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Bottleneck Courses and their Departments, 2010-11 to 2015-16

Prepared by the Office of Institutional Research, December 2016

In the fall and spring terms of 2015-16, Boise State University offered 955 lower division courses and 1,783 upper division courses at the undergraduate level as of tenth day. After eliminating courses with a low capacity, 879 lower division and 1,591 upper division courses remained. Of these, 72 lower division and 144 upper division courses were over capacity (>100% enrollment) and/or had a waitlist of 5 or more to enroll in the course (see Appendices A and B).

As shown in Figure 1, lower division bottlenecks have decreased substantially over the past six years, declining from 19% in 2010-11 to a steady level of 8% in the last three years. At the upper division, the bottleneck rate averaged 12.5% in 2010-11 through 2012-13; in the most recent three years, the rate has dropped to an average of 8.6%. In short, lower division bottlenecks have decreased and stabilized, while the upper division bottlenecks have decreased but continue to fluctuate.

Figure 1. Courses Over Capacity as of 10th Day, Fall and Spring Semesters

Bar chart
Percent LD over capacity: 2010-11, 19.1%; 2011-12, 14.2%; 2012-13, 12.4%, 2013-14, 8.1%; 2014-15, 8.1%; 2015-16, 8.2%. Percent UD over capacity: 2010-11, 12.8%; 2011-12, 13.5%; 2012-13, 11.4%, 2013-14, 8.2%; 2014-15, 8.6%; 2015-16, 9.1%.

Each year, the Graduating Student Survey asks students whether their graduation was delayed due to course availability. Of the 2015-16 baccalaureate graduates, 19.8% reported a delay in graduation due to course availability, which is unchanged from the 2014-15 bachelor’s degree graduates (19.7%). In the two years prior to that, nearly 22% of bachelor’s graduates reported a delay with 21.9% in 2012-13 and 21.7% in 2013-14, suggesting some improvement in recent years. The results broken down by the department of students’ majors illustrate that students across many majors reported delays in their graduation (see Appendix C).

Although the issue with bottlenecks is not resolved, Boise State has shown progress in reducing bottlenecks and the impact on students’ abilities to graduate in their desired timeframe.

Appendix A

Lower division courses that were over-enrolled (capacity>100%) or waitlist of 5 or more
Note that some courses appear multiple times because they were offered in both fall and spring.

