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Online University Foundation Courses

Boise State’s University Foundations curriculum anchors the more focused study done within each major to a broader educational foundation. The goal: to enhance your capacity to learn, create, and evolve—at school and throughout your life. The courses listed below are the individual online class options available through Boise State Online. If you are interested in being a fully online student, you may also complete all the University Foundations requirements through the Online Degree Pathway. For a complete list of Foundations of the Discipline courses, see the University Foundations course list in the undergraduate catalog.

Course List

Foundations of Writing (FW)

6 credits required

  • ENGL 101 Writing and Rhetoric I
  • ENGL 101P Intro to College Writing Plus
  • ENGL 102 Writing and Rhetoric II

Foundations of Humanities (FH)

3-4 credits required

  • ASL 101 American Sign Language I
  • BOSNIAN 101 Elementary Bosnian I
  • ENGL 175 Literature and Ideas
  • HUM 207 Intro to Humanities
  • PHIL 101 Introduction to Philosophy
  • PHIL 102 Great Thinkers
  • PHIL 103 Introduction to Ethics
  • SPAN 101 Elementary Spanish I

Foundations of Natural, Physical, and Applied Sciences (FN)

7-8 credits required (at least one lab course)

  • ANTH 103 Introduction to Archaeology
  • ANTH 104 Biological Anthropology
  • ANTH 104L Biological Anthropology Lab
  • ANTH 105 Evolution and Human Behavior
  • BIOL 100 Concepts of Biology
  • BIOL 227 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
  • CHEM 100 Concepts of Chemistry
  • CHEM 111 General Chemistry I
  • CHEM 111L Introduction to Chemistry Laboratory
  • ENGR 100 Energy for Society
  • ENGR 100L Energy for Society Lab
  • ENVSTD 121 Intro to Environmental Studies
  • GEOS 201 Intro to Oceanography

Foundations of Mathematics (FM)

3-4 credits required

  • MATH 123 Math in Modern Society
  • MATH 133 Elementary Models with Functions
  • MATH 143 College Algebra
  • MATH 149 Precalculus: Functions for Bus
  • MATH 153 Statistical Reasoning
  • MATH 160 Survey of Calculus
  • MATH 170 Calculus I
  • MATH 254 Introduction to Statistics

University Foundations

Foundations of Social Sciences (FS)

6 credits required from two separate fields

  • ANTH 102 Social-Cultural Anthropology
  • ANTH 216 Magic, Witchcraft and Religion
  • ECON 201 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • ECON 202 Principles of Microeconomics
  • ED-CIFS 201 Education, Schooling & Society
  • ED-ESP 223 Child Growth & Development
  • GEOG 102 Cultural Geography
  • HIST 101 World History I
  • HIST 102 World History II
  • HIST 111 United States History I
  • HIST 112 United States History II
  • HLTH 110 Intr to Hlth Sci & Pub Hlth
  • POLS 101 American National Government
  • PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology
  • SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology
  • SOC 102 Social Problems
  • SOC 105 Racism and Antiracism
  • SOC 230 Introduction to Ethnic Studies

Foundations of Arts (FA)

3 credits required

  • ART 100 Introduction to Art
  • FILM 220 Cinema History and Aesthetics
  • MUSI 100 Introduction to Music
  • THEA 101 Introduction to Theatre

Foundations of Oral Communication (FC)

3 credits required

  • COMM 101 Fundamentals of Oral Comm
  • SOC 122 Sociological Communication