2017-2018 Academic Catalog

General Information

President’s Message

Bruce C Kusch PictureWelcome to LDS Business College! If you are new to our campus, we are grateful you are here. If you are a returning student, we are excited to have you back.

Your experience at LDS Business College will be unique and wonderfully rewarding. Our focus as an institution is to help you develop market-ready skills in a spiritually enriching, testimony-building, and uplifting environment. Here you will learn by doing to grow and become a capable and competent disciple of the Savior.

Your educational pursuits at the College will prepare you for a career or further education, whichever you choose. I invite you to make each and every moment count in a positive and productive way. Be a dedicated student by preparing each day for rich learning experiences. As you do so, the Holy Ghost will be your Master Teacher in remarkable ways. Live a worthy life and take advantage of our proximity to a House of the Lord by being a frequent temple patron. As you do so, I promise you will be elevated, enlightened, ennobled, and strengthened in ways you can hardly imagine.

I welcome you, warmly and sincerely, to LDS Business College.

Best regards,

Bruce C Kusch Signature

Bruce C. Kusch, Ph.D.

President, LDS Business College

Catalog Disclaimer

The information in this catalog is intended for informational purposes only and does not constitute a legal contract between LDS Business College and any person or entity.

LDS Business College reserves the right to change its degree requirements, course offerings and policies as conditions require. This catalog is updated once a year, on or about the first day of Fall semester registration

A student's catalog will be the catalog in effect the fall semester of the academic year when he or she first enrolls at LDS Business College.

A student’s catalog year is updated when a student declares a new program of study, and the student uses the catalog in effect at the time the new program of study is declared.

Students who leave LDS Business College for any semester other than spring should refer to the latest General Catalog for information regarding the College when they return.

Catalog Expiration

Students must complete graduation requirements within seven (7) years for an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree, Associate of Science (AS) degree, or a certificate. After seven years the requirements listed in the LDSBC catalog are no longer valid and accepted for graduation.

Students who take longer than seven (7) years to complete an AAS degree, AS degree, or certificate will be held to the graduation requirements found in the oldest active catalog or any subsequent catalog up to the current catalog at the time of graduation,

No student can graduate under the requirements of a catalog more than seven (7) years old.

Students must graduate under the requirements of a single catalog.

Course Expiration

In areas of study in which the subject matter changes rapidly, material in courses taken long before graduation may become obsolete or irrelevant. Courses completed over seven (7) years ago may not apply to the student's current degree program. Also, additional program accreditation standards may limit the applicability of courses or degree requirements to less than 7 years.

Students must appeal to the Program Director and the Vice President of Academics for acceptance of expired courses.

NOTICE: LDS Business College (hereafter also referred to as “LDSBC” or “College”) makes every effort to ensure the accuracy of the content of this catalog is correct, but reserve the right to make changes at any time without prior notice.

Accreditation

LDS Business College (hereafter also referred to as “LDSBC”, or “College”) is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).

Accreditation of an institution of higher education by the NWCCU indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of institutional quality evaluated through a peer review process. An accredited college or university is one which has available the necessary resources to achieve its stated purposes through appropriate educational programs, is substantially doing so, and gives reasonable evidence that it will continue to do so in the foreseeable future. Institutional integrity is also addressed through accreditation.

Accreditation by the NWCCU is not partial but applies to the institution as a whole. As such, it is not a guarantee of every course or program offered, or the competence of individual graduates. Rather, it provides reasonable assurance about the quality of opportunities available to students who attend the institution.

The regional institutional accreditation by NWCCU for LDS Business College allows the Medical Assistant (MA) graduate to obtain a postgraduate credential. Accredited by Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). MA graduates qualify through this accreditation to take the National MA Certifying Exam (CMA) through the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) or Registered Medical Assistant exam (RMA) through the American Medical Technologists (AMT).

Inquiries regarding an institution’s accredited status by the NWCCU should be directed to the Administrative staff of the institution.

