Degree Structure & Requirements

Not open to students in the Honors Program

The BGS degree program is open to students in good standing (overall grade point average 2.0 or above) except for students in the Honors Program, which doe not make any provision for the BGS degree. Students in good standing may switch from one degree program to another within the College, so long as they can meet the appropriate degree requirements.

The following requirements for the BGS degree have been designed to ensure that they are consistent with current LSA academic policies and regulations while at the same time offering to individual students in the program maximum flexibility for determining the content and direction of their undergraduate education.

  • Completion of at least 120 credits (130 credits with a secondary teaching certificate) indicating at least 60 credits of courses elected at the 300 level and above (or equivalent).
  • No more than 20 credits of upper-level courses from a single department can be counted toward the minimum 60 credits required for the BGS degree. If an academic department has several divisions (and therefore division numbers), a BGS student may count up to 20 credits of upper-level courses from each division toward the minimum total 60 credits of upper-level courses. Not more than a total of 60 credits of courses (upper-level and lower-level) elected in all divisions of a department taken as a whole can be applied toward the 120 credits required for a BGS degree. Of the 60 upper-level required for the BGS degree, at least 40 upper-level credits must be completed in LSA courses
  • At least three divisions must be represented in the 60 credits of upper-level course work required for the BGS degree.
  • Completion of the total academic program in good academic standing (overall minimum 2.0 grade point average (GPA) for all courses and at least a 2.0 GPA in all successfully completed upper-level course work).
  • Completion of the LSA Writing Requirements. This requirement includes first-year writing requirement and the upper-level writing requirement usually elected in a department in which a student is completing some upper-level courses.
  • Completion of the LSA Race & Ethnicity Requirement. The requirement is met when, at some point before graduation, the student has received credit for one course from a list of approved courses. Students who are working towards a BGS degree may elect a course to meet the Race & Ethnicity requirement that also counts among their 60 credits of courses numbered 300 or above.
  • Completion of the LSA Quantitative Reasoning Requirement. The requirement is met when, at some point before graduation, the student has received credit for one full QR (QR/1) course or two half-QR (QR/2) courses from a list of approved courses. Courses approved to meet the Quantitative Reasoning requirement develop proficiency in using and analyzing quantitative information. Students who are working towards a BGS degree may elect a course to meet the QR requirement that also counts among their 60 credits of courses numbered 300 or above.
  • Distribution and Second Languages are not required (RC students must meet the RC language proficiency.
  • Major is not required.  Instead of a major, the BGS requires that you take half of your degree (60 credits) in upper division classes (BGS Upper Division Credits). That is, classes numbered 300 or higher. Within these 60 credits, you may count no more than 20 upper level credits from a single division (SUBJECT). This means that you must involve at least (and probably more) three different academic departments. You must earn a minimum of a 2.0 gpa in your upper level courses.
  • Academic Minors are not available to BGS students
  • Non-LSA Coursework. A maximum of 20 credits of acceptable non-LSA courses, lower-level or upper-level, can be applied toward a 120 credit degree program. Any such course work that is upper-level may be applied toward the minimum 60 credits of upper-level credit required for the degree. Non-LSA course work is defined as course work elected in other academic units (i.e., School of Education, College of Engineering, School of Natural Resources and Environment, Business School) of the University of Michigan. A total of 20 credits of non-LSA course work (not 20 credits from each separate academic unit) may be incorporated into a BGS degree program. In order to be certain that particular non-LSA work is acceptable for degree credit, BGS students should consult with a BGS advisor (1255 Angell Hall) before choosing non-LSA courses.

Residential College students  doing a BGS must include in their academic plan the completion of the RC arts practicum, the live-in requirement, the RC language requirement and the four-RC-course requirement. RC students should consult advisors in the Residential College to plan their BGS degree.  (effective Fall 2013)


Requirements Particular to the B.G.S. Degree

The Bachelor of General Studies degree requires that at least 60 of the 120 credits must be upper-level (numbered 300 or above). Below are specific policies regarding the 60 upper-level credits.

  1. No more than 20 credits of upper-level courses may be counted from one department unless a department has multiple SUBJECTs.
  2. If a department has several SUBJECTs, a B.G.S. student may elect up to 20 credits of upper-level credits from each SUBJECT.
  3. No more than 60 credits may be elected in all SUBJECTs of a department.
  4. At least 40 of the required 60 upper-level credits must be in LS&A courses.
  5. There is no expectation that 20 credits must be elected in any one SUBJECT.
  6. More than 20 upper-level credits from one SUBJECT may be incorporated in the degree total of 120 credits as long as no more than 20 of these are counted in the 60 upper-level total.
  7. A student must earn an overall GPA of at least 2.0 in the courses used to meet the requirement of 60 upper-level credits.

BGS Upper-Level Hour Worksheet (PDF)

Use this worksheet to assign BGS upper level credits to various SUBJECTs (no more than 20 credits in one SUBJECT)

Graduation Checklist for the Bachelor in General Studies (PDF)

BGS students can use this form to monitor their progress toward graduation

Progress Toward Degree — Checklist for AB/BS/BGS (PDF)

Use this sheet with your academic advisor to track your progress on various college requirements

Check Your Degree Progress

The LSA Audit Checklist is a reformatted presentation of the Degree Progress Report generated on Wolverine Access. It is produced for advising purposes only, and is NOT an official audit.

If you have any questions about your general College requirements, speak with your general academic advisor. For questions about your major or minor, speak with your department advisor.


Bachelor in General Studies Degree Program

Newnan LSA Academic Advising Center
1255 Angell Hall
435 South State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48103-1003

p: (734) 764-0332
fax: (734) 764-2772