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Prior Learning Credit

Adults entering or returning to college bring with them a wealth of learning experiences that Boise State University recognizes as important to the total University experience. In recognition of the value of these experiences, Boise State provides students with several opportunities to receive undergraduate credit for the knowledge gained through non-college experiences.

Achievements can be evaluated by completing standardized tests, challenging courses or completing a prior learning portfolio. Boise State University does not award credit for experience alone. Credit for prior learning is awarded for verifiable skills and learning gained through the experience.

Prior Learning, sometimes called “experiential learning” is knowledge that is obtained outside the university setting prior to entering or returning to college. This nontraditional learning is generally acquired through work experience, travel, workshop or conference participation, advanced high school courses, volunteer work, in-service training, adult or continuing education, recreational activities or hobbies, self initiated reading and study, and involvement in professional organizations. Credit may be awarded for verifiable learning gained through experience – not for the experience itself.

Credit Limitations

Students may earn up to one-third of their total credits required for graduation in a combination of all forms of experiential learning (portfolio, challenge, CLEP credit, AP credit, Credit for prerequisites not taken, ACE Guide credit, etc.) No more than one quarter may be earned in portfolio credit. Credits earned through any form of experiential learning will not count toward the graduation residency requirement.

In compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Boise State University provides accessibility to academic programs to the greatest extent possible. If students have access needs that may require special accommodations, please call the Disability Resource Center office 426-1583, or TTY# (208) 426-1454. Call at least two weeks in advance to ensure that access needs can be met.

AP Advanced Placement Examinations

http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/ap/about.html

Advanced Placement Exams are administered primarily in the high schools. They are usually culminating exams for high school students enrolled in honors courses. Students must score a 3, 4, or 5 on the exam to receive college-level credit. Listed below are the specific departmental credits available at Boise State for acceptable AP exam scores. Credit for AP exams will be recorded on the Boise State transcript, with a grade of “Pass,” after the 10th day of the student’s first term enrolled at Boise State University. AP exams cannot be used to repeat a class already completed.

Advanced Placement Examinations

AP Exam Title Score for credit Boise State Equivalent Course & Number of Credits
Art History 4 ARTHIST 102 Survey of Western Art II (3) DLV
Art Studio: 2D, 3D or Drawing 3 ART 100XF (3)
Biology 3 BIOL 100 Concepts of Biology (4 ) DLN
Biology 4 BIOL 191 General Biology I (4) DLN
Chemistry * 4, 5 CHEM 100XF (4) – Dept. approval required
CHEM 111, 111L (4) DLN – Dept. approval required
Chinese, French, German, Japanese, or Spanish 3 101-102 First two semesters (8) DLL
Chinese, French, German,Japanese, or Spanish 4 101-201 First three semesters DLL
Chinese, French, German, Japanese, or Spanish 5 101-202 First four semesters DLL
Comparative Government and Politics 3 POLS 100XF (3)
Computer Science A 4 COMPSCI 121 Intro to Computer Science (4)
English, Literature & Composition 3, 4 ENGL 100XF (3)
English, Literature & Composition 5 ENGL 210 (3) DLL & ENGL 100XF (3)
Environmental Science 3 GENSCI 100XF (4)
European History 4 HIST 102 Western Civilization (3) DLL
Human Geography 3 GEOG 102 Cultural Geography (3)
Italian Language & Culture 3 FORLNG 197 (8)
Italian Language & Culture 4, 5 FORLNG 297 (4)
Latin: Vergil 3 LATIN 100XF (3)
Latin: Vergil 4 LATIN 211
Latin: Vergil 5 LATIN 212
Macroeconomics 4 ECON 201 Prin Macroeconomics (3) DLS
Microeconomics 4 ECON 202 Prin Microeconomics (3) DLS
Mathematics: Calculus AB 3 MATH 170 Calculus (4) DLM
Mathematics: Calculus BC 3 MATH 170 Calculus I, 175 Calculus II (8) DLM
Music: Theory 3 MUS 100XF (6)
Physics B 3 PHYS 111 General Physics (4) DLN
Physics C/Mechanics 3 PHYS 211/211L (5)
Physics C/E&M 4 PHYS 212/212L (5)
Psychology 3 PSYC 101 General Psychology (3) DLS
Spanish Literature 3 SPAN 300XF
Spanish Literature 4, 5 SPANISH 304 (3) Introduction to Hispanic Literature
Statistics 3 MATH 254 Appl Statistics w/Computers (3) DLM
United States Government & Politics 3 POLS 101 American National Govt (3) DLS
Studio Art 3 ART 100XF (3)
United States History 3 HIST 111, HIST 112 U.S. History (6)
World History 3 HIST 100 Themes in World History (3) DLL
*Approval from the Chemistry Department is required.