Individuals may also contact:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)

8060 165th Avenue N.E., Suite 100

Redmond, WA 98042

(425) 558-4224

www.nwccu.org

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)

25400 US Highway 19 North, Suite 158

Clearwater, FL. 33763

Phone: 727-210-2350

Fax: 727-210-2354

mail@caahep.org

American Association of Medical Students (AAMA – CMA)

20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 1575

Chicago, IL 60606

Phone: 312-899-1500 or 800-228-2262

www.aama-ntl.org

American Medical Technologists (RMA)

10700 W Higgins Rd STE 150

Rosemont IL 60018

Local Calls - 847-823-5169

Toll Free - 800-275-1268 Faxes 847-823-0458

www.americanmedtech.org

American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC)

2480 South 3850 West, Suite B

Salt Lake City, UT 84120

Toll Free Phone: 800-626-CODE (2633)

Local Phone: 801-236-2200 Fax: 801-236-2258

www.aapc.com

Statement of Nondiscrimination

LDS Business College considers nondiscrimination to be fundamental to its mission, goals, and objectives. LDSBC recognizes that its future success is, in part, dependent upon its ability to successfully accommodate the increasingly diverse nature of the student body and employees, which diversity is promoted by the worldwide growth of its sponsoring Church. The College is committed to nondiscrimination in its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, employment and other College-administered programs on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, age, sex, veteran status, genetic information, or disability for all individuals who meet College and department academic requirements and agree to abide by the College’s standards of conduct and behavior. The College does exercise the “religious” exemption in admissions as granted in Title IX of the Education Amendments, 20 U.S.C. 1681 (a)(3) and in hiring employees as granted in 41 CFR 60-1.5(a)(5).

Any person who believes he or she has been discriminated against should contact the Title IX Office at 801-524-8157.

Academic Freedom

LDS Business College invites faculty members and students to pursue secular knowledge in a climate of religious belief. This model consciously embraces all truth, regardless of its source.

Individual freedom lies at the core of both religious and academic life and is based not only on a belief in the value of free inquiry, but also on the gospel principle that humans are moral agents. Faculty members and students are encouraged to seek knowledge in the sacred as well as the secular; to learn through their hearts, by the Spirit, and with their minds; and to honor both the written word of God and continuing revelation.

Faculty members and students are entrusted with individual academic freedom and are encouraged to pursue truth according to the theories, methodologies, and practices that characterize scholarship in the various disciplines. This trust encompasses the freedom to explore a variety of ideas.

The Board of Trustees and the academic leadership of LDS Business College expect faculty members to protect the fundamental interests and the doctrines of the Church, the individual faith of Church members, and the mission of the College at all times. Faculty members are free to discuss and analyze Church doctrine and policy. However, faculty members should not engage in expressions with students privately or in public that knowingly contradict or oppose Church doctrine and policy. Faculty members should not deliberately attack or deride the Church or its leaders. Nor should they violate the Honor Code.

Mission Statement

Mission Statement

LDS Business College (LDSBC) is owned and operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and is part of the Church Education System (CES).

All units included in CES are:

  • LDS Business College (LDSBC), Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Brigham Young University (BYU), Provo, Utah
  • Brigham Young University – Hawaii (BYU-H), Laie, Hawaii
  • Brigham Young University – Idaho (BYU-I), Rexburg, Idaho
  • Brigham Young University – Pathway Worldwide (BYU-PW), Worldwide
  • Institutes of Religion and Seminaries, Worldwide

LDSBC provides a distinctive educational experience rooted in the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. We work together to cultivate a nurturing environment, teach practical skills, and develop confident and skillful learners. We enlighten minds, elevate hope, and ennoble souls to strengthen individuals, families, communities, and the Lord's Church.

