University General Course Catalog 2020-2021 
    
    Apr 21, 2024  
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General Studies, B.G.S.


The University’s Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) degree program provides interdisciplinary study across the academic disciplines and professional fields. It is designed for students whose academic interest or career objectives require an individualized university degree. Degree candidates are assigned an academic advisor to assist in preparing an appropriate course of study. Prospective graduate students should contact their advisor regarding the degree’s applicability to that goal.

The program objectives are:

  1. To meet the University of Nevada, Reno’s mission as a land-grant university;
  2. To better serve the general educational needs of the state’s citizens;
  3. To provide nontraditional students an opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree;
  4. To offer a relatively flexible degree program that may include studies in several disciplinary and professional areas.

http://www.unr.edu/assessment/plans-and-forms/provosts-office/general-studies-bgs

Student Learning Outcomes


Students will be able to:

  • explain and justify their intellectual goals in undertaking interdisciplinary study and why they have chosen a particular thematic cluster of courses.
  • integrate the knowledge, skills, information, and/or values gained from a wide range of self-designed study across various disciplines.
  • articulate their academic experience and personal development achieved through a self-designed curriculum.

Contact Information


405 Pennington Student Achievement Center
(775) 784-4684

Advising Center - advising@unr.edu

Transfer to the University of Nevada, Reno


Use the transfer agreement  and the degree planner (available by clicking Print degree planner icon at the top right of this page) to build your plan for graduation with your advisor. Course substitutions not identified on the transfer agreement require UNR advisor approval.

If a major-to-major transfer agreement is not available for your transfer institution, please check the General Core agreement  if available. If neither is available, access established Transferology to assist in your planning.

Admission Requirements


Entrance Requirements: students must have completed a minimum of 60 undergraduate credits from an accredited institution before seeking admission to the BGS program. Students may not use the BGS as a second bachelor’s degree.

Graduation Requirements


  • Total Units | 120
  • Cumulative GPA | 2.0
  • University GPA | 2.0
  • Major GPA | 2.0
  • Residency Requirement | 30 Upper-Division Units at UNR
  • Upper-Division Requirement | 42 Upper-Division Units
  • Half Program/4 Year Institution | 60 Units

A maximum of four units applicable to the BGS degree may be earned in recreation, physical education and dance activity courses (numbered 100-199). 

I. Core General Education Requirements (24-27 units)


NOTE: Refer to the Core Curriculum  chapter of this catalog for information regarding the “Core English and Math Completion Policy  .”

Students must meet all Core Objectives (CO1 through CO14). Courses satisfying Core Objectives are designated (e.g., CO9) in General Catalog curricula and course description.

A. Composition & Communication; Critical Analysis & Use of Information (3-6 units) - CO1, CO3


B. Quantitative Reasoning (3 units minimum) - CO2


Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO2 courses .

C. Physical & Natural Phenomena (6 units minimum) - CO4, CO4L


Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO4/CO4L courses .

D. Cultures, Societies, & Individuals (3 units) - CO6


Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO6 courses .

E. Artistic Composition, Interpretation, & Expression (3 units) - CO7


Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO7 courses .

F. History & Culture; Constitution (6 units) - CO5, CO8


Refer to the Core Curriculum   chapter in this catalog.

II. Additional Core Requirements (18 units maximum)


Students must take courses that satisfy the following Core Objectives. Some or all of these requirements may be satisfied by courses in other requirements. Refer to the Core Curriculum   chapter in this catalog.

A. Science, Technology & Society - CO9


Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO9 courses .

B. Diversity & Equity - CO10


Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO10 courses .

C. Global Context - CO11


Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO11 courses .

D. Ethics - CO12


Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO12 courses .

E. Capstone Integration & Synthesis - CO13


Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO13 courses .

F. Application - CO14


Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO14 courses .

III. Additional College Requirements (0 units)


IV. Major Requirements (60 units)


A. Additional Composition and Communication Requirements (6 units)


Choose from the following:

B. Additional Natural Sciences Requirement (3 units)


Choose from courses listed in the “Silver Core Natural Sciences” section of the Core Curriculum  chapter in this catalog. Courses used to satisfy the Silver Core General Education requirement may not be reused here. Additional credits may also include any 100- or 200-level BIOL, CHEM, GEOL, PHYS course.

C. Additional Social Science Requirement (6 units)


Choose from either: 1) courses listed in the “Social Sciences Course” section of the Core Curriculum  chapter in this catalog; 2) any 100-200 level political science, psychology, or sociology course; 3) any 100-200 level history course with the exception of HIST 105 , HIST 106  or HIST 282; or 4) any course in the following list. Courses used to satisfy the Silver Core General Education requirement may not be reused here.

D. Additional Humanities or Fine Arts Requirement (3 units)


Choose from either: 1) courses listed in the “Fine Arts” section of the Core Curriculum  chapter in this catalog; or 2) any course in the following list. Courses used to satisfy the Silver Core General Education requirement may not be reused here.

E. Breadth Requirement (12 units)


Complete 12 lower-division units outside the College of Liberal Arts and outside the College of Science.

F. Specialization (30 unique units between two minors)


Students must complete the requirements for two distinct minors offered at the university and at least 18 upper-division units. Once declared, the minor requirements will display on individual student’s academic advising reports as BGS Specializations. Up to 12 units used to fulfill other BGS requirements may be reused in the BGS Specializations.

A student may choose to replace one of the minors with a coherent, customized set of courses developed in consultation with and approved by their academic advisor. 

 

V. Minor Requirements (0 units)


As part of the Specialization, two minors are required. Students in the General Studies program may declare up to two minors in addition to those used to satisfy the Specialization requirement.

VI. Electives (15-18 units)


VII. Recommended Schedule


First Year


Fall Semester (15 units)


  • (3 units)
  • Mathematics Course (3 units) CO2
  • Social Sciences Course (3 units) CO6
  • Fine Arts Course (3 units) CO7
  • BGS Social Sciences Course (3 units) 

Spring Semester (15 units)


  • (3 units) CO1, CO3
  • Natural Sciences Course (3 units) CO4L**
  • BGS Communication & English (3 units)
  • BGS Humanities/Fine Arts (3 units)
  • BGS Breadth Requirement (3 units)

Second Year


Fall Semester (15 units)


Spring Semester (15 units)


Third Year


Fall Semester (15 units)


  • Science, Technology & Society Course (3 units) CO9
  • BGS Natural Sciences Course (3 units) 
  • BGS Breadth Requirement (3 units)
  • BGS Cluster (3 units)
  • Upper-level BGS Cluster (3 units)

Spring Semester (15 units)


  • Capstone Integration & Synthesis Course (3 units) CO13
  • BGS Cluster (3 units)
  • Upper-level BGS Cluster (3 units)
  • Upper-level BGS Cluster (3 units)
  • Upper-level electives (3 units) 

Fourth Year


Fall Semester (15 units)


  • Application Course (3 units) CO14
  • Upper-level BGS Cluster (3 units)
  • Upper-level BGS Cluster (3 units)
  • Global Context Course (3 units) CO11 ( satisfy with an upper-division course)
  • Ethics Course (3 units) CO12 ( satisfy with an upper-division course)

Second Semester (15 units)


  • Upper-level BGS Cluster (3 units) 
  • Upper-level electives (9 units)
  • General Elective (3 units)