Idaho State University Undergraduate Catalog

Idaho State University has served the ­citizens of the state since 1901 when the institution was first established as the ­Academy of Idaho. Renamed the Idaho Technical Institute in 1915 and reorganized as the Southern Branch of the University of Idaho in 1927, it was established as Idaho State College in 1947. By action of the 37th Idaho Legislature, the institution became Idaho State University on July 1, 1963. The University’s Strategic Plan is online at

Bachelors’ and masters’ degrees in a variety of fields are awarded by the College of Arts and Letters, College of Business, College of Education, College of Science and Engineering, Division of Health Sciences, College of Technology, and the Graduate School. Terminal degrees offered at Idaho State University include Master of Business Administration, Master of Fine Arts, Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Arts, Doctor of Education, and Doctor of Pharmacy. Certificate programs of varying lengths, an Associate of Applied Science degree, a Bachelor of Applied Science degree, and a Bachelor of Applied Technology degree are included in the curricula of the College of Technology.


The mission of Idaho State University is to advance scholarly and creative endeavors through the creation of new knowledge, cutting-edge research, innovative artistic pursuits and high-quality academic instruction; to use these achievements to enhance technical, undergraduate, graduate, and professional education, health care services, and other services provided to the people of Idaho and the nation; and to develop citizens who will learn from the past, think critically about the present, and provide leadership to enrich the future in a diverse, global society.

Idaho State University is a public research institution which serves a diverse population through its broad educational programming and basic, translational, and clinical research. Idaho State University serves and engages its communities with health care clinics and services, professional technical training, early college opportunities, and economic development activities. The university provides leadership in the health professions and related biomedical and pharmaceutical sciences, as well as serving the region and the nation through its environmental science and energy programs.

Core Themes:

Core Theme One: Learning and Discovery

Idaho State University promotes an environment that supports learning and discovery through the many synergies that can exist among teaching, learning, and scholarly activity.

Core Theme Two: Access and Opportunity

Idaho State University provides opportunities for students with a broad range of educational preparation and backgrounds to enter the university and climb the curricular ladder so that they may reach their intellectual potential and achieve their goals and objectives.

Core Theme Three: Leadership in the Health Sciences

Idaho State University values its established leadership in the health sciences with primary emphasis in the health professions. We offer a broad spectrum of undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate training. We deliver health-related services and patient care throughout the state in our clinics and postgraduate residency training sites. We are committed to meeting the health professions workforce needs in Idaho. We support professional development, continuing education, and TeleHealth services. We are active in Health Sciences research.

Core Theme Four: Community Engagement and Impact

Idaho State University, including its outreach campuses and centers, is an integral component of the local communities, the state and the Inter-mountain region. It benefits the economic health, business development, environment, and culture in the communities it serves.


1) Achieve academic excellence in undergraduate, graduate, professional, and technical education.

  1. Enhance program excellence through an effective student mix and the maintenance of a strong and balanced student enrollment.
  2. Recruit and retain a faculty that sustains a high quality learning environment through effective teaching, productive scholarship, and committed institutional and public service.
  3. Provide an effective and efficient learning environment that serves students of varied ages, abilities, needs, and backgrounds, through the integration of academic, co-curricular, and extracurricular programming.
  4. Provide library services that enhance the effectiveness of academic programming and research support for students and faculty.
  5. Create and maintain instructional facilities that enhance program effectiveness.
  6. Serve evolving student needs through responsiveness to sound assessment data and flexibility in academic programming.

2) Increase the university’s research profile to strengthen our institutional curricula and ability to meet societal needs through the creation of new knowledge.

  1. Develop and maximize the creative and scholarly performance of ISU faculty and students.
  2. Promote research that advances the institutional mission, addresses evolving societal needs, and drives economic development.
  3. Develop strategic public and private partnerships focused on advancing the institutional mission, programming needs, and the needs of surrounding public and private entities.
  4. Develop and refine research products and services, and develop infrastructure to facilitate the patent process and to market the economic value of research activities.
  5. Create and maintain research facilities and infrastructure that enhance program effectiveness.

3) Advance medical and health care education throughout the state and region through increasing the quality of healthcare, the number of practicing health care professionals, and promotion of translational research.

  1. Increase the numbers of clinical faculty employed by and affiliated with the university.
  2. Develop strategic public and private partnerships with health care organizations, facilities, and professional and provider organizations throughout the state and region.
  3. Enhance the depth and breadth of our existing residency programs and develop new and innovative programs.
  4. Strengthen public service and health care education through enhanced clinic operations.
  5. Enhance translational research.
  6. Enhance both governmental support and finances as well as external fund raising focused on health and medical education.
  7. Establish a distributive medical education program to leverage existing health care expertise and serve needs across the state of Idaho.