LDS Business College Learning Pattern

LDS Business College Learning Pattern

LDS Business College Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees

President Thomas S. Monson

President Henry B. Eyring

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Elder Dallin H. Oaks

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

Elder David A. Bednar

Elder Dale G. Renlund

Elder Gerrit W. Gong, Presidency of the Seventy

Elder Donald L. Hallstrom, Executive Director Priesthood and Family Department

Bishop Gérald Caussé, Presiding Bishop

Sister Jean B. Bingham, Relief Society General President

Sister Bonnie L. Oscarson, Young Women General President

Brother Stephen W. Owen, Young Men General President

Brother Mark B. Woodruff, Secretary

Executive Committee

Elder Dallin H. Oaks, Chairman

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

Elder Gerrit W. Gong

Sister Jean B. Bingham

Mark B. Woodruff, Secretary

Office of the Commissioner of Church Education

Elder Kim B. Clark, Commissioner, Church Educational System

Mark B. Woodruff, Assistant to the Commission and Secretary to the Boards

LDS Business College President’s Council

Bruce C. Kusch President
Craig D. Bell Vice President of Academics
Guy Hollingsworth Vice President of Student Services
Vince A. Vaughn Vice President of Administration
Travis Blackwelder Director of Enrollment Management
Keith Burkhart Director of Institute of Religion
Sherami Jara Director of Career and Professional Advancement
Ricardo Rosas Director of Marketing and Communications
Robert O. Salmon Director of Strategic Initiatives

LDS Business College Staff Directory

 *Click on name to email                                                                    Phone: 801-524- extension 
                                                                                                                (unless noted)

     Name*          Position Extension
Adam Celaya  Instructional Designer 1993
Andrew Olson  Software Engineer 8187
Arnie Allred  Manager of Professional Education 1943
Braden Bissegger  Project Coordinator 1934
Brady Kimber  Director of Human Resources 8171
Brandon Bowen  Reference & Instruction Manager 8181
Brent Andrus  Program Director, GSO/Project Management 1955
Brett Miller  Institute of Religion Instructor 8120
Bruce Kusch  President 8106
Bruce Schreiner  Dean of Faculty 8162
Cathy Carey  Director of Curriculum & Academic Programs 1958
Cheryl Morse  Instructional Designer 1983
Chris Graham  English Courses Supervisor 8168
Chris Reitz  Director of Financial Services & Controller 8109
Chris Wilkinson  Software Engineer 8188
Craig Bell  Vice President of Academics 1986
Cynthia Honomichl  Career Services Adviser 1922
Dan Masterson  Associate Program Director, IT 1963
Darren Butterfield  Manager, LMS Support 1949
Darrin Bates  HR Specialist 1908
David Brooksby  Dean of Students / Title IX Coordinator 8157
Dean Garner  Institute of Religion Instructor 1966
Debbie Rainsdon  Student Development Coordinator 1988
Doug McDougal  Program Director, Accounting 8165
Edwin Lewis  Enrollment Services Coordinator 1972
Eva Sommer  Executive Assistant 1904
Gail Singley  Project Coordinator 8118
Glenn McGettigan  Director of Budgets & Operations 8112
Greg Ellingson  Facilities Manager 2-3135
Guy Hollingsworth  Vice President of Student Services 1928
Holly Brinkerhoff   Student Development Adviser 1916
Howard Collett  Special Projects 8174
Hyrum Jensen  Instructional Designer 1953
Jeff Rowland  Institute of Religion Instructor 1961
Jennifer Warnas  Program Director, Professional Sales 1965
Josh Burt  Business Analyst 1913
Justin Jones  Manager of Career Services 1921
Kaleb Kunzler  Network Engineer 8191
Kaneesha Wardle  Assistant Manager, Acquisition & Retail Assistant 1940
Keith Burkhart  Institute of Religion Director & Chaplain 8120
Kelly Shepherd  Institute of Religion Instructor 8120
Ken DuVall  Director of Strategic Initiatives 1994
Kimberly Garner  Program Director, Paralegal Studies 8135
Kristen Openshaw  Library Collections Assistant 8177
Kristen Whittaker  Manager of Admissions 8145
Kristen Williams  Executive Assistant 8106
Laura Zemp  Director of Institutional Assessment & ALO 1991
Leslie Robbins  Faculty, English 8137
Luiza Gomes  HP Lab Assistant 8164
Lynita Ellis  Assistant HP Director & Practicum Coordinator 8164
Mark Aughenbaugh  Director information & Technology, Chief Information Officer 8195
Mark Christensen  Institute of Religion Instructor 8124
Matthew Snow  Senior Software Engineer 8186
Matthew Tittle  Program Director, AS of IS & General Education 8146
Melanie Conover  Manager of Student Financial Services 1927
Megan Wade  Administrative Assistant to Facilities Manager 2-3703
Micah Hunter  Software Engineer / Web Developer 8185
Michael Pearson  Cashier Supervisor 8116
Mike Tracy  Systems Engineer 8192
Miles Hunsaker  Program Director, Interior Design 8108
Mitch Pendleton  Program Director, Applied Technology 1948
Nelson Altamirano  Program Director, Digital Media Marketing 1951
Nickolas Champlin  IT Security Specialist 8184
Paul Mathews  Assistant Facilities Manager 2-9058
Pete Codella  Manager, Public Affairs 8174
Ricardo Rosas  Director of Marketing & Communications 1902
Rick Decker  Institute of Religion Instructor / Choir Director 8120
Riley Niemand  Financial Aid Adviser 8117
Robert Salmon  Managing Director of Strategy and Assessment 8179
Ron Case  Institute of Religion Instructor 8120
Ryan Anderson  Career Services Adviser 6024
Sarah Sorenson  Director of Learning Resources 8149
Scott Newman  Program Director, Business Skills 8167
Schillene Bigelow  Program Director, Health Professions 1992
Shelley Neville  Library Collections Manager 1957
Sherami Jara  Director of Career & Professional Advancement 8103
Spencer DeGraw  Program Director, IT 1947
Stacey Boman  Manager, Accounting 8126
Steve Kuykendall  Assistant Instructional Designer 1964
Steve Taylor  Manager, BC Cafe 8183
Sue Dilley  Support Specialist, Institute of Religion 8120
Sue Hepworth  Academics Coordinator 8166
Susan Taylor  Associate Registrar 8169
Tamra Taylor  Associate Registrar 8105
Tanner Esplin  Compliance Officer 8110
Tessa Caruthers  Assistant Instructional Designer 1993
Tracey Anderson  Director of Student Development 1920
Travis Blackwelder  Director of Enrollment Management 1971
Troy Brady  Manager, Help Desk 8193
Tyler Doyle  Digital Media Strategist 1970
Tyler Morgan  Registrar 8161
Vince Vaughn  Vice President of Administration 8107
Wendy Porter  Director of Instructional Design 1987
Wyatt Erickson  Application System Engineer 8189

