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Frequently Asked Questions

Course Enrollment for COBE Students

What is a general elective?

A general elective is any course that you meet the prerequisites for that is not already required for your degree. You can search all Boise State course descriptions through the Undergraduate Course Catalog to see what course you would like to take to fulfill your general elective requirements. 

*Note: COBE electives/Major electives are different and will have specific courses or areas listed to choose from in your checklist

Is there a list of General Electives?

No.  It is any course at Boise State that is not required for your degree already.  You can search all Boise State course descriptions through the Undergraduate Course Catalog to see what course you would like to take to fulfill your general elective requirements. 

What is a Major Elective or COBE Elective (What is a Finance major elective? What is a Marketing major elective? etc…)

Your degree plan may list that you have Major electives. Depending on the major, you may have a specific list of courses to choose from or a list of areas to choose from. When you meet with an Advisor for required advising, this is a good time to review your options. You can also see your specific degree requirements on the COBE Student Resources page under the Business Degree Requirements webpage. 

What does an enrollment appointment mean?

An enrollment appointment is the day and time that your enrollment unlocks and you can claim a seat in a class/enroll in classes from your shopping cart. You can do this through the Class Search and Enrollment tile in your Student Center for the next term (Fall, Spring, Summer). If you have already cleared your advising hold for the semester you do not need to meet with an advisor again to enroll in classes. 

For instructions on how to view your enrollment appointment, please see the View Enrollment Appointment webpage. 

If you are not sure if you have completed your required advising for the semester please check the holds in the Tasks tile in your Student Center.

How do I enroll in classes?

For a step-by-step guide on how to enroll in classes, see the How to Register for Classes webpage.

For additional enrollment information like dropping, withdrawing, swapping classes, and more see the Registration Information webpage. 

I want to withdraw from a class, what should I do?

To learn more about how to withdraw from a class, the deadlines, and the potential impacts, please review the Withdrawal Information webpage. 

Do I need a permission number to enroll in my classes?

In most cases, you will not need a permission number. If you have not spoken with an Advisor about needing a permission number, you can bypass this part of the registration process by clicking on the NEXT button.

If an advisor has spoken with you about needing a permission number to enroll in a specific course, please refer to the advisor’s instructions on how to request a permission number. You can also view the “How do I request a permission number?” topic below for instructions on how to request a COBE permission number

If you receive an error message when you attempt to enroll in a class stating that the prerequisites have not been met (but you have confirmed that you have met all prerequisites)  please take a screenshot of your error message and email it to the advisor you have been working with. You can also bring your error message to our walk-in hours for help troubleshooting.

How do I request a permission number?

If you are requesting a permission number for a COBE course, you can do so by completing our Permission Number Request Form.

If you are requesting a permission number for a course outside of COBE (i.e. Math, English, UF, etc…) please reach out to the instructor or department for the course to request a permission number. 

When I try to enroll I get an error message saying that I am not meeting the prerequisites for the course, but I am meeting the prerequisites. Why is this happening?

Read through the error message very carefully. Some sections are for honors students and online degree students. These sections are set aside for these students only. If you are not a part of these programs you are not eligible for the section

If you are still unsure, you can provide COBE Advising with a screenshot of your error message and we will help you troubleshoot.

It says I still have a hold on my account but I already met with an advisor this semester.

Check what holds you have in your Task tile of your Student Center. It is possible your hold is not from advising. If it is, reach out to the advisor you most recently met with for assistance.

To add a Foundations class (FN, FH, FS, FA, or FC) you must first choose a course from the approved list in the University Foundations Courses webpage. 

Once you have chosen a course from the approved list, you can search for it in your Student Center from the Class Search and Enrollment tile. If the course you chose is not available, pick a different course from the approved list.

When should I apply for COBE Admission?

You should complete the COBE Admission application while enrolled in the final semester of gateway course(s). During this time you go into a “COBE-Pending” (provisional) status until your final gateway course(s) are successfully completed. To ensure that your application is processed in time for the following semester, please see the deadlines below.

Fall Semester: Apply by October 1st 
Spring Semester: Apply by March 1st
Summer: Apply by February 1st

If you are trying to enroll in courses that require COBE Admission as a prerequisite and you think you should be COBE admitted but you are not, please reach out to the advisor you have been working with to review your timeline and plan to COBE Admission. 

If you have more questions regarding COBE Admission please see our COBE Admission Frequently Asked Questions webpage. 

Is an Internship required for my degree?

No, none of our COBE degrees require an internship, but many of the degrees have elective space where you could add internship credit if you would like. You are also able to complete internships without earning course credit. To learn more about internships please work with COBE Career Services.

Where do I find my advising plan?

You can find the checklist and plan you and your advisor reviewed in your advising meeting in the Advising and Academic Progress tile in your Student Center under the My Advising Notes section.

Do I have to meet with a COBE Advisor every semester?

Yes! COBE requires you to meet COBE Advising Services at least one time in the fall and spring semesters. During your meeting, you will discuss and review your degree plan, important dates and deadlines, and any other information pertaining to your academic career at Boise State. 

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