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.
Brief Review of your 1st Mandatory Advising Session:
What are the General Education Objectives?
General Education Objectives consist of 9 Core Areas
- All students must satisfy the requirements for 8 of the 9 Core Areas.
- All students must complete course minimum requirements for Objectives 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 9 and the course requirement for either Objective 7 or 8.
- A minimum of 36 credits from the Objective Core Areas is required.
- Students who do not have 36 credits once all Core Area course requirements have been met, must complete additional coursework from any of the outlined
Core Objective Areas to meet or exceed 36 credits.
- Your major may have required courses that can "double count" and meet a major and a general education requirement. Refer to the major section of the
catalog and/or to an advisor to learn which classes will double count.
Who should I speak with about registration questions?
Meet with your advisor and Be Advised prior to each semester.
If you are undecided about your major, make an appointment with a career counselor in the Career Center to help with you with the decision-making process.
What should I keep in mind when registering for class?
A minimum of 120 credits is required to graduate. Of these, 36 credits must be upper division credits (i.e. 3300 and 4400 level courses). The 120 credits are made up of:
- Major classes (approximate range of 30 to 84 credits)
- General Education Objectives (36 credits)
- Elective courses (variable) or a Minor (approximate range of 0 to 54 credits)
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 reach 120 credits. Elective credits are college level (1000 - 4000) courses the student wishes to take that are not included in the requirements for the major
or general education. Though not required, students may wish to pursue a "minor." A minor requires a minimum of 16 credits and provides the student with a secondary area