AP transcripts are sent to Boise State by the Educational Testing Service during the summer. If students have taken an AP exam but did not designate Boise State as a recipient, an AP transcript may be requested by writing:

  • AP Program
  • PO Box 6671
  • Princeton, NJ 08541-6671
  • (609) 771-7300 (phone)
  • (609) 530-0482 (fax) apexams@info.collegeboard (e-mail)

When ordering a transcript the following information must be included: name, date of birth, current address, daytime phone number, social security number, year test was taken, school where test was taken, name of test, where to send transcript, and Boise State University Code #4018. Each transcript costs $12.00, or $19.00 if ordered by phone (prices may be subject to change).

IBO International Baccalaureate Diploma Program Examinations

http://www.ibo.org

The IBO’s Diploma Program (DP) is a demanding course of study that leads to culminating exams for highly motivated high school students. Only High Level (HL) exams will receive college-level credit at Boise State University. A minimum score of 4 is required to receive credit.

Listed below are the specific departmental credits available at Boise State for acceptable IB exam scores. Credit for IB exams not listed will be granted on the recommendations of the chairman of the Department offering the course. Credit for IB exams will be recorded on the Boise State transcript, with a grade of “Pass,” after the 10th day of the student’s first term enrolled at Boise State University. IB exams cannot be used to repeat a class already completed.

IB Examinations

IB Exam Title Minimum Score for Credit Boise State Equivalent Course & Number of Credits Disciplinary Lens
Visual Art 4 ART 100XFV (3) DLV
Biology 4
5
6
BIOL 100 (4)
BIOL 191 (4)
BIOL 191 & 192 (8)
DLN
DLN
DLN (191)
Business & Management 4 MGMT 301, 334 & 410 (9)
Computer Science 4 COMPSCI 119 (3)
Economics 5 ECON 201 & 202 (6) DLS
English A 4 ENGL 100XFL (3) DLL
Geography 4
5
GEOG 102 (3)
GEOG 100 & 102 (6)
DLS
DLS
American History 4 HIST 111 & 112 (6)
World /European History 4 HIST 101, 102 & 121 (9) DLL, DLS
Foreign Language A2 & B 4
5
6
7
101 (4)
101 & 102 (8)
101, 102 & 201 (12)
101, 102, 201 & 202 (16)
DLL
DLL
DLL
DLL
Mathematics 4
6
MATH 143 & 144 (5)
MATH 143,144 & Math 170 (9)
DLM (143)
DLM (143,170)
Music 4 MUS 101 (3)
General Elective Music Credits (3)
Physics 5 PHYS 111 & 112 (8) DLN
Psychology 5 PSYC 101 (3) DLS
Philosophy 5 PHIL 101 (3) DLL
Social & Cultural Anthropology 5 ANTH 102 (3)

 

An IB transcript may be requested by contacting:

  • IBO North America
  • 475 Riverside Drive, 16th Floor
  • New York, NY 10115
  • (212) 696-4464 (phone)
  • (212) 889-9242 (fax) ibna@ibo.org (e-mail)

IB graduates before 2005 need to make their transcript request via regular mail. When ordering a transcript the following information must be included: name as it appeared on IB diploma, date of birth, name of high school where test was taken, current address, daytime phone number, year and month exam was taken and university address to send transcripts to. There is a $10 cost per transcript request. (Prices may be subject to change).

 

Clep College Level Examination Program

www.collegeboard.org/clep

College Level Examination Program (CLEP) exams include a variety of subject areas. The Reserve Desk in the Boise State library has the following study guides:

  • Preparation for the CLEP (LB2353.68.P741995)
  • Cracking The CLEP (LB2353.68.C731997)

All credit for CLEP tests is granted based on the score recommended by the American Council on Education (ACE). The CLEP tests are given in Room 115 of the Academic Career Services Building at 1464 University Drive. For the times and cost of the test call 426-2762. An appointment must be made to take the test. It takes 2 to 3 weeks for the test results to be sent to the Registrar’s Office. Credit for CLEP exams will be recorded on the Boise State transcript, with a grade of “Pass,” after the 10th day of the student’s first term enrolled at Boise State University. CLEP tests cannot be used to repeat a class already completed. If the score is too low, no entry is made on the transcript. According to CLEP policy, the test can be retaken in 6 months. For CLEP exams that have already been taken, a transcript can be requested by writing:

  • CLEP Transcript Request Service
  • P.O. Box 6600
  • Princeton NJ 08541-6600
  • (609) 771-7865 (phone)
  • (609) 771-7088 (fax) clep@info.collegeboard.org (e-mail)

When ordering transcripts the following information must be included: name, social security number, month and year test was taken, city where test was taken, name of test taken, where to send transcript, and Boise State University Code #4018. Each transcript costs $20.00 (prices subject to change).

