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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.

If a student is currently enrolled at Boise State, test credit is entered when it is received by the Registrar’s Office. If the student has never attended, test credit is entered after the 10th day of classes of their first semester.

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.

Advanced Placement (AP) 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. These scores can fulfill major requirements as well as Disciplinary Lens requirements (see the Boise State University catalog for a list of Disciplinary Lens Courses). 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 (AP) Examinations

AP Exam TitleMinimum Score for CreditBoise State Equivalent Course & Number of Credits
Art History4ARTHIST 102 Survey of Western Art II (3)
Art Studio: 2D, 3D or Drawing3ART 100XF (3)
Biology3BIOL 100 Concepts of Biology (4) DLN
Biology4BIOL 191 General Biology I (4) DLN
Chemistry4CHEM 111 General Chemistry I (3) DLN &
CHEM 100XF (1)
Chemistry5CHEM 111 General Chemistry I (3) DLN &
CHEM 100XF* (1)
*CHEM 111L may be substituted for CHEM 100XF upon departmental approval.
Chinese, French, German,Japanese, or Spanish3101, 102 (8) DLL
Chinese, French, German,Japanese, or Spanish4101, 102, 201 (11 or 12) DLL
Chinese, French, German,Japanese, or Spanish5101, 102, 201, 202 (14 or 16) DLL
Comparative Government and Politics3POLS 100XF (3)
Computer Science A4CS 121, 121L Computer Science I & Lab (4)
English Language & Composition3, 4ENGL 101 Intro to College Writing (3)
English Language & Composition5ENGL 101 & ENGL 102 Intro to College Writing & Research (6)
English Literature & Composition3, 4ENGL 100XF (3)
English Literature & Composition5ENGL 210 Intro to Literature (3) DLL &
ENGL 100XF (3)
Environmental Science3GENSCI 100XF (4)
European History4HIST 102 History of Western Civilization (3) DLL
Human Geography3GEOG 102 Cultural Geography (3) DLS
Italian Language & Culture3FORLNG 100XFL (8) DLL
Italian Language & Culture4FORLNG 100XFL (8) &
200XFL (4) DLL
Italian Language & Culture5FORLNG 100XFL (8) &
200XFL (8) DLL
Latin3LATIN 100XF (3)
Latin4LATIN 211 Elementary Classical Latin DLL (4)
Latin5LATIN 212 Advanced Classical Latin DLL (4)
Macroeconomics4ECON 201 Principles of Macroeconomics (3) DLS
Microeconomics4ECON 202 Principles of Microeconomics (3) DLS
Mathematics: Calculus AB3MATH 170 Calculus I (4) DLM
Mathematics: Calculus BC3MATH 170 Calculus I (4) DLM &
MATH 175 Calculus II (4) DLM
Music: Theory3MUS 100XF (6)
Physics 13PHYS 111 General Physics (4) DLN
Physics 24PHYS 112 General Physics (4) DLN
Physics B3PHYS 111 General Physics (4) DLN
Physics C/Mechanics3PHYS 211/211L Physics I with Calculus & Lab (5) DLN
Physics C/Electricity & Magnetism4PHYS 212/212L Physics II with Calculus & Lab (5) DLN
Psychology3PSYC 101 General Psychology (3) DLS
Spanish Literature3SPANISH 300XF
Spanish Literature4, 5SPANISH 304 (3) Intro to Hispanic Literature
Statistics3MATH 254 Intro to Statistics (3) DLM
United States Government & Politics3POLS 101 American National Government (3) DLS
United States History3HIST 111 & HIST 112 U.S. History (6) DLS
World History3HIST 100 Themes in World History (3) DLL

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

  • Phone: (212) 632-1780
  • FAX: (610) 290-8979
  • Email: apstudents@info.collegeboard
  • The Advanced Placement exam code for Boise State University is 4018.

