Bachelor of General Studies (B.G.S.): 120 total credit hours

System General Education Requirements: 30 credit hours
Institutional Graduate Requirements: 12 credit hours
15 credit hours from each of three Emphasis Areas: 45 credit hours
Capstone Course: 3 credit hours
Electives: 30 credit hours

Total Required Credit Hours: 120

 


  • Total Semester Hours of Credit: Completion of at least 120 semester credit hours at the 100 level or above.
  • Grade Point Average: A cumulative grade point average and institutional grade point average of at least 2.0.
  • Upper-Division Requirement: A minimum of 32 semester credit hours of credit in courses numbered 300 or above.
  • Institutional Credit Requirement: 30 credit hours from the University of South Dakota, delivered in any form at any location. 15 of the last 30 credit hours immediately preceding attainment of the degree must be taken at USD.
  • Proficiency Examination: All students seeking an undergraduate degree that have not met one of the exempting criteria from the BOR must achieve satisfactory performance on a standardized examination of general knowledge, the Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficiency (CAAP).
  • System General Education Requirements (30 credit hours): Please refer to http://catalog.usd.edu.
  • Institutional Graduation Requirements (12 credit hours): Aesthetic experience course; approved upper-division writing course; approved globalization/global issues course; and ENGL 210: Introduction to Literature.
  • General Studies Capstone (3 credit hours): GS 491: Independent Study, to be completed under the supervision of a faculty mentor.
  • General Studies Emphasis Areas (45 credit hours): 15 credits in at least three of the following emphasis areas. Credits can simultaneously satisfy System General Education and Institutional graduation requirements. current USD prefixes that are relevant for each emphasis area are indicated below; students may petition for the use of other prefixes or specific courses. Note: ENGL 101, 201 and 205; MATH 101 and SPCM 101 may not be included in emphasis areas.


Emphasis Areas: Select 15 credit hours from each of 3 areas.
The following are USD Online courses available to satisfy requirements for each emphasis area. In addition to taking courses online, BGS students may register for USD courses at the main campus in Vermillion and/or at any of the educational sites below.


