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.
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.
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.
Credit for Prior Learning Limitations
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.
- AP—Advanced Placement
- CLEP—College Level Examination Program
- IB—International Baccalaureate
Advanced Placement (AP) Examinationshttp://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/ap/about.html
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.
AP transcripts are sent to Boise State by the Educational Testing Service. If students have taken an AP exam but did not designate Boise State as a recipient, an AP transcript may be requested by contacting:
- Phone: (212) 632-1780
- FAX: (610) 290-8979
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- The Advanced Placement exam code for Boise State University is 4018.
AP Exam Minimum Score Boise State Equivalent Credit Foundational Studies Designation Art History 4 ART 100 3 DLV Art Studio: 2D, 3D or Drawing 3 ART 100XF 3 Biology 3 BIOL 100XFN, 100XF 8 DLN (BIOL 100XFN) Biology 4 BIOL 191, 100XFN 8 DLN Biology 5 BIOL 191, 192 8 DLN (BIOL 191) Calculus AB 3 MATH 170 4 DLM Calculus BC 3 MATH 170, 175 8 DLM (MATH 170) Calculus AB Subscore (CABS) Not accepted 0 Chemistry 4 CHEM 111, 100XF [note] 4 DLN (CHEM 111) Chinese, French, German, Japanese, or Spanish Language and Culture 3 101, 102 8 DLL Chinese, French, German, Japanese, or Spanish Language and Culture 4 101, 102, 201 11 or 12 DLL Chinese, French, German, Japanese, or Spanish Language and Culture 5 101, 102, 201, 202 14 or 16 DLL Comparative Government and Politics 3 POLS 100XF 3 Computer Science A 4 CS 121, 121L 4 Computer Science Principles 3 CS 101 3 English Language and Composition 3, 4 ENGL 101 3 College First-Year Writing English Language and Composition 5 ENGL 101, 102 6 College First-Year Writing English Literature and Composition 3, 4 ENGL 110 3 DLL English Literature and Composition 5 ENGL 110, 100XF 6 DLL (ENGL 110) Environmental Science 3 GENSCI 100XF 4 Environmental Science 4 ENVSTD 121 4 DLN European History 4 HIST 102 3 DLL Human Geography 3 GEOG 102 3 DLS Italian Language and Culture 3 FORLNG 100XFL 8 DLL Italian Language and Culture 4 FORLNG 100XFL, 200XFL 12 DLL Italian Language and Culture 5 FORLNG 100XFL, 200XFL 16 DLL Latin 3 LATIN 100XF 3 Latin 4 LATIN 211 4 DLL Latin 5 LATIN 212 4 DLL Macroeconomics 4 ECON 201 3 DLS Microeconomics 4 ECON 202 3 DLS Music: Theory 3 MUS 100XF 3 Physics 1 3 PHYS 111 4 DLN Physics 2 4 PHYS 112 4 DLN Physics B 3 PHYS 111 4 DLN Physics C/Electricity and Magnetism 4 PHYS 212, 212L 5 Physics C/Mechanics 3 PHYS 211, 211L 5 DLN Psychology 3 PSYC 101 3 DLS Spanish Literature 3, 4 SPANISH 300XF 3 Spanish Literature 5 SPANISH 304 3 Statistics 3 MATH 254 3 DLM United States Government and Politics 3 POLS 101 3 DLS United States History 3 HIST 111, 112 6 DLS World History 3 HIST 100 3 DLL
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 (P), 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 3 months.
These exams are designed to test knowledge in specific college subjects. 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).
For CLEP exams that have already been taken, a transcript can be requested by writing:
- Address: CLEP Transcript Request Service, P.O. Box 6600, Princeton NJ 08541-6600
- Email: email@example.com
- Phone: (212) 237-1331 or (800) 257-9558
- FAX: (610) 628-3726
- The CLEP code for Boise State University is 4018.
