Undergraduate Catalog 2017-18

Majors

General Studies (BGS) with a concentration in Aging Sciences (GASC)

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

8 Semester Plan

120 Credit Hours

CIP Code: 24.0102

Undergraduate Studies

http://ugs.usf.edu/catalog/?category=majors&display=detail&maj=BGS&deg=BGS&conc=GASC

Major Description

USF's Bachelor of General Studies Degree (BGS) is a customized, interdisciplinary degree completion program 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.

Students pursuing a Bachelor of General Studies degree are restricted from declaring a minor, due to USF's degree progression policy.

Students may not pursue the Bachelor of General Studies as a second major, dual degree, or second or post-baccalaureate degree. Baccalaureate degree holders who wish to pursue further education are encouraged to pursue admission into a graduate degree program of study.‚Äč

Concentration Description

Gerontology is the study of the process of human aging in all its many aspects: physical, psychological and social. In the School of Aging Studies, particular emphasis is placed upon applied gerontology, with the goal of educating students who in their professional careers will work to sustain or improve the quality of life in older persons.

State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites

Students desiring to transfer to USF should complete an A.A. degree at a Florida College System institution. If students transfer with fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the students must meet the University's entering freshman requirements including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA, and course requirements. Transfer students are also required to comply with the immunization, foreign language, and continuous enrollment policies of the university.

There are no State Mandated Common Prerequisites for this program.

Total Major Hours: 24 Hours

Major Core Courses - 3 Hours

USF Capstone EXIT Requirement:

Concentration Core Courses - 12 Hours

Concentration Elective Courses - 9 Hours

Choose nine credit hours from the following list of courses:

Additional Major Information

Major Advising

Office of Undergraduate Studies (UGS)

Location/Phone: Student Services Building (SVC) 2002; (813) 974-4051

Website: http://www.usf.edu/undergrad/programs/bgs/

Major Other Information

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

  • Computer Systems Technology (fully online)
  • Criminal Justice (fully online)
  • Educational Foundations (partially online)
  • Environmental Policy (partially online)
  • Information Studies: Information Architecture (fully online)
  • Public Administration (fully online)
  • Public Health (fully online)
  • Urban Studies (partially online)

Consult advisor for availability of online course offerings.

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