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International Baccalaureate Exams

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 HL International Baccalaureate exams (score of 4 or higher) by awarding credit, as shown in the Table below. Additional credit for SL International Baccalaureate exams is also listed below. All elective credit shown below is lower-level credit unless otherwise noted.

UW-Green Bay International Baccalaureate Exam Equivalencies

(Updated February 26, 2024)

International Baccalaureate ExaminationExam LevelScore RequiredUW-Green Bay Course Equivalency# of creditsNotesGen Ed Fulfilled
English A: Language & LiteratureHL & SL4,5,6,7ENG 104 & WF 10061,2,4HUM
English A: LiteratureHL & SL4,5,6,7ENG 104 & WF 10061,2,4HUM
Literature & PerformanceSL4,5,6,7ENG 1043
LatinHL4,5,6,7HUM STUD elective81HUM
LatinSL4,5,6,7HUM STUD elective41HUM
French A or BHL4FREN elective33,4
French A or BHL5,6,7FREN elective63,4GC
French ab or A or BSL4no credit awarded03,4
French ab or A or BSL5,6,7FREN elective33,4GC
German A or BHL4GERMAN elective33,4
German A or BHL5,6,7GERMAN elective63,4GC
German ab or A or BSL4no credit awarded03,4
German ab or A or BSL5,6,7GERMAN elective33,4
Spanish A or BHL4SPAN elective33,4
Spanish A or BHL5,6,7SPAN elective63,4GC
Spanish ab or A or BSL4no credit awarded03,4
Spanish ab or A or BSL5,6,7SPAN elective33,4
Business & MgmtHL4,5,6,7BUS ADM 2023
Digital SocietyHL & SL4,5,6,7INFO SCI LL elective3

EconomicsHL4,5,6,7ECON 202 & 20361,2SOC
Env. Systems & SocietiesHL & SL4,5,6,7EPP 1023
GeographyHL & SL4,5,6,7GEOG 102 & 2106
Global PoliticsHL4,5,6,7POL SCI 1003
HistorySL4,5,6,7HIST elective31,2HUM
History: Africa & the Middle East, Americas, Asia/Oceania, or EuropeHL4,5,6,7HIST elective31,2HUM or GC
Information Tech in a Global SocietyHL4,5,6,7INFO SCI 3083

PhilosophyHL4,5,6,7PHILOS 1013
PsychologyHL & SL4,5,6,7PSYCH 10231,2SOC
Social & Cultural AnthropologyHL & SL4,5,6,7ANTHRO 1003
BiologyHL4,5,6,7BIOL 201 & 20241,2BIO
ChemistryHL4,5,6,7CHEM 211/213 & 212/214101,2NAT & QL
Computer ScienceHL4,5,6,7COMP SCI elective31
Computer ScienceSL5,6,7


Design TechnologyHL4,5,6,7DESIGN 2363

Design TechnologySL4,5,6,7ART 1063
PhysicsHL4PHYS 103 & 203 51NAT or QL
PhysicsHL5,6,7PHYS 103 & 203 and 104 & 204101NAT & QL
PhysicsSL4,5,6,7PHYS 18031NAT
Sports, Exercise & Health ScienceHL4,5,6,7HUM BIOL UL elective3
Sports, Exercise & Health ScienceSL4,5,6,7HUM BIOL 1023
Mathematics: Analysis & ApproachesSL4,5,6,7MATH 10442MATH COMP
Mathematics: Analysis & ApproachesHL4,5,6,7MATH 20242QL & MATH COMP
Mathematics: Applications & InterpretationSL4,5,6,7no credit awarded02
Mathematics: Applications & InterpretationHL4,5MATH 10442MATH COMP
Mathematics: Applications & InterpretationHL6,7MATH 202 & MATH 26082QL & MATH COMP
Further MathematicsHL4,5,6,7MATH UL elective31,2MATH COMP
MathematicsHL4,5MATH 20241,2QL & MATH COMP
MathematicsHL6,7MATH 202 & 20381,2QL & MATH COMP
MathematicsSL4,5,6,7MATH 10442MATH COMP
Mathematics StudiesSL4,5,6,7MATH 10442MATH COMP
DanceHL & SL4,5,6,7THEATRE elective3
FilmHL4,5,6,7HUM STUD 1103
MusicHL & SL4,5,6,7MUSIC elective31FIN
TheatreHL & SL4,5,6,7THEATRE elective3
Visual ArtsHL4,5,6,7ART elective6
Art/DesignHL & SL4,5,6,7ART elective31FIN

For score of 28+, full diploma recipients receive 3 elective credits in addition to the credits awarded for passing scores on their Higher Level and Standard Level Exams (see Equivalency Table, above).

Notes To Accompany The Equivalencies Table:

Students taking SL courses, where no credit has been granted, but 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.

4.See Department Chair upon enrollment for more information.

General Note: Students who have taken SL courses for which there is no Advanced Placement or CLEP 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