IB Curriculum: Individual IB Academic Courses

IB Academic Courses are grouped into 6 curriculum Groups as listed below (pdf can be downloaded here). Students are able to take any IB course without being part of either of the full programs (Diploma or Career). Below are a list of the courses offered and the proper pre-requisites that will prepare students for the courses.

The Six IB Curriculum Groups with selected suggested tracks

These tracks are designed for completion of either Standard Level (SL) or Higher Level (HL) IB assessments.

  • SL courses can be completed within one year if the necessary pre-requisites have been completed.
  • HL courses are part of a two-year track (grades 11, 12) of SL 1 and HL 2, or HL 1 and HL 2.
  • Groups 2 and 5 have four different levels to better fit students' needs (see below)


Group 1: Language A (English Language Arts)

The track listed will fulfill all Utah State Core Language Arts Requirements of 4 credits in 4 years and prepare all IB students to complete SL or HL (student choice) IB English A assessments at the end of their senior year.

 9th  Language Arts 9 (Honors or above preferred)
 10th  Language Arts 10 Honors Advanced (or equivalent)
 11th  IB/AP English 11 (Language and Literature) (prepared for AP English Language and Composition)
 12th  IB English 12 Language and Literature (SL/HL) (prepared for AP English Literature)


Group 2: Language B (World Languages)

Tracks can be adjusted as per consultation with instructor. Students who are bi-lingual (fluent in another world language) may substitute an IB Self-taught Literature SL course for this area; see Dr. Bentley.
Languages Offered:

  • IB Mandarin Chinese
  • IB French
  • IB German
  • IB Spanish

4 Levels available:

  • Ab Initio (beginning levels 1-4)
  • Level B SL
  • Level B HL
  • Level A SL (Bi-lingual)
9th (Language Prep) Language 2 Language 3
10th (Language Prep) Language 3 Language 4
11th IB Language ab initio SL (1 of 2 yrs) Language 4 IB Language B SL
12th IB Language ab initio SL (2 of 2 yrs) IB Language B SL (opt.) IB Language B (SL or HL)


Group 3: Individuals and Societies (Social Studies)

  • IB History SL/HL (see below)
  • IB Art History SL (counts as Utah State Arts credit)
  • IB Business Management SL/HL (counts as Utah State CTE credit)
  • IB Psychology SL/HL (counts as elective or Social Studies elective credit)

The History track listed will fulfill all Utah State Core Social Studies requirements of Geography, Government, U.S. History (AP), and World Civilizations, the Canyons School District requirement of Social Studies Elective, and prepare the IB student to take either the SL or HL (student choice) IB History assessments at the end of their senior year. Adjustments may be made as per student needs.

 9th Geography for Life w/Tech (1.0) or AP Human Geography (1.0)
 10th U.S Government (.5) or AP U.S. Government and Politics (1.0)
 11th IB History of the Americas (prepares for AP U.S. History exam)
 12th IB 20th Century World History (counts as World Civ. [.5] AND Social Studies elective [.5])


Group 4: Science

The following IB Science Courses count for Utah State Core Science Credit:

  • IB Biology
  • IB Chemistry
  • IB Physics

The following IB Science Courses count for Utah State Core Career and Techenical Education (CTE) Credit:

  • IB Design Technology
  • IB Computer Science (prerequisite of Computer Programming 1 recommended)

The tracks listed will fulfill all Utah State Core Science Requirements of 3 credits (2 different Lab Sciences; Biology, Chemistry or Physics). Tracks can be adjusted as per consultation with instructor(s).

9th Earth Systems Biology, Biology Honors, or AP Biology
10th Biology, Biology Honors, or AP Biology Chemistry or Physics** (or Honors or AP)
11th IB Chemistry or Physics (SL) IB Biology, Chemistry or Physics (SL)
12th (opt.) IB Biology SL or IB Chemistry or Physics (HL)
(opt.) IB Biology, Chemistry or Physics (HL)

**Physics Prerequisite: Algebra 2 or Secondary Math III with top grades and Chemistry knowledge


 Group 5: Mathematics

 4 Levels available:

  • IB Math Studies SL
  • IB Math SL
  • IB Maths.Calculus HL
  • IB Further Mathematics HL - See Dr. Bentley

The following tracks will fulfill all Utah State Core Mathematics Requirements of 3 credits. Entry class based on 8th Grade placement. Tracks can be adjusted as per consultation with instructor and/or completion of math courses outside regular school schedule.

9th Secondary Math 1 Secondary Math 1 H Secondary Math 2 Secondary Math 2 H or
Secondary Math 1 H Adv (.5) / Secondary Math 2 H Adv A (.5)
Secondary Math 2 H Adv B (.5) /
Secondary Math 3 H Adv (.5)
10th Secondary Math 2 Secondary Math 2 H Secondary Math 3 Secondary Math 3 H or
Secondary Math 2 H Adv B (.5) / Secondary Math 3 H Adv (.5)
AP Calc AB
11th Secondary Math 3 Secondary Math 3 H IB Math Studies SL IB Math SL IB Math HL yr 1
12th IB Math Studies SL IB Math SL IB Math SL
(opt. if IB Math Studies completed)
(opt.)
IB Math HL or
AP Calc BC or
AP Statistics
(opt.)
IB Math HL 2 or
AP Calc BC or
AP Statistics

Alternate Pathway (traditional):
Algebra 1 → Geometry → Algebra 2 → Pre-Calculus or IB Math Studies → IB Math SL → IB Math HL


Group 6: Arts

IB Arts courses count towards fulfillment of the Utah State Core Arts requirements of 1.5 credits:

Performing Arts:

  • IB Dance (SL/HL) (taught with Dance 2, Dance 3 and/or Dance Company)
  • IB Music (SL/HL) (previous music experience required; any Choir, Orchestra, or Band class can count towards the first year of a two-year IB Music track [SL or HL])
  • IB Theatre Arts (SL/HL) (Productions Company, Theatre 3, and/or Stage Crew can count towards the first year of a two-year IB Theatre track [SL or HL])

Visual Arts:

  • IB Visual Art (SL/HL) (previous art experience required)
  • IB Art History (SL)