalencies subject to change UPDATED 12/3/2014