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Online Degree Pathway

Build a base for your bachelor’s degree with Boise State’s Online Degree Pathway. The foundation credits earned with the Pathway are the first step in obtaining your degree, preparing you for upper-division and degree-specific classes. The Pathway is perfect for learners like you: working adults with the goal of earning a college degree.

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Among The Top In The Nation

Earning an associate or bachelor’s degree from Boise State University can help open doors to opportunities and a promising future. Should you choose to extend your educational journey, Boise State’s online bachelor’s programs are specifically created for online learning and offer the same support as our traditional degree programs. They were also recently ranked in the top 15% of online bachelor’s degrees in the country by U.S. News and World Report.

Online Degree Pathway Program At A Glance

What Can You Do With The Online Degree Pathway?

The Online Degree Pathway helps you earn your degree foundation credits and can be completed 100% online in either full- or part-time formats. Multiple start dates (in the 1st and 2nd 7-week portions of the semester) are available. The classes help you establish the critical skills you’ll need to excel in an academic program. Each course has been purposefully designed and developed for online delivery using a set of quality standards.

The Pathway provides you with a flexible, convenient method for working toward a degree without pushing pause on the rest of your life.

The Online Degree Pathway and all of Boise State Online’s bachelor degree programs were recently highlighted by the U.S. News and World Report. Boise State Online’s bachelor degree programs ranked in the near top 10% of online bachelor’s degree programs in the country — #39 out of 337 higher education institutions. Boise State also ranked at #26 for best online bachelor’s programs for veterans.

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We’re here to help! From deciding if an online degree is right for you to figuring out what credits transfer from previous schools, talking to a Student Success Coach is the best place to start.

Please note, students are required to meet with a Student Success Coach before being admitted to the program.

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How Much Does This Program Cost?

Your total costs at Boise State may vary depending on your previous credits. The following is an outline of the Online Degree Pathway costs for a sample student.

Boise State Undergraduate Admissions Application Fee$50
Courses (most classes are 3 credits)$375/credit*
Books (estimate)$150/course
To earn a degree from Boise State University, students must complete 120 credits; 43-46 credits are typically foundation courses like those completed in the ODP. University Foundation courses and costs may vary.
Other potential expenses may include a personal computer, webcam, headphones with mic, and internet access which are all required for this program.

*The per-credit fees listed above are for the 2023-24 academic year. Future academic year per-credit fees may vary slightly and are finalized each May.

**Costs for room, board and transportation are used to calculate financial aid and are included to disclose the full cost of attendance. These costs are not required for students pursuing a fully online degree.

Note to Boise State and other Idaho higher education employees: Fee waivers do not apply to this program.

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What Classes Will I Take?

The below Online Degree Pathway requirements show the University Foundation courses required for the Pathway, which also count towards a bachelor’s degree at Boise State. You will work with your Pathway advisor to determine which foundation classes best fit with your intended degree, and what lower-division coursework can be completed online. Some of these foundation courses may be met through transfer coursework.

ContentCourseCredit Hours
Foundations of Writing
ENGL 101 Writing and Rhetoric I3
ENGL 102 Writing and Rhetoric II3
University Foundations
UF 100 Foundations of Intellectual Life3
UF 200 Foundations of Ethics and Diversity3
Foundation Discipline Courses
Foundations of Mathematics (FM)3-4
Natural, Physical and Applied Sciences course with lab (FN)4
Natural, Physical and Applied Sciences course in a second field (FN)3-4
Foundations of Arts (FA)3
Foundations of Oral Communication (FC)3
Foundations of Humanities (FH)3-4
Foundations of Social Sciences (FS)3
Foundations of Social Sciences course in a second field (FS)3
Lower-division degree requirements (some of these may be completed with Pathway program classes)43-46
Upper-division degree requirements (these will be completed in the final two years of your bachelor's degree)40

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Admitted Students - Schedule Advising

Once you’ve completed your program orientation, you’ll be assigned a Student Success Advisor. Academic Advising is a partnership between you and your advisor. Together you will discuss and develop a plan for your degree.

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Online Degree Pathway News

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Online Degree Pathway Students - Fall 2022

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