Credit from Away: International Baccalaureate (IB) IB credit equivalencies for each W&L department


Washington and Lee University will consider for credit or advanced placement only IB courses with Higher-Level examination results of 5, 6 or 7. Standard-Level results do not receive W&L credit. Specific credit and placement policies are available on this page, accessible at go.wlu.edu/IB.

Official IB transcripts must be received prior to August 15 in order for registration prerequisites to be satisfied and credits to be awarded.

Students are responsible to request an official transcript be sent directly to the W&L University Registrar. IBO only accepts the request on an IBO transcript request form submitted to them by mail (not fax) and full details and fees are outlined on the IBO website. Transcripts are forwarded electronically from the IB office to the W&L University Registrar once students have authorized the release of results to W&L.

IB scores and credit can be viewed on your W&L "Student Planning Test Summary" screen; W&L course equivalencies earned are posted on the "Schedule & Plan" and "Timeline" views. Only scores that earn W&L credit are posted on your W&L record.

The Faculty has set a deadline: In order to receive Washington and Lee credit, all documentation (official transcript of IB work) must be received by the University Registrar before the end of the first term in which the student is enrolled at W&L.

Recently awarded credits: Credit is granted at the discretion of the department head(s) involved, according to the following departmental policies in place for the coming fall term. "FDR" refers to W&L's Foundation and Distribution Requirements. If you receive credit for any of the following, make sure you don't register for the same W&L course number or you will lose your IB credit:

W&L Discipline - IB Higher-Level Test Score W&L Equivalency and Credit, with notation of FDR earned, if any Registration Recommendation
Art & Art History - Visual Arts 5,6,7 ARTS 1-HA-M (3-credit 100-level HA elective) exempt from HA; take a different art history or studio art course
Biology 5,6,7 BIOL 1-SL-N (4-credit 100-level SL elective, but not the major) if biology, neuroscience or environmental science major or pre-health, take BIOL 111/113
Chemistry 5,6,7 CHEM 100 (4) SL if science major or pre-health, take CHEM 110
Chinese Language A 5,6,7 CHIN 262 (4) FL exempt from FL, take CHIN 301
Economics 6,7 taken before 2020 ECON 100(3): SS1 consider taking a 200-level course IN THE WINTER TERM
Economics 6,7 taken during 2020 no credit take ECON 100
English Language & Literature A
or
English Literature A
6,7 WRIT 100 (3) FW exempt from FW; consider taking a 200-level literature course to fulfill HL or a 200-level creative writing course to fulfill HA
French Language A or B 6,7 If test date of 2019 or earlier or if 2020 results confirmed by W&L placement test, FREN 162 (3) FL exempt FL; take 200-level French course
French Language A or B 6,7 If test date of 2020 and not confirmed by W&L placement test, no credit but... placement in FREN 162 for Fall 2020 to meet FDR FL requirement
Geography 6,7 GEN 10N (3-credit, 100-level, non-FDR, non-major elective) consider politics, sociology, or geology course
German Language B 6,7 If confirmed by W&L placement test, GERM 262 (4) FL take GERM 311
German Language B 6,7 If not confirmed by W&L placement test, no credit but... placement in GERM 261 for Fall 2020
Global Politics 5,6,7 POL 105 (3) SS2 consider another 100-level politics course
History - Americas 5,6,7 HIST 107 (0) & 108 (3), if no AP credit HU any other 100-level HIST, but do not register for either HIST 107 or 108
History - Asia/Oceania 5,6,7 HIST 103 (0) & 104 (3) HU any other 100-level HIST, but do not register for either HIST 103 or HIST 104
History - Europe 5,6,7 HIST 101 (0) & 102 (3), if no AP credit HU any other 100-level HIST, but do not register for either HIST 101 or HIST 102
Italian A: Literature 6,7 ITAL 163 (4) FL exempt from FL; see Romance Languages for additional course suggestions
Japanese Language A 5,6,7 JAPN 262 (4) FL exempt from FL, take JAPN 301
Mathematics 5,6,7 MATH 101(3) FM and 102(3) SC and the major intro sequence MATH 201, 221, or 222
Physics 6,7 6 receives PHYS 1-SC-N (6-credit 100-level, SC elective), a non-major intro sequence without labs; 7 receives PHYS 1-SC-M (6-credit 100-level, SC elective), a major intro sequence without labs appeals for higher credit should be made as soon as possible to the department head, preferably prior to beginning of fall classes
Psychology 5,6,7 CBSC 1-SS3-M (6-credit 100-level SS3 elective) may be used toward the major with department head's permission
Spanish Language A or B 6,7 If test date of 2019 or earlier or if 2020 results confirmed by W&L placement test, SPAN 162 (3) FL exempt FL; take 200-level Spanish course
Spanish Language A or B 6,7 If test date of 2020 and not confirmed by W&L placement test, no credit but... Placement in SPAN 164 for Fall 2020 to meet FDR FL requirement
Theater 5,6,7 THTR 1-HA-N (3-credit 100-level HA elective) exempt from HA; take a different theater or dance course

At this time, no W&L credit is awarded in the following IB areas or for SL results:

  • Business & Management
  • Design Technology
  • English B
  • Film
  • Information Technology in Global Society
  • Music
  • Philosophy

To date, no Higher-Level results have been presented to W&L for the following IB areas, so no credit determination has been made:

  • Classical Languages (Greek, Latin)
  • Computer Science
  • Dance
  • Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches
  • Mathematics: Applications and Interpretations
  • Social and Cultural Anthropology
  • Sports, Exercise, and Health Science

Course numbering:

Courses with a number such as 2-FL-N or 1-SC-N represent a subject and if the course counts toward the major and/or meets a foundation and distribution requirement. Example: CHEM 1-SC-N = Chemistry elective, 100-level, meets FDR-SC, non-major course. A second example: SPAN 2-FL-M = Spanish elective, 200-level, meets FDR-FL, may be used for the major.

FAQ

IB Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)