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Transfer Equivalency

Boise State University accepts all academic credits from regionally accredited institutions. Transfer courses are evaluated on a course-by-course basis. Courses transfer to Boise State on the same level as taken (lower or upper division) at the original institution. Quarter credits are converted to semester credits. (One quarter credit equals 2/3 of a semester credit.). Credit for applied technology courses are transferable only for those students admitted to the Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) program. Courses for Independent Study of Idaho are also available.

Core Certification

If you have earned an academic associate degree at a regionally accredited institution, you will be considered “core certified” by Boise State University. This means that you have fulfilled the lower-division general education or “core” classes at Boise State. The statement “GENERAL UNIVERSITY CORE MET” will appear on your credit report.

If you are transferring from an Idaho school and have not earned an associate degree, you may still be considered “core certified” if your transcript is stamped “core certified” by the Registrar’s Office of your original institution.

Beginning in Fall 2011, students who transfer into Boise State University without an academic associate degree, but meet Idaho State Board of Education general education core requirements and have a minimum of thirty-six (36) semester credit hours, will be considered core certified at Boise State. The Idaho State Board of Education general education core requirements are listed below.

Idaho State Board of Education General Education Core Requirements
 Required CoursesMinimum Credits


Coursework in this are enhances student's ability to communicate clearly, correctly, logically, and persuasively in spoken English. (Boise State equivalent:  COMM 101, 112 or   COMM 100XFS)

English Composition

Courses must demonstrate students’ ability to express themselves in clear, logical, and grammatically correct written English. Up to six (6) credits may be exempt by ACT, SAT, AP or COMPASS exams.  (Boise State equivalent: ENGL 101 & 102)

*3-6 hours depending on initial placement results. (i.e.,  Placement into ENGL 102)
13 to 6*

Behavioral and Social Sciences

Core courses in the discipline areas: Anthropology, Economics, Geography, History, Political Science, Psychology and Sociology.

Note:  Courses must be distributed over two (2) different disciplines.

Humanities, Fine Arts, and Foreign Language

Core courses in the discipline areas: Art, Philosophy, Literature, Music, Drama/Theatre, and Foreign Languages

Natural Sciences

Core courses in the discipline areas: Biology, Chemistry, Physical Geography, Geology, and Physics

Note: Courses may be distributed over two different disciplines and must have at least one (1) accompanying laboratory experience.


Core course in the discipline areas: College Algebra, Calculus, Finite Mathematics and Statistics

You are responsible for meeting all graduation requirements, including specific courses required by a college or department, based on the date you began at Boise State.

Transfer Evaluation System (TES)

The (TES) is a tool to estimate the courses you can expect to transfer. This database is regularly updated. If you do not see the school or course you are looking for, it may not be in the database yet. Please contact the Registrar’s Office to check if the course will transfer.

Please note:

These are unofficial course evaluations and are provided as a convenience for prospective students. This document is our best estimate of how specific courses will transfer to Boise State, but this document should not be considered a guarantee of transfer credit awarded. A formal course evaluation will be initiated once an official application for admission has been received and all official transcripts have been submitted. Course equivalencies may change at any time without notice. Course equivalencies are under constant review and are continuously being developed.

Tip: Click on the equivalency search to view course equivalencies.