International Baccalaureate (IB) Exam Credit

International Baccalaureate (IB) courses designated as Honors Courses on the UC/CSU “a-g” college preparatory subjects list are awarded extra grade points for computation of the high school GPA. To be awarded advanced standing credit for successful performance, the IB test must be higher level (HL) and have a score of 4 or higher. IB tests with standard level (SL) or any other designator are not acceptable as college level.

Transcripts, certificates or diplomas with IB test results should be sent to Admissions and Records.

Additional courses at the appropriate level and score may be accepted upon review. Contact International Admissions for more information at (818) 677-3760.

IB Exam Score Semester Units Allowed CSUN Course Equivalent General Education Plan R Application
Biology HL 4,5 6 units No equivalency 6 units GE Natural Science with Lab
Business and Management HL 4,5 6 units No equivalency Elective (No GE placement)
Chemistry HL 4,5 6 units No equivalency 6 units GE Natural Science with Lab
Economics HL 4,5 6 units ECON 160 and 161 6 GE Social Science
English A: Literature HL 4,5 6 units English 155 and 255 3 units GE Basic Subjects Written Composition/
3 units GE Arts and Humanities
English A: Language and Literature HL 4,5 6 units No equivalency 3 units GE Basic Subjects Written Composition/
3 units GE Arts and Humanities
Film HL 4,5 6 units No equivalency 6 units GE Arts and Humanities
Geography HL 4,5 6 units No equivalency 6 units GE Social Science
History of Americas HL 4,5 6 units No equivalency 6 units GE Social Science or U.S. History
History of Asia/OCE HL 4,5 6 units No equivalency 6 units GE Social Science or Comparative
Cultural Studies
History of Europe HL 4,5 6 units No equivalency 6 units GE Social Science or Comparative
Cultural Studies
Language A: Literature HL
(any Foreign Language)
4,5 6 units No equivalency 6 units GE Comparative Cultural Studies
Language A: Language and Literature HL
(any Foreign Language)
4,5 6 units No equivalency 6 units GE Comparative Cultural Studies
Language B HL
(any Foreign Language)
4,5 6 units No equivalency 6 units GE Comparative Cultural Studies
Mathematics HL 4,5 6 units No equivalency 6 units GE Basic Skills Mathematics
Music HL 4,5 6 units No equivalency 6 units GE Arts and Humanities
Philosophy HL 4,5 6 units PHIL 150 6 units GE Arts and Humanities
Physics HL 4,5 6 units No equivalency 6 units GE Natural Science
Psychology HL 4,5 6 units No equivalency 6 units GE Social Science
Sociology HL 4,5 6 units No equivalency 6 units GE Social Science
Theatre HL 4,5 6 units No equivalency 6 units GE Arts and Humanities
Visual Arts HL 4,5 6 units No equivalency 6 units GE Arts and Humanities