Bachelor of University Studies

  1. General Education (38)
    1. Communications (9)
      • 6 semester hours of English composition or demonstration of equivalent competency
      • 3 semester hours of oral communication (Communications 230 or 231) or demonstration or equivalent competency
    2. History (6)
    3. Mathematics/Computer Science (6)
      • 3 semester hours of mathematics at the 100+ level or demonstration of equivalent competency
      • 3 semester hours of computer science or demonstration of equivalent competency
    4. Natural Science (8)
      • One sequence in wither Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Geology, or Physics
    5. Social Sciences, Humanities, and Fine Arts (9)
      For purposes of ensuring breadth of educational experience, the student will be expected to earn no fewer than nine semester hours credit from the following four areas:
      1. Social Sciences (Sociology, Geography, Psychology, Political Science)
      2. Literature (including all foreign language courses)
      3. Human-related disciplines (Anthropology, Philosophy, Religious Studies)
      4. The Arts and Music
  2. Individual Degree Concentration (42-54)
    This portion of the student's program provides for the in-depth examination of some area of study. In
    traditional terms it would comprise the courses of the major and the minor or the courses of the
    major plus an integrated cluster of related and supportive courses. The Individualized Degree
    Concentration will include no fewer than 42 semester hours and no more than 54 semester hours.
    No more than 36 semester hours in one discipline, exclusive of the specific curricular requirements
    listed above, may count toward the B.U.S. degree. The student must earn a grade of "C" or better in all
    courses offered for the Individualized Degree Concentration.
  3. Experiential Credit (0-30)
    While not required, students may be awarded up to 30 hours credit for learning that has taken place in
    settings other than the college classroom or laboratory. Examples of non-college learning that can be
    converted into college credit include real estate schools, banking institutes, military training, business
    programs, law enforcement academies, fire and safety institutes, technical/vocational certificates or
    associate degrees, seminars, workshops, in-service training or formal job training. A portfolio,
    documenting all experiential learning for which credit is sought, will be presented by the student. The
    student's advisor and the vice chancellor for academic affairs' designate will evaluate the portfolio and may
    assign from 0-15 hours credit. Credit for up to 15 additional hours, or any upper-division hours, may only
    be awarded by the Undergraduate Council. If experiential credit is awarded, it becomes part of the
    student's university transcript; it may not substitute for any general education requirement (I-V) and it may
    be applied only to the Bachelor of University Studies degree.
  4. Electives:
    Sufficient electives must be taken to bring the total credits for the program to 130 semester hours.