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. These scores can fulfill major requirements as well as disciplinary lens requirements (see the Boise State University catalog for a list of disciplinary lens courses). 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 (P), 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 TitleMinimum Score for CreditBoise State Equivalent Course & Number of Credits
American History
4HIST 111 & HIST 112 United States History (6) DLS
Biology4BIOL 100 Concepts of Biology (4) DLN
Biology5BIOL 191 General Biology I (4) DLN
Biology6BIOL 191 General Biology DLN &
BIOL 192 General Biology (8)
Business & Management
4MGMT 301 Leadership Skills (3) &
MGMT 334 International Management (3) &
MGMT 410 Advanced Management Topics (3)
Computer Science
4CS 119 (2) Intro to JAVA
Economics5ECON 201 Principles of Macroeconomics &
ECON 202 Principles of Microeconomics (6) DLS
English A
4ENGL 100XFL (3) DLL
Foreign Language A2 & B
4101 (4) DLL
Foreign Language A2 & B
5101, 102 (8) DLL
Foreign Language A2 & B
6101, 102, 201 (11 or 12) DLL
Foreign Language A2 & B
7101, 102, 201, 202 (14 or 16) DLL
Geography
4GEOG 102 Cultural Geography (3) DLS
Geography
5GEOG 100 Intro to Geography &
GEOG 102 Cultural Geography (6) DLS
Mathematics4MATH 143 College Algebra DLM &
MATH 144 Precalculus (5)
Mathematics6MATH 143 College Algebra DLM &
MATH 144 Precalculus &
MATH 170 Calculus I DLM (9)
Music
4MUS 101 Survey of Western Art Music (3) & MUS 100XF (3)
Philosophy5PHIL 101 Knowledge and Reality (3) DLL
Physics5PHYS 111 & PHYS 112 General Physics (8) DLN
Psychology5PSYC 101 General Psychology (3) DLS
Social & Cultural Anthropology
5ANTH 102 Social-Cultural Anthropology (3) DLS
Visual Art
4ART 100XFV (3) DLV
World/European History
4HIST 101 & HIST 102 History of Western Civilization DLL (6) &
HIST 121 Eastern Civilizations (3) DLS

An IB transcript may be requested by contacting:

  • Address: IB Global Centre, Bethesda, 7501 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 200 West, Bethesda, Maryland 20814
  • Email: ibid@ibo.org
  • Phone: (301) 202-3000
  • FAX: (301) 202-3003
  • Skype: IBAmericas Extension 3000

CLEP College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

www.collegeboard.org/clep

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 (P), 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.

These exams are designed to test knowledge in specific college subjects. These scores can fulfill major requirements as well as disciplinary lens requirements (see the Boise State University catalog for a list of disciplinary lens courses).

CLEP Examinations

CLEP Exam TitleMinimum Score
for Credit
(for exams taken
prior to July 1, 2001)
Boise State Equivalent Course & Number of Credits
Accounting, Principles of50 (47)ACCT 205 Intro to Financial Accounting (3)
ACCT 206 Intro to Managerial Accounting (3)
American Government50 (47)POLS 101 American National Government (3) DLS
American History I50 (45)HIST 111 U.S. History (3) DLS
American History II50 (45)HIST 112 U.S. History (3) DLS
American Literature50ENGL 100XF (6)
Analyzing & Interpreting Literature50 ENGL 100XF (6)
Biology50 (46)BIOL 100XF (3)
Calculus50 (41)MATH 170 Calculus I (4) DLM
College Algebra50 (46)MATH 143 College Algebra DLM
College Composition50ENGL 100XF (6)
College Precalculus50 (45)MATH 143 College Algebra DLM &
MATH 144 Precalculus (5)
College Mathematics50 (420)MATH 100XFM (3) DLM &
MATH 200XFM (3) DLM
Educational Psychology50 (47)ED-CIFS 203 Child & Educational Psychology (3)
English Literature50ENGL 100XF (6)
Financial Accounting50 (50)ACCT 205 Introduction to Financial Accounting (3)
French Language, Level 150FRENCH 101, 102 Elementary French (8) DLL
French Language, Level 2
63FRENCH 101, 102, 201, 202 Elementary & Intermediate French (14) DLL
German Language, Level 150GERMAN 101, 102 Elementary German (8) DLL
German Language, Level 2
63GERMAN 101, 102, 201, 202 Elementary & Intermediate German (14) DLL
Human Growth & Development50PSYC 100XF (3)
Humanities50 (420)HUM 100XFL (3) DLL &
HUM 200XFL (3) DLL
Information Systems and Computer Applications50ITM 100XF (3)
Intro Business Law50GENBUS 100XF (3)
Macroeconomics, Principles of50 (44)ECON 201 Principles of Macroeconomics (3) DLS
Microeconomics, Principles of50 (41)ECON 202 Principles of Microeconomics (3) DLS
Management, Principles of50 (46)MGMT 100XF (3)
Marketing, Principles of50 (50)MKTG 301 Principles of Marketing (3)
Natural Sciences50 (420)BIOL 100XFN (3) DLN &
PHYS 100XFN (3) DLN
Psychology, Introductory50 (47)PSYC 101 General Psychology (3) DLS
Social Science & History50 (420)HIST 100XFS (3) DLS &
SOC 100XFS (3) DLS
Sociology, Introductory50 (47)SOC 101 Intro to Sociology (3) DLS
Spanish Language, Level 150 (41)SPANISH 101, 102 Elementary Spanish (8) DLL
Spanish Language, Level 266 (50) SPANISH 101, 102, 201, 202 Elementary & Intermediate Spanish (16) DLL
Western Civilization I50 (46)HIST 101 History of Western Civilization (3) DLL
Western Civilization II50 (47)HIST 102 History of Western Civilization (3) DLL

