Institute Policies

Institute Policies


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.


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:

  • Two of the four cornerstone courses as core requirements, plus two additional courses (four credits).

Certificate program requirements will have the following guidelines:

  • Certificate programs with 15 credits or less will not require any religion courses.
  • Certificate programs with 16 – 29 credits will require one religion cornerstone course.
  • Certificate programs with 30 or more credits will require two religion cornerstone 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. Each student at LDSBC will be required to take at least one (2 credit) religion course at the college to fulfill the residency requirement (if their program is more than 15 credits).

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)

Second Religion Class in the Same Semester: Students will only receive religion credit for one religion class per semester. Any exceptions to this must be approved through the Office of the Registrar. Exception to this policy are courses: REL 110R and REL 190R.

Credit Hours Transferred to LDSBC Minimum Religion Credit Hours
45 or more 2
30-44 4
15-29 6
0-14 8

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