Bachelor of General Studies

BGS Program Overview

Are you considering returning to school to complete a degree you started years ago? USF's Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) degree program can help you complete your bachelor's degree. This degree is a customized, interdisciplinary degree that allows you to choose an academic program that fits your educational and professional goals. The BGS degree program empowers you to complete your bachelor's degree while maintaining your busy lifestyle.

As a BGS student, you will take an active role in creating your academic program. Rather than choosing a traditional major, you can choose from a variety of concentrations, including several online options. Concentrations are between 24 - 27 credits, including your core courses, electives and a capstone.

Program Structure
Requirement Credit Hours
General Education 36 hours
Area of Concentration 24-27 hours
Electives 51-54 hours (may include a 2nd concentration)
Capstone Experience (IDS 4934) 3 hours
Writing Intensive Exit Course 3 hours
Total Hours for BGS Degree 120 hours

In addition, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Students must complete all USF general education requirements or approved equivalents, unless an A.A. degree was completed at another FL public institution
  • Students must meet USF Tampa residency requirements (at least 30 hours of the last 60 hours earned at USF)
  • Students must select one or two concentrations and have these selections approved by a BGS advisor
  • Students must meet the foreign language entrance requirement
  • Students must complete a minimum of 42 credit hours of upper-level work (courses numbered 3000 and above)
  • Students must complete all USF exit requirements

Consult a BGS advisor for availability of online course offerings at

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