International Baccalaureate

IB Policy for Students entering Fall 2023 and beyond 

International Baccalaureate (IB) is a standardized and highly rigorous secondary school curriculum used worldwide.

Gonzaga University will grant college credit for scores of 5 (6 for Biology, Chemistry, English and History) or better earned on certain Higher Level IB exams.

You need not complete the full IB program nor receive the IB diploma to receive college credit. No credit will be awarded for the results of any Standard Level examination, for scores below 5 on Higher Level subject exams, for any Higher Level subjects not listed on the chart below, or for solely earning an IB Diploma.

A maximum of 30 semester credits can be earned at Gonzaga through the International Baccalaureate program. IB policy for students entering Spring 2023 and prior can be reviewed here.

Questions regarding credits should be directed to the

Higher Level IB Exam

Credits Earned

Course Equivalent

English A: Language and Literature HL

3 English 102 (requires a score of 6 or better)
English A: Literature HL 3 English 102 (requires a score of 6 or better)
French B, Higher Level 8 French 101 and 102
German B, Higher Level 8 German 101 and 102
Spanish B, Higher Level 8 Spanish 101 and 102
History, Higher Level * *Students with a score of 6 or better must consult the History Department Chair for specific course credit.
Geography, Higher Level 3 Social & Behavioral Science elective
Economics, Higher Level 6 Economics 201 and 202
Social Anthropology, Higher Level 3 Social & Behavioral Science elective
Biology, Higher Level 3 Biology 104/104L (requires a score of 6 or better). All majors.
Biology, Higher Level 3 3 credits for Biology 104/104L for majors outside of the sciences. (requires a score of 7 or better). Biology, biochemistry, nursing, or human physiology majors, or pre-med students studying Biology, may be given 3 credits for Biology 105, but not Biology 105L. (requires a scores of 7 or better).
Chemistry, Higher Level 3 or 4 3 credits for Chemistry 101 / 1 credit for 101L or 3 credits for Chemistry 198 (for students who decide to take CHEM 101/L at Gonzaga) -(requires a score of 6 or better)
Physics, Higher Level 5 4 credits for Physics 111 and 1 credit for Physics 111L

Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches HL

3 or 4


Math 148, 3 credits (requires a score of 5)
Math 157, 4 credits (requires a score of 6 or 7)

Mathematics: Applications and Interpretation HL
3 Math 148 (requires a score of 5 or better)