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International Baccalaureate

Students who have completed one or more higher-level International Baccalaureate (IB) courses in disciplines offered at the University of Rochester may be eligible for transfer credit or advanced placement. No credit is granted for standard level exams.

Such course credit can be used toward meeting degree requirements when permitted by the major or minor department. IB credit cannot be used toward fulfillment of the primary writing requirement or toward any of the College’s clusters. Additionally, IB credit cannot be used to accelerate graduation beyond what is permitted by the College’ enrollment policy.

To request an official transcript, visit the IB transcripts page.

The chart below is for higher-level exam scores only.

Policy for the Class of 2025
SubjectScorePlacement/Credit
Social Anthropology6+Award credit for ANTH 101 after completion of any other course with a grade of C or better.
Biology6+Award four credits of elective biology. Not for major. (Eligible to enroll in BIOL 112/113.)
Chemistry6+Award credit for CHEM 131. Place into CHEM 132. Eligible to apply for CHEM 171.
Computer Science5+Place into CSC 172. Credit will be awarded for CSC 171.
Economics4Place into ECON 207. No credit awarded.
5+Place into ECON 207. Award credit for ECON 108.
English6+Award four hours of elective English credit, not for major, after completion of an English literature course with a grade of C or better.
Geography5+Award credit for EESC 101.
Global Politics5+Award four credit hours of elective credit in international relations. Can be used toward a major in international relations or political science.
History6+Award maximum of four hours of history elective credit. This credit is elective and may not be used to satisfy the geographical, chronological, or focus requirements for the major.
Japanese5Placement by Department into JPNS 152. Award credit for JPNS 151 upon completion of JPNS 152 with a grade of B+ or better.
6+Placement by Department into JPNS 201. Award credit for JPNS 151 and JPNS 152 upon completion of JPNS 201 with a grade of B+ or better.
Latin5+Award credit for LATN 102.
Mathematics4+Students that scored a 4 or better in International Baccalaureate higher-level (IB-HL) mathematics with Analysis and Approaches are placed into MATH 162 and awarded credit for MATH 161. Students can also opt for MATH 171, although no advanced credit is awarded with this option.
No credit is awarded for IB-HL mathematics with Applications and Interpretations.
No credit is awarded for IB-SL mathematics of any kind.
We encourage students with a MATH 141 placement who took either IB-SL mathematics or IB-HL Applications and Interpretations to take the placement exam.
MusicPlease contact the department for credit to be awarded or placement.
Philosophy5+Award credit for PHIL 101.
Physics7Place into PHYS 114 or PHYS 122. Award credit for PHYS 113 or PHYS 121 after completion of PHYS 114, or PHYS 122 with a grade of B- or better.
Psychology6+Award credit for PSYC 101.
Spanish5Placement by Department into SP 152. Award credit for SP 151 upon completion of SP 152 with a grade of "B+" or better.
6+Placement by Department into SP 200. Award credit for SP 151 and SP 152 upon completion of SP 200 with a grade of "B+" or better.
Theatre Arts6+Award four hours of elective English credit, not for major.
Visual Arts6+Award maximum of four hours in studio arts upon completion of a 100-level course with a grade of B or better.