1. Choice of major does not impact in any way whether a FS course counts for Foundational Studies (i.e. major based restrictions have been lifted--students may take a FS course in their major and have it meet a Foundational Studies requirement).
2. Course sequencing (also known as program-based substitutions) may not be used to meet FS requirements.
3. Students who complete the University Honors’ curriculum will have met the following FS requirements:
Social and Behavioral Science
Fine and Performing Arts
Ethics and Social Responsibility
Upper Division, Integrative Electives
4. Students who have an SAT verbal score of 650 or above (or the ACT equivalent) and complete GH 101 and GH 201 as part of the University Honors’ curriculum have met the freshmen composition requirement.
5. Student who have an SAT Math score of 650 or above (or the ACT equivalent) have met the Quantitative Literacy requirement.
6. Students must have an SAT Math score of 430 or above (or the ACT equivalent) to place directly in the Quantitative Literacy course.
7. Students with an SAT Math score below a 430 (or the ACT equivalent) must take a math placement test before enrolling in a Quantitative Literacy. Students who earn a Maple TA score of 7 or above may enroll directly into MATH 102.
8. Students must take a math placement test to enroll in a FS designated mathematics course (a MAPLE TA score of 12 or above is required to enroll directly into MATH 115 and MET 215).
9. To meet the Non-Native Language requirement students must do one of the following:
a. Four courses in high school in a single or multiple non-native languages, including American Sign Language, with a grade of C or better or (FL 150 and FL 100 respectively),
b. Two courses at ISU in a single or multiple non-native languages (see policy below) or,
c. Two course, from an accredited college or university, in a single or multiple non-native languages, including American Sign Language or,
d. Completion of English as a Second Language curriculum
10. Students who took non-native languages in high school, but did not take four courses in a single or multiple non-native languages earning a C or better may take the language placement test at ISU to see if they can place into a non-native language class at a higher level. If they take the higher level course and earn a C or better, they will have met the requirement.
11. Students with a certified learning disability must work with the Languages, Literatures, and Linguistic department and the Student Academic Services Center to meet the Non-Native Language requirement.
12. Students, who have completed armed military service basic training (including reservists), have met the Health and Wellness requirement.
13. Students may also meet the Laboratory Science requirement by taking any two laboratory science courses from two different science disciplines.
14. To receive UDIE credit for a study abroad experience, students must sign up for IS 398 (0 credit hour course).
15. A student enrolled in an Indiana State University online degree program who demonstrates that he or she was unable to enroll in an online course to meet a FS requirement for two consecutive terms may petition to substitute another FS studies course to meet the requirement.
16. A course from another university may receive FS credit if it has been designated as the equivalent of a FS course at ISU or it was designated as a GE course at the university from which it is being transferred and it meets the learning objectives of a FS requirement. Once enrolled as a full-time student at ISU, students are bound by the FS requirements.
17. Students who have earned an AA or AS degree (please note AAS are excluded from this policy)at an accredited regional campus have met all of the Foundational Studies requirements except for:
Junior Level Composition (one class)
Ethics and Social Responsibility (one class)
Integrative Upper-Division Elective (three classes or other permitted substitutions)
If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Linda Maule at Linda.Maule@indstate.edu or at