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Transfer Course 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.

Independent Study of Idaho

Independent Study in Idaho (ISI) was created in 1973 by the Idaho State Board of Education as a cooperative of four accredited Idaho institutions led by the University of Idaho. Other cooperating members include Lewis-Clark State College, Idaho State University, and Boise State University. Each member-institution of the ISI cooperative is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

ISI courses, sponsored by the cooperating institutions, are delivered online. Idaho residency is not required. A complete list of ISI courses, course syllabi and ISI policies and procedures are available on the ISI website. Although ISI does not offer degrees, credits earned upon course completion transfer to most colleges and universities.

People from diverse backgrounds worldwide take ISI’s online courses for various reasons (e.g., to begin college programs early, graduate on time, resolve on-campus scheduling conflicts, satisfy prerequisites, or to pursue professional development and personal enrichment). Independent Study in Idaho courses are designed for students who work well independently with limited interaction with instructors. You can enroll anytime and work from anywhere. You can work at your own pace within the limits set by the course instructor on the number of assignments that can be submitted per week. You have up to one calendar year from the registration date to complete ISI courses. Courses taken through ISI do not count toward or against meeting the graduation requirement of taking 30 of your last 36 credits at Boise State.

Independent Study of Idaho

ISI CourseBoise State Equivalent Course
Acct 201 Introduction to Financial Accounting (UI)ACCT 205 Intro to Financial Accounting
Anth 100 Introduction to Anthropology (UI)ANTH 100XF
Anth 327 Belief Systems (UI)ANTH 300XF
Art 100 Survey of Art (LCSC)ART 100 Intro to Art DLV
Biol 154 Introduction to Microbiology (UI)BIOL 200XF
Bus 101 Introduction to Business (LCSC)GENBUS 101 Business for the New Generation
Bus 321 Principles of Marketing (LCSC)MKTG 300XF
BLaw 265 Legal Environment of Business (UI)GENBUS 202 The Legal Environment of Business
Econ 201 Principles of Macroeconomics (UI)ECON 201 Principles of Macroeconomics DLS
Econ 202 Principles of Microeconomics (UI)ECON 202 Principles of Microeconomics DLS
Econ 343 Money and Banking (UI)ECON 301 Money & Banking
Engl 101 Introduction to College Writing (UI)ENGL 101 Intro to College Writing
Engl 102 Research Writing (LCSC)ENGL 102 Intro to College Writing & Research
Engl 150 Introduction to Literature (LCSC)ENGL 100XFL DLL
Engl 2257 Survey of World Literature I (Beginnings through 16th Century) (ISU)ENGL 257 World Literature I: Ancient to 1650
Engl 2258 Survey of World Literature II (17th Century to Present) (ISU)ENGL 258 World Literature Ii: 1650 – Contemporary
Engl 277 American Literature I (LCSC)ENGL 277 Survey of American Literature: Beginnings to Civil War
Engl 278 American Literature II (LCSC)ENGL 278 Survey of American Literature: Civil War to Present
Engl 317 Technical Writing (UI)ENGL 202 DLS
Engl 4476 Shakespeare (ISU)ENGL 345 Shakespeare
EnvS 101 Introduction to Environmental Science (UI)ENVSTD 100XF
FCS 205 Concepts in Human Nutrition (UI)HLTHST 207 Nutrition
FCS 346 Personal and Family Finance and Management (UI)FINAN 208 Personal Finance
FCS 428 Housing America's Families (UI)SOC 400XF
FCS 435 Feeding Young Children in Group Settings (UI)ED-ECS 400XF
FCS 448 Consumer Economic Issues (UI)ECON 400XF
HCA 2210 Medical Terminology and Communication (ISU)HLTHST 101 Medical Terminology
Hist 101 History of Civilization (UI)HIST 101 History of Western Civilization DLL
Hist 102 History of Civilization (UI)HIST 102 History of Western Civilization DLL
Hist 111 Introduction to U.S. History (UI)HIST 111 United States History DLS
Hist 112 Introduction to U.S. History (UI)HIST 112 United States History DLS
Hist 180 Introduction to East Asian History (UI)HIST 121 Eastern Civilizations DLS
Hist 329 Idaho and the Pacific Northwest (UI)HIST 381 Colloquium in the History of the Americas
Hist 415 Expanding America (UI)HIST 334 Civil War & Reconstruction
Hist 416 Rise of Modern America (UI)HIST 381 Colloquium in the History of the Americas
Hist 417 America in Crisis (UI)HIST 381 Colloquium in the History of the Americas
Hist 418 Contemporary America (UI)HIST 381 Colloquium in the History of the Americas
Hist 458 Military History (UI)HIST 300XF
JAMM 265 Principles of Advertising (UI)GENED 200XF
JAMM 361 Advertising Creativity (UI)MKTG 407 Marketing Communication
Kin 370 Motor Learning/Motor Development (LCSC)KINES 300XF
LibS 420 Classification and Cataloging (UI)LIBSCI 300XF
LibS 421 Acquisitions and Collection Development in Libraries (UI)LIBSCI 300XF
