We hope the office of Central Academic Advising will become your main resource for general advising assistance. Our professional advisors will help you with questions you have about Idaho State University ranging from scheduling classes to financial aid to how to use Moodle.
Central Academic Advising advisors are available in Pocatello or one of our ISU Centers in Meridian, Idaho Falls, or Twin Falls.
The online advising session is available as a convenience for students who are unable to attend an in-person FFAR session. However, it is highly recommended that you make every effort to complete the FFAR in-person at the Early Registration event in April (link to ER registration) or, after April, at the Pocatello or Idaho Falls Central Advising office.
NOTE: The FAR information will allow you to make informed decisions and assist you in achieving your educational goals in a timely and cost-effective manner. Advisors are available to guide students, however, students are ultimately responsible for knowing and understanding university and college policies.
President, Provost, College Dean, Department Chair, Faculty. Idaho State University is led by the President who has responsibility for the entire institution. The Provost/Vice President is second in line to the president and has authority over the academic units of the university. A Dean is in charge of managing an academic unit referred to as a "college." Colleges are made up of departments. Each department in a college has a Chairperson who manages department operations. Faculty are the instructors of the discipline who, in addition to teaching, also advise students, conduct research, and provide service to the greater community. See Idaho State University Organizational Chart Here!
University, Division, College, Departments, Major, Degree, General Education.
Idaho State University is made up of one Division and six Colleges. The Division includes a College, two Schools, and one Office, each of which has Departments The other 5 Colleges house Departments. Students choose a Major from a Department. The major is offered with a degree designation such as a BA or BS (Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, etc).
The following is a list of Academic Programs Click Here!
General Education requirements are foundational courses and provide students with introductory information on a wide array of disciplines. The 2013.14 General Education requirements consist 9 Core Objective areas: 1) Written English, 2) Spoken English, 3) Mathematics, 4) Humanities-Fine Arts-Foreign Language, 5) Natural Science, 6) Behavioral and Social Science, 7) Critical Thinking 8) Information Literacy, and 9) Cultural Diversity.
All students must complete a minimum of 36 credits from the nine Core Objective areas. All students must meet Objectives 1 through 6, Objective 9 and choose to meet either Objective 7 or 8. If a student does not meet the minimum credits required (36) once all 9 Core Objective areas have been met, the student must complete additional coursework from any of the outlined Core Objective areas to meet the 36 credit minimum.
College of Arts and Letters
Fine Arts and Humanities
Social and Behavioral Sciences
College of Business
College of Education
College of Science and Engineering
Division of Health Professions
College of Technology
In order to graduate, students must complete a minimum of 120 credits (some majors will require more). The 120 credits are made up of major credits (30 to 80 credits), general education credits (36 credits) and elective credits (the amount needed to equal 120 credits). Students may wish to "minor" in a discipline that is different or complementary to their "major." A student may not earn a "minor" minor without earning a "major." A "minor" is a set of courses in a secondary area that a student will have some level of expertise in after completing the required curriculum (18 credits minimum). Structuring electives into a "minor" is encouraged, though a minor is not required.
All freshmen are assigned to Central Academic Advising for advising assistance their first year.
Sophomore students who are undecided are also assigned to Central Academic Advising.
Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors who have decided on a major are assigned a faculty advisor in their major discipline.
Freshman and undecided Sophomore students are encouraged to meet with a Faculty Mentor for more in-depth information about a discipline prior to declaring a major. See the Faculty Mentor page on the CAA website for contact information.