Undergraduate Catalog 2013-14

Majors

General Studies (BGS) with a concentration in Environmental Policy & Management (GEM)

Bachelor of General Studies (B.G.S.)

8 Semester Plan

120 Credit Hours

CIP Code: 24.0106

Innovative Education

http://www.usf.edu/innovative-education/programs/graduate-certificates/environmental-policy-and-management.aspx

Major Description

USF'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.

Concentration Description

This concentration is a unique interdisciplinary program that incorporates courses from various colleges across the University. Although there are courses in the concentration that are offered by the Environmental Science and Policy Division, the degree concentration also offers students the opportunity to take supporting courses in other physical and natural sciences, statistics, policy, and ethics.

Total Major Hours: 25 Hours

Major Core Courses - 3 Hours

College EXIT Requirement:

Concentration Core Courses - 7 Hours

Concentration Requirements:
  • EVR 2001 Introduction to Environmental Science
  • EVR 2001L Introduction to Environmental Science Lab
  • EVR 2861 Introduction to Environmental Policy

Concentration Elective Courses - 15 Hours

Choose 9 credits from the following: Choose 6 credits from the following:

Research Opportunities

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.

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