Feb 21, 2019  
NSU Catalog 2018-2019 
    
NSU Catalog 2018-2019

General Studies (BGS)


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In addition to being offered on Northern State University’s main campus (Aberdeen, SD), this major is also available online.

 

The Bachelor of General Studies degree is designed for students who have accumulated significant credits (at least 60) and want to complete a bachelor’s degree, yet for whatever reason are no longer interested in completing a degree in their original program of study. In addition to the standard system general education core and the NSU institutional graduation requirements, students complete three 15-credit emphasis areas instead of a major. The program allows a high degree of flexibility in course selection from a variety of disciplines.

Subject areas from the South Dakota Board of Regents system included in each emphasis area are as follows (excluding some courses):

  • Allied Health: BIOL, CHEM, HLTH, MICR, PHGY
  • Business: ACCT, BADM, ECON, MIS
  • Education: ARTE, ECE, EDER, EDFN, ELED, ELRN, EPSY, INED, LIBM, SEED, SPED
  • Fine Arts: ART, ARTD, ARTH, MUAP, MUEN, MUS, THEA
  • Humanities: ARAB, ART, ARTH, ENGL, FREN, GER, GREE, HUM, LAKL, LATI, LING, MCOM, MFL, MUS, PHIL, REL, RUSS, SPAN, SPCM, THEA
  • Social Science: ANTH, CJUS, ECON, GEOG, GLST, HDFS, HIST, POLS, PSYC, SOC, SS, WMST
  • Science, Engineering and Mathematics: A&S, BIOL, CHEM, ESCI, GEOG, GEOL, MATH, PHGY, PHYS, PS, STAT
  • Technology: CSC, ELRN, MIS
  • Wellness: AT, HLTH, HPE, PE, WEL

The degree culminates with a capstone course, which serves to synthesize the chosen emphasis areas. In this course, students will demonstrate they are knowledgeable in their three emphasis areas and that they have achieved college-level competencies in communication, critical analysis, problem solving, and synthesis. The capstone course must be taken from NSU.

Minors may be added but courses used for minor may not also be used in emphasis areas. A minimum of 32 credits must be upper level. Required gpa is 2.0. Residency requirements apply.

Students who complete the BGS degree will be eligible to apply for positions for which a bachelor’s degree is required. While the degree does not prepare students for entry into licensed professions such as K-12 teaching, nursing, or engineering, students will be able to select courses that support other career plans. Graduates will also be eligible for admission to graduate programs that require a bachelor’s degree. Courses taken for other programs or selected to complete the BGS may provide the background needed for graduate programs.

For information on becoming a active NSU student contact Admissions, SC 213, (605) 626-2544. For information on how completed courses apply to this program, contact the Registrar, DH 103 (605) 626-2012 or Justin Bartel, General Studies Advisor at (605) 626-7900.

Program Requirements


15 credits from each of three emphasis areas (45 credits)


Allied Health, Business, Education, Fine Arts, Humanities, Social Science, Science, Engineering and Mathematics, Technology, and Wellness.

Capstone Course (3 credits)


Freshman Seminar (2 credits)


Electives (29* credits)


 *Some courses may count in both general education and emphasis, total electives needed will vary.

Total Degree: 120 credits**


** 32 credits must be at the upper-level.

-Minors may be added, but courses used in emphasis area may not also be used for minor.

-General Studies may not be taken as additional major/program with another degree.

General Education Requirements


Baccalaureate degrees - 30 credits

Associate degrees - 24 credits

Goal #1: Written Communication (6 credits Baccalaureate/Associate)


Student enrollment in the initial English course is determined by the Board of Regents placement policy (2:7.6).

Goal #2: Oral Communcation (3 credits Baccalaureate/Associate)


Goal #4: Arts and Humanities (6 credits Baccalaureate/3 credits Associate)


Goal #5: Mathematics (3 credits Baccalaureate/Associate)


Student enrollment in the initial Mathematics course is determined by the Board of Regents placement policy (2:7.6).

Goal #6: Natural Sciences (6 credits Baccalaureate/3 Credits Associate)


Associate Degree Flexibility (3 credits)


Students have the flexibility to select an additional three credits from Goal #3, #4, or #6 with courses selected from different disciplinary prefixes.

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