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International Baccalaureate (IB) Examinations

UC Davis recognizes the International Baccalaureate (IB) examinations for college credit. Higher Level examinations presented with official scores of 5, 6 or 7 receive 8 quarter units (5.3 semester units) of degree credit and, in specific instances, are deemed comparable to various lower-division courses. Students completing the International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma with a score of 30 or above will receive a maximum of 30 quarter units (20 semester units). The credit will apply toward the minimum 180 quarter units needed to receive a bachelor's degree.

To learn how many units you may receive for an acceptable IB examination, see International Baccalaureate (IB) Higher Level Examination Credit—under the column heading, Credit Toward Degree. The chart also specifies which UC Davis lower-division course an IB examination is comparable to. Please note that the courses for which IB credit have been granted may not substitute courses required as part of the UC Davis General Education Requirement; see General Education Requirement, on page 97General Education Requirement, on page 106.

In general, you may not earn university credit for college courses that duplicate credit earned through IB. There are, however, a few exceptions as the chart indicates in International Baccalaureate (IB) Higher Level Examination Credit. Similarly, students will not receive duplicate credit for comparable AP examinations if granted IB transfer credit. Each college may have special restrictions on the use of IB examinations. Please check with your dean's office, department adviser or the Biology Academic Success Center to determine any restriction in the use of IB examinations toward breadth requirements and lower-division major course requirements before selecting and enrolling in classes.

International Baccalaureate (IB) Higher Level Examination Credit

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Higher Level Examination Credit table is only available as a PDF file.

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Updated: March 22, 2017 10:38 AM