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University Studies Bachelor of Science

To be admitted to the University Studies degree program, a student  must have completed at least one full year of college course work (a minimum of 24 semester hours) with a 2.00 grade point average or higher. Students who have not yet completed their first year of course work can meet with the program director before then to discuss a plan of study, but cannot declare a major until they have completed the required number of hours.

Once a student declares a major in University Studies they must create a plan of study. A student will complete either a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree. The requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree are below. For Bachelor of Arts degree, click here.

Bachelor of Science Degree Requirements

University Core Curriculum Requirements ............................ 41

Requirements for University Studies ..................................... 79

English Composition .............................................................. 3

Writing intensive course ........................................................ 3

300-400 level coursework ..................................................... 40

Other courses approved by the chief academic advisor in

the College of Liberal Arts ..................................................... 33

Total ...................................................................................... 120

About Coursework for University Studies Degree

There are two limitations to the courses chosen:

  1. Students may take no more than 40 semester hours excluding courses used to satisfy University Core Curriculum requirements in any College, except for the College of Liberal Arts where they may take up to 54 hours (but no more than 27 semester hours in the social sciences, humanities, or fine and performing arts)
  2. Students may take no more than 20 semester hours from a single department, excluding courses used to satisfy University Core Curriculum.

Students must achieve a minimum 2.0 GPA for the 40 hours of 300- and 400-level coursework to be eligible for graduation.

Additionally, in their final semester students will complete the reflexive essay assessment assignment.