University Studies Degree


Bachelor of University Studies

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Bachelor of University Studies (BUS)

The Bachelor of University Studies Program is designed for students who choose to complete a course of study without selecting a specific major. Students may choose from one of two options.

The first option requires a concentration in a specific area of study, consisting of at least 30 credit hours, and two emphasis areas, with a minimum of 15 credit hours in each. The second option consists of three emphasis areas of at least 20 credits in each. Both options require the Introduction to University Studies course (UNST100) and the University Studies Capstone course (UNST400).

In addition to the concentration and/or emphasis area course requirements, all other university requirements for a bachelor’s degree must be met. The minimum total credit hours required for graduation is 120.  Forty-five of the 120 credit hours must be upper-division credit hours (300-400). The final year must be completed as an Highlands student with a declared BUS form completed and approved by the BUS Coordinator.  An overall GPA of a 2.0 is required for graduation.


Option I

UNST 100 Introduction to University Studies (1)

Concentration (30)

Emphasis Area 1 (15)

Emphasis Area 2 (15)

UNST 400 University Studies Capstone (3)

Major Total: 64 credit hours

Proficiency Total: 11 credit hours

Core Total: 35 credit hours

Extended core: 5 credit hours

Electives to 120: 5 credit hours*

Total for degree: 120 credit hours

*A minor is not required. Additional credit hours may be required to meet the 120-credit degree requirement if proficiency or other required courses are waived for content only. The English and math proficiency courses do not count toward the university’s 120-unit degree. The university requires a minimum of 45 upper-division units for the degree.


Option II

UNST 100    Introduction to University Studies (1)

Emphasis Area 1 (20 credit hours)

Emphasis Area 2 (20 credit hours)

Emphasis Area 3 (20 credit hours)

UNST 400    University Studies Capstone (3)

Major Total: 64 credit hours

Proficiency Total: 11 credit hours

Core Total: 35 credit hours

Extended core: 5 credit hours

Electives to 120: 5 credit hours*

Total for degree: 120 credit hours

*A minor is not required. Additional credit hours may be required to meet the 120-credit degree requirement if proficiency or other required courses are waived for content only. The English and math proficiency courses do not count toward the university’s 120-credit degree. The university requires a minimum of 45 upper-division units for the degree.