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    Jan 26, 2020  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog

General Studies B.G.S., with Public Health Concentration


General Studies


(CIP = 24.0101) (BGS)
TOTAL DEGREE HOURS: 120

http://www.usf.edu/undergrad/programs/bgs/

USF’s Bachelor of General Studies Degree (B.G.S.) 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 B.G.S. major provides mid-career, adult students with the opportunity to integrate completion of the baccalaureate degree into their established lifestyle.

B.G.S. students will take an active role in creating their academic plans. Rather than choosing a traditional major, B.G.S. students can choose from a number of established plans of study or can create their own individualized plan of study. B.G.S. students complete 24-27 credits (core courses and electives) within a selected concentration in addition to their other degree requirements. Due to the nature of degree completion programs, please note the following admissions requirements: a gap in education of 3 or more years, at least 60 credits earned at a regionally accredited college or university, good academic standing and extensive work experience. In addition to these requirements, all applicants must meet USF’s general admissions standards for transfer students.   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, co-degree (concurrent degree), 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.

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. All Florida College System students are encouraged to complete the Associate degree. Students should consult with an academic advisor in their major degree area at the intended transfer institution.

Total Major Hours: 24-27


Major Core (3 Credit Hours)


Upon acceptance to the B.G.S. major, students will complete the necessary coursework to reach 120 credit hours. The 120 credit hour requirement includes completing the following:

  • USF Enhanced General Education requirements (based on your assigned catalog year) or approved equivalents - unless General Education credits were completed at another Florida institution.
  • All USF exit requirements.
  • Foreign Language Requirement.
  • One or two disciplinary concentrations selected by the student and approved by the advisor.
  • A minimum of 42 semester hours of upper-level work (courses numbered 3000 and above).

USF Capstone EXIT Requirement:

  • Credit(s): 3
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  • Upon acceptance to the BGS major, students will complete the necessary coursework to reach 120 credit hours. The 120 credit hour requirement includes completing the following:

    • USF Foundations of Knowledge and Learning General Education requirements or approved equivalents - unless GE credits were completed at another Florida institution.
    • All USF exit requirements.
    • Foreign Language Requirement.
    • One or two disciplinary concentrations selected by the student and approved by the advisor.
    • A minimum of 42 semester hours of upper-level work (courses numbered 3000 and above).

Grading Requirement


A minimum grade of C- or better must be attained in each concentration course.

Residency Requirement


At least 30 of the last 60 credit hours must be earned at USF Tampa.

Foreign Language Requirement


Foreign language requirement can be satisfied by two years of high school foreign language credit or 8 college credit hours in a single foreign language. Note: ASL 2140C - Basic American Sign Language  and ASL 2150C - Intermediate American Sign Language  may be substituted to meet this requirement.

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 , IDS 4914  or IDH 4910  courses. These courses will not impact degree credits or GPA but will show on an official transcript and document the experience. The Office of Undergraduate Research will assist students in understanding the various course options.

Other Information


The following B.G.S. Areas of Concentration are offered fully or 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 advisor for availability of online course offerings.

Advising Information


Office of Undergraduate Studies (UGS)
Location/Phone: Student Services Building (SVC) 2002
(813) 974-4051

Website: http://www.usf.edu/undergrad/programs/bgs/

Public Health (GPU)


(CIP = 24.0101)

http://ugs.usf.edu/catalog/?category=majors&amp

Upon completion of the Public Health concentration coursework, a student will be able to articulate the role of public health in disease prevention and health promotion at the local, state, national and global level, describe public health concepts and issues, discuss and analyze current public health issues, describe career paths in public health, and develop an understanding of public health that can serve as a foundation for graduate coursework in the field.

Plan of Study


Click here for Plan of Study. Once on this page, select the program from the available drop-down and then click ‘View Selected Plan.’