4) Prepare students to function in a global society.

  1. Enrich learning and research opportunities for both students and faculty through greater development of international programming.
  2. Recruit and retain students, faculty, and staff from underrepresented groups to better serve institutional and community needs for integration of multicultural and gender-related perspectives in our range of programming.
  3. Create instructional, research, residential, and social environments that encourage the social integration of all students, faculty, staff, and the larger community.

5) Focus institutional instructional and research expertise on community and societal needs throughout the state, region, nation, and world.

  1. Actively participate in community planning, marketing, volunteerism, and responsible economic development throughout the state and region.
  2. Enhance partnerships with other institutions of higher education throughout the state and region.
  3. Strengthen partnerships with K-12 organizations to enhance students’ abilities to enter and ascend ISU’s educational ladder of opportunity.
  4. Develop and maintain continuing education services founded on quality, access, affordability, and flexibility.
  5. Develop and refine academic programming and research that advances our institutional mission as it evolves to meet changing needs across the state, region, nation, and world.
  6. Enhance existing alumni relations and support and develop further resources aimed at supporting the university’s mission.

6) Promote the efficient and effective use of resources.

  1. Set university-wide priorities for faculty and staff development and capacity building.
  2. Develop a culture of effective and efficient governance based on organization, communication, accountability, consistency, relationship building, and university-wide prioritization.
  3. Provide an administrative infrastructure that provides proper budgeting processes and sound budgetary oversight.
  4. Develop a clear and concise Manual of Administrative Policies and Procedures that help to ensure compliance with applicable laws and regulations, promote operational efficiencies, enhance the university’s mission, and reduce institutional risks.
  5. Strengthen fiscal controls, with attention to stakeholder involvement and understanding, to maximize the propriety of and control over financial transactions, as well as ensure that assets are protected and costs are incurred only when necessary.
  6. Provide quality human resource services and support, and promote both ethics and diversity, enabling employees to better serve the university and our community.
  7. Ensure that Information Technology Services supports the university’s missions for teaching and learning, research, and administration applications by providing appropriate information and instructional technology and support, built on an effective and reliable information technology infrastructure.


Idaho State University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. In addition, the university is accredited or approved for specific programs by the following ­organizations:

  • Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET)
  • Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education
  • Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education
  • Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education
  • Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant
  • American Association of Medical Assistants Endowment
  • American Association of Museums
  • American Chemical Society
  • American Culinary Federation, Inc.
  • American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation
  • American Equipment Distributors
  • American Health Information Management Association
  • American Psychological Association
  • American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care
  • Association of General Contractors
  • Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC)
  • Association of Technology Management and Applied Engineering (ATMAE)
  • Association of University Programs in Health Administration
  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
  • Automotive Service Excellence
  • Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education
  • Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
  • Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
  • Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP)
  • Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs
  • Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
  • Council on Education for Public Health
  • Council on Social Work Education
  • Federal Aviation Administration
  • Idaho Board of Nursing
  • Idaho Bureau of Occupational Licenses
  • Idaho State Department of Education
  • Joint Review Committee in Education in Radiologic Technology (JCERT)
  • National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences
  • National Association for the Education of Young Children
  • National Association of School Psychologists
  • National Association of Schools of Music
  • National Association of Schools of Theatre
  • National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
  • National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, Inc.
  • Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
  • State of Idaho Peace Officers Standards and Training

The university holds membership in numerous organizations which have specific academic requirements. These memberships vary according to institutional need.

Student Outcomes Assessment

All undergraduate academic programs at four year public institutions in Idaho are required to assess student learning in the major and general education programs. Similar requirements for assessment also appear in the new guidelines issued by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities which provides Idaho State University’s institution-wide ­accreditation.

Idaho State University’s goal is to encourage students to develop abilities and acquire knowledge that will be of lasting benefit in their personal and professional lives. To ensure that this goal is met, a program of student outcomes assessment has been implemented to improve the teaching and learning process.

Comprehensive information that includes student performance and student opinion is vital to the success of the assessment ­program. To provide this information, ­undergraduate students in the academic division may be asked to participate in a variety of assessment activities which may include formal and informal examinations, interviews, surveys and follow-up studies after graduation.

Federal Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974

Idaho State University, in compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), is responsible for maintaining educational records and monitoring the release of information of those records. Staff and faculty with ­access to student educational records are legally responsible for protecting the privacy of the student by using information only for legitimate educational reasons to instruct, advise, or otherwise assist students.