 Course Course Title
Rotation
 Allied Health
ADS 116
Study of Alcohol Use & Abuse (3 cr.)
Every Semester
ADS 117
Study of Drug Use & Abuse (3 cr.)
Every Semester
ADS 220
Alcohol & Drug Helping Skills (3 cr.)
Every Semester
ADS 222
Alcohol & Drug Group Interactions (3 cr.)
Every Semester
ADS 315
Ethical & Legal Issues in the Alcohol/Drug Profession (3 cr.)
Every Spring/Summer
ADS 320
Adolescents & Substance Issues (3 cr.)
Every Summer
ADS 410
Working with Families on Alcohol & Drug Issues (3 cr.)
 Every Spring/Every Summer
ADS 412
Alcohol & Drug Use in Diverse Populations (3 cr.)
Every Spring
ADS 415
Native Americans & Substance Abuse (3 cr.)
Every Spring
ADS 420
CADE (3 cr.)
Every Fall
ADS 421
Foundations of Alcohol & Drug Prevention (3 cr.)
Summer Even Years
ADS 422
Alcohol & Drug Treatment Continuum (3 cr.)
Every Summer, Every Spring
ADS 424
Psychopharmacology of Alcohol & Drug (3 cr.)
Every Summer
ADS 426
Theory & Practice of Alcohol & Drug Prevention (3 cr.)
Summer Odd Years
ADS 452
Alcohol/Drug Counseling Theories (3 cr.)
Every Spring
HSC 110 The Multidisciplinary Health Team (3 cr.)
Every Fall, Spring
HSC 305
Human Relations (3 cr.)
Every Fall, Spring
 Business
BADM 101
Survey of Business (3 cr.)
Every Semester
ECON 201
Principles of Microeconomics (3 cr.)
Every Fall, Summer
ACCT 210
Principles of Accounting I (3 cr.)
Every Spring, Summer
ACCT 211
Principles of Accounting II (3 cr.)
Every Fall, Summer
BADM 220
Business Statistics (3 cr.)
Every Fall, Spring
BADM 310
Business Finance (3 cr.)
Every Spring
BADM 323
Information Systems for Business Professionals (3 cr.)
Every Summer
ENTR 330
Creativity, Innovation, & Entrepreneurial Thinking (3 cr.)
Every Fall
BADM 350
Legal Environment of Business (3 cr.)
Every Summer
BADM 369
Organizational Behavior & Theory (3 cr.)
Every Fall
BADM 370
Marketing(3 cr.) Every Fall, Spring
 Education
EDFN 475
Human Relations (3 cr.)
Every Fall, Spring
MLED 460
Middle Level Reading Methods (3 cr.)
Every Fall
SEED 440 Classroom Management (3 cr.)
Every Fall
SEED 450
Reading and Content Literacy (3 cr.)
Every Summer
 Fine Arts
ARTH 100
Art Appreciation (3 cr.)
Every Semester
ARTH 211
History of World Art I (3 cr.)
Every Fall; Every Summer
ARTH 212
History of World Art II (3 cr.)
Every Spring; Every Summer
ARTH 251
American Indian Art History (3 cr.)
Every Summer
MUS 100 Music Appreciation: Classical (3 cr.)
Every Fall, Spring
MUS 100
Music Appreciation: Jazz (3 cr.)
Every Spring
MUS 100
Music Appreciation: Rock & Roll (3 cr.)
Every Semester
THEA 100
Introduction to Theatre (3 cr.)
Every Fall, Spring
THEA 201
Film Appreciation (3 cr.)
Every Semester
 Humanities
CLHU 101
Medical Terminology (3 cr.)
Every Semester
ENGL 210
Introduction to Literature (3 cr.)
Every Semester
ENGL 283
Creative Writing (3 cr.)
Every Spring; Every Summer
HIST 122
Western Civilization (3 cr.)
Every Fall
MCOM 151
Intro. to Mass Communications (3 cr.)
Every Semester
REL 352
Churches, Cults & Cultures (3 cr.)
Every Semester
 Science, Engineering and Mathematics
BIOL 105
Human Biology (3-4 cr.)
Every Summer
BIOL 310
Environmental Sciences (3 cr.)
Every Summer
CHEM 106/106L
Chemistry Survey & Lab (3-4 cr.)
Every Semester
ESCI 101/101L
Dynamic Earth and Lab (4 cr.)
Every Semester
ESCI 103/103L
Earth and Life Through Time and Lab (4 cr.)
Every Semester
ESCI 205 Environmental Earth Science (3 cr.)
TBA
ESCI 309
The Evolution-Creation Debate (3 cr.)
Every Fall
MATH 102
College Algebra (3 cr.)
Every Semester
MATH 104
Finite Mathematics (4 cr.)
Every Spring
MATH 123
Calculus (4 cr.)
Every Summer
MATH 216
Discrete Structures (3 cr.)
TBA
MICR 230
Basic Microbiology (3 cr.)
Every Semester
PHGY 220/220L
Human Anatomy/Physiology I and Lab (4 cr.)
Every Semester
PHGY 230/230L
Human Anatomy/Physiology II and Lab (4 cr.)
Every Semester
STAT 281
Introduction to Statistics (3 cr.)
Every Semester
 Social Science
CJUS 201
Introduction to Criminal Justice (3 cr.)
Every Semester
CJUS 334
Criminal Investigation (3 cr.)
Every Fall
CJUS 351
Criminology (3 cr.)
Every Fall
CJUS 425
Police Administration (3 cr.)
Every Spring
CJUS 431
Criminal Law (3 cr.)
Every Fall
CJUS 433
Criminal Procedure (3 cr.)
Every Spring
CJUS 492
Criminal Justice & Pop Culture (3 cr.)
TBA
POLS 100
American Government (3 cr.)
Every Semester
POLS 141
Governments of the World (3 cr.)
Every Fall
POLS 210
State & Local Government (3 cr.)
Every Fall
POLS 263
Introduction to Political Theory (3 cr.)
TBA
POLS 415
South Dakota Government & Politics (3 cr.)
TBA
POLS 422
Fundraising for Public & Non-Profit Organizations (3 cr.)
Every Spring
POLS 435
 Political Parties and Campaigns (3 cr.)
TBD
PSYC 101
General Psychology (3 cr.)
Every Semester
 Technology
CSC 105
Introduction to Computers (3 cr.)
Every Semester

 

University Center, Sioux Falls, SD

The following USD face-to-face courses offered at University Center are available to satisfy requirements of each emphasis area. some of the listed courses also meet System General Education or Institutional graduation requirements. In addition, BGS students based at UC may take online classes.

