Thinking Like a College Student
If you are planning to complete a college degree you will want any concurrent enrollment courses you take in high school to apply towards your eventual college graduation. You don't want to waste time and money taking classes that won't help you progress. So, it's important to know that there are typically three kinds of college courses:
- General Education Courses
- Required Major Courses
- Elective Courses
General Education Courses
Every major requires a core set of these courses. Every student has to take them so they are a good choice for concurrent enrollment students. GE courses introduce you to a variety of subjects and provide a broad foundation for the more specific courses from your major and degree. English composition or college algebra are examples of general
We recommend taking GE101 – College Success (1 credit). It is a required GE class and will help you be prepared to successfully begin your college career.
We recommend you avoid taking religion courses. The GE classes listed under the religion requirement will most likely not count for dual credit in a public high school.
Required Major Courses
In your college major your studies are focused on a particular subject or career path. These courses help you progress towards a degree. But they can still be good options for concurrent enrollment students who know what major or discipline they want to pursue or to explore. You don't have to know what Bachelor's degree you want.
If they help you graduate, elective credits can be good. But, if you have too many elective credits that fall outside graduation requirements, you’ve wasted time, effort, and money. In fact, some majors don't have room for electives so none are required to graduate.
Your high school counselor should be a resource to help you navigate which concurrent enrollment courses to take. The BYU-Idaho catalog can be accessed online and contains all requirements for courses, degrees, and general university requirements.