Course Course Title Department Term
ANTH 103 Introduction to Archaeology Dept of Anthropology Fall 2015
ART 107 Art Foundations I Dept of Art Spring 2016
ART 288 Graphic Design Studio II Dept of Art Spring 2016
ART 298 Seminar Dept of Art Spring 2016
BIOL 107 Introduction to Human Biology Dept of Biological Sciences Spring 2016
CE 282 Engineering Practice Dept of Civil Engineering Fall 2015
CMGT 111 Const Materials & Methods Lab Dept of Construction Management Spring 2016
CMGT 120 Intro to Construction Mgmt Dept of Construction Management Fall 2015
CMGT 120 Intro to Construction Mgmt Dept of Construction Management Spring 2016
CMGT 245 Drawings, Specs and Codes Dept of Construction Management Fall 2015
CMGT 245 Drawings, Specs and Codes Dept of Construction Management Spring 2016
COMM 131 Listening Dept of Communication Spring 2016
COMM 221 Interpersonal Communication Dept of Communication Spring 2016
COMM 268 Intro to Video Production Dept of Communication Fall 2015
COMM 271 Introduction to Media Dept of Communication Fall 2015
COMM 271 Introduction to Media Dept of Communication Spring 2016
COMM 279 Public Relations Campaigns Dept of Communication Spring 2016
CS 115 Intro to C Dept of Computer Science Spring 2016
CS 119 Introduction to Java Dept of Computer Science Fall 2015
CS 119 Introduction to Java Dept of Computer Science Spring 2016
CS 121 Computer Science I Dept of Computer Science Spring 2016
CS 121L Computer Science I Lab Dept of Computer Science Spring 2016
CS 221 Computer Science II Dept of Computer Science Fall 2015
CS 221 Computer Science II Dept of Computer Science Spring 2016
ECON 201 Principles of Macroeconomics Dept of Economics Spring 2016
ED-CIFS 201 Foundations of Education Dept of Curr, Instr & Fndtnl Stds Fall 2015
ED-CIFS 203 Child & Educational Psychology Dept of Curr, Instr & Fndtnl Stds Spring 2016
EDTECH 203 Foundations of Digital Culture Dept of Educational Technology Spring 2016
ENGL 101 Intro to College Writing Dept of English Fall 2015
ENGL 101P Intro to College Writing Plus Dept of English Fall 2015
ENGL 102 College Writing & Research Dept of English Fall 2015
ENGL 102 College Writing & Research Dept of English Spring 2016
ENGL 277 Surv Amer Lit: Beg to Civl War Dept of English Spring 2016
ENGR 150 Residential College Sem: Engr College of Engineering Fall 2015
GENBUS 101 Business for New Generation Dept of Management Fall 2015
GENBUS 101 Business for New Generation Dept of Management Spring 2016
GEOS 212 Water in the West Dept of Geosciences Fall 2015
INTBUS 220 Go Global: You & World Economy Program in International Business Fall 2015
KIN-ACT 144 Self-Defense I Dept of Kinesiology Fall 2015
KIN-ACT 163 Group Exercise on Your Time Dept of Kinesiology Fall 2015
KIN-ACT 163 Group Exercise on Your Time Dept of Kinesiology Spring 2016
KIN-ACT 165 Weight Training I Dept of Kinesiology Fall 2015
KIN-ACT 173 Tennis I Dept of Kinesiology Fall 2015
KINES 121 Tape & Wrap Tech Athl Traing Dept of Kinesiology Fall 2015
Course Course Title Department Term
KINES 220 Intro to Athletic Injuries Dept of Kinesiology Fall 2015
KINES 270 Applied Anatomy Dept of Kinesiology Fall 2015
KINES 270 Applied Anatomy Dept of Kinesiology Spring 2016
MATH 108 Intermediate Algebra Dept of Mathematics Fall 2015
MATH 157 Structure of Arith for Teach Dept of Mathematics Spring 2016
MATH 170 Calculus I Dept of Mathematics Fall 2015
MATH 170 Calculus I Dept of Mathematics Spring 2016
MATH 175 Calculus II Dept of Mathematics Fall 2015
MATH 175 Calculus II Dept of Mathematics Spring 2016
MATH 189 Discrete Mathematics Dept of Mathematics Fall 2015
MUS 219 Materials of Music III Dept of Music Fall 2015
MUS 221 Ear Training III Dept of Music Fall 2015
MUS 266 Woodwind Inst Tech & Methods Dept of Music Fall 2015
NURS 105 Interprofessional Patient Care Dept of Nursing Spring 2016
NURS 228 Health Assessment Dept of Nursing Spring 2016
NURS 232 Foundations of Nursing Care Dept of Nursing Spring 2016
POLS 298 Intro to Political Inquiry Dept of Political Science Fall 2015
THEA 102 Beginning Ballet I Dept of Theatre Arts Fall 2015
THEA 125 Jazz Dance Dept of Theatre Arts Fall 2015
THEA 213 Ballet II Dept of Theatre Arts Fall 2015
THEA 215 Acting I Dept of Theatre Arts Spring 2016
THEA 220 Cinema History and Aesthetics Dept of Theatre Arts Spring 2016
THEA 225 Jazz Dance II Dept of Theatre Arts Spring 2016
THEA 231 Major Production Participation Dept of Theatre Arts Spring 2016
THEA 233 Stage Voice I Dept of Theatre Arts Fall 2015
UF 100 Intellectual Foundations Boise State University Fall 2015
UF 100 Intellectual Foundations Program in Foundational Studies Program Spring 2016
UF 200 Civic and Ethical Foundations Boise State University Fall 2015

Appendix B

Upper division courses that were over-enrolled (capacity >100%) or had a waitlist of 5 or more
Note that some courses appear multiple times because they were offered in both fall and spring.

