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Bachelor of General Studies (AU)


Bachelor of General Studies (AU)

Bachelor of General Studies Degree

Bachelor of General Studies (3-Year) – Arts and Science Designation

Maximum Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) credits – 9

Program Learning Outcomes

As a result of completing this program, students should be able to:

  • show familiarity with disciplinary and interdisciplinary knowledge sufficient to wield it with confidence and discrimination.
  • show insight into relationships among applicable theories and concepts as well as their connection to disciplinary practices and/or other disciplines.
  • use the tools, mechanisms and processes of critical thinking consciously and systematically.
  • produce organized and sound written work related to the discipline.
  • demonstrate understanding of and use logical argument in a conscious, systematic and productive way.
  • accurately integrate data, research and insights from other disciplines.
  • develop a practical and theoretical grasp of a body of knowledge related to topics of interest.
  • relate practice and/or lessons from the program to goals of the degree.
  • conduct independent research with some complexity and depth.

Admission Requirements:

Candidates are required to satisfactorily complete the Accuplacer Test.

The Bachelor of General Studies (B.G.S.) Degree Program provides a framework of individualized study within an Applied Studies or Arts and Sciences designation that gives great freedom to choose courses which meet career or education goals. This three year B.G.S. Degree allows students to complete the degree at Blue Quills. The degree will be awarded from Athabasca University.

The 90-credit B.G.S. Degree may lead to second degrees in faculties such as education and social work. This program allows maximum freedom to develop intellectual and academic interests.

General degree requirements for the Bachelor of General Studies include 90 credits:

Minimum Credits Required

  • 45 Credits in area of designation
  • 30 Senior (300 or 400) level credits in the area of designation
  • 45 Total senior-level credits (including above 30)
  • 6 Humanities area of study*
  • 6 Social Science are of study
  • 6 Science area of study

*The-100 level ENGL courses will not satisfy the Humanities are of study requirement in this program however, they will count as part of the total number of credits required for the degree.

Maximum Credits Allowed *

  • 6 At the preparatory (100) level
  • 15 At the junior (200) level in any one discipline

* The Bachelor of General Studies does not have a residency requirement, and degree requirements may be completed at other institutions other than Athabasca University.

* Maximum Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition credits

Arts and Science – 9 credits

Applied Studies – 21 credits

Students in the B.G.S. Degree Program must choose either an Applied Studies or an Arts and Sciences designation. This designation will determine the courses completed.

Arts and Science Designation

To satisfy the 90-credit requirement to complete the B.G.S. degree, students must complete 45 credits in courses with an Arts (Humanities and/or Social Science) or Science designation (30 of these credits must be taken at the senior (300 or 400) level.

Applied Studies Designation

To satisfy the 90-credit requirement to complete the B.G.S. degree, students must complete 45 credits in courses with an Applied Studies designation (30 of these credits must be taken at the senior (300-400) level.

Please look at the checklist below to see what is required to enroll.

BGS Checklist – New Enrollment

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