6.3 Credits & Courses

Credits are a unit of measurement used at colleges and universities to determine overall workload and to evaluate a student’s preparedness for future courses and/or graduation.

PathwayConnect students typically take, and may not exceed, five credits in a given semester. Students in the Standard version take a three-credit academic course combined with a two-credit religion course, while students in the L version take a five-credit academic course.

The following chart outlines the credits associated with PathwayConnect courses:

PathwayConnect Course # of Credits
Standard Academic Courses (GS 120, MATH 100, ENG 106) 3
L Academic Courses (GS 120L, MATH 100L, ENG 106L) 5
Religion Courses (FDREL 121, 122, 200, & institute courses taken for credit) 2

Additional definitions:

  • Attempted credits: The total number of credits in which a student has registered in a semester or cumulative basis
  • Earned credits: The total number of credits earned in a semester or cumulative basis
  • Points: The total number of grade points earned in a semester or cumulative basis

6.3.1 Transfer Credit

All students are required to complete the specific curriculum required during PathwayConnect regardless of their previous university experience or coursework. Credits obtained at other colleges or universities cannot be substituted for PathwayConnect courses but may count after PathwayConnect as transfer credit toward a college or university program. Grades earned from local institutes of religion receive pass/fail credit and may be transferred to BYU-Idaho or another Church school at a student’s request.

6.3.2 Course Retakes

(See 3.4 Course Retakes)