International Baccalaureate (IB) Credit Policy 2017-2018

The following chart outlines the application of IB credits towards general education requirements for an Associate degree, the CSU General Education Certification, and CSU and UC Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) certification.

IB Exam
(All must be Higher Level)
Application to Associate Degree at Cañada College
3 Semester units toward General Education
Application to CSU GE Breadth Certification
3 Semester units
(As of 4/21/2017)
Application to UC IGETC Certification
3 Semester units or
4 quarter units with a minimum score of 5,6, or 7 (As of 6/7/2017)
Biology HL Area B2, Minimum score of 5 Area B2, Minimum score of 5 Area 5B - without Lab
Chemistry HL Area B1, Minimum score of 5 Area B1, Minimum score of 5 Area 5A - without Lab
Economics HL Area D, Minimum score of 5 Area D, Minimum score of 5 Area 4
Geography HL Area D, Minimum score of 5 Area D, Minimum score of 5 Area 4
History (any Region) HL Area C2 or Area D*
Minimum score of 5
Area C2 or Area D*
Minimum score of 5
Area 3B or Area 4*
Language A: Literature HL Area C2
Minimum score of 4
Area C2
Minimum score of 4
N/A
Language A: Language and Literature HL Area C2
Minimum score of 4
Area C2
Minimum score of 4
N/A
Language A: Literature (any language) HL N/A N/A Area 3B
Language A: Language and Literature (any language) HL N/A N/A Area 3B
Language A1: (any language) HL C2 (1) (2) - Minimum score of 4 C2 (1) (2) - Minimum score of 4 N/A
Language A2: (any language) HL C2 (1) (2) - Minimum score of 4 C2 (1) (2) - Minimum score of 4 N/A
Language A: Literature (any language except English) HL N/A N/A Area 3B & Area 6A
Language A: Language and Literature
(any Language except English) HL
N/A N/A Area 3B & Area 6A
Language B: (any language) HL N/A N/A Area 6A
Mathematics HL Minimum score of 4
Meets Math Competency, but must take math placement test for placement into Math 222 and/or 251
Area B4
Minimum score of 4
Area 2
Physics HL Area B1
Minimum score of 5
Area B1
Minimum score of 5
Area 5A
Psychology HL Area D
Minimum score of 5
Area D
Minimum score of 5
Area 4
Theater HL Area C1
Minimum score of 4
Area C1
Minimum score of 4
Area 3A

*IB exam may be used only in one of the area regardless of where the certifying CCC’s discipline is located.
(1) Prior to Fall 2013, a credit of 3 semester units with a passing score of 4 - Removed for GE Breadth in Fall 2013
(2) The IB curriculum offers language at various levels for native and non-native speakers. Language B courses are offered at the intermediate level for non-natives. Language A1 and A2 are advanced courses in literature for native and non-native speakers, respectively.

The chart above outlines general education application for International Baccalaureate (IB) Exam. IB credit application to university majors and degree requirements is determined by evaluators at each Transfer institution. Students should be aware that college courses taken after the IB test may duplicate the content of the IB test and, in these cases; the university (transfer institution) may not award credit for both the course and the IB test. Space does not permit discussion of how IB credit is granted for every university and program. Students are advised to thoroughly investigate IB credit as it relates to University Transfer.

Student must submit an official copy of the test score to the Admissions and Records Office and request a SMCCCD Transcript Evaluation (TES) at www.smccd.edu/transeval. The TES evaluation applies external exam results to GENERAL EDUCATION AREA REQUIREMENTS ONLY.

References: CSU Chancellor Office, Memo Code: AA-2015-19: System-wide Credit for External Examination,
http://www.calstate.edu/AcadAff/codedMemos/AA-2015-19.pdf

CSU Chancellor Office, Coded Memorandum ASA-2017-13: System-wide Credit for External Examination,
http://www.calstate.edu/AcadAff/codedMemos/ASA-2017-13.pdf

Standards, policies and procedures for Intersegmental Education Transfer Curriculum Version 1.5, June 5, 2015,
http://icas-ca.org/Websites/icasca/images/IGETC_Standards_version_1.6_final.pdf

Revised May 3, 2017