|Division of Continuing Education|
399 HCEB, PO Box 21534, (801) 378-4146
Dean: Richard C. Eddy
Associate Dean: Kenneth W. Anderson
Associate Dean: Wayne J. Lott
Assistant to the Dean—Financial and Administrative Services: Darin R. Oviatt
The purpose of the Division of Continuing Education is to provide educational programs and university services for part-time and off-campus students. These educational opportunities also assist regular daytime students. BYU cooperates with the Continuing Education programs as sponsored by the Church Educational System and its various components. The same university standards required of regular day students apply to those enrolled through the Division of Continuing Education while they are on campus.
Organization. Because the Continuing Education programs represent both BYU and the Church Educational System, the department and center descriptions will be distinguished in the material that follows.
Noncredit classes are open to anyone having the desire and the necessary ability.
Credit classes are open to:
Enrollment Limitations. Persons enrolling in credit courses offered by the Division of Continuing Education who are officially admitted to the university can take any courses offered to a maximum of 18 credit hours per semester (9 hours per term). All others, twenty-three years of age and older, who have not been formally admitted to the university are limited to a maximum of 7 credit hours per semester (4 hours during spring or summer term). Contact the Division of Continuing Education for any additional conditions of enrollment.
Student Responsibility. Acceptance in a Continuing Education course does not constitute acceptance by BYU or any other university on a degree-seeking basis. It is the student's responsibility to gain admission to the university of his or her choice as a degree-seeking student through the normal procedures. At BYU students may accomplish this through the Office of Admissions and Records.
Note: Students enrolled in the Division of Continuing Education would not be eligible for university employment, housing, or financial aid except for that assistance available to part-time students through the Division of Continuing Education.
Ralph V. Larson, Director (105 HCEB, PO Box 21513,  378-2872)
The Department of Evening Classes' major responsibility is to provide college-level educational opportunities for adults age twenty-three and older. In addition, the department is a service for daytime students who experience scheduling difficulties or prefer the evening sections. Classes contributing to baccalaureate and graduate degrees are offered.
R. Dwight Laws, Director (206 HCEB, PO Box 21514,  378-2868)
Independent Study is the university's “portable program” that can bring BYU to students anytime, anywhere. Through Independent Study, BYU offers nearly 350 college-level credit courses, providing a practical and flexible solution for university students with scheduling problems and for working students, armed forces personnel, teachers, and others who cannot take all their classes in residence.
Steven W. Taggart, Director (109 HCEB, PO Box 21516,  378-3559)
The Department of Conferences and Workshops offers a variety of programs each year (approximately 500) in the BYU Conference Center, other campus facilities, or off-campus locations. These programs are sponsored by the university's colleges, as well as by campus departments and LDS Church organizations. Credit and noncredit programs include classes, conferences, workshops, training sessions, enrichment experiences, seminars, sports and dance camps, available to professionals, college students, faculty, staff, adults, and youth.
Spencer E. Hansen, Manager (2255 CONF, PO Box 21522,  378-7700)
The BYU Conference Center is located east of the Marriott Center and adjacent to the Harman Continuing Education Building. The primary host facility for conference guests on campus, it is especially equipped to provide a favorable learning environment for guests participating in conferences, workshops, institutes, training seminars, and other educational programs. The programs may be sponsored by a university unit or cosponsored with an off-campus professional, government, corporate, civic, recreational, religious, or community organization. The center is not available for entrepreneurial programs.
George J. Talbot, Director (303 HCEB, PO Box 21525,  378-3946)
Students who wish to enhance their education with experience abroad will want to take advantage of Travel Study programs. Utilizing modern transportation and communication, participants find the world literally at their doorsteps. Horizons are expanded, knowledge is increased, and the mind is challenged as participants study and travel with professional university educators. On-site experience with the cultures and people of other lands truly makes the world BYU's campus. BYU Travel Study programs effectively combine academic, spiritual, and intercultural goals in a unique way.
A variety of programs visiting the following areas of the world offers optional university credit (1–3 hours):
Frank Santiago, Director (209 HCEB, PO Box 21533,  378-6216)
This department provides Church Continuing Education programs for the northwestern and eastern United States, northern Utah, and Canada. Primary programs include Know Your Religion, Scripture Symposia, Best of Especially for Youth, and other religious education. The department also administers all adult religion classes in the United States and Canada.
R. Neil Carlile, Director (278 HCEB, PO Box 21507,  378-2087)
Church Continuing Education—South provides approximately 600 Church Continuing Education programs in 140 locations throughout the eight-state geographical region of California, Nevada, central/southern Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, and western Arkansas. The primary programs offered are Best of Especially for Youth, the Know Your Religion lecture series, and Scripture Symposia.
