International Baccalaureate

International Baccalaureate

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

Transcripts: Students may request official IB transcripts by following the instructions from the International Baccalaureate.

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.

To be awarded college credit, a minimum score is required for both Standard Level (SL) and Higher Level (HL) exams. Specific credit will be awarded based on individual exam scores and the session when the exam was taken. 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. Review the charts below to determine the amount of credit a student may receive from IB exams. Refer to the chart corresponding to the year you took the exam. Credits and course equivalencies are subject to change.

For students admitted prior to Fall 2020, a minimum score of 5 is needed to earn credit for any IB exam. For students admitted Fall 2020 and later, a minimum score of 4 is needed to earn credit on any IB exam. 

IB Table award information if you are admitted to PSU for Fall 2020 or later(Award table coming soon). 

IB Table award information if you were admitted to PSU Summer 2020 or before, and took your IB exams in May 2020.

IB Table award information if you were admitted to PSU Summer 2020 or before, and took your IB exams between May 2017 and November 2019.

IB Table award information if you were admitted to PSU Summer 2020 or before, and took your IB exams between May 2014 and November 2016.

IB Table award information if you were admitted to PSU Summer 2020 or before, and took your IB exams between May 2013 and May 2014.

IB Table award information if you were admitted to PSU Summer 2020 or before, and took your IB exams in May 2012 or before.

 


Credit Awarded for IB Exams Taken May 2020 for Students Admitted Summer 2020 or earlier. 

Individuals and Societies IB Certificate Course Standard Level Credit PSU Equivalent Higher Level Credit                PSU Equivalent
Business and Management 4 BA LD 4 BA 101
Economics 4 EC 200 8 EC 201, 202

Geography

4 GEOG LD 8 GEOG 230, LD
Global Politics 4 PS LD

8

PS 205, LD
History 4 HST LD

-

-
History: Africa & Middle East - - 12 HST LD
History: Americas - - 12 HST LD
History: Asia/Oceania - -

12

HST LD
History: Europe - - 12 HST LD
Info and Tech in a Global Society 4 GEN LD 8 GEN LD
Philosophy 4 PHL LD 8 PHL 201, 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 & Computer Science IB certificate course Standard Level Credit PSU Equivalent Higher Level Credit PSU Equivalent
Computer Science  4 CS 161 8 CS 161 + CS LD
Further Mathematics 4 MTH LD (No longer offered) 12 MTH 253, 261, 344
Math Studies 4 MTH LD - -
Mathematics 4 MTH LD 12 MTH 251, 252, LD
Language IB Certificate Course Standard Level Credit PSU Equivalent Higher Level Credit PSU Equivalent
Language AB Initio TBD Contact Department - -
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 & Literature (English) 4 WR 121 12 WR 121, ENG 100, 104
Language A: Literature (Other) 4-5 World language 12-15 World language
Language A: Language & Literature (Other) 4-5 World language 12-15

World language

Language B (Other) 4-5 203 course in World language 12-15

4-5 UD, 8-10 LD

French B 4 FR 203 12 4 FR UD, 8 FR LD
German B 4 GER 203 12 4 GER UD, 8 GER LD
Japanese B 5 JPN 203 15 5 JPN UD, 10 JPN LD
Mandarin B 5 CH 203 15 5 CHN D, 10 CHN LD
Spanish B 4 SPAN 203 12 4 SPAN UD, 8 SPAN LD
Swedish B 4 SWED 203 12 4 SWED UD, 8 SWED LD
Literature & Performance (English) 4 TA LD - -
Literature & Performance (Spanish or French) 4 SPAN UD or FR UD - -
Experimental Sciences IB certificate course Standard Level Credit PSU Equivalent Higher Level Credit PSU Equivalent
Biology 4 BI LD 15 BI 211, 212, 213, 214, 215, 216
Chemistry 4 CH LD 12 CH LD
Design Technology 4 BA LD 8 BA LD
Environmental Systems 4 ESM LD - -
Marine Science 4 BI LD - -
Physics 4 PH LD 15 PH 201, 202, 203, 214, 215, 216
Sports, Exercise and Health 4 PHE LD 8 PHE LD

Credit awarded for IB exams taken May 2017 through November 2019

Arts IB Certificate course Standard Level Credit PSU Equivalent Higher Level Credit PSU Equivalent
Dance 3 D LD 6 D 104, LD
Film 4 FILM LD 8 FILM 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
Individuals and Societies IB Certificate Course Standard Level Credit PSU Equivalent Higher Level Credit             PSU Equivalent
Business and Management 4 BA LD 4 BA 101
Economics 4 EC 200 8 EC 201, 202

Geography

4 GEOG LD 8 GEOG 230, LD
Global Politics 4 PS LD

8

PS 205, LD
History 4 HST LD

-

-
History: Africa & Middle East - - 12 HST LD
History: Americas - - 12 HST LD
History: Asia/Oceania - -

