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International Baccalaureate

Students who complete International Baccalaureate (IB) exams and receive creditable scores may, upon admission to Portland State, be granted credit toward a bachelor's degree.

Students may request official IB transcripts by contacting:

IB Americas Global Centre
7501 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 200 West
Bethesda, MD 20814
United States

Attn: Transcript Officer

 

E-mail: ibo@ibo.org
Phone +1 301 202 3025

Send transcript(s) to:

Admissions, Registration and Records
Portland State University
PO Box 751
Portland, OR 97207-0751

 

Earned IB Diploma

Students enrolling at Portland State who earn their IB diploma with a score of 30 or above will receive a total of 45 college credits and sophomore class standing. 

Specific IB Credit

To be awarded college credit, a minimum score of 5 is required for both Standard Level (SL) and Higher Level (HL) exams. Specific credit will be awarded based on individual exam scores. Where no specific numeric PSU course is awarded, LD indicates lower division elective credit and UD indicates upper division elective credit awarded in the department specified. For students who took IB exams prior to the current exam year, please see prior year charts.

IB Exam Credit Effective May 2013 

IB CERTIFICATE COURSE
SL
HL

 

CREDIT

PSU EQUIVALENT

CREDIT

PSU EQUIVALENT

Arts:
   

Dance 3 TA LD 6 TA 104/LD
Film 4 TA LD 8 TA LD
Music (Solo, Group, or Composition) 4 MUS LD 8 MUS LD
Theatre 4 TA LD 4 TA LD
Visual Arts 4 ART LD 8 ART 115/131
Experimental Sciences:        
Biology 4 BI LD 15 BI 251/252/253
Chemistry 4 CH LD 12 CH LD
Design Technology TBD Contact Dept TBD Contact Dept
Environmental Systems 4 ESM LD ---- ----
Physics 4 PH LD 12 PH 201/202/203
Sports, Exercise and Health 4 PHE LD ---- ----
Individuals and Societies:        
Business and Management 4 BA LD 4 BA LD
Economics 4 EC 101 8 EC 201/202
Geography 4 GEOG LD 8 GEOG 230/LD
Global Politics (Pilot schools only) 4 PS LD 8 PS 205 + PS LD
History 4 HST LD ---- ----
History: Africa
---- ---- 12 HST LD
History: Americas ---- ---- 12
HST LD
History: Asia/Oceania
---- ---- 12
HST LD
History: Europe & Middle East
---- ---- 12
HST LD
History: Medieval Europe & Islamic World
---- ---- 12
HST 101/102/103
Info & Tech in a Global Society 4 GEN LD 8 GEN LD
Philosophy 4 PHL LD
8 PHL LD
Psychology 4 PSY LD 8 PSY 200/204
Social and Cultural Anthropology 4 ANTH LD 4 ANTH LD
World Religions 4 AL LD ---- ----
Math and Computer Science:        
Computer Science 4 CS LD 8 CS LD
Further Mathematics 4 MTH LD
---- ----
Math Studies 4 MTH LD ---- ----
Mathematics 4 MTH LD 12 MTH 251/252/253
Languages:        
Language AB initio TBD Contact Dept ---- ----
Classical Languages: Greek 4 GRK 103 16 GRK 101/102/ 103/201
Classical Languages: Latin 4 LAT 103 16 LAT 101/102/ 103/201
Language A: Literature (English) 
4 WR 121 12 WR 121+ENG 100/104
Language A: Language and Literature (English)  4 WR 121 12 WR 121+ENG 100/104
Language A: Literature (Other) 4-5 Foreign Language
12-15 Foreign Language
Language A: Language and Literature (Other) 4-5 Foreign Language 12-15 Foreign Language
Language B (other)
4-5 203 course in Foreign Language
12-15 4-5 UD, 8-10 LD
French B
4 FR 203 12 8 FR LD, 4 FR UD 
German B
4 GER 203 12
8 GER LD, 4 GER UD
Japanese B 5 JPN 203 15 10 JPN LD, 5 JPN UD 
Mandarin B 5 CHN 203 15 10 CHN LD, 5 CHN UD
Spanish B 4 SPAN 203 12 8 SPAN LD, 4 SPAN UD
Swedish B 4 SWED 203 12 8 SWED LD, 4 SWED UD
Literature and Performance (English) 4 TA LD ---- ----
Literature and Performance (Spanish OR French) 4 SPAN UD OR FR UD ---- ----

For Fall 2014 and Beyond:

Portland State University is currently reviewing its IB transfer policy.  Please check back for more detailed information.