Students who earn scores of 5, 6, or 7 on International Baccalaureate (IB) Higher Level (HL) Examinations taken before high school graduation will receive 8 units of credit toward graduation at UC Davis for each such test completed with the required scores, provided official scores are submitted to the Office of Admissions. Students who complete the IB diploma with a score of 30 or above will receive 6 quarter units in addition to the units earned for individual Higher Level exams (effective S20). The university does not grant credit for Standard Level (SL) exams.
Students should be advised that college courses taken before or after attending UC may duplicate AP, IB and/or A Level examinations. Additionally, exams may duplicate each other (for example, an AP or IB exam in the same subject area). If the student does duplicate an exam with another exam of the same subject content, and/or an exam with a college course, we will award credit only once.
Note: International Baccalaureate credit earned prior to entering the university will not be counted toward maximum unit limitations either for selection of a major or for graduation.
Effective April 25, 2022-April 23, 2023
Note: This is not a comprehensive list. If your exam is not listed, credit will be determined in consultation with an advisor.
|IB Higher Level (HL) Exam with score of 5 or 6 or 7||Units Awarded||UC Davis Course Equivalent||Duplicate Credit Allowed|
|Biology||8||Biological Science 010||No|
With score of 5 or 6
With score of 7
|Classical Greek||8||Greek 001, 002||Yes|
|English A1 1||8||English 003||No|
|English A: Literature 1 or English A: Language & Literature 1||8||English 003||No|
|French A1||8||French 021, 022, 023||No|
|French A2||8||French 021, 022||No|
|French A: Language & Literature; Literature||8||French 021, 022, 023||No|
|French B||8||French 001, 002, 003||No|
|German A1; German A2||8||German 001, 002||No|
|German A: Language & Literature||8||German 001, 002, 003||No|
|German A: Literature||8||German 001, 002||No|
|German B||8||German 001, 002||No|
|History of Africa||8||History 015||Yes|
|History of the Americas||8||History 017A/B||Yes|
|History of Europe||8||History 004C||Yes|
|History of Europe & the Islamic World||8||None||N/A|
|History of Europe & the Middle East||8||None||N/A|
|History of the Islamic World||8||History 006||Yes|
|History of Southeast Asia & Oceania||8||None||N/A|
|Italian A1||8||Italian 004, 005||No|
|Italian A: Language & Literature||8||Italian 009||No|
|Italian A: Literature||8||Italian 004, 005||No|
|Languages other than English (if not listed separately)||8||See department for level placement|
|Latin||8||Latin 001, 002||Yes|
|Mathematics: Analysis & Approaches (beginning S21)||8||Math 021A/B||Yes|
|Mathematics (last offered F20)||8||Math 016A/B, 017A/B, 021A/B||Yes|
Credit for one math series only
|Mathematics, Further (last offered S20)||8||Math 022A||Yes|
|Portuguese B||8||Portuguese 001, 002, 003, 008||No|
|Social & Cultural Anthropology||8||Anthropology 002||Yes|
|IB Diploma (30+ points)||6||None||N/A|
6 or higher on the Standard Level (SL) exam satisfies the university Entry Level Writing Requirement, but does not result in any course credit.
Students who complete the IB diploma with a score of 30+ will receive 6 quarter units towards their UC degree, in addition to the units earned for individual Higher Level exams (effective S20).
The university does not grant credit for Standard Level (SL) exams.
To have IB scores sent to UC Davis, contact:
International Baccalaureate Office at US +1 301 202 3025; More contact options; Requesting IB transcripts & certificates.