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How to Read an External Credit Report and a Boise State Transcript

Students may come to an advising session with one of three items – an unofficial transcript from another institution, an external credit report from Boise State or an unofficial student transcript from Boise State.

If a student has an unofficial transcript from another institution that has not been evaluated, you can use the Transfer Equivalency Guides provided by Enrollment Services (if the institution is within the state of Idaho).

What to look for when reading External Credit Reports…

Credits transfer to Boise State from other accredited intuitions of higher education in one of three ways: an equivalent to a Boise State course, an area core elective, or a general elective.

Courses transferred as an equivalent Boise State course

If courses transfer as being equivalent courses you will need see if the course was taken as upper or division. A course taken as upper-division that transfers to Boise State as a lower division course, will count toward the 40 credits of upper-division required for graduation. A course taken as lower-division that transfers to Boise State as an upper-division course will not count towards the 40 credits of upper-division required for graduation. You cannot do an academic adjustment to change credits from lower-division to upper-division.

Courses transferred as an equivalent Boise State course

BSU EquivCourse TitleOriginal CourseGradeSem CreditQual Points
COMM 101Fund. of Speech Comm.COMM 131A3.0012.00
ENGL 101English CompositionENGL 103B3.009.00
CHEM 317Organic Chemistry LectureCHEM 277C3.006.00
CHEM 319Organic Chemistry LabCHEM 278B1.003.00
SOC 201Theories of SocietySOC 301C3.006.00

Courses transferred as Area core electives

If courses transfer as area core electives, look to see if the course is equivalent or a substitute for another course at Boise State. If the course is equivalent or a substitute, complete an academic adjustment form with the student. If the course is not found to be an equivalent, substitute or it would not benefit the student to make the course equivalent, explain to the student how the course counts towards their selected major.

Courses transferred as Area core electives

BSU EquivCourse TitleOriginal CourseGradeSem CreditQual Points
ENGL 100XFC1English Area I Core ElectiveENGL 104B2.006.00
HIST 100XFC2History Area II Core ElectiveHIST 115A3.0012.00
BIOL 200XFC3Biology Area III ElectiveBIOL 211B3.339.99

Courses transferred as Disciplinary Lens electives

If courses transfer as disciplinary lense electives, look to see if the course is equivalent or a substitute for another course at Boise State. If the course is equivalent or a substitute, complete an academic adjustment form with the student. If the course is not found to be an equivalent, substitute or it would not benefit the student to make the course equivalent, explain to the student how the course counts towards their selected major.

Courses transferred as Disciplinary Lens electives

BSU EquivCourse TitleOriginal CourseGradeSem CreditQual Points
100 XFMMathematics Disciplinary LensMATH 136B4.0012.00
100 XFLLiterature & Humanities Disciplinary LensENGL 222A3.0012.00
100 XFVVisual & Performing Arts Disciplinary LensMUS 114B3.009.00
100 XFSSocial Science Disciplinary LensSOC 199B3.009.00
100 XFNNatural, Physical & Applied Science w/ lab Disciplinary LensCHEM 114B4.0012.00
100 XFN*Natural, Physical & Applied Science w/o lab Disciplinary LensBIOL 108B3.009.00

Courses Transferred as General Elective Credits

If courses transfer as general electives, look to see if the course is equivalent or a substitute for another course at Boise State. If the course is equivalent or a substitute, complete an academic adjustment form with the student. If the course is not found to be an equivalent, substitute or it would not benefit the student to make the course equivalent, explain to the student how the course counts towards their selected major.

Courses Transferred as General Elective Credits

BSU EquivCourse TitleOriginal CourseGradeSem CreditQual Points
BIOL 200XFBiology General ElectiveBIOL 204B4.0012.00
PSYC 100XFPsychology General ElectivePSYC 202A2.008.00
MATH 100XFMathematics General ElectiveMATH 110A4.0016.00

Boise State University General Education Core Has Been Completed

If the student has met the general university core, they are not required to take additional university core courses. The exception is if a specific course is required for a major or as a pre-requisite for a course required by the major, the student will have to take the course to meet the specific degree requirements. Example, a student interested in Elementary Education would need to take PSYC 101 (General Psychology), to meet the specific degree requirements.

Boise State University General Education Core Has Been Completed

BSU EquivCourse TitleOriginal CourseGradeSem CreditQual Points
ZGUXFER 100XFGeneral University Core MetZGU 000P0.000.00