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 foundational 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 foundational classes best fit with your intended degree, and what lower-division coursework can be completed online. Some of these foundational courses may be met through transfer coursework.
Content Course Credit Hours FOUNDATIONAL REQUIREMENTS (Pathway) 34-37 Communications/First Year Writing ENGL 101 Introduction to College Writing 3 ENGL 102 Introduction to College Writing and Research 3 Foundations UF 100 Intellectual Foundations 3 UF 200 Civic and Ethical Foundations 3 Disciplinary Lens Mathematics (DLM) 3-4 Natural, Physical & Applied Sciences course with lab (DLN) 4 Natural, Physical & Applied Sciences course in a second field (DLN) 3-4 Visual and Performing Arts (DLV) 3 Literature and Humanities (DLL) 3-4 Social Sciences (DLS) 3 Social Sciences course in a second field (DLS) 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 Foundational Studies 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.
Foundational Studies 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. Foundational Studies 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.
- Intellectual Foundations (UF 100) is a three-credit course. 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.
- Civic and Ethical Foundations (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. Disciplinary Lens (DL) Courses
All students are required to take a number of Disciplinary Lens (DL) courses (see Program Requirements tab for specific DL requirements). DL 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 DL 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 (DLM)—Apply knowledge and the methods of reasoning
characteristic of mathematics, statistics, and other formal systems to solve
- Natural, Physical, and Applied Sciences (DLN)—Apply knowledge and
the methods characteristic of scientific inquiry to think critically about
and solve theoretical and practical problems about physical structures and
- Visual and Performing Arts (DLV)—Apply knowledge and methods
characteristic of the visual and performing arts to explain and appreciate
the significance of aesthetic products and creative activities.
- Literature and Humanities (DLL)—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 (DLS)—Apply knowledge and the methods of inquiry characteristic of the social sciences to explain and evaluate human behavior and institutions
Summer 2018 Schedule
The sample schedule below is a general guide of courses available for Summer 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 courses (PDF).
Classes Available 1st 7 Weeks
Course Number Title Credit Hours ACAD 107 Preparing for Online Learning 1 ENGL 102 College Writing & Research 3 KINES 140 Personal Health 3 SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology 3
Classes Available 2nd 7 Weeks
Course Number Title Credit Hours ART 100 Introduction to Art 3 COMM 101 Fundamentals of Communication 3 ENGL 102 College Writing & Research 3 UF 200 Civic and Ethical Foundations 3
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 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 FILM 220 Cinema History and Aesthetics 3 ITM 109 Introduction to Spreadsheet Topics 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 HIST 100 Themes in World History 3 MATH 123 Quantitative Reasoning 3 UF 200 Foundations of Ethics and Diversity 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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