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Credit for Prior Learning

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Limitations
Examination Scores
The American Council on Education (ACE)
Military Training Credit
Credit for Prerequisites Not Taken
Course Challenge
Prior Learning Portfolio


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.


Examination Scores


  • Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations

    http://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: apstudents@info.collegeboard
    • The Advanced Placement exam code for Boise State University is 4018.
    AP ExamMinimum ScoreBoise State EquivalentCreditFoundational Studies Designation
    Art History4ART 1003DLV
    Art Studio: 2D, 3D or Drawing3ART 100XF3
    Biology3BIOL 100XFN, 100XF8DLN (BIOL 100XFN)
    Biology4BIOL 191, 100XFN8DLN
    Biology5BIOL 191, 1928DLN (BIOL 191)
    Calculus AB3MATH 1704DLM
    Calculus BC3MATH 170, 1758DLM (MATH 170)
    Calculus AB Subscore (CABS)Not accepted0
    Chemistry4CHEM 111, 100XF [note]4DLN (CHEM 111)
    Chinese, French, German, Japanese, or Spanish Language and Culture3101, 1028DLL
    Chinese, French, German, Japanese, or Spanish Language and Culture4101, 102, 20111 or 12DLL
    Chinese, French, German, Japanese, or Spanish Language and Culture5101, 102, 201, 20214 or 16DLL
    Comparative Government and Politics3POLS 100XF3
    Computer Science A4CS 121, 121L4
    Computer Science Principles3CS 1013
    English Language and Composition3, 4ENGL 1013College First-Year Writing
    English Language and Composition5ENGL 101, 1026College First-Year Writing
    English Literature and Composition3, 4ENGL 1103DLL
    English Literature and Composition5ENGL 110, 100XF6DLL (ENGL 110)
    Environmental Science3GENSCI 100XF4
    Environmental Science4ENVSTD 1214DLN
    European History4HIST 1023DLL
    Human Geography3GEOG 1023DLS
    Italian Language and Culture3FORLNG 100XFL8DLL
    Italian Language and Culture4FORLNG 100XFL, 200XFL12DLL
    Italian Language and Culture5FORLNG 100XFL, 200XFL16DLL
    Latin3LATIN 100XF3
    Latin4LATIN 2114DLL
    Latin5LATIN 2124DLL
    Macroeconomics4ECON 2013DLS
    Microeconomics4ECON 2023DLS
    Music: Theory3MUS 100XF3
    Physics 13PHYS 1114DLN
    Physics 24PHYS 1124DLN
    Physics B3PHYS 1114DLN
    Physics C/Electricity and Magnetism4PHYS 212, 212L5
    Physics C/Mechanics3PHYS 211, 211L5DLN
    Psychology3PSYC 1013DLS
    Spanish Literature3, 4SPANISH 300XF3
    Spanish Literature5SPANISH 3043
    Statistics3MATH 2543DLM
    United States Government and Politics3POLS 1013DLS
    United States History3HIST 111, 1126DLS
    World History3HIST 1003DLL


  • CLEP Examinations

    www.collegeboard.org/clep

    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: clep@info.collegeboard.org
    • Phone: (212) 237-1331 or (800) 257-9558
    • FAX: (610) 628-3726
    • The CLEP code for Boise State University is 4018.
    CLEP ExamMinimum ScoreBoise State EquivalentCreditsFoundational Studies Designation
    American Government50POLS 1013DLS
    American Literature50ENGL 2773*
    Analyzing and Interpreting Literature50ENGL 1103*DLL
    Biology50BIOL 100XFN3DLN
    Calculus50MATH 1704DLM
    College Algebra50MATH 1433DLM
    College Mathematics50MATH 100XFM, 200XFM6DLM
    English Literature50ENGL 2673*
    Financial Accounting50ACCT 2053
    French or German Language,
    Level 1
    50101, 1028DLL
    French or German Language,
    Level 2
    63101, 102, 20111**DLL
    History of the United States I: Early Colonization to 187750HIST 1113DLS
    History of the United States II: 1865 to the Present50HIST 1123DLS
    Human Growth and Development50KINES 100XF3
    Humanities50HUM 100XFL3*DLL
    Information Systems50ITM 100XF3
    Introduction to Educational Psychology50ED-CIFS 2033
    Introductory Business Law50GENBUS 100XF3
    Introductory Psychology50PSYC 1013DLS (PSYC 101)
    Introductory Sociology50SOC 1013DLS
    Natural Sciences50BIOL 100XFN, PHYS 100XFN6DLN
    Precalculus50MATH 143, 1445DLM (MATH 143)
    Principles of Macroeconomics50ECON 2013DLS
    Principles of Management50MGMT 100XF3
    Principles of Marketing50MKTG 3013
    Principles of Microeconomics50ECON 2023DLS
    Social Science and History50HIST 100XFS, SOC 100XFS6DLS
    Spanish Language,
    Level 1
    50SPANISH 101, 1028DLL
    Spanish Language,
    Level 2
    66SPANISH 101, 102, 20112**DLL
    Western Civilization I: Ancient Near East to 164850HIST 1013DLL
    Western Civilization II: 1648 to the Present50HIST 1023DLL
    * 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 Examinations

