This interdisciplinary degree allows students to create a unique educational portfolio founded on the General Education Core requirements that form the basis of all NMT Bachelor degrees, but offers a choice for students to structure their additional and upper classes to their specific interests and career goals. This degree is especially useful to careers in politics and public policy, communications, the media, the arts or any other venue where a broad-based liberal arts education and knowledge of the natural sciences, technology, or engineering are necessary components to deal with the issues facing us in the 21st century.
Career opportunities for graduates of the Bachelor of General Studies include positions in corporations or non-profit institutions, such as in the areas of media; communication or education in art, science, or history museums; events coordination in business, arts or social awareness programs; administrative services; cultural organization entrepreneurship; business ventures; public information offices and can be the preparation to enter some disciplines of graduate studies or professional schools.
Bachelor of General Studies (BGS)
This degree allows a student to plan a program of courses according to individual educational goals and career plans. The Bachelor of General Studies degree will be awarded after completion of 130 credit hours with a grade-point average of 2.0 or more. Other requirements for this degree include the following:
*Completion of the General Education Core Curriculum listed below;
*42 credit hours in courses numbered 300 or above;
*Completion of the BGS Academic Career Plan with a stated Emphasis area or areas;
*Fulfillment of the Institution’s residence credit requirement (30 credit hours).
To be admitted into the program for this degree, the candidate must meet with the CLASS department chair and the BGS academic advisor, who will be approved by the CLASS department chair, to create a BGS Academic Career Plan that will be on file with the Registrar. Any changes to the BGS Academic Career Plan must be approved by the CLASS department chair and the student’s BGS academic advisor. These changes will be on file with the Registrar and must be met, along with above-stated requirements, before the degree will be awarded.
General Education Core Curriculum for a Bachelor of General Studies Degree
Area 1: Communications (9 credit hours)
ENGL 111 -- ENGL 111 is waived for students who have a high enough ACT or SAT Score.These students must take
both COMM 242 and ENGL 341 to fulfill the required 9 credit hours in this area.
ENGL 112 – Prerequisite: ENGL 111 or equivalent course passed with a grade C or better.
COMM 242 or ENGL 341 – Prerequisites for ENGL 341: ENGL 111 and 112 or the equivalent passed with a grade C
or better and at least junior standing.
Area 2: Mathematics (3 credit hours)
Area 3: Laboratory Sciences (8 credit hours)
CHEM 121 & 121L
CHEM 121 & 121L may be replaced by CHEM 151 & 151L
CHEM 122 & 122L
CHEM 122 & 122L may be replaced by CHEM 152 & 152L
Computer Science Engineering (CSE)
Earth Science (ERTH)
Engineering (ChE, CE, EE, ENVE, MATE, METE, ES, MENG, ME, PETR)
PHYS 121 & 121L
PHYS 122 & 122L
Area 4: Social Sciences (6 credit hours)
Political Science (PS)
Social Sciences (SS)
Women’s and Gender Studies (WGS)
Area 5: Humanities (6 credit hours)
English (ENGL), except 103, 111, 112, 341. If COMM 242 is used to fulfill credits in Area 1,
it cannot also count in Area 5.
Art History (ART)
Technical Communication (TC), except TC 321, 420, 422
Foreign Languages (SPAN, FREN, GERM) Other languages may be counted only if they are listed
or approved by the CLASS Department
Area 6: Additional Courses from Area 4 or Area 5 (6 credit hours)
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