Course Course Title Department Term
ANTH 325 Human Variation Dept of Anthropology Spring 2016
ANTH 350 Human Behavioral Ecology Dept of Anthropology Fall 2015
ANTH 401 Human Evolution & Paleoanthro Dept of Anthropology Fall 2015
ART 311 Drawing II Dept of Art Fall 2015
ART 311 Drawing II Dept of Art Spring 2016
ART 342 Digital Photography Dept of Art Spring 2016
ART 361 Illustration I Dept of Art Fall 2015
ART 362 Illustration II Dept of Art Spring 2016
ART 444 Advanced Photography Dept of Art Spring 2016
ART 490 BFA Exhibition Dept of Art Spring 2016
ART 491 Sr Studio Seminar: Visual Arts Dept of Art Spring 2016
ARTHIST 337 Art of Ancient Italy Dept of Art Fall 2015
BIOL 400 Organic Evolution Dept of Biological Sciences Fall 2015
BIOL 400 Organic Evolution Dept of Biological Sciences Spring 2016
BIOL 434 Princ of Fisheries & Wild Mgmt Dept of Biological Sciences Spring 2016
CE 320 Princ of Environ Engineering Dept of Civil Engineering Fall 2015
CE 321 Prin of Envr Engineering Lab Dept of Civil Engineering Fall 2015
CE 341 Construction Materials Lab Dept of Civil Engineering Fall 2015
CE 352 Structures I Dept of Civil Engineering Fall 2015
CE 481 Senior Design Project I Dept of Civil Engineering Fall 2015
CHEM 321 Physical Chemistry I Dept of Chemistry & Biochemistry Fall 2015
CHEM 324 Physical Chemistry Laboratory Dept of Chemistry & Biochemistry Spring 2016
CMGT 350 Mechanical & Electrical Instal Dept of Construction Management Fall 2015
CMGT 460 Project Cost Controls Dept of Construction Management Spring 2016
COMM 307 Interviewing Dept of Communication Fall 2015
COMM 341 Nonverbal Communication Dept of Communication Spring 2016
COMM 360 Media Aesthetics and Culture Dept of Communication Fall 2015
COMM 361 Organizational Communication Dept of Communication Spring 2016
COMM 365 Film Styles and Genres Dept of Communication Fall 2015
COMM 432 Advanced Organizational Comm Dept of Communication Spring 2016
COMM 470 The Film Producer’s Role Dept of Communication Spring 2016
CS 321 Data Structures Dept of Computer Science Fall 2015
CS 321 Data Structures Dept of Computer Science Spring 2016
CS 354 Programming Languages Dept of Computer Science Fall 2015
CS 354 Programming Languages Dept of Computer Science Spring 2016
CS 361 Intro to Theory of Computation Dept of Computer Science Fall 2015
CS 361 Intro to Theory of Computation Dept of Computer Science Spring 2016
CS 401 Intro to Web Development Dept of Computer Science Fall 2015
CS 402 Mobile Application Development Dept of Computer Science Fall 2015
CS 410 Databases Dept of Computer Science Spring 2016
CS 453 Operating Systems Dept of Computer Science Fall 2015
CS 453 Operating Systems Dept of Computer Science Spring 2016
CS 455 Distributed Systems Dept of Computer Science Spring 2016
CS 457 Intro: Artificial Intelligence Dept of Computer Science Fall 2015
CS 472 Object-Oriented Desgn Patterns Dept of Computer Science Spring 2016
ECE 330 Microprocessors Dept of Electrical & Computer Engineering Spring 2016
ECE 432 Computer Architecture Dept of Electrical & Computer Engineering Spring 2016
ECE 480 Senior Design Project I Dept of Electrical & Computer Engineering Fall 2015
ECE 482 Senior Design Project II Dept of Electrical & Computer Engineering Spring 2016
ECON 303 Intermediate Microeconomics Dept of Economics Spring 2016
ECON 421 Quant Methods in Economics Dept of Economics Fall 2015
ECON 422 Econometrics Dept of Economics Spring 2016
ED-CIFS 329 Assess in Teaching & Learning Dept of Curr, Instr & Fndtnl Stds Fall 2015
ED-CIFS 330 Elem Social Studies Curr & Ins Dept of Curr, Instr & Fndtnl Stds Spring 2016
ED-CIFS 332 Elem Classroom Mgmt Skills Dept of Curr, Instr & Fndtnl Stds Fall 2015
ED-CIFS 332 Elem Classroom Mgmt Skills Dept of Curr, Instr & Fndtnl Stds Spring 2016
ED-LLC 340 Idaho Comprehensive Literacy Literacy, Language and Culture Spring 2016
ED-LLC 345 Writ Pro & Assessment K-8 Clrm Dept of Literacy Fall 2015
ED-LLC 345 Writ Pro & Assessment K-8 Clrm Literacy, Language and Culture Spring 2016
ENGL 307 Literary Translation Dept of English Spring 2016
ENGL 338 Literature in Translation Dept of English Fall 2015
ENGL 345 Shakespeare Dept of English Fall 2015
ENGL 407 Advanced Fiction Writing Dept of English Spring 2016
ENGR 425 The Business of Technology College of Engineering Fall 2015
FINAN 440 Financial Modeling Dept of Marketing & Finance Spring 2016
FINAN 451 Frontiers in Financial Markets Dept of Marketing & Finance Spring 2016
GENBUS 441 Business In Society Dept of Management Fall 2015
GEOS 498 Geosciences Senior Seminar Dept of Geosciences Spring 2016
HLTHST 300 Pathophysiology Dept of Community & Environmental Health Spring 2016
HLTHST 356 Community-Based Prevent Method Dept of Community & Environmental Health Fall 2015
HLTHST 360 Healthcare Finance Dept of Community & Environmental Health Spring 2016
HLTHST 420 Strategic Planning & Proj Mgmt Dept of Community & Environmental Health Fall 2015
HLTHST 420 Strategic Planning & Proj Mgmt Dept of Community & Environmental Health Spring 2016
