2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Jul 19, 2018  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

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General Studies (B.G.S.)

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Program Coordinator/Contact

Theresa Ireland, Student Services Facilitator
Continuing and Extended Education
Briggs Library Room 119
E-mail: theresa.ireland@sdstate.edu

Program Information

The Bachelor of General Studies program through the College of Arts and Sciences is designed for adult and returning students who have already completed significant college credit and want to complete a baccalaureate degree. The Bachelor of General Studies offers students the flexibility to select coursework from a variety of focus areas: agriculture/natural resource management, allied health, business, education, engineering, fine arts, humanities, social science, science/mathematics, technology, and wellness.

Student Learning Outcomes

Each graduate completing the Bachelor of General Studies will:

  • describe and apply the concepts, theories, and methods of his or her focus areas.
  • integrate knowledge across disciplines.
  • analyze an intellectual issue using appropriate research methods.  
  • articulate the role of diversity in society.
  • communicate effectively.

Admission Requirements

For SDSU admission requirements, visit www.sdstate.edu/admissions. Potential students should pick up an application from an attendance center or apply online:

  • Visit SDSU’s site www.sdstate.edu
  • Choose “Admissions”
  • Choose “Undergraduate Admissions”
  • Complete the online application.

Potential students should connect with the program contact to ensure that the program will be a good fit for them, as well as have any transcripts evaluated. Once accepted, students will work closely with their advisor to prepare their degree completion plan.

Course Delivery Format

Adult and returning students will have the ability to complete the Bachelor of General Studies online, on-campus, or through an attendance center (Capital University Center, University Center – Sioux Falls, or University Center – Rapid City.

Requirements for General Studies Major: 120 Credits

Bachelor of General Studies

System General Education Requirements

Major Requirements

Focus Areas

Completion of 15 credits in at least 3 of the designated General Studies focus areas. 20 credits or more of the focus area must be numbered 300 or above. Credits: 45

  • Agriculture/Natural Resource Management  (Courses such as animal science, plant science, wildlife and fisheries)
  • Allied Health (Courses such as anatomy, athletic training, health sciences)
  • Business (Courses such as business administration, consumer affairs, economics, ag econ, entrepreneurial studies)
  • Education (Courses such as early childhood education, art education, ag education)
  • Engineering (Courses such as construction management, physics, architecture, and engineering)
  • Fine Arts (Courses such as art, art history, interior design, theater, music)
  • Humanities (Courses such as foreign languages, English, religion, philosophy, mass and speech communication)
  • Social Science (Courses such as anthropology, human development, political science, psychology, sociology)
  • Science/Mathematics (Courses such as biology, chemistry, food science, mathematics)
  • Technology (Courses such as agricultural systems technology, computer science, electrical engineering technology)
  • Wellness (Courses such as health, physical education and recreation, wellness)


Total Required Credits: 120

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