Undergraduate Catalog 2015-2016

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: 24.0102

Undergraduate Studies

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 that provides students with options to choose an appropriate academic program that fits their educational and professional goals. The BGS major provides 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 plans. 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 Environmental Science and Policy, the concentration also offers students the opportunity to take supporting courses in other physical and natural sciences, statistics, policy, and ethics.

State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites

There are no state mandated common course prerequisites for this major.

Total Major Hours: 25 Hours

Major Core Courses - 3 Hours

USF Capstone EXIT Requirement:

Concentration Core Courses - 7 Hours

  • EVR 2001 Introduction to Environmental Science
  • EVR 2001L 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:

Additional Major Requirements

Major Requirements

Upon acceptance to the BGS major, students will complete the necessary coursework to reach 120 credit hours. The 120 credit hour requirement includes completing the following:

  • USF Foundations of Knowledge and Learning General Education requirements or approved equivalents - unless GE credits were completed at another Florida institution.
  • All USF exit requirements
  • Foreign Language Entrance Requirement
  • One or two disciplinary concentrations selected by the student and approved by the advisor
  • A minimum of 48 semester hours of upper-level work (courses numbered 3000 and above)

Major Residency Requirement

At least 30 hours earned at USF Tampa.

Additional Major Information

Major Advising

Transitional Advising Center (TRAC); SVC 2043; 813-974-2645

Major Other Information

The following BGS Areas of Concentration are offered fully or partially online:

  • Criminal Justice (fully online)
  • Environmental Policy and Management (partially online)
  • Information Studies: Information Architecture (fully online)
  • Information Technology (fully online)
  • Leadership Studies (partially online)
  • Public Administration (fully online)
  • Public Health (fully online)
  • Urban Studies (partially online)
  • Women's and Gender Studies (partially online)

Consult advisor for availability of online course offerings.


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