IB Guidelines

The International Baccalaureate Organization’s Program, created in 1968, is a demanding pre-university course of study, designed for highly motivated secondary school students. All higher-level courses are two years in length, with an exam at the end of the second year. These courses are designated with an "HL" on the high school transcript.

Acceptable scores will be entered on a student’s Loyola academic record with a pass for the courses involved, earning IB credit. The faculty of Loyola University Chicago has determined that the following courses will be accepted. Only higher level examinations will be accepted, with a minimum score of 5 out of 7. No credit will be given for subsidiary level exams.

Scores, Credits, and Courses

Scores lower than those indicated below will not be accepted for Loyola IB credit, and only higher level (HL) exams are accepted.

Note: For Advanced Placement credit guidelines, click here. For CLEP guidelines, click here.

SubjectScore RequirementCourse Equivalent
Anthropology (Societal and Cultural Anthropology HL) 6, 7 3 hrs/ANTH 102
Biology (Biology HL) 6, 7 8 hrs/BIOL 101, 111, and BIOL 102, 112
Chemistry (Chemisty HL) 6, 7 8 hrs/CHEM 105 and 106, or CHEM 101/111 and 102/ 112
Computer Science (Computer Science HL) 5, 6, 7 3 hrs/COMP 150
English (English A1 HL) 5, 6, 7 3 hrs/200-Level elective
Fine Arts (Design Technology HL) 7 6 hrs/FNAR 112* and FNAR 170
Fine Arts (Design Technology HL) 5, 6 3 hrs/FNAR 112*
Fine Arts (Music HL) 6 hrs/MUSC 144 and MUSC 244 
Fine Arts (Music HL) 5, 6  3 hrs/MUSC 144
Fine Arts (Visual Arts HL) 7 6 hrs/FNAR 112 and FNAR 113*
Fine Arts (Visual Arts HL) 5, 6 3 hrs/FNAR 112*
Fine Arts (Theater Arts HL) 5, 6, 7 3 hrs/THTR 100
History (Africa HL) 5, 6, 7 3 hrs/HIST 204
History (Americas) 5, 6, 7 3 hrs/HIST 212
History (Asia and Oceania HL) 5, 6, 7 3 hrs/HIST 208
History (Europe and Middle East) 5, 6, 7 3 hrs/HIST 102
History (Islamic History HL) 5, 6, 7 3 hrs/HIST 209
Modern Languages and Literature (FREN/GERM/SPAN A2) 7 6 hrs/FREN/GERM/SPAN 250 and 251
Modern Languages and Literature (FREN/GERM/SPAN A2) 5, 6  3 hrs/FREN/GERM/SPAN 250
Modern Languages and Literature (FREN/GERM/SPAN B HL) 7 6 hrs/FREN/GERM/SPAN 103 and 104
Modern Languages and Literature (FREN/GERM/SPAN B) 5, 6 3 hrs/FREN/GERM/SPAN 103
Philosophy (Philosophy HL) 6, 7 3 hrs/PHIL 130
Physics (Physics HL) 5, 6, 7 6 hrs/PHYS 111 and PHYS 112**
Psychology (Psychology HL) 5, 6, 7 3 hrs/PSYC 101

* Credit for Design Technology and Visual Arts is applied based on departmental evaluation of the student's portfolio or evaluation of coursework.

** Credit is given for six hours (PHYS 111/112) only if the student has completed the advanced material in the course description. If advanced material is not covered, student receives three hours (PHYS 101).

NA = not applicable (i.e. no exam in that area)

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