International Baccalaureate

The International Baccalaureate (IB) program, typically studied in the last two years of high school, emphasizes the philosophy of learning. It is a comprehensive curriculum allowing its graduates to fulfill requirements of the various international systems of education. The advanced level at which subjects are taught motivates academically talented students toward greater achievement.

Most subjects offered have syllabi for two levels of accomplishment. The Higher level (HL) syllabus includes material which typically requires two years of preparation for the exam. The Standard (subsidiary) level (SL) syllabus requires about half as much preparation time.  Students who have taken International Baccalaureate courses may choose to take International Baccalaureate exams.  These exams are scored on a scale of 1 to 7, with 7 representing the highest performance.  UW-Green Bay acknowledges the achievements of students who have successfully completed International Baccalaureate exams (score of 4 or higher) by awarding credit, as shown in the Table below. 

UW-Green Bay International Baccalaureate Exam Equivalencies

(Updated October 1, 2012)

International Baccalaureate Examination Exam Level Score Required UW-Green Bay Course Equivalency # of credits Notes
English A1 or A2 HL 4,5,6,7 ENG 104 & ENG COMP 100 6 1,2
English A1 or A2 SL - none - 1,2
English B HL 4,5,6,7 ENG COMP 100 3 2
English B SL - none - 2
French A1, A2, or B HL 4,5,6,7 FREN 101 & 102 8 3
French A1, A2, or B SL 4,5,6,7 FREN 101 4 3
German A1 or B HL 4,5,6,7 GERM 101 & 102 8 3
German A1 or B SL 4,5,6,7 GERM 101 4 3
Spanish A1 or B HL 4,5,6,7 SPAN 101 & 102 8 3
Spanish A1 or B SL 4,5,6,7 SPAN 101 4 3
History HL 4,5,6,7 HIST elective 3 1,2
History SL - none - 1,2
History of the Americas HL 4,5,6,7 HIST elective 3 1,2
History of Europe HL 4,5,6,7 HIST elective 3  
Geography HL 4,5,6,7 GEOG 102 & 202 6  
Geography SL - none -  
Economics HL 4,5,6,7 ECON 202 & 203 6 1,2
Economics SL - none - 1,2
Philosophy HL 4,5,6,7 PHILOS 101 3  
Philosophy SL - none -  
Psychology HL 4,5,6,7 PSYCH 102 3 1,2
Psychology SL - none - 1,2
Social Anthropology HL 4,5,6,7 ANTH 100 3  
Social Anthropology SL - none -  
Business & Mgmt HL 4,5,6,7 BUS ADM 202 3  
Business & Mgmt SL - none -  
Biology HL 4,5,6,7 BIOL 202 4 1,2
Biology SL - none - 1,2
General Chemistry SL - none - 1,2
Applied Chemistry SL - none - 1,2
Chemistry HL 4,5,6,7 CHEM 211/213 & 212/214 10  
Chemistry SL - none - 1,2
Physics HL 4 PHYS 103 with lab waived 5 1
Physics HL 5,6,7 PHYS 103 & 104 with lab waived 10 1
Physics SL - none - 1
Environmental Systems SL - none - 1
Mathematics HL 4,5 MATH 202 4 1,2
Mathematics HL 6,7 MATH 202 & 203 8 1,2
Mathematical Methods SL - none - 1,2
Mathematical Studies SL - none - 1,2
Advanced Mathematics SL - none - 1,2
Music HL 4,5,6,7 MUSIC 121 3 1
Music SL - none - 1
Latin HL 4,5,6,7 HUM STUD elective 8 1
Latin SL 4,5,6,7 HUM STUD elective 4 1
Theatre Arts HL 4,5,6,7 THEATRE elective 3  
Theatre Arts SL - none -  
Art/Design HL 4,5,6,7 ART elective 3 1
Art/Design SL - none - 1
Computer Science HL 4,5,6,7 COMP SCI elective 3 1
Computer Science SL - none - 1
Info Technology in a Global Society SL - none* -  

For score of 28+, full diploma recipients receive 3 elective credits in addition to the credits awarded for scores of 4,5,6,7 on their Higher Level exams (see Equivalency Table, above).

NOTES TO ACCOMPANY THE EQUIVALENCIES TABLE:

Students taking SL courses who want to earn credit at UW-Green Bay are encouraged to consider the following options. Please note that the option numbers correspond to the numbers in the “Notes” column of the preceding table.

1. Advanced Placement exams are available for these subjects, and are accepted for credit at UW-Green Bay. Contact the Coordinator of Testing Services at UW-Green Bay for details.

2. CLEP exams are available for these subjects, and are accepted for credit at UW-Green Bay. Contact the Coordinator of Testing Services at UW-Green Bay for details.

3. Advanced Placement and CLEP exams are available for these subjects, and are accepted for credit at UW-Green Bay. Students with more than two years of high school foreign language are strongly encouraged to pursue retroactive credit INSTEAD of credit by exam. Students can earn up to 14 retroactive credits in a foreign language at UW-Green Bay, depending on the course in which they are placed at UW-Green Bay and their final grade in the course.

General Note: Students who have taken SL courses for which there is no Advanced Placement or CLEP credit by exam option may ask a UW-Green Bay faculty member to provide a Challenge Exam. Faculty members are not required to fulfill student requests for Challenge Exams.

Contact the International Baccalaureate Organization for more information