FAQ About Class Planning

  1. When do I register for classes?
  2. How many credits should I take?
  3. How do I know what classes to take?
  4. Should I complete all my Foundation classes before taking my declared major classes?
  5. I came to BYUI before Foundations and have returned, which catalog year do I follow?
  6. What if all of the classes I want are full?
  7. What if I am a transfer student, how do my credits transfer?
  8. Who is my advisor?
  9. How do I declare/change my major or minor?
  10. Do I need a minor?
  11. What if I am undecided about what I want to do?
  12. What if I know what career I want but don't know what major I need to qualify?
  13. What tools are available to help with the class registration process?
  14. When I am off -track, can I still take classes?
  15. I just returned from a mission and would like to test out of a foreign language. How do I do that?

1. When do I register for classes?

A: Here is a link to the registration calendar: http://www.byui.edu/registrarsoffice/RegSchedule.htm


2. How many credits should I take?

A: Students should be aware of the following credit requirements when deciding how many credits to take:

  • 12 credits are required to be considered a full-time student
  • 12 credits are required to receive a scholarship through BYU-Idaho with the exception of Academic Scholarships which require 14 credits
  • 15 credits are required to graduate in eight semesters or four years and for the Fast Grad program

3. How do I know what classes to take?

A: Please see our Recommended Course Sequences.


4. Should I complete all my Foundation classes before taking my declared major classes?

A. No. In order to graduate within 8 semesters, you will need to be aware of sequencing in your major. Please see our Recommended Course Sequences.


5. I came to BYUI before Foundations; now I have returned, which catalog year do I follow?

A: Visit with your declared major's Academic Discovery Center to see which year is best for you, depending on how many general education classes you have taken and when your previous catalog year expires.


6. What if all of the classes I want are full?

A: When a class you want to add is full, consider the following options:

  1. Take it at another time. The most desirable class times fill quickly. Often, early morning or late afternoon sections remain open. It is better to have the class at an inconvenient time than not to have it at all. (Remember, each semester you will get an earlier registration and more class choices as your credits accumulate.)
  2. Keep checking back. Seats open up in filled sections frequently as students rearrange their schedule and add and drop classes. If there is a class you really want, keep checking back to see if a seat opens up.
  3. Even though a certain schedule of classes is recommended there are many alternatives. If you meet the pre-requisites, almost any course is available to you. For Foundation classes, feel free to look at second and third semester recommendations for more class options. If you need help identifying other class choices contact your major's Academic Discovery Center.
  4. As a last resort, students can go to the class they'd like to add on the first day of the semester. Often, teachers will have a few seats they can assign that day.
NOTE: Please remember that the Academic Discovery Centers can't add students to full classes.

7. What if I am a transfer student, how do my credits transfer?

A: If you are a transfer student without an associate (AS or AA) degree you may have some transfer classes that can substitute to fulfill our Foundations requirements. Depending on your major, you can meet with an advisor in the Academic Discovery Center to see if substitutions can be made. If you are a transfer student with an associate (AS or AA) degree from a regionally accredited instituion your Foundations requirements are complete except for FDREL 200 and remaining religion requirements.


8. Who is my advisor?

A: Every student is assigned a faculty mentor. However, in regard to class planning, students do not generally meet with their faculty mentor until their junior year. Faculty mentors mostly help with upper-division class planning as it relates to career strategy and graduate school.
As freshmen and sophomores, students receive advising help from their major's Academic Discovery Satellite Center. Satellite Advisors are experts in class planning for their particular areas. Also, there is the Academic Discovery Center, which is the center over general advising for Foundation requirements and major/career exploration.

For more information on finding your advisor, click here


9. How do I declare/change my major or minor?

A: Changing majors and minors cannot be done online. Instead, to declare/change your major or minor, please visit the Academic Discovery Satellite Center over the new major you'd like to declare.


10. Do I need a minor?

A: Some majors require you to have a minor or clusters, while others do not. To find out about your major's specific requirements check the Catalog for details. If you have any questions once you have checked the catalog, please contact your major's Academic Discovery Satellite Center.


11. What if I am undecided about what I want to do?

A: If you are unsure about what you want to declare for a major or pursue as a career, we recommend taking General Studies 100 (GS 100), Career Exploration. The 1 credit class is designed to assist in making a decision concerning your career or major. Career assessments will help you assess personal interests, work styles, preferences, and skills to determine your career path. At the conclusion of the class, you will gain a better understanding of the job market and careers available to you.


12. What if I know what career I want but don't know what major I need to qualify?

A: We have an excellent site called Careers to Majors that recommends majors that will help qualify you for your career goals. We also have a site called Majors to Careers that can help you figure out what to do with your major once you enter the workforce.

Career to Major

Major to Career


13. What tools are available to help with the class registration process?

A: Helpful class planning links include:

  1. Catalog - The catalog is very useful not only to look at classes, but for other campus policies and rules. Most questions you have can be answered by looking in the catalog.
  2. Foundations - Foundation classes are required for all new students.
  3. Academic Discovery Centers - The Academic Discovery Center can help with general class planning. The Academic Discovery Satellite Centers can help with major class planning.
  4. Tutorials - These are short movies that show you how to navigate the school's registration Web pages.
  5. Grad Planner - Plan out your class sequencing from your first semester to graduation.

14. When I am off -track, can I still take classes?

A: You have the option of taking night classes through Community Connections or taking online classes.


15. I just returned from a mission and would like to test out of a foreign language. How do I do that?

A: There are a couple different methods of recieving credit for foreign language classes—examinations or vertical credit. Here are some additional resources on recieving credit for foreign languages: