LDS Business College 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 as 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 us for eternal life hereafter.
Because regular gospel study should be a continuous part of a student's college experience it is expected that students take one religion class each semester they are enrolled. Any exceptions to this must be approved by the Institute of Religion Director before graduation.
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 courses. Courses with the same number and similar title are considered equivalent across all CES institutions and whether taken at or transferred into and institution, will fulfill the content requirement for graduation. 
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 examples, 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. (see table below)
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 taken at LDSBC   Minimum Religion Credit Hours to take at LDSBC
45 or more   8
30-44†   6‡
15-29   4
0-14   2
For example:   Total Program Credit Hours   Minimum Religion Credit Hours
Required for: AS in Business Degree   61    
- Minus credit hours transferred in:   -25    
Remaining Credit Hours to complete:   36† 6‡


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 term is discouraged but may be approved in cases of academic necessity.

To see course descriptions, click here.