Of the last 40 credits applied to meet graduation requirements, 32 must
be taken in residence at Idaho State University. Resident credit is
allowed for work taken at ISU Adult Education Centers. At least 16 upper
division credits directly applicable to the major area of study and/or
the degree sought, exclusive of electives, must be taken while in
residence on the ISU campus. Certain pre-professional curricula allow
completion of the fourth year in a professional school. In these cases
the last 32 credits of work taken before transfer to the professional
school must be in residence on the ISU campus.
At least 128 credits are required for graduation with a bachelor's
degree. At least 36 of the credits counted toward graduation must be in
upper division courses carrying 300 or 400 numbers. Sixteen of these
credits must be earned in courses in the department of the student's
Of the credits transferred from a junior college no more than half the
number required for graduation in a given four-year curriculum or the
first four years of a longer program may be applied to meet the
requirements of the curriculum. (70 credits will be allowed for Idaho
Junior College transfer students.) Transferred courses with grades of D
may be used to meet course requirements for graduation unless the
department in which the student is majoring requires that the courses be
retaken. The department may refuse the application toward graduation of
any transfer course in which the student has received a D grade.
Graduation requirements may be met by no more than the number of credits
in certain groups as listed below.
It is further stipulated that not more than a total of 12 credits from
the last five of the above may be counted.
- 48 credits by examination
- 32 credits in experiential learning
- 16 credits of correspondence courses
(see Alternative Credit Opportunities for specific Information)
- 32 credits in business or courses commonly available in a school of
business, unless the student is earning a Bachelor of Business
- 8 credits in organized music (Music majors may count 8 credits of
organized music as free electives in addition to 50 credits)
- 8 credits in non-sectarian courses in religious education
- 8 credits in physical education activity courses
- 8 credits in speech and drama activity
- 4 credits in autotutorial foreign language courses.
Candidates for bachelors' degrees may elect to fulfill degree
requirements as outlined in any one catalog in effect during their dates
of registration for university credit at ISU with the following
1. Students not enrolled in the university for five years or more must
meet degree requirements as outlined in the catalog in effect at the
date of their re-enrollment or any subsequent catalog in effect during
their dates of registration for university credit.
2. If a major program is discontinued by the university and the State
Board of Education, students enrolled will be assisted in transferring
to an equivalent program in the state. If there is no similar program
within the state, currently enrolled students will be permitted to
complete the program in accordance with existing graduation
Degrees, diplomas, or certificates may not be granted unless all
requirements are fulfilled. A degree, diploma, or certificate which is
awarded in error, or upon fraudulent claims, will be withdrawn
immediately and the student record corrected accordingly.
An accumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher is required for
graduation. Certain allowances in the calculation of the average may be
possible when a curriculum is changing or courses are repeated.
In addition, a grade point average of at least 2.0 is required for all
courses taken at ISU and those required by the department in which the
major or minor is sought.
Individual departments may require a higher grade point average.
Honors Designation at Graduation
Students who secure minimum grade point averages of 3.33 and also are in
the top 10% of their respective college's graduating class are
designated as graduating with honors. Those in the top 5% graduate with
high honors. Honors designations must be approved by the student's major
department and dean.
Application for Graduation
Students planning to graduate should apply for graduation one semester
before all requirements are completed. To obtain applications for
graduation and to pay the $20 graduation/diploma fee, contact the Office
of Registration and Records. The application should be completed by the
student and left with the graduation clerk in the registrar's office.
Applications for students planning to graduate in December or May will
not be accepted after the first two weeks of the semester. For Students
planning to graduate during summer session, applications will not be
accepted after the last day of spring semester.
All transfer work, including correspondence, must be received in the
Office of Registration and Records no later than four weeks after
All incomplete (I) or in-progress (IP) grades received in ISU courses
must be cleared and the change of grade forms received in the Office of
Registration and Records no later than two weeks after graduation.
Students who apply on time will be notified by the registrar's office of
any course or credit deficiencies. The graduation application must be
approved by the student's major department chairperson and the college
dean before the diploma will be granted.
Names of the candidates will appear on the graduation lists and diplomas
as they appear on the student's transcript.