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Learn About Graduation Requirements

All universities have different requirements for graduation. It is important to know the difference between general education credits, major credits, and elective credits. Often students take concurrent enrollment classes which sound good while they are in high school but do little to help them in college.

Your high school counselor should be a resource to help you navigate university catalogs. The BYU-Idaho catalog can be accessed online.

General Education (GE)—Called Foundations at BYU-Idaho

Some of the more helpful college courses to take concurrently in high school are GE/Foundations courses. Most universities have requirements for English, math, science, humanities, etc. Even though these requirements are similar, there are differences. It is important for you to know what is required from the university you want to attend.

Sometimes it is better to just take the high school course without paying for the college credit if it doesn’t help you graduate college. Learn more about BYU-Idaho Foundations courses.

Selecting a College Major

Not everyone in high school knows what they want to be when they grow up, but you probably know what you are interested in. Start there.

Once again, your high school counselor can be a big help in translating your career interests into a prospective college major. The university catalog can also help you learn what is required for each major. The sooner you decide on a major, the less time you spend in college searching. This searching costs time, effort, and money.

Elective Credits —Good or Bad?

If they help you graduate, elective credits can be good. 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 require any elective credits to graduate.

As a high school student looking to maximize your time and efforts while graduating college in an efficient way, start your focus on GE/Foundations and major courses, and lastly, to electives. Electives needed to graduate will generally find their own way during your college career. Generally, they are not the right place to start.

Will Other College’s Concurrent Enrollment Classes Transfer to BYU-Idaho?

BYU-Idaho has a liberal transfer policy. That said, not everything transfers, and not all transferred credits fulfill Foundations/GE and major requirements.

To determine if your high school’s concurrent enrollment provider offers courses that transfer to BYU-Idaho, please use this tool.

First, select your state and the university or college sponsoring your high school’s concurrent enrollment. This will bring up a list of courses from the selected universities and colleges that have been evaluated by BYU-Idaho. It will also list the BYU-Idaho course that the other course will replace in your graduation requirements or list an elective. In some cases it may not be transferable.

If you are looking to transfer concurrent courses that fulfill Foundations requirements at BYU-Idaho, look for courses under the BYU-Idaho course column that start with FD (Foundations), such as  FDENG101 – Writing and Reasoning Foundations (English class) or  FDMAT108 – Math for the Real World. A list of Foundations requirements is listed in the BYU-Idaho catalog.

If you are looking to transfer courses that fill major requirements, visit the catalog and search out your intended major. A list of required courses will be shown. Although most high school credits will not count for college credit, you can compare the list with the courses you have previously taken to determine if any of the courses fulfill prerequisites to majors. By taking BYU-Idaho concurrent enrollment courses, on-campus or online, there is no need to worry about transferability back to BYU-Idaho.

If you need help, visit with your high school counselor, who should be able to assist you in navigating through this information.

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