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Extension and Correspondence Courses
Kinesiology Activity Courses
Independent Study
Internships
Religion Courses
Service-Learning
Undergraduate Enrollment in 500-Level Courses
Undergraduate Research
Workshop Credits


Extension and Correspondence Courses

You may count toward graduation as many as 30 credits of extension or correspondence courses. However, your department may further limit the type and number of these credits that you can count toward your major. If you wish to count an extension or correspondence course toward degree requirements, you must complete the course and have an official transcript sent to the Registrar’s Office by midterm of the semester in which you begin the last 30 of your last 36 credit hours.



Kinesiology Activity Courses

Kinesiology activity courses (KIN-ACT) are offered by the Department of Kinesiology. The goal of the KIN-ACT Program is to help students in any major maintain an active lifestyle by providing instruction in a variety of activities designed to encourage lifelong physical activity and exercise. You may count toward graduation as many as 8 credits of kinesiology activity courses.



Independent Study

Any department offering a baccalaureate degree may offer independent study, which allows you to pursue a special interest in an area not covered by a regularly offered course. Independent study is designed to complement your major and is not intended to be used to complete requirements for a regularly offered course. You may not use independent study to improve a grade you received in a class. To participate in independent study, you must have attained junior standing and have a GPA of 2.0 or higher. If you are a junior or senior, you may take up to 4 credits of independent study in a semester, though you may take no more than 6 credits in a given academic year. You may apply no more than 9 credits of independent study toward your degree. If you are a freshman or sophomore in the Honors Program, you may take up to 4 credits of independent study in a semester, up to a total of 6 lower-division credits.



Internships

Most departments provide the opportunity to participate in internships and receive academic credit for professional experience that is relevant to their major or field of study. You may apply up to 12 credits of internships toward your graduation requirements. Departments that offer internships have coordinators for these programs. More specific information about internships is available from your department.



Religion Courses

You may count toward graduation as many as 8 credits of nonsectarian religion courses (e.g., Old or New Testament or The Bible as Literature). However, the courses must be taken at regionally accredited colleges or universities, and you may count the credits only as general elective credits.



Service-Learning

Service-learning provides students with a way to link coursework with community projects. Through service-learning, students receive course credit for participating in service opportunities that are intentionally designed to promote learning while helping meet human and community needs. More than 150 classes offer service-learning experiences. In most classes the service-learning is fully integrated (a course assignment); in other classes it is optional. The “fully integrated” service-learning classes are searchable on myBoiseState by clicking “Search Courses” then selecting “integrated service-learning” in the designation drop-down menu.

These classes use service experiences as the basis for papers, discussion, and other assignments. Instructors deliberately link the course content with the service experience. Service ranges from 10 to 30 hours and is at the discretion of the faculty member. There is no limit to the number of fully integrated service-learning courses you can take. Some classes offer an additional course credit (“Service-Learning Lab”) for 45 hours of course-related service and reflection. In the online course search, the service-learning lab will be designated by the base course prefix and number followed by the suffix SL (e.g., PSYC 310 base course; PSYC 310SL service- learning lab). You may take up to 3 service-learning labs in a semester. You may apply no more than 9 service-learning labs toward your degree.

For more information, contact the Service-Learning staff at (208) 426-1004 or visit the website at servicelearning.boisestate.edu for course lists, FAQs, and resources for a successful service-learning experience .  



Undergraduate Enrollment in 500-Level Courses

If you are a senior, you may apply up to two 500-level (graduate) courses toward the credit requirements for an undergraduate degree. You may also count these courses toward the 40-credit requirement for upper-division courses. To count 500-level courses toward graduation, complete the form Permit for Seniors to Take Graduate Courses, available online at https://registrar.boisestate.edu/forms/student-forms/.



Undergraduate_Research

Any department offering a baccalaureate degree may offer undergraduate research experience for credit, which creates an opportunity for you to investigate a question or concept by gathering and analyzing data and/or engaging in creative scholarly activity. Undergraduate research experience for credit is intended to complement your major, not to cover the content of a regularly offered course. To participate in undergraduate research you must have a GPA of 2.0 or higher. You may apply no more than 9 combined credit hours of independent study and undergraduate research toward your degree.



Workshop_Credits

You may apply up to 9 workshop credits toward your graduation requirements. However, your department may further limit the number of workshop credits you may apply toward your major.