Undergraduate Catalog 2013-14
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General Studies (BGS) with a concentration in Behavioral Healthcare (GBH)
Bachelor of General Studies (B.G.S.)8 Semester Plan
120 Credit Hours
CIP Code: 24.0106
Major DescriptionUSF's Bachelor of General Studies Degree (BGS) is a customized, interdisciplinary degree completion that provides students with options to choose an appropriate academic program that fits their educational and professional goals. The BGS program will provide mid-career adult students with the opportunity to integrate completion of the baccalaureate degree into their established lifestyle.
BGS students will take an active role in creating their academic programs. Rather than choosing a traditional major, BGS students can choose from a number of established plans of study or can create their own individualized plan of study. BGS students complete 24-27 credits (core courses and electives) within a selected concentration in addition to their other degree requirements.
Behavioral health problems, including mental illness and substance abuse, are among the greatest public health challenges facing our communities. Students enrolling in the Behavioral Healthcare concentration will be exposed to treatment approaches as well as to issues related to the organization, financing, delivery, and outcomes of behavioral health services. Combining academic and experiential learning, the concentration provides students with information and practical experience in behavioral healthcare services.
Total Major Hours: 24 Hours
Major Core Courses - 3 Hours
College EXIT Requirement:
- IDS 4934 Senior Capstone for BSAS/BGS
Concentration Core Courses - 15 HoursConcentration Requirements:
- MHS 3411 Multidisciplinary Behavioral Healthcare Services
- MHS 4002 Behavioral Health Systems Delivery
- MHS 4408 Exemplary Practices in Behavioral Healthcare Treatment
- MHS 4425 Field Experience in Behavioral Healthcare
- MHS 4703 Legal, Ethical and Professional Issues in BHC
Concentration Elective Courses - 6 Hours
- CLP 4414 Behavior Modification
- MHS 4022 Adult Psychopathology in the Community
- MHS 4023 Recovery-Oriented Mental Health Services
- MHS 4203 Practical Skills: Children's Behavioral Healthcare
- MHS 4434 Behavioral Health and the Family
- MHS 4452 Co-occurring Disorders
- MHS 4463 Suicide Issues in Behavioral Health
- MHS 4490 Behavioral Healthcare Issues for Children
- MHS 4731 Writing for Research and Publication in BCS
- MHS 4741 Advanced Research Methods in Beh. and Comm. Sci.
- MHS 4931 Selected Topics
- RCS 4033 Overview of Rehab and MH Counseling Professions
All undergraduate students in any degree program can participate in undergraduate research. There are a number of options to receive academic credit for a mentored research experience and to have the experience show on the official transcript. Students who wish to enroll in an undergraduate research course should consult with their academic advisor to understand how the credit will apply towards the degree requirements. If no credit is needed, students may be eligible to enroll in the 0-credit IDS 2912 or IDS 4914 courses. These courses will not impact degree credits or GPA but will show on an official transcript and document the experience. The Office for Undergraduate Research will assist students in understanding the various course options.