Admissions

AP IB and Cambridge International Credit

Western Washington University Policies 

Western will grant up to a maximum of 45 credits for any combination of credit by examination, Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and Cambridge International examinations.

Advanced Placement

Western grants credit for College Board Advanced Placement (AP) exams completed with a score of three (3) or higher. Credits are granted upon receipt of official scores (AP Transcript) from the College Board according to the following equivalency chart. Tests no longer offered by the College Board are not included on the chart below, but will be granted credit for a score of three (3) or higher; contact the Office of Admissions for more information.

If you did not request a copy of your scores be sent to Western at the time of your examination(s), you will need to order your score report from the College Board. Western's AP code is 4947. To contact AP Services by phone, call (888) 225-5427.

NOTES: Unless otherwise indicated, credit awarded is considered elective, contributing to the total number of credits required for graduation (180 quarter credits). For information about AP exams that are no longer offered, contact the Office of Admissions. For more information on General University Requirements (GUR), see Western's GUR list.

AP Capstone

AP Research

3+

General Electives (3 credits)

AP Seminar

3+

General Electives (3 credits)

Arts

Art History

3

Art electives (4 credits)

Humanities GUR
 

4+

Art History 210 (3 credits)

Art electives (1 credit)

Humanities GUR
Music Theory

3+

Music electives (3 credits)

Studio Art: 2D

3

Art electives (4 credits)

 

4+

Art 120 (5 credits)

Studio Art: 3D

3

Art electives (4 credits)

 

4+

Art 230 (5 credits)

Studio Art: Drawing

3

Art electives (4 credits)

 

4+

Art 110 (5 credits)

English

English Language and Composition

English Literature and Composition

3

English electives (4 credits)

Humanities GUR

English 101 Communication Block A waived

 

4+

English electives (4 credits)

Humanities GUR

English 101 Communication Block A waived

History & Social Science

Comparative Government and Politics

3+

Political Science 291 (5 credits)

Social Sciences GUR
European History

3+

History 113 (5 credits)

Humanities GUR
Human Geography

3+

Environmental Studies 204 (4 credits)

Social Sciences GUR
Macroeconomics

3+

Economics 207 (4 credits)

Social Sciences GUR
Microeconomics

3+

Economics 206 (4 credits)

Social Sciences GUR
Psychology

3+

Psychology 101 (5 credits)

Social Sciences GUR
United States Government and Politics

3+

Political Science 250 (5 credits)

Social Sciences GUR
United States History

3+

History 103, 104 (10 credits)

Humanities GUR
World History

3+

History 123 (5 credits)

Humanities GUR

Math & Computer Science

Calculus AB

3

Math electives (5 credits)

Quantitative & Symbolic Reasoning GUR
 

4

Math 124 (5 credits)

Quantitative & Symbolic Reasoning GUR
 

5

Math 124, 125 (10 credits)

Quantitative & Symbolic Reasoning GUR
Calculus BC

2+

If AB Subscore 3+: Math 124 (5 credits)

Quantitative & Symbolic Reasoning GUR
 

4+

If AB Subscore 3+: Math 124, 125 (10 credits)

Quantitative & Symbolic Reasoning GUR
Computer Science A

3+

Computer Science 141 (4 credits)

Quantitative & Symbolic Reasoning GUR
Computer Science Principles

3+

General electives (3 credits)

Statistics

3+

Math 240 (4 credits)

Quantitative & Symbolic Reasoning GUR

Sciences

Biology

3+

Biology 101, 102 (8 credits)

Lab Science GUR
Chemistry

3+

Chemistry 161, 162 (10 credits)

Lab Science GUR
Environmental Science

3+

Environmental Science 101 (3 credits)

Non Lab Science GUR
Physics 1: Algebra-Based

3+

Physics 114 (5 credits)

Non-Lab Science GUR
Physics 2: Algebra-Based

3+

Physics 115 (5 credits)

Lab Science GUR
Physics 1 and 2: Algebra-Based

3+

Physics 114 (5 credits Non-Lab Science)

Physics 115, 116 (10 credits Lab Science)

Lab Science GUR
Non-Lab Science GUR
Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism

3+

Physics 162 (5 credits)

Lab Science GUR
Physics C: Mechanics

3+

Physics 161 (5 credits)

Lab Science GUR

World Languages & Cultures

Chinese Language and Culture

3

Chinese 101 (5 credits)

 

4+

Chinese 101, 102 (10 credits)

French Language and Culture

3

French 104 (5 credits)

 

4

French electives (10 credits)

Humanities GUR
 

5

French electives (15 credits)

Humanities GUR
German Language and Culture

3

German 101 (5 credits)

 

4+

German 101, 102 (10 credits)

Italian Language and Culture

3

Italian 101 (5 credits)

 

4+

Italian 101, 102 (10 credits)

Japanese Language and Culture

3

Japanese 101 (5 credits)

 

4+

Japanese 101, 102 (10 credits)

Spanish

3

Spanish 104 (5 credits)

Communication Block B GUR
 

4

Spanish electives (10 credits)

Humanities GUR
 

5

Spanish electives (15 credits)

Humanities GUR

International Baccalaureate

Western Washington University will grant up to 15 credits for each approved higher level International Baccalaureate subject examination passed with a score of four (4) or above according to the chart below. Students who have passed higher level exams in subjects not listed on the chart will need to consult with the Office of Admissions. Such exams will be considered on an individual basis to determine eligibility for General University Requirement (GUR) or elective credit.*

Students who earn an IB Diploma will be awarded 15 credits distributed evenly among the GUR areas of natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities. An additional 30 quarter credits may be awarded in the areas of the student’s higher level subject exams with a score of 4 or better, subject to maximum credit limits. Please contact the Office of Admissions for details. 