College Directory

INFORMATION: (801) 524-8100 Toll Free 1 (800) 999-5767

LDS Business College

95 North 300 West

Salt Lake City, UT 84101-3500


OFFICE PHONE OFFICE PHONE
Academic Office/Adjunct Faculty 524-8166 Honor Code Office 524-8157
Activities 524-8151 Housing 524-8180
Accounts Payable Assistant 524-8127 Human Resources 524-1905
Administration 524-8106 ID Card 524-8140/524-8141
Admissions 524-8145 Information 524-8176
Advising Center 524-8151 Institute of Religion 524-8120
Audio Visual 524-8178 International Student Office 524-8169
BC Cafe 524-8183 Learning Assistance Lab 524-8118
Bookstore 524-8130 4 Library - Main Desk 524-8150
Bright Space Help 524-1924 Library - 4th Floor Desk 524-1950
Campus Security 240-2661 Mentors - Missionary 524-8154
Campus Tours 524-8159 MotorPool 524-8111
Cashier’s Office 524-8153/524-8143 Parking 524-8153
Career Services 524-1925 Payroll 524-1908
Computer Help Desk 524-8119 Registration 524-8140/524-8141
Cooperative Education/Internship 524-8118 Scholarships 524-8111
Disability Services 524-8151 Student Development Center 524-8151
ERS 428-6043 Telephone Receptionist 524-8155
Evening SDC Administrator 524-8151 Testing Center (4th Floor) 524-1988
Facilities Management 240-9333 Title IX Office 524-8157
Faculty Development 524-1924 Transcript Request 524-8141/524-8140
Financial Aid & Scholarships 524-8111 Tuition & Billing 524-8143
Flat Screens 524-1953 Tutoring (9th Floor) 524-8151

College Map

College Map

Academic Departments

Business

Department Chair: Jennifer Warnas

Program Directors:

