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Foundational Studies Program (2012-2013)

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University Foundations (UF) 2012-2013

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Foundational Studies Program at Boise State University

All incoming students on the Foundational Studies Program has to take at least one UF course based on how many credits they enter Boise State University with.

New Students UF Courses:

If you are an incoming Freshman or transfer in with less than 58 credits take:


An introduction to scholarly discourse and critical inquiry. Interdisciplinary courses organized around central themes enhance students’ ability to communicate clearly, correctly, logically, and persuasively in spoken English. Weekly large sections with small seminar-like discussion sessions.


Supports the Foundational Studies Program by engaging students in discussion of ethics, diversity, and internationalization. Courses include writing assignments and an experiential learning component. Topics may vary each time the course is taught. PREREQ: ENGL 102, UF 100, sophomore status.

Transfer students UF course:

If you have an academic associate degree or transfer in with more than 58 credits take:


Ties previous student learning to the Foundational Studies Program and engages students in discussion of ethics, diversity, and internationalization. The course has an experiential learning component and enhances students’ written and oral communication skills.

Disciplinary Lens (DL) Requirements:

The list of approved Disciplinary Lens classes is in your undergraduate catalog page 51 in the 2012-2013 catalog. The online catalog can be found here.

Disciplinary Lens in Mathematics (DLM)

You must take 3-4 credits in the Mathematics discipline. The courses to choose from are Math 123, 143, 160, 170, 254, and 257.

TIP: Math 123 is the quickest way to finish the DLM as the other Math courses require prerequisites.

TIP: Math 108 does not count as a DLM course.

Disciplinary Lens in Natural, Physical, and Applied Sciences (DLN)

You must take two courses within this Lens. One must have a lab (a lab is indicated by the class offering 4 credits instead of 3). The fields these courses fall under are: Anthropology, Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Environmental Studies, Geoscience, Physics/Physical Science.

TIP: The following courses have Math prerequisites or co-requisites: BIOL 191 (MATH 143 or MATH 147), BIOL 227 (prior or concurrent enrollment in CHEM 101, MATH 25 or satisfactory placement score), CHEM 101 (MATH 25 or satisfactory placement score), CHEM 111 (MATH 143 or MATH 147), ENGR 101 (MATH 108), ENGR 104 (Co-requisite MATH 108), ENGR 108 (MATH 108 or higher), ENGR 120 (MATH 147 or Math 143 and MATH 144 or satisfactory placement score), ENGR 130 (MATH 147 or MATH 143 and MATH 144 or satisfactory placement score), ENGR 224 (CHEM 111 and MATH 170), GEOS 100 (MATH 108), GEOS 101 (MATH 108), PHYS 111-112 (MATH 144 or MATH 147 or satisfactory placement score into MATH 170), PHYS 211 (MATH 170), and PHYS 212 (MATH 175 and PHYS 211).

Disciplinary Lens in Visual and Performing Arts (DLV)

You must take one class within this field. The fields these courses are found are: Art/Art History, Music, and Theatre Arts.

Disciplinary Lens in Literature and the Humanities (DLL)

You must take 3-4 credits within these disciplines: English, History, Modern Languages and Literatures, and Philosophy.

TIP: Literature students must take a Modern Languages and Literatures course for the DLL.

TIP: It is not recommended for English students to take ENGL 210 or LING 205 as they are geared for non-English majors.

Disciplinary Lens in the Social Sciences (DLS)

You must take 6 credits, equal to two classes, within these fields: Bilingual Education, Communication, Criminal Justice, Ed-Cifs, Economics, English, Environmental Health/Health Studies, Geography, History, Kinesiology, Linguistics, Political Science, Pscyhology, Social Work, Sociology. You cannot take two courses within the the same fields, they must be in different fields.

TIP: Technical Communication students have to take ECON 201 as one of their DLS courses.

TIP: English Teaching students must take ED-CIFS 201 as one of their DLS courses.