We hope the Central Academic Advising office 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 university policies 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 FFAR 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 as listed in the Undergraduate Catalog
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 six Colleges and one Division. The Division of Health Sciences includes a College (Pharmacy) and departments that offer one or more academic majors or minors. The college of Arts and Letters, College of Education, College of Business, College of Science and Engineering, and College of Technology house departments that offer one or more academic majors or minors. Students choose a major (or monor if desired) from an academic department. The major is offered with a degree designation of Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science , Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Applied Technology or Science, or Bachelor of Science in Health Science. Associate degrees are also available within the College of Technology and specific academic departments.
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 2015-2016 General Education requirements consist of 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 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 without earning a major. A minor is a set of courses in a secondary area(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.