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Online Degree Pathway Curriculum

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.

  • Pathway Requirements

    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.

    ContentCourseCredit Hours
    Communications/First Year Writing
    ENGL 101 Introduction to College Writing3
    ENGL 102 Introduction to College Writing and Research3
    UF 100 Intellectual Foundations3
    UF 200 Civic and Ethical Foundations3
    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
    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

  • Course Information

    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
      complex problems.
    • 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

  • Spring 2018 Schedule

    The sample schedule below is a general guide of courses available for Spring 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).

    15-Week Classes

    Course NumberTitleCredit Hours
    UF 200Civic and Ethical Foundations3
    Classes Available 1st 7 Weeks

    Course NumberTitleCredit Hours
    UF 100Intellectual Foundations3
    UF 200Civic and Ethical Foundations3
    ENGL 101Introduction to College Writing3
    ENGL 102Introduction to College Writing and Research3
    Art 100Survey of Art3
    Classes Available 2nd 7 Weeks

    Course NumberTitleCredit Hours
    UF 200Civic and Ethical Foundations3
    ENGL 101Introduction to College Writing3
    ENGL 102Introduction to College Writing and Research3
    ANTH 103Introduction to Archaeology3
    ECON 201Principles of Macroeconomics3
    MATH 123Quantitative Reasoning3

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!

Let us help you take that next step!

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