    The 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 ExamMinimum ScoreBoise State EquivalentCreditsFoundational Studies Designation
    A History of the Vietnam War400HIST 100XF3
    Art of the Western World434ART 1003DLV
    Astronomy400PHYS 1044DLN
    Business Ethics and Society400GENBUS 3603
    Business Math400GENBUS 100XF3
    Criminal Justice425CJ 1013
    Environment and Humanity: The Race to Save the Planet400GENSCI 100XF3
    Ethics in America400PHIL 1033DLL
    Fundamentals of College Algebra400MATH 1083
    Fundamentals of Counseling400PSYC 3573
    Fundamentals of Cybersecurity400CS 100XF3
    General Anthropology400ANTH 100XF3
    Health and Human Development400HLTHST 100XF3
    History of the Soviet Union400POLS 4223
    Human Resource Management400HRM 3053
    Human/Cultural Geography400GEOG 1023DLS
    Introduction to Business400GENBUS 1013
    Introduction to Computing400CS 100XF3
    Introduction to Law Enforcement425POLS 100XF3
    Introduction to World Religions400HUM 100XF3
    Lifespan Developmental Psychology400PSYC 3093
    Management Information Systems400CS 100XF3
    Math for Liberal Arts400MATH 1233DLM
    Money and Banking400FINAN 300XF3
    Organizational Behavior400MGMT 4013
    Personal Finance400FINAN 2083
    Principles of Finance400FINAN 200XF3
    Principles of Physical Science400PHYS 1014DLN
    Principles of Public Speaking400COMM 200XF3
    Principles of Statistics400MATH 2543DLM
    Substance Abuse400HLTHST 300XF3
    Technical Writing400ENGL 2023DLS
    The Civil War and Reconstruction400HIST 3343


  • Excelsior Examinations

    http://www.excelsior.edu/exams/choose-your-exam

    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 ExamMinimum GradeBoise State EquivalentCreditFoundational Studies Designation
    Abnormal PsychologyCPSYC 3013
    Anatomy and PhysiologyCBIOL 227, 2288DLN (BIOL 227)
    Anatomy and Physiology ICBIOL 2274DLN
    Anatomy and Physiology IICBIOL 2284
    Basic GeneticsCBIOL 200XF3
    Bioethics: Philosophical IssuesCHLTHST 300XF3
    CalculusCMATH 100XFM4DLM
    Contemporary MathematicsCMATH 100XFM3DLM
    Cultural DiversityCANTH 300XF3
    Earth ScienceCGEOS 100XF3
    Ethics: Theory and PracticeCPHIL 1033DLL
    Financial AccountingBACCT 2053
    Human Resource ManagementCHRM 3053
    Interpersonal CommunicationCCOMM 200XF3
    Introduction to Computer Programming using JavaCCS 100XF3
    Introduction to CybersecurityCCS 100XF3
    Introduction to MacroeconomicsBECON 2013DLS
    Introduction to MicroeconomicsBECON 2023DLS
    Introduction to MusicCMUS 1003DLV
    Introduction to PhilosophyCPHIL 1013DLL
    Introduction to PsychologyCPSYC 1013DLS
    Introduction to SociologyCSOC 1013DLS
    Juvenile DelinquencyCSOC 4153
    Life Span Developmental PsychologyCPSYC 3093
    Managerial AccountingBACCT 2063
    MicrobiologyCBIOL 200XF3
    Organizational BehaviorCMGMT 4013
    PathophysiologyCHLTHST 300XF3
    Political ScienceCPOLS 2003
    Principles of FinanceCFINAN 200XF3
    Principles of MarketingCMKTG 200XF3
    Research Methods in PsychologyCPSYC 3213
    Science of NutritionCHLTHST 100XF3
    Social PsychologyCPSYC 4313
    Spanish LanguageCSPANISH 1014DLL
    StatisticsCMATH 2543DLM
    World Conflicts Since 1900CHIST 300XF3
    World PopulationCSOC 3123
    Workplace Communication with ComputersCBUSCOM 100XF3

  • IB Examinations

    http://www.ibo.org

    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: ibid@ibo.org
    • Phone: (301) 202-3000
    • FAX: (301) 202-3003
    • Skype: IBAmericas Extension 3000
    IB ExamLevelMinimum ScoreBoise State EquivalentCreditsFoundational Studies Designation
    BiologySL or HL4BIOL 1004DLN
    BiologySL or HL5BIOL 1914DLN
    BiologySL or HL6BIOL 191, 1928DLN (BIOL 191)
    Business ManagementSL or HL4MGMT 301, 332, 4109
    ChemistryHL4CHEM 111, 111L4DLN
    Classical Languages, GreekSL or HL4FORLNG 1974DLL
    Classical Languages, GreekSL or HL5FORLNG 1978DLL
    Classical Languages, LatinSL or HL4LATIN 2114DLL
    Classical Languages, LatinSL or HL5LATIN 211, 2128DLL
    Computer ScienceSL or HL4CS 100XF3
    DanceSL or HL4THEA 2103
    Design TechnologySL or HL4ITM 100XF3
    Diploma Programmen/aCompletionENGL 1013College First-Year Composition
    Diploma Programme + English A Language and LiteratureSL or HLCompletion + 5ENGL 101, 1026College First-Year Composition
    EconomicsSL or HL5ECON 201, 2026DLS
    English A Language and LiteratureSL or HL5ENGL 100XF3
    English BSL or HL4ENGL 100XF3
    English BSL or HL5ENGL 100XF6
    English BSL or HL6ENGL 100XF9
    English BSL or HL7ENGL 100XF12
    Environmental Systems and SocietiesSL4ENVHLTH 100XF3
    FilmHL4COMM 200XF3
    FilmSL4COMM 100XF3
    Further Mathematics - For Further Math HL additional topic credit assessment take your syllabus to the Math department.HL6MATH 175, 187, 3019
    GeographySL or HL4GEOG 1023DLS
    GeographySL or HL5GEOG 100, 1026DLS
    Global PoliticsSL or HL4POLS 2003
    HistorySL4HIST 1003DLL
    History, Africa and the Middle EastHL4HIST 100, 1516DLL (Hist 100)
    History, AmericasHL4HIST 100, 1126DLL, DLS
    History, Asia and OceaniaHL4HIST 100, 1216DLL, DLS
    History, EuropeHL4HIST 100, 1026DLL
    Information Technology in a Global SocietySL or HL4ITM 100XF3
    Language AB InitioSL4SPANISH 1014DLL
    Language BSL or HL41014DLL
    Language BSL or HL5101, 1028DLL
    Language BSL or HL6101, 102, 20111 or 12DLL
    Language BSL or HL7101, 102, 201, 20214 or 16DLL
    Literature and PerformanceSL5ENGL 100XF3
    MathematicsHL4MATH 143, 1445DLM (MATH 143)
    MathematicsHL6MATH 143, 144, 1709DLM (MATH 143, 170)
    MusicSL or HL4MUS 100XF3
    PhilosophySL or HL4PHIL 1013DLL
    PhysicsHL5PHYS 111, 1128DLN (PHYS 111)
    PsychologySL or HL5PSYC 1013DLS
    Social and Cultural AnthropologySL or HL5ANTH 1023DLS
    Sports, Exercise and Health ScienceSL4KINES 100XF3
    TheatreSL or HL4THEA 1013DLV
    Visual ArtsSL or HL4ART 100XFV3DLV
    World ReligionsSL4HUM 100XF3



The American Council on Education (ACE)

www.acenet.edu

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 Challenge

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 LearningChallenge 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.