CLEP Exams

These exams are designed to test knowledge in specific college subjects, and can fulfill major requirements as well as Disciplinary Lens requirements (see the Boise State University catalog for a list of Disciplinary Lens Courses). The score needed to receive credit has been determined by ACE.

CLEP Examinations

CLEP Exam Title Score for Credit (for exams taken prior to July 1, 2001) Boise State Equivalent Course
& Number of Credits
Disciplinary Lens
Accounting, Principles of 50 (47) ACCT 205- Intro to Financial Accounting (3)
ACCT 206 -Intro to Managerial Accounting (3)
American Government 50 (47) POLS 101-American National Government (3) DLS
American History I 50 (45) HIST 111-U.S. History (3)
American History II 50 (45) HIST 112-U.S. History (3)
American Literature 50 ENGL 100XF (6)
Analy & Interp Literature 50 ENGL 100XF (6)
Biology 50 (46) Biology Elective (3) +
Calculus 50 (41) MATH 170 Calculus I (4) DLM
College Algebra 50 (46) MATH 143-College Algebra (3) DLM
College Algebra/Trigonometry 50 (45) MATH 143 & 144-Precalculus (5) DLM
College Mathematics 50 (420) Disciplinary Lens Mathematics (6) DLM
Educational Psychology 50 (47) ED-CIFS 203 – Educational Psychology(3)
English Literature 50 ENGL 100XF (6)
Financial Accounting 50 (50) ACCT 205 (3) Introduction to Financial Accounting
French Language
Level 1
Level 2
50
63
French 101/102 Elementary French (8)
French 101/203 Intermediate French(14)
DLL
DLL
German Language
Level 1
Level 2
50 (36)
60
GERM 101/102 Elementary German (8)
GERM 101/203 Intermediate German (14)
DLL
DLL
Human Growth & Development 50 PSYC 100XF (3)
Humanities 50 (420) Disciplinary Lens Humanities (6) DLL
Intro Business Law 50 GENBUS 100XF (3)
Macroeconomics,
Principles of
50 (44) ECON 201 – Principles of Macroeconomics (3) DLS
Microeconomics,
Principles of
50 (41) ECON 202 – Principles of Microeconomics (3) DLS
Management, Principles of 50 (46) MGMT 100XF (3)
Marketing, Principles of 50 (50) MKTG 301 – Principles of Marketing (3)
Natural Sciences 50 (420) Disciplinary Lens Biology (3)
Disciplinary Lens Physical Science (3)
DLN*
Psychology, Introductory 50 (47) PSYC 101-General Psychology (3) DLS
Social Science & History 50 (420) Disciplinary Lens History (3)
Disciplinary Lens Social Science (3)
DLS
Sociology, Introductory 50 (47) SOC 101 – Intro to Sociology (3) DLS
Spanish Language
Level 1
Level 2
50 (41)
66 (50)
SPAN 101/102 Elementary Spanish (8)
SPAN 201/202 Intermediate Spanish (8)
DLL
DLL
Trigonometry 50 (50) MATH 144-Analytic Trigonometry (2) DLM
Western Civilization I 50 (46) HIST 101- History of Western Civilization (3) DLL
Western Civilization II 50 (47) HIST 102 – History of Western Civilization (3) DLS
 +Disciplinary Lens credit will be given only if the student completes a BIOL lab
*Disciplinary Lens Natural Science without lab
**Cannot be used to fulfill ENGL 101-102 requirement

 

The American Council on Education (ACE)

www.acenet.edu

Students who have completed a training program listed in one of the following publications can submit course completion certificates or exam scores and receive general elective credit based on the recommendations of these guides:

  • 1. THE NATIONAL GUIDE TO EDUCATION CREDIT FOR TRAINING PROGRAMS by the American Council on Education
  • 2. A GUIDE TO EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS IN NONCOLLEGIATE ORGANIZATIONS by The University of the State of New York
  • 3. GUIDE TO EDUCATIONAL CREDIT BY EXAMINATION by the American Council on Education
  • 4. GUIDE TO THE EVALUATION OF EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCES IN THE ARMED SERVICES by the American Council on Education

Credit for ACE programs will be recorded on the Boise State transcript, with a grade of “Pass,” after the 10th day of the student’s first term enrolled at Boise State University. Students may request to obtain specific departmental credit rather than general elective credit by appealing to the appropriate academic department chair. This credit would be approved using an Adjustment of Academic form.

