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International Baccalaureate Equivalents

The International Baccalaureate (IB) is a nonprofit educational foundation based in Switzerland that works with secondary schools throughout the world on programs for students between the ages of 16 and 19 years.  Designed as a comprehensive, two-year curriculum that allows its graduates to fulfill requirements of various national education systems, the diploma model is not based on the pattern of any single country but incorporates the best elements of many.  Beyond intellectual rigor and high academic standards, strong emphasis is placed on the ideal of international understanding and responsible citizenship.

Keystone College reviews and evaluates IB Higher Level courses on an individual basis.  A maximum of 32 IB equivalent credits will be accepted toward the bachelor’s degree. Keystone College requires an official International Baccalaureate transcript in order to evaluate credit.  International Baccalaureate courses and grades listed on a high school transcript are not acceptable for evaluation.

College course credit is granted for courses applicable to the degree program.  No course credit is granted for scores less than 4. The minimum score required varies by subject matter.

The table of IB equivalents summarizes Keystone College’s policy regarding review of the IB Diploma and examinations.  This table reflects credit awarded for higher-level subjects.  No credit is awarded for subsidiary-level subjects.

All other IB examinations will be reviewed on an individual basis after the student provides a course description or syllabus.

 IB Higher-Level Exam
 Score
 KC Course Equivalent
 Credits
 Accounting
 5
 ACCT 1125 and 1155
7
 American History
 4
 HIST 1130
3
 American History
 5
 HIST 1130 and 1135
6
 Biology
 5
 BIOL1125
4
 Biology
 6
 BIOL1125 and 1130
8
 Business and Management
 4
 BUSN 1110
3
 Chemistry
 5
 CHEM 1120
4
 Chemistry
 6
 CHEM 1120 and 1125
8
 Computer Science
 4
 IT 1120
3
 Economics
 4
 ECON 2110
3
 Economics
 5
 ECON 2110 and 2115
6
 Environmental Science
 5
 BIOL 1120
3
 Environmental Science
 6
 BIOL 2120
4
 Geography
 4
 GEOG 1110
3
 Geography
 5
 GEOG 1110 and RELG 2110
6
 History of Europe
 4
 HIST 1110
3
 Language A1
 5
 ENGL 2120
3
 Mathematics
 4
 MATH Elective
3
 Mathematics
 5
 MATH 2150
4
 Music
 4
 MUSC 1110
3
 Philosophy
 4
 PHIL 1110
3
 Physics
 6
 PHYS 2110 and 2125
8
 Psychology
 4
 PSYC 1110
3
 Psychology
 4
 PSYC 1110 and 2110
6
 Social Anthropology
 4
 SOCI 1110
3
 Social Anthropology
 4
 SOCI 1110 and ANTH 1110
6
 Spanish A or B
 4
 SPAN 1110
3
 Spanish A or B
 5
 SPAN 1110 and 1115
6
 Theatre Arts
 5
 THEA 1120
3
 Theatre Arts
 6
 THEA 1120 and 1125
6