International Baccalaureate Program (IB)

INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE (IB) PROGRAM

(Sam Houston State University Policy Information – Fall 2019 - Summer 2020

Sam Houston State University recognizes the International Baccalaureate Program for those students who earn the IB diploma/certificate. Although Sam Houston typically accepts a maximum of thirty (30) semester hours of credit through a combination of national standardized examinations and/or locally designed and administered departmental tests, students earning the IB diploma/certificate are capable of earning in excess of those 30 hours.

  • GENERAL INFORMATION
    • Information on the International Baccalaureate Program may be obtained from high school counselors or by visiting the International Baccalaureate website at www.ibo.org.
  • EXAMS ACCEPTED/CREDIT AWARDED
    INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE PROGRAM

    EXAM AREA

    LEVEL

    SHSU COURSE EQUIVALENT

     Group 1

    Level Course Number Hours

     English - requires departmental approval

    HL ENGL 1301 and ENGL 2332 6

     SL

    ENGL 1301 3
    Extended Essay - requires departmental approval

    Grade A or B

    ENGL 1302 3

    Group 2

    Level

    Course Number

    Hours

    Spanish

    HL

    SPAN 1411, 1412, 2311, and 2312

    14

    SL

    SPAN 1411 and 1412

    8

    French

    HL

    FREN 1411, 1412, 2311, and 2312

    14

    SL

    FREN 1411 and 1412

    8

    German

    HL

    GERM 1411, 1412, 2311, and 2312

    14

    SL

    GERM 1411 and 1412

    8

    Arabic

    SL

    ARAB 1411 and 1412

    8

    Chinese - Cantonese

    SL

    FOLG 1411 and 1412

    8

    Chinese – Mandarin

    SL

    FOLG 1411 and 1412

    8

    Danish

    SL

    FOLG 1411 and 1412

    8

    Hebrew

    SL

    FOLG 1411 and 1412

    8

    Hindi

    SL

    FOLG 1411 and 1412

    8

    Korean

    SL

    FOLG 1411 and 1412

    8

    Norwegian

    SL

    FOLG 1411 and 1412

    8

    Portuguese 

    SL

    FOLG 1411 and 1412

    8

    Russian

    SL

    FOLG 1411 and 1412

    8

    Dutch

    SL

    FOLG 1411 and 1412

    8

    Finnish

    SL

    FOLG 1411 and 1412

    8

    Indonesian

    SL

    FOLG 1411 and 1412

    8

    Italian

    SL

    FOLG 1411 and 1412

    8

    Japanese

    SL

    FOLG 1411 and 1412

    8

    Swedish

    SL

    FOLG 1411 and 1412

    8

    Language A1 Self-taught

    SL

    FOLG 1411 and 1412

    8

    Group 3

    Level

    Course Number

    Hours

    History Europe

    HL

    HIST 2312 and 1000

    6

    SL

    HIST 2312

    3

    History Americas

    HL

    HIST 1301 and 1302

    6

    SL

    HIST 1301

    3

    Economics 

    HL

    ECON 2302 and 2301

    6

    SL

    ECON 2302

    3

     Psychology 

    HL

    PSYC 1301 and 2315

    6

    SL

    PSYC 1301

    3

     Philosophy 

    HL

    PHIL 2361

    3

    SL

    PHIL 2361

    3

    ITGS

    HL

    SOCI 3381 and 1000

    6

    SL

    SOCI 3381

    3

    Group 4

    Level

    Course Number

    Hours

    Chemistry

    HL

    CHEM 1411 and 1412

    8

    SL

    CHEM 1411          4

    Biology

    HL

    BIOL 1411 and 1413

    8

    SL

    BIOL 1408

    4

    Physics

    HL

    PHYS 1301, 1101, 1302, and 1102

    8

    SL

    PHYS 1305 and 1105

    4

     Environmental Systems  and Societies

    SL

    ENVR 1301

    3

    Group 5

    Level

    Course Number

    Hours

    Mathematics

    HL

    MATH 1420

    4

    SL

    MATH 1332

    3

    Mathematical Studies

    SL

    MATH 1324

    3

    Further Mathematics

    SL

    MATH 1316

    3

    Computer Science

    HL

    CSTE 1330

    3

    SL

    CSTE 1330

    3

    Group 6

    Level

    Course Number

    Hours

    Visual Arts A

    HL

    THEA 1366

    3

    SL

    THEA 1366

    3

    Visual Arts B

    HL

    ARTS 1301

    3

    SL

    ARTS 1301

    3

    Music

    HL

    MUSI 1306

    3

    SL

    MUSI 1306

    3

  • LIMITATIONS
    • Students with the IB diploma/certificate will be allowed to gain at least 24 hours of credit provided they score at least a 4 on each exam.
    • Specific course prefixes, numbers, and semester credit hours will be awarded for acceptable scores but no grades will be awarded.
    • Credit will not be awarded for an exam if the student is enrolled in the course or has already taken the course.
    • Students without an IB diploma/certificate may earn credit for taking the exam on a case by case basis. In such cases, the various academic departments will determine what level of proficiency is needed to earn credit.
  • ACCEPTABLE SCORES AND CREDIT
    • An official score report must be received before credit will be awarded.
    • Click here to request your IB score report to be sent to SHSU.
    • A student must earn the International Baccalaureate diploma/certificate and receive a score of 4 or above to receive any course credit from the IB exam.
    • Students taking IB exams without achieving the IB diploma/certificate will be evaluated on an individual basis.
  • ADDITIONAL INFORMATION