General Studies B.G.S.

The Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) is a degree available through the College of Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University-Commerce. The degree provides maximum flexibility for students who have well-defined career objectives and wish to determine the content of their degree rather than pursue one of the established majors at A&M-Commerce. The degree program includes general education requirements and an area of concentration but not a specific major.

The specific objectives of the General Studies degree are to provide courses of study, opportunities, and experiences to assist students in the following ways:

  • Prepare students to enter a career requiring broad and in-depth knowledge and skills.
  • Allow students to obtain a flexible, general college education with major and minor emphasis areas.
  • Prepare students to enter professional schools or graduate programs in other disciplines.
  • Offer a degree option to students with new interests or those changing their majors late in their academic careers.
  • Assist students in career planning and in the transition into the workforce.

The Bachelor of General Studies provides maximum flexibility for students who wish to create an individualized path to a bachelor's degree utilizing previous coursework from diverse disciplines.  Students must complete at least 24 semester hours of upper-level coursework coupled with 12 semester hours of Applied Major courses.  Up to 84 semester hours (including WCEM and military credits) can be accepted.  The remaining coursework may be completed online in traditional 16-week semesters.

All BGS required courses in the major must be completed with a grade of C or higher.

Core Curriculum Courses
See the Core Curriculum Requirements42
Applied Major Courses
BGS 401 Globalization3
BGS 402Research Methods3
BGS 404Organizational Dynamics and Diversity 3
BGS 405Capstone: Designing Your Future As An Innovative Leader3
Department approved advanced electives *24
Total Hours120

Department approved advanced electives (24 sh) must be 300-400 level courses completed at the college level (24 sh)


All required courses in the major must be completed with a grade of C or higher.

A grade of “C” or higher must be earned in all course in this Major with the exception of Advisor Approved Electives a grade of "D" is acceptable.

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