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.
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.
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 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 111 (3) DLN, 100XF* (1) – Dept. approval required for CHEM 111L|
|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, 121L Intro to Computer Science (4)|
|English Language & Composition||3, 4||ENGL 101 Introduction to College Writing(3)|
|English Language & Composition||5||ENGL 101-102 Introduction to College Writing & Research (6)|
|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) DLS|
|Italian Language & Culture||3||FORLNG 100XFL (8) DLL|
|Italian Language & Culture||4||FORLNG 100XFL (8) & 200XFL (4) DLL|
|Italian Language & Culture||5||FORLNG 100XFL (8) & 200XFL (8) DLL|
|Latin: Vergil||3||LATIN 100XF (3)|
|Latin: Vergil||4||LATIN 211 DLL|
|Latin: Vergil||5||LATIN 212 197 DLL|
|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 1||3||PHYS 111 General Physics (4) DLN|
|Physics 2||4||PHYS 112 General Physics (4) DLN|
|Physics C/Mechanics||3||PHYS 211/211L (5) DLN|
|Physics C/E&M||4||PHYS 212/212L (5) DLN|
|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) DLS|
|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) firstname.lastname@example.org (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).
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,” 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 Exam Title||Minimum Score for Credit||Boise State Equivalent Course & Number of Credits||Disciplinary Lens|
|Visual Art||4||ART 100XFV (3)||DLV|
|BIOL 100 (4)
BIOL 191 (4)
BIOL 191 & 192 (8)
|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|
|GEOG 102 (3)
GEOG 100 & 102 (6)
|American History||4||HIST 111 & 112 (6)||DLS|
|World /European History||4||HIST 101, 102 & 121 (9)||DLL, DLS|
|Foreign Language A2 & B||4
101 & 102 (8)
101, 102 & 201 (12)
101, 102, 201 & 202 (16)
|MATH 143 & 144 (5)
MATH 143,144 & Math 170 (9)
|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)||DLS|
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) email@example.com (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).
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) firstname.lastname@example.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).
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 Exam Title||Score for Credit (for exams taken prior to July 1, 2001)||Boise State Equivalent Course
& Number of Credits
|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)||DLS|
|American History II||50 (45)||HIST 112-U.S. History (3)||DLS|
|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 Precalculus||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 101/102 Elementary French (8)
FRENCH 101/102/201/202 Intermediate French(16)
|GERMAN 101/102 Elementary German (8)
GERMAN 101/102/201/202 Intermediate German (16)
|Human Growth & Development||50||PSYC 100XF (3)|
|Humanities||50 (420)||Disciplinary Lens Humanities (6)||DLL|
|Information Systems and Computer Applications||50||ITM 100XF (3)|
|Intro Business Law||50||GENBUS 100XF (3)|
|50 (44)||ECON 201 – Principles of Macroeconomics (3)||DLS|
|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)
|Psychology, Introductory||50 (47)||PSYC 101-General Psychology (3)||DLS|
|Social Science & History||50 (420)||Disciplinary Lens History (3)
Disciplinary Lens Social Science (3)
|Sociology, Introductory||50 (47)||SOC 101 – Intro to Sociology (3)||DLS|
|SPANISH 101/102 Elementary Spanish (8)
SPANISH 201/202 Intermediate Spanish (8)
|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)||DLL|
| +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
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.
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 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) DLN*|
|Civil War & Reconstruction||47||HIST 334|
|Environment & Humanity||46||GENSCI 100XF (3)|
|Ethics in America||46||PHIL 103 (3) DLL|
|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) DLS|
|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) DLN*|
|Principles of Statistics||48||MATH 254 (3) DLM|
|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).
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 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) DLL|
|Human Resource Mgmt||B||HRM 305 Human Resource Management (3)|
|Intro to Philosophy||C||PHIL 101 (3) DLL|
|Literacy Instruction in the Elementary School||C||ED-LTCY 440 (3)|
|Organizational Behavior||C||MGMT 401 (3)|
|Pathophysiology||C||HLTHST 300XF (3)|
|Statistics||C||MATH 254 (3) DLM|
|World Conflicts Since 1900||C||HIST 300XF (3)|
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” 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).
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 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.
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 Learning – Challenge 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 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.