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Core Requirements


BYU–Hawaii offers majors, minors, and certificates in three categories: Arts & Humanities, Math & Sciences, and Professional Studies. In order to earn a BYU–Hawaii degree, students must complete 120 credits and a combination of one major from one category and two minors/certificates (or additional majors if they fit within the four-year allotment) from each of the remaining categories. The responsibility rests with the students to see that their programs of study satisfy all the requirements for graduation listed in the catalog. Advisors and other members of the faculty and staff will assist in any way possible.

Core classes + major and two minors/certificates in three different areas (breadth and depth) + religious education = BYUH degree.

Core Classes

Holokai Foundations (1 credit hour)

This requirement is to be completed within the first year on campus, preferably a student's first semester.

  • STDEV 100R Holokai Foundations (1)

Mathematics Requirement-Quantitative and Logical Reasoning (3-5 Credit Hours)

The math requirement can be completed by taking one of the following:

  • Statistics: MATH 121, BIOL 340, PSYC 205, POSC 300 and POSC 304, or EXS 339
  • Calculus: MATH 212, MATH 213, or MATH 119.
  • Trigonometry: MATH 111
  • Quantitative Reasoning: MATH 107
  • Discrete Mathematics: CIS 205 and 205L

Reading/Writing/Speaking (6 Credit Hours)

  • ENGL 101 Communication in Writing, Speaking, and Reading (3)
  • Advanced Writing (3 credit hours)— The advanced writing requirement can be completed by taking one of the following: ENGL 314 Exposition and Analysis in the Humanities (3) or ENGL 315 Topics for Advanced Writing and Analysis (3) or ENGL 316 Technical Writing (3)
  • Approved Senior Seminar in the major: CHEM 494, HIST 490, CS 491-493, IT 491-493

Religious Education (8-14 Credit Hours Depending on Transfer Credits if Applicable)

  • REL 200 The Eternal Family
  • REL 225 Foundations of the Restoration
  • REL 250 Jesus Christ and the Everlasting Gospel
  • REL 275 The Teachings and Doctrine of the Book of Mormon (OR REL 121 + REL 122)
  • + 3 religion electives (one of which must be a scripture course)

Holokai Requirements for Students Transferring With an Associate’s Degree

Students who transfer with an associate degree from an accredited college or university, not including Associate of Applied Science, will be required to complete:

  • A major
  • STDEV 100R
  • The four CORE religion courses and residency religion requirements
  • Advanced Writing - English 315

Students with an Associate of Applied Science must complete the full Holokai program. Students should see an advisor for any possible transfer equivalencies.