HLTHST 431 Quality Issues in Health Care Dept of Community & Environmental Health Fall 2015
HLTHST 450 Current Issues Health Policy Dept of Community & Environmental Health Spring 2016
HLTHST 464 Screen & Assess Alcohol/Drug Dept of Community & Environmental Health Fall 2015
HLTHST 468 Group Process Dept of Community & Environmental Health Spring 2016
HLTHST 480 Epidemiology Dept of Community & Environmental Health Spring 2016
ITM 310 Business Intelligence Dept of IT & Supply Chain Mgmt Spring 2016
ITM 415 Advanced Database Dept of IT & Supply Chain Management Fall 2015
KINES 330 Exercise Physiology Dept of Kinesiology Fall 2015
KINES 330 Exercise Physiology Dept of Kinesiology Spring 2016
KINES 331 Lab for Exercise Physiology Dept of Kinesiology Fall 2015
KINES 363 Exercise Psychology Dept of Kinesiology Spring 2016
KINES 370 Biomechanics Dept of Kinesiology Fall 2015
KINES 370 Biomechanics Dept of Kinesiology Spring 2016
KINES 371 Laboratory for Biomechanics Dept of Kinesiology Fall 2015
KINES 371 Laboratory for Biomechanics Dept of Kinesiology Spring 2016
KINES 375 Human Growth & Motor Learning Dept of Kinesiology Fall 2015
KINES 375 Human Growth & Motor Learning Dept of Kinesiology Spring 2016
KINES 376 Lab for Human Growth-Motor Lrn Dept of Kinesiology Fall 2015
KINES 430 Physical Activity and Aging Dept of Kinesiology Spring 2016
KINES 432 Conditioning Procedures Dept of Kinesiology Spring 2016
KINES 436 Exercise Test & Prescription Dept of Kinesiology Fall 2015
LEAD 327 Relational Leadership Program in Leadership Spring 2016
LING 318 Intro to Morphology & Syntax Dept of English Fall 2015
LING 397 Special Topics Dept of English Fall 2015
MDS 300 Communicating Universally Division of Social Sciences Fall 2015
MDS 300 Communicating Universally Program in Multidisciplinary Studies Spring 2016
ME 302 Thermodynamics I Dept of Mechanical & Biomedical Engineering Fall 2015
ME 352 Machine Design I Dept of Mechanical & Biomedical Engineering Fall 2015
ME 380 Kinematics & Machine Dynamics Dept of Mechanical & Biomedical Engineering Spring 2016
MKTG 307 Customer Behavior Dept of Marketing & Finance Spring 2016
MKTG 321 Professional Selling Dept of Marketing & Finance Spring 2016
MKTG 425 Marketing Planning Apps Dept of Marketing & Finance Fall 2015
MKTG 430 International Marketing Dept of Marketing & Finance Spring 2016
NURS 333 Nurs in Hlth & Illness I Lab Dept of Nursing Spring 2016
NURS 370 Holistic Nursing Care Dept of Nursing Spring 2016
PHYS 301 Analog and Digital Electronics Dept of Physics Spring 2016
PHYS 432 Thermal Physics Dept of Physics Fall 2015
POLS 300 Intro to American Politics Dept of Political Science Fall 2015
POLS 300 Intro to American Politics Dept of Political Science Spring 2016
POLS 305 Intro to Comparative Politics Dept of Political Science Fall 2015
POLS 305 Intro to Comparative Politics Dept of Political Science Spring 2016
POLS 315 Intro to Political Thought Dept of Political Science Spring 2016
POLS 423 Latin American Politics Dept of Political Science Spring 2016
POLS 430 United States Foreign Policy Dept of Political Science Spring 2016
POLS 499 Capstone Research Seminar Dept of Political Science Spring 2016
PSYC 335 Biological Bases of Behavior Dept of Psychology Fall 2015
PSYC 488 Directed Research in Psych Dept of Psychology Fall 2015
PSYC 488 Directed Research in Psych Dept of Psychology Spring 2016
SCM 345 Principles of Operations Mgmt Dept of IT & Supply Chain Management Fall 2015
SCM 345 Principles of Operations Mgmt Dept of IT & Supply Chain Mgmt Spring 2016
SCM 366 Supply Chain Modeling Dept of IT & Supply Chain Management Fall 2015
SCM 366 Supply Chain Modeling Dept of IT & Supply Chain Mgmt Spring 2016
SCM 380 Quality Mgt & LEAN Process Dept of IT & Supply Chain Management Fall 2015
SCM 380 Quality Mgt & LEAN Process Dept of IT & Supply Chain Mgmt Spring 2016
SCM 410 Supply Chain Trans & Distr Dept of IT & Supply Chain Management Fall 2015
SCM 410 Supply Chain Trans & Distr Dept of IT & Supply Chain Mgmt Spring 2016
SCM 416 Procure, Logis, & SC Integra Dept of IT & Supply Chain Management Fall 2015
SCM 416 Procure, Logis, & SC Integra Dept of IT & Supply Chain Mgmt Spring 2016
SCM 435 Project Management Dept of IT & Supply Chain Management Fall 2015
SCM 435 Project Management Dept of IT & Supply Chain Mgmt Spring 2016
SOC 310 Elementary Social Statistics Dept of Sociology Spring 2016
SOC 340 Sociology of the Family Dept of Sociology Fall 2015
SOCWRK 414 Trauma-Informed Child Welfare School of Social Work Spring 2016
SOCWRK 444 Gen Social Work Practice II School of Social Work Fall 2015
THEA 330 Devel of Theatre III: Contemp Dept of Theatre Arts Fall 2015
THEA 340 Playwriting Dept of Theatre Arts Fall 2015
THEA 352 Costume Design Dept of Theatre Arts Spring 2016
ZOOL 301 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy Dept of Biological Sciences Fall 2015
ZOOL 400 Vertebrate Histology Dept of Biological Sciences Spring 2016
ZOOL 401 Human Physiology Dept of Biological Sciences Spring 2016
ZOOL 409 General & Comparative Physio Dept of Biological Sciences Fall 2015

