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2019-2020 Academic Catalog 
2019-2020 Academic Catalog [Archived Catalog]

General Studies, Behavioral Sciences Concentration, BGS

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Total Hours Required for Degree:  120

The Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) with a concentration in Behavioral Sciences is a broad based, interdisciplinary program that offers students the opportunity to develop critical thinking and cultural awareness through an individualized course of study. Students cannot pursue the BGS concurrently with another baccalaureate degree. Students who wish to pursue the BGS as a second degree will not be permitted to apply the major hours from the primary degree to the concentration area in the General Studies curriculum.

The General Studies, Behavioral Sciences Concentration program is offered both face-to-face and 100% online.

Subject Area Blocks

The Behavioral Sciences Block will be used as the Concentration Area. The two remaining blocks must be used as Enrichment Areas. 

Applied and Natural Sciences Block

Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Engineering, Agriculture, Agronomy, Animal Science, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Studies, Computer Science, Electronics, Environmental Science, Forestry, Geology, Health Systems Management, Instrumentation, Mathematics, Medical Laboratory Science, Natural Resource Conservation Management, Nursing, Nursing: RN to BSN, Nutrition and Food Science, Physical Science, Physics, Process Plant Technology, Radiologic Sciences, Statistics, Technology, Wildlife Management

Arts and Humanities Block

Art, Art Education, Baritone, Bassoon, Cello, Clarinet, Communication, English, Flute, Foreign Languages, French, French Horn, German, Greek, Guitar, Harp, History, Humanities, Latin, Mass Communication, Music, Music: Applied Instrument Study, Music: Applied Piano Study, Music: Applied Voice Study, Music Education, Oboe, Percussion, Philosophy, Piano, Religious Studies, Saxophone, Spanish, String Bass, Theatre, Trombone, Trumpet, Tuba, Viola, Violin, Voice, Women’s Studies

No more than eight (8) hours of music ensemble courses may be applied to the BGS.

Sciences Block

Anthropology, Criminal Justice, Economics, Economics Education, Education, Educational Technology, Family and Child Studies, Family Science, Geography, Health and Human Performance, Office Systems and Business Communication, Paralegal Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Social Sciences, Sociology, Special Education

No more than eight (8) hours of HHP activity courses may be applied to the BGS.

Concentration - 37 hours

  • Behavioral Sciences Electives - 18 hours
  • Behavioral Sciences Electives (300/400 Level) - 18 hours

Additional Requirements - 44 hours

  • Applied and Natural Sciences Elective (300/400 Level) - 3 hours
  • Applied and Natural Sciences Electives - 9 hours
  • Arts and Humanities Elective (300/400 Level) - 3 hours
  • Arts and Humanities Electives - 9 hours
  • Electives - 5 hours
  • Electives (300/400 Level) - 15 hours


  • No more than 8 credit hours of HHP Activity  courses and no more than 8 credit hours of Music Ensemble  courses will be applied toward the degree.
  • Students must earn a grade of C or better in GNST 400 (Capstone Course).
  • Students must earn a minimum overall GPA of 2.0 in all courses applied toward the degree.
  • Students must earn a minimum overall GPA of 2.0 in the concentration block.

General Notes

  • All bachelor’s degrees must include 40 hours at the 300/400 level.
  • All bachelor’s degrees require at least one life science course and one physical science course from the Natural Sciences area of the General Education Core Curriculum .
  • All degree and graduation requirements may be found on the Academic Regulations  page.

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