The Idaho State University Undergraduate Catalog is posted online to provide wide access to information about Idaho State University. There are two on-line versions available, both of which are searchable, and both of which match the current printed catalog:
The catalog for the coming academic year is usually prepared in spring for printing and online posting, incorporating course and curriculum changes approved locally throughout the fall and previous spring semesters (State Board of Education approval of course and curriculum changes is retroactive). Other types of changes, such as administrative reorganizations of departments and faculty title upgrades, are added until print day. The PDF and HTML copies of the printed catalog are posted online at about the same time that the printed catalog arrives on campus. Both can be expected to match the printed catalog from 2008 forward.*
The PDF version is provided because it matches the catalog page-for-page (except, for years prior to 2008, where it includes corrections deemed necessary after the paper catalog was sent to be printed).
For copies of sections that you cannot copy from your screen, please ask the Catalog Editor.
The HTML version is provided because some users do not have Acrobat Reader on their computers, some systems are overloaded by the large size of the pdf file, and many users need to copy selected material from their screens into electronic mail or other word processing or web page applications.
If you have questions or comments about this explanation, please contact the Catalog Editor.
*In years prior to 2008, the PDF catalog matched the HTML one except for corrections discovered to be absolutely necessary, and possibly large changes (new programs, for example) that were approved by the State Board of Education shortly after the paper copy went to print. This is why it has been stated, online and on the catalog cover, that "ISU's Official Catalog is online." The PDF catalog remained static throughout the year as a corrected copy of the printed catalog for the years between about 1996 and 2008.