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International Baccalaureate Procedures

Learn how your International Baccalaureate credits can be used toward your degree within the College of Arts & Sciences.

General Policies

  1. A maximum of 15 units of pre-matriculation credit may be counted towards any undergraduate degree. These units will count towards graduation but will not meet general education requirements.

  2. Washington University accepts credit for Higher Level examinations only. Standard Level examinations will not be considered for credit.

  3. If a student takes a course in residence which they have already received IB credit for the IB credit will be removed automatically.

Subject-Specific Policies


Biology (L41)

Biology HL

Grade 7, 6: 6 units of credit for L41 Biology L41 100A (elective credit). Students who plan to major in Biology or who are pre-med normally will enroll in Bio 2960 in the Spring of freshman year and Bio L41 2970 in the Fall of sophomore year.

5, 4, 3, 2, 1 No credit awarded.

Biology EE and SL

No credit awarded.

Business & Management

No credit awarded.

Chemistry (L07)

Chemistry HL

Those students who receive a 6 or 7 on the IB test in Chemistry will receive 3 units each of Chem L07 103 and 104. Receipt of these credits has no bearing on fulfillment of chemistry requirements for pre-medicine or any science major and cannot be used to satisfy pre-requisites for Organic Chemistry. All students who wish to pursue a major or a pre-professional preparatory curriculum requiring general chemistry, must take Chem L07 111A and 112A and the associated labs, Chem L07 151 and 152. Students who wish to exempt either the first or second semester of general chemistry, including the labs, must pass a placement exam administered by the Department of Chemistry during the first week of classes in the fall.

Grade 7, 6: 6 units of credit: 3 units each of Chem L07 103 and 104. These units do not replace Chem L07 111A or 112A. Chem L07 112A must be completed prior to registration in Chem L07 261 or 401 or any advanced courses in Chemistry.

Grade 5, 4, 3, 2, 1: No credit awarded.

Chemistry EE and SL

No credit awarded.

Classical Greek (L09)

No credit awarded. Placement determined by departmental examination. Students who place into Greek 317C may be awarded 6 back credits upon completion of Greek 317C with a grade of B or better. Placement at the appropriate level is determined by departmental examination. 

Computer Science (E81)

No credit given but a student can take the CSE 131 placement exam.

Design Technology (E81)

No credit given but a student can take the CSE 131 (formerly CS 101G) placement exam. Contact the CSE office at 314-935-6160 for more information.

Economics (L11)

Economics HL

Grade 7: 3 units of undergraduate general degree credit, contingent upon completion of L11 4011 with a grade of B or better. The credit will not count toward the Economics major/minor. Placement into any economics course is permitted (assuming other prerequisites are met); however, by-passing introductory courses may be disadvantageous, and students are strongly encouraged to consult with the department’s Academic Coordinator. By-passing L11 1011 and/or L11 1021 requires the completion of additional economics elective credit for the major/minor.

Grade 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1: No credit given. Not recommended to by-pass L11 1011 or L11 1021.

Economics EE and SL

No credit awarded.
 

English Composition (L13) and Literature (L14)

English A1 HL, English A2 HL, and English B HL

Grade 7: 3 units of elective credit (L13-0001) contingent upon completing L59-100 with a grade of B or better. Please note, no credit is given for Writing or Literature courses.

Grade 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1: No credit awarded.

English EE and SL

No credit awarded

French (L34)

No credit awarded. Need to take the departmental placement exam. Students who place into and complete higher-level courses can earn up to 6 units of back credit for preceding courses.

Geography

No credit awarded.

German A1, German B (Modern Foreign Languages) (L21)

Students should take the departmental placement exam. Students who place into and complete these courses with a B– or better will receive the following credit:

German 210D – 3 units for German 102D
German 301D – 3 units for German 102D, and 3 units for German 210D
German 302D – 3 units for German 102D, and 3 units for German 210D

Greek

Students may be awarded 6 units of back credit upon completion of a Greek L09 course at the 300 level or above with a grade of a B or better. Placement at the appropriate level is determined by departmental examination. 

History (L22)

American History

No credit awarded.

European History

No credit awarded.

African History

No credit awarded.

Islamic World History

No credit awarded.

South and Southeast Asia History

No credit awarded.

South Asia and Middle East History

No credit awarded.

Italian (L78)

No credit awarded. Need to take the departmental placement exam. Students who place into and complete higher-level courses can earn up to 6 units of back credit for preceding courses.

Latin (L10)

Students who place into Latin L10 301 or above may be awarded 6 units of back credit upon completion of the course with a grade of B or better. Placement at the appropriate level is determined by departmental examination.

Mathematics (L24)

Mathematics HL

Grade 7, 6: 3 units of credit for Math L24 131.

Grade 5, 4, 3, 2, 1: No credit awarded.

Mathematics HL with Differential Equations and Series

Grade 7, 6: 6 units of credit for Math L24 131 and 132.

Grade 5, 4, 3, 2, 1: No credit awarded.

Mathematics SL

No credit awarded.

Mathematics Studies SL

No credit awarded.

Mathematics EE

No credit awarded.
Further Mathematics HL and SL: No credit awarded.

Music (L27)

Music HL

Grade 7, 6:  3 units of elective credit for students who do not major or minor in music

Grade 5, 4, 3, 2, 1: No credit awarded.

Music EE and SL

No credit awarded.

Norwegian

No credit awarded.

Philosophy(L30)

Philosophy HL

Grade 7, 6: 3 units of credit for Phil L30 125C.

Grade 5, 4, 3, 2, 1: No credit awarded.

Philosophy EE and SL

No credit awarded.

Physics (L31)

Physics HL

Grade 7: 6 units of credit for Physics L31 113A and 114A

Grade 6, 5: 3 units of credit for Physics L31 113A

Grade 4, 3, 2, 1: No credit awarded.

Physics EE and SL

No credit awarded.

Psychology (L33)

Grade 7, 6: Waives the Psych 100B Introduction to Psychology requirement, but no college credit given.

Social Anthropology (L48)

Credit is evaluated on an individual basis by the Anthropology department.

Spanish (L38)

No credit awarded. Need to take the departmental placement exam. Students who place into and complete higher-level courses can earn up to 6 units of back credit for preceding courses.

Visual/Studio Arts (F20)

Visual Arts HL

Grade 7: 3 units of elective credit for Art F20 0001.

Grade 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1: No credit given.

Visual Arts EE and SL

No credit awarded.