DSST/Prometric Exams


The nationally recognized DSST Program allows students to receive college credits for learning acquired outside the traditional classroom. Listed below are the specific departmental credits available at Boise State for acceptable DSST exam scores. Credit for DSST exams will be recorded on the Boise State transcript, with a grade of “Pass”, after the 10th day of the student’s first term enrolled at Boise State University. DSST exams cannot be used to repeat a class already completed.

DSST/Prometric Exams

DSST Exam Title Minimum Score Boise State Equivalent Course & Number of Credits
A History of the Vietnam War 49 HIST 100XF (3)
An Intro to the Modern Middle East 44 HIST 100XF (3)
Art of the Western World 49 ARTHIST 102 (3)
Astronomy 48 PHYS 104 (4)
Civil War & Reconstruction 47 HIST 334
Environment & Humanity 46 GENSCI 100XF (3)
Ethics in America 46 PHIL 103 (3)
Foundations of Education 46 ED-CIFS 201 (3)
General Anthropology 47 ANTH 100XF (3)
Here’s to Your Health 400/48 HLTHST 300XF (3)
Human/Cultural Geography 48 GEOG 102 (3)
Intro Business 46/400 GENBUS 101 (3)
Fund College Algebra 47/400 MATH 108 (4)
Fund Counseling 48 PSYC 357 (3)
Money & Banking 48 FIN 300XF (3)
Organizational Behavior 48 MGMT 401 (3)
Personal Finance 400/46 FIN 208 (3)
Pers/Hum Res Mgmt 46 HRM 305 (3)
Physical Geology 46 GENSCI 100XF (3)
Principles of Financial Accounting 49 ACCT 208 (3)
Principles of Physical Science 48 PHYS 104 (4)
Principles of Statistics 48 MATH 254 (3)
Rise & Fall of the Soviet Union 45 HIST 300XF (3)
Substance Abuse 400/49 HLTHST 300XF (3)
Western Europe Since 1945 48 HIST 100XF (3)

A DSST transcript may be requested online. The cost is $30. per transcript (prices subject to change).

www.getcollegecredit.com

 

Excelsior College Examinations

Excelsior College Examinations are designed to test achievement in specific college subjects. Credit for Excelsior exams will be recorded on the Boise State transcript, with a grade of “Pass,” after the 10th day of the student’s first term enrolled at Boise State University. Excelsior exams cannot be used to repeat a class already completed.

Excelsior Examinations

Excelsior Exam Title Grade for Credit Boise State Equivalent Course & Number of Credits
Bioethics: Philosophical Issues C HLTHST 300XF (3)
Earth Science C GEOS 100XF (3)
Ethics: Theory & Practice C PHIL 103 (3)
Human Resource Mgmt B HRM 305 Human Resource Management (3)
Intro to Philosophy C PHIL 101 (3)
Literacy Instruction in the Elementary School C ED-LTCY 440 (3)
Organizational Behavior C MGMT 401 (3)
Astrophysical C HLTHST 300XF (3)
Statistics C MATH 254 (3)
World Conflicts Since 1900 C HIST 300XF (3)

 

Military Training Credit

ACE has evaluated many courses and schools completed within military service. Boise State follows the credit recommendation of ACE found in the Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services to award academic credit for these courses and schools. Credit for military training will be recorded on the Boise State transcript after the 10th day of the student’s first term enrolled at Boise State University. These credits are general elective “Pass” credits only and can not be used to meet CORE requirements. They can be used to fulfill major requirements only if approved by the academic department chair and the appropriate dean. Procedures for receiving this credit vary depending on the branch of the service you were in. See below for details:

AIR FORCE – Students need to order an official transcript from the Community College of the Air Force to be sent to Boise State University. Their credits will be evaluated from that transcript. Order transcript online at http://www.au.af.mil/au/ccaf/transcripts.asp#trans or from:

  • Community College of the Air Force
  • Building 836
  • Maxwell AFB AL 36112-6655
  • Phone # (334) 953-5033
  • Fax # (334) 953-5231

ARMY – Students who are or have been enlisted, need to submit an online request at https://jst.doded.mil/smart/signIn.do to send Boise State University an AARTS (Army/American Council on Education Registry Transcript).

