International Baccalaureate (IB) Policies

The UW encourages and applauds students who have chosen International Baccalaureate (IB) courses as part of their high school curriculum. These courses are challenging and demanding, and we believe they provide excellent preparation for university study.

Policy Overview

In most cases, five quarter credits (or more) are awarded for Higher Level subjects in which the student has earned a grade of 5 or higher.  Consult the Higher Level Subjects table for specific information about credit awards in particular subjects.
 
Additionally, students who earn an IB diploma (not certificates) will be awarded 15 more quarter credits toward general education requirements. These general education credits will be distributed equally (5 credits each) among the three Areas of Knowledge:

  • Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
  • Individuals and Societies (I&S)
  • The Natural World (NW) 

A maximum of 45 quarter credits may be awarded for IB.  No credit is awarded for Standard Level subject grades.

Submitting Your IB Transcript

The easiest way to ensure that the UW receives your IB transcript is to name the UW as a recipient when you sign up for IB program exam(s). If you do not name the UW as a recipient when you take your exam, contact the IB Organization to request that an official IB transcript be sent directly to the UW Office of Admissions. When you are admitted to the UW, you may be eligible for UW course credit; if so, the courses and credits awarded will be accessible to you via MyUW.

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Higher Level Subjects

IB Department Score Course(s) and Credits Counts Toward/Comments
African History 7,6,5 HIST 108 (5 cr.) Counts toward Individuals & Societies general education requirement for graduation.
American History 7,6,5 HSTAA 101 (5 cr.) Counts toward Individuals & Societies general education requirement for graduation.
Anthropology 7,6,5 ANTH 202 (5 cr.) Counts toward Individuals & Societies general education requirement for graduation.
Arabic A No credit.
Arabic B 7 ARAB 108 (15 cr.) Satisfies foreign language requirement, and credits count toward general education requirement for graduation. See department for placement.
Arabic B 6 ARAB 108 (10 cr.)
Arabic B 5 ARAB 108 (5 cr.)
Art/Design 7,6,5 Policy to be determined.
Biology 7,6,5 BIOL 161-162 (10 cr.) Counts toward Natural World general education requirement for graduation.
Business and Management 7,6,5 No credit
Chemistry 7 CHEM 142, 152, 162 (5, 5, 5)

General chemistry for science and engineering majors. Counts toward Natural World general education requirement for graduation. CHEM 142 also satisfies Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning graduation requirement.

Note

Students with IB scores of 5, 6, or 7 on the Higher Level Chemistry exam who plan to major in chemistry or biochemistry are strongly encouraged to discuss the option of enrolling in the honors introductory chemistry sequence, Chem 145-165, with the undergraduate advisers in the Chemistry department.

Chemistry 6 CHEM 142, 152 (5, 5)

General chemistry for science and engineering majors. Counts toward Natural World general education requirement for graduation. CHEM 142 also satisfies Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning graduation requirement.

Note

Students with IB scores of 5, 6, or 7 on the Higher Level Chemistry exam who plan to major in chemistry or biochemistry are strongly encouraged to discuss the option of enrolling in the honors introductory chemistry sequence, Chem 145-165, with the undergraduate advisers in the Chemistry department.

Chemistry 5 CHEM 142 (5)

General chemistry for science and engineering majors. Counts toward Natural World general education requirement for graduation.

Note

Students with IB scores of 5, 6, or 7 on the Higher Level Chemistry exam who plan to major in chemistry or biochemistry are strongly encouraged to discuss the option of enrolling in the honors introductory chemistry sequence, Chem 145-165, with the undergraduate advisers in the Chemistry department.

