Terminology & Graduation
 
 
 
DEFINITIONS
The following definitions describe terminology that is unique to BYU-Idaho.
Specialized Major: 70 credit hours of coursework selected from appropriate core and emphasis classes. No minor required.
Core: Minimum of 42 hours common to two or more Emphases.
Emphasis: Maximum of 28 hours unique to a particular career pathway.
Integrated Major: 36-45 credit hours of coursework selected from appropriate core and emphasis classes. 
Also requires a minor or two clusters.
Core: Minimum of 27 hours common to two or more Emphases.
Emphasis: Maximum of 18 hours unique to a particular career pathway.
Minor: 18-25 hours, as defined by department.
Cluster: 12-15 hours. Courses selected by student and advisor, approved by department chair primary to the cluster.
The following definitions describe the options available to students in Education. 
Education Specialized Major: 70 hours.  No minor required.
Education Composite Major: 45 hours plus education core. No minor required.  
Education Major: 30 hours plus education core.  Requires an Education minor. 
Education Minor: 20 hours. Requires an Education major in a selected field of study.
Endorsement: 6-20 hours, defined and granted by the State of Idaho.
  
TYPES OF DEGREES AVAILABLE
Associate of Applied Science (AAS): 60-70 hours including Basic Education & University Requirements
(will not transfer to other schools)
Associate of Art (AA): 60 hours including AA General Education & University Requirements
Associate of Science (AS): 60 hours including AS General Education & University Requirements
Associate  in Nursing (ASN): 78 hours including AS General Education & University Requirements
Bachelor of Art (BA):120 hours including major, minor or clusters, BA General Education, & University
Requirements
Bachelor of Science (BS):120 hours including major, minor or clusters, BS General Education, & University
Requirements
Bachelor of Fine Art (BFA):120 hours including major, BA or BS General Education, & University Requirements
Bachelor of Musical Arts (BMA):120 hours including specialized major, minor or clusters, General Education, &
University Requirements
Bachelor of Music in Music Education (BM):120 hours including specialized major, minor or clusters, General
Education, & University Requirements