IB Exams

International Baccalaureate (Class of 2018)

A maximum of four course credits may be achieved through AP, IB, and joint enrollment courses combined (including courses taken in the summer after high school graduation). No more than 2 of the 4 credits may come from joint enrollment courses. If you qualify for more than four such credits, you can change which courses you select later in your career at Davidson. Scores of 6 or 7 on International Baccalaureate Higher Level examinations yield credit as shown below.

Beginning with any student entering Davidson in Fall 2013 (Class of 2017) and later, no more than two credits attained prior to matriculation at Davidson (or, for transfer students, as a degree candidate at another college) may be applied to the satisfaction of the eight distribution requirements needed for graduation. If you choose to have the IB course count for a distribution requirement, then the course will appear on your Davidson transcript as the course in the Distribution Course # column. If you choose to have the IB course count for a distribution requirement, then the course will appear on your Davidson transcript as the course in the Distribution Course # column. If you choose to have the IB course count as one of your four credits but not for distribution credit, then the course will appear on your Davidson transcript as the course in the Non-Distribution Course # column. Either way, your IB scores can assist you in placing into higher-level Davidson College courses.

IB Higher Level Exam
Distribution Course # Distribution Requirement Non-Distribution Course #
Art: Design ART 199C Visual and Performing Arts ART 199
Biology BIO 107* Natural Science BIO 199
Chemistry CHE 115 Natural Science CHE 199
Computer Science CSC 121 Mathematical and Quantitative Thought CSC 199
Economics ECO 101 Social-Scientific Thought ECO 199
English ENG 110* Literary Studies, Creative Writing and Rhetoric ENG 199
French FRE 201 Foreign Language Requirement No Change
German GER 201 Foreign Language Requirement No Change
History: The Americas HIS 141 or 199C* Historical Thought HIS 199
History: Europe HIS 122 Historical Thought HIS 199
Latin LAT 199* See Note No Change
Mathematics MAT 111 and 113* MAT 199 MAT 199
Music Theory MUS 101 Visual and Performing Arts MUS 199
Philosophy PHI 110 Philosophical and Religious Perspectives PHI 199
Physics PHY 118 and 119* Liberal Studies PHY 199
Psychology PSY 101 Social-Scientific Thought PSY 199
Spanish SPA 201 Foreign Language Requirement No Change
Social and Cultural Anthropology ANT 101 Social-Scientific Thought ANT 199
Theatre THE 101 Visual and Performing Arts THE 199

Note: Foreign language is not part of distribution limit.

IB Notes

History: Course number depends on specific course content. Will be credited as 199C pending reccomendation from the history department.

Latin: Credit may convert to LAT 201 on basis of the departmental placement test taken during the summer.

Mathematics: A student who achieves credit for MAT 111 will forfeit that credit if he or she takes MAT 112 (Calculus I and Modeling).

Physics: Credit for PHY 118 is forfeited by a student who elects to take PHY 120 or 130; credit for PHY 119 is forfeited by a student who elects to take PHY 220 or 230. Neither course satisfies the requirement in natural science, although appeal to the physics department chair (with proof of extensive laboratory work) may result in having the course count in individual circumstances.