12

HST LD
History: Europe - - 12 HST LD
Info and Tech in a Global Society 4 GEN LD 8 GEN LD
Philosophy 4 PHL LD 8 PHL 201, 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 & Computer Science IB Certificate Course Standard Level Credit PSU Equivalent Higher Level Credit PSU Equivalent
Computer Science  4 CS 161 8 CS 161 + CS LD
Further Mathematics 4 MTH LD (No longer offered) 12 MTH 253, 261, 344
Math Studies 4 MTH LD - -
Mathematics 4 MTH LD 12 MTH 251, 252, LD
Language IB Certificate Course Standard Level Credit PSU Equivalent Higher Level Credit PSU Equivalent
Language AB Initio TBD Contact Department - -
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 & Literature (English) 4 WR 121 12 WR 121, ENG 100, 104
Language A: Literature (Other) 4-5 World language 12-15 World language
Language A: Language & Literature (Other) 4-5 World language 12-15

World language

Language B (Other) 4-5 203 course in World language 12-15

4-5 UD, 8-10 LD

French B 4 FR 203 12 4 FR UD, 8 FR LD
German B 4 GER 203 12 4 GER UD, 8 GER LD
Japanese B 5 JPN 203 15 5 JPN UD, 10 JPN LD
Mandarin B 5 CH 203 15 5 CHN D, 10 CHN LD
Spanish B 4 SPAN 203 12 4 SPAN UD, 8 SPAN LD
Swedish B 4 SWED 203 12 4 SWED UD, 8 SWED LD
Literature & Performance (English) 4 TA LD - -
Literature & Performance (Spanish or French) 4 SPAN UD or FR UD - -
Experimental Sciences IB Certificate Course Standard Level Credit PSU Equivalent Higher Level Credit PSU Equivalent
Biology* 4 BI LD 12* BI LD
Chemistry 4 CH LD 12 CH LD
Design Technology 4 BA LD 8 BA LD
Environmental Systems 4 ESM LD - -
Marine Science 4 BI LD - -
Physics 4 PH LD 15 PH 201, 202, 203, 214/215/216
Sports, Exercise and Health 4 PHE LD 8 PHE LD

*If a student takes BI 214, 215 and 216 at PSU and receives a cumulative 3.0 GPA among these three courses, then a student will earn BI 211, 212 and 213 instead. Please see the Biology Department adviser for more info.

Credit awarded for IB exams taken May 2014-November 2016

Arts IB Certificate Course Standard Level Credit PSU Equivalent Higher Level Credit PSU Equivalent
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
Individuals and Societies IB Certificate Course Standard Level Credit PSU Equivalent Higher Level Credit            PSU Equivalent
Business and Management 4 BA LD 4 BA 101
Economics 4 EC 101 8 EC 201, 202

Geography

4 GEOG LD 8 GEOG 230, LD
Global Politics 4 PS LD

8

PS 205, 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 and Islamic World - - 12 HST 101, 102, 103
Info and Tech in a Global Society 4 GEN LD 8 GEN LD
Philosophy 4 PHL LD 8 PHL 201, 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 & Computer Science IB Certificate Course Standard Level Credit PSU Equivalent Higher Level Credit  PSU Equivalent
Computer Science  4 CS 161 8 CS 161 + CS LD
Further Mathematics 4 MTH LD (No longer offered) 12 MTH 253, 261, 344
Math Studies 4 MTH LD - -
Mathematics 4 MTH LD 12 MTH 251, 252, LD
Language IB Certificate Course Standard Level Credit PSU Equivalent Higher Level Credit PSU Equivalent
Language AB Initio TBD Contact Department - -
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 & Literature (English) 4 WR 121 12 WR 121, ENG 100, 104
Language A: Literature (Other) 4-5 World language 12-15 World language
Language A: Language & Literature (Other) 4-5 World language 12-15

World language

Language B (Other) 4-5 203 course in World language 12-15

4-5 UD, 8-10 LD

French B 4 FR 203 12 4 FR UD, 8 FR LD
German B 4 GER 203 12 4 GER UD, 8 GER LD
Japanese B 5 JPN 203 15 5 JPN UD, 10 JPN LD
Mandarin B 5 CH 203 15 5 CHN D, 10 CHN LD
Spanish B 4 SPAN 203 12 4 SPAN UD, 8 SPAN LD
Swedish B 4 SWED 203 12 4 SWED UD, 8 SWED LD
Literature & Performance (English) 4 TA LD - -
Literature & Performance (Spanish or French) 4 SPAN UD or FR UD - -
Experimental Sciences IB Certificate Course Standard Level Credit PSU Equivalent Higher Level Credit PSU Equivalent
Biology 4 BI LD 15 BI 251, 252, 253
Chemistry 4 CH LD 12 CH LD
Design Technology TBD Contact Department - -
Environmental Systems 4 ESM LD - -
Marine Science 4 BI LD - -
Physics 4 PH LD 12 PH 201, 202, 203
Sports, Exercise and Health 4 PHE - -

Credits available for IB exams May 2013

The chart below identifies IB exams which may have been updated or discontinued after May 2013. Students who took the IB exams in later sessions should reference the previous charts.