Chinese A No credit.
Chinese B 7 CHIN 201, 202, 203 (15 cr.) Satisfies foreign language requirement, and credits count toward general education requirement for graduation. For further study, instructor evaluation required for placement.
Chinese B 6 CHIN 201, 202 (10 cr.)
Chinese B 5 CHIN 201 (5 cr.)
Computer Science 7,6,5 CSE 100 (5 cr.) Satisfies Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning graduation requirement.
Design Technology 7,6,5 ENGR 100 (5 cr.) Counts toward Individuals & Societies general education requirement for graduation.
East/Southeast Asia and Oceania History 7,6,5 HSTAS 108 (5 cr.) Counts toward Individuals & Societies general education requirement for graduation.
Economics 7,6 ECON 200, 201 (10 cr.) Satisfies Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning graduation requirement and/or counts toward Individuals & Societies general education requirement for graduation.
Economics 5 ECON 200 (5 cr.) Satisfies Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning graduation requirement or counts toward Individuals & Societies general education requirement for graduation.
English A 7,6,5 ENGL 193 (5 cr.) Counts toward Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts general education requirement for graduation.
English B No credit
European History 7,6,5 HIST 113 (5 cr.) Counts toward Individuals & Societies general education requirement for graduation.
French A No credit.
French B 7 FRENCH 201, 202, 203 (15 cr.) Satisfies foreign language requirement, and credits count toward Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts general education requirement for graduation.
French B 6 FRENCH 201, 202 (10 cr.)
French B 5 FRENCH 201 (5 cr.)
Geography 7,6,5 GEOG 100 (5 cr.) Counts toward Individuals & Societies general education requirement for graduation.
Germanics A No credit. Consult the department academic advisor for case by case review.
Germanics B 7 GERMAN 201, 202, 203 (15 cr.) Satisfies foreign language requirement, and credits count toward Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts general education requirement for graduation.
Germanics B 6 GERMAN 201, 202 (10 cr.)
Germanics B 5 GERMAN 201 (5 cr.)
History See African History; American History; East/Southeast Asia and Oceana History; European History.
Italian A No credit.
Italian B 7 ITAL 201, 202, 203 (15 cr.) Satisfies foreign language requirement, and credits count toward general education requirement for graduation.
Italian B 6 ITAL 201, 202 (10 cr.)
Italian B 5 ITAL 201 (5 cr.)
Japanese A No credit.
Japanese B 7 JAPAN 321, 322, 323 (15 cr.) Satisfies foreign language requirement, and credits count toward general education requirement for graduation.
Japanese B 6 JAPAN 321, 322 (10 cr.)
Japanese B 5 JAPAN 321 (5 cr.)
Latin 7,6,5 LATIN 305, 306, 307 (15 cr.) Satisfies foreign language requirement, and credits count toward Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts general education requirement for graduation.
Mathematics 7 MATH 124 (5 cr.) Satisfies Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning basic skills requirement and/or Natural World general education requirement for graduation
Mathematics 6,5 MATH 120 (5 cr.) Satisfies Natural World general education requirement for graduation
Music 7,6,5 MUSIC 120 (5 cr.) Counts toward Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts general education requirement for graduation.
Near East 7,6,5 NEAR E 210 (5 cr.) Counts toward Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts or Individuals & Societies general education requirement for graduation.
Philosophy 7,6,5 No credit
Physics 7,6,5 PHYS 114/117, 115/118, 116/119 (15 cr.) Satisfies Natural World general education requirement for graduation. PHYS 114 also satisfies Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning basic skills requirement for graduation.
Psychology 7,6,5 PSYCH 101 (5 cr.) Counts toward Individuals & Societies general education requirement for graduation.
Russian A No credit. Consult the department academic advisor for case by case review.
Russian B 7 RUSS 301, 302, 303 (15 cr.) Satisfies foreign language requirement, and credits count toward general education requirement for graduation.
Russian B 6 RUSS 301, 302 (10 cr.)
Russian B 5 RUSS 301 (5 cr.)
Spanish A No credit.
Spanish B 7 SPAN 201, 202, 203 (15 cr.) Satisfies foreign language requirement, and credits count toward general education requirement for graduation.
Spanish B 6 SPAN 201, 202 (10 cr.)
Spanish B 5 SPAN 201 (5 cr.)
Swahili A To be determined
Swahili B 7 AFRAM 306, 307, 308 (15 cr.) Satisfies foreign language requirement.
Swahili B 6 AFRAM 306, 307 (10 cr.) Counts toward foreign language requirement.
Swahili B 5 AFRAM 306 (5 cr.) Counts toward foreign language requirement.
Theater Arts 7,6,5 DRAMA 101, 201 (10 cr.) Counts toward Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts general education requirement for graduation.