LibS 422 Use of the School Library (UI)LIBSCI 400XF
LibS 423 Introduction to Reference Work (UI)LIBSCI 300XF
LibS 424 Information Sources on the Internet for Libraries (UI)LIBSCI 400XF
LibS 425 Organization and Management of Small Libraries (UI)LIBSCI 300XF
LibS 426 Information Literacy for the Library Media Specialist (UI)LIBSCI 400XF
LibS 427 Library and Media Center Practicum (UI)LIBSCI 400XF
LibS 428 Children's Literature for Librarians (UI)LIBSCI 400XF
LibS 429 Adolescent Literature for Librarians (UI)LIBSCI 400XF
Math 108 Intermediate Algebra (UI)MATH 108 Intermediate Algebra
Math 123 Mathematics applied to the modern world (UI)MATH 123 Quantitative Reasoning DLM
Math 130 Finite Mathematics (UI)MATH 100XF
Math 143 Pre-calculus Algebra and Analytic Geometry (UI)MATH 143 College Algebra DLM
Math 1153 Introduction to Statistics (ISU)MATH 200XF
Math 160 Survey of Calculus (UI)MATH 160 Survey of Calculus DLM
Math 170 Analytic Geometry and Calculus (UI)MATH 170 Calculus IDLM
FLEN 243 English Word Origins (UI)ENGL 200XF
Fren 101 Elementary French I (UI)FRENCH 101 Elementary French I DLL
Germ 101 Elementary German I (UI)GERMAN 101 Elementary German I DLL
Span 101 Elementary Spanish I (UI)SPANISH 101 Elementary Spanish I DLL
Span 102 Elementary Spanish II (UI)SPANISH 102 Elementary Spanish II DLL
Span 201 Intermediate Spanish I (UI)SPANISH 201 Intermediate Spanish I DLL
Span 202 Intermediate Spanish II (UI)SPANISH 202 Intermediate Spanish II DLL
MusH 101 Survey of Music (UI)MUS 100 Intro to Music DLV
MusH 201 History of Rock and Roll (UI)MUS 300XF
Phil 103 Ethics (UI)PHIL 103 Moral Problems DLL
Phil 320 History of Ancient and Medieval Philosophy (UI)PHIL 300XF
Phil 321 History of Modern Philosophy (UI)PHIL 300XF
Phil 450 Ethics in Science (UI)PHIL 400XF
Phys 1100 Essentials of Physics (ISU)PHYS 100XF
Phys 111 General Physics I (UI)PHYS 111
Phys 112 General Physics II (UI)PHYS 112
Phys 1152 Descriptive Astronomy (ISU)PHYS 104
Phys 1153 Descriptive Astronomy Laboratory (ISU)PHYS 104
PolS 101 Introduction to Political Science and American Government (UI)POLS 101 American National Government DLS
PolS 275 American State and Local GovernmentPOLS 100XFS DLS
PolS 451 Public Administration (UI)POLS 403 Intro to Public Administration
Psyc 101 Introduction to Psychology (UI)PSYC 101 General Psychology DLS
Psyc 300 Statistical Methods (LCSC)PSYC 295 Statistical Methods
Psyc 305 Developmental Psychology (UI)PSYC 309 Child Development
Psyc 310 Psychology of Personality (UI)PSYC 351 Personality
Psyc 311 Abnormal Psychology (UI)PSYC 301 Abnormal Psychology
Psyc 372 Physiological Psychology (UI)PSYC 335 Biological Bases of Behavior
Psyc 390 Psychology of Learning (UI)PSYC 441 Learning
Psyc 410 Sports Psychology (LCSC)PSYC 400XF
Psyc 415 History and Systems of Psychology (UI)PSYC 487 Capstone Perspectives: History & Systems
Psyc 419 Adult Development and Aging (UI)PSYC 310 Adolescent & Adult Development
Psyc 422 Disorders of Childhood and Adolescence (UI)PSYC 400XF
Psyc 430 Tests and Measurements (UI)PSYC 421 Psychological Measurement
SS 350 Ethics: Women in the Twentieth Century (LCSC)SOCSCI 300XF
Soc 101 Introduction to Sociology (UI)SOC 101 Intro to Sociology DLS
Soc 230 Social Problems (UI)SOC 102 Social Problems DLS
Soc 315 Marriage and the Family (LCSC)SOC 340 Sociology of the Family
Soc 360 Race and Ethnicity (LCSC)SOC 305 Racial & Cultural Minorities
The 101 Introduction to Theatre (UI)THEA 101 Intro to Theatre DLV

Core Certification

You are considered core certified by Boise State University if you have earned an academic associate degree at a regionally accredited institution. 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 transfer credit report and your academic advising 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 2015, students who transfer into Boise State University without an academic associate degree, but meet Idaho State Board of Education General Education Matriculation (GEM) requirements and have a minimum of thirty-six (36) GEM course semester credit hours will be considered core certified at Boise State. The Idaho State Board of Education GEM Requirements are listed below. Click here to read about transferring schools within Idaho.

CategoryCourse RequirementCredit Requirement
Written Communication2 courses6 credits
Oral Communication1 course2 credits
Mathematical Ways of Knowing1 course3 credits
Scientific Ways of Knowing*2 courses7 credits
Humanistic and Artistic Ways of Knowing*2 courses6 credits
Social and Behavioral Ways of Knowing*2 courses6 credits
Institutionally-Designated Credits2 courses6 credits
Total Credits:36 credits
*These categories require two different subject areas

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 Transfer Evaluation System (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.