CLEP Exam Minimum Score Boise State Equivalent Credits Foundational Studies Designation American Government 50 POLS 101 3 DLS American Literature 50 ENGL 277 3* Analyzing and Interpreting Literature 50 ENGL 110 3* DLL Biology 50 BIOL 100XFN 3 DLN Calculus 50 MATH 170 4 DLM College Algebra 50 MATH 143 3 DLM College Mathematics 50 MATH 100XFM, 200XFM 6 DLM English Literature 50 ENGL 267 3* Financial Accounting 50 ACCT 205 3 French or German Language,
50 101, 102 8 DLL French or German Language,
63 101, 102, 201 11** DLL History of the United States I: Early Colonization to 1877 50 HIST 111 3 DLS History of the United States II: 1865 to the Present 50 HIST 112 3 DLS Human Growth and Development 50 KINES 100XF 3 Humanities 50 HUM 100XFL 3* DLL Information Systems 50 ITM 100XF 3 Introduction to Educational Psychology 50 ED-CIFS 203 3 Introductory Business Law 50 GENBUS 100XF 3 Introductory Psychology 50 PSYC 101 3 DLS (PSYC 101) Introductory Sociology 50 SOC 101 3 DLS Natural Sciences 50 BIOL 100XFN, PHYS 100XFN 6 DLN Precalculus 50 MATH 143, 144 5 DLM (MATH 143) Principles of Macroeconomics 50 ECON 201 3 DLS Principles of Management 50 MGMT 100XF 3 Principles of Marketing 50 MKTG 301 3 Principles of Microeconomics 50 ECON 202 3 DLS Social Science and History 50 HIST 100XFS, SOC 100XFS 6 DLS Spanish Language,
50 SPANISH 101, 102 8 DLL Spanish Language,
66 SPANISH 101, 102, 201 12** DLL Western Civilization I: Ancient Near East to 1648 50 HIST 101 3 DLL Western Civilization II: 1648 to the Present 50 HIST 102 3 DLL * tests taken prior to 09/01/2016 are worth 6 credits ** tests taken prior to 09/01/2016 are worth 4 courses (101, 102, 201, 202) and 14 to 16 credits
DSST/Prometric ExaminationsThe 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 (P), 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. If the score is too low, no entry is made on the transcript
A DSST transcript may be requested online. www.getcollegecredit.com.
DSST Exam Minimum Score Boise State Equivalent Credits Foundational Studies Designation A History of the Vietnam War 400 HIST 100XF 3 Art of the Western World 434 ART 100 3 DLV Astronomy 400 PHYS 104 4 DLN Business Ethics and Society 400 GENBUS 360 3 Business Math 400 GENBUS 100XF 3 Criminal Justice 425 CJ 101 3 Environment and Humanity: The Race to Save the Planet 400 GENSCI 100XF 3 Ethics in America 400 PHIL 103 3 DLL Fundamentals of College Algebra 400 MATH 108 3 Fundamentals of Counseling 400 PSYC 357 3 Fundamentals of Cybersecurity 400 CS 100XF 3 General Anthropology 400 ANTH 100XF 3 Health and Human Development 400 HLTHST 100XF 3 History of the Soviet Union 400 POLS 422 3 Human Resource Management 400 HRM 305 3 Human/Cultural Geography 400 GEOG 102 3 DLS Introduction to Business 400 GENBUS 101 3 Introduction to Computing 400 CS 100XF 3 Introduction to Law Enforcement 425 POLS 100XF 3 Introduction to World Religions 400 HUM 100XF 3 Lifespan Developmental Psychology 400 PSYC 309 3 Management Information Systems 400 CS 100XF 3 Math for Liberal Arts 400 MATH 123 3 DLM Money and Banking 400 FINAN 300XF 3 Organizational Behavior 400 MGMT 401 3 Personal Finance 400 FINAN 208 3 Principles of Finance 400 FINAN 200XF 3 Principles of Physical Science 400 PHYS 101 4 DLN Principles of Public Speaking 400 COMM 200XF 3 Principles of Statistics 400 MATH 254 3 DLM Substance Abuse 400 HLTHST 300XF 3 Technical Writing 400 ENGL 202 3 DLS The Civil War and Reconstruction 400 HIST 334 3
Boise State University awards credits for select Excelsior College Examinations, which are designed to test achievement in specific college area. Credit for Excelsior exams will be recorded on the Boise State transcript, with a grade of Pass (P), 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 Minimum Grade Boise State Equivalent Credit Foundational Studies Designation Abnormal Psychology C PSYC 301 3 Anatomy and Physiology C BIOL 227, 228 8 DLN (BIOL 227) Anatomy and Physiology I C BIOL 227 4 DLN Anatomy and Physiology II C BIOL 228 4 Basic Genetics C BIOL 200XF 3 Bioethics: Philosophical Issues C HLTHST 300XF 3 Calculus C MATH 100XFM 4 DLM Contemporary Mathematics C MATH 100XFM 3 DLM Cultural Diversity C ANTH 300XF 3 Earth Science C GEOS 100XF 3 Ethics: Theory and Practice C PHIL 103 3 DLL Financial Accounting B ACCT 205 3 Human Resource Management C HRM 305 3 Interpersonal Communication C COMM 200XF 3 Introduction to Computer Programming using Java C CS 100XF 3 Introduction to Cybersecurity C CS 100XF 3 Introduction to Macroeconomics B ECON 201 3 DLS Introduction to Microeconomics B ECON 202 3 DLS Introduction to Music C MUS 100 3 DLV Introduction to Philosophy C PHIL 101 3 DLL Introduction to Psychology C PSYC 101 3 DLS Introduction to Sociology C SOC 101 3 DLS Juvenile Delinquency C SOC 415 3 Life Span Developmental Psychology C PSYC 309 3 Managerial Accounting B ACCT 206 3 Microbiology C BIOL 200XF 3 Organizational Behavior C MGMT 401 3 Pathophysiology C HLTHST 300XF 3 Political Science C POLS 200 3 Principles of Finance C FINAN 200XF 3 Principles of Marketing C MKTG 200XF 3 Research Methods in Psychology C PSYC 321 3 Science of Nutrition C HLTHST 100XF 3 Social Psychology C PSYC 431 3 Spanish Language C SPANISH 101 4 DLL Statistics C MATH 254 3 DLM World Conflicts Since 1900 C HIST 300XF 3 World Population C SOC 312 3 Workplace Communication with Computers C BUSCOM 100XF 3
The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) is a demanding course of study that leads to culminating exams for highly motivated high school students. 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 (P), 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.
