Second Fundamentals of Advising and Registration (FAR) Session
Structure of Idaho State University
Now that you have experienced your first semester at ISU, it would be helpful to review some information to prepare you to register for your second semester.
Review of your 1st Mandatory Advising Session:
- If your degree is a:
- Bachelor of Arts (BA) or an Associate of Arts (AA) in the College of Arts and Letters or College of Science & Engineering: You need to complete All Goal requirements (1 - 12 including both 10A and 10B).
- Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA): You need to complete Goals 1- 12, but you need only to take either Goal 10A or 10B.
- Bachelor of Science (BS) or an Associate of Science (AS) in any college: You need to complete Goals 1-5; two of 6,7,or 8; and three of 9, 10A or 10B, 11 or 12.
- Your major may have required courses that can "double count" as meeting a requirement for general education. Refer to the major section of the catalog and/or to an advisor for exact classes that will double count for general education and major requirements.
- Now is a good time to touch base with your faculty advisor. If you are undecided, now is perfect time to make an appointment with a career counselor in the Career Center to help with the decision-making process.
- You need 120 credits to graduate. Of these, 36 credits must be upper division credits (3300 and 4400 level courses). The 120 credits are made up of:
- Major credits (approx. 30 - 50)
- General Education Goals (approx. 35 - 50)
- Electives (variable) or a Minor (approx. 20)
Often, the specific credits required for the Major and those credits required for General Education do not equal 120 credits. For this reason, students must take elective credits to equal 120. Elective credits are any courses the student wishes to take that are not already a part of the requirements for either his or her major or general education. Additionally, students may wish to pursue a minor. A minor is not required at ISU, but by choosing to fulfill the requirements of a minor, students are able to effectively structure their elective credits into a secondary area of expertise.