Scott Newman Business Management, Entrepreneurship
Mitch Pendleton Finance, BAP, Applied Technology, Entrepreneurship
Brent Andrus Global Supply Chain & Operations, Project Management, DECA
Jennifer Warnas Professional Sales
Nelson Altamirano Social Media Marketing

Degrees (Associate of Applied Science, AAS)

Applied Technology

Business Management

Entrepreneurship

Global Supply Chain & Operations

Professional Sales

Project Management

Social Media Marketing

Certificates

Global Supply Chain & Operations - Winter 2018

Professional Sales

Project Management

Social Media Marketing

Cluster

Entrepreneurship

Applied Technology Programs

Architectural & Engineering Design

Automation Technology

Automotive Technology

Business Technology

CNC Machining

Composite Materials Technology

Cosmetology

Culinary Arts

Dental Assisting

Diesel/Heavy Duty Technology

Digital Media Design

Esthetician

Esthetician - Advanced

Health Information Technology

Heating and Air Conditioning

Information Technology

Motor Sports Technician

Pharmacy Technician

Plastic Injection Molding Technology

Practical Nurse

Surgical Technology

Welding Technology

Professional Services

Department Chair: Kim Garner

Program Directors:

Doug McDougal Accounting
Miles Hunsaker Interior Design
Kim Garner Paralegal
Schillene Bigalow Health Professions

Degrees (Associate of Applied Science, AAS)

Accounting

Executive Medical Assistant

Interior Design

Paralegal Studies

Certificates

Accounting

Interior Design

Medical Assistant

Medical Coding

Paralegal Studies

Information Technology and Software Development

Department Chair: Dan Masterson

Program Directors:

Spencer DeGraw Information Technology
Dan Masterson Software Development

Degrees (Associate of Applied Science, AAS)

Business Intelligence

Cyber Security

Database Administration

Network Engineering

Server Administration

Software Development

Systems Analysis

Certificates

Cyber Security Professional*

Data Analysis Professional*

Database Professional*

Linux Professional*

Network Professional*

PC Professional*

Technical Support Engineer*

Windows Server Professional*

IT Industry Certifications

Many of our IT courses prepare the student for industry certification exams. In many cases, the final exam for the course is an industry certification exam. Below is a list of some of the more popular certifications that our students would be prepared to sit for:

A+ - CompTIA

Network+ - CompTIA

NetworkPro - TestOut

LinuxPro – TestOut

SSCP - ISC2

Security+ - CompTIA

CCNA - Cisco

ISM - EMC/Dell

MCSA Windows Server – Microsoft

And others

*No financial aid eligibility

General Studies

Department Chair: Matt Tittle

Program Directors:

Christine Graham English
Matt Tittle Math, Association of Integrated Studies

Integrated Studies – Transfer Degrees

Integrated Studies combines career skills with specific general education classes to enable students to more easily transfer credits to a four-year institution. Students may add this general education component to any of our two-year degrees and most of our one-year certificates. See list below for approved certificates.

Program Director: Matt Tittle

Approved Degrees (Associate of Science, AS)

All degrees

Approved Certificates

Accounting

Interior Design

Medical Assistant

Medical Coding

Paralegal Studies

Professional Sales

Social Media Marketing

Technical Support Engineer

General Studies

Dates and Deadlines

Fall 2017 Academic Deadlines

Sept 8/9 New Student Orientation (O)
Sept 11 Classes Begin
Sept 11 PAYMENT DEADLINE
• Tuition, Content Charges, Fees, and Health Plan
Sept 13 Last day to get on class waitlist
Sept 18 Last day to add classes
Sept 18 Late Fee applied to unpaid balances
Sept 18 Last day to drop and receive a full tuition refund
Sept 18 Students are dropped from classes for non-payment
Sept 29 Last day to drop (no W)*
Sept 29 Last day to be reinstated if dropped for non-payment
Oct 2 Financial Aid Determination Date
Nov 3 Last day to withdraw from classes and receive a W grade*
Nov 23 Non-Teaching Day. No Classes.
Nov 24/25 Thanksgiving Holiday - No Classes (College Closed)
Dec 15 Official Last day of Fall Semester
Dec 22 Fall Grade due

