Undergraduate Admissions

IB Credit

If you have taken International Baccalaureate (IB) exams, you may be able to earn Penn State credit.

IB credit we accept is as follows:

Penn State will award transfer credit for exams taken at the Higher Level and graded 5 or above.

Arabic A

6 general credits of Arabic are awarded.

Arabic B

Credit is awarded for ARAB 001, ARAB 002, and ARAB 003. (12 credits)

Art History

6 general credits of Art History are awarded.

Business and Management

6 general credits of Business Administration are awarded.

Biology

Credit is awarded for BIOL 110 and BIOL 240W (8 credits)

Chemistry

Credit is awarded for CHEM 110, CHEM 111, CHEM 112, and CHEM 113. (8 credits)

Chinese A

6 general credits of Chinese are awarded.

Computer Science

6 general credits of Computer Science are awarded.

Design Technology

6 general credits of Art are awarded.

Economics

Credit is awarded for ECON 002 and ECON 004. (6 credits)

English A

6 general credits of English are awarded.

English B

No credit is awarded.

Film

6 general credits of Communications are awarded.

French A

6 general credits of French are awarded.

French B

Credit is awarded for FR 001, FR 002, and FR 003. (12 credits)

Geography

6 general credits of Geography are awarded.

German A

6 general credits of German are awarded.

German B

Credit is awarded for GER 001, GER 002, and GER 003. (12 credits)

Greek B

Credit is awarded for GREEK 001, GREEK 002, and GREEK 003. (12 credits)

Hindi B

12 general credits in Critical Language Program are awarded.

History Americas

Credit is awarded for HIST 020 and HIST 021. (6 credits)

History Europe

6 general credits of History are awarded.

History Africa

6 general credits of History are awarded.

History Asia/Mid East

6 general credits of History are awarded.

Japanese B

Credit is awarded for JAPNS 001, JAPNS 002, and JAPNS 003. (12 credits)

Korean A

6 general credits of Korean are awarded.

Korean B

Credit is awarded for KOR 001, KOR 002, and KOR 003. (12 credits)

Latin B

Credit is awarded for LATIN 001, LATIN 002, and LATIN 003. (12 credits)

Mandarin B

12 general credits of Chinese are awarded.

Math

Credit is awarded for MATH 140 and 4 credits of Math (precalculus). (8 credits)

Music

6 general credits of Music are awarded.

Philosophy

6 general credits of Philosophy are awarded.

Physics

Credit is awarded for PHYS 250 and PHYS 251 (8 credits)

Portuguese A

6 general credits of Portuguese are awarded.

Portuguese B

Credit is awarded for PORT 001, PORT 002, and PORT 003. (12 credits)

Psychology

6 general credits of Psychology are awarded.

Russian A

6 general credits of Russian are awarded.

Russian B

Credit is awarded for RUS 001, RUS 002, and RUS 003. (12 credits)

Spanish A

6 general credits of Spanish are awarded.

Spanish B

Credit is awarded for SPAN 001, SPAN 002, and SPAN 003. (12 credits)

Thai A

6 general credits of Critical Language Program are awarded.

Theatre Arts

6 general credits of Theatre are awarded.

Turkish A

6 general credits of Critical Language Program are awarded.

Visual Arts

6 general credits of Art History are awarded.

More credit information:

Undergraduate students interested in receiving credit for IB Higher Level Examinations should arrange for their official grade reports to be sent directly from the International Baccalaureate Program.

This evaluation of the credits awarded for International Baccalaureate (IB) exams is subject to change and may be reviewed and revised periodically by faculty.

If credit is awarded, a student’s university record will carry notation of credit, but no grade will be recorded. Credit awarded will not affect a student’s grade-point average at Penn State.

Limitations on credit earned through the International Baccalaureate (IB) exams are as follows:
(1) the credit must be useful in a student's program of study;
(2) duplicate credit in the same subject is not awarded in any case.

Credit awards for the Higher Level examinations will reflect the introductory sequence in the subject at Penn State. Since Penn State’s evaluation will focus on the results of individual examinations completed at the Higher Level, a student does not have to complete the full IB Diploma to be eligible for consideration for transfer credit. Examinations at the Subsidiary Level are not eligible for transfer credit consideration.

General credits may be awarded for a Higher Level Examination that covers material that is not the substantial equivalent of material covered in a specific University course. General credits may be used to fulfill degree requirements in any area; such use is not necessarily limited to General Education or elective requirements. General credits are applied to a student’s program of study in accordance with the procedures established by the college of enrollment. Information on the use of general credits or specific course credits earned by the IB Higher Level Examinations in individual programs of study may be obtained from a student’s academic adviser or from the office of the dean of a student’s college.