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Transferring Course Credits at Boise State

After admission as a degree-seeking student, the Office of the Registrar evaluates your transcript(s) to determine transfer equivalencies to Boise State courses.

  • If previous courses are determined to be equivalent, those credits will count toward graduation, just as if you had earned those credits at Boise State.
  • If the courses are not equivalent, those credits will be converted to general elective credits.

More detail about this process, including information on quarter system credit, GPA calculation, and general education requirements, can be found at the Admissions website and the Registrar website.

Why didn't my course transfer?

  • Boise State accepts all college-level credit granted by regionally accredited institutions. If you earn credits from an unaccredited institution, they may still transfer to Boise State pending evaluation by the Office of the Registrar and departmental approval.
  • In general, the only credits that Boise State does NOT readily accept are those that are specifically technical or sectarian-religious in nature. Exceptions to these standards are:
    • Students who transfer with an associate of applied science degree (A.A.S.) from a technical program meeting Idaho standards for the A.A.S may be admitted into the Bachelor of Applied Science program and may count up to 40 of your technical credits toward a BAS degree.
    • Additionally, as many as 8 credits of non-sectarian religion courses (e.g., The Bible as Literature), may count toward your undergraduate education. These courses must be taken at a regionally accredited institution and will count as general elective credit.

Why did my course transfer as an elective?

Initial transfer credit evaluation is dependent on several factors:

  • familiarity with the particular transfer institution
  • a precedent for the particular course equivalency
  • departmental approval
  • availability of course information and identification

If a course you took at another college is equivalent to a Boise State course, credit will be counted toward your degree as if you had completed the course at Boise State. Sometimes Boise State does not have an equivalent course to the course at your previous institution. In those instances, your course may be transferred in as something close or just a general elective course. For example:

Boise State EquivalentCourse TitleOriginal Course
BIOL 200XFBiology General ElectiveBIOL 204
PSYC 100XFPsychology General ElectivePSYC 202
MATH 100XFMathematics General ElectiveMATH 110

If courses transfer as general electives, look to see whether the course is equivalent or a substitute for another course at Boise State. If the course is equivalent or a substitute, complete an Academic Adjustment form with an academic advisor. If the course is not an equivalent course, a substitute course, or if it would not benefit the student to make the course equivalent, discuss with an academic advisor how the course may count towards their selected major.

Why did I lose credits?

  • Quarter Conversion
    • If you are transferring to Boise State from a quarter system, you may perceive a loss in credits.
    • A quarter is one type of term within an academic year. Each quarter is ~10 weeks in length, and there are usually three quarters (fall, winter, and spring) per academic year. A semester is the other type of term within an academic year. Each semester is 15 weeks in length, and there are two semesters (fall and spring) in an academic year. Boise State uses a semester system, so your quarter credit hours must be converted to a semester calendar.
      • Divide your quarter hours by 1.5 to estimate of your semester hours.
      • Example: 45 quarter hours / 1.5 = 30 semester hours.
  • Equivalent courses do not need to be retaken because of credit hour differences. Although your Academic Advisement Report may state that the particular requirement is not satisfied, the Office of the Registrar will complete the adjustment prior to graduation. All students must still earn the minimum total hours required for graduation. 

How do I fix transfer credit problems?

  1. Consult with your advisor to understand exactly how your transfer credits count toward degree and/or graduation requirements.
  2. If you completed a course at your previous institution that you believe should count towards major requirements but transferred as an elective, you might consider an academic adjustment. Research the Academic Adjustment process. Determine which kind of adjustment you need and discuss your options with your advisor.
  3. Find any supporting material such as old catalogs, course descriptions, and/or syllabi. The more documentation you can provide demonstrating how your previous course is equivalent to a Boise State course, the more likely your chances of getting your adjustment approved.
  4. Find the contact information of the department chair and dean of the college of major offering the course you want to be adjusted.
  5. Have the department chair and college dean sign your Academic Adjustment form and submit the form to the Office of the Registrar.

NOTE: Any adjustment beyond a College/Major level requirement will also require University Appeals Committee Approval. See Academic Appeal form for more detail.