IB EXAM CREDIT AT USC

Credit: Effective May 2011, USC awards either

  1. 6 semester units of elective credit for each score of 5, 6, or 7 on the IB Higher Level exams, up to a maximum of four exams, or
  2. 20 semester units of elective credit to students who earn the International Baccalaureate Diploma with a score of 30 and above, whichever is higher.

Restrictions:

  1. No credit is given for Standard Level exams.
  2. IB exams do not earn course equivalence.
  3. Students may not receive credit for both an AP exam (or IB or other international exam) and a college course taken before high school graduation covering the same subject matter, nor for an AP and IB exam covering the same subject matter.
  4. Students may receive a combined maximum of 32 elective units for college courses taken before high school graduation and/or examinations (e.g., AP, IB, or other international exams) taken before matriculation at a two-year or four-year college.

General Education: *** Effective Fall 2015, USC is introducing a new set of General Education Program Requirements. These requirements will apply to students who will be graduating high school in Spring or Summer 2015 and whose first full-time term (excluding Summer) at any college or university will be Fall 2015. These students should review the information below for “First Year Students.” Students who started at any college or university before Summer 2015 will follow the GE Program in effect prior to Fall 2015. These students should review the information below for "Transfer Students."

GE credit for Incoming First Year Students
Students graduating high school in Spring or Summer 2015, following the new GE Program Requirements.

GE-A: Arts

Dance
Film
Music
Theatre
Visual Arts

GE-D: Life Sciences

Biology

GE-E: Physical Sciences

Chemistry
Physics

GE-F: Quantitative Reasoning

Economics
Mathematics
Further Mathematics

GE-G: Citizenship in a Global Era

Global Politics
Route 2- 20th Century World History with:
HL Option: Asia and Oceania or
HL Option: History of Africa or
HL Option: History of the Americas

GE-H: Traditions and Historical Foundations

Route 1- History of Europe & Islamic World
Route 2- 20th Century World History with:
HL Option: Europe and the Middle East

GE credit for Incoming Transfer Students
Students who started college Prior to Fall 2015, following the GE program in effect prior to Fall 2015.

GE Category I: Western Cultures and Traditions

Route 2- 20th Century World History with:
HL Option: Europe and the Middle East*

GE Category II: Global Cultures and Traditions

Route 2- 20th Century World History** with:
HL Option: Asia and Oceania

GE Category III: Scientific Inquiry

Biology
Chemistry
Physics

*Possible General Education credit for History route 1: Europe and the Islamic World depends on a detailed review of the student’s HL course content. After certifying admission, students may file an articulation petition at www.usc.edu/oasis and provide supporting documentation electronically.

** Possible General Education credit for History route 2: HL Option Africa depends on a detailed review of the student’s HL course content. After certifying admission, students may file an articulation petition at www.usc.edu/oasis and provide supporting documentation electronically.

Waivers: Some departments may use IB scores for placement purposes, such as waiving a course pre-requisite or to waive certain degree requirements. Contact your academic advisor for assistance regarding these waivers.

Reporting IB scores: Students must have their scores sent directly to USC from the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO), not from their high school or in any other format. Before July 5 in the year you complete the IB program, order through your school’s IB coordinator. To order grades later than July 5, please go to the IBO website and follow the instructions to order transcripts. Please include your USC ID number with your order, if known, to avoid possible delays.

If official scores have been sent in July but do not appear on the student's TCR by August, send an email to transfercredit@usc.edu.

IB credit prior to May 2011:

7/2009 – 4/2010 PDF
5/2010 – 4/2011 PDF