Only those records defined as “directory information” may be released without the express written permission of the student. Directory information includes the student’s name, address listings, telephone listings, e-mail addresses, full-time/part-time status, class level, college, major field of study, degree types and dates, enrollment status, club and athletic participation records, and dates of attendance including whether or not currently enrolled. No other information contained in a student’s educational records may be released to any outside party without the written consent of the student.

A student may restrict release of directory information through the BengalWeb by accessing the “Update Addresses and Phones” screen under the Academic Tools tab. This restriction will apply to the student’s address and telephone listings only.  All other directory listings will continue to be available for release.

Additional FERPA information may be found on the web at:

Alumni Association and Foundations

Alumni Association

The mission of the Idaho State University Alumni Association is to promote the ­welfare and to advance the objectives of Idaho State University through the sustained involvement of its alumni by providing philanthropic, intellectual and social opportunities.

The association is governed by a board of directors and administered through the office of Alumni Relations, 554 S. 7th Avenue, Pocatello, in the H. F. Magnuson House.

Specific goals are to identify alumni and friends to assist Idaho State University in strengthening support from its constituencies, to inform alumni and friends about Idaho State ­University, to provide for the efficient management of the Alumni Association, and to involve and motivate alumni and ­students to maintain their affiliation and support of Idaho State University.

The officers and directors meet three times a year with the director of alumni relations, who is appointed by the university administration.

Idaho State University Bengal Foundation

The Idaho State University Bengal Foundation is a nonprofit organization formed to raise money for athletic scholarships. The main fund raising activities include an annual auction, scholarship fund drive, athlete-to-athlete phone-a-thon, several golf tournaments, and other special events held throughout the year.

The Bengal Foundation was officially formed in September of 1976. It is ­governed by a board of directors and administered through the office of the Bengal Foundation located in Holt Arena. For information on becoming a member, contact The Bengal Foundation at (208) 282-2397.

Idaho State University Foundation, Inc.

The Idaho State University Foundation is a nonprofit corporation established in 1967 under the laws of the State of Idaho.

The mission of the Idaho State University Foundation is to stimulate voluntary private support from alumni, parents, friends, corporations, foundations, and others for the benefit of Idaho State University.

The foundation raises and manages private resources supporting the mission and priorities of the university, and provides opportunities for students and a degree of institutional excellence unavailable with state funding levels.

The foundation is dedicated to assisting the university in the building of the endowment to address, through financial support, the long-term academic and other priorities of the university.

The foundation is responsible for identifying and nurturing relationships with potential donors and other friends of the university; soliciting cash, securities, real and intellectual property, and other private resources for the support of the university; and acknowledging and stewarding such gifts in accordance with donor intent and its fiduciary responsibilities.

The Idaho State University Foundation is located on the first floor of the Administration Building.

Policy Statements

Catalogs, bulletins, course and fee schedules, etc., are not to be considered as binding contracts between Idaho State University and students. The university and its divisions reserve the right at any time, without advance notice, to: (a) withdraw or cancel classes, courses, and programs; (b) change fee schedules; (c) change the academic calendar; (d) change admissions and registration requirements; (e) change the regulations and requirements governing instruction in, and graduation from, the university and its various divisions; and (f) change any other regulations affecting students. Changes shall go into force whenever the proper authorities so determine, and shall apply not only to prospective students but also to those who are matriculated at the time in the university. When economic and other conditions permit, the university tries to provide advance notice of such changes.

Students enrolled in a program that is closed, relocated, or discontinued should be given notice of the closure as soon as is practical. Notwithstanding any other provision of State Board of Education policy, university policy, or university catalog statements to the contrary, arrangements should be made for enrolled students to complete affected programs in a timely manner and with minimum interruptions. When there is a similar program within the institutions governed by the Board, an affected student will be provided with information on transferring to that program, although admission to any such program is contingent upon the availability of a position and the student’s meeting any applicable admission requirements. If there is no similar program available within the institutions governed by the Board or the student is not able to gain admission to a similar program, the university will make reasonable efforts to place the student in a related or comparable program within the university. If none is available, the university will make reasonable efforts to assist the student in locating to another program at the university or elsewhere for which he or she is qualified.

Idaho State University is committed to providing a positive education for all students. The university has a legal and ethical responsibility to ensure that all students and employees can learn and work in an environment free of harassment and discrimination. It is the ISU policy to prohibit and eliminate discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, or disability. This policy applies to all programs, services, and facilities, and includes, but is not limited to, recruitment, applications, admissions, access to programs and services and employment. For additional information and specific contact information, see: