New Religion Requirements

Doctrinal Foundation and Religion Electives

Religious Education offers courses in ancient and modern scripture, Church history and doctrine, and related subjects. Together these help students toward a deeper understanding of "the doctrines, the covenants, the ordinances, the standard works, and the history of the restored gospel" (Aims, "Intellectually Enlarging").

Because The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints maintains that regular gospel study is a necessary part of the university experience, religion courses are provided so that students may progress in their religious understanding and convictions simultaneously with their educational progress in secular fields. As such, religion courses are not meant to be a mere devotional supplement but an integral part of the university curriculum that conforms to university standards and expectations. Therefore, while students are enrolled at BYU, they are required to take religion courses from BYU.


The heart of the university core's religion component is the doctrinal foundation based upon careful, informed, and reflective study of sacred scripture and doctrines of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

While enrolled at BYU, all students must complete the Four Cornerstones requirement of the university core as outlined in the chart below. Note that religion course requirements are different for transfer students. Since the religion requirement is determined by the number of transfer hours, if is important for each student to refer to their official personal progress report or consult with a university advisement center to determine their official status and their corresponding religion requirement for graduation.

Students who are not LDS are strongly encouraged to enroll in Rel C 100, Introduction to Mormonism, during their first semester in residence. This course is designed to be informational, to introduce students to the culture, scriptures, and distinctive doctrines of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and to prepare them for subsequent religion classes.

Religion Electives

In addition to fulfilling the Four Cornerstones requirement, all students are required to take a specified number of BYU religion course hours as outlined in the chart below. Fulfilling these hours can be accomplished by taking BYU Cornerstone courses and/or BYU religion elective courses intended to enrich the Cornerstone courses with rigorous study from a variety of religious topics dealing with ancient scripture and Church history and doctrine. Religion courses taken from LDS institutes of religion (including stake institutes) or Church Educational System schools (BYU–Idaho or BYU–Hawaii) will not fulfill the required number of BYU residency religion hours to be taken by each student. Only religion hours taken at the Provo campus will fulfill this requirement.

In addition, religion courses taken at the BYU Salt Lake Center and through the BYU Independent Study program are considered part of the BYU campus and will fulfill the required number of religion courses required of each student.

Because regular gospel study should be a continuous part of a student's university experience, it would be ideal to take one religion class each semester of enrollment. To encourage this, no more than 4 hours of religion credit per semester (spring/summer counts as one semester) may be counted toward the required religion hours to be taken at BYU.

No religion course numbered in the 500s and 600s may be applied toward undergraduate religion credit. Religion credit from non-LDS universities will not be counted toward fulfilling any part of the religion requirement.

Total Hours Transferred to BYU Total BYU Religion Hours to Take 
While Enrolled at BYU (Provo)
Cornerstone Courses Required for BYU Graduation*
0–14.9 14 Rel C 200: The Eternal Family 
Rel C 225: Foundations of the Restoration 
Rel A 250: Jesus Christ and the Everlasting Gospel 
Rel A 275: Teachings and Doctrine of the Book of Mormon 
or approved substitutions***
15–29.9 12
30–44.9 10
45–59.9 8
60–74.9 6**
75–89.9 4**
90 or more 2**
* All students graduating from BYU, BYU-Idaho, BYU-Hawaii and LDS Institute must complete ALL cornerstone requirements. Credit for these courses may be transferred from BYU-Idaho, BYU-Hawaii, and LDS Institutes as per current policy. 
**More religion credit may be needed if cornerstone requirements have not been completed. 
***Approved substitutions: For Rel C 200, Rel C 333: Teachings of the Living Prophets; for Rel A 250, Rel A 211: New Testament; for Rel A 275, Rel A 121 or 122: Book of Mormon.