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Religion Requirements


There is no degree, major, minor, or cluster offered in the Religious Education Department. To earn any degree offered by the University, the Religion Course requirements listed below must be completed.

Content Requirement: Graduation requirements now include the four Cornerstone courses as core requirements plus six additional elective credits. (Beginning Fall 2015)  Courses with the same number and similar title are considered equivalent across all CES institutions, and whether taken at or transferred into an institution, will fulfill the content requirement for graduation.  Institute classes qualifying for transfer credit will be taught by an instructor with at least a bachelor's degree.

New Students: All institutions have agreed that beginning Fall 2015 new students will need to complete the four Cornerstone courses as core requirements plus six additional elective credits to graduate. 

Current Students: Current students fulfill graduation requirements using former guidelines.  Individual institutions may allow students to choose to use Cornerstone classes to fulfill core requirements.

Residency Requirement: Each institution determines how many religious education credits a student must complete on-campus. For transfer students, this requirement may increase the number of credits needed to graduate. For example, if a student has completed several courses at one CES institution before transferring to another, depending on the residency requirement of the institution, the courses transferred may meet the content requirement but not the residency requirement (see table below).

Transfer students: Depending on the total number of credit hours a student transfers, each CES institution uses a formula or scale for determining the number of religion credits (residency) remaining for graduation (see table below).


                                               BYU                 BYU-Hawaii                 BYU-Idaho[i]

Institutes & LDSBC

Content Requirement

4 Cornerstone courses (8 credits) plus 6 elective credits

Religion Residency Requirement for Transfer Students

Total Credits Transferred:

0-14 
15-29
30-44
45-59
60-74
75-89
90+

Religion Credits Remaining:

14
12
10
8
6[ii]
4[ii]
2[ii]

Not applicable

Approved Substitutions

For Religion 200: The Eternal Family - Religion 333: Teachings of the Living Prophets from BYU only.

For Religion 225: Foundations of the Restoration - None

For Religion 250: Jesus Christ and the Everlasting Gospel - Religion 211: The Gospels from BYU only.

For Religion  275: Teachings and Doctrine of the Book of Mormon - Religion  121 AND 122: Book of Mormon

For Religion  275: Teachings and Doctrine of the Book of Mormon - Religion  121 AND 122: Book of Mormon

 


[i] BYU-I Online & Institute transferable credits satisfy content and residency requirement BYU-I.

[ii] More credits may be needed if the core content requirement has not been completed. 

Note: individual websites and institutional catalogs are still being updated

Pre-Fall 2015 Graduation Requirements:  (For any students who began their schooling before Fall 2015)

BACHELOR’S DEGREE: Fourteen (14) credit hours of religion at BYU–Idaho:

· 4 credits Book of Mormon (121 and 122)

· 2 credits Family Foundations (200)

· 4 scripture-based credits (2 courses-credit options include New Testament 211 or 212; Old Testament 301 or 302; Old Testament/Biblical Hebrew 301H or 302H; Doctrine and Covenants 324 or 325; and Pearl of Great Price 327)

· 4 additional credits of your choice from any courses offered for religion credit

Adjusted religion requirements (Bachelor’s Degree) for students with transfer credits:

Total # of Transfer Credits

Religion hours to take from BYU-Idaho

Required subject matter: *If the subject matter has been taken at an Institute or other Church school you may complete the credit requirement by substituting other courses offered in Religious Education at BYU-Idaho until 14 credit hours are earned.

0-14.9

14

4 credits FDREL 121 & 122; 2 credits FDREL 200; 4 credits scripture-based and 4 additional religion credits

15-29.9

12

4 credits FDREL 121 & 122; 2 credits FDREL 200; 4 credits scripture-based; and 2 additional religion credits

If Book of Mormon credits have been completed and transferred from an Institute or other church school, complete FDREL 200, 4 credits of scripture-based courses, and 6 additional religion credits of your choice.