An IB transcript may be requested by contacting:
- Address: IB Global Centre, Bethesda, 7501 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 200 West, Bethesda, Maryland 20814
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: (301) 202-3000
- FAX: (301) 202-3003
- Skype: IBAmericas Extension 3000
IB Exam Level Minimum Score Boise State Equivalent Credits Foundational Studies Designation Biology SL or HL 4 BIOL 100 4 DLN Biology SL or HL 5 BIOL 191 4 DLN Biology SL or HL 6 BIOL 191, 192 8 DLN (BIOL 191) Business Management SL or HL 4 MGMT 301, 332, 410 9 Chemistry HL 4 CHEM 111, 111L 4 DLN Classical Languages, Greek SL or HL 4 FORLNG 197 4 DLL Classical Languages, Greek SL or HL 5 FORLNG 197 8 DLL Classical Languages, Latin SL or HL 4 LATIN 211 4 DLL Classical Languages, Latin SL or HL 5 LATIN 211, 212 8 DLL Film SL 4 COMM 100XF 3 Film HL 4 COMM 200XF 3 Computer Science HL or SL 4 CS 100XF 3 Dance SL or HL 4 THEA 210 3 Design Technology SL or HL 4 ITM 100XF 3 Diploma Programme n/a Completion ENGL 101 3 College First-Year Composition Diploma Programme + English A Language and Literature SL or HL Completion + 5 ENGL 101, 102 6 College First-Year Composition Economics SL or HL 5 ECON 201, 202 6 DLS English A Language and Literature SL or HL 5 ENGL 100XF 3 English A Literature SL or HL 4 ENGL 110 3 DLL Environmental Systems and Societies SL 4 ENVHLTH 100XF 3 Further Mathematics - For Further Math HL additional topic credit assessment take your syllabus to the Math department. HL 6 MATH 175, 187, 301 9 Geography SL or HL 5 GEOG 100, 102 6 DLS Geography SL or HL 4 GEOG 102 3 DLS Global Politics SL or HL 4 POLS 200 3 History SL 4 HIST 100 3 DLL History, Africa and the Middle East HL 4 HIST 100, 151 6 DLL (Hist 100) History, Americas HL 4 HIST 100, 112 6 DLL, DLS History, Asia and Oceania HL 4 HIST 100, 121 6 DLL, DLS History, Europe HL 4 HIST 100, 102 6 DLL Information Technology in a Global Society SL or HL 4 ITM 100XF 3 Language AB Initio SL 4 SPANISH 101 4 DLL Language B SL or HL 4 101 4 DLL Language B SL or HL 5 101, 102 8 DLL Language B SL or HL 6 101, 102, 201 11 or 12 DLL Language B SL or HL 7 101, 102, 201, 202 14 or 16 DLL Literature and Performance SL 5 ENGL 100XF 3 Mathematics HL 4 MATH 143, 144 5 DLM (MATH 143) Mathematics HL 6 MATH 143, 144, 170 9 DLM (MATH 143, 170) Music SL or HL 4 MUS 100XF 3 Philosophy SL or HL 4 PHIL 101 3 DLL Physics HL 5 PHYS 111, 112 8 DLN (PHYS 111) Psychology SL or HL 5 PSYC 101 3 DLS Social and Cultural Anthropology SL or HL 5 ANTH 102 3 DLS Sports, Exercise and Health Science SL 4 KINES 100XF 3 Theatre SL or HL 4 THEA 101 3 DLV Visual Arts SL or HL 4 ART 100XFV 3 DLV World Religions SL 4 HUM 100XF 3
The American Council on Education (ACE)
Students who have completed an American Council on Education (ACE) training program can submit course completion certificates or exam scores and receive general elective credit based on the recommendations of ACE’s The National Guide to College Credit for Workforce Training.
Credit for ACE programs will be recorded on the Boise State transcript, with a grade of Pass (P), 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 Academic Adjustment form.
Military Training Credit
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 (P) credits only and cannot be used to meet disciplinary lens 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:
- Address: CCAF/DESS, 100 S. Turner Boulevard, Maxwell-Gunter AFB, AL 36114
- Phone: (334) 649-5000
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
Credit for prerequisites not taken only applies to undergraduate students.
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 per course fee will be charged to apply for credit for prerequisites not taken. 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 (P) 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.
Course challenges apply to both graduate and undergraduate students.
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 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 (P) 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
Prior learning portfolios only apply to undergraduate students.
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. Fees charged are the same regardless of whether a student is full-time or part-time. 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.