Arts IB Certificate Course Standard Level Credit PSU Equivalent Higher Level Credit PSU Equivalent
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
Individuals and Societies IB Certificate Course Standard Level Credit PSU Equivalent Higher Level Credit               PSU Equivalent
Business and Management 4 BA LD 4 BA 101
Economics 4 EC 101 8 EC 201, 202

Geography

4 GEOG LD 8 GEOG 230, LD
Global Politics 4 PS LD

8

PS 205, 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 and Islamic World - - 12 HST 101, 102, 103
Info and Tech in a Global Society 4 GEN LD 8 GEN LD
Philosophy 4 PHL LD 8 PHL 201, 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 & Computer Science IB Certificate Course Standard Level Credit PSU Equivalent Higher Level Credit  PSU Equivalent
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
Language IB Certificate Course Standard Level Credit PSU Equivalent Higher Level Credit PSU Equivalent
Language AB Initio TBD Contact Department - -
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 & Literature (English) 4 WR 121 12 WR 121, ENG 100, 104
Language A: Literature (Other) 4-5 World language 12-15 World language
Language A: Language & Literature (Other) 4-5 World language 12-15

World language

Language B (Other) 4-5 203 course in World language 12-15

4-5 UD, 8-10 LD

French B 4 FR 203 12 4 FR UD, 8 FR LD
German B 4 GER 203 12 4 GER UD, 8 GER LD
Japanese B 5 JPN 203 15 5 JPN UD, 10 JPN LD
Mandarin B 5 CH 203 15 5 CHN D, 10 CHN LD
Spanish B 4 SPAN 203 12 4 SPAN UD, 8 SPAN LD
Swedish B 4 SWED 203 12 4 SWED UD, 8 SWED LD
Literature & Performance (English) 4 TA LD - -
Literature & Performance (Spanish or French) 4 SPAN UD or FR UD - -
Experimental Sciences IB Certificate Course Standard Level Credit PSU Equivalent Higher Level Credit PSU Equivalent
Biology 4 BI LD 15 BI 251, 252, 253
Chemistry 4 CH LD 12 CH LD
Design Technology TBD Contact Department - -
Environmental Systems 4 ESM LD - -
Physics 4 PH LD 12 PH 201, 202, 203
Sports, Exercise and Health 4 PHE - -

Credits available for IB exams taken in 2012 or earlier

The chart below identifies IB exams which may have been updated or discontinued after 2012. Students who took the IB exams in later sessions should reference the previous charts.

Arts IB Certificate Course Standard Level Credit PSU Equivalent Higher Level Credit PSU Equivalent
Film 4 TA LD 8 TA LD
Music 4 MUS LD

8

MUS LD

Theatre

4 TA LD 4 TA LD
Visual Arts 4 ART LD 8 ART 115/131
Individuals and Societies IB Certificate Course Standard Level Credit PSU Equivalent Higher Level Credit               PSU Equivalent
Business and Management 4 BA LD 4 BA LD
Economics 4 EC LD 8 EC 201/202

Geography

4 GEOG LD 8 GEOG 230/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 and Islamic World - - 12 HST LD
Info and Tech in a Global Society 4 GEN LD 8 GEN LD
Islamic History 4 HST LD 8 HST LD
Philosophy 4 PHL LD 8 PHL 201/LD
Psychology 4 PSY LD 8 PSY 200/204
Social and Cultural Anthropology 4 ANTH LD 4 ANTH LD
Math & Computer Science IB Certificate Course Standard Level Credit PSU Equivalent Higher Level Credit PSU Equivalent
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
Language IB Certificate Course Standard Level Credit PSU Equivalent Higher Level Credit PSU Equivalent
Language AB Initio TBD Contact Department - -
Language A1 (English) 4 ENG LD 12 ENG 104/105/106
Language A1 (Other) 4 World Language LD 12-15

World Language LD

Language A2 (Other than listed) 4-5 World Language LD 12-15

World Language LD

Language B (Other than listed) 4-5 World Language LD 12-15

World Language LD

Chinese A2 5 CHN LD 15 CHN 101/102/103
French A2 and B 4 FR LD 15 FR 101/102/103/LD
German A2 and B 4 GER LD 15

GER 101/102/103/LD

Japanese A2 and B 5 JPN LD 15

JPN 101/102/103

Mandarin B 5 CH LD 15 CHN LD
Russian B 4 RUS LD 15

RUS 101/102/103/LD

Spanish A2 and B 4 SPAN LD 15

SPAN 101/102/103/LD

Swedish B 4 SWED LD 12 SWED LD
Experimental Sciences IB Certificate Course Standard Level Credit PSU Equivalent Higher Level Credit PSU Equivalent
Biology 4 BI LD 15 BI 251/252/253
Chemistry 4 CH LD 12 CH LD
Design Technology TBD Under Review TBD Under Review
Environmental Systems 4 ESM LD - -
Physics 4 PH LD 12 PH 201/202/203