Susan V. Overstreet, Director (164 HCEB, PO Box 21504,  378-3817)
Especially for Youth, Academy for Girls, youth conferences, programs for the deaf, and other enrichment programs are offered to youth and adults by CES Youth and Family Programs, both on the BYU campus and at localities nationwide. More than 40,000 participants are served, coming from virtually every state and province in the United States and Canada and from several foreign countries.
Sensing the obligation of the Church university to provide educational opportunities in harmony with LDS standards for persons living away from Provo, the BYU Board of Trustees has established Continuing Education centers to offer educational programs to people in outlying areas. See the Graduation Requirements section of this catalog for residence requirements. Continuing Education centers represent both BYU and the Church Educational System in their program offerings.
Ronald W. Campbell, Director
Rexburg, ID 83460-8011
Telephone (208) 356-1040
1776 Science Center Drive
Idaho Falls, ID 83405
Telephone (208) 523-4682
3760 South Highland Drive. Suite 200
Salt Lake City, UT 84106
Telephone (801) 273-3434
As the continuing education arm of the university in the Salt Lake valley, the BYU Salt Lake Center offers courses through most colleges and departments of the university. Most classes are held at night, making it possible for full-time and part-time students to take many of their required courses as well as general education and elective courses in Salt Lake City.
Ralph A. Rowley, Director (305 HCEB, PO Box 21514,  378-4351)
The Degrees by Independent Study admissions requirements, curriculum, and areas of study are currently being reorganized. The latest information can be obtained by writing to the director at the above address.
Admission to the bachelor's degree program is by completion of the admissions procedure through Degrees by Independent Study. The application fee is $20.
The bachelor of independent studies degree involves study in a broad range of courses under the direction of university faculty and advisors. It is designed especially for the adult student (twenty-one years of age and older) who:
This degree does not lead to specific career opportunities.
|BIS||Bachelor of Independent Studies|
Transfer Credits and Waivers. Students who have previously earned college credit may apply for transfer of these credits into the program.
Seminars. The Foundations seminar is held in June and January; remaining seminars are held during the summer.
Area of Study. On enrollment in an area of study, students will be given a complete study guide outlining that part of the program. There are introductory and basic readings in the beginning. Experienced students may not need to dwell on these, but each student will be expected to acquire certain basic knowledge found in the assignments for a given area. Normally, students will write to, talk with, or send a cassette tape to the instructor at least once each month during the period of independent study in a given area. The instructor is the key person who counsels in these assignments.
BIS Independent Studies (128 hours)
Requirements for graduation with the BIS degree include completion of three major phases of study: (1) Preparation Phase, (2) Growth Phase, and (3) Closure Phase. These phases are broken down into study areas as follows:
|Religion and Philosophy|
|Arts and Humanities|
|Biological and Physical Sciences|
211. How to Think. (4:4:0)
212. How to Communicate. (4:4:0)
220. Seminar. (2:2:0)
251. Scriptures. (1–10:10:0)
252. Church History. (2:2:0)
253. Philosophy. (3:3:0)
254. World Religions. (3:3:0)
255. Learning Adventures. (6:6:0)
260. Seminar. (3:3:0)
321. Personality. (3:3:0)
322. History. (3:3:0)
323. Family. (3:3:0)
324. Social Order. (3:3:0)
325. Politics. (3:3:0)
326. Economics. (3:3:0)
327. Utopia. (3:3:0)
328. Race Relations. (3:3:0)
330. Seminar. (3:3:0)
341. Literary Arts. (6:6:0)
342. Theatre Arts. (6:6:0)
343. Visual Arts. (6:6:0)
344. Auditory Arts. (6:6:0)
350. Seminar. (3:3:0)
361. Mathematics. (2:2:0)
362. Physics. (4:4:0)
363. Chemistry. (4:4:0)
364. Geology. (4:4:0)
365. Botany. (2:2:0)
366. Zoology. (2:2:0)
367. Biology. (4:4:0)
368. Astronomy. (2:2:0)
370. Seminar. (3:3:0)
480. Closure Project. (7:7:0)
490. Closure Seminar. (3:3:0)
Bowen (Church History and Doctrine)
Anderson (Church History and Doctrine)
Buckwalter (Political Science)
Choi (World Religions)
Reeve (Ancient Scripture)
Scanlon (Theatre and Media Arts)
St. Clair (Botany and Range Science)