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International Baccalaureate (IB)

Columbia College accepts credit from successfully completed International Baccalaureate (IB) coursework. Course equivalencies and transfer credit awards vary by subject and International Baccalaureate course level (standard/higher).

The IB Diploma Programme

Students who meet the following requirements are eligible to receive a minimum of 10 hours of transfer credit.

  • Completed the IB Diploma Programme
  • Completed higher-level (HL) courses with a score of four or better
  • Completed standard-level (SL) courses with a score of five or better

Students with some IB coursework who have not completed the IB Diploma Programme will be granted equivalency credit on a course-by-course basis.

To receive credit, IB coursework must be:

  • Completed at the higher-level (HL), AND 
  • Earned at a score of five or better

The tables below list all of the IB coursework for which Columbia College will award transfer equivalency credit.

Group 1 (Best Language)

International Baccalaureate Columbia College Equivalency
Group IB Course CC Course Credit
Language A1 English
HL and SL
ENGL 111 & ENGL 264 6
Other Languages
HL and SL
LANG 101 & LANG 102
(e.g. SPAN, GERM)
6

Group 2 (Second Modern Language)

International Baccalaureate Columbia College Equivalency 
IB Course CC Course  Credit 
English
AB Intro.
B
- Higher Level ENGL 111 
- Standard Level  No Credit   
A2
- Higher Level ENGL 111 & ENGL 264 
- Standard Level  ENGL 111 & ENGL 264 
Other Languages    
AB Intro.
- Standard Level LANG 101
(e.g. SPAN, GERM)
3
B
- Higher Level  LANG 101 & LANG 102
(e.g. SPAN, GERM) 
6
- Standard Level  LANG 101
(e.g. SPAN, GERM) 
A2 
- Higher Level  LANG 101 & LANG 102
(e.g. SPAN, GERM)
6
- Standard Level  LANG 101 & LANG 102
(e.g. SPAN, GERM)
6
Classical Languages
- Higher Level LANG 101 & LANG 102
(e.g. SPAN, GERM)
6
- Standard Level  LANG 101
(e.g. SPAN, GERM)
3

Group 3 (Individuals & Society)

International Baccalaureate Columbia College Equivalency 
IB Course CC Course  Credit
Business & Management
-Higher Level MGMT 150 & ACCT 280 
-Standard level MGMT 150 
Economics
-Higher Level & Standard Level ECON 293 & ECON 294 
History
-Higher Level HIST 144
Regional Options:  
Europe HIST 102 (Score of 5 or higher) 
All Other Options HIST 144 
-Standard Level HIST 144 
Geography
-Higher Level GEOG 101 & GEOG 144  6
-Standard Level  GEOG 101  3
Islamic History
-Higher Level HIST 144 & RELI 144 
-Standard Level  HIST 144
ITGS
-Higher Level CISS 144 & CISS 170 
-Standard Level CISS 144
Philosophy
-Higher Level PHIL 201 & PHIL 144  6
-Standard Level  PHIL 201
Psychology 
-Higher Level  PSYC 144
-Standard Level  PSYC 144  3
Social & Cultural Anthropology 
-Higher Level  SOCI 111 & ANTH/SOCI 112  
-Standard Level ANTH/SOCI 112 
World Religions
-Higher Level RELI 101 & RELI 102 
-Standard Level  RELI 101 

Group 4 (Experimental Sciences)

International Baccalaureate Columbia College Equivalency 
IB Course CC Course  Credit 
Biology
-Higher Level BIOL 110 & BIOL 110L
-Standard level BIOL 108 
Chemistry (HL & SL) CHEM 110 & CHEM 111L
Physics
-Higher Level PHYS 111 & PHYS 111L 
-Standard Level PHYS 108 & PHYS 108L 6
Environmental Systems (SL only) ENVS 115 & ENVS 115L 6
Sports, Exercise & Health Science 
-Higher Level PHED 144
-Standard Level  PHED 144 
Design Technology 
-Higher Level  ELEC 144 
-Standard Level  ELEC 144 

Group 5 (Mathematics)

International Baccalaureate Columbia College Equivalency 
IB Course CC Course  Credit 
Mathematical Studies (SL) MATH 106 3
Mathematics
-Higher level MATH 150 & MATH 180
-Standard Level MATH 150 
Further Mathematics MATH 170
Computer Science
-Higher Level CISS 170 & CISS 238
-Standard Level CISS 170 

Group 6 (The Arts)

International Baccalaureate Columbia College Equivalency 
IB Course CC Course  Credit 
Visual Arts
- Higher level ARTS 101 & ARTS 105 6
- Standard Level ARTS 101 3
Music
- Higher Level MUSI 102 & MUSI 122 6
- Standard Level MUSI 102
Theater Arts
- Higher Level COMM 220 & HUMN 144 6
- Standard Level COMM 220  3
Dance 
- Higher Level  HUMN 144 & ELEC 144
- Standard Level HUMN 144 
Film
- Higher Level  HUMN 144 & ELEC 144
- Standard Level  HUMN 144 

Additional Credits Awarded

Requirements Columbia College Equivalency
CC Course Credit
  1. Completion of the IB Diploma
  2. Complete English as a Group 1 language
    with a score of 6 or higher
  3. Receive a score of C or higher on the
    Extended Essay 
ENGL 112  3

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