30-44.9

10

4 credits FDREL 121 & 122; 2 credits FDREL 200; and 4 credits scripture-based

If Book of Mormon credits have been completed and transferred from an Institute or other church school, complete FDREL 200, 4 credits of scripture-based courses, and 4 additional religion credits of your choice.

45-59.9

8

4 credits FDREL 121 & 122; 2 credits FDREL 200; and 2 credits scripture-based

If Book of Mormon credits have been completed and transferred from an Institute or other church school, complete FDREL 200, 4 credits of scripture-based courses, and 2 additional religion credits of your choice.

60-74.9

6

4 credits FDREL 121 & 122 and 2 credits FDREL 200

If Book of Mormon credits have been completed and transferred from an Institute or other church school, complete FDREL 200 and 4 credits of scripture-based courses.

75-89.9

4-6

4 credits FDREL 121 & 122 and 2 credits FDREL 200

If Book of Mormon credits have been completed and transferred from an Institute or other church school, complete FDREL 200 and 2 credits of scripture-based courses.

90 or more

2-6

4 credits FDREL 121 & 122 and 2 credits FDREL 200

If Book of Mormon credits have been completed and transferred from an Institute or other church school, complete FDREL 200.

ASSOCIATE DEGREE and APPLIED ASSOCIATE DEGREE: Eight (8) credit hours or four courses of religion are required, which must include:

· 4 credits Book of Mormon (121 and 122)

· 2 credits Family Foundations (200)

· 2 scripture-based credits (2-credit options include New Testament 211 or 212; Old Testament 301 or 302; Old Testament/Biblical Hebrew 301H or 302H; Doctrine and Covenants 324 or 325; and Pearl of Great Price 327)

Adjusted religion requirements (Associate and Applied Associate Degrees) for students with transfer credits:

Total # of Transfer Credits

Religion hours to take from BYU-Idaho

Required subject matter: *If the subject matter has been taken at an Institute or other Church school you may complete the credit requirement by substituting other courses offered in Religious Education at BYU-Idaho until 8 credit hours are earned.

0-14.9

8

4 credits FDREL 121 & 122; 2 credits FDREL 200; and 2 credits of scripture-based courses

15-29.9

6

4 credits FDREL 121 & 122 and 2 credits FDREL 200

If Book of Mormon credits have been completed and transferred from an Institute or other church school, complete FDREL 200 and 4 credits of scripture-based courses.

30-44.9

4-6

4 credits FDREL 121 & 122 and 2 credits FDREL 200

If Book of Mormon credits have been completed and transferred from an Institute or other church school, complete FDREL 200 and 2 credits of scripture-based courses.

45-59.9

2-6

4 credits FDREL 121 & 122 and 2 credits FDREL 200

If Book of Mormon credits have been completed and transferred from an Institute or other church school, complete FDREL 200.

Transfer of credit from other Universities and Institutes of Religion: Religion credit earned at C.E.S. Institutes of Religion or other Church schools will transfer as elective credit when the following conditions are met: (1) a letter grade is given; (2) the earned letter grade appears on the BYU-Idaho transcript.  Students completing courses at the BYU Jerusalem Center or Nauvoo may receive up to 6 earned credits in religion which will count toward the BYU-Idaho religion requirement.  Coursework in religious studies from any place other than a LDS Church school or Institute of Religion will not be accepted toward filling the BYU-Idaho religion requirements.

Second Religion Class: Taking two religion classes in a given term is discouraged but may be approved in cases of acedemic necessity.

Attendance: Each instructor may establish criteria for giving credit, but generally, lack of attendance would affect a student’s grade detrimentally and could result in no credit for the class, thus requiring the student to retake the class.

Waivers: Should a student be denied a graduation diploma from BYU–Idaho because the religion credit was not completed and reasons for the non-completion were beyond the control of the student, an appeal may be submitted for review. For clarification and/or application for a wavier, see the Religon Department Chair. Students should make an appointment with the Department Secretary at (208) 496-3920