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Bachelor of Science in General Studies

Bachelor of Science in General Studies

A General/Transitional Studies degree equips students with the communication expertise, critical thinking abilities and worldview that translate into transferable skills valued by all employers. Our interdisciplinary approach draws content from across the University, with coursework in business, health care, computer information management, psychology, nutrition and dietetics, and exercise science. You’ll receive a broad education in the humanities, social sciences, natural science and math, and then select three major areas of study to explore in greater depth.

General Studies graduates are employed in nearly every profession ranging from business, sales, journalism, marketing and social service to medicine, law and collegiate teaching. General studies provides a breadth of knowledge that is particularly advantageous in our increasingly complex and rapidly changing world, where today’ skills are quickly outdated by tomorrow’s new technologies.

Career Opportunities


  • Leadership
  • Management
  • Administration

Degree Requirements


Students receiving a Bachelor of Science in General Studies degree must complete a minimum of 185 credit hours of instruction.

Core Curriculum Offerings
Area A Communications & Humanities 20 hours
Area B Science, Mathematics & Computers 25 hours
Area C Social Sciences 20 hours

Sub-total: 65 credit hours

Bachelor of Science Offerings
Area A General Studies Core 40 hours
Area B Major Requirements 60 hours
Area C General Studies Electives 10 hours
Area D Free Electives 10 hours

Sub-total: 120 credit hours

Additional Completion Requirements


  • Completion of at least four years of prescribed study, of which the last year must be in residence at Life University, with at least 47 hours of courses applied to the degree in the last year of residency at Life University.
  • No courses used to meet Core Curriculum Requirements may be used in Areas IV – VII.
  • All courses used in Areas IV – VI must be passed with a minimum grade of C.
  • Satisfactory completion of all courses with a minimum overall cumulative GPA of 2.0.
  • A recommendation for graduation and completion of an exit interview with the General Education faculty.
  • File a petition to graduate.
  • Confirm CLP 090, FYE 101, and FYE 103 completion status requirements.
  • Administrative and student reviews of records:
    1. Registrar Office – complete a formal academic records review
    2. Financial Aid Office – exit interviews with a Counselor
    3. Student Accounting – “Perkins” exit interview and rectify account balance

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