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Transferring Credits

To ensure students receive the highest-quality undergraduate education, the ECE Department strictly enforces a transfer credit policy for the bachelor of science in electrical engineering (BSEE).  The transfer process differs depending on whether you are new to Boise State.

Transfer Credits Requests


Transfer Student Admission

At Boise State, you are considered a transfer student for admission and scholarship purposes if you have completed 14 or more transferable semester (21 quarter) credits after high school, from a regionally accredited college or university. If you have completed less than 14 credits after high school then you are asked to meet freshman admission requirements however, you may still be required to submit your college transcripts as they are part of your academic record.

Credits Eligible for Transfer

Credits earned from an ABET-accredited Electrical Engineering (EE), Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), or Computer Engineering (CompE) program can be counted towards ECE courses at Boise State with the approval of the Undergraduate Programs Chair and student’s advisor.

Credits earned in an ABET-accredited Electrical Engineering Technology (EET) program do not count towards the ECE courses required for a BSEE degree earned at BoiseState.

New Transfer Students


A new transfer student is someone who has never taken courses with an ECE prefix at Boise State, but has completed ECE courses at other universities.


This process should be used whenever a new transfer student wishes to have an ECE course previously completed at another institution count for one of the ECE courses required for the BSEE at Boise State.


Complete the form ECE Transfer Credit Evaluation – New Students. This process has documentation requirements, including a syllabus for each course/lab and unofficial transcripts.


Transfer of credits in math, physics, computer science, English, et cetera is administered by the department which offers the course.  For example, a math class would need to be evaluated by the Mathematics Department.

Current Boise State Students


Students who have already taken an ECE course at Boise State are considered current students.


The ECE Department works hard to provide a range of quality, hands-on courses each semester. If a student needs to take an ECE course at another institution to catch up or get ahead, the ECE Department requires students to obtain approval in advance to ensure program continuity and academic rigor.


Students may not take an ECE course at another university if the same course is being offered during the same semester at Boise State.

Students may transfer up to 8 credits of ECE coursework (200-level or higher) to be applied to BSEE degree requirements at Boise State.

Related Policies

Boise State’s general degree requirements for a baccalaureate require that all students earn a minimum of 40 upper-division credits, 30 of which must be earned at Boise State.

Steps to Take Before Course Registration

At least three weeks before a student intends to register for a course at another institution, s/he must complete the online request form:

ECE Transfer Credit Evaluation – Existing Students

If the proposed transfer course will be completed online, students must specify the proctoring method and ensure it conforms to Boise State’s guidelines for proctored exams.

After confirming the course meets Boise State’s standards for online courses, students must complete Boise State’s Proctoring Information form and upload as part of the request for transfer credit evaluation.

For proctored exams taken at the Boise State Testing Center, the students must request an exam confirmation receipt from the proctor and obtain Proctor’s signature with date, confirming that they took the exam at the Testing Center.

Students must submit this signed receipt along with their request to the Department to update the AAR to reflect the transfer courses.

The ECE Department will respond to complete transfer credit evaluation requests within 10 business days during the semester and within 15 days during finals, breaks.  The ECE Department will communicate a final decision using the official student email account on record.  If approved, students must save a copy of the email for the next step.

Steps to Take After Course Completion

Request official transcripts showing successful completion of approved course(s).

Once a transcript evaluator in the Registrar’s Office reviews a student’s transfer transcript, course credits will be officially transferred to Boise State as an ECE 200XF, 300XF, or 400XF.

After transfer credits post to a student’s account, s/he must complete the form ECE Transfer Credit Evaluation – After, including a copy of the email from step 2 above which documents pre-approval.

The ECE Department will initiate academic adjustments so that pre-approved transfers will satisfy degree requirements for the BSEE at Boise State.

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