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Bachelor of General Studies

Bachelor of General Studies (B.G.S.)

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 (click here)

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

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