B.U.S. — University Studies

General Education Requirements 

English Composition
Select one of the following:6
College Composition I
College Composition II
Introduction to Professional Writing
College Composition II
Introduction to Professional Writing
College Composition III: Persuasive Writing
Speech Communication
Select one of the following:3
Fundamentals of Public Speaking
Interpersonal Communication
Intercultural Communication
Select one of the following:3
College Algebra
Finite Mathematics
Mathematics in Society
Calculus I
Elementary Statistics
Lab Science
Select two of the following, one must come from the Natural and Physical Sciences category8
Natural and Physical Sciences (ND:LABSC)
Concepts of Biology
General Biology I
General Biology II
General Zoology
Introductory Chemistry
Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry
General Chemistry I
General Chemistry II
Introduction to Earth Science
The Earth Through Time
Concepts of Physics
Introductory Astronomy
College Physics I
College Physics II
University Physics I
University Physics II
Additional Sciences (ND:SCI)
Cognition and Brain Science
Technology, Engineering, and Design
Technology Solutions for Society
Select one of the following:2
Concepts of Fitness and Wellness
Introduction to Stress Management
Computer Science and Literacy
Select one of the following:3
Principles of Information Security
Introduction to Computer Information Systems 1
Introduction to Programming
Introduction to Programming in Java
Introduction to Structured Programming I
Social Implications of Computer Technology 1
Discovering Computing
Select one of the following:3
American Sign Language I
American Sign Language II
Oral Interpretation
Introduction to Literature
Introduction to Film
Bible as Literature
Women and Literature
World Literature I
World Literature II
American Literature I
American Literature II
Civilization, Thought, and Literary Heritage
Ethics and Philosophy of Science
1st Year Spanish I
1st Year Spanish II
2nd Year Spanish I
2nd Year Spanish II
Introduction to Theatre Arts
Art and Music
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to the Visual Arts
Introduction to Digital Media
Art History I
Art History II
History of Craft
Fine Arts and Aesthetics
Music Appreciation
Music Fundamentals
World Music
History of Popular/Rock Music
Social Science
Select 6 credits from the following:6
Understanding Media and Social Change
Human Communication
Principles of Microeconomics
Principles of Macroeconomics
Human Geography
United States to 1877
United States to Present
World Civilizations to 1500
World Civilizations since 1500
Environmental History
Native American Studies
American National Government
State and Local Government
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Introduction to Anthropology
Additional Humanities or Social Science
Select one additional course from Humanities or Social Science or select from the following:2
Two-Dimensional Design
Drawing I
Ceramics I
Photography I
Survey of Geography
Group Piano for Non-Majors
Group Piano for Non-Majors
Concert Choir
Athletic Band
Concert Band
Planetarium Science
Theatre Practicum
Total Credits39

Course satisfies the Digital Literacy graduation requirement.

Major Requirements

UNIV 491University Studies Capstone2
Upper Division Credits34
Total Credits36

The student must complete a program of study that is approved by the program director and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Total General Education 39 Hrs
Total Major Requirement 36 Hrs
Total Credits Needed to Graduate 120 Hrs

For degree and graduation requirements, visit degree requirements and graduation requirements.


 Plan of Study

First Year
English Composition (Gen Ed)3Art and Music (Gen Ed)3
Mathematics (Gen Ed)3English Composition (Gen Ed)3
Speech Communication (Gen Ed)3Lab Science (Gen Ed)4
Computer Science and Literacy (Gen Ed)3Lower Division3
Wellness (Gen Ed)2Social Science (Gen Ed)3
UNIV 1501 
 15 16
Second Year
Lab Science (Gen Ed)4Additional Humanities or Social Science (Gen Ed)2
Literacies (Gen Ed)3Lower Division3
Lower Division3Lower Division3
Lower Division3Lower Division3
Social Science (Gen Ed)3Upper Division3
 16 14
Third Year
Lower Division3Lower Division3
Lower Division3Lower Division3
Lower Division3Lower Division3
Upper Division3Upper Division3
Upper Division3Upper Division3
 15 15
Fourth Year
Lower Division3Lower Division3
UNIV 4912Upper Division or Internship3
Upper Division or Internship3Upper Division3
Upper Division3Upper Division3
Upper Division3Upper Division3
 14 15
Total Credits 120

Please note:  This plan is intended for general information only.  Students are strongly encouraged to meet with their academic advisor each semester before registration.


Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will develop the reflective skills necessary to understand their own development as students, professionals, and adults.
  2. Students will learn the essential academic skills necessary to be successful at VCSU.
  3. Students will develop the hard skills specific to their desired career goals and outcomes.  In addition, students will work on developing dispositional attributes that are specific to the modern work climate.