Winter 2018 Academic Deadlines

Jan 5/6 New Student Orientation (O)
Jan 8 Classes Begin
Jan 8 PAYMENT DEADLINE
• Tuition, Content Charges, Fees, and Health Plan
Jan 10 Last day to get on class waitlist
Jan 13 Holiday - Civil Rights Observance (College Closed)
Jan 14 Last day to add classes
Jan 14 Late Fee applied to unpaid balances
Jan 22 Last day to drop and receive a full tuition refund
Jan 22 Students are dropped from classes for non-payment
Jan 29 Last day to drop (no W)*
Jan 29 Last day to be reinstated if dropped for non-payment
Jan 30 Financial Aid Determination Date
Feb 19 President’s Day Holiday (College Closed)
Mar 8/9 Elevate Conference
Mar 2 Last day to withdraw from classes and receive a W grade*
April 13 Official Last day of Winter Semester
April 13 Graduation Commencement
April 20 Winter Grade due

Spring 2018 Academic Deadlines

April 20/21 New Student Orientation (O)
April 23 Classes Begin
April 23 PAYMENT DEADLINE
• Tuition, Content Charges, Fees, and Health Plan
April 25 Last day to get on class waitlist
April 30 Last day to add classes
April 30 Late Fee applied to unpaid balances
May 4 Last day to drop and receive a full tuition refund
May 4 Students are dropped from classes for non-payment
May 11 Last day to drop (no W)*
May 11 Last day to be reinstated if dropped for non-payment
May 14 Financial Aid Determination Date
May 28 Memorial Day Holiday (College Closed)
June 15 Last day to withdraw from classes and receive a W grade*
July 4 Independence Day Holiday (College Closed)
July 23 Official Last day of Spring Semester
July 24 Pioneer Day Holiday (College Closed)
July 30 Spring Grade due

*See tuition refund policy

Terminology and Degrees

Associate of Applied Science Degree (AAS) (Non-Transferable Degrees)

Prepared students with skills to enter the workforce

Associate of Science Degree (AS) (Transfer Degrees)

Integrated Studies (See an Academic Advisor)

Cluster Certificate of Completions

(no official certification given)

Non-matriculated students

Students who wish to attend the College without intending to graduate may apply and enroll as a non-matriculating student. This category is intended for students who plan to be at the College for a short time and not seeking financial aid.

College-Wide Requirements for All Degree and Certificate Programs

LDS Business College endeavors to prepare students for responsible, professional service in a specialized career while providing classes for growth in the following areas:

  1. Religion: To help students come to understand and rely upon the Teachings and Atonement of Jesus Christ. See each Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree, Associate of Science (AS) and Certificate program for the specific requirements.
  2. College-Wide Courses: To develop communications, human relations, and computation skills. See each Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree, Associate of Science (AS) and Certificate program for the specific requirements.

College-Wide Program Prerequisites

ELAN 87, MAT 90, and MAT 97A & B are preparatory courses for the college-level work required in each major. To determine if students must complete these courses, see Course Descriptions. These courses are non-matriculating and do not count toward credit hours required for graduation.

Veterans Education Benefits

Degree programs at LDS Business College are approved by the state approving agency for the enrollment of persons eligible to receive education benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA).

Institute of Religion

LDS Business College is owned and operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The College is funded largely by the tithes of the Church. It is anticipated that students will achieve a balanced education, will leave LDSBC built up in their faith and commitment to the Lord and His kingdom as they are prepared to engage the world of ideas and work through education or training in their chosen field. A knowledge of the gospel and an individual testimony can lead to peace and happiness in this life and prepare students for eternal life hereafter.

Inherent in the process of learning by study and by faith is the responsibility each student assumes for their part in the learning process. Therefore, students who apply themselves will be able to demonstrate competence in the following areas:

  • The ability to demonstrate an understanding of the foundational or factual information essential for a basic understanding of LDS scripture, doctrine, and history.
  • The ability to comprehend, analyze, and interpret LDS scripture, doctrine, and history.
  • The ability to use foundational knowledge and conceptual understanding of LDS scripture, doctrine, and history to problem solve.
  • The ability to receive the Holy Ghost as an aid in studying and pondering LDS scripture, doctrine, and history.

