International Baccalaureate

Towson University recognizes that the International Baccalaureate (IB) program represents achievement beyond the standard American high school program and regularly awards advanced standing to students who successfully complete IB course work.

Diploma Holders

Students who earn an IB Diploma will be awarded 30 units toward the bachelor’s degree and receive sophomore standing. Some of these units may be applied toward Towson’s Core Curriculum requirements; each student’s IB units will be individually evaluated for Core Curriculum applicability.

Certificate Holders

Students who earn an IB Certificate will be eligible to receive units based on the results of their higher level exams only. At least 6 and as many as 8 units will be awarded for each higher level exam completed with a score of 4 or above. A score of 5 or above is required to receive credit for the physics higher level exam.

Higher Level IB Course Equivalency

IB Course Equivalency Core Curriculum Units
Language A: Literature ENGL 240 Core 5 3
ENGL Elective 3
Language A: Language and Literature HUMA Core 5 3
HUMA Elective 3
Language B FORL 101 Core 5 4
FORL 102 Core 12 4
Latin LATN 201 Core 5 3
LATN 202 Core 12 3
Classical Greek GRK 103 Core 5 3
GRK Elective 3
Business and Management USEL Elective 3
USEL Elective 3
Economics ECON 201 Core 6 3
ECON 202 Core 6 3
Geography GEOG 109 Core 12 3
GEOG Elective 3
History: 20th Century World HIST Core 12 3
HIST Elective 3
History: Europe and Islamic World HIST Core 12 3
HIST Elective 3
Information Technology in a Global Society COSC 111 Core 4 3
COSC Elective 3
Philosophy PHIL 101 Core 5 3
PHIL Elective 3
Psychology PSYC 101 Core 6 3
PSYC Elective 3
Social Anthropology ANTH 207 Core 12 3
ANTH Elective 3
Biology BIOL 201 Core 7 4
BIOL 202 Core 8 4
Chemistry CHEM 131 Core 7 4
CHEM 132 Core 8 4
Design Techology IDNM Elective Core 8 3
IDNM Elective 3
Physics PHYS 211 Core 7 4
PHYS 212 Core 8 4
Mathematics HL MATH 273 Core 3 4
MATH 119 4
Computer Science COSC 236 4
COSC 237 4
Dance DNAC 235 Core 4
DANC Elective
Music MUSC 101 Core 5 3
MUSC Elective 3
Film USEL Elective 3
USEL Elective 3
Theatre THEA or THEA 100 Core 5 3
THEA Elective 3
Visual Arts ART 103 Core 4 3
ART Elective 3

Standard Level IB Course Equivalency

(Students without the IB Diploma are NOT awarded credit for Standard Level subjects:)

IB Course Equivalency Core Curriculum Units
Language A: literature ENGL 240 Core 5 3
Language A: language and literature HUMA Core 5 3
Literature and performance IDFA Core 4 3
Language ab initio FORL 101 Core 5 3
Language B FORL 101 Core 5 3
Latin LATN 201 Core 5 3
Classical Greek GRK 103 Core 5 3
Business and Management USEL Elective 3
Economics ECON Elective 3
Geography GEOG 109 Core 12 3
History: 20th Century World HIST Core 12 3
History: Europe and Islamic World HIST Core 12 3
Information Technology in a Global Society COSC 111 Core 4 3
Philosophy PHIL 101 Core 5 3
Psychology PSYC 101 Core 6 3
Social Anthropology ANTH 207 Core 12 3
World Religions RLST 105 Core 12 3
Biology BIOL 120 Core 7 3
BIOL 120L
Chemistry CHEM 131 Core 7 3
Design Technology IDNM Elective Core 8 3
Physics PHYS 211 Core 7 4
Environmental Systems and Societies SOSC Core 8 3
Mathematics SL MATH 119 Core 3 4
Mathematical Studies MATH 111 CORE 3 3
Further mathematics MATH Elective Core 3 4
Computer Science COSC 236 4
COSC 237 4
Dance DANC 235 Core 4 3
Music MUSC 101 Core 5 3
Film USEL 3
Theatre THEA Elective Core 4 3
Visual Arts ART 103 Core 4 3