Academic Transitions is a unique program at BYU-Idaho which is based on the belief that all admitted students can succeed. It is composed of carefully designed math, English, and college success courses to help bridge the gaps that many students have when they enter BYU-Idaho for the first time.
These courses are available to ALL students, but, based on entrance exam scores, some students are required to take transitional classes within their first 30 credits at BYU-Idaho. For these students, the transitional class becomes a prerequisite for English 150 and/or Math 108X which are both general education requirements.
New students should also register for GE 101 College Success (1 credit) within the first 30 credits at the university. Students with more than 30 credits should register for GS 105 Study and Life Skills (2 credits).
English 106 - Basic Writing
Contact the BYU-Idaho English department with your questions at firstname.lastname@example.org or (208) 496-4360.
The following ACT or SAT scores are required to qualify to register for ENG 150 Writing and Reasoning Foundations:
- An ACT Sub Score of 16 or higher or
- If you took the SAT before 2016, an SAT Critical Reading Sub Score of 390 or higher or
- If you took the SAT during or after 2016, an SAT Writing and Language Test Score of 23 or higher.
*Note: This is the Test Score, NOT the Section Score.
If students have not achieved the required score on the ACT or SAT, they have two options to qualify themselves to register for ENG 150:
- Take English 106 and achieve a grade of C or higher.
- Take and pass the BYU-Idaho Basic Writing Exam (BWE), available through the BYU-Idaho Writing Center.
Math 100A - Arithmetic and Math 100B - Beginning Algebra
The following ACT or SAT scores are required to qualify to register for MATH 108X
- An ACT Sub Score of 18 or higher or
- If you took the SAT before 2016, an SAT Math Section Score of 430 or higher or
- If you took the SAT during or after 2016, an SAT Math Section Score of 470 or higher.
*Note: This is the Section Score, NOT the Test Score.
If students have not achieved the required score on their ACT or SAT, they have 2 options to qualify themselves to register for MATH 108X:
- Take the ALEKS placement exam and achieve the qualifying ALEKS score (the ALEKS placement exam will allow multiple attempts and provides a study guide between attempts).
- Take Math 100B and achieve a grade of C- or higher.
Detailed information about the ALEKS placement exam is available at the following website: http://www.byui.edu/mathematics/aleks. Students can register for and complete the ALEKS placement exam as soon as they are admitted to BYU-Idaho.
Contact the BYU- Idaho Math department with your questions at http://www.byui.edu/mathematics or (208) 496-7521.
- Students with an Associate of Science or Associate of Arts degree before arriving at BYU-Idaho may disregard this requirement.
- Students with college credit for Intermediate Algebra (with a "B" grade or better), College Algebra, or Pre-Calculus may disregard this requirement.
General Studies 101: College Success
The purpose of this course is to:
- Introduce students to the BYU-Idaho Learning Model and culture
- Equip students with basic college study skills
- Familiarize students with campus resources
- Connect students with academic planning tools and their best major and career options.
Sections of GS101 College Success will be visible on the registration system on the day that new freshmen are eligible to register.
General Studies 105: Study and Life Skills
This course is designed to help create greater success in college and in life. Students learn many proven strategies for creating greater academic, professional, and personal success. The course focuses on empowering individuals to create a rich, personally fulfilling life.
Sections of GS 105 Study and Life Skills are available when registration opens and are for any student that wants to become the best self.
More about the Academic Transitions program
Students in Academic Transition classes are fully matriculated and the credits count towards graduation. Students may take other major, foundation, and elective classes at the same time they are taking transitional classes. The transitional courses are kept to 25 students and are taught by highly nurturing and qualified faculty members who are transitional experts in their disciplines. In addition to the individual attention given by the faculty, the math and English courses use embedded tutors in order to give each student the additional individual attention they want and need.
Other elective classes to consider
- English 100 Reading Comprehension (2 credits)
- English 107 College Reading (3 credits)
- English 108 English Language Development Oral (3 credits)
- English 109 Writing for International (second language) Students
- General Studies (GS) 102 Study Skills (1 credit)
- GS 103 A-F Study Skills Online Modules (.5 credits each)
- GS 100 Career Exploration (1 credit)
- Communications 175 (2 credits)