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General Studies - BS (Technology) (College of Engineering)

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College of Engineering

General Studies Major

Program Description

The General Studies degree provides students the opportunity to pursue a personalized course of study. This major allows students to explore and integrate academic offerings from across multiple departments, programs, and colleges.  A General Studies degree is in the tradition of a liberal arts degree that educates a student broadly. This degree is not to be confused with USU’s Interdisciplinary Studies degree—also a degree that offers a personalized course of study, but one that has specific structural requirements of two thematically organized sets of coursework. 


Admission Requirements For This Major

  • Be a student in good standing at Utah State University
  • Have obtained 60 earned credits
  • Submit an application and plan of study with an identifiable area of emphasis (Technology) to the Associate Dean of Engineering through the Engineering Advising Center, ENGR 314A.
  • This plan of study must: (1) include a plan for completing USU's University Studies requirements, (2) include at least 40 credits of upper division courses, (3) include at least 20 credits of upper-division coursework from College of Engineering courses (prefix AV, BENG, CEE, ECE, ENGR, or MAE) (4) include at least 30 credits in the area of emphasis and (5) include a culminating capstone course or experience
  • Admission to the General Studies degree program will require approval of both the advisor and the College Associate Dean, who will consult with faculty of the College. 

Graduation Requirements

The degee requirements for General Studies include the following:

  • 120 total credits
  • Grade point average of 2.0 USU cumulative GPA - in good standing at Utah State
  • Completion of USU General Education credits (minimum of 30 credits) 
  • Depth education components of 2 Communications Intensive courses, 1 Quantitative Intensive course; and 2 Depth Courses (DHA and DSS)
  • 40 credits of upper-division courses, 20 of which are in the College of Engineering
  • An area of emphasis identified within Engineering with a minimum of 30 credits
  • A plan of study approved by their advisor and the associate dean of Engineering
  • A capstone experience is required (e.g., internship; research project, independent study, senior project)


Degrees Offered Through This Program

General Studies: Bachelor of Science (BS)

Academic Advisement
Students interested in this General Studies major should contact the Engineering Advising Center, ENGR 314A.

Materials for Persons with Disabilities
This requirement sheet is available in large print, audio, and braille format upon request to the USU Disability Resource Center.

Application: Online at www.engineering.usu.edu/advising

Minimum University Requirements

Total Credits


Grade Point Average (most majors require higher GPA)

2.00 GPA

Credits of C- or better


Credits of upper-division courses (#3000 or above)


USU Credits (30 USU credits, 20 of which must be upper-division courses, 10 of which must be courses required for student's major)

30 USU credits

Completion of approved major program of study

See college advisor

Credits in minor (if required)


Credits in American Institutions (ECN 1500 ;HIST 1700 , HIST 2700  or HIST 2710 ; HONR 1300 POLS 1100 ; or USU 1300 )


General Education Requirements  and University Studies Depth Requirements 




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