To earn credit, students must have an official Transcript of Grades sent directly from International Baccalaureate to Western's Office of Admissions. Email transcripts.ibna@ibo.org and provide your name, birth date or candidate reference number, high school, and the year the exams were taken, and ask that your scores be sent directly to Western's Office of Admissions.

* Please note, the University is in the process of conducting a review of Higher Level exams for grades of 4, along with a comprehensive review of Standard Level (SL) subjects to determine credit award policies for exams with grades of 4 or higher.

English

English

4+

English 101 (5 credits)

Communication Block A GUR

English electives (10 credits)

Humanities GUR

History, Social Science, and Philosophy

Economics

4+

Economics elective (10 credits)

Social Sciences GUR

Economics elective (5 credits)

Geography

4+

Environmental Studies elective (5 credits)

Natural Science non-lab GUR

Environmental Studies elective (10 credits)

Social Sciences GUR
History: The Americas

4+

History elective (10 credits)

Humanities GUR

History elective (5 credits)

Comparative, Gender, and Multicultural Studies Block B GUR
History: European

4+

History elective (10 credits)

Humanities GUR

History elective (5 credits)

Comparative, Gender, and Multicultural Studies Block A GUR
History: World

4+

History elective (10 credits)

Humanities GUR

History elective (5 credits)

Comparative, Gender, and Multicultural Studies Block A GUR
Philosophy

4+

Philosophy elective (6 credits)

Humanities GUR
Psychology

4+

Psychology elective (5 credits)

Social Sciences GUR

Computer Science and Mathematics

Computer Science

4+

Computer Science elective (15 credits)

Mathematics

4+

Math elective (5 credits)

Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning GUR

Sciences

Biology

4+

Biology 101 (4 credits)

Lab Science GUR

Biology elective (11 credits)

Natural Science GUR
Chemistry

4+

Chemistry elective (15 credits)

Natural Science GUR
Environmental Science

3+

Environmental Science 101 (3 credits)

Non Lab Science GUR
Physics

4+

Physics elective (15 credits)

Natural Science GUR

World Languages

Arabic

4+

Arabic 101, 102, 103 (15 credits)

Communication Block B GUR
Chinese

4+

Chinese 101, 102, 103 (15 credits)

Communication Block B GUR
French

4+

French 101, 102, 103 (15 credits)

Communication Block B GUR
German

4+

German 101, 102, 103 (15 credits)

Communication Block B GUR
Japanese

4+

Japanese 101, 102, 103 (15 credits)

Communication Block B GUR
Italian

4+

Italian 101 (5 credits) and Italian elective (10 credits)

Communication Block B GUR
Latin

4+

Latin 101, 102, 103 (15 credits)

Communication Block B GUR
Russian

4+

Russian 101 (5 credits), Russian 120 (5 credits), and Russian elective (5 credits)

Communication Block B GUR
Spanish

4+

Spanish 101, 102, 103 (15 credits)

Communication Block B GUR
Swahili

4+

General Elective (15 credits)

Communication Block B GUR

Washington Statewide IB Policy

(Please see Western-specific policies above)

IB Exam Minimum Credit  

The public baccalaureate sector will grant at a minimum elective credit for International Baccalaureate (IB) higher level exams completed with a score of five (5) or higher, with exceptions. May be subject to maximum credit limits. Limited credit is granted by Central Washington University and Evergreen for some standard level exams. Please contact the institution for additional details. 

IB Exam Diploma and Credits Awarded

The public baccalaureate sector recognizes the International Baccalaureate Diploma and awards up to 45 quarter credits (30 semester credits). With the receipt of a Diploma, credit will be awarded for three courses (15 quarter credits) and distributed evenly among the three general education areas (natural sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities). An additional 30 quarter credits (20 semester credits) can be awarded in the areas of the student’s higher level subject exams with a score of 5 or better. Please contact the institution for additional details. 

Cambridge International Exams

Western Washington University will grant 15 credits for approved A-level examinations and 7.5 credits for approved AS-level examinations with passing grades of A-E, subject to the 45 credit maximum. Approved exams will be given a Satisfactory, "S", grade. Credit will not be granted for both an A-level and an AS-level exam in the same subject area. Some exams may also apply to GUR. Students should submit official results of the Cambridge International Exams to the Office of Admissions for determination of transfer credit. If your exams were completed within the U.S., please complete the Cambridge Examination Results Transcript Request Form [pdf] to request scores. For exams completed outside the U.S., visit the Results Services website to request scores. 

The following exams will not result in any credit:

  • Applied Information and Communication Technology

  • Computing/Computer Studies/Computer Applications

  • Design and Technology

  • General Paper

  • Thinking Skills