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Transfer Credits

Students sometimes choose to augment their program at Boise State with courses taken from other sources or with previous experience. While we support this choice, there are some constraints of which you should be aware. Review the information below to insure these classes will apply to your degree progress.

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Transfer Credits

The MBE Department can approve transfer courses for the following:

  • Courses taken to fulfill Mechanical and Biomedical Major/Minor degree requirements. These do not include courses for University Foundations (UF) or Disciplinary Lens (DL).
  • Courses taken to fulfill pre-requisite requirements for MBE Department courses. This applies to all students enrolling in MBE courses, regardless of major.

Courses accepted by the MBE program do NOT mean they are automatically accepted for other academic programs (e.g. a Math class will still need to be evaluated by the Mathematics department to apply it to an Applied Math minor).

For classes taken prior to attending Boise State

If you’ve taken courses at another school, it’s likely that many of those courses were not considered as direct equivalents to our courses by University transcript evaluators. In many cases, we can arrange for your engineering courses to be accepted as substitutions for ours. If you feel a class should count towards one of our requirements, submit a Transfer Credit Evaluation request. To request a Transfer Credit evaluation through the MBE Department, submit your information through the MBE Transfer Credit Evaluation Form.

A separate submittal is required for each request. You will receive an e-mail indicating whether or not your request was approved. When approved, this e-mail will validate you’ve met pre-requisite course requirements and can be used in requests for permission numbers for follow-on MBE courses.

For students currently enrolled at Boise State

If you are planning to take a course outside of Boise State University as part of your MBE curriculum, please be aware that not all external courses meet the learning objectives established by the MBE Department. You must submit a Transfer Credit Evaluation request prior to enrolling in classes outside of Boise State University; by doing so, you will verify that the course is a valid substitute and will count as credit toward your major. Once you have successfully completed the class, complete the process by submitting an unofficial transcript using the Transfer Credit Evaluation form.

To request a Transfer Credit Pre-Approval or to submit unofficial transcripts of a pre-approved course through the MBE Department, submit your information through the MBE Transfer Credit Evaluation Form.

A separate submittal is required for each request. You will receive an e-mail indicating whether or not your request was approved. This e-mail will validate you’ve met pre-requisite course requirements and can be used in requests for permission numbers for follow-on courses.

PLEASE NOTE:

  • Upper-division (300- and 400-level) ME required courses are considered critical to the ME curriculum and must be completed at Boise State.
  • If you have previously taken the non-BSU course at BSU and did not receive at least a C- in the course, your pre-approval request may be rejected. Please state any extenuating circumstances in your request so that information can be considered in the evaluation.
  • If the non-BSU course you are considering is an online course, the course syllabus must clearly document that a proctor is required, either from the instructor, department, or University offering the course.  You must include course Proctor information in your Pre-Approval Evaluation form.

Online Courses

If you are planning on taking an online course as credit towards Mechanical Engineering major or Biomedical minor degree requirements you must obtain written approval from the MBE Department prior to taking the course. Exceptions to this policy are:

  • Courses you are taking to fulfill University DL or UF requirements
  • Online courses offered by Boise State University

To request an Online Course Pre-Approval through the MBE Department please fill out an MBE Transfer Credit Evaluation Form with documentation attached. You will receive an e-mail indicating whether or not your request was approved. A separate submittal is required for each request.

PLEASE NOTE:

  • Upper-division (300- and 400-level) ME required courses are considered critical to the ME curriculum and must be completed at Boise State.
  • If you have previously taken the non-BSU course at BSU and did not receive at least a C- in the course, your pre-approval request may be rejected. Please state any extenuating circumstances in your request so that information can be considered in the evaluation.
  • If the non-BSU course you are considering is an online course, the course syllabus must clearly document that a proctor is required, either from the instructor, department, or University offering the course.  You must include course Proctor information in your Pre-Approval Evaluation form.

Second degree seeking students

If you’ve earned an academic degree and you are obtaining a second undergraduate degree from us, it’s likely that you’ve met most if not all of our foundational requirements. In addition, we can apply to waive some of our courses when you have taken the appropriate equivalent courses for your previous degree. Please send an email to AdviseME@boisestate.edu to begin this process.

CLEP and other prior learning

If you have experiential learning in a particular area, you can request credit for courses in that area. We don’t offer this for mechanical engineering; however, many of our students have successfully obtained credits for language and other courses. You may also be able to obtain College Level Examination (CLEP) credits for prior learning. Before pursuing these credits, talk with your advisor to make sure the courses for which you are obtaining credit will help you in your degree progress.