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International Baccalaureate (IB) credits

International Baccalaureate (IB) courses are challenging and demanding, and we believe they provide excellent preparation for university study.

In most cases, five quarter credits (or more) are granted for higher level subjects in which a grade of 5 or higher is earned. Students who earn an IB diploma may be awarded up to 45 quarter credits for a combination of subject grades and 15 general education credits distributed equally among the three areas of knowledge: Visual, Literary and Performing Arts (VLPA), Individuals and Societies (I&S), and The Natural World (NW). Consult the higher level subjects table below for detailed information about credit awards in particular disciplines.

No credit is awarded for standard level subject grades.

Submitting your IB transcript

The easiest way to ensure that UW Tacoma receives your IB transcript is to name the UW as a recipient when you sign up for IB program exam(s). If you did not name the UW as a recipient when you took your exam, contact the IB organization to request that an official IB transcript be sent directly to the UW Tacoma Office of Admissions.

When you are admitted to UW Tacoma, information about courses and credit awards will be accessible to you via MyUW, if your scores are eligible for college credit.

International Baccalaureate (IB) Higher Level Subjects

  Score Course(s)/Credits Counts towards/Comments
African History 7,6,5 HIST 108 (5 cr.) Counts toward Individuals & Societies general education requirement for graduation.
American History 7,6,5 HSTAA 101 (5 cr.) Counts toward Individuals & Societies general education requirement for graduation.
Anthropology 7,6,5 ANTH 202 (5 cr.) Counts toward Individuals & Societies general education requirement for graduation.
Arabic 7 ARAB 108 (15 cr.) Satisfies foreign language requirement, and credits count toward general education requirement for graduation. See department for placement.
6 ARAB 108 (10 cr.)
5 ARAB 108 (5 cr.)
Art/Design 7,6,5   Policy to be determined.
Biology 7,6,5 BIOL 161-162 (10 cr.) Counts toward Natural World general education requirement for graduation.
Business and Organization 7,6,5 No credit  
Chemistry 7 No credit Exemption from CHEM 142, 152; placement into CHEM 162.
6 No credit Exemption from CHEM 142; placement into CHEM 152.
Chinese 7 CHIN 201, 202, 203 (15 cr.) Satisfies foreign language requirement, and credits count toward general education requirement for graduation. For further study, instructor evaluation required for placement.
6 CHIN 201, 202 (10 cr.)
5 CHIN 201 (5 cr.)
Computer Science and Engineering 7,6,5 CSE 100 (5 cr.) Satisfies Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning graduation requirement.
Design Technology 7,6,5 ENGR 100 (5 cr.) Counts toward Individuals & Societies general education requirement for graduation.
East/Southeast Asia and Oceania History 7,6,5 HISTAS 108 (5 cr.) Counts toward Individuals & Societies general education requirement for graduation.
Economics 7,6 ECON 200, 201 (10 cr.) Satisfies Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning graduation requirement and/or counts toward Individuals & Societies general education requirement for graduation.
5 ECON 200 (5 cr.) Satisfies Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning graduation requirement or counts toward Individuals & Societies general education requirement for graduation.
English 7,6,5 ENGL 193 (5 cr.) Counts toward Visual, Literary and Performing Arts general education requirement for graduation.
European History 7,6,5 HIST 113 (5 cr.) Counts toward Individuals & Societies general education requirement for graduation.
French 7 FRENCH 201, 202, 203 (15 cr.) Satisfies foreign language requirement, and credits count toward Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts general education requirement for graduation.
6 FRENCH 201, 202 (10 cr.)
5 FRENCH 201 (5 cr.)
Geography 7,6,5 GEOG 100 (5 cr.) Counts toward Individuals & Societies general education requirement for graduation.
Germanics 7 GERMAN 201, 202, 203 (15 cr.) Satisfies foreign language requirement, and credits count toward Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts general education requirement for graduation.
6 GERMAN 201, 202 (10 cr.)
5 GERMAN 201 (5 cr.)
History     See individual history topics (e.g., African History).
Italian 7 ITAL 201, 202, 203 (15 cr.) Satisfies foreign language requirement, and credits count toward general education requirement for graduation.
6 ITAL 201, 202 (10 cr.)
5 ITAL 201 (5 cr.)
Japanese 7 JAPAN 421, 422, 423 (15 cr.) Satisfies foreign language requirement, and credits count toward general education requirement for graduation.
6 JAPAN 421, 422 (10 cr.)
5 JAPAN 421 (5 cr.)
Latin 7,6,5 LATIN 305,306,307 (15 cr.) Satisfies foreign language requirement, and credits count toward Visual, Literary and Performing Arts general education requirement for graduation.
Mathematics 7 MATH 124 (5 cr.) Satisfies Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning basic skills requirement and/or Natural World general education requirement for graduation.
6,5 MATH 120 (5 cr.) Satisfies Natural World general education requirement for graduation.
Music 7,6,5 MUSIC 120 (5 cr.) Counts toward Visual, Literary and Performing Arts general education requirement for graduation.
Near East 7,6,5 NEAR E 210 (5 cr.) Counts toward Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts or Individuals & Societies general education requirement for graduation.
Philosophy 7,6,5 No credit  
Physics 7,6,5 PHYS 114/117, 115/118, 116/119 (15 cr.) Satisfies Natural World general education requirement for graduation. PHYS 114 also satisfies Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning basic skills requirement for graduation.
Psychology 7,6,5 PSYCH 101 (5 cr.) Counts toward Individuals & Societies general education requirement for graduation.
Russian 7 RUSS 301, 302, 303 (15 cr.) Satisfies foreign language requirement, and credits count toward general education requirement for graduation.
6 RUSS 301, 302 (10 cr.)
5 RUSS 301 (5 cr.)
Spanish 7 SPAN 201, 202, 203 (15 cr.) Satisfies foreign language requirement, and credits count toward general education requirement for graduation.
6 SPAN 201, 202 (10 cr.)
5 SPAN 201 (5 cr.)
Swahili 7 AFRAM 306, 307, 308 (15 cr.)/td> Satisfies foreign language requirement, and credits count toward general education requirement for graduation.
6 AFRAM 306, 307 (10 cr.)
5 AFRAM 306 (5 cr.)
Theater Arts 7,6,5 DRAMA 101, 201 (10 cr.) Counts toward Visual, Literary and Performing Arts general education requirement for graduation.