Bachelor of General Studies

Degree and Course Distribution Requirements


General Requirements as of Fall 2010


  • Complete a minimum of 120 credit hours to graduate
  • Complete 69 credit hours of course work in the arts and sciences not to exceed 21 hours in any one department or 30 hours in any one school
  • Complete 30 credit hours of course work at Indiana University or through the IU Independent Study Program
  • Complete at least 20 credit hours after admission to the General Studies Degree Program
  • Complete 30 of the required 120 credit hours at the 300- and 400-upper division level
  • Earn a minimum cumulative GPA (Grade Point Average) of 2.0 on all courses completed after admission to the Division of Continuing Studies
  • Successfully complete one course from each of the seven competency areas.
  • Follow the campus general education requirements which includes specific courses from a list in Mathematics; a lab science; another science; a PSY or SOC course; HUMA, MUS, or FINA course; a ENG-L or PHIL course; and a HIST, ECON or POLS course. Please check the following list for specific courses to choose from for the competencies and general education requirements. 

Competency and General Education course list

BGS Planning guide


Course Distribution Requirements


  • 12 credit hours in Arts & Humanities
  • 12 credit hours in Natural & Mathematical Sciences
  • 12 credit hours in Social & Behavioral Sciences
  • 18 additional credit hours in one of the preceding areas
  • 15 additional credit hours in Arts & Sciences Electives
  • 51 credit hours of General Electives

120 total credit hours required for the B.G.S.

Course Distribution Requirements

Each General Studies degree requires completion of course work in three learning areas: arts & humanities, natural & mathematical sciences, and social & behavioral sciences. These requirements provide students with a broad exposure to the humanities and sciences. To fulfill the requirements, students may choose from a wide variety of subject fields within each learning area. These subject fields are described below:

Arts & Humanities

The following subject areas fall under the Arts & Humanities requirements:

  • Afro-American Studies
  • American Studies
  • Classical Studies
  • Comparative Literature
  • English
  • Folk Art
  • Folklore
  • Foreign Language
  • Journalism
  • Musicology and Music History
  • New Media Communications
  • Philosophy
  • Religious Studies
  • Speech
  • Telecommunications
  • Theatre and Drama
  • Women's Studies

Natural & Mathematical Sciences

The following subject areas and courses fall under the Science & Mathematics requirements:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Anthropology B200, B301
  • Astronomy
  • Biology
  • Botany
  • Business K201
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science (CSCI)
  • Computer Technology CPT 110, 118, 136, 141, 155, 165, 172, 176, 230, 255, 265, 272, 276
  • Data Processing (DPIS)
  • Economics E270, E370
  • Geography G107, G109, G208, G304, G305, G315, G404, G405, G407
  • Geology
  • Mathematics
  • Microbiology
  • Philosophy P250, P251, P350, P351
  • Physics
  • Plant Science
  • Psychology P101, P201, P211, P325, P326, P327, P329, P335, P339, P405, K300
  • Statistics
  • Zoology

The Science & Mathematics courses listed with specific course numbers are Indiana University specific and may not correspond directly to other institutions' course numbers.

Social & Behavioral Sciences

The following subject areas and courses fall under the Social & Behavioral Sciences requirements:

  • Anthropology
  • Criminal Justice (any CJUS; and SPEA-J101, J321, J331, J201, J305, J312, J439)
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • History3
  • Home Economics H150, H220, H248, H249, H255, H352, H450
  • Linguistics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Speech S221, S411, S424, S440

2The Social & Behavioral Sciences courses listed with specific course numbers are Indiana University specific and may not correspond directly to other institutions' course numbers.

3Please note that although "History" is listed under the Arts & Humanities requirements in the General Studies Degree Bulletin, "History" falls under the Social & Behavioral Sciences requirements at Indiana University Kokomo.

Electives

The following course work will be considered elective credit:

  1. Extra courses above the required numbers in the three subject areas of Arts & Humanities, Natural & Mathematical Sciences, and Social & Behavioral Sciences.
  2. "D" grades in any of the three required subject areas of Arts & Humanities, Natural & Mathematical Sciences, and Social & Behavioral Sciences.
  3. Any transfer credits not listed in the required areas of learning.
  4. Courses under the following departments not listed with the College of Arts & Sciences:
  • Banking and Finance
  • Business
  • Computer Technology (CPT-Purdue)
  • Education
  • Electrical Engineering Technology
  • Health, Physical Education, and Recreation
  • Industrial Technology
  • Labor Studies
  • Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • Nursing
  • SCS G299 and G499
  • SPEA (School of Public and Environmental Affairs)
  • Supervision
  • Technical Graphics