Academic Policies

International Baccalaureate (IB) Program

The University of Arizona accepts International Baccalaureate (IB) exam scores (as well as Advanced Placement exam scores) as a basis for awarding credit toward a degree.  Students who complete the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, a rigorous 2-year course of pre-university studies in their high school, may take IB exams prior to coming to the University. 

The University of Arizona accepts certain higher-level (HL) International Baccalaureate exams for credit, plus one standard-level (SL) exam in computer science.  IB credit is considered credit by examination. Credit is determined from the IB credit table that applies to the date when you took the exam. Credits you earn based on your exam performance may be counted toward your major or minor fields of study or General Education requirements.   See the IB credit table below, and contact your academic advisor to confirm how course credit will apply toward a specific program.

For further information regarding IB at the University of Arizona, contact:

Office of Admissions and New Student Enrollment
The University of Arizona
PO Box 210040
Tucson, AZ 85721-0040

Phone: (520) 621-3237
Email: appinfo@arizona.edu

2012-13 International Baccalaureate Table

Note:  All accepted IB exams are higher-level, unless specified as standard-level.

APPLICATION TO UA DEGREE

Exam Name

Score

General Education and Foundations

*

Course Credit

IB Credit

Biology 5 T2 Natural Sciences and T1 ECOL 170 OR* ECOL 181L, 181R, & 182 8 units
4 T2 Natural Sciences or T1 ECOL 170 OR* ECOL departmental elective credit 4 units
Business & Management 5 or above None   MGMT departmental elective credit 3 units
Chemistry 5 T2 Natural Sciences and T1 CHEM 170 OR* CHEM 151 & 152 8 units
4 T2 Natural Sciences or T1 CHEM 170 OR* CHEM 151 4 units
Classical Languages - Latin 7 Satisfies foreign language requirement for all students   LAT 201, 202 & 400 11 units
6 Satisfies foreign language requirement for all students   LAT 201 & 202 8 units
4 or 5 Satisfies foreign language requirement for non-BA students   LAT 101 & 102   8 units
Computer Science - standard level exam

5, 6 or 7

None

 

C SC 127A

4 units

Computer Science - higher level exam 5, 6 or 7 None   C SC 127B 4 units
Economics 5 or above T2 Individuals & Societies OR* ECON 201A & 201B 6 units
English 5, 6 or 7 Student is eligible to enroll in English 109H. [If student completes 109H with a grade of "C" or better, the composition requirement is fulfilled.]

and

ENGL department elective credit 3 units
French 7 Satisfies foreign language requirement for all students   FREN 201, 202, 301, 302 14 units
6 Satisfies foreign language requirement for all students   FREN 201, 202 & 301 11 units
5 Satisfies foreign language requirement for all students   FREN 201 & 202 8 units
Geography 5 T2 Natural Sciences or  T1 GEOG 170
OR  
T2 Individuals & Societies or T1 GEOG 150
OR* GEOG departmental elective credit 3 units
German 6 Satisfies foreign language requirement for all students   GER 201, 202, 300 & 301 17 units
5 Satisfies foreign language requirement for all students   GER 201, 202 & 300 14 units
4 Satisfies foreign language requirement for all students GER 201 & 202 8 units
History 5, 6 or 7 T2 Humanities or T1 HIST 160
AND
T2 Individuals & Societies or T1 HIST 150 
OR* HIST departmental elective credit 6 units
Islamic History 5 T2 Humanities and Diversity Emphasis OR* NES 277A 3 units
Latin   see "Classical Languages - Latin"      
Mathematics 5, 6 or 7 Satisfies math requirement for all students MATH 120R & MATH 125 6 units
Music 5 T2 Arts OR* MUS 130A & 130B 4 units
Physics 5 T2 Natural Sciences and T1 PHYS 170 OR* PHYS 102 & 103 and
181 & 182
8 units
Psychology 5 T2 Individuals & Societies or T1 PSY 150A1 OR* PSY 101 3 units
Spanish 5 Satisfies foreign language requirement for all students   SPAN 101, 102, 201 & 202 16 units
4 Satisfies foreign language requirement for non-BA students   SPAN 101 & 102 8 units
Visual Arts 5 or above None   ART 100A, 100E & elective credit 6 units
4 None   ART 100E & 100G 4 units

* Students have the option of using their exam score for Gen Ed/Foundations or for specific non-Gen Ed/Foundations course credit. This option should be exercised with the assistance of a college advisor.