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.

Admission Requirements

In order to be admitted into the Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) degree program, applicants must:




General Education

36 hours

Area of Concentration

24-27 hours


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:

Other Information

The following BGS Areas of Concentration are offered fully or partially online:
• Computer Systems Technology (partially 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 a BGS advisor for availability of online course offerings.

Note: If you are a former USF student, please note that former USF students returning must meet with a BGS advisor prior to applying for the program.

The BGS degree program is not intended for currently enrolled USF students making satisfactory progress towards degree completion, or students who have already earned a bachelor's degree.

Students may not pursue the Bachelor of General Studies as a second major, dual degree, or second baccalaureate degree. Bachelor's degree holders who wish to continue their education are encouraged to pursue admission to a graduate degree program.