2017-2018 Academic Catalog

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.