May 19, 2024  
Academic Policies 
    
Academic Policies

International Baccalaureate (IB) Program


Students will have an opportunity to receive at least three (3) semester credits- per course-for having successfully completed one or more International Baccalaureate Diploma Program courses and final exams. However, credit will not be awarded automatically. Specific credit will be awarded within existing departmental and/or university guidelines. Departmental faculty will review an individual’s requests (to include transcripts and/or other documentation, when requested) before determining if credit(s) should be awarded.

Procedures and Additional Information:

*1. “Some students are enrolled in International Baccalaureate programs in their high schools. The IB program is similar to Advanced Placement (AP) in that students can earn college credits for work done while still enrolled in high school. IB scores are reported on a scale of 1 to 7. Many IB classes have a SL (Standard Level) and a HL (Higher Level) option. Theory of Knowledge and Extended Essay tests are given letter grades from A (Excellent) to E (Elementary).
 

*2. Students seeking credit for IB course examinations must request that a final, official IB transcript of IB course grades and/ or diploma results be sent by mail to the Office of Academic Records, Administration Building, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, 1200 North University Drive, Pine Bluff, Arkansas 71601.  

*3. UAPB faculty will evaluate scores from individuals appropriately. The topics studied in IB courses can vary considerably from school to school and from student to student.  Not every IB student will receive the same credits for similar classes. The specific credits will vary according to the student’s curriculum.
 
*4. Approval has been granted by the UAPB Division of Academic Affairs and appropriate academic departments to award credit in the following courses. The minimum scores were established by the departments in which credits will be awarded”.

Departments/Units, IB Test Titles, Required IB Course Grades, UAPB Courses and Credits Awarded

Department Test Title Required IB Course Grades UAPB Courses and Credits Awarded
Art and Design Visual Arts 4 SL

3 Credits: ART 1310 Basic Drawing, OR

ART 1320 Freehand Drawing & Sketching, OR

ART 1315 Two Dimensional (2-D) Drawing, OR ART 2300 Color and Design

Biology   5 SL/ 5 HL 3 Credits: Biological Sciences Lecture &
1 Credit: Biological Sciences Laboratory
Chemistry and Physics Chemistry 4 SL

3 Credits: Principles of Chemistry CHEM 1310 &

1 Credit: Principles of Chemistry Lab CHEM 1110
OR 
3 Credits: General Chemistry I CHEM 1330 &

1 Credits: General Chemistry I  Lab CHEM 1130
    5 HL

3 Credits: General Chemistry I CHEM 1330 &

1 Credits: General Chemistry I  Lab CHEM 1130

AND

3 Credits: General Chemistry II CHEM 1340 &

1 Credits: General Chemistry II Lab CHEM 1140

  Physics 4 SL

3 Credits: General Physics I PHYS 2310 &

1 Credits: General Physics I Lab PHYS 1110
    4 HL

3 Credits: General Physics I PHYS 1310 &

1 Credits: General Physics I Lab PHYS 1110

AND

3 Credits: General Physics II PHYS 1320 &

1 Credits: General Physics II Lab PHYS 1120

Department of English, Theatre & Mass  Communications
Department Test Title Required IB Course Grades UAPB Courses and Credits Awarded
English

Language A:

Literature
4 SL 3 Credits: ENGL 2300 Intro to Literature OR
ENGL 2360 World Lit. I OR ENGL 2361 World LIt. II  OR ENGL 1311 English Composition I
    4 HL

6 Credits: ENGL 2300 Intro to Literature OR ENGL 2360 World Lit. I OR ENGL 2361 World LIt. II  OR ENGL 1311 English Composition I OR ENGL 1321 English Composition II

  Extended Essay “C” 3 Credits: ENGL 1311 English Composition I
    “A”

6 Credits: ENGL 1311 English Composition I AND ENGL 1321 English Composition II

Modern Foreign Languages

French Ab

Initio     
4 SL 3 Credits: MDFL 2310 Elementary French I
   

5 SL OR

4 HL
6 Credits: MDFL 2310 Elementary French I
AND MDFL 2320 Elementary French II
    5 HL

9 Credits: MDFL 2310 Elementary French I AND

MDFL 2320 Elementary French II AND MDFL 3310 Intermediate French I
   

6 SL OR

6 HL

Additional credit is determined on an individual basis by the appropriate Foreign Language Faculty

 

Spanish Ab

Initio
4 SL 3 Credits: MDFL 2311 Elementary Spanish I
   

5 SL OR

4 HL

6 Credits: MDFL 2311 Elementary Spanish I AND

MDFL 2321 Elementary Spanish II
    5 HL

9 Credits: MDFL 2311 Elementary Spanish I AND

MDFL 2321 Elementary Spanish II AND MDFL 3311 Intermediate  Spanish I
   

6 SL OR

6 HL

Additional credit is determined on an individual basis by the appropriate Foreign Language Faculty

  Spanish B 4 SL OR 4 HL

Credit is determined on an individual basis by the appropriate Foreign Language Faculty

Humanities Philosophy

4 SL OR 4bHL

3 Credits: HUMN 2340 Effective Thinking/Logic

Theatre

Theatre

Arts

4 SL/ 4 HL

3 Credits: THTR 2324 Theatre Appreciation
DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES: Geography, History, Political Sciences. Psychology, Sociology
Department Test Title Required IB Course Grade UAPB Courses and Credits Awarded
Geography Geography 4 SL /4 HL 3 Credits: Geography Elective
History History 4 SL/4 HL 3 Credits: HIST 1340, Western Civilization II
  World Religions 4 SL

General elective credit hours:  To be determined by faculty.

Political Science Global Politics 5 HL International Relations (PSCI 4315)

 
    4 SL

Political Science Elective

Psychology   4 SL /4 HL

PSYC 3303: Abnormal Psychology

PSYC 2302: Developmental Psychology

PSYC 4309: Health Psychology

PSYC 4301: Experimental Psychology (Introduction to Experimental Research Methodology)
    4 SL/4 HL

For the standard or higher level IB degree, the following “core” areas may receive UAPB credit, dependent on which courses were included in the IB program. For example, the core may be eligible for credit if they were to include the following sub-areas:


Biological Core:

PSYC 4302: Physiological Psychology

PSYC 3306: Sensation and Perception


Cognitive Core:

PSYC 3308: Cognitive Psychology

PSYC 3301: Psychology of Learning

 

Sociocultural Core:

PSYC 3310: Social Psychology

PSYC 4313: Advanced Social Psychology

 

The core area transfer credit determination cannot be determined without further information as to what is included in the core curriculum. All courses must be passed at a “C” or better.

Sociology Environmental Systems & Societies 4 SL

SOCI 2310 (Intro to Sociology)

*These policy statements are based on the IB policies of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.