Undergraduate Catalog 2017-18

Majors

General Studies (BGS) with a concentration in Business (GBU)

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

8 Semester Plan

120 Credit Hours

CIP Code: 24.0102

Undergraduate Studies

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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

The Business concentration will give students exposure to the basic elements of all business disciplines. The goal of the Business concentration is to provide students the opportunity to pursue a broad-based study of upper-level coursework in business with electives from outside the college to meet career preparation goals.

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: 27 Hours

Major Core Courses - 3 Hours

USF Capstone EXIT Requirement:

Concentration Core Courses - 24 Hours

  • ACG 2021 Principles of Financial Accounting
  • ACG 2071 Principles of Managerial Accounting
  • ECO 2013 Economic Principles (Macroeconomics)
  • ECO 2023 Economic Principles (Microeconomics)
  • FIN 3403 Principles of Finance
  • GEB 4890 Strategic Management and Decision Making
  • MAN 3025 Principles of Management
  • MAR 3023 Basic Marketing

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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