The Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) degree program is designed to serve adult students (age 25 or older) who wish to pursue a broadly defined and/or individually designed baccalaureate program. BGS students will work closely with an advisor to design a program of study to meet individual educational and career objectives. The flexibility of the BGS degree will enable students to tailor educational experiences to meet personal goals, broaden their appreciation of the arts and sciences, enhance career skills and competencies, and increase career opportunities and choices. All BGS students must complete a set of requirements for the degree.
Applied Studies Option for Graduates of Apprenticeships in Selected Building Trades
Through a partnership with the Indiana building trades apprenticeship and training programs and Ivy Tech Community College, the USI Bachelor of General Studies Program recognizes the technical training and the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree as a significant milestone toward the bachelor’s degree. Prospective students who have completed an apprenticeship program in selected building trades and hold an AAS from Ivy Tech are eligible to pursue the Applied Studies option with a concentration in Technical Supervision and Leadership or Business Development. In addition to the required courses for one of the following concentrations, students must complete all USI Core Curriculum requirements even if meeting the requirements means the student graduates with more than the minimum hours required for a baccalaureate degree. Students are encouraged to work closely with the BGS advisor to avoid duplication of coursework.