Graduation Requirements for Degrees and Certificates

There is no degree, major, minor, or cluster offered in the LDS Business College Institute of Religion. To earn any degree offered by LDS Business College, the Religion Course requirements listed below must be met.

Content Requirement

Graduation requirements for AAS and AS degrees include two of the four Cornerstone courses as core requirements, plus four additional religion credits. Certificates require two cornerstone religion courses. Courses with the same number and similar title are considered equivalent across all CES institutions and whether taken at or transferred into an institution, will fulfill the content requirement for graduation (See residency requirement below). Additionally, to earn credit, a student must attend at least 75% of classes.

Residency Requirement

Each institution determines how many religious education credits a student must complete on-campus. For transfer students, this requirement may increase the number of credits needed to graduate. For example, if a student has completed several courses at one CES institution before transferring to another, depending on the residency requirement of the institution, the courses transferred may meet the content requirement but not the residency requirement. Click here for further details. 

Transfer Students

Depending on the total number of credit hours a student transfers, each CES institution uses a formula or scale for determining the number of religion credits (residency) remaining for graduation (see table below)

Total Program Credit Hours Minimum Religion Credit Hours
45 or more 8
30-44 6
15-29 4
0-14 2

For example: Total Program
Credit Hours
Minimum Religion
Credit Hours for Residency
Required for: AAS Degree 61 6
Minus credit hours transferred in -25
Remaining Credit Hours to complete 36

NOTE:

Transfer of credit from other Universities and Institutes of Religion: Institutes of Religion or other Church schools will transfer as elective credit when the following conditions are met: (1) a letter grade is given; (2) the earned letter grade appears on the LDSBC transcript. Coursework in religious studies from any place other than a LDS Church school or Institute of Religion will not be accepted toward filling the LDSBC religion requirements.

Second Religion Class

Taking two religion classes in a given semester is discouraged but may be approved in cases of academic necessity. Choir as a second institute class is allowed.

Transfer of Religion Credit from Other Universities

Religion credit earned at other LDS Church schools will transfer to LDSBC as an equivalent religion course or elective credit so long as the course is taken for credit and such credit is noted on an official transcript. While religion credits from other LDS Church schools may transfer to fulfill required religion content, they do not satisfy the LDSBC resident religion requirement (religion courses taken from LDSBC). Coursework in religious studies from any institution other than an LDS Church school or Institute of Religion will not be accepted toward filling the LDSBC religion requirements.

Transfer of Religion credit from CES Institutes of Religion

Religion credit earned at Church Education System (CES) Institutes of Religion will transfer to LDSBC as an equivalent religion course or elective credit so long as the course is taken for “Church University” or “BYU” credit and such credit is noted on an official Institute transcript. Qualifying Religion credit taken from CES Institutes of Religion do not count as residency religion requirements.

Graduation

Graduation Requirements

  1. Meet all program requirements, including Institute of Religion courses.
  2. Have a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher.
  3. Earn at least 50 percent of required credits directly from LDS Business College. Test credits are not included in this 50 percent.
  4. Have all financial accounts with the College current.
  5. Apply and be approved for graduation.

In addition to specific degree requirements, students must also meet the graduation requirements listed below:

  • Minimum Grade: To satisfy a degree, certificate, cluster requirement, students must earn a minimum grade of C unless otherwise noted in the specific program requirements. To satisfy general elective requirements students must earn a minimum grade of D-. A passing grade (P) in a Pass/Fail course will satisfy the applicable program requirement.
  • Graduation Catalog: A student is responsible for the program requirements listed in the LDSBC Catalog from the year of first enrollment to the year of graduation. Students are subject to all other policies, requirements, and procedures as outlined in the College catalog for the current academic year.
  • Academic Standing: Students who are academically suspended or academically dismissed may not graduate from LDSBC.
  • Good Honor Code Standing: Students must be in Good Honor Code Standing in order to graduate from LDSBC. Former students wishing to graduate from LDSBC, but whose ecclesiastical endorsement has expired, will need to submit a current endorsement before their application for graduation will be processed.