For CLEP exams that have already been taken, a transcript can be requested by writing:

  • Address: CLEP Transcript Request Service, P.O. Box 6600, Princeton NJ 08541-6600
  • Email: clep@info.collegeboard.org
  • Phone: (212) 237-1331 or (800) 257-9558
  • FAX: (610) 628-3726
  • The CLEP code for Boise State University is 4018.

The American Council on Education (ACE)

www.acenet.edu

Students who have completed an American Council on Education (ACE) training program can submit course completion certificates or exam scores and receive general elective credit based on the recommendations of ACE’s The National Guide to College Credit for Workforce Training.

Credit for ACE programs will be recorded on the Boise State transcript, with a grade of Pass (P), 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 (P), 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 Exam

DSST Exam TitleMinimum Score for CreditBSU Equivalent Course & Number of Credits
A History of the Vietnam War49HIST 100XF (3)
An Intro to the Modern Middle East44HIST 100XF (3)
Art of the Western World49ARTHIST 102 Survey of Western Art II (3)
Astronomy48PHYS 104 Planets and Astrobiology (4) DLN
Civil War & Reconstruction47HIST 334 Civil War and Reconstruction (3)
Environment & Humanity46GENSCI 100XF (3)
Ethics in America46PHIL 103 Moral Problems (3) DLL
Foundations of Education46ED-CIFS 201 Foundations of Education (3) DLS
General Anthropology47ANTH 100XF (3)
Here's to Your Health400/48HLTHST 300XF (3)
Human/Cultural Geography48GEOG 102 Cultural Geography (3) DLS
Intro Business46/400GENBUS 101 Business for the New Generation (3)
Fundamentals of College Algebra47/400MATH 108 Intermediate Algebra (3)
Fundamentals of Counseling48PSYC 357 Intro to Counseling Skills (3)
Money & Banking48FINAN 300XF (3)
Organizational Behavior48MGMT 401 Organization Behavior (3)
Personal Finance400/46FINAN 208 Personal Finance (3)
Personal Finance/Human Resource Management46HRM 305 Human Resource Management (3)
Physical Geology46GENSCI 100XF (3)
Principles of Financial Accounting49ACCT 205 Intro to Financial Accounting (3)
Principles of Physical Science48PHYS 101 Intro to Physics (4) DLN
Principles of Statistics48MATH 254 Intro to Statistics (3) DLM
Rise & Fall of the Soviet Union45HIST 300XF (3)
Substance Abuse400/49HLTHST 300XF (3)
Western Europe Since 194548HIST 100XF (3)

A DSST transcript may be requested online. www.getcollegecredit.com.

