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International Baccalaureate (IB) Course Equivalencies

International Baccalaureate (IB) Course Equivalencies

International Baccalaureate (IB) credit may be used to replace specific courses for purposes of general education/core curricula, major, or minor requirements. Credit and exemption will be given only for IB examinations taken prior to matriculation. Case Western Reserve University offers course credit for scores of 5, 6, and 7 for most Higher Level (HL) examinations. Credit will be posted on a student’s record during the first semester of enrollment. If, after matriculation at CWRU, a student completes a course for which she or he received credit/exemption on the basis of IB, the IB credit/exemption for that course will be forfeited and will not count toward graduation requirements.

In preparation for course registration, please make arrangements for all IB score reports to be made available to Case Western Reserve University. Examination results are usually available in early July and sent to CWRU electronically. If you have taken an examination that is not listed below, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Studies at 216.368.2928.

The policies regarding the awarding of credit for International Baccalaureate Examinations are reviewed annually by departments and are subject to change.  

Subject/Exam

Score

Credit Earned

CWRU Equivalent/Exempt

Placement

Biology HL 5, 6, or 7 3 hours BIOL 200-TR  
Chemistry HL 5, 6, or 7 4 hours CHEM 111
This course will meet a requirement of either CHEM 105 or 111.
CHEM 106 and 113; or ENGR 145
Chinese HL 6 6 hours CHIN 201 and 202 300-level CHIN
HL 7 9 hours CHIN 201, 202, and 300-TR 300-level CHIN
Computer Science HL 5, 6, or 7 3 hours EECS 132 EECS 233 or 281

*CWRU does not award credit for Computer Science Principles.

Dance HL 5, 6, or 7 6 hours DANC 121 DANC 122
Economics HL 5, 6, or 7 6 hours ECON 102 and 103  
English Language A HL 5, 6, or 7 3 hours WLIT 290  
French B HL 6 6 hours FRCH 201 and 202 300-level FRCH
HL 7 9 hours FRCH 201, 202, and 300-TR 300-level FRCH
German B HL 6 6 hours GRMN 201 and 202 300-level GRMN
HL 7 9 hours GRMN 201, 202, and 300-TR 300-level GRMN
Italian  HL 6 6 hours ITAL 201 and 202 300-level ITAL
HL 7 9 hours ITAL 201, 202, and 300-TR 300-level ITAL
Japanese  HL 6 6 hours JAPN 201 and 202 300-level JAPN
HL 7 9 hours  JAPN 201, 202, and 300-TR  300-level JAPN
Mathematics HL 5, 6, or 7 7 hours MATH 121 and 100-TR
Credit for MATH 121 will meet a requirement for either MATH 121 or 125.
MATH 122 or 126 
Music HL 5, 6, or 7  6 hours MUTH 103 and MUGN 201
Credit for these courses cannot be used to satisfy requirements for any music major program.
 
Physics HL 5, 6, or 7 7 hours PHYS 121 and 100-TR
Students with a deep interest in or students planning to major in physics should consider forfeiting their IB credit and taking PHYS 123. A student who enrolls in PHYS 115, 121, or 123 will forfeit IB credit for PHYS 121, and a student who enrolls in PHYS 116, 122, or 124 will forfeit IB credit for PHYS 100-TR. Students who earned a 5, 6, or 7 on their IB Physics exam but had little or no high school physics laboratory experience should consult with the department about taking PHYS 113A to build their laboratory skills before moving on to PHYS 116 or 122.
PHYS 122
Psychology HL 5, 6, or 7 3 hours PSCL 101  
Social and Cultural Anthropology HL 5, 6, or 7 3 hours ANTH 102  
Spanish B HL 6 6 hours SPAN 201 and 202 300-level SPAN
HL 7 9 hours SPAN 201, 202, and 300-TR 300-level SPAN
Theater Studies HL 5, 6, or 7 3 hours THTR 228 THTR 229
Visual Arts HL 6 or 7 3 hours ARTS 101