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Bachelor of Science in University Studies at The University of Texas at Arlington

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The Bachelor of Science in University Studies (BSUS), offered by The University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) as part of the Finish@UT program, is a highly flexible degree plan. When you earn a University Studies degree, you’ll obtain a broad-based education in at least three subject areas and you’ll be a step closer to launching or advancing your career.

Degree Plan

The BSUS degree plan requires 120 total credits for completion. Contact your advisor regarding how many credits must be taken specifically from UTA. A 2.0 cumulative GPA is required for graduation. Of the 120 total credits, you must complete at least 36 upper-division credits (3000- and 4000-level courses).

You must also meet the residency requirements for completing this degree at UTA:

  • 30 credits must be from coursework provided by UTA or one of the other partner institutions (UTEP, UTPB, UTRGV);
  • At least 15 of these 30 credits must be from UTA; and
  • 6 of these 15 credits must be upper-division from UTA.

The degree plan consists of:

  • General Education Core Curriculum (42 credits)
  • Major Concentration Areas (45 credits)
  • Electives (33 credits)

Please refer to the downloadable sample degree plan for reference.

Please Note: The Bachelor of Science in University Studies offered through the Finish@UT program is not open to students who have already earned an undergraduate bachelor’s degree. Students seeking a second bachelor’s degree should select another major area for the continuation of their studies.

General Education Core Curriculum (42 total credits)

The State of Texas requires students to complete a core curriculum that encompasses a variety of disciplines. The list included here notes the areas that are required for completion of the UT Arlington (UTA) core curriculum. Your transcript will be evaluated to determine which areas have already been fulfilled. For more information, please contact your advisor.

  • Communication - 6 credits
  • Mathematics - 6 credits
  • Life and Physical Sciences - 6 credits
  • Language, Philosophy and Culture - 3 credits
  • Creative Arts - 3 credits
  • U.S. History - 6 credits
  • Government/Political Science - 6 credits
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences - 3 credits
  • Foundational Component Area Option - 3 credits

Should you need to complete some areas listed, you may do so by:

  1. 1. taking online courses through the UT Online Consortium in either accelerated sessions or traditional semesters;
  2. 2. completing courses on site at UTA's campus; or
  3. 3. completing courses at another college or university and having them transferred into UTA.

Major Content (45 total credits)

The major is comprised of 15 credits in each of three major content areas selected by the student and a UNIS-Finish@UT advisor for a total of 45 credits in the major. At least six of the 15 credits for each of the major content areas must be upper-division (3000- and 4000-level) courses. For each major content area, you may only take courses from the approved department prefixes listed. No more than 15 credits can come from the same department prefix within the 45 credits of the major content.

Major Content Areas

Students select three major content areas for the degree. (Credit earned in the content areas prior to entering the program can be applied to the major degree plan but limits may be placed on access to future coursework based on the department and availability of courses to complete a component through the Online Consortium.)

Courses listed below are suggested for each discipline based on the available accelerated format online courses from UTA. Other appropriate courses not listed here (excluding vocational coursework), either accelerated format or face-to-face or online courses in semester-length format, may be used to fulfill requirements for each area as program residency requirements and other UT Arlington academic policies permit.

Students must take five courses to complete a concentration. Each course is three credits for a total of 15 credits for each concentration. At least six credits in each concentration must be upper-division courses (3000 or 4000 level).

ARTS

ARCH, ART, DNCE, INTD, MUSI, THEA

BUSINESS

ACCT, BCOM, BLAW, BSTAT, ECON, FINA, INSU, INSY, MANA, MARK, OPMA, REAE

COMMUNITY STUDIES

BEEP, CRCJ, ECED, EDUC, EDML, LIST, SOCW, URPA

ENGINEERING

BE, CE, CSE, EE, ENGR, IE, MAE, MSE, NE

HEALTH and WELLNESS

HEED, KINE, NURS

HUMANITIES

CLAS, CHIN, ENGL, FREN, GERM, GREK, HIST, HUMA, LATN, LING, MODL, PHIL, PORT, RUSS, SPAN

MEDIA

ADVT, BCMN, COMM, COMS, CTEC, JOUR, PREL

PHYSICAL SCIENCES

BIOL, CHEM, GEOL, MATH, PHYS, SCIE

SOCIAL SCIENCES

ANTH, CRCJ, GEOG, POLS, PSYC, SOCI, SOCW, URPA


Approved Finish@UT coursework from the other Finish@UT partner institutions may be used in the BSUS degree plan in conjunction with UTA Finish@UT courses providing they fit the degree plan and meet all UTA residency and degree requirements.

Electives (33 total credits)

Students must complete a sufficient number of electives to fulfill the total number of courses required to complete the degree.

Frequently Asked Questions

What can I do with a Bachelor of Science in University Studies (BSUS) degree?

This degree is designed for students seeking options beyond the traditional university majors. The program features a breadth of study in a range of academic disciplines that prepare you for a variety of career paths. When you earn a University Studies degree, you’ll graduate with a broad-based education in at least three subject areas. Earning this bachelor's degree can enhance your career options.

What can the University Studies program do for me?

  • Synchronize coursework to help you graduate faster
  • Provide a foundation to begin or enhance your career
  • Refocus your academic goals
  • Provide options for applying your existing credits toward a degree
  • Hone your skills in important areas such as communication, critical thinking, project management, and problem solving
  • Make you a more appealing candidate to potential employers

What are the program requirements?

  • You must have 60 or more college credits to be admitted to the program.
  • You must have a 2.0 GPA to be admitted to and graduate from the program.
  • You must complete the UTA General Education Core Curriculum requirements to be admitted to the program.
  • You must complete your online application.
  • Once admitted, you must complete 15 credits in each of the three major concentration areas for a total of 45 credits. Credits earned before entering the program may be used to satisfy degree requirements after consulting with your program advisor.
  • In each concentration area, at least six of the 15 credits must be upper-division (3000 or 4000 level courses).
  • Of the total 45 credits, no more than 15 may have the same course prefix.
  • Courses completed as part of the core curriculum may not be used to satisfy the concentration area or elective requirements.

Who should apply?

  • Prospective students who find that a traditional major doesn't meet their needs
  • Former students who want to return to UTA to complete their degrees
  • Prospective students who are unsure about what major to pursue
  • Transfer students who want to accelerate their graduation but have numerous credits that don’t easily apply to a major
  • UTA students unable to meet the academic requirements to enter or graduate from another major
  • Students who have completed the core curriculum
  • Students who have a 2.0 GPA or higher

What are my options when selecting the courses for the two major concentration areas for BSUS?

The goal of the concentration area coursework is to give you an interdisciplinary foundation that satisfies your individual educational and professional goals, while maintaining academic rigor and integrity. Currently there are courses being offered by UTA in two major concentration areas for the BSUS: Geological Sciences and Social Sciences. Approved Finish@UT coursework from the other Finish@UT partner institutions may be used in the BSUS degree plan in conjunction with UTA Finish@UT courses providing they fit the degree plan and meet all UTA degree requirements. As you work closely with your advisor, you’ll be able to incorporate concentrations made up of some combination of Finish@UT courses from the other partner institutions into a personalized degree plan that best fits your previous study and career goals.

What is the cost of BSUS courses?

The cost of Finish@UT courses depends on the tuition and fees structures of the campuses hosting them and is based on residency status. Refer to the Cost Information page for more details.

What institution will issue my degree and what will the diploma read?

When you complete the BSUS program, your degree will be from The University of Texas at Arlington and your diploma will be for a Bachelor of Science in University Studies.