Application for Graduation

Current students apply for graduation online via the MyBC student portal. Former students may request assistance in applying for graduation by emailing graduation@ldsbc.edu. For specific deadlines, students should refer to the Academic Calendar. Students should apply to graduate in the semester they complete their program.

Students who apply after the Graduation Application Deadline in April will not be included in the commencement program. Graduates’ names will be included in the commencement program after the semester they graduate, not the commencement in which they march, if different. Official graduation is subject to a degree audit following the last semester of enrollment. Enrollment Services will notify students of any graduation deficiencies via official communication methods. The graduation application of those who do not complete the requirements will be reevaluated at the end of the next semester. However, students who do not satisfy all graduation requirements in the semester for which they applied must reapply to be considered for graduation in a subsequent semester.

Attendance at Commencement

Commencement is held yearly in April. Students who have completed their program requirements the prior July, December, and that April may apply to walk in April commencement. Graduates and their families and friends may attend formal commencement exercises. All graduates, including those who complete their courses of study before Winter Semester, are encouraged to attend. Students who do not attend Commencement may claim a diploma cover from Enrollment Services before leaving campus. Diplomas will be mailed to graduates only after all requirements have been completed and verified, usually 6-8 weeks after final grades are posted.

Commencement exercises at LDS Business College differ from most others in that participants attend commencement in the historic Tabernacle located on Temple Square and invites the ministry of the Spirit by their conduct in the proceedings. To assist in this invitation and to show respect for everyone present, graduates participating in Commencement are required to observe the dress and groom standards of Sunday dress.

Additionally, so as not to draw attention to any one individual; flowers, leis, and other embellishments (including decorating the cap) that might not be considered academic regalia should not be attached to or worn with the cap and gown during the commencement ceremony.

Change in Graduation Requirements

The College reserves the right to change the requirements for graduation at any time. Students are responsible to know the current program requirements for graduation. Students are encouraged to counsel with their assigned academic advisor each semester. Students may graduate using the requirements for their program of study within the seven years prior to their graduation date.

Graduation Honors

Honors is based on the cumulative GPA after grades post for the graduation semester. No adjustments will be made for grades posted or changed following the graduation semester. To be eligible, the application must be submitted before the published Final Graduation Application Deadline of the student’s graduation semester.

Students with a 3.70 cumulative GPA or higher will graduate with honors (3.69 GPA does not round up). Honors are based on GPA at the end of the semester prior to the graduation ceremony. Honor students will be recognized by their wearing a gold honors cord during graduation commencement.

Financial Holds

Candidates with outstanding debts to LDSBC, for any reason, will not receive diplomas or official transcripts until all amounts are paid in full.

Standards Holds

Candidates who are not in good Honor Code standing will not receive diplomas until they have completed the requirements outlined by the office they are working with. Students with a standards hold may not participate in commencement.

Exit Survey

In the interest of documenting post-graduation rates of employment for accreditation purposes, all students are required to complete a brief exit survey, available online, approximately one month before their anticipated graduation. Various means will be used to remind students of this graduation requirement, including emails sent to the student’s MyBC email account with a link to the survey, a notation on the student’s Grad Report, and notification through the Career Service offices.

Alumni Association

The LDSBC Alumni Association provides opportunities for alumni to continue their association with the College in meaningful ways. Students become alumni after completing 25 credit hours of academic course work.

Alumni have access to helpful College services. Lifetime Career Services privileges give alumni access to the College’s employment services where they can review available positions and receive assistance in resume writing and interview coaching.

Graduates may also take one free course from the regular curriculum each year beginning the third year after graduation. Graduates may choose either to audit the course or take it for credit. Graduates returning as degree-seeking students may use the course with the lowest number of credit hours as the free course.

Graduates will need to re-apply to the College by completing the admissions application here as a former student. Then submit the Alumni Brush-up form. 

Those interested in more information about the Alumni Association write to the LDS Business College Alumni Association at 95 North 300 West, Salt Lake City, UT 84101-3500.

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