 Course Course Title
Rotation
Allied Health
ADS 315
Ethical & Legal Issues in the Substance Abuse Profession (3 cr.)
Every Spring/Summer
HSC 110 The Interprofessional Health Care Team (3 cr.)
Every Fall/Spring
HSC 305
 Human Relations (3 cr.)
Every Fall/Spring
HSC 310
Health Care Delivery (3 cr.)
Every Semester
HSC 350
Principles of Health Care (3 cr.)
Every Summer
HSC 360
Technology in Health Care Delivery (3 cr.)
Every Fall/Spring
HSC 380
 Health Literacy and Culture Care (3 cr.)
Every Summer
HSC 440
 Major Issues in Health and Human Services (3 cr.)
Every Fall
HSC 485
Health Care Field Experience (3 cr.)
Every Spring
SOCW 200
Field of Social Work (3 cr.)
Every Spring
SOCW 210
Social Work Interactional Skills (3 cr.)
Every Fall
 Fine Arts
ART 260
Digital Photography (3 cr.)
Every Spring
MUAP 105 Class Instruction: Guitar (3 cr.)
TBA
MUAP 150
Applied Music: Strings (3 cr.)
TBA
THEA 100
Introduction to Theatre (3 cr.)
TBA
THEA 201
Film Appreciation (3 cr.)
Every Fall/Spring
 Humanities
ENGL 210
Introduction to Literature (3 cr.)
Every Semester
HIST 121
Western Civilization I (3 cr.)
Every Fall
HIST 122
Western Civilization II (3 cr.)
Every Spring
REL 250
World Religions (3 cr.)
Every Semester
 Science, Engineering and Mathematics
MICR 230
Basic Microbiology (3 cr.)
Every Semester
PHGY 220/220L
Human Anatomy/Physiology I and Lab (4 cr.)
Every Semester
PHGY 230/230L
Human Anatomy/Physiology II and Lab (4 cr.)
Every Semester
 Social Science
CJUS 201
Introduction to Criminal Justice (3 cr.)
Every Fall
CJUS 203
Policing in a free Society (3 cr.)
Fall Even Years
CJUS 334
Criminal Investigation (3 cr.)
Fall Odd, Every Summer
CJUS 367
Introduction to Research Methods (3 cr.)
Every Even Spring
CJUS 412
Criminal Prosecution and Defense (3 cr.)
Fall Even Years
CJUS 426
Advanced Topics in Policing (3 cr.)
Spring Odd Years
CJUS 431
Criminal Law (3 cr.)
Fall Odd Years
CJUS 433
Criminal Procedure (3 cr.)
Spring Even Years
CJUS 436
Juvenile Justice (3 cr.)
Spring Odd Years
CJUS 452
Prisons and Penology (3 cr.)
Fall Odd Years
ECON 301
Intermediate Microeconomics (3 cr.)
Fall 2013; followed by every 3rd Fall
ECON 302
Intermediate Macroeconomics (3 cr.)
Fall 2014; followed by every 3rd Spring - Hybrid
ECON 330
Money and Banking (3 cr.)
Spring 2016; followed by every 3rd Spring - Hybrid
ECON 433
Public Finance (3 cr.) Fall 2012; followed by every 3rd Summer - Hybrid
ECON 451
Economics for Managers (3 cr.)
Summer 2012; followed by every 3rd Summer - Hybrid
HIST 151 United States History I (3 cr.)
Every Semester
HIST 152
United States History II (3 cr.)
Every Fall; Every Spring
POLS 201
Introduction to Criminal Justice (3 cr.)
Every Fall
PSYC 101
General Psychology (3 cr.)
Every Semester
PSYC 321
Human Development Lifespan (3 cr.)
Every Fall/Spring
 Business
ACCT 210
Principles of Accounting I (3 cr.)
Every Semester
ACCT 211
Principles of Accounting II (3 cr.)
EverySemester
ACCT 310
Intermediate Accounting I (3 cr.)
Every Fall - Hybrid
ACCT 311
Intermediate Accounting II (3 cr.)
Every Spring - Hybrid
ACCT 320
Cost Accounting (3 cr.)
Every Summer - Hybrid
ACCT 360
Accounting Systems (3 cr.)
Every Summer - Hybrid
ACCT 430
Income Tax Accounting (3 cr.)
Every Spring - Hybrid
ACCT 450
Auditing (3 cr.)
Every Fall - Hybrid
BADM 101 Survey of Business (3 cr.)
Every Fall, Every Spring
BADM 310
Business Finance (3 cr.)
Every Spring - Hybrid
BADM 323
Information Systems for Business Professionals (3 cr.)
Every Fall - Hybrid
BADM 351
Business Law (3 cr.)
Fall Even Years - Hybrid
BADM 369
Org. Behavior & Theory (3 cr.)
Every Fall, Every Summer - Hybrid
BADM 370
Marketing (3 cr.)
Every Fall - Hybrid
BADM 411
Investments (3 cr.)
Spring Even Years
BADM 413
Advanced Corporate Finance (3 cr.)
Fall Odd Years
BADM 415
Financial Institutions (3 cr.)
Fall Even Years
BADM 416
Commercial Bank Management (3 cr.)
Spring Even Years
BADM 425
Product Operations Management (3 cr.)
Every Spring - Hybrid
BADM 438
Entrepreneurship II (3 cr.)
Every Fall
BADM 443
International Finance (3 cr.)
Spring Odd Years
BADM 460
Human Resource Management (3 cr.)
Every Fall
BADM 470
Marketing Planning & Strategy (3 cr.)
Spring Even Years
BADM 475
Consumer Behavior (3 cr.)
Spring Odd Years
BADM 476
Marketing Research (3 cr.)
Fall Even Years
BADM 482
Business Policy & Strategy (3 cr.)
Every Fall
ECON 301
Intermediate Microeconomics (3 cr.)
Fall 2013; followed by every 3rd Fall
ECON 302
Intermediate Macroeconomics (3 cr.)
Spring 2014; followed by every 3rd Spring
ECON 330
Money and Banking (3 cr.)
Spring 2016; followed by every 3rd Spring - Hybrid
ECON 433
Public Finance (3 cr.)
Fall 2012, followed by every 3rd Fall: USD
ECON 451
Economics for Managers (3 cr.)
Summer 2015; followed by every 3rd Summer - Hybrid
ECON 494
Internship Every Semester
ENTR 330
Creativity, Innovation, & Entrepreneurial Thinking (3 cr.)
Every Spring
ENTR 438 Entrepreneurship II (3 cr.)
Every Fall
HSAD 305
Health Services Systems (3 cr.)
Every Spring
HSAD 325
Gerontology and Long Term Care (3 cr.)
Every Fall
HSAD 350
Health Care Law (3 cr.)
Every Summer

 

University Center - Rapid City, SD

The following USD face-to-face courses offered at University Center - Rapid City are available to satisfy requirements in each emphasis area. Some of the listed courses also meet System General Education or Institutional graduation requirements. In addition, BGS students based at UC-RC may take online classes.

 Course Course Title
Rotation
Allied Health
HSC 110
The Interprofessional Health Care Team (3 cr.)
Every Fall, Every Spring
 Science, Engineering and Mathematics
PHGY 220/220L
Human Anatomy/Physiology I and Lab (4 cr.)
Every Semester
PHGY 230/230L
Human Anatomy/Physiology II and Lab (4 cr.)
Every Semester
 Social Science
CJUS 201
Introduction to Criminal Justice (3 cr.)
Every Fall
CJUS 203
Policing in a Free Society (3 cr.)
Spring Even Years
CJUS 351
Criminology (3 cr.)
Spring Odd Years
CJUS 367
Introduction to Research Methods (3 cr.)
Every Summer
CJUS 396
Field Experience (3 cr.)
Every Summer
CJUS 411
Trial & Evidence (3 cr.)
Fall Odd Years
CJUS 414
Women, Crime and Criminal Justice (3 cr.)
Spring Odd Years
CJUS 415
Ethics in Criminal Justice (3 cr.)
Spring Even Years
CJUS 419
Family Violence (3 cr.)
Fall Odd Years
CJUS 425
Police Administration (3 cr.)
Spring Odd Years
CJUS 431
Criminal Law (3 cr.)
Spring Even Years
CJUS 433
Criminal Procedures (3 cr.)
Fall Odd Years
CJUS 436
Juvenile Justice (3 cr.)
Fall Even Years
CJUS 492
Terrorism in the Modern Age (3 cr.)
Fall Even Years
SPCM 440 Health Communication (3 cr.)
TBA

 

Capital University Center (CUC), Pierre, S.D.

The following USD face-to-face courses offered at Capital University Center are available to satisfy requirements in each emphasis area. Some of the listed courses also meet System General Education or Institutional graduation requirements. In addition, BGS students based at CUC may take online classes.

 Course Course Title
Rotation
PHGY 220/220L
Human Anatomy/Physiology I and Lab (4 cr.)
Every Fall
PHGY 230/230L
Human Anatomy/Physiology II and Lab (4 cr.)
Every Spring