 

Excelsior College Examinations

http://www.excelsior.edu/exams/choose-your-exam

Boise State University awards credits for select Excelsior College Examinations, which are designed to test achievement in specific college area. Credit for Excelsior exams will be recorded on the Boise State transcript, with a grade of Pass (P), 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 TitleGrade for CreditBSU Equivalent Course & Number of Credits
Bioethics: Philosophical IssuesCHLTHST 300XF (3)
Earth ScienceCGEOS 100XF (3)
Ethics: Theory & PracticeCPHIL 103 Moral Problems (3) DLL
Human Resource ManagementCHRM 305 Human Resource Management (3)
Intro to PhilosophyCPHIL 101 Knowledge and Reality (3) DLL
Literacy Instruction in the Elementary SchoolCED-LLC 440 Content Area Language Arts: K-8 (3)
Organizational BehaviorCMGMT 401 Organization Behavior (3)
PathophysiologyCHLTHST 300XF (3)
StatisticsCMATH 254 Intro to Statistics (3) DLM
World Conflicts Since 1900CHIST 300XF (3)

Military Training Credit

You may receive credit for selected military training or experience. To do so, you must furnish the Veteran Services Office with a copy of your Joint Services transcript or similar official documents. If you have completed two or more years of active military service, you may also request that the Boise State Military Science department evaluate your military service for possible credit toward the ROTC Basic Course. Credit for the ROTC Basic Course is only awarded to those who have committed to pursuing the ROTC Advanced Course.

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 (P) credits only and cannot be used to meet disciplinary lens 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:

  • Address: CCAF/DESS, 100 S. Turner Boulevard, Maxwell-Gunter AFB, AL 36114
  • Phone: (334) 649-5000

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).

Credit For Prerequisites Not Taken

Depending on background or experience, you may be allowed to take some courses without first taking a prerequisite course. In some cases, you may also be able to receive credit for the prerequisite course. To take a course without first taking the prerequisite, you must obtain the approval of the head of the appropriate academic department. Complete the form Credit for Prior Learning – Credit for Prerequisites Not Taken and submit it to the Registrar’s Office, Administration Building, Room 110. A $20 – $50 per course fee will be charged to apply for credit for prerequisites not taken and to take the appropriate test. Any fees for externally prepared tests are paid by the student. Any proctoring/testing center fees are paid by the academic department out of the university fee. Fees charged are the same regardless of whether a student is full-time or part-time. Grading will be done on a Pass/Fail system. Only Pass (P) grades will be transcribed. Grades will be transcribed if/when you complete the advanced course and earn a grade of C- or higher. Academic departments determine which courses can qualify for this credit.

Course Challenge

If you feel your background, education, and experience have given you sufficient knowledge in a subject area, you may challenge certain courses. That is, you 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 you are eligible to take the challenge exam. You may not challenge a course to improve a previous grade earned in that course.

After you have completed 12 semester credits at Boise State University, and have you have received permission from the appropriate academic department to register for a challenge exam, you must complete the form Credit for Prior LearningChallenge and submit it to the Registrar’s Office, Administration Building, Room 110. A $50 per course fee will be charged to take the challenge exam prepared by an academic department. For externally prepared challenge exams, a $20 per course fee is paid to the university. Any Boise State fees for tests are paid directly by the student. Any proctoring/testing center fees are paid by the academic department out of the university fee. Fees charged are the same regardless of whether a student is full-time or part-time. For departmentally prepared exams, the department determines the grading system. Grades may be recorded as either Pass (P) or as a letter grade (A+ through C-). Grades of D+ or lower will not be transcribed. Before you take the exam, the department will tell you what type of grading is available.

Prior Learning Portfolio

Credit for prior learning experience is also possible in some departments through development of a formal, professional, written portfolio. The portfolio outlines, in-depth, the knowledge you have gained outside the college classroom and shows the relationship to college-level learning. Assessment of portfolios and credit recommendations are determined by the academic department in which the credit is being requested. To apply for credit through this method, you will be required to pay a $75 per course fee to have your portfolio reviewed. For further information on this process, contact the Registrar’s Office, Administration Building, Room 110, (208) 426-4249. For further information on specific applications, contact the appropriate academic department.