Appendix C

Percent of baccalaureate graduates who reported their graduation was delayed due to course availability

Results from the 2015-16 Graduating Student Survey

Chart - see page for text description
Overall, 19.8% reported needed to delay graduation.

Department of Students’ Major(s)

NOTES: Departments depict the majors of students and are not necessarily the source of the perceived delays. Departments with too few respondents (<5) to the Graduating Student Survey are not shown. Surveys are summarized by year, which is defined as Summer, Fall, and Spring.

  • Electrical and Computer Engineering – 56.52%
  • Music – 50.00%
  • Civil Engineering – 45.45%
  • Kinesiology – 41.86%
  • Early and Special Education – 41.67%
  • International Business – 40.00%
  • Biological Sciences – 38.46%
  • Art – 36.67%
  • Environmental Studies – 37.71%
  • Anthropology – 31.58%
  • English – 27.27%
  • Geosciences – 25.00%
  • IT and Supply Chain Management – 25.00%
  • Psychology – 25.00%
  • Multidisciplinary Studies – 22.58%
  • Mathematics – 22.22%
  • Criminal Justice – 21.88%
  • Community and Environmental Health – 20.79%
  • Economics – 20.00%
  • Materials Science and Engineering – 20.00%
  • Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering – 19.23%
  • Management – 18.31%
  • Sociology – 18.18%
  • Computer Science – 17.24%
  • Accountancy – 15.38%
  • Curriculum, Instruction, and Foundational Studies – 13.79%
  • School of Social Work – 13.04%
  • Political Science – 12.90%
  • Marketing and Finance – 12.86%
  • Communication – 12.36%
  • History – 11.54%
  • Chemistry and Biochemistry – 7.69%
  • Bachelor of Applied Science – 6.25%
  • World Languages – 5.77%
  • Respiratory Care – 3.15%
  • Nursing – 0.00%
  • Construction Management
  • Radiologic Sciences
  • Theatre Arts

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