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General Degree Requirements

On this page:
Types of Undergraduate Degrees
Certificate Requirements
Associate Degree Requirements
Baccalaureate Degree Requirements
Admission to Upper Division
Additional Bachelor’s Degree (Second Degree-Seeking)
Double Majors
Minors and Certificates
Declaring a Major/Minor

Types of Undergraduate Degrees

  • Associate of Arts, AA
  • Associate of Science, AS
  • Bachelor of Arts, BA
  • Bachelor of Applied Science, BAS
  • Bachelor of Business Administration, BBA
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, BFA
  • Bachelor of Music, BM
  • Bachelor of Science, BS

Undergraduate degrees available at Boise State fall into one of two categories: associate degrees and baccalaureate degrees (also known as bachelor degrees). Both degrees are academic titles granted to students who have completed a specific course of study; a particular course of study constitutes a major (for example, accountancy, biology, or English). For instance, if you major in biology, you will receive a bachelor of science degree. If you major in English, you will receive a bachelor of arts degree.

Typically, obtaining a baccalaureate degree requires four years or more of full-time study, while obtaining an associate degree usually requires two or more years of full-time study.

Certificate Requirements

To obtain a certificate:

  • complete the number of credits specified for the certificate
  • have already earned, or earn in conjunction with the certificate, an associate or baccalaureate degree unless otherwise indicated
  • attain a cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher
  • attain a grade of C- or higher in all upper-division courses required by your major and minor
  • not have a grade of I (incomplete) on your record
  • complete all other requirements specified by the program or department offering the degree
  • complete graduation application by posted deadline

Associate Degree Requirements

To obtain an associate degree:

  • complete the number of credits specified for that degree (see Majors and Minors)
  • complete 15 credits at Boise State (residency requirement)
  • fulfill all Foundational Studies Program requirements for University Foundation (UFs) and Disciplinary Lens (DLs) courses with a grade of C- or higher in each course
  • complete the college first-year writing requirement
  • attain a cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher
  • not have a grade of I (incomplete) on your record
  • complete all other requirements specified by the program or department offering the degree
  • complete graduation application by posted deadline

Baccalaureate Degree Requirements

To obtain a baccalaureate degree:

  • complete the number of credits specified for that degree
  • of those credits, at least 40 must be in upper-division courses (numbered 300 or higher)
  • complete 30 upper-division credits at Boise State (residency requirement)
  • fulfill all Foundational Studies Program requirements, receiving a grade of C- or higher in each course, unless otherwise required by department
  • attain a cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher and meet any other grade requirements stipulated for your major
  • not have a grade of I (incomplete) on your record
  • attain a grade of C- or higher in all upper-division courses required by your major and minor
  • complete all major requirements specified by the program or department offering the degree
  • complete graduation application by posted deadline

Admission to Upper Division

To enroll in upper-division courses (those numbered 300 to 499), you must have completed all course prerequisites and have met all other requirements of your department or college. In most instances, you must also have attained junior standing. If you are a sophomore, you may enroll in upper-division courses with the permission of the department, provided that you have completed all course prerequisites. Some academic programs require students to be formally admitted to the major before they may enroll in upper-division courses.

Additional Bachelor’s Degree (Second Degree-Seeking)

If you have earned a baccalaureate degree, either at Boise State or elsewhere, you must complete at least 30 additional credits for each additional degree you wish to earn. Those 30 credits must be earned at Boise State. In addition, you must meet all of the course requirements in your major and meet any other requirements of the university.

In order to determine what requirements you need to complete, you will need to take a copy of your transcript(s) to the department chair of your major. The chair will review your transcript(s) and compile a list of courses you must complete at Boise State to earn the additional degree. Your major may require that the dean of the college also approve this list. A copy of the approved list must be sent to the graduation evaluators in the Registrar’s Office. You do not have to meet the foundational studies, though you may have to take foundational studies required for your major.

Note:

If you already have a baccalaureate degree and you are pursuing graduate studies, you must apply for admission to Boise State through the Graduate Admissions and Degree Services Office, Riverfront Hall, Room 307 , (208) 426-3647. If you already have a baccalaureate degree and will be taking undergraduate courses, you need to apply through Undergraduate Admissions, located on the first floor of the Student Union Building, (208) 426-1156.

Double Majors

You may earn a single baccalaureate degree with more than one major if you satisfy all requirements for each major.

Minors and Certificates

The Majors and Minors page, lists the certificates and minors available at Boise State, along with the degrees offered by Boise State. Certificates and minors are available in selected fields, as are minor certification endorsements in secondary education programs. Requirements for all certificates, endorsements, and minors are listed on the Majors and Minors page.

Note:

A minor must be earned with a baccalaureate degree. In order for a minor to be officially recorded on your transcript, you must complete all required coursework in that minor before you receive your degree. You may not earn a minor in the same field as your major. Minor certification endorsements are awarded by the State Department of Education and are not recorded on Boise State transcripts.

Declaring a Major/Minor

If you are a student seeking a baccalaureate degree you must declare a major field of study by the time you are classified as a junior. You will be classified a junior when 58 credits have been earned (See Class Level).

For your convenience, if you are a student who has not yet selected a major field of study (undeclared), you can declare a major by logging on to your myBoiseState student account.

For more information, contact the Registrar’s Office at (208) 426-4249.

If you are a graduate student, please contact the Graduate Admissions Office at (208) 426-3903 or gradcoll@boisestate.edu.