2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
    Jun 18, 2018  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog

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General Studies (B.G.S.)



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Program Coordinator/Contact

Aimee Maher, Student Services Facilitator
Continuing and Distance Education
West Hall 121
605-688-4154

Program Information

The Bachelor of General Studies program through the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences is designed for adult and returning students who have already completed significant college credit (at least 60 credits) 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 must have a minimum of 60 credits completed for acceptance to the General Studies program.  Potential students should apply online and 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 Black Hills State University – 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)

Electives


Total Required Credits: 120


Summary of Program Requirements


Bachelor of General Studies

System General Education Requirements 30 Credit Hours
Major Requirements 48 Credit Hours
Electives** 42 Credit Hours

**Taken as needed to complete any additional degree requirements.

Academic Advising Guide Sheet


The goal of the academic advising guide sheets and sample plans of study is to promote undergraduate student success by guiding all students to timely completion of an undergraduate degree. Students are not limited to the course sequence provided for their academic program. Instead, the sample plan of study is one possible path to completing your degree and is meant to be used as a guide for planning purposes in consultation with an academic advisor. The plans also help students prepare for meetings with their academic advisor and track their progress in their selected academic program.

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