NAVY – MARINES – Students who are or have been enlisted, need to submit an online request at https://jst.doded.mil/smart/signIn.do to send Boise State University a SMART (Sailor/Marine American Council on Education Registry Transcript).

COAST GUARD – Students who are or have been enlisted, need to submit an online request at https://jst.doded.mil/smart/signIn.do to send Boise State University a SMART (Sailor/Marine American Council on Education Registry Transcript).

 

Additional Opportunities

Credit For Prerequisites Not Taken

A prerequisite is a course (or courses) that students must have successfully completed before they can enroll in another course. For instance, before students can enroll is SPAN 102 Elementary Spanish, they must first have completed SPAN 101 Elementary Spanish. If a course has a prerequisite, the prerequisite is listed in the Boise State Catalog, Chapter 13 “Academic Departments and Course Descriptions” or in the Boise State Schedule of Classes. Depending on background or experience, students may be allowed to take some courses without first taking a prerequisite course. In some cases, they may also be able to receive credit for the prerequisite course. To take a course without first taking the prerequisite, students must obtain the approval of the appropriate academic department chair. If students receive approval and earn a grade of C or higher in the advanced course, they may request credit for selected prerequisite courses. To request credit for prerequisites not taken, they must complete a Credit for Prior Learning form. Department chairs and deans determine which courses can qualify for this credit. Departments may also require that students take an examination covering the content of the prerequisite. A $20 per course fee is charged for credit for prerequisite not taken. Students must be currently enrolled at Boise State to apply for prior learning credits. The Registrar will transcript credits awarded through prior learning after a student has successfully completed 12 credit hours at Boise State University.

Course Challenge

If students feel their background, education, and experience have given them sufficient knowledge in a subject area, they may challenge certain courses. That is, they may be able to receive credit for the course by passing a challenge exam. Each department selects which courses are available for challenge and may develop screening procedures to determine if students are eligible to take the challenge exam. For departmentally prepared exams, the department determines the grading. Grades may be recorded as either Pass/Fail or a letter grade (A, B, C, D, or F). Before students take the exam, the department will tell them what type of grading is available. Students may not withdraw from a challenge after they have taken the exam, unless the department specifically authorizes the withdrawal. To receive credit students must complete the Credit for Prior Learning form. A $20 or $50 per course fee is charged for challenges. Students must be currently enrolled at Boise State to apply for prior learning credits. The Registrar will transcript credits awarded through prior learning after a student has successfully completed 12 credit hours at Boise State University.

Prior Learning Portfolio

If students can answer yes to all of the following questions, they may be a good candidate for prior learning assessment:

  • Have you completed fewer than three years of college?
  • Do you have strong writing skills?
  • Have you learned material comparable to college course work, perhaps through work experience, in-service training, personal study, community involvement, military training & experience, recreational activities, artistic pursuits, or travel?
  • Can you provide documented proof of activities & learning outcomes?

Prior learning, sometimes called “experiential learning” is knowledge that is obtained through non-college experiences prior to entering or returning to college. This non-traditional learning is generally acquired through work experience, travel, military experience, noncredit workshops or training, volunteer work, self initiated reading and study and/or involvement in professional organizations. Credit for prior learning is awarded for the knowledge and skills gained through experience – not for the experience itself. This knowledge must be assessed as college-level learning by the appropriate academic department. Each academic department determines whether or not portfolios will be considered for academic credit. The relevant department should be contacted before a portfolio is prepared. Completed portfolios are then assessed by faculty of individual departments who will have the option of allowing or not allowing credit within their department. The fee for having the portfolio assessed is $75.00. Portfolio credits are not transferable to other institutions, nor does Boise State accept portfolio credits granted elsewhere. Students must be currently enrolled at Boise State to apply for prior learning credits. The Registrar will transcript credits awarded through prior learning after a student has successfully completed 12 credit hours at Boise State University.

For More Information

Registrar’s Office 426-4249
Administration Building, Room 110
Transcript Information 426-4249
Administration Building, Room 110
Testing Services, Academic Career Services Building 426-2762
1464 University Drive, Room 115
Extended Studies 426-1709
220 E. Parkcenter Blvd.
Admissions Office 426-1156
Student Union Building
Toll free in Idaho – 1-800-632-6586 or 1-800-824-7017
Mon-Fri 8:00-5:00 p.m.
http://www.boisestate.edu

These guidelines were updated May, 2014.