Online Degree Pathway Curriculum
The pathway is offered online only with no in-person requirements
Most classes run for 7 weeks. You can complete courses at a full-time or part-time pace – whichever works with your schedule.
The below Online Degree Pathway requirements show the University Foundation courses required for the Pathway, which also count towards a bachelor’s degree at Boise State. You will work with your Pathway advisor to determine which foundation classes best fit with your intended degree, and what lower-division coursework can be completed online. Some of these foundation courses may be met through transfer coursework.
Content Course Credit Hours UNIVERSITY FOUNDATION REQUIREMENTS (Pathway) 34-37 Foundations of Writing ENGL 101 Introduction to College Writing 3 ENGL 102 Introduction to College Writing and Research 3 University Foundations UF 100 Foundations of Intellectual Life 3 UF 200 Foundations of Ethics and Diversity 3 Foundation Discipline Courses Foundations of Mathematics (FM) 3-4 Natural, Physical & Applied Sciences course with lab (FN) 4 Natural, Physical & Applied Sciences course in a second field (FN) 3-4 Foundations of Arts (FA) 3 Foundations of Humanities (FH) 3-4 Foundations of Social Sciences (FS) 3 Foundations of Social Sciences course in a second field (FS) 3 MAJOR REQUIREMENTS Lower-division degree requirements (some of these may be completed with Pathway program classes) 43-46 Upper-division degree requirements (these will be completed in the final two years of your bachelor's degree) 40 TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED FOR A BACHELOR'S DEGREE AT BOISE STATE 120
The courses included in the Online Degree Pathway curriculum are part of Boise State’s University Foundations Program. These classes serve as the foundation for a bachelor’s degree at Boise State and offer an integrated, sequential multidisciplinary learning experience. The specific classes you take to fulfill these requirements will vary based on your intended field of study. It is very important that you meet with your Pathway advisor on a regular basis to determine which classes best fit your academic plan.
University Foundations Program Requirements
I. Introduction to College Writing and Research (ENGL 101 and ENGL 102)
This two semester, six-credit sequence provides an introduction to the university’s expectations about academic writing and research. The program is coordinated by the English Department’s First-Year Writing Program. Students are placed in appropriate courses based on test scores.
II. University Foundation Program (UF) Courses
Courses with a UF (University Foundations) prefix introduce a diversity of intellectual pursuits, encourage a critical stance toward learning, and equip students with university-level analytic and communication skills.
- Foundations of Intellectual Life (UF 100) is a three-credit course offered as a large general session in combination with a small format discussion section (~25 students) which focus on what it means to investigate and discuss intellectual questions at the university level. Multidisciplinary sections of the course are organized around central themes listed in the course schedule for each semester. The courses support University Learning Outcomes: critical inquiry, oral communication, and teamwork/innovation.
- Foundations of Ethics and Diversity (UF 200). This three-credit sophomore-level course engages students in topics connected to ethics, diversity and internationalization, often through experiential learning. We keep the classes small (around 30 students) to support active learning, meaningful discussion, and connecting the course theme to issues and activities in our larger community. Prerequisites: ENGL 102, UF 100, and sophomore standing.
III. Foundations of the Discipline (FD) Courses
All students are required to take a number of Foundations courses (see Program Requirements tab for specific FD requirements). Foundations courses are offered by academic departments and designed to expose non-majors to the distinctive methods and perspectives of a disciplinary cluster. The distribution requirement for Foundations courses reflects the belief of the faculty and the Idaho State Board of Education that a major purpose of undergraduate education is to prepare graduates to fulfill the responsibilities of a citizen and to understand and appreciate diverse approaches to information and values.
- Mathematics (FM)—Apply knowledge and the methods of reasoning
characteristic of mathematics, statistics, and other formal systems to solve
- Natural, Physical, and Applied Sciences (FN)—Apply knowledge and the
methods of reasoning characteristic of scientific inquiry to think critically about
and solve theoretical and practical problems about physical structures and
- Arts (FA)—Apply knowledge and methods characteristic of the visual and
performing arts to explain and appreciate the significance of aesthetic products
and creative activities.
- Humanities (FH)—Apply knowledge and the methods of inquiry characteristic of literature and other humanities disciplines to interpret and produce texts expressive of the human condition.
- Social Sciences (FS)—Apply knowledge and the methods of inquiry characteristic of the social sciences to explain and evaluate human behavior and institutions
Fall 2018 Schedule
The sample schedule below is a general guide of courses available for Fall 2018. It is very important that you work closely with your Pathway academic advisor to arrange your pathway plan and class schedule after you are admitted to the pathway. Download a printable view of available 2018 Fall courses (PDF).
Course Number Title Credit Hours ENGR 100 Energy for Society 3 ENGR 100L Energy for Society Lab 1
Classes Available 1st 7 Weeks
Course Number Title Credit Hours ACAD 107 Preparing for Online Learning 1 COMM 101 Fundamentals of Communication 3 ENGL 101 Introduction to College Writing 3 ENGL 102 College Writing and Research 3 SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology 3 UF 100 Foundations of Intellectual Life 3 UF 200 Foundations of Ethics and Diversity 3
Classes Available 2nd 7 Weeks
Course Number Title Credit Hours ANTH 103 Introduction to Archaeology 3 ENGL 102 College Writing and Research 3 FILM 220 Cinema History and Aesthetics 3 HIST 100 Themes in World History 3 ITM 109 Introduction to Spreadsheet Topics 1 MATH 123 Quantitative Reasoning 3 UF 200 Foundations of Ethics and Diversity 3
Spring 2019 Schedule
The sample schedule below is a general guide of courses available for Spring 2019. It is very important that you work closely with your Pathway academic advisor to arrange your pathway plan and class schedule after you are admitted to the pathway. Download a printable view of available 2019 Spring courses (PDF).
Course Number Title Credit Hours ENGR 100 Energy for Society 3 ENGR 100L Energy for Society Lab 1 HLTH 101 Medical Terminology 3 MATH 108 Intermediate Algebra 3 MATH 149 Pre Calculus: Functions for Business 3 MATH 254 Introduction to Statistics 3
Classes Available 1st 7 Weeks
Course Number Title Credit Hours ACAD 107 Preparing for Online Learning 1 ART 100 Survey of Art 3 COMM 101 Fundamentals of Communication 3 ENGL 101 Introduction to College Writing 3 ENGL 102 College Writing and Research 3 PSYCH 101 Introduction to Psychology 3 UF 100 Foundations of Intellectual Life 3 UF 200 Foundations of Ethics and Diversity 3
Classes Available 2nd 7 Weeks
Course Number Title Credit Hours ANTH 103 Introduction to Archaeology 3 ECON 201 Principles of Macroeconomics 3 ENGL 102 College Writing and Research 3 ENGL 202 Technical Communication 3 HIST 100 Themes in World History 3 KINES 140 Personal Health 3 MATH 123 Quantitative Reasoning 3 POLS 101 American National Government 3 UF 200 Foundations of Ethics and Diversity 3 FILM 220 Cinema: History and Aesthetics 3
Be aware of the time commitment
Before deciding on a part- or full-time schedule ask yourself:
- How much time do I have each week to devote to studying?
- What other obligations currently require my time?
See